Monday, July 29, 2013

~Skillet Lasagna~

This evening we had the next best thing to old fashioned lasagna that takes a while to cook, combine and bake in the oven....Skillet Lasagna!
I am posting the previous blog post that I posted last year for this household's staple.
Here's the Skillet Lasagna.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

~Chinese tonight ~

Tonight we had Chinese!  Since I blogged these before I'll post the links to each of the original blogs.

We had Kung Pao Chicken and Fried Rice.  Delicious!

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Saturday, July 27, 2013

~ Fine Restaurant Quality Crab Cakes ~

Okay, we have our new FAVORITE GC entree.  This is a new item that I was anxious to try.  So instead of our usual Pizza/Beer last night, we had these delicious Crab Cakes! We just moved the Pizza/Beer to tonight for once.

Ingredients Needed:  1 lb crab meat, 1/2 cup mayonnaise, oil (I used olive oil). 

 Directions: Mix together the contents of package, crab meat...

 ..and mayonnaise.

 Here is the final combined mixture. 

 Form into 8-9 round cakes. (I left it as is and just put a
lid on it). Refrigerate overnight. The next day is when I formed it into my cakes. Instead of 8-9 round ones, I made 5 large (like thick hamburger sized) cakes.  Hey, everything's bigger in Texas!

 Heat oil in a large skillet on medium-high heat. (I poured enough oil so that the entire bottom was covered and up about 1/8th inch of oil in the pan). Carefully add crab cakes, a few at a time.

Fry about 4 minutes or until golden brown, turning once.

 Look how wonderful they turned out!

 Here is hubby's plate and he already had one crab cake!

We had a rice dish (not GC this time) to go with it.  We both absolutely LOVE these and will make them as often as we can! Even though crab meat is expensive, think about it.  A nice crab cake dinner at a nice restaurant could easily be $20.99! This mix is only $4.00!  The cost of crab will vary depending on your area but still way less expensive than dinner out!

Next time I'm going to make GC fried rice to have with it!


Try these today! You won't be disappointed!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

~ Stir Fry ~

One of my favorite side dishes is vegetable stir fry using the latest locally grown vegetables that I get at the farmers market or in my Greenling order.  

So last night I made Stir Fry to go with sliced ham and I also made the yummy Hashbrown Casserole that we carry. 

For the Stir Fry you need the Stir Fry gourmet cupboard mix , 1/3 cut water and the instructions call for 12-16 oz of frozen Chinese vegetables (but I use fresh vegetables).

Directions: Pour 1/3 cut water in skillet. Add in 12-16 oz frozen Chinese vegetables. Then add in the seasoning packet. Cook until vegetables are cooked.  Since I used fresh vegetables (zucchini, white eggplant, onion, purple eggplant, green pepper (green pepper was from my own garden)) , I first stir fried them for 5-10 minutes in a little olive oil with minced garlic added then added the water and mix. 

That's all there is to it!  The mix adds a wonderful stir fry flavor!  I made enough to freeze two additional single servings for myself.

Here's my plate after I took a few bites...sorry forgot to take a done photo.  But here you see the stir fry and the hashbrown casserole. It was a terrific dinner! (you can click on the hashbrown casserole and it will take you to my blog about it from 7/12).  Get these mixes and more at my website today!

Saturday, July 13, 2013

~ Heavenly Chocolate Pie or Chocolate Cheesecake ~

I made the Heavenly Chocolate Pie this afternoon although another option is Chocolate Cheesecake.
Ingredients: Heavenly Chocolate Pie mix, 2 cups milk, 3 eggs, butter and vanilla.
 Directions:  Mix 2 cups milk and contents of package in saucepan over low heat. Beat 3 egg yolks and stir into mixture. Cook on medium low until stiff (pudding consistency). 
Add 2 Tbsp butter and 1 tsp vanilla.
 Pour into a 9 inch baked pie shell. (we carry pie crust mix too, but I made my own from a recipe I use a lot).
Top with meringue if desired. (Beat 3 egg whites stiffly and then slowly add 5 Tbsp sugar).
 Sorry forgot to take a picture before I spread it on top.
 Bake at 350 for 10 minutes or until meringue is golden brown.
For Cheesecake you can use the same mix but cream cheese is used instead of milk and slightly different instructions.  This pie is delicious!   Get your own mixes here.

Friday, July 5, 2013

~ Dreamsicle Pie ~

Another summertime Favorite here!

What you need Dreamsicle Pie mix, 16 oz softened cream cheese, 8 oz of thawed Cool Whip, graham cracker crust.

Directions: Mix cream cheese with the pie mix using an electric mixer                                                                                   


Stir in Cool Whip 

Pour into crust
 Chill for 4 hours in the refrigerator or 2 hours in freezer

 I served mine with some whipped cream and a cherry on top! Every dessert should have whipped cream and cherry on top, shouldn't it?  Here's where you can buy yours.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

~ Chocolate Caramel Surprise ~

I made this for a special treat for 4th of July.  This is a new item added to Gourmet Cupboard and it is wonderful!  It tastes sort of like a brownie with chocolate chips in it until you bite into mouth watering chewy caramel. Nice!

What you need:
Chocolate Caramel Surprise mix, 1/3 cup milk, and 1/2 cup butter flavored shortening.  Now I have to explain this photo. First of all I only had Crisco shortening but it worked just fine. Secondly when this got delivered we just had come off of a few days with 106 degree temperatures. So when I opened my box the plastic bag with the caramel and chips mixture had melted. I stuck it in the fridge until I decided to make this today. That package had hardened up so I had to break it up with yes a hammer (still in plastic obviously) but I spread it out on a paper plate for easier spreading when the time came.  Still turned out wonderful, just a little extra work.

 Directions: Preheat oven to 350. Mix contents of the large bad with milk and shortening.

 Take HALF of this mix, pat in a 9 x 11 greased pan and bake for 10 minutes.
 After taking the pan out of the oven,evenly sprinkle the contents of the bag containing caramel bits over baked cake.

 Cover  with remaining HALF of the cake batter. You may have to crumble it evenly over top.

 Bake an additional 20 minutes.
Serve warm as dessert or cut into bars when cooled.  

Despite a little work it took to make this because the chocolate melted then hardened, it was well worth it!  Get it today for a nice surprise dessert unlike any other.