Archives for March 2011

Ice Cream Bread

Yes, you heard me correct- ICE CREAM BREAD. All is right in the world. Ice cream and self rising flour have made beautiful food love and made delicious babies. Perfectly soft bread babies. The ice cream only slightly sweetens the bread and lends just a tiny bit of the flavor of the ice cream. Heaven […]

Roasted Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons

*Don’t for get to enter my giveaway for 4 signed copies of Rocco Dispiritos New Cookbook. Click HERE to enter. I am so terriable sorry that I have kept this recipe from you. I was going through my iphoto and saw this tomato soup photo from Jan 19th, 2009. It’s ok to call me a […]

Signed Rocco Dispirito Cookbook GIVEAWAY

CONTEST CLOSED I don’t know about you, but I think Rocco is pretty YUMMY. ANNOUNCING THE HEALTHY-DIET  EXCLUSIVE COOKBOOK GIVEAWAY **Rocco has hooked me up with 4 signed copies of Now Eat This! Diet to give away to my readers!!** Going on a diet does not necessarily mean saying farewell to all of your favorite […]

Your Invited~ROCK HER BLOGGER BASH

**CLICK HERE TO VOTE FOR ME AS YOUR FAVORITE MOM FOOD BLOGGER** Are you heading to Atlanta this May for the BlogHer Food Conference? On Thursday evening, May 19th, I am co-hosting an exclusive blogger event at the Hard Rock Café, along with the Host, Susan of She’s Becoming DoughMesstic and my co-host Brandi of […]

Frito-Lay Flavor Kitchen Tour {Part 2}

So amazingly, I actually did make it to Dallas after my plane debacle.Today I am going to take you on a tour of the kitchen and my next post I will tell you all about the fabulous people!Believe it or not, I did not break, knock over or burn anything in the Flavor Kitchen. Shocking, […]

Frito-Lay {Part One}

See that above? It is the AMAZING Frito-Lay flavor kitchen. That I almost didn’t get to see.Here’s the story.2 issues. 1) I am blond and 2) I am blond Picked up at my house by a driver in a nice shiny black Cadillac Escalade. (Frito treats us GOOD)Get dropped off at Tampa International.Get on the […]

Thin Mint Truffles-The Winner-And a Video

OH..By the Way..a box of Samoas has 980 Calories. Yeah me! Don’t forget to vote for me as one of your Favorite Mom Food Blogs on Babble.comClick HERE to voteTHIN MINT TRUFFLESPrinter Friendly Version 1/2 box of Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies (1 sleeve) + 3 cookies4 oz Cream Cheese, softened In a food processor, […]

I BEG of you!

Ok.. I have never asked you guys to do anything for me, right?I mean, I give and give and give(yummy recipes) and don’t ask anything in return.Well now I am. Actually I am not asking, I am begging on hands and knees. Groveling if you will.I was emailed and told I was voted for one […]

Guinness Shepherd’s Pie

It has happened TWICE in the history of the Hungry Housewife blog. I have repeated a recipe TWICE. So quite yer bitchin’. I have gotten countless emails on this Guinness Shepherd’s Pie and how delicious it is when someone makes it. It has even been featured on Craft Beer.com and their newsletter. So if the […]

Crisco Mediterranean Inspired GIVEAWAY

CONTEST CLOSED Yes another giveaway. I hope you don’t mind. Giveaways are my way of saying THANK YOU for reading my blog!!! Get your thinking caps on. Think Mediterranean flavors.Crisco wants you to submit your favorite recipe and essay at Get Inspired.com in the Crisco Mediterranean Inspirations Contest for a chance to win a trip […]

Pillsbury Winner

And the winner is ….Leslie M!!!Leslie writes the blog Leslie Loves VeggiesCongratulations Leslie.

Evil Chocolate Mint Cake with Mint Fudge Icing

This is the glorious cake I teased about on FaceBook. Are you following The Hungry Housewife On FaceBook yet? NO? Click HEREThere..all better. Geeze, I am having writing block. Work brain..work.I had a bad week last week. Had to put Archie(my cat) to sleep and my daughter got bit by some sort of nasty spider. […]

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Ice Cream Bread

Ice Cream Bread 3

Yes, you heard me correct- ICE CREAM BREAD.
All is right in the world. Ice cream and self rising flour have made beautiful food love and made delicious babies. Perfectly soft bread babies.
The ice cream only slightly sweetens the bread and lends just a tiny bit of the flavor of the ice cream.
Heaven I tell you …HEAVEN

Ice Cream Bread 2

Seriously, you MUST stop what you are doing right now and make this. It takes about THREE minutes from the time you take your ice cream out of the freezer till the time that you pop it in the oven. So there are no excuses. You say you don’t have any self-rising flour? No worries, you can make your own.
For every cup of flour  add  1 1/2 tsp baking powder and 1/2 tsp salt (sift together). There you go, now you have self-rising flour.
I used Butter Pecan Ice Cream, cause that’s my fav,  but you can use whatever flavor you want.
Chocolate, strawberry, cookie dough…my head s spinning.

Ice Cream Bread 1

ICE CREAM BREAD
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Makes One 8 x 4 loaf

2 Cups Ice Cream, any flavor, softened
1 1/2 cups Self-Rising Flour

Preheat your oven to 350. Spray and flour a 8 x 4 loaf pan, or line it with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl mix the ice cream and flour together until just combined.
Scoop into the loaf and and smooth out.
Bake for about 45 minutes or until a toothpick stuck in the loaf comes out with a few crumbs stuck to it.
Remove from the pan and allow to cool (if you can wait that long)!

For best results..use full fat ice-cream!

Recipe source: 1001 ways to Cook Southern

Roasted Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons

Delicious Tomato Soup

*Don’t for get to enter my giveaway for 4 signed copies of Rocco Dispiritos New Cookbook. Click HERE to enter.

I am so terriable sorry that I have kept this recipe from you. I was going through my iphoto and saw this tomato soup photo from Jan 19th, 2009. It’s ok to call me a slacker. I have accepted it.

Well I must say that I am even surprised that I made this soup in the first place.
You see, I have been a life long tomato soup hater.
I remember when I was young, my Mom would fix my sister tomato soup. Campbells Tomato Soup.
She would mix it with water and sometimes milk. I was always a little bit jealous, because she always got a nice topping..maybe some crackers or a dollop of sour cream.  I had to eat Mrs. Grass chicken noodle soup..but at least I got to throw in the golden nugget egg thingy. Ohhh the excitement.
So over the years I have given tomato soup a few chances. They do say your taste buds change every 7 years. I even upgraded from the concentrated soup variety to the soup that does not require an extra can of water. But nope, still never liked it.
Why did I make this recipe? Humpf, your guess is as good as mine. But I tried it and LOVED IT.
Hallelujah..I am cured!
So if you too avoid tomato soup, give it another shot with this recipe. It is so fresh and delicious!
Oh, and the grilled cheese croutons they were, well, a perfect touch!

ROASTED TOMATO SOUP with GRILLED CHEESE CROUTONS
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Makes about 10 cups

3 pints Cherry Tomatoes
3 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Pepper
2 Tbsp Unsalted Butter
2 Cloves Garlic, minced
1 Cup Chopped Onion
1 (28oz) Can Diced Tomatoes
4 Cups Chicken Stock or Broth
1/2 tsp thyme
1 cup Whipping Cream or you can even use 1 cup evaporated milk to lighten it up

Heat the oven to 400. On a baking sheet, combine the cherry tomatoes,  2 Tbsp olive oil salt and pepper. Toss to coat tomatoes. Roast the tomatoes for about 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes or until the are getting shriveled and have brown spots on them.
In a large stock pot, melt the butter and the remaining tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat Add the onions and cook until softened. Add the garlic and cook for an addition minute. Add the canned tomatoes(and juice from the can)  chicken stock, thyme and the roasted tomatoes. Pour any of the liquid from the roasted tomatoes into the pot as well. Bring the soup to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer, partially covered for 40 minutes. Stirring occasionally.
Allow the soup to cool a bit. Using a food processor or a blender, puree the soup until smooth.
Return it to the pot and add the heavy cream or evaporated milk. Warm the soup again without letting it boil. Add more salt or pepper if needed.

GRILLED CHEESE CROUTONS


Softened Butter
1/4 tsp Thyme
6 slices Whole Wheat Bread
3 Slices of your favorite Cheese

Heat a medium skillet over medium high heat.
Combine the thyme and butter in a small bowl.
Spread one side of each slice of bread with the thyme butter.
Add 3 slices of bread into the pan, buttered side down. Top with cheese. Top with additional buttered bread, buttered side up. Cook for 3-5 minutes on each size.
Allow to cool slightly and cut into strips or 1 ” squares.

Recipe From FAMILY FUN.

Signed Rocco Dispirito Cookbook GIVEAWAY

CONTEST CLOSED
I don’t know about you, but I think Rocco is pretty YUMMY.



ANNOUNCING THE HEALTHY-DIET  EXCLUSIVE COOKBOOK GIVEAWAY


**Rocco has hooked me up with 4 signed copies of Now Eat This! Diet to give away to my readers!!**

Going on a diet does not necessarily mean saying farewell to all of your favorite foods! Award-winning celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito changed his life and his health-without giving up the foods he loves or the flavor. He has lost more than 20 pounds, participated in dozens of triathlons, and-after an inspirational role as a guest chef on The Biggest Loser-changed his own diet and the caloric content of classic dishes on a larger scale. In NOW EAT THIS! DIET, complete with a foreword by Dr. Mehmet Oz, DiSpirito offers readers a revolutionary 2-week program for dropping 10 pounds quickly, with little effort, no deprivation, and while still eating 6 meals a day and the dishes they crave, like mac & and ; cheese, meatloaf, BBQ pork chops, and chocolate malted milk shakes. The secret: Rocco’s unique meal plans and his 75 recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, and snack time, all with zero bad carbs, zero bad fats, zero sugar, and maximum flavor. Now readers can eat more and weigh less-it’s never been so easy!

Head to 
Amazon.com, Barnes And Noble, Books-A-Million,Borders, HastingsPowell’s or Tower Records to get your copy and don’t worry about getting it messy in the kitchen cooking 6 meals a day because you can win a pristine hand signed copy direct from Rocco himself! 


Whether you’re chosen as a lucky winner or not, Rocco shares exclusive healthy tips from his latest cookbook and recipes from his Twitter account so be sure to 
follow him @RoccoDiSpirito. Also, feel free to use the hashtag “#choose2lose” on Twitter if directing to the contest!

Ready to enter and win? Comment away! *Please note that the contest is open to US residents only.



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Your Invited~ROCK HER BLOGGER BASH

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Are you heading to Atlanta this May for the BlogHer Food Conference?

On Thursday evening, May 19th, I am co-hosting an exclusive blogger event at the Hard Rock Café, along with the Host, Susan of She’s Becoming DoughMesstic and my co-host Brandi of Bran Appetit…and boy, do you ever want to be on this guest list!

Imagine mingling with 200 Food Bloggers and Atlanta Media in the private Velvet Underground room, dining on stations of the Hard Rock Café’s new and improved menu, walking the Red Carpet, and posing with your new friends for incredible photo ops to post on your blog!  You’ll get to check out the latest products from our fantastic event sponsors, such as KitchenAid, ManPans, Guylian, Stonyfield, Tiny Prints, and Midstate Mills, just to name a few!  Don’t forget to hit the Cake & Cupcake Bar for a real treat– and the Ice Sculpture!  Not enough to keep you interested?  How about a giant Rock Band simulator?  grab some girls and get your Aerosmith on!  How about getting your souveneir picture made with party logos to remember the night?  A hologram Flip Card?  How about 42 inch plasmas to play Kinect and other video games?

What if I told you there was a concert? There is!
We have a ton of great things in store for our lucky guest list – so make sure you are on it!  Please leave a comment on this post with your request to join us! Why REQUEST?  Well, we only have room for 200, and only the first 200 are eligible. It’s invitation Only, and we’ll need to know you want to come!  Invitations will be sent via Twitter DM in early May, with a link to your ticket, so make sure you are following @hungryhousewife in order to receive yours.  Tell your roommate, tell your friends!  Just do it quick!
Hope to see you there!
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Frito-Lay Flavor Kitchen Tour {Part 2}

So amazingly, I actually did make it to Dallas after my plane debacle.
Today I am going to take you on a tour of the kitchen and my next post I will tell you all about the fabulous people!
Believe it or not, I did not break, knock over or burn anything in the Flavor Kitchen. Shocking, I know.

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The Frito-Lay Flavor Kitchen is not some mystical make believe kitchen filled with props and mannequins. Nope, it is an actual working kitchen. The chefs, in which they employ about 20 of them, cook in this drool worthy kitchen 5 days a week. Dreamy.
In the Flavor Kitchen they develop and test recipes. All natural recipes. And if they hit a dish out of the park, they will develop a chip..an ALL NATURAL chip mirroring the favors of the created recipe.
For example, they researched BBQ, and came up with this delicious Pulled pork recipe and then created the Lays Tangy Carolina BBQ Potato Chips. GENIUS!

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See, real chefs hard at work.

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This is their “Research Library”. Now I thought I had a lot of cookbooks.

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I must say, I thought these shelves were just breathtaking. Now only a foodie would think shelves full of EVERY SINGLE spice,grain, condiment, etc is breathtaking. It is their own grocery store.

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All of those bins had flour in them. Some flours I have never even heard of.

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Just about every cooking tool you could think of was available.

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Oh, and yes there was Chips.

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The lighting was ridiculously perfect. Me, who can’t take good photos, did not even have to think about it.

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Perfect lighting=’s perfect tomatoes.

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Frito-Lay {Part One}

See that above? It is the AMAZING Frito-Lay flavor kitchen. That I almost didn’t get to see.
Here’s the story.
2 issues. 1) I am blond and 2) I am blond

Picked up at my house by a driver in a nice shiny black Cadillac Escalade. (Frito treats us GOOD)
Get dropped off at Tampa International.
Get on the Southwest flight to DALLAS.
Fly.
Plane lands.
I get off.
I go to the luggage area and wait for my cute red leopard print bag to emerge from the baggage spitter outter.
20 minutes passes and no bag yet. I check the overhead monitor..yep, Southwest Flight from Tampa. That’s me. People come and go. No bag still. Strange.
35 minutes minutes later.  A lone grey bag continues to go around and around on the bag spitter outter belt.  But my unmistakable bag has not appeared. I look around and everyone else is gone.
The only person in sight was a man in a suite holding a sign. I thought, it might be my driver, so I go up to him to read his sign. I asked him if he was there to pick me up. He said no and asked what driver company I was looking for. I had no clue, so I showed him my itinerary.
He pointed to my paper and said, You are in Houston.
WHAT???
I was baffled for a moment. I knew I was supposed to be in DALLAS. But he said I was in Houston.
OHHHH SH*T! Body goes numb.
I got off the plane at the first stop in Houston when I was supposed to stay on and complete the last hour to Dallas.
Oh God, Oh God, Oh God.
Panic mode.
I sprint, like an olympic athlete to the first info counter I see.
I try to get my words out, but I was sooo out of breath from my 4.2 second mile I was running, the poor lady couldn’t understand what I was sputtering out of my mouth.
“Slow down honey, whats a matter?”
Me..”I…Gottttt….Offff…The …plane when I wassssn’t suppo-sed too” (me short of breath)
Panting…”What should I doooo?”
“oh, honey..you need to go to ticketing.”
Full blown panic attack ensues.
Again, sprinting like Flo-Jo, I arrive at the ticketing counter.
6 people are in line in front of me. My parents taught me manners, so I dare not dare ask anyone to skip them in line. I pace and pace and pace. Finally I get called up to the counter.
Still out of breath, I tell the ticket lady my ridiculous blond issues. She calls the terminal.
She says, “the doors of the plane are now closed.”
“NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO” I cry out in the most pathetic pleading tone.
I suppose the person heard me on the phone and said, “she has 5 minutes to get to the plane.”
Sprinting, yet again.
I had to go through security again..they were quite suspicious of me running up to them foaming at the mouth, yanking my jewelry and shoes off. Had to tell them my story too. God, how many times do I have to repeat my total lack of travel ability?
They let me through security.
Run, run ,run.
I get to the terminal 40 minutes after the plane landed.
The ticket taker looks at me with the “tisk, tisk, tisk” look on his face.
As I walk on the plane, sweat rings forming under my arms, the flight attendant gets on his little plane announcement speaker and announces…
“Look who has decided to join us……Mizzz Green”
OMG, are you serious? I know Southwest flight attendants like to be funny, but did he just call me out like that???? My face turned bright red. Everyone was glaring at me fanning their faces with their sky mall magazines. I guess it gets hot on planes when they are waiting on the tarmac for 40 minutes for a dumb blond!

I did make it to the Frito-Lay flavor kitchen. More on that in my next post.
Oh, and Southwest ROCKS!!!! Not many airlines would hold a flight for someone!!!

Thin Mint Truffles-The Winner-And a Video

Thin Mint Truffles

OH..By the Way..a box of Samoas has 980 Calories. Yeah me!

Thin Mint Balls
Thin Mint Truffles

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THIN MINT TRUFFLES
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1/2 box of Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies (1 sleeve) + 3 cookies
4 oz Cream Cheese, softened

In a food processor, process the 1 sleeve of Thin Mints until they resemble sand.
Add the cream cheese and pulse until incorporated.
Scoop out by the Tablespoon and roll into a nice ball.
Pulse the extra 3 cookies(again until they resemble sand) and place in a small bowl.
Roll the truffles in the crumbled extra cookies to serve as the coating.
Place in the refrigerator for about and hour to set up.

**If you do not have a food processor, you can crush the cookies in a blender or a plastic bag and mix the cream cheese in by hand.

AND THE WINNER of the Crisco Giveaway is

Congratulations to Me and My Pink Mixer.
Please email me your contact info!!!
Thank you again to Crisco

I BEG of you!

Ok.. I have never asked you guys to do anything for me, right?
I mean, I give and give and give(yummy recipes) and don’t ask anything in return.
Well now I am. Actually I am not asking, I am begging on hands and knees. Groveling if you will.
I was emailed and told I was voted for one of Babble.com top 100 Mom food Bloggers.
Ummm. YEAH. Too cool.
Now I just need your votes(here is where my groveling begins)

Please VOTE FOR me. It takes 15 seconds. No signing up, it’s super easy. Just look for “The Hungry Housewife” and click on “I like this
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Guinness Shepherd’s Pie

Guinness Shepherds Pie

It has happened TWICE in the history of the Hungry Housewife blog. I have repeated a recipe TWICE.
So quite yer bitchin’. I have gotten countless emails on this Guinness Shepherd’s Pie and how delicious it is when someone makes it. It has even been featured on Craft Beer.com and their newsletter.
So if the beer people say it’s good…well then, it must be good!!!!
The photos are FAR from appetizing. They were taken WAY back in April 2009 and I dont even think I had a DSLR camera yet.
This is a perfect dinner to make for the upcoming Irish, beer drinking Holiday. I am sadly going to miss it , as I will be at the Frito-Lay Flavor Kitchen in Texas! YEEEE-HAW. Fun Fun FUN!

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Guinness Shepherds Pie

Guinness Shepherd's Pie
Author: 
Recipe type: dinner, casserole
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • 1 ½ pounds Organic ground beef 80/20
  • 1 (1lb) bag frozen mixed vegetables, thawed
  • 2 packets of dry Brown Gravy Mix
  • 1 medium onion
  • Olive Oil
  • 2 bottles Guinness Beer
  • 2 Tablespoons Tomato Paste
  • 2 cups Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • 3 pounds baking potatoes
  • ¼- ½ cup milk
  • 1 stick butter
  • Salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375
Potato filling
  1. Boil the potatoes in slated water until fork tender.
  2. Drain completely and place back in pot so all of the water evaporates.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl add butter and potatoes.
  4. Mash until smooth, while adding the milk for a medium consistency.
  5. Add salt and pepper.
Meat filling
  1. Cook and drain ground beef.
  2. Place drained beef back in skillet and add 1 bottle of Guinness.
  3. Cook until beer has almost cooked out.
  4. Add tomato paste to meat
  5. In a medium sauce pan, prepare the brown gravy according to package directions,
  6. however, use beer for half the liquid called for( 1 cup water, 1 cup beer)
  7. Pour gravy into meat mixture.
  8. And cook all together until you get a nice thick gravy.
  9. In medium skillet with olive oil sauté onions until soft and translucent.
  10. Add mixed vegetables to the onions and cook until warm throughout.
  11. In a 2 quart baking dish, add meat as bottom layer, the add vegetables, and then add the mashed potatoes. Top with Shredded cheese.Cook at 375 for about 20 minutes or until cheese in nice and bubbly

 

 

GUINNESS SHEPHERD’S PIE
The Hungry Housewife
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1 ½ pounds Organic ground beef 80/20
1 (1lb) bag frozen mixed vegetables, thawed
2 packets of dry Brown Gravy Mix( I use McCormick Brown Gravy Mix, 0.87 oz packets)
1 medium onion
Olive Oil
2 bottles Guinness Beer(14.9 oz each)
2 Tablespoons Tomato Paste
2 cups Sharp Cheddar Cheese
3 pounds baking potatoes
¼- ½ cup milk
1 stick butter
Salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 375

To make Potato filling…
Boil the potatoes in slated water until fork tender. Drain completely and place back in pot so all of the water evaporates.
In a medium mixing bowl add butter and potatoes. Mash until smooth, while adding the milk for a medium consistency. Add salt and pepper.

Meat filling…
Cook and drain ground beef.
Place drained beef back in skillet and add 1 bottle of Guinness. Cook until beer has almost cooked out.
Add tomato paste to meat.
Empty both gravy packets into a medium saucepan.
Pour 1 cup of water and 1 cup of beer into the saucepan and whisk until combined. Stirring frequently, cook on medium heat until the gravy comes to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 1 minute.
Pour gravy into meat mixture. And cook all together until you get a nice thick gravy.

In medium skillet with olive oil sauté onions until soft and translucent.
Add mixed vegetables to the onions and cook until warm throughout.

In a 2 quart baking dish, add meat as bottom layer, the add vegetables, and then add the mashed potatoes. Top with Shredded cheese.Cook at 375 for about 20 minutes or until cheese in nice and bubbly

Crisco Mediterranean Inspired GIVEAWAY

CONTEST CLOSED

Yes another giveaway. I hope you don’t mind. Giveaways are my way of saying THANK YOU for reading my blog!!!

Get your thinking caps on. Think Mediterranean flavors.
Crisco wants you to submit your favorite recipe and essay at Get Inspired.com in the Crisco Mediterranean Inspirations Contest for a chance to win a trip for two to Italy. Fun huh?
Recipes should included one of the three Crisco Olive Oil varieties: Crisco 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Crisco Pure Olive Oil Or Crisco Light Olive Oil; plus two ingredients commonly used in Mediterranean cooking, like tomatoes,garlic,olives,pasta,yogurt,legumes,fresh herbs,lentils, or cheese.
But hurry hurry hurry…contest ends March 18th. But I know you guys are snazzy in the kitchen, so I have faith you will get your submissions in.

On to the GIVEAWAY..One reader has a chance to win……..

All of these beautiful Items courtesy of CRISCO

A set of 4 BEAUTIFUL Pasta Bowls from Williams-Sonoma.
Herbs Of Tuscany Herb Garden..Approx $20 value
3 Varieties of Crisco Olive Oil and a Crate and Barrel Bamboo Spoon
Herb Scissors from Crate and Barrel

Salt Pig from Crate and Barrel

MAIN ENTRY
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Tell me your favorite Crisco Product.

ADDITIONAL ENTRIES
Each comment will earn you additional entries. You MUST leave a separate comment for each entry completed.
If you already have done the following..let me know by leaving the comment
2)Like The Hungry Housewife on Facebook
3)Follow The Hungry Housewife on Twitter
4)Tweet about this giveaway
5)Post about this giveaway on Facebook( you must leave the link to your post in your comment)
6)Subscribe to The Hungry Housewife via email. This is located on the right hand side of my blog, just a wee bit down on the page. You will get an email asking you to verify your subscription from Feedburner..YOU MUST VERIFY your subscription

And there you have it. SIX entries available.
Contest will end Monday March 14th at 8:30 pm EST.
Winner will be chosen by Random.org
Winner has 48 hours to contact me, or another winner will be chosen.

Good luck to you!


**Giveaway sponsored by Crisco**

Evil Chocolate Mint Cake with Mint Fudge Icing

Evil Mint Chocolate Cake

This is the glorious cake I teased about on FaceBook.
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There..all better.

Mint Chocolate Cake

Geeze, I am having writing block. Work brain..work.
I had a bad week last week. Had to put Archie(my cat) to sleep and my daughter got bit by some sort of nasty spider. I will spare you the details..but it was the most disgusting thing I have had to deal with.
But this week is bound to be better, right?

I did do my first MAJOR cooking demonstration on Saturday at the Tampa Convention Center.
I was contracted by the USA Poultry and Egg Export Council to do a cooking demonstration for the Commodity Classic, a convention for farmers of soybeans, wheat, corn and sorghum. My demonstration was for 50 minutes, but it felt like 5 minutes. I had a blast and I hope it was not my last.

On to the cake. This is actually my 5 year old daughters cake. She came up with it(with a little help from me)

Cute huh?  Gotta love kids.
CHOCOLATE MINT CAKE
1 box Devils Food Cake
1 3.4 oz box COOK and SERVE chocolate pudding mix
1/2 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs
1/2 cup coffee
1 cup sour cream
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp Peppermint Extract
1 1/2 cup Andes Creme de Menthe Baking Chips*
Preheat oven to 350.
Spray a bundt pan with non-stick cooking spray.
In a large bowl, whisk together the cake mix and pudding mix.
Add the eggs, oil coffee, sour cream,vanilla and peppermint extract. With and electric mixer, mix on medium speed for about 3 minutes.
Stir in the Andes mints.
Pour into the prepared bundt pan and bake for 40-50 minutes, or until a tooth pick comes out with a few moist crumbs on it.
Remove from oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes in the pan. Invert onto a cooling rack and allow to completely cool.
Chopped Andes Creme de MentheAndes Creme de Menthe

MINT FUDGE ICING
1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk                     
1/2 cup Andes Creme De Menthe Baking Chips**
1/2 cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp peppermint extract
Put the Andes mints and the chocolate chips in a medium bowl.
In a small sauce pan over medium low heat, add the sweetened condensed milk and extracts.
Bring the mixture to just under a boil.
Pour the hot sweetened condensed milk over the mint and chocolate chips. Allow to sit for just a few minutes. Stir until the chocolate chips are completely melted. 
Pour over the cake!
*Cake- if you can not find Andes Creme de Menthe Baking Chips, you can use 54 regular Andes Creme De Menthe mints. Just unwrap and chop. You would need TWO 6 oz packages. Use all 36 in the 1st package and 18 of the second package.
**Mint Fudge Icing- if you can not find Andes Creme de Menthe Baking Chips, use the remaining 18 mints. Unwrap and chop.