Sunday, August 19, 2012

Super Simple Turkey Club Wrap

So I quickly wanted to share this super simple but super delicious recipe.

Burrito size tortillas
Mayo or Miracle Whip
Deli style thin sliced turkey lunch meat (I used Oscar Meyer Delifresh Smoked Turkey)
Shredded Cheese of your choice
Bacon (I used the microwave kind)
Lettuce and other veggies of your choice (optional)

Take a tortilla and lay it out flat. Spread mayo and ranch dressing over the tortilla. Sprinkle shredded cheese all over tortilla. Place one or two layers of the turkey on top of the cheese. Take two pieces of bacon and break them in half. Place them onto of the layers of turkey; parallel to the edge you will be rolling the wrap - it will roll much easier this way. 

Add lettuce and other veggies to your preference.
Roll the wrap up tightly; gently to keep toppings inside wrap. Enjoy!

I think this wrap would be great as a Chicken Caesar Wrap also. Make the same as above but substitute chicken for the turkey and Caesar dressing for the ranch!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Strawberry Shortcake Snake

So this recipe popped up on my FB from Monoprix - so unless you are a French junkie like me you have no idea what this is. They are a French retail chain combining grocery items with hardware, clothing, and household items. Like Wal-Mart but better!! Check out their website here :)

I have not tried this recipe yet - but it looks delicious and I hope to try it soon!
Please check out the link at the bottom of the page for the recipe - it is in English!

Ce dessert fond sous toutes les langues, même les fourchues !
This dessert melts under all languages, even the forked! http://bit.LY/NG2Zsr (Translated by Bing
Photo: Ce dessert fond sous toutes les langues, même les fourchues !
Strawberry Shortcake Snake

Ultimate Brownies

So I have no idea where this recipe came from - it has been all over Pinterest and FB and it is so delicious I must share it with the world (well the small world that reads my blog.) Most of you have probably seen this recipe already but for those of you that haven't, here it is!

I never really seen an official name for this recipe either so I have dubbed it "Ultimate Brownies."

Preheat oven to 350; press 1 or 1.5 squares of break-apart refrigerated cookie dough into the bottom of each well (I used a cupcake pan). Place Reese cup upside down on top of cookie dough. Top with prepared box brownie mix, filling 3/4 full. Bake for 18 -20 minutes.

Make sure you spray your pan well with cooking spray or use cupcake liners :)

Super simple, super delicious!

You can also try this which Rolos or other chocolate candy in the middle - or an Oreo. 

Photo: Preheat oven to 350; smoosh 1.5 squares of break-apart refrigerated cookie dough into the bottom of each well. Place Reese cup upside down on top of cookie dough (or an Oreo!). Top with prepared box brownie mix, filling 3/4 full. Bake for 18 minutes!....
Here is picture from FB/Pinterest post.

Fiesta? I would rather Siesta!

So I know that it has been forever since I have been on here. We bought the house and have spent most of the past year remodeling and so much has been happening. So tonight I am going to "quick-post" some of the most exciting things that I have cooked this year...and a few that I would like to try in the near future :)

First I will start with Mexican Hot Chocolate Cupcakes. So my bosses birthday was earlier this year and the theme for the potluck \was FIESTA. I typically bring my signature chocolate cupcakes with PB icing as that is Sherry's favorite but I wanted to go along with the theme and spice things up a little bit. So I did what all masterchef's do...turned to Google!! Of course googling Mexican desserts delivers the typical flan, churros, and fried ice cream. So I googled Mexican cupcakes (I mean cupcakes are my thing) and I stumbled across one of the greatest cupcakes I have ever tasted. And I have tasted a lot of cupcakes :)

First lets talk about the flavor behind the cupcake: the drink - Mexican Hot Chocolate. This is also known as Mayan Hot Chocolate. It was a thick chocolate drink (dating back to 460-480 AD) originally served cold. It was made from grinding cocoa beans into a thick paste and mixing with water, cornmeal, and chili peppers. Sounds appealing doesn't it?! It was considered a luxury drink and eventually came to Europe and then to America. You can still find this drink but over time it has been thinned like the hot chocolate that we drink today and is mixed with cinnamon and cayenne pepper. It you haven't ever had this drink, I highly recommend you try it or better yep - make your own! (Didn't know you were in for a history lesson did you - it's like sneaking vegetables in the the kids pasta!!)

So now we take this wonderful combination of flavors and turn them into a cupcake; chocolate, cinnamon and cayenne. 

3 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup cocoa powder
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon
1-2 tsp cayenne pepper (depending on how spicy you want them to be)
1/2 cup canola oil
2 cups water 
3 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp apple cider or white vinegar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together all dry ingredients, then add in all liquids. Mix together gently - a few lumps are ok. Pour into lined cupcake pan. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Let cool thoroughly before frosting.

Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting: (this frosting is amazing!)
3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
1/2 cup butter
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup milk

Blend the cinnamon into the powdered sugar.
Add the shortening, butter, vanilla, and milk; beat until fluffy, around 5 minutes.
Frost cooled cupcakes generously.

This recipe made me nervous because you never know how new recipes will turn out and how people are going to react to chili peppers in their dessert; but I definitely give this recipe "2 spatulas up." And will be making this recipe again soon :)

For the original version (which is Vegan :) notice there are no eggs in the recipe) please click the following link: