Bubble & Squeak

 Boiled potatoes and fried cabbage come together to form a great side dish or main ingredient in this Bubble & Squeak.  Round out the meal with ham steaks, fried eggs and Hollandaise Sauce on the top. 

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Binge watching cooking shows on the weekend paid off big time.  I mean look how good this recipe that was made on Food Paradise!  The Chef made a classic dish, Bubble and Squeak, then added ham, eggs and one of my favorites…Hollandaise Sauce.

What beer pairs well with Bubble & Squeak?

The beer: Guinness, of course.

Would you like an alternative, local Irish beer? Short’s Brewing Uncle Steve’s Traditional Irish Style Stout.

Try my Irish Stout Cake made with Uncle Steve’s for a St. Patrick’s Day dessert.

What movie pairs well with a St. Patrick’s Day themed dinner?

For  Mitten Movie Night why not just sit back and relax?  Play some music, talk with each other and enjoy the fact that Spring is just about here.

But if you must watch something check out this article for some great recommendations—> 15 Best Movies to Watch for St. Patrick’s Day

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For this classic dish, it’s a basic combination of cabbage and potatoes.  I made this in two pots-a larger pot then a deep skillet.

How to make Bubble & Squeak:

Clean, peel and chop potatoes then add to water.  Boil for 20 minutes until tender then drain.

Tips for making Bubble & Squeak:

  • Previously, I chopped the cabbage for this recipe but felt like it was too chunky to form good patties.  I updated the recipe and shredded the cabbage in the food processor. 
  • When forming the patties I let them chill in the freezer to firm them up, a step I didn’t do last time – even if you put them in the freezer for 10 minutes they will work much better for frying.

You will only need half of this, I made some coleslaw with the remaining half, yum!

To a food processor add the cabbage, onion and garlic and pulse until they are in small pieces.

Soften 1 Tbs butter in the pan the potatoes were cooked in.  To the pot that the potatoes were cooked in sautee the cabbage mixture for 4-5 minutes.

Add the potatoes back into the pan plus the milk, butter, salt and pepper to taste, and parsley flakes.  Using a potato masher smash everything together.

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Take a cookie sheet and add parchment paper.  Scoop out 8 patties then put them into the freezer for up to an hour.  This step makes it SO MUCH EASIER to fry the patties. 

Once they have cooled set up the staging area.  In 3 separate containers crack 2 eggs, 1/2 cup flour with salt and pepper to taste then 1/2 cup breadcrumbs.

Bring 1/2 cup oil to frying to med/high heat for frying.  Take the patties, flip on both sides into the flour, then the egg, then the breadcrumbs.

Add to oil in the pan frying on each side for 4-5 minutes.  Crispy!!  Remove and add to a plate with a paper towel.
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The Chef on the show served the patties with poached eggs, ham steaks and Hollandaise Sauce, the sauce is what sold me on making this for sure.  Eggs Benedict is what I order whenever I go out if it’s on the menu.  While I’ve tried to make the sauce many, many times at home with a 100% fail rate I quickly realized there was a better alternative.  The best part is it isn’t too buttery, cook the eggs I add or have a bitter lemon taste. Win!  That alternative is this—>

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Prepare the sauce as recommended on the package.  Then all that’s left to do is to cook the eggs which can be fried or poached.  Heat the ham steaks.

Prepare on a plate and drizzle with the sauce.

Need some more St. Patrick’s Day recipes?

And here you are…..
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Originally published in February of 2017. Updated photos & recipe March of 2019. 

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Bubble & Squeak
This Bubble and Squeak has crispy potato and cabbage patties served alongside poached eggs and ham. The final touch, Hollandaise Sauce. The perfect breakfast or 'brinner'.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Clean, peel and chop potatoes then add to water. Boil for 20 minutes until tender then drain.
  2. To a food processor add the cabbage, onion and garlic and pulse until they are in small pieces.
  3. Soften 1 Tbs butter in the pan the potatoes were cooked in. To the pot that the potatoes were cooked in sautee the cabbage mixture for 4-5 minutes.
  4. Add the potatoes back into the pan plus the milk, butter, salt and pepper to taste, and parsley flakes. Using a potato masher smash everything together.
  5. Take a cookie sheet and add parchment paper. Scoop out 8 patties then put them into the freezer for up to an hour. This step makes it SO MUCH EASIER to fry the patties.
  6. Once they have cooled set up the staging area. In 3 separate containers crack 2 eggs, 1/2 cup flour with salt and pepper to taste then 1/2 cup breadcrumbs.
  7. Bring 1/2 cup oil to frying to med/high heat for frying. Take the patties, flip on both sides into the flour, then the egg, then the breadcrumbs.
  8. Add to oil in the pan frying on each side for 4-5 minutes. Remove and add to a plate with a paper towel.
  9. Prepare the sauce as recommended on the package. Then all that's left to do is to cook the eggs which can be fried or poached. Heat the ham steaks.
  10. Prepare on a plate and drizzle with the sauce. Enjoy!

Valentine’s Cookie Pops

You will “LOVE” these Valentine’s Cookie Pops! Sugar cookie center, yummy chocolate and very portable. They make a great treat for parties or gifts.

A Valentine Cookie Pop with sprinkles on it.

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. I hope you are over your Christmas candy hangover because it’s time to rev up that sugar high again.

A Valentine Cookie Pop with sprinkles on it.

These cookie pops are so easy to make and perfect for parties or just a special treat. They work well as foodie gifts too!

How to make Valentine Cookie Pops:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Make the cookie dough according to package directions. You can also use already made cookie dough from the refrigerated section at the store.

Roll the dough out and cut with a heart cookie cutter. One package of dough makes enough for 10 cookie pops (20 cookies total).

Rolling out cookie dough and cutting heart cookies out for baking.

Put the cookies on a cookie sheet and cook according to the directions. Mine took about 10 minutes.

Remove the cookies from the oven then place on a rack to cool.

Once the cookies have cooled, melt the CandiQuick. I got the CandiQuick that you can heat up in the microwave.

When it has melted lay out to cookies-bottom side up. Add a small dab of chocolate, then a popsicle stick, more chocolate over the stick, then more chocolate on the second cookie. Place the second cookie on top of the other cookie.

Adding chocolate to heart cookies.

Repeat with the remaining cookies. Then let the chocolate harden, around 20 minutes. Don’t skip waiting for the chocolate to harden or the cookies will crumble when you add the chocolate coating.

Finally, dip the cookies into the CandiQuick to cover. Use a spoon to drizzle chocolate in places that you miss.

Place on wax paper and add candy sprinkles if you like.

Let the chocolate harden for 25 minutes to an hour.

Looking for more Valentine’s Day treats?

And here you are…..

Valentine Cookie Pops with chocolate and sprinkles.

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Valentine's Cookie Pops
Sugar cookies meet to make a perfectly portable treat with these Valentine's Cookie Pops. Covered in a thick chocolate coating, you will fall in 'love' with this special treat.
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Course Dessert
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Passive Time 30 minutes
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Course Dessert
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Passive Time 30 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Make the cookie dough according to package directions.
  3. Roll the dough out and cut with a heart cookie cutter. One package of dough makes enough for 10 cookie pops (20 cookies total).
  4. Put the cookies on a cookie sheet and cook according to the directions. Mine took about 10 minutes.
  5. Remove the cookies from the oven then place on a rack to cool.
  6. Once the cookies have cooled, melt the CandiQuick. I got the CandiQuick that you can heat up in the microwave.
  7. When it has melted lay out to cookies-bottom side up. Add a small dab of chocolate, then a popsicle stick, more chocolate over the stick, then more chocolate on the second cookie. Place the second cookie on top of the other cookie.
  8. Repeat with the remaining cookies. Then let the chocolate harden, around 20 minutes. Don't skip waiting for the chocolate to harden or the cookies will crumble when you add the chocolate coating.
  9. Finally, dip the cookies into the CandiQuick to cover. Use a spoon to drizzle chocolate in places that you miss.
  10. Place on wax paper and add candy sprinkles if you like.
  11. Place on wax paper and add candy sprinkles if you like. Enjoy!

Malted Milk Chocolate & Walnut Fudge

This Malted Milk Chocolate & Walnut Fudge has rich milk chocolate, marshmallows, crunchy walnuts and a little malty flavor that adds something a little extra to this fudge recipe.

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The holidays always call for fudge! Don’t you agree?  The thing that I love most about fudge too is that everyone makes it differently.  Whether it’s a classic chocolate and nut combination or loaded with goodies I have to admit that I haven’t ever met a piece of fudge that I did not like.

Another great thing about fudge, it’s SO EASY TO MAKE!

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The inspiration for this fudge recipe comes from my love of malted milk powder.  It is something I always have on hand.  It’s so good in plain or chocolate milk, shakes, even morning oatmeal.

Then I added marshmallows thinking of the hot chocolate that we make while it’s cold outside.  Finally, add the nuts for a crunchy texture.

How to make Malted Milk Chocolate & Walnut Fudge:

In a microwave proof bowl add the milk chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk.

Microwave the mixture in 45-second intervals, stirring in between to combine the ingredients.  It should take about 4-5 rounds until everything is well combined.

To the bowl add the marshmallows, walnuts and malted milk powder.  Stir to mix everything together.

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In an 8″x8″x pan add non-stick tin foil.  Lightly grease the tin foil then add the fudge mixture to the pan.

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Put the fudge into the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.   Make sure the fudge has set before trying to cut.

Cut into 25 pieces and serve.

Tips for making Malted Milk Chocolate & Walnut Fudge:

  • Since the chocolate mixture is hot the marshmallows will melt some. 
  • Store any leftover fudge in a container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. 

And here you are…..

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Malted Milk Chocolate & Walnut Fudge

Malted Milk Chocolate & Walnut Fudge has mini marshmallows and walnuts in every bite. Add a little maltiness to the chocolate for a great holiday treat!

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Course Dessert
Cuisine Chocolate, Fudge, Holiday

Prep Time 5 minutes
Passive Time 1 hour

Servings
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Course Dessert
Cuisine Chocolate, Fudge, Holiday

Prep Time 5 minutes
Passive Time 1 hour

Servings
pieces

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Instructions
  1. In a microwave proof bowl add the milk chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk.

  2. Microwave the mixture in 45-second intervals, stirring in between to combine the ingredients. It should take about 4-5 rounds until everything is well combined.

  3. To the bowl add the marshmallows, walnuts and malted milk powder. Stir to mix everything together.

  4. Put the fudge into the refrigerator for at least 1 hour. Make sure the fudge has set before trying to cut.

  5. Cut into 25 pieces and serve. Enjoy!


Recipe Notes

Tips for making Malted Milk Chocolate & Walnut Fudge:

  • Since the chocolate mixture is hot the marshmallows will melt some. 
  • Store any leftover fudge in a container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. 

Salad Delight

Salad Delight has tropical fruit, fluffy marshmallows, and whipped cream and toasted coconut.  It makes this vintage dessert perfect for the holidays, cookouts or anytime. 

Salad Delight in a bowl with slider sandwiches and a craft beer off to the side.

This Mitten Movie Night I’m taking it to the tropics so salad delight it is! Don’t let the name fool you this ‘salad’ is a tropical fruit salad that is a sweet treat. Fruits, marshmallows and whipped cream topped with toasted coconut. This vintage recipe stands the test of time and perfect for holidays, picnics or any night of the week.  I may not be able to escape to a warmer climate right now but I can make this salad delight, sit under a bright light with sunglasses and sip on a mango sour beer.  Sounds good, huh?

What TV show pairs well with fruit salad?

Recommended watching: We are catching up on a new to us show, Atlanta.  If you are a fan of Donald Glover either the show he started in Community or his music you will see him at his finest in this drama.  A little thing you may not know about him thought (and no he is NOT related to Danny Glover) he was actually discovered by Tina Fey and wrote for my favorite show ever, 30 Rock.

What beer pairs well with Salad Delight?

The beer: In The Flesh from Two Brothers Artisan Brewing.

With this, I am serving it as a side with some slider sandwiches.  A perfect beer to pair this with is In The Flesh from Two Brothers Artisan Brewing.  I’m a really big fan of sour beers and this one made with mango is on the top of my favorites list. The sourness does cut the sweetness of the salad. Delicious!

Now on to this salad delight that’s not a salad at all.

Salad Delight in a bowl ready to eat.

How to make Salad Delight:

While I do usually like to have pictures of each step there simply was no reason for it.  All you have to do is set the whipped cream and frozen fruit on the counter and let thaw.  You could also do this overnight in the refrigerator.  Once the items have thawed make sure to drain the frozen fruit as it may have water in the bottom.

Next, open the can of crushed pineapple and drain that too.  You don’t want it making your salad runny.

In a medium sized bowl add the fruit, pineapple, whipped cream, chopped banana, and marshmallows. Mix to combine all the ingredients.

In a small pan on the stove over medium heat melt 1/2 tsp of butter.  Add the coconut and toast for 2-3 minutes.  Take off the stove and let cool.

Sprinkle on top of the salad.

And here you are…..

Salad Delight in a bowl ready to eat.

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Salad Delight
Don't let the name fool you! Salad delight is a sweet treat. Fruit, marshmallows and whipped cream topped with toasted coconut. This vintage recipe stands the test of time and perfect for holidays, picnics or any night of the week.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Set the whipped cream and frozen fruit on the counter and let thaw. You could also do this overnight in the refrigerator. Once the items have thawed make sure to drain the frozen fruit as it may have water in the bottom.
  2. Next open the can of crushed pineapple and drain that too. You don't want it making your salad runny.
  3. In a medium sized bowl add the fruit, pineapple, whipped cream, chopped banana and marshmallows. Mix to combine all the ingredients.
  4. In a small pan on the stove over medium heat melt 1/2 tsp of butter. Add the coconut and toast for 2-3 minutes. Take off the stove and let cool.
  5. Sprinkle the coconut on top of the salad. Enjoy!

Chocolate Pecan Pie

A crisp, crunchy top with pecans make way for a fudge center then finally flaky pie crust. This Chocolate Pecan Pie is close your eyes and give a sigh good.

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Happy November!  Time to dust off Halloween and enjoy a few short weeks before we officially kick off the holidays.  If you’re anything like me even though I have to wait for Thanksgiving feasts I start planning out the menu now.  With any luck, you will want to save this Chocolate Pecan Pie recipe for yours.

This actually is a pie that I have been wanting to make forever.  I was talking to my Step-Mom about a drink recipe that I wanted to make for the holidays.  ‘You know this and your sister’s pie are always what I think about when I remember the holidays.’  A crisp, crunchy top with pecans made way for a fudge center then finally flaky pie crust.  Luckily for me, she knew the recipe and gave it to me right then and there.

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According to her, I could find the recipe on Baker’s German Chocolate baking squares.  Her sister then just omitted the coconut because her family didn’t care for it.

So off to the store I went and picked up the ingredients.  Unfortunately, the Baker’s Chocolate did not have this pie recipe in it but no worries I found this German Chocolate Pie Recipe from Betty Crocker and guess what?  It was spot on.  The perfect holiday pie recipe.

How to make Chocolate Pecan Pie:

For this, I used a pre-made pie crust.  Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and put the pie crust into a 9 inch greased pie plate.  Put the pie plate on a cookie sheet in case there is any run over from the pie.

To start in a bowl combine the sugar, cornstarch, and salt.  Mix with a whisk until combined.

In a separate bowl whisk together the egg yolks and vanilla.  Break the chocolate bar into pieces.

In a pot on the stove over medium/high heat start melting the butter then add the chocolate.  Stir until the butter and the chocolate has melted together completely.

Turn off the heat then whisk in the evaporated milk.  Let cool for a few minutes.

To the bowl with the eggs and vanilla mix in the cooled chocolate from the stove gradually, do not rush this step.  Mix in the sugar and cornstarch mixture.

Pour filling into the pie crust.

Finally, pour the pecans over the top.  Cook for 45-50 minutes or until you put a knife into the center and it comes out clean.

Let the pie cool for at least 4 hours.  Slice it up and serve with whipped cream.  And here you are….

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Chocolate Pecan Pie
A crisp, crunchy top with pecans make way for a fudge center then finally flaky pie crust. This Chocolate Pecan Pie is close your eyes and give a sigh good.
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Course Dessert
Cuisine Chocolate, Holiday, Pie
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Servings
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Ingredients
Course Dessert
Cuisine Chocolate, Holiday, Pie
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Servings
pieces
Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and put the pie crust into a 9 inch greased pie plate. Put the pie plate on a cookie sheet in case there is any run over from the pie.
  2. To start in a bowl combine the sugar, cornstarch and salt. Mix with a whisk until combined.
  3. In a separate bowl whisk together the egg yolks and vanilla. Break the chocolate bar into pieces. In a pot on the stove over medium/high heat start melting the butter then add the chocolate. Stir until the butter and the chocolate have melted together completely. Turn off the heat then whisk in the evaporated milk. Let cool for a few minutes.
  4. To the bowl with the eggs and vanilla mix in the cooled chocolate from the stove gradually, do not rush this step. Mix in the sugar and cornstarch mixture.
  5. Pour filling into the pie crust. Finally pour the pecans over the top. Cook for 45-50 minutes or until you put a knife into the center and it comes out clean.
  6. Let the pie cool for at least 4 hours. Slice it up and serve with whipped cream. Enjoy!

Cracker Candy

Have you ever had candy made out of saltine crackers?  If not, you absolutely don’t know what you’re missing out on. Cracker Candy is the perfect combination of salty toffee, crispy crackers, and sweet chocolate. Top with your families favorite toppings for a treat that will please everyone.

Ingredients ready to make Cracker Candy.

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I was so excited to have the opportunity to partner with Imperial Sugar for Choctoberfest!  My little guy even got into the action layering the crackers onto the sheet pan.  Imperial Sugar is the perfect ingredient for all the goodies we plan on making this holiday season. Create some lifelong memories when you bake with love and Imperial Sugar.

A little hand laying out crackers on a sheet pan.

While holiday cookie baking can be fun, I have to admit again that I am not a really good baker.  So easy recipes like this Cracker Candy, or better known as Christmas Crack, are a welcome addition to the holidays.  It’s a recipe I know even I can throw together in a pinch.

There are also so many different ways to make it that guests won’t get sick of seeing it at all the holiday functions you attend with them.

Variations of Cracker Candy:

  • White chocolate, dried cranberries and pecan pieces.
  • Peanut butter chips, mini chocolate chips, and salted peanuts.
  • Dark chocolate chips (halved with milk chocolate chips), crushed peppermint candies. 

How to make Cracker Candy:

Start by covering a cookie sheet with tin foil then spray with oil.  Now layer crackers evenly over the whole sheet.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  In a medium saucepan melt 1 cup of butter (2 sticks) then add 1 cup of packed Imperial Brown Sugar.  Slowly bring to a boil for 4-5 minutes.

Pour over the crackers and put directly into the oven.  Cook for 5 minutes.

Steps and ingredients for making Cracker Candy.

Take the crackers out of the oven.  Sprinkle the chocolate chips in a thin layer over the top of the crackers.

Once they are all melted put back into the oven for 2 minutes.

Chocolate being spread over saltine crackers.

Add whatever toppings you like.  I added nuts to all the crackers but shredded coconut to only half since not everyone in the house likes it.

Put in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to harden the chocolate. Once the chocolate has hardened crack into pieces.

Tips for making Cracker Candy:

  • Be patient and gentle as you spread the chocolate chips on the crackers. It does take a little time. 
  • You may have to crack some of the crackers in half to fill out the edges. The toffee mixture will fill in all the cracks. 

And here you are….

Cracker Candy broken up and ready to eat.

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Cracker Candy
Cracker Candy or 'Christmas Crack' is saltine crackers with toffee sauce poured over them then spread with chocolate and topped with nuts and coconut. Perfect for the holidays!
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Course Dessert
Cuisine Candy, Dessert, Holiday
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Passive Time 30 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Dessert
Cuisine Candy, Dessert, Holiday
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Passive Time 30 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. Start by covering a cookie sheet with tin foil then spray with oil. Now layer crackers evenly over the whole sheet. You may have to crack some of the crackers in half to fill out the edges.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  3. In a medium saucepan melt 1 cup of butter (2 sticks) then add 1 cup of packed Imperial Brown Sugar. Slowly bring to a boil for 4-5 minutes.
  4. Pour over the crackers and put directly into the oven. Cook for 5 minutes.
  5. Take the crackers out of the oven. Sprinkle the chocolate chips in a thin layer over the top of the crackers.
  6. Once they are all melted put back into the oven for 2 minutes.
  7. Add whatever toppings you like. I added nuts to all the crackers but shredded coconut to only half since not everyone in the house likes it.
  8. Put in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to harden the chocolate. Once the chocolate has hardened crack into pieces. Enjoy!

Neapolitan Poke Cake

Strawberry cake, chocolate pudding, and vanilla whipped cream make this Neapolitan Poke Cake a triple dessert pleasure that’s perfect for Valentine’s Day!

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February brings a little holiday that can easily leave you feeling warm in the heart & soul even if it’s cold outside, “Valentine’s Day”.  For my sweethearts, I made this Neapolitan Poke Cake.  Layers of strawberry, chocolate, and vanilla make this simple dessert into a special treat for the ones I love.

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Aren’t simple desserts the best?  Not only are they easy to make but I am still in the learning phases of becoming the baker I one day hope to be!  Until then, I will stick with no-bake cheesecakes, simple upside down cakes and poke cakes.  Easy and delicious.

How to make Neapolitan Poke Cake:

Beat cake mix ingredients in a bowl at medium speed until well combines.  Grease a 13×9 pan and add cake mix.  Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.  Take cake out and let cool.

Once the cake has cooled down a bit make the pudding.  With an electric mixer blend together the milk and chocolate pudding mix until completely blended, around 3 minutes.

Now it’s time to ‘poke’ it.  Take a straw and insert to make holes all over the cake.  Pour the pudding on top of the cake then take a spatula to push the pudding so that it goes into all the ‘pokes’ and spread evenly all over the top.

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Refrigerate to let the pudding set for around 2-3 hours.

Just before serving add vanilla to the tub of whipped cream and stir to combine. Spread whipped cream all over the top of the cake.

Top with chopped strawberries and chocolate syrup.

Tips & Variations for Neapolitan Poke Cake:

  • When I make cakes I always go straight to the box but then I divert from the directions by substituting the water for milk.

And here you are…..

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Neapolitan Poke Cake
Strawberry cake poked and filled with chocolate pudding and topped with vanilla whipped cream. Neapolitan Poke Cake is the perfect Valentine's Day dessert.
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Course Dessert
Cuisine Cake, Dessert, Holiday
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
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Ingredients
Strawberry Cake
Chocolate Pudding
Vanilla Whipped Cream Frosting
Course Dessert
Cuisine Cake, Dessert, Holiday
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
pieces
Ingredients
Strawberry Cake
Chocolate Pudding
Vanilla Whipped Cream Frosting
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Instructions
Strawberry Cake
  1. Beat cake mix ingredients in a bowl at medium speed until well combines.
  2. Grease a 13x9 pan and add cake mix. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Take cake out and let cool.
  3. Once the cake has cooled down a bit now it's time to 'poke' it. Take a straw and insert to make holes all over the cake.
Chocolate Pudding
  1. With an electric mixer blend together the milk and chocolate pudding mix until completely blended, around 3 minutes. Pour the pudding over top of cake then use a spatula to spread evenly while pushing the pudding into the poke marks.
  2. Refrigerate to let the pudding set for around 2-3 hours.
Vanilla Whipped Cream Frosting
  1. Just before serving add vanilla to tub of whipped cream and stir to combine. Spread whipped cream all over the top of the cake. Top with chopped strawberries and chocolate syrup. Enjoy!

Peppermint Mocha Poke Cake

White cake is ‘poked’ and filled with peppermint mocha pudding. Top with a simple whipped cream topping and chopped peppermint bark.  Peppermint Mocha Poke Cake is an easy holiday dessert everyone will love.

Peppermint Mocha Poke Cake | Bottom Left of the Mitten

The holidays are so much fun around here.  Not only do we have Christmas coming but it’s also a time for several birthdays in our family.  Just a few days before Christmas we celebrate my Mother -In-Law’s.  After spending the week with her recently I found out she has a peppermint mocha obsession so I decided to bake her something I know she will love, Peppermint Mocha Poke Cake.

While we were in Disney World during the week of Thanksgiving I found out that my MIL has a ‘Starbucks’ Sixth Sense.  It was like she could sniff one out from 300 feet away.  She would say “I’ll be right back!” then return with a steaming cup of Starbucks Peppermint Mocha with delight in her eyes.  I think it was her favorite thing to do next to eating at Be Our Guest.  I hope she enjoys this cake as much as she enjoyed that Starbucks!

Peppermint Mocha Poke Cake | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Feel free to cook the white cake mix per package directions.  For me, that is usually just a ‘guide’.  Most boxed cake mixes call for water which I will substitute with milk.  Or for my Piña Colada Upside Down Cake I added pineapple juice.  Mix it up! And this trick works for most baked goods.  Take my Chocolate Cherry Cafe Brownies, for example, I used coffee instead of milk or water.  Turned out great!

How to make Peppermint Mocha Poke Cake:

For this particular recipe, I used 1/2 cup oil, 1 cup milk, and 3 eggs.

Mix then add the batter to a 13″ x 9″ greased pan then put into a preheated 350-degree oven.

Bake for 34-38 minutes.

Take out to cool for 10-15 minutes.

Peppermint Mocha Poke Cake | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Once the cake has cooled down a bit now it’s time to ‘poke’ it.  Take a straw and insert to make holes all over the cake.  Once it’s been sufficiently poked now it’s time to prepare the pudding.

With an electric mixer blend together the milk, peppermint mocha creamer and chocolate pudding mix until completely blended, about 3 minutes.

Pour the pudding over top of the ake then use a spatula to spread evenly while pushing the pudding into the poke marks.  Now lick the bowl, you know you want to! 

Refrigerator to let the pudding set for around 2-3 hours.

Just before serving frost with the whipped cream.  Chop up the peppermint bark and sprinkle over the top.

So festive!  And here you are….

Peppermint Mocha Poke Cake | Bottom Left of the Mitten

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Happy Holidays!

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Peppermint Mocha Poke Cake
Peppermint Mocha Poke Cake is a fluffy white cake 'poked' and filled with pudding. Top with whipped cream and peppermint bark. A great holiday treat!
Peppermint Mocha Poke Cake | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Dessert
Cuisine Cake, Holiday
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 38 minutes
Passive Time 2 hours
Servings
pieces
Ingredients
White Cake
Peppermint Mocha Pudding
Topping
Course Dessert
Cuisine Cake, Holiday
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 38 minutes
Passive Time 2 hours
Servings
pieces
Ingredients
White Cake
Peppermint Mocha Pudding
Topping
Peppermint Mocha Poke Cake | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
White Cake
  1. For this particular recipe I used 1/2 cup oil, 1 cup milk and 3 eggs. Mix then add the batter to a 13" x 9" greased pan then put into a preheated 350 degree oven. Bake for 34-38 minutes. Take out to cool for 10-15 minutes.
  2. Once the cake has cooled down a bit now it's time to 'poke' it. Take a straw and insert to make holes all over the cake.
Peppermint Mocha Pudding
  1. With an electric mixer blend together the milk, peppermint mocha creamer and chocolate pudding mix until completely blended, around 3 minutes. Pour the pudding over top of cake then use a spatula to spread evenly while pushing the pudding into the poke marks.
  2. Refrigerator to let the pudding set for around 2-3 hours.
Topping
  1. Just before serving frost with the whipped cream. Chop up the peppermint bark and sprinkle over the top.

Caramel Bottom Eggnog Cheesecake #SundaySupper

This No-bake Caramel Bottom Eggnog Cheesecake is a holiday dessert that has something for everyone-eggnog, caramel, candied nuts, and gingersnaps. Wow your guests with this unique holiday dessert

Caramel Bottom Eggnog Cheesecake from Bottom Left of the Mitten

I feel like the holiday can finally get underway.  I’ve strung the lights up outside, put up the tree, hit the Amazon Cyber Monday deals.  We are way ahead of schedule this year and only have a few presents left to get so that means in not too long I have to do one task that I don’t particularly like about Christmas-wrapping presents.  I’ll be honest, I suck at it!

However one tradition that I have kind of makes it easy to get through, I enjoy a big glass of eggnog while doing it.  That creamy concoction mixed with a little spiced rum….yummy!  Makes the fact that I cannot make even a shirt box look presentable a little less stinging. But I’ve never had ‘nog any other way….so I decided to try something different.

In order to let everyone this holiday season enjoy eggnog, I decided to use it in a method that is quickly becoming one of my favorite ways to cook ~ no-bake cheesecake.  A no-bake cheesecake can be changed up to suit the needs of any occasion. Easy, fast, versatile and more importantly~delicious! 

This Caramel Bottom Eggnog Cheesecake with Ginger Snap Crust is a winner for the holidays.  And did you see that I said ‘easy’?  Check out the video showing how quickly it comes together.

Dessert is made.  So now you can get back to wrapping all those presents.  I hope you are better at it than I am!

And here you are……Caramel Bottom Eggnog Cheesecake from Bottom Left of the Mitten

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Thank you, Christie, from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventure for hosting this holiday recipe roundup for everyone who loves eggnog!  Get 20+ more recipes here…..

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Caramel Bottom Eggnog Cheesecake
Caramel Bottom Eggnog Cheesecake has a creamy cheesecake filling and a crunchy gingersnap cookie crust. Drizzle with caramel and candied walnuts. A great no-bake holiday treat!
Caramel Bottom Eggnog Cheesecake | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Dessert
Cuisine Dessert, Holiday, Pie
Prep Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 4 hours
Servings
pieces
Ingredients
Candied Walnuts
Eggnog Filling
Ginger Snap crust
Carmel Bottom & Drizzle
  • 11 ounces caramels reserve 10 in seperate dish for dirzzle
  • 3 Tbs milk 2 for caramel bottom then 1 for drizzle
Course Dessert
Cuisine Dessert, Holiday, Pie
Prep Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 4 hours
Servings
pieces
Ingredients
Candied Walnuts
Eggnog Filling
Ginger Snap crust
Carmel Bottom & Drizzle
  • 11 ounces caramels reserve 10 in seperate dish for dirzzle
  • 3 Tbs milk 2 for caramel bottom then 1 for drizzle
Caramel Bottom Eggnog Cheesecake | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. For the candied walnuts cook butter, brown sugar and walnuts for 1-2 minutes on stove top medium/high heat. Set to the side to cool.
  2. Crush cookies then add to a greased pie pan. Mix with sugar and butter. Press down to form to pan.
  3. Melt larger bowl of caramels with 2 Tbs milk for around 35-45 seconds. Pour into crust.
  4. Mix Jell-o, eggnog, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg together with electric mixer until combined. Pour over caramel and ginger snap crust.
  5. Melt the reserved caramels and milk for 25-35 seconds in microwave. Drizzle over the top of the pie. Add candied walnuts.
  6. Refrigerate for 4-6 hours. Cut into 8 pieces. Enjoy!

Ham It Up Cheese Ball

This Ham It Up Cheese Ball is a quick and easy appetizer recipe.  Serve up with chips or crackers and you are ready to party!

Ham It Up Cheese Ball from Bottom Left of the Mitten

This week for Mitten Movie Night I’m shaking things up a bit!  No beer pairing.  Instead, I am sharing a quick appetizer that can be made for all the fun parties and tailgates that are going on for Fall.  Just a few ingredients and you’ve got a creamy, cheesy, hammy cheese ball recipe.

Usually, Friday night is the night hubby and I relax.  Watch a movie, grab a good beer after eating a great dinner.  But tonight is different because I have another date…with my 10-year-old!  We are heading to see author Johnathan Rand at the local Middle School.  On a trip 3 years ago to Mackinac Island we found his Michigan Chillers books so we purchased a few.  Since then Big A’s collection has grown quite extensively to include most of the American Chillers as well.  Here he is a few years ago for ‘Dress Like A Book Character Day’ in honor of Kentucky Komodo Dragons.

Ham It Up Cheese Ball from Bottom Left of the Mitten

It was exciting when I was reading our local newspaper and found out he was coming right here to our little town!  We may be small but we have a great Chamber of Commerce, the Dogwood Fine Arts which is putting this together as well as Southwestern Michigan College who put on plays that just make my jaw drop.  It’s a great place to live in the Bottom Left of the Mitten.  So he and I are going to head there while Dad & Little A stay home.

Ok, on to the cheese ball!  I am making this for a party that we are going to tomorrow.  Hayride, good friends, good food.  I’m excited.  The nice thing about this is it takes just a few ingredients and quick even though it does require some serious stirring.  Check out the video below………

Serve with some pita chips and this cheese ball is party perfect!

And here you are….

Ham It Up Cheese Ball | Bottom Left of the Mitten

 From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

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Ham It Up Cheese Ball from Bottom Left of the Mitten

Print Recipe
Ham It Up Cheese Ball
Just a few ingredients and you've got a creamy, cheesy, Ham It Up Cheese Ball that you can serve with chips or crackers. Party perfection!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Appetizer, Holiday
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
cheese ball
Ingredients
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Appetizer, Holiday
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
cheese ball
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Chop green onions and ham into small pieces so that you get a little in each bite.
  2. Add both packages of cream cheese to a bowl. Then add seasoning salt and Worcestershire Sauce. Stir. Add green onions and ham. Finish stirring until all ingredients combined.
  3. Add 1 cup of combined cheeses. Stir until a ball is formed.
  4. On a separate plate put the additional 1/2 cup of cheese. Roll the ball into the cheese. When all cheese has stuck transfer to another plate.
  5. Serve with Pita Chips or Crackers. Enjoy!

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