Archive | June, 2012

Jessica Bakes a Cake. (Yes, this really happened.)

18 Jun

Ok, so here is Pinterest recipe attempt number two.  This weekend I decided to make a Strawberry Lemonade Layer Cake.

First, I never really baked a cake before.  This one was still out of a box, but I still think that counts.  I did actually make the icing so I guess that is also a step in the right direction.  Second, my pics are still crappy because I was too lazy to use my good camera.

As always….here is what the cake is “supposed” to look like 🙂

(Recipe from easybaked.net)

INGREDIENTS:

  • One box of strawberry cake mix (plus oil, water and eggs as directed on box)
  • 8oz. Philadelphia Cream Cheese (softened to room temp.)
  • 1 packet (0.23oz.) of Kool-Aid Lemonade
  • Yellow food coloring gel (as desired for color)
  • 2cups Jet-Puffed Marshmallow Creme
  • 8 oz. Cool Whip Topping
  • Fresh strawberries to garnish.

DIRECTIONS:

  • Make cake according to box and bake in 2- 9 inch round cake pans as directed.  Turn finished cakes over on cake racks and allow to cool completely.

What a surprise! I do not own a cooling rack. This is how they cooled and it was perfectly fine.

  • Cream together cream cheese, lemonade and yellow food coloring until smooth.
  • Mix marshmallow creme in and then mix in Cool Whip until completely smooth.  Refrigerate until cake is cooled and cut.
  • Cut each cake layer in half.
  • Alternating layers of cake with layers of filling, assemble cake.  End with layer of filling.
  • Top with sliced strawberries.
  • Refrigerate and serve chilled.

I did a couple things differently.  I used pink lemonade mix for the icing.  I guess people went crazy for some lemonade Kool-Aid this weekend because there was absolutely NONE at the store.  I did not use yellow food coloring because the pink lemonade obviously turned the icing pink and I thought adding yellow to that would be a little odd.  Also,  I did not cut each layer in half for two reasons: 1. Because I’m a spaz.  and 2. Because I was advised by several people that since I am not an experienced cake baker I should probably hold off on that for a little while.  Overall, the cake was very good.  It is very refreshing and light.  It would be something good to bring to a BBQ or just for a yummy treat on a hot summer day.  It was very “lemony”.  I LOVEEE me some lemon so I didn’t mind.  But for people who aren’t into lemon that much I would recommend using less lemonade mix…maybe half a packet.  So….here is the end result!  Not so bad if I do say so myself 🙂

Warm Toasted Marshmallow S’more Bars

9 Jun

I’ve been collecting recipes on Pinterest for several weeks now.  It’s actually becoming sort of addicting.  Anyway,  I decided that I am going to try at least one recipe from my Pinterest collection every week, otherwise it makes no sense to just waste time pinning recipes all day like a weirdo with no life.  This weekend I decided to make Warm Toasted Marshmallow S’more Bars.  I LOVE S’mores.  If you don’t believe me, please refer to this post: I Effing Love S’mores.  Before you read any further, I would just like to point out a couple things.

1. I DO NOT bake.

and

2. I haven’t mastered the art of food photography yet so forgive the crappy pics.  Next time I will use my Nikon instead of my iPhone.

This is how they are SUPPOSED to look.

Warm Toasted Marshmallow S’more Bars

1 pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker® sugar cookie mix
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
1 cup butter or margarine, melted
3 cups milk chocolate chips (18 oz)
4 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows

1. Heat oven to 375°F. In large bowl, stir together cookie mix and crumbs. Stir in melted butter until soft dough forms. Press into ungreased 13×9-inch pan.

2. Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until set.

3. Immediately sprinkle chocolate chips over crust. Let stand 3 to 5 minutes or until chocolate begins to melt. Spread chocolate evenly over crust.

3. Set oven control to broil. Sprinkle marshmallows over melted chocolate. Broil with top 4 to 5 inches from heat 20 to 30 seconds or until marshmallows are toasted. (Watch closely; marshmallows will brown quickly.) Cool 10 minutes. For bars, cut into 6 rows by 4 rows. Serve warm. Store any remaining bars tightly covered.

These were pretty delicious although I have a few complaints.  I wish the crust was a little more “graham crackery”.  The next time I make them I will probably try a different graham cracker crust.  Also, it said to serve warm but when it is warm it does not come out in “bar” form like the pretty picture all the way at the top.  It actually comes out more like this:

Overall, for my first recipe I think it was a success.  They are kind of messy and hard to serve if you are having a party or something.  But they are very yummy so I would suggest that anyone who loves them some s’mores should try them!

Maui’s Dog House- Wildwood, NJ

7 Jun

I’m not usually a big fan of hot dogs, but the hot dogs at Maui’s Dog House in Wildwood, NJ were definitely amazing.  I heard about this place on one of my all-time favorite TV shows…Diner’s, Drive-ins, and Dives.  Guy Fieri is my hero.  I can go on all day how much I love Guy Fieri, but enough about that let’s talk about these hot dogs.

Maui’s Hot Dogs features 23 different gourmet hot dogs.  It was a tough decision due to the fact that every hot dog on their menu sounds amazing, but I decided to go for the “Smokin’ Cheesy Drunk” which is a traditional German frank, spicy mustard, beer soaked sour kraut, cheddar cheese, and bacon.  The hot dog even comes served in a dog bowl.  It was delicious!

Some of the other hot dogs I would like to try on future trips (or all in one shot lol) to Maui’s are:

The “Soprano”– Traditional German frank, baby spinach sauteed with garlic and white wine, topped with extra sharp provolone cheese.

Forget- About- It– Traditional German frank, spicy ground beef chili, raw onion, spicy mustard, globs of cheese, and freshly cooked bacon.

Horsey In Chicago- Traditional German frank, Horsey Mustard, Raw Onions, Pickles, Hot peppers, Tomatoes, and Celery Salt.

And of course your meal is not complete without a side of “Salty Balls”, which are fresh small potatoes cooked in a brine of salt and spices, served with melted butter.  I almost enjoyed these more than the hot dog.  Almost….

So, if you are planning a trip down the Jersey Shore, I would highly recommend making a stop at Maui’s Hot Dogs.  You won’t be disappointed!

I don’t know who this guy is. Thought he was the owner but apparently he just works there. Still a cool guy though 🙂

I Effing Love S’mores

6 Jun

Today, I would like to discuss the awesomeness of S’mores.  Who DOESN’T like S’mores?!  If I could meet one person in the entire world, it would be whoever thought of taking graham crackers, chocolate, and marshmallows and melting them together to create the most amazing snack/dessert of all time.  Whether they are roasted over a campfire or simply melted in the microwave,  I could eat endless amounts of S’mores per day and never get sick of them.  I firmly believe that the person that came up with this concept is a genius.

On a slightly different note:  I am very disappointed in “Hershey” for discontinuing the best chocolate bar they ever made.  Although it was discontinued several years ago, I am still deeply saddened by it’s disappearance.  RIP Hershey’s S’mores Bar…

Oatmeal Creme Pies. Enough said.

5 Jun

I just rediscovered these amazingly awesome treats……Little Debbie Oatmeal Creme Pies!  There are some imposters out there….so if you’re going to pick some up at the store make sure you get Little Debbie.  SO ADDICTING!


Being the Closet Fat Chick that I am…..I really think it is possible to eat an entire box of these in one night.  I hide them away from myself in my pantry for that exact reason 🙂
And just when you thought it couldn’t get any better………..they make DOUBLE DECKERS!  Seriously?!?!  ARE THESE FOR REAL?!?! I need to get me some of these ASAP!
Thank you Little Debbie for making my life complete.

Hostess Sno Balls- Little Pillows of Happiness

4 Jun

One thing in this world that I really LOVE are Hostess Sno Balls.  These coconut covered marshmallows with cream filled chocolate cake inside are like little fluffy pillows of happiness.  Who wouldn’t love a combination of such deliciousness?

My favorite thing about Sno Balls (besides the yumminess) is that they come in all different colors.  My favorite of course are the pink ones…obviously.  During Halloween they sell them in orange.  During St. Patty’s day they sell them in green, and I even saw them in bright blue….not really sure what that was for.  And of course there’s the traditional white ones.

I found a recipe for a giant “Sno Ball” cake.  I am going to attempt to bake this at some point in my life and will keep you posted with the results.  Keep in mind, I pretty much suck at baking but I will give it my best shot.  So…do yourself a favor and head to the grocery store, 7-11, Quick Check, or any gas station with a convenience store and buy yourself some Sno Balls.  You won’t be disappointed.

Pork Roll- Its Jerseylicious!

3 Jun

For those of you that don’t live in New Jersey, you are probably not aware of one of the best creations on earth….PORK ROLL!  I’m not even exactly sure what pork roll is.  I know that it was made some time in the 19th century by someone named John Taylor from Trenton, NJ, which is why it is also known as “Taylor Ham”.  Pork Roll is typically only found in New Jersey, which is one of the only 3 things that I actually like about New Jersey.  First thing I like about New Jersey is diners.  Second, is boardwalk food.  Third, is pork roll.  That is pretty much it 🙂

Pork Roll, Egg, Cheese, Salt, Pepper, & Ketchup on a roll….that’s the only way to do it ladies and gentleman.  It is pretty much one of my top 5 favorite things to eat for breakfast.  If you live in the area, head on over to the Woodbridge Deli.  They make some goooood ones! Visit their site http://www.woodbridgedeli.net

So, there you have it friends…if you ever visit New Jersey, be sure to have some pork roll.  If you already live in New Jersey, you should feel proud that this greasy, fattening, delicious piece of meat can’t be found anywhere else in the country.  Lucky us!