Thursday, March 29, 2012

Chocolate Cake with Caramel Topping

Chocolate Cake
cake mix or homemade cake batter
2 to 4 oz semi-sweet chocolate baking bar
about 1 TBSP butter

Pour cake batter into greased pan. Melt chocolate on stove top with butter. Pour chocolate onto top of batter. Swirl or spread as you please.
Bake cake as directed. Take out of oven and let cool.

Frost with favorite frosting (we used canned frosting this time, which we rarely do).

Caramel Topping
1 can sweetened condensed milk

fill large pot with water, place can in water. Place on oven and bring to simmer or low boil. Simmer/boil for 2.5 to 3 hours.
Take pot off of heat, let sit for a few minutes. Next take can out of pot and place in cool water. Let sit until cool to the touch. Next open the can and you have caramel!
Cut a slice of cake, drizzle caramel over top and enjoy!
We cooked caramel on stove for 2 hours and feel like it could have gone for 30 mins to 60 mins longer. But it was still delicious as is.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Creamy Chicken Pasta

Adapted from this recipe

1 or 2 large chicken breasts
2.5 cups crushed cornflakes corn flakes
1/3 cup flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup milk
2 T olive oil
1 12 oz package of Ronzoni Garden Delight noodles (we used rotini)

1/2 container of 10 oz Philadelphia Cooking Cream (Italian Cheese and Herb Flavor)
1 can cream of chicken soup
1/2 c chicken broth
1/4 c milk

Start the water for the noodles. Put cornflakes, flour & salt, and milk in 3 separate containers. Cut chicken in half (horizontally, to make chicken thinner). Dip chicken in the flour, then the milk, then the corn flakes. Heat olive oil in sauce pan. Place chicken in olive oil and cook for about 5 mins, until golden brown on the bottom side. Flip the chicken over, place a lid on the pan and turn the heat down to medium and cook for about 7 mins, until done all the way through. Watch it to make sure it doesn't burn. Once the chicken is done place it on a plate, put tin foil over it and place aside. In the same pan (make sure there is not very much oil left in it, just drops) that you cooked the chicken in combine cooking cream, cream of chicken, broth and milk. Whisk together and let cook until bubbling. Place noodles on plate, top with sauce and chicken. Serve some veggies on the side and ENJOY!!