Friday, March 25, 2011

Chocolate Lover's Favorite Cake

This is another winner from my cute friends blog You have got to try this because it is defiantely in my top three of favorite cakes! It's super easy to make and has such a unique flavor! I love it!

What you need:

1 package devil's food cake mix
1 (3.9 oz.) package instant chocolate pudding mix
2 cups sour cream
1 cup melted butter
5 eggs
1 tsp. Almond Extract
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips


1 can sweetend condensed milk
1 cup semisweeet chocolate chips
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 10 in. bundt pan.

In a large bowl, stir together cake mix and pudding mix. Make a well in the center and pour in sour cream, melted butter, eggs, and almond extract. Beat on low speed until blended. Scrape bowl and beat 4 minutes on medium speed until blended. Blend in chocolate chips. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake for 50-55 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a cake plate and drizzle with frosting. Best if served warm!

While the cake is baking, combine all frosting ingredients in a small sauce pan and heat on low, stirring constantly, until chocolate chips are melted and it is all blended together.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Fried Chicken

What you need:

6-8 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 egg, slightly beaten
2 tablespoons milk
1/2 cup flour
2/3 cup Parmesan cheese
1 cup dry bread crumbs
1 teaspoon paprika
2-3 tablespoons butter, melted

Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Mix egg and milk together in a shallow bowl. Mix flour, Parmesan cheese, bread crumbs, and paprika in another shallow dish. Slice chicken breasts into large strips. Dip chicken breasts in egg mixture and then flour mixture. Place chicken in a 9x13 inch pan or on a 12x17 inch baking sheet that has been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Drizzle with melted butter. Bake 30-40 minutes, uncovered. Or if you have a fry cooker you can always fry the chicken to make it extra crispy. Serve hot or chilled with your choice of dipping sauce!

Twice Baked Potatoes

This is a great side dish to serve with any kind of meat. It goes really well with a roast. I have served it for a few dinners that I have thrown and everyone is always very impressed! It's super easy and not time consuming!

What you need:

4-6 large baking potatoes
1/2 cup butter
1/2 - 3/4 cup sour cream
1/2 - 1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons Chives, diced
Bacon, chopped
1/4 - 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Wash potatoes and lightly pierce each with a fork. Bake for an hour to an hour and a half, until tender. Slit the top of the potato. Carefully scoop out potato, leaving a thin shell.

In a large bowl, combine scooped out potato centers, butter, sour cream, salt, pepper, and some cheese. Beat with an electric mixer for 3-4 minutes until well blended and fluffy. Fill shells withh potato mixture and sprinkle each with cheese and chives. Wrap in each potato in aluminum foil and bake for another 20-30 minutes or until potatoes are heated through.