Thursday, November 27, 2014

Salted Turtle Cupcakes

I made these last night for a dear co-workers Birthday today.  I didn't actually have one...but they sure seemed to be a hit going by the many lovely compliments I received and the empty cupcake container.

I am happy to share the recipe. 

Salted Caramel Turtle Cupcakes

For cupcakes:
1 Box Devils Food Cake Mix (24 cupcake)
1 package of instant chocolate pudding (I used Hershey's-available at Walmart)
1 cup sour cream (regular...none of that lite stuff)
1 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs, lightly beaten 
1/2 cup warm water
1 teaspoon vanilla (You know...the good kind from Mexico)
1 packet of Via Italian Roast Starbucks Instant Coffee
pinch of salt (I used sea salt and gave it two good turns on the grinder)

For the filing:
Caramel ice cream topping

To top off:
Two containers of French Vanilla Frosting (Duncan Hines)
Two packages of the new Salted Caramel Mini Turtles 
More Caramel sauce

Preheat oven to 350.  Line two muffin tins with 24 cupcake liners.  I usually get 3 or so extra cupcakes from this batter.
Mix the dry ingredients together...then add in the wet.  Blend using a hand mixer till batter is smooth (2min or so).  Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full.  Bake 18 - 22 minutes.  

Let cool completely.  I speed up the process by putting them in the fridge.  

Hull out a divot.  I found a cute little tool for the job at the dollar store but you could just use a knife and cut a wee circle...fill in with about a 1/2 teaspoon of caramel sauce and replace the divot.  Ice the cupcakes.  I use a large star tip on my icing bag.

Top with a yummy Salted Caramel Turtle and drizzle some additional caramel and your done.  :)

Sunday, August 3, 2014

The Art of Home Fries

It's a long weekend here in Ontario so I am celebrating with a special breakfast.

As I was cooking up some home put me in mind of my Grandfather, I called him Papa.  I was young when he passed away...but we used to live next door to my Grandparents and I was always there.

I loved my Grandma's kitchen...everyone was always visiting, there was always coffee (the good perked kind) and tea, lemon and butter tarts.  Plus there was a magic there...everything always tasted GOOD.

Now my Papa was always up early and he would cook in the basement...he made the best peameal bacon and home fries.  The secret with the potatoes is not to turn them too much...let them get crispy.

I have tried to imitate those home fries but they're just not the same.  The ones I made this morning were pretty darn I'll share...the recipe (if you can call it that).


I used the little white potatoes...poke with a fork and microwave for 5 minutes.  If you're using larger potatoes...adjust the cooking time.

Then slice into about 1/2 inch pieces, chop up 1/2 of an onion (I like the larger chunky style) and place in a bowl...spice it up....I used onion salt, Cajun spice, Greek spice mixture and toss with olive oil.

Preheat your skillet (medium/high) and add olive oil and a good pat go butter...toss the home fry mixture in the pan and let them fry.  I flipped and tossed them about every 3 or 4 minute...till they were nicely browned and crispy on the outside.

After they were done and plated...I added some salt to my taste.  My Michael thought they were perfect just they way they are.

Hope you're having a lovely day!  Thanks for's been too long since I posted.