Google Amy's Cooking Adventures: January 2018

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Wreck-It Ralph Recipe Round Up #FoodnFlix

What a fun month!

I got to host this month's Food n' Flix, Wreck-It Ralph and everyone sure brought the creativity!

Before we get started, I have to share Hubs and my Halloween costumes from last year when we were Felix-It Felix and Sargent Calhoun!  So fun!

Camilla from Culinary Adventures with Camilla brought her Cherry Chasing Dot Muncher Libations + Candy Laden Cakes!  She says:
Inspired by Wreck-It Ralph calling PacMan a "cherry-chasing dot muncher" - and the jar of Griottines in the cupboard - I decided to create some perfect New Year's Eve cocktails.

Kimberly from Coffee and Casseroles made Lost and Found Alphabet Soup.  She says:
When Ralph is first out of his game trying to find a metal, he checks the lost and found box at the root beer bar, and finds himself  one single mushroom from Super Mario. So I knew I wanted to do something with mushrooms. Add to this the fact the character of Vanellope builds her first race car from found items. I decided to make  "lost and found alphabet soup."

Evelyn from CulturEatz made two amazing recipes! First, she made Cherry Coke Mentos White Chocolate Fudge.  She says:
 I saw a recipe for Coke jelly and inspiration struck. I made my own cherry Coke jelly cubes and incorporated them into a white chocolate fudge. With the addition of Mentos and cherries of course.

And her second recipe was the Glitch Cocktail!
Now I really wanted to also add a little recipe in honour of Vanellope Von Sschweetz. This misunderstood bad character, a glitch in the game in fact, does turn out to be a hero. 

Sarah from Chef Sarah Elizabeth made a whole Wreck-It Ralph themed menu including Very Vanellope Cookies!  She says:
I love the character Vanellope and the fact that she is a glitch! I know its a “bad thing” in the film, but I am attracted to funky, off the wall, rebel personalities. Instead of making Sugar Rush race cars, I decided to make Very Vanellope Cookies! I took my favorite sugar cookie recipe, cut it into funky shapes, and then we decorated with frosting and candy! 

Kelley from Simply Inspired Meals managed to make a gorgeous healthy Cherry Bomb Smoothie from this candy coated flick! She says:
 I was inspired to create this Cherry Bomb Smoothie based on the race held toward the end of the movie. My kids love video games, and we enjoy playing racing games together, so I loved the “Cherry Bomb” power used during the race where the racers set off cherry bombs from the side of the Royal Raceway track using sparks from their exhaust. 

Wendy from A Day in the Life on the Farm went the savory route and made Chicken and Mushroom Pie.  She says:
 I took my inspiration from the pies I saw at the beginning of the movie and from the mushrooms running around.  I decided to make a Mushroom Pie.

Debra from Eliot's Eats made a delicious Chocolate-Cherry Dump Cake!  She says:
  • Of course, I pulled the cherries from Ralph’s exit from PacMan and the Bad-Anon meeting.
  • I used a dump cake technique because Ralph lives in a dump.
  • The chocolate brownie came from the fact that he hates chocolate, at least at the beginning.  When he finds himself landing in a puddle of chocolate at the end of the film, he confesses to loving it!

Heather from All Roads Lead to the Kitchen was inspired by Ralph & Vanellope's first meeting making Sweet Mother of Monkey Milk-Shakes with Gold Coins!  She says:
Her exclamation "sweet mother of monkey milk, a gold coin!" immediately made me think...monkeys like monkey milk must be banana milk. And what's the best way to use banana milk? Turn it into milkshakes, of course! And as a nod to that elusive gold coin they're both chasing, it had to be garnished with a gold-wrapped milk chocolate coin.

Ali from Fix me a Little Lunch made a delicious Chocolate Quicksand Pudding!  She says:
I love this recipe for chocolate quicksand pudding because it’s about as close to instant as homemade pudding can get.  In other words, in about 10 minutes time, you’ll have pudding ready to chill in the fridge.

Amber from Reviews, Chews, and How-Tos made some super fun Rice Krispie Treats Race Cars! She says:
the thing that really inspired me was when Ralph and Vanellope (the glitch from Sugar Rush) had to go into a bonus round of her game to Build a Race Car! They start out with a car mold and as they go through the levels, frosting and various candies drop all over the car to make a huge mess of a race car.... Vanellope absolutely loves it though! Its hers, she made it!

And I just couldn't decide what to make, so I did a triple header making Sugar Rush Jell-O Shots (stuffed with candy and inspired by the Sugar Rush video game), Ralph's Texas Trash Party Mix (inspired by his home in the dump), and Nutter Butter Sugar Rush Racers!

Be sure to join in next month as Evelyne at CulturEatz hosts Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?
in February!

Friday, January 26, 2018

Small Batch Chocolate Cupcakes #ChocolateCakeDay

You guys.  Dude, my older son, my little kitchen protégé, turned 10 last week!


How is that even possible?  It seems like just yesterday he was a tiny newborn or a wobbly toddler or a strong-willed preschooler!  Now he’s a little man!  He is kind and intelligent and creative and musical and I just love him!

He actually had his birthday party a few weeks before his actual day because he wanted to go to an indoor water park with his best friend and aligning the schedules of busy 4th graders is surprisingly challenging!

Anyhow, Dude wanted cupcakes for his party…for 5 people (our family + his friend). Oy!

Now it’s no secret that I don’t usually go the scratch cake route – I’m  a big fan of doctoring cake mixes!  But this time, there was just no other way.  I couldn’t justify an entire batch of cupcakes for 5 people.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Nutter Butter Ice Cream Cone Cookies

Did you know that today is National Peanut Butter Day?

Say What?!?

I love peanut butter, but in the interest of my waistline, I don’t enjoy it very often.  My favorite peanut butter preparation is peanut butter smeared on apples!  There’s nothing better!

For today’s recipe, however, I’m sharing a quick, adorable treat that is also my 3rd recipes for my Wreck-It Ralph Food ‘n Flix treats! (see the invite here, SugarRush Jell-O Shots here, and Ralph’s Texas Trash Party Mix here)

There adorable little ice cream cones are simply Nutter Butter Cookies dipped in candy melts and decorated with sprinkles!

Ice cream was enough of an inspiration for the movie, but then the sprinkles totally reminded Vanellope’s Hair!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Chocolate Banana Oat Muffins #fantasticalfoodfight

I made protein muffins again.

The boys cannot get enough of these things!  And each time I make them, I seem to have slightly different ingredients on hand.

This time around I had bananas moldering on my counter again.  Because Spud was with me at the store and begged for bananas.  And I said no because every time I buy bananas no one eats them and they sit on the counter forever.  And he promised that he’d eat them this time.  And that I had to buy more than one.  No, not two mom! We need five! Ugh fine.

He seemed pretty adamant, so I went for it.  I figured I’d eat a banana or two and Hubs would and Spud really did want the bananas.

He ate half a banana.

Texas Trash Party Mix #FootballFood #FoodnFlix

Are you ready for some football?

I come from a long line of Packers fans (Dude is following tradition) and Hubs is a Lions fan, but Spud jumped ship and is a huge Vikings fan!  Did you catch last night’s game?!?  It was crazy!!!  Even us non-Viking fans were cheering by the end!

Speaking of football, have you started planning SuperBowl snacks yet?

The ladies at Festive Foodies decided to share some of our favorite football food to help inspire your SuperBowl spread this year.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Sugar Crush Jell-O Shots

I’m hosting Food n Flix with the super fun Disney movie, Wreck-It Ralph this month!

Wreck-It Ralph is such a fun light-hearted movie.  It takes place across 3 different video games, Fix-It Felix Junior (an old 8-bit game), Call of Duty (a new high definition game), and Sugar Rush (a candy-coated racing game).

This past Halloween, Hubs & I were invited to a Disney party!  Everyone was to dress up as a Disney couple and bring some treats inspired by their movie!

After much deliberation, Hubs and I chose Sargent Calhoun and Fix-It Felix Jr…

Gender swapped.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Turkey Sausage & Penne Skillet

The yumminess pasta.

That’s the title the kids asked me to give this dish. 

This was one of those throw togethers that I didn’t even really plan to blog.  But the kids absolutely shoveled it down with cries of, “Mom, what is this called?” You have to blog it!”

When I told them is didn’t have a name and no I hadn’t planned on blogging it, they coined it the yumminess pasta and asked for third helpings.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Baked Pork Chops & Scalloped Potatoes

Well hello there.  I had great intentions of adding recipes on a more regular, but apparently that New Year’s Resolution was meant to be broken almost immediately.  It’s not too late to start fresh, right?

Today’s recipe is comfort food at its finest, because what’s not to love about meat and potatoes?

Hubs was initially skeptical about this one since the chops actually cook with the scalloped potatoes, but his fear were for naught, because this whole recipe was amazing!

I think having the chop pan seared before cooking adds amazing flavor and keeps them from getting rubbery in the cooking process.  Additionally, since the chops continue to cook with the sauce, they stay nice and moist until they are cooked through and ready to serve.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Ham & Swiss Stuffed Piglet Buns

Let’s kick off the New Year with a recipe and a read!

I’ve been basking in books all throughout Christmas break – it’s my favorite way to relax!

During break, I decided to catch up on the December/January Cook the Books Club pick, Feast of Sorrow: A Novel of Ancient Rome by Crystal King.

Feast of Sorrow is a historical fiction novel set in ancient Rome.  I love a good historical fiction, and this book was no exception.  I loved it!  Here is the synopsis from GoodReads:

Set amongst the scandal, wealth, and upstairs-downstairs politics of a Roman family, Crystal King’s seminal debut features the man who inspired the world’s oldest cookbook and the ambition that led to his destruction.
On a blistering day in the twenty-sixth year of Augustus Caesar’s reign, a young chef, Thrasius, is acquired for the exorbitant price of twenty thousand denarii. His purchaser is the infamous gourmet Marcus Gavius Apicius, wealthy beyond measure, obsessed with a taste for fine meals from exotic places, and a singular ambition: to serve as culinary advisor to Caesar, an honor that will cement his legacy as Rome's leading epicure.
Apicius rightfully believes that Thrasius is the key to his culinary success, and with Thrasius’s help he soon becomes known for his lavish parties and fantastic meals. Thrasius finds a family in Apicius’s household, his daughter Apicata, his wife Aelia, and her handmaiden, Passia whom Thrasius quickly falls in love with. But as Apicius draws closer to his ultimate goal, his reckless disregard for any who might get in his way takes a dangerous turn that threatens his young family and places his entire household at the mercy of the most powerful forces in Rome. 

There was no shortage of foodie inspiration from this novel.  The story follows Thrasius, the new coquus (head chef) of Marcus Apicius’ kitchen, the food descriptions frequent and mouthwatering.

Though devastating at times, I loved the book – the premise hooked me right away and I could hardly put it down once I started!

My inspiration for today’s recipe came showed up on the second page of the book!  The idea took root and I just had to go for it!  In the book, the dish is described as “…ham in pastry, with honey and figs…”

Later, more pastry is added to shape the hams into little pigs!

Guys, I love making bread and pastry into other things!  I was sold right then and there!



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