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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Halloween Ghost White Chocolate Truffle Cake Balls



This recipe is so easy a child can make it!

The trick is keeping the chocolate warm and the truffle cake balls cold ;)

Ingredients:
  • One baked cake
  • One package of Candy Chocolate Coating
  • One and 1/2 cans of prepared frosting.
Here I used a chocolate cake, dark chocolate and fudge chocolate frosting. I like the dark chocolate taste, it adds more flavor than just using the fudge chocolate by itself.

Bake the cake per the instructions on the box. Break up and let cool.

Mix the cake with the frosting in the mixer on low speed. Then chill cake mixture.


Scoop into balls with a scooper, then roll in wet hands into a perfect round ball, place on tray and chill about 40 minutes.

Melt chocolate in double boiler stirring until smooth. If you need to thin the chocolate add solid Crisco, one tablespoon at a time and stir in. Do not add oil, butter, or cream.

Drop chilled balls into chocolate and lift with fork, tapping on side of mixing bowl to remove extra chocolate, place on rack to set.

Place cake ball in liner and decorate with a spooky face!

Enjoy!


Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Eat For Your Type Healthy Eating


Treeliving.com has a Food Section loaded with Healthy eating tips and ideas. You can read about eating for your body type. The site also has many other helpful hints and tips to help make your home and life a bit greener.


How to eat for your type and other healthy tips under "Food" Treeliving.com


Happy Eating Healthy ;)

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Out Door Grilling Is Back!

Out Door Grilling is Back!

Guest post written by my buddy Judy Guerrero

Whenever I think of fall I immediately think of outdoor barbecue. I know a lot of people like to do it in the summer or spring. Well, I do too! However, there is something to be said about grilling out when the air is cool, but not cold. I love the feel of a nice fall breeze as it wafts the scent of burgers and ribs all across my yard. Throw in a few changing leaves and some great tunes and it's a party.

That's what fall is to me. It's party season. I mean when I'm not grilling out or playing some backyard football I love to check out the new fall lineup on my satellite TV from www.directstartv.com. Either way I'm golden. I can watch some good shows inside and cook some killer steaks while it happens.

Family, friends and fun, grilling out is where it's at! Just yesterday I threw on some chicken breasts and slapped down some foot long hotdogs. This weekend I think I might just cook a whole hog and make some pulled pork. My cousin Fred said he was up for it and if he's coming he almost always brings the booze. I love to get my grilling in before winter sets in and it looks like it will be one kickass end of the year series of barbecues after another. I hate grilling when its cold, but right now it is just right.

Taking My LIttle Monkeys To The Fair For Deep Fried Bananas


Guest post written by Charlaine Smith

My kids are at the age where they just can't sit still. But that's okay with me because I like to stay pretty active and I don't really like to sit around all the time and watch TV like some people prefer to do. So I'm always on the lookout for fun stuff to take the kids to do and knew that going to the fair would be a great thing to do.

I started planning a while back for this and made our reservations to go to the fair a couple of weeks ago. When I was doing that I saw an ad online for a new internet service and I decided to click now and switch my internet provider over to it.

They ended up loving the fair and I think we went on every single ride that they were big enough to go on. Then they also begged to go on some other rides that were too big and dangerous for people their size. But their favorite part was when we got some deep fried bananas and ate them.

Ingredients:

  • 2-6 Bananas
  • Aunt Jemima Buttermilk Complete Pancake & Waffle mix
  • frying oil
  • sprinkle of ground cinnamon
  • sprinkle of sugar

This is simple as making pancakes.

First, slice up the bananas into quarter pieces. Combine pancake mix with water or milk, whichever you prefer.

Dip bananas in batter and fry in oil until golden brown.

Lastly, while still hot, sprinkle cinnamon and sugar over cooked bananas.

Enjoy ;)


Friday, October 15, 2010

Karen B's Roasted Pumpkin and Squash Seeds



Fall is here and the Holidays are right around the corner.

We will be carving pumpkins, baking squash and baking pies.

Inside these amazing vegetables grown with Mother Natures loving care are an abundance of little healthy tid bits.... the seeds!

These seeds are actually a very healthy snack.

Click here for my recipe for Roasted Pumpkin and Squash Seeds:



Have the entire Family help!

Enjoy ;)


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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Karen B's Fall Apple Crisp Made Easy!


It's Fall! The Apples are ready!

Anyone can make this easy Apple Crisp in minutes!

The great part about this recipe is you don't have to mix the apples with anything just put them in the pie dish, the buttery spices will melt and season the apples as the topping get crisp. The aroma that comes from this wonderful dish while it's baking is so amazing it will fill your kitchen with a warm fuzzy feeling ;)

Ingredients:

1 1/2 pound apples about 4 to 5 (any type is fine)
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup oatmeal (not instant)
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 cup flour
1/4 tsp nutmeg (or any other yummy Fall Holiday spices)

Peal and slice apples, arrange in glass pie dish.

Melt butter, add sugar, oatmeal, flour, cinnamon and spices.

Mix until crumbled up.
Sprinkle topping mixture over apples.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 - 35 minutes.

Serve hot out of the oven with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream, or let cool a bit and top with whip cream!

Enjoy ;)


Tip Of The Day: How To Sprinkle Goat Cheese Without The Mess!

Goat Cheese is a wonderful addition to any dish. However, trying to get this soft cheese where you want it can be difficult at times. Here is a simple quick tip on how to sprinkle Goat Cheese say on top a salad.

  • Prepare your salad as shown here.
  • Take some scissors and cut the end off the tube of Goat Cheese
  • While holding over the salad or dish, take a dinner fork and dig out the Goat Cheese in a shredding motion.
  • The Goat Cheese will fall onto the salad in perfect pieces with out getting your hands or knife messy!
Come back and leave us a comment on how it worked for you!

Enjoy ;)

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Childrens Wooden Kitchen Accessory Set



We received this adorable Wooden Kitchen Play Kitchen Accessory Set by Melissa & Doug from:



I have actually sat down and played with this adorable set with my Son. It was so cute watching him doing his own Food Network cooking show. Adding Lego's as ingredients, it was a hoot!


The product is very well made and just the right size for your little tykes! The set comes with two sauce pots and lids, one fry pan, wooden spoon set and a red and white checked hot pad (do not use on a real stove!) They were so creative in the packaging you can use the box for the little stove if you don't own the larger version from

I only promote items that I love! Christmas is right around the corner. I would recommend this little Kitchen Accessory Set as a great gift for that special little cook in your life ;)

Thank you Pretend Play kitchen Shop for sending it over!

Here is their link, hope on over to play kitchens see all their other fabulous fun items!
Happy Play Cooking ;)

This Product Was a Free Giveaway

Mixology With Michael Green How To Make A Ginger Gin Sour Cocktail



During the recent Buick drive event in Chicago we had the opportunity to sit in a Mixology demonstration with world-renowned very talented Mixologist Michael Green. So put that wine aside and lets start making some cocktails!

Michael says first you need the correct bar tools:
  • Shaker
  • Strainer
  • Bar Knife
  • Double Jigger
  • Stirrer
  • Tongs
You will need your recipes. This is important so pay attention! You need to measure your ingredients correctly. If you don't you will not get the correct taste. If you don't believe me do a taste test. Measure a cocktail and just wing it on the second one. Side by side you will taste the difference!

One very important ingredient you should always have to make the perfect cocktail is:

LARGE CLEAR ICE CUBES
(the larger the better)
Not crushed ice!

How to make a Ginger Gin Sour Cocktail

Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 Ounces Gin (Beefeater Gin recommended)
  • 2 Ounces Green Tea (Brewed full strength)
  • 1 Ounce Ginger Simple Syrup
  • 1 Ounce Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1 One-Inch Square of Candied Ginger
Fill a rocks glass with ice.

Build the drink by adding the Gin, Green Tea, Ginger Simple Syrup and Lime Juice.

Stir with a spoon

Garnish the side of the glass with a square of Candied Ginger.

Enjoy!
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Cake Balls With Michelle Garcia's The Bleeding Heart Bakery


Cake Balls

During a recent trip to the Windy City Chicago I had an opportunity to attend the Buick's Drive Event and meet Michelle Garcia from the famous Bleeding Heart Bakery.

Michelle Garcia and her Husband Vinny own and run the Bakery. The bakery is all organic from start to finish. She told her story on how she started and got to where she is now. She is a very talented Lady and has also competed on some of the famous Food Network's television shows.

Here Michelle is showing us how to make their very popular "Cake Balls" which was actually thought up by using the scraps from all the cakes they bake at the bakery. To keep their "foot print" in line to be considered an "organic" bakery they had to reduce their trash.

Here is what they did with the extra cake:

Ingredients:

  • Baked Cake
  • Frosting
  • Chocolate for melting
  • Sprinkles

The basic recipe for the Cake Balls is very simple anyone can do it! It is basically 75% cake and 25% frosting.

Break up the baked cake into a large mixing bowl, add your frosting (75% cake/25% frosting) mix well. Chill.

Using a scoop, scoop cake and frosting mixture into you hands and roll to make the ball uniform. Place on baking sheet. Chill.


While your Cake Balls are chilling, melt your chocolate in a double boiler.

When Chocolate is ready remove from heat, dip the chilled cake balls into the chocolate, then dip immediately into your sprinkles. place back on sheet or place into cupcake liners.


The idea of mixing the crumbs with frosting, rolling, dipping and rolling in toppings turned into a very profitable item. The best part is that they are so yummy!

Click here to see more about Michelle Garcia's Bakery: Bleeding Heart Bakery

Happy Cooking ;)

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Chicago Cutlery Walnut Tradition 3-pc. Chef Knife Set

Chicago Cutlery a great option for a new set of knifes, made with real Walnut, if your looking check these out: Chicago Cutlery
Enjoy ;)

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Food Network's Cat Cora and Buick at Chicago's Food & Wine Festival 2010


On a recent trip to Chicago I had the amazing opportunity to meet the one an only Cat Cora! You may know her from Food Network. She was signing her new cookbook Cat Cora's classics With A Twist at the Buick (Chicago's Food & Wine Festival's) Buick Lacrosse Display.

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Happy Cooking ;)

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