Rocky Road Cupcakes

March 27, 2011 at 9:51 pm (cooking)

My mom makes this DELICIOUS Rocky Road cake. Someone at her work suggested turning them into cupcakes, making today experiment day!  (yay!)

1 box Devil’s Food cake mix
4 Eggs
1 cup Mayo
1 cup Water
1 cup Chocolate Chips
1 cup Chopped Walnuts
1 cup Mini Marshmallows

1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Grease and flour a bunt pan.
3. Mix cake mix, eggs, and mayo very well, adding the water as you go.
4. Stir in the chocolate, walnuts, and marshmallows by hand.
5. Pour batter into cupcake holders
6. Bake 20-25 minutes at 350F
7. Cool, and enjoy! We have yet to decide on frosting or not – when we make it as a cake we just dust with powdered sugar!! 🙂
Here it is shown cooled, de-wrappered, topped with ice cream,  and I took a See’s Milk Chocolate heart left from Valentine’s Day and used the veggie peeler on it to make the pretty chocolate. I had my cupcake warmed, and it was VERY tasty!! ^__^.

Hope you like it. ^__^.


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Homemade Meatballs and Marinara

March 20, 2011 at 3:08 pm (cooking)

You know, I’ve never made meatballs before.

Newp. Never.

Last night, I didn’t have the materials to make frito chili casserole, and I didn’t want to make spaghetti sauce…so somehow that ended up with me making meatballs, marinara sauce, and…spaghetti. lol

So… sauce first, even though I made the meatballs and put them in the hot oven PRIOR to starting the sauce.

Marinara Sauce:
1 can tomato sauce
1 can petite diced tomatoes (which I ran thru my food processor)
1/4 large onion (also thru the food processor)
3 large cloves of garlic (in the food processor)
5 baby carrots (in the food processor lol)
Freshly ground black pepper
Kosher salt
Ground ginger
Garlic & Herb Mrs. Dash
Garlic Salt
Garlic Powder
Minced Onion
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Beef Stock
Cranberry-Pomegranate juice

Quite the list, right? Well, when it comes to marinara, I don’t like it chunky. I like it smoother than that…

First, I put the onion, garlic, and carrots in my food processor, and pretty much turned it into a paste.

I emptied out my processor into a nice hot pan with a little olive oil in it, sprinkled it with oregano, sage, mrs. dash, and let it start to cook.

While it cooked, I put the diced tomatoes in the processor, pulsing it in between stirring the veggies.

To the veggies, I added a splash of beef stock, and a splash of juice.

Once they had cooked down, I added the petite diced tomatoes, a nice healthy pinch of kosher salt, and a few grinds of pepper.

And once THAT was happy, I added the can of tomato sauce. I let it cook a little, then tasted it, and wound up adding some ginger (about 4 taps), some paprika (about 7 taps), more oregano, mrs dash, and garlic powder, along with a few shakes of parsley.

Then I set it to simmer on low, and covered it.

Now… MEATBALLS!!!!! 😀 I was very pleased with how they came out! ^__^.

1lb lean ground beef (I think this was 90/10, and over a pound. I got it prepackaged at the grocery store, so closer to like 1.4lbs.)
1/2c Italian bread crumbs
1 egg
1 tbs granulated (Kraft lol) Parmesan cheese
1/2c grated dutch gouda (I got it at trader joe’s – white, red rind.)
1 tbs Garlic powder
7 taps of ground ginger
10 grinds black pepper
2 hefty pinches of Kosher salt (hey, I have big fingers.)
2 tbs Oregano
2 tbs Garlic & Herb Mrs. Dash
3 tbs Minced Onion

(For future doings, I would add more garlic, some paprika, more oregano, and maybe a little more pepper. They were tasty alone, but delicious in the sauce! More flavor!!!)

So, pretty much, I preheated the oven to 350F, and got out the large casserole dish with low sides, as I figured they might be juicy.

After that, in a large mixing bowl, I dumped in the meat, egg, breadcrumbs, and everything else, and proceeded to mix it all up with one hand until I was satisfied with the way it looked. (Delicious.)

Then I began rolling the mixture into little 1-inch balls and placing them in the dish.

Once the dish was full, I tried to space them out, and put them in the oven.

I figured half an hour, it wound up being about 24minutes. :)

So I wiped the meatballs off on a papertowel (I don’t like the little gray blobbies that stick to them, ew), and spooned them over noodles and sauce!


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March 18, 2011 at 3:15 pm (Uncategorized)

In FANTASTIC nerdy news, Sailor Moon’s manga (graphic novels) is being reprinted in the US, on a bimonthly release schedule, starting in SEPTEMBER!!
Quiver with excitement!

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