Seminary Cream Puffs

Recipe: Seminary Cream Puffs

Summary: I served these little bundles of eye-rolling love at my "Seminary Info & Cream Puff Extravaganza"... "Bake it and they will come", said the voice in my head.

Ingredients

Pastry –

  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup flour
  • 4 eggs

Custard filling –

  • 3 – 5.1 oz. pkg. vanilla pudding (6 serving size)
  • 6 cups milk
  • 1 – 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 – 8 oz. container whipped topping

Frosting –

  • ¼ cup butter
  • 2 oz. unsweetened baking chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • ≈ ¼ cup milk

Instructions

  1. Heat water and butter to rolling boil.
  2. Add flour, stirring constantly, cook until dough forms into a ball.
  3. Remove from heat. Beat in eggs.
  4. Using a #20 (1.5 ounce) cookie scoop, drop dough onto cookie sheet, about 2” apart.
  5. Bake at 350⁰ for 35 minutes.
  6. Allow to cool completely.
  7. Prepare custard - Combine pudding mix with milk and sweetened condensed milk. Gently stir in whipped topping.
  8. Prepare frosting - Melt chocolate and butter, mix well. Beat in powdered sugar and vanilla. Add milk by tablespoon until frosting reaches desired consistency.
  9. Slice off top of each puff. Remove any strands of soft dough.
  10. Fill with custard, replace top and frost. Refrigerate before serving.

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Posted on August 14, 2011 and filed under Desserts.

Crock Pot Beef Roast

Recipe: Crock Pot Beef Roast

Summary: I’m not sure who taught me how to make this roast. I think it was my sister, Nancy, but I learned a thing or two about cooking beef from my father-in-law, too. At any rate, this is how I love a roast! My kids went through a “I hate mushrooms” phase. (They may actually still be in that phase.) When the roast was finished, I removed it and used an immersion blender to get rid of any evidence of mushrooms.

Ingredients

  • 4-6 pound beef roast (rump or round – a “tougher” cut works best for this method)
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 envelope onion soup mix, dry
  • 1 – 2 (10.75 ounce) cans cream of mushroom soup

Instructions

  1. Cook onion in oil for 1-2 minutes. Brown roast in skillet with onions, 4-5 minutes on each side.
  2. Combine dry soup mix with mushroom soup in crock pot.
  3. Place roast and onions in crock pot with soup mixture. Spoon soup over roast and cook on low 4-6 hours.
  4. Serve with mashed potatoes... I just got chills.

Tougher cuts of meat are best when cooked low and slow. A more tender cut of beef will turn to mush if cooked this long.

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Posted on January 23, 2011 and filed under Entrées.

Crock Pot BBQ Pork

Recipe: Crock Pot BBQ Pork

Summary: Another recipe from the talented, Cassie Farley.

Ingredients

  • 4 pound pork roast
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder

Instructions

  1. Combine ingredients in crock pot.
  2. Brown roast in skillet and add to crock pot.
  3. Cook on low heat, 8-10 hours.

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Posted on January 23, 2011 and filed under Entrées.

Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas

Recipe: Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas

Summary: The flavor of these enchiladas is really delicious, and mildly spicy. For those wishing to have a little more "heat", you can add a couple chopped jalapeños to the enchilada sauce .

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt, pepper, and cumin
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 4 ounce can chopped green chiles
  • 4 cloves garlic, diced
  • 2 – 16 ounce jars green enchilada sauce
  • ½ cup light sour cream
  • ½ cup skim milk
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • 12 – 6 inch corn tortillas
  • 1½ cups Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
  • 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped

Instructions

  1. Season chicken with salt, pepper and cumin. Heat olive oil in large skillet and place seasoned chicken in skillet. Brown chicken breasts, 4 – 5 minutes on each side.
  2. Remove chicken and slice. Return chicken to skillet, along with green chilies and garlic. Continue to cook chicken until cooked thoroughly.
  3. Whisk sour cream and milk together. Add enchilada sauce and cumin. Warm tortillas in microwave, 30 seconds or so.
  4. Assemble enchiladas by dipping each tortilla in enchilada sauce mixture, lay tortilla flat, spoon on about 1/4 - ½ cup sliced chicken, and top with 1 tablespoon cheese. Roll tortilla tightly and place in sprayed 9x13 baking pan. Assemble the remaining enchiladas and place in pan.
  5. Pour remaining enchilada sauce mixture over the enchiladas, top with remaining cheese.
  6. Bake at 350° for 30-40 minutes, or until sauce and cheese are bubbly and delicious. Remove from oven and top with chopped cilantro. Serves 6 – 8.
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Posted on January 9, 2011 and filed under Entrées.

New & Improved Rice Krispie Treats

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Recipe: New & Improved Rice Krispie Treats

Summary: December 24 - A Cookie A Day Until Christmas!  There’s nothing really “New & Improved”, I just wanted to get your attention. I don’t know about you, but I’m enjoying my Christmas Eve and not stressing over cookies. I have never met anyone that didn’t like Rice Krispie treats, but if you’re bored with them, try some of the optional mix-in’s. Merry Christmas!

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 – 10 ounce bag of marshmallows
  • 6 cups rice cereal

Instructions

  1. Melt butter in large pan. Add marshmallows and melt, stirring occasionally.
  2. At this point, you would add any food color or flavorings.
  3. Mix in cereal. Press into greased 9 x 13 pan.

Variations

Mix-in’s:

  • ½ teaspoon peppermint extract and 6 candy canes, crushed – Kelly’s idea!
  • ½ cup peanut butter and top with a layer of melted chocolate – Some inspired person’s idea!
  • Substitute corn flakes, add green food coloring and red hots – Julie’s idea!

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candy canes rice krispie

Candy Cane Rice Krispies

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rice krispie w pb

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Posted on December 24, 2010 and filed under Cookies!.