Monday, January 30, 2012

How I Met Your Mother

Content by Mitch Osborne
I have been a huge fan of sitcoms for a very long time. Friends is probably
my all time favorite but How I Met Your Mother is probably a pretty close second
if I were to rank them all. How I Met Your Mother is similar to Friends in that
it is about a group of twenty somethings most of whom are not married and who
all like to gather together at a local restaurant. How I Met Your Mother is also
set in New York as is Friends. Ted Mosby is considered the main character in
this show because he is the one narrating each episode. The show is told like a
story where Ted is much older and is relating his life back to his children.
Each story is supposed to lead the children closer to how he me their mother
which is, of course, how they chose to name the show. This show has stayed on
the air for so many seasons because of the clever writing. You never really know
what to expect each time you watch a new episode. Check out directtv
chicago
online to find out when to catch How I Met Your Mother.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Chocolate-Covered OREO Cookie Cake


Oh this is really yummy! I made this on my son's 2nd birthday party and they loved it! The cream cheese here can't even be tasted and the taste of whipped cream and oreo cookies? Delicious! I will be making it again and would love to have all my friends try it. It is so easy to make and it made me easier to prepare it because I used ready-made chocolate fudge frosting. I have semi-chocolate squares but I didn't use it. I tried it before and it was good. The problem is that I didn't have time to make the frosting, instead I just bought a can from the store. It was still good that it will satisfy your sweet tooth. I tried to use non or low fat, less or sugar-free ingredients. You better try making it, I am sure, everyone will love it and you will be praised! I got the recipe from dessert.com. Here it is!

1 pkg. (2-layer size) devil's food cake mix
4 squares BAKER'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate
1/4 cup butter
1 pkg. (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping
12 OREO Cookies, coarsely crushed


HEAT oven to 350ºF.

PREPARE cake batter and bake in 2 (9-inch) round pans as directed on package. Cool cakes in pans 10 min. Invert onto wire racks; gently remove pans. Cool cakes completely.

MICROWAVE chocolate and butter in small microwaveable bowl on HIGH 2 min. or until butter is melted. Stir until chocolate is completely melted. Cool 5 min. Meanwhile, beat cream cheese and sugar in large bowl with mixer until blended. Gently stir in COOL WHIP and crushed cookies.

PLACE 1 cake layer on plate, spread with cream cheese mixture. Top with remaining cake layer. Spread top with chocolate glaze; let stand 10 min. or until firm. Keep refrigerated.


Kraft Kitchens Tips

Family Fun

This great-tasting cake looks like a giant OREO Cookie.

Cooking Know-How

If chocolate glaze becomes too thick, microwave on HIGH 20 to 30 sec. or until desired consistency.

Size-Wise

Enjoy a serving of this indulgent cake on occasion, but keep portion size in mind. One cake makes enough for 16 servings.

Friday, January 20, 2012

My Son's CAR Birthday Cake

Hooray for this car cake! I got the idea from dessert.com and I created my own version of a car. It was supposed to be a race car but it was easier for me to create any car. I wasn't aiming for a race car but any car that my cake will be formed. It turned up pretty for children's eyes and they even want to eat it right away. They wanted the part with M&Ms chocolate. It really played a trick. Try making this cheap cake and everyone will appreciate the effort you exerted on making it plus, it's not expensive and it's attractive for kids. Below is the recipe by Kraft. By the way, I used ready-to-use vanilla frosting.

1 pkg. (12 oz.) prepared pound cake
1 cup thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping
1/2 tsp. food coloring, any color
1 piece chewy fruit snack roll (5 inch), cut into 4 lengthwise strips
4 OREO Cookies
4 yellow candy-coated chocolate pieces
2 Tbsp. decorating icing, multiple colors

PLACE cake on cutting board; cut into pieces to resemble a race car.

TINT whipped topping with food coloring; spread evenly over cake.

DECORATE top of cake with fruit roll strips to resemble racing stripes and front grille of the car. Place 2 cookies on each side of car for the wheels. Place yellow chocolate pieces on front and back of car to resemble headlights and taillights. Draw windows on car and write the child's age on top of cake with icing. Use remaining icing to decorate cake as desired. Store in refrigerator.

Kraft Kitchens Tips
Size-Wise

Celebrate a special occasion with the kids by making this colorful cake. For added fun, invite the kids to help decorate this special treat.

How to Frost A Cake

If the cake is very soft and crumbly, apply a “crumb coating” to prevent cake crumbs from mixing with the frosting. Spread a thin layer of frosting over the entire cake, then let stand 5 to 10 min. or until frosting is set. Spread remaining frosting over cake.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Finger Gelatin

This is a perfect finger food for kids' parties. My son loves this. I prepared Raspberries gelatin on his birthday and he was really eating most of these aside from fruits. A few adults tried it too but mostly, kids are attracted to this. This is very easy to make. A nice addition to kids' menu in a party. Thanks dessert.com for the idea.

3 pkg. (3 oz. each) JELL-O Raspberry Flavor Gelatin
4 env. KNOX Unflavored Gelatine
1 qt. (4 cups) boiling water

MIX dry gelatins and gelatine in large bowl; stir in boiling water until completely dissolved.

POUR into 13x9-inch pan.

REFRIGERATE 1 hour or until firm. Cut into small squares.

Kraft Kitchens Tips

Substitute

Prepare using your favorite flavor JELL-O Gelatin.

Fun Idea

Instead of cutting gelatin into squares, use cookie cutters to cut into assorted shapes.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Garlic Butter Shrimp

This is a very easy dish to make. My husband likes shrimp and he always boils it with creole seasoning, New Orleans' style. But I cook it differently which I have learned from my Father who cooks well. Back then, we used MSG as seasoning in Philippines but when I came here, I have never used it. So all the food I cook don't have MSG but still taste good. There might be in bouillon cubes but I don't use MSG directly. With this shrimp dish, I just used garlic salt, a bit of seasoned salt and pepper for seasoning and it tasted so good. The secret is lots of garlic which is sauteed on butter. Try it!