Monday, January 30, 2012

Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork

1 pork butt (pork shoulder) (6-7 pounds)
1 7 ounce can chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
2 cans Dr. Pepper
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 onion, peeled and quartered

Place the onion in a Dutch oven or large baking dish. Place the pork butt on top of the onion fatty side up. Pour the chipotle peppers and sauce over top the pork. Add the Dr. Pepper and brown sugar. Cover and bake in a 300 degree oven for about 6 hours (if you have time or think about it turn the meat halfway through cooking). After 6 hours of cooking check to see if the meat shreds easily, if not cook longer. (I am sure this could be made in a crock pot as well.)

recipe and photo from Dinah's Dishes

Monday, January 16, 2012

Applesauce-Spice Cupcakes

2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp ground cloves
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup lightly packed light brown sugar
4 large eggs, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups unsweetened apple sauce
1 cup pecans (about 4 oz.) toasted

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line muffin tins with paper liners.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, cream butter and sugars on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. On a low speed, add applesauce and then the flour mixture, beating until just combined. Stir in toasted pecans.

Fill each cup 3/4 full with batter. Bake 20 minutes. Frost with Brown Sugar, Cream Cheese Frosting (see below).


1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup packed light-brown sugar

In the bowl of electric mixer, mix cream cheese with 1 stick butter and 1 cup light brown sugar on medium speed until smooth. Spread cream-cheese frosting on cupcakes. Cupcakes can be refrigerated in airtight containers up to 3 days; bring to room temperature before serving.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Sour Cream Coconut Cake with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting

3 large eggs
1 (8-ounce) container sour cream
1/3 cup water
1 (8.5-ounce) can cream of coconut
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 (18.25-ounce) package white cake mix

Beat eggs at high speed with an electric mixer 2 minutes. Add sour cream, 1/3 cup water, and next 2 ingredients, beating well after each addition. Add cake mix, beating at low speed just until blended. Beat at high speed 2 minutes. Pour batter into a greased and floured 13- x 9-inch baking pan.
Bake at 325° for 40 to 45 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool cake in pan on wire rack. Cover pan with plastic wrap, and freeze cake 30 minutes. Remove from freezer.
Spread Coconut-Cream Cheese Frosting on top of chilled cake. Cover and store in refrigerator.
Note: If desired, cake can be baked in 1 greased and floured 15- x 10-inch jellyroll pan for 30 to 32 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Makes 15 servings

Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting

1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
3 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 (16-ounce) package powdered sugar, sifted
1 (7-ounce) package sweetened flaked coconut

Beat cream cheese and butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy; add milk and vanilla, beating well. Gradually add sugar, beating until smooth. Stir in coconut.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Harvest Apple Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

baby mixed greens
crumbled feta cheese
slices of fresh pear (Bartlett or Bosc or your favorite)
apple chips
dried cranberries
poppy seed dressing*

Place the mixed greens in a salad bowl, top with feta cheese, fresh pear slices, dried cranberries, and apple chips. Serve salad dressing on the side. (You can toss the mixed greens with the dressing and then add the toppings but I have found if you let everyone dress their own salad you can save any leftover salad for later.)

*Poppy Seed Dressing
1/3 cup honey
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup vinegar (I like white balsamic or apple cider vinegar.)
1 tablespoon dijon mustard (yellow mustard can be substituted)
1/3 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon poppy seeds

Combine all ingredients in a pint sized jar. Seal the jar and shake vigorously until everything is combined. Store in the refrigerator. Shaking when ready to use.

recipe and photo from Dinah's Dishes

Monday, January 2, 2012

Easy Monster Cookies

1 pouch chocolate chip cookie mix
1 pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) peanut butter cookie mix
1 1/2cups quick-cooking oats
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
3 eggs
2 cups M & M's

1. Heat oven to 375°F. In large bowl, stir all ingredients except candies until soft dough forms. Stir in candies.
2. On ungreased cookie sheets, place about 1/4 cupfuls dough about 3 inches apart.
3. Bake 12 to 13 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool 2 minutes; remove from cookie sheets. Cool completely. Store in covered container at room temperature.