Posts Tagged ‘quick’

Chip Mom’s Kitchen #33: Ice Cream Bread

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Sometimes you want something sweet and you’re short on time. Sometimes you want something yummy and you’re short on ingredients. And sometimes you are Chip Mom, you are sick, and your kitchen is a mess. Whatever your pinch, today I offer you a delightful two-ingredient recipe that is as fascinating as it is delicious…

Ice Cream Bread

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Chip Mom’s Kitchen #24: I Swear I Didn’t Think It Would Work

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So I got sucked into this Pinterest thing a few months back in the wind-up to my upcoming nuptials. Overall it seemed to be a harmless place full of avocado dip, centerpiece ideas, and cute school-room bulletin boards. Just when I was setting into a comfortable pin-it-and-forget-it routine, I happened upon the following recipe which screamed “THIS WEBSITE YOU TRUSTED IS A BED OF SWEET, SWEET LIES”. I mean, there is absolutely no way that you can combine two simple store-bought items and come up with delicious, creamy fudge. Just none. So your intrepid Chiptune Mother set forth to expose this pin for the deceiver it is. I give you…

Two Ingredient Peanut Butter Fudge

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Chip Mom’s Kitchen #8: Taco Soup

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You may not have noticed, but the general geographic area of NORTH AMERICA has been a tit bit nippy lately.

Taco Soup

Difficulty level:
Newb          |         Apprentice         |         Journeyman         |         Master

If you try hard – I mean REALLY hard – you might be able to mess this up……. maybe.

Quest Items:

Lean Ground Beef
Taco Seasoning
Ranch Dressing Dry Mix
Can of Black Beans
Can of Pinto Beans
Can of Dark Red Kidney Beans
Can of Whole Kernel Corn
Can of Diced Tomatoes
Large Pot
Wooden Spoon/Spatula

Optional: Salsa, Sour Cream, Shredded Cheese, Fritos, Tostitos

Musical Accompaniment:

Illustrated Guide:

Yes, seriously, this is all you need:

Get the goods.

Put your pan over medium high heat.  When it is nice and roasty-toasty warm, put your ground meat of choice into the pan and poke, prod, and crumble until fully browned.

While your meat is browning, open your plethora of cans.  Here’s where you have some choices to make!  If you’d like your meal to be more soupy, do not drain any of the cans.  If you like a thicker, chili-like consistancy, drain some or all of your canned beans and veggies.

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Personally, I like to drain and rinse my beans only.  That gets rid of A LOT of excess salt that you really don’t need in the meal as well as making the Taco Soup not-quite-so-soupy.

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Add the undrained cans of diced tomatoes and whole kernel corn. Open up your packages of dry ranch mix and taco seasoning and dump those in too!  Mix until the dry ingredients are incorporated.

 

Stir in the drained and rinsed beans.  Once everything is in the pot, turn the heat down to medium and let simmer for 10 – 15 minutes!

Scoop into a bowl and fancy it up as you like!  I’m a fan of sour cream and shredded cheese.  President Hoodie style involves a heaping pile of Fritos. YOU can make a style all your own!  Let me know how your flavor experiments come out over at the Chip Mom facebook page.

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One last thing:  This is a meal that gets better in the fridge, so enjoy all those leftovers!

As always, Mama loves ya! <3

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Chip Mom’s Kitchen #4: Cake Cookies

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Sometimes, you’re just not that talented in the kitchen.  Sometimes, you’ve got a sweet craving and you want a cookie NOW.  Sometimes, you don’t have that much money for baking supplies.

And sometimes it’s 11 o’clock at night and you need to write a cooking blog.

For all those times and more, I share with you my secret of making something delicious and unique with extremely little time, money, or effort.  I give you:

Cake Cookies

Difficulty level:

Newb        |        Apprentice       |          Journeyman          |          Master

The easiest way to make yourself look like an awesome baker.

Quest Items:

Cookie Sheet
Wooden Spoon
Medium Bowl
Flat bottomed cup
Cake Mix of Choice
Frosting of Choice
Two Eggs
1/3 cup oil
Non stick spray (optional)

 

Illustrated Guide:

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.

 

 

Put on your cutest apron. You’re not gonna be working that hard, but you might as well look sassy!

 

 

Put your cake mix, eggs, and oil into a bowl.

See what I did there?

Using your wooden spoon, stir your ingredients until the eggs and oil are evenly distributed and there is no dry cake mix to be seen in the bowl. It should form a dough ball fairly quickly.

 

You then roll the dough into 1″ balls or about the size of a ping pong ball.

 

 

Place them on your cookie sheet about 2″ apart. You’ll need the space in a moment.

This is the fun part. You get to treat these cookie balls like Mario treats Goombas. Use the bottom of a glass to flatten the balls until they are about 1/4″ thick. Sorry, but there are no coins to be had inside… ONLY DELICIOUSNESS.

Bake them in the oven for 6 to 7 minutes. PRO TIP: Always start with the lower end time with cookies. You can’t unbake these suckers and the bottoms can go from golden to black pretty darn quick.

After you pull them out frost and decorate to your hearts content! The great thing about cake cookies is that you can play with flavor combinations. Those pictured below are yellow cake with Dreamcicle frosting, but I’ve done lemon and buttercream, chocolate and mint, and strawberry and cream cheese as well! So get adventurous, and if you would like to share your success, post a pic of your creations to the Chip Mom facebook page!

 

 

Happy baking! :)