Tuesday, January 26, 2016

A Tale of Two Recipes

First there was finding recipes on Pinterest. Now there is a group on Facebook called Tasty, which shows short videos of a recipe being completed.

At least from what I can tell they are only here on Facebook.

Of course, they are not the first to post recipe videos.

I feel like I age myself when I use the word "video."

Yes, they make ALL recipes look delicious and so simple a 4-year-old could do it. So let's let a four year old do it!!

Part One: Chocolate Covered Vanilla Ice Cream with Rice Krispies Bite Size Poppers by Tasty

Here is a link to the video!  Not sure if you can see it or not if you are not signed up for Facebook.

You will need:
parchment paper
a pan, the lower and longer the better
vanilla ice cream - or whatever flavor you prefer. We used French Vanilla
2 cups chocolate chips
1/2 cup coconut oil (Trader Joe's has coconut oil for a good price).
1/3 cup Rice Krispy cereal

What to do:
Spread out softened ice cream on a wax paper lined baking tray. Cover with wax paper and press down to evenly spread and smooth. Freeze overnight.

Remove ice cream from tray, peel off the wax paper and cut into bite size squares. Return to the freezer until ready to dip. Here is where we started to have trouble. The ice cream was soft, even directly out of freezer. This made cutting the squares easy, but separating them really messy:


Meanwhile, microwave 2 Cups of Chocolate Chips with 1/2 Cup Coconut oil for 90 seconds - stopping to stir every 30 - until melted and smooth. Allow chocolate mixture to come to room temperature. Mix in rice cereal. 

That was the easiest part.
Working quickly and in small batches - coat ice cream cubes in chocolate mixture and return to the freezer to harden up. 

RIght. So here is what they end up looking like on the Tasty page:

And here is what our's looked liked: 

Nailed it! Here is what our problems were:

1. we do not have enough freezer space
2. our freezer is not cold enough to keep things solidly hard so getting a hold of a nicely shaped bite of ice cream was really hard. And messy. 

Finally Brycen asked if he could just pour the chocolate mix over the ice cream while my mom tried to make space in freezer. At that point it couldn't have gotten any messier so I let him. 

Verdict: They taste amazing. But I think the coconut oil went straight to my arteries. I will write this one up in Brycen's recipe book because it was a fun adventure, but I will not try it again!

Part Two: Blueberry Croissant Breakfast Bake by Tasty

Here is what their end product looked like:

And here is what our's looked like in end:

I know!!

You will need:
1 Tube Crescent Dough
¾ cup Blueberries  - we used fresh ones. Well, as fresh as they get mid January. I think next time I will use more too. Maybe a 1.5 cups
8 oz. Cream Cheese
2/3 cup Sugar
2 Eggs
1 tsp. Vanilla
¼ cup milk

What to do:
1. Preheat oven to 350°F
2. In a mixing bowl beat cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla until creamy.
3. Add eggs, and while beating slowly incorporate the milk until creamy. Set aside.

4. Using cold crescent dough, roll up crescent rolls and curve into crescent shape.

5. Place rolls in an ungreased 9x9 pan.
6. Pour blueberries over the crescent rolls.

7. Pour cream cheese mixture over rolls and blueberries.

8. Bake at 350°F/175°C for 35 minutes or until rolls have become golden brown.

This was a great recipe, one we will definitely do again. There was A LOT that Brycen could help with. It was best heated up with Cool Whip. More of a dessert than a breakfast. 



  1. My cousin in college always reposts Tasty "videos" (do kids call videos something else these days?) and I love watching them bc they are so mesmerizing. I haven't made anything though!

    It's so cute how much B loves to cook and even cooler you are doing it with him. So many kids of friends I know haven't lifted a finger when it comes to cooking which I always thought was pretty lame.

    The ice cream recipe cracked me up. My first thought was how is this not gonna melt? The Tasty people must have one of those professional deep freezers.

    1. PS: I think Tasty is produced by Buzzfeed: http://www.buzzfeed.com/tasty -- they are also on youtube and IG etc. Now I'm gonna waste some time watching vidoes. Thanks a lot!

    2. Have fun watching, and more fun making! My mom received a food processor for Christmas and we considered making the cauliflower as rice recipe, and making beef with fried "rice." But 3 different people told me how bad our house will smell when making any cauliflower recipe so we have put that one on hold.

      When we were making the ice cream bites all I could think of was the deep walk-in freezer at work. Then we would have the opposite problem, and would need a chain saw to cut the ice cream!

    3. We generally try to eat low carb so cauliflower "rice" is something we cook fairly often. After you chop the cauli in the food processor drizzle some olive oil on it, spread it on a cookie sheet, and roast it in the oven on for abt 10-15 min. Roasted cauli (or any veg...also bc I'm lazy) is the best in my opinion!

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    5. Roasted cauliflower is DELICIOUS! (And doesn't stink!) I've never tried ricing it, but now I want to!

      Veronika, do you use cauliflower rice in place of rice in Asian recipes?

    6. Yes! Well for anything that is kind of saucey -- Asian, Indian. I wouldn't use it in a broth or as a sushi base or anything like that. It's honestly not the same flavor or texture as rice but it sops up the sauce well enough and tastes good! It's good when you make veggie "fried rice."

      My other low-carb fave is spaghetti squash "noodles" with creamy avocado "pesto." Doesn't really taste like pasta (can anything really taste like a delicious carb?) but it's actually really good! And vegan! And easy...bc I'm a lazy cook.

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  3. I love that you're making a recipe photo book! I am obsessed with Tasty videos. I've tried several and Jackson likes to help as well. I shouldn't even say how many times we made the cracker candy over the holidays. Yum!

    1. Bonnie, I remember you saying how obsessed you are with the videos! So glad our boys are so helpful in the kitchen. Making a photo cookbook is actually something I day dreamed about when I was pregnant! Now . . . to actually get around to doing it . . .

  4. Last night we made the meatballs stuffed with mozzarella! But we didn't really follow their recipe, just the idea of putting a piece of mozzarella in the middle! Yum!

  5. Sorry for all the deleted posts - blogspot keeps double posting.

  6. I never paid attention to the Tasty recipes, but last week Larry wanted to make something that he saw on a video on Facebook: PIZZA WAFFLES. Now I wish I had taken a photo, because the results were hilarious. We put pizza dough, sauce, cheese, and another layer of dough in the waffle iron. Here's what happened: liquified cheese oozed out everywhere. The waffle iron still has not been cleaned. NAILED IT!


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