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February 2020

Coffee/ Culinary Tales

Cold Brew Coffee with Pink Velvet Foam

I love Cold Brew Coffee and I love flavored foam on top even more. So, this Valentine’s Day I’ve been inspired to make a Cold Brew Coffee with Pink Velvet Foam.

The foam tastes just like red velvet with a pretty pink tone to it!

Cold Brew Coffee with Pink Velvet Foam

Start by making your cold brew coffee. Set it aside. To make the Pink Velvet Foam – it’s easy! You’ll need whipping cream, red food coloring, unsweetened cocoa powder, and confectioner’s sugar.

In a large bowl combine two cups of whipping cream, one Tbsp of unsweetened cocoa powder, three drops of red food coloring, and one cup of confectioner’s sugar.

Whisk it rapidly. Keep whisking until it’s fully mixed. Then continue to whisk until it starts get a little foamy and frothy!

Finally, pour the foam right on top of the cold brew coffee.

The foam should be thick enough that it sits right on the top!

Cold Brew Coffee with Pink Velvet Foam

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Cooking Time: 8 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups of Whipping Cream
  • 1 Tbsp of Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • Red Food Coloring
  • 1 Cup of Confectioner's Sugar

Instructions

1

Combine two cups of whipping cream, one Tbsp of unsweetened cocoa powder, three drops of red food coloring, and one cup of confectioner's sugar.

2

Whisk it rapidly. Keep whisking until it's fully mixed and frothy.

3

Pour over top of cold brew coffee!

Treat yourself with these sweet coffees!

Culinary Tales/ Sweet Things

Easy Strawberry Poke Cake

Today I’m making this Easy Strawberry Poke Cake. Not only is this cake super easy to make, it’s delicious and very appropriate for Valentine’s Day!

The idea behind the poke cakes is that after the cake comes out of the oven and is cooled, you pour a liquid over top – most of the time Jello! To make this cake I’m sticking true to form and using strawberry jello! I’m using a box cake mix. Could you make the cake from scratch? Sure. Do you need to? Absolutely not. This is going to taste homemade and it’s going to cut the time in half.

I’m also decorating the cake with strawberries and raspberries to keep with the flavors and red theme of Valentine’s Day!

Easy Strawberry Poke Cake

Start off by following the directions on your cake box. Mix the egg whites, vegetable oil, and cake mix in a large bowl.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees . Spray your cake pans with non-stick cooking spray and pat with a little flour . Pour your batter into the pans. Place the pans in the oven to bake . They should take about 24 minutes to bake. You can test them with a toothpick , stick it in the middle and if it comes out clean it’s ready!

After removing your cakes from the oven let them cool in the pan on a rack for about 15 minutes. Next transfer them to a plate to cool for and additional 15 minutes. After they are completely cool you’re going to replace them in the pan so that you can pour the jello over top.

Take a fork and poke wholes all around the cake. Boil 1 cup of water on the stove top and then add the jello packet to the water stirring. Pour the jello mix over top of the cake slowly and evenly!

Place the cakes in the fridge for at least 3 hours. After they’ve chilled for long enough, remove them from the cake pans and get ready to frost them!

Mix 3/4 of a tub of cool whip with one can of frosting. Separate the frosting in to two bowls and place a little red food coloring in to one bowl. After mixing it frost the top of the bottom cake with it.

Next, place the other cake on top.

Begin frosting the edges of the cake. The easiest way is to sort of spin the cake slowly as you apply the frosting with a spatula. Finally, apply frosting on top evenly.

Once your done frosting it sprinkle some white crystal sprinkles all over the middle and place strawberries around it in two separate layers of a circle. Lastly, place the raspberries right in the middle on top of the crystal sprinkles!

Easy Strawberry Poke Cake

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Serves: 8-10 Cooking Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 boxes white cake mix
  • 1 box strawberry jello mix
  • 1 can of vanilla frosting
  • 1 Cup of Strawberries
  • 1 Cup of Raspberries
  • 2 Tbsp of Sprinkles

Instructions

1

Bake cakes according to box directions!

2

Let cakes cool for 15 minutes. Remove from pans and cool for an additional 15 minutes.

3

Place them back in the pan so that you can pour the jello over the top.

4

Take a fork and poke wholes all around the cake.

5

Boil 1 cup of water on the stove top and then add the jello packet to the water stirring.

6

Pour the jello mix over top of the cake slowly and evenly!

7

Place the cakes in the fridge for at least 3 hours.

8

After they've chilled for long enough, remove them from the cake pans.

9

Mix 3/4 of a tub of cool whip with one can of frosting.

10

Separate the frosting in to two bowls and place a little red food coloring in to one bowl.

11

After mixing it frost the top of the bottom cake with it.

12

Place the other cake on top and begin frosting the sides.

13

Sprinkle some white crystal sprinkles all over the middle and place strawberries around it in two separate layers of a circle. Lastly, place the raspberries right in the middle on top of the crystal sprinkles.

Culinary Tales/ Meats

The Cubano Pizza with Homemade Pizza Crust

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Making homemade pizzas is one of our favorite, fun things to do as a family! With Friday night upon us we’ve got movies, pizza, and milkshakes lined up. All from the comfort of our own couch! We’re making a cuban inspired pizza called The Cubano Pizza with Homemade Pizza Crust.

This cuban inspired pizza combines swiss cheese, mozzarella, pulled pork, diced ham, and pickles. It’s topped with a garlic dijon aioli and all housed on a delicious homemade pizza crust.

It’s so easy to make pizza from scratch when you use Fleischmann’s® RapidRise® Yeast . As a family we’ve been using Fleischmann’s® Yeast for generations.


Making homemade pizza dough is also really fun! Mixing, measuring, pouring, and kneading. My son loves helping out! Of course his favorite part of family pizza night is the “decorating” part!

Not only is it fun, It just tastes sooo much better when you make it from scratch.

The Cubano Pizza with Homemade Pizza Crust

Making the crust is easy! Simply follow the directions on the package.

The dough has a rise time of only ten minutes! And even if you’ve never done this before its very easy to make!

Start by pre heating the oven to 425°F.

Combine 1 cup of flour, the undissolved yeast, sugar, and salt in a large bowl.

Add luke warm water and corn oil. Mix until it is well blended, for about 1 minute.

Gradually add enough remaining flour to make a soft dough. Dough should form a ball and be slightly sticky. Knead on a floured surface. Add additional flour if necessary, until smooth and elastic, this will take about 4 minutes.

Place the ball of dough in a large bowl. Now, cover the bowl of dough with saran wrap or a clean dish towel. Set aside and allow to rest for ten minutes.

By this time the dough should have increased in size and be ready to use!

Pat the dough with floured hands rolling and stretching dough on a floured surface to about a 12-inch circle. Place the dough on a greased pizza pan. Form a rim about an inch thick for the crust, by pinching the edge of the dough.

Topping The Cubano

Place mozzarella cheese all over , add swiss cheese dispersing evenly. Next, add your ham cubes & pulled pork. Now is also the time to place your red cherry peppers on top!

Bake your pizza on the lowest rack for about 12-15 minutes or until your crust is a golden brown and the cheese is melted and bubbling!

While it cooks make your Garlic Dijon Ailoi. Combine a 1/2 cup of mayonnaise, 2 Tbsp of Dijon mustard, 1 Tbsp crushed garlic, 1 tsp of honey, and 1 tsp of pickle juice in a bowl, mixing well. Set aside.

As soon as the pizza is done baking, remove it from the heat and let it cool for five minutes. Add your pickle slices all over the pizza. Finally, drizzle the pizza with the Garlic Dijon Aioli.

The Cubano Pizza

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Serves: 6 Cooking Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • --Pizza Crust--
  • 1 Envelope Fleischmann’s® RapidRise® Yeast
  • 1-3/4 to 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup very warm water (120° to 130°F)*
  • 3 tablespoons Mazola® Corn Oil
  • --Toppings--
  • 1 Cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1 Cup Sliced Swiss Cheese (chopped)
  • 1/2 Ham Steak (diced into cubes)
  • 1 Cup Pulled Pork
  • 2 Tbsp Red Cherry Peppers
  • About 10-12 Pickle Slices
  • --Garlic Dijon Aioli--
  • 1/2 cup of mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp of Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbsp crushed garlic
  • 1 tsp of honey
  • 1 tsp of pickle juice

Instructions

1

Pre heat oven to 425 degrees.

2

Combine 1 cup of flour, the undissolved yeast, sugar, and salt in a large bowl.

3

Add luke warm water and corn oil. Mix until it is well blended, for about 1 minute.

4

Gradually add remaining flour. Dough should form a ball and be slightly sticky. Knead on a floured surface.

5

Add additional flour until smooth and elastic.

6

Place the ball of dough in a large bowl.

7

Cover bowl of dough with saran wrap or a clean dish towel.

8

Set aside and allow to rest for ten minutes.

9

Pat the dough with floured hands rolling and stretching dough on a floured surface to about a 12-inch circle.

10

Place dough on a greased pizza pan. Form a rim about an inch thick for the crust, by pinching the edge of the dough.

11

Top with mozzarella cheese, swiss cheese, red cherry peppers, ham cubes & pulled pork.

12

Bake for 12-15 minutes.

13

To make Garlic Dijon Ailoi. Combine a 1/2 cup of mayonnaise, 2 Tbsp of Dijon mustard, 1 Tbsp crushed garlic, 1 tsp of honey, and 1 tsp of pickle juice in a bowl, mixing well. Set aside.

14

Once timer goes off and pizza is golden brown, remove it from the heat and let it cool for five minutes.

15

Add pickle slices and drizzle the pizza with the Garlic Dijon Aioli, Enjoy!



Homemade Pizza dough is like a beautiful, blank canvas ready for you to top it anyway you want! Here are some tips on making the perfect dough:

  • You must use luke warm water! The water must be between 120 – 130 degrees F. Too cold or too hot and it will not rise properly! Make sure to temp your water using a thermometer.
  • Make sure the yeast is not expired! Check the date on the package, expired yeast can cause it not to rise!
  • Place it in a warm place while resting, on top of your preheating oven is a great place, or even the counter. Whatever you do , do not place it in the fridge to rest!

You can find this 30 Minute Pizza Crust recipe I used here and other tasty treats to make by visiting Fleischmann’s® RapidRise® Yeast .