Monday, December 8, 2008

Marbled Almond Roca


1/2 cup slivered almonds
1 cup butter or margarine
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons boiling water
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup vanilla baking chips


Sprinkle almonds on a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Bake at 300 degrees F for 15 minutes or until toasted and golden brown; remove from the oven and set aside. In a saucepan over low heat, cook butter and sugar for 5 minutes. Add water and corn syrup. Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook, stirring occasionally, until a candy thermometer reads 300 degrees F (hard-crack stage). Quickly pour over almonds. Sprinkle chips on top; let stand for 1-2 minutes or until melted. Spread and swirl chocolate over candy. Cool completely; break into pieces.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Tortilla Soup

You guys are going to love this recipe. It's my new favorite because it's so DANG EASY! This was given to me from Mikail Roberts.

Tortilla Soup by Linda Smith Ingredients:

1 lb. cooked chicken or browned hamburger meat (I usually use one can of canned chicken)
2 cans Cream of Chicken Soup
1 can chicken broth
1 can corn
1 can Ranch Style Beans
1 can black beans, rinsed
1 can Ro-Tel

Combine all of the above ingredients and simmer on medium heat to a boil. Pour over chips and sprinkle cheese on top.

Now for Mikail's 2 cents:
I try to get the low sodium versions of all the canned stuff. There is enough salt on the chips. Also, we have tried thinner restaurant style chips and they get too soggy. Tostitos are the best. The cool thing about this recipe is that you can "customize" it. You can add chunks of avocado, or even a dollop of guac on top after you serve it. You can add cilantro or let it chill and use it as a dip. It also doesn't matter if you like more corn, or more beans, although if you take any of the ingredients out, it will change the flavor. It also keeps really well in the fridge. Although we usually eat it so fast it never is in the fridge more than 24 hours or so. So there you go ladies. Sorry it took so long.