Our youngest child just graduated college. To celebrate the moment and the transition into our new role as parents, my husband and myself came up with this cocktail. We really aren't frequent drinkers but, we felt this accomplishment needed a celebration and recognition.
There is a lot of meaning going into this drink, as you can see it is colorful. The rim is dipped in salt or sugar, representing the tears you have during the years as a parent and a child. The red maraschino cherries represent the heart that we put into parenting. The green lime represents the money we have invested in our children. The orange and orange juice represents the color of Oklahoma State University, the college that all three of our children have a degree.
The Empty Nester Recipe:
Use a 2 cup glass, rub lime juice on lip and dip in salt or sugar. Put a couple of hands full of crushed ice in glass. Set Aside.
1 Tblsp Grenedine
2 Tblsp frozen orange juice, slightly thawed and right from the can
1 Tblsp Simple Syrup
2 oz Rum
Using a pint size canning jar (one with measurements on the side) Place first 4 ingredients in jar and shake until the orange juice has dissolved.
Add 7UP to 2 cup mark. Pour into your glass, garnish and enjoy!
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All three of us have enjoyed watching The Gilmore Girls TV Show, and are delighted that they are having a reunion! On November 25th, Netflix is debuting FOUR movie length episodes! Can you feel our excitment?!? If you are a fan of the show you have missed Rory, Lane, Emily, Luke and of course Sookie since the series ended.
So, in honor of the return we have planned a Gilmore worthy menu for your watch party-- so make our recipes, invite some friends over and enjoy the show!
First recipe is Casserole Gal Rhonda & her Snowball treats!
Lorelai loves snow and can even smell it coming. This cookie is shaped and looks like a snowball, it is a recipe my Mom made every Christmas growing up. They are delicate like a snowball, with a gentle roll in powder sugar.
7/8 cup softened butter
4 Tb powdered sugar plus 3/4 cup powdered sugar
2 Cups flour
2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp water
1 cup finely chopped pecans
Mix butter, 4 Tb powdered sugar, flour. Add vanilla and water, mix well. Add pecans; mix. Dough will be crumbly. Roll in balls the size of walnuts, place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 325 degrees for 20 minutes. Let cool completely and roll in powdered sugar.
Next is Casserole Gal Rachel with a perfect Gilmore inspired beverage!
Everybody knows how much Lorelai and Rory (especially Lorelai) love coffee. So I made Coffee Punch for Two. Although honestly, these are definitely Gilmore Girl sized portions of coffee. This recipe can be customized to however you want it, you can make the coffee as strong as you want, add as much ice cream as you want, add flavored syrup, whatever! I think this would definitely be a recipe that Lorelai and Rory would love!
20 oz strong coffee
1/2 cup milk
1 cup plus extra chocolate ice cream
1 cup plus extra vanilla ice cream
Once the coffee is brewed, pour it into a large pitcher and put it in the refrigerator. Once it is completely cold (this may take several hours), mix in the milk, then 1 cup each of both ice creams. You can add more or less of the ice cream. Let the coffee and ice cream mixture sit for a few minutes. Meanwhile, drizzle a little chocolate syrup inside of two cups. Once the ice cream in the punch is good and melty, give it a stir and fill the cups about 3/4 of the way full. Top them off with more ice cream and chocolate syrup.
Our last recipe is from Casserole Gal Kristen - an anytime treat!
The Gilmore Girls love their pop tarts! And in true GG fashion, you can eat this pie morning, noon or night. With large cups of coffee, of course....
Pop Tart Pie
1 lb strawberries, rough chopped
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
3 Tb cornstarch
1 1/2 cups flour
2 Tb sugar
1/2 tsp salt
First, start your filling - simmer the first 3 ingredients till strawberries are soft. Carefully spoon out 1/4 cup of the liquid and whisk in the cornstarch. Once all lumps are made smooth, pour the slurry back into your pot of strawberries. Simmer for just a few more minutes until the mixture has thickened. Remove from heat and cool completely before using in pie.
Next, make your crust! Combine the dry ingredients in a medium bowl. Cut butter into chunks and toss into the flour mixture. Using your hands, crumble the butter into pea sized pieces. Add cold water, 1 Tb at a time, mixing with your hands until crust comes together to form a soft ball.
I used a small Rachael Ray casserole dish, but you can use a pie pan, brownie pan, really any smaller shallow dish you want! Roll out dough and place in desired dish - press into the bottom and up the sides, at least two inches. Your sides need to be high enough to fold over the top later. Pour in cool filling and spread evenly. Roll remaining dough and cut to fit the top of the pie (I literally placed my casserole dish on top of my dough and cut around the base.). Carefully place on top of filling and fold over pie sides, pressing very carefully to seal the edges. Brush with the tiniest bit of water to heal seal edges if needed.
Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes, then brush top with 1 egg white and back another 10 minutes, or until top is golden brown.
Let pie cool completely before icing. I used a simple powdered sugar based frosting - 1/4 cup pwd sugar & 2-3 Tb milk - to drizzle over the top before adding my pearl sprinkles.
Slice and Serve! This is delicious with whipped cream or ice cream. Or both. It can be made the day before too!
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For a main course make Casserole Kristen's Chicken and Dumpling Casserole. It was inspired from a Gilmore Girls episode.
A few years ago Casserole Gals Rhonda and Kristen had a testing of Dipping Apples. We tried several different types of apples, candy, chocolate and caramel. We had a blast and our family enjoyed our experiments.
We used Gala, Braeburn, Honey Crisp, and Fugi apples.
How good does this look? We melted caramel, dipped the apple, stuck as many mini marshmallow to it as we could and drizzled it with milk chocolate.
We used crushed graham crackers after we dipped the apple in melted caramel, drizzled it with melted milk chocolate and add a gummy worm on top.
Crushed M & M's make this caramel dipped apple colorful and a very enjoyable treat.
If you love pecans you will love this one. Melted caramel, rough chopped pecans and melted milk chocolate.
We even experimented with white chocolate, sugar crystals and sprinkles. You can make them gluten free and easily be careful of any other allergies.
We used treat bags and ribbon to decorate our apples. These would make a very welcomed treat for your guests for the holidays, a birthday party or teacher gifts! This is a great project for older kids.
Let your imagination go, try different candies, maybe chopped candy bars, more than one flavor of melted chocolate, different colored cellophane, bows, ribbon, have fun!
Or Muddy Turtle? Caramel Mud? ...... Whichever you choose, just know it will be rich and full of surprise! (Sorry the picture is a little dim; I took this picture late at night before diving head first into the caramel topping.......)
Recently, I was battling cravings for two sweets = a Mississippi Mud Cake, and Turtle candies. In a moment of clarity and genius, I realized I could combine the two and create an ultimate poke cake! What followed was a sticky, delicious and indulgent dessert.
I call it a Mississippi Turtle.
Mississippi Turtle Poke Cake
1-Chocolate cake mix, I recommend anything with 'fudge' in the title
2/3 cup oil
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup sour cream or vanilla yogurt, optional
2- 8 oz containers marshmallow crème
1 bottle caramel ice cream topping
1-2 cups chopped pecans, depending on taste
1 cup chocolate chips, optional
1. Prepare cake - combine mix, oil, water and eggs in a large bowl, Stir till smooth. The sour cream or yogurt is optional, if added it will make your cake extra fudgy. You can add chocolate chips and/or chopped pecans to the cake if desired. I always find them desirable.
2. Bake at time and temperature recommended in the box. Let cool and poke holes in cake.
3. Drizzle 1/2 the caramel topping over the poked holes. Let that delicious syrup soak in for a few minutes. Then spread on the marshmallow topping. Sprinkle with pecans. Then the rest of the caramel syrup. Then why not -- toss on some chocolate chips too.
4. Put in fridge for 15-20 minutes just to set. I like to eat the cake at room temperature so everything is perfectly gooey, but placing it the fridge for just a moment seems to help it all come together.
I should warn you, this cake is not for the faint of heart! It is decadent and delicious and best shared with a crowd!
Happy May 5th - Cinco de Mayo! If you are looking for some quick and tasty recipe ideas for today - we have a few!
Casserole Gal Rachel has a wonderful appetizer idea - Jalapeno Popper Dip. Make it as mild or spicy as you like, and be sure to make a double batch! Serve with chips, veggies and even some fresh salsa.
Another great recipe from Rachel, for a quick dinner idea - spice up her Croque Monsieur sandwiches!
Swap the mozzarella cheese for a Pepper Jack, Smoked Cheddar, or Jalapeno/Habanero variety. Sprinkle in some cooked & crumbled bacon. Add pickled jalapeno slices to the layers. Sprinkle some chili powder into the white sauce. SO many options!
Have fun and share your version on our facebook page or tag us on instagram.
And how about a nice beverage? Casserole Gal Rhonda's Snowy Beach Cocktail is sure to be a hit! If having company tonight - set up a cocktail bar.
Create a station with cups, fun straws, Sprite, the vodka, pina colada mix & juice. Add a platter of sliced oranges, cubed pineapple, strawberries, and fresh mint and let your guests create their own adult or non-alcoholic Snowy Beach beverage!
Just pretty please promise to drink responsibly. And enjoy the day!
-The Casserole Gals Rhonda, Kristen & Rachel
We are celebrating March by having a Progressive Dinner with a French theme! We will start the month with my appetizer and end with an amazing dessert. In between will be a main course and some failures; because not all recipes are always the best!
I found this recipe in Dorie Greenspan's, Around My French Table, It is not at all difficult and would be delightful paired with a salad for your first course. Bake it in individual ramekins 1-2 days before, then when your guests arrive it is simple and quick to finish.
5 ounces cheese ( I used 3 ounces Apple Smoked Gruyere and 2 ounces Colby Jack)
1 cup heavy cream
3/4 cup whole milk
3 large egg yolks
pinch of nutmeg
pinch of salt and pepper
Cut 2 ounces of the Gruyere and 1 ounce of the colby jack cheese in teensy cubes, divide evenly and place in 5 ramekins. The ones I use are 5 inches across and 1 1/2 inches deep.
Pour cream and milk into a small saucepan and bring just to a boil.
While milk and cream are heating, whisk egg yolks with the nutmeg, salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Continue to whisk and dribble about 1/4 of hot cream mixture into yolks, keep whisking and add rest of cream in a slow, steady steam. You do need to 'de-bubble' the mixture- carefully rap bowl on the counter. If that doesn't work, spoon off and pop the bubbles.
Pour into your ramekins. Place ramekins on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Ms. Greenspan's recipe said to bake at 200 degrees for 40-50 minutes. When I did this mine took way longer to bake, the second time I made these I raised my temperature to 275 and they took 35-40 minutes.
Once cooled your can cover and refrigerate for 2 days. If you do bake before, bring out of the refrigerate for an hour or so to bring to room temperature.
Finely grate remaining 2 ounces of cheese. Sprinkle evenly over ramekins. You can brown the cheese under a broiler for 3-4 minutes or you can use a mini propane torch.
Tomato roses are simple to create and make a beautiful garnish! Using a very sharp paring knife, peel a roma tomato in one long winding peel 1/4-1/2" in width- just as you would an apple! Then, carefully curl the peel to the desired shape. Your peel may be a little long, so trim excess if needed. Create your roses up to a day in advance - wrap gently in a bit of paper towel so it holds shape, and store in an air-tight container in the fridge.
Enjoy~ Casserole Gal Rhonda
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Winter is here but, this drink brings you back to warmer weather. With it's tropical flavors you can imagine warm sunshine and flowers in bloom!
12 ounces Sprite
1.5 ounces Pina Colada Mix
1.5 ounces Vanilla Vodka
Splash Orange Juice
I make this in a 16 ounce glass. Pour Sprite in glass, add Pina Colada Mix and Vodka, stir. Add 2-3 ice cubes. Pour in orange juice don't stir let the orange juice float down.
Football Bowl Games are coming up and we have complied our best recipes to serve for your party or tailgating event! We also, have a few tips to help make your event a success!
Our Jalapeno Popper Dip would be tasty addition to any party! Full of cheese, jalapenos and bacon it is sure to be a winner with everyone!
Tip: Bottled water is a must and freeze several bottles a couple of days before. They are great to use to keep your water cool instead of using ice.
Our Dill Pickle Dip is very fast and easy, and it can be served hot or cold, which makes it a perfect tailgating or party recipe!
Tip: Buy bandannas in your team colors to use as napkins. They will be colorful, durable and just plain cute. Your local craft store usually has them in all colors.
Our Beef Stoganoff Dip is full of meat and since it is for football, it has a bit of a kick with added jalapenos!
Our Roll With it Casserole has buns that are full of meat, cheese and spices. You may think the buns would become soggy but, they don't!
Baked Meatball Sandwiches y'all..... yum. They are SO easy and tasty! Adapt the recipe and preparation to fit your schedules and tastes, but the base recipe is a crowd pleaser!
This Cowboy Crunchie recipe can be made into bars but it could be molded into a football shape. It is a great finger food!
Tip: Remember to have single packets of Hand Sanitizing Wipes, especially for any outside tailgating.
Our Tailgating Pinterest Board is full of recipes, tips and great ideas.
I know this may seem odd at first, but this appetizer is really and truly very addictive! If you like pickles anyway.....
Very fast and easy, and it can be served hot or cold, which makes it a perfect tailgating recipe!
Dill Pickle Dip
16 oz sour cream
1 - 8 oz block cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup chopped dill pickles
2 Tb dill (fresh or dried)
1 cup shredded cheese - I used mozzarella
Salt and pepper, to taste
Chips, crackers, toasted bread &/or veggies for dipping
1. In a medium bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth and creamy. Mix in sour cream until completely combined.
2. Stir in remaining ingredients and taste. Please note that if you are making this in advance (i.e. 8-12 hours before serving) that dill flavor will intensify. I love dill, I mean big squishy heart l-o-v-e- forever dill! So I like to add a little more.
3. If serving hot, spoon dip into an oven ( or grill safe aluminum pan!) safe dish and refrigerate until ready to heat and serve. If serving cold, spoon into your favorite tailgating sports theme dish! It's pretty to sprinkle with a little extra chopped pickle and dill.
4. To heat - place in oven or on grill and heat until cheese is melted. About 10-15 minutes.
*Use any pickle you like! Dill is my favorite, but play around with what you have on hand - spicy, bread and butter, home-made, so many options!
*If you want a little kick, add a pinch of red pepper flakes, or a tablespoon of diced, pickled jalapeno!
Hope you enjoy!
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Cooking everything in casserole dishes!
With busy lives & sometimes quick meals, we mom & daughters team are always looking for healthy, tasty & convenient dishes to serve our family. So, please join us as we share everything from appetizers to main dishes & desserts!