Friday, April 24, 2015

Loaded Banana Bread

I think I've told you before I'm not a fan of coconut.  Neither is Mr. Devilish, so I rarely make anything that calls for coconut.  In an effort to provide recipes that will appeal to everyone, and not just based on my picky tastes, occasionally I try to make coconutty things.  Recently my best friend (since the 6th grade) celebrated her wedding anniversary.  After many years of us living in various states we finally live about 2 miles from each other.  Which translates AWESOME for us and not-so-awesome-but-who-cares for our husbands.  Anyway, she loves coconut so her anniversary gave me a good excuse to share a coconut recipe with all of you.  AND since she lives right down the road I was able to deliver it to her warm from the oven.  Enjoy a slice with your best friend. 
Bake a loaf, and if you're lucky enough
to have your best friend right down the road,
share a slice or two.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Indian Clay Mud Mask

In my quest to find the fountain of youth (that I'm convinced someone has pinned on Pinterest) I'll try just about any skin care product that's out there.  Earlier this year I was sick.  Like the deadly flu that went around Oklahoma sick.  It really put me out of commission for about two weeks.  I felt pretty puny and looked even worse.  Even after I felt better, my skin and hair still looked dull and lifeless.  I just needed a really good mud mask to shine things up.  Estee Lauder used to make one that I loved.  And then they stopped making it and I'm ashamed to admit there are about 7,457 assorted tubes of mud masks in my bathroom cabinet.  All of which have had one use.  Then I did some reading and heard all about how this Indian clay is the next big thing in beauty.  (Actually if you've ever used any of the GlamGlow products it's very similar.  I love these but I don't love the price tag as much.)  I'm a big believer in apple cider vinegar for lots of things and I always keep that on hand.  I found a HUGE container of this Bentonite clay at Sprouts and mixed up the mask.  Let's just say it's a true MUD MASK.  It is brown like mud and gets hard like mud.  Which is the kind of mud mask I like. It will also tingle and kind of make your face pulsate.  Don't freak out, it's just a very deep pore cleaning mask.  I mixed up a batch and tried the mask.  20 minutes later my face felt softer than it has ever felt.  I really felt like I had some color back in my cheeks and just looked all around better.  In addition to my face looking so dull after being sick, my hair was so limp.  Which NEVER happens.  I have the thickest hair on the planet.  Sometimes I can't sleep because my ponytail is too thick on the pillow.  I also mixed up a mud mask for my hair.  It came out so thick I could barely get the brush through it.  Mr. Devilish Dish totally noticed without me even telling him.  It made a huge difference in my hair.  I now do the mask about once a month and the hair treatment about once every three months.  The clay lasts forever.  I've even shared some with my friends.  I like that the products are all natural and inexpensive too. 
My new favorite miracle mud mask!
A huge tub of dry clay.  It lasts forever too.
You can't use any metal with this clay.
Hopefully you have some adorable plastic
measuring spoons like I do.

Combine equal parts clay and
apple cider vinegar.

Mix well.

Apply to your face and let harden
for 20 minutes.
And then look like a total dork
to millions of strangers on the internet.
Give it a try. 
I've included links to Amazon
at the bottom of this post.

Indian Clay Mud Mask

Combine equal parts clay and apple cider vinegar.  (I usually do about 3 teaspoons of each.)
You need to make sure and DO NOT USE any metal spoons or bowls.  It will react with the clay.  I use my cute little plastic measuring spoons and just a disposable spoon to mix it up.  Spread evenly over your face and let dry.  Keep on 15-20 minutes then wash away with warm water.  Enjoy how smooth, soft and vibrant your face is!

Indian Clay Hair Mask

Mix enough of the powdered clay in a plastic cup with water to coat your hair.  (The mixture will be thicker than conditioner, but you want it where you can massage it through your hair.)  Remember DO NOT USE any metal.  I do the rest of this in the shower.  Work the mud through your hair.  Massage through your hair and let sit three minutes.  (Remember 3-minute miracle?  I leave everything in three minutes.)  Rinse thoroughly.  Now, you MUST rinse with apple cider vinegar.  This is necessary to restore the PH balance to your hair because the clay is very stripping.  I used about 1 cup but I have a lot of hair.  Work the vinegar through your hair and then rinse thoroughly.  After this step I go ahead and use my regular conditioner because I don't want my hair to smell like vinegar but that's just me.  If you want to smell like dyeing Easter Eggs, be my guest.

NOTE:  I am not a skin expert.  I'm just a girl that will try anything and tell her friends about it.  If you have skin issues then of course check with your doctor first.  I'm just sharing information that works well in my case. 

Make sure you use good quality unfiltered apple cider vinegar.  I always buy the Bragg Organic Raw Unfiltered kind.  It has so many uses.  If you'd like, take some time and read up on the internet or Pinterest about all of the great uses for both this clay and apple cider vinegar.  In addition to deep pore cleansing the clay can also be used for foot soaks, acne etc.  There are lots of good things to try these two products on.  Good Luck!

Friday, April 17, 2015

How to Perfectly Boil an Egg

We love deviled eggs around here.  Obviously if we're The Devilish Dish.  One thing that totally grosses me out is when you boil an egg and the yolk has that grey/green color around it.  It doesn't really taste any different but since we also "eat with our eyes" it makes a huge difference on a deviled egg platter.  This is the method Anthony Bourdain recommends in his Les Halles cookbook.  In fact, the recipe is titled, "How to boil a freakin egg."  This is the technique I've always used and had success no matter how many eggs I'm cooking.  I have even used my big stockpot and cooked 2 dozen eggs at a time.  With spring here and summer coming up it is truly deviled egg season.  Now you'll have the most beautiful deviled eggs at the picnic or barbeque. 

My favorite method.  It never fails.
Cover your eggs with water.
Bring to a rapid boil.
Place on lid.
Turn heat off and allow
pan to sit on burner 10 minutes.
Cool in ice water before peeling.
There you have it.
Easy, perfectly boiled eggs.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Brownie Cookies

So Little Devil has this skinny boyfriend.  She not only shares my love of baking, but also apparently the need to fatten up everyone around her with over the top sweets.  About every other night she makes him a batch of these cookies.  And then our house smells awesome like brownies only she doesn't let us eat them.  When Mr. DD and I were dating he told me that he liked banana pudding.  And I made it for him in the biggest bowl I could find.  Like literally a wash tub of banana pudding.  To this day he will not touch banana pudding.  So far the boyfriend hasn't gotten tired of these cookies.  Or if he has he's smart enough not to tell her so he'll keep getting homemade treats.  Even if you don't make these every other night like she does, make at least one batch.  They are dark, rich and decadent just like a brownie, with all the fun of a cookie!

Little Devil's dark, rich, decadent
Brownie Cookies
try them!
Apparently some folks never tire of them!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Pimento Cheese-Like The Masters

It's no secret Mr. DD loves golf.  And when The Masters tournament rolls around every April, he's glued to the tv for days.  My theory is "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em" so I decided it would be fun to prepare a Masters-themed menu for dinner.  He actually went to Augusta, Georgia for the tournament a couple of years ago and raved about the food.  He said everything was really good, and the prices haven't changed much over the years.  You can still get a sandwich for a couple of dollars versus the insane concession prices at other events.  Being the South, it just wouldn't be proper to have an event like The Masters and not have Pimento Cheese Sandwiches.  I grew up on this stuff.  Sometimes it was on white bread and sometimes it was in a bowl and you just put it on your plate like a blob of cheesy goodness.  Mr. DD said this version was very close to what he enjoyed when he attended The Masters, the only difference is I added some chopped, pickled jalapenos at his request.  They gave it a nice kick, and just a slight twist on the original.  The best part about this recipe is you don't have to be a golfer to enjoy it, so grab a loaf of good 'ol white bread and make yourself a sandwich.

The quintessential sandwich of golfers everywhere.
I used Duke's Mayonnaise.
It's the "Mayonnaise of the South."
You have to have your sandwich with a
an "Arnold Palmer." 
(That's an iced tea and lemonade blend.)
You don't have to play golf to enjoy this!
My clubs are in the garage under 500 years of dust.
And that didn't stop me from eating a sandwich or two.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Steak Pizzaiola

Picture this:  You have three steaks thawed out for dinner.  Your husband calls and says, "I'm bringing home Mr. Bo-de-bo for dinner."  (Is that grammatically correct? We don't want to eat Mr. Bo-de-bo for dinner.  Let's eat Grandma. Let's eat, Grandma.  Punctuation saves lives people!) Panic ensues.  Because you don't have an extra steak for Mr. Bo-de-bo.  And pretend you live a zillion miles away from the grocery store and can't get an extra steak for Mr. Bo-de-bo.  So now you have 4 people and three steaks.  (This is like the makings of a crazy math word problem.  If you have 3 steaks and Mr. Bo-de-bo eats 2, solve for X) Anyway...Steak Pizzaiola is a great way to stretch a small amount of beef for several people.  It's steak, sauteed with a lot of garlic (Don't plan on kissing Mr. Bo-de-bo) and marinara sauce.  Serve it over crusty bread and you've got a lovely dinner without the expense or time it takes to prepare a separate steak for each person. 
Steak Pizzaiola,
Or as I like to call it:
How to feed my family of three with one steak.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Fruit Cocktail Cake

Every time I make this cake, I think of Dolly Parton's character Truvy in Steel Magnolias talking about a recipe in her beauty shop.  Her friend Clairee asks for her recipe for Cuppa Cuppa Cake and Truvy says in her best Dolly Parton voice, "Oh hell, Clairee, you don't need a recipe.  It's just a cup of flour, a cup of sugar and a cup of fruit cocktail with the syrup, stir and bake in a hot oven til' golden brown and bubbly.  I serve it with ice cream to cut the sweetness."  This recipe has a little bit more going on than just a cuppa cuppa, but it does have fruit cocktail.  Also, even if you don't like fruit cocktail or coconut you'll still love this recipe.  Trust me.  I don't like fruit cocktail or coconut and I love this cake.  I made the cake in this adorable pan that makes mini decorative bundt cakes.  I probably would not use that pan for these again.  They came out okay but you couldn't really see the decorative edges.  Plus they got covered with the ooey gooey buttery frosting anyway.  So use a plain bundt pan or a tube pan or a 9x13-inch pan for better results.  Make the cake, cut yourself a huge slice, get on Netflix, watch Steel Magnolias and enjoy!

So good. 
Trust me.
Make extra frosting so
you can eat it with a spoon
for breakfast.
Truvy and Miss Clairee...
I just love this movie!!!
Fruit Cocktail Cake

1 1/2 cups sugar
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups fruit cocktail (approximately 1 1/2 cans, undrained)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg beaten


1/4 cup sugar
1 cup salted butter
1/4 cup condensed milk
1/2 cup coconut

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease a 12 cup bundt pan very well.  In a large mixing bowl combine all of the cake mix ingredients.  Stir until just mixed.  Pour batter into prepared pan.  Bake 30 minutes, or until a tester comes out clean.  Remove from oven and allow to cool about 10 minutes before inverting onto a cake plate.  Allow cake to cool completely before frosting.

In a medium sauce pan, combine the sugar, butter and condensed milk.  Bring to a boil and boil for 2 minutes.  Remove from heat and stir in coconut.  Allow to cool before pouring over cake.

Prep Time:  Approximately 10 minutes     Cook Time:  Approximately 30 minutes
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