Friday, January 29, 2016
I have been wanting to try 7 minute frosting for a while now. I bought a hand mixer a few months back just to make this frosting! In fact I have used the hand mixer for quite a few things, but never got around to the frosting. Until now, that is! Finally it got to make the frosting!
Thursday, January 28, 2016
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
My boss's wife has a tradition of making rum balls each Christmas. They are her signature item and they are delicious. Some have a truffle center others have liqueur soaked cherry centers. She makes them in three strengths ranging from Kahlua or Cointreau to Bacardi 151. They are always a hit at the company Christmas Party. Matt instantly fell in love with them.
Monday, January 25, 2016
Evidently it doesn't take very long for somebody to realize that I enjoy playing around with recipes. Kristie invited her friend, Josh, to come to Quincy over Thanksgiving weekend. He is a college student so I assumed he should be spoiled with food when he comes to visit. We must have done all right because the next thing I know I was getting text messages from both Kristie and Josh about a Hungarian inspired cake. I knew that he would be coming back over his Christmas break so I promised that I would try the recipe out for him. I am so glad that I carried through on that promise. I had never ever seen anything like this. It kind of reminded me of curly fries in the way it was shaped. At first bite, we realized that they are very much like a crispy cinnamon roll. Next time I make them, I plan to make a vanilla icing dip to go with the special treat.
Friday, January 22, 2016
When planning a baby shower for our friend we just knew there had to be cheese balls. They are always one of her favorites. The problem is, serving from a large cheese ball in a buffet line like that can hold things up. So, we thought it would be fun to do them as individual cheese balls instead! All our guests had to do was grab a pretzel stick or two and move on. We served them with crackers on the side in case people would want to spread them over crackers. However, that is not completely necessary. These cheese balls have a fun mix of sweet and savory and are an unexpected addition to your menu.
Thursday, January 21, 2016
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
It seems like baking one cake from a choice of four each month would be easy. I mean, the hardest part for me is deciding what to make so having a limited selection should make it easier. But then I read about each and they all sound so good! All of the recipes I've made from Maida Heatter's Cake Book have been great, so I knew I'd be happy no matter what I chose. I was really tempted to make the lemon loaf cake, but I did a loaf in November when I did the pumpkin gingerbread. The bull's eye cheesecake looked like fun too, and I always love a good cheesecake. But when I read the description of the frosting for this Star-Spangled Banana Cake, I knew I had to make this one. I was excited to join this group so that I could push my boundaries a bit and I had never made a frosting like this. Plus the idea of a four layer cake with a GALLON of fluffy frosting was definitely intriguing.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Hey everyone! I am so excited to have another great giveaway on the blog. This year is off to a really fun start. I can't wait to share some of the fun things we have been up to. In the mean time, I want to give you the chance to put a little extra pep in your step. A warm beverage and a little extra caffeine certainly sounds good to me right now!
Pops and Matt really love coconut. Most of the rest of the family doesn't share the same fondness, so they don't get to enjoy coconut treats very often. So, I thought it would be fun to make them a special treat. Of course, I like all things sweet so I was certainly going to share in the deliciousness. As it turns out, our good friend Ro loves coconut and macaroons too. So, they had plenty of help eating them. Which is a really good thing, because Pops is "being good" so he wouldn't take any home and Matt somehow can eat one of something and be satisfied. So, it would have played out that I would have eaten more than my fair share anyway. So I was happy to have the help!
Monday, January 18, 2016
My sister-in-law Jess and her husband, Anthony are both proud Northwestern alumni. They have a group of friends that tailgates at every home football game. We try to join them at a game each year, though as the number of kiddos expands it gets a little more difficult. The regular tailgaters plan who is bringing what. There are a number of game day treats that have to be there. This queso dip is a must-have. A huge pot of it is set out with plenty of tortilla chips and people just dip into the communal queso pot. It also gets slather on brats and burgers. It is always a hit.
Friday, January 15, 2016
Thursday, January 14, 2016
This time of year I love soups and spice. Either can take you from cold and sad to warm and cozy in a flash, so why not have a little of both? This soup will tickle your taste buds and warm you from the inside out. The quesadillas on top make it a little extra special. As we all know, Matt is not a fan of soup for dinner. However, it seems that if you top it with quesadillas, cheese and sour cream he doesn't complain to much!
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
It's that time of year again, the time when my brain starts thinking about hot wings, pulled pork, nachos and chili. The big game is right around the corner and I am struggling to pick a menu. I could go easy and pull out the hot dog roller. A nacho bar sounds great. Pulled pork on Hawaiian rolls is always good, but we did that last year. We went a little overboard on the menu last year, so my main goal is to make a more reasonable amount of food. We'll see if that happens ;-)
Monday, January 11, 2016
Friday, January 8, 2016
Thursday, January 7, 2016
|Just look at that Sriracha butter sauce running out when we cut the burger! YUM!|
Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Tuesday, January 5, 2016
Monday, January 4, 2016
The Great Turducken Feast of 2015, we got to planning the next feast. I had bought a bottle of saffron oil and was looking forward to making a seafood paella. Somehow we went from discussing that to prime rib. Next thing you know, we were planning the feast. There had to be shrimp cocktail, oysters, prime rib.
Sunday, January 3, 2016
Hey everyone, Cooking with Carlee is a year old!
A lot has changed in a year! When I started this little blog, I really had no idea what a blog was. I had never followed and blog and didn't even know I should do some research before jumping into the abyss. I had one social media account, my personal Facebook page that one of my friends had set up for me with my hijacked email address because I was holding out. (Thanks Tish!)
Friday, January 1, 2016