recipe scrapbook

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…

Early Bird Specials– Coupon Codes!

Filed under: Holiday gifts, Secret Ingredients events — Kate @ 2:06 pm

Get started early on your Holiday shopping and save some bucks! It’s time for our Early Bird Special on Keepsake Cookbooks. Here are the magic codes:

* $5 off your order of 10+ Keepsakes: Use promo code HighFive.
* $15 off your order of 15+ Keepsakes: Use promo code Snowflake.
* $25 off your order of 20+ Keepsakes: Use promo code HolidayCheer.

All of the above coupons expire on October 31, 2008. Please email us if you have any questions. We’re glad to help!

Have a great day,

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 25, 2008

Healthy Recipes from Our Favorite Bloggers

Filed under: food bloggers, recipes — Kate @ 6:35 pm

There were some really great recipes on our favorite blogs this week. You should check them out:

Have a great evening,

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…

Facebook Foody Community

Filed under: Secret Ingredients events — Ashley @ 12:13 pm

Secret Ingredients has joined the networking age… we’re on Facebook!

Not only do you all have our website and the Blog, but now you can reach us via Facebook too. For those of you that have Facebook accounts, click here and join our group (and tell your friends to join too).

The Secret Ingredients Facebook Group will be an extension of the blog and represent a foody community. You all will get to read the stuff we want to share with you like company updates, important information about our products and services, and other fun food stuff, plus you also get to comment and communicate with other group members.

That’s it for me, until next time…

September 22, 2008

Catching Up…

Filed under: Secret Ingredients events — Kate @ 8:41 pm

Thanks to Ashley for covering the blog this summer! Today is the first day of fall, and I’m back to blogging. Not to worry– Ashley will still be appearing on our blog regularly. After all, she’s the one with the recipes and fun stories!

There’s a lot happening at Secret Ingredients. We’ve worked diligently to get our Heirloom Cookbooks back up and running in time for Christmas. We’re getting closer each week and hope to reveal them in the next month. We appreciate your understanding and patience, as this overhaul has taken much longer than expected. We promise that it’s worth the wait!

For those of you who already have Heirloom accounts with us, you will receive an email as soon as we’re up and running. We’ve changed the process to make things much better for you. Our team will be ready to help you if you have any questions about this new release. You can look forward to receiving a cookbook preview before your order goes to print. We’re also very excited to show you our new dividers. The divider themes are still the same, but your photographs will be printed directly on them!

Be sure to stay tuned to the blog in the upcoming weeks. We will be posting promo codes soon for our annual Early Bird Holiday Shoppers!

Have a great evening,

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…

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