Sunday, October 21, 2007

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars

I subscribe to a couple recipe sites, and decided to finally try one of the recipes out. My family loved this dessert!

1/2 cup cold butter
1 pouch (1 lb. 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker oatmeal chocolate chip cookie
1 egg
2 packages (8 oz. each) cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla

Heat oven to 350°F. Spray bottom of 13x9-inch pan with cooking spray. In large bowl, cut butter into cookie mix using fork or pasty blender. Stir in 1 egg until mixture is crumbly. Gently spoon 3 cups crumb mixture into pan; press into bottom of pan. Bake 15 minutes.

In small bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar, 2 eggs and the vanilla with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Pour over cookie crust. Spoon remaining crumb mixture over cream cheese. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown and firm to the touch. Cool 30 minutes. Refrigerate at least 2 hours or until chilled. For bars, cut into 9 rows by 4 rows. Store covered in refrigerator.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Cake Mix Cookies

These are the easiest cookies in the world, and I think they're pretty yummy!

1 box cake mix (my favorite is Funfetti)
2 eggs
1/2 cup oil

Mix all ingredients, form into cookie balls (I use a cookie baller), put on cookie sheet, and bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes. Don't overcook!

Note: You can add chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, etc. to cookie dough before baking. Mint chips with chocolate cake mix is another of my favorites!

Monday, October 15, 2007

Fish Tacos

I think I could eat these fish tacos every night - they really are that good. And they're so easy to make! Don't let the name scare you away - my little sister doesn't even like fish, but she loves these fish tacos!

fish - I like talapia
carrots, chopped really small
zucchini, chopped small
red bell pepper, chopped really small
jalapeño, chopped really small
cayenne pepper
little tarragon
little seasoning salt
major greys chutney (optional)
tomatoes, cubed

Stir fry the carrots, zucchini, bell pepper, jalapeño, and garlic in a little bit of olive oil. Set aside. Cook fish in pan, breaking apart the fish as it cooks. When the fish is done, add the veggies back, and then season the whole mixture with the cinnamon, cayenne, tarragon, salt, pepper, and major greys chutney (all seasonings are to taste).

Place mixture in a small soft white corn tortilla. Top with cilantro and tomatoes. It's also really good with a simple sauce - sour cream and some hot sauce (I used Tapatio)....................

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Pumpkin Bars

These are yummy... and a perfect fall treat!

4 eggs
2 cups sugar
1 cup oil
2 cups pumpkin, cooked and mashed (I used canned)
2 cups flour
1 t salt
2 t baking soda
2 t cinnamon
1 8 oz. package cream cheese
4 T margarine
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 t vanilla

Combine eggs, sugar, and oil in a large mixing bowl. Beat well. Blend in pumpkin. Sift flour, salt, soda, and cinnamon. Add to pumpkin mixture. Pour into greased and floured 10x15 inch baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Cool. Combine cream cheese, margarine, powdered sugar, and vanilla, blending well. Spread over baked mixture. Cut into bars.

Happy Cooking!