Miss Mickey’s Peanut Butter Balls

These peanut butter balls were featured on Trisha Yearwood’s show on Food Network, Saturday this last weekend. I’m starting to like her recipes. I’ve made these peanut butter balls and her chicken tortilla soup so far. There was a lasagna she made and she used tofu instead of ricotta cheese and I’m really curious to try that now. My husband is lactose intolerant and we’ve tried replacing tofu with other things as well. The one thing that kind of turned me off about that recipe is the black beans. I’m more of a meat fan when it comes to lasagna and that doesn’t float with my boat very well.

If you love peanut butter then you’ll love these. I’d love to try these with Biscoff spread or Nutella next time. I never used the dark corn syrup the recipe called for and just added another 1/2 cup of regular corn syrup. There’s a song on South Park that these remind me of, but we won’t go there. :)

Peanut Butter Balls

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup dark corn syrup
  • 2 cups crunchy peanut butter
  • 4 cups rice cereal

Directions

Step 1
In a large saucepan, stir the sugar and the syrups together over medium heat. Remove from the heat and quickly add the peanut butter, continuing to stir until the mixture is fully combined. Add the rice cereal and mix well. Shape the mixture into palm-size balls with your hands. Transfer to waxed paper. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

Spicy Pop Pulled Pork

You can never go wrong with one of Ree’s recipes. Every recipe I’ve tried of her’s, I just love. This one was so super simple and I threw everything into a slow cooker instead of a dutch oven. The pork roast cooked on high for 4-5 hours and it was ready. The meat was just falling apart when I shredded it and it was so tender. I served mine on some fresh sandwich buns that I got at Hornbacher’s grocery store here in town. Tomorrow I want to try this meat inside some quesadilllas.

If you’re on a diet, you can go ahead and use a can of diet soda. Make sure to remove all the fat. There was a really big piece of it that just fell off when it was done cooking and I just threw that away. 1 serving of this pork is about 8 points.  I used coke because that is the drink of choice in our house. It’s not too spicy either with the can of chipotle peppers in there. I’d definitely make this recipe again.

P.S. I’ve got to stop watching Food Network…. Instead of having my website be recipe-diaries.com I should just change my name to The Food Network Cooking Blog or something dumb like that. Yesterday I made Alton Brown’s fudge, today was Ree’s pulled pork, and tomorrow I’m going to make the peanut butter balls featured on Trisha Yearwood’s show. Am I addicted?

This isn’t the prettiest picture sorry. Just trying to show how tender it was. :)

Recipe from The Pioneer Woman

Spicy Dr. Pepper Shredded Pork

Ingredients

  • 1 large onion
  • 1 whole pork shoulder roast (5-7 pounds)
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 can Chipotle peppers in adobe sauce
  • 1 can Dr. Pepper ((I used Coke))

Directions

Step 1
Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

Peel the onion and cut it into wedges. Lay them in the bottom of a large dutch oven.

Generously salt and pepper the pork roast, then set it on top of the onions in the pan.

Pour the can of chipotle peppers over the pork (include the sauce.) Pour in both cans of Dr Pepper. Add brown sugar to the juice and stir in.
Step 2
Place lid tightly on pot, then set pot in the oven. Cook for at least six hours, turning roast two or three times during the cooking process. Check meat after six hours; it should be absolutely falling apart (use two forks to test.) If it's not falling apart, return to the oven for another hour.
Step 3
Remove meat from pot and place on a cutting board or other work surface. Use two forks to shred meat, discarding large pieces of fat. Strain as much of the fat off the top of the cooking liquid as you can and discard it. Return the shredded meat to the cooking liquid, and keep warm until ready to serve. (You can also refrigerate the meat and liquid separately, then remove hardened fat once it's cold. Then heat up the liquid on the stovetop and return the meat to the liquid to warm up.

Serve on warm flour tortillas. Top with shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, grated cheese, avocado slices, salsa, and whatever else you'd like.

Alton Brown’s Chocolate Fudge

I’ve been becoming quite the candy maker lately. I made some more caramels and fudge yesterday. I’ve tried making pumpkin fudge before, and I think there was something wrong with the recipe. It could be that the pumpkin caused the sugar mixture to start burning too early when it hasn’t even reached 234 degrees yet. I tried about 10 different times  to get that recipe to work and just couldn’t get it. That made me angry.  I decided to try a different fudge recipe this time from Alton Brown. This was super easy to follow and the chocolate mixture did not start burning before the temp reached to 234 degrees. I was pretty happy. You can add whatever you like to this fudge recipe. I added chopped pecans and marshmallows. Any type of dried fruit would be good, candy, cookies, you name it.

This is real fudge people. Not the fudge you make where all you do is melt some chocolate in a microwave or mix some kind of cake mix. I came across a “fudge” recipe the other day ago that just required some cake mix, butter and oil. I was kind of confused because they had called it fudge when the recipe didn’t require any sugar or chocolate to be boiled together until it reached a certain temp. Whatever I guess… it looked pretty easy though and I’m a fan of easy recipes. I also like the difficult recipes every now and then.

Chocolate Fudge

Ingredients

  • 2 3/4 cups sugar
  • 4 ounces unsweetenuped chocolate
  • 3` tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 1 tablespoon corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped nuts

Directions

Step 1
Grease an 8 by 8-inch pan with butter. In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine the sugar, chocolate, 1 1/2 tablespoons of the butter, half-and-half, and corn syrup.
Step 2
Over medium heat, stir with a wooden spoon until sugar is dissolved and chocolate is melted. Increase heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and boil for 3 minutes. Remove the cover and attach a candy thermometer to the pot. Cook until the thermometer reads 234 degrees F. Remove from the heat and add the remaining butter
Step 3
Do not stir. Let the mixture cool for 10 minutes or until it drops to 130 degrees F. Add vanilla and nuts, if desired, and mix until well-blended and the shiny texture becomes matte. Pour into the prepared pan. Let sit in cool dry area until firm. Cut into 1-inch pieces and store in an airtight container for up to a week.

Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup

The first time I made this soup it was eaten up so fast, I didn’t get to take a picture of it. I also added about a tablespoon of pesto sauce that I got at Trader Joe’s. That made this soup extra delicious.

It starts off with 2 cans of tomato soup. People won’t even know you started off with that after you add in all the other ingredients. The chicken broth and half and half make this ten times better. I just dumped in the package of frozen tortellini into the boiling soup and waited until they floated to the top. Ok, I just don’t suggest dumping in the package of tortellini like I did, or else you’ll have boiling hot water splatter all over your shirt. Don’t wear white while making this soup either. ;) Sprinkle on parmesan cheese on top or serve with garlic bread.

Creamy Tomato Soup recipe from Plain Chicken

Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 package frozen tortellini (9 oz )
  • 2 cans condensed tomato soup
  • 2 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups half-and-half
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese

Directions

Step 1

Cook tortellini according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
Step 2
In a Dutch oven, combine the soup, broth, half and half and seasonings. Heat over medium heat for approximately 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Add tortellini to soup. Stir in cheese.
Step 3
Sprinkle each serving with additional cheese if desired.