Sunday, January 31, 2010

Chocolate Cookies 'n Cream Torte

This is a fun recipe. I use Pampered Chef's Torte Pans...they are recessed and have an area to fill with your own favorite fillings. I've made two different recipes with them, and the look alone is brilliant...the taste is even better.

1 pkg devil's food cake mix (plus ingredients)
1 pkg (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1 container (8 oz) cool whip, thawed
10 oreos, smashed
chocolate syrup or hot fudge, melted

1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease and flour Torte Pans; set aside. Prepare cake mix according to package directions; divide batter equally between pans. Bake 18-22 minutes or until done. Remove from oven and cool 5 minutes. Remove cakes from pans; cool completely.
2. Combine cream cheese, powdered sugar until smooth. Fold in cool whip. Fold in crushed oreo cookie crumbs.

3. Place one cake layer on serving plate. Spread half of the filing over the cake layer, in recessed area.
4. Place 2nd cake layer on top, and spread the remaining filling over this top layer. Drizzle chocolate over the top, and crush 1 or 2 more oreos for garnishing.

(Same idea, with slight variations)

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Chicken Lickin' Pork Chops

My friend told me about this recipe--raving about a crock pot pork chop recipe. I've had one I've used too in the past, but I thought I'd mix it up and try this one. Well, it was delicious! So moist and tasty. I was so pleased to throw it together in about 15 minutes before church, and come home from church--dinner all ready! Thanks Shauna for the recipe!

pork chops, enough for your family (I prefer boneless)
1/2 cup flour
1/2 tsp. dry ground mustard
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. garlic salt
1/4 cup water (more if you'll be cooking longer)
1 can chicken & rice soup (I used Roasted Garlic Cream of Mushroom--you can use your favorite)

1. Mix together flour, dry mustard, pepper and garlic salt. Dredge pork chops in mixture.

2. In a hot skillet, brown in butter or olive oil. This is just browning the top and bottom--not necessarily to cook all the way through--that will be done in the crock pot.

3. Place pork chops in crock pot. Pour water over and around the pork chops. Spoon the soup over the top of it all.

4. Cook 4-6 hours on low.

*Serve with stuffing, rice, noodles, and your favorite vegetable.