Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Wild Idea Buffalo Recipe of the Week -BUFFALO-GIRL'S BEST CHOCOLATE CAKE

This week’s Wild Idea Buffalo Recipe of the Week is – BUFFALO-GIRL’S BEST CHOCOLATE CAKE. Besides all the delicious and healthy Buffalo Recipes on the Wild Idea Buffalo website ( you’ll also find Side Dishes and Desserts, like this week’s recipe! You can always order any of the Wild Idea Products at the Wild Idea Buffalo website. Have your cake and eat it too! Enjoy and Happy Holidays!

If you love chocolate and you love cake, you'll love this recipe. Dark, dense, moist and lick-your-plate-delicious (if plate licking is allowed in your house). This one's a keeper for the recipe box.

6 - tablespoons salted butter
2 - oz. bitter chocolate
12 - oz. semi-sweet chocolate
6 - tablespoons cocoa powder
1 - cup + 2 tablespoons sugar
½ cup water
½ - cup milk

2 - tablespoons rum
1½ -teaspoon vanilla
5 - eggs

¾ - cup + 2 tablespoons flour
¾ - teaspoon baking powder
¾ - teaspoon baking soda
½ - teaspoon salt
¼ - cup vegetable oil

Wax paper


1 - Preheat oven to 350°. Place a rack in the middle of the oven and one on the bottom. Place a pan of water on the lowest rack.
2 - In a saucepan over low heat, add the first seven ingredients and allow them to melt, stirring occasionally.
3 - Transfer melted ingredients to a mixing bowl. On medium speed, add rum, vanilla and the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each before adding the other.
4 - Add the remaining ingredients in the order listed, mixing well to ensure all ingredients are incorporated, stopping and scraping the bottom of the bowl a couple of times.
5 - Butter two 8” round cake pans with butter and line the bottom with a circle of wax paper.   Buttering the top of the wax paper too.
6 - Divide batter into cake pans. Tap the pan bottom on the counter top a few times to remove any air bubbles. Place the pans in the oven and bake for about 35 minutes.
7 - Remove cakes from the oven and run a knife around the edge of the cake. Invert onto racks that are lined with a piece of wax paper, tapping the bottom of the pan to release cakes. Allow the cakes to completely cool.
8 - Frost with Sour Cream Ganache, recipe follows.

Sour Cream Ganache

A perfect not-too -sweet, chocolate frosting with just the right amount of tang!

24 - ounces semi-sweet chocolate, broken in bits or use chips
2 - tablespoons butter
16 - ounces sour cream, at room temperature.
1 - teaspoon vanilla


1 - In double boiler, melt chocolate with butter.
2 - Place sour cream in a glass bowl and microwave for about 20 seconds.
3 - Whisk in melt chocolate and stir until well incorporated.
4 - Whisk in vanilla.
5 - Let the ganache rest until it has set up a bit for ease in frosting cakes. *Or, you can pour over cakes if you prefer less frosting.

Clean-Eating Christmas Recipes

Just in time for Christmas from the EatingWell website and Magazine its Clean-Eating Christmas Recipes. Healthy and Delicious Clean-Eating Christmas Recipes like;  Spiced Maple Cranberry Sauce, Creamy Green Beans and Mushrooms, and Easy Mashed Sweet Potatoes. Find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy this Christmas!

Clean-Eating Christmas Recipes
Find healthy, delicious clean-eating Christmas recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell. Our clean-eating recipes are made with real, whole foods and limit processed foods and refined grains. Plus, they are lower in sodium, sugar and calories.

Spiced Maple Cranberry Sauce
Most homemade cranberry sauces are made with sugar, but this one— flavored with unsweetened applesauce and spices— gets its sweetness from the maple syrup that's added in after cooking.............

Creamy Green Beans and Mushrooms
This take on a green bean casserole from José Andrés features perfectly cooked green beans in a mushroom sauce made with real cream. Andrés even gives the traditional canned french-fried onions a run for their money with some freshly frizzled shallot rings. Serve for Thanksgiving or as a side for roast beef or roast chicken.............

Easy Mashed Sweet Potatoes
This quick mashed potato recipe has just 5 ingredients and is dinner-ready in 20 minutes. Using sweet potatoes for this classic side dish adds color to your plate along with a little sweetness and a boost of Vitamin A. With classic and simple flavors, it can easily be paired with any of your favorite dishes............

* Click the link below to get all the Clean-Eating Christmas Recipes

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

Lowering the fat.........

In many cases, favorite recipes can be modified so they offer a lower fat and calorie content. When possible choose to steam, bake, grill, braise, boil or microwave your foods, rather than deep fry them.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Cumin Spiced Butterfly Pork Chop w/ Savory Potatoes and Golden Hominy

Dinner Tonight: Cumin Spiced Butterfly Pork Chop w/ Savory Potatoes and Golden Hominy

For Breakfast to start the morning off I fried up a couple of Jimmy Dean Turkey Sausage Patties, first time having these in a while. Love Jimmy Dean Turkey Products! Then I prepared some Simply
Potatoes Garlic and Herb Hash Browns. Seasoned them with Salt and Pepper and served them sprinkled with Sargento Reduced Fat Shredded Sharp Cheddar. I also toasted a slice of Aunt Millie's Light Whole Grain Bread and had my morning cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. Great Breakfast to start the day. Gave the house a quick cleaning then I had to go to the Post Office to get some Christmas Cards out. Then it was baking the rest of the afternoon. I baked Mini Loaves of Cinnamon Swirl and Chocolate Chip of Quick Bread. I baked them to give to 6 of my neighbors for Christmas. I'll deliver them tomorrow. For Dinner tonight I prepared Cumin Spiced Butterfly Pork Chop w/ Savory Potatoes and Golden Hominy.

I hadn't had Butterfly Pork Chops in a while and these looked great. I purchased them from Meijer, 2
to a package. I'm preparing them with my Cumin Spiced Rub that I use for most of my Pork Dishes.

So to prepare my Chop I’ll need; The Cumin Spiced Rub which consists of 1 tbsp Roasted Cumin, 1 tsp Garlic Powder, 1 tsp Chili Powder, 1 teaspoon Sea Salt, 1/2 teaspoon Hungarian Paprika, 2
teaspoons Dried Oregano, and 1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper. To prepare it preheat oven to 400°. Combine all the ingredients; rub it all over the pork chop. Let stand 20 minutes. Start by heating the Extra Virgin Olive oil in a Cast Iron Skillet over medium-high heat. Add pork to pan; cook 2 minutes, browning both sides. From the stove to the oven and bake at 400° for 11 minutes until the thermometer registered 145°, turning after 5 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before slicing. Fantastic combo of Spices, which makes one incredible Crust on the Chop with the inside being tender and moist! It's been too long since having these Butterfly Chops!

For one side dish I prepared the Little Potato Co. Savory Herb Potatoes. We love these! The Potatoes
come in a microwavable tray. Just pop the tray in the microwave for five minutes and mix in the seasoning pack and you have a nutritious and tasty Potato Dish. These are definitely a good item to have in the pantry! So easy to prepare and no clean up.

For a second side dish I opened up a can of one of my favorite side dishes, Kroger Brand Golden
Hominy. For those that never had or heard of Hominy; Hominy is a food made from kernels of corn which are soaked in an alkali solution of either lime or lye. The corrosive nature of the solution removes the hull and germ of the corn and causes the grain itself to puff up to about twice its normal size. My favorite is the Golden Hominy. If you’ve never tried it do, makes a delicious side dish! For Dessert/Snack later a bowl of Breyer's Carb Smart Vanilla Ice Cream.

the Little Potato Company – Savory Herb

Evoking all the cozy feelings of home-cooking, the Savory Herb flavor combines a fun mix of red and yellow Creamer potatoes with a comforting blend of savory herbs, earthy spices and just a hint of bacon flavor.

Simply pop the tray in the microwave for five minutes and mix in the seasoning pack and voila! – you have a nutritious taste of home. This is cozy dish on its own, or combine it with other ingredients to take your meal to a whole new level of down-home goodness.

You may also want to try our Garlic Parsley or Zesty Italian flavors.


In three easy steps, you have perfectly steamed and seasoned potatoes!

1. Simply remove the cardboard sleeve and seasoning pack. The plastic film stays on to aid in steaming the potatoes.
2. Place the convenience tray in the microwave. Cook on high for 5 minutes*.
3. Let the tray rest for 2 minutes then carefully remove plastic film and stir in seasoning pack. Caution – the contents will be very hot. If desired, add 1 tbsp. of butter or olive oil.

Serve and enjoy!
*Cooking times may vary.

Nutritional Information
Serving Size
Per Serving % Daily Value*
Calories 85
Fat 0%
Saturated / Trans Fats 0%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 175 mg 7%
Potassium 510 mg 15%
Carbohydrate 20 g 7%
Fibre 2 g 8%
Sugars 2 g
Protein 2 g


This week's Diabetic Dish of the Week is - BEEF TENDERLOIN ROAST WITH GARLIC-ROASTED VEGETABLES. I've got a good one to pass along to everyone this week, BEEF TENDERLOIN ROAST WITH GARLIC-ROASTED VEGETABLES. A delicious Beef Tenderloin Roast rubbed with Garlic and Italian Seasoning. Served with Roasted Vegetables of Fingerling Potatoes, Onions, Plum Tomatoes, and Zucchini. A perfect dish for Christmas Dinner or for that first meal of 2019! The recipe is from the Diabetic Gourmet Magazine website. The Diabetic Gourmet site has a huge selection of Diabetic Friendly Recipes, Diabetic News, and Diabetes Tips. So Enjoy and Eat Healthy through the Holiday Season!



1 beef Tenderloin Roast (4 to 5 pounds)
1 large head garlic
2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon olive oil
2-1/4 pounds potatoes (such as fingerling, russet or red potatoes), quartered if large
4 small onions, halved
6 small plum tomatoes, halved
2 medium zucchini, sliced
2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning, divided
1 teaspoon cracked black pepper, divided
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, divided


1 - Preheat oven to 425F.
2 - Cut about 1/4 inch off top of garlic head, exposing cloves. Remove outer papery skin, leaving head intact.
3 - Place in center of 12-inch square heavy-duty aluminum foil; drizzle with 1 teaspoon oil. Bring two opposite sides of foil over garlic; seal with double fold. Fold in open ends to seal.
4 - Combine remaining vegetables, remaining 2 tablespoons oil, 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper in large bowl; toss to coat.
5 - Combine remaining teaspoon Italian seasoning and 1/2 teaspoon pepper; press evenly onto all surfaces of beef roast.
6 - Place roast on rack in shallow roasting pan. Insert ovenproof meat thermometer so tip is centered in thickest part of beef. Do not add water or cover.
7 - Place garlic, potatoes and onions on rimmed baking sheet.
8 - Roast tenderloin in 425F oven 45 to 55 minutes for medium rare; 55 to 65 minutes for medium doneness.
9 - Roast garlic, potatoes and onions 30 minutes.
10 - Add tomatoes and zucchini to pan; continue to roast 15 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
11 - Remove roast when meat thermometer registers 135F for medium rare; 145F for medium. Tent with foil. Let stand 20 minutes. (Temperature will continue to rise about 10-15F to reach 145F for medium rare; 160F for medium.)
12 - Squeeze garlic pulp over vegetables; stir to combine. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup cheese, as desired.
13 - Carve roast; sprinkle with remaining 2 tablespoons cheese. Serve with vegetables.
Beef Tenderloin is the most tender cut of beef available. It is lean and boneless and is sold as a whole roast or a smaller center-cut roast. This roast also meets government guidelines for lean.

Recipe Yield: Makes 20 servings.

Turkey Tenderloin Crostini

I've got a delicious and healthy Appetizer Recipe to pass along to every one, Turkey Tenderloin Crostini. Made using JENNIE-O® Extra Lean Boneless Turkey Breast Tenderloins along with Cranberry Sauce, Dijon Mustard, Blue Cheese Crumbles, Spices, and served on Crostini Bread Slices. You can find this recipe at the Jennie - O Turkey website. So Enjoy and Make the SWITCH in 2018!

Turkey Tenderloin Crostini
The term "crostini" in Italian means "little toast". With various toppings, they're the perfect appetizer before any meal. Our Turkey Tenderloin crostinis combine sweet and savory with whole canberry sauce, blue cheese crumbles and tender turkey on top. Make them, and you might be the toast of your next dinner!

1 (20-ounce) package JENNIE-O® Extra Lean Boneless Turkey Breast Tenderloins
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
15 crostini bread slices
¾ cup whole-berry cranberry sauce
1 tablespoon country-Dijon mustard
⅓ cup blue cheese crumbles
fresh marjoram leaves, if desired

1) Season turkey with seasoned salt, garlic powder and pepper. Cook turkey as specified on the package. Always cook to well-done, 165°F as measured by a meat thermometer. Let stand 15 minutes and slice into about 15 ¼-inch slices.
2) In small bowl, stir together cranberry sauce and mustard.
3) Place 1 tenderloin slice on each crostini bread slice and top with cranberry mixture and blue cheese crumbles.
4) Garnish with fresh marjoram leaves, if desired.
* Always cook to an internal temperature of 165°F.


Calories 100
Protein 10g
Carbohydrates 11g
Fiber 0g
Sugars 5g
Fat 1.5g
Cholesterol 20mg
Sodium 150mg
Saturated Fat 0.5g

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

A good hint to keep in mind..........

Keep your spices away from sources of heat like the stove or lights. Herbs and spices can lose their flavor when exposed to humidity and heat.