Monday, February 13, 2017

Strawberry Brownies +FREE "Shooting for Brownie Points" VALENTINE Printable

Valentine's Day is right around the corner and it's the ideal time to bake up something pink for your sweetie.  My husband's Mamaw gave me this recipe years ago.  It always reminds me of her.  It also reminds me of my Grandmother Mary and her Strawberry Cake, but way easier.  Only 5 ingredients and 15 minutes in the oven and you've got an adorable valentine in no time.  I've included a free valentine printable that says "Shooting for Brownie Points Valentine," complete with cute little arrows.  It's a very simple recipe that starts with a boxed cake mix.  You could switch up the flavors and use a chocolate or lemon cake mix, but I think the strawberry makes a perfectly pink brownie that makes a great homemade gift. 

Perfectly Pink and ready for gift giving...

Only three ingredients for the brownies themselves.
Look at that Valentine Pink batter!
Only two ingredients for the glaze.
Glaze the brownies while they are still warm.
Add sprinkles if desired.
Thick, rich and strawberry pink.
You'll be Shooting for Brownie Points
when you bake up a batch of these
Strawberry Brownies.
I found some adorable zip-style bags at Michaels,
and added my printed tags with glue dots.
Each bag held four brownies.  Great for a Valentine Snack!
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Strawberry Brownies

1 box Strawberry Cake Mix
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
1 cup powdered sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease a 9x13-inch baking pan and set aside. With a mixer, combine cake mix, oil and eggs until well-mixed. Spread batter evenly into pan.  (The batter will be very thick and sticky.  I usually spray a spatula with PAM to help it spread easier.) Bake approximately 14-16 minutes, or until edges start to barely brown.  While brownies are baking whisk together powdered sugar and milk to create a glaze.  Spread glaze over warm brownies.  Cool completely before cutting into squares. 

Prep Time:  Approximately 5 minutes     Cook Time:  Approximately 16 minutes

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Aunt Louise's Homemade BBQ Sauce

Mr. Devilish Dish got an electric smoker from Santa for Christmas.  I guess he was a good boy.  I'm starting to think Santa is punishing me though, with enormous amounts of smoked meats.  I probably should not complain because it actually gives him a weekend activity when its too cold for golf.  For some reason he refuses to take up Little Devil's suggestion as soap carving for a hobby.  So smoked food it is.  So far we have had brisket, ribs, chicken, ribs, brisket, jalapeno poppers, brisket, ribs, smoked tomatoes (fail) and brisket and ribs.  I am getting to test drive a lot of new side dishes, but really there are only so many variations of potato salad you can make before you never want to see a potato again.  My venting aside, he has certainly had a lot of fun creating his own rubs and sauces, and they have all been tasty, but none of them compare to my family's old stand by from Aunt Louise.  Aunt Louise wasn't a biological aunt.  She was better.  She was my mom's childhood friend from the first grade, who passed away several years ago.  I have two favorite memories of Aunt Louise. In the summer of 1981, I spent the night at her house and she made snacks and we stayed up all night to watch the royal wedding of Charles and Diana.  (A tradition I carried out at my own house years later for the royal wedding of William and Kate.)  My other favorite memory of Aunt Louise is her BBQ Sauce.  It's thick and sticky and sweet and the perfect accompaniment to brisket or ribs or chicken, which at my house translates to brisket, ribs, chicken, more brisket, more ribs, more chicken.  Just a few simple ingredients that we all have on hand, and in 15 minutes you'll have jar of BBQ Sauce that will make the abundance of smoked meats so much more enjoyable!
A true family favorite...
Thick, sweet, sticky and delicious.
Your ribs, brisket and chicken will thank you.

Aunt Louise's Homemade BBQ Sauce


4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
1/2 cup ketchup
1 tablespoon prepared yellow mustard
1 small onion, finely diced

In a small sauce pan over medium heat, melt the butter.  Stir in the brown sugar until it is smooth.  Add the remaining ingredients, and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer approximately 15 minutes, until sauce it thick.  Delicious over shredded beef, ribs or chicken. 

*NOTE this makes approximately 1 jar full as shown, but it's so tasty I usually double it so there is plenty.  It also makes a great gift presented in a jar with a cute label.

Bonus:  Since the recent gluten-allergy diagnosis, my doctor cautioned me that many bottled sauces and dressing contain gluten as a thickener.  Making your own is a great alternative.

Prep Time:  Approximately 5 minutes     Cook Time:  Approximately 20 minutes

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Spicy Asian Chicken Noodle Soup (Gluten-Free)

A while back my friend Michaela over at An Affair From the Heart posted this awesome Spicy Chicken Noodle Soup.  The addition of ginger and cilantro gave it an Asian twist and red pepper flakes gave it a kick.  We were so impressed I couldn't wait to try it again.  Then along came the gluten-free diagnosis.  But I was determined to make it anyway.  Gluten-Free noodles are easy to find, and I made a couple of twists on Michaela's twists.  I'm delighted with this version too.  Now there's a twist on the traditional and a twist on the twist! Make sure you try both versions.  I used Hodgsons Mill Brown Rice Angel Hair Pasta and the results were fabulous.  I also substituted coconut milk for the cream for a truly Asian inspired flavor.  If you omit the butter for some olive oil and use coconut milk then this recipe would be great for not only gluten-free folks but dairy-free as well.  Everybody wins.  Great ingredients, great flavor.  No matter what kind of noodles or dairy you choose, this is a must make.  It will be your new favorite soup for the winter. 

This is my absolute new favorite soup.
I'm so excited that I can still have chicken noodle soup,
thanks to gluten-free noodles!
It's very hearty with lots of chicken and
veggies.
It's got a great kick and tastes so fresh
with the coconut milk and cilantro for garnish.
Thanks Michaela for a terrific inspiration!

Spicy Asian Chicken Noodle Soup


adapted from: An Affair From the Heart Spicy Chicken Noodle Soup



1 pound chicken breasts
10 cups chicken stock, divided (I use Better Than Bouillon)
3 tablespoons unsalted butter (or olive oil)
1 medium white onion, finely chopped
1 cup celery, finely chopped
1 cup carrots, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1-1 1/2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
1/2 cup coconut milk (save reserve for garnish)
1 (8 ounce) package Hodgson Mill Brown Rice Angel Hair Pasta, broken into small pieces
fresh cilantro, chopped for garnish

Place chicken breasts in the bottom of a large soup pot, cover with about 2 cups of chicken broth. Cover pot and bring to boil, then reduce to simmer.  Cook for 7.5 minutes, flip chicken breasts over and cook for another 7.5 minutes.  Remove chicken breasts from pot.  Place on a cutting board and shred using two forks. Set aside.  Discard liquid from pot and melt the 3 tablespoons of butter over medium heat.  Add onions and celery and saute for approximately 5 minutes.  Add carrot and garlic sauteing for an additional minute.  Season with salt and pepper.  Add ginger and red pepper flakes.   Return shredded chicken to the pot and add the remaining 8 cups of chicken stock.  Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer.  Cover and cook for 30 minutes.  While soup is cooking, in another pot prepare noodles according to package directions and drain them well.  Add coconut milk to soup, stirring thoroughly.  Add noodles.  Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.  Serve topped with chopped cilantro and drizzled with reserved coconut milk.

Prep Time:  Approximately 20 minutes     Cook Time:  Approximately 1 hour total

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Gluten-Free Crepes

I've started off on a new adventure for 2017.  Gluten-free eating.  I spent most of 2016 on the couch in miserable pain or shuffling back and forth to a million doctors appointments.  No answers and lots of frustrations.  After seeing five different doctors throughout the year, and lots of personal research on my own, I suggested to my doctor could it be a gluten allergy?  And last week it was confirmed.  Along with a lot of other garbage-y repercussions from my 2010 auto accident.  Thanks to my favorite chiropractor and ridding my body of extra inflammation from food allergy, I'm happy to say I am finally feeling better.  It could possibly be a placebo effect from being so happy to finally have some answers, but I'll take it.  Thankfully there are lots and lots of gluten-free products on the market and I've been doing a lot of reading on flour substitutions.  I'm even adding a "gluten-free" label to my recipe index, so looks for lots of upcoming recipes.  These crepes were the second gluten-free I've tried to make.  The first being homemade won ton wrappers for homemade crab rangoons. (Straight to the trash.  More research required.) I'm excited to report that the crepes turned out much better.  I made regular crepes for Mr. Devilish Dish and Little Devil, and the gluten-free for myself.  He sampled both and said mine were actually better.  The addition of vanilla gave them a great flavor and there was no difference texture-wise.  I used Bob's Red Mill Gluten-Free 1 to 1 Baking Flour because it was the only baking flour available at my local store, and I was really happy with the results.  I'll be testing a lot of other products and alternative flours in the future so looks for more recipes.  AND if you're not gluten-free at your house, there is no reason why you can't use regular flour either!

The perfect brunch, breakfast or dessert.
You'll never miss the traditional wheat flour.
These turned out perfect
.
We filled them with Homemade Sous Vide Lemon Curd
and fresh blueberries.  Next time we are trying Nutells and
sliced bananas.  The sky is the limit on your filling ideas!


Gluten-Free Crepes

2 eggs
1 1/4 cups whole milk
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup Bob's Red Mill Gluten-Free 1 to 1 Baking Flour
dash salt
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
unsalted butter to grease the pan

Beat eggs in a bowl, add milk, sugar and vanilla.  Whisk well to combine.  Gradually add the flour and salt, whisking until smooth.  Add the melted butter and whisk until combined.

Heat a crepe pan over medium heat.  Rub the pan with butter until the bottom and sides of pan are coated.  When the butter begins to sizzle (don't let it begin to brown or smoke) add 1/4 cup of batter to the pan, swirling to coat the bottom evenly.  (This should be a very thin coat.)

Cook for 1-2 minutes until the top of the crepe appears solid.  Carefully flip the crepe over and cook approximately 45 seconds on the other side.  Remove to a plate and top spread with the filling of your choice.  Fold in half, and then fold in half again.  You can keep the crepes warm in a 250 degree oven or you can refrigerate them for later use.  I refrigerated the leftover batter and it made approximately 8 crepes over several days.

Prep Time:  Approximately 10 minutes     Cook Time:  Approximately 3 minutes

*NOTE  You can do this in a small non-stick skillet or frying pan, but you will achieve the best results using a traditional crepe pan.  My absolute favorite is the Berndes 9.5-inch crepe pan.  I have never had a crepe failure using this pan.  In my opinion it is the best non-stick cookware available on the market.  If you enjoy making crepes (savory or sweet) this is a terrific investment.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Lump of Coal Cookies

Every Christmas season I try to make something from my kitchen for my husband's co-workers.  In the past I've made Cattleman's Salad Dressing and Mexican Restaurant Relish.  This year I was in the mood to bake, but I wasn't sure if I would lean toward cookies or cupcakes or muffins or cakes or bread or what.  I had seen some cute mini cupcake carriers that held 9 cupcakes or muffins.  They were red, making them the ideal color and size for gifts.  But I was pretty sure I wouldn't be able to find as many as I needed.  Little Devil and I were wandering around Michael's, adding more materials to our craft stash and more projects to our to-do list when I saw these cute burlap sacks that said, "COAL."  I couldn't resist getting them.  I've seen lots of recipes online for "lumps of coal" using rice krispie treats, crushed oreos and even black food coloring.  There's just something unappetizing about black food coloring so I decided to go with the natural coloring of dark chocolate.  These cookies are a variation of Little Devil's Brownie Cookies that she makes for her boyfriend.  I used the Hershey's Special Dark Cocoa and the Nestle's Dark Chocolate Chips.  They really do look like lumps of coal, but they taste even better.  I packaged the cookies in plastic bags before slipping into the burlap sacks.  Honestly you don't even need the burlap sacks.  Just the bag tied with a cute ribbon and the paper tags would make the perfect treat.  I've included the tags for you.  Just print them out, whip up a batch of these cookies and you'll have an adorable, tasty treat for everyone on your list.  Nice or Naughty!

Aren't they just the cutest?
I love these black burlap sacks, but really
any bag will do!
And this is how you get the dough
so dark...
It's almost black.
Like coal!
Good thing I have so many cookie sheets,
I tripled the batch.
Lined up and ready for the oven.
Here they are all packaged up.
Can you believe how dark they turn out?
A super delicious, extra dark
chocolate cookie.
This is a lump a coal
no one will mind getting!
Here are the printable tags I made for you.

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This makes me laugh.
I sent it to my brother. 
Even though he's 54 and I'm 44
it's still funny.  And true. 

Lump of Coal Cookies
(makes approximately 2 dozen)

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 cup dark cocoa (I used Hershey's Special Dark)
1 teaspoon baking soda
pinch Kosher salt
2 sticks unsalted butter
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 (10 ounce) package dark chocolate chips (I used Nestle's)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Line an ungreased cookie sheet with parchment paper.  In a large bowl whisk together flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt.  Set aside.  In the bowl of a stand mixer cream together the butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar until smooth and creamy.  Add eggs, one at a time, until well mixed.  Add flour mixture slowly, a little at a time until combined.  Stir in chocolate chips.  Use a large cookie scoop (I used the 2-tablespoon size) scoop dough onto prepared cookie sheets.  Bake approximately 12 minutes or until cookies appear set.  Let cool on pan for a few minutes before removing to rack to cool completely. 

Monday, November 28, 2016

Crockpot Chicken and Noodles

It's no secret Oklahoma has some moody weather. Will Rogers once said, "If you don't like the weather in Oklahoma, wait a minute and it'll change."  That's the truth.  It's the end of November and we've still had some 80 and 90 degree days.  Which is great if you're a golfer like my husband.  Not so great when you want to make cozy, hearty comfort food for dinner.  Yesterday Mr. Devilish Dish had a golf tournament and sadly for him it was cold and drizzly all day.  I texted him and asked if it was cancelled or delayed by rain and he answered, "No, we are playing in it."  My reply was, "Hang in there, supper will warm you up."  This is one of my favorite go-to recipes for the Crockpot.  Not only is it just a few ingredients, it's so good.  And so easy for this hectic time of year.  It's literally 5 ingredients, but it tastes like Cracker Barrel and your grandma cooked all day.
So warm and hearty
This will fill you up.
5 ingredients, one pot. 
Perfect for a chilly day.
The ideal comfort food.

Crockpot Chicken & Noodles

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 (15 ounce) cans chicken broth
2 (10 ounce) cans Cream of Chicken Soup
1 stick unsalted butter
1 package frozen egg noodles (I use Reames)

Place the chicken breasts in the Crockpot.  Season with salt and pepper.  Add the chicken broth, cream of chicken soup and butter.  Cook approximately 4 hours, or until chicken is done.  (I do this on low, but slow cookers vary.)  Remove chicken and shred.  Return shredded chicken to crock and add the frozen noodles.  Cook two hours more.  It will thicken up nicely when the noodles are done cooking. 

Prep Time:  Approximately 5 minutes          Cook Time:  Approximately 6 hours

Monday, November 21, 2016

Leftover Turkey Noodle Soup Mix in a Jar

Thanksgiving is upon is and it's that time of year again when we have a fridge chock full of leftovers.  Now some folks really like the Turkey Day meal, and don't mind eating leftovers for days.  And some folks get really creative and make Cranberry Sauce Bread Pudding.  I'm one of those people that lobbies for the Thanksgiving meal to be enchiladas.  I know! "The Horror!" right?  A food blogger that doesn't want a traditional Thanksgiving meal.  Turkey just isn't my favorite.  To me it's dry and needs something on it.  But cranberry sauce isn't the answer.  And leftover turkey is too thick for a sandwich.  And mayo isn't the answer either.  What is the answer is this super simple, one pot soup.  It's the perfect answer to the leftover turkey debacle.  And who doesn't love a big pot of comforting soup simmering away on the stove.  AND, it's a great way to stretch the leftover turkey if you've still got a house full of guests to feed.  AND, if you are not the Thanksgiving host, then the mix in a jar makes an adorable hostess gift.  Trust me, it will be much appreciated.  I've included the tag for you to print out if you'd like to make one as a gift.  It's a great little treat, a great way to use up the leftover turkey, AND a great meal to have over the weekend while you untangle the Christmas lights and get ready for the next holiday!

What a cute hostess gift!
Like Fall in a Jar
Add the tag with the simple instructions...
Just a few ingredients for a delicious
pot of soup.
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All read for the post-Thanksgiving meal.

Leftover Turkey Noodle Soup Mix


For the Mix:

1 cup uncooked fine egg noodles
1 1/2 tablespoons dry chicken bouillon
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon dried whole thyme
1/8 teaspoon celery seeds
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1 whole bay leaf

Combine ingredients in a small bowl, store in an airtight container

For the Soup:

1 jar Turkey Noodle Soup Mix
8 cups water
2 carrots, peeled and diced
2 stalks celery, diced
1/4 cup finely minced onion
3 cups cooked, diced turkey

Combine the Turkey Noodle Soup Mix and the water in a large stock pot.  Add the carrot, celery and onion, bring to a boil.  Cover the soup and reduce the heat to a simmer.  Simmer for 15 minutes.  Discard the bay leaf.  Stir in the turkey and simmer an additional 5 minutes.  This is a great way to use leftover turkey.






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