Monday, April 23, 2018

Blueberry Cheesecake Crumb Cake

I’m grateful to have neighbors that are willing to try my adventures in baking. It’s not only my therapy but my way of letting them know I’m thinking about them. This one is probably one of my future favorites. The mascarpone cheese and fresh blueberries make it a very special treat. One caveat, due to the high elevation, I had to cook it for 90 minutes. I also might add a little lemon juice next time to balance the sweetness.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Ham, Potato and Broccoli Cheese Soup

Well, it's a rainy/snowy day; that's how Colorado does spring. Don't know what it is about cold, dreary weather that makes soup taste so good. I used 2 ham steaks and cut them up; used my handy dicer on my KitchenAid mixer for the potatoes (makes perfect cubes); and had fresh broccoli that needed using up. In general, I cook healthy dinners, but tonight, I didn't hold back with the cream and cheese--it's the only way to truly make comfort food. :) Thumbs up from the hubby...I don't think this soup will last long. ;)

Mountain Dew Cake (modified)

Well, you all know baking is my therapy and this weekend has been extra "therapeutic". Having fun trying some new recipes. This one was simple and easy. My recipe selection usually starts with something I have in my cupboard that needs to be used. This time it was lemon cake. I usually end up doing poke cakes, but I saw the title and knew I had to try it. A few caveats--if using a bundt cake pan, there are some great tips on YouTube that I recommend watching. Secondly, I didn't have Mountain Dew on-hand, so I used Sierra Mist; I highly recommend adding a little lemon juice to the cake and the glaze--takes away some of the sweetness. Lastly, I recommend making this cake the night before and glazing the next day to make sure it's had time to completely cool down, otherwise you end up with a glaze moat around your cake. Great cake for spring!

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Dark Chocolate Cream Pie

Chocolate, chocolate and more is one of my favorite go-to's for decadent but simple desserts. I like to use my neighbors as guinea pigs for my baking therapy experiments. I ended up doubling the recipe and will be handing it out to a birthday girl and at a housewarming. This dessert is very rich, so I recommend smaller pieces. Also, when giving away desserts, I like to use disposable dishes so I bought pre-made graham cracker crusts. However, in the future, I'm planning to stock-up from thrift stores for 13x9s and pie crusts so I can give away real dishes (which actually end up being cheaper than aluminum). :)

Strawberry Poke Cake

I have a bad habit of buying cake mixes when they're $1 and then not using them in a timely manner. I've decided to organize them (and pudding boxes) in my cupboard based on expiration and make sure I pull them out in time.

I've learned that Poke cakes are the best way to use up cake and pudding/jello for a delicious dessert, not to mention it's super easy to make them. I ended up leaving off the cool whip and using strawberry jelly for this one. For a strawberry cake, I recommend adding a little lemon juice to give it a bit of a kick. :)

Baked Ham with Golden Beets and Asparagus

Delayed Easter dinner last night. Another awesome sheet pan dinner and great recipe from Food Network. Of course we used our own pork but I added golden beets and asparagus. I followed the Food Network directions, but took about 1/4th of the sauce and mixed it into the veggies, adding them to the pan and continued to cook it all for 40 minutes. It was so delicious and easy! Plus the dogs enjoyed the bones and fat. [I put the ham on a cooling rack placed in the cookie sheet.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Lemon Supreme Pie

I was excited to make this one, however, I'm not able to comment on the finished product. I loved both the made-from-scratch lemon curd and the cream cheese layer, but, since I made this for a neighbor as a "get-well" treat, I hope it turned out yummy. I cheated and used a pre-made graham cracker crust instead of baking a pie crust--it saved me a ton of time and seemed to go well with it. I also omitted the extra whipped topping and just left the 2 layers. If you want a quick, easy (but overnight) pie, this is perfect for spring, Easter and summer. I am hoping to make this one again later this season. I love Taste of Home because I know I can always trust their recipes.