Well, it's Memorial Day weekend and I'm hosting Bunco at my house tonight. Because of everything going on this weekend I'm not cooking Sunday dinner. However, I will have Mom and Dad over for dinner Saturday evening and we'll probably have leftovers from Bunco (assuming there will be a few leftovers; if not, then I'll put together something easy and quick). So, I figure I'll share what's on the menu for our game tonight.
Cake Pops by Bakerella. My dear husband, Michael, baked a red velvet cake for me while I was at work. The cake is a box mix and you just follow the directions on the box. Last night I crumbled the cake into a large mixing bowl. The next step is to mix in 3/4 of a 16 oz container of prepared frosting - I used cream cheese frosting. When those two are well mixed (hint: use the back of a metal spoon and just keep pushing the two together, eventually it will all mix together and kind of look like a dough). I then used a Pampered Chef scoop to scoop out the same amount of "dough" to roll into balls. The recipe states there will be 48 balls; well, I must of used a larger scoop because I only came up with 36 balls. I put the balls on a cookie sheet with wax paper and when all the balls were formed I put everything in the freezer for about 20 minutes. I then transferred them to the refrigerator - no frozen balls. I used Baker's premium white chocolate baking squares to coat the balls - I just followed the directions for melting the chocolate that are on the box. I needed to use 3 boxes of the white chocolate. Michael tasted one of the balls this morning and announced them "mmmm, good!"
Slow Cooker Shredded Mexican Chicken to use instead of ground beef in Taco Cupcakes. I'm switching out the black beans in the taco cupcakes for corn since I used beans in the salad.
May 31, 2010 New York Times, from Rachel Ray, from Oprah, and from Bobby Flay. The only ingredient I am omitting (because I really, really don't like the taste of it) is cilantro. I'll use brown rice, spinach, garlic, onion, jalapeno, vegetable broth, and pine nuts.
Michael is making guacamole for us. He uses a recipe from the Joy of Cooking. We've used this recipe for years and love it! We have Tostito scoops for the guac, I made Lipton French onion soup dip, and we have Wavy Lays for that dip. I picked up a bunch of fresh blackberries that are tantalizingly sweet as well as some green grapes and a fresh pineapple - so we'll have some fruit too.
Oh - and I can't forget the Margarita Shots in a Lime! Sounds like a fine bunco night with the girls. I'll be sure to come back and let you know how it all really turns out.
HOLY COW!!! These dishes were all winners. Everyone raved about how much they liked the food. Especially the cake balls.
If you can, take a moment to remember and honor those who have died in service to the United States at 3:00 Monday afternoon. 3:00 your time - wherever you are - one minute of silence in their honor.