Thursday, April 20, 2017

Lime Sheet Cake


I came across this recipe at a blog called Lil' Luna and I immediately knew I needed to give this cake a try.  Good thinking on my part, this cake is not only easy, but absolutely delicious!!!
You may find the recipe on her blog (along with a lot of other sheet cake recipes) by clicking HERE, or find the recipe below.

 INGREDIENTS:

CAKE:
1 box white cake mix (plus ingredients required for mix)
juice of one lime
1 (3oz pkg) lime flavored instant JELLO gelatin box

FROSTING:
1/4 c butter, softened
4oz cream cheese, softened
2 c powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp (or more) lime juice
a few tsp lime zest

In a bowl, pour cake mix and JELLO powder.  Add the ingredients required for the cake mix as specified on the box (water, oil and eggs), as well as the lime juice.  Mix until all the ingredients are well mixed and you have a smooth cake batter (1-2 minutes).  Pour your cake batter evenly on a well greased half sheet/jelly roll pan (18" x 13").  Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 20-22 minutes.  Let cool.

While your cake is cooling make the frosting.  Start by mixing the softened butter and cream cheese. Add the vanilla, lime juice, and lime zest.  Finish off by adding the powdered sugar.  If your frosting ends up being too thick, you may add one to two tablespoons of milk to thin it out.  You may also add more lime juice if you'd like.  I made mine without the milk and extra lime, and found it to be just perfect.

Frost your cake and sprinkle some more lime zest on the top to decorate.  Enjoy!

Monday, March 6, 2017

Coconut Flan (Flan de Coco)



INGREDIENTS:
1 can coconut milk
1 can sweetened condensed milk 
6 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1-1.5 cup grated coconut
1/2 cup sugar (for caramel)

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In a small saucepan, melt the sugar on medium heat until it becomes caramelized, pour on the bottom of a bundt pan.
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Pour first 4 ingredients in blender, blend.  Add coconut and blend for a few seconds.  Pour mix into a bundt pan.

Bake flan a Bain Marie for 1 hour at 350 degrees Fahrenheit, or until toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean, let cool, invert onto a cake platter.  Enjoy!!!!

Note: To bake a cake/custard A Bain Marie, you just need to insert the bundt pan into a larger container and partially fill the large container with water.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Pound Cake


INGREDIENTS:

2 1/2 c sugar
1 c butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla
5 large eggs
3 c flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4  tsp salt
1 c milk or evaporated milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  Grease and flour the bottom and sides of tube pan, bundt pan, or 2 loaf pans, set aside.

In a large bowl beat sugar, butter, vanilla and eggs for a few minutes.  Then add flour, baking powder, and salt, mix well.  Slowly add milk and continue mixing until everything is well incorporated.  Spread batter in pan.

Bake in bundt pan for about 1 hour 10 minutes, loaf pans for 60 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  Cool for 20 minutes.  Remove from pan and place top side up.  Cool completely.  Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

For Lemon Pound Cake:  Substitute 1 tsp lemon extract for the vanilla.  Fold 1 tbsp grated lemon peel into batter.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

White Chicken Chili



Today was one of those days that I thought would be perfect for chili! A friend had shared a recipe with me for a white chicken chili, but I wanted to try something new today.  I made this chili and I LOVED the result!  It was quick to prepare and delicious!

A few notes for you:  
1)  If you want your chili more soupy, I suggest you add one more can of chicken broth.  The way I made it was perfect for scooping it with Fritos.  The reason I suggest more chicken broth is because if you have left-overs, the chili will thicken and might not have enough "juice" later.

2)When I added the beans, I also added some of the juice from the beans, just to add more flavor.

3)  The chili was pretty mild.  Add more jalapeños or cayenne pepper if you want it spicier.  This was perfect that even my almost two year old ate it.

INGREDIENTS:

1 Rotisserie chicken (shredded)
1 medium to large onion (chopped)
2 tsp garlic (minced)
1.5-2 green peppers (chopped)
2 jalapeños (seeded and diced)
2 (14.5 oz) cans chicken broth
1 (15.25 oz) can corn
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
salt to taste
4 oz cream cheese
1 c half and half
Beans, cooked (about 2 cups, I used a combination of great northern and peruano)

Begin by sauteing the onions, peppers, and garlic with a little bit of olive oil. When soft, add the shredded chicken, corn, chicken broth, all the spices, and the beans.  Simmer for about 10 minutes.  Add the cream cheese and half and half.  Cook for another 5 minutes or so, just enough for the cream cheese to be completely dissolved into the soup.  Serve with sour cream and avocados.  Enjoy!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Chocolate Chip Cookies


We were always on the search for a good chocolate chip cookie that was not only delicious, but that it wouldn't go flat.  Lucky for me, my friend Stephanie shared the perfect cookie recipe.  Lucky for you, she doesn't mind sharing it! These are some of the best chewy chocolate chip cookies you will ever have!  

INGREDIENTS:

3/4 c vegetable shortening (Crisco)
3/4 c sugar
3/4 c brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 1/4 c flour
Chocolate chips

In a medium size bowl, mix shortening, sugars, eggs and vanilla.  Incorporate salt, baking soda, and flour and continue mixing.  When the dough is ready, add chocolate chips to your liking.  Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 8-10 minutes.  Enjoy!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Grilled Chicken Breasts with Chimichurri Sauce

 This recipe was shared a little while ago by my brother in law Hyrum who served a church mission in Argentina.  He actually sent me two recipes and I combined and tweaked them a bit.  This is one of those dishes that may look a little odd at first (specially to my kids) because of the green color, but do not let that stop you from trying this delicious chicken.  The chimichurri gives the meat the perfect flavor! Marinate it a while longer and the flavor will sink even more into the meat.  You have to give this a try!

INGREDIENTS:
Chimichurri Sauce:
1.5 -2 c parsley (about 2 small bunches)
4 tsp minced garlic
4 tsp oregano
1/4 c red wine vinegar
1/2 c olive oil
2 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp salt 

Blend all ingredients in the blender until you have a smooth sauce.

I used 6 large chicken breasts for this recipe.  Rinse and pat dry the chicken breasts, salt them and them put them in a container to marinate.  Pour the chimichurri sauce over the chicken and refrigerate for at least a couple of hours to marinate.  Grill and enjoy!

Note:  If you want, reserve some of the sauce before pouring it on the chicken so you can add it to your chicken after it's grilled. Also, you can cut down on the red pepper flakes if you think it might be too spicy for you.  It was perfect for us with the amount I put in it, my kids ate it.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Avocado Green Salsa (Salsa Verde con Aguacate)

 This salsa is absolutely delicious!  Perfect for chips or to accompany any of your favorite Mexican dishes.
INGREDIENTS:
1 1/2 lbs Tomatillos
1-2 Fresh Jalapeños
1 small onion, quartered
1 bunch of cilantro
1 garlic clove
salt
2 avocados


Remove the husk (leaf) from the tomatillos and wash them.  In a sauce pan boil the tomatillos along with the jalapeños and onion. Make sure you don't overcook the tomatillos or they will break apart and you will have a hard time getting them out of the pan. Just cook them until they change color.  Let the tomatillos, onion, and jalapeños cool and then pour them in the blender with a little bit of the water. Add salt, garlic and cilantro and blend. Cut open the avocados and remove the pit.  Add the avocado pulp to the green salsa mix.  Blend once more.  The salsa will be thick and creamy at this point, just perfect!  Enjoy!!!

Note:  This salsa will keep for about 4-5 days.