Here are a couple things I made for a BBQ yesterday I thought I'd share, both were a hit and are long time favorites in my house.
18-1/4 oz. pkg. super moist yellow or vanilla cake mix
3.4-oz. pkg. instant lemon pudding mix
3/4 c. oil
3/4 c. water
4 eggs, beaten
Garnish: powdered sugar
Preheat oven to 350.
Grease pan completely with butter and then dust with flour coating completely with a thin layer of flour, shake out excess.
Combine all ingredients except powdered sugar; mix well. Pour into a greased bunt cake pan or a large loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Immediately poke holes through cake with a fork; pour glaze over cake. Dust with powdered sugar (optional)
Serves 10 to 12.
1 c. powdered sugar
1 T. butter, melted
1 T. milk
approx 1/3 c. lemon juice
Combine all ingredients; stir until smooth.
Dee's Famous Salsa (ok famous in our house but just give it time!! lol)
1 28 oz can plain whole tomatoes
2 green onion stems
1-2 jalepenos (optional to remove seeds for less heat)
2 large hand fulls of fresh cilantro
Garlic salt with parsley (my favorite it McCormick's California style) enough to taste
Put all ingredients into blender and bend until well incorporated and nearly smooth. Taste and adjust to preference. Add juice of 1 lime. Refridgerate a few hrs-overnight to meld flavors.
***FOR ADULTS ONLY*** ;-)
~ Watermellon slices soaked soaked in tequila (Sorry no pics available)
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 60 minutes
* 1 small seedless watermelon, red or yellow, quartered and cut into 1-inch-thick wedges
* 1 cup sugar
* 3/4 cup water
* 1/2 cup tequila
* 1/4 cup Triple Sec
* 2 limes, halved or cut into wedges
* Flaked sea salt or coarse salt
1. Arrange watermelon in a single layer in two 9-by-13-inch baking dishes. Bring sugar, water, tequila, and Triple Sec to a boil in a small saucepan. Cook, stirring, until sugar dissolves, about 1 minute. Let cool slightly. Pour syrup over watermelon wedges, and refrigerate for at least 45 minutes.
2. Remove watermelon from syrup, and arrange on a platter. Squeeze limes over melon, and season with salt.
The secret here is in the syrup.
The "tequila" in which the fruit is placed is not straight liquor. Instead, it's a simple syrup of sugar, water, tequila and Triple Sec. This combination -- light on the booze -- becomes a fragrant syrup after a brief boil.
Drizzled on watermelon and left to sit for an hour, the fruit and syrup meld into a lovely combination. With a squirt of lime and a dash of salt, Tequila-Soaked Watermelon Wedges are a terrific summery treat, with bright, sharp flavors.