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Cream Cheese Frosting

I have been using this cream cheese frosting recipe on my bundt cakes and sheet cakes regularly. I especially love it on carrot cake and banana bread / cake or cupcakes.  You could also use it to frost cinnamon rolls!  This recipe is adapted from Baked by an Introvert . I cut the recipe in half and left out the orange zest. This is enough for a good layer of frosting on one bundt cake. Above: Frosted Carrot Cake Above: Frosted Banana Cake Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients 1/2 cup salted butter, softened 1 8oz package cream cheese, softened (full fat - brick form) 2 cups confectioners’ sugar 1/2 tablespoon meringue powder 1 teaspoons vanilla extract pinch of salt Directions Whip the butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer on medium speed until well combined.  Use a large bowl so the sugar doesn't fly everywhere when you add it. Add sugar, meringue powder, vanilla and salt. Beat on low to combine (so you don't make a mess), then on high until the frosting is fluffy.  This

Rachael Ray's Double Baked Crazy-Crisp Oven Fries

Mine weren't too crispy but they still tasted good. I probably just didn't bake them long enough. 

I used granulated garlic and paprika as my seasonings.


Rachael Ray's Double Baked Crazy-Crisp Oven Fries 
Original Recipe from Rachael Ray.
Makes 6 servings

Ingredients
  • 6 medium starchy potatoes, peeled
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Herbs and spices of your choice
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Arrange wire racks over two baking sheets.
  3. Cut the potatoes into 1/4" thick fries. According to Rachael, the thinner they are the crispier they'll be.
  4. In a large bowl, drizzle the fries with a bit of olive oil and give them a toss. Season with salt and pepper, then spread the fries in a single layer on the prepared baking sheets (racks).
  5. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove the fries and increase the oven to 425F. Transfer the fries to a bowl and toss with spices of choice then place back on the racks and bake for another 15-20 minutes or until crispy and brown.

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