Wednesday, January 4, 2012

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

My Happy Girl.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Olive Dip.

I keep trying to think of the right words that will convey to you just how good this recipe is.  But then I decided maybe you just need to try it yourself to understand.  Here's what I learned:

  1. I prefer to hand chop the olives and stir them in at the end.  Bigger olives = happy me.
  2. Pretzels are perfect with this dip.  I like these:  Best Pretzels for Dipping

Olive Dip

12 oz cream cheese, softened (1.5 bricks)
1.5 cups chopped green olives
1-2 tablespoons olive juice
3/4 cup Hellman's mayo
2/3 cup chopped pecans

Blend all ingredients (except olives) in a food processor.  Scrape it into a bowl and stir in the olives.  Eat it.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Baked Donuts.

An super sweet friend bought me a donut pan recently.  I've always wanted one!  A few short days later the family was enjoying these tasty treats for breakfast.  Here's what I learned:

  1. Using a pastry bag without a tip would make filling the pan very easy.  I plan to do that next time.
  2. I dunked the hot donuts in melted butter and then rolled them in a white sugar/brown sugar/cinnamon mix.
  3. When rolling said donuts in the sugar mixture I way overdid it.  We were brushing sugar off them before eating.  They don't need to be completed coated to taste good!

Baked Donuts

2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup white sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup buttermilk
2 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons melted butter

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Lightly grease a doughnut pan.  In a large bowl mix flour, sugar, baking powder, nutmeg, and salt.  Stir in buttermilk, eggs, vanilla, and melted butter.  Beat together until well blended.

Fill each doughnut cup approximately 3/4 full.  Bake 8 - 10 minutes until they spring back when touched.  Allow to cool slightly before removing from pan.

You can create your own cinnamon sugar mix, glaze, frosting, powdered sugar, etc.  Whatever toppings are your favorites!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Pumpkin Bread.

So maybe this post is about a week or so late?  But on the bright side you can probably score a deal on canned pumpkin.  This is my mother-in-law's recipe and it is amazing!  Here's what I learned:

  1. I always use the foil bread pans that come in a three pack.
  2. Keep an eye on them towards the end as the outside can burn quickly.
  3. Once cooled, we wrap them in foil and store them in the freezer. So good frozen!

Pumpkin Bread
(makes 3 loaves)

3.5 cups all purpose flour
3 cups sugar
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup oil
4 eggs
2/3 cup water
2 cups canned pumpkin
1 cup raisins

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease three loaf pans.  Mix dry ingredients.  Add wet ingredients and mix well.  Stir in raisins.  Pour evenly between the three pans.  Bake for approximately 1 hour.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Bouf Vin.

A friend gave me this recipe and said it was a family favorite.  Tried it tonight for dinner and it was delicious!  Here's what I learned:
  1. Used a chuck roast and an electric knife to cut it into chunks.  Simple.
  2. I thought tapioca, what?  But you can't even taste it.
  3. The gravy is so tasty I wish there would have been more!  Maybe I will make extra next time.
  4. Served it over buttered egg noodles with a side of baby carrots.

Bouf Vin

1.5 pounds beef, cut in chunks
2 beef boullion cubes, dissolved in 1/2 cup hot water
2 onions, cut in chunks (I used 1 medium)
1 large can/jar of sliced mushrooms and juice
1 cup red wine (I used Merlot)
2 tablespoons tapioca (not tapioca pudding)

Put all ingredients in a casserole.  Cover and bake for 3 hours at 350 degrees.  Serve over rice or egg noodles.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Zuppa Toscana.

This is a delicious recipe that is fairly easy to make and filling enough for dinner.  Yum!  Here's what I learned:

  1. I used a mandolin slicer for the potatoes.  Made the job very simple!
  2. One pound of sausage would be too much.  12 ounces worked well for me.
  3. The potatoes cooked in about 10-12 minutes instead of the 20 listed in the recipe.  Keep an eye on them.  If they go too long you will have potato bits instead of slices.
  4. Topped it with freshly shredded Parmesan cheese.


Recipe can be found here:  Zuppa Toscana

Thursday, November 24, 2011


Today was all about family.  And also taking pictures.  Because I had a lot of guinea pigs to practice my photography on.  And the newest member of our family was such a trooper!  Thankful for all of you.  And especially this little love...


Sunday, November 20, 2011

Topsy-Turvy Egg Bake.

What drew me to this recipe was the toasted English muffin topping.  And it didn't disappoint!  Here's what I learned:

  1. I used too much broccoli.  But then again I'm not a huge fan of it.
  2. Sausage and/or mushrooms would be a nice addition.
  3. The recipe as is was just enough for the three of us.  I would double it if your third family member doesn't sit in a high chair.

 Recipe can be found here:  Topsy-Turvy Egg Bake

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Chocolate Chip Cookies - another version.

The recipe I have for The BEST Chocolate Chip Cookies is super tasty.  Because of how good it is my search for new chocolate chip cookie recipes was over.  That was until a friend mentioned a delicious recipe she found on Pinterest that actually deserved to be written on a recipe card.  Wait, a recipe card?  Time to try it!  And how many times can I use the word "recipe" in one post?  Keep reading!  Here's what I learned:

  1. The recipe says bake for 8-10 minutes tops.  And that would be right.  I say even 7 min 30 seconds.
  2. They are sooooo soft and delicious!
  3. Make them.

 Recipe can be found here:  Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Cheddar Corn Chowder.

I've been told to make this again.  So I guess that means you should try it!  Here's what I learned:

  1. Cut the potatoes in small bite sized pieces.  I thought I did and it took twice as long to cook them.
  2. It would be great with the addition of sausage, chicken, ham, or bacon.
  3. Even the kid liked it.

My pictures are suffering because it is now dark outside by the time we eat.  I hope it still looks appetizing!

Recipe can be found here:  Cheddar Corn Chowder

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Chicken Broccoli Alfredo.

I found this recipe during a random search for dinner ideas.  Turned out to be an easy and delicious dinner!  Here's what I learned:

  1. Use at least a 1/2 cup of freshly shredded Parmesan cheese.  Makes a gigantic difference.
  2. Don't overcook your broccoli like I did.  That's a game changer.
  3. I cooked the chicken with seasonings (garlic, Italian, crushed red pepper) in a skillet with a bit of EVVO and butter.
  4. Served it over fettuccine.
  5. Leftovers aren't as good as the sauce does separate.

Recipe can be found here:  Chicken Broccoli Alfredo

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