Sunday, August 29, 2010

Peach Delight

I got this recipe from my friend Jane and it's super gooooooood! I again used those fresh peaches from the farmers market! (note that I only made a half batch but this recipe makes a full 13x9)

2 cups flour
1 cup pecans
2 sticks butter, melted

Mix these three together and place in 13x9 pan.  Bake at 350 for 25 minutes.

8 oz cream cheese
8 oz Cool Whip
2.5 cups powdered sugar

Mix and spread over first layer once it's cooled.

Add 4 cups fresh diced peaches

1 cup water
1 cup sugar
4 TB flour
4 TB peach jello

In saucepan combine ingredients and cook on medium heat until thick.  Remove from heat.  Once cooled pour over other ingredients and place in fridge to chill.

okra and tomatoes

I thought I would try this one since I had all that fresh okra from the farmers market! It was super delicious!

4 slices bacon, diced into small pieces
1 small onion, peeled and chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 (15-ounce) cans diced tomatoes
1 tablespoon chicken base (I didn't have this so just used a little chicken stock)

1 tablespoon sugar
2 cups fresh okra, cut into 1-inch pieces (may use frozen, if fresh not available)
Fresh ground black pepper
Cook bacon slightly. Saute onion and garlic with bacon until tender. Add tomatoes, chicken base, sugar and pepper. Stir well and let simmer for about 20 minutes. Adjust seasoning if needed. Meanwhile wash okra and remove fuzz if using fresh and cut into pieces. Add the okra and simmer until okra is done, about 20 more minutes (less if using frozen okra.)

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Red Velvet Cupakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

this is MY FAVORITE cupcake...seriously divine!!!!!!!

for the cupcakes:
2.5 cups all purpose flour
1.5 cups sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cocoa powder
1.5 cups veg oil
1 cup buttermilk, room temp.
2 large eggs, room temp.
2 TB red food coloring
1 tsp disilled white vinegar
1 tsp vanilla extract

For frosting:
1 pound cream cheese, softened
2 sticks butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 cups powdered sugar

chopped pecans for garnish

Preheat to 350. Line cupcake pans with cupcake papers. 

In med. bowl sift together flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder.  In a lg bowl beat together the eggs, butter, oil, buttermilk, food coloring, vinegar, and vanilla with hand mixer.  Add the dry ingred. to wet mixture slowly and mix until smooth. 

Pour into cupcake wrappers and bake for 20-22 minutes.  Cool.

For frosting:
beat cream cheese, buter, and vanilla together.  Add sugar and on low speed, beat until incorporated.  Increase speed and beat until light and fluffy!

Tex-Mex Cheddar Mac

This one is super easy (like 20 minutes) and was really good.  Essie devoured it!

1 pkg Kraft Mac n Cheese (7 oz)
1 lb ground beef
1 cup salsa
1 cup cheddar cheese

Prepare Mac'n'Cheese according to directions.
Brown beef in skillet on medium heat until no longer pink.  Add salsa and cook an additional 5 minutes.
Add meat mixture to mac'n'cheese...stir to combine and top with cheese!

Beef and Cheddar Potpie

6 TB Butter
1 sm onion, chopped
1.5 pounds ground sirloin
28 oz can diced tomatoes
1 cup beef broth
salt & pepper
1.5 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 c shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 c milk

Preheat to 375.
Spray 9x13 pan.
In lg pan, heat 2 TB butter over medium high heat.  Add onion and cook til tender but not brown.  Add beef and cook til no longer pink.  Add tomatoes and beef broth and season with salt and pepper.  Reduce heat and let simmer 20 minutes until most of liquid is gone.  Pour into prepared baking dish.

In lg bowl combine flour, baking powder and 1/2 tsp salt.  Using your fingertips blend remaining 4 TB butter and cheese until mixute becomes crumbly.  Gather the dough and make a big ball and press or roll out to 1/2 inch thickness.  Using 3 inch cookie cutter (I used a glass) cut out biscuits.  Re-rolll scraps until all dough has been used up.  Layer biscuits on top of beef mixture and bake for 35 minutes til browned.