Thursday, June 27, 2019

Steak Marinade Recipe

Grilling time! 

That's pretty much all the cooking I've done so far this summer... grilling. 
I've been pretty lazy and prefer to just throw something on the grill. No mess, quick and always tasty! And, if I throw it on, Brent usually finishes cooking it.... so it's a win,win for! But next week company is coming so I'll be making quite a few things...and trying out some new recipes too. I'll be posting them soon!

This is a favorite marinade of ours for any type of steak. It's very flavorful and the meat is always tender and juicy. I like to marinade overnight..... if I remember, but this recipe calls for at least 3 hours. My daughter has an instant marinator and loves it. It only takes 20 minutes! 

 I think I'll add that to my wish list for Christmas. 
(It's never to early to start a list)

Steak Marinade

1/2 c. soy sauce
1/4 c. vinegar
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
2 Tbsp. minced onion
1 Tbsp. oil
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 tsp. ginger
1/ 4 tsp. pepper

Mix and marinate steak for at least 3 hours or overnight and grill.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Necce's Friday Fun review

Oh my!!!!

This dessert can't get any better. That's why I chose Necce's for today's Friday Fun Review.  While it's always fun to eat there, it's REALLY fun to eat their 5 layer chocolate truffle cake.

You may want to share this awesome dessert with someone...or maybe 3 or 4...if you eat one of their meals first. Not so for me, as I always have room for chocolate!!!!

This cake is amazing, so moist, with layers of whipped bittersweet chocolate ganache. That's the best part in my book! Brent loves it served with the vanilla ice cream. They drizzle salted caramel all over it, which he thinks is the best!

You can check out their menu here.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Fresh and Creamy Cukes and Tomatoes

I've been grilling tons lately again, and love to serve some fresh veggies on the side. This is a simple salad with many variations. What I like about this one is the addition of celery salt. It adds such a great flavor. I usually add a bit more then called for. Using fresh cracked pepper makes a big difference too.

Sometimes I use Greek yogurt in place of the sour cream, which adds a bit of tang, and sometimes I do a combo of mayo and sour cream. Actually, I use whatever I have on hand, and it always tastes fresh and creamy!

Creamy Cukes and Tomatoes

1 cucumber, diced
1/2 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
sliced red onion to taste

1/2 c. sour cream
1/4 tsp. celery salt
1/8 tsp. pepper

Mix the sour cream, celery salt and pepper. Add the rest of the ingredients and chill.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Peach Fluff Salad

Summer...time for creamy sweet fluff salads! 
They are easy to mix together with just 4 ingredients, and a great side for all those grilled burgers. This one is peach flavored...I used a can of peaches, but you could also use fresh peaches too. 

So light and refreshing!

Peach Fluff Salad

3 oz. package peach jello
8 oz. peach yogurt
8 oz. Cool Whip
16 oz. can peaches, drained and chopped

Mix the peach jello and yogurt. Fold in the Cool Whip. Add the chopped peaches and chill.

Friday, June 7, 2019

Crooked Pint ...Friday Fun Review

I chose the Crooked Pint for today's Friday Fun Review. It's a favorite place of mine.
I have never had a bad bite there! Their burgers are awesome....and the garlic parm fries are amazing.

But I think one of their best dishes is the wild rice hot dish. They serve it in a little skillet, steaming hot with crunchy onion rings on top. It was voted one if the top hot dishes in MN. It's a seasonal dish, so you may have to wait until next winter to try it out.

Another favorite is the Totchos....which are stuffed jumbo tator tots. They are topped with cheese and green onions, with just the right amount of heat in each bite.

Next on my list is trying their Caprese Grilled Cheese! It sounds so delicious. You can check out their menu here

Monday, June 3, 2019

Mondays with Mom Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies

I remember the first time I made chocolate chip pudding cookies. My mom had clipped out the recipe from a newspaper...she was always doing that! 

In fact, I can't even tell you how many newspaper clippings she kept. Now that I think back on it, that was really one of her hobbies. I think most of them were for recipes though. Like me, she loved trying out new recipes and had quite a collection of them. I enjoy reading through them, all yellowed with age! She would get a kick out of knowing I still have them.

Anyway, Mom and I thought this recipe sounded interesting...what would adding a package of pudding taste like? So we made a batch, and we loved them! Sweet and delicious, they were a winner. The texture was a bit more cake like, and they kept well for days. Mom liked to freeze them. AND I liked to raid the freezer and eat them frozen...they are even better that way!

I made this recipe tons of times when my kids were small too, but somewhere down the line I kind of forgot about them and stopped making them.

But the other day I felt like doing some baking, and this recipe popped in my mind, so I made a batch. As you can see in the photo one cookie is missing.....

I couldn't even wait to take the photo...I HAD to have! 

When Brent came home he ate one...ok..more like 3 or 4....and the first thing he said was, "you haven't made these for years!" 

I guess I'll be making these more often!

Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies

2 1/4 c. flour
1 tsp.soda
1 c. butter, softened
1/4 c. sugar
3/4 c. brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 (4 oz.) instant vanilla pudding
2 eggs
1 c. or more of chocolate chips

Cream the butter and sugars, stir in the eggs and vanilla. Add the flour,soda,and pudding. Mix well and stir in the chocolate chips. Bake on greased cookie sheets at 350 until lightly browned.

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Friday, May 31, 2019

Nothing Bundt Cakes "Friday Fun Review"

I went to the grand opening of Nothing Bundt Cakes the other day....I love going to openings...there are always free samples!! And sure enough, they had some cute chocolate squares with a dab of frosting...about a 2 bite size.......2 bites of deliciousness!

I had read about the opening online and had also drove by the store a few times while it was being built. I have never been to one, and before I knew it curiosity had me in the parking lot. (Ok so it wasn't just curiosity...I can't resist sweets.)

I decided I better get one to share with Brent, and the bundtlets looked to be the right size for two people...but which one to get?

I was torn between the pecan praline, the white chocolate raspberry and the chocolate chocolate chip. As you can see I ended up with the praline. 

It was a good choice! Very moist, and filled with chunks of pecans in every bite. I thought they could use a bit more frosting though, as that's my favorite part. We cut it in half and that was the perfect serving for both of us.

The store was so cute...I noticed they also sold some gift items...but the emphasis was on the cakes of course. I liked the idea of Bundlet Towers...they are packed in cellophane bags and tied with a flower and ribbon. 

The bundtlet was $4.25, so not too bad for a treat for 2. The towers start at $6.25 for a single, which I think is a great idea for gifts. They have stores all over the place, and you can check here for one that is closet to you.

I would definitely recommend Nothing Bundt Cakes!