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Tasty Tuesday: Jimmy Carter Cake (a peanut butter & chocolate dessert)

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

This is one of my favorite childhood desserts.  If I remember correctly this recipe came from my 6th grade teacher.  She made it for a class function and I loved it so much I asked her for the recipe.  Then of course my sweet mom gave into my begging and made it and it became a family hit that was often made for dinner guests.

Not only is this Jimmy Carter Cake super rich and delicious, it’s also easy and quick to put together which is always nice!  And while I rarely use boxed pudding (because we prefer the taste and healthiness of homemade) this is one recipe that I make an exception for!  Although I’m sure with a bit of tweaking you could easily sub homemade pudding if you wanted.

Oh and as for the name?  I have no idea why it’s called Jimmy Carter Cake other than I think that it was widely believed that President Carter liked peanuts.  But I’ve heard that was actually a myth (the part about him liking peanuts).  At any rate, that’s what this recipe is called and if you at all like peanut butter and chocolate then I’m pretty sure you’ll absolutely love this!

Jimmy Carter Cake
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Recipe type: Dessert
 

Ingredients
  • 1 c. flour
  • 1 stick butter, softened (8 tbsp.)
  • ⅔ c. crushed peanuts
  • ½ c. creamy peanut butter
  • 1 c. powdered sugar
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 3 tbsp. milk
  • 1 c. heavy whipping cream, whipped with 1 tbsp. sugar**, divided (should make about 2 cups)
  • 1 small box instant vanilla pudding
  • 1 small box instant chocolate pudding
  • 3 cups milk, divided
  • ** or use 2 c. Cool Whip instead

Instructions
  1. Crumble flour, butter and crushed peanuts together and press in bottom of 9×13 baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 min.
  2. Cream peanut butter, powdered sugar, cream cheese and 3 tbsp. milk together. Fold in 1 c. prepared whipped cream. Spread over cooled crust.
  3. Mix vanilla pudding, chocolate pudding and 3 cups milk together until combined and pudding is thickened. Spread over cream cheese mixture.
  4. Top with remaining whipped cream and garnish with additional crushed peanuts. Chill.

 

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Arby’s: Free Curly Fries April 15th

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Here’s a delicious way to celebrate that dreaded tax day!  Tomorrow, April 15, use this coupon to get free snack-sized curly fries at Arby’s.

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McDonalds: Free Coffee During Breakfast Hours

Saturday, March 29th, 2014

Through April 13, all McDonalds locations will be offering free coffee during breakfast hours (6 am.-10:30 am.).  No purchase necessary. 

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Sonic: Buy 1, Get 1 Free Master Blasts (3/27/14)

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Tomorrow, March 27, Sonic is offering Buy 1, Get 1 Free Master Blasts.  The offer is valid all day.

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Tasty Tuesday: Oven Ready Lasagna (a quick no-boil recipe)

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

I’m all about saving time and being efficient in the kitchen.  I mean really, who’s not?  So when I discovered this Oven Ready Lasagna recipe soon after we first were married I was pretty delighted.  I love that I can make a delicious lasagna and not have to fool with boiling the noodles.  Plus it freezes well so I can make it ahead of time and pull it out to use as a meal for guests or for just “one of those days”.

I also wanted to point out that you don’t even have to use no-boil lasagna noodles for this recipe- that is unless you super funny about noodle texture.  I almost always use the regular noodles and honestly can’t tell a bit of difference.  But then while I’m funny about many things related to food, noodle texture is not one of them.  So do whatever you think best!

Update: Reader Alex left this comment on my Facebook page.  “Ok, i made this tonight for dinner! I didn’t notice, nor did my family, that the noodles weren’t boiled. Thanks, Lydia, i sure will be making it like this from now on!!!”  So if you are on the fence as to which kind of noodles to use maybe that will help you. 

Oven Ready Lasagna (a quick no-boil recipe)
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Recipe type: Main Dish
 

* Recipe works best if made at least several hours ahead of baking * Freezes well
Ingredients
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 cups spaghetti sauce
  • 1 tsp. garlic salt
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 8 oz. lasagna noodles (can use oven ready if you want)
  • 16 oz. cottage cheese
  • 3 to 4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ½ c. Parmesan cheese (optional)

Instructions
  1. Grease 9×13 baking dish.
  2. Brown beef and onion, drain fat.
  3. Stir garlic salt and oregano into spaghetti sauce. Spread one cup of sauce on the bottom of baking dish.
  4. Add ½ the noodles then top with 1 cup sauce. Add all of the meat and cottage cheese and ½ of the cheese. Add Parmesan cheese if using.
  5. Top with ¾ cup sauce then add remaining noodles.
  6. Top with the rest of the sauce and then the remaining cheese.
  7. Cover with foil. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Let stand 15 to 20 minutes before serving.

 

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