Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Pigs In A Blanket


























I know what you're thinking.  Why is she putting up a recipe that everyone knows how to make already?  Who doesn't know how to make Pigs in A Blanket, right?   Well, I'll have you know I take my Pigs In A Blanket, Hogs in a Sleeping Bag, Dogs in an Overcoat or whatever you want to call them very seriously! After all I'm putting them out as an appetizer for my guests at a party or making a snack for friends.  Why wouldn't I want them to be the talk of the night? Why wouldn't I want my friends to ask for more?

You're probably thinking that there’s not much to making these wonderful little bites.  A package of canned dough, mini cocktail franks, and a side of mustard for dipping and you’ve got yourself a dish, right?  I beg to differ. 

Pigs In A Blanket

1 pkg cocktail franks, breakfast sausage links or reg dogs cut into thirds1 package of puff pastry sheets, thawed but still coldDijon mustard, as neededcooking spray2 eggs, beaten
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  Remove the cocktail franks from their package and pat them dry with a paper towel. Poke 1-2 small holes in each frank and set aside.



Unroll each pastry sheet onto a clean work surface. Take a cocktail frank (or sausage link or third of your regular sized hot dog) and measure out a little less than the width of it on the pastry sheet and cut the sheet into long, thin strips. Divide the strips into 3-inch pieces that are long enough to wrap around the whole frank or sausage link.
































 To assemble,  wrap each pastry strip around a cocktail frank. Press the seam with your fingers to seal, and then set it seam side down on a baking sheet greased with cooking spray or lined with parchment paper or a silicon mat. Continue to assemble the rest of the cocktail franks with the pastry strips.





























Add 2 tablespoons of water to the beaten eggs and whisk quickly to combine. Using a pastry brush, brush each miniature hot dog with the egg wash, then bake in the oven until the puff pastry is golden brown, about 15 minutes. Dip in your favorite mustard or other sauce and enjoy!



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Monday, August 3, 2015

The Perfect Size Cakes By Duncan Hines! What Would You celebrate with the perfect sized cake?

























How many times have you felt like baking a cake but knew it wouldn't all get eaten?  Like when you bake that Birthday layer cake or sheet cake for that one person knowing it’s just too much cake for one. How about that anniversary cake you wanted to bake for just the two of you knowing that you both would get tired of the same cake day after day.   

How many times have you gone out to dinner with another couple and wanted to invite them back to your place for coffee and dessert but didn't want to keep the leftovers around for days?  And how about that time when you wanted to bake a thank you cake for a single friend, neighbor or teacher and knew a whole cake would just be too much?

























Well now you can put all the hesitation to rest because our friends over at Duncan Hines have created the Perfect Size Cakes!  Why make a whole cake when you can make delicious little cakes that are the perfect size for 2-4 people. These are the right sized cake for that small luncheon with the girls, family game night, or for any occasion or celebration.
























Duncan Hines Perfect Sized Cakes.  The name says it all.  They bring us the perfect solution for those times when a full size cake is too much. Each kit comes with a cake mix, frosting mix, and a disposable 6-inch round pan made just for the cake. Simply prepare as directed for a moist and delicious cake that is topped with a rich, smooth and creamy frosting. Now you can enjoy a fresh baked cake anytime! 

But there’s more!  Duncan Hines has made life easy because in every box you not only get the cake mix, and the frosting but also a perfect 6” disposable non-stick pan that has a push up bottom to release your cake! 
There’s no need to buy a special pan to make these perfectly sized cakes and there’s no pan to clean up.
























All you have to add is an egg, water, and butter. And what you get is better than just an easy to make boxed cake….it's a moist, buttery cake with delicious creamy frosting!  
























Not only are they the Perfect Size, these cakes are super easy to make. Here's how I made  the Strawberries & Crème Perfect cake. Pour  your package of cake mix to a large bowl. Add an egg, some water, and 2 tablespoons of butter.  Mix it all up with an electric mixer. 

























Then pour the batter into the perfect non-stick pan included in the kit and bake it for a little over 30 minutes.

























Remove from oven and using the disc on the bottom of the pan, push it up and out of the pan.  Genius idea Duncan Hines! 























Place cake on a wire rack to cool. It has to cool completely before frosting. When cooled place it on a serving plate. Next make your frosting.  Using an electric mixer, beat  your butter until fluffy.  Add your packet of frosting mix and some water and beat until thick and creamy. Using an off set knife or spatula, spread the frosting evenly over the top and sides of the cake.























Now you can celebrate the little things in life with a perfect-sized cake for two, not ten.  I love these cakes!  So far I have made the Lemon Bliss and this Strawberries and Cream and I can say they are PERFECT!  Try all 5 flavors and see for yourself!   

     Golden Fudge  (golden cake with chocolate frosting)
Chocolate Lover’s (chocolate cake with chocolate frosting)
Lemon Bliss  (lemon cake with lemon frosting)
Red Velvet Dream  (red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting)
Strawberries & Crème (strawberry cake with cream cheese frosting)

Sold in your grocers baking aisle
























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Skillet Teriyaki Chicken Thighs




















No need to heat up the oven or fire up the grill for this recipe.  My Skillet Teriyaki Thighs are so delicious. I made this incredible sauce with Star Fine Foods Modena Creamy Balsamic Vinegar Glaze which gives it so much flavor! Tender chicken thighs with a delicious sticky glaze served over sticky rice. Oh Yum! 

Skillet Teriyaki Chicken Thighs

2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
2 tablespoons Star Fine Foods Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 tablespoons butter 
3 tablespoons Star Fine Foods Creamy Balsamic Vinegar Glaze
1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
1/2 cup honey
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon cornstarch








In a large Ziploc bag, whisk together the balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, honey, olive oil, minced garlic, chopped scallions and salt. Add the chicken, seal the bag, and then carefully move the chicken around in the bag until it's thoroughly coated. Place the chicken in the fridge to marinate overnight or for a minimum of 2 hours.  Remove the chicken from the bag and shake off excess marinade. Reserve the marinade for later. 

















  1. In a large non-stick skillet, add 2 tablespoons Star Fine Foods Extra Virgin Olive oil and two tablespoons of butter and heat over medium high heat. Sear chicken on all sides until nicely browned and caramelized. 
















  1. Cover skillet and turn the heat down to medium and cook for about 25 minutes or until thighs are done. Chicken should reach a temperature of 165 degrees.  When done, remove from heat and set aside. 



















Transfer the marinade to a saucepan. Whisk in cornstarch and two tablespoons water.  Turn heat to medium high and bring sauce to a low boil until sauce begins to thicken and look like syrup. You want to stir frequently to make sure it doesn't burn. Remove from heat and set aside.
Pour or brush sauce over chicken and serve over fluffy rice. Enjoy!




















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