I’m a Pinterest Celebrity

Feb 4, 2013 / Filed in Food / 5 Comments

Okay, maybe not really…

But over 1,300 people have shared my recipe for Mexican cheesecake on Pinterest. That’s a big number for me!

If you haven’t tried it yet, what are you waiting for? It’s so easy to make and it’s a huge hit at every party. Daniel made it last night for a Super Bowl party and everyone went back for a second piece!

Here’s the recipe. Pin it, Like it, Tweet it, Share it, and let me know what you think when you try it. 🙂

Most people agree that Walmart is evil, but many call it a “necessary evil” because the prices are often perceived to be the lowest around and you can get everything under one roof.

For at least the past five years, I’ve struggled with my conscious when shopping there for groceries. I know their employees are paid very low wages and not treated fairly. As a business owner myself, I hate that. I’m self employed, so I don’t have any direct employees. But from time to time, I do outsource work, and I try to be very respectful of the people I give work to, and consider their time and compensation too. It just seems like the right thing do to.

So why shouldn’t a corporation that makes billions of dollars take better care of their employees? It doesn’t make sense and I have to chalk it up to greed.

Kroger is our most common alternative in our area. The stores are usually cleaner and better maintained, but the options are usually a bit more limited. The prices also seemed higher, at least at a glance. It does make sense though. If you pay your employees more, you obviously have to charge a little more for the items you sell.

After a long discussion, Daniel and I recently decided that we’re going to try to make Kroger a regular habit. There are more and more news reports about the evil inner workings at Walmart and it’s getting to be too much to justify, even with the lower prices and wider selection.

So last night we went to Kroger, and I griped like an old man the whole time. I hemmed when some of our staple foods cost two or three dollars more, and I hawed when they didn’t carry something we bought on a regular basis. By the time we went through the checkout, I’d told myself this was the last time we’d be shopping at Kroger.

But today I sat down with a clear head and compared recent receipts from Walmart and Kroger. Just as I’d thought, some items did cost more at Kroger. But to my surprise, some items cost a dollar or more less at Kroger, and that helped balance things out. Overall, the finally tally was that Kroger only cost $5.50 more on an average trip.

I’ll rest my case now. An extra $5.50 isn’t so bad, especially if it means better work conditions for employees. There are still a few choice items we’ll need to go to Walmart for because we can’t find them elsewhere. In the end, that still makes Walmart a necessary evil if they’ve eliminated all the competition and alternatives.

But as much as we possibly can, we will try to shop at Kroger, and will feel better about doing it. I’m glad I actually sat down and did an item by item comparison because I was under the impression that Kroger cost double across the board. Thankfully that wasn’t the case.

Where do you go for groceries and what are your tricks for saving? Share your input in the comments.

This recipe is so good I had to publish it again!

Last year I wrote a post about a dessert called Sopapilla, or “Mexican Cheesecake,” as it’s sometimes called. Readers tried the recipe and loved it, so I decided I should share it again. Everyone who tries it loves it. This is the fail-proof dessert that Daniel and I bring to parties and it’s always the first dessert to disappear.

Sopapilla Mexican Cheesecake
Can’t you just smell the freshly baked cream cheese, cinnamon, and honey?

Ingredients for the cheesecake:

16 oz. fat free cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cans of 8 oz. crescent rolls (refrigerated, unperforated if you can find them)

Ingredients for the topping:
1 stick of butter, softened (equal to 1/2 cup or 8 tbsp.)
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
Honey

Directions:

1. Preheat oven on 350 degrees
2. Spread out the first crescent roll on a greased 9×13 pan
3. Mix cream cheese, 1 cup sugar, and vanilla, then spread it on top of the first crescent roll, all the way to the edges
4. Carefully unroll the second crescent roll over the top of the filling
5. Mix together butter, 3/4 cup sugar, and cinnamon. Spread it over the top crescent layer but don’t oversaturate
6. Bake for 30-35 mins. or until crust is golden brown
7. Drizzle honey over the top and then cut into squares, serve warm

The recipe serves 12, but for larger groups, we cut it into 24 smaller squares.

Holiday Version

Replace the standard cinnamon topping with 1 tsp of pumpkin pie spice.

A Note to Visitors in Other Countries

As of 2016, this recipe has been pinned over 31,000 times! Thanks for all the Pinterest love.

It’s come to my attention that canned crescent rolls are not as common in some countries and visitors have asked for alternatives. Let me start by providing a link to the most common option here in the U.S., from Pillsbury: http://www.pillsbury.com/products/crescents/reduced-fat-crescents. That link will give you a visual and also ingredient information so you can compare. It’s a pre-made dough that comes rolled in a can, and when opened, it’s easy to spread out and bake with. I’ve heard that puff pastry is probably the closest alternative, but I haven’t tried it. If you have any suggestions for substitutes, please let me know.

Red Velvet Cake in a Cone

Feb 3, 2011 / Filed in Food / 4 Comments

My latest food experiment is cake in a cone!

I guess you could say it makes cake into a finger food! Just pour the cake batter into the cones, 2/3 full, and bake them at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. After they have cooled, add icing to the top and enjoy the yummy sweet goodness.

Fudge Packin’

Jan 17, 2011 / Filed in Food, Humor / 3 Comments

Why are sweets so difficult to make?

Over the weekend, we tried out banana white chocolate fudge. Sounded amazing in theory. The recipe also seemed fool-proof. Not the case.

First of all, I didn’t let it get hot enough, so the consistency was too soft. Second, the flavor was just… Well, anyone ever had banana Laffy Taffy? That’s what it taste like. Exactly like that. So if you like banana Laffy Taffy, let me know your address. We have a pan full of it!

Maybe it’s best that I just stick with cooking meats and pastas. I never do well with sweets. I think that meat is easier because it’s already good. You just have to cook it, add the right spices and pair it with the right things. You already have a good base. But sweets require starting with the basics and building up.

My new favorite past time is food photography.

Santa brought us an SLR camera for Christmas and I’ve really enjoyed testing out the features! (Well, actually, my parents brought us one, but I suppose the other story sounded more magical.)

Since I already love food — eating it, making it — I figured why not take pictures of it? Below is an amazing dish Daniel cooked. He put together a homemade alfredo sauce for it… better than anything I’ve ever experienced. I think the sauce is what truly made it but the entire dish was wonderful.

Here is the recipe if you’d like to make it too:
http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/White-Cheese-Chicken-Lasagna/Detail.aspx

And here’s the photo I took:

Please let me know if you try the recipe! I’d love to hear what you thought.

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