Monday, April 30, 2012

Chocolate Covered OREO Cake

I would just like to start by saying that this cake is DIVINE! Yummm... I wasn't expecting it to be SO good! I mean I knew it would be good... but I didn't know it would be SO good! I have a feeling it will become a regular go-to party cake at the Hanson home. :)
I try to post recipes that I feel are simple and delicious. I have watched cooking shows that make recipes that would take a day and a half to finally make... and who really has time for that! So, if you are looking for a good dessert that doesn't take much time and ends up looking and tasting wonderful... this is it! I almost made the whole thing during Luke's nap! Give it a try, you will love it.

Chocolate Covered OREO Cake
Recipe from: Kraft Kitchens

1 pkg. devil's food cake mix (I used triple chocolate fudge)
4 squares BAKER'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate (Or you could use about 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips)
1/4 cup butter
1 pkg. (8 oz.) Cream Cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping
12 OREO Cookies, coarsely crushed
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Prepare cake batter according to box instructions and divide evenly between two 9'' cake pans. Cool cakes for about 10 minutes in the pans and then remove from pans to cool completely on wire racks.
Microwave the chocolate squares and butter (approx. 1 min)  in a bowl and stir until the chocolate is completely melted. Set aside and allow to cool. This will be the frosting for the cake.
In a separate bowl, combine softened cream cheese and sugar. Beat until smooth. Scrape the sides to make sure all the sugar is incorporated. Add the crushed OREO's to the cream cheese mixture and stir until blended. Now, gently add the Cool Whip to the mixture. This is the filling for the cake.
Finally, to put your cake together. Start by placing one chocolate cake layer on a plate. Spread the cream cheese mixture on top of the layer. Now place the second chocolate cake layer on top. Last of all take the chocolate icing and spread on top to finish off your chocolate covered OREO! 
Refrigerate until serving and also keep the leftovers refrigerated... if you have any! :)

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Baked Tilapia Filets

 I am back and ready to highlight one of our favorite family recipes. Baked Tilapia Filets. :) This recipe came from a "Celebrations" cookbook. Apparently it is perfect for the spring season but for us... it is delicious year round! I love to serve it with rice seasoned with parsley, rosemary, basil, and any other seasoning that sounds good and some vegetables. It is so easy and quick so if you are in a hurry and want a delicious, nutritious, and quick meal... this is the meal for you!

Baked Tilapia Filets
3 frozen tilapia filets, thawed
1 cup plain yogurt 
(I used one individual cup of Chobani Greek Yogurt) 
1/2 sleeve of Ritz crackers, crushed
*Optional: Add any desired seasonings to the crackers or yogurt such as:
rosemary, garlic powder, pepper. 

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. 
2. Coat each side of the filet with the yogurt.
3. Now dip each filet and cover with the crushed Ritz crackers.
4. Place each filet on a well-greased baking sheet.
5. Place in the oven to cook for 10-15 minutes. 
     - The fish is done when white and the crackers will be lightly browned.
6. Done! Now serve with some seasoned rice and vegetables and ENJOY!