sweet 

[sweet]
adjective, sweet-er, sweet-est, adverb, noun

1. having the taste or flavor characteristic of sugar & honey.

2. producing the one of the four basic taste sensations that is not bitter, sour, or salt

3. not rancid or stale; fresh: This milk is still sweet

4.  not salt or salted: sweet butter

Great and easy little Cupcake tip

Homemade Gumdrops

Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons/6 envelopes of unflavored gelatin
  • 1 cup of cold water
  • 1 1/2 cups of boiling water
  • 4 cups of sugar
  • 1/4 tablespoon of different flavored extract(lemon, cherry..)
  • 1-4 drops of food coloring
  • extra sugar for coating

Directions:

Add gelatin to cold water to soften then add sugar and boil. Pour mixture into pans(there are special pans for gumdrops but use whatever pans you have on hand) and add a little bit of flavored extract. Also, you will want to add a few drops of food coloring to them, so be creative and go crazy!

After you pour your mixture into pans you need to let them chill overnight so they can set.

The next day, create cube shapes or even hearts and sugar them up......then wait again for the drops to crystallize. This step will take a few days. 

White Wedding Cake Cupcakes

Ingredients:

  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 1 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup of granulated white sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoons of vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sour cream

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325.

Place cupcake liners in cupcake pans. In large bowl, whisk together cake mix, flour, sugar and salt. Add remaining ingredients and beat with hand mixer for 2 minutes or until well blended.

Pour mixture into liners, fill about 3/4 full. Bake about 18 minutes and check with toothpick to make sure the centers are fully baked.


Tips:

*Duncan Hines have reduced the size of their boxes now so if needed use Pillsbury or Betty Crocker instead for 18.25 ounces.

*You can use either regular or light sour cream for this recipe, but heck since it is a wedding (cup)cake and you want it to be delicious and as possible, I recommend going for the full fat kind.*Add teaspoon or almond extract in addition to vanilla, if you wish to have a different flavor.

*You can use this recipe to make a cake, just pour the mixture into a greased and floured pan(s) and bake until done.

Snow Cocoa

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • 6 cups of milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 12 ounce package of white chocolate chips
  • 1 slow cooker

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker. Heat on low for 2 to 2 1/2 hours or until chocolate is melted and hot. Stir until well blended and serve hot with a dollop of whipped cream!

Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups of flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 peanut butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350.

In a small bowl, mix flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt using a wire whisk and set aside

In another bowl, mix the cream butter, sugar and peanut butter until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla and mixed until combined evenly. Stir in chocolate chips. Roll cookie dough into 1-1/4 inch balls on a cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Cookies should still be soft, let cool.

Recipe makes 3 dozen cookies.

Oreo Treats Recipe

These treats are perfect for Christmas, can be used as lumps of coal!

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of Oreo cookies
  • 5 cups of marshmallows (or entire bag to make gooey!)
  • 4 tablespoons of butter

Directions:

Over a large bowl crumble all of your Oreos, make sure you do not leave any big chunks, you'll need them to blend smoothly with marshmallows.

In large saucepan melt the butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until almost entirely melted. Add your bowl of oreos into your butter and marshmallow mixture. Stir well.

Using a buttered or cooking sprayed spatula, evenly press mixture into 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan coated with cooking spray(prevents sticking).

Let cool and serve!

savory 

[sa-vor-ee]
adjective, sa-vor-i-er, sa-vor-i-est, noun, plural sa-vor-ies

1. pleasant or agreeable in taste or smell: a savory aroma.

2. piquant: a savory jelly

3. pleasing, attractive, or agreeable

4. British, an aromatic, often spicy course or dish served either as an appetizer or as a dessert, as a pickled fish or brandied fruit.

Martha Sewart's "Perfect Mac n' Cheese" Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 6 slices of high-quality white bread, crust removed and torn into 1/4 to 1/2 in pieces
  • 8 tablespoons(1 stick) unsalted butter, plus more for the cooking dish
  • 5 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 4 1/2 cups grated sharp white cheddar
  • 2 cups grated Gruyere or 1 1/4 cups grated pecorino Romano
  • 1 lbs. elbow macaroni pasta

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400.

Butter a 3-quart casserole dish; set aside. Place bread pieces in a medium bowl. In small saucepan over medium heat, melt 2 tablespoons butter. Pour butter into the bowl of bread, toss and set bowl aside. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, heat milk. Melt the remaining 6 tablespoons butter in a high sided skillet over medium heat, when butter bubbles add flour. Cook and stir for 1 minute.

Slowly pour hot milk into butter-flor mixture while whisking. Continue cooking and whisking constantly until the mixture bubbles and becomes thick.

Remove the pan from the heat. Stir in salt, nutmeg, black pepper, cayenne, 3 cups cheddar and 1 1/2 cups Gruyere or 1 cup pecorino Romano. Set cheese sauce aside.

Fill a large saucepan with water and bring to a boil. Add macaroni; cook 2 to 3 minutes fewer than the manufacturer's directions, until outside of pasta is cooked and the inside is underdone. Transfer the pasta to a colander, rinse under cold running water and drain well. Stir the pasta into the reserved cheese sauce.

Pour the mixture into the prepared casserole dish. Sprinkle all remaining cheese and breadcrumbs over the top/ bake until browned on top for about 30 minutes. Transfer dish to a wire rack to cool for 5 minutes and serve!

A quick FDA approved test kitchen trick to defrost meat in minutes 

Red Lobster's Cheddar Bay Biscuits

Ingredients:

  • 1 pack of buttermilk biscuit mix(Bisquick, about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 tablespoon of oregano(can omit or use less)
  • 3/4 teaspoon of garlic salt

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400.

Mix cheese, milk and biscuit mix together to create a sticky dough. Plop your balls of your dough onto a sprayed cookie sheet 1 1/2 inches apart from each other and bake for 10 minutes.

In a bowl melt the butter and mix with the oregano and garlic salt. When timer goes off, take your biscuits out and brush your butter mixture over them. Bake for 5 minutes at 400 degrees and another 5 at 350.

Serve warm and enjoy. 

Breakfast Sandwiches

Ingredients:

  • 12 slices of bread slices; butter on both sides
  • 8 ounces of sliced ham
  • 8 ounces of Swiss cheese slices
  • 3 cups of milk
  • 6 cups of eggs
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dry mustard(any kind you prefer)
  • 1 dash of Tabasco

Directions:

Place 6 slices of bread in pan, alternate ham and cheese cover bread.

In medium bowl mix milk, eggs, salt, pepper, mustard and Tabasco. Pour over sandwiches. Refrigerate over night and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes in the morning.

 Saucy Asian Meatballs Recipe

Ingredients:

Meatball Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs. ground pork or ground beef
  • 2 tsp. sesame oil
  • 1 cup Panko or breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup thinly-sliced green onions
  • optional garnish: toasted sesame seeds, sliced scallions

Asian Sauce Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup hoisin sauce
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400.

In a large bowl, mix together meatball ingredients until well-combined.

Shape into balls (I made mine about 1.5 inches, which yielded about 35 meatballs, but 1 inch is probably standard), and place on a greased baking sheet or in a 9×13 baking dish.  Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until meatballs are golden on the outside and no longer pink on the inside.

While the meatballs are baking, whisk together all of the sauce ingredients until blended.  Once meatballs have finished cooking, you can either dip each meatball individually (using a toothpick) in the sauce mixture.  Or you can pour the sauce over the meatballs and gently stir them until covered.

Serve warm with dipping sauce.