Sunday, February 28, 2010

Snickerdoodle Cake

Seriously sooo good. I found this recipe here and decided to try it out...I sure am glad I did!

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 cup white sugar

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup white sugar
1 cup light brown sugar
3 eggs, at room temperature
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup full-fat sour cream, at room temperature

1. In a small bowl, combine 1 cup of sugar and 2 teaspoons of cinnamon. Mix together really well and Preheat oven to 325F. Using a spray product like Pam with Flour, generously spray a 9 inch Bundt pan, being careful to cover all the nooks and crannies, as well as the center tube. (Note: If you don’t want to use Pam with Flour, you can just grease the pan with shortening.) Gently dust the entire inside of the pan with the sugar and cinnamon mixture. You should only need about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of sugar, but you want to try and evenly coat the inside surface of the pan, including the tube. Save the remaining sugar and cinnamon mixture and set everything aside.

2. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

3. Beat just the butter on medium speed for one full minute. Add the white sugar and mix for 3 minutes, until light and fluffy. Scrape down the bowl and blade and add the brown sugar.

4. Mix for 2 minutes until the mixture looks light brown and uniform in color. Add the eggs one at a time, beating each for 1 full minute. Stir in the vanilla. Add the flour mixture alternately with the sour cream; beat well.

5. Spread half of the batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle with 1/4 to 1/3 of a cup of the cinnamon sugar mixture over top the cake. Spread the rest of the batter into the pan and sprinkle any remaining sugar mixture over the top. (If you run out of cinnamon sugar, you can mix just 1/4 cup of sugar + 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon together for the top of the cake. It should be more than enough.)

6. Bake in the preheated oven for 55 to 65 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before inverting onto a wire rack to cool completely. aside.

Taco Soup

I got this recipe from a friend at work, and tweaked it a but to be my own. It is simple and fast, and a good way to rotate through your food storage! It can be as spicy or mild as you like. If you like it spicy, add spicier things-like diced tomatoes with peppers, or spicy taco mix, or hot salsa-or mild everything, it's up to you. Try it out sometime!


2 Cans Black Beans (drained)
2 Cans Stewed Tomatoes-I use diced (do not drain)
2 Cans Yellow Corn (do not drain)
1 lb Ground Beef
2 Cans Chicken Broth
5 Tbsp Salsa
1 Onion Chopped
1 Garlic Clove minced
1 pkg Taco Seasoning-I used 3/4 a pkg
2 Cans of water (I usually omit this, I maybe add 1/2 a can, any more would overflow my pot :) )

Brown the meat with the Garlic in your pot, drain fat. Add all the ingredients (including liquid in corn and tomato cans)to the browned meat in your pot. Let simmer until frothy and hot (usually about 20-30 min). Add Tortilla Chips, Cheese, and Sour Cream if desired. Enjoy!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Stuffed Pizza Rolls

We had these for dinner tonight, and they were fast, tasty, and satisfying. We paired it with a nice green salad, and add it to our food "rotation". Found the recipe here: Our Best Bites

Stuffed Pizza Rolls

1 roll refrigerated pizza dough*
marinara/pizza sauce
2 T grated Parmesan cheese
1 T olive oil or melted butter
1/2 t garlic powder
1 t dried Italian seasoning
mozzerella cheese
Pizza toppings of your choice

Roll out dough to 8x12 inches. Cut into 25 (I did 20) squares and place toppings on the center of each square. Fold in corners and pinch bottom to make ure it stays together. Place in pie pan or small casseroe dish. Brush with Olive oil. Mix Parmesan Cheese, Garlic Powder, and Italian Seasoning, then sprinkle over rolls. Cook at 425 for 15-20 min. Dip in pizza sauce. THAT'S IT! So easy, and sooooo good.