Blueberry Muffin Hack

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I had a container of blueberries that needed some loving, so I tried this blueberry hack for copycat Otis Spunckmier muffins. SO AMAZING!!!!!!

Ingredients

1 package whole blueberries
1 Package White Cake Mix
1 Package of Instant Vanilla Pudding 4 serving size
4 Eggs (beaten)
1/2 C. Vegetable Oil
3/4 C. Milk
1 tsp. Vanilla

Directions

Rinse blueberries lightly and drain well. In mixing bowl beat eggs until light. To the eggs add cake mix, pudding, vegetable oil, vanilla, and milk. Beat until smooth but do not over beat. About two to two and half minutes. Batter will be thick.

Carefully fold blueberries in batter with a spoon or spatula. try not to break the berries, they can be very tender.

Fill muffin cups 3/4 full and place in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for 20 – 30 minutes depending on the size of you muffin cups. Test with a tooth pick and taking care not to over bake. Will make about 9 large muffins or 12 – 15 small muffins.

Recipe Review- Chicken Fricasse

So I made another recipe from the beautiful book, The Chef Next Door, by Amanda Freitag. She has a whole section on low and slow recipes, which I love. This recipe was shown 2 ways- on the stove top and slow cooker! You know I love a good crock pot meal on a  busy night! I assembled everything in the morning before I took the girls to school. I served it on top of rice, but pasta would work, too. So good! The girls even ate the green olives and capers! Working on a stuffed mushroom dish up later tonight or tomorrow!

Chicken Fricassee

Ingredients

3 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup tomato sauce or stewed tomatoes
1 yellow, orange, and red pepper- julienned
1 Spanish onion
6 garlic cloves, diced
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
8 ounces of beer or white wine (I used wine)
1 1/2 cups Chicken Stock
20 green olives, pitted
5 small Yukon gold potatoes, quartered
4 bone-in, skin on chicken legs (I used thighs, but breasts would work)
1/4 cup drained capers
2 limes, cut in to wedges (I did not use lime)

Slow Cooker-

Combine everything in the crock pot. In the directions, she cooks it on high until it boils, then turns it down. Since I was working all day, I just put it on low until I got home. The meat was falling off the bone. If you are adding capers and lime, add them right at the end002

Recipe Review- Corn Souffle

Evening guys! So today I have pretty much spent the entire day in the kitchen (and grocery store). I meal planned, I shopped, and I cooked my heart out. It is my Daddy’s birthday tomorrow, so I cooked him one of his favorite meals; Pork Ragu. I also made this corn souffle recipe I got from this cookbook…
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It has so many amazing recipes that I want to try, but this one caught my eye right away. I have always wanted to take on the souffle, but I have always been afraid to try. This was in the section called “The Scary Stuff,” but the directions were super clear and easy to follow. I followed this recipe to a tee. I encourage you to BUY this book up. It is perfect for the home cook who wants to gain skill and tips from a master chef!

Corn Souffle- from The Chef Next Door by Amanda Freitag

Ingredients- makes four 8-Ounce Ramekins
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter, plus more for the ramekins
1 cup corn kernels ( fresh or frozen)
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups milk
4 egg whites
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

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Here is how it progressed…

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I think it was a hit! Becca loved it, but she said next time I should add some cheese. Done!

Cravings…

Cravings…

Steak…Porterhouse…Medium Rare…Perfection

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The cooking time all depends on the size and thickness of your steak and how well done you like it. Mine was on the smaller size and not too thick. Season your steak with salt and pepper on both sides. I like mine medium rare, so I cooked it on the first side about 6 minutes in a super hot cast iron skillet in with a tablespoon of butter. Then I flipped it and cooked the other side about 4 minutes. Then I let it rest for 10 minutes to keep in all the juices.

I have also made it half on the stove and half in the oven with a broiler using Bobby Flay’s recipe I read in Bon Appetit. http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/perfect-porterhouse-steak

Ingredients

  • 1 2”-thick Porterhouse steak, trimmed (about 2 lb.)
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • Preparation
    • Let steak sit at room temperature 30 minutes before cooking, which will help it cook quickly and more evenly.
    • Heat broiler. Heat a large skillet, preferably cast iron, over medium-high heat, then heat oil in pan until smoking. Season steak very generously with salt and pepper and cook until a deep brown crust forms on underside (do not turn), about 4 minutes. Transfer steak to a cutting board, turning it browned side up.
    • Cut meat from bone in 2 pieces (strip steak and filet mignon). Slice both pieces straight down perpendicular to the bone 1” thick. Replace sliced steak around the bone (it should look like a whole sliced steak) and return to skillet, browned side up. Top with butter and broil until butter is melted and steak is medium-rare, 4–6 minutes. Serve steak with buttery pan juices spooned over.

Recipe Review- Sophisticated Long Island Iced Tea

So remember that one time in college you ordered a Long Island Iced Tea? It was gross, but you drank it anyway because you didn’t want to be THAT girl. Well, this is nothing like that. It actually tastes good!

The Long Island Iced Tea dates back to the 50’s when Long Island house wives wanted to drink, but didn’t want their husbands to know they were sneaking their stash. They would just put a small amount of everything in cola, tea, or soda water. Problem solved! Brilliant! Well, it is 2015, so hopefully you don’t need your husbands permission to drink.  If you do, come over to my house. I will provide the liquor and hook you up with a divorce lawyer!

Courtesy of Geoffery Zakarian on The Kitchen…

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/geoffrey-zakarian/gz-long-island-iced-tea.html

Ingredients
1 ounce Sour Mix, recipe follows
3/4 ounce vodka
3/4 ounce gin
3/4 ounce tequila
3/4 ounce rum
3/4 ounce triple sec
Splash of rose champagne
Lime or lemon slices, for garnish
Sour Mix:
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup lemon juice
3/4 cup lime juice

Directions
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the Sour Mix, vodka, gin, tequila, rum and triple sec. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds and then strain into a highball glass filled with ice. Top with rose champagne, garnish with a lime or lemon slice and serve.

Sour Mix:
Combine the sugar and 1 cup water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Cook, stirring, until the sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat and let cool completely. Stir in the lemon and lime juice. Store, covered, in a glass or plastic container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Yield: About 3 cups

Recipe courtesy of Geoffrey Zakarian

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