How to make Heinz 57 steak sauce

Easy Heinz 57 steak sauce recipe

Like Heinz 57 sauce? In a pinch or don’t want to shell out the cash? Here’s a (surprising) recipe to make a mock Heinz 57 sauce:

Ingredients:

 

  • 1/2 Cup Raisins
  • 2/3 Cup Heinz ketchup
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp seasoned salt
  • 4 oz applesauce
  • 2 T Wish Bone Itailian Dressing

Directions:

  1.  Put all ingredients in blender and blend for 2 minutes on HIGH or until smooth.
  2.  Enjoy!
  3.  Be sure to keep the sauce in a container in the fridge.
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Recipe- Strawberry Lychee Vanilla Bean Frozen Yogurt

I visited a local farm right here in Arlington on Saturday. Gnismer Farms lets you pick your own strawberries for $2.50 a pound! We decided to throw a fondue party on Saturday(yeah, I know we’re weird) and I figured it’d be cool to get some fresh strawberries to go in the chocolate :)

Well, we apparently had way too many dippables available for the fondue and ended up with a decent amount of sliced strawberries left, which I froze. I had just picked up a free ice cream maker from a garage sale(thrown in free for buying a sewing machine and table with 3 legs for $4.35: ca-ching!) so I thought why not make a frozen strawberry treat on a Sunday afternoon ! We’re on somewhat of a health kick(minus the fondue) so we opted for some frozen yogurt instead of ice cream. Here’s the recipe:

Strawberry Lychee Frozen Yogurt recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 tub(4 cups) of plain whole milk yogurt
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 podful of vanilla bean seeds (got a spectacular deal on vanilla beans a while back from Costco, you can use extract instead)
  • 1 cup of frozen sliced strawberries
  • 1 cup of canned lychees in syrup, drained and chopped (available at any Asian market or maybe the Asian aisle of your grocery store)

Instructions:

  1. Microwave the frozen strawberries for 30 seconds just to get them a little mushy. Chop into smaller pieces for easier mixing.
  2. Mix together the yogurt, sugar, vanilla and fruit thoroughly.
  3. Pour into your ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer’s directions.
  4. When done, store in the freezer for 2 hours before eating.

Seriously, this is the BEST frozen yogurt I have ever had! The sweetness from the lychee perfectly matches the tanginess of the strawberries. And the tartness from the real yogurt is out of this world! I’ll definitely make some more later. And I never knew it was so simple to make. You take yogurt and freeze it. Viola, frozen yogurt!

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Pocky recipe- Toasted Peep and Chocolate Pocky Kabobs

Pocky and Peeps smore skewer recipeJust in time for clearance Easter candy! We had a BBQ at Lake Arlington for Easter today and lots of fun was had. Probably the cutest part of the day was these little Peep-kabobs! It’s a super simple recipe and they taste GREAT! Just take a stick of chocolate Pocky and skewer on three marshmallow Peeps. You may need to make the holes with a straw or something similar before you put them on the Pocky; I broke 2 sticks before finally getting them on. Toss them on a warm grill, just enough to melt the chocolate a little- these things are very structurally sound.

Don’t feel like getting the grill going? Toss it in the microwave for a few seconds. You could stick them in the toaster oven for a minute or two. Or run a torch over them to toast the Peeps a little. If you can manage to stick 2 Pocky sticks in there, you might even be able to manage holding them over a campfire!

Heating them up gives them a very smore-like taste! Awesomeness! Just check out Angela trying a kabob out!

Angela Eating a Pocky and Peeps kabob

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Peeps Recipe- Strawberry Peeps Smoothie

When brainstorming for our Easter special Peeps Torture series, I thought I’d figure out a way to torture a Peep AND make something tasty at the same time. It’s like killing two marshmallow birds with one stone! Or in this case, four spinning steel blades.

The addition of marshmallow Peeps to a strawberry smoothie give it a thicker and creamier texture. You really can taste the Peeps!

Peeps Strawberry SmoothieStrawberry Peeps Smoothie:

Ingredients

  • 3 Peeps (I used yellow chicks because I’m old school)
  • 1 Peep for garnishing (optional)
  • 1 cup of frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla

Directions

  1. Add, in order, Peeps, frozen strawberries, milk, sugar and vanilla to the blender.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Garnish glass with a Peep (optional).
  4. Serve immediately.
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Quinoa- the super grain. Basic steamed preparation and first impressions.

Steamed Quinoa recipeI finally got around to picking some quinoa up from Whole Foods. You can get it bulk there for $2.49/lb. or buy it prepackaged for $1.69 for a pound bag. Both are organic, so I went for prepack. I’ve been hearing alot of buzz about this stuff. Quinoa (pronounced keen-wa) is this ancient super grain that is unusually complete in protein(has all 8 amino acids). Sounds good for you vegetarians out there. I’m no nutrition anthro…. encyclopedia, so here’s what wikipedia has to say about the nutritional qualities:

Quinoa was of great nutritional importance in pre-Columbian Andean civilizations, being secondary only to the potato, and followed in third place by maize. In contemporary times this crop has come to be highly appreciated for its nutritional value, as its protein content is very high (12%–18%). Unlike wheat or rice (which are low in lysine), quinoa contains a balanced set of essential amino acids for humans, making it an unusually complete food. This means it takes less quinoa protein to meet one’s needs than wheat protein. It is a good source of dietary fiber and phosphorus and is high in magnesium and iron. Quinoa is gluten free and considered easy to digest. Because of all these characteristics, quinoa is being considered as a possible crop in NASA’s Controlled Ecological Life Support System for long-duration manned spaceflights.

Well if it’s good enough for the astronaut’s, it’s good enough for me. I love freeze dried ice cream! The real question is whether or not it can replace my white rice I live off of. In fact, you’re supposed to cook with this stuff just like rice.

Preparing steamed quinoa:

  1. Wash the quinoa in cold water. Same thing you do with rice- it gets off any coatings, etc. I’d suggest running water through it with a very small strainer. These things like to float, so be careful not to accidentally pour them down the sink. Maybe try to spritz a little water in there to get them a little wet before you turn the faucet onto it.
  2. Throw it in your rice pot. 1 part quinoa to 2 parts water.
  3. Hit the “cook” button.

Continue reading “Quinoa- the super grain. Basic steamed preparation and first impressions.”

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Recipe- Hot Dr. Pepper

Hot Boiled Dr PepperYeah, I thought it sounded weird and ghetto too. But Angela says her family used to drink this stuff in Alaska on cold nights(and there are alot of those). Well, it took hell freezing over a February snow storm in Texas to finally convince me to finally try it out. I’ve had unconventional hot drinks before, but that’s usually because I left something in the car in August. By the way, hot Gatorade really isn’t too bad!

Enough stalling, let’s get to the recipe!

Ingredients:

  • Dr. Pepper
  • Cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Bring Dr. Pepper to a boil in a pot.
  2. Pour Boiled Dr. Pepper into a mug.
  3. Sprinkle a little cinnamon in or stir with a cinnamon stick.
  4. Reflect on why you really needed a recipe to make Dr. Pepper hot.

Impressions:

Wow, this stuff is really good! Those Eskimos really know what they’re doing(and yes I know not everyone in Alaska is an Eskimo or a polar bear. Let me dream, damnit!) Dr. Pepper is made up of a secret formula of 23 different flavors. Somehow, boiling the soda really brings out the fruitiness of the flavors. The cinnamon counters with a really nice spiciness. If you do it right, you can even still taste a little of the carbonation.

You guys have really got to try this! I’m adding this to my list of winter drinks right next to hot chocolate and apple cider. And to a lesser(but very important) extent, mind erasers. I wanted to see how well hot Dr. Pepper fared against hot chocolate in the most important hot drink category: marshmallowability. Here’s my results:

Hot Dr. Pepper with Marshmallows

It looks cool alright, almost fitting. And best of all, the marshmallows actually plump up in the soda! The taste however is a bit confusing. I don’t normally expect my marshmallows to taste fruity. Actually, I’m used to marshmallows tasting like sweet cardboard ala Lucky Charms so I guess this is at least better than that. I’ll have to try it again later and see how I feel. My taste buds were probably still confused about the 23 flavors without having to worry about jet puffed goodness.

Wow, we learned a lot today! Let’s recap:

  • Hot Dr. Pepper and cinnamon is awesome.
  • Marshmallows are (very) optional.
  • Strange white precipitation is not a sign that the sky is falling, even though Texas drivers seem to think so.
  • Angela is awesome too.
  • Marshmallowability is a sweet word and is now trademarked by ME!
  • Not everyone in Alaska is a polar bear or an Eskimo(only about 95%)
  • Roatha can write an awful lot about making Dr. Pepper warmer.
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Drunkables: Mind Eraser drink recipe- safer than drinking paint thinner!

Ooh, our young little website here scored a fake ID! Hurry, what’s the fastest way to get drunk before our parents find out! Answer: Mind Erasers!

Mind eraser alcoholic drink

Ingredients:

  • 1 shot of Kahlua coffee liqueur
  • 1 shot of Vodka
  • 1 shot of club soda

Add ice in an old fashion glass(or any short glass). Slowly pour Kahlua, then Vodka, then club soda into the glass, being careful not to mix them. Serve with a straw.

Drinking: Keep the straw at the bottom of the drink. Start drinking and don’t stop until you’re done. As you go through the different liquids, you get different flavors. First you taste coffee, then vodka and then the club soda refreshes your palate. At the end, you’ll have an aftertaste of chocolate milk!

This drink really does live up to it’s name. Give it a shot and let us know what you think!

Disclaimer: netfoodie.com does not endorse underage drinking. Unless it’s filmed. No, really, don’t drink if you’re under 21!

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Egg cream recipe

Egg cream chocolate sodaWhat’s better than a chocolate bar and a can of soda? That’s right, a threesome. But what do you drink after the threesome? Chocolate soda!

That’s basically what an egg cream is. It originates from New York and is usually made with U-bet chocolate syrup. The name is misleading because there’s no eggs or cream in the recipe. I’ve seen it a couple of times on food network- once on an episode of unwrapped and once Kat Kora made it on Iron Chef America. The origins of the name are unclear- Unwrapped said it may have been named because the foam you get after mixing the drink looks like egg whites. It looked simple enough to make, so I decided to give it a shot for you guys.

Ingredients

  • 5 ounces of milk(traditionally whole milk)
  • 3 ounces of seltzer water
  • 2 tablespoons of chocolate syrup(U-bet brand traditionally)

This is probably going to be the easiest recipe you’ve ever read. First, mix the chocolate syrup into the milk. Then, mix the seltzer water into the chocolate milk. Tada! Egg cream!

OK, so I half-assed my way through the entire recipe. I used 2% milk(expired 2 days ago), sparkling water and Kroger brand chocolate syrup. Who cares, still tastes good :)

For you hardcore egg creamers(tee hee) out there, I’ll try it later with the legit stuff and update this recipe accordingly.

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Stir Fried Ramen Noodles recipe

Stir Fried Ramen NoodlesThis is comfort food to me. My parents always used to makes this dish. It’s cheap, filling and tastes great! We usually have some meat in it: sliced beef or pork, even ground meat, but I decided to go without today(see this post if you want to know why). If you want to include the meat, add it to the pan before step 5 and brown the meat, seasoning with half a packet of noodle seasoning. We use MAMA brand Pork noodles(available at any Asian grocer), but feel free to use your favorite brand and flavor. It’s great with your favorite hot sauce!
Mama Noodles Pork Flavored

Recipe for Stir Fried Ramen Noodles

Ingredients:
3 packs of MAMA pork flavored noodles
2 large eggs, beaten
1 clove of garlic, choppedMama Noodles Inside
1/2 cup of onions, diced
1/2 cup of frozen peas and carrots
Cooking spray and/or vegetable oil

1. Bring a pot of water to a boil with enough water to cover the noodles.
2. Remove the noodle from the packages and put the seasonings and oil to the side. These packets contain oil, seasonings and chili powder. Break each noodle brick into quarters and put into boiling water with 1 packet of included oil.
3. Boil on HIGH until al dente, or about 1 minute. You don’t want the noodles to be soggy and these noodles cook very quickly. Strain the noodles. Do not rinse.
4. Spray a pan or wok with some nonstick spray. Heat on MEDIUM. Add 1 tsp. of oil(optional). Add onions(I used frozen chopped onions) and garlic. Cook until garlic is lightly browned.
5. Add beaten eggs to the pan. Sprinkle eggs with half of a seasoning packet. Scramble the eggs until halfway cooked. You want the eggs a little runny so they stick to the noodles.
6. Add drained noodles back to the pan. Add 2 of the seasoning packets(chili powder optional). Add the frozen peas and carrots. Stir until the seasoning is even, eggs are cooked and peas and carrots are warm.

Serves 2-3

Stir Fried Ramen Noodles in Pan

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