Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Crock Pot Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches

Crock Pot Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches

1 lb. Round steak, cut into bite sized strips
1 green bell pepper, cut into strips
1 red bell pepper, cut into strips
1 medium onion, sliced
1 can Campbell's French onion soup
2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. Garlic powder
4 Six-inch hoagie style buns
4 slices Provolone cheese
Butter or margarine

Place round steak strips, pepper strips, onion slices, French onion soup, Worcestershire sauce, and garlic powder into Crock Pot and stir together thoroughly. Cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 8 hours.
Melt some butter or margarine in a small bowl. Brush the hoagie buns with the melted better, then place ¼ of the steak mixture on each bun*, and top with a slice of cheese. Wrap each sandwich in foil and bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

*The steak mixture will be somewhat soupy, so when dipping it out to put on each sandwich, turn the spoon slighlty and let the broth drain out before putting it on the sandwich. You will have broth leftover in the Crock Pot at the end.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Chocolate Coca Cola Cake

I like to make cakes for my friends at work on their birthdays. My friend Laura requested a chocolate cake with chocolate icing. My love for Coca Cola  had led me to a recipe for chocolate cake that uses Coca Cola. I made it a few years ago, and it was pretty good. So, I got it out, but decided it needed some more chocolate and a few tweaks. So, I adapted it, and it was amazing. It's moist, chocolatey, and delicious. You would really have no idea it has Coke in it, just that it's an awesome chocolate cake. It was a huge hit at work. So, I ended up making another one this weekend. Here is the recipe. Enjoy!


1 cup butter, softened
1 ¾ cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
6 tbsp. cocoa
1 tsp. baking soda
½ cup buttermilk
1 cup Coca Cola
2 cups miniature marshmallows

Directions: With an electric mixer, cream together butter and sugar. Then, mix in eggs and vanilla on medium speed. Add flour, baking soda, and cocoa, and mix again until well blended. Mix in buttermilk and Coca Cola on low speed until thoroughly blended. Stir in marshmallows by hand. Pour batter into greased 13"x9" pan and bake at 325 degrees for 45 minutes.

CHOCOLATE COCA COLA ICING: Once cake has cooled completely, combine 1/2 cup softened butter, 4-5 tablespoons cocoa, 1/3 to 1/2 cup Coca Cola, and 4-5 cups powdered sugar in small mixing bowl. Beat until smooth. (If it’s too thick, add more Coca Cola; if it’s too runny, add more powdered sugar). Spread on cake.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Asian Beef with Vegetables

This recipe was adapted from a recipe I found through Pinterest called Korean Beef. I liked the concept of the sauce used in that recipe, but it used ground beef, which I didn't think sounded as good, and also didn't really have vegetables in it except for the green onions. So, I changed it to the type of recipe I was looking for. It turned out very well. This is what I came up with...

Asian Beef with Vegetables

1 pound round steak, cut into bite sized cubes
Vegetable oil (enough to brown cubed steak in)
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 Tablespoon sesame oil
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon crushed red peppers
1 bunch green onions, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
2 cups frozen broccoli, thawed

Heat vegetable oil, mixed with the sesame oil, in a large skillet over medium heat. Add cubed round steak and garlic powder and cook until meat is browned. Add brown sugar, soy sauce, ginger, and red peppers. Stir well, then add the green onions, green pepper, and broccoli. Simmer for 5-7 minutes, stirring often. Serve over steamed rice or sesame noodles.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Chilled Blackberry Pie

My parents have had wild blackberries growing in their yard for years. They have spread to become quite a crop each year. My mom makes them into jelly. A few years ago, I decided to try some recipes with them myself. I found and adapted this delicious pie recipe. I can even make it fairy low calorie by sweetening it with Splenda and using light Cool Whip. Yesterday, I picked several cups of berries, and came home to make this...

Chilled Blackberry Pie

2 ½ cups fresh blackberries
1 cup sugar or Splenda
1 ½ cups water
¼ cup cornstarch
Additional ¾ cup water
1 deep dish pie crust
1 container Cool Whip


Bake pie crust by itself according to package directions. Meanwhile, place berries in a saucepan along with the 1 ½ cups water and sugar. Bring to a boil. Measure out additional ¾ cup water. Stir in cornstarch, then set aside. When berries are finished boiling, stir in the cornstarch mixture. Pour berry mixture into baked pie crust. Refrigerate until pie filling has solidified (about 1 hour), then top with Cool Whip. Serve.