Friday, August 9, 2013

Minion Cupcakes

Aug 4th was my youngest son's birthday, he turned 6! He loves Despicable Me so i decided to make him minion cupcakes. I found the idea on pinterest and it was so easy yet super cute and looks like you've spent lots of time on them. Don't you just love it when you can look like a hero with minimal work?:)

Minion Cupcakes
Makes 18 cupcakes

1 box cake mix, whatever flavor (I used birthday confetti)
 1 box twinkies, cut in half
2 tubs blue frosting
Smarties candies, a small bag
black icing in a tube (they sell it in the cake aisle)
chocolate sprinkles

Make and cook cupcakes according to box directions. Let cool. frost cupcakes with blue frosting. Lay cut Twinkies on a baking sheet lined with wax paper. Put a dot of black frosting on each Twinkie half to stick the eyes too. Some minions only have one eye, some have two. Stick yellow or white smarties to dots of frosting. Place a dot of black frosting in middle if each Smartie for the pupil. Trace around the smarties with black frosting to make "goggles". Add a mouth and gently push some chocolate sprinkles in top for hair. Put finished Twinkie heads on cupcake and voila you are done!

Pork Chile Verde/ Posole

This recipe is basically a Posole recipe with the hominy switched out for white beans. Both ways are very good. If you are feeling more traditional, make it with hominy.

Pork Chile Verde/Posole
Serves 6

1 yellow onion, diced
1 1/2 lb. pork loin
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp. oregano
2 Tbsp. oil
2 Tbsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. cayenne (optional)
1 c. salsa verde( I use Herdez brand)
5 c. pork broth from cooking pork loin
4 15 ounce cans white beans or hominy
salt TT
garnish with shredded lettuce, onions, lime and cilantro

Place the meat in a large saucepan and just cover with lightly salted water. Add 1/2 chopped onion, 2 cloves of minced garlic, pepper, cumin, and oregano. Bring to a boil, skim off any white foam that rises. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 45 minutes.
Remove meat and broth. RESERVING broth. Saute the remaining onions in the oil until tender. Add the chili powder and cayenne, if using, and salsa verde stir for 1 minute. Cut the reserved pork into 1 inch cubes and add to pan. Stir in white beans or hominy and reserved pork broth. Cover and simmer for 45-60 minutes until meat is tender.
Serve with garnishes and enjoy!!!


BBQ Baked Beans

This was another great pinterest find. The picture once again got me. It looked absolutely delicious and when I made then they didn't fail to deliver! I served these with chicken burgers.

Please excuse all the steam, they were fresh off the stove!:)

BBQ Baked Beans
Serves 8 

1 lb. dry great northern beans (or small white beans or navy beans) soaked overnight in water and drained of excess
5 c. chicken stock (*see note below)
1 small onion, finely diced
1 tsp. minced garlic
3/4 c. ketchup
 3/4 c. BBQ sauce
1 1/2 Tbsp. tomato paste
1/4 tsp. ground cumin
1/4 tsp. smoked paprika
1/4 c. plus 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
1 Tbsp. molasses
 olive oil
12 oz. apple smoked bacon, crisped and chopped
2-3 Tbsp. maple syrup

(*Start with the 5 cups of chicken stock; as the beans cook, you may need to add additional water in small increments if the beans are still a bit hard but are absorbing the liquid.)

Add the soaked beans to a large pot; next, add in the chicken stock, the diced onion, the garlic, a few generous pinches of salt and of cracked black pepper, the ketchup, BBQ sauce, tomato paste, ground cumin and paprika, plus the brown sugar, molasses and a generous drizzle of olive oil, and stir the ingredients together; place the pot over high heat, uncovered, and once the contents begin to boil, reduce the heat to medium-low or low, partially cover with a lid, and simmer the beans for about 4 hours, stirring occasionally (you may need to add the additional water during the latter part of the cooking process once the beans begin to absorb the liquid), or until the beans are tender and the sauce is rich and thick.
Once the beans are tender, turn off the heat; add in the crisped and chopped bacon, the maple syrup stir to incorporate; finally, check your seasoning to make sure that there is enough salty/sweet flavor, and adjust if necessary.

Slightly adapted from The Cozy Apron

Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

I've already told you I think peanut butter and chocolate are a perfect combo so I won't get into that again. If you agree with me you will also love these cookies.

Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies
Makes around 48 cookies

1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. peanut butter
1/2 butter, softened to room temp.
1 egg
2 Tbsp. milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1 3/4 c. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cream butter and peanut butter together until smooth. Add sugars, milk, baking soda, vanilla and egg.  Mix until well incorporated. Add flour little by little until it is all mixed together well. Place dough onto ungreased cookie sheet in 1"-1 1/2 " balls. Cook in oven for 5 minutes then insert one Hershey's Kiss into the center of each cookie and cook for an additional 3 minutes. Cool on cookie sheet for 1 minute, then remove and serve.