Annie Eats and I knew I had to make them for my dear friend's birthday treat. She loves the cookie dough brownies I make and her husband loves chocolate truffles. I knew they would love this combination! These taste just like balls of yummy cookie dough - only they don't have eggs, so don't fret. These were easy to make. I let them set up in the fridge a bit before I scooped them into balls (the dough is really sticky) and froze them for about about 30 minutes before I dipped them in chocolate. They were easy to dip, just time consuming. They set up fast because the balls are really cold. I let Chicken Legs sample a couple of these balls of goodness and he loved them. He would prefer them without the chocolate, but he isn't a chocolate person. Michele loved them and that is all that mattered!
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
I saw this recipe over on Picky Palate and I knew I had to make it ASAP! I love almond flavored anything. These were easy to make and tasted great. You don't notice the almond flavor at first, but then you get a bite and you can really taste it. I was really hoping the almond flavor would be more prominent - because I love it so much. I think that next time I will add 2 tsp vanilla and 1 tsp of almond extract. I think that will give me the almond kick I am looking for. Now don't get me wrong, these cookies are great. The cookies were crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside - aka perfect! I have half of the almond paste left, so I am going to give them another whirl.
Cooked by Steph & Eaten by Tadd 3/30/2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
Friday, March 26, 2010
Oh King Ranch Chicken, where have you been all my life? Seriously! Why have I never eaten this?! I guess I was just searching for the right recipe. Well, I finally found it in my new cookbook Some Day You'll Thank Me for This: The Official Southern Ladie's Guide to Being a "Perfect Mother" by Gayden Metcalfe and Charlotte Hays. My parents gave me their first book Being Dead is No Excuse for Christmas a few years ago and I loved it; this book is just as good. The stories in the books are hilarious and the recipes are fantastic. I could totally relate to some of the "Signs that you are the daughter of a Southern mother" - such as, "You know about deviled egg plates, pledge pins and the importance of middle names" and "You speak to everybody, even tacky people". I am a daughter of a true Southern mother!
Gayden and Charlotte describe the King Ranch Chicken recipe as follows:
"Many of our mothers did not cook with tortilla chips. In this recipe, the elegance of tortilla chips is enhanced with Cheese Whiz and cream of mushroom soup. Just about the only nice thing to be said about King Ranch Chicken is that it's one of the best things you'll ever eat."
I couldn't agree more with them - this really was one of the best things we ever ate! This recipe make enough for six people. I made the whole recipe and froze half of the chicken mixture for later. I didn't want to freeze it with the tortilla chips. I thought they might get soggy. ? I can't wait to make this again!
Cooked by Steph & Eaten by Tadd 3/26/2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
We made the best dessert *EVER* at my Pampered Chef party on Tuesday night! Chocolate-Peanut Butter Crunch Bars - sweet, salty, crunchy, gooey goodness! It was like having a Reese's peanut butter cup on top of a Rice Krispie treat. - seriously good! This was so easy to make and everyone found room to eat it (even after all those sausage balls!). I had to give the leftovers away because I knew I couldn't be trusted with these things in the house. This is the kind of dessert that calls to you - "Come eat me!". I didn't have to twist anyone's arm to take it home with them! I can't wait to make these again. I think they would be great at a picinc, tailgate or church/school/work gatering. Make them - everyone will ask for the recipe and you will be a superstar!
Cooked by Steph & Eaten by Tadd 3/25/2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
I had a few friends over last night for a Pampered Chef party. I decided to take the opportunity to have a sausage ball tasting and try out some new recipes. I served 5 different recipes - Turkey Sausage (my Mom's recipe substituting turkey sausage), The Whiz sausage balls (my cousin's recipe), Maple Sausage (found a version on a blog somewhere), Italian Sausage (made this one up) and the original Bisquick recipe. The overall favorite was the Cheese Whiz sausage balls! Who would have guessed?! Second place went to the Italian sausage balls. We all had a hard time picking a favorite because they were all SO good. After the tasting, we were all stuffed! *The photos aren't the best because I didn't want to hold up the party to take photos!*
Cooked by Steph & Eaten by Tadd 3/24/2010
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Chicken Legs recently started a new job and had to go to Chicago for some training. I took that as an opportunity to eat a few things that he doesn't care for - one such food, high on his list, is hot dogs! I like hot dogs, not all the time, but an occasional dog isn't a bad thing in my book! I decided to do a literal twist on your regular crescent dog. Aren't they cute?! These were fun to eat and didn't take any more time to make that a regular crescent dog. You could add cheese if you wanted to kick it up even more. The trick to these is making sure that is some extra dough at the seam after you wrap the dog; you need some uncut dough at the seam so you can twist it easier.
Cooked by Steph & Eaten by Tadd 3/23/2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
This was the best thing I ate last weekend. We devoured these things! I loved them so much, that I am making them again for breakfast tomorrow. They are easy and yummy! This would be the perfect breakfast when you have overnight guests, Thanksgiving or Christmas morning - anytime you need a fuss-free breakfast. I don't know how something made of 5 simple ingredients could turn out so good. There must be magic in that pudding mix. Whatever it is it makes these rolls dangerously addictive!
Cooked by Steph & Eaten by Tadd 3/19/2010
Thursday, March 18, 2010
We tried something completely new - orzo! I've never made orzo - not sure why. I just usually make rice-a-roni because it is easy and good. Hey, if it's good enough for San Francisco, then it is good enough for The Ham! I found this recipe over on the The Hungry Housewife and decided to give it a whirl. This fit my all three cooking criteria - quick, easy and GOOD! We both really loved the parmesan cheese. I can't wait to make this again and mix up the flavors.
Cooked by Steph & Eaten by Tadd 3/18/2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
We came up with this recipe to use our new grape seed oil we brought on our Alabama Wine Trail. Chicken Legs loves Greek food with all the lemon and great spices and we thought the grape seed oil would work well with those flavors. We marinated the chicken all day and then grilled it for dinner. The chicken smelled fantastic while we were cooking it - the oregano was so fragrant. It turned out great. It had a nice tanginess from the lemon juice, which made Chicken Legs very happy. We both really enjoyed the chicken. It was a nice change to our usual grilled chicken and I enjoyed getting to use our grape seed oil.
Cooked by Steph & Eaten by Tadd 3/17/2010
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Cooked by Steph & Eaten by Tadd 3/16/2010
Monday, March 15, 2010
Friday, March 12, 2010
Cooked by Steph & Eaten by Tadd 3/12/2010
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Italian Pot Roast last week. I saw this recipe for Asiago Cheese Grits in the March Southern Living and I thought they would be a nice change to our usual side of parmesan risotto. The grits were great! They were creamy and oh, so cheesy. They went perfectly with the roast! The grits only take about 10 minutes to make, so dinner was on the table in no time. Just writing this post is making me wish I still had some of this to eat tonight!
Cooked by Steph & Eaten by Tadd 3/11/2010
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
I saw this recipe in Southern Living and immediately wanted to try it. I don't like to make biscuits because I think they are hard to make (cutting in the shortening seems hard to me for some reason). This recipe uses vegetable oil instead of shortening, so I thought it would be easier for a beginner, like me. These biscuits took no time at all to make. They baked into nice light and fluffy biscuits. We served these with our favorite Italian Pot Roast. I think I'll try these for breakfast next time (if I drag myself out of bed on the weekend). I think they would be good stuffed with a big piece of sausage and egg.
Cooked by Steph & Eaten by Tadd 3/10/2010