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Saturday, July 25, 2015


This cake is really amazing, it's like a science experiment that tastes delicious, and it's even fun to let the kids make.

What you need:
1 1/2 Cups flour (all-purpose)
3 Tbsp. cocoa (unsweetened)
1 Cup sugar (All purpose sugar - Granulated Pure Cane Sugar)
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp.  salt
1 tsp. white vinegar
1 tsp.  pure vanilla extract
5 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1 Cup water

How to make it:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Mix first 5 dry ingredients in a greased 8" square baking pan.  Make 3 depressions in dry ingredients - two small, one larger  Pour vinegar in one depression, vanilla in the other and the vegetable oil in third larger depression.  Pour water over all.  Mix well until smooth.

Bake on middle rack of oven for 35 minutes**  Check with toothpick to make sure it comes out clean. Cool.  Top with your favorite frosting.  Enjoy!

**Oven cooking times may vary, be sure to check your cake so not to over bake
You can double this recipe, just use a 9 x 13 baking pan.
You can also mix the batter in a bowl for neater, easier mixing.  Be sure to follow the directions the same way - mixing the dry ingredients then making the depressions for the wet ingredients.  Don't forget to grease your pan.  You can also make cupcakes - be sure to adjust baking time.

You can frost this with whipped cream, dust with powdered sugar, or regular frosting
or top with ice cream or this Easy Chocolate Frosting

Easy Chocolate Frosting          
Make 1-1/4 cups

What you need:
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup canned evaporated milk (or almond milk)
2 tablespoons butter (may substitute coconut, canola or vegetable oil, if desired)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup powdered sugar

How to make it
Combine chocolate chips, evaporated milk, butter and vanilla in microwave-proof bowl. Microwave on full power for 30-40 seconds. Remove and whisk until chocolate chips melt in and mixture is smooth (return to microwave for a few seconds if necessary). Add powdered sugar and continue whisking until smooth.

Spread on cake while warm or it wont play nice. If it cools off and thickens too much before you're ready to use it, just zap it for a few second in the microwave, stir, and spread.

The Recipe makes enough for a thin layer of frosting on a 9x13 cake or pan of brownies. Recipe may be doubled, if a thicker frosting layer is desired.

You may also heat the ingredients (everything except the powdered sugar) over the lowest heat in a pot on top of the stove. Stir constantly until everything melts together and the consistency is smooth. Remove from heat and whisk in the powdered sugar until smooth.

You can make other flavors too Just swap out the chocolate chips for other flavors of baking chips. White chips for a vanilla frosting. Peanut butter chips for a peanut butter frosting. Butterscotch chips for a butterscotch frosting. Etc. You can also stir in cinnamon or other sweet spices, substitute other extracts for the vanilla, or add maple syrup or molasses. Get Creative

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Chicken Mushroom Noodle Casserole by Cheryl

This casserole has mushrooms, onions, black olives, and a super creamy sauce
topped with shredded mozzarella cheese, crunchy dried onions and Parmesan cheese

Serves 6-8
What you need:

1 1/2 pounds diced skinless chicken breasts
1 onion diced
3-4 cloves garlic diced
1/4 cup olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 small can ripe black olives sliced
1 pound sliced mushrooms(any kind)
2 cans cream of chicken soup(can use 1 can of chicken and 1 can cream of mushroom)
1/2 cup milk or cream(depending how creamy rich you like it)
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1/2 can crunchy dried onions
1 package of egg noodles, cook half package as directions call for while you are cooking the chicken

How to make it:
Heat olive oil in a large skillet till hot then add onions, garlic and brown till tender
add chicken and cook till fully cooked about 7 minutes
Add salt and pepper and nutmeg, then stir in cans of soups and  milk or cream. Cook a few minutes to blend but do not boil.
Heat Oven to 350
Drain cooked noodles and mix into chicken mixture, stir gently.
Spray a baking pan with olive oil spray, then fill with mixed casserole
Top with Shredded Mozzarella Cheese, then dried onions, and Ripe Olives and finally shake on Parmesan Cheese.
Bake for about 15 minutes to heat through and Serve.

Ratatouille Spaghetti by Cheryl

Here's a way to get kids to eat more veggies and it's really so good for everyone not to mention delicious

Olive oil
1 large onion minced
1 whole garlic minced
3 tomatoes diced (Leave skins on)
1 squash diced
1 zucchini diced
1/2-1 eggplant peeled and diced a small one or 1/2 of large
Can add a green,red pepper if you like
1/4 teaspoon basil (fresh if possible)
1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
1/4 teaspoon parsley
OR--1 teaspoon Italian seasoning for the above herbs
Pepper to taste
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 large can crushed tomatoes

How to make it
Heat up large skillet with about 1/4 cup of olive oil to hot
Once hot, add the onions and garlic to the pan. Cook the onions, stirring occasionally, until they are wilted and lightly caramelized, about 5 to 7 minutes. Add the eggplant and thyme to the pan and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until the eggplant is partially cooked, about 5 minutes. Add the green or red peppers, zucchini, and squash and continue to cook for an additional 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes, can of tomatoes, basil, parsley, and salt and pepper, to taste, and cook for a final 5 minutes. Stir well to blend and serve over cooked spaghetti, top with Parmesan cheese

browning the veggies

Simmering the sauce

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Buttery Cracker Breaded Pork Chops

This turns out so juicy, moist and just the right amount of Crunch and you can use Pork Chops, Pork Sirloin, Pork Cutlets when making it. I did use boneless so cooking time is shorter too; The family really likes this.

Serves 4
What you Need:
1 cup crushed butter crackers (Ritz style)
A Shake of Garlic Powder
A Shake of Onion Powder
ground black pepper to taste
I don't use salt because the crackers are salted
3 eggs, beaten
4 pork chops
1/2 cup butter

How to make it:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
In a shallow bowl combine crushed crackers, garlic, onion powders and pepper; mix well.
In a separate bowl beat eggs.
In a separate bowl melt butter
Dip your pork chops in the egg batter then melted butter and then in the cracker mixture.
Place the pork chops in a casserole dish. Drizzle the remaining butter around the pork chops.
Bake about 25 minutes, then broil for just 6-8 minutes to crisp nice.