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"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths."
Proverbs 3:5-6

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Fun Food Friday, Creamy Beef and Noodle Combo and Cheesecake Swirl Brownies

Sorry its a little late again. I decided for this post to explain, in a little more detail, what happens in the Frisk household on Fridays. It has become a tradition now and my kiddos have learned the calendar for this day. Every Friday we cook our Fun Food Friday meal, we get everything cleaned up, get pjs on and we air up the big mattress for the living room and watch a movie. The kids get excited about it every week. The menu for last Friday was Creamy Beef and Noodle Combo and Cheesecake Swirl Brownies. The movie was Charlotte's Web. I figured it was fitting since we finished the book a couple of days before. Unfortunately, the last 15 minutes didn't even work so it's back to Blockbuster. Ok, back to the food. The ingredients are:

1 lb ground beef
1/2 c. onion, chopped
1 (4 oz. ) can mushrooms ( I used fresh)
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 c. celery, sliced
1/2 c. bell pepper, chopped
1 c. milk
1 T. worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. salt
2 c. noodles

Ok, so first thing cook and stir meat, onion, celery and bell pepper until meat is browned and drain off the fat. Add mushrooms (with liquid) and remaining ingredients. If you're like me and you add fresh mushrooms, you need to add about 1/2 cup water and another 1-2 Tbls of worcestershire sauce. Heat to boiling, reduce the heat, cover and simmer. Make sure you stir occasionally or you will have a few crunchy noodles. I simmered mine about 20 min. Cook until noodles are tender. I thought it was great, but the recipe is a little strange so I changed it for you. :) Ok, now for the very eeeeevvviiilllll brownies. Oohh they were yummy. Word of advice though, DO NOT OVERCOOK BROWNIES. They will dry out if you do. The ingredients are:

1 stick butter
4 squares unsweetened chocolate
2 tsps vanilla extract, divided
2 1/2 cups sugar, divided
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened(important)

A couple of little tips before I start. If you want even more chocolate you can add 1/4 cup chocolate chips to brownie batter . Also, be sure that the saucepan that you are melting the chocolate in is clean and dry. Even one drop of water in melted chocolate can cause it to harden into clumps. One more thing, if you do not let brownies cool all the way, they will fall apart. Ok. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 13 x 9 inch baking pan with butter or cooking spray(I don't use this). Melt your butter and chocolate in a medium saucepan over medium heat until smooth. Stir constantly, you don't want it to burn. Stir in 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Pour chocolate into a large bowl and let it cool slightly. After it has cooled a little, stir in 2 cups sugar and 4 eggs. If you do not let it cool, you'll have scrambled chocolate eggs, just sayin. Beat this mixture with an electric mixer on low speed until it is smooth. In a medium bowl, combine your flour, baking powder and salt. Then mix the flour mixture into the chocolate mixture and spread evenly into your baking pan. In another medium bowl, mix your softened cream cheese (it's hard to mix a brick, I promise), remaining sugar, vanilla and egg. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed until it looks smooth. Spoon this over your chocolate mixture. I know, you just want to eat it with a spoon right now though. DON'T. Run a knife through both mixtures until some chocolate shows. Thus, Swirl. Bake them until a knife inserted in center of brownies comes out clean, 25-30 min. Mine were done about 27 min. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Cut into bars and enjoy. Store them in the refrigerator because of the cheesecake. Big Man and Goose did most of the work so check out the cuteness in my pics below. Well, I hope you enjoy this yumminess, if that's a word. I really want to know if you tried them. Let me know. All for now.

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