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Beef and Cabbage pockets January 3, 2014

Filed under: Cooking — kellywernex @ 12:25 pm

I came across this recipe in the Taste of Home Sept/Oct 2013 magazine. It looked good, but that turned out to be an under statement.  My family loved them!   They kept telling me how good they were in-between bites. Even my picky eater, Emma, ate three. Ok, we even ate them for breakfast this morning. So I highly recommend this one! 

Preparing and cooking the meat mixture took 30 to 45 minutes.  I used 2lbs of ground beef (this is how my meat is packaged) and 1 lb of itaIian sausage (instead of pork sausage). Julienne the carrots, onions, and cabbage. I did not have green chilies on hand so I added a can of Rotel (tomatoes and green chilies) instead.  You know me…I like to deviate.   Make sure the meat mixture is drained once done cooking.

Allow your roll dough to completely thaw before rolling out. Once I placed a spoonful of the meat into the dough, I found it easier to fold the dough over in half instead of reforming it into a roll shape.  This was the time consuming part.  Once the rolls had risen for about an hour, to complete the rolls I preferred sprinkled Rosemary on top.

I had more meat mixture left than rolls. I will be making another run to the store for more dough and will freeze this batch once baked. My kids will be able to pull them from the freezer and reheat them on demand.
My husband suggested added a white cheese, mozzarella,  into the meat mixture next time. I agree that it would add nicely.
This was a hit!!!! And one I will definately add to my repertoire of recipes.


August Cake September 28, 2013

Filed under: Cooking — kellywernex @ 5:18 pm

So I am running behind again!  I just got the August cake made.  But this one was worth the wait.  S’mores Cake!

S’mores was made with a chocolate cake, marshmallow cream filling with graham cracker crumbs, and a ganache topping.  I am happy to report that my ganache  topping turned out fine on this one!

The whole family got involved in making this one.  Emma stirred the ganache, my husband cut the cake, and Ein sprinkled on the graham cracker crumbs.  I was the marshmallow girl.  This cake came together easy!

My husband calls me the deviator.  Sometimes I deviate from the original recipe…and I did on this one when putting it together.  The assembly instructions called for a four layer cake, but I did two separate two layer cakes (one for us, and one to take to a friend).

S'mores Cake

S'mores cake

As for the taste, the S’mores flavor came through – minus the fire roasted flavor of the marshmallows.  Not to rich and not too gooey!  I was thinking that this would be good to top a pan of warm brownies with.  Might be trying that soon.

It was a hit and one I would recommend.  Look for the recipe in the Food Network Magazine, January/February 2013.  Just saying!


Lazy Eggs August 8, 2013

Filed under: Cooking — kellywernex @ 8:07 pm


There is a recipe floating around Facebook called Lazy Eggs.  Maybe you have seen it.  I did and thought this would be a good breakfast food on schools mornings.   Having this conversation with my hairdresser (don’t you discuss recipes with your hairdresser?) she told me about a variation to the recipe that they do.  I decided to try it.

Spray a muffin pan with non-stick.  I used a roll of flaky biscuits, peeling off a small layer and placed it in the bottom of each tin.  Then I sprinkled in diced ham, shredded cheese and placed another layer of biscuit dough on top.  I all so wanted to try the Lazy Egg recipe (which does not call for the biscuit dough, but I wanted something the kids could grab and go.)  so I repeated the above steps but leaving off the top dough I cracked one egg in each.  All this cooked for 18-20 mins at 350 degrees.  I wanted to make sure the egg yolks were not runny so I cooked them about 4 minutes longer.

Lazy Eggs

They were good!

I wrapped them individually and placed them in the freezer.  My kids will be able to microwave them on those hurried school mornings (which is every morning) and eat them on the go.


Fried Chicken

Filed under: Cooking — kellywernex @ 7:55 pm

One of my favorites to cook is fried chicken.  I never used to like frying chicken until I found the perfect recipe.

About a year ago I saw a Food Network show (sorry I can’t remember which one) where he went to several restaurants in  search of the best fried chicken.  One such place had two old women frying chicken.  I took note and thus began my fried chicken cooking.

Using only a big cast iron skillet, I heat the oil with one vidilla onion cut up in it.  This allows the onions to carmalize and sweeten the oil.  Battering the chicken with a milk/egg wash then rolled in flour and cracker crumbs I fry them.  Only turning them once.  So allow them to cook for a while before flipping.

Fried Chicken

Tonight I used boneless chicken tenders which fry up faster than a cut up chicken.  After removing the chicken and onions (which are delicious) I use the oil for making gravy.

So if you find frying chicken a fate worse than death, give this recipe a try.  It really isn’t as bad as it seems…just saying!



July Cake August 7, 2013

Filed under: Cooking — kellywernex @ 2:04 pm

I wish I were sitting on a beach with a Pina Colada in one hand (and don’t forget the little umbrella) and a slice of this cake in the other.  Because when you say Pina Colada I think of summer and sand.

This month’s cake represents just that. A Pina Colada cake that not only looks great and is just as smooth on the palate. Not to mention it was easy to make.

The July cake recipe can be found in the Food Network Magazine, January/February 2013 (as well as all the others I have made).  It is a yellow cake (made from scratch), a jam-like filling made from dried pineapples, pineapple juice, and cream of coconut.  (You can find cream of coconut in the baking isle.)  The frosting is a butter cream with more cream of coconut.  The cake is topped with dried pineapple and coconut flakes.

Pina Colada Cake

Pina Colada Cake


The ingredients and construction were simple.  I had no problems putting this one together.  Which was refreshing after several of the other cakes I have made.

I am calling this one our “back to school” celebration cake.


P.S.  Be sure to check back for the August cake.  As August is my birthday, so I can’t wait to make the that cake and celebrate another year of me!


June Cake July 13, 2013

Filed under: Cooking — kellywernex @ 8:17 am

June’s cake is a Berry Ice Cream cake. And no, I did not skip it, it looks too delicious!  I have just been too busy doing projects around the house that June came and went without getting the monthly cake done. I am glad I waited because this is the kind d of cake you want on a hot summer day. This is made from a chocolate cake and strawberry ice cream. And since our weather here has turned hot, the timing is perfect.
Following the recipe from Food Network magazine I made the chocolate cake and allowed it to cool. Leveling off the top of one round I put strawberry ice cream on top of it and then placed the second round on top. As much as I tried to pile the ice cream on thick and smooth like the picture I could not. The ice cream began melting and running down the sides of the cake. How did they do it?  Once I had the ice cream on, I placed the whole cake in the freezer to refreeze the ice cream. Before serving I pulled the cake out of the freezer. OH NO!… Some of the ice cream had melted before refreezing and was now around the bottom of cake. I finished the cake off by whipping up cream…which did not want to whip up thick (should have just used Cool Whip) and placed  fresh sliced strawberries on top. And since the cream was not thick this began to slide down off the top taking the strawberries with it.  I quickly snapped the pic and we ate.

Berry Ice Cream Cake

Berry Ice Cream Cake

The cake was cold and tasted fine. I liked the mix of the chocolate cake and strawberry ice cream.

I am sure the master chiefs would disagree with me, BUT LOOKS AREN’T EVERYTHING, at least not in the Wernex household…just saying!



May Cake June 1, 2013

Filed under: Cooking — kellywernex @ 12:46 pm

After cruising through April with no cake, I finally got the May cake done (better one day late than none).  Cookies-and-Cream.  It was worth the wait!

It is made with a basic vanilla cake recipe, topped with a butter cream frosting and crunched up Oreo cookies.  Can’t hardly mess this one up, but I did!

The cake batter was thick, making the cake more dense after baking instead of airy and fluffy.  Thinking I might have added one scoop to much of flour.  It still tastes like vanilla cake though.  Frosting was easy to make and turned out thick and spreadable.  (I was a little worried about where the 3 sticks of butter was going to go, from the frosting to my hips I’m guessing!)  Emma helped make the frosting and she had a little mishap with the vanilla extract, putting in more than the recipe called for.  But you couldn’t tell.  Emma applied the frosting to the cake and was trying out some techniques she had seen from the Cake Boss show.  She really did a nice job!  Then she applied the crunched up Oreo cookies.


As usual I did not waste the top I had cut off the bottom layer, so I spread frosting on one half, sprinkled on Oreos, and folded the top over for a cake sandwich.  We promptly sat down and ate it.

Another successful cake made, and a few memories to go with it.


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