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October 10, 2008

A Light and Fluffy Fall Treat

Filed under: ashley, cooking videos — Ashley @ 3:11 pm

Today is National Angel Food Cake Day, and since it’s Fall, I managed to find this great clip that’s perfect for the occasion. Here you’ll see how to make Pumpkin Angel Food Cake Muffins. The light and fluffy angel food cake pairs nicely with the fall taste of pumpkin puree. This is definitely a recipe I’ll be trying.

That’s it for me, until next time…

October 8, 2008

Adventures in Crock Pot Cooking

Filed under: ashley — Ashley @ 3:14 pm

Now that it’s starting to get colder outside, and I’ve also picked up a job on the side to make a few extra bucks so I won’t be home as often, and I’m trying to improve on my impending wife skills, I’ve decided to try a new project; crock pot cooking.

You’d be amazed how many recipes and meals you can create using a crock pot; and they’re all usually very easy considering more often than not all you have to do is dump a few ingredients in your trusty slow cooker and go about your day. My plan is to try a new recipe every week. I’ll be sure to keep you all posted on my success.

That’s it for me, until next time…

October 6, 2008

UPDATE: Secret Ingredients on Facebook!

Filed under: Secret Ingredients events, ashley — Ashley @ 3:13 pm

Here’s an update for all of you Facebookers out there…
As I had mentioned before, Secret Ingredients had joined the popular age of networking and created a Facebook group which I encouraged you all to join. Well, with a little more work and investigating, we’ve moved on up and now we have our own page that you can become a fan of:

Same great stuff, plus more, and a cooler look! Check us out, and become a FAN!

That’s it for me, until next time…

September 30, 2008

A Tasty Snack

Filed under: ashley, recipes — Ashley @ 6:49 pm

I thought I’d share this tasty snack idea with you because it’s really quick and simple to make, and I love the way it tastes.

I don’t know if this is sold in stores, but I managed to concoct it on my own in my kitchen. All you need is two slices of your favorite bread (feel free to toast it if you like), several slices of a large tomato, two slices of pepper jack cheese, and your favorite sandwich spread (I prefer Miracle Whip). Layer it all together, and you’ve got yourself a tasty tomato and cheese sandwich. The spicy kick of the pepper jack cheese is nicely cooled down by the juiciness of the tomato; and if you decide to do two layers of cheese and tomato, you end up with a pretty substantial snack.

That’s it for me, until next time…

September 26, 2008

Lemon Bars

Filed under: ashley, cooking videos — Ashley @ 12:15 pm

I enjoy learning new stuff everyday and this past weekend I learned that my fiancé likes lemon bars. Who knew? Being a dessert lover in general, I figured why not go a step further and learn how to make these ooey-gooey lemony treats? Check out this clip on how to make lemon bars.

By the way, if you don’t like lemon bars, you should still watch this video. Our Chef du Jour is a little girl named Bailey. She’s 8 years old and loves to cook; I don’t think she could be cuter. I also like how Bailey magically goes into hyper-speed whenever things start to slow down a bit. Isn’t that what all kids do?

That’s it for me, until next time…

September 24, 2008

A Jubilatious Celebration of Cherries

Filed under: ashley, cooking videos — Ashley @ 12:54 pm

I’ve never had Cherries Jubilee before, but today would be the day for it… it’s National Cherries Jubilee Day. Check out this quick and easy recipe here, and remember, don’t set yourself on fire or singe your eyebrows. In fact just to stay on the safe side, leave the flambéing to the professionals, and enjoy the video instead.

(Beware of the misleading start. Trust me, he’s going to make the dessert.)

That’s it for me, until next time…

September 11, 2008

Cheesecake Wedding Cakes

Filed under: ashley, wedding ideas — Ashley @ 4:50 pm

From a very early stage of our engagement, my fiancé and I decided to a go a different route with the dessert portion of the evening.

Instead of the typical traditional wedding cake, we’ve decided to go with a cheesecake wedding cake accompanied by a dessert buffet for those that don’t do cheesecake. Since we’re big fans of cheesecake, and I’m a huge fan of dessert in general, I like our multi-dessert idea.

Here’s my dilemma: I can’t seem to find a cake bakery in my area that makes cheesecake wedding cakes. They make cheesecakes and they make wedding cakes, but not cheesecake wedding cakes.

I’m looking for a cheesecake that is decorated just like a regular wedding cake with royal icing, butter cream, or fondant.

So far I’ve heard that the flavor combination of topping cheesecake with anything other than fruit is way too sweet, or just doesn’t go. I’ve also heard that it can occasionally be a bit cumbersome to decorate a cheesecake in regular cake form. Perhaps this will be one of my few bridezilla moments, but I’m not interested in those responses; I WANT MY CHEESECAKE WEDDING CAKE!

I know it can be done, I just don’t know where and by whom. If anyone out there has some input on the situation, or even suggestions regardless of your location, I’d love to hear them. And despite my previous bridezilla comment, if there are any professional bakers out there that can offer their expert opinion, I’d love to hear your take as well.

That’s it for me, until next time…

September 9, 2008

AJ’s Baked BBQ Chicken

Filed under: Uncategorized, ashley, recipes — Ashley @ 4:50 pm

As my lovely intended starts his first day of his last year at culinary school, I decided to make him dinner tonight to celebrate his accomplishments. A while back when we were dating, I let him taste one of my weekly meals of Baked BBQ Chicken served with two veggie sides. Apparently it was appealing to his taste buds, because he made a special request for it. Check out the recipe below and see what you think.

AJ’s Baked BBQ Chicken

-About a 3lbs pack of chicken pieces (drums, wings, and thighs)
-1 bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce (at least 8oz)
-small onion
-small green pepper
-olive oil
-black pepper
-seasoning salt
-garlic salt
-garlic powder
-cayenne pepper

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Cut your onion and green pepper into very thin slices. Sauté in olive oil on medium-low heat until soft and onions are somewhat translucent.
3. Place your chicken pieces in a non-stick baking dish.
4. Season the chicken according to your preference. Top will small dollops of butter to keep the chicken moist.
5. Spread the sautéed onions and peppers on top of the chicken.
6. Pour desired amount of BBQ sauce over chicken.
7. Bake for 1 hour.
8. Eat and enjoy!

That’s it for me, until next time…

September 5, 2008

National Cheese Pizza Day

Filed under: ashley, cooking videos — Ashley @ 1:37 pm

Today is National Cheese Pizza Day and I think what makes this day even better is the fact that it’s Friday. One of my favorite things about elementary school was that on Fridays, they always served French Bread Pizza. So in honor of National Cheese Pizza Day, I hope all of the little kiddies are enjoying a nice slice of cheesy pizza, and in turn, I hope you enjoy this clip on how to make cheese pizza on the grill.

That’s it for me, until next time…

September 3, 2008

Eat to Live, Don’t Live to Eat

Filed under: ashley, great causes — Ashley @ 1:37 pm

We all love to eat tasty food, but the truth is that those tasty morsels aren’t always the healthiest for us. September is National Cholesterol Education Month. Take a moment to check out these helpful websites and learn some important facts about blood cholesterol, your heart, lungs, and healthier eating and lifestyles:

National Cholesterol Education Month

National Cholesterol Eduction Program

That’s it for me, until next time…

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