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Best Steak Marinade In Existence



Ingredients:
1/3 cup Soy sauce
1/2 cup olive oil
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons garlic powder
3 tablespoons dried basil
1 1/2 tablespoons dried parsley flakes
1 teaspoon ground white pepper
1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
1 teaspoon dried minced garlic

How to make it :

Place the soy sauce, olive oil, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, basil, parsley, and pepper in a blender.
Add hot pepper sauce and garlic, if desired. Blend on high speed for 30 seconds until thoroughly mixed.
Pour marinade over desired type of meat.
Cover, and refrigerate for up to 8 hours. Cook meat as desired.

Old Fashioned Chocolate Buttermilk Cake



 Ingredient:
    1/2 cup butter
    1 1/2 cup sugar
    2 eggs
    2 (1-oz.) squares unsweetened chocolate, melted
    2 cups sifted cake flour
    1 tsp. salt
    1 cup buttermilk
    1 tsp. vanilla extract
    1 tsp. baking soda
    1 Tbsp. vinegar
    Chocolate Frosting
    1/2 cup butter, softened
    3 cups confectioners’ sugar
    3 (1-oz) squares unsweetened chocolate, melted
    1 tsp. vanilla extract
    Half-and-half (if necessary)

How to make it:

 Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 2 9-inch cake pans. Line bottom of pan with parchment paper.
    In large bowl or standing mixer, cream butter until light and fluffy. Add sugar and beat until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in melted chocolate.
    In separate bowl, combine four and salt. Add buttermilk and chocolate mixture, alternating. Stir in vanilla.
    In small bowl, dissolve baking soda in vinegar. Slowly add this to the chocolate mixture. Mix just until blended. Do not over-mix.
    Pour batter into prepared pans and bake for 30-35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes then remove from pans. Transfer to wire racks and cool completely before frosting.
    Chocolate Frosting
    In large mixing bowl, cream butter until light and fluffy. Slowly add sugar, 1/2 cup at a time, beating well between additions. Stir in chocolate and vanilla. If necessary, thin frosting with 1-2 tsps. half-and-half.

Polish sausage , Sauerkraut and potatoes ( CROCKPOT )



Ingredients:
2 (14 ounce) cans sauerkraut, undrained (or 1 (2 pound) bag)
5 or 6 potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks
1 cup water
1 pound Polish sausage, cut into chunks (could use smoked sausage)
1 teaspoon caraway seeds
1 bay leaf
1/4 teaspoon pepper

How to make it:

Place sauerkraut and potatoes in slow cooker, add spices and water. Place sausage on top. Cook 4 hours on high or about 6 hours on low or until potatoes are tender

MADE CARROT CAKE TODAY



INGREDIENTS:
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
3 large eggs
1/2 cup crushed pineapple
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
3 cups finely grated peeled carrots
1 cup walnuts, chopped


How to make it:

- Position racks in the top and bottom third of the oven, and preheat to 325°F. Lightly grease 3 (8-inch) round pans with butter. Line the bottom of the pans with parchment paper.

- In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Whisk well to blend.

- In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the sugar and oil until combined. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well to incorporate after each addition. Add the applesauce and pineapple, beating to mix. Add the flour mixture, and beat to incorporate, scraping down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula if needed. Add the carrots and the walnuts, and beat briefly.

- Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans. Slide the pans into the oven and bake until the cakes begin to pull away from the sides of the pan and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 35-45 minutes. Cool the cakes in their pans on a wire rack for 15 minutes; then turn them out onto the rack to cool completely.

BREAD AND BUTTER PUDDING



INGREDIENTS:
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup sugar
4 Tablespoons butter or margarine, more or less as needed, at room temperature
5 slices crust-on white bread
1/2 cup raisins...
2 cups milk
2 eggs

HOW TO MAKE IT:

*Preheat oven to 350 degrees F./180 C
*Add cinnamon to sugar in cup and mix well.
*Set aside.
*Generously spread one side of each piece of bread with butter or margarine.
*Cutting diagonally, slice each in half.
*Arrange triangle slices in pan, slightly overlapping, with butter-side
up and cut edges facing the same direction, making a spiral.
*As you add the bread, sprinkle with sugar, cinnamon, and raisins.
*Put milk in small bowl, add eggs, and using whisk or fork, mix to blend well.
*Pour milk mixture over bread and raisins in baking pan.
*Set aside for about 15 minutes for bread to absorb liquid.
*Bake in oven for about 30 minutes, or until top is golden brown.
*Serve the pudding while still warm in individual dessert bowls.
*It is eaten plain or with cream poured over it.

GARLIC & LEMON CHICKEN W/GREEN BEANS & RED POTATOES!



INGREDIENTS:
6 tablespoons olive oil
2 lemons, 1 thinly sliced, 1 juiced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3/4 pound trimmed green beans
8 small red potatoes, quartered
4 chicken breasts (bones left in, with skin, about 3 1/4 pounds)

How to make it:

Preheat oven to 400°F. Coat a large baking dish or cast-iron skillet with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Arrange the lemon slices in a single layer in the bottom of the dish or skillet.

In a large bowl, combine the remaining oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and pepper; add the green beans and toss to coat. Using a slotted spoon or tongs, remove the green beans and arrange them on top of the lemon slices. Add the potatoes to the same olive-oil mixture and toss to coat. Using a slotted spoon or tongs, arrange the potatoes along the inside edge of the dish or skillet on top of the green beans. Place the chicken in the same bowl with the olive-oil mixture and coat thoroughly. Place the chicken, skin-side up, in the dish or skillet. Pour any of the remaining olive-oil mixture over the chicken.

Roast for 50 minutes. Remove the chicken from the dish or skillet. Place the beans and potatoes back in oven for 10 minutes more or until the potatoes are tender. Place a chicken breast on each of 4 serving plates; divide the green beans and potatoes equally. Serve warm.

White Chocolate No Bake Cheesecake Pie



Ingredients:
1 cup white chocolate chips
2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, cut up in small pieces
1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 9-inch graham cracker crust
1⁄3 cup toffee pieces (or other topping of your choice)

How to make it:

Melt the chocolate chips slowly in microwave, stirring often until smooth.
Stir in cream cheese until smooth.
Fold in whipped topping.
Pour into crust.
Cover and chill until set (about 4-5 hours).
Sprinkle with topping.
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Czech Kolaches.



INGREDIENTS 
2 cups whole milk
3/4 cup butter, cut up
3/4 cup shortening, cut up
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs, lightly beaten
6 cups all-purpose flour
2 packages active dry yeast envelopes
Desired filling (see below)
Powdered Sugar Icing (see below)

How to make it:

In a large saucepan, heat and stir milk, butter, shortening, sugar and salt just until warm (120 degreesF to 130 degrees F) and butter and shortening almost melt. Set aside and cool for 5 minutes. Stir in eggs.
In a large mixing bowl, combine 3 cups of the flour and the yeast. Add milk mixture. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed for 30 seconds or until combined. Beat on high speed for 3 minutes. Gradually add remaining flour, switching to a wooden spoon if necessary to stir in last amount of flour. (Dough will be very soft.) Cover bowl with plastic wrap and chill overnight.
Shape chilled dough into 1 1/2-inch balls. Place 2 inches apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Cover; let rise in a warm place 30 minutes. Use your thumb or the back of a round measuring teaspoon to make a deep indentation in center of a few balls at a time. Spoon about 1 teaspoon filling into each indentation. Repeat with remaining balls and filling.
Bake one or two pans of kolaches at a time at 325 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes or until lightly golden on the bottoms. Immediately remove to racks; cool slightly. If you like, drizzle with icing before serving.
Poppy Seed Filling: In a coffee grinder or small food processor blend 3/4 cup (4 ounces) poppy seeds until fine. Set aside. In a small saucepan combine 1/2 cup milk, 1/3 cup sugar, 2 tablespoons butter, 1 tablespoon honey and a dash of salt. Cook and stir over medium heat until butter is melted. Remove from heat. In a small bowl, lightly beat 2 egg yolks. Gradually stir about half of the warm milk mixture into beaten yolks. Return the yolk mixture to milk mixture in saucepan and stir to combine. Cook and stir over medium heat just until mixture thickens and coats a spoon. Remove from heat. Stir in poppy seeds and 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest. Transfer to a bowl and chill, covered, for at least 2 hours or up to 2 days. Makes 1 1/2 cups.
Raspberry Filling: In a medium saucepan, combine 2 cups frozen raspberries, 3/4 cup sugar, 2 tablespoons water, 1 tablespoon cornstarch and 1 teaspoon lemon juice. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir for 2 minutes more. Transfer to a bowl and chill, covered, for at least 2 hours or up to 2 days. Makes 1 1/2 cups.
Apricot Filling: In a medium saucepan, combine 1 1/2 cups chopped dried apricots and 1 1/2 cups apricot nectar. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until boiling. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon. Cool slightly. Place in a blender and blend until smooth. (Mixture should be thicker than applesauce.) Transfer to a bowl and chill, covered, for several hours or up to 2 days. Makes 1 1/2 cup.
Powdered Sugar Icing: In a small bowl, combine 2 cups powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons milk and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. Stir in additional milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, until icing reaches drizzling consistency. Makes 2/3 cup.
storage

Store unglazed kolaches in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days, or freeze for up to 3 months.

Old Fashioned Coconut Cream Pie



 1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
3 cups half-and-half
2 eggs, beaten
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 (9 inch) pie shell, baked
1 cup frozen whipped topping, thawed

How to make it:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Spread the coconut on a baking sheet and bake it, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, about 5 minutes.
In a medium saucepan, combine the half-and-half, eggs, sugar, flour and salt and mix well. Bring to a boil over low heat, stirring constantly. Remove the pan from the heat, and stir in 3/4 cup of the toasted coconut and the vanilla extract. Reserve the remaining coconut to top the pie.
Pour the filling into the pie shell and chill until firm, about 4 hours.
Top with whipped topping and with the reserved coconut.

BUTTER PECAN CAKE RECIPE



Ingredients:
1-1/4 cups butter, softened, divided
2 teaspoons baking powder
2-2/3 cups chopped pecans
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups sugar
1 cup milk
4 eggs
FROSTING: OR PURCHASE:
8 to 8-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
1 can (5 ounces) evaporated milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup butter, softened

How to make it:

Place pecans and 1/4 cup butter in a baking pan. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until toasted, stirring frequently; set aside.
In a large bowl, cream sugar and remaining butter until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; add to the creamed mixture alternately with milk, beating well after each addition. Stir in 1-1/3 cups of toasted pecans.
Pour into three greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
For frosting, cream butter and confectioners' sugar in a large bowl. Add milk and vanilla; beat until smooth. Stir in remaining toasted pecans. Spread frosting between layers and over top and sides of cake. Yield: 12-16 servings

Cowboy Pasta



 Ingredients:
1 lb. Hamburger meat
2 cans Ranch Style Beans
2 (12 oz.) VELVEETA Shells & Cheese Dinner
1 can of diced tomatoes and green chilies*
salt and pepper for taste

How to make it:
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Cook hamburger meat; drain, add the beans and cook on medium heat covered. Cook Shells & cheese according to package. When done add both meat mixture and noodles together until completely combined and serve warm. 

**Cooking Note: We have added broccoli and corn before and it was also very good. I almost always serve this with a vegetable and bread. 

This makes about 8 one cup servings!  

The Best Banana Cake - In The World



Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups bananas, mashed, ripe
2 teaspoons lemon juice
3 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup butter, softened
2 1/8 cups sugar
3 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/2 cups buttermilk

Frosting:
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 1/2 cups icing sugar


How to make it :

1 Preheat oven to 275°F /135C.
2 Grease and flour a 9 x 13 pan.
3 In a small bowl, mix mashed banana with the lemon juice; set aside.
4 In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.
5 In a large bowl, cream 3/4 cup butter and 2 1/8 cups sugar until light and fluffy.
6 Beat in eggs, one at a time, then stir in 2 tsp vanilla.
7 Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the buttermilk.
8 Stir in banana mixture
9 Pour batter into prepared pan and bake in preheated oven for one hour or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
10 Remove from oven and place directly into the freezer for 45 minutes. This will make the cake very moist.
11 For the frosting, cream the butter and cream cheese until smooth.
12 Beat in 1 teaspoon vanilla.
13 Add icing sugar and beat on low speed until combined, then on high speed until frosting is smooth.
14 Spread on cooled cake.
15 Sprinkle chopped walnuts over top of the frosting, if desired ( or hearts!). 

Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes



Ingredients
1 15 oz can pumpkin puree
½ cup sugar
¼ cup brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¾ cup evaporated milk
⅔ cup all purpose flour
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda

How to make it:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 12 cup muffin tin with silicone liners, foil liners sprayed with cooking spray or just spray the cups with cooking spray. Either of these three methods will make it easy to take the cupcake out after it’s cooked. Paper liners make it difficult to remove the cupcakes.
Mix the pumpkin, sugar, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla extract and milk. Add the flour, pumpkin spice, salt, baking powder and baking soda to the mixture. Fill each muffin cup with 1/3 cup of the mixture. Bake for twenty minutes and let cool for twenty minutes. Remove cupcakes from pan and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes. Top with whipped cream and sprinkle more pumpkin pie spice on top and serve. Makes 12 cupcakes.

CREAMY BROCCOLI BACON BAKE



Ingredients:
6 cups small broccoli florets
2 carrots, sliced
1 tub (8 oz.) Cream Cheese Spread
2 Tbsp. milk
1 tsp. garlic powder
2 green onions, sliced
3/4 cup Shredded Triple Cheddar Cheese with a TOUCH CREAM CHEESE
4 slices Fully Cooked Bacon, chopped

How to make it:

HEAT oven to 425°F.
ADD broccoli and carrots to saucepan of boiling water; cook 2 to 3 min. or until crisp-tender. Drain, reserving 1/4 cup cooking water. Meanwhile, mix next 3 ingredients until blended.
RETURN cooked vegetables to saucepan. Add cream cheese mixture and onions; stir until vegetables are evenly coated with sauce, adding reserved cooking water if necessary for desired consistency.
SPOON into 2-qt. casserole sprayed with cooking spray; top with shredded cheese and bacon. Cover.
BAKE 25 min. or until heated through, uncovering for the last 5 min.

How To Make Oreo Delight



Ingredients:
1 pkg of regular oreos
8 oz cream cheese softened
1 large pkg chocolate instant pudding
6 T melted butter
16 oz cool whip
1 c powdered sugar
2 ¾ c milk
Crush cookies
Save about 1 c to sprinkle on top

How to make it:

In small bowl mix remaining crumbs with butter
Press crumbs/butter mixture into bottom of a 9 x 13 cake pan to form crust
Make chocolate pudding according to package directions and let it set up in the fridge
Using electric mixer, mix half cool whip, softened cream cheese and powdered sugar in large bowl
Spread the cool whip/cc/sugar mixture on top of the oreo crust
Spread the pudding over the cool whip layer, then the remaining layer of the cool whip mixture on top of that
Refrigerate until ready to serve..
ENJOY!!!

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Crock Pot Bowtie Casserole



Ingredients:
1 1/2 lbs. lean ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce
1 (15 o) can stewed tomatoes
1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
salt/pepper
10 oz. frozen spinach, thawed (can also use fresh spinach)
16 oz. bowtie pasta, cooked
1/2 cup parmesan cheese, shredded
1 1/2 cup mozzarella, shredded

How to make it:

Brown ground beef with onion and garlic. Put in crock-pot and add sauce, tomatoes and seasonings. Cook for 6-7 hours on low. Add the last 4 ingredients during the last 30 minutes of cooking and turn crock-pot to high. Add fresh spinach, pasta, parmesan and 1 cup of the mozzarella and mix well. Add the last 1/2 cup of mozzarella to melt on the top.

Cream Cheese Lemon Bars Recipe



Ingredients:
1 box lemon cake mix
1/3 cup butter or margarine - softened
1 egg
8 ounces cream cheese - softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 lemon - grated
2 tablespoons lemon juice or 1/2 fresh squeezed lemon
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
Container: 9 x 13 baking pan and a mixing bowl 

How to make it:

In a mixing bowl, blend dry cake mix, butter, and 1 egg. press into a 9 x 13 pan, ungreased. Beat the cream cheese until smooth. Gradually blend in the powdered sugar. Stir in lemon peel and lemon juice until smooth.
Reserve 1/2 cup of this mixture and refrigerate it for later use. Beat the remaining 2 eggs, add the vanilla, and then beat this mixture into the remaining cream cheese mixture until well blended. Spread over the cake mixture. Bake at 350° until set, approximately 25 to 30 minutes. Cool completely. Spread the reserved cream cheese mixture onto the bars.
Refrigerate until firm; then cut into squares and serve.

Banana Bread Bars with Brown Butter Frosting



Ingredients:
Banana Bread Bars:
1-1/2 c. sugar
1 c. sour cream
1/2 c. butter, softened
2 eggs
1-3/4 (3 or 4) ripe bananas, mashed
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 c. all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
3/4 tsp. salt
1/2 c. chopped walnuts (optional)

Brown Butter Frosting:
1/2 c. butter
4 c. powdered sugar
1-1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
3 tbsp. milk

How to make it:

1. Heat oven to 375F. Grease and flour
15x10-inch jelly roll pan. For the bars, in
a large bowl, beat together sugar, sour
cream, butter, and eggs until creamy.
Blend in bananas and vanilla extract. Add
flour, baking soda, salt, and blend for 1
minute. Stir in walnuts.

2. Spread batter evenly into pan. Bake 20
to 25 minutes or until golden brown.

3. Meanwhile, for frosting, heat butter in
a large saucepan over medium heat until
boiling. Let the butter turn a delicate
brown and remove from heat

4. Add powdered sugar, vanilla extract
and milk. Whisk together until smooth (it
should be thicker than a glaze but thinner
than frosting). Using a spatula, spread
the brown butter frosting over the warm
bars (the frosting will be easier to spread
while the bars are still warm)

CREAMY LEMON SQUARES



Ingredients:
FOR THE CRUST
4 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled, plus more for pan
1-1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup sugar
FOR THE FILLING
2 large egg yolks
1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (3 lemons)

How to make it:

*Preheat oven to 350F / 180C degrees.
*Brush a square baking dish with melted butter.
*Crush graham crackers
*Then add in sugar and butter and blend to mix.
*Press mixture into bottom of prepared pan.
*Bake until lightly browned, 8 to 12 minutes.
*Cool crust, 30 minutes.

TO MAKE THE FILLING
*In a large bowl, whisk together egg yolks and condensed milk.
*Add lemon juice; whisk until smooth.
*Pour filling into cooled crust; carefully spread to edges.
*Bake until set, about 15 minutes.
*Cool in pan on rack.
*Chill at least 1 hour before serving.
Serve with whipped cream.

CREAMY LEMON SQUARES



Ingredients:
FOR THE CRUST
4 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled, plus more for pan
1-1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup sugar
FOR THE FILLING
2 large egg yolks
1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (3 lemons)

How to make it:

*Preheat oven to 350F / 180C degrees.
*Brush a square baking dish with melted butter.
*Crush graham crackers
*Then add in sugar and butter and blend to mix.
*Press mixture into bottom of prepared pan.
*Bake until lightly browned, 8 to 12 minutes.
*Cool crust, 30 minutes.

TO MAKE THE FILLING
*In a large bowl, whisk together egg yolks and condensed milk.
*Add lemon juice; whisk until smooth.
*Pour filling into cooled crust; carefully spread to edges.
*Bake until set, about 15 minutes.
*Cool in pan on rack.
*Chill at least 1 hour before serving.
Serve with whipped cream.

Southern Coconut Cake



Ingredients:
 Makes an 8-inch triple layer cake

For the cake:

5 large egg whites
½ cup of milk
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
3 cups of cake flour
2 and 1/3 cup sugar
4 ½ teaspoons of baking powder
½ teaspoon of salt
2 sticks of unsalted butter (8oz.) at warm room temperature
1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
2 ½ cups of sweetened flaked coconut for garnishing cake

How to make it:

1.      Preheat the oven to 350F degrees. Butter the bottoms of three 8-inch round cake pans. Line the bottom of each pan with a parchment circle and butter the circle.
2.      Put the egg whites in a bowl and whisk slightly. Add the ½ cup of milk and the vanilla and whisk to mix thoroughly; set aside.
3.      In a large mixer bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. With the mixer on low, beat dry ingredients well in order to break up any lumps. Add the butter and coconut milk on low speed and beat just to combine. Raise the speed to medium and beat until light and fluffy about 2 minutes.
4.      Add the egg white mixture in 2 or 3 additions, scraping the sides of the bowl after each addition. Divide the batter among the pans.
5.      Bake for 30 minutes or until a cake taster inserted in the middle comes out clean. Allow the cakes to cool in their pans for 10 minutes. Then turn the cakes out and place on a wire rack to cool completely.
6.      To assemble the cake, place one layer, flat side up, on an 8-inch cake round. Cover this layer with 1 cup of the buttercream frosting. Spread it evenly all the way to edge of the cake. Then sprinkle ½ cup of shredded coconut on top. Add the second layer and repeat the process. Top with the final layer of cake and frost the top and sides of the cake.
7.      Place the remaining 1 ½ cups shredded coconut on a large baking tray. Pick up the cake and hold it on the palm of one hand over the tray. Using the other hand scoop up the coconut and press it to the sides of the cake. Continue with this process until the sides of the cake are covered. Set the cake on a serving plate and sprinkle any remaining coconut on top of cake. Chill cake for at least one hour to allow frosting to firm up a bit.
Cream cheese buttercream frosting
12 ounces of cream cheese slightly chilled
1 stick of butter plus 6 tablespoons of butter (7 ounces) unsalted butter at room temperature
1 cup of confectioners sugar, sifted after measuring
2 teaspoons of granulated sugar
¼ cup of water
3 egg whites
1.      Place the cream cheese in the bowl of a mixer and beat on medium speed until slightly fluffy and smooth. Add the butter 1-2 tablespoons at a time, mixing until smooth. Add the confectioner’s sugar and vanilla and mix until fluffy. Set aside at room temperature while buttercream is made.
2.      Combine the granulated sugar and water in a small heavy saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Continue to cook without stirring until the syrup reaches the softball stage 228 degrees F on a candy thermometer.
3.      Meanwhile, place the egg whites in mixer bowl and have the mixer ready to go. When the syrup is ready, turn the mixer on med-low and begin mixing the egg whites. Slowly add the hot syrup to the whites taking care not to pour onto the beaters, it may splash. When all the syrup is incorporated, raise the speed on the mixer to med-high and beat the egg whites until mixture has cooled and stiff meringue forms.
4.      With the mixer on low, begin adding the cream cheese mixture by the spoonful. When all is incorporated, raise the speed to medium and whip until frosting is smooth and fluffy.

Apple Fritter Cake



Ingredients:
For Filling:
1 heaping cup of sliced apples (cored and quartered and then sliced)
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
small pinch freshly grated nutmeg
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 teaspoons water
Plus
1/2 cup brown sugar (can use a 1/4 cup each of dark and light)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
For Cake:
1/3 cup butter
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs
2 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup greek yogurt (you could use plain yogurt as well or sour cream)
For Glaze:
2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
6 tablespoons milk

How to make it:

For filling:
Make your filling by combining apples, sugar, water, cinnamon and cornstarch in a small saucepan. Cook on low heat for 5 to 7 minutes, stirring constantly until the sauce is thickend and the apples are a bit soft. Set aside to cool. In a small bowl, mix the brown sugar and cinnamon together until well combined and set aside.
For Cake:
Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and flour a 9×13 baking dish. Set aside.
Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add applesauce and vanilla and mix till combined. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Sift the dry ingredients together. Add the dry ingredients to the batter in three parts alternating with the yogurt in two parts, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients. Beat until just combined.
Spoon half of the batter into the prepared pan. Spoon the cooled apple mixture over the batter carefully and spread as evenly as possible. Sprinkle 2/3 of brown sugar cinnamon mixture over apples and cover with the rest of the batter. Sprinkle the rest of the brown sugar cinnamon mixture over the top.
Bake for 45-55 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
For Glaze:
While the cake is baking, make the glaze. In a bowl, mix the powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk until the glaze is desired consistency. When the cake comes out of the oven, immediately but carefully pour onto hot cake. Try to pour as evenly as possible. You might have to pick up the cake and tilt it to spread the glaze evenly. I even poured some out that pooled at the corners and repoured that over the top. Let the cake sit for awhile for the glaze to set.

Glazed Lemon Pound Cake



Ingredienst:
 Cake
3 cups all-purpose flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup butter flavored shortening
2 cups white sugar
3 eggs
1/2 cup sour cream
1 1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/4 teaspoons lemon extract
1 cup milk
Icing
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 1/2 cups confectioners sugar


How to make this recipe :

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 10 inch tube pan.
Sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg. Set aside.
In a large bowl, cream together the shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the sour cream, vanilla and lemon extract. Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the milk, mixing just until incorporated. Pour batter into prepared pan.
Bake in the preheated oven for 45 to 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely.
While cake is baking, make the glaze: In a small bowl, combine lemon juice and confectioners sugar; stir until smooth. *Note cake show in picture was not done in tube pan, but done in loaf pans instead.

SLOW COOKER PHILLY CHEESE STEAK SANDWICHES



 Ingredients:
2 1/2 to 3 pounds beef round steak
2 green peppers, sliced thin
2 onions, sliced thin
3 cups beef stock
2 teaspoons garlic salt
2 teaspoons black pepper
1 envelope dry Italian dressing mix
1 to 2 large loaves French bread, sliced into sandwich lengths or 6 to 8 hoagie buns
Provolone cheese slices

Directions:

Spray crock pot with non-stick cooking spray or use a slow cooker liner. Cut meat into thin strips, place in slow cooker. Add green pepper, onion, stock, garlic salt, pepper and dressing mix. Cover and cook on low 7-8 hours, or high for 3-4 hours.

Spoon meat mixture onto toasted buns, top with cheese. You can then put the sandwiches on a baking sheet and bake an additional few minutes to melt the cheese and toast the sandwich. You can also serve with sliced sauteed mushrooms on top

How to Make "The Best Chicken Ever" Hands Down, No Lie



Ingredients:
4 boneless, skinless chicken breats
1 packet ranch dressing mix
¾    Cups Panko bread crumbs
¾    Cups Parmesan cheese 
½    Cups Melted smart balance spread 
Or your choice of butter product
1 Greased baking dish( or 2)
2 medium bowls

How to make it :

Supplies. In a medium bowl, mix ranch packet, bread crumbs & Parmesan cheese. Set aside.
Boneless, skinless chicken breasts.
Preheat oven to 350.
Clean & rinse chicken. Cut each piece in half, the long way.
Use a paper towel to pat chicken dry.
Melt smart balance spread ( or butter) in medium microwave bowl.
Dip each piece of chicken into melted butter. Cover both sides.
Then press each side of the chicken into the breading mix.
Place in greased baking pan. Do this for each piece. I lined my baking dish with foil, which I sprayed with Pam to keep the chicken from sticking. And for easy clean up!
I had lots of mix left over so I sprinkled the rest all over the top of the chicken. I also melted a little more smart balance & drizzled it over each piece.
Now kick your feet up ( or clean up the mess you made) & let the chicken cook for 45 minutes. WARNING: the kitchen is starting to smell real good!!!
The finished dish! I was so excited to taste this best chicken ever that you can see where I cut a piece in the bottom left hand corner!!

HOT FUDGE PIE



Ingredients:
 1 stick butter, softened
1 c sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
3 Tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 c all purpose flour

How to make it :

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cream together butter and sugar with electric mixer until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs and vanilla and mix well. Add cocoa powder, salt and flour and stir until well combined. Grease 8 inch pie pan with butter or cooking spray, pour mixture into pie pan. Bake 30 to 35 minutes until center is set.
Hand mix to make it gooey, because if you use a mixer, it will have more of a brownie or cake texture, rather than "gooey".

Smothered Pork Chops



Ingredients :
1 cup flour
2 Tbsp onion powder
2 Tbsp garlic powder
1 tsp red pepper
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
4 thin pork chops
2 Tbsp bacon fat
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 cups buttermilk


Directions :

Chopped fresh parsley or green onions, for garnish, optional
Mix together flour, onion powder, garlic powder, red pepper, salt, and black pepper in a pie plate. Coat pork chops in flour mixture; shaking off the excess.
Over medium heat in cast iron skillet, melt bacon fat and oil together well. Gently lay pork chops in skillet; fry about 5 minutes on each side until golden brown. Remove pork chops from skillet.
Mix ½ cup flour mixture and buttermilk together well; pour into skillet, stir into hot fat; bring gravy to boil then reduce heat to simmer until nice and thick, stirring often. Return pork chops to skillet; cover with gravy. Simmer for 5 minutes or so until pork chops are cooked through. Season with salt and pepper; garnish with chopped parsley or green onions if using, before serving.
Variation: May sauté onions and or mushrooms with pork chops and add to gravy mixture.

CARAMEL BANANA CREAM PIE



Ingredients:
For the Graham Cracker Crust:
    12 graham cracker sheets
    ¼ cup sugar
    ¼ cup butter, melted

For the Pie Filling:
    2 bananas
    1 11oz package caramels, unwrapped
    ¼ cup heavy cream
    1 3.5 oz instant vanilla pudding mix
    1 3.5 oz instant banana cream pudding mix
    2½ cups milk
    8 oz cool whip

How to make it:

Crush your graham crackers into a fine crumb. (It should make about 1½ cups).
    Mix together your sugar with your graham cracker crumb in a medium sized bowl.
    Pour your melted butter over the top of your crumb and mix it all together.
    Pour your crust mixture into the bottom of a 9 inch pie crust pan and press down on the bottom and the edges.
    Cut your bananas into slices and lay them over your graham cracker crust.
    Combine your caramels and heavy cream in a small sauce pan. Heat over medium until caramels are melted and smooth, stirring throughout.
    Pour caramel over banana slices (reserve about ¼ cup if desired for later).
    Pour your pudding mixes into a large bowl and pour your milk over it and stir together. Add ½ cup of cool whip to the pudding mixture and mix well.
    Pour pudding mixture over caramel and smooth top. Place in fridge to set for about 3 hours.
    Top with remaining cool whip and additional bananas before serving.

White chicken enchiladas



Ingredients:
8 flour tortillas
2 cups cooked, shredded chicken
2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
3 Tbsp butter
3 Tbsp flour
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup sour cream
1 (4 oz) can diced green chilies


How to make it:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Spray a 9×13 pan with cooking spray.
Mix chicken and 1 cup cheese.
Roll tortillas and place in pan seam side down.
In a sauce pan melt butter under low heat. Stir in flour and cook about 1 minute. Add broth and stir until smooth. Allow to thicken. Remove from heat and stir in sour cream and chilies.

Pour sauce over enchiladas and top with remaining cheese. Bake 20-25 minutes and then broil for a few minutes to brown the cheese.

Crock Pot Roast with Pinto Beans



Roast-
2 lb. Pot Roast 
2 Cups dry raw pinto beans
1 can of rotel or diced tomatoes
1 onion diced
cumin (a dash or two)
1 tsp garlic powder 
1 tsp chili powder
1 cup water

Burritos-
large tortillas
shredded cheese
salsa
sour cream

How to make it :

In a crock-pot put 2 cups of raw pinto beans on bottom, mix in a can of rotel, then season beans with cumin, garlic powder, a little chili powder, and minced onion. Place roast on top and season the roast again same way. Add water to cover beans and about have of roast. (May need to add water as cooking) turn crock to high and cook until roast falls apart and beans are done. About 4 hours on high. I then switch to warm/low so all spices can simmer!! Shred roast apart and fill in tortilla with some beans. Add fillings as desired and serve warm. Great with rice on the side. Great the next day even for breakfast with a fried egg on top and a little salsa with a tortilla to soak up the juices. Enjoy. 

Old-Fashioned Chocolate Fudge



Ingredienst:
2 cups white sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
1 cup milk
4 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

How to make it:

Grease an 8x8 inch square baking pan. Set aside.
Combine sugar, cocoa and milk in a medium saucepan. Stir to blend, then bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat and simmer. Do not stir again.
Place candy thermometer in pan and cook until temperature reaches 238 degrees F(114 degrees C). If you are not using a thermometer, then cook until a drop of this mixture in a cup of cold water forms a soft ball. Feel the ball with your fingers to make sure it is the right consistency. It should flatten when pressed between your fingers.
Remove from heat. Add butter or margarine and vanilla extract. Beat with a wooden spoon until the fudge loses its sheen. Do not under beat.
Pour into prepared pan and let cool. Cut into about 60 squares.
 
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