Monday, August 30, 2010

Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

2-1/4 cups flour
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup butter
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 cup sour cream
1 egg -beaten-
1-1/2 tsp. almond extract


1 pkg cream cheese
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 cup raspberry jam
1/2 cup slivered almonds

In a large mixing bowl, combine flour and sugar. Cut in butter until mixture is crumbly. Remove 1 cup and set aside.
To remaining crumbs, add baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add the sour cream, egg, and almond extract, white chocolate chips; mix well.

Spread in the bottom and 2 in'. up the side of a greased 9-in' springform pan.

For the filling , in a small bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar, and egg until blended. Pour over batter; spoon raspberry jam on top. Sprinkle with almonds and reserved crumbs.

Bake at 350 degree for 55-60 minutes. Let stand for 15 minutes. Carefully run a knife around the edge of pan to loosen; remove sides from pan.

*Change the flavor by changing jams!
*The crust is really dry in order to change that we've updated the recipe by adding white chocolate chips to the crust. VERY DELICIOUS!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Watermelon Salsa

Like any awesome salsa there is not a recipe for this other than:

Red Onion
Fresh Lime juice if wanted

Dice up your watermelon into small cubes. Mince your jalapeno (how ever many you want depending on your heat level) Mince your cilantro and Onion and toss all together.

The recipe doesn't call for Fresh Lime Juice and it actually doesn't need it since it isn't a citrus salsa but I'm a fresh lime juice addict and put it in everything. I just put a tiny bit so you couldn't even tell, I love that fresh liveliness it gives to it.
I used a chunk of watermelon you buy at the store next to all the cut up packaged fruit salad mixes. I didn't need a whole lot for just a few of us. It was the same price as an entire watermelon which sucks, but better that then have an entire watermelon go bad. I used one Jalapeno; half an onion and a couple tears of cilantro and just put them into my food processor buzzed it a few times until it was all very small. I don't like biting down on a big piece of onion or a jalapeno. Plus in this case the watermelon is the star and it shouldn't be hidden.

Eat this over anything meat, veggies whatever. I made Raspberry Chipotle chicken with this on top. TO DIE FOR!!
Travis and Dillion ate it with Hint of Lime Chips after dinner was done.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Chicken Wings

Fry oil
24 chicken wings
4 eggs
1/4 cup heavy cream or milk
2 Tbs cayenne pepper
salt & pepper
2 cups flour
1 cup cornstarch

In a large pot, heat oil to 375 degree.
In a large bowl, whisk together, eggs, & cream.
In a different large bowl, add cayenne, salt & pepper, flour, and cornstarch.
Dip chicken wings in egg mixture and then flour mixture. Coat well and then Repeat egg and flour.
Fry for until chicken reaches 165 degree. Takes 13 minutes.
Coat in your favorite sauce.

Chef notes: I left out the cayenne. Thought it a little too much for my mild pallet. I placed paper towels down on a cookie sheet that had a wire rack above it. I let the wings drip dry a bit before I coated them in sauce.

Erock: thought you could work your awesome chicken wing magic and try this out and tell me your changes to make this even more awesome!!

Winger's Sauce

2 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
3 Tbs corn syrup
1/3 cup Franks Red Hot Pepper Sauce (has to be Franks)
1 Tbs apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup hot water

Boil all ingredients.

chef tips: when I made this, I boiled it way to long and it turned to a rock. Just boil until the sugar is dissolved and also; it seemed a little too sweet so you might want to start small and work your way to bigger.


1/2 cup Brown Sugar
2 teaspoon corn syrup
1 heaping Tablespoon Franks Hot Sauce
1/2-1 teaspoon apple cider
2 Tablespoons Hot Water -- I just added a small splash.

Add all ingredients in to a sauce pan. Stir. When it boils. It's done.

This is only enough for just a few people. I'll continue to work on the regular recipe and update again when done.