Monday, January 28, 2013

Simply Delicious Chess Squares



I can remember the first time I sank my teeth into a chess square. The thought, "died and went to heaven" crossed my mind. A friend of mine's Mom fixed a pan for dessert and I thought they were yellow brownies. There's just something so decadent about these sugary treats that makes you love them so much you don't want to quit eating them, but after two or three, you're good for a while. 

Yes, you did read the ingredients correctly. One whole box of Confectioner's sugar. Get out the milk folks, you're going to need a big glass!
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 1 box Confectioner’s sugar
  • 1-8 oz. Cream cheese, softened
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Grease and flour a 9x13 baking dish
  3. In a large bowl mix together cake mix, 1 egg and 1 stick of butter. Press this mixture into bottom of baking dish.
  4. In a medium bowl mix Confectioner’s sugar with softened cream cheese and three eggs. Pour on top of crust mixture.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-55 minutes.

I have a teal, plastic serrated knife that cuts through chess squares and brownies perfectly once they're cooled.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Leftover Turkey Dinner Pockets


Wow! I can't believe how busy this fall and winter has been. My new job is cutting about 5 extra hours out of my free time each week and weekends are spent on various river projects. The goal is to have our little get-a-way cabin complete by Spring and we are well on the way to making that happen. Right now that's been a priority but all the other things I enjoy in life have had to take a back seat unfortunately.

These dinner pockets are my take on a what to do with leftovers type post I saw several months ago on Facebook. They are very easy to make and you can make use of what's left in those little bowls after a holiday meal.
Leftover Turkey Dinner Pockets
  • 1 8 count can Jumbo biscuits
  • 2/3 cups mashed potatoes
  • 1/3 cup cranberry sauce
  • 1-1/4 cups diced cooked turkey
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp. Water
  • 1 cup turkey gravy, warmed
Heat oven to 425 degrees. Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray.
Beat egg and mix water.
Separate biscuits. On a floured surface, flatten/roll out each biscuit into a thin round. Place 1 teaspoon of mashed potatoes, ½ teaspoon cranberry sauce and a few pieces of turkey in the center of the round. Brush with egg wash around the edges.
Fold edges up and over filling. Pinch to seal turkey pocket. Place on cookie sheet. Once all biscuits are filled; brush tops with remaining egg wash.
Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with warm gravy.

Monday, January 7, 2013

First Anniversary Celebration!

I would like to take this moment to thank all of you who have followed Man That Stuff Is Good! It's hard to believe a whole year has passed.

Fried Potato Cakes Using Leftover Mashed Potatoes

When I fix mashed potatoes, I figure on one medium potato per person. Typically, that is enough to feed everyone and not have half a pot left over. Every once in a while, that count doesn't happen and we end up with enough potatoes  that you hate to throw them away but not enough to eat the next day. I don't remember who came up with the solution, but fried potato cakes are the perfect leftover solution! They're easy to fix and you should have everything on hand.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Chittlerlings or Chittlins' A Southern Delicacy

This is one dish you won't hear this girl saying, "Man, That Stuff is Good!" Andy is another story. About twice a year he has to cook a big pot for himself and assorted friends.
Happy New Year from our family to yours! I'm looking forward to a year of fun, good food and fellowship with family and friends.