Sunday, September 26, 2010

Chocolate Cake in a Mug

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I got this recipe in an email, and didn't believe it would work.  But, of course, it was chocolate and I decided to try it!  The first time I made it, I was not all that impressed.  I tweaked it a bit and it is much better now!  It is really rich though and what I add to it make it more so.  But, my husband and I split it and it is a great treat for when you want something chocolatey fast!

4 tablespoons flour
4 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa
1 egg
3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons oil
3 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional)
A small splash of vanilla extract
1 large coffee mug (MicroSafe)

-Add dry ingredients to mug, and mix well. (I got smart and just mix everything together, in the correct order, in a bowl and then pour it into the mug.  It is much easier that way!)
 -Add the egg and mix thoroughly.
-Pour in the milk and oil and mix well.
-Add the chocolate chips (if using) and vanilla extract, and mix again. (I actually mix 2 Tbs chocolate chips and 2 Tbs Peanut Butter chips.  The peanut Butter chips make it so much better!!)
-Put your mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes at 1000 watts.
-The cake will rise over the top of the mug, but don't be alarmed!
-Tip upside down on a plate. I then top with whip cream and sometimes hot fudge!

Peanut Butter Fingers

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I had these for the first time tonight and they were delicious!  In my opinion, anything with chocolate and peanut butter is great in my book!  Thanks again Dawn for the recipe!

From Dawn A.

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 tsp soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 cup flour
1 cup quick rolled oats
1 6 oz pkg semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup peanut butter
2 to 4 Tablespoons milk
Cream butter; gradually add sugars; cream well.  Blend in egg, 1/2 cup peanut butter, soda, salt and vanilla.  Add flour and oats; mix well.  Spread in 10x13 greased pan.  Bake at 350 for 20 to 25 minutes.  Remove from oven and cover with chocolate chips.  Let sit til melted and spread.  Mix remaining ingredients and drizzle over the top.

Avocado Stuffed Chicken

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Ryan found this recipe and made it the other week.  Yes, my husband can cook.  Don't tell him you know though.  He likes it better when I cook!  It was very fresh and light with great flavors.  Hope it turns out as good for you!

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  • 4 chicken breasts, pounded flat
  • 2 avocados
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup fresh, minced basil leaves
  • 1 large diced tomato
  • 1/2 cup chopped sweet onion
  • pepper mill
-Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cut the avocados lengthwise all the way around. Twist the halves and using your knife, strike and remove the pit.

With a large spoon, scoop the avocado out of its peel. Then, with a small paring knife, slice the avocado lengthwise.

Place the slices in a mixing bowl. Add the lime juice, the pepper, the garlic powder, the minced basil, the diced tomato, and the chopped onion. Mix this all together.

-Next, lightly oil a baking dish with cooking spray. Now, lay a piece of chicken out on a flat surface.

Scoop out a spoonful of the mixture and lay it onto a chicken breast. Roll the meat over the mixture and tuck in the ends.

-Place the stuffed chicken in the dish. Do this with all of the chicken; aim to use just about half of your avocado mixture. Then sprinkle the top of the chicken with the cracked peppercorns.

-Place them in the oven and bake for 45 minutes. I like to serve this chicken with brown rice. Lay a piece of chicken against the rice and then spoon the more of the avocado mixture all around the chicken. Enjoy!
Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Rumford Baking Powder Biscuits

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I FINALLY found the best biscuit recipe (well, according to me!).  These turn out crispy and crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside.  Great with butter and honey or homemade raspberry jam!

2 C. sifted all putpose flour
3 tsp. Rumford Baking Powder
1 tsp. salt
6 Tbs. shortening (I use butter instead)
2/3 C. milk

Sift flour, Rumford Baking Powder, and salt together (personally, I don't sift my ingredients!).  Cut in shortening (or butter) until mixture resembles coarse meal.  Add milk to make a soft dough.  Turn out on floured surface and knead gently for 30 seconds.  Roll out to 1/2 in. to 3/4 in. thickness.  Cut into rounds of desired size and place on greased baking pan.  Bake in hot oven (450) for 12-15 min.  Yield: 8-10 biscuits.

Potato Cheese Soup

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I love a good soup on a cool day.  Well, yesterday wasn't especially cool, but it still sounded and tasted great.  Guess I am getting ready for winter!  Here is a great soup recipe that can be used for clam chowder, you can add broccoli and make it broccoli cheese soup, add bacon, etc.  The possibilities are endless.  However, when I make it, I usually omit the cheese and just make it Ham and Potato Soup.  YUM!  Pair this with homemade biscuits and cooked carrots, broccoli and peas, and you have yourself a great dinner!

From the Grover Family Cookbook
(I never measure out the ingredients except for the milk, cream and seasonings.  Just eyeball it and decide what works best for your family!)

1 C. chopped onion
1/2 C. chopped celery ( I do more than this)
2 Tbs butter (I use olive oil)
2 C. raw potatoes, cubed
1tsp. parsley
2 C. chicken broth
1 tsp. salt
1 1/2 C. milk
1/2 C. cream
3 C. grated cheese (optional)

Put vegetables in first with olive oil to tenderize them.  Then add your broth, seasonings and add milk products last.  Use instant potatoes to thicken to your liking.  

Hot Fudge Sauce

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I have had this recipe for a LONG time, but never even bothered to make it.  I was having a nasty prego chocolate craving the other night and decided to make this to go on top of a pan of brownies.  I convinced myself if I made the brownies, I would be eating them the whole next day, so decided to make a chocolate cake in a mug instead with this on top.  DELICIOUS!!!  And this hot fudge sauce is good hot, cold, a spoonful out of the jar when no one is looking... shhh!  Don't tell my husband or my midwife!  Enjoy!

1 C. chocolate chips
1/2 C. butter
1 tsp vanilla
2 C. Powdered sugar
1 1/2 C. canned evaporated milk

Melt chocolate chips and butter on stove.  Add sugar and milk.  Bring to a boil and cook 8 min., stirring every once in a while to make sure it doesn't stick to the bottom.  When this gets thick after about 8 min., you know you are done.  Add vanilla.