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    Red Velvet Oreo Truffle Brownies

    The most luscious, gorgeous brownies you will ever taste.

    Ingredients:

    • 1 Duncan Hines Red Velvet Cake Mix
    • 1/2 cup butter, melted
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 package Jell-O instant pudding (white chocolate or vanilla)
    • 6 tablespoons vegetable oil
    • 1 package Oreo Cookies (NOT EVEN KIDDING), crushed
    • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
    • 1.5 cups chocolate chips, melted
    • 1.5 cups mini chocolate chips for topping

    What I didn’t know, and will be super useful to make my own creations, is that by adding a jell-o packet to any cake mix will instantly turn it dense which is perfect for making brownies. Beware, you will get an awesome forearm work out if you don’t have a mixer.

    Find step-by-step recipe here. 

    — 10 hours ago with 3 notes
    #recipe  #food  #brownie  #red velvet  #cake  #truffle  #oreo  #dessert  #gourmetgrubbz 

    Salted Caramel Brownie with Pretzel Crust

    I couldn’t wait for the brownies to cool fast enough. 

    I was devouring them with the chocolate/caramel drizzle still warm.

    oops.

    Click here for the recipe.

    — 10 hours ago with 1 note
    #food  #dessert  #recipe  #brownie  #pretzel  #salted caramel  #gourmetgrubbz  #sugar 
    Wonton Soup

    Follow up from the Pan-Fried Pork Dumplings - which were a complete success.

    Wonton Soup was incredibly simple and delicious. I didn’t use any basic measurements, just went with what tasted right. I only had about 10 dumplings leftover, uncooked. So I paired that with about 3 to 4 cups of a broth made to my tastebud’s liking. 

    Ingredients:

    - 3 to 4 cups of water

    - 2 Chicken Bouillon Cubes

    - Fresh Grated Ginger

    - Fresh Grated Garlic

    - Chopped Green Onions

    - Sesame Oil

    - Pinch of salt (to taste)

    Instructions

    1. Bring the water, and all ingredients to a rapid boil.
    2. One by one, tenderly drop in each dumpling
    3. Lower the heat to about medium, and let the broth work its magic.
    4. In about 4 minutes the dumplings will start to rise, indicating that they are fully cooked. I usually will cut the heat and let them hang out for a few more minutes to ensure that the filling is cooked and that the flavors can mingle.
    5. Serve with fresh, chopped green onions on top. You can never have enough.

    I would have also liked to add a bit of cliantro and bok choy leaves, but I didn’t have any on hand. Feel free to throw those into the mix.

    — 2 months ago
    #wonton  #soup  #food  #recipe  #pork  #nomz  #gourmetgrubbz 
    Pan-Fried Pork Dumplings

    Delicious, lovely little dumplings that can be made in an hour (with concentration and persistence)

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    Lil Dumplings o’ Love (Pork Edition)

    Filling:

    - 7 mushroom caps, finely chopped

    - 1 lb ground pork

    - 2 tspns grated ginger

    - 2 tblspns soy sauce

    - 1 tblspns rice wine (NOT vinegar, wine)

    - 1 tblspn sesame oil

    - 2 green onions, finely chopped

    One package of dumpling wrappers (at least 50)

    Vegetable oil

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    1. Mix all filling ingredients together, and set aside a small cup or bowl of water that you will use to moisten the edges of the wrapper.
    2. When you unwrap your dumplings from packaging, be sure to place a damp towel on top so they don’t dry out.
    3. Fill the center of a wrapper with heaping teaspoon of the mixture. And for the love of baby dumplings, do not over do it - your filling will squeeze out when pinching the edges.
    4. Dip your finger in the small cup of water and then moisten the edges of the wrapper. Fold the dumpling in half and firmly pinch and then pleat the edges together. ( I found it easer to pinch all edges first, and then followed it by the ‘fancy’ pleating technique - this way I was sure there would be no surprises.
    5. Arrange each dumpling on a dry, cool surface. Sprinkle a bit of flour so they don’t stick.
    6. After each dumpling is assembled, prepare a large skillet (have lid handy) with a tablespoonish of vegetable oil over medium to medium-high heat.
    7. When hot and ready, place no more than 8 dumplings at a time. Cook for 1-2 minutes.
    8. With out hesitation, slowly pour in about a 1/2 cup of water into the skillet. Beware, it will sound super intense and things may splash/pop. Use the lid of the pan to help shield your face, just in case. 
    9. Once the water is added immediately place lid on top to steam the dumplings for 4-5 minutes. ( Occasionally I will remove the dumplings from direct heat and lift the lid to check on progress. ) The wrappers should appear to become semi translucent and, well, cooked. 
    10. Use a spatula to carefully lift and place each dumpling onto a dry surface, such as a paper towel to absorb any excess oil.
    11. Lastly, between each batch of ‘pan-frying’, drain excess liquid and wipe out with a paper towel. It’s important to keep the pan clean (prevents sticking, and ensures quality presentation of your dumplings ) 

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    If you’re not a fan of pork, you could easily swap out for ground chicken, or use your creative freedom to whip up with your own filling.

    Also, please note that if you run out of patience (because you’re just too hungry and can’t wait to devour everything), you can freeze the dumplings for later use. I plan on posting a follow up recipe on how to make your own Won Ton Soup with the left overs.

    — 2 months ago with 1 note
    #dumplings  #recipe  #gourmetgrubbz  #pork  #nomz  #food 
    Simply Stuffed Green Peppers
This recipe is provided by Prego. Like any other brand, they want to promote their own product. But I am sure using your fave brand of sauce will not make much of a difference. I followed this recipe directly. However, I omitted the sausage, and just used ground beef. I added not only oregano (as it calls for), but I also added basil, fresh garlic, salt, pepper, garlic powder. And instead of mixing in the mozzarella, I saved it for the last five minutes of baking where I added a few slices of cheese to each pepper.
I served this with roasted potatoes, but I ate the left overs with white rice and it was delicious :)
- Janelle

    Simply Stuffed Green Peppers

    This recipe is provided by Prego. Like any other brand, they want to promote their own product. But I am sure using your fave brand of sauce will not make much of a difference. I followed this recipe directly. However, I omitted the sausage, and just used ground beef. I added not only oregano (as it calls for), but I also added basil, fresh garlic, salt, pepper, garlic powder. And instead of mixing in the mozzarella, I saved it for the last five minutes of baking where I added a few slices of cheese to each pepper.

    I served this with roasted potatoes, but I ate the left overs with white rice and it was delicious :)

    - Janelle

    — 1 year ago with 3 notes
    #stuffedpeppers  #recipes  #food  #peppers  #groundbeef  #rice  #potatoes  #dinner  #stuffgreenpeppers