Thursday, August 29, 2013

Stephen's Coconut Mojito

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Very refreshing!  My son, Steve, made these for a family dinner, and they were a bit hit.  They have a tropical taste, are slightly sweet from the coconut milk and have the consistency of a frozen marguerita.  This recipe makes 2 servings. 

4 cups ice cubes
2-1/2 limes, rind removed
7 oz sweetened cream of coconut (I used coconut milk)
2-1/2 jiggers Bacardi white rum (a jigger = 1.5 fluid ounce)
5 sprigs fresh mint leaves
Additional mint leaves and lime wedges for garnish (optional)

Remove the rind from the limes.  Blend the ice, limes, coconut milk, rum and mint leaves in a blender until smooth.  Pour into two glasses, garnish with mint sprig and lime wedge if desired.

This drink was made especially for cousin Patti, pictured here with her husband Cliff, who were visiting from Seattle.

Thai Sweet Chili Wings

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I love the sweet, tangy and spicy taste of these chicken wings.  This version is mildly spicy, and you can adjust the heat by adding more Sambal Oelek chili sauce.  They were devoured in minutes.  I will definitely make this again for the next family gathering.

Chicken wings, separated into sections
3/4 cup Mae Ploy sweet chili sauce
2 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp Sambal Oelek chili sauce

Peanuts, chopped (optional)
Green onions, chopped (optional)

Mix the Mae Ploy sauce, soy sauce and Sambal Oelek in a small bowl.  Line a cookie sheet with foil, and spray with PAM.  Place the chicken wings, skin side up, on the cookie sheet.  Baste with a little canola oil, and season with salt and pepper.  Bake at 450 degrees for 45 minutes.  After baking, mix the wings with the sauce.  Place on a serving platter.  Top with green onions and peanuts, if desired.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Easy Apple Cake (Two Ingredient)

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It's the easiest cake to make!  It has just two ingredients, a yellow cake mix and a can of apple pie filling.  You mix the two together, and bake it in a square pan.  The cake turns out so moist with tender chunks of apple in each bite.  Frost this one with a marscapone whipped cream frosting or cream cheese icing.

1, Duncan Hines Yellow Cake Mix
1 can, prepared apple pie filling

Mix the two together in a large mixing bowl.  Spray a square pan with PAM.  Pour the mixture into the prepared pan, and bake for 30-35 min. at 350 degrees.  Test for doneness with a cake tester or toothpick.

It was little grandson Seanie's birthday cake.