Double Chocolate Cake With Buttercream Frosting - YUMMY!!

August 2013

Easy

Are you drooling yet? How many slices do you want?

Here is what you will need:

2 cups sugar
1¾ cups flour
¾ cup cocoa
1½ tsp baking powder
1½ tsp baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup buttermilk
½ cup butter, melted
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1 cup hot coffee (or 1 cup boiling water)
Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
2 sticks (1 cup) butter, room temperature
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (more to your tastes)
½ cup milk
2-3 cups of powdered sugar (more or less to achieve desired consistency)

 

INSTRUCTIONS
Double Chocolate Cake
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease three round baking pans and set aside. In a large bowl, stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add eggs, buttermilk, melted butter and vanilla extract; beat 2 minutes on medium speed. Stir in hot coffee.
  2. Pour batter evenly between the three pans and bake on middle rack of oven for 30 to 35 minutes, until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely on wire racks before frosting.
Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
  1. Whip the room-temperature butter on medium speed. Shift to low and add cocoa powder slowly, spoonfuls at a time, until fully incorporated. Still on low, add in the powdered sugar (also one spoonful at a time), alternating with the milk, to achieve desired consistency and taste. Then, beat on medium speed until very light and fluffy, another 3-5 minutes. Add in more sugar if consistency is too thin.

Pinch Of Yum

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Mamas Monday Meals: Sticky Apple and Balsamic Pork Chops! So YUMMY! #HeinzVinegar

August 2013

Easy

“I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Heinz Vinegar. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and as a thank you for participating.”

By now we probably all know all the amazing household uses for vinegar:

:: A solution of vinegar and baking soda will easily remove cooking oil from your stovetop.
:: Clean the filter on your humidifier by removing it and soaking it in a pan of white vinegar until all the sediment is off.
:: Vinegar naturally breaks down uric acid and soapy residue, leaving baby clothes and diapers soft and fresh. Add a cup of vinegar to each load during the rinse cycle.
:: Soak paint stains in hot vinegar to remove them.
:: To clean drip coffeemakers, fill the reservoir with white vinegar and run it through a brewing cycle. Rinse thoroughly by brewing two cycles with water before using.
:: To remove bumper stickers from car chrome, paint on vinegar and let it soak in. Next, scrape off the stickers. Decals can be removed similarly.
:: Rid your refrigerator and freezer of bad odors by cleaning the insides with a solution of equal parts vinegar and water, then wiping dry.

It's pretty amazing stuff!! And has millions of amazing purposes, but what about for cooking? Even better what about apple cider vinegar?

To be completely honest I have used Heinz Apple Cider Vinegar for a few household cleaning projects, but never in a recipe.

My mind immediately turned to pork! I thought the flavor combinations would work really well together. And I was right! Smile

Heinz has filtered Apple Cider Vinegar and unfiltered.

I decided to use the unfiltered for the pork (to add a little more to it) and filtered Heinz Apple Cider Vinegar for my dressing.

Pork Glaze Ingredients:

1 tbsp Brown Sugar
2 tbsp Heinz Apple Cider Vinegar
2 tbsp soy sauce 
1 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
1 package of pork chops

Directions:

In a medium frying pan on medium heat start cooking your pork chops.

Slowly add all of your ingredients and cook until the pork chops are cooked all the way.

Super easy right?!

Dressing Ingredients:

1 cup oil
1/2 cup Heinz Apple Cider Vinegar
3/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
Drippings from your pan (from above)

I used  spinach, apples, red onion, feta cheese and carrots for my salad.

Your whole family will love these pork chops!! They are so sticky and good! If you didn't already, now you have a great recipe for Heinz Apple Cider Vinegar!

Be sure to head over to the Heinz Pinterest Page for more great tips!

Also check out: Heinz website

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Mamas Monday Meals: Baked Corned Beef with a Sweet-Mustard Crust! Melt In Your Mouth Good!

August 2013

Easy

Corned beef is taken to a new level when baked with this delicious mustard crust.

It's as easy as traditionally boiling the beef, except it is wrapped in foil and baked in the oven.

Ingredients:

3 lb corned beef
1/4 cup honey mustard
1/4 cup whole grain dijon mustard
2 TBS brown sugar, light

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350°F.
Drain from package:
3 lb corned beef
Lay corned beef, fat side up, on a large piece of heavy duty, wide, aluminum foil.
Evenly sprinkle peppercorns from package over corned beef (optional).
In a small bowl, whisk together: 1/4 cup honey mustard
1/4 cup whole grain dijon mustard
Spread half of the mustard mixture over the top of the corned beef.
Reserve remaining mustard.
Sprinkle evenly with:
2 TBS brown sugar, light
Wrap the corned beef with foil so that space is left on top between the corned beef and the foil
Place foil-wrapped corned beef in a shallow roasting pan and bake for 2 hours.
Open the foil wrapping and broil for 2-3 minutes, until the top is bubbly and lightly browned.
Let corned beef rest for 5 to 10 minutes, then place on cutting board and cut at a diagonal, across the grain of the meat, into 1/2-inch thick slices.
Serve with reserved mustard on the side.

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Recipe adapted from Family Spice.

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Easy Heavenly Poke Cake!

August 2013

Easy

Wow!! Doesn't that look just heavenly?

Chocolate cake, poked to death, soaked in sweetened condensed milk, and topped with copious amounts of Cool Whip, Heath Toffee Bits, and caramel sundae sauce.

What is a poke cake?

It’s a normal cake (baked from a mix or from scratch) with holes poked in the top (either with a fork or the base of a wooden spoon). Sweetened condensed milk, pudding, or jello is then poured over the holes, which allows the liquid to seep into the cake and make it moist and flavorful. After the cake has chilled for a few hours and the liquid has been absorbed into the cake, it is topped with Cool Whip and other optional toppings (like Heath Bits).

Ingredients

  • 1 9x13 chocolate cake, prepared and cooled, still in pan
  • 14 oz sweetened condensed milk
  • 16 oz cool whip
  • 1 cup Heath Milk Chocolate Toffee Bits
  • 1/2 cup caramel sundae sauce

Instructions

  1. Once the cake has completely cooled, poke 24-30 holes in it using the base of a wooden spoon.
  2. Pour the sweetened condensed milk over the cake, aiming to fill the holes.
  3. Cover and chill for a few hours until the cake has absorbed the sweetened condensed milk (you can tell it's absorbed when there aren't pools of sweetened condensed milk sitting on top of or around the sides of the cake anymore).
  4. Spread the cool whip over the cake. Top with the Heath bits and drizzle the caramel syrup over top.
  5. Keep chilled until ready to serve.
  6. Serves 12-15

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Original Recipe, Something Swanky

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Mamas Monday Meals: Simple and Delicious Roasted Red Pepper & Goat Cheese Alfredo!

July 2013

Easy

Is your mouth watering yet? Are you jealous that this is what we are having for dinner tonight? Don't be!!

You can make this too! This is a super simple recipe that can be prepared and cooked in less than 45 minutes!

INGREDIENTS:

2 whole red bell peppers
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup fat free half & half
4 oz. garlic & herb goat cheese
2/3 cup grated parigiano reggiano cheese
1/2 cup artichoke hearts (optional)
1/2 lb. linguine, cooked to al dente
salt & pepper, to taste

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Place red peppers on baking sheet and bake 20-30 minutes until peppers are charred. Remove from oven and cover with foil 10 minutes.
In the mean time, saute onions and garlic in olive oil 7 minutes or until tender. Pour in half & half, goat cheese, salt & pepper. Stir to melt goat cheese into sauce and keep warm over low heat.
Uncover peppers, peel off skin and remove stem and seeds. Chop into large pieces and place into sauce along with parmesan cheese. Stir to melt cheese and remove from heat. Pour sauce into food processor and puree, or use an immersion blender. Place back into hot pan and toss with cooked pasta. Taste and adjust seasonings. Top with more parmesan cheese, pepper, salt and parsley, if desired.

Enjoy! 

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