Monday, May 17, 2010

Chocolate Cobbler

picture courtesy of I ate it too quick to take any pictures..don't judge me!

I was really skeptical of this recipe. After I cooked it, I was still skeptical because of how it looked...but then...I put a big scoop in a bowl with 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream..and I put a spoon full in my mouth... It is DIVINE! I'm so glad I chose this recipe...Anyway, try it and savor it and comment! It is so good!

1 cup All-purpose Flour
2 teaspoons Baking Powder
1/4 teaspoons Salt
7 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder, Divided
1-1/4cup Sugar, Divided
1/2 cup Milk
1/3 cup Melted Butter
1-1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1/2cups Light Brown Sugar, Packed
1-1/2 cup Hot Tap Water

Preparation Instructions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
First stir together the flour, baking powder, salt, 3 tablespoons of the cocoa, and 3/4 cup of the white sugar. Reserve the remaining cocoa and sugar.
Stir in the milk, melted butter, and vanilla to the flour mixture. Mix until smooth.
Pour the mixture into an ungreased 8-inch baking dish. I prefer my small oval Corning Ware glass dish.
In a separate small bowl, mix the remaining white sugar (it should be 1/2 cup), the brown sugar, and remaining 4 tablespoons of cocoa. Sprinkle this mixture evenly over the batter.
Pour the hot tap water over all. DO NOT STIR!
Bake for about 40 minutes or until the center is set.
Let stand for a few minutes.
Eat it, savor it, take a few breaths and repeat

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Spinach and Artichoke Dip

1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
1 (14 ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
1 (10 ounce) container Alfredo-style pasta sauce (I use regular Bertolli Alfredo sauce)
1 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
2 tsp garlic powder

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Roughly chop the spinach and place in a bowl. Drain the artichoke hearts and chop. Add to spinach. Pour whole bottle of alfredo sauce into the bowl. Add 1 cup of shredded mozzarella to the bowl. Add garlic powder. Mix in the cream cheese. Make sure all ingredients are mixed thoroughly. Be sure that the cream cheese is fully combined with the other ingredients.

Spray an 8X8 pan with PAM or any other baking spray. Pour mixture in the pan and sprinkle the top with remaining cheese. Cover pan with aluminum foil and cook for 20 minutes. Uncover and cook for another 10 minutes or until mixture is bubbly.

Serve with sour cream,salsa and tortilla chips!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

BBQ Chicken Pizza

So I definitely made this pizza from trial and error. I made it deep dish because I was too lazy to go buy a pizza pan and I don't keep one handy. I got the pizza dough recipe from and tweaked it.

Pizza Dough- I love this recipe because it was super easy and fast to make!

3 cups all purpose flour
1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
2 tablespoons olive or veggie oil (I used olive)
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon white sugar
1 tablespoon italian seasoning
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 tsp olive oil
1 cup warm water

1 1/2 cups of your favorite BBQ sauce ( I used honey =) )
2 tsp white or brown sugar
3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 tsp seasoned salt
1 tsp onion powder
2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp pepper
half of a red onion chopped thinly
1 1/2 C Shredded Mozzarella or Gouda cheese

Combine flour, salt,garlic powder, italian seasoning, sugar, and yeast in a large bowl. Mix in oil and warm water.
(Okay after this step, I put a little flour on my hands and just mixed it with my hands. Next, I put a little flour on my counter and plopped the dough in the middle of it. I got my rolling pin and rolled the dough out to fit my pan)
Spread out on a large pizza pan. Brush with olive oil and bake at 375 degrees for 6-8 minutes. Remove from oven.

Pre heat oven to 375 degrees

Cut the chicken breasts in half. Fill a dutch oven with water and add the chicken breast. Boil until the chicken is no longer pink inside and has an internal temp of 165 degrees F. Remove chicken from dutch oven and let cool. Shred chicken with hands or two forks. In a large sauce pan, add shredded chicken, bbq sauce,sugar, seasoned salt, garlic powder, onion powder and pepper. Heat the chicken mixture until slightly warm. Top pizza dough with warm chicken mixture. Sprinkle red onions on top of chicken and finally sprinkle pizza with mozzarella or gouda cheese.

Bake in a 375 degree oven for 20-25 minutes.

Enjoy, b/c its ridiculously addictive!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Pioneer Womans Chocolate Cupcakes and Icing

A few months ago I made this utterly sinful,seductive sheetcake from If you don't know already, the woman who owns the website is a food genius! LoL Her name is Ree Drummond and I've gotten some GREAT recipes from her site!

I changed her Chocolate Sheetcake into some ridiculously delicious cupcakes.
The Recipe follows!

2 cups Flour
2 cups Sugar
¼ teaspoons Salt
4 Tablespoons (heaping) Cocoa
2 sticks Butter
1 cup Boiling Water
½ cups Buttermilk
2 whole Beaten Eggs
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 teaspoon Vanilla

Preparation Instructions
In a mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, and salt.
In a saucepan, melt butter. Add cocoa. Stir together.
Add boiling water, allow mixture to boil for 30 seconds, then turn off heat. Pour over flour mixture, and stir lightly to cool.
In a measuring cup, pour the buttermilk and add beaten eggs, baking soda, and vanilla. Stir buttermilk mixture into butter/chocolate mixture. Pour into greased/floured (or cheat like I do and use Bakers Spray!) cupcake pan or fill cupcake liner 3/4 full and bake at 350-degrees for 20 minutes.

Makes 12 cupcakes

I also sampled this icing! What is amazing and odd at the same time is this icing turned out without POWDERED SUGAR! I hate powdered sugar icing because when I eat it feels like my teeth are going to rot. Gross visual, I know but its true. I know this Icing might seem suspect because it has.. *cough* FLOUR in it. It's nice and light and definitely leans more towards the whipped icing side but its delicious.... Follow the link to mouthwatering icing
OR Cheat and use store bought chocolate icing which I did on a few of the cupcakes and it was just as delicious either way!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Three Olive Vodka Grape Drink

8 oz Three Olive VODKA (GRAPE)(1 cup)
2 C Grape Koolaid- sweetened and mixed
1 C Ice

Pour vodka into the blender, koolaid and 1 CUP of ice. Blend the mixture just until combined. DRINK!

Add VODKA as needed.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Milky Way Cheesecake

I love cheesecake. It has gotten me through boot camp,A school, deployments and other Navy related drama lol. My favorite cheesecake to make is this milky way one. Its messy but so worth it.

Milky Way Cheesecake

2 cups crushed oreos
1/3 cup white sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted

1 bag of caramel bits or 1 bag of Individually wrapped caramels, unwrapped(find in your baking aisle)
3 tablespoons evaporated milk
1 Cup of crushed oreos

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
3 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 eggs

Preheat oven to 325 degrees

In a medium bowl, combine 2 cups of crushed oreos, sugar and melted butter. Mix well and press into the bottom and 1 inch up the sides of a 9 inch springform pan.

In a separate bowl, microwave the chocolate chips for 1 minute or until chocolate is melted and smooth. Remove from microwave and allow to cool to lukewarm.

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Fold 1/3 of the filling into the melted chocolate, then pour the chocolate mixture back into the filling and mix until no streaks remain. Pour into crust.

Fill a 9X13 baking dish with water and place on bottom rack. This will keep the cheesecake from cracking.

Bake in the preheated oven for 50 minutes, or until center is almost set.
Cool in oven with door cracked open. Refrigerate at least 5 hours.

In a small saucepan combine caramel and milk and heat on low. Mix often until the caramel is smooth and melted. Drizzle the caramel on top of the cheesecake. Sprinkle the remaining cup of oreos on top of the cheesecake.


P.s. Its okay if you have a crack in your cheesecake! The caramel and oreo topping will cover it! It tastes just as rich and delicious with a crack. It adds character. =)

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Fish Flour

I tried a new catfish recipe a few weeks ago. I got the fish flour recipe from Delilah's Everyday Soul Cookbook. It was delicious, a little different but yummu. I added 1 teaspoon of garlic powder to the fish flour but I will give the recipe as the original cook intended!

Fish Flour

Makes 2 3/4 cups

2 C All Purpose Flour
3/4 C yellow cornmeal
1 1/2 tsp seasoned salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 1/2 Cajun seasoning

Combine all of the ingredients in a medium bowl and store at room temperature in an airtight container.

It makes a crisp delicious crust.

A link to her cookbook on