Saturday, February 4, 2012

A Classic Valentine Meal!

Isn't this the sweetest? This scene from Lady and The Tramp
came to mind immediately when I discovered that this
months theme for the Very Good Recipes
challenge is BE MY VALENTINE!  
This month I am one of the judges for this fun challenge, 
so stop by Very Good,
find out all the details, and all about the prize! 
Yes! There is a prize! You're gonna love it!
There are 2 things you need to know.
Your recipe must include something red,
and you have until February 27th to enter!

1 pound Ground Beef
1/2 cup Parmesan Bread Crumbs
1/4 cup Milk
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
1/4 teaspoon Pepper
1 small Onion, chopped
1 Egg
Bridgeford Bread Loaf
Garlic Powder
1 can San Marzano Crushed Tomatoes
3 tablespoons Olive Oil
8 fresh Garlic Cloves, minced
Salt and Pepper
Angel Hair Pasta

Heart Rolls
Thaw a loaf of Bridgeford Bread.
Roll it out on a floured surface,
cut out heart shapes with a cookie cutter, and let them rise.
Bake at 350 degrees for 6 minutes.
When they are done,
brush a mix of garlic powder and butter on top of them.

Pour your olive oil in a saucepan, and add the garlic.
Cook until the garlic turns light brown.
Add the can of tomatoes.
Add salt and pepper to taste.
Let simmer.

Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl.
Form the meat into small meatballs with your hands.
Put a little bit of oil in a pan and start frying the meatballs.
Brown the outside, all around.
As your meatballs brown, take them out of the 
frying pan and put them in a pot. They will
cook the rest of the way in the sauce.
Cook your pasta in a pot of boiling water
for about 4 minutes. Drain.
Put your plate together.
Top with your favorite cheese!
Happy Valentine's Day!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Luv U! Marshmallows!

Our Valentine post today is homemade marshmallows! Homemade marshmallows that are heart shaped, pink, cherry flavored, and have sprinkles! The total Valentine package!

2 teaspoon Butter
3 envelopes unflavored Gelatin
1 cup Cold Water, divided
2 cups Sugar
1 cup Light Corn Syrup
1/8 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Cherry Flavoring
Pink Coloring

Line a 13" X 9" pan with foil, and grease with butter.
In a large metal bowl,sprinkle gelatin over 1/2 cup water
and set aside. Make sure the bowl is one you can 
use a mixer with.
In a large heavy saucepan, combine the sugar,corn syrup, 
salt, and remaining water. Bring the water to a boil.
Cook until a candy thermometer reaches 240 degrees.
Remove from heat and carefully add to the gelatin.
Beat on high until mix is thick and doubles in volume.
This should take about 15 minutes.
Add your vanilla.
Add your coloring.
Spread into prepared pan.
Spread as evenly as possible.
Cover with plastic and let it sit at room temp for 
6 hours or overnight.
Sprinkle a piece of parchment paper with confectioners 
sugar. Take the marshmallow out and out it on top
of the sugar. Lightly sprinkle the top of the 
marshmallow with sugar.
Using a small heart shaped cookie cutter, that is coated
with pan spray, start cutting out hearts,
and then roll the sides in sprinkles.
Place on a rack to dry a little.
Happy Valentine's Day!

Thanks for joining me today!
Stop by tomorrow for a classic Valentine's Day meal!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Super Bowl Party Mix!

Today our Super Bowl post is crisp, chocolaty, salty, and matches
the Patriots and the Giants uniforms!
It's also simple, quick to put together, and everyone loves it!

Super Bowl Party Mix!

Here's what I used :
1 cup Peanuts
1 cup Football Shaped Pretzels
1/2 cup Munchables Buttery Thins
Red MandM's
1 package York Pieces
You could buy a package of red M and M's, but I 
had 2 bags of mixed ones, so I just
picked the red ones out of the bags!
I used all the red ones and they measured 1 cup.
I mixed them in a bowl with York pieces.
Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl.
Cheer for your favorite team and have fun!!

See you tomorrow!!

14 Days of Valentines and Club Baked!

 14 Days of Valentines! 
 Today starts "14 Days of Valentines" at The Freshman Cook! Every day, up to and including Valentine's Day, we will be posting a special Valentine's Day meal, treat, or whatever! It just so happens that on       Day 1, it's also time for another Club Baked and today we baked up some delicious cookies, called Speculaas! They are wonderful, spiced cookies that are usually cut into a rectangle or oblong shape. But I thought they would be pretty as hearts!
I really liked these cookies. It was an easy recipe, and the spice flavors were intense, and so good!
As we bake our way through the Baked Explorations book, written by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito, I think this is one of the better recipes.
For this posting, Club Baked co-hosted with Baked Sunday Mornings.
Go by their site to get the recipe!

Thanks for joining me today!
Stop by later for Super Bowl Mix!

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Super Bowl Treats and Eats~Carmelized Cashews

I am starting to get in the Super Bowl Spirit, and I hope you will join me!  This week will be filled with recipes that I think just might help you round out your game day buffet. Today I made Carmelized Cashews!
It's a super simple recipe, that can be made a couple days ahead of time. It's always great to have a couple recipes like that, isn't it? Put these Carmelized Cashews in a bowl for your party, and watch them disappear!
1 cup Cashews
1/3 cup Sugar
1/2 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
 Place the cashews in a skillet.
Toast the nuts in the skillet on medium to high heat
for about 9 minutes. 
When they are light golden brown, transfer to a small bowl.
Sprinkle your sugar evenly over the skillet.
Cook without stirring, 2-4 minutes until all the sugar is melted.
Take the skillet off the heat.
Add the nuts to the skillet, sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg,
and return it to the burner.
Stir until nuts are covered with sugar mix.
Transfer to a plate to cool.
I broke the coated nuts into bite size pieces.
Serve at your party!
Happy Super Bowl!!

Thanks for joining me today.
Stop by tomorrow for another super Super Bowl food!

If you want to see what we are making for Super Bowl Sunday,
stop by my Super Bowl Eats and Treats Party!
You can link up, or you can just browse all the incredible foods!
See you tomorrow!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Beef and Bean Tostadas!

I have posted this recipe in the past, but I just love it so much, I thought I would post it again. It would make the perfect Super Bowl food, so I am kicking off my SUPER BOWL EATS AND TREATS  PARTY
with this recipe!

  Beef and Bean Tostadas!
Crema (Table Cream)
Roma Tomato
1/2 pound Ground Beef
Shredded Lettuce
Cowboy Beans(made here )
1/2 Onion
Shredded or Crumbled Queso Fresco
Place the ground beef in your frying pan to brown. As
you are browning the meat, chop it up with
your spoon or spatula.
Continuously turn the meat to get an even brown color.
Chop the onion. I started with 1/2 an onion,
so I cut it into slices, and then chopped the slices.
Add the chopped onion to the ground beef.
Chop your tomato by cutting off the ends,
slicing your tomato, and then chopping the slices.
Start building your tostadas by layering the
hamburger and onion on the bottom, spoon on some crema,
add your cowboy beans,
and your cheese,
add shredded lettuce and tomato,
and a scoop of Sour Cream.
Add a slice of avocado.

I hope you will post any and all of your Super Bowl Party foods,
crafts, decorations, anything at my first linky party,
Super Bowl Eats and Treats Blog Party!

See you there!