Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Homemade BBQ Sauce - like sweet baby ray's

There are times in my life where I will have a recipe and I will be like oh I don't have one item for this recipe, i'll substitute for something else. This can work, and does work most of the time. However, just this once, I needed to follow this recipe to the T. Because if you want it to taste like Sweet baby ray's which is my favorite brand I need to follow this recipe to the T. No substitutions. So just this once. Follow this recipe. Now here is what you will need:
1 1/2 c. of DARK Brown Sugar
1 1/4 c. of Ketchup
1/2 c. of Red Wine Vinegar - note if yours has been sitting in the pantry since 1958 like my grandma's was please buy new
1/2 c. Water
1 tbsp of Worcestershire Sauce
2 1/2 tsp of Ground Mustard
2 tsp of Paprika
1 1/2 tsp of Salt
1 tsp of Pepper
Dump it into a bowl, mix until combined then place it into a container and refrigerate it or serve immediately. Now go ahead....enjoy it, it tastes amazing. Mmmm mine will be topping the ribs later - go ahead droll. Let me know if you want to guest blog!

Yeah those will be good!

Mmmmmm Mmmm Mmmm

Thursday, April 18, 2013

How to make Oreo Truffles - Guest post, sort of...

This week is a semi guest blog. Test subject Derek wanted to make Oreo truffles. So he asked me how hard is it? I told him it is actually just a time issue. Simple, just takes time. So he tells me: “ If I buy the stuff will you help me make them? Please?!” I should have known better. I told myself, he’s not going to help. But since he has been my best friend since we were 16 (this is actually an inside joke…we were 14) I told him sure. So as he was getting off work he calls me and goes what do I need I gave him the run down

What you will need:

1 package of Oreo’s – he bought double stuffed – fine but I think regular stuffed would have made better truffles

1 package of either chocolate or white candy melts – like 16 oz

1 package (8 oz) of cream cheese

As he left the store he told me he had to run home and then would be over – good because the cream cheese needs to sit out. So once He arrived with the stuff this is how it went down.

Derek: “Here is the crap”

Me: “Everything in the kitchen – no don’t put the cream cheese in the fridge you idiot! It’s easier if it’s room temp”

Justin: “Can we watch Doctor Who? I wanna see the latest episode”

Me: “Fine, yeah.”

Watched an episode then they wanted to watch some older ones so I turned on Netflix

Me: “Derek you going to help me do this?”

Derek: no response

Me *irritated*: “DEREK!”

Derek: “What?!”

Me: “ Are ya going to help?!”

Derek: “But I’m watching the Doctor!”

Me: “Fine!”

So here is how it goes down. Crush up the Oreo’s I did this in my NEW Kitchenaid stand mixer. Yes it worked well! Then add the cream cheese to it and mix until well combined. Once done grab a cookie sheet, cover with wax paper, and start forming small balls – I wore latex free gloves because this is a messy step. I don’t like messy on my hands. *also thanks Justin for taking photos* Then once you have formed all the balls place the cookie sheet and all into the freezer – yes I have just enough room for it. Trust me this freezer will be nearly empty by Friday. Then while those are chilling lets get our double boiler method going and melt the chocolate. Please note that you should not use chocolate chips. They will not harden. So unless you have paraffin or you want to do tempering just buy the other. At this point I joined them to watch another Doctor who episode. I let the double boiler method work on low – I was in no hurry. By the time the Doctor saved England my truffles had hardened and my candy was just almost melted – just needed a good stir. If you are wondering how long it takes the Doctor to save England, the answer is about 43 minutes. Now I pulled the truffles out three at a time from the freezer– had another sheet with wax paper ready - and dipped then sat on the sheet * at this point you can put sprinkles or anything else on them *. Repeated until I finished off my truffles. I then returned them to the freezer because I think they taste yummy frozen. So how did they taste? Well the following test subjects were not bribed or threatened in any way (although one was begged to eat it and guilt tripped into it) Scott, Peter, Justin, Sara, Derek, Lizzie, Dalton (yes he finally had one), and me! I loved them, as did they! So success (if you are like me you just pictured the three stooges saying this and that’s awesome)! Let me know if you want to guest blog – and you better not guest blog like Derek.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

How to make Hot Dog Casserole

This weekend my grandparents moved from Tennessee back to Miamisburg Ohio. We are exhausted. It has been a very, very, VERY, exhausting move. Special thanks to everyone who helped (my two cousins, their wives, my uncle, their uncles (not my father), dad, husband, mom, my two brothers, and of course grandma and grandpa). They are excited to be back home. We are happy to have them but that has put a small crimp in my blogging plans. I was hoping to have a guest author this weekend but that did not turn out, nor did the three different cookies I made – guess who forgot to take photos!! So normally I’ll have a couple of recipes already taken photo of and ready to go. Well that is not the case this time. I would also like to take this time to tell you I got a new mixer. A Kitchenaid stand mixer, it’s okay if you are jealous, it’s blue. I love it. Anyway I still need guest bloggers and here is this week’s recipe! And no, it does not require a mixer!

What you need:

Hot dogs
Mayo - just trust me
Onion - one small
Relish (I did not use)
Okay this is easy. Take a 13x9 pan line it in foil. This is NOT an optional step! Now take hot dog buns and line with mayo, mustard, and Relish if you like relish. I hate pickles so no relish. Now put a hot dog in each bun and line the pan with them, they will fit 6 across and 2 on top. Smash them in if you have to. Now pour a can of chili over the top, everywhere and top with cheddar cheese , cover in tin foil, and bake at 350 for 45 minutes. When the 45 minutes is done pull the foil off and let melt for a bit till it is nice and bubbly. Now when done serve up (you can pull the hot dog bun and all so that you have a whole one) and eat, these need a fork and a knife! I love it, super yummy, I think next time we will throw some sauerkraut on it, because that's what it needs, if you ask me!  Which you are reading my recipe so maybe you do care! If anyone wants to guest blog let me know!

Fork and Knife please!!! 

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

How to make Cheesy Potato Wedges (baked)

Let’s discuss something.

1. You know I like pintrest.

2. You know Peter loves potatoes

3. You know I do not particularly care for them

4. 9 times out of 10 my pintrest recipes I try turn out terrible

5. This may or may not be one of those times

6. I hate having to “fix” recipes.

Okay that being said. What is up with the recipes on pintrest sucking. Seriously I have NEVER found more recipes that are screwed up than I have on this site. That being said how often do you cook potatoes? Well I cook them often enough to know from the get go that this “recipe” from pintrest was wrong. It said to cut up into fries and cook at 400 for 30  minutes…seriously…. Like that is going to cook my potatoes. Guess what it will not. So here is the BETTER version of pintrests cheesy potatoes slices.

What you will need:

4 potatoes (or however many you need for however many people)

1/4 c. olive oil (or veggie oil like I used because olive oil has a low smoke point)

Seasonings – pepper and seasoned salt for me

Cheese – a mixture of Mozzarella and Cheddar about 1 cup

Real Bacon Bits (you can buy these pre packaged)

Dipping sauce:

1 c. Sour Cream

1/2 c. Ranch

1/4 c. Milk

(I added some spices to make this a spicy ranch, just chili powder and red pepper totally optional)

Now here is what pintrest says: Cut in wedges, sprinkle with salt and pepper and oil bake at 400 for 30 minutes, the top with cheese and bacon bake for 10 more minutes and enjoy.
Okay. This does not work.
Here is what I did. I cut up my potatoes into wedges, boiled them for 5 minutes, this will not cook them but I helps speed up the process. Drained and put them in a large bowl so I could toss the seasonings and oil all around them and make it equally distributed. I like every bite to be equally seasoned. Then I put them on a foil lined pan that I sprayed with cooking spray then I baked at 425 for 45 minutes. At 45 mine were fork tender so I added the cheeses to the top and the bacon and baked until they were melted and ready to ingest. I did mix up the ranch while everything was cooking. Did and enjoy. So how did they taste. Like potatoes. I mean they are not French fries like you get in a restaurant so they are not going to be like OH MY THESE ARE THE BEST EVER! But they are equally delicious. Peter loved them and I have made them twice since! So you should make them. Remember if you want to guest blog send me a note!

Here are mine...

These are the fries you see on Pintrest 

They kinda look alike!