a NEW taste Tuesday

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Happy Tuesday!

Well, I did it! I had a few free hours, so I made these scrumptious yummies!

I’ve been wanting to try this recipe ever since I saw it HERE. I won’t go into why I wanted to make these, because if you read the linked post I would say the exact same thing. Really…that blogger has the same memories of alligator jaws that my sisters and I have for them!

I’ll have to make them again because the pastry wasn’t as light and fluffy as I would’ve liked. My kitchen was on the chilly side…but Epicurious has a solution for me, so I’ll have to try their suggestion next time.

Have a great day!  Do or learn something NEW!

 

 

 

a NEW taste Tuesday

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Happy Tuesday!  Well, Saturday evening I clicked on over to Life In Between to get the coleslaw recipe I’d seen there recently, but couldn’t resist trying this raspberry tart recipe too.  It was SO easy and delicious…especially with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. Thank you Jodi for always providing such wonderful NEW recipes for us to drool over! I made the coleslaw too, but didn’t take any pics – it was a winner too!

Have a great day!  Try a NEW recipe…or two. 🙂

 

 

 

a NEW taste Tuesday

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Happy Tuesday! Well, I’ve got to confess that my entire system is in shock!  Hubby and I just spent ten days in Hawaii…temps in the upper 80’s and I haven’t had to prepare a single meal for over a week and a half.  BUT NOW…this is what we’ve returned to:

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…and tonight we are hosting a couple dozen college students (I’m cooking dinner :o).  I thought it best to choose a very simple meal – so Hawaiian Haystacks it is, along with this very simple ‘No-Bake Hawaiian Dream Dessert’ .  Little by little I’ll come out of my shock, but these things take time, ya know!?!.  Have a great day. Do or learn something NEW!

a NEW recipe…kiwi sorbet

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Happy Wednesday!   I made a NEW recipe this week…a very yummy kiwi sorbet and I also bought NEW tiny 2 1/2-inch dessert glasses to serve it in.  :o)

Although I like the looks of sliced kiwi to photograph, next time I make this, I think I’ll peel the kiwi  LIKE THIS video shows!  Mucho-Easier!!!

Have a great day!  Make or learn or do something NEW!

a NEW recipe…sopapilla cheesecake

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Happy Tuesday!  Well, I tried a NEW recipe this week.  It was SUPER easy and delish!!! {Thanks to my sister…who made it for my Mom…who told me about it!}  Just search in Pinterest for Sopapilla Cheesecake and lots of recipes pop up!  I had FUN with this photoshoot…because I finally used the vintage beaters I acquired some time ago (THIS POST featured my hunt for those :o)

Have a great day!  Do or learn something NEW!

a NEW recipe and a NEW use for an old kitchen tool

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I recently got this REALLY YUMMY recipe for Peanut Butter bars from a co-worker….and I’m not even that big of a fan of PB!  But, the recipe is quick, easy and delicious.  My kind of recipe!  The first time I made these, I was PLAIN-JANE and simply cut them in to squares; but this time, I used an old kitchen tool that rarely gets used and made them crinkle-cutted-ed-ed 🙂  I wanted to fancy them up a bit to take to a neighbor.  Whatdoyathink???  I know they’ll disappear soon!  They taste just like Reeses Peanut Butter cups.  If you like PB…try these! (or something else NEW)!

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a NEW…EASY cookie recipe

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I tried this NEW recipe recently.  And it’s a KEEPER!!!  I took a batch of these yummies to a social a few weeks ago.  My husband was chatting with some 12 year old boys that were visiting the dessert table (more than once)!  He asked them which cookie they liked best, and they loved these the best!  They did NOT know who brought them…so this was a blind study :o)  Lovely combination of flavors and easy, eaSY, EASY to put together!  Try them!

I found the recipe HERE.

NEW Valentine Cookie Frosting Recipe

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I’ve made some Valentine’s Day cookies for a few neighbors and I really like the NEW frosting recipe I used. (I should have taken the photo after I added the cute little chocolates to the plate, but oh well!)  I found the frosting recipe at Karen’s Cookies.  I used the buttercream one.  The flavor is yummy and it’s doesn’t dry as hard as royal icing.  I like it a  lot!  If I were shipping these, or wanted to make sure the frosting didn’t get ‘dinged’ while transporting them, maybe I’d stick with the royal icing.  But it was fun to try this NEW recipe!  Everyone have a LOVELY Valentine’s Day tomorrow!

a NEW method for whipping cream

You may already know this about me…but I LOVE efficiency! I have so many things I want to be doing and if I can do things quicker and more efficiently, it’ll totally make my day! A few weeks ago, my two youngest sons had their birthdays (same day…three years apart), so I was busy making a cake and an ice cream cake. The ice cream cake had whipped cream as ‘frosting’, and so I tried whipping the cream in my blender since I had just read this post on One Good Thing By Jillee blog. OH.MY.GOODNESS!!!!!….It was whipped within SECONDS! I’ll admit it wasn’t totally light and fluffy, but for the purpose of frosting an ice cream cake, it didn’t need to be. A few weeks later, I experimented, and timed myself as I whipped it my ‘old’ way, and the new way:

Old Way = 7 minutes, 11 seconds = light and fluffy, and my 1 cup of cream about doubled to 2 cups.  Tip:  Put a metal bowl and beaters in the refrigerator to chill before whipping your cream.  (They say it whips faster). The picture of this method is at the top of the post.

Quick Way – 18 seconds!!!! = not as fluffy, but it all tastes the same, right!?  Here’s a pic of the blender batch.  18 seconds!!!  I do have  a pretty powerful blender (Vita-Mix), so that probably helped.

If I need totally gorgeous, fluffy cream, I’ll take the time and beat the cream…but when it doesn’t matter….I’m totally going with my NEW method!  Have a great day y’all!  Try something NEW!