Friday, August 31, 2007

My oreo-cookie non-recipes

I suppose these are kindof non-recipes since they are kind of made up. But they are quick & easy and chocolately.

Easy Chocolate Cream Pie (loosely based on my mom's Black Forest Pie)

1 1/2 - 2 cups oreo cookie crumbs (I did 1 1/2 but it wasn't quite enough for my pie tin, but I kindof like it thick)
3-4 Tblsp melted butter

Combine melted butter with crushed oreos and press in pie tin - refrigerate until hard - like 30 minutes

1 small package instant chocolate pudding
1 cup milk
1 8 oz size Cool Whip

Blend for 1 minute with wire whisk or mixer the chocolate pudding and milk. Fold in 1/2 the container of cool whip into chocolate mixture.

Put chocolate pudding mixture in pie tin on top of oreo crust. Then put the rest of the cool whip on top. Sprinkle some left over crushed oreos on top to make it lovely. (alterations... today I put 1/2 can of raspberry pie filling in between chocolate and cool whip layer).

Oreo Cream Cheese balls
(My friend told me about this recipe so I don't have any measurements but I'd thought I'd throw it out there in case any of you want to try it. I'm not going to make it because Jimmy doesn't love cream cheese and if I make it then I will eat them all and every bit will go to my waist and hips and behind)

Take a bunch of oreos and squash them in your food processor (or i'm sure the ziplock bag and meat pounder would work).

Then put cream cheese in and mash it all together.

Scoop that oreo/cream cheese mixture into miniature balls.

Dip in melted DARK CHOCOLATE (okay - if you must, you can use milk chocolate).

Put in fridge or freezer or they'll be all gooey. Enjoy!

Saturday, August 25, 2007

French Toast

This recipe came from Heather's friend Stephanie's blog. It was amazingly good. The kids went wild about it, I almost fell off my chair after one bite, and Jeff only ate 2, which says how rich they are. We had them with fresh strawberries, and freshly whipped cream. They would have been great with buttermilk syrup had I not been too leery of dishes to make it. Thank you Stephanie and Rachel Ray!!!

2 Eggs
1 cup Sugar (not a typo!)
1 T. cornstarch
2-3 drops Vanilla
1 c. milk
2-3 pinches nutmeg

Mix together (looks a bit custardy). Dunk bread into mixture and cook on griddle. Yum!

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Speaking of zucchini . . .

I'm sorry I don't have a great recipe to contribute, but I thought a funny story might be the next best thing. The other day I went to the post office to get the mail, and there on the counter was a bag of zucchini with a note that read "Free!" The next day, they were all gone. It made me laugh.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Zucchini Bread recipe search

I have been wanting to make some zucchini bread but I wanted to see if anyone has a recipe that they absolutely love. So If you do, please share. Thanks.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Copy-cat Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls

My willpower is being seriously tested this morning with the leftovers just sitting there screaming at me to just take one bite. The run I went on this morning will not be for nothing if I only take one bite. I'm sure I could stop with just one bite. . .

1 Tbsp yeast
1 cup warm milk (105-110 degrees)
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp salt
2 eggs
1/3 cup melted margarine
4 cups flour

Dissolve yeast in warm milk in large bowl. Add the sugar, margarine, salt, eggs and flour. Mix well. Knead the dough into a large ball using your hands dusted lightly with flour (I just let the kitchen aid do it's thing). Put in bowl, cover and let rise in a warm place for about 1 hour or till the dough has doubled. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface. Roll dough flat until it's approximately 21 inches long and 16 inches wide. It should be about 1/4 inch thick. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

1 cup brown sugar
2 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/3 cup softened margarine

For the filling combine brown sugar and cinnamon in a bowl. Spread margarine evenly over dough. Then sprinkle cinnamon and sugar evenly over the surface. Working carefully, roll the dough jelly-roll style. Cut the rolled dough into 1 3/4 inch slices and place on lightly greased pan. Bake for 10 minutes or till light brown on top.

1 cube butter or margarine, softened
2 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/8 tsp salt

While the rolls bake, combine icing ingredients. Beat well with an electric mixer until fluffy. When rolls come out of the oven, smother with frosting.