Saturday, August 8, 2015

Chocolate and Rice Pudding Cups/#SummerofPudding

Summer is still going strong in The Freshman Cook household, and so is the #SummerofPudding! We like to spend time hanging around the house cooking and entertaining friends and out of town visitors, barbecueing, grilling, and just celebrating life in our own little piece of paradise. We love to eat well, and last weekend I included Kozy Shack ® Rice Pudding as part of our menu. It was  awesome! It is elegant while being simple, and it has a flavor that is fresh, rich, creamy, and oh, so good! I made milk chocolate bowls, filled them with Kozy Shack ® Rice Pudding ®, and topped each one with a chocolate drizzled strawberry. Heaven! The recipe definitely shined the spotlight on the pudding and it was the star. Simple, elegant and yummy!
Elegant Rice Pudding Cups

(makes 4)
1 1/3 cup of Milk Chocolate
Kozy Shack ® Rice Pudding
1 Strawberry per bowl 
1/4 cup of Dark Chocolate Chips
2-3 tablespoons of Heavy Whipping Cream
1 bowl mold



 Chop your milk chocolate into small even pieces. Place in a double boiler and melt.

 Fill each mold 1/3 of the way up with the melted chocolate.
Put the top on the mold. You can see how it pushes the chocolate around the mold to form a bowl. Some of the chocolate overflowed, but you just cut it off later. Put the mold in the fridge for about 30 minutes, then in the freezer for 2 minutes.
The two molds on the right were overflowed with chocolate, so you just unmold them and use a paring knife to cut the edges off. After cutting, return to the fridge.
Place the dark chocolate chips and a little bit of the whipping cream into a pot and melt on low. You are making a ganache to drizzle over the strawberries. If it is too thick after melting, add just a little more cream, but make sure it is not cold. Refrigerate.
 Put the #ricepudding in the chocolate bowl, add your strawberry, and enjoy!
Looking for a reason to enjoy this recipe and some yummy #ricepudding?
August 9th is National Rice Pudding Day! Let's Celebrate with some Kozy Shack ® Rice Pudding!


Don't forget to celebrate with Kozy Shack ® !

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Friday, August 7, 2015

Trio Salad/#WeekdaySupper

Is it hot where you are? Here in North Carolina the air is smoldering and so thick you need a machete to get through! So when I saw that we were celebrating no cook dinners this week, I was in!! This Trio Salad, is so named because you get three cool, tasty, and refreshing salads topped on a plate of Romaine Lettuce, and served with deviled eggs, avocado, shrimp, and cuban crackers, and you never turned on the stove! How did I do it? Creative shopping! I bought the eggs hard boiled, the shrimp already cooked, and I used a deli baked chicken for the chicken salad! All I did was throw a few items together with each salad and we were ready to go!
Trio Salad

(makes enough for 2 )

Seafood Salad 
2.5 oz. imitation Crab
2.5 oz. Precooked Shrimp  + 6 for garnish
2 tablespoons of finely chopped Onion
1/2 cup Mayo
1 teaspoon Sweet Relish
Black Pepper to taste

Chicken Salad 
5 oz. Rotisserie Chicken
2 tablespoons of finely chopped Onion
3 tablespoons Mayo
2 teaspoons of Sweet Relish
Black Pepper to taste

Egg Salad 
3  Hard Boiled Eggs +2 for garnish
3 tablespoons Mayo
a squirt of Mustard
2 tablespoons of finely chopped Onion
2 teaspoons of Sweet Relish

Avocado
Cuban Crackers
Chop your crab or pull it apart a little. Chop your shrimp into smaller than bite sized pieces. Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl, cover and refrigerate.
Pull your chicken from the bone, and mix it with all the rest of the ingredients. Make your egg salad by quartering your cooked eggs, and then cutting them in half. Mix the eggs with the rest of the ingredients.

Plate your salads on your romaine, add your garnish of egg halves, shrimp, avocado and cuban crackers.
Enjoy your cool weather, no cook, Trio Salad!                        

Sunday Supper Movement

Looking for more no cook #WeekdaySupper ideas? Here's what some others made this week!

08/03/15 - Monday -Cobb Salad Bar by Cindys Recipes and Writings
08/04/15 - Tuesday -Simple Summer Spanish Tapas by Caroline's Cooking 
08/05/15 - Wednesday -Italian Pressed Sandwich by A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures
08/06/15 - Thursday - Southwestern Corn Salad by Redhead Baker
08/07/15 - Friday - Trio Salad by The Freshman Cook 


Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Shredded Potato Crusted Chicken/#FoodieExtravangza

We are a chicken loving family here at The Freshman Cook, so when I found out that chicken was the theme for this month's #FoodieExtravangza, I was thrilled. The first thing I thought about was this dish we call "Shredded Potato Crusted Chicken Cutlet". We first began making this a few months ago, and one of the things I love about it is that while pan frying the chicken you are also cooking your potatoes! You are going to love how moist this chicken is. The potatoes act as a barrier to keep the moistness in the chicken as it cooks. Add some corn on the cob, and you have dinner!

Shredded Potato Crusted Chicken Cutlets

Monday, August 3, 2015

Gourmet Gifter's Salty Sweet Addiction

 Salty Sweet Addiction
You are looking at some of the best popcorn I have ever tasted! I am not kidding! I recently became an affiliate of Gourmet Gifter and I am loving them! Gourmet Gifter is a company which offers gourmet chocolates, peanut brittle, gift boxes and baskets, trail mix and quite a few others. Did I mention popcorn? Because they have the best kettle corn I have ever tasted! Colby's Kettle Corn, is 100% all natural, gluten free, low calorie, low in sodium, a great source of fiber, and it has no trans fat, cholesterol, preservatives, or MSG.



Sunday, August 2, 2015

Swim Ring Cakes for #SundaySupper

It is Pool Party time today at #SundaySupper! Everyone is bringing something yummy to eat, so I  brought some Swim Ring Cakes! These cakes are made using a cake doughnut recipe and are frosted with royal icing for a sweet treat! I made several versions of the cake before deciding on one of them. I tried using a white cake recipe, and it was very tasty, like white cakes are, but it was not as dense as I thought this dessert needed. Then I tried a couple different version of a cake doughnut recipe, and I liked how the cakes were thicker, but I wasn't crazy for the taste. I finally decided to mix the denseness of the doughnut recipe with the flavor of the white cake recipe, and I think know you are going to like it!
Swim Ring Cakes

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Sheetz "Gobbz" Cookies for #SundaySupper

Copycat recipes are the fun theme for today's #SundaySupper, and I knew immediately what I wanted to create! Sheetz "Gobbz" cookies. Sheetz is a gas station and convenience store near my home that I frequent occasionally, and along with gas they sell made to order food, and bakery items called Shweetz that are delivered daily. One of their bakery items is a cookie called Gobbz. It is quite tasty, slightly addicting and sort of resembles a whoopie pie. I made my cookie a little smaller, and I used  buttercream for the middle. I think they are yummy!


Copycat "Gobbz" Cookies

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Banana Pudding Icebox Cake

I think know it is Banana Pudding Icebox Cake time! Why?
 Because It is HOT, HOT, HOT!
I grew up eating vanilla wafers and pudding, as I am sure, you probably did too. It is the first recipe I remember learning from my mom, and I make a birthday cake version of it for every one of my son's birthdays. So, my mind went to making a Banana Pudding Icebox Cake as we enjoy another heat wave here in the south, and I only want to cook if an oven or stove are not involved! 

This Banana Pudding Icebox Cake recipe is so close to the original. The only major difference is that you mix the pudding with whipping cream instead of milk. 
bananas, vanilla pudding, icebox cake, whipped cream
Banana Pudding Icebox Cake