Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Chocolate Wonder Cookies

These cookies came to our house during this holiday season from a friend. We quickly decided that we not only needed the recipe, but they needed a special name. We decided on Chocolate Wonder Cookies! They are delicious! And here is the super simple recipe (part of why they're such a wonder!)

1 box chocolate cake mix (the darker the better)
6 oz whipping cream
1 egg

Mix together.
Roll balls in powdered sugar.
The balls are very sticky. Oil your hands if needed. Place balls on cookie sheet. They will puff up while baking but then flatten when you take them out. They are very smooshy! You have to be quick and use a good spatula to get them off. If you wait they will just be harder to move and will smoosh all together! (but, of course they'll still be yummy!)
Bake at 350 for 8 minutes. Baking them longer will burn them--and they don't always look done at 8 minutes so don't be tricked!! Enjoy!!

Potato Casserole

or better known as Cheesy Potatoes!!

I know we have our own recipe for this and they're all pretty much the same. But I wanted to document this one for myself because it was the recipe my grandma always followed.

1 pkg (32oz) frozen hash brown potatoes
1 stick butter, melted
1 pint (or 2 cups) sour cream
1/2 cup onion, chopped (I omit the onions)
1 can cream of chicken soup
2 cups sharp cheddar cheese
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper

Mix and top with crushed potato chips. Bake at 350 for 40-50 minutes.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Egg Souffle

My aunts recipe!

I am trying soon with wheat bread instead of white-hopefully it will taste just as yummy!

Egg Souffle

-grease 9x13 baking dish
-10 slices of bread-crusts removed, spread with margarine (i usually skip that step to save fat and calories). cut into cubes
- 1/2 lb of sharp cheddar cheese grated
-6 eggs
-3 cups milk
-1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp of dry mustard

sprinkle 1/2 bread cubes in bottom of dish, cover w/half cheese. layer again. mix eggs and milk together, salt and mustard as well. pour over. refrigerate 8 hours or all night. sprinkle w/paprika before baking

bake 1hr and 30 minutes in 275-300 degree over.
(keep an eye for browning and don't move when baking!)

-you can add sausage, bacon, mushrooms, whatever to the layers


Thursday, December 17, 2009

Mashed Potatoes

Ummm....you should definitely make these. My sister made them for Thanksgiving and they were amazing!! There is an okay way to make mash potatoes and a right way--because mash potatoes can never be wrong. But these are definitely the right way! Enjoy!
Original recipe came from RealSimple.com

Serves 8
Hands-On Time: 10mTotal Time: 40m


  • 4 pounds red potatoes (about 8), halved
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
  • 2 scallions, chopped


  1. Place the potatoes in a large pot. Add cold water to cover and bring to a boil. Add 2 teaspoons salt, reduce heat, and simmer until tender, 15 to 18 minutes. Drain the potatoes and return them to the pot.
  2. Add the sour cream, milk, butter, scallions, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper and mash. Transfer to a heatproof bowl, cover, and set over a pot of simmering water to keep warm, up to 1 hour.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Chicken Marsala Florentine

My brother-in-law and sister-in-law made this for a few weeks back. I have been dreaming about since then! I finally made it again last night and it was just as dreamy. :)

Chicken Marsala Florentine
original here

(It is great with rice or mashed potatoes)

4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon dried oregano
2 tablespoons olive oil
3/4 cup butter
3 cups sliced portobello mushrooms
3/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes
1/2 cup packed fresh spinach
1 cup Marsala wine


Place chicken breasts between two pieces of wax paper, and pound to 1/4 inch thick with a meat mallet. Dust chicken with flour, salt , pepper and oregano.
In a skillet, fry chicken in olive oil over medium heat. Cook until done, turning to cook evenly. Set aside, and keep warm.
In the same pan, melt the butter over medium heat; add mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, and Marsala wine. Cook for approximately 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Mix in spinach, and cook for about 2 minutes. Serve over chicken.

***in reviews, people said they cut the amount of butter in half. it tastes good the way it is written, but that is a lot of butter. so I might try that next time....I also added more then double the spinach***