Chocolate Fudge Marshmallow Goodness

chocolateThe weather must warm up!  Spring is around the corner and I need to get out of the kitchen soon.  The downside is my backside,  The upside is that I have tested some of the best recipes that are now some of my favorites.  I have been blessed to share them with friends going through tough times.  

Good weather is coming and so are better times for so many.  My heart is full, tummies are full, and love has been shown.  I stumbled upon this recipe and had every ingredient except the marshmallows.  We have enjoyed the leftover marshmallows in hot cocoa.  🙂  Is there such a thing as too much chocolate?

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Strawberry Brownies


Cooking for friends this week, I searched for something outside of my box.  I love desserts that stand alone and also good with a good cup of morning joe. This is a different version of Strawberry Cake.  First, it’s dense.  Second, it’s easy with minimal ingredients. There are two ways you can make this.  I made both and like both.  The brownies with the glaze can be frozen.  The cream cheese frosted ones are rich and yummy!

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Hearty Hodgepodge Soup

We are clinging onto Winter.  Therefore, we welcome a couple more soups to add to the menu.  At my house, we call this the rotation.  The rotation of things that will warm our bones.   I love so many things about this soup.  The simplicity, the heartiness, the rich flavor.  I also love my friend, Jessica that shared this with me.  There are many ways to make this soup depending on your time and taste buds. 

 

1 cup chopped onions ( I use onion soup mix instead)

1 cup chopped celery

1 cup chopped bell pepper

1 can Rotel tomatoes (I used plain canned diced tomatoes)

2 cans Minestrone soup

2 cans ranch style beans with jalapeno ( I use beans without jalapeno), undrained

1 can mushrooms, drained  ( if you use fresh mushrooms, saute’ with the meat)

2 pounds stew meat (cut in bite size pieces) or hamburger browned and seasoned  ( I used Tony’s for the seasoning)

Brown the stew meat in a skillet with a little oil.  I seasoned with a dash of Tony’s seasoning and the Lipton Onion Soup Mix. Halfway through the browning of the meat, I added the celery and bell pepper.

Mix the tomatoes, Minestrone soup, and beans into a crock pot.  Next. add the meat and veggies and simmer in a crock pot.

Can be served either over rice or with cornbread,

Easily modified to fit taste.  You can use Rotel with green chilies, or not.  Ranch Style Beans with jalapeno, or not.  Canned mushrooms or fresh.  Fresh onion or Lipton Onion Soup Mix.  You are the boss of this soup.  Enjoy.

Can add beef broth for extra liquid if needed.

Superbowl Sausage Spinach Dip

Move over regular queso, there is a new game in town.  Looking for something different for a weekend of football?   No matter who your favorite team is, this will be the clear winner.  Thanks to Jessica for something new to add to your Superbowl menu.  

Ingredients:

 

Directions:

In a large skillet over medium heat on stovetop, brown sausage; drain.

Add spinach, cream cheese, and sour cream.

Cook over medium heat until bubbly, stirring occasionally to keep from burning on bottom.

Add tomatoes and cheddar cheese and continue to cook, keeping the temperature at medium heat.

When cheese is melted, add garlic.

Add scallions.

Turn heat down to low, to keep warm, until ready to serve.  You may also opt to transfer to a crock pot and keep on low.

Don’t forget your crock pot liner for easy clean up.   A little trick to keep from burning is to add 1/4 cup of water in the crock pot and place liner on top of the water.

Serve with chips.

Kentucky Highway Pie (sometimes known as Kentucky Derby)

pieWho am I to turn down a piece of pie? Dione had a bake off during the NFL playoffs and shared. Oh how I love when you announce you MIGHT start a diet and how really good food comes your way.
Happy 2015. I said I wouldn’t share with the hubs, but I lied. He took one look and said, I love chocolate pie….how could I resist? This comes from Dione’s mama, perfectly handwritten like the good ole days. Enjoy!

Unbaked store bought or your favorite homemade crust, your choice
2 eggs
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 cup of cornstarch
1 cup pecans, chopped
6 oz of chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Lightly blend eggs in a medium mixing bowl. Then add sugar, butter, vanilla, and cornstarch one by one until well mixed. Fold in pecans and chocolate chips. Pour into an unbaked pie crust.
Cook at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes until set. Cover edges of crust with foil if they start getting a little dark. The chef also mentioned that it is wonderful the day after!

Neiman Marcus Dip

Looking for a new and different New Years appetizer?   Our sister-in-law, Amy,  shared her latest and greatest, that happened to be her sister’s recipe.  Thanks, Julie!   She told us it was quick and easy and she is right.  She told us it had the word Neimans in it and we were scared it would have a gazillion ingredients.  She told us it came from Julie and we knew it would be perfect! We wish you all a very Happy New Year and a year full of memory making, good food, and fellowship.  

5-6 green onions, chopped

8 oz cheddar cheese, shredded

1 1/2 cup mayonnaise

1 jar of real bacon bits

1 small pkg of slivered almonds, lightly toasted

Mix the onion, cheese, mayo, bacon, and almonds. You can put in your best bowl, because this recipe does not require the oven.  Chill for a couple of hours.

Serve with Ritz crackers or Frito corn chips.

Crockpot Chicken and Dumplings

My friend Judi and I walk and talk… then talk and walk.  Our talks always lead to food (shocker), the newest restaurants (big news in our small town), and the latest recipes that we have tried.  We are still waiting for Jack Frost in Texas, but when he finally gets here…..we will be ready for something good to warm our bones.  This is crockpot (from Crockin Girls)  friendly and a treat.

  • 4 Chicken Breasts (boneless, skinless)
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1 Can Cream of Chicken Soup
  • 1 Can Cream of Celery Soup
  • 3 1/2 Cups Chicken Broth
  • 1 Onion, finely diced
  • 1 Cup Celery, diced
  • 1 Cup Carrots, diced
  • 2 Chicken bouillon cube
  • 10 Ounces Can of Biscuits, but you can make your own (yeah right)
  1. Step One

    EXCLUDING THE BISCUITS put all ingredients in the crockpot and cover and cook on LOW for 8 hours.

  2. Step Two

    About an hour (give or take) before serving, remove chicken and pull into pieces and return to the soup mixture.

  3. Step Three

    Place the torn biscuit dough in and cook until the dough is no longer raw in the center.

Pumpkin Tiramisu

Don’t let the 12 ingredients scare you!  There are the 12 days before Christmas and this is a memorable holiday recipe. Mary Ann outdid herself recently, bringing this to a party.  We “ooooed” and “ahhhed” over it and by the time we finished this scrumptious dessert, we decided the extra trouble is absolutely worth it.  The presentation puts it over the top if you have a simple glass trifle bowl.  

One 15-ounce can pumpkin puree

1/2 cup light brown sugar

3/4 teaspoon ground ginger

3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1 1/2 cups mascarpone cheese

2 1/2 cups heavy cream

2 cups brewed coffee, cooled

Two 7-ounce packages dry ladyfingers

Chocolate shavings and candied ginger, for garnish

  1. In a large bowl, whisk the pumpkin puree with the brown sugar, ginger, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg and 1/2 cup of the granulated sugar. Add the mascarpone and 1 1/2 cups of the heavy cream. Using an electric mixer, beat the pumpkin mixture at medium speed until soft peaks form; do not overbeat.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk the brewed coffee with 2 tablespoons of the granulated sugar until it’s dissolved. Dip both sides of 6 ladyfingers in the coffee and arrange them in a single layer in a 4-quart trifle dish. Spread 1 cup of the pumpkin mousse on top. Repeat the layering 5 more times, ending with a layer of the pumpkin mousse. Cover and refrigerate the tiramisu overnight.
  3. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the remaining 1 cup of cream with the remaining 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar until soft peaks form. Dollop the whipped cream over the tiramisu, garnish with shaved chocolate and candied ginger and serve.