WEIGHT WATCHER WEDNESDAY

Apple Cake 2 large eggs1/2 cup sugar1/4 cup skim milk2 Tbsp Butter1 Tbsp Vanilla1 cup self rising flour, sifted1 1/2 Tbsp cornstarch1 large apple, peeled and thinly sliced1 tsp cinnamon1 tsp sugar Preheat oven to 400.Coat 8″ round cake pan with cooking spray Beat eggs and 1/2 cup sugar until lightStir in milk, melted butter […]

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My video posts are in your hands..I put up a pole so please vote(its located to the right at the top). I don’t want to annoy anyone with my complete dorkyness. So please let me know if I should continue with the videos by casting your vote! Thanks a Bunch!

BC/AC.(before coffee/after coffee) +giveaway!!

BEFORE COFFEE AFTER COFFEE Enough said! I NEED coffee..and I look like shit in the morning!!!

Beef..its whats for Dinner!!

My Brother-In-Law John told me this morning he was very disappointed the I had never posted a “Beef” dish.(visit him @ Stanton’s Space) I know it seems like I only cook chicken in my house, but that is far from the truth! I am a steak and Potato kinda girl! I love love love red […]

Smile Award..and another video post!

Please Please no autographs..I know I deserve an Oscar for my performance!LOL LOL Again..I know I am a dork..so no need for anyone to point out the obvious!!! Sorry for my lack of editing skills on my videos..I honestly haven’t figured out how to do it! Thank you soooo much to Jenny at the Picky […]

WEIGHT WATCHER WEDNESDAY

First..sorry for the hideous photo..I sooooo need to get a Lowel Ego light. Going outside to use the natural light is just not working for me! It was so humid today that I couldn’t get my camera to stop fogging up! I am really enjoying Weight Watcher Wednesdays! I know when I am eating whatever […]

Left over rice? Make Rice pudding!!!!!

Even though my children don’t like rice..I have to do my part as a responsible parent and cook it and put it on their plate! Do they eat it?? Hell no! So needless to say I often have a bunch of leftovers. I was left with exactly 2 cups of brown rice. I’ll throw it […]

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WEIGHT WATCHER WEDNESDAY + meme at the end

Here we are on week #3 of Weight Watcher Wednesday..and today I didn’t have a sweet tooth(bizarre right?) so I decided to cook something savory. Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo.I am a big fan of the FULL FAT, ALL BUTTER and ALL CREAM version, but if you can lighten it up, why not??!!The sauce was not as […]

Blueberry Pancakes…Simply Yummy + some Tips

Will ya look at the action shot! Drippy butter! Nothing better than that! BLUEBERRY PANCAKES INGREDIENTS1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour2 teaspoons granulated sugar1/2 teaspoon table salt1/2 teaspoon baking powder1/4 teaspoon baking soda3/4 cup buttermilk1/4 cup milk (plus an extra tablespoon or so if batter is too thick)1 large egg , separated2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted1 […]

RED VELVET LOVE

This might come to a shock to some of you..but..No Red Velvet of any kind has ever touched my lips! Shocking I know! I am not sure how it has missed the reach of my hands. But nope, never had it. Back in June I saw a beautiful photo of some Red Velvet Cupcakes over […]

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WEIGHT WATCHER WEDNESDAY

Apple Cake

2 large eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup skim milk
2 Tbsp Butter
1 Tbsp Vanilla
1 cup self rising flour, sifted
1 1/2 Tbsp cornstarch
1 large apple, peeled and thinly sliced
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp sugar

Preheat oven to 400.
Coat 8″ round cake pan with cooking spray

Beat eggs and 1/2 cup sugar until light
Stir in milk, melted butter and vanilla
Combine flour and cornstarch
Fold into flour mixture into wet mixture
Pour into pan
Layer apples in circular pattern on top of cake batter
Combine cinnamon and sugar, sprinkle on top of apples

Bake 30-35 minutes until toothpick comes out clean.
Cut into 8 pieces

Point Value: 3
Servings: 8

This weeks entry into Weight Watcher Wednesday is just as yummy as the previous 2!
My husband said it reminded him of French Toast. He said it tasted “eggy” but not in a bad “egg” way! I must admit ..I forgot to add the milk! Dork! After I put the cake in the oven, I turned around and saw my perfectly measured out milk still sitting on the counter! For about 1/2 of a nanosecond I thought about remaking the cake, but I said screw it! Even though it took more time for the oven to heat up than to actually prepare the cake, I was feeling lazy and let it slide! The cake was pretty good even without the milk!
As always check out Em’s sites The Repressed Pastry Chef and Weight Watcher Wednesdays!

Dont forget to vote!

My video posts are in your hands..I put up a pole so please vote(its located to the right at the top). I don’t want to annoy anyone with my complete dorkyness. So please let me know if I should continue with the videos by casting your vote! Thanks a Bunch!

Beef..its whats for Dinner!!

My Brother-In-Law John told me this morning he was very disappointed the I had never posted a “Beef” dish.(visit him @ Stanton’s Space) I know it seems like I only cook chicken in my house, but that is far from the truth! I am a steak and Potato kinda girl! I love love love red meat. And I like it rare! Cut off its horns, wipe its ass and put it on my plate!Yep that’s how I like it. My husband likes it cooked to shoe leather. Like, whats the point of eating a fine piece of meat if you are going to KILL it??? But to each their own. I actually have him eating it Medium well now! OOOHHHH go me!! Again as I said before I am limited in my dinner photography because I rely on natural light. And dinner time=crappy lighting!
Well this is for you John..a mighty yummy piece of London Broil. I remember my mom always making London Broil and marinating it Wishbone Italian Dressing. While it is great like that, I had to find some alternate way to marinate it! And the search began…
I happened upon an Emeril’s recipe that looked tasty!
Marinated London Broil
1 (2 1/2 pound) tri-tip London Broil or flank steak
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup dry red wine
2 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoon Creole mustard, or other spicy whole-grain mustard
1 tablespoon Essence
1 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
4 cloves garlic, smashed
Place the flank steak in a large, plastic resealable bag. In a large, glass measuring cup, combine red wine vinegar, red wine, olive oil, Worcestershire, soy sauce, mustard, essence, salt, pepper, and garlic. Pour the marinade into the bag with the steak, seal and place inside a large, glass baking dish to prevent possible spills. Marinate in the refrigerator for 24 hours (or at least 6 hours). Preheat a gas or charcoal grill to high heat. (Alternately, preheat the broiler). Remove the steak from the marinade and pat dry with paper towels. Place the steak on the grill (or under the broiler) and cook to desired doneness, about 6 minutes per side for rare. Transfer the steak to a cutting board and let stand for 5 minutes before carving. Slice across the grain into thin diagonal slices.
Make sure you ALWAYS cut AGAINST the grain. If you cut along the grain, you will feel like you are chewing on a rubber band! No so good!!!
I paired the steak with simple fresh green beans with salt and pepper. And also Pan Rosemary Potatoes, that I saute in butter and olive oil with some season salt, rosemary, garlic powder and onion powder until fork tender!
Simple dinner..DONE

Smile Award..and another video post!

Please Please no autographs..I know I deserve an Oscar for my performance!LOL LOL

Again..I know I am a dork..so no need for anyone to point out the obvious!!!

Sorry for my lack of editing skills on my videos..I honestly haven’t figured out how to do it!

Thank you soooo much to Jenny at the Picky Palate for passing on the smile award to me!!!

I love her blog..I was reading it well before I started my blog of my own..she was and is one of my inspirations!

Here is the list of 5 blogs that I am passing the award onto..

1..Sophie @ Flour Arrangements..Her blog is honest and delicious. she always makes food that is inviting and lovely.

2.Cookie Madness..If you are looking for a cookie recipe of any kind …you WILL find it here!What a wonderful blog.There are deserts other than cookies and everything looks wonderful.

3.Prudy @ prudencepennywise. She has family friendly meals that look delish. And I love love love how she puts the estimated cost for each dish! Very Clever

4.Lori @ The Recipegirl…Drool drool drool..seriously take a look at her blog and you will salivate at all her neat ideas!

5.Lisa @ jerseygirlcooks… After I saw the 5 pound Lobster on her site I was hooked..I am jealous of her divine seafood dishes. My family doesn’t eat seafood, so I go to her site to cry!

The rules are listed here.

And the creator of the award is Mere

WEIGHT WATCHER WEDNESDAY

First..sorry for the hideous photo..I sooooo need to get a Lowel Ego light. Going outside to use the natural light is just not working for me! It was so humid today that I couldn’t get my camera to stop fogging up!

I am really enjoying Weight Watcher Wednesdays! I know when I am eating whatever I made it will be delicious and nutritious! Again, thanks to my friend Em at The Repressed Pastry Chef for starting WWW!!

I know I am boring and predictable..another chicken dish! Well, we eat a bunch of chicken in my house mainly because that’s what my picky eaters will eat and I can do anything with it!

This dinner is easy as can be to make and an easy clean up(a HUGE bonus for me)!

It has a wonderful thick sauce bursting with garlic flavor that the broccoli soaks right up!

Chicken with Broccoli and Garlic Sauce
Ingredients
2 tsp Olive oil
3 Medium garlic clove(s), minced, or more to taste
1 pound Uncooked chicken breast, boneless and skinless, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 tsp Dried thyme, or 2 tbsp fresh minced thyme, or to taste
1/2 tsp Table salt
1/4 tsp Black pepper
2 cup Broccoli, florets
1 1/2 cup Canned chicken broth, reduced-sodium
1 1/2 tbsp Cornstarch
2 cup Cooked brown rice, kept hot
Preparation
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and cook 1 minute. Season chicken with thyme, salt and pepper and add to skillet. Cook until browned on all sides, stirring frequently, about 3 minutes.
Add broccoli to skillet, cover and cook 2 minutes. Add 1 cup of broth, cover and simmer until chicken is cooked through, about 5 minutes.
Dissolve cornstarch in remaining 1/2 cup of broth and add mixture to skillet. Simmer until mixture thickens, stirring constantly, about 1 minute. Serve over rice. Yields about 1 cup of chicken mixture and 1/2 cup of rice per serving
Points Value: 5
Servings: 4
Prep Time: 17 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 min

Left over rice? Make Rice pudding!!!!!

Even though my children don’t like rice..I have to do my part as a responsible parent and cook it and put it on their plate! Do they eat it?? Hell no! So needless to say I often have a bunch of leftovers. I was left with exactly 2 cups of brown rice. I’ll throw it away..then I heard of voice of my past(mother)..”eat your food, there are starving children in China.” SO it sat there on the stove until I figured out its fate!
Ah ha..RICE PUDDIN!
Oh wait I cook all my rice and couscous in chicken stock(gives it much more flavor). Oh no I didn’t..not tonight. I used my last drop of chicken stock on my Chicken Piccata. So I used plain water to cook the rice..so there was a green light for the Rice Puddin!!

Left over rice? Make Rice pudding!!!!!
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Make Rice Pudding with Left-over rice
Ingredients
  • 2 cups cooked rice (brown or white)
  • about 3 cups milk
  • ½ cup splenda or sugar
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • 1½ tsp vanilla
  • ½ cup raisins or fruit of choice..I used Regular and golden raisins
  • Spices to taste …like cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice..etc
  • Walnuts for a crunch if you like
Instructions
  1. All add ingredients to the cooked rice except the spices and bring to a boil.
  2. Boil for a few minutes and then cook until most of the milk is absorbed.
  3. Once you get to your desired consistency, add your spices.
  4. Add the nuts if you want.
  5. Serve hot or cold! Its was yummy either way!

WEIGHT WATCHER WEDNESDAY + meme at the end

Here we are on week #3 of Weight Watcher Wednesday..and today I didn’t have a sweet tooth(bizarre right?) so I decided to cook something savory. Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo.I am a big fan of the FULL FAT, ALL BUTTER and ALL CREAM version, but if you can lighten it up, why not??!!The sauce was not as thick as the original. But it was equally as tasty! I didn’t feel guilty after scarfing down a nice big bowl!

Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo

Ingredients

6 medium garlic cloves, peeled and smashed with a knife
1 lb skinless, boneless chicken breasts, washed and patted dry(four 4 oz pieces)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
Cooking Spray
1/2 cup chicken stock
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup whole milk plain yogurt, Greek-Style
salt..for cooking pasta
8 oz uncooked whole wheat fettuccine
1/2 cup grated Parmesan Cheese
1/4 cup parsley, fresh, flat leaf, finely chopped

Instructions

Heat large, heavy skillet over medium heat. Rub garlic over chicken, reserve garlic. Season chicken with salt and pepper and rub it in the chicken. Coat skillet w/ cooking spray and then set over medium heat. Saute garlic until fragrant. about 1 minute. Add chicken and cook until golden, flipping once, about 5 minutes per side. In a small bowl, combine broth, heavy cream and yogurt: pour over chicken and scrape the bottom of the skillet to incorporate seasonings. Simmer chicken gently, turning once, about 30 minutes.Meanwhile, bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil and cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Remove chicken from cream sauce and set aside. Add Parmesan cheese to cream mixture and mix until well combined. Add cooked pasta and 3 Tbsp of parsley; toss well. Serve pasta topped w/ chicken and the rest of the parsley.

Points value: 9
Prep time: 12 minutes
Serves: 4
The Stressed Baker for another set of memes! You can see the rules here at her site. On this set of memes I have to tell you all 6 random things about me..my goodness I could tell you a million..but here are 6 not so interesting thins about me..

1…I am terrified of heights.

2…I graduated from nursing school, but never work a day as a nurse after realizing that I am a germ-a-phob

3…I have never been in a fight with any of my friends..I am a lover

4…I hate scary movies..my imagination goes wild..I swear Jason Myers and Freddy Kruger are real and they must life on my street and only come out at night!

5…I am a hotel snob

6…My right eye is blue with 1/4 perfect pie shape in it that is brown

Well thats it..gripping huh?

I am going to keep this in the Daring Bakers Ring..I am randomly going to pick 6 of my DB’s to get to know better.

http://pamelaskitchen.blogspot.com/

http://novice-baker.blogspot.com/

http://www.cupcake-corner.blogspot.com/

http://www.butterandsugar.org/blog/

http://vanillabasil.blogspot.com/

http://lifeaftergluten.blogspot.com/

Blueberry Pancakes…Simply Yummy + some Tips

Will ya look at the action shot! Drippy butter! Nothing better than that!

BLUEBERRY PANCAKES

INGREDIENTS
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon table salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup milk (plus an extra tablespoon or so if batter is too thick)
1 large egg , separated
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 cup blueberries

vegetable oil (for brushing griddle)

1. Mix dry ingredients in medium bowl. Pour buttermilk and milk into 2-cup Pyrex measuring cup. Mix yolk with melted butter, then stir into milk mixture. Whisk egg white in large bowl to stiff peaks. Dump wet ingredients into dry ingredients all at once; whisk until just mixed. Quickly fold egg white into batter. Fold blueberries into batter.

2. Meanwhile, heat griddle or large skillet over strong medium-high heat. Brush griddle generously with oil. When water splashed on surface confidently sizzles, spoon batter, about 1/4 cup at a time, onto griddle, making sure not to overcrowd. When pancake bottoms are brown and top surface starts to bubble, 2 to 3 minutes, flip cakes and cook until remaining side has browned, 1 to 2 minutes longer. Re-oil the skillet and repeat for the next batch of pancakes.

Recipe and pancake tips found on Cooks Illustrated.

Are there any tricks to making and serving great pancakes?
Hare some tricks we’ve found make for successful pancakes:Mix the Batter Lightly. There are two factors that promote fluffiness in pancake batter, underdeveloped gluten and dissolved baking soda. Gluten is a mix of very long proteins that are disorganized in structure. Once gluten is dissolved in water, these proteins can more easily rearrange their structure. Kneading or mixing gluten elongates the proteins and somewhat organizes them, an action similar to combing the strands of your hair. As the proteins start to lie more or less parallel to each other, the dough becomes elastic and less tender. By reducing the mixing time of your batter, you give the gluten less opportunity to organize.

Baking soda (either on its own or as part of the baking powder formula) creates the bubbles that make pancakes rise. When baking soda encounters an acid, carbon dioxide is formed to produce the bubbles in the batter. The stirring of the pancake batter speeds bubble formation by moving the baking soda and acid together. Unfortunately, stirring also causes the release of carbon dioxide gas by bringing formed bubbles to the surface of the mixture. Just a little too much stirring and the bubble-forming capacity of the baking soda will be quickly exhausted. To make the fluffiest pancakes possible, then, you should stir the batter until the ingredients are just incorporated—and not one stir more!

Use the Batter Within an Hour. To determine how far in advance we could make pancake batter, we mixed up a few batches of basic pancake batter and held them for different lengths of time before cooking: one hour, two hours, and three hours. Holding the batter for one hour had no detrimental effect on the pancakes. After two and three hours, however, the batter spread out too easily, producing thin, floppy cakes that were much less appealing than the ones made from fresh batter. Here’s why: In fresh pancake batter, baking powder reacts quickly, releasing most of its gas in a short period of time. The longer the batter sits, the fewer bubbles there are left when it’s time to cook, increasing the likelihood of flat flapjacks.

At first we thought we could add a bit more baking powder to the batter to provide some extra lift, but this merely lent an unpleasant chemical taste to the pancakes. Next, we tried adding a stiffly beaten egg white to the batter. The resulting pancakes were not quite as fluffy as those from fresh batter, but the egg white added a good amount of height. So the next time you find yourself with pancake batter past its prime, simply add a stiffly beaten egg white.

Heat the Pan Properly. The best way to determine when the skillet is ready is to make a test pancake the size of a half-dollar (use 1 tablespoon of batter). If after one minute the pancake is golden brown, the pan is ready. If the bottom of the pancake remains blond—or is close to burning—adjust the heat accordingly.

Serve as Soon as Possible. We tried several methods to determine how to hold pancakes before serving, from stacking up the pancakes on a heated plate, to covering them with foil, or to placing the plate of stacked pancakes in a warm oven. All of these methods did the job as far as keeping the pancakes warm. Even by the last batch of pancakes, the temperature reading would hit somewhere between 145 and 150 degrees. But these pancakes were compressed from being stacked, and they steamed from the heat and became very rubbery.

What we found that the best method was to spread the pancakes on a large cooling rack placed on a sheet pan (be sure to spray the cooling rack well with vegetable cooking spray and save yourself from sticking pancakes). Place the pan and the rack in a 200-degree oven and place your pancakes on the rack in a single layer, uncovered, for up to 20 minutes (or be warned-they will start to dry out.) The warm oven keeps the pancakes hot enough to melt a pat of butter, and leaving the pancakes uncovered keeps them from becoming soggy.

P.S..or you could sooooo cheat and use Bisquick and just add Blueberries! You can never go wrong with that!!!

RED VELVET LOVE

This might come to a shock to some of you..but..No Red Velvet of any kind has ever touched my lips! Shocking I know! I am not sure how it has missed the reach of my hands. But nope, never had it. Back in June I saw a beautiful photo of some Red Velvet Cupcakes over on Em’s site..

The Repressed Pastry Chef I printed it and put it in my ever growing pile of “To Make” list.
So today I was aching to bake something..seems like I have that ache everyday!
Well, they were really easy to whip up. It only took a few minutes from the time I started to get them in the oven. I seem to have a sinking in the middle cupcake issue, so I was pleasantly surprised to see when I pulled them out of the oven they didn’t sink in the middle. YEAH!
The cream Cheese frosting is OUT OF THIS WORLD! While I was decorating the cupcakes it went like this…one squirt for the cupcakes…one big squirt in the mouth for me! Oh its that good!
I am not the Red Velvet expert, but this one is a keeper!

P.S…Happy Birthday to EM..stop by her site and wish her Happy Birthday!

RED VELVET CUPCAKES with CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
1c cake flour
1/3c cocoa
1/2tsp salt
2/3c vegetable oil
3/4c sugar
1 egg
1oz (2T) red food coloring
1/2tsp vanilla
1/2c buttermilk
1/2tsp baking soda
3/4tsp white vinegar

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.Line12-cupcake pans with cupcake liners and spray with cooking spray.Whisk cake flour, cocoa and salt in a bowl.Place oil and sugar in bowl of an electric mixer and beat at medium speed until well-blended. Beat in eggs one at a time.With machine on low, very slowly add red food coloring . Add vanilla. Add flour mixture alternately with buttermilk in two batches. Scrape down bowl and beat just long enough to combine.Place baking soda in a small dish, stir in vinegar and add to batter with machine running. Beat for 10 seconds.Divide batter among 12-cupcake pans, filling each about 2/3 full.
Bake for 25-30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
(Mine cooked for 23 minutes.)
Em’s Magnificent Cream Cheese Icing

8oz pkg of cream cheese – room temperature, divided in three parts
2 tablespoons unsalted butter – COLD
1 tablespoon shortening1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup powdered sugar

Directions

Beat sugar and butter in large bowl until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and combine very well. Add the first third of the cream cheese and combine very well. Add the shortening and combine very well. Add the remaining cream cheese one piece at a time, combining very well after each.