Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Yummy Meatballs

I tried these meatballs the other day and they were so good.  (I usually don't care much for meatballs) The best part was they freeze up really nice and they are super easy and cheap to make.  I made the tomato-basil cream sauce with them and it was also very good.


On a side note I halfed the recipe and I still had a lot of meat balls to freeze.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Healthy Cookies

Okay, here's my shot at healthy. Since I just had a baby, I am definitely wanting more healthy/lowfat recipes too. Eatingwell.com has some great recipes, and they are actually pretty easy recipes that taste good. My mom used to make some whole wheat things when I was young, and I didn't like it so I'm always wary of recipes that don't have any white flour. These cookies are actually REALLY good! I like the chewyness that the whole wheat adds, and the ground up oatmeal makes it not so dense. Another tip, it seems like white wheat tastes a lot better than red wheat.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Happy New Year

Well, I guess I'll be the first to post in 2009!!! I have a new years resolution to eat healthier and lose weight and I'm really stickin to it!! I want to know if anyone has any good salad recipes or healthy recipes?? Please post them if you do!!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Bekcy's Bascs

FOX 13 in Utah has Becky come every Thursday and show you all of the wonderful things you can buy at the grocery store and even some online steals. For all of you like me who don't live in Utah she also has a website. To access some things you need to be a member and I'm not sure if it is free or not. (I'm not a member.) But you can still access her weekly steals which helps! Here is the website: http://www.beckysbasics.com

Saturday, December 13, 2008


Ok, I stumbled upon this this morning...at Circuit City you can get this digital photo frame/Alarm Clock for FREE after a mail in rebate! Crazy! You end up just paying for shipping (3.99) in the end. Some places have a site to store pick up but our location didn't have them. Here it is Circuit City

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Studio 5

There is a show at 11 AM called Studio 5 on KSL (channel 5). I'm not sure if the show airs outside of Utah. I don't usually care about TV but this one caught my interest because it covers anything from living on a budget to crafts to recipes to decorations to medical tips for kids and so on. There are some AWESOME articles and resources. If you cant watch the show they have a great website: STUDIO 5

Friday, November 21, 2008

Cream Puffs/Chocolate Eclairs

Okay Stace, I have a good recipe but it's kind of involved. If you can muster up the energy it will hopefully satisfy your craving :). It's the real thing from the California Culinary Academy. I tried it a long time ago and it was good, but I haven't made it in a while. Anyway, here it is:

1 1/3 C. Cream Puff Pastry
1 egg lightly beaten with 1 tsp. water (egg wash)
1 1/2 c. Pastry Cream
1/2 c. whipping cream
1 c. Bittersweet Chocolate Sauce

1 1/3. Cream Puff Pastry:
1/2 C. water or 1/4 c. water and 1/4 cup milk
4 Tbs. Unsalted Butter cut into pieces
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. sugar
1/2 c. unbleached white flour, sifted
3 eggs

1. Preheat oven to 425 F. Place water, butter, salt and sugar in a 2 1/2 quart saucepan; bring to a boil over low heat. The mixture should be heated slowly so the butter is just melted when the water reaches a boil. When mixture boils, remove from heat immediately and add flour all at once. Stir vigorously with a wooden spoon. Return to heat; stir over medium heat until mixture pulls away from sides of pan, begins to leave a white film on pan, and forms a ball (about 30 seconds).
2. Remove from heat, allow to cool 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating thoroughly after each addition. The paste should look smooth and shiny but be stiff enough to hold its shape when piped or dropped onto a baking sheet. If paste looks dull and is very stiff, lightly beat another egg and add a little of it to paste; beat until mixture is smooth. Add more egg if needed.
3. Place dough in a large pastry bag fitted with a 3/4 inch tube (#9). Cut a piece of parchment paper to fit a baking sheet; using a dark pen or pencil, draw two parallel lines on it 5 inches apart (parallel to the long edge of the paper) and turn paper over on baking sheet.
4. To form eclairs, pipe eight 5-inch strips of pastry, 2 inches apart, onto the paper on the baking sheet, using the lines on the paper as a guide. Brush the eclairs with egg wash. Run the back of a fork along the top of each eclair to score top and keep it flat during baking.
5. Bake at 425 F for 15 minutes. Reduce oven to 400 F and bake 15 minutes more. Make a few small slits along the side of each eclair to release steam. Turn off oven; return eclairs to oven for 10 minutes, keeping oven door slightly ajar with a wooden spoon. Cool in wire racks.
6. Prepare Pastry Cream and flavor it as desired. Stir cold Pastry Cream until smooth. Beat 1/2 c. whipping cream until it hold stiff peaks and fold into pastry cream.
7. Just before serving (no more than 2 hours before), place filling in a pastry bag fitted with a 1/4 inch tube (#3). Poke a hole in one end of eclair with the tip and fill with 3 to 4 tablespoons of the filling. If you don't have a pastry bag, slit eclairs along one side with a serrated knife and spoon filling inside before icing.
8. To ice eclairs, spread 1 to 2 tablespoons warm Bittersweet Chocolate Sauce on top of each eclair. If you want to do as much as possible in advance, you can ice the eclairs before filling them, up to 4 to 5 hours before serving. Store iced eclairs in a cool, dry place, then fill them carefully just before serving.
Makes 8 eclairs.

1 1/2 c. Pastry Cream:

1 1/4 c. milk
4 egg yolks
1/3 c. sugar
3 Tbs. Flour, sifted
1 Tbs. cornstarch, sifted
1 tsp. vanilla extract

1. Bring milk to a boil in a medium saucepan; remove from heat.
2. In a medium bowl beat egg yolks with sugar until thick and pale. Beat in flour and cornstarch.
3. Pour hot milk into yolk mixture and whisk. Return to saucepan; cook over medium heat, whisking constantly until mixture comes to a boil. Just before mixture begins to boilg, it will become very lumpy. Whisk vigorously until smooth; continue to cook gently for 2 minutes, whisking constantly. (the mixture will thin slightly during this time). Remove from heat and pour into a bowl; stir in vanilla and rub a piece of cold butter gently over the surface of the cream to prevent a skin from forming.
4. When pastry cream is cool, cover and refrigerate. Will keep up to 2 days in refrigerator.

Bittersweet Chocolate Sauce:

3 Tbs. water
3 Tbs. sugar
6 oz. semisweet chocolate, broken into pieces
2 oz. unsweetened chocolate, broken into pieces
1 c. whipping cream

1. Combine water and sugar in a saucepan; bring to a boil over low heat, stirring constantly until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and cool to 120F (test with an instant read thermometer).
2. Combine semisweet and unsweetened chocolate in top of double boiler; place over hot (not boiling) water until chocolate is just melted. Remove from heaet. Pour in sugar syrup (at 120 F) all at once. Stir until smooth.
3. Heat cream in a small saucepan over low heat to 120 F. Pour into chocolate mixture and stir until smooth and shiny.
Makes 2 cups.

Wow, that was long!