No Bake doesn’t equal No Hassel

Maybe I am just inept or something… I had a hard time with this recipe, and I mean the recipe is only 3 ingredients! I did make 2 batches, and found it easier the second time…so I think I am just a bit slow. Why did I do two batches? Because who in their right mind feel that 9 bars would satisfy their hunger? Haha, just kidding. I did two batches because I was making them for class (flashback to elementary when you brought stuff for your birthday). How funny that in my later years in college I still feel the need to bake things for class? Anyway, here’s the webby:

http://picky-palate.com/2011/03/17/no-bake-chewy-cookies-and-cream-bars/

Ingredients:

One 16 oz package of Oreo

5 cups Large Marshmallows

4 tablespoons butter

Method:

1.  Place Oreos in food processor and pulse until ground.  Melt marshmallows and butter in microwave until puffed, about 1 1/2- 2 minutes.  Remove and pour in ground Oreo Cookies.  Stir to combine then transfer to a foil lined 8×8 inch baking pan.  Let set up for 10 minutes.  Remove bars out of pan with edges of foil and cut into squares.

Notes:

Okay, maybe it is because I never made rice crispy treats when I was little, so I never had the experience of working with melted marshmallow….but this was MESSY!!! Marshmallow make a very unknowingly strong glue. I was stuck to some of the utensils that I was using to mix the crumbs with the goo. Also, I got distracted (which is really easy for me to do…seeing how I started this post at 11am and now it’s an hour later and I still haven’t posted)… and I let the marshmallows overflow in the microwave. Haha, all in all it was a fail on my part. I really wanted to try them last night to make sure they would be good for class today, but stupid me put my teeth whitening strips on before I finished making the bars, D’oh! I think the strips are working too, if any of you have ever thought about using them. Anyway, I do have pictures, but my phone is being dumb (yes all of my pictures come from my iPhone… LOL), so I will post those later. I hope you have a wonderful weekend full of good smells and good times! Happy cooking!

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PS: My Professor wouldn’t eat them. He asked other people if they were burnt brownies…I thought that was a little rude, but hey everyone seemed to really enjoy them, so he missed out 😛

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Making broccoli tastier

Broccoli is probably one of my favorite veggies. I eat it a lot (steamed, stir fried, raw…etc), and I like to find new ways to serve it. I stumbledupon this site a few weeks ago and instantly wanted to try this. The only problem was that I didn’t have any broccoli stocked, so I couldn’t. School basically piled up on me and I couldn’t hit the store to get any….sad days. Anyway, I finally got around to getting the ingredients (along with a few others)! You HAVE  to try this!

http://www.staceysnacksonline.com/2011/01/broccoli-bites-for-kids.html

Ingredients:

16 oz. package of frozen chopped broccoli, thawed and drained of liquid (I used fresh steamed broccoli)
1 1/2 cup of grated cheddar cheese
3 eggs
1 cup of seasoned Italian breadcrumbs

Method:

Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl.

With your hands, form small patties and lay on a parchment lined baking sheet.

Bake at 375F for 25 minutes, turning the patties after the first 15 minutes.

Notes:

I hate that I keep missing instructions…but at least everything turns out well :D. I didn’t see the part that says turn over after the first 15 minutes. I just baked it on one side for about 35 minutes. I also put 2 cups of cheese and a 1 and 1/4 cup of breadcrumbs. It may be different for you, but just feel the consistency of the mixture and see if you think stick enough to make patties. I added a touch of garlic powder, but the seasoned breadcrumbs are already pretty nicely season. Anyway, these little patties were really awesome. I like that I keep running into these recipes that just need everything to be mixed together with no order. What can I say, except I love simplicity :D. Alright, get those stoves fired up, ovens preheated. and oil heated to the perfect temperature! Happy cooking!

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Casserole Pizza

Hey guys! I have lots of things to update, but the little time I have this week have been devoted to school. It’s killing me right now…and all I can think about is cooking! Haha, I really shouldn’t even been updating now seeing how I have a test to study for, a paper to write, and a project to research for, but whatever. Really sometimes I think to myself… I should just cook or cater for a living! Or something that doesn’t require me to do anymore school :P. Oh well, such is life. I only have one semester, so I can definitely suffer through it :D. Anyway, enough ranting…let’s take to tasty part of my life:

http://blog.al.com/plain-chicken/2011/03/bubble_up_pizza.html

Ingredients:
2 cans (12oz) golden layer buttermilk biscuits (Pillsbury Grands! Jr)
1 jar (15oz) pizza sauce
2 cups mozzarella cheese
your favorite pizza toppings – cooked sausage, turkey pepperoni, peppers, mushrooms
cooking spray
Method:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Cut biscuits into quarters and place in medium bowl.  Toss biscuits with pizza sauce.  Add pizza topping and half of the cheese.  Toss until well blended.  Spray a 9×13 pan with cooking spray.  Pour biscuit mixture into pan and top with remaining cheese.  Bake at 375 for 25-30 minutes, or until biscuits are done.
Notes:
This recipe kind of reminded me of the dump cake recipe that I posted a few weeks back. I really liked it, but I wish it were more specific on how much topping to put in. I didn’t want to add too much because I didn’t want the topping flavor to be too overpowering, but I guess since it was broad they couldn’t really be specific. I added garlic and pepperoni to mine, but the flavors weren’t really that prominent. I added probably about 1 and 1/2 tsp of garlic and 7 slices of pepperoni (chopped up). I’ll definitely up the amount that I do next time. Also, I read incorrectly about cutting into the dough into quarters until after had mixed into a lot of ingredients, so I just started ripping up the dough in the mixing bowl. Still came out awesomely :D. Also, I think I am going to throw in some oregano next time. It just makes sense…but it slipped my mind. Cook it and lemme know what you thought! Happy cooking!

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PS: Wish me some luck on my work this week…I need it. OH and I forgot to mention I found a job! I work in marketing in the parking dept at my campus (Texas Tech). Yay for doing something that interests me and money :D!

Making 10cents look classy

Ramen…the stereotypical college diet, but it can become quite….plain over time. The choices are wide, but this is something that you can cook and make it look like you worked hard (if they don’t realize the noodles look oddly familier) even though it takes about 5-10 mins to make. Anyway, I had to substitute lot for today because I just had some extra stuff frozen waiting to be cooked from St. Patty’s day and I didn’t want to go to the store for the third time. Maybe you’ll be inspired too! Here’s the site:

http://www.netfoodie.com/2008/02/17/stir-fried-ramen-noodles-recipe/

Ingredients:
3 packs of MAMA pork flavored noodles
2 large eggs, beaten
1 clove of garlic, chopped
1/2 cup of onions, diced
1/2 cup of frozen peas and carrots
Cooking spray and/or vegetable oil

Method:
1. Bring a pot of water to a boil with enough water to cover the noodles.
2. Remove the noodle from the packages and put the seasonings and oil to the side. These packets contain oil, seasonings and chili powder. Break each noodle brick into quarters and put into boiling water with 1 packet of included oil.
3. Boil on HIGH until al dente, or about 1 minute. You don’t want the noodles to be soggy and these noodles cook very quickly. Strain the noodles. Do not rinse.
4. Spray a pan or wok with some nonstick spray. Heat on MEDIUM. Add 1 tsp. of oil(optional). Add onions(I used frozen chopped onions) and garlic. Cook until garlic is lightly browned.
5. Add beaten eggs to the pan. Sprinkle eggs with half of a seasoning packet. Scramble the eggs until halfway cooked. You want the eggs a little runny so they stick to the noodles.
6. Add drained noodles back to the pan. Add 2 of the seasoning packets(chili powder optional). Add the frozen peas and carrots. Stir until the seasoning is even, eggs are cooked and peas and carrots are warm.

Notes:

So as you can tell from my pictures I had to substitute a lot of items. In my opinion, it still tasted fantastic. I love the idea of taking something that people usually think of as cheap and jazzing it up to look like a meal that was slaved over. If you are trying to keep your waistline in shape (other than round…like mine) you will want to be mindful of the sodium content that comes with Ramen. Extra sodium means water retention. I usually use half a packet of season with a whole block of noodles, but in this recipe I used a whole packet of seasoning with one and a half blocks of noodles. Next time I think I’ll try to add some lettuce or bok choy…MAYBE EVEN CHICKEN! Well…maybe chicken. We tend to eat the pork or beef flavors, so pork or beef flavored chicken might defeat the purpose, but who knows and why not? We’ll just have to explore! Anyway, as always happy cooking!

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