Wednesday, February 23, 2011

My New Favorite Breakfast Food

Man that looks fatty, but I sure do love it!!!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Beer Bread

What you need:
3 cups self-rising flour
1 can beer
3 tablespoons sugar
Melted Butter

1) Grease and flour bread pan.
2) Mix all ingredients. Brush with melted butter before baking.
3) Bake for 50 minutes at 375.

This is amazing fresh out of the oven. One day old its not bad. Anything longer than one day old is kind of nasty. Eat it fresh!
Enjoy!!! - Jess

Thursday, February 17, 2011

S Makes Spinach Manicotti

First she squeezed the spinach dry. 

Then she mixed the ricotta cheese, spinach, Parmesan, mozzarella and cheddar cheeses together. 

Then she used the manicotti noodle as a telescope. 

Then S filled the manicotti noodles with our spinach and cheese mixture. Layed them in the baking dish covered in a red cream sauce. Then she sprinkled them with more cheese!

Looks good S!!!!!!! 

Spinach Manicotti
What you need:
1 small box frozen spinach (thawed and wrung dry)
12 uncooked manicotti noodles
15 oz or ricotta cheese
1 cup mozzarella (shredded)
1 cup cheddar (shredded)
2 eggs
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
3 cups prepared sauce

Step 1) Par-boil manicotti noodles, drain. Place in a bowl of cold water to prevent sticking. Preheat oven to 350.
Step 2) Combine eggs, 1/4 cup of Parmesan, 1/2 of the mozzarella, cheddar and ricotta cheeses and the seasonings. Drain shells, pat dry with paper towels. Fill shells with the cheese mixture. I put all of the filling in a plastic ziplock bag and cut one bottom corner of the bag off. That way you can pipe the filling in the shell easily. 
Step 3) Spread 1/2 cup of the prepared sauce over the bottom of a shallow 3 quart baking dish. Arrange shells over the sauce; covering with remaining sauce and spoon remaining ricotta over each shell. Sprinkle with remaining cheeses. Bake covered loosely with foil for 40 minutes. 

XO!!!! Jess

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Slow Cooker Spinach Artichoke Dip

What you need:
1 cup grated mozzarella
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
8 ounces cream cheese
1 garlic clove, minced
1 box thawed frozen spinach, wrung dry
1 jar artichoke hearts, chopped
salt and pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients in bowl of slow cooker. Cover and cook on high 2 hours.
This snack was a hit for Christmas Day and Super Bowl!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Cookies and Cream Cheesecake Cupcakes

What you need:
42 Oreo cookies (30 whole and 12 chopped)
2 pounds cream cheese, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 large eggs, at room temperature and lightly beaten
1 cup sour cream
pinch of salt

Step 1) Preheat oven to 275. Place cupcake liners into cupcake trays. And then place a whole oreo cookie in each liner. You will need 30.
Step 2) Beat cream cheese until smooth. Gradually add the sugar. Combine well. Beat in vanilla.
Step 3) Slowly drizzle in the eggs.
Step 4) Beat in sour cream and salt.
Step 5) Stir in the chopped cookies. Pour batter into prepared liners. Fill close to the top because these will not rise.
Step 6) Bake 22 minutes rotating in oven if necessary. Cool on wire rack and then transfer to refrigerator for at least 4 hours.

Recipe courtesy of Martha Stewart.

These were sooooo good! Not too sweet, but just right!


Thursday, February 3, 2011

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Goose Island Beer Tasting

Forever ago, LeeAnn, Dawn and I went to a Goose Island beer tasting at our local liquor store. Our plan was to do the tasting and have a quick somewhat early dinner after before heading our separate ways home. Wellllll we did the tasting which was so much fun. The beer was amazing. I went in expecting not to like anything because I absolutely hate Honker's Ale which is a Goose Island product. Let me tell you.... these beers were nothing like nasty Honker's Ale. I didn't have a favorite because I liked each and every one we tasted. We left the liquor store after the tasting and were planning on heading to dinner when LeeAnn said let's just go have one drink. Famous last words. We drove down the street to a local bar and proceeded to have too much fun until the restaurant was closed. Were so hungry that we ate the bread basket at the last bar on our stop around 2 a.m. So much for our dinner and being home early. LeeAnn was lucky enough to find a to go box filled with some body's leftovers which she ate every last bite of! This night was the most fun I had had in a long time.

I'm home today due to an ice storm hitting the St. Louis area. I love snow days!!!!! Hope everyone has a great week.
XO, Jess