Sunday, July 17, 2011

I'm A Cooking Machine!


Since we just got home from vacation last night, I had a to make a big run to the grocery store after church today. I had read all of these "woman" magazines that Mike's aunt had given me and was fired up to try all of these recipes. I knew there was a reason I never buy those things! After I got home, I absolutely tore up the kitchen! I started with Frozen Coconut S'mores. I love anything coconut and these just looked delicious. They are.

Frozen Coconut S'mores
6 to 8 graham crackers
1 1/3 cups heavy cream
4 oz semisweet chocolate
3 large egg whites
2 tbsp sugar
1/2 cup cream of coconut

Line the bottom of a 9" baking pan with aluminum foil leaving an overhang on the sides. Place graham crackers in the bottom of the pan, cutting them to fit if necessary. Heat 1/3 cup of the cream in a saucepan until it barely begins to simmer, remove from heat. Add the chopped chocolate and stir until smooth. Spread the chocolate over the graham crackers and freeze for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, with an electric mixer, beat the egg whites in a large bowl until frothy. Gradually add the sugar and beat until stiff, glossy peaks form. In a separate bowl (no need to clean the beaters), beat the cream of coconut and the remaining cup of cream until stiff peaks form. Fold the two mixtures together and spread over the frozen chocolate. Freeze for at least 6 hours. When ready to serve, lift the foil out of the pan, peel off the s'mores, and cut into squares with a pizza cutter.


I made my stand-by finger food, vegetable pizzas, for a get together after church tonight. These are the easiest things int he world, healthy, and delicious. My kids live them! I made a double batch so we would have some to snack on around here.

Vegetable Pizza

1 tub of whipped cream cheese
1 packet of ranch dressing mix
1 tube of crescent rolls
shredded cheese
assorted raw vegetables

Roll out the crescent rolls onto a greased cookie sheet. Pinch together the seams so your crust won't fall apart. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes. Mix the whipped cream cheese and ranch mix together. After the crust cools, spread evenly. Finely chop whatever vegetables you plan for your pizza. I always use broccoli and cauliflower. Sprinkle over pizza. Add shredded cheese. Press the entire mixture down with your hand and slice into squares with a pizza cutter.


Finally, I made a Coca-Cola Cake for the baseball team swim party tomorrow night. Yes, our summers are busier than our school year! This makes a large cake and everybody loves chocolate so it is perfect for when you have to take a desert.

Coca-Cola Cake

Cake:
1 package white cake mix
1 c regular Coca-Cola
2 eggs
1/2 c buttermilk
1/2 c margarine, melted
1/4 c baking cocoa
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 c mini marshmallows
Frosting:
1/4 c baking cocoa
1/2 c margarine
1/3 c regular Coca-Cola
4 c confectioners sugar
1 c chopped pecans

Ina a large mixing bowl, mix the first seven ingredients. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Fold in marshmallows. Pour into greased 13x9 pan and bake at 350 for 35 to 40 minutes. Cool before frosting. Meanwhile, to make frosting, mix cocoa and margarine in saucepan. Cook on low until margarine is melted. Stir in Coke until well blended. Bring to boil, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in confectioners sugar until smooth. Fold in nuts. Spread over warm cake. Let stand 20 minutes before cutting.

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