Archive for February, 2016
2-Ingredient Soda Pop Cupcakes

Quick and Simple, did you know you can make cupcakes with just two simple ingredients...and one of them is soda pop!! Once baked, frost as desired and enjoy this yummy treat!

I am about to blow your mind with this super simple, super amazing baking trick. Did you know that to make cupcakes or bake a cake you only need a box cake mix and (get this) a bottle of soda? Amazing, right? And it’s that simple too. You simply pour a bottle of soda into a cake mix, blend as usual and bake! Frost to your delight and you are all set. Check it out.

Get Creative with Your Cuppies

Here are a few more specific tips and tricks to this baking hack:

          • use dark colored soda (like Cola or Root Beer) for chocolate cake mixes
          • use light colored soda (Like Lemon-Lime) for yellow cake mixes
          • use flavored sodas (like Orange, Pineapple or Red Cream Soda with white or flavored cake mixes

Really, the flavor combos here are endless! Play around with a few mixes, then come back here and tell us which ones you love best. We’d love to have you leave tips and tricks for other readers in the comments section!

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2-Ingredient Soda Pop Cupcakes!

2-Ingredient Soda Pop Cupcakes

Cupcakes have never been so quick, simple...or soda poppy! Try this fun baking hack today.

Ingredients

  • 1 box cake mix (vanilla or chocolate)
  • 1 (8 oz) bottle soda (lemon-lime, cola or flavored)

Instructions

1. Empty the contents of cake mix into a mixing bowl 2. Empty the contents of one bottle of soda into the dry mix 3. Mix well 4. Pour into cupcake tins or cake pan and bake according to the directions on the box.

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Corned Beef and Colcannon Casserole

 Celebrate St. Patty's Day with This Irish Inspired Comfort Food: Colcannon and Corned Beef Casserole

There’s an old Irish proverb that says “laughter is loudest where food is the best.” And we couldn’t agree more. Gather friends around a table, feed them good food and even the most dreary evening will turn into a deliciously enjoyable affair.

This time of year, dreary evenings seem to happen a lot. From late winter greys to springtime rain, the weather has us heading to the kitchen for comfort food (and a room full of friends), constantly. So we turned to classic Irish fare as inspiration for a hearty casserole that’s perfect for feeding a whole crowd of favorite people.

Colcannon and Corned Beef Casserole

To make this dish, we relied on two shortcuts–instant mashed potatoes and canned corned beef. If you prefer a more authentic flavor, feel free to make your favorite mashed potatoes from scratch. This dish is a great way to use leftover corned beef, as well, supposing you have some in your fridge after a St. Patty’s day feast. 

No matter how you prepare it, this dish delicious. Fresh chopped herbs season the mashed potatoes, transforming them into delicious colcannon. The corned beef is coated in a light gravy, which keeps the meat moist and tender. 

Working with canned corned beef can be a tricky process. The meat is soft and sticky, so using a Meat Chopper is almost a necessity when prepping the gravy. A soft spatula doesn’t quite break up the meat enough, but a meat chopper makes it easy to break the mixture up to cook it evenly.

Celebrate St. Patty's Day with This Irish Inspired Comfort Food: Colcannon and Corned Beef Casserole 

Once the dish is whipped up, a few pats of butter are added, creating a crispy browned layer once baked. 

Celebrate St. Patty's Day with This Irish Inspired Comfort Food: Colcannon and Corned Beef Casserole

Similar to Shepherd’s Pie, this dish makes a great make-ahead meal. Prep it in our versatile 3-Quart Ceramic Baking Dish–which can go right from your fridge to the oven, and looks great on your table, too! Then, call your friends and enjoy an evening of food and laughter.

After all, that’s the Irish way…and it’s a delicious way, indeed.

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Celebrate St. Patty's Day with This Irish Inspired Comfort Food: Colcannon and Corned Beef Casserole

Corned Beef and Colcannon Casserole

Preparation 15 Cook Time 30 Serves 9     adjust servings

Our version of Shepherd's Pie, inspired by all the best classic Irish comfort foods

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup sweet onion, finely chopped
  • 1 (12 oz) can corned beef
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup half and half (or heavy cream)
  • 4 cups mashed potatoes, prepared
  • 1/2 cup fresh chopped parsley, sage or dill
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add garlic and sweet onion, cook until aromatic, about 1-2 minutes. Add corned beef and cornstarch, mixing together with a meat chopper until the texture of ground beef. Turn heat to medium, add half-and-half and 1/2 teaspoon pepper to the pan. Cook just until mixture begins to thicken. Remove from heat and pour into a 9x9" pan or Good Cook 3-Quart Square Ceramic Baking Dish. Mix together mashed potatoes and parsley. Salt to taste. Spoon on top of corned beef mixture. Top with several pats of butter. Bake for 20-30 minutes, or until the mashed potatoes begin to brown lightly. Serve and enjoy!

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7 Recipes Every Great Baker Should Know

7 Recipes Every Great Baker Should Know

Stock your pantry and get your rolling pin ready! We’ve gathered up some of the best baking recipes around for you to try! Whether you bake every week or just on special occasions, these amazing recipes will satisfy any sweet tooth. From rich and gooey brownies to an elegant bundt cake, we’ve found 7 recipes every great baker should know. Try them all, share with friends, and we guarantee you’ll be asked to bring dessert to the next potluck!

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1. Orange Pecan Sticky Buns

Gooey and utterly delicious, these orange pecan mini sticky buns are a must bake. A pinch of orange zest and a dollop of honey make these little treats out of this world good! This sticky bun dough is easy to work with, it’s just a matter of rolling it up with all the goodies inside! Find this incredibly tasty recipe at GOODCOOK.

Get the perfect muffin pan for this recipe here.

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2. The Perfect Brownie Recipe

Look no further for the perfect brownie recipe. It’s hard to get brownies just right, but this recipe nails it.  If you like thick, chewy, bakery style brownies, you’re gonna love these chocolaty treats! Find this blissful recipe at BAKER BY NATURE.
Get the perfect brownie baking pan here.

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. Homemade Lattice Fruit Pie

Come to a potluck or picnic bearing a fruit pie and you’ll win everyone over! You may be intimidated by making your own crust, but it’s really easy, especially if you have a food processor.  This blueberry peach lattice top pie is oozing with juicy flavor, and a scoop of vanilla ice cream makes it divine! Learn how to make this totally irresistible pie at SALLY’S BAKING ADDICTION.

Get the perfect pie plate for this recipe here.

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4. Basic Lemon Bundt Cake

If you worry about cake sticking to the bundt pan, purchasing a non-stick bundt pan will do the trick for easing your cakes out without sticking. Serve this lemon bundt cake for tea time or whenever you need a sweet treat. It’s simple, elegant, and bursting with fresh citrus flavor. Find this lovely recipe at A PRETTY LIFE.

Get the perfect fluted cake pan for this recipe here.

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5. No-Fail Chocolate Souffle

If just the thought of baking a souffle makes you nervous, it’s time to calm down and try this recipe.  Don’t worry, this recipe includes step by step instructions, and you’ll love the end result.  Pillows of rich, gooey chocolate will coat your spoon and make you fall in love. Get this amazing chocolate souffle recipe at JUST ONE COOKBOOK.

Get souffle-ready ramekins here.

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6.The Best Carrot Cake Ever

It’s almost an art to keep a cake from caving in the center, but this recipe includes a tutorial to walk you through each step. This perfectly spiced, moist carrot cake is loaded with grated carrots and coated in a glorious cream cheese frosting. This recipe is a keeper! Learn how to make this delicious cake at GIMME SOME OVEN.

Get the perfect cake pans for this recipe here.

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7. Creamy NY Cheesecake

Thick, creamy cheesecake with a hint of almond flavor makes the perfect indulgent dessert. This recipe includes tips for a smooth, creamy cheesecake (hint: water baths are necessary). Cheesecake may seem intimidating, but this recipe is foolproof! Find out how to make this insanely good dessert at LIFE LOVE AND SUGAR.

Get the perfect Springform Pan for this recipe here.

What Would You Add to This List?

What other recipes are must-knows for great bakers? Leave us a comment below, we’d love to hear your take on this topic.

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4-Ingredient Chocolate Bar Danish

How to Make a Gooey Chocolate Danish with Just 2 Basic Ingredients. Video tutorial included! You need this crazy delish croissant hack in your life. 

Golden, flaky and amazingly delicious, this oozy chocolate Danish is just the perfect complement to any cup of coffee, it’s also super easy to make. You need just 4 simple ingredients and one sturdy baking sheet to get started. Prep it in 10 minutes, bake and you’ll be pulling apart a hot, flaky pastry in less time than it takes to hit the corner store bakery.

You can use either milk or dark chocolate for this recipe. We’ve tried both and recommend using dark chocolate. Milk chocolate ends up tasting tremendously sweet. But dark chocolate recreates that classic flavor of a Paris croissant.

Another trick to Danish success? Make sure you cook the puffed pastry until it is medium golden brown. Though the sheets will turn light golden, the pastry doesn’t puff into flaky layers until it’s had ample time to crisp. So, leave that pastry in the oven long enough to completely cook.

Ready to try it out? You can print the recipe below. But before that, why not watch this yummy wonder come together? We’ve cooked one up in our own kitchen, so you can see just how worthwhile it is to cook one up in yours!

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4-Ingredient Chocolate Bar Puffed Pastry

Chocolate Bar Danish

Preparation 10 Cook Time 20 Serves 4     adjust servings

2 basic ingredients plus an egg and sugar. That's all you need to make these insanely delicious slices of chocolate croissant.

Ingredients

  • 1 puff pastry sheet
  • 1 large (4.25 oz) chocolate bar, dark or milk
  • 1 egg
  • sugar for sprinkling.

Instructions

Thaw your puff pastry sheet according to directions on the label. Once thawed, lay flat on a cutting board. Lay your chocolate bar on top of the puff pastry sheet. Using a pizza cutter or pastry wheel, slice diagonally from the edge of the pastry sheet to the edge of the chocolate bar all the way down until you have made slits all along the edges of both sides. Fold the diagonal strips you have formed onto the chocolate bar overlapping and forming a braid appearance as best as possible. The main point is to make sure to cover any of the exposed chocolate. Trim any excess where needed and use to path any holes if necessary. In a separate bowl, whisk an egg to make an egg wash for the pastry. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper then lay your pastry on top. Brush the egg wash onto the pastry and then sprinkle with sugar. Bake 400 degrees F for 18-20 minutes or until golden. Allow to cool slightly, then cut and serve!

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Mini Jalapeño Popper Pretzel Pizzas

Mini Jalapeno Popper Pretzel Pizzas

Mini Jalapeño Popper Pretzel Pizzas feature–you got it–pretzel crust pizza, covered in all your favorite jalapeño popper flavors: bacon, pepper jack cheese, cheddar cheese, cream cheese, and a little poblano and red onion for extra color and flavor.

Mini Jalapeño Popper Pretzel Pizzas

Who doesn’t love pretzels, pizza, jalapeños and bacon? I definitely don’t know many people who wouldn’t say YES to all four of those things. Why not combine them into one delicious, fun pizza?

We love to make homemade pizza in our house and this was a super fun recipe to experiment with. Ispired by one of my all-time favorite Mac ‘n Cheese recipes – Jalapeño Bacon Mac n Cheese‘.

Mini Jalapeño Popper Pretzel Pizzas

I recently had a really good appetizer at a restaurant while out with a friend. It was pretzel bites with a jalapeño, bacon, cheesy dip…of course that got me thinking about those flavors again.

I’d never before tried to make a pretzel crust pizza at home before, but I thought if all those flavors tasted so good together in little bites, I bet they would be pretty amazing as individual mini pizzas.

The Preztel Pizza Hack

The trick to turning a regular pizza crust into a pretzel pizza crust is to quickly submerge the dough into a saute pan filled with boiling hot water and baking soda prior to baking it. Fishing the boiled crust out of the water can be a bit finicky, but an extra-strong 12-inch slotted spoon makes it easy to remove the rounds while also draining off excess liquid.

After you dip the crust in the water, you’ll let it soak for a few minutes, then brush it with and egg wash and sprinkle it with salt.

Those incredibly easy extra steps change your classic pizza crust into a pretzel pizza crust. I think it is easier to work with smaller dough portions, so I decided to make mini individual sized pizzas, which my kids loved.

For some reason, kids think that anything individual sized or mini is way better than a full sized counterpart.

Mini Jalapeño Popper Pretzel Pizzas

Top and Enjoy!

After prepping and partially baking the crust, I took them out of the oven and added a creamy, pepper jack cheese topping and sprinkled each with jalapeños, poblanos, red onion, bacon, and a tiny bit of cheddar cheese for extra color.

When topping pizza with crumbled bacon, my favorite way of cooking the bacon is to make these Perfect Homemade Bacon Bits.

You can top these Pretzel Pizzas with anything you like, the method for cooking the crust will be exactly the same. So, if you prefer pepperoni or mushrooms and olives, feel free to give those toppings a try as well.

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Mini Jalapeño Popper Pretzel Pizzas

Preparation 10 Cook Time 20 Serves 4     adjust servings

Turn storebought pizza dough into salty pretzel pizza in minutes with this simple hack.

Ingredients

  • 1 - 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 4 ounces shredded pepper jack cheese

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a Good Cook Pizza Pan with parchment paper; set aside.

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7 Delicious Things to Cook in February

7 Things You Totally Have to Cook in February

It’s been a long winter, and the February blues have set in. The best solution we can offer is a steaming hot, delicious dinner. Comfort food has the effect of wrapping you up in a cozy, snuggly blanket, but in this case we’re talking food. A tasty dinner is like a bright spot to look forward to at the end of a long day. Sit down, eat good food, feel better. That’s it! Take on February with an arsenal of amazing recipes. We’ve found 7 recipes that you must cook in February, and we guarantee each one will banish the February blues!

7 Things You Totally Have to Cook in February

1. Orange Glazed Chicken

Oven-Baked or grilled, this incredibly easy glazed chicken is what dinner is all about! It takes a piece of chicken from a boring lean meat to a juicy, flavorful main dish. The spicy fresh ginger paired with sweet sticky orange juice makes an ordinary chicken thigh taste (and look!) incredible. Find this zesty recipe at GOODCOOK.

7 Things You Totally Have to Cook in February

2. Queso Chicken Chili

Creamy and spicy, this Queso Chicken Chili is slow cooked with cream cheese, then piled with shredded cheddar just before serving. Rich and delicious, it’s a fantastic twist on a familiar favorite. Perfect for weeknight dinners, we also think this meal makes a perfect party food. Get instructions for this terrific dinner at GOODCOOK.

7 Things You Totally Have to Cook in February

3. Baked Chipotle Burritos

These chipotle chicken burritos are just as quick and easy as you’d expect a burrito to be, but when you crisp them up in the oven, they’re so much better than an ordinary burrito. Smothered in cheese and a tasty sauce, you’ll get a big thumbs up for this meal! Head to GOODCOOK for this south-of-the-border delight.

This month, you deserve to eat all 7 of these delicious recipes.

4. Tomato Basil Chicken Fettucine

This simple, delightful dinner comes together in a flash. The tomatoes and basil bring in fresh flavors, and the juices from the tomatoes paired with the melted butter make an amazing sauce for the fettuccine. If you’re short on time, repurpose leftover ingredients as needed – sub in leftover chicken from the night before or add leftover veggies from the fridge. Learn how to make this amazing pasta recipe at DAMN DELICIOUS.

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5. Zuppa Toscana Soup

This zuppa tuscana soup is comfort food at it’s best, and everyone will love this easy homemade version. In less than 30 minutes you’ll have a tasty meal on the table, and that’s the way a quick weeknight dinner should be! Find this incredible soup recipe at GIMME SOME OVEN.

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6. Italian Drunken Noodles

There’s everything to love about these saucy, Italian “drunken” noodles. This dish is loaded with spicy Italian sausage, tomatoes, caramelized onions, and red and yellow bell peppers. Let’s not forget that the fresh basil adds a lovely depth of taste that makes this dinner so special. Head to THE COZY APRON for this totally tasty recipe.

7 Things You Totally Have to Cook in February

7. Kouign Amann

Traditional Kouign Amann pastry takes hours to make, but this easy recipe takes just under 30 minutes! Brew up a cup of coffee or tea to have with this incredibly yummy, flaky pastry! Bake up this treat at GOODCOOK.

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5-Minute Cucumber Crunch Sushi

Fresh & Easy Appetizer: Cucumber Crunch Sushi Bites 

Discovering a whole new use for classic kitchen gadgets is one of our test kitchen’s favorite pastimes. From creative uses for measuring cups to making spiralized noodles without a spiralizer, we’re always on the lookout for ways to repurpose cooking accessories in creative, new ways.

So, when we realized our Good Cook Touch peeler isn’t just great for veggie peeling–but can actually be used to shortcut DIY sushi making, we hit the kitch and started cooking–err–peeling away.

In minutes, we had a plate full of deliciously simple Cucumber Crunch Sushi. Check out just how easy it is to hack homemade sushi with a peeler you probably already have in your pantry.

Make it a Menu

These superquick sushi rolls we made to pair with our Sweet Basil Chicken Lettuce Wraps and Firecracker Shrimp. They’d also make a great side with this Chicken Fried Ramen Skillet, one of our most popular recipes of all time!

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Cucumber Crunch Sushi

Preparation 15 Serves 6     adjust servings

Homemade sushi, made in minutes. If you're looking for ponzu sauce, it can be found in the Asian aisle of most grocery stores. Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 1 cucumber
  • 6 oz whipped cream cheese
  • 12 1"x1 1/2" pieces of imitation krabmeat
  • 1 jalapeno, cut into thin 1/2" long strips
  • 2 scallions, cut into 11/2" pieces
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • sriracha
  • ponzu sauce
  • SPECIAL EQUIPMENT: mini skewers

Instructions

With a vegetable peeler, peel the cucumber into long strips. (Once you hit the seeded center, flip the cucumber over and peel again. Discard the seeded center, or enjoy for another use.) With a clean paper towel, gently dry cucumber so the pieces are not slippery. Place cream cheese in a large pastry bag. Snip a 1/2" piece from the tip of the bag. Pipe a 1" line of cream cheese just to the left of center on one cucumber slice. Place a slice of krab, jalapeno and 2-3 scallion pieces on top of the cream cheese. Tightly roll cucumber slice around the cream cheese. Secure with a skewer. Repeat until all cucumber slices are rolled. Arrange on a serving platter. Drizzle with ponzu. Place a dot of Sriracha on top of each piece of sushi. Garnish with sesame seeds and extra chopped scallions, if desired.

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Sweet Basil Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Sweet Basil Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Wondering what’s for dinner tonight? Hosting a party and hunting for quick appetizers to put on the menu? This deliciously simple recipe is the answer to both conundrums. Coming in with just 8 fresh ingredients, made in 20 minutes or less, Sweet Basil Chicken Lettuce Wraps are about to become your new favorite.

Created to pair with our 2-Ingredient Firecracker Shrimp and Cucumber Sushi Rolls (check back tomorrow for the recipe!), this quick dish is ideal for Asian inspired menus. Instead of calling for take-out, you can make these lettuce wraps in under 20. Just brown 1 pound of chicken in large skillet (it goes even quicker with our High-Temp Meat Chopper), toss together a simple mango-avocado-basil salsa and drizzle on lime ponzu.

The final dish is a mouthful of flavor. Salty, sweet, savory, so good. This dish doesn’t have much to it, but everything in it makes for a perfect combo.

Sometimes the best recipes are the simplest. Wouldn’t you agree?

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Sweet Basil Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Sweet Basil Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Preparation 10 Cook Time 10 Serves 4     adjust servings

Chicken topped with mango, avocado and sweet basil salsa. Served in a lettuce wrap. This quick, simple recipe makes an ideal light dinner or appetizer. Look in the Asian section of the grocery store for ponzu sauce, it can almost always be found near the soy sauce.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoons sesame or olive oil
  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 head Bibb lettuce
  • 1 avocado, peeled and diced
  • 1 mango, peeled and diced
  • 1/3 cup loosely packed, fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 lime, freshly squeezed
  • 1/4 cup ponzu

Instructions

Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Brown chicken and garlic until cooked through. Toss together avocado, mango, basil and lime juice. Serve hot chicken in lettuce cups, top with basil salsa. Drizzle with ponzu and enjoy.

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Easy Pink Velvet Pancakes

All Natural, No Dye Pink Velvet Pancakes

What kid doesn’t love to wake up to pancakes for breakfast on a Saturday morning? Wow you kiddos with these fun, colorful Easy Pink Velvet Pancakes.

With a few extra minutes of effort and a little organization, you can mix up your typical Saturday morning pancake routine by making these Easy Pink Velvet Pancakes.

Beet puree is a really fun and totally all-natural way to add a pop of color to your baked goods recipes, like these Easy Pink Velvet Pancakes.

Easy Pink Velvet Pancakes

Beets are naturally very potent in color, making them a great alternative to food coloring. You only need a little bit to color the pancakes, so you don’t have to worry about these pancakes tasting like anything but pancakes. My kids had no idea that I added beets to the mix until I told them.

And because you’re using such a small amount, you don’t need to make any alterations to your recipe or pancake mix instructions. See how easy that is?

Easy Pink Velvet Pancakes

Make the beet puree ahead of time and store in small portions in the freezer. Just thaw the puree the night before. Since you’ll be using your favorite store bought pancake mix, or maybe you prefer to make your own homemade pancake mix, this will whip up in mere minutes.

If you want to make homemade pancakes, you can totally still add some beet puree to your favorite recipe, but I loved how simple using a quality multigrain pancake mix made this recipe.

Easy Pink Velvet Pancakes

I definitely recommend making a larger batch of pancakes and freezing them so you can reheat them later. If you’ve never frozen pancakes before, check out this quick tutorial to learn how to freeze and reheat pancakes.

Easy Pink Velvet Pancakes

My kids love when we make pancakes on a Saturday morning and make an extra large batch to stash in the freezer for them to reheat for breakfast during the week. I love it because it makes breakfast super easy on school mornings. Grab a griddle and get ready to cook. This recipe is one that’ll make the whole family smile.

What is your favorite easy breakfast treat?

Easy Pink Velvet Pancakes

Preparation 15 Cook Time 15

Beet puree is a really fun and totally all-natural way to add a pop of color to baked goods, like these Easy Pink Velvet Pancakes.

Ingredients

  • 3 medium beets – stems removed and peeled, about 6.5 ounces once prepared
  • 2/3 cup cold water

Instructions

Remove the stems and leaves from the beets and discard. Peel the beets and slice in half. Steam or boil the beets until tender. Remove the beets from the heat, add the beets to a blender with 2/3 cup of cold water. Puree until completely smooth. Set aside.

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Firecracker Shrimp

2-Ingredient Appetizer: How to Make Firecracker Shrimp

Everybody deserves to have a good, easy appetizer in their back pocket. And by “back pocket”, we mean mouth. And by appetizer, we mean this one.

Firecracker Shrimp. Inspired by a Thai restaurant favorite, we’ve recreated this recipe with just two easy little ingredients–shrimp and wontons. (You’ll also need some oil for frying.) Check out the recipe below to see how simple this delicious starter is to make. Then, grab your wok and get cooking. We’ve got a printable version of the recipe below, so you can have a whole batch of these yummy shrimp in your life, stat.

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Firecracker Shrimp

Preparation 10 Cook Time 10 Serves 8     adjust servings

Quick and simple, this easy app is perfect for everything from casual dinners to cocktail parties. For dipping, we recommend purchasing a prepared Sweet Chili Sauce, which can be readily found in the Asian section of most grocery stores.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb jumbo shrimp, raw and peeled
  • 8 wonton wrappers, sliced in half diagonally
  • 2 cups coconut, vegetable or canola oil (for frying
  • 3/4 cup prepared sweet chili sauce

Instructions

Cut a 3-4 small slits down the inside of the shrimp, gently press them flat with the blade of a knife. Roll each shrimp tightly in a wonton triangle. If needed, wet your fingers slightly with a small bit of water to secure the wrap at the end. Heat oil in a wok over medium. Fry shrimp until golden, about 1-2 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate with a Good Cook Asian Spider Strainer. Serve with chili dipping sauce. Enjoy!

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Apple Poppy Slaw

Easy Autumn Side Salad: Grape, Pomegranate and Poppy Seed Apple Slaw

Fresh fruit is always in season. But, we took particular inspiration from autumn when creating this easy Apple Slaw. Fresh apples, pomegranate seeds and grapes are tossed together in a creamy, sweet poppy seed dressing. Perfect as a side dish or toss in shredded rotisserie chicken and make it a meal. This fresh take is always delicious.

To make this slaw, we tried two different techniques. First, we shredded apples with the large grater attachment on our Mandoline Grater Set. With a handheld safety attachment, this made for quick and easy shredding, however, extra-crisp apples are highly reccomended for this method, since softer, riper apples don’t stand up well to the pressure of constant grating.

Next, we tried the Profreshionals Julienne Peeler, which made gorgeous, long shreds. But working with a small, slippery apple did mean being extra-careful to not knick fingers at the edges of the fruit. 

The ultimate result? If you need to work quickly, use a mandoline grater. If texture is more important to you, try a julienne peeler. Though both options make a scrumptious slaw, there are different advantages to both prep options.

We also tried both techniques with a firm pear, as well (such a great way to use those underripe green ones!). The julienne peeler worked beautifully, creating soft uniform shreds, which we tossed right into the salad. If it’s autumn time, try adding a few pears to the recipe below. You’ll be glad you did!

Autumn Side Salad: Apple Pomegranate Slaw

 

Apple, Pomegranate, Grape & Poppy Seed Slaw

Preparation 15 Serves 4     adjust servings

Remember to use firm apples for this recipe! Soft, overripe apples simply don't shred the same.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice or apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pomegranate
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • FOR THE SALAD
  • 2 green apples, shredded
  • 2 red apples, shredded
  • 1/2 cup red grapes
  • 1/2 cup purple grapes
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate arils

Instructions

Whisk together all ingredients for the dressing. Set aside. In a large bowl, gently toss all salad ingredients together. Drizzle with dressing, tossing carefully until coated. Serve immediately and enjoy!

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5-Ingredient Bacon Cheddar Jalapeño Poppers

5-Ingredient Jalapeno Poppers

Jalapeño Poppers are a classic appetizer that everyone loves! Great for game day parties and casual get togethers, these spicy bites make any menu better. Especially this version.

Made with just five simple ingredients, this recipe once stopped a foodie friend in his tracks at a party. “I must have this recipe. It is literally the best popper I have ever eaten.” He was shocked to discover just how basic the recipe was!

We think you’ll be shocked, too. At just how quick, easy and insanely delicious this recipe is. Truly, the best jalapeño poppers ever.

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5-Ingredient Bacon Jalapeno Poppers

Preparation 10 Cook Time 20 Serves 12     adjust servings

The most simple and delicious Jalapeno Poppers you've ever eaten!

Ingredients

  • 1 (3 oz) package bacon bits
  • 1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion salt
  • 12 fresh jalapeños, halved and seeded
  • chopped cilantro for garnish (optional)

Instructions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a medium mixing bowl, stir together bacon bits, cream cheese, 1 c of cheese and onion salt. Fill jalapeño halves with cream cheese mixture. Transfer stuffed peppers into a nonstick baking pan. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until cheese is bubbly and peppers are soft and tender. Remove and cool slightly before serving. Garnish with fresh chopped cilantro, if desired.

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Donut Ice Cream Burgers

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You don’t have to heat your kitchen up to enjoy a delicious summer dessert! With this fun idea for Ice Cream Donut Burgers, you can prep a batch of cool treats in no time at all. No baking required.

Great for summertime soirees, grill parties and potlucks, these ice scream sandwiches are so fun to make and share.

No-Bake Donut Ice Cream "Burger" Sandwiches

Host a Burger Bar

Looking for a fun way to finish off your next grill party? Serve a “burger bar” for dessert! Set out a cooler full of ice cream flavors (don’t forget a few ice cream scoops!). Add a platter of pre-sliced cake donuts and a variety of sprinkles (ainbow and chocolate jimmies, rainbow chips, toffee bits, bacon bites, crushed candy bars and Oreos all make great options). Then, invite guests to build their own burgers for dessert. They’ll have a blast!

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Or Make & Freeze

Prefer to pre-make a batch of burgers, instead? That works, too! Simply slice cake donuts in half, fill with scoops of ice cream, roll in sprinkles and freeze until firm. Frost with our creamy ganache and freeze again until ready to serve.

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No-Bake Donut Ice Cream "Burger" Sandwiches

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Donut Ice Cream Burgers

Preparation 30 Serves 4     adjust servings

Ice cream sandwiches with a twist. Cake donuts make these no-bake treats extra sweet.

Ingredients

  • 4 cake donuts (or 8 mini donuts), chocolate or vanilla
  • 1 pint vanilla ice cream, slightly softened
  • 3/4 cup sprinkles
  • 1/2 cup milk or semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3 tablespoons butter

Instructions

Slice donuts through the center with a sharp knife. Top one half of donut with a large scoop of ice cream. Press the second donut half on top. Roll the edges of the donut in sprinkles. Place in freezer for 1-2 hours. In a medium microwave-safe mixing bowl, heat chocolate chips and butter together for 60-90 seconds, or until melted. Stir together until smooth. Spread on top of donuts. Return donuts to the freezer for 1 hour more. Serve and enjoy, or wrap donuts in plastic wrap or parchment and enjoy within 1 week.

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No Bake Summertime Treat! These Donut Ice Cream Burgers are so cute...especially when served "Burger Bar" style!

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Simple Spicy Wontons

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Make your own Chinese New Year inspired wontons with this surprisingly simple recipe. Full of flavor and just a little heat, these wontons are surprisingly easy to make.

Though you can fry wontons in a pot or saucepan, the flared bottom and high wall construction of our sturdy carbon steel 12″ Wok makes it easy to evenly fry homemade wontons without spattering. Instead of fishing your wontons out of hot oil with metal tongs or (gasp!) a tiny fork, use a large wok strainer, which is designed to both lift and drain hot dumplings. Y

If you like dipping your wontons, look for prepared gyoza sauce in the Asian section of most grocery stores. Or add a little extra heat by mixing mayo, lime juice and Sriracha together for a quick, creamy dip.

Make it a Menu

Want to make your own take-out tonight? Here are a few favorite recipes that pair perfectly with these wontons:

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Simple Spicy Wontons

Preparation 20 Cook Time 15 Serves 8     adjust servings

Homemade wontons, stuffed with spicy chicken, mushrooms and a kiss of Sriracha.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sliced mushrooms
  • 1 tablespoon sesame or coconut oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 pound spicy Italian ground chicken sausage, uncooked
  • 2 tablespoons sriracha sauce
  • 1 ½ cups coconut oil (for frying)
  • 16 wonton wrappers
  • 2 tablespoons diced scallions
  • ¼ cup cilantro, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup gyoza sauce

Instructions

Place mushrooms in a food processor and pulse until very finely chopped. Heat mushrooms and sesame oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook just until softened, about 4-6 minutes. Transfer cooked mushroom mixture to a large bowl. Add egg, ground chicken sausage, and sriracha to the bowl, and mix with mushroom mixture until well combined. Heat coconut oil in a small pot over medium heat. While the coconut oil heats, begin preparing the wontons. To make the wontons, spoon ½ tablespoon of mushroom-sausage mixture into the center of 16 wonton wrappers. Moisten the tip of your finger with a little water and run it along all four edges of a wonton wrapper. Gather each of the four corners of the wonton together above the filling, then press the edges to secure them together. Repeat until all wontons have been wrapped. Test fry one wonton at first to ensure the filling is fully cooked. If not, turn down the stove heat slightly to allow the wontons to cook a little longer. Fry 3-4 wontons at a time in the hot oil until golden brown. Continue until all wontons are cooked. Garnish with scallions and cilantro. Serve with gyoza sauce, if desired.

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Sweetheart Chocolate Cake

3D Chocolate Heart Cake

You don’t have to be a pro cake maker to create a bakery-style cake for your sweetheart. You won’t have to spend all day it the kitchen or fuss with layers and layers of crumbly cake, either. The Sweet Creations Valentines Day 3D Heart Shaped Cake Pan makes it easy to create a masterpiece in minutes. 

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A heavy duty pan, coated in easy-release nonstick, this adorable cake mold bakes a heart-shaped cake, complete with ready-to-decorate designs. We recommend using the recipe below, then making a double batch of Our Favorite Buttercream, tinting portions into pretty colors and piping on fun designs with the Sweet Creations 11-piece Decorating Kit.

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Sweetheart Chocolate Cake

Preparation 15 Cook Time 50 Serves 8     adjust servings

This delicious cake is made even more adorable when baked in a Sweet Creations Heart Shaped Cake Pan. The batter can also be cooked in to 9" cake pans (baking time for 9" cake pans will be 22-25 minutes). If you don't have buttermilk, feel free to add 1/2 cup of sour cream and 1 cup of milk to your cake mix.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks), cut into pieces, plus more for the pans
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
  • 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray a Sweet Creations Heart Shaped Cake Pan with nonstick baking spray. Set aside. In a large bowl or stand mixer, beat together the butter, eggs, sugar, and brown sugar until very smooth and creamy. Add flour, melted unsweetened chocolate, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Beat until well mixed. Add buttermilk and vanilla and beat just until mixed and creamy. Pour cake mix into prepared pan. Bake for 40-50 minutes, or until the center of the cake springs back when touched lightly. Remove and cool completely before frosting with your favorite buttercream frosting.

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French Bread Lasagna Bake

French Bread Lasagna--No Noodles Required!! Make your next batch of lasagna with French bread slices, instead of pasta noodles. The results are amazing!  

Recreate a comforting classic by serving this French Bread Lasagna for dinner. The swap of traditional lasagna noodles for day old french bread is a great way to use a leftover loaf yet create a dish as satisfying as the original.

This delicious recipe swaps in super-cheap stale sourdough for pasta noodles, switches ricotta for inexpensive small-curd cottage cheese and makes the most delicious homemade lasagna you’ve ever eaten. Day-old loaves of sourdough bread can be purchased from bakeries for less than 50-cents. And though it may seem odd, stale bread really does work best for this recipe. The dry slices soak up the sauce beautifully, so hit those budget bakery bins and stock up.

  • Quick Tip: Whenever I see day-old bread at the store, I like to purchase several loaves at once, tossing them in the freezer for safe-keeping until I’m ready to make this dish. It’s proven to be a conveniently simple (and affordable) way to always have ingredients on hand for this delicious meal.

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To really upgrade the flavor game here, this Authentic Marinara Sauce is absolutely incredible. Don’t have time to make it from scratch? No worries! Bottled marinara or spaghetti sauce works just fine, as well.

Let’s get cookin’! Grab your favorite casserole dish and layer this one together tonight. It’s one dinner recipe that’ll have your whole family running to the table for.

French Bread Lasagna--No Noodles Required!!

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French Bread Lasagna

Preparation 20 Cook Time 40 Serves 12     adjust servings

Make a delicious lasagna bake--without the noodles! This recipe swaps in slices of French Bread, instead. The result is a warm and hearty meal that everyone will beg for!

Ingredients

  • 1 large loaf sourdough French bread, cut into ½” slices
  • 3 cups Marinara Sauce
  • 1 pound hot Italian sausage, crumbled and cooked
  • 2 cups small-curd cottage cheese
  • 2 cups Italian blend shredded cheese
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons grated parmesan
  • ½ teaspoon garlic salt
  • ¼ cup fresh basil or parsley, finely chopped

Instructions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place a layer of sourdough bread slices across the bottom of a 9x13” lasagna pan. Stir marinara and sausage crumbles together, then place them on top of the bread. Spread cottage cheese over the meat sauce. Sprinkle 1 ¾ cups of Italian cheese over the cottage cheese. Lay sourdough bread slices across the top of the cheese layer. Use a basting brush to spread butter on top of each slice. Sprinkle with parmesan and garlic salt. Bake, uncovered, in oven for 30-40 minutes, or just until the bread is golden brown and the layer of cheese beneath it is bubbly. Remove and cool for 15 minutes before slicing and serving

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