Saturday, November 29, 2008

Mint Brownies

I love these brownies because they are easy to make and I always have the stuff on hand to make them. Enjoy!

First Layer:
2 Cups Sugar
1 1/2 Cups Flour
1 tsp. Salt
2/3 Cup Baking Cocoa
1 Cup Oil
4 Eggs
2 tsp. Vanilla

Mix all ingredients and pour into greased 9x13 pan. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes at 350 degrees.

Second Layer:

3 cups Powered Sugar
3 Tbsp. Milk
6 Tbsp. Butter
1 tsp. mint flavoring extract
couple of drops of green food coloring (I use red and also orange for different holidays)
Blend all ingredients together and then spread on cooled brownies. Place into freezer for 30 to 60 minutes to set.

Third Layer:
4-5 Tbsp. Butter
1 Cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
Melt in microwave oven and stir until melted. Pour over top of mint frosting. Chill in refrigerator until ready to serve.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Oven Kalua Pork

I make this recipe all the time because it is so yummy, it is so quick - I am done before the oven even finished pre heating, I have all the ingredients on hand all the time (I only have to buy the roast) and because it makes a lot! Ross and I will eat it for dinner the first night with rice and steamed veggies. For the rest of the week we use it to make different dinners (i.e. I make the BBQ sauce found here, serve it on hamburger buns with a salad or corn on the cob if it is corn season one night. We will use it with beans, rice, guacamole and salsa the next night in burritos. I will use it with this sweet and sour sauce , add pineapple tidbits and chopped green peppers over rice another night). Pretty much anything goes. But then it only takes 15 minutes to make dinner the rest of the week - which is how I roll

1/2 cup soy sauce
3 Tbsp. coarse salt
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 small piece of fresh ginger root, crushed (or 1 tsp. ground ginger)
1 clove garlic, minced
5-6 pounds boneless pork roast
1 tsp. liquid wood smoke flavoring

In a small bowl, combine soy sauce, salt, Worcestershire sauce, ginger and garlic. Mix well. Lay 3 sheets of aluminum foil out, one on top of another. Place roast in center of aluminum foil; rub with soy sauce mixture and sprinkle with liquid smoke. Fold all 3 sheets of aluminum foil over top of roast and secure tightly. Place wrapped meat in a baking pan. Roast at 375 for 5 hours. Shred the pork before serving.

** Recipe from the Lion House Entertaining Cookbook**

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