Monday, December 21, 2009

Food Porn

Warning: The content of this post is not suitable for dieters. XXX Food Porn follows.


Rachel made the cutest darn cupcakes this morning. What a way to start the day! Aren't they adorable?! They're Christmas ornaments. :) I love that kid.
In my quest to get as much prepared for Christmas dinner before Christmas day, I baked a ham. This recipe has been handed down for generations in my family and my mother taught me how to do it. If you like ham that falls apart like a good pot roast, you'll love this.

My Mom's Ham:
Take a butt ham (they're the best, better than shank) and trim off as much fat as you possibly can. Place in a LARGE pot and cover with water. Bring to a light boil and let it simmer for an hour or so. Can be longer. Drain water. Rub butter all over the ham. Sprinkle pepper on it. Place ham in a baking pan and tent foil over the top. Bake at 300-325 degrees for 1-2 hours or until the ham is stringy and tender. Soooooooooooooo delicious. The best ham in the world. Honest.

While the ham was baking, I made Martha Washington candies. If my in laws are reading this STOP now! This has to do with your Christmas gift and I want it to be a surprise. Or at least act surprised when I give it to you. :)

These are candies that my Aunt Mary used to make to bring to my grandmother's house every single Christmas. I love them. This year Rachel learned how to make them. It was nice to pass down a tradition. :)
Martha Washington Candy (makes a lot)

3 cups chopped pecans

1 7-oz can flaked coconut

1/2 cup margarine, softened

1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk

2 (16 oz) boxes powdered sugar

1/4 pound paraffin, cut in pieces (found in canning section of grocery store)

1 (12 oz) package semi sweet chocolate morsels

Combine pecans and coconut in a large bowl. Mix in margarine with fingers (or a big ass mixer like I did). Stir in condensed milk. Add powdered sugar and mix well by hand (or again with that mixer). Shape into balls; place on waxed paper.

Combine paraffin with chocolate in a double boiler. Cook and stir until melted and blended. Pierce each ball with a wooden pick to use as a handle. Dip in chocolate and place on waxed paper to set. Yield: about 5 dozen balls.

The next treat to make was Oreo Balls. These are so incredible that it's impossible to eat one without making yummy noises. Bring these to a Christmas party if you really want to impress someone. They look good too. :)
Here they are after being drizzled with chocolate.
Oreo Balls


1 package Oreos, crushed (could try mint or other flavors too)
8 oz. package cream cheese, softened
1 pkg. white almond bark
1 pkg chocolate almond bark (you could just use some chocolate chips)

Mix oreos and cream cheese. I just empty my package of Oreos and the block of cream cheese into my food processor and process until very smooth and mixed. Roll into walnut sized balls and chill for at least 1 hour.
Melt approx. 3/4 package of white bark according to instructions. Stick toothpick in Oreo ball and dip in melted white bark. Allow to harden on wax paper for about 15 minutes. Melt 1/4 package of chocolate bark (or your chocolate chips) according to package instructions. Place the melted chocolate in a zip loc bag and cut a hole in one corner. Drizzle over the Oreo balls. Delicious! Chill until ready to serve.


I wasn't done yet! Rachel and I got out the juicer and juiced Meyer lemons that my mom gave me. It made the most delicious lemonade. It's really good with some fresh mint in it. mmmm I bet it would be even better with a little vodka. :)


For dinner I made Potato Chip Crusted Chicken, corn and salad. This is one of my very most favorite chicken dishes. It's even better than a lot of fried chicken I've had. Do yourself a favor and make this. It's so good. Would I lie to you? Click the link for the recipe. You'll have to scroll down a bit but it's there. Did I mention that it's only 4 points?
After all of that cooking, I'm beat. So I bid you all good night. Tomorrow I will be announcing the winner of the brownie mix giveaway. Yeah!!!

8 comments:

  1. Wow you weren't kidding about the food porn! Your daughter's cupcakes are adorable! So festive! I will have to try that chicken but will need to find something else to do with the leftover potato chips, lol. Chips are my downfall!

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  2. Yum!!! Those cupcakes are so cute, too. I would have a hard time eating them. Or maybe not.....

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  3. Seriously.... this chicken is absolutely FAB-U-LOUS.

    And the oreo cookie balls taste far better than they look.

    Mmmmmmm.....
    Dipped in some coconut rum they will be even better.

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  4. Okay, who's gonna pay for my drool-drenched keyboard?

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  5. Nummers! I want it all! Rachel is so talented with her cake decorating - the cupcakes are adorable!

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  6. Aww, I love the cupcakes!

    Mmm, oreo balls and chicken! I make a similar chicken, except I use mashed potato flakes.

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  7. Those cupcakes are just too cute for words! Passing traditions down is one of the best things about family. :-)

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  8. After looking at those oreo balls, I want to slap you.

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