Friday, November 25, 2011

Paula Deen's Macho Nachos!

These "Macho Nachos" from Paula Dean are amazing and have become my new Thanksgiving tradition when I am not with my family for the holidays! Also the PERFECT recipe for Cinco De Mayo!!!


Ingredients

  • 1 can re-fried beans
  • 1 large bag Tostitos (or your choice of white corn chips)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 cup shredded pepper jack
  • 1 jalapeno sliced, remove seeds  
  • 1 can chili/favorite chili recipe 
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup green onion, chopped
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • Cilantro, remove stems
  • Avocado (lemon juice, salt, pepper)

Directions

Have all ingredients prepped and ready. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  In a small saucepan over low heat, cook re-fried beans until they are smooth enough to spoon onto nachos (heat up chili as well).  On a large baking sheet or oven proof platter, spread out a layer of tortilla chips and quickly put a teaspoon of re-fried beans on each chip.  Working quickly, sprinkle with onions, pepper jack cheese and jalapeno slices.  Spoon on chili and top off with cheddar cheese. Repeat layering until you have used all of the ingredients.





Place platter in the oven and bake until cheese has melted, about 5 to 10 minutes. Remove from oven.

Mash avocado and mix with a dash of salt, pepper, and a Tbsp. of lemon juice. 
Top nachos with sour cream, green onions, diced tomato, cilantro, mashed avocado, jalapeno slices and serve hot. 

All photos taken by Baking with Melissa

These were SO SO GOOD!!! I love Paula Deen!

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Thursday, November 24, 2011

CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER BARS


My friend Abby shared this recipe with me! 

Think Reese's Peanut Butter Cups only 100 times better!





Ingredients

Ingredients: 

  • 2 sticks butter
  • 1 lb box powdered sugar or 4 cups
  • 9 crushed graham crackers (I used 1/2 sleeve of Ritz Crackers)
  • 1 12oz jar crunchy peanut butter (I used creamy) or 1 1/2 cups
  • 12oz chocolate chips (I used dark chocolate chips)

Combine butter (melted), powdered sugar, graham crackers, and peanut butter. 

Spread in a 9x13 dish or use a cookie sheet for thinner bars
Line dish with wax paper or parchment paper (or you can butter your pan)


Melt chocolate chips and spread on top. Add M&M's if you are adding candies to the top for decoration. Chill for about 10 minutes and then cut into bars before the chocolate hardens (to prevent the cracking you see above). Let them firm up before serving them! It usually takes about thirty minutes in the refrigerator




Add M&M's to add a seasonal flair!


Be sure to cut these bars about 10 mins. after you put them in the refrigerator to prevent the cracking like you see in the photo here.

WARNING THESE ARE SO GOOD YOU WILL NOT WANT TO STOP EATING 
 THEM!!!!!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

WHAT'S FOR DINNER TONIGHT?



SOUTHWEST STYLE BLACK BEAN AND CORN TOPPED POTATOES 


 Ingredients

  • 4 baking potatoes
  • Cooking spray or Oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion 
  • 1/2 green bell pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen whole-kernel corn
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh salsa
  • 1/4 cup (1 ounce) reduced-fat or regular shredded cheddar-Jack cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro


Pierce potatoes with a fork; arrange in a circle on paper towels in microwave oven. Microwave at HIGH 10 minutes, turning and rearranging potatoes after 5 minutes. OR bake in the oven.


While potatoes are cooking, heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray or oil.
Add onion, garlic, chili powder, cumin

and bell pepper and saute for 3 minutes

Reduce heat to low and add beans, corn and salsa

Cook for 4 minutes (Oops! I forgot to add the Salsa.)

                    
Split potatoes lengthwise and fluff with a fork.


Spoon about 1/2 cup bean mixture over each potato. Top each serving evenly with cheese and cilantro.

YUM!


I found this recipe HERE

Sunday, November 20, 2011

OREO STUFFED BROWNIES!!

 





















OREO STUFFED BROWNIES

 WATCH MY COOKING SHOW HERE!!!

Brownies AND Oreo's all in the same bite!?
Ummm.....Yes, Please!

1) Prepare Brownie Mix (follow instructions on the box OR make your favorite recipe).

2) Dip your choice of Oreo Cookies into the brownie batter (be sure to cover both sides).  Note: I used Triple Double Stuffed Oreo's AND Trader Joe's Candy Cane Joe Joe's.  
                                                                                                                                 
3) Place batter covered cookie into a muffin tin that has been generously sprayed with cooking spray or use cup cake liners.

4) Bake at 325 for 12-16 minutes (or follow directions for your brownies).

5) After they have cooled remove brownies from the muffin tin using a knife around the edges.

6) Slowly melt white chocolate in microwave 

7) Drizzle white chocolate on brownies or dust with powdered sugar.

These brownies are SO good and easy to make!
Tip for the day after... microwave them for about 15 seconds...you will fall in LOVE!



You may also like my Double Cookies and Cream Bars

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

ROCKY ROAD CANDY


  My Grandma's Rocky Road Candy


The holidays always have me daydreaming about spending time in the kitchen with my Grandmother! Everything she made tasted like a little piece of heaven. Today, I want to share my favorite no bake recipe that my Grandmother always had at her house during the holidays.

                  A Sinfully Sweet Chocolate Treat!   



THE INGREDIENTS :

1- 12oz Pkg of Semi-Sweet Choc. Morsels
1-14 oz can Sweetened Condensed Milk
2- Tbsp of Butter
2- Cups of Salted Spanish Peanuts
1- 10 1/2 Pkg of Mini Marshmallow

  • On top of double boiler, over boiling water, melt chocolate, condensed milk and butter. 
  • Remove From Heat   
  • In a large bowl, combine nuts and marshmallows;  Fold in chocolate mixture  
  • Spread in a buttered 9X13 pan. 
  • Chill for 2 hours or until firm- cut into squares and store at room temperature. 
Note: You can also place liners in a muffin pan and make rocky road cupcakes!

Rocky Road!!
Photos taken By Baking with Melissa

                                  
So easy to make! And a perfect treat for the holidays!

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Here is another recipe you may like:
  
My famous Mississippi Mud Cake!








Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The Next Two Cooking Shows/Blogs will be


MY GRANDMA'S ROCKY ROAD CANDY

AND

GOODY BROWNIE BARS

(photo will be added soon)

RECIPE AND COOKING SHOWS WILL BE POSTED SOON!!!
IN THE MEANTIME...WATCH THIS WEEKS SHOW HERE!!!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

CAKE MIX COOKIES!!!

These cookies taste great and take very little time and ingredients!

     
Photo taken by Baking with Melissa
      Ingredients
  • 1 box cake mix (Any Flavor)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 cup of Mix-ins like Peanut Butter Chips, Chocolate Chips, Butterscotch Chips, M&M's, Nuts, etc.
      Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Spray cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray (or use parchment paper)
  3. Mix together cake mix, eggs and oil
  4. Stir in additional mix-ins, if desired
  5. Scoop with a teaspoon
  6.  Bake for 10-12 minutes
 
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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Baking with Melissa

Chocolate Cupcakes with Mini Reese's

Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies
Chocolate Cupcakes w/ full size Cadbury Eggs baked inside



My Moma's Famous Chocolate Cake recipe and her Butter cream Frosting

Candy Sushi (made with Flattened Krispy Treats, Twizzlers, Gummy Worms and Fruit Roll ups)




More Candy Sushi (made with Twinkies, Swedish Fish and Fruit Roll ups)

More Candy Sushi


I will be sharing more of my baking on my youtube channel and posting the recipes here! I will be shooting another show tomorrow and will post the video by the end of the week. Tomorrows recipe will be a SUPER easy and inexpensive way to make amazing looking cookies!  
Perfect for your next social event!!!
Stay Tuned for more fun!