Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Naughty Cornbread

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Keep on reading to know what makes this cornbread so naughty!

AHAHA sometimes I really do make myself laugh. I know I'm usually the only one laughing but who cares. I'm awesome! AHAHA!

Our Best Bites  always has fab recipes and these ladies have yet to let me down. I have made several of their recipes and i heard great things from Gigi about their chicken and dumplings.
Another snow day here in Metro Detroit. Gotta love all the fuss we had on Groundhogs day about Snowmagedon 2011 and we hardly got anything. This was way worse but NONE of the hype.

I was sitting at Gigi's talking about her up and coming wedding to the oh so wonderful Marko, all while she baked cookies. Really great warm yummy cookies from Mega Bite we knew it was snowing and we were supposed to get 2-4 inches but weren't really concerned. Next thing we know I peek through the blinds and say OH MY GOSH LOOK!!! It was a blizzard out there.

I gather my things and head home!! I could have used some skis.

So moving on....it's now Monday morning and I wake up at 4:30 to check the weather and the news to see the roads and the city is under a mountain of wet heavy snow. GROSS!! It looked pretty mind you but still GROSS!!! ahaha!!

I call it and email my Boss who is in California on business that I am snowed in and will be working from home. This working from home thing is pretty awesome. I got a lot done and was able to clean on my breaks and bake this yummy cornbread!!

I had everything I needed for a special meal for me and my sugar booger but he kept getting calls to do more jobs. OH WELL. So I made dinner for me and my mommie dearest who was also snowed in.

We had yummy breaded pan seared pork chops, mashed potatoes and this ever so awesome cornbread. Well I had the cornbread for dessert. I warmed it up and poured honey over it!! YEAHHHHHHHH!!!

Now I'm not a huge box mix fan but as I said Our Best Bites has never let me down so i took their word for it. Below is the recipe from their site. Follow it! Love it! Don't make yourself sick eating too much of it!!!

Enjoy and Keep on Making Stuff!!



NOTE: at anytime the recipe calls for water replace it with milk. I used skim milk.

This is so simple....

Preheat the oven according to the cake mix box. Mine was 350F for a 13x9 pan.

Now in a large bowl pour in the cake mix and mix it according to the directions on the box. Eggs, Oil, and replace water with MILK

In same owl pour in both boxes of corn bread mix and mix it according to the directions on the box. Eggs, Milk etc

So now you have all 3 boxes of mix and their ingredients mixed well together in a bowl.

Here is where I wish I would have added a can of cream corn or drained can corn for a more corny taste. HAAHA CORNY!! OK anyway!!

Grease your pan/pans. You can use muffin pans loaf pans whatever your hungry heart desires.

Pour in your mix and cook 35-45 mins depending on the oven and the humidity where you live.

This will come up nice and golden and your house will smell like country lovin!!

Cut a hunk as soon as it's cool enough for you to handle. Smother in butter or honey or just eat it plain and let out a OH YEAH DADDY THAT'S WHAT I LIKE.

I assume this is normal and why it's called Naughty Cornbread!! I mean you would think so right???Right???

This makes so much I vacuumed sealed a bunch and left a nice portion out for munching on during the week!

The original recipe is linked above!!
 look at how golden and yummy this looks!!! WOW!!


Thursday, February 17, 2011

Tres Leche Torta de cumpleaƱos para Linda (Tres Leche Birthday Cake For Linda)

So I mean how ambitious would it be for me to roughly translate an entire blog entry using the real Spanish words I know along with the made up ones I like to use all the time.

I like to pretend I know Spanish and make up words that sound mucho Spanish. See I just did it!! ahahaa!

But I will spare you the humor or lack there of. If you know me personally you know I usually find my jokes way way more funny than anyone else. I'm ok with that. I'm an only child I blame my Mother, as we all should for all our flaws! It's our right as children to blame them!

Oh man I am just laughing to myself right now like a big old ninny!! one day i will do a blog entry with all my corny jokes. Kind of like a stand up routine but virtual! SWEET!!


I'm all for exposing myself to new things and taking friends and family along for the ride so what better way to do so then with a birthday cake.

Just so you know Linda this cake gave me a panic attack when I tried to flip them out of the pan and they were stuck. When I say stuck I mean stuck like that guy in the old Super Glue adds with the hard hat on hanging from the iron beam stuck!

BUT alas my trusty paring knife and spatula saved the day!

For those of who do not know Tres Leche means 3 milks. This cake is soooooo light and airy and then you just drench it with this creamy sweet smooth milk mixture and let it soak over night. Then of course the next day you cover it in fresh whipped cream and toasted coconut and sing Happy Birthday! Or just eat it if it's not someone's birthday ahaha!

Again this recipe is from my most fav recipe diva The Pioneer Woman. She adds cherries to hers but I was looking for something a little less kitschy and a little more delicate. So I toasted coconut. Click here for the link(http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2009/09/tres-leches-cake/). Get Ree's cookbook and her novel they are both AMAZING!!! I have both and cannot wait to have them signed!!

Happy Birthday Linda!!! I hope you love your cake. I had fun making it!!

Enjoy and Keep on Making Stuff!

Tres Leche Cake

I copied this right from the Pioneer Woman's site because she wrote it out perfectly. Thanks again Ree Drummond for creating such a great resource!!


1 cup All-purpose Flour

1-½ teaspoon Baking Powder

¼ teaspoons Salt

5 whole Eggs

1 cup Sugar, Divided

1 teaspoon Vanilla

⅓ cups Milk

1 can Evaporated Milk

1 can Sweetened, Condensed Milk

¼ cups Heavy Cream



1 pint Heavy Cream, For Whipping

3 Tablespoons Sugar

Preparation Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 x 13 inch pan liberally until coated.

Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Separate eggs.

Beat egg yolks with 3/4 cup sugar on high speed until yolks are pale yellow. Stir in milk and vanilla. Pour egg yolk mixture over the flour mixture and stir very gently until combined.

Beat egg whites on high speed until soft peaks form. With the mixer on, pour in remaining 1/4 cup sugar and beat until egg whites are stiff but not dry.

Fold egg white mixture into the batter very gently until just combined. Pour into prepared pan and spread to even out the surface.

Bake for 35 to 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Turn cake out onto a rimmed platter and allow to cool.

Combine condensed milk, evaporated milk, and heavy cream in a small pitcher. When cake is cool, pierce the surface with a fork several times. Slowly drizzle all but about 1 cup of the milk mixture—try to get as much around the edges of the cake as you can.

Allow the cake to absorb the milk mixture for 30 minutes(i let mine soak over night in the fridge). To ice the cake, whip 1 pint heavy cream with 3 tablespoons of sugar until thick and spreadable. Spread over the surface of the cake. I took it one step beyond and toasted some coconut and put that ontop along with a yummy dark chocolate drizzle.


this cake is so light and airy. I love it's golden color!

whoever thought of soaking a cake with sweet milk is brilliant!

look it's like a little milk moat formning around the cake!!

Happy Birthday Linda!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Apple and Onion Pork Chops

Going to the grocery store for me is not an option when I have so much stuff in the fridge/freezer to make yummy things with!

So tonight I decided I was going to experiment with some stuff I normally would not combine....center cut pork chops, 3 small Fuji apples, and 1 large white onion. OH and one can of Bud Light.

I read this recipe on a site who knows where and when so the source like a lot of the things I make is sketchy ahaha!

It was probably Martha or something. I get lots of inspiration from her recipes.

Am I rambling again? Yes. I know.

So here it is plain and simple.

This turned out waaaayyy better then I thought and will for sure make this again and try it with chicken next time since I prefer that over pork. I enjoyed this with Pioneer Woman Crash Hot Potatoes which I blogged awhile back here POTATOEY GOODNESS(click)
Enjoy and Keep on Making Stuff!!


4 chops of choice or chicken breasts

1 large white onion

3 small sweet apples cored and peeled

1 can of beer

1 cup of olive oil

seasoning of choice (i just used sea salt, fresh black pepper and dried parsley)

pour 1/2 cup olive oil in the pan and add seasoned chops or chicken and cook/brown on both side until done

remove from pan and set aside.

leave crumbs and what not in the pan and add the other 1/2 cup of olive oil and heat.

chop onion

peel core and slice apples and add to the pan

Sautee the onions and apples until caramelized. Add half a can of beer once caramelized and let reduce a bit.

Add the chops or chicken back to the pan and cover with the apple onion mixture.

Add remaining can of beer and let simmer until reduced to a saucy goodness.

Serve with veggie or starch of choice and chow down!!!
OH side note my honey ate this the next day and I stole a bite and the flavor was AWESOME!!

The apple of my eye!! OMG!! HA!

this smelled soooooo good!

so i had one little sip!

served up with a crash hot potato!! Great dinner!!