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4th of July Cake We've Tried It

Easy 4th of July Poke Cake Recipe

Happy Independence Day! If you are heading out to celebrate today and need to whip up a festive dessert this is it. Try our 4th of July easy poke cake recipe. It’s a crowd pleaser.

Ingredients:

1 Duncan Hines White Cake Mix

1 box 3 oz Strawberry Jell-O Mix

1 cup Boiling Water

1/2 cup Cold Water

8 oz Frozen Cool Whip (thawed)

1-pint Blueberries

1-quart Strawberries (thinly sliced)

Let’s make a cake! If you don’t want to bring your personal baking dish, we suggest buying Reynolds non-stick baking wear 13×9 pan with lid. No preparation and it can be thrown away after the cake is devoured.

Start off by making your white cake mix as directed on the box. Be sure to only use egg whites. Bake and let cool for 20 minutes.

Mix Jell-O with boiling water in a large cup, then add the cold water and mix well. Grab a fork and poke holes all over your cooled cake, pour the Jell-O over top. Place cake in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Now it’s time to decorate! Evenly spread the Cool Whip over the top of the cake. To make your flag, start out by placing blueberries in the top left corner. We did 5 rows of 7 blueberries. Next overlap the strawberries for your red stripes. We did 4 rows. Refrigerate for one hour and serve.

So moist and delicious! This will surely be a crowd pleaser. We found this recipe Cincy Shopper.

Braised Short Ribs We've Tried It

The Pioneer Woman’s Braised Short Ribs

First, shout out to Unparalleled Farms for some beautiful and huge cuts of short rib!  You should definitely check out what they have to offer and probably put in an order ASAP.  Second, thanks to Amazon for getting this Lodge Cast Iron Dutch Oven to me in 16 hours when they said I wouldn’t get it for a week!  Maybe that warehouse down the street is paying off.

First time making short ribs in this fashion – had to go with an experts advice, so went and followed The Pioneer Woman’s recipe nearly to a T, with the only exception being that bacon was  substituted for the pancetta, which she gave as an option.  All I know is within three hours, the house smelled of wine and beef and I was drooling!  The verdict?  Well, we’ve tried it, and we loved it!  What a perfect recipe!  So tender and flavorful 🤤

This for me is going down as the best home cooked meal of the year! Definitely try Ree Drummond’s recipe below, I swear by it.  Oh, and of course the green beans you see were sautéed in some Fat Cheeks Food butta.  Whole lot of local going on here.  Go and support this fresh goodness!

Ingredients:

  • 8 whole beef short ribs
  • Kosher salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 6 pieces bacon, diced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 whole medium onion, diced
  • 3 whole carrots, diced
  • 2 whole shallots, peeled and finely minced
  • 2 cups red or white wine
  • 2 cups beef or chicken broth (enough To almost cover ribs)
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • 2 sprigs rosemary

Directions:

Let’s get started! Salt and pepper ribs, then dredge in flour. Set aside.

In a large dutch oven, cook bacon over medium heat until complete crispy and all fat is rendered. Remove bacon and set aside. Do not discard grease.

Add olive oil to pan with the bacon grease, and raise heat to high. Brown ribs on all sides, about 45 seconds per side. Remove ribs and set aside. Turn heat to medium.

Add onions, carrots, and shallots to pan and cook for 2 minutes. Pour in wine and scrape bottom of pan to release all the flavorful bits of glory. Bring to a boil and cook 2 minutes.

Add broth, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, and plenty of freshly ground black pepper. Taste and add more salt if needed. Add ribs to the liquid; they should be almost completely submerged. Add thyme and rosemary sprigs (whole) to the liquid.

Put on the lid and place into the oven. Cook at 350 for 2 hours, then reduce heat to 325 and cook for an additional 30 to 45 minutes. Ribs should be fork-tender and falling off the bone. Remove pan from oven and allow to sit for at least 20 minutes, lid on, before serving. At the last minute, skim fat off the top of the liquid.

If you decide to try out this recipe be sure to leave a comment below, to let us know if you enjoyed it as much as we did!

Photo Credit: @Phatphood

Recipe Credit: The Pioneer Woman

Cowboy Caviar Recipe We've Tried It Blog

Cowboy Caviar Recipe We’ve Tried It

Cowboy Caviar Recipe We've Tried It

Cowboy Caviar Recipe We’ve Tried It – Not only have we tried it, we keep making it over and over! This highly addicting recipe can be paired with your dinner entree, on a sandwich or salad for lunch, over an omelet for breakfast and my personal favorite – with chips and cheese. Simply delicious!

Cowboy Caviar with Chicken

Cowboy Caviar Recipe We’ve Tried It

Ingredients:

  • Black beans – 1 15 oz can, rinse and drain
  • Black-eyed peas – 1 15oz can, rinse and drain
  • 3 roma tomatos, remove seeds and dice
  • Sweet Corn 1 cup, I prefer super sweet frozen corn thawed
  • 1 large red bell pepper, washed and diced
  • 1 small/medium red onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup of cilantro, chop finely

Dressing:

  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • Salt
  • Juice from one Lime
  • 1/4 cup of white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar

Cowboy Caviar Recipe

Directions:

In a medium size bowl dump in sweet corn, black beans and black-eyed peas. Be sure you have drained and rinsed beans first. Then chop your cilantro, red pepper, red onion, cilantro, roma tomatoes and add to your bowl.

For the dressing you can mix it up in a separate bowl and mix well before pouring over your cowboy caviar. I personally don’t like to dirty too many dishes so I just add all the ingredients right into my main bowl and then mix throughly. Either way works!

The main ingredients for your dressing are olive oil and white wine vinegar. It is completely up to you what else you add. We like to add fresh lime juice, a little bit of sugar, salt and some minced garlic.

We hope you enjoy this recipe. Please be sure to share with your friends! Check back to see what we cook up next.

Egg Roll Bowl recipe

Sausage Egg Roll in a Bowl Recipe Video

Egg Roll Bowl

Sausage Egg Roll in a Bowl Recipe Video – My sister has been talking about how delicious this recipe is for the past year. My family finally decided it was time to test it out and see if it deserved all the hype that it was getting.

First off let me just say that it is super easy to make. In the video that I made we did not add the minced ginger. The original recipe calls for 1 tablespoon of minced ginger. Feel free to add it in.

I have an extremely picky child who really enjoyed this recipe. We were shocked and knew it must be pretty good if she liked it. It was delicious and we will surly be making again.

Sausage Egg Roll in a Bowl Recipe Video

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground pork sausage
  • 6 cups (2 bags) shredded coleslaw mix or shredded cabbage
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil

Directions:

In large skillet brown sausage, making sure it is throughly cooked. Do not drain any left over grease. Once brown, add the coleslaw mix, ginger, garlic and soy sauce. Mix and cook for 3-4 minutes stirring often. Add the green onions, drizzle with sesame oil and serve. 4 servings.

We hope you enjoy Sausage Egg Roll in a Bowl as much as we did!

Banana Cream Pie Recipe

Banana Cream Pudding Pie Recipe

Banana Cream Pudding Pie

Banana Cream Pudding Pie Recipe – I grew up having the best homemade banana cream pie. My grandmother made it with love and I have been thinking about it lately. While this banana cream pudding pie isn’t anything even close to what she made, it was absolutely delicious.

Banana Dessert Ingredients

It was so yummy that my family ate the whole pie on the first night. Next time I will make two. I found this recipe on The Country Cook blog. So let’s get started.

Ingredients

For the crust:

2 cups Nilla Wafers crumbs measured after crushing

1/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup butter (1 stick) melted

For the filling:

1 8 oz package cream cheese softened

1/2 cup sugar

1 8 oz carton frozen whipped topping Cool Whip thawed

1-2 bananas sliced

1 3/4 cups cold milk

1 3.4 oz package instant banana cream pudding mix

Instructions

Start off by spraying a 9-inch pie pan with nonstick cooking spray. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Nilla Wafer Crumbs

Nilla Wafer Pie Crust

Fill a ziplock bag with Nilla Wafers and crush. You will need 2 full cups of crushed wafers. In a small bowl, combine Nilla Wafer crumbs and sugar; then stir in melted butter. Press the crumb mixture onto the bottom and up the sides of prepared baking dish. Bake at 350° for 8 minutes and let cool.

Banana Pudding

In a small bowl, whisk cold milk and pudding mix until combined. Let stand for 2 minutes until slightly thickened.

Cream Cheese

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar with mixer until smooth. Fold in half of the Cool Whip and the prepared pudding.

Pudding and Cool Whip

Pudding Mix Blend

Arrange the banana slices into the bottom of the wafer crust and then top with the banana cream filling.

Sliced Bananas

Spread the rest of the whipped topping on top. You can then decorate with mini wafers, shaved almonds or bananas. Get creative – clearly I’m not that creative since I only used the mini wafters.

Banana Pie

Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. I made mine in the morning and served it with dinner.  I would have to imagine that you could replace the banana pudding with any other flavor to make your favorite creamy pie.

Creamy Banana Pie

Do you have a recipe that you think that we should try? Leave us a comment below.

Weve Tried It Favorite Soup Recipes

We’ve Tried It Favorite Soup Recipes

Favorite Soup Recipes

If you have spent any amount of time on We’ve Tried It then you know we are soup lovers. We have compiled a list with links to our top 6 favorite soup recipes for you, enjoy!

Chicken-Tortilla-Soup

Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe

Cheesy-Hash-Brown-Soup-Recipe

Cheesy Hash Brown and Ham Soup Recipe

Cheeseburger-Soup

Cheeseburger Soup Recipe

Hearty-Split-Pea-and-Ham-Soup

Hearty Split Pea and Ham Soup Recipe

White-Chicken-Chili-Recipe-2

White Chicken Chili Recipe

Turkey-Chili-Recipe

Crock Pot Turkey Chili Recipe

If you try one of our favorite recipes please come back and comment and let us know what you think. Keep warm and have a wonderful weekend!

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Bacon Cauliflower Chowder

Bacon Cauliflower Chowder Recipe

Bacon Cauliflower Soup

Bacon Cauliflower Chowder Recipe – Rich and delicious! This soup will surely warm you up on cold winter nights.

If you follow WTI then you know that my last soup recipe was also a chowder, we can’t get enough. It seems like most of my soups have potatoes so this time I decided to try a healthier route.

Ingredients:

8 slices of crisp bacon, chopped

4 tablespoons butter

2 cloves of minced garlic

1 large onion diced

4 carrots, peeled and diced

4 stalks of celery, diced

1/2 cup of flour

8 cups chicken broth

2 cups 2% milk

2 heads of Cauliflower

Salt and pepper for taste

Directions:

Cook bacon until crispy. Once done transfer to a paper towel and pat the grease off. Once cooled, chop and set aside.

Melt butter in a large soup kettle over medium heat. Then add the garlic, onion, carrots and celery. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender. Stir in cauliflower, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes.

Add flour, coating vegetable mixture and cook for 2 minutes. Stir in chicken broth and milk, stir until slightly thickened, about 3-4 minutes.

Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until cauliflower is cooked to your liking, about 15-20 minutes. Salt and pepper, to taste.

Garnish generously with bacon and enjoy.

Rolo Pretzel Sandwiches SM

Rolo Pretzel Sandwich Recipe

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Rolo Pretzel Sandwich Recipe: This time of year social media seems to be filled with delicious looking recipes for the holiday’s. These rolo pretzel sandwiches popped up on my Facebook feed and I knew that I had to make them.

Perfect family activity, the kiddos can unwrap the Rolos and line up the pretzels. It’s super easy! Start by lining a baking sheet with tinfoil or parchment paper, fill with pretzels. Then place Rolos on top of pretzels and place in a 250 degree pre-heated oven for 3 minutes. Keep an eye on them and take them out when they start to melt. Immediately top with another pretzel. Let cool. I popped mine in the refrigerator for 10 minutes to firm up.

Rolo Pretzels

Melted Rolos

Chocolate Pretzels

To make them festive we decided to dip half of the pretzel in melted white chocolate and add some red and green sprinkles. Melt the white chocolate in the microwave for 2 minutes.

White Chocolate Sprinkles

Quick and easy! This would make a great gift for a teacher or friend! You could put them in a holiday tin or wrap up in a clear bag with a Christmas bow.

Ingredients:

Rolos

Pretzels

White Baking Chocolate

Sprinkles

Tin Foil or Parchment Paper

Another variation: One pretzel on the bottom, topped with a Rolo and once melted smash it down with a pecan. Yum! I am going to try those next.

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chicken vegetable chowder

Cheesy Chicken Vegetable Chowder Recipe

cheesy chicken vegetable chowder

Cheesy Chicken Vegetable Chowder Recipe: Soup season is here and there is nothing better than throwing together whatever you have on hand into a kettle and making homemade soup. In my family our creations are generally named while we are eating.

Now, depending on your time frame, you can use store bought chicken broth. Also, if you don’t have enough time to roast your chicken you can pick up a rotisserie chicken at your local deli. Using a whole chicken will result in much more tender meat.

Ingredients:

3 cups chopped carrots (1 16oz bag of baby carrots chopped)

2 cups chopped celery (6 stalks)

1 cup chopped onions (medium white onion)

5 large baker potatoes chopped

48oz chicken broth

2.5 lb oven roasted whole chicken

1 cup cubed Velveeta Cheese (optional)

1/4 cup butter

1/4 cup flour

1 cup heavy whipping cream

Salt and pepper to taste

2 pinches of thyme

roasted chicken

Directions:

If you are roasting a chicken be sure to get that going right away. Prep your vegetables. I go for a large chop because it makes the soup so much more hearty.

In large soup kettle melt 1 tablespoon of butter and add in all of your chopped vegetables, sweat for around 5 minutes on medium heat, add salt, pepper and thyme.

chopped Veggies

chopped vegetables

Now you add the chicken broth to just above the vegetable mixture, boil until all vegetables are tender. It’s time to thicken the soup. In a small fry pan melt 1/4 cup of butter and whisk in 1/4 cup of flour. Once it starts to bubble you can add your heavy whipping cream. Whisk thoroughly and then pour into your soup kettle slowly stirring until desired thickness.

flour and butter

heavy whipping cream

Now would be a good time to add the Velveeta Cheese, as a result it gives the soup a rich flavor. You can add the chicken now. We wait until the end since the chicken is already cooked. There is nothing worse than overcooked chicken.

velveeta cheese

chopped chicken

If you decided to try out this recipe please leave us a comment below and let us know what you thought.

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White Chicken Chili Recipe

White Chicken Chili Recipe

White Chicken Chili Recipe 2

White Chicken Chili Recipe: We are BIG fans of all soups and stews. Hard to believe that this is the first time I have made white chicken chili. My house smells amazing!

Generally I search out many recipes and take a little from each one. Most recipes called for 1-pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, cubed, I prefer to use rotisserie chickens for my soups, they just seem tenderer and have better flavor.

White chicken chili ingredients

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 rotisserie chicken shredded

1 tablespoon ground cumin

½ teaspoon dried oregano

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon pepper

2 teaspoons minced garlic

4 cups chicken broth

3 15 oz. cans white beans rinsed and drained

1 small can diced green chilies

1 11 oz. can whole kernel corn

Monterey Jack cheese for garnish

Fresh cilantro, chopped

Heat olive oil in medium sized soup pot. Add shredded chicken, minced garlic, cumin, oregano, salt and pepper. Cook for 5-7 minutes. Stirring to get all the spices mixed into your chicken.

Chicken

Add 4 cups of chicken broth, 3 cans of beans, 1 can of sweet corn and 1 small can of green chilies. Bring soup to a boil and then simmer for 30-45 minutes.

White Chicken Chili spoon

Sprinkle with cilantro and Monterey Jack cheese.  I have seen many recipes that added slices of avocado to finish off. Enjoy!