Carrot Cake Whoopie Pies

I came across a carrot cake whoopie pie recipe on Pinterest years ago.  While the idea was brilliant and mouthwatering, the end result was a fail, as Pinterest recipes often go.  But unwilling to let go of a good idea, I reworked that recipe until I was happy with it and now am kinda known for them.  I make them at Easter every year and bring them to parties and potlucks.  People love and curse me at the same time because they are one of those things you want to eat until you are sick.  And using the Ankarsrum to make them means baking is a breeze, especially when I also use the shredder attachment for the carrots.

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Beef Enchiladas with Flour Tortillas

 

As my children get older, I find myself appreciating meals where each element can be made ahead of time and even better, a meal that provides leftovers that are just as delicious rewarmed.  Flour tortillas have always been a go-to for me.  I would say that at least once per week we have something that utilizes a simple tortilla.  From breakfast burritos to steak fajitas, being able to make a large batch enables me to quickly throw something together and wrap a tortilla around it. Today I am not only giving you a great tortilla recipe, but also featuring the Meat Mincer Complete Package to create a rich and smooth enchilada sauce.  Not a traditional enchilada sauce, this recipe has elements of a mole giving it an earthy and smooth flavor.  I was tempted to call it a Molchilada!  It keeps beautifully in the refrigerator and can also be canned using a water bath method.

As I share my recipe for flour tortillas I also want to introduce you to one of my favorite kitchen tools.  The 10″ Flat Bread Maker by CucinaPro is one of those tools that makes my life easier.  I have the opportunity to use a lot of different pieces of kitchen equipment and normally I shy away from purchasing something that can only perform one task.  I seek out items that are multi-functional so that I feel I’m getting my money’s worth.  However, this item is one of those things that even though it can only perform one function, it does it so well and allows me to make something that my family loves, that I find it is worth every penny.

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Coconut Lime Pie

This month is all about the citrus juicer, and that makes me pretty happy.  I love using citrus in baking because it adds an often needed balance to all the sugar and butter that go along with making desserts.  This pie is a bit of a spin-off from a key lime pie.  I love key lime pie, but have you ever juiced enough of those tiny limes to make several pies?  I have.  I made key lime pie for 40 people once and it took forever to get enough fresh juice out of those little suckers.  So I decided to create a pie using regular limes (which are more acidic than key limes) and add in some coconut to balance that extra tartness.

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