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Fried Mozzarella July 11, 2012

Filed under: Recipes — admin @ 1:18 pm

Fried Mozzarella

Serves 40
Meal type Appetizer, Starter
Misc Serve Hot
Website Martha Stewart


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 Large eggs
  • 1 cup panko or plain dried breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1lb bocconcini (bite-size fresh mozzarella balls)
  • 2 cups vegetable oil
  • Tomato sauce, for serving


Step 1
Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Place flour in a bowl. In another bowl, beat eggs. In a third bowl, combine panko with thyme. Season each with salt and pepper. Working with 2 bocconcini at a time, dredge in flour, shaking off excess, coat in egg, and roll in breadcrumbs, pressing gently to adhere.
Step 2
In a small saucepan, heat vegetable oil over medium-high until pinch of breadcrumbs sizzles and floats to the top when added. Fry bocconcini, 4 at a time, until golden brown, turning occasionally, 2 minutes per batch. With a slotted spoon, transfer balls to paper towels to drain and season with salt. Keep warm in oven and repeat with remaining bocconcini. Serve with tomato sauce for dipping.

Macaroni and Cheese July 11, 2012

Filed under: Recipes — admin @ 1:17 pm

This looks so yummy. I know my son could live off of Mac and Cheese.

Macaroni and Cheese (The Pioneer Woman)

Serves 6
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 40 minutes
Total time 55 minutes
Meal type Main Dish
Misc Child Friendly, Serve Hot
Website Food Network (The Pioneer Woman)


  • 4 cups dried macaroni
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 stick butter (4 tablespoons)
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard (heaping)
  • 1lb sharp Cheddar, grated (not pre-grated cheese), plus more for baking
  • salt
  • Seasoned salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper


  • cayenne pepper
  • paprika
  • thyme


Step 1
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Step 2
Cook the macaroni until still slightly firm. Drain and set aside.
Step 3
In a small bowl, beat the egg. In a large pot, melt the butter and sprinkle in the flour. Whisk together over medium-low heat. Cook for a couple of minutes, whisking constantly. Don't let it burn. Pour in the milk, add the mustard and whisk until smooth. Cook until very thick, about 5 minutes. Reduce the heat to low.
Step 4
Take 1/4 cup of the sauce and slowly pour it into the beaten egg, whisking constantly to avoid cooking the eggs. Whisk together until smooth. Pour the egg into the sauce, whisking constantly. Stir until smooth. Add in the cheese and stir to melt. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt and the pepper. Add any additional spices if desired. Taste the sauce and add more salt and seasoned salt as needed! DO NOT UNDERSALT.
Step 5
Pour in the drained, cooked macaroni and stir to combine. Serve immediately (while it's still very creamy) or pour into a buttered baking dish, top with extra cheese and bake until bubbly and golden on top, 20 to 25 minutes.

Olympic Rings Fruit Pizza July 10, 2012

Filed under: Dessert,Desserts,Olympics,Recipes — admin @ 3:24 pm

Olympic Rings Fruit Pizza

Serves 12
Prep time 40 minutes
Cook time 15 minutes
Total time 55 minutes
Meal type Dessert
Website All Recipes


  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3 (1 ounce) squares semisweet chocolate, melted and cooled
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 cups whipped topping
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 cup fresh blackberries
  • 1/2 cup diced fresh strawberries
  • 1/2 cup pineapple tidbits, drained
  • 1 Large kiwifruit, peeled and chopped


Step 1
In a mixing bowl, cream butter, shortening and sugars. Beat in the egg, melted chocolate and vanilla; mix well. Combine the flour, cocoa and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Step 2
Place waxed paper over a 15-in. x 10-in. baking sheet without sides. Shape dough into a flattened rectangle and place on prepared baking sheet. Cover dough with waxed paper; roll dough to within 1/4 in. of edges of baking sheet. Remove top sheet of waxed paper; invert dough onto another greased baking sheet. Remove remaining waxed paper.
Step 3
Using a 4-1/2-in. diameter plate or bowl and a knife, trace three touching circles along a long side of the dough. Trace two more circles centered below and overlapping upper circles by 1 in. Cut around outer edges of the rings; remove dough around rings and use to make cookies if desired. Bake rings at 350 degrees F for 14-16 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
Step 4
In a small mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and confectioners' sugar until smooth. Add whipped topping; mix well. Transfer cooled crust to a serving platter. Spread with frosting. On top rings, from left to right, place blueberries, blackberries and strawberries. Place pineapple and kiwi on lower rings. Store in the refrigerator.

Kids Olympics Cake July 10, 2012

Filed under: Dessert,Desserts,Olympics,Recipes — admin @ 1:37 pm

Kids Olympics Cake

Meal type Dessert
Website Recipe.com


  • 1 box yellow or devil's-food cake mix
  • 2 cans whipped vanilla frosting (12 ounces each)
  • Black, royal-blue, leaf-green, red, and golden-yellow icing colors
  • Paper flags


Step 1
Using pound-cake variation on side of box (add instant pudding and 1 extra egg), prepare cake mix according to package directions and bake in a 9 x 13-inch pan. Let cool completely.
Step 2
Cut five 5-3/4-inch diameter circles and five 4-1/4-inch circles from paper. Place larger circles of paper on cake to form ring pattern. Using a serrated knife, cut out cake around pattern.
Step 3
Place 1 cup frosting in bowl. Divide remaining frosting among 5 bowls, and tint one bowl black, one blue, one green, one red, and one yellow. Transfer tinted frostings to resealable plastic bags. Frost top of cake with white frosting.
Step 4
Using the smaller circles of paper, score centers of rings on top of cake to create guidelines for using colored frostings. Snip corner from each bag of tinted frosting, and pipe rings on top of cake, following photo. Matching colors to rings on top, pipe frosting onto sides of cake, then smooth with a small spatula. Insert paper flags into cake.
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