Monday, September 29, 2008

Earthquake Cake

This is a recipe that Ann gave me way back when that Jean Christiansen gave her back when she and Klint first got married. It is easy & delicious & you can see why it's called an Earthquake Cake. You have got to try it. Ingrediant Line up

1 chocolate cake mix (prepared according to package directions)
Nuts - I like walnuts or pecans

Coconut


Sprinkle nuts and coconut on the bottom of 9x13 cake pan (as much as you like), pour cake batter over nuts and coconut. Do not cook cake yet! Prepare Icing.

Cream Cheese Icing
1/2 pkg. Cream Cheese (reduced fat tastes just as good as regular)
1/2 Cube of Butter
1/2 - 3/4 lb. Powdered Sugar
Vanilla

Cream butter & cream cheese together then add powdered sugar & a bloop of vanilla. Mix it until smooth, thick, and creamy (The frosting should be nice and thick or the cake will not turn out right). Use a tablespoon to dalup frosting on top of uncooked cake batter. (Usually about 12 big dalups) Bake in 350* oven for 45 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. This is soooo yummy especially if you like German Chocolate.
Credits - Nut Crackers
My Hubby Bryan
My Dad
My Brother Cliff
My Niece Katelyn
Thanks for being such great Crackers!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Costco Chicken Frier

I love Costco's Chicken Friers. They are big and plump and a great price and great for a day that I just don't want to cook dinner. I usually just serve it with salad and buttered french bread. I also love it because I can make other things from the leftovers. I will be making Chicken & Dumplings with today's leftovers. Click here to get more recipes that would be great for leftover chicken.


I like to take the breast off like this so that it's easier to slice up and serve.

Chicken & Danish Dumplings/Chicken Noodle Soup

This is a old family favorite, passed down from generation to generation. I am pretty sure that the soup recipe has changed throughout the years, but the dumplings will always be the same. Click here for My Dad's Recipe. You can use your own favorite chicken noodle soup recipe just omit the noodles. Here is a recipe that I like (I love my Dad's, but I can never get it to taste just like his. Probably because he doesn't use a recipe, just to taste).
Soup:
Bring 11 Cups of water to a boil. (8 Cups if you are making Chicken Noodle Soup)
Add 11 tsp. chicken bullion to make a nice broth.
Reserve three cups of broth for the dumplings.

Add to the 8 Cups of soup broth:
Cubed chicken - from leftover chicken frier.
1/2 C. Onion
1/2 C. Celery
1 1/2 C. Frozen Mixed Veggies
Basil
Rosemary
Thyme
Salt
Pepper
Bring to a simmer.

Dumplings:
3 egg -
3 cup broth -
2 3/4 cup flour

Put the 3 cups of broth into a saucepan and bring to a boil. Mix in the flour. Cook and stir until it forms a ball in the pan. Mix in the 3 eggs until smooth (don't worry it will mix eventually).


Bring the chicken soup to a simmer. Use a teaspoon to get little lumps of the finished dough mixture and drop them into simmering soup. After dropping each dollop of the dough into the soup, dip the teaspoon into the soup and the next dollop will not stick. * If the dough is just right, they will swell up and sort of float to the top. Cover and simmer for about 15 minutes.

If you want home made noodle taste without making your own, these noodles are great.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Tom Yum Goong

Hot and sour Thai soup... I LOVE it!

When Bryan first introduced me to Thai food I wasn't sure if I would like it or not. After hesitantly trying it I LOVE IT! I have since learned to make two dishes. Yellow Curry & Tom Yum Goong. I would love to learn to make Pad Thai. Here is my Tom Yum Goong recipe.
6 Cups Water
4 T. Tom Yum Paste (click here to buy some)
3 tsp. Salt
2 T. Lime Juice
1 Small Onion
1 Can Straw Mushrooms (found in the Asian food section)
½ Cup Baby Corn +/-
I Tomato cubed (optional)

Thawed Shrimp with tails off
Garnish with Cilantro

Bring water to a boil. Add all ingredients except shrimp and cilantro and bring back to a boil. Add shrimp just before you serve & serve over rice. Garnish with Cilantro. Yummy!!

(adding the shrimp too early will make them tough)

Friday, September 5, 2008

Easy Lasagna

Really Easy and Really Good!
Easily Kaden's favorite meal. I like to double this recipe and freeze one lasagna for a night that I don't want to cook or for an easy meal to take to someone.Meat Sauce
Brown:
½ lb. Breakfast Sausage, Hamburger, or Ground Turkey (Optional)
Add:
About 2 lbs Prego Traditional Spaghetti Sauce (it’s better than Ragu, trust me)

Cheese Filling
Mix together:
24 oz. Cottage Cheese
a generous 2 C. Shredded Colby Jack Cheese
3 Eggs

Package of Lasagna Noodles (9 uncooked noodles)

Layer in a 9x13 pan:
3 Noodles (it's ok that they don't cover the entire bottom, they'll get bigger)
Cheese Mixture (1/3 at a time)
Hamburger Sauce (1/3 at a time)
Repeat

Top with shredded cheese

Bake covered for about 1 hour at 350*
*You can freeze this and bake 1 & 1/2Hours.