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Sunday, March 15, 2009

Irish Meal--Part 3

Irish Cream Bundt Cake. Recipes from AllRecipes.com. OMG this is the best cake EVER!! It was a huge hit at the party I took it to and it was almost completely gone! Amazzzzzzing. Oh and just so you know, I nixed the pecans. Not how I roll.


1 cup chopped pecans
1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix
1 (3.4 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix
4 eggs
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup Irish cream liqueur
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup water
1 cup white sugar
1/4 cup Irish cream liqueur
DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease and flour a 10 inch Bundt pan. Sprinkle chopped nuts evenly over bottom of pan.
In a large bowl, combine cake mix and pudding mix. Mix in eggs, 1/4 cup water, 1/2 cup oil and 3/4 cup Irish cream liqueur. Beat for 5 minutes at high speed. Pour batter over nuts in pan.
Bake in the preheated oven for 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes in the pan, then invert onto the serving dish. Prick top and sides of cake. Spoon glaze over top and brush onto sides of cake. Allow to absorb glaze repeat until all glaze is used up.
To make the glaze: In a saucepan, combine butter, 1/4 cup water and 1 cup sugar. Bring to a boil and continue boiling for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in 1/4 cup Irish cream.

Irish Meal--Part 2



Corned Beef and Cabbage (and potatoes and carrots and onions) :) I got the recipe from AllRecipes.com I did make a few changes. After about 8 hours I put the corned beef in the oven at 200 degrees for an additional 2-3 hours. I filled the pan up half way w/ juice from the crock pot. I did this because I needed to cook my veggies. WELL the crockpot wasn't big enough so I just boiled the veggies in the jucie from the crock pot on the stove. It was delicious and tender!
Im tired of copy and pasting. Heres the link!

Irish Meal-Part One

Amazingly Easy Irish Soda Bread- Recipe from AllRecipes.com
This is really good hot and fresh right from the oven, but I wasn't a big fan of it the next day.


4 cups all-purpose flour
4 tablespoons white sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup margarine, softened
1 cup buttermilk
1 egg
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup buttermilk

DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly grease a large baking sheet.
In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt and margarine. Stir in 1 cup of buttermilk and egg. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead slightly. Form dough into a round and place on prepared baking sheet. In a small bowl, combine melted butter with 1/4 cup buttermilk; brush loaf with this mixture. Use a sharp knife to cut an 'X' into the top of the loaf.
Bake in preheated oven for 45 to 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean, about 30 to 50 minutes. You may continue to brush the loaf with the butter mixture while it bakes.

Sweet, Spicy, Sticky Chicken


This is a recipe I found on AllRecipes.com Instead of hot sauce I used Sweet Thai Chile Sauce, which is delicious. I also shook the chicken in flour before throwin it in the veggie oil. It was good, but I like more of a sauce and this was more......well sticky! I guess I should have figured that out by the title--right? This did not make good left overs. Just an FYI.

1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 tablespoons honey
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 teaspoons chopped fresh ginger root
2 teaspoons chopped garlic
2 tablespoons hot sauce
salt and pepper to taste
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - cut into 1/2 inch strips
1 tablespoon vegetable oil

DIRECTIONS
Mix together brown sugar, honey, soy sauce, ginger, garlic and hot sauce in a small bowl.
Lightly salt and pepper the chicken strips.
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add chicken strips and brown on both sides, about 1 minute per side. Pour the sauce over the chicken. Simmer uncovered until the sauce thickens, 8 to 10 minutes.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

My Teapot


Okay so I bought this teapot at a flea market, just for looks. I bought it because I thought it looked like a Tomato, but some of my friends are arguing that it's a pumpkin.
My defense: Pumpkins don't have big honkin leaves like that! Plus, I bought it and I'll call it a raddish if I want to!! :)
So anyways, Poll...Tomato or Pumpkin?!?!

Sweet Thai Chili Ramen Noodles...yep u heard me!


Okay so I found this Sweet Thai Chili Sauce at Wal-Mart that is TO DIE FOR!!! It dressed up some ramen noodles which makes them delicious and still cheap!
1 chicken breast, cut into strips
1 package of ramen noodles (any flavor will do...u won't use the packet)
Garlic Powder (maybe a tsp?)
2TBS butter
2 eggs, scrambled
1/2-3/4 cup of Sweet Thai Chili Sauce
start a pot of water, bring to a boil and boil noodles only
melt butter in a pan on medium low heat, add chicken and sprinkle w/ garlic. Put a lid on it and cook until no longer pink
add Sweet Thai Chili Sauce and egg to the mixture and stir to incorporate. Add ramen noodles. (Don't cook them all the way, u don't want them to be soft)
and eat it. Yeah takes about 10 whole minutes and tastes delicious! But it is SPICY!

Adrienne's Amazing Pumpkin Cookies


Adrienne sent me these cookies already made for me and I ate the whole bag in about 2.4 seconds.
She sent me the recipe and everytime I make them they are GONE! You can find the recipe on Adrienne's Blog at http://linebetweengeniusandinsanity.blogspot.com/2008/11/baking-extravaganza.html

Lobster Tails and Shrimp




Ok so Winn Dixie had lobster tails on sale. they look really pretty, but I think I over cooked them. I seasoned w/ Old Bay and Garlic...and of corse almost a stick of butter.
The shrimp I sauteed w/ butter, garlic, lemon and old bay as well. The shrimp was very good, but the lobster was a bit over cooked. But it was my first attempt and I think they are pretty, nonetheless!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Chocolate chocolate cookies- Hershey's


These were alright. Im not a big chocolate chocolate cookie fan.

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup light brown sugar
2tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cocoa
1 tsp baking soda
10 oz pack white chocolate chips

heat oven to 375 degrees

beat butter, sugar, brown sugar, vanilla and salt in a large bowl until creamy. Add eggs; beat well.

stir together flour, cocoa and baking soda; gradually add to butter mixture, beating until well blended. Drop by rounded teaspoons onto un-greased cookie sheet.

bake 8-10 minutes or until set. cool slightly and remove to a wire rack.

BBQ Pork....turned into BBQ Nachos



















Ok so I would love to lie to you and tell you that I made this 7 lbs pork shoulder blade for other reasons such as sandwich's and such...but I didn't. I made it for the sole purpose of making BBQ nachos. During football season we are the proud owners of Jag's season tickets (even tho im a Giants fan, but whatever...we live in Florida and Christopher likes the Jags, whatev) So anyways, back on subject, we go to the home games every sunday and at half time Christopher gets a slaw dog and I get some BBQ nachos. Well football season's over and I have been craving them. Lemme tell ya these nachos make the ones at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium look like shizzle! Even Christopher said they were better. Ok..follow me and I will take u on the journey of making BBQ nachos!!


First let's make the meat:

4-7 lb pork shoulder (i accidently got shoulder blade)

Mccormick BBQ Pork seasoning packet.


follow the directions on the back of the packet. and let it simmer for hours and fall apart!


Next: Cheese Sauce
1 TBS Butter
1TBS Flour
1 Cup Milk
3/4 cup of diced velvetta
dash cayenne (more or less to ur liking)
dash garlic powder
melt butter in a saucepan. add flour and stir for about a minute or two to let the flour cook a little.
whisk in milk slowly. Let is heat up a little and add cheese, cayenne and garlic powder.
stir until cheese melts and remove from heat. ( put the leftovers in a jar in my fridge)
Now the Chips
Go to the store and buy some. hehehe U didn't think I was THAT motiviated did you??
Assemble the Yumminess
place chips on a plate
top w/ pork
drizzle about 1/4 cup of ur fav BBQ Sauce on top of pork
smother w/ cheese!
I could literally eat this every day.