June 2015 archive

Chicken Salad Sandwich

chicken-saladLast week something unexpected happened.  I hit gold with dinner.  I wasn’t expecting it to be anything special.  In fact, I had no plan whatsoever to blog about this recipe.  I  had some leftover rotisserie chicken from making this fried rice, and it has been hotter than Hades in our neck of the woods, so I decided to make Chicken Salad Sandwiches.  Not normally anything special, but I did a couple of things this time to upgrade it to “craveable” (yeah, my computer’s telling me that’s not a word, but I pulling rank and saying it is) status.

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There are a few things like I always like to include.  Grapes for the sweetness that they add, celery and nuts for the crunch, and green onion for the subtle, not overpowering onion flavor.  I also like to use half mayo/half miracle whip.  This way I get some of the “zip” from the Miracle Whip and the creaminess from the mayonnaise.

The thing that I loved this time was the hint of curry that I added.  Curry is a spice that can easily become the “star of the party” if not dealt with carefully.  In this recipe, I only use 1/4 teaspoon which means that the curry gives it more of a “what is making this taste so good” feel than a “Wow!  That is a Curry Chicken Salad.”

The part made my hubby go crazy for them was the Hawaiian Sweet Rolls.  He said that they added a really nice surprise.  I agree.  The touch of sweetness that these rolls bring was a definite compliment to the sandwiches.  You really could use any bread or roll of your choice with the Chicken Salad.  I think that a dark pumpernickel or molasses bread would be fantastic. You could also use croissants to elevate them to a bridal shower or wedding reception status level.

I go back and forth between sliced almonds and cashews when I make Chicken Salad.  I think both are great so it just comes down to which you like better.  Really this is an easy recipe to play around with and you can add or take away things as you want, but please promise you’ll try the curry and the Hawaiian Rolls.  I won’t say that it’s “life changing,” but it is pretty darn good!

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  1. Slice grapes in half. Chop chicken and celery into bite sized pieces. Slice the green part of the green onions. Combine everything but the rolls in a bowl. Slice rolls in half. Scoop a spoonful of the chicken salad onto each of the rolls. Enjoy!
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Patriotic Pies

patriotic-piesThe countdown is on to the Fourth of July and red, white and blue is everywhere in sight.  I love this time of year when American pride is at a high.  Growing up on Army posts the Fourth was always a huge celebration.  Now, we always get together with friends, or family if we are out of town, and have a BBQ or picnic potluck.  Hamburgers, hot dogs, watermelon, potato salad, corn on the cob and of course, an All-America cherry pie.  George Washington would be so proud!  This year I’m making these adorable mini pies that I found on Frankly Entertaining.  I think you’ll love making them too!!

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patriotic-pies2I couldn’t believe how fast my family ate these.  If that is any indication of how things would go at a BBQ I think that it’s safe to say you’re going to be the hit of the party with these.

I used cherry pie filling and berry medley pie filling for the red and blue pies.  Blueberry pie filling would also work well.

When making the pies I learned two things to do.  The first is to make sure that the shell comes up to the top of the edge of the muffin cup.  This stops the filling from bubbling out and over the sides as much.  The second thing that I learned was to brush the egg wash on the stars before placing them on the pie.  If you do it directly on the pie, pie filling will get on the brush and that can get messy. (yes, I am speaking from experience!)

The sugar crystals on the top are optional. (I linked to where I got them from because I had a hard time finding sugar crystals big enough for what I wanted.)  I love putting them on things (love to top muffins with them) because they look pretty and I like the crunchy texture that they add.  It’s also an added bonus that whenever someone sees something you made with sugar crystals on it they think you are such an amazing cook and wonder how you do it.  Just smile when they say that and breezily say “Oh, it was nothing.”

These would be a great treat to let the kiddos make. I know my kids love it when they can take credit for the treats and it’s nice for them to have something they can take pride in.

What do you have to have for the Fourth of July?

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  1. Cut circles out of the pie dough using a 2″ circle cutter . Using a mini muffin tin, place one circle in each opening and press into tin making sure that the edges reach the top on all sides. Place a spoonful of filling in each tart pie shell. Cut star shapes out of the remaining pie dough. Mix an egg wash by beating one egg with 2 Tbsp. of water. Brush each star with the egg wash and then place it onto the pie. Bake in a 425º oven for 15 minutes, or until star is golden brown.
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Foil Ball as a Dryer Sheet- What???

Foil-ballsI’m sure you’ve run into many amazing “life hacks” that are everywhere you turn on the internet.  Some of them work and some of them don’t.  I have definitely had experience with both and I always question when someone says that I could use something that is virtually free from around my house, in place of something that I’ve spent money on over the years.

Enter: Foil Ball.  According to many internet blogs you don’t need to use dryer sheets to fight static cling in your dryer.  You just need to scrunch up aluminum foil into a ball, throw it into your dryer with your clothes and bam!  no static cling when they are done. I wondered if this could really work so I asked my awesome friend Dana (remember her science expertise with the Listerine exfoliating our feet).  She is my go to expert for all things science related.  Dana explained it this way.  “Think of the foil as the loser in a game of dodgeball…as the clothes dry and the moisture decreases, the static increases.  Clothes with static are full of charged particles and the foil attracts those particles like all of the dodgeballs targeting the loser.”

Now we know why science says it will work, but what happens in real life?   I’m always game for trying something new, especially if I don’t need to go buy anything for it.  So I tried it over the last few weeks and I’ve been pleasantly surprised to what I’ve found.

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The first thing I wondered about was if the balls would be hot and burn me when I took at the clothes.  The answer to that question is no.  Aluminum Foil is a contuctor of heat, it does not retain it.  So when you take everything out of the dryer the foil balls are the same temperature as the clothes around them.

I’m giving these foil balls two thumbs up.  I’ve tried them with all types of clothes, towels and sheets and everything came out static free.  The only time that I had a problem was with one of my first loads I had some static cling, but I decided that I had made the balls too small and so I added more aluminum foil and had no problems after that.  The balls should be a little bit smaller than your first.  You want to crumple them into a ball, but you don’t need to worry about making them really tight.  I found that after a time or two through the dryer they were round smooth balls from all of the bouncing around that they did.  They will get smaller over time.  The larger ball in the picture has gone through the dryer once and the smaller one has gone through eight loads.  If they get so small that they don’t seem to be working, just wrap more foil around the outside.

The one complaint that I have is that they are loud.  As the dryer drum turns the metal on metal makes loud thumping noises.  It’s not unbearable, but it is a little annoying.  I usually shut my laundry room door now.

I like that when I use these I don’t have to worry able taking out my microfiber towels.  When I use dryer sheets its always a worry that one of the towels will slip through and be ruined.  I also love that you can’t “use up” foil.  This one is definitely a keeper for me!

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Homemade Corndogs

corn-dogsJust after I posted about making homemade ketchup (the best!) and I talked about my boys devouring it with corndogs (the frozen kind), my friend Kristy sent me a link to Chef in Training and her recipe for homemade corndogs.  She suggested I should try them.

I have to admit that I was a little bit leery at first.  You see, I tried making homemade corn dogs about 5 years ago and it wasn’t a good experience.  The batter wouldn’t stick to the hot dog.  I have visions of a giant mess with batter all over the counter, flour everywhere and corn dogs with hardly any breading on the outside.  I wasn’t sure that I wanted to try them again but I decided to face my fear and give this recipe a shot.  I read through some reviews on allrecipes.com to see if there were some tips on how to make the batter stick.  I found some helpful things and this time making corndogs was a much better experience.

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My main concern was having the batter stick to the corndog.  I did two things to help this.  First, I made the batter and then put it in the refrigerator for an hour to chill.  The second thing that I did was to pat each of the hot dogs completely dry with a paper towel.  I was very pleased to find that these tips worked!  I had no problem with having the cornbread batter stick to my hot dog. Whoo-whoo!

The other tip I learned is to pour the batter into a tall slender glass and then dip the hot dogs  (on their sticks) into it.  This is the most effective way to have the coating even over the whole hot dog.

I chose to use honey instead of sugar because I like the flavor that the honey brings to the breading, but sugar would also work just fine.  I also used half regular milk/half buttermilk. This is not necessary but I liked how thick the buttermilk made the batter. Regular milk would work for the whole thing.

These corn dogs were very good and the coating with nice and thick, but not too thick.  The only complaint that I had was that the outside stayed softer than I wanted.  I like it when there is a “shell” or crust on the outside.  This didn’t have that.  Beyond that texture complaint, everything about it was great.  We really liked the flavor.  I think that if you follow the tips that I gave, you can enjoy homemade corndogs too, which my son kept trying to call “nutritious and delicious.”  I told him “you got it half right!” 😉

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  1. In a large bowl, combine cornmeal, flour, salt, and baking powder. Add milk, honey and egg to the bowl and whisk well. Place the batter in the refrigerator for an hour to chill. Fifteen minutes before your hour is up, heat oil in a large pot on stovetop until it reaches 350 degrees F. While oil is heating, pat hot dogs dry with a paper towel and insert wooden skewers into hot dogs. Pour batter into a tall slender cup. Dip a skewered hot dog into batter until completely covered. Cooking 2-3 corn dogs at a time, cook in oil until golden brown in color, about 3 minutes. Set on paper towels once cooked to drain off any excess oil.
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Make your own Slushies

I saw this video that someone posted on Facebook from Food Hacks and I thought that it looked like a fun experiment to try with my kids this summer.  Basically you take a bottle of soda, shake it, freeze it and when you take it out the freezer it still looks like liquid but when you pour it out it turns into a homemade slushie. My kids have been asking to do it since I told them about it and we finally got around to it.  Here’s a video of how it worked for us and my thoughts on it.

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The original video is worth taking the few minutes to watch with your kids.  It’s a good lesson in science at a level they (and I) can understand.  Basically you are getting the water in the soda to the point right before freezing so when you pour it out the molecules are already at a point that they want to freeze and they get that extra little push and start to freeze.

The original video has you leave the soda in the freeze for 3 hours and 15 minutes.  That was way to long for mine.  I found that 1 hour and 30 minutes was perfect.  Even leaving it in an extra 15 minutes the liquid would start to freeze. I would definitely figure out the amount of time needed for your freezer before gathering a crowd to watch.

I chilled a mason jar in the freezer with the soda and it worked well.  A small metal bowl would work even better because metal is a better conductor of cold.

I was impressed that it worked even on this super hot day.  If it can work in my 115 degree backyard, it can work anywhere.  The original video also shows other ways you can “slushify” the soda: adding a little piece of ice, shaking the bottle after you crack it open and stirring it with a straw. We’re excited to try some of the other ways.

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Stars and Stripes Firecrackers

firecrackers I really wanted to have this post in time for Flag Day, but since that was Sunday and it’s now Wednesday…I guess I missed.  Luckily, I’m still in time for the 4th of July.  I saw these originally on My Talking Walls and I loved them.  I was a little bit nervous about getting everything together for them, but it was much easier than I thought and I love the results.  I did, of course, learn a few things along the way and hopefully my experience will help yours go super smooth.  Here is what you need to have to make the firecrackers and what you need  to know to make them in a snap.

Supplies:

  • 4×4 post
  • White Paint- Spray Paint or Acrylic (see my explanation below)
  • Blue Spray Paint ( I used Krylon Cover Maxx in Oxford Blue)
  • Red 2″ Duct Tape
  • 6 wooden stars
  • 3/4″ Rope for fuse (Mine are around 4″ long)
  • Painters tape
  • Glue Gun
  • 1″ wood boring or spade bit

1. For a set of 3 firecrackers,  cut your post to these lengths:

  • 30″ for the tallest
  • 22″ for the next one
  • 16″ for the last
  • I used the last piece of my 8 ft post to make a singular firecracker to give away.

2. Spray paint or use acrylic paint to paint all of the pieces white, including the wooden stars.

3. After the paint is dry, measure the desired blue area for each piece and place painters tape around the posts to mark it.  The measurements are:

  • 9″ for the tallest
  • 7″ for the next one
  • 5.5″ for the last

4.  Wrap the post area that will be left white with a newspaper or paper towel.  Spray paint the blue area.  Remove the painters tape and touch up any areas that need it.

5.  Drill a hole in the center of each post, around 1″-1.25″ deep.  Place stripes in the center on each side.  Glue stars onto blue field.  Glue rope into hole.

 

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I got my post at Home Depot and my rope at Lowe’s.  Both are really nice about doing cuts for free.  I told them the sizes that I needed and they happily accommodated.  I really appreciated having this done when I got home.

firecrackers2The original firecrackers I found on My Talking Walls had vinyl stripes and stars.  I ordered them and since I had them, I used them.  In the mean time I thought of making the stripes with duct tape and using wooden stars from Hobby Lobby.  This is a picture of how it turned out and I love it!  This is the way I would recommend making them.

I originally tried painting them white with a $1 can of spray paint.  I could tell that this was never going to go on thick enough so I bought a bottle of Krylon Maxx that had paint and primer in it.  This did a good job but I used the whole bottle and it still wasn’t as white as I wanted it.   It seemed like the wood was just absorbing the paint.  I ended up painting over it with Delta Ceramcoat white acrylic paint.  I loved how thick it went on and if I were to make another one I would skip the white spray paint and just use the acrylic.  You want to paint the entire thing white because then when you paint the blue field the paint will look even and not have lighter spots where you have white paint under it.

Make sure and cover the white area with a paper towel or a newspaper to keep the blue paint off of the white when you spray it.  Even with doing this don’t be surprised if you have to touch up the white.  I know I did.

So, do you feel like you can do this?  I hope so.  Let me know if you have any questions on how to do something.

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Breakfast Boats

breakfast-boatsFunny Story.  A couple of weeks ago I was in charge of the meals for 225 people at our church’s girls camp for teenage girls.  I picked up most of the groceries ahead of time myself because I can’t stand paying more for things than I need to.  For example, I couldn’t buy watermelon from my supplier for $6 each when I could get them at the local grocery store for $2.  (side note- Is anyone else as stoked as me about the amazing low prices this year on watermelon?!  Does anyone else out there still use the word stoked?)

I wasn’t able to do this with most of the produce and bread because our camp started on Monday morning and all of my shopping needed to be done on Saturday.  I ordered the extra items from a local food supplier who delivered it all right to the camp; that delivery was worth every penny. 🙂 One of the things that I ordered was 40 loaves of French bread.  These were to be used for Cheesy Bread with lasagna one night and Crème Brulee French Toast for breakfast.  After everything was delivered and set up we started to look for the French bread and found that I had ordered demi loaves.  Had I made this recipe before going to camp I would have known that a demi loaf is not a full sized loaf, but a sandwich sized one.  AHH!!  We did some quick maneuvering and were able to get 26 loaves from a Wal Mart in the next town over and used the demi loaves for the Cheese bread (it was amazing!) and the full sized bread for the French toast.  Crisis averted.  Whew!  I don’t think that I’ll ever forget how big a demi loaf is now.

I found these Breakfast Boats when I was looking for a new breakfast to make for Father’s Day this year.  Father’s Day is a breakfast I like to make something good for, but I don’t want to make a “woman’s breakfast.”  My kids thought the Breakfast Boats looked like canoes so I think that the “manly” breakfast was achieved.  I found this recipe on Spoon, Fork, Bacon (don’t you just love that name!).  I loved that it was a little bit fancy, with out having it be a “fru-fru” breakfast.  I ended up loving them even more than I thought that I would.

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First, if you’re like me and buy the bread a couple of days ahead of time, don’t leave it in the paper bag that it comes in.  Transfer it to plastic bags or containers so that your bread doesn’t go rock solid. (yep, personal experience right here!)  I picked mine up at Costco if you’re wondering where to find them.

I chose to use bacon instead of pancetta.  Either one would work great.  If you’re thinking that you only want the 4 oz that the recipe calls for, I suggest buying your bacon from the butcher at the grocery store.  It’s around the same price as the prepackaged and you only have to buy what you need.

I loved the gruyere cheese in these.  It was what I felt set them apart as something fancy and “better than everyday.”

My boats cooked for 35 minutes before I felt like they were set.  The original recipe had you cook them for 20-25.  I would check them after 25, but be prepared to let them go for an additional 10 minutes.

One thing I discovered is that these can easily be partially made ahead.  The night before you can make up the egg mixture.  Then it the morning you will just need to cut the bread, give the egg mixture a quick stir and pour it in.  You’re now ready to go.

You can have these for you’re Father’s Day breakfast too, a Sunday morning brunch, or just because you’re wanting add a little bit of fancy to your everyday life.  Whatever the reason, you should take the time to try these because they are goo-od!

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut a deep “V” through the tops of each baguette until about a 1/2 inch to the bottom. Take off the top, getting a good amount of the inside with it. Set aside. Place the eggs and cream into a mixing bowl and lightly beat together. Whisk in the remaining ingredients and lightly season with salt and pepper to taste. Divide and pour the mixture into each baguette boat and place onto a baking sheet. Bake for 25-35 minutes or until golden brown, puffed and set in the center. Allow to cool for about 5 minutes, cut and serve.
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Tie one on for Dad

happy-father's-day!Is June flying by incredibly quick for anyone else?  I feel like I’ve blinked and it’s already June 12.  One more blink and it will be June 21 and Father’s Day will be upon me.  Luckily I found 3 adorable bow tie ideas that I can use this year to make this holiday a breeze and me “Mom of the Year.”  (because THAT is what Father’s Day is about right?) 😉

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mms-bow-tiesFirst I found this great idea for making bow tie M & M’s.  I used washi tape to pull in the middle and then printed off ” You’re “TIE”rific  Happy Father’s Day!” on cardstock, attached and voilà!  Perfect gift for the one or 100 dads that are special in you life. It also makes a great card to send to any dads (and grandpas) who aren’t close enough to celebrate with in person.  (I found the original idea on Crafty Morning.  Thanks for the inspiration!!)

bow-tie-napkins2I thought these bow tie napkins were perfect for our table on Father’s Day.  I again used washi tape and I loved how the kids could do it.  This idea I found on Be Different, Act Normal, was one that I think would work well for making Dad feel important at a small family dinner or would also be great for a large affair celebrating the many wonderful men in your life.

 

The last “bow tie” is found on this fun (and easy) Father’s Day Cake.  A cake mix, a can of frosting abow-tie-cakend a bag (or two) of M&M’s and you’re set!  I found when I made mine that a medium sized bag did not have enough of the the blue M&M’s for the suspenders so I had to get another bag.  Just buy a large bag to start and you should be safe.  This is another thing that the kids can do to show Dad their love.  Thanks to “We like to Learn as we Go” for making Father’s Day dessert a no brainer this year!!

I’m so excited to use these fun ideas for our dad this year!  He’s the best and we love getting the chance to celebrate how awesome he is!!

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Southern Banana Pudding

southern-banana-puddingAngels.  They come into our lives at critical times. Times when we may be feeling emotionally or physically overwhelmed and they remind us that we are not alone.  That there are those in this world, and above this world, that available to support us, if we will only let them.  Two such angels came to me after the birth of my second son.

My first son had arrived late and I had needed to be inducted to have him.  I had been born 11 days late, (not that that means anything) but in my mind these two things meant that I would not be having babies early. Imagine my surprise when Baby #2 decided to demand his arrival 2 weeks early!  I was not ready for this and neither was my husband.  My mother was not in town (she quickly moved her flight to come in 4 days later).  She was my planned babysitter for while I was in the hospital and she was to be my help when I arrived home.  Oh, the best laid plans…

My husband took the next two days off from work, while I was in the hospital, but his schedule wouldn’t permit more than that.  So, I awoke that first morning home in full dread of the day ahead.  I had just given birth to a 10 lb 4 oz baby 3 days before and now I was on my own until 6:00 at night with said baby and a crazy active 23 month old.  It was all I could do to survive the day.  I’ll spare you my whining’s of the day’s happenings and just end with the wonderful angels that came to my house with a hot dinner for my family.  What a blessing!  It’s such a small thing, but it meant so much!  I was loved and others knew and empathized with what I was going through.  I was not alone!

The dessert that they brought was Southern Banana Pudding.  It was so good!  I savored every bite and managed to make it last for 3 days. I loved the soft cookies with the creamy pudding and the touch of sour that each of the lemon coated bananas had.  As far as I was concerned, it was heaven in a bowl.  I got the recipe and now every time I have Southern Banana Pudding I think of those angels and the light that they brought me.

I recently found this recipe on Chef Maria Kitchen and decided to try it because it was so similar to the one I already loved and I wanted to see if the differences improved it.  I actually like it better and this is now my go to recipe for Southern Banana Pudding.

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I like to run my banana slices through lemon juice immediately after I slice them.  This makes sure that the slices don’t brown and I like the little bit of acidy that it adds to the dish.  To do this just quickly dip the slices in a small bowl of lemon juice and then place them in another or bowl to store until you need them.

This recipe is just like the one that I got from those angels 13 years ago, expect for one ingredient.  The cream cheese was a new addition for me to this recipe.  I liked how it help tone down the taste of the sweetened condensed milk and brought a real balance to the flavors.

When you make this pudding make sure and give it a least four hours to sit in the refrigerator before serving it.  This will give the cookies time to soften.

This is a perfect dessert for a summer BBQ or a potluck dinner.  It’s light and refreshing and friends, big and small, love bananas and vanilla wafers!

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  1. Place lemon juice in a small bowl. Slice bananas and quickly run them through the lemon juice. Set aside. Line the bottom of a large glass bowl or a 9x13 pan with 1 bag of cookies and half of the bananas on top. In a medium mixing bowl combine the milk and pudding and mix according to the directions on the box. In another bowl combine the cream cheese and condensed milk with an electric mixer and mix until smooth. Fold the whipped topping into the cream cheese mixture. Add the cream cheese mixture to the pudding mixture and fold with a spatula until thoroughly combined. Pour half of the mixture over the cookies and bananas and repeat each of the layers (reserving cookies for the top if you want to decorate the top of the pudding.) Cover and refrigerator for a minimum of 4 hours before serving.
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AnneOpinion adapted from Chef Maria Kitchen

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Oreo Italian Love Cake

italian-Love-cakeSometimes you find a recipe that you like the look of so much that you accidently pin it on Pinterest a half a dozen times.  Italian Love Cake is one of those recipes for me.  I don’t know if it’s the beautiful clean lines between the layers or the fact that it’s chocolate cake with a cheesecake layer and chocolate frosting (yum!) but it’s been one that I’ve been contemplating for a while.  I realized that all of my pins linked bake to this original recipe from chewnibblenosh.com (who had adapted it from Paula Deen.) I finally tried it a couple of weeks ago and after making it a few times I feel like I’ve got a good recipe.

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I originally thought that the recipe called for Oreos.  It did not, but since I already had them I decided to use them.  It was a good choice.  The Oreos add a nice texture difference and a punch of flavor that is needed.

I really was not in love with this recipe that first time I made it.  My family’s favorite part was the frosting which is pudding and cool whip.  Everyone thought that while the white layer looked cool, it was completely lacking in flavor.  My kids called it the white layer that tastes like nothing.  I knew that while it had very little flavor, it was made with 2 lbs of ricotta cheese so it had plenty of calories!  This really bothered me so I decided to add some flavor to it.  I used orange emulsion one time (if you’re wondering what emulsions are, check out my explanation here) and I used almond extract another time.  Both needed a lot (a whole tablespoon) and the flavor that came out was very mild.  It was enough though to make this cake one that I would make again.

Don’t eat this right out of the oven!  I did that the first time and it wasn’t good.  It need time to chill to have the flavors blend together.

Make sure and use an electric mixer with the pudding.  There is less milk than with a regular pudding recipe and will be lumpy if you just whisk it.

It’s really fun to see the white and brown layers switch places.  You start with the chocolate cake on the bottom and after baking the cheesecake is on the bottom.  The layers looks so impressive when the cake is cut!

I think it would be fun to try more flavors in the white layer.  Raspberry is next on my list!  Let me know if you try a new one and how you liked it!

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Italian Love Cake – – plus ingredients to make cake, ricotta cheese, eggs, sugar, pkg of chocolate pudding, milk, Cool Whip, Oreos, Orange or almond extract or emulsion, Preheat your oven to 350*F and spray a 9×13 inch pan with nonstick spray. Line the Oreos on the bottom of the pan. Set aside. In a large bowl, mix together your cake mix according to the directions on the box. Pour over Oreos. In another bowl, using a hand mixer, beat together the ricotta cheese, eggs, sugar, and orange or almond emulsion until smooth. Spoon cheese layer over the whole cake evenly. Don’t worry! The layers switch during the baking time! Bake the cake at 350 for 1 hour. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before frosting. Once the cake is cool, stir the pudding mix and milk together with an electric mixer until combined. Carefully, fold the Cool Whip into the pudding until combined. Spread the pudding mixture over the top of the cooled cake. Cover the cake and refrigerate at least 6 hours before serving. It tastes even better the next day.
9.ENJOY!
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  1. Preheat your oven to 350*F and spray a 9x13 inch pan with nonstick spray. Line the Oreos on the bottom of the pan. Set aside. In a large bowl, mix together your cake mix according to the directions on the box. Pour over Oreos. In another bowl, using a hand mixer, beat together the ricotta cheese, eggs, sugar, and orange or almond emulsion until smooth. Spoon cheese layer over the whole cake evenly. Don't worry! The layers switch during the baking time! Bake the cake at 350 for 1 hour. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before frosting. Once the cake is cool, stir the pudding mix and milk together with an electric mixer until combined. Carefully, fold the Cool Whip into the pudding until combined. Spread the pudding mixture over the top of the cooled cake. Cover the cake and refrigerate at least 6 hours before serving. It tastes even better the next day. 9.ENJOY!
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AnneOpinion  adapted from chewnibblenosh.com

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