Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Peanut Butter Bars ~tastes like Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Candy Bars

1 cup peanut butter
2 cups crushed graham crackers
1 cup melted margarine
3 cups powdered sugar

I use my food processor to crush graham crackers to crumbs.

Add melted margarine...

And the peanut butter.

Mix in the powdered sugar.

Continue mixing until it looks like this.

Press into a 9" x 13" pan.

Melt together
6 oz. chocolate chips
3/4 cup peanut butter

Spread melted chocolate mixture over the peanut butter base.

Cut into bite size pieces.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Cajun Shrimp Alfredo on Pasta

1/4 cup butter
1 lb. shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 clove garlic, minced
2 green onions, sliced
1/4 cup flour
1 tbsp. (or less) cajun seasoning
2 cups milk
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tbsp. lemon juice

Some "mies en plas" is required, 
as once you start the preparation, it will go quickly.

Mince the garlic.
Slice the onion.
Measure the ingredients.

Melt butter in a large skillet.
Saute shrimp for a minute or two.
Add garlic and onion.
Cook for another minute and remove from the pan.

To the remaining butter in the pan, stir in the flour and cajun seasoning.
Stir together to form a ball of paste.
Gradually whisk in the milk and cook until slightly thickened.
Return the shrimp to the pan.
Season with salt and lemon juice.
Be careful to not overcook the shrimp. This causes them to be tough and rubbery.

Serve over cooked pasta.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Tuesday Tip of the Day ~How to Make a Heart Cake without a Heart Pan

With Valentine's Day this coming weekend, 
you may be thinking about making a special dessert.
Perhaps you have seen this idea on your facebook newsfeed or on pinterest.

These directions are from the Boys and Girls cookbook 
that I used as a child when I was in 4-H.

pinterest image
Be sure that you if you use an 8x8 inch square pan,
that you use a round pan that is 8 inches in diameter.

Grease and flour the pans and divide your cake mix batter 
between the square and the round pans.

Bake the square layer 30 to 35 minutes and the round layer for 35 to 40 minutes 
or until the toothpick comes clean.

Decorate the cake with pink frosting with red accents.
This idea can be used for Mother's Day too, as shown here.

Happy Valentine's Day from the Old Farmhouse.