Sunday, February 27, 2011

How-To make white cake, this will taste like a wedding cake!

My friends all love white cake. I prefer death by chocolate cake, but today my friends all wanted white cake and since poor test subject Jon loves white cake, that is what I made. First off I doubled this recipe so that I could make a square cake. But if you are making a typical round cake, leave it as is.
Things you will need:
Cake mix (white any brand)
4 1/2 large egg whites = 4 full liquid ounces
1 c milk
2 1/4 tsp vanilla (or Jack Daniels Whiskey)
1 tsp Almond Extract
3 c sifted cake flour
1 1/2 c sugar
1 tbsp plus 1 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
12 tbsp unsalted butter, softened 

Okay first let me start by saying if you want to make your own frosting I will attach a recipe on the end if not, out of a can is fine. Okay I measured all of my ingredients first, then I put all the dry ones in a bowl, then I separated all of my eggs into one bowl by themselves, then add 1/4 of your milk, and extracts to the same bowl. Great, now what...oh yeah! Add butter (room temp) and rest of milk into dry ingredients, mix till all ingredients are combined and wet. Now moving on slightly mix egg mixture and add in 1/3 at a time to other bowl, mixing on high after each is so super thick it would be fine to cook as is, but lets make it better. Follow directions on the back of your favorite white cake mix and add it to the other batter. Pour into any GREASED AND FLOURED pan and cook  at 375 degrees for about 35 min, check with toothpick for doneness. 
Now is your cake done? Yes? YAY! Pull it out, let sit for ten minutes, flip it onto a cooling rack and we are good. Let fully cool and frost! Decorate! Or whatever..devour.
Oh before I forget, how does it taste...well I have no clue...everyone has already ate it..Sad day.
And here is an amazing frosting recipe:
1 C. Crisco, butter flavored
4 C. Powdered Sugar (or 1 lb bag)
1 tsp of vanilla 
1 tsp of any flavoring of your choice..I use almond
up to 5 tbsp. of Milk (just enough to bring it together)
okay put extracts and Crisco in a bowl, mix well, add powdered sugar, beat slowly, incorporate milk, just as much as you need..and voila! Delicious!

Frosting Below:

Monday, February 21, 2011

How-To make low calorie orange chicken

This week we are making orange chicken..but this is different from normal orange chicken, it's low calorie. My future sister-in-law is on a diet, so she was hungry the other day and we made this tasty dish, she read, I cooked. Well as it turns out test subject Jon loves orange chicken, and since Kroger had a sale on chicken I figured why not.
Things you are going to need:
4 lbs of chicken skin on, pick your favorite cut
White wine (cheap)
Garlic (fresh is better)
Rosemary (fresh please, if not its cool)
Orange Juice
Orange Marmalade
Honey (orange blossom = better)
Crushed red pepper
1 Orange (optional but pretty)
Olive Oil
Okay you need one small sauce pan, and one large skillet, and lastly a 13 x 9 pan.
Preheat your oven to 350, add 1 cup orange juice, 1/2 cup of Orange Marmalade, and 1/2 of cup of honey into the sauce pan. Put it over medium high heat, let it simmer and reduce (please stir this, if you don't it will burn and kill everyone). Now pour about two tablespoons of olive oil into the skillet and heat over medium high heat. Leave the skin on your chicken, or do skinless, totally up to you. Now here we go. Your oil should be hot before you do this. Add the chicken into the pan skin side down, crisp it up. Let it cook for about three minutes, then flip chicken and cook for about two min. In the meantime, cut the orange into at least 8 slices and line the pan with it. So do not overcrowd the pan but cook all of the chicken as directed above. So are you done cooking? No? Okay...I'll wait........done now? GOOD! Put the chicken in the 13 x 9 pan skin side down again. Your skillet should now be free. Yes? Good! Turn up the heat on the skillet add 1/3 cup to 1/2 cup of the white wine to the skillet and let simmer. Add 2 tablespoons of fresh minced rosemary, two teaspoons of garlic, pepper, crushed red pepper, and salt if you want into the skillet. Let it reduce a little, pour it over the chicken and now your little pot that has been boiling and you have been keeping an eye on and stirring, it's done now. Pour it over top of the chicken as well. Well isn't that pretty? Yes! Now put it in the 350 degree oven, cook for 15 min, flip spoon the orange glaze over it again, cook for another fifteen (however, it did take mine another ten minutes to cook throughly) and then serve, make yourself a pretty plate and have some side dishes. I assume by the animalistic growls of test subject Jon that this is in fact a tasty meal. Other positives, your diet is not out the window and it's good!

Monday, February 14, 2011

How-To make asparagus and eggs

Well I have decided to add another how-to this week, because Kroger had a sale on asparagus.  I also love that veggie so yeah.. okay so here is the big thing about this veggie. Most people cut off the bottom. Thats good and all to get off all of the woody stock off. But you could miss some and get rid of some of the best parts of the asparagus. So an easier way is to bend the stalk it will break and knock off the woody stock, voila prefect (pictures below to see).
Do that for all of them.
Okay now moving on add butter to a skillet and let it melt. About a ten inch one this time.
Meanwhile fill a small sauce pan with water bring to a boil, while its boiling put the asparagus in the pan and cook, add any spice you want, I did pepper and Sugar (I like it sweet).
 Okay is your water boiling? Good, turn off the asparagus, add a lid and let it sit. Crack an egg into the boiling water, let it cook about four minutes. Want a little softer yolk? Cook for three.
 So now test subject Jon is back, and he is hungry, so typically you place about four to six stalks of asparagus on a plate, since the test subject is really hungry and looks like he might eat me I'm putting on half of the pan on the plate. Okay stack them side by side make it look pretty. Is your egg done? Yes? Yay! Okay pull out the egg with a flat spatula or turner (whatever you call it the thing you flip things in a pan with). Okay let it drip off all the excess water and then place the egg in the middle of the asparagus. Test subject Jon is getting pretty hungry so I had better hurry, sprinkle some red pepper flakes on top and serve. So how do you eat it? Crack the yolk and dip.
I don't know if test subject Jon liked it, but the plate is clean and I still have fingers so I guess it was good.
Please comment and give me ideas for the next how-to, and below is the picture slide show:

Sunday, February 6, 2011

How-to Make an Omelette - Cheese

Today is how to make an Omelette...a Plain Cheese one!
I want to start by saying I have never made one before. So it's slightly a new learning experience for me and now I can help you!
So lets start...Do you have eggs? Good!
So there are lots of fillings you can add to an Omelette..however, my test Subject (Jon) likes plain cheese, and since I am a poor college student that's all I have! So yay!
Step one:
Crack some eggs into a bowl
Two for mine...
add some milk (about a tablespoon)
crack some pepper into it. If desired!
Now either, whisk or use a fork to mix it together.
DO NOT OVER BEAT! If it has bubbles, its slightly over mixed, so stop.
Let sit for a second now.
Put a pan on the stove, max size 6 in. non-stick please!
Add some butter/margarine/other greasing agent (olive oil, cooking spray, etc.)
turn on stove to medium low, let pan sit, walk back over to where you left your eggs!
Now pour eggs slowly into pan (make sure if you used a solid fat that it is melted)
tilt pan in a circular motion to make sure the bottom of the pan is fully covered with the egg solution.
Now this is the most important part....just let it sit.
It takes about 3-5 minutes to fully cook. It should be slightly wet on top when done, only little bits though, not like pure liquid, just gelatinousness if you will. Now comes the fun part. Check under the omelette, slide a spatula  under an edge and make sure its just about golden brown underneath. Is it? I'll wait....good!
Now add some cheese to it. I added sharp cheddar cheese, I added a little more than normal because my test subject enjoys cheese. So sprinkle cheese, a little goes a long way. Start to slide omelette off the pan and onto a plate, when it is half off of the pan, fold it over top of the other half to achieve omelette perfection!
Do you desire more to an omelette? Okay!
Add these for more tasty-ness:
Ham (or other amazing pork products)
Green Onions
Peppers (bell, jalapeƱo or even fresh banana peppers)
Cilantro (or other fresh herbs)
or whatever you think sounds good!
Please comment, and suggest other How-to's that you would like to see!
Below is pictures for the above recipe