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Chocolate Cupcakes with Oreo Cream Cheese Frosting (yummmmmmmm!)

Chocolate Cupcakes with Oreo Cream Cheese Frosting (yummmmmmmm!)

From mid-June to mid-July, I was sick. Not sure with what, but my throat was sore, I had a fever, the chills, I was all achy, I had migraines and I was extremely tired all the time. I had several deadlines at work, so I waited until Saturday and went to CareNow (my first mistake), where they did a strep and mono test which both came back negative, and they diagnosed me with…. wait for it….

A sore freaking throat. Wow.

They gave me an antibiotic and sent me on my way. By Tuesday, I still wasn’t better, so I called them (second mistake) and they called in a prescription for a mixture of Lidocaine and Benadryl that some call Magic Mouthwash. It was terrible – my throat would be numb for 30 minutes and it was so hard to swallow that it just wasn’t worth it.

On Saturday it was still so bad that I went back in to CareNow (third mistake), where they did more tests – all of which came back normal – and prescribed a different antibiotic and some steroids. The steroids made everything better except the fatigue. Until Thursday, when all the other symptoms returned. But I had another deadline, so I waited… And went to CareNow on Saturday. Again. (fourth mistake) More tests, different antibiotics and more steroids. Same results. Except that my white count came back at 21,000 – way above what it should be. So I went back the next day, my white count was lower (17,000) and the steroids again made me feel better, but still tired.

Adding the oreos to the mix.

Finally I went to my GP on Tuesday (3 weeks later), where he said to NEVER go back to CareNow again and gave me his card with his cell phone number (HA). I was told that because of everything that I had been on so far that any tests would be inaccurate, so he treated me on the symptoms alone. One more different antibiotic (supposedly a really strong one), and by Thursday I was feeling about 50% better – without any steroids so I could tell it was working (genius).

I was so tired of being in bed that as soon as I started feeling better I got out of bed and started cleaning a little and then decided it was past time to cook again!!!! The kids and the hubs had been surviving on pizza, tacos and wings for a month… Enter the subject of this post!

These were a HUGE hit both at home and at work. Lots of complements on the icing!

The cupcakes were OK. I think I would use one of my other chocolate cupcake recipes next time, but if you don’t have a favorite recipe, this one works just fine. The frosting MADE these cupcakes DELICIOUS! I took them to work and they were gone within about an hour of me sending an email blast that there were some in the kitchen. Lots of compliments were given – from family and from coworkers.

Hershey’s “Perfectly Chocolate” Cupcakes (from the back of the cocoa box)

What You Need:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup Hershey’s Cocoa
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water

What to Do With It:

  1. Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl.
  2. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed for 2 minutes.
  3. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin).
  4. Fill cups 2/3 full with batter.
  5. Bake 22 to 25 minutes.
  6. Cool completely before frosting.

Makes about 24-30 cupcakes.

Oreo Cream Cheese Frosting (THIS IS “DA BOMB”)

What You Need:

  • 2 8 oz packages of cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 C butter, room temperature
  • 6-8 C powdered sugar (use more or less depending on how stiff you want the frosting to be)
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 2+ C crushed Oreos (more or less depending on how Oreo-y you want the frosting…)

What to Do With It:

  1. Using a stand mixer (or hand mixer) whip cream cheese and butter together until light and fluffy.
  2. Stir in powdered sugar two cups at a time.
  3. Add vanilla extract and mix.
  4. Stir in crushed Oreos.

Enjoy!!

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Grilled or Roasted Corn – Wrapped in Bacon (of course!!!)

Grilled or Roasted Corn – Wrapped in Bacon (of course!!!)

I have a hard time finding fault with things wrapped in bacon. So when this recipe came to my inbox in my Food.com newsletter, I was more than ready to try it out.

The notes from the recipe say that it is adapted from one of Paula Deen’s recipes, which are typically hit and miss with me. Sometimes they come out so wonderful and tasting like the best thing I ever ate, sometimes a recipe will completely tank and taste like crap in a pan covered in butter, and a lot of her recipes take FOREVER to make. So knowing that it was from her, I read it over carefully and made some changes that I thought would help.

The end result was a very, very tasty side of corn where the kernels practically jump off of the cob and onto your taste buds. We ate the corn with Reuben and Cuban paninis (I forgot the bacon on the Cuban, but it was ok because there was some on the corn!!! At least, that’s what I told myself…).

While Louis went to pick up the boys, Gabby and I got started on dinner. She’s such a cute little sous chef!!!

She’s peeling the silks off of the corn and putting them into the compost bucket.

She did complain a little that her hands were tired of working on the corn, but that was just because she could smell the bacon and was a little impatient.

She really does like to help!! She even swept up the stray scraps when we were done. – voluntarily!

Here are the changes that I made, also noted in the recipe below:

The original recipe says to soak the corn for 30 minutes, but I just soaked the first ears as long as it took to peel the husks back, remove the silks and then cook the bacon a bit, then I pulled the bottom ones out first to wrap the bacon around and tie off before getting the next one out of the water. I thought the bacon wouldn’t get crisp being wrapped in the husks, so I cooked it about halfway in our cast iron skillet before putting it on the corn. After you wrap the bacon around the corn, get one side of the husks pulled up and then drizzle some of the pan drippings on the corn, then finish wrapping it up and tie it all together. I also didn’t pat the water off of each one as I pulled them out.

I think the changes really had a big impact, but if you want to try it as written, let me know how it turns out!

Bacon Wrapped Grilled (or Roasted) Corn on the Cob

What You Need:

  • 8 ears corn
  • 1 lb bacon
  • water, for soaking
  • butcher string

What to Do With It:

  1. Carefully expose the corn kernels by pulling back the husk, but do NOT remove the husk.
  2. Remove the corn silk – you can use a soft brush to ensure that all the silk is removed. (I had Gabby help with this, and she seemed to have fun with it – we also still had some silks left on the final product and no one seemed to notice.)
  3. Put water in a large container, add the corn, and soak the corn in the husks for 30 minutes. This will help to prevent the husks from charring on the grill. (I soaked the first one for as long as it took to do the rest and cook the bacon a bit, then used the first one first to wrap & tie)
  4. (This is a step that I added: while you are de-silking the corn, cook the bacon about halfway – don’t make it crispy, but it should be just about there – remove from the pan and set aside)
  5. Preheat grill to medium temperature. (or turn on the broiler)
  6. Remove the soaked corn from the water and pat dry. (I skipped this step)
  7. Wrap strips of bacon around the corn kernels on each ear; fold the husks back over the bacon and kernels. (before I folded all of the husks back, I drizzled some of the drippings from the pan, I don’t think the corn would have had as much of a bacon taste without this step.)
  8. Tie the husks down with butcher string; repeat with all ears of corn. (I did this as I wrapped them with bacon and pulled the husks back up)
  9. Grill over medium coals/heat, turning occasionally, for about 15 to 20 minutes and until the bacon is cooked and the corn is tender. (I put it all in the broiler for 20 minutes)
  10. Cut the butcher string away from the husks and serve.

Enjoy!

 
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Posted by on July 21, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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