Fried Twinkie

The other day I was watching Home Shopping Network. They were selling a fryer by Wolfgang Puck. I watched him fry all kinds of food, so I ordered the fryer. They had it marked down, plus free shipping, how could I not order it. I had bought a Fry Daddy at Walmart and hated it. It had no temperature adjustment, no basket. The food just fell to the bottom and burned. They give you a plastic scoop to scoop out the food, and it melted all over the bottom and would not clean off. I took at back to Walmart and told them it was awful to use. The fryer I ordered, came in the mail in just 2 days. I love it. I fried tempora shrimp and it tasted great. Then my son said he wanted me to fry a Twinkie cake. I found a recipe and made the batter and fried it. I also made a video of it too.

Put your Twinkie in the freezer to get it cold a few hours first.

The batter:

1 cup milk, 2 tablespoons vanilla, 1 cup flour, 1 tsp. baking powder and 1/2 tsp salt, 1 tablespoon vegetable oil.

Mix the dry ingredients and then add the liquid. Whisk together. Dip the Twinkie in the batter but let some drip off. Put in 375 degree oil and fry until golden color. Drain on a paper towel and let it cool a few minutes. Sprinkle some powdered sugar all over it and eat it.

My son loved it. I took a bit, it reminded me of a funnel cake with a cream center. My son said it made him feel happy to eat it.

You can watch my video on how to make it here.

Pizza

I went back to Winco (a huge grocery store here) and bought some pizza dough. I am really excited that I found pizza dough for sale around here. I have been watching this new restaurant down the street, getting ready to open. It is called The Blind Onion. It took them forever to open, but they finally did open. We went there on Friday to try out their pizza. For being a new restaurant, it looked old. They put in mismatched tables and chairs. None of the chairs matched. The floor was stained concrete, not even tiled. All the employees looked disheveled. They didn’t wear matching clothes, like a uniform or logo t-shirts. They had these giant bottles of honey on the tables. I have never thought of putting honey on my pizza. Thoughts of when I was at a restaurant and watching a little girl licking the ketchup bottle and putting it back on the table popped into my head. I did not touch the big bottle of honey because who knows how many children had licked the bottle. They had empty beer cartons on the table holding several bottles of salt and pepper. It took a long time for the pizza to be made. The place started to get really busy, so that is good for them. The pizza was not that good. They folded over the edges so it was really thick and puffy. The pizza crust was not crispy and kind of doughy, not fully cooked. I will never go back to eat there again.

Anyway, I decided to make a pizza last night. I heated the oven to 480 degrees and put in the pizza stone to pre-heat. I rolled out the pizza dough that I had bought at Winco.

I shredded up a ball of mozzarella cheese. I used the pizza sauce that I had bought at Smith’s grocery store. It is their brand, they sell the best pizza sauce. I had bought them all and their brand is the best tasting. I put the sauce on the pizza dough I rolled out. I like a lot of sauce. I put on the cheese, about 8 ounces. I cut up 4 mushrooms and cooked them in butter. I also cooked up a half of red onion. I put on a half of package of mild pepperoni all over the pizza. Put on the mushrooms, and onion. I put on some black sliced olives. I had 3 pieces of bacon, so I tore it in pieces and put on the pizza. I made it on my pizza peel paddle, first putting down some cornmeal, then the dough. I slid the pizza onto my hot pizza stone in the oven. I cooked it for 11 minutes. It was bubbling hot. I got the pizza out of the oven with the wooden peel.

The pizza was so delicious, better than the restaurant. I didn’t take a picture of it. I should have but I was too busy eating it, while it was nice and hot. My kitchen smelled just like a pizza restaurant. The secret is the pizza stone. The next time I make it I will take a picture. It was so good.

 

Weekly photo challenge: Contrast

The weekly photo challenge is Contrast.

One morning, it snowed. The road was all frozen. I like the contrast of the black road and the white snow and ice.

 

The other day I bought some fresh brussels sprouts. They were still on the stalk, so I cut them all off and put them in a strainer and washed them off. I like the contrast of the solid green with the liquid spray of the water, looking all sparkling and wet.

Weekly photo challenge: Indulge

The weekly photo challenge is Indulge.

This week I did indulge in some delicious cookies. We went to the Nugget buffet, located in the Nugget casino. They have the best food. All the deserts were so beautiful and tasted so good. I saw these cookies, so I put a couple of them in my purse to take home for later. I had them on my plate, but I was too full to eat them, so I saved them. They also had white chocolate dipped ones, but I ate that one. I will indulge on them tomorrow.

Chicken roll-up, stuffed with dried cherries, wrapped in proseiutto

I found a recipe for this chicken at Food Wishes. Chef John makes videos on how to prepair this dish. I love chicken with food rolled up into it, like cranberries or cherries. This is the first time I have used the dried cherries. I made my chicken like Chef John, but changed it a little.

First, take a chicken breast and slice it a little in the middle and fold it over to make it flat. Then cover it with plastic wrap and pound that chicken to flatten it all over, about 1/2″ thick.

You should also make your cherry mixture before this.

1/4 cup plain breadcrumbs

1/3 cup dried cherries, chopped (I used about 1/4 cup)

I used a couple shakes of garlic salt and some italian herbs, a couple shakes. I also took a slice of Jarlsberg cheese and shreddid it. 2 tsp olive oil. 1 egg yolk. Mix it up with a fork.

Now put the stuffing on top of the flattened chicken.

Roll it up.

Tie it up with 4 strings and lay it into your pan to bake it.

Bake it in 400 degree oven for 25 minutes or until the internal temperature is 155 degrees.

OH, the pan should be lightly oiled.

Take it out of the oven and slice it up. I made a little sauce with some chicken stock, salt, pepper and half and half cream, thickened it with corn starch and poured it over the chicken. It tasted really good.

Weekly photo challenge: Regret

The weekly photo challenge is Regret.

This is really easy for me. I grabbed my camera and took a picture of something I bought yesterday. I really regret buying it.

I saw this big yogurt at Costco yesterday. I thought it would be good with the package of blue berries I bought. I also got a big bag of granola to put on the yogurt. I went home and got a bowl, put a big scoop of yogurt into it. I put some blue berries on it and granola and even some banana. I took a bite. It was all curtled like cottege cheese and gross. It even had lots of liquid that we poured off but just made lots more. I took it back to the store and got a refund. They said it must have froze. The container said it was supposed to be smooth and creamy. It was not smooth and creamy, it was lumpy and tasted awful.

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