Spinach Comma Cooked
Do not like cooked spinach.
Don't care how good it is for me.
queen of the castle recipes
She starts with simple ingredients -- boxed cake mix, canned frosting, novelty candies, little "flags" made of toothpicks with illustrations taped to them -- and ends up with some super fun creations.
There are lots of helpful tips here. (Want a fix for those pesky crumbs that poke through your frosting?)
And also, very clear, step-by-step instructions for everything from surfer dude cake (you'll be the coolest mom around with the "sand castle" on your beach's shore) to a "What state are you in?" cake (a theme you can customize for kids off in college, travelers, or sports fans).
So go check it out -- now! Because while this book normally goes for $5.97, for the rest of today, February 27, you can get Pretty. Cool. Cakes and another of FishMama's ebooks, FishMama's Guide to Cooking with Children, for $2.
That's right. Two bucks.
Who knew macaroons were so simple to make? I guess it's been years since I've made them. They go together in just minutes (if you don't count the 35 to 45 minutes of baking time). And even the littlest of kids can help, squishing the first three ingredients together in the bowl with their (clean) hands.
7-oz. package shredded coconut
1/3 c. flour
1/8 t. salt
2/3 c. sweetened condensed milk
1 t. vanilla
Mix first three ingredients in medium bowl. Stir in sweetened condensed milk and vanilla and mix well. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto greased (or parchment paper-covered) cookie sheets. (I actually fit all mine on just one sheet, since these don't spread much.) Bake at 250 degrees until golden brown, about 35 to 45 minutes. (Mine took 45.) Makes 24.
Ready for tomorrow's bake sale, anyone?
Now the real question: What do you do with the bit of sweetened condensed milk that's left over?
Labels: main dishes
For those of us whose lemon trees are going berserk, here's a nice hot spiced drink that will use up a few of them.
I cut this recipe in half, making only two servings instead of four.
3 1/2 c. water
1/2 c. lemon juice
1/2 c. packed brown sugar
10 whole cloves
8 whole allspice
2 3-inch pieces of cinnamon
Put all ingredients in quart jar and stir. Microwave on high for 4 minutes. (Since I made half the recipe, I nuked it for 2 minutes.) Let stand for 15 minutes, take out spices, then reheat and drink. (Being the impatient-to-try-it-now person that I am, I performed a small experiment and drank some of the this immediately, and some after the spices steeped for 15 minutes as directed. Alas, it was indeed better after the wait.) Serves 4.
This recipe came from an old issue of Cooking Light magazine, which reports one serving is about 110 calories.