The other night, BFF mentioned being hungry for chicken and dumplings. That sent me looking to past blog posts to search for my yummy recipe. After several friends asked for the how I made it, I decided it was time to revisit it on my blog. This is truly a delicious meal for a cool evening.
I made the yummiest salad this week using a recipe from the great cooking magazine, Louisiana Cookin’. (For the original recipe, see www.louisianacookin.com/shrimp-mango-ceviche/.) The recipe was entitled “Shrimp and Mango Ceviche,” but in my book, it wasn’t really a ceviche because it didn’t start with raw seafood “cooked” in citrus juices. Plus, it had mayo, which no self-respecting ceviche should have. I made a few tweaks to the recipe and renamed it “Tropical Shrimp Salad” to better represent what I think the salad should be called.
My BFF retired last week, and her daughter and I conspired to surprise her with a couple family celebrations. When I asked what kind of cake I should make to celebrate, Daughter said that BFF really doesn’t care much for desserts but she loved Cheetos. I was up for the challenge!
After a quick search on Pinterest, I found a recipe that sounded interesting, maybe tasty, and definitely do-able. (I can’t relocate the original recipe to give credit to the creator.) I started with a 17-1/2 ounce bag of regular Cheetos. I opened the bag and then started crushing the pieces into smaller pieces. I poured the bag’s contents into a large bowl.
On the stovetop, I melted 3 tablespoons of butter and one 10-ounce bag of mini-marshmallows until they were thoroughly melted. (Yes, this is like Rice Krispie Treats.) I poured the marshmallow mixture into the Cheetos bowl, stirred to combine, and then patted it out into a 9X13″ pan, already sprayed with cooking spray.
I could have stopped there, but why not take it over the top? Remember, I’m married to a pastry chef. I had Dan the Man make a marshmallow cream icing (he called it Italian meringue), which I spread over the Cheetos. Dan the Man then used his mega-torch to brown the top. Yum! I then used a second bag of Cheetos to write a message (I tried to fit ‘Congrats’ without any luck), and the cake was now one of a kind for BFF. Surprisingly, it was a pretty tasty treat!
Dan the Man and I are limiting our carbs. Gosh, that’s hard for me! The smells in our kitchen when Dan bakes bread is too tantalizing, and sweets are oh, so hard to resist. But we’ve both lost weight, and our evening entrees are generally in the low-carb vein. Read the rest of this entry
Dan the Man bakes bread and desserts for a local brewery. One bar employee, Chris, particularly loves Dan’s desserts, so we spend a lot of time talking about food. As a native Mexican, Chris asked Dan about making her favorite soup from childhood — Sopa de Fideo, or Noodle Soup. Neither Dan nor I had ever heard of it, but I was up for the challenge. I found a recipe to try at https://www.isabeleats.com/sopa-de-fideo/. Read the rest of this entry
Thanks to a Pinterest post from Better Homes & Gardens, my friends and I each made a charming gingerbread village in a jar. BH&G does a good job of explaining the process (https://www.bhg.com/christmas/gingerbread-houses/gingerbread-house-city/?ordersrc=rdbhg1107752), and the gingerbread recipe is delicious. Here is what BH&G’s gingerbread village looked like. Cute, huh?
Martha, Kathy, and I strayed a little from the directions, and we have some advice based upon our struggles. Read the rest of this entry
I’ll be making my favorite Thanksgiving Day dessert this week, and I thought you might like a reminder of this delicious recipe I blogged about several years ago. This cranberry upside down cake is a delicious and beautiful tribute to the sweet tart cranberry. I think you’ll find it a new tradition on your holiday table!
It’s funny how a chance thought morphs into something memorable. That happened to my BFF as she wondered about the word clodhopper. She looked up the word online, which lead her down the rabbit hole of definitions, images, and tangents. Once she learned that Canadians make a special treat called clodhoppers, she was off and running to the grocery store. Read the rest of this entry
Over the past four years of this blog, I’ve posted much crafty crapsmanship related to fall and Halloween. In this post, I’m taking the lazy way out by revisiting a few. And maybe I’ll inspire you to try one!
FALL CANDLE DECOR
EASY HALLOWEEN DOOR HANGER
KICKED UP PUMPKIN
TRIO OF PUMPKINS
Grandchildren are one of the gifts that make Mother’s Day so special. My oldest grandson Michael will be finishing eleventh grade next week. It’s hard to believe he’s old enough to be a high school senior! Read the rest of this entry