Fruit Pizza

Posted in Cooking

One of my favorite snacks from my childhood was Fruit Pizza. My mom ran a nutrition program and it was one of the recipes for her providers. In a perfect world more than strawberries would be available but thats all I found at the store this week

Crust:

  • 1 c unsalted butter at room temp
  • 2/3 c powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp almond extract (you'll find I put it in everything)
  • 1 c unbleached flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour

Topping

  • 1 6oz package cream cheese softened
  • 1 tub of yoplait yogurt (I usualy use mixed berry but you can mix it up with other flavors)

Cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Add in extracts a pinch of salt and the flours. Dough should be slightly crumbly. Press into a tart pan or roll out on a pizza tin (it makes two tart sized crusts). Cook at 325 for 14 minutes.

Cream together cream cheese and yogurt. Spread over the crust once cooled or as you eat it. Arrange the fruit on the top, since it is a pizza and not a tart I like to toss the fruit on instead of maticulously arranging it.

Filipino Noodles

Posted in Cooking

My aunt is from the Philippines and use to make this rice noodle dish that was so good. I'm not sure as to it's authenticity but I'll call it Filipino Noodles in my aunt's honor.

Recipe

  • 1.5 Tbs Kikomen's Teriaki sauce
  • Seasame oil
  • Thin rice noodles
  • stir fry veggies (I got a pre-packaged variety BOGO at the store this weekend)
  • .75 Lb Chicken
  • .5 an onion or .25 cup green onions
  • 1 clove garlic
  • .5 tsp fish sauce
  • 2-3 Tbs Stir fry sauce

Soak the rice noodles in hot water while you cook the chicken and veggies. Thinly slice the chicken and brown in vegitable oil in a hot wok. Add in the onion and saute until transparent adding in the garlic and stir fry veggies at this point.

Turn the heat down, pour in teriaki sauce and fish sauce then give it a quick stir and cover allowing the veggies to steam down. Once the veggies are at your preffered state uncover and add in the rice noodles by hand.

Pour on the stir fry sauce and mix it all together. drizzle the seasame seed oil at the last possible moment because it burns easily.

My Perfect Cookie

Posted in Cooking

I have a favorite cookie, the Mexican Wedding Cake, but it is rather dry and dense. My goal was to create a cookie with the same great taste that would be a little lighter and fluffier.

Recipe

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 sticks salted butter
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1/2 tsp lemon zest
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 medium egg white

Combine butter, powdered sugar, vanilla and almond extract and blen until smooth. Grate is lemon zest and add egg white. Give it a quick mix until it's blended. Combine the flour and baking soda give it a stir and slowly add it to the wet mixture.

form dough into 1.5 inch balls and place 2-3 inches apart on an ungreased baking sheet and cook at 325 degrees for 15 minutes.

Chicken Tetrizzini

Posted in Cooking

This is an old family recipe and I must be honest everyone has a slightly different version of the recipe that they make. My mother used cream of celery, my aunt cream of mushroom, and my grandma cream of chicken.

Recipe

  • 1/2 lb chicken boiled
  • 1 can cream of celery soup
  • 8 oz shredded colby jack cheese
  • 4 oz shredded mozzerella cheese
  • 1 package thin noodles
  • Dash of vinegar based hot sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste

Boil the chicken in minimum water and reserve the water once the chicken is cooked. Cook the noodles al dente. mix all the ingredients together and bake in a 400 degree oven for 30-40 minutes until it all starts to bubble a little.

Hot Chocolate Brownies

Posted in Cooking

Quick and easy but not entirely home made!

Recipe

  • 1 package of your favorite box brownie mix prepared
  • 1 small jar cherry in juice
  • 1/2 stick butter softened
  • 1/4 c flour
  • 1/4 brown sugar
  • 1 tbs cinnamon

Mix together the last four ingredients until they for a crumble. spread it over the brownie mix pre-bake. drop cherries on top and drizzel the cherry juice over the top of it.