Monday, November 30, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
The morning after I got home from Denmark, we were on treats duty for church. I was exhausted from almost 24 hours of traveling but Ryan was nice enough to make this coffee cake. I really wanted to make a peanut butter chocolate coffee cake I've had my eye on, but we were out of chocolate chips. I'm sure I'll make it soon :) This streusel coffee cake was pretty good--I wish we'd done a filling in the middle instead of just on top. It was a little too boring for my taste, but they can't all be grand slams, right?! (btw, this isn't a knock on Ryan's baking abilities...I think I should've picked a better recipe!)
Friday, November 27, 2009
This isn't so much of a recipe as leftovers thrown together, but I think it's a good example of how you can turn a few ingredients into multiple meals. This is particularly great when there's only two of you, like there is in our household. Hopefully this just gets your brain turning on how you too can whip random stuff together to make easy meals and get rid of leftovers!
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
These are great to whip up when you're short on time and need a dessert! Only 4 ingredients, and simple ones at that. I prefer these cold, so I usually refrigerate them for a few hours before serving. Unfortunately I was in a huge rush to get to a trivia night when I made these, so I just snapped a quick picture on our way out the door.
Monday, November 23, 2009
While the picture of these looks a little weird, to say the least, I promise they're more appetizing than their appearance suggests. I bought some portobella mushrooms at the farmers market, but hadn't really decided what to do with them. One night I decided to combine a bunch of leftover ingredients, and this is what I came up with. While these were good, I think I'd do things differently next time. For instance, I probably wouldn't puree the mixture in my food processor, and instead I'd just chop the other ingredients, and stir them with the ricotta, leaving the filling a little more chunky. Even so, these turned out well and made for a quick, random dinner. I'll post below how I made them, but these are one of those recipes that would be easy to experiment with according to tastes & what's on hand.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Remember how I talked about my mom's famous praline mix? Well this is another one of those recipes she's known for. People have come to expect her decorated sugar cookies at every holiday and special occasion. In fact, she even made 250 of these for mine and Ryan's wedding because we knew these would go over so much better than any dinky favor (and they did!). These cookies, while time-consuming with the chilling, the rolling, the cutting, and the decorating, are worth every bit of extra effort. Try these and I promise you won't be needing any other sugar cookie recipe anytime soon!
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
YUM. Words cannot even describe how good this bread was. It was the perfect accompaniment to our veggie soup and we literally had to stop ourselves and put it away before we devoured the whole loaf. While it was still great the next day, it was definitely best warm out of the oven! This bread was so easy to make and yielded such perfect results (despite the fact that I didn't add enough flour due to my inability to read measuring cups!), I'll definitely be making this again and again! Obviously it's easier just to pick up a loaf of bread at the grocery store or bakery, but after tasting this fresh, I'm excited to keep experimenting with baking breads!
Thursday, November 19, 2009
This is my 100th post, I can't believe it! I started this blog at the end of August for a couple of reasons...to share recipes with friends & family and to give me a new hobby while I was injured and unable to run. Since then, I have come to really love blogging. There are plenty of fancier blogs out there with more beautiful picture and better descriptions, but I'm thankful for those of you that stop by to read :) This blog has kept me creative in the kitchen and it even has me shopping amazon.com for fancier cameras! Here's to the next 100 posts...
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Ryan's part of the Birthday Treat club at work, meaning he's responsible for bringing in treats from time to time for co-workers' birthdays. I chose this cookie recipe because it seemed relatively easy and these were one of Ryan's favorite cookies back in the day at Truman. These didn't turn out as large as the ones at Truman, but word on the street is they still tasted pretty great! These almost taste more like a brownie than a cookie and they're very chocolately!
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Well...hopefully by the time you're reading this, I've arrived safely in Denmark. As promised, there are still plenty of posts headed your way this week, so keep reading! I made these cornbread muffins last Saturday for our Thanksgiving Potluck we had at church last Sunday.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
Last weekend, we had some friends over to make homemade sushi. We basically did the same thing as last time, except we had a few additional ingredients for the rolls (smoked salmon, zucchini, etc). I wanted something else to serve besides sushi and edamame and when I saw this asian meatball recipe on Alice and the Mock Turtle, I thought it sounded perfect! I halved her recipe, and made 24 meatballs. These were the perfect accompaniment to our meal, especially when dipped in a "spicy eggplant sauce" we purchased at the asian grocery store.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
I must say, I didn't really have high hopes for this meal. I thought it sounded interesting enough, but I didn't expect it to "wow" me. We threw it together one evening when we were home late from work and needing a meal on the table fast. This recipe is from realsimple.com, but we kind of used it as a starting point and modified it slightly as we went along. Either way, this was fantastic and I almost wish we hadn't scaled back the recipe (the original serves 6). This would be great on a sandwich, in a wrap, or on pita chips. Dang, I just realized we had pita chips and shouldn't eaten some with this! Instead we ate it over spinach, which was also awesome!
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
I can't say it enough times-I love my crockpot! As much as I love to cook, life in general has been busy lately and it relieves so much stress knowing I don't have any cooking to do when I get home from work. This is a dish I've made a few times before. It's easy and you can make quite a bit as the leftovers taste great! We ate the dish this time with tortilla chips, but it's also great wrapped up in a tortilla, over rice or even eaten over spinach.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
Sunday, November 8, 2009
I'm going on a work trip. It's a little last minute, and I'll be gone from November 14th-21st.
Then I come home, work for 2 1/2 days, and then head HOME for Thanksgiving! I haven't seen my parents and grandparents since July and I am more than ready to spend some quality time with these people:
Because of this crazyness, I might not be posting every day. However, because I've been cooking/baking faster than I'm posting, I have several scheduled posts to go up while I'm gone...so keep reading....all 15 of you, ha! Seriously though...some yummy recipes headed your way...tuna chickpea salad, upside down apple pie, and cornbread muffins, to name a few!
And if anyone would like to guest post while I'm in Denmark next week, let me know (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we can work something out!
Saturday, November 7, 2009
I wanted to send my sister off on her flight back to Ohio with a satisfied tummy, so I offered her the choice between waffles and pancakes. She opted for pancakes, so I looked on my favorite allrecipes.com for an easy pancake recipe. As I've mentioned before, I love ALL forms of pancakes, and I'm always eager to try new recipes and variations (I'm really craving some good buttermilk pancakes. Must buy buttermilk asap!). I made a few changes to the recipe (incorporated whole wheat flour, eliminated the oil, used less sugar, etc), so click the link if you're interested in the original. These turned out to be very good--especially with the addition of the peanut butter/milk chocolate chips. Those were definitely the best part; I can't wait to use the rest of the chips in some cookies!