Monday, August 31, 2009

TWD: Espresso Cheesecake Brownies minus the Espresso

I love cheesecake. I love brownies. Put the two together and there isn't much not to love! I did omit the espresso from the cheesecake, though, because while I have come around to having a cup of coffee in the morning, I don't really care for coffee flavored desserts.

The recipe also called for a sour cream/powdered sugar frosting for the tops of the brownies. I only frosted half of the brownies. I preferred the brownies without the frosting, but Nathan preferred them with. He said he liked the tang of the sour cream. Either way you slice it, these brownies were good.

Thanks to Melissa of Life In A Peanut Shell for hosting this week. The recipe can be found at her blog.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Baked Penne with Zucchini, Corn, and Basil

Today the movers come and pack up what is remaining at our house. It isn't much... a few toys, some clothes that won't be coming with us on the plane, and the rest of my kitchen. For 3 weeks we have been living in a pretty empty house and, while I am not looking forward to moving, I am glad that we are finally getting closer to it. 2 kids in an empty house all day is not exactly the best thing. We are all going stir crazy and I think we are ready to clear out of the house.

We will be moving to a hotel in a couple of days and then we will be flying to Phoenix on September 7. We are going to visit family and take a trip to Disneyland before finally heading to El Paso, Texas - our new home for at least 2 years. I am not ready to say goodbye to Germany after 7 years, but it is getting closer to that time. YIKES!

Anyway.... I saw this recipe on Nancy's blog, The Dogs Eat The Crumbs, and knew that I would have to make it ASAP. It was so good and we all loved it. I will definately be making it again soon!

Baked Penne with Zucchini, Corn, and Basil
Recipe from Williams-Sonoma, found on The Dogs Eat The Crumbs

Kosher salt, to taste
1/2 lb. penne
6 Tbs. olive oil, plus more as needed
Kernels cut from 2 ears of corn
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
8 zucchini, about 2 lb. total, cut into half-moons
1/2 yellow onion, diced
4 tomatoes, cored, seeded and cut into 1-inch chunks
1 Tbs. sliced garlic
1 tsp. chopped fresh oregano
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
1 Tbs. tomato paste
1/4 cup white wine
1/2 cup thinly sliced fresh basil
6 oz. mozzarella cheese, grated
2 oz. Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, grated

Preheat an oven to 400ºF.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Generously salt the water, add the pasta and cook, stirring occasionally, until al dente, about 8 minutes. Drain the pasta and rinse under cold running water. Set aside. In a 12-inch nonstick fry pan over medium-high heat, warm 3 Tbs. of the olive oil. Add the corn, season with salt and black pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until the corn is lightly golden, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl. Set aside.

Return the pan to medium-high heat and warm the remaining 3 Tbs. olive oil. Working in batches, add the zucchini, season with salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until the zucchini is tender and golden brown, 6 to 8 minutes. Add to the bowl with the corn. Repeat with the remaining zucchini, adding more oil to the pan as needed.

Set the pan over medium-low heat. Add the onion, 1 tsp. salt and black pepper, to taste. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is translucent, about 2 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes, garlic, oregano and red pepper flakes and cook, stirring occasionally, until the tomatoes soften and begin to form a sauce, about 5 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste and cook for 1 minute. Add the wine and cook until the wine has reduced and the sauce is fairly thick, about 3 minutes more.

Add the pasta, tomato sauce, basil, mozzarella and half of the Parmigiano-Reggiano to the bowl with the vegetables and stir to combine. Transfer to the fry pan and sprinkle the remaining Parmigiano-Reggiano on top. Transfer the pan to the oven and bake until golden brown on top, 20 to 25 minutes. Serve warm.

Serves 8.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

SMS: Fresh Peach Muffins

I love making muffins for breakfast, so I was excited about this weeks SMS recipe choice. I can't say that I've ever had a peach muffin, but I really enjoyed it. These muffins were fluffy and incredibly delicious!

Thanks to JoVann of The Givens Chronicles for picking a winner! The recipe can be found at her blog.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Lemon Chicken and Baked Lemon Spaghetti

This is one of my favorite chicken dinners. The chicken is coated with delicious spices and has just a hint of lemon while the spaghetti has an amazing lemon flavor that compliments the chicken perfectly. If you love lemon, I'm sure that you'll enjoy this meal!

Lemon and Herb Chicken

2 TBSP basil
1 TBSP rosemary
1/2 tsp oregano
1 TBSP onion powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 TBSP thyme
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 TBSP lemon zest
1/2 cup olive oil
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Make a paste out of spices and 1/4 cup olive oil. Spread on chicken. Heat remaining 1/4 cup oil in skillet and cook chicken until juices run clear.

Baked Lemon Spaghetti

8 oz spaghetti
1/3 cup unsalted butter
8 oz sour cream
1 tsp lemon zest
3 TBSP lemon juice
3 TBSP chopped fresh parsley
1/4 cup parmesan, grated
salt and pepper

Cook spaghetti to al dente. Drain and place in 2 qt casserole dish sprayed with cooking spray. Melt butter in saucepan and remove from heat. Stir in sour cream, zest, and lemon juice. Mix well. Bake at 400 for 15-20 minutes. Remove from oven and top with parsley, parmesan, salt, and pepper.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Mongolian Beef

I am always on the lookout for more Asian style meals and when I saw that Katy had posted this on her blog, Food for a Hungry Soul, I was excited. This was easy to make and oh so delicious! I have never had Mongolian Beef before, but Nathan said this is how it was supposed to taste. It was so good that Nathan and I ate the leftovers cold from the fridge just an hour and a half after dinner. I can't wait to make it again!

P. F. Chang's® Mongolian Beef
Recipe from Meemo's Kitchen

2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon minced ginger
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup water
3/4 cup dark brown sugar

1 cup vegetable oil
1 pound flank steak (to make slicing easier, put the beef in the freezer for 30-45 minutes to freeze slightly)
1/4 cup cornstarch
4-6 large green onions

For the sauce:

Heat 2 teaspoons of vegetable oil in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Add ginger and garlic to the pan. Quickly add the soy sauce and water before the garlic scorches. If your oil is too hot, this may splatter, so be careful. Dissolve the brown sugar in the sauce, then bring the heat up to medium heat and allow the sauce to boil for 2-3 minutes or until the sauce thickens. Remove from heat.

Slice the slightly frozen flank steak against the grain into 1/4-inch thick slices. Tilt the blade of your knife at about a forty five degree angle to the top of the steak so that you get wider cuts.

Coat the steak pieces with a very thin coating of the cornstarch on both sides of each piece of beef. Let the beef sit for about 10 minutes so that the cornstarch sticks.

Heat one cup of oil in a wok or skillet over medium heat until it's hot, but not smoking. Add the beef to the oil and sauté for two minutes, or until the beef just begins to darken on the edges. Stir the meat so that it cooks evenly. After a couple minutes, use a large slotted spoon or a spider to take the meat out and onto paper towels.

Pour the oil out of the wok or skillet. Put the pan back over the heat, add the meat back into the wok or skillet and simmer for one minute. Add the sauce, cook for one minute while stirring. Add the green onions. Cook for one more minute, then remove the beef and onions with tongs or a slotted spoon to a serving plate. Leave the excess sauce behind in the pan.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Daring Baker Challenge: Dobos Torta

The August 2009 Daring Bakers' challenge was hosted by Angela of A Spoonful
of Sugar and Lorraine of Not Quite Nigella. They chose the spectacular Dobos
Torte based on a recipe from Rick Rodgers' cookbook Kaffeehaus: Exquisite
Desserts from the Classic Caffés of Vienna, Budapest, and Prague.

A Dobos Torta is a five layer sponge cake filled with chocolate buttercream and topped with caramel. The Dobos Torta can vary in the number of layers, too. If you check out the Daring Baker blogroll, I'm sure you'll see an amazing variety.

I ended up baking the cake in an 8x8 pan and then cutting that into 9 squares. I then cut each square in half and made three 6 layer tortes. I decided against making the caramel for the top layer of the cake. Instead, I used caramel sauce I had in the fridge. It made things much easier, plus I needed to use the caramel sauce before we move!

The cake was good, but it didn't stand out for me. I think the appeal of this cake comes from the layers and the fact that it looks pretty when sliced. (Nathan said it looks like a Kit-Kat cake!)There was nothing bad about the cake, but also nothing spectacular. Who knows, maybe spreading the top layer with caramel would've made a difference, but I don't think it could possibly make that big of a difference.

I'm glad I was able to complete the challenge even if it wasn't amazing for me. I may have to sit out the next two, depending on what they are. We will be in Arizona for most of September and may not have our household goods delivered early enough in October to get the challenge completed.

As always, check out the DB Blogroll! :)

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Tuscan Pork Stew

Pork tenderloin is one of my favorite meats to serve for dinner. I have been making this recipe for almost two years now, and I love using the tenderloin this way. I usually serve a crusty baguette on the side and it makes for a perfect dinner.


Tuscan Pork Stew

2 TBSP olive oil, divided

1 medium onion, diced

1 tsp rosemary

3 garlic cloves, minced

1 cup carrot slices

½ cup chicken broth

2 cans (15-19 oz) Great Northern beans, rinsed and drained

1 can (14.5 oz) Italian style diced tomatoes

1.25 lbs pork tenderloin, sliced

In saucepan, heat 1 TBSP olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and rosemary. Cover and cook until onion is tender. Add garlic, cook 1 minute more. Stir in carrots through tomatoes; cook until tender. Remove 1 cup bean mixture and puree until smooth. Add back to saucepan. Meanwhile, heat remaining olive oil in a large skillet. Add pork and cook. Serve bean mixture over sliced pork.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Tilapia Tacos

This isn't really a recipe, but it was good! I am still trying to incorporate more fish into our meal plan and this was a great way to trick myself into eating fish. I grilled the tilapia on the stove, then broke it up and mixed in a packet of taco seasoning. I could barely tell it was fish, so that was a big positive for me! Of course, if you actually like fish, you could use a stronger fish for these tacos, but the tilapia worked for me!


Saturday, August 22, 2009

SMS: Mom's Banana Apple Bread

I love banana bread. Or quick breads in general. They are such a wonderful snack/breakfast/any time of day treat. Plus, as the name suggests, quick breads are quick to throw together!

This bread took a little longer than normal to mix up because of the apples. This banana bread is filled with apples that have been cooked in butter and brown sugar. You know, extra sugar and butter is only going to make something better. ;)

I loved the apples in this bread, and the cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves were nice. It had a little more spice than most banana breads I've had, but I actually really enjoyed it.

Thanks to Joy of Hot Oven, Warm Heart for hosting this week. The recipe can be found at her blog.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Cinnamon Oat Pancakes

Mmmmm... pancakes! One of my favorite breakfasts! I'm sure no one is really surprised that I like pancakes, though. I much prefer sweets for breakfast than anything else. Don't get me wrong, I like savory breakfasts, too, but show me a scone, muffin, waffle, or pancake and I will come running! :)

These pancakes were fantastic! I loved the texture the oats provided and the cinnamon flavor was wonderful. Another hit for Everday Food!

Cinnamon Oat Pancakes
Everyday Food

2 cups flour
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 TBSP baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 cups old fashioned oats
2 cups milk
2 large eggs
1/4 cup vegetable oil

In a food processor, combine flour through cinnamon plus 1 cup of oats. Puls to coarsely grind oats. In a large bowl, mix together milk, eggs, and oil. Add in dry ingredients plus remaining 1 cup of oats. Whisk just until moistened.

Cook on hot griddle. Serve with butter and maple syrup or topped with bananas and powdered sugar.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Carrot, Coconut, and Walnut Muffins

I am a big fan of vegetables in my baked goods. Okay, well two vegetables in particular. Give me anything baked with zucchini or carrots and I am a happy camper. These muffins are a perfect breakfast or mid-morning treat. I loved the carrot and coconut together and the nuts added a little crunch. They were great!


Carrot, Coconut, and Walnut Muffins

1/2 cup walnuts, toasted and coarsely chopped
2 cups grated raw carrot (about 2-3 peeled carrots)
1 large apple, peeled and grated
2 cups flour
1 1/4 cups white sugar
3/4 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp ground cinnamon
Pinch of ground nutmeg
1 cup coconut (divided)
3 large eggs
3/4 cup canola oil
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place rack in center of oven. Coat the muffin tray in cooking spray.
Toast the walnuts for about 5-7 minutes or until lightly browned and fragrant. Let cool and then chop coarsely.
Peel and finely grate the carrots and apple. In a large bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, ground cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir in the nuts and half of the coconut. Set aside. In a separate bowl whisk together the eggs, oil, and vanilla extract. Fold the wet ingredients, along with the grated carrot and apple, into the flour mixture, stirring just until moistened. Pour evenly into prepared muffin tray and top with remaining coconut.

Bake for 20 - 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack. Serve with butter and enjoy.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Tortilla Soup

It is kind of crazy to me how many recipes I end up making from Everday Food and even crazier how every single one of them turns out great. I received a subscription last year for my birthday and I know I will be renewing it when the time comes. I am so happy when I find a recipes that not only sound great, but turn out great, too.

This soup is one of those recipes. We loved it and will make it again and again. Enjoy!

Tortilla Soup with Black Beans
Everyday Food

1 TBSP olive oil
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp chili powder
2 cans (14.5 oz each) diced tomatoes
2 cans (15 oz each) black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (14.5 oz) chicken broth
1 package (10 oz) frozen corn kernels
1 cup water
Salt and pepper
1 cup crushed tortilla chips, plus more for serving
1 TBSP fresh lime juice, plus lime wedges for serving

In large saucepan, heat oil over medium. Cook garlic and chili powder for 1 minute. Add tomatoes through water; season with salt and pepper.

Bring soup to a boil; reduce heat to simmer. Add tortilla chips and cook until softened; about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in lime juice and season with salt and pepper.

Serve soup with lime wedges and additional tortilla chips.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Crock-Pot Indonesian Peanut Butter Chicken

I love my crockpot. Nothing is easier than throwing dinner in first thing in the morning and having it ready for you in the evening. Plus, there is the added bonus that your house gets to smell yummy all day! This meal was so good (even though I forgot the sesame seeds and lime) and I will definately make it again. You could also add some red pepper flakes (as Nathan did) for some added kick.


Crockpot Indonesian Peanut Butter Chicken

Recipe from Crockpot 365

Enough chicken parts to feed a family of 4 (I used boneless skinless tenders)
2 T soy sauce
2chopped cloves of garlic
1 1/2 t sesame oil
1/4 t cayenne pepper
1/3 cup peanut butter
1/2 t ground ginger
garnish with sesame seeds and lime wedges; optional

Put the peanut butter into your crockpot and turn it to high so it can begin to melt. Add the other sauce ingredients and stir to mix. Add chicken; toss to coat.

Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 4-5. This is done when the chicken is cooked through and has reached desired tenderness.

If your crockpot isn't at least 2/3 full, keep an eye on it so the peanut butter doesn't burn. You may need to stir a few times.

Monday, August 17, 2009

TWD: Applesauce Spice Bars

I mentioned earlier in the month that I had completed my TWD and SMS recipes for August in one week. Because of this, I had to cut a lot of the recipes in half, or in this case, I quartered the recipe.

These are supposed to be bars, but since I didn't have a bar pan small enough to fit a quarter of the recipe, I baked up two individual ramekins. They turned out cute and so yummy. I especially loved the diced apples throughout and I used craisins instead of raisins. I also omitted the glaze from the recipe since Anya and I would be eating it for our afternoon snack. I figured the less sugar, the better. We both enjoyed it without the glaze, although I'm sure the glaze wouldn't hurt. :)
Thanks to Karen of Something Sweet for hosting this week. The recipe can be found at her blog.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

White Chocolate Macadamia Bars

Nathan's favorite cookie is White Chocolate Macadamia Nut cookies. When I saw these bars on Lori's blog, I knew I had to try them. They were so easy to throw together considering you mix it up in one pan. The recipe says to use an electric mixer, but I did it all by hand and the bars turned out great. They tasted great, too! If you are ever in the mood for a white chocolate/macadamia nut combo and don't want to take the time to make cookies, give these a try. You'll be glad you did!

White Chocolate Macadamia Bars

3/4 cup butter or margarine
1 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla
2 eggs
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup coarsely chopped macadamia nuts or slivered almonds
1 cup white baking chips
Heat oven to 375 F. Spray a 13x9x2 inch pan with cooking spray.
In a 4 quart sauce pan melt butter and brown sugar over low heat for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until butter is melted; remove from heat.
Beat vanilla and eggs into sugar mixture with electric mixer on medium speed. Beat in flour and baking powder on low speed. Stir in half of the nuts and 1/2 cup of the baking chips.
Smooth out into pan. Sprinkle with remaining nuts and 1/2 cup of the baking chips.
Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until top is golden brown and center is set. Cool about 30 minutes. Cut into bars.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

SMS: Hazelnut Truffles

The Sweet Melissa Sundays recipe choice this week was Hazelnut Truffles. They were very easy to make. Just melt chocolate, add cream and ground hazelnuts, refrigerate, and form into balls. Not time consuming, not difficult. I LOVE recipes like this!

The only problem for me came from eating them. They are good, but way too rich for my liking. Which is weird, because I would definately consider myself a chocoholic. Plus, Nutella is my favorite food in the entire world, so I thought a Hazelnut Truffle would be right up my alley.

Oh well... not every recipe can be a favorite. But, if you are in the mood for amazingly yummy, rich chocolate, make these.

Thanks to Annie of Living Life Foodcariously for hosting this week. The recipe can be found at her blog.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Martha Stewart Cupcake Club: Chocolate Salted Caramel Cupcakes

I mentioned on my blogiversary that I joined another baking group and I am thrilled that today is the post date for the inaugural month of the Martha Stewart Cupcake Club. The group was started by none other than the cupcake queen herself... Betty of Eat My Cupcake.

The first recipe chosen was Chocolate Salted Caramel Cupcakes. I can't say that I was super thrilled about the choice. Something you may not know about me is that caramel is my arch nemesis in the kitchen. I LOVE caramel. Any way you make it, I want it. But, I always have a problem making it. It never quite turns out the way it is meant to. I don't know what I am doing wrong, but I seriously suck at making caramel!

This time I thought would be different. I stayed by the caramels side just waiting for it to reach the right temperature. It was getting close, so I walked away to get the cream. Man, those last 10 degrees went fast, because in the time it took me to grab the cream, the caramel was hotter than it needed to be. It still tasted wonderful and was great, but once I filled the cupcakes with it, it kind of turned into a Rolo like candy. That's not a bad thing, but I was hoping for runnier caramel.

Overall, it was a great cupcake, though. The cake itself was delicious, the frosting was yummy, and the salt added a whole different dimension. We really enjoyed these cupcakes!

Thanks, Betty, for starting this fun group! Can't wait to see what we bake up next month!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Mediterranean Chicken Packets

Here's another super easy, super delicious dinner. Enjoy!

Mediterranean Chicken Packets
Recipe from Everyday Food

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Salt and pepper
1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes, drained
4 artichoke hearts, quartered
12 Kalamata olives, halved and pitted
4 tsp capers
1/2 cup crumbled feta
1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
1 TBSP olive oil

Preheat oven to 375. Place four 12" squares of parchment paper or heavy duty foil on a work surface. Place a chicken breast on one half of each square, leaving a 2" border; season with salt and pepper.

Dividing evenly, top chicken with tomatoes through feta. Sprinkle with Italian seasoning and oil. Fold parchment over ingredients and crimp edges to seal. Place packets on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake until chicken is opaque throughout, about 20-22 minutes.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Apple Scones

Have you ever sat down and tried to write up 15+ posts in one day? It's kind of crazy. I have a hard time thinking of what to write for one post most of the time, let alone multiple posts. I am definately a better cook/baker than I am a writer!

But, I am way backed up on posts and my draft folder is overflowing. If I wait until after the move to get these posts up, I may forget what is what. So, here I am, trying to get as many drafts scheduled for posting as I can.

What does that mean for you? A lot of yummy recipes with VERY minimal writing. I hope you can forgive me! ;)

These scones were fantastic and I loved the bits of apple in them. So moist and yummy. Granted, I have yet to meet a scone that I didn't like!


Apple Scones

Recipe from Living Tastefully

• 1 1/4 cups flour

• 4 tablespoons brown sugar, divided

• 1/4 teaspoon salt

• 1/4 teaspoon baking soda

• 1 teaspoon baking powder

• 1/4 cup unsalted butter

• 1/4 cup sour cream

• 1 egg

• 1 cup finely diced apples

• 1 tablespoon sour cream

• 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

In the bowl of a food processor, combine flour, 3 tablespoons brown sugar, salt, soda and baking powder. Process briefly. Cube cold butter and add to the flour mixture. Pulse until the butter resembles peas.

In a large bowl, combine 1/4 cup sour cream and egg and mix until blended. Stir in diced apples. Add the flour mixture and stir until combined. Gather the dough together into a ball in the bowl, and with floured hands, knead lightly 5 times.

Divide the dough in half and place on a baking sheet that has been lined with parchment paper or Silpat. With floured hands, press each into a disc about 5-inches in diameter. Using a floured knife, cut each disc into four wedges and separate the wedges slightly.

Brush top of dough with remaining 1 tablespoon sour cream. Sprinkle with mixture of remaining 1 tablespoon brown sugar and cinnamon.

Bake at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes, or until done.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Sausage Fettuccine in Tomato Cream Sauce

Quick, easy, and delicious. What more could you ask for?

Sausage Fettuccine in Tomato Cream Sauce

2 TBSP olive oil

2 TBSP butter

1 small onion, chopped

3 garlic cloves, minced

1 lb mild Italian sausage, casings removed

1 cup heavy cream

16 oz tomato sauce

1 TBSP dried sage

1 lb fettuccine, cooked

1 cup Parmesan, grated

Heat olive oil and butter together in large pot. Add onion and garlic and cook until softened. Add sausage and cook through.

Add cream and simmer for 5 minutes. Add tomato sauce and sage. Add fettuccine and top with grated parmesan. Serve and enjoy!

Monday, August 10, 2009

TWD: Brownie Buttons

Let me start off by telling you how yummy these teeny, tiny brownies are. They are SO delicious! They are so good, in fact, that I had to make two batches back to back because the first one was inhaled so quickly that I didn't have time to dip them in white chocolate or take photos. Seriously, I think the entire recipe was gone in about 1 hour. The second batch lasted long enough for dipping and a quick photo, but then were gone relatively quickly after that.

Since we had them both ways, I can tell you that they are excellent with or without the white chocolate. The hint of orange in the brownies is amazing, not overpowering at all. Plus, these brownies can be whipped up in a matter of minutes and the baking time in minimal since they are so small. Give them a shot... I'd be willing to bet you will enjoy them!

Thanks to Jayma of Two Scientists Experimenting in the Kitchen for hosting this week. We loved these!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

All Star Sliders

I'm always on the lookout for new lunch ideas and when I saw this, I knew that I had to make it. These are healthy, incredibly delicious, and relatively easy to make. They have become Anya's favorite lunch and she is requesting them pretty often!


All Star Sliders
Parents Magazine May 2009

4 Hawaiian Sweet Rolls
4 slices White Cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese
4 baby spinach leaves
2 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
Raspberry vinaigrette, for dipping

Flatten chicken breast halves to 1/4-1/2" thickness. Cut in half crosswise so that you have 4 pieces and season with salt and pepper.

Spray grill pan with cooking spray and grill roll halves, cut side down, for 1-2 minutes, until toasted; set aside. Add chicken and cook for 8-10 minutes.

Assemble rolls with chicken, slice of cheese, and spinach. Top with cucumber and serve with vinaigrette.

SMS: Snickerdoodles

I was so excited that Snickerdoodles were chosen for this week's Sweet Melissa Sundays for two reasons. Reason number 1- I love ANYTHING Snickerdoodle (see here and here!). Reason number 2 - We didn't know what recipe we would be making until a few days ago, so an easy peasy cookie recipe was a welcomed one!

These cookies were soft, chewy, and incredibly delicious. This is a perfect snickerdoodle recipe and I know I will make them again and again!

Thanks to Spike the Baker for choosing this wonderful recipe, which you can be found here.

A quick side note... Our household goods are being packed up tomorrow and we are disconnecting our main computer this afternoon. We are hoping that the wireless will still work for the laptop, but we don't know for sure because Deutsch Telekom can be a pain sometimes! :) So, if I am not around commenting, that is why. I am going to try and get all my drafts typed up today and scheduled for posting so that my blog doesn't die with my internet connection! I promise to stop by your blogs whenever I can and hopefully this move won't limit my blogging time too much!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

TWD: Classic Banana Bundt Cake

I almost completely forgot that it's Tuesday! It's only 10:30 AM, so it's not too bad, but still. :) I was sitting here clearing out my Google reader when I saw TWD posts. Oops! And to make matters worse, I COMPLETELY forgot to take a picture. I gave the loaf to a friend and I am just now realizing that I didn't take a picture. This is not my day, is it?

At least I baked it, though. To be honest, I have finished all my TWD and SMS recipes for the month because my kitchen is being packed up on Monday. So, now to write up these posts so I don't lose track of days!

I cut this recipe in half and baked it in a loaf pan. It was incredibly moist and very banana-y. Everyone who ate it enjoyed it, so that is a good thing.

Make sure you check out the TWD blogroll to see pictures of this yummy cake and you can find the recipe at Mary's fantastic blog, The Food Librarian.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Giveaway Winner

Just a quick post to announce the winner of the Tastebook giveaway. The winner is Tina who said "Sounds like fun! Hope to make one even if I don't win. Love the blog and have used several of the recipes in our house." Tina, I hope you have fun creating your Tastebook! I just need your email address so that I can get your gift certificate sent.

Thanks again for everyone who entered and thanks for all the wonderful support!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

SMS: Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies

This weeks Sweet Melissa Sunday recipe was Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies. You can't go wrong with a peanut butter cookie!

These cookies were chewy and oh so delicious. Great peanut butter flavor and they had the classic criss-cross pattern on top. They looked like the perfect peanut butter cookie. I also added chocolate chunks to half of the dough because I just couldn't resist the PB&Chocolate combination.

I accidentally deleted the plain cookies from my memory card (OOPS!). All I have is the chocolate version, which isn't so bad to look at.

Thanks to Stephanie of Ice Cream Before Dinner for choosing this winner!

On a side note, you have until midnight EST to enter my giveaway! Leave a comment HERE to enter. :)

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