Monday, May 30, 2011

Raspberry Supreme

1 white cake mix
1 8 oz. pkg cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2 cups whipped cream
1 (4.75 oz) box raspberry Danish dessert
2 1/2 cups fresh raspberries (or 1 pkg frozen)

Prepare cake mix as directed on package.  Pour into large cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.  Cool completely.  Beat cream cheese and powdered sugar.  Add whipped cream and mix completely. Spread cream cheese mixture on top of cake.  Prepare Danish dessert as directed on package.  Allow to cool.  Stir in raspberries.  Spread on top of cake.  Refrigerate for several hours.  

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Double Chocolate Brownies

3/4 cup butter
4 oz. unsweetened chocolate
2 cups sugar
4 large eggs
1 1/4 cups flour
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup chopped pecans
1 bag (12 oz) chocolate chips (2 cups)

Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray 9X13" pan with non-stick cooking spray. 

In a large glass bowl, heat butter and chocolate in microwave on HIGH for 2 minutes; stir until smooth.  Let stand 5 minutes to cool slightly.  Whisk in sugar, eggs, flour and vanilla.  Stir in pecans and half of the chocolate chips (1 cup).  Transfer batter to pan.  Sprinkle with remaining 1 cup chocolate chips.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes, until top is dry to the touch.  Let cool completely in pan on wire rack.  Cut into squares and serve.  

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Blueberry Muffins With Lemon Zest

2 eggs, beaten
1 cup milk
2/3 cup oil
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp grated lemon rind, yellow part only (use a zester for best results)
2 2/3 cup flour
1 T baking powder
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup sugar (rounded)
1 1/2 cups blueberries
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar

Whip together eggs, milk, oil and vanilla.  Add lemon rind.  Add flour, baking powder, salt, and 1/2 cup sugar.  Mix well and add blueberries.  Spoon into greased muffin tins.  Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes.  Melt butter in a small bowl.  Place 1/2 cup sugar in another small bowl.  When muffins are done, remove from tins and dip the tops of each muffin into butter, then into sugar.  Delish!!!!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Chicken Alfredo

1/4 cup butter
1 cup heavy cream
1 clove garlic
1 1/2 cups freshly grated parmesan cheese
1/4 cup fresh parsley
shredded or cubed chicken

Melt butter; add cream and simmer 5 minutes.  Add garlic and parmesan cheese and cook until cheese is melted and sauce is smooth.  Stir in parsley and serve over chicken and pasta.  NOTE:  You can add veggies too (broccoli, frozen peas, mushrooms, etc for a bit of variety.  Super easy and very tasty!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Stir-Fry Beef & Broccoli

Marinate 1 lb beef strips in:
4 T soy sauce
2 cloves minced garlic
2 T sherry wine or water
2 tsp sugar

Stir fry beef in 2 T oil.  Remove from wok.  Stir fry broccoli until tender crisp.  Return beef to wok and add gravy thickening.  Heat through.  Serve over rice.

Gravy thickening:
1/4 cup water
1 T cornstarch
1 bouillon cube (beef when using beef, chicken flavored if using chicken)

NOTE:  You can really use any meat and any combination of veggies and get a great result!  The sauce on this is great and by using the gravy thickener it sticks better to the meat and veggies.  Great way to use leftover veggies or those coming right out of the garden!