Sunday, September 27, 2009

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Zucchini Cupcakes

My friend gave me this recipe and it is extremely moist and delish! Not to mention (a little) healthy.

1½ cups sugar
2 eggs
¾ cup oil
2 cups grated zucchini (packed)
4 TB cocoa (heaping)
1 tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
½ cup buttermilk
2½ cups flour
chocolate chips

Mix sugar, eggs, oil, zucchini, and cocoa. Add soda and salt. Then add flour alternating with buttermilk. Pour into lined muffin tins (about half full) then sprinkle desired amount of chocolate chips on top of each cupcake. Bake at 325ยบ for 12 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out clean.


Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Carrie's Cheesecake

Ryan's cousin is a pastry chef and fed us this delectable dessert last weekend. I consider myself a cheesecake connoisseur, and this is the BEST New York cheesecake I've ever put in my mouth.

5 tablespoons butter, melted
⅓ cup sugar
1½ cups crushed graham crackers

2¼ packages cream cheese, room temperature
1¼ cup sugar
2¾ teaspoons lemon juice
2¾ teaspoons vanilla extract
4 eggs

Mix crust ingredients and press into springform pan. Add filling ingredients to the mixing bowl in order, scraping down the bowl after each addition, making sure it is smooth. If you mix for too long after the eggs it will become aerated. You don't want that. Pour the filling on top of the crust. Bake in a preheated 300 deg oven for 1½ to 2¼ Hours! Patience is a virtue here. I like to put them on a sheet pan and rotate them in the oven once or twice through. I pull mine out when a thermostat reads 150-155 deg F.

- Jensa

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Kettle Corn

So easy- so good!

1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup popcorn kernels

1. Heat oil in a pot. I put in 3 kernels and when they pop you know the oil is hot and ready.
2. Pour in the sugar and give it a little stir. Then dump in the popcorn and cover with a lid.
3. Alternate shaking every 3 seconds and letting it sit on the stove 3 seconds.
4. When popping has stopped, lift the lid, shake a little salt on and then recover and shake again.
5. Pour in a bowl and enjoy!

It's like being at the county fair but without all the mullets.