Monday, June 28, 2010

Fresh Strawberry Frozen Yogurt

I had some strawberries from Costco that I needed to use up, and saw this wonderfully simple recipe for fresh strawberry frozen yogurt.  It couldn't be easier!  It is delicious, somewhat good for you, and tastes so perfect on a hot summer day.

Fresh Strawberry Frozen Yogurt

1 pint (2 cups) fresh strawberries - sliced
1/4 c sugar
4 c vanilla yogurt (one of the big Yoplait yogurts is 4 c)

Mash the strawberries with the sugar in a large bowl until the strawberries are completely mashed and the sugar is dissolved. Stir in the yogurt. Freeze in a 1 qt. ice cream freezer. When ice cream has frozen, either eat it soft-serve right then or move it to a plastic air-tight container and freeze until firm.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Strawberry Whipped Dessert

This is a a wonderful summer dessert that I have made for many parties, in fact, I bought these white rectangle plates at Target for this dessert (and another lime version that I will post another time).  It's nice to have a dessert that you can make ahead of time and not have to worry about right before the party.

After it is removed from the freezer, you top it with cool whip and fresh strawberries.

This is a little tutorial about how to easily line the pan with foil.    First put two sheets of foil together and fold the seam over twice as shown above.  You want this to be quite a bit longer than the pan so that you can fold it over at the end.

Turn the loaf pan upside down.

Fold the foil over the back of the pan, folding the ends over - kind of like you would if you were wrapping a present.

Next lift the foil off the back of the pan and flip the loaf pan right side up and set the foil into the inside of the pan.  It fits perfectly!

Fill the pan with the strawberry mixture and top with the Oreo mixture.

Carefully fold the foil over the top and gently press down to press the Oreos into the strawberry mixture and freeze for at least 6 hours.

The finished product.  Delightful!!

Strawberry Whipped Dessert
from Kraft Foods

Prep Time: 20 min

Total Time: 6 hr 20 min

Makes: 12 servings

4 cups fresh strawberries, divided

1 can (14 oz.) EAGLE BRAND® Sweetened Condensed Milk

1/4 cup lemon juice

1 tub (8 oz.) COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, thawed, divided (I used a 12 oz - I think it needs more)

8 OREO Chocolate Sandwich Cookies, finely chopped (I also used more cookies - 12)

1 TBSP. butter, melted (I used 1 1/2 TBSP butter)

LINE 9x5-inch loaf pan with foil, with ends of foil extending over sides of pan. Mash 2 cups of the strawberries in large bowl. Add condensed milk, juice and 2 cups of the whipped topping; mix well. Pour into prepared pan.

MIX chopped cookies and butter. Spoon over whipped topping mixture. Cover with ends of foil and gently press cookie mixture into whipped topping mixture. Freeze 6 hours or until firm.

INVERT dessert onto serving plate when ready to serve; remove pan and foil. Spread remaining whipped topping onto top and sides of dessert. Slice remaining 2 cups strawberries; arrange over dessert. Store leftovers in freezer.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Fresh Tasting EASY Pizza Sauce

My daughter got me onto this recipe.  It is SO easy and I love the fresh taste it has.  It tastes like a sauce you would get on a pizza at a really nice restaurant.  I love that it only has 3 ingredients and cooks in the time that it takes to let your pizza dough rise.  Couldn't be easier!  Give it a try. 

The sauce thickens up after cooking for the 15 minutes.

I use this on a Canadian Bacon Pineapple pizza
made on my Skookie Pans

A delicious pizza! 

Quick Pizza Sauce

Adapted from The America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook

1 TBSP extra-virgin olive oil

1 garlic clove, minced

1 15-oz can crushed tomatoes

Salt and Pepper

Heat the oil and garlic in a medium saucepan over medium heat until the garlic is sizzling, about 1 ½ minutes. Stir in the tomatoes and simmer until the sauce is thickened, about 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Apricot Jalapeno Jelly

Several years ago we were visiting our daughter and her husband and kids and they took us to a wonderful dessert cafe that also served delightful sandwiches.  I tried a ham and cheese with apricot jalapeno jelly and pesto served with fresh spinach leaves.  Oh my goodness it was good!  I came home and looked up where I could buy this apricot jalapeno jelly, but instead found that it was very easy to make.  I made some and we have since used this for many events.  It's a nice change from the normal ham and cheese.  We served these sandwiches for lunch at our family reunion for about 125 people, and they loved it!  I had some extra jars that I put into the family auction at the end of the reunion and they went quite high.  It is also VERY good served with cream cheese on crackers.  (It is NOT hot! - I don't do hot)

I buy the pesto at Costco, but you can get it at any grocery store.  This is what the jelly looks like.  The apricots kind of float to the top, so you have to stir them up after you first open the jar.

You spread one side of the sandwich with pesto and the other side with the Apricot Jalapeno Jelly

Add your choice of meat and cheese ( I like ham and provolone) and fresh spinach leaves.  SOOO good!

Apricot Jalapeno Jelly
recipe from CD Kitchen
Ready in:  30 minutes

Difficulty: 2 (1=easiest :: hardest=5)

Serves/Makes: 3 pints


1/2 cup Jalapeno peppers, stems & seeds removed

1 large Red bell pepper, stem & seeds removed

2 cups Cider vinegar

1 1/2 cup Dried apricots, chopped

6 cups Sugar

3 ounces Liquid pectin

4 drops red food color ( I left this out)


Put jalapenos, bell pepper, & vinegar in blender. Puree 'til coarsely ground and small chunks remain.

Combine apricots, sugar, & jalapeno/pepper/vinegar mixture in large saucepan. Bring to a boil. Boil rapidly, 5 minutes. Remove from heat; skim off any foam that forms.

Allow mixture to cool for 2 minutes. Then mix in pectin (and food coloring if you're going to use it).

Pour into sterilized jars, seal, and cool. (I processed in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes.)

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Double Chocolate Bundt Cake with Ganache

A few Sunday's ago, my daughter-in-law brought a DELICIOUS chocolate bundt cake for dessert that was heavenly! She and my son also gave me these really fun pans for Mother's Day (I think you can get them at Walmart). I decided to use her bundt cake recipe to make these cute little bundts and square cakes. This recipe was enough for both these pans plus an 8" round pan or one regular bundt cake pan. When using these pans, be sure to only fill them 1/2 full. They bake in about 17-22 minutes.

We topped them with ganache and fresh raspberries - as pretty as they are delicious!

Double Chocolate Bundt Cake with Ganache

1 Duncan Heinz Dark Chocolate Cake Mix - made as directed on the package and also add:

3/4 c sour cream

1 small box chocolate instant pudding

Stir in by hand:

1 bag milk chocolate chips

Pour into a greased full-sized bundt pan and bake at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Let cool for 10 minutes, then remove from pan to cooling rack.


3/4 c. -1 c heavy cream (depending on thickness desired)

1 TBSP light corn syrup

1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 tsp vanilla

(I add a pinch of salt) opt.

Heat cream and corn syrup until it just comes to a simmer then pour over chocolate chips in a bowl. Let sit until they soften and then stir to mix. Add vanilla. Pour immediately over warm cake (if you do this on a rack over a cookie sheet, it will catch the drips and you can lick them all up!)

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Easy Baked Beans

This recipe is one that I have made since we were newlyweds. It is a great tasting and very easy way to make baked beans. We enjoyed them at our Memorial Day BBQ in the back yard. Hooray for Summer!!! Easy Baked Beans
adapted from Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook

4 slices of bacon - cut up into small pieces and cooked until crispy. Move cooked bacon to a paper towel and pour off all but 2 TBSP of the grease.

Fry 1/2 c chopped onion in the fat until tender

In 2 qt baking dish, add the cooked bacon and onion to:

2 15-oz cans pork and beans in tomato sauce (I like Van Camp's Pork and Beans)
2 TBSP brown sugar
1 TBSP Worcestershire Sauce
1 tsp mustard

Mix well, cover and bake at 325 degrees for 1 1/2 hours.

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