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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Cookie Journey Thursday





This week I have been working on some cookies for my son who is going through finals in college. I send him a lot of cookies throughout the year, especially for finals,  and I have even sent him these before. But, because I am trying to improve my cookie decorating skills. I thought I would make these again.
This cookie really gave me some problems.
I don't have a cookie cutter for the S. I wish I
did. I have looked all over, and I keep looking,
but I can't find a cookie cutter in this font.
I used this stencil and I cut out the cookie dough
with a paring knife,
and it actually worked pretty good.
The stencil was originally part of a word quote that I 
got at Michael's from the clearance bin. I bought it because
it is plastic coated, so I thought it would hold up.
It did, and it was easy to clean, so I can
use it again.
I started by outlining the S in black. I used a #2 tip here.
This was the best of the 4 cookies I did.
(Not saying a lot)!
I thought that the #2 tip was too thin, so I outlined the rest of
the cookies in #3. My outlining is terrible in some spots, and
good in others, but my overall consistency stinks!
The one on the right is way too shaky and I don't know why.
I think I need to pay more attention.
I then made a white outline to go around the black.
Then I filled the S in with the red. 
I made an N and a C for the tops of the cookies
to copy the schools logo. I originally tried to outline and then 
fill in the small cookies, but they were just too small.
I made the entire cookie white, and then piped the red on top.
I applied them to the S with frosting on the back.
They turned out good, and I was happy with them.
I plan to continue working on perfecting my outlining.
My son graduates next May, and I want to serve these cookies
at his graduation party, so I have a year to get it together!!

I hope you are decorating and practicing with me.
If you are, let me know. I would love the company!! :)

Until next week, Happy Decorating! 


Monday, May 7, 2012

Crab Rangoon Grilled Cheese Sandwich~A Crazy Cooking Challenge

It's that time again~Crazy Cooking Challenge time! This month our challenge is Grilled Cheese Sandwiches. I have never been a huge fan of grilled cheese sandwiches, but after making and eating the recipe I found, I have had a change of heart! I found the perfect, yummy grilled cheese sandwich on a blog called i am a food blog. What a wonderful blog! It's full of delicious recipes that I want to try and you will too! There is a fantastic recipe for Tomato Basil Bufala Salad, a Pizza Dough recipe, and a recipe for a porchetta sandwich with a Salsa Verde sauce that looks and sounds incredible. I can't wait to give them a try!
I picked a Crab Rangoon Grilled Cheese Sandwich to make. Oh, so yummy! It is creamy, saucy, a little messy, and a bit rich. Oh, did I add delicious?! Because it is!! I made this Grilled cheese on regular white bread. When I make it again, I think I will use the mini flat style buns. They will give this yummy treat the elegance it deserves!
Crab Rangoon Grilled Cheese
2 slices Bread
1 tablespoon Butter (softened)
1 1/2 tablespoons Cream Cheese (softened)
1 tablespoon sliced Green Onion
2 tablespoon Crab
Sale and Pepper to taste
a couple drops Sriracha Sauce
Mix the cream cheese, green onion, and crab
in a bowl. I used the flake style imitation crab. Next
time I would like to try this with the real crab.
Add salt and pepper to taste. I did not add salt, 
because the crab added plenty for me. Drop in a few 
drops of sriracha sauce. Taste to see if you want more.
Spread your bread with the mix.
Split your tablespoon of butter between the two 
slices of bread, and grill on medium to low heat.
Watch your bread carefully, as it can burn in no time.
I speak from experience.
Enjoy!

Thank you to i am a food blog for the perfect recipe!
I will be seeing you again!


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Saturday, May 5, 2012

Beef and Cheese Quesadilla w/ Pico de Gallo, Guacamole and Baked Chips

Happy Cinco de Mayo! This is always a happy, fun day at our house, because we love any reason to celebrate and eat Mexican food! The Holiday Recipe Club is also celebrating today, so it's party, party, party!!! I chose tomatoes as my ingredient this time around, and nothing says tomatoes and yummy, like pico de gallo. I rounded out this meal with a Steak and Cheese Quesadilla, a fresh bowl of guacamole, and some home baked chips! Have a great Day!
Pico De Gallo
3 Roma Tomatoes
1 small Onion
1/2 Serrano Chili
1/2 cup fresh Cilantro
1 tablespoon Lime Juice
11/2 teaspoon Salt
Cut your tomatoes in half.
Cut each half into 8 strips.
Chop all the strips into diced tomatoes.
Dice your onion, by cutting it in half, slicing it down,
and then chopping the slices.
My onion pics did not turn out, sorry.
Cut your serrano pepper down the middle, lengthwise.

Remove all the seeds and membrane by running
the pepper under cold water. Remember that the pepper
transfers to your hands, so don't touch your eyes 
until you wash your hands.
Cut the half of the chili into 4 strips.
Place the strips right next to each other, and chop 
the strips into tiny diced pieces.
Mix everything in a bowl.
Pull the cilantro leaves off the stem, roll them together,
and chop. Add to bowl.
Roll the lime around on the counter, under your hand.
This loosens up the pulp, and helps the juices flow.
Cut in half, and squeeze out your lime juice.
Add to bowl and stir.
Add salt now, if you want. I don't add it, and I think it
is delicious!
Let sit for about an hour at room temperature.
This will let all the flavors infuse into a delicious dish.

Baked Tortilla Chips
 Pan spray
2 Flour Tortillas
Garlic Powder
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
 Fold your tortilla in half, and cut each half into six chips.
Spray a baking pan with pan spray. Place each 
cut tortilla chip on the pan with a little space
between each one. Very lightly spray
pan spray over chips. Sprinkle with garlic powder.
If you would like to add salt, now is the time.
Bake at for 8-10 minutes.
Remove and let cool.

Easy Guacamole
1 Avocado
1/4 -1/2 Pico de Gallo
1 tablespoon Sour Cream
1/2 teaspoon Lemon Juice
Cut a fresh, ripe avocado in half, around.
Remove the seed.
You want your avocado soft to the touch, but not too soft.
They can go from good to bad in no time.
Scoop the avocado out with a spoon, and smush down 
with a fork in the bowl. (Yes, smush is a technical, culinary term).
Add the pico de gallo, sour cream, and lemon juice.
Mix well. This should be made right before serving.
You can refrigerate it for a very short time(30 minutes)
but it taste its best when eaten right after being made.

Beef and Chicken Quesadilla
 1/2 pound Sirloin Steak
Shredded Fiesta Blend Cheese
Onion
2 Flour Tortillas
Slice your steak down into wafer thin pieces.
Place the meat on your cutting board, and tenderize
with a meat mallet. Then turn the meat over and do it
on the other side.
Cut your onion into slices.
Pan fry the steak. It will need to be turned
over a couple times to be done.
You can make a half a quesadilla or a whole. To make a half,
 just sprinkle the quesadilla with cheese, top with steak and 
onion on half and fold. 
When you fry, just fry half then flip 
to other side.
To make a whole quesadilla, place the tortilla with cheese 
and meat in the bottom of the frying pan. Cook bottom until brown,
and then flip entire quesadilla over. I did this by 
flipping the quesadilla onto a plate and then sliding it back 
into the pan.
Cut quesadilla into 8 pieces and serve.
Top with sour cream and guacamole,
salsa and chips on the side.
Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Check out what other Holiday Recipe Club members made today:


Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Pizza Steak Hoagies! Yum!

One of my favorite things to eat as a kid was a Pizza Steak Hoagie. As far as I know, this sandwich can only be found in the Cincinnati/Kentucky area where I grew up. I have tried to find the sandwich listed on a menu anywhere else, but no luck. I do know that it is alive and well, and still tasting delicious back in my hometown. Since I do not see a trip back home in the near future, I came up with my own recipe to satisfy our craving!

Pizza Steak Hoagie w/ Baked Fries
(makes 2 sandwiches)
2 Cube Steaks
Pizza Sauce
Mozzarella Cheese
Provolone Cheese
2 Soft Sub Rolls
1 large Russet Potato
Garlic Powder
Olive Oil
Pepper

To get started, cut the potato in half, then turn it sideways,
and slice. The important thing to do is to make sure the slices
are all about the same width. That way they will all cook 
to the same degree in the same time period.
Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.
Place the cut potato slices in water. Drain several times
eliminating as much starch as possible.
Dry each of the potato slices between paper towels.
Thank you to my helper, who helped with the entire
meal! :)
Spread some olive oil on a baking sheet, and then spread
the oil all over with a paper towel.
Sprinkle garlic powder and pepper all over the baking
sheet. Add salt if you would like.
Place the potatoes on the sheet in a single layer.
Bake the potatoes in the oven for 8-10  minutes.
Pull the potatoes out and flip each potato to the other side.
Bake for 8-10 minutes again.
Bake for 8-10 minutes for a total of 4 times, flipping the
potatoes each time.
While the potatoes are cooking, flatten the
cube steaks with a mallet. They are a rather tough steak
if not tenderized with a meat mallet.
Pound them out until they are thin,
and they are the size of the buns.
Once your potatoes are done, set your oven to broil on high.
Spray a baking sheet with pan spray, and then place the two
pieces of meat on a baking sheet.
 Broil for 3 minutes, and then flip your meat with a spatula,
and broil for 3 more minutes.
As soon as your steaks come out from under the broiler,
have your buns ready to go in.
Open the buns up, place pizza sauce on each side,
top one side with provolone, and one side with
mozzarella. Or, you can go all mozzarella, or all provolone.
Place under broiler until cheese starts to melt, and edges
reach the crispness you desire.
Put meat on bun. There are some places where you can get
the sandwich with pickles, and/or onions. These are
delicious also. If you wanted to add onions, just saute
in a skillet on the stove.
Enjoy!

Thanks for joining me today!