Roses are red
Violets are blue
I’m not allowed chocolate
Valentine’s day . . . pooh
The only good thing about Valentine’s day is the candy and I never get any. I sit alone, no valentines, no candy, no romance. The only thing I get is dog food.
If you are sitting home alone on Valentine’s day with dog food you are not alone.
Freddie Parker Westerfield, Published Poet
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Freddie Parker Westerfield, Published Poet
I have been Oreo-deprived for years. I don’t buy them because they are potato chips to me – can’t stop with one. When my good friend Linda sent this recipe I thought I’d die and go to heaven. AND it seemed toooooo simple.
I have 4 potlucks to go to so I immediately went to the big box store and bought a TUB of cookie dough, enough for more than 80 cookies.
Healthy, NO trans fat
10 packages, possible trans fats
a 10-package box of Oreo cookies
Triple Chocolate, triple trans fat
and a Box of brownie mix that makes 8 batches of brownies.
First Pot luck:
- I ate 2 packages of the Oreo cookies to make sure they were fresh.
- 1 layer of chocolate chip cookie dough on bottom of 13″ x 9″ pan
- 1 layer of Oreos.
- 1 package of brownie mix (per mix instructions) poured over top. Didn’t seem like enough brownie mix for the 13 x 9 pan so I made 2 packages.
- Bake 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
After 30 minutes it was soup. After 55 minutes it was congealed enough to remove. (and I was afraid the chocolate chip cookie dough on the bottom would be burnt). Soft and squishy and any trace of Oreo had been drowned in the brownie batter. BUT verrrrrrrrrry tasty.
Second Pot luck:
I ate another package of Oreo’s to make sure they were still fresh and this time only made one batch of brownie mix.
2 More Potlucks to go . . . Need to buy more Oreos
Thanks Linda B. You ARE the best!
It’s that time of year again for “Cooking with Judy” Here’s my yearly Thanksgiving post — cuz it’s tooooo good not to be shared!
I have a reputation, among those who know me, to have an “interesting” sense of humor. Even though How to Cook A Turkey with 500 degree heat sounds like a joke IT IS NO JOKE.
The turkey comes out brown, beautiful and MOIST.
I’ve done this every year for over three decades and it’s never failed. (One time I did a 20-plus pounder and parts were not completely cooked so I zapped the parts in the microwave)
I’ve shared this with many others and it has failed only once — the woman bought a ButterBall Turkey . . . and has never eaten turkey since. To see why, keep reading.
10 – 18 pound turkey* and a sense of adventure
Pre Heat oven 500 degrees (this is not a typo)
Clean the bird
Throw it into a covered container – put on lid or aluminum foil
- Do not add ANYTHING to the pot and/or the bird.
- Do NOT baste or look at until time is up (you will hear burbling, don’t worry, by the time you hear burbling the turkey is dead)
- Bake (and I do mean BAKE), 7 minutes per pound, unstuffed at 500 degrees FARENHEIT
- 7 1/2 minutes per pound, stuffed
*WARNING: Do NOT buy any *turkey that has ANYTHING injected under the skin (especially butter!) or the fire department will join you for dinner after you scrub the black soot from your ceiling.
Q & A (I won’t bother you with the Q-part)
- Yes, it comes out brown and beautiful.
- No, it is moist and delicious
- I always put the stuffing in a casserole rather than the turkey – others have stuffed the bird and said it was great.
- Yes, it will smell like Thanksgiving not like a house-on-fire.
- No, PETA would not endorse this because it is more humane . . . for the cook
- Yes! 500 degrees. It is not a typo
- Yes, 7 minutes a pound
P.S. A typical turkey will take a little over 1 hour to bake. The first year I made the turkey this way I had the critter sitting out raw and naked as a J-bird when the guests arrived.
When they found out nothing was in the oven everyone nervously inquired what time we were going to eat.
Made me smile.
There are so many recipes for Oreo Lasagna on the internet I taste-tested them all to make sure you, my loyal subscribers, had the healthiest. Note: If you are allergic to chocolate substitute ingredients that aren’t chocolate.
Healthy OREO LASAGNA
2 packages Oreo cookies (One package to eat – for energy – while you are making the lasagna and the other for the recipe)
4 tbsp. butter, melted
8 oz reduced fat cream cheese, softened (This is good as not only is it reduced fat but it’s softened so it won’t be hard in your arteries)
1/4 cup sugar (An excellent source of energy)
2 tbsp. skim milk (This is good as it’s a major food group)
12 oz fat-free cool whip (This is good as it is low-fat like the cream cheese.)
6 Snack Pack Fat Free Chocolate Pudding cups (This is good as there are preservatives in the pudding cups which will help the Oreo Lasagna from going bad before it hits your stomach
2 bags of mini chocolate chips (One bag to eat while you’re waiting for the lasagna to set in the refrigerator)
1. Spray a 9×13 casserole dish with non-stick spray (Do NOT use butter and add fat to the recipe)
2. In a zip closed bag, crush the Oreo Cookies (Taste the crushed topping as you go to determine the proper consistency. Do NOT use a food processor to crush the Oreo’s so you benefit from the exercise of pounding the cookies into submission)
3. Set aside 1 cup of crushed Oreos for topping
4. Combine remaining crushed Oreo’s with melted butter
5. Press Oreo-butter mixture into the bottom of the dish
6. In a small bowl whip the softened cream cheese using a handheld mixer until light and fluffy (Make sure it’s fluffy as air is a life force)
7. Mix in sugar, milk and 1 1/4 cups of cool whip
8. Spread cream cheese layer over the Oreo crust
9. Layer chocolate pudding in an even layer over the cream cheese (or just mush it all together since it will eventually end up that way)
10. Spoon remaining cool whip over pudding and gently smooth (It’s important that you are gentle so as not to agitate any existing fat molecules)
11. Sprinkle on mini chocolate chips
12. Refrigerate to chill for 4 hours (Eat the remaining chocolate chips while Lasagna is chilling)
Each serving is 8 WW+ points (I’m not sure if this is short-hand for Weight Watchers or 8 out of 10 points on the Wowza Wowza scale)
Calories 309 Calories from Fat 127 Total Fat 14.1g Saturated Fat 7.0g Cholesterol 20 mg Sodium 265 mg Potassium 46 mg Carbohydrates 42.9g Dietary Fiber 1.0g Sugars 28.4 g Protein 3.5 g (Obviously a good source of protein – almost 4 grams)
Vitamin A 6% – Vitamin C 0% – Calcium 7% – Iron 6% (This is good as it’s better to get your vitamins through food than pills)
Nutrition Grade – D (“D” as in DEEEEEElicious . . . of course)