Monday, March 17, 2008

Erupting Volcano CAKE!

This was Nathaniel's 7th birthday cake! It was an erupting volcano... how fun is that!
It was one of the easiest cakes I've done as far as the decorating!
2 chocolate cake mixes
1 jar marshmallow fluff (or creame)
1 bag chocolate chips
karo syrup (light)
red food coloring
dry ice
cup/glass/ flower vase
Bake cake according to directions. 1 cake mix in a bundt pan. The other (I used a medium metal mixing was the perfect size... it took quite a bit longer to bake, and the very middle did not ever get done fully, but since you cut that out... no big deal... I pulled it out after 50 minutes)
Let cakes cool completely. When cooled cut a hole in the "mixing bowl"cake. Layer.. the bundt cake down first, then the "mixing bowl" cake on top. Fit your cup/glass/flower vase down into the hole, so the top does not stick out. To make glaze, melt 1 cup chocolate chips, 4 T of butter/margarine and 2 T of Karo syrup in microwave safe bowl. I used a bar-b-q brush to "paint" on the glaze then drizzled the rest over the top to give it a Mountain like appearance. Then heat marshmallow fluff for a few seconds in microwave until easy to work with. Snow cap your cake to your liking! Then take your red food coloring and a butter knife and add some lava for effect! I also put some chocolate sprinkles and extra chocolate chips on bottom for added rocks and dirt! Now... when it's time for the party... chop off a couple of small ice cube sized chunks of your dry ice and put them in a cup... (REMEMBER: DO NOT touch the dry ice with your bare hands... OUCH!!! Use gloves when handling dry ice!!!!!!!) Have warm water in another cup... when its time to explode... dump the "dry ice cubes" into the cup in the middle of your cake, then add the warm water and watch the fun~! You can also have a "Lava Explosion" by adding a bit of warm water to some marshmallow fluff to pour over the dry ice! I didn't want to go there for my first time, but it is a cool effect! We had an ExPlOsIvE PaRtY!!!!!!

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Stuffed Pizza

If you love pizza... what would be better than stuffing it with great, ah . . . stuff? I tried this last night (saw a show on the food network, go figure) and it turned out beautiful! It made it to the list of "will cook again!!!"



3 C. Flour

1 cup hot water

1 package yeast

2 tsp salt (if this is too salty for you, you can cut it back to 1tsp)

3-4 T olive or canola oil

Recipe: Mix flour and salt in bowl. In 1/2 cup of the hot water dissolve yeast for a few minutes. Add yeast water and the other 1/2 cup of hot water to flour along with oil. Mix. You may need to knead/mix with your hands... this dough gets quite 'tough'. After well mixed, let rest for 1/2 hour - 45 minutes.

I also added oregano, garlic powder (of course) and onion flakes to my bread dough. If you have another favorite bread recipe... you can use that! This is just the one I used. Just make sure you have enough dough to spread and hang over a round (or square) deep dish pan. This recipe makes enough to cover a good size cookie sheet so it worked well. You can use this for regular pizza, but if your doing the stuffed pizza you will need to make two of these dough balls!

Once dough is rested and easy to shape... either roll or pull into shape and spread into pan with ample amount up the sides.

Here's the fun part.... you can stuff this with whatever tickles your palette! I used Mozzarella cheese, mushrooms, banana peppers, pepperoni, and spinach! YUM~ Whatever you use, put your favorite cheese down first (about 3 cups) then top the cheese with all your toppings of choice. Do NOT add your sauce yet! After you've put on all your yummy stuff... roll/spread out the second ball of dough. Cover all the stuffing and pinch to the top of the bottom dough piece. Now poke a few holes in top layer... spread on your favorite crushed tomatoes or pizza sauce, put a bit of cheese on the top... then pop the giant thing into the oven. Preheat to 500 degrees. Cook at 500 degrees for first 15 minutes, then lower temp to 400 degrees and cook for an additional 20 minutes or until crust is golden brown! Yum~! It was yum, yum, yummy!

Monday, March 3, 2008

~Apple Berry Salsa~

Compliments of my good friend Emily! This was so good I asked her if I could steal her recipe and post it here! Thank you Emily... for the best fruit salsa I've ever had!

Here's the recipe:
2 medium granny smith apples (the recipe says to peel and chop, but I liked the green skin for color)
1 cup strawberries, sliced (I chopped, not sliced, them up to make the salsa's texture finer)
1 kiwi, peeled and chopped
1 small orange
2 tbsp. brown sugar
2 tbsp. apple jelly (I'd never heard of this, but I found it easily in the jam section, and it's as cheap as grape jelly)
Combine apples, strawberries, and kiwi in a bowl. Zest and juice the orange, then put both the zest and juice in a small bowl. Add the brown sugar and apple jelly. Stir the zesty stuff together and pour over the fruit. Serve with cinnamon or Honey Graham chips or Graham crackers. So refreshing and fun.

Vegetable Pizza

2 crescent rolls
2 pkgs. cream cheese (8oz)
1/2 pack buttermilk ranch dry dressing
1/2 cup Mayo
Various vegetables

Spread crescent roll onto large cookie sheet into one big "crust". Cook according to package directions. Let cool completely. Meanwhile...cream both packages of cream cheese, mayo and dry ranch dressing with mixer. When crust is cooled spread cream cheese mixture on evenly. Top with desired veggies (chopped into bite sized pieces) Cauliflower, broccoli, black olives, carrots, green pepper, etc... and top with cheddar cheese! ENJOY! Sooooo good!