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Deep Fried Veggies

by Meghann on September 3, 2011

Being at home means an orange date scone with a packet of Barney Butter is an acceptable lunch, right? πŸ˜‰


Mmmm…. sugar rush. πŸ˜‰

It also means an afternoon beer while watching the Noles kick some butt is a given.


We’ll just pretend they weren’t playing a school I’ve never heard of and instead focus on the landslide win.

We’ll also pretend I watched all of the game and didn’t sleep through half of it. Watching the last 5 minutes of any game is the most important part anyways. πŸ˜‰

My Dad had fun with dinner tonight.

He had his heart set on wings and tempura veggies – a bit random, but it worked.


The tempura veggies were a first for us, but ridiculously easy to make. We chopped a variety of ‘fry worthy’ veggies (zucchini, yellow squash, asparagus, and sweet potato), then made a tempura batter of flour, cornstarch, and seltzer water. The veggies had a quick dip in the batter, a nice soak in the deep fryer, then ended their journey with a sprinkle of salt before ending up in our bellies.

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Mmm… deep fried veggies…

I was pleasantly surprised how great they came out. Everything (including the sweet potatoes) were done in just a few minutes. The centers were warm and soft, while the outsides were crispy and fabulous.


My Dad’s version of wings are a tad healthier than traditional. There is no breading or frying here – he just soaked the wings in a teriyaki marinade, than baked until done.


My plate.


I mixed a bit of ranch and bbq sauce for a homemade dipping sauce for the veggies. It was the perfect pairing for the sweet and salty veggies.


Yum. πŸ™‚

My Mom had requested a cookie cake for her birthday, so we had a few options:

  1. Purchase a cookie cake from the store
  2. Make a cookie cake with store bought dough
  3. Make a cake from scratch and cross our fingers it turns out.

Guess which one we chose? πŸ˜‰


Homemade all the way!

Note the half empty bags of chocolate chips we scraped together for the cookie cake. My Dad had quite a collection in his pantry!


We followed the recipe on the back of the Nestle Toll House bag and doubled it in anticipation of one cookie cake and a bunch of little cookies.




Attempt #1 seemed innocent enough. We filled the pizza pan with cookie dough to the edge and placed it in the oven for 20 minutes.


My Dad and I left to take the dogs for a walk and when we returned my brother asked if we were trying to burn the house down. The cookie had overflowed onto the bottom oven and caused the kitchen to fill with smoke.


So, we decided to try again. Only this time we left some room for the dough to expand.



This time we actually succeeded with catching the oven on fire. Oops. I did learn something new – pouring salt on an oven fire is the quickest way to extinguish it. Got it.

At least the cookie cake survived. πŸ˜‰


And it was edible. Score!


Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday dear Mommy, Happy Birthday to you!!



I had a little sliver (plus, a few other crumbs I had been munching on all afternoon) with a scoop of ice cream.


Cookie cakes rock. Nice choice Mom. πŸ™‚

It’s family game time…


Kelly and I are getting our butts kicked. Not cool!

Good Night!!

1 Cait's Plate September 3, 2011 at 10:43 pm

You guys know how to do a birthday!! Cookie cakes are the BEST! Happy birthday to your mom!
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2 Matteson @ Healthy High Schooler September 3, 2011 at 10:47 pm

mmmmm cookie cake! I always request one for my birthday too!
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3 michelle September 3, 2011 at 10:48 pm

Mmmmmmm cookie cake!
Family game nights are fun. Scrabble and Crib are favorites at our house
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4 Deva (Voracious Vorilee) September 3, 2011 at 10:53 pm

OMG I’m laughing so hard at this post, haha. I’ve caught a kitchen towel on fire taking a pan out of the oven before. I stared at it for a second and then blew it out like a candle (fortunately, it was small).. I can’t imagine catching the oven on fire!
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5 Army Amy* September 3, 2011 at 10:58 pm

I love my team (Texas Tech Red Raiders!) but I can rarely make it through an entire game. College football games are long! And if my team is losing bad, it stresses me out too much to watch. (I hope I don’t get my diploma revoked for spouting such blasphemy!)*
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6 Courtney September 3, 2011 at 10:59 pm

I have to share with you my go to cookie cake recipe. It tastes better than store bought by far!

7 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife September 3, 2011 at 11:00 pm

I love that your fam is so close, it reminds me of mine! We LOVE celebrating birthdays all together–and of course ice cream is involved πŸ™‚

8 Sana September 3, 2011 at 11:12 pm

I have set the oven on fire before too, NOT fun!
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9 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio September 4, 2011 at 12:29 am

What a fun birthday celebration!! I love making cookie cakes, good choice!

10 Lara @TresLaLa September 4, 2011 at 1:29 am

YAY for family Sequence night! Combo’d with tempura veggies & cookie cake? Perfect evening.
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11 Jamie@everydaydolce September 4, 2011 at 3:12 am

What an awesome time! I love the tempura veggies…home made!! It sounds like a good days of eats for you πŸ™‚
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12 Sophie September 4, 2011 at 5:15 am

You guys are such a cute family! πŸ™‚ The cake looks great πŸ™‚ what game is that? I don’t think I’ve ever seen it before!
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13 Meghann September 4, 2011 at 9:22 am

It’s Sequence. πŸ™‚

14 ~Jessica~ September 4, 2011 at 5:20 am

I think an orange date scone with a packet of Barney Butter is an acceptable lunch any time, regardless of location πŸ˜‰

Your cookie cake is gorgeous, and I laughed out loud about the many prototypes that came before it. I thought I was the only Blogger capable of setting a kitchen on fire πŸ˜‰

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15 Marijke September 4, 2011 at 6:38 am

You actually set the oven on fire? Haha! Good to know about the salt though…

I’ve never attempted homemade tempura veggies before! It sounds so tricky but you made it look super easy!

16 Meghann September 4, 2011 at 9:22 am

Yep – orange flames and everything πŸ™‚

17 Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance September 4, 2011 at 7:15 am

haha good thing that you doubled the batch just in case πŸ˜‰
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18 Hillary September 4, 2011 at 8:19 am

I’ve always wanted to make a cookie cake—now I know what to look out for!
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19 Erica @ For the Sake of Cake September 4, 2011 at 8:23 am

I looove cookie cake! I need to remember to request one for my next bday because I haven’t had one in forever!
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20 Kristen @ The Concrete Runner September 4, 2011 at 8:44 am

My MIL uses that recipe for her cookie cake but doubles it (and the amount of chocolate chips) puts it in a smaller (cake) pan than what they say to, and I swear it is the BEST cookie cake in the world! (I don’t think she’s ever set the oven on fire though!) They come out thick + chocolatey – it’s the one thing I know my husband will always love of hers more than mine. πŸ™
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21 Meghann September 4, 2011 at 9:24 am

Does she use and actual cake pan with high edges? We just used a pizza pan with low edges, I think that’s where we messed up πŸ™‚

22 Kristen @ The Concrete Runner September 4, 2011 at 9:26 am

She uses a 9×13 pan and doubles the recipe. I even thought when reading your post that your cake was going to overflow! Still looks delicious and like the ones you buy at the store!
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23 Allison September 4, 2011 at 9:15 am

You already did the cookie cake, so you might be over recipes for them, but here’s one recipe specifically for that purpose…pretty sure it won’t catch on fire. πŸ˜‰

24 Erica September 4, 2011 at 9:37 am

What an awesome family dinner! Cookie cake? So awesome!! Ive never tried making one, but i totally want to now!!
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25 allpointswhole September 4, 2011 at 9:43 am

I love that your dad cooks with you! So fun!!

26 Allison September 4, 2011 at 9:44 am

Happy birthday to your momma πŸ™‚ I <3 cookie cakes!
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27 Holly September 4, 2011 at 9:46 am

This meal looks amazing! I’m jealous.

28 Cara September 4, 2011 at 9:50 am

Your family time made me miss my family. It looked like such a lovely time. I definitely need to try the tempura veggies sometime. Looks fabulous. Especially the sweet potatoes.

29 Joey September 4, 2011 at 11:33 am

Those tempura veggies look amazing! I’ve never tried to make them at home…

30 Mary @ Bites and Bliss September 4, 2011 at 11:46 am

Cookie cake is sooo good! I’ve never made my own before, though. I’ll have to try someday. πŸ™‚
I like the tempura veggies a local sushi place serves around here. The have tempura sweet potatoes. Delicious!
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31 Alaina September 4, 2011 at 1:05 pm

i was at the FSU game and extremely jealous that you got to nap. As much as I love Doak, right around the 3rd quarter when it was quite apparent we would kick butt the mix of alcohol and extreme sun and heat made my eyes get super heavy. I sent dramatic looks at my boyfriend but there was no discussion of leaving. But whatev, atleast the game was great! GO NOLESSS!
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32 allie September 5, 2011 at 12:32 am

Use a baking stone the next time for the giant cookie! It has never failed me πŸ™‚

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