Sunday, August 14, 2011

Mud Hen Bars

A photographer I am not haha with my paper plate and multiple items in one shot LOL!  Ok so the bar on the right is called a Mud Hen Bar.  I have been digging and have no FREAKING idea why it is called that.  There is a baseball team, a duck, a jet, a lake...all called Mud Hen...and I still have no idea where this bar came from.  

The taste is outta this world.  Why?  Because to me, and to my friend, it is not like anything else.  We had nothing we could compare it to.  It had a cookie like base, with a chewy "smore" like center and a brown sugar CRISPY meringue on the top.  It is indescribable...but believe this:  if I am posting about it, it is so worth trying!

Mud Hen Bars
(Adapted from

1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
3 large eggs, divided (1 egg, 2 yolks, and 2 egg whites)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (I added this)
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (I used a mixture of dark and semi-sweet baking chocolate bars, chopped)
1 cup mini marshmallows (pretty sure I went over on this measurement)
1 cup chopped nuts (I left these out)
1 cup light brown sugar (lightly packed)
Preheat the oven to 350 and grease a 9x13 pan.  Beat sugar and butter until creamy.  Beat in 1 whole eggs and 2 egg yolks (set whites aside).  In a separate bowl mix together flour, salt and baking powder.  Add to the butter mixture and mix well.  Spread into your prepared pan (mixture is thick).  Sprinkle nuts, chocolate chips and marshmallows on top.  

With the 2 remaining egg whites, beat until stiff peaks form (you are making meringue).  Fold in the brown sugar.  Spread this in top of the cake.  Bake for 30 minutes until golden brown.

This is VERY sticky to cut.  Maybe (I haven't tried this) run your knife under hot water first.  Let me know if it works lol 

Oodles Of Noodles

This is one of my ALL time favorite recipes.  It is also one of my closest friends all time favorite recipes and she just happened to hint around how she was craving it.  So I do what I love to do and invited her over for dinner, dessert and a movie.  For me, it was an early birthday gathering.  I must give a shout out to her new man though for not inviting him.  The steroids have left me a different person, well, practically 2 of me lol...I will have you over SOON and cook you up something wonderful!

So this dish is originally a catfish recipe.  I cannot even tell you where I got it so I can't reference the original recipe, that's how long I have been making this dish.  I switched it up and added baby portobello mushrooms, artichoke hearts and chicken.....mmmmmmmmmm lawd have mercy!  It also didn't have a name and I offered it to one of my meat eating friends and he laughed at me and said he didn't want any of my "oodles of noodles".  The name stuck.  

This is a SUPER quick meal.  So for your cheap butts out there here's what I did:  I bought a deli chicken from Costco (they are about 1lb larger than other places) and split the meat between this dish and my creamy white chicken chili.  The chili made 3 containers which I froze.  Hmmmm side track:  maybe I should label dishes that I can make ahead and freeze? Hmmmmm ok ok I'm focusing now lol.  There was PLENTY of chicken in this dish!  

Oodles Of Noodles
(I adapted it from an unknown source)

1 deli chicken, skin removed, cut into pieces
3/4 cup butter
1/2 cup white wine
1/2 - 1 whole lemon (depending on your taste)
1 pkg sliced baby portobello mushrooms
1 can quartered artichoke hearts, drained
1 minced garlic clove
Parsley, salt and pepper to taste
16 oz angel hair, spaghetti or linguine

Melt butter in a skillet.  Add mushrooms and saute for 5  minutes or until soft.  Add the remaining ingredients except the pasta.  Saute over low heat while the pasta is cooking.  At this point I usually add a little more wine and lemon juice to make extra sauce.  Make sure when cooking with wine to cook at least 5 minutes after adding so the alcohol will cook out.  Serve over cooked pasta, topping with shredded Parmesan Cheese.  *Note:  I always make this with Angel Hair pasta except for last night I used was SO good with the bigger, meatier noodle.  

Sunday, August 7, 2011

IVIG & SubQ Side Effects

As promised to my CVID support group, here is the completed form for IVIG and SubQ side effects as well as suggestions for people at the end of the form. I personally went through HELL with my first doctor and side effects from IVIG. I do believe I had one of the longest running posts on What I wouldn't have given to have somewhere to read about the side effects that were not published, that my doctor could have read before she stopped all treatment because she couldn't "risk" it. I really hope this helps people in some way.

*NOTE: You can scroll to the bottom of the form and there are bars that will allow you to center it so you can read the entire series of questions.