Adventures of Supermommy

June 9, 2010

New Recipe! Cheesecake Eggrolls!

Filed under: Cooking and Recipes — Tags: , , , — adventuresofsupermommy @ 11:13 pm

Craving cheesecake?  Don’t want to wait two days to make one from scratch?  This recipe might stave off the craving just a little bit until you can make the real thing.

Okay, I’ve been wanting to try this idea for a while, but finally got around to it.

Applebee’s used to sell fried cheesecake.  I almost cried when they told me they didn’t have them anymore.

This isn’t quite exactly them, but this is SUPER EASY and quick.  From start to finish, it took maybe ten minutes since I had the fryer out already for dinner.

  • 1 package cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 4 -5 eggroll wrappers
  • “glue” a little flour and water to seal up the edges
  • Shortening or Oil for deep frying

Beat the cream cheese and sugar thoroughly.  You’re not making frosting here so you don’t have to beat them too long.  I didn’t even soften the cream cheese, I took it directly out of the fridge.

Place a heavy dollop of this mixture in the center of the wrapper and roll it up like you would make an eggroll.  This does take some practice, but you’ll get it.  (sorry, I didn’t take pictures of the construction)  Seal it up.

I cranked up my Fry Daddy as high as it would go.  You don’t have to really cook the contents, you just want to crisp and brown the outside.

The powdered sugar is just for pretties!

Ta-Dah!!!

Additions I’m going to try very soon:

  • Add a little vanilla extract
  • Add a little lemon juice or grated lemon zest
  • Add a few chocolate chips
  • Make a strawberry sauce for dipping….

Holy crap, these are pretty good.  They’re not as good as real cheesecake, but you know what?  For as quick as they are, they’re awesome!

See ya’ll soon!

Samantha

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New Chicken Recipe!

Filed under: Cooking and Recipes, Tips and Tricks — Tags: , — adventuresofsupermommy @ 12:38 am

Sorry it’s been so long since I’ve posted.

So, The Librarian (hubby) and I have decided that we’re getting tired of the same ol’ recipes.  While they are good and well-liked by our toddler (who isn’t that picky of an eater, thankfully), we’re just tired of eating the same old stuff over and over again.  So, here’s a new way to make chicken that’s super easy!

First, I had some boneless, skinless chicken in the fridge.  Lucky for me, it was thawed out.  Time was  a little shorter than usual, so I cut them up into thin strips so they would cook faster.  (I’m thinking Chicken Fries).  I started marinating it in Zesty Italian Dressing and got out some Seasoned Flour*.  They fried up okay, but the crispies (the breading) kept falling off of the chicken and just burning in the deep fryer, then re-sticking to the food and looking horrible.  I don’t like that too much.  By this point, Aby was screaming her poor little 4 month old heart out to be fed.  She was just wasting away, just starving to death.  *note the sarcasm here*  So, yet again, Supermommy has to cook dinner while breastfeeding and manage to not burn or drop the baby!

I was about to cook the last batch, but I couldn’t pull it off one handed.  I didn’t want to wait, because Kaylee was getting cranky since dinner was a little later than usual.  So, I dumped the flour on top of the chicken that was still marinating, stirred it up a little bit and voila!  A super-tasty batter!  It fried up so nicely, didn’t fall off, and was even tastier than the first batch!  To say that the chicken got gobbled up would be a severe understatement.  Kaylee gave it her seal of approval, she said “Nummy!” as soon as she tasted it. Sorry we didn’t take pictures, but it was gone rather quickly and dinnertime was a little to rowdy this time around.  Maybe next time.

So, here’s the recipe in short form:

Chicken (I used breast meat, sliced thinly)

Italian Dressing, or salad dressing of your choosing

Seasoned Flour (see below)

Make batter to be slightly sticky, coat the chicken, deep fry until golden and delicious.

You could probably use just plain flour since there’s so much flavor in the dressing, but it’s just what I ended up with, try it however you wish!

Seasoned Flour.  I use this often, from making cubed steak real quick, to chicken to… whatever.  So, instead of mixing it up every time I want some, which is time consuming and a little wasteful, since I don’t want to use it after I’ve dipped meat in it, so I end up throwing most of it away.   I just mix up a few cups of it and keep it sealed up tight in a zip top bag.  Then I can pour out just enough for my recipe and I’m done.

This stuff can be made with whatever seasonings you use the most at your household, these are just the ones that get used the most at our house.

Plain, All-Purpose Flour, Seasoned Salt, Nature’s Seasons, Garlic Powder, Paprika, Onion Powder, and Italian Seasoning.

April 30, 2010

Homemaking: The Lost Art

Filed under: Cooking and Recipes, Crafts and Projects, Rants — adventuresofsupermommy @ 8:59 pm

First, I would like to point out this blog entry by a friend of mine.  If you haven’t read it already, please do so.

All I gotta say is AMEN, Sister!  I might not have the punk style leanings, but I have found that when someone asks about something I’ve made and I tell them I made it, I get so many people that look like they’re going to fall over with surprise.

I mean, I took home economics in high school.  I’m shocked when I find out that it’s not offered everywhere anymore.  Yes, we might be turning out teenagers and young adults that know more about computers or fixing cars or whatever, but geez!  These kids can’t cook for themselves or sew a button on.  Example:  My sister in law.  She doesn’t really know how to cook Hamburger Helper. I was asked to sew a patch on her nursing (student) uniform for her.  She went to a fine arts magnet school, but she doesn’t know how to do the simple little domestic tasks!

America’s statistics for obesity are on the rise, right?  Fast food and convenience foods are to blame, right?  To a point, I think so.  I think a big part of it is that nobody is teaching youngsters to cook anymore, so we’re ending up with adults that can build rockets but not cook a decent meal.  I could be wrong, but I think there’s a little correlation there.

I don’t think my role as a housewife is one of servitude.  I would rather think of myself as a domestic goddess.  Not only do we eat yummy food that I cooked, I’m working on having some original and unique clothes for myself and my girls.  I will post some pictures sooner or later.

So, there’s my opinion.  Cheers to all the parents and domestic goddesses and gods!

April 29, 2010

Potato Soup Recipe

Filed under: Cooking and Recipes — adventuresofsupermommy @ 12:37 am

This soup is great when we’re low on cash, it’s filling, warm, gooey, and comforting.  I am NOT saying that it’s low-fat.

Okay, please forgive my lack of measurements.  I tend to add something until it “looks right” or “tastes right”.  Just keep tasting things as you go and adjust the seasonings to your taste.  This is a VERY forgiving recipe.

Potatoes: Yukon gold potatoes are the best (but more expensive), Red potatoes are a close second, but any old potatoes will do in a pinch.  I’ve even made this soup with a few potatoes of different varieties, and it turned out really good.  The quantity?  umm…  depends on how much soup you want to make.  I make a pretty big pot, cuz this stuff is really good left over.  So…  2-3 pounds?  Wash them, peel them, cut them up (not too small… 1 to 1.5 inch dice), put them in the pot with some salt and cover them with water.  (At this point, I hope you have a good soup pot with a decently heavy bottom).   Cook until fork tender, but not falling apart.  Also, carrots are nice to add, good flavor and they add some color.

While that’s cooking, I tend to take a package of bacon and cut it into bite-sized pieces.  (Use kitchen shears, it’s easier.) Dice up some onions – One large one or two mediums.  If you like celery, and have some on hand, slice it up too.

When your potatoes are done, drain them in a colander and sit them aside for a few minutes.  They’ll stay hot, I promise.

In the same pot, don’t bother washing it, just throw it back on the stove over medium heat, throw in one stick (1/2 cup) of butter or margarine (butter is better), the bacon, onions, celery and sweat it until the onions are translucent.  This means don’t cook them too fast, you don’t want them to brown, just soften.  If they do burn, it’s not going to hurt anything, the soup will still taste good.  Yes, there is both bacon fat and butter in this soup.  I said it tasted good, not that it was low-fat.

Once the onions are softened, add one can of chicken broth.  You can use vegetable stock or whatever you like if you wish.  Time to season: I use lots of black pepper, parsley, and a little garlic powder.  You salted the potatoes already, and bacon is salty enough, and chicken broth is usually pretty salty as well, so don’t add more salt until you get it all put together and taste it.  Return the potatoes to the pot, stirring gently from here on out so they don’t fall apart on you.  Add one can of evaporated milk or just regular milk.  Bring the soup back to a simmer.  You don’t want to get up to a rolling boil from here on out or you might scald the milk, and that’s not what we’re going for.

If you like your soup “soupy”, you’re done.  Go on to the next step.  However, I like mine thick.  How to achieve this?  Instant mashed potato flakes.  Just add about a half a cup at a time until you reach the consistency you like.

Time to add CHEESE!!!  Shredded cheddar, or whatever you like.  As much as you like.  We like lots of cheese in our house.  You can either add it to the pot and let it melt or serve the cheese on the side or both.  Mmm, cheese..

That’s it.  I hope you like it.  Feel free to tweak it to your own tastes, add things, make it your own!

P.S. If you reheat it, you might need to add some more milk to loosen it back up, as it tends to thicken up a lot when refrigerated.  I haven’t tried freezing it, though.  I don’t think potatoes would freeze and thaw all that well, I don’t know.

April 20, 2010

What a Long, Busy Weekend

Filed under: Cooking and Recipes, Family, Rants — Tags: , , , , — adventuresofsupermommy @ 12:09 am

Gods, I’m tired.  Got a lot done over the weekend, though.  I made pancakes Sunday morning like this:

Yes, I had to interrupt hubby's breakfast to take a photo.

Yes, I had to interrupt hubby’s breakfast to take a photo.

Then, after cleaning up in the house and in the yard and in the garage a little bit, Kaylee got her sandbox.  I think the picture says it all.

And today, we went to Babies R Us to get diapers, etc…  and a woman in the parking lot complimented how cute Kaylee was.  She didn’t see Aby at the time, and I was loading the kids into the car anyway, so I picked up the carrier so she could see.  She asked their ages, and I told her (21 months and 2 months) and this is the kicker.  She said, “And you’re pregnant again?!”  I mean, the woman didn’t take the time to think about what she was saying.  She didn’t do the math that I have an infant right there and wouldn’t have time to get pregnant enough to show in such a short time, much less lose pregnancy weight…  I’m trying not to be offended, really.  Psh. I mean, I don’t think I look pregnant…  maybe a little soft around the middle, but…  *pouts*

Oh, and I managed to break my sewing machine.  I’ve got to try to get it working again.

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