Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
This dip is so simple, but it’s really addicting. You’ll probably have to make a double batch if you are putting this out for a party. It’s also nice because just like pizza, you can add whatever “toppings” you like and it turns out great. My favorite is just the stripped down version - mushrooms and pepperoni, but I’ve also added in onions, green peppers, and black olives for a “supreme” pizza dip and everyone loved it.
1 can Campbell’s cream of mushroom soup
1 – 8 oz package Philly cream cheese
1 cup chopped up deli sandwich pepperoni
In a sauce pan, combine ingredients and heat until melted together. Transfer to a pie dish and pop in the oven at around 400 degrees until bubbly. I serve this with ripped up Lender’s plain bagels.
Friday, September 17, 2010
1 box Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe spice cake
15 oz Libby’s pumpkin puree
¼ cup Tazo liquid chai mix
The icing is just a tub of Duncan Hines whipped cream cheese icing and a packet of dry instant chai mix (a powder, not the tea bag). This worked out really well and was the perfect compliment for the spiciness of the cake. I’ve also done it with a tub of cool whip and a packet of instant chai – much lighter and also extremely delicious. If you use fat free cool whip, this is a great ‘diet’ cake. Because you don’t use the eggs or oil as suggested on the box, you cut out a lot of the fat and calories – win win!
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
8 oz cream cheese (softened)
8 oz sour cream
1 packet dry taco seasoning
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (or try pepper jack if you're feeling spicy)
1/4 head lettuce, shredded
1 tomato, diced
additional topping ideas: green peppers, green onions, black olives, cilantro
Use an electric mixer (or the back of a spoon) to whip up the cream cheese so that it's extremely creamy. Add the sour cream, and then the taco seasoning. Mix until well combined, creamy, and smooth. Spread mixture on the bottom of a 9x9 square pan. Top with cheese, then lettuce, then tomatoes and additional toppings. Chill in refrigerator. Serve with tortilla chips. Recommendation - this will go fast at a party, so make a double batch! :)
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Vital Stats: 19 River Walk Mall, South Charleston, WV 25303-1026 (304) 720-1587
What to eat: the cheese dip (obviously) and enchiladas - try the chicken or cheese.
Monday, September 13, 2010
1 cup sugar
2/3 cup pumpkin
3/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
Combine eggs, pumpkin, and sugar together in a bowl and mix together well. Combine dry ingredients together in a separate bowl and then combine with the pumpkin mixture. Mix well - consistency should be smooth. Spray a medium jelly roll pan with baking spray. Put a piece of wax paper on top of the greased jelly roll pan, pressing into the bottom and the sides, and making sure that there is extra paper sticking out over the edges (so that you can pull this off later). Spray the wax paper with the baking spray as well (the object is to make sure that the pumpkin roll does not stick). Pour pumpkin mixture on the top of the wax paper, and bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees.
While this is baking, mix up the filling:
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
4 tablespoons butter, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Mix these ingredients together until smooth and creamy. Remove the pumpkin cake from the oven and let cool for a few minutes. Next, remove the cake from the jelly roll pan by flipping the pan onto a clean tea towel, cake side down. The jelly roll pan should lift off easily, leaving the waxed paper. Peel off paper. Spread the cream cheese filling over the whole pumpkin cake evenly. Next, start rolling the cake (while it is still warm) so that it looks like a big swiss cake roll (from one end to the other). Make sure the roll is as tight as you can get it. Wrap the roll in waxed paper and chill in the fridge until you are ready to slice and serve.
Honestly, the food at this place had an explosion of deliciousness that I have not ever experienced. Some of the things seem like they would be weird combinations, or too many different consistencies. I am consistency freak. In the words of Facebook, I "dislike" anything that has too many different consistencies. They are nightmarish to me. Cabo Fish Taco was not a nightmare...but rather a dream come true. I felt like I was on vacation in California. Both Rose and I were surprised and gleeful about not only the overall tastiness of the food, but also the portions. If you don't believe me, or if you think that seafood and mexican food don't jive, you can watch a clip of the cooking going on at the restaurant - yes, this place was indeed on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. Chew on that!
Vital Stats: http://www.cabofishtaco.com/ - there are only two locations, so next time you're near Blacksburg, VA or Charlotte, NC...
What to eat: try their Mango BBQ Mahi Mahi tacos or the Beer Battered White Fish tacos. And, as an added bonus, you can find the actual recipe for the Mango BBQ tacos here!
Cabo Craziness: Exhibit A - picture of the women's bathroom. Can anyone explain this? Because I can't.
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Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Danny's is located in Bethel Park, PA and it is 800% amazing. They have amazing hoagies and pizza. If you're not a junk food/comfort food kind of person, don't judge me - I get both when I go there. The hoagies are so delicious, partially because the actual bread part of the hoagie is made like garlic bread and then everything is all melted between the buns. The pizza is a perfect combination of cheesy and salty and the sauce is savory, not sweet - it's pizza heaven for me. I moved to the Charlotte area and have yet to find anything to come close to Danny's (if you live in the area and you have intel on delicious pizza - LET ME KNOW). I'm sure Rose will have things to add to this, but I wanted to get the ball rolling on posts that gush about restaurants :) If you live in the Pittsburgh area, you HAVE to try this if you haven't already!
Vital Stats: there is no actual website for Danny's, but click here for the menu!
What to eat: try the italian hoagie or a pizza with extra cheese.