Apr182013

Domestic Debacle’s Recipe: Sweet and Salty Pork Roast

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If you’re a long time reader (and friend) you’re aware that I’m *trying* to learn how to cook. In fact, I’ve had several “misses” in the kitchen lately, so much so that I was banned from touching anything food related for about a month. But I thought I’d give it the good ol’ college try, and get back on the saddle. Which I’m glad that I did, because I came up with something SUPER yummy (and SUPER easy)!

So here’s my recipe for Sweet and Salty Pork Roast:

1 2-4 lb. Pork Roast

1 1 lb. Package of thinly sliced bacon

1 large bottle of bbq sauce

1 large jar of grape jelly

salt and pepper

Reynold’s Crock Pot liner (optional)

First, arrange the bacon on a cutting board, making a basket weave pattern. Lay the pork roast on one end of the bacon weave, salt and pepper to taste. Then roll the roast with the bacon, making sure that the ends are on the bottom of the roast. Place inside of crock pot (insert liner before if you choose to use it) bacon ends side down, tucking the corners underneath the roast.

In a separate bowl, mix the bbq sauce and grape jelly.

Pour the mixture over the roast, making sure to coat the entire roast. Cook on low for 4-6 hours until the roast is at least 145 degrees. The roast will be very moist and tender, so use a large spatula to remove it. Place on a cutting board, and slice!

You can serve it with or without the bacon. Some spots will be crispy and delicious. I served mine with macaroni and cheese, corn bread, and green beans. It was a HUGE hit in my house, and M (my picky eater) ate it without complaint! If you give it a try, let me know what you think.

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Jan102013

My version of Cool Whip’s Eclair Cake (psst- it tastes better!)

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Growing up, Cool Whip’s Eclair Cake was my absolute favorite dessert. For someone who isn’t that big on “sweets” (except for dark chocolate, if you have some, feel free to send it on ova!) this is a big deal. Instead of birthday cakes, I typically asked for an eclair cake. It’s delicious- but I have a couple of simple tricks to make it taste even better, and easier to make. However, my version came out a little bit messier than Cool Whip’s featured photo (um, hello preeety!)- but I guarantee you’re going to want to make my modifications! It’s all about the taste, am I right?

Here are the ingredients for MY version:

1 box Honey Maid Honey Graham crackers
1 pkg (it’s a 4 person serving size) JELL-O French Vanilla Flavor Instant Pudding
1-3/4 cups cold milk
1 tub (8 oz.) COOL WHIP Whipped Topping original, COMPLETELY thawed

1/2 can of Betty Crocker Chocolate Frosting

Layer graham crackers in the bottom of an ungreased 9×13 pan.You will have to break some to get complete coverage. Think of this as putting all of those puzzle making skills to work!

Whisk the milk and package of french vanilla pudding on high for 2 minutes. Gently fold in Cool Whip. Using half of the mixture, evenly spread on top of grahams. Add another layer of grahams, then top with remaining pudding/Cool Whip mixture. Top with one more layer of grahams. Melt the Betty Crocker chocolate frosting in a microwave-safe bowl for 20-25 seconds (should be just runny). Pour the frosting over the graham crackers, using the back of a spoon to smooth it out. Top should be completely covered in chocolate frosting. Refrigerate for at least 5 hours before serving.Refrigerate any leftovers.

The graham crackers will become this ooey-gooey deliciousness that reminds me of eating an eclair, and the French Vanilla pudding adds a richness that you just wouldn’t get from plain vanilla pudding. The recipe originally called for Baker’s Chocolate frosting, but hey, ‘aint nobody got time for that!

Enjoy!

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Sep62012

Ragu Spaghetti Sundaes Recipe and Video

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Have you seen the new Ragu Backpack spot? How many of us feel like this, even as adults?

Looking to add a smile to your kid(s) faces when they come to the dinner table? Check out this recipe for Ragu Spaghetti Sundaes! They are super easy to make, and very cute!

Prep Time:

20 minutes

 

Ingredients:

Hot cooked Ragu® Old World Style® Spaghetti

Ragu® Pasta Sauce, heated

Low fat fully-cooked cocktail-size meatballs

Part-skim ricotta cheese

Cherry tomatoes

Assorted fresh vegetables, chopped

 

Directions:

Arrange spaghetti in sundae dish, then top with Ragu® Pasta Sauce, hot cooked meatballs, part-skim ricotta cheese dollops, and cherry tomatoes for a fun dinnertime sundae! Let kids help by adding veggie sprinkles such as chopped peppers, canned corn, shredded carrots, or mushrooms
Prep Time:

20 minutes

Ingredients:

Hot cooked Ragu® Old World Style® Spaghetti

Ragu® Pasta Sauce, heated

Low fat fully-cooked cocktail-size meatballs

Part-skim ricotta cheese

Cherry tomatoes

Assorted fresh vegetables, chopped

Directions:

Description: Description: Spaghetti SundaesArrange spaghetti in sundae dish, then top with Ragu® Pasta Sauce, hot cooked meatballs, part-skim ricotta cheese dollops, and cherry tomatoes for a fun dinnertime sundae! Let kids help by adding veggie sprinkles such as chopped peppers, canned corn, shredded carrots, or mushrooms
Prep Time:

20 minutes

Ingredients:

Hot cooked Ragu® Old World Style® Spaghetti

Ragu® Pasta Sauce, heated

Low fat fully-cooked cocktail-size meatballs

Part-skim ricotta cheese

Cherry tomatoes

Assorted fresh vegetables, chopped

Directions:

Arrange spaghetti in sundae dish, then top with Ragu® Pasta Sauce, hot cooked meatballs, part-skim ricotta cheese dollops, and cherry tomatoes for a fun dinnertime sundae! Let kids help by adding veggie sprinkles such as chopped peppers, canned corn, shredded carrots, or mushrooms

 

 

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