Thursday, April 28, 2011

Ice Cream Crunch

This is our favorite summer time dessert. If you make it at least a day in advance and it has a chance to freeze hard- you can slice it into "ice cream bars." We usually enjoy it the evening of the day we prepare it and just use a fork to eat it. We almost always double the recipe and make it in a sheet cake pan.

1/2 cup butter, cubed
1/2 cup brown sugar
3 cups crisp rice cereal
2 cups flaked coconut
1 cup chopped nuts (I use pecans)
1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream, softened

In a 3qt saucepan cook the butter and brown sugar until the sugar dissolves.

Mix the cereal, coconut and nuts. Add the caramel mixture and stir until well mixed. Press half of the cereal mixture into a greased 9x13 pan. Spread the softened ice cream over the cereal mixture. Top with the remaining cereal mix. Freeze until firm.

Curried Cauliflower Soup

A few weeks ago I went to a great restaurant in town. They had an amazing Curries Broccoli soup, so as soon as I came home I had to find a recipe that was similar. And yes I know this is cauliflower, not broccoli, however I had all of the ingredients on hand so I made this and boy am I glad. So first here's the actual recipe I found, then I'll tell you all what I added and did different!


  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 1 onion, cut into chunks
  • 3 cloves garlic, halved
  • 5 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 (14 ounce) can coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon curry paste


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Place the cauliflower, onion, and garlic on a baking sheet, and bake in preheated oven until golden brown, about 30 minutes.
  2. Bring vegetable stock, coconut milk, and curry paste to a boil in a large saucepan over high heat. Add the roasted vegetables, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes. Carefully puree the soup in a blender until it has reached your desired consistency, serve, and enjoy!

* I use Patak's curry paste, since I don't like the flavor of Thai curry paste. I find it at Cost Plus World Market.

Okay so now for my changes, lol. A while ago I posted my Coconut Curry Chicken which is really similar, so I kind of merged the two.

1) I steamed the cauliflower and the onion instead of roasted. A friend roasted hers and said it didn't add any extra flavor so it's up to you. Once it was done I blended it in the blender with the broth will it was smooth.

2) I marinated chicken in the curry paste like in the chicken recipe, then I sauteed it in the soup pot till done.

3) Next I poured the rest of the ingredients into the soup pot, including the pureed cauliflower and onions, and stirred. Then I also added matchstick carrots to the mix., and simmer it all.

It was so similar to the flavor and texture of the soup I had that I think next time I make it I'll also add finely chopped broccoli with the carrots.

Banana Dessert


1/2 cup butter
1 cup flour
1/2 cup chopped nuts

Pat into the bottom of a 9 x 13 pan and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Cool completely.

Second layer:

1- 8oz package, cream cheese
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 container Cool Whip (12oz)

Mix thoroughly. Spread gently over crust.

Third layer:

1 small package instant vanilla pudding
1 small package instant banana pudding
2 cups cold milk

Whip until thick. Pour over second layer.

Fourth layer:

3 large bananas, sliced over the top of the pudding layer.

Fifth layer:

Gently spread cool whip over the top of the dessert. Refrigerate until serving.

Butter Cookies

These are our favorite cut out cookies! They're rich and border on the edge of being crisp- instead of soft. We love the flavor and they don't puff up while baking so your designs stay put through baking.

1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg, unbeaten
1 tsp vanilla
3 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking powder

Cream the butter and sugar. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Gradually add the flour and baking powder. Chill until firm. Roll out, cut, and bake at 350 degrees until the edges start to brown (I'm thinking 10-12 minutes, but my directions just say, "until they start to brown")