Sunday, March 29, 2015

Carol's Cookies from The Walking Dead

Make Carol's Cookies from The Walking Dead.
These chewy, chocolate cookies are to die for!!


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Carol's Cookies
*makes 2 dozen

Ingredients:

1/2 cup applesauce
1/2 cup all-vegetable shortening
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 of a 3.5 oz chocolate bar


Directions:

In a large bowl, add: applesauce, shortening, brown sugar and granulated sugar. Mix with an electric mixer until you have a grainy paste. Add: baking powder, baking soda, salt and vanilla. Now add 1 cup of the flour. Mix well until creamy. Add in second cup of flour. Mix again until you have a semi-thick dough. Let sit for 3-5 minutes.

Place half the chocolate bar into a small, microwave-safe bowl. Heat for 1-2 minutes until melted, stirring well after each minute. Now, pour the melted chocolate into the bowl of cookie dough. Mix until well incorporated. The cookie dough should now look like chocolate ice cream. (Carol's recipe does not include luxury items like: chocolate chips or nuts but since we're not in a Zombie Apocolypse, you're welcome to add them.)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F).

Using a cookie dough scoop or spoon, place 1 1/2" balls of dough onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Only place 8 balls per sheet to allow room for expanding. Set in oven and bake at 350 degrees for 11-13 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool completely. Serve with a tall glass of milk!








Truvy's "Cuppa, Cuppa, Cuppa" Cake from Steel Magnolias

You only need 3 ingredients to make the "Cuppa, Cuppa, Cuppa" Cake recipe 
that Truvy gives to Miss Clairee in the movie: Steel Magnolias. 
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Truvy's "Cuppa, Cuppa, Cuppa" Cake
*makes 1- 9x7" or 8x8" inch cake

Ingredients:

1 cup Bisquick or other biscuit mix
1 cup sugar
1 (15-16 oz) can fruit cocktail, with syrup



Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F).

In a large bowl, mix the Bisquick/biscuit mix and sugar. Now pour in the syrup from the can of fruit cocktail (but hold back the actual fruit). Mix well with a large spoon or spatula until you have a thick batter.

Spray a 9x7" or 8x8" pan with non-stick cooking spray. Spread batter evenly into pan. Now spoon the fruit pieces onto the surface of the batter. If you like, you can also sprinkle with nuts or coconut flakes. 

Place in preheated oven and bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes until "golden brown and bubbly". Remove from oven and let cool before cutting. Serve with ice cream!


Clemenza's Spaghetti Sauce from The Godfather


Peter Clemenza teaches Michael Corleone to make this thick and hearty sauce in 
"The Godfather" film and now you can make it at home with this easy recipe because
"...You never know, you might have to cook for twenty guys someday..."

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Clemenza's Spaghetti Sauce

Ingredients:

16-20 (1") meatballs, cooked
4-5 Italian sausages, with casings
2 tablespoons olive oil
6 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 (28 oz) cans crushed tomatoes
2 (6 oz) cans tomato paste
a splash of red wine
1/4 cup sugar
salt & pepper




Directions:

Prepare and cook meatballs. (Try our recipe for Tony's Town Square Italian Meatballs from Lady & the Tramp.) Set aside.

Place sausage links in a frying pan and add just enough water to cover them. Let cook for 15-20 minutes until water is evaporated. Now turn them over and let them brown on each side for an additional 5-6 minutes. Set aside to cool. Once cool, cut into 1/2" slices with a sharp knife. Set aside.

In a large pot or Dutch oven, fry chopped garlic in the olive oil. Add the crushed tomatoes and tomato paste. Stir and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low. Add wine and sugar. Stir well. Add in cooked meatballs and sausage. Place lid on pot and simmer on low for 1 hour. 

Remove from heat. Salt & pepper to taste. Ladle over cooked pasta and top with Parmesan cheese. Ba-da-bing, ba-da-boom, you're done!


Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Bluth's Frozen Banana (Arrested Development)

Make "The Original" Frozen Banana just like the one sold
at Bluth's Banana Stand on the hit TV show: Arrested Development.
And remember, "There's always money in the banana stand!"


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"The Original" Frozen Banana
*makes 6


Ingredients:

6 small (5-6") ripe bananas, peeled
2 cups chocolate chips/morsels
2 cups chopped nuts
6 popsicle sticks or (6") lollipop sticks



Directions:

Insert popsicle or lollipop sticks through the bottom of each banana until about halfway up. Place on wax paper-lined plate or baking sheet. Set in freezer for 2 hours until firm.

Pour chocolate chips into a microwave-safe bowl and heat for 1-2 minutes, stirring well after each minute until completely melted. 

Pour nuts onto a wax paper-lined plate.

Remove bananas from freezer (they should be frozen solid by now). Dip a banana into the melted chocolate and spread with a spoon until completely coated. Now, immediately roll it in the nuts to coat. The coldness of the banana will cause the chocolate to harden quickly so this must be done as fast as possible. When the banana has been coated in chocolate and nuts, place back on the wax paper to set.

Repeat these steps for the remaining bananas.* That's it!! You're done!! Enjoy!

*Store your chocolate-dipped bananas in the freezer until ready to eat.