Monday, January 26, 2015

Chex Peanut Butter Bars

*Gluten Free
These are just like scotcheroos but without the butterscotch chips. Chewy and delicious with a homemade frosting.

7 cups Rice or Corn Chex
1 cup light corn syrup
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
Mom's Chocolate Frosting recipe below
Grease a large bowl and pour the chex in. Set aside. Grease a 9x13 dish. In a pot on medium heat melt sugar and corn syrup, stir till boils. Remove from heat and add peanut butter, stir till smooth and pour over chex. Gently fold in till chex are evenly coated. Pour into 9x13. Set aside and make frosting.
Mom's Chocolate Frosting:
1 cube butter
1/3 cup baking cocoa
1/3 cup canned milk
1 lb. powdered sugar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
Melt butter. Add cocoa and milk stirring constantly with a whisk just till it starts to thicken. Remove from heat and add powdered sugar and vanilla. Whisk till smooth and immediately pour over chex bars. Let cool completely. Cut into bars. **This frosting is the best! Pour it on sheet cake recipes or bundt cakes or brownies.**

Erin's White Chicken Chili

This is gluten-free! So fast and so good.

32oz box chicken stock
3 cans white beans, left undrained
1 rotisserie chicken, meat taken off the bone and shredded (5 cups)
16oz salsa (i use Jack's Special salsa from Costco)
8oz block Jack Cheese, for spice use pepper jack, shredded
2 tsp cumin
2 cloves garlic, minced
pepper to taste
1/2 cup finely crushed corn chips- optional
Sour cream
Combine all ingredients except cheese and sour cream in large pot, simmer, about 15 min. Add cheese and you can either add the sour cream to the soup (1/2 cup) or you can dollop it on top of servings. Serve with chips, avocado etc

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Judi's Red Velvet Cake

Moist and delicious, this layer cake tastes like scratch but uses a cake mix! Best red velvet we've tried. This is the new requested birthday cake! Good one, mom!
1 Betty Crocker red velvet cake mix
1 box chocolate instant pudding mix
1 cup sour cream
4 eggs
1/2 cup warm water
1/2 cup oil
1 tsp red food color
Judi's Cream Cheese Frosting recipe (see below)
Mix all cake ingredients and beat 2 minutes. Pour into 3 9"greased and floured (or use flour spray) cake pans. Bake at 350 for about 22 minutes. Cool completely and layer with cream cheese frosting, then cover entire cake in a layer of frosting. Refrigerate.
Judi's Cream Cheese Frosting
1 lb. powdered sugar
8oz cream cheese, softened
1 cube butter, softened
1 tsp pure vanilla extract (mom uses pure vanilla bean paste if you can find it!)
Beat 2 minutes till smooth and fluffy.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Asian Lettuce Wraps

1T olive oil
1lb ground turkey
Salt and pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 onion, chopped
1/4 cup hoisin sauce
2 T soy sauce
1/2 tsp fresh ginger, grated fine (micro plane is great)
1 cup cooked rice (add more rice if you want it to stretch further; I did about 2 cups)
3 green onions, sliced
1 head lettuce of your choice
Heat oil. Add turkey, season with salt and pepper. Once cooked, remove from pan, set aside. To pan add onion and bell, cook 3-4 mins till softening, then add garlic for a minute or two.(May need a little more oil). Add hoisin, soy, ginger and the cooked turkey. Add cooked rice and green onion, heat through. Serve warm in lettuce leaves with a sprinkle of soy sauce! This is a great dish you can feel good about eating!!

Potato Pancakes

Perfect thing to make with leftover mashed potatoes!
3 cups mashed potatoes
3/4 cup shredded cheese
2T chopped green onion
2 eggs beaten
4T flour
4T oil
Sour cream for serving
Mix mashed potatoes, cheese, onion, egg and flour till well combined. Divide into 12 patties. Gently dredge patties in flour, then lay in hot oil. Work in batches, don't overcrowd, and patiently wait till a nice golden crust forms before turning. Drain on paper towel, season with salt. Serve with a dollop of sour cream! If there are any leftover, reheat next day with an egg on top for breakfast!