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November 17, 2009

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Pumpkin Cookies

September 28, 2009

Ever since I noticed the cooler mornings and evenings, I have been thinking of Fall. Most of the time I am very sad to see summer go, but since this summer has been filled with house projects and work, I am actually ready for some cooler weather and less house work. Some of the trees are just starting to get a little yellow, but I know not before long they will be bright reds, oranges and yellows.

Along with my desire for cooler weather, has been my desire for pumpkin. Don’t ask me why, but the smell of spiced pumpkin makes me long for a cool fall day. So with that, I decided it was time for some pumpkin. But I didn’t want to make a pumpkin recipe that I have already made. That’s when I stumbled on Pumpkin Cookies. They sounded delish and I wanted to make them the instant I found the recipe.

The recipe was so easy and fast and as the cookies were baking my house was filling with the sweet aroma of pumpkin spice. Each cookie was like a little cake. They were soft and moist and full of flavor. They turned out to be a huge success. My husband is already talking about the next time I make them. So I think I will have to make this every year to welcome the changing season. Check out the recipe at Libby’s Pumpkin.

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Blueberry Scones

September 18, 2009

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I made these blueberry scones a while ago for my husband and he loved them. In fact, he loved them so much he told his mom about them. So she requested I make them for a trip we took with them.  They turned out just as good as the last time and everyone enjoyed them.. They are super easy to make and they taste great especially with a nice hot cup of coffee. 

Recipe found at Good Things Catered

Homemade Meatballs

September 15, 2009

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One word for homemade meatballs: Delicious! These were seriously one of the best meals I have made  in a long time. They were super easy to make and they turned out so good! My husband loved them so much, he had leftovers the next night! Needless to say, this will definitely be a meal I make again.

Ingredients:

1 pound ground beef

7 mushrooms, diced fine

1/4 yellow onion, diced fine

1/4 cup Italian style breadcrumbs

1 clove of garlic, minced

1 egg

1 tbsp basil

1/2 tbsp parsley

Salt & pepper for seasoning

Combine all the ingredients. Form into small meatballs and place in a lightly greased baking dish. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes.

Adapted from For the Love of Cooking

Garlic Bubble Bread

September 15, 2009

Garlic Bubble Bread

So I was super lazy last week and really didn’t do too much cooking. I blame the holiday week-end!  So this week I’m starting fresh. I love bread and I have always wanted to make a yeast bread. I’ve always been afraid of baking with yeast, which I cannot explain. I think it’s the fear of the unknown. Who knows. But now I can say I’ve tackled this fear and boy did it turn out good! Homemade bread is far superior than store bought bread. Plus it’s made with love (for my husband).

The bread took a little while to make, only because you have to let the dough rise. I seriously was afraid that when I covered up that bowl, nothing would happen. But to my surprise (and happiness) it worked! My dough had risen to the occasion. So after much patience, I had a beautiful (and I mean mouth-watering, ready to devour) loaf of bread. If I had known it would be this easy, I would have started making homemade bread years ago. My only bit of advice for this recipe is to give yourself a couple of hours to make the bread, it takes a little time.

Ingredients:

1 pkg active dry yeast

1/8 cup warm water (110-115 degrees)

1 cup warm milk (110-115 degrees)

1 tbsp sugar

1/2 tbsp butter

3 1/4-3 1/2 cups flour

Butter Mixture:

1/4 cup butter

1/2 tbsp dried parsley

1 tsp garlic powder

In a large mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the milk, sugar, butter, salt and 2 cups of flour.  Beat until smooth and then stir in the remaining flour to form a soft dough. Turn onto a floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic (about 6-8 minutes).  Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.

Punch dough down and turn onto a lightly floured surface.  In a shallow bowl, combine the butter, parsley and garlic powder to create the butter mixture.  Shape the dough into dough balls, then dip into butter  mixture. Place the dough balls into a greased loaf pan, next to each other. Do not crowd them in the pan. Create multiple layers with the dough balls. Pour any extra butter over the dough. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.

Bake at 375 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 10 minutes, remove and enjoy!

Pesto Pizza

September 2, 2009

I really enjoy reading and following many food bloggers, but sometimes I wonder where they find the time to do all this cooking.  Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy cooking but some nights when I get home from work it’s the last thing on my mind.  I want something quick, easy and good.  

So the other night, after a long day of work, it was time for dinner.  I had purchased garlic herb pizza dough from Trader Joe’s so I decided to make homemade pesto pizza.  It was super easy and super good.  So for those of you who need something quick but good for dinner, try out this recipe.

 Ingredients:

 Garlic Herb Pizza Dough

Mozzarella cheese (as much or as little as you like)

Pesto (I purchased mine from Trader Joe’s)

 Follow the directions for the dough, then shape on a pan or pizza stone and add your favorite ingredients!

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Peanut Butter Blondies

September 1, 2009

My all time favorite food is peanut butter.  I could eat it everyday, either in a sandwich or just a quick spoonful.  Unfortunately my husband does not share the same passion for peanut butter.  He doesn’t really like peanut butter cookies (which I love), so I never make any desserts with peanut butter because I want him to enjoy it too.  Well I found this recipe for Peanut Butter Blondies and I decided that he was going to have to suck it up and eat a little peanut butter because these sounded too good to pass up!

 The recipe was so easy and fast (which I love).  After about 10 minutes in the oven you could smell the sweet aroma of peanut butter throughout the house!  After I took it out, I tried to let it cool before I cut into it, but it just smelled too good.  I was so pleased with the taste, that I thought maybe my husband might even like these.  After he tried my Blondies, I think I may have converted him to the peanut butter side.  He thought they were very good and he has been eating them all week.  I am glad I decided to give peanut butter another try because I sure have been missing it!

 Peanut Butter Blondies

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 2 cups dark brown sugar (I prefer dark, so that’s what I use)
  • 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup peanuts (I substituted peanuts for butterscotch chips)
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    Directions:

    Preheat the oven to 350°F.  Grease a 9-inch by 13-inch pan and set aside.

    In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter and brown sugar, stirring constantly until smooth.  Remove from the heat, and stir in the peanut butter.  Allow to cool while combining the dry ingredients – flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt – in a large mixing bowl.

    Add the eggs, one at a time, to the brown sugar and peanut butter mixture, mixing well after each addition. Add the vanilla extract and stir to combine.  Pour the mixture into the prepared dry ingredients, and stir to create a thick, smooth batter.

    Transfer the batter to the prepared pan, spreading the batter evenly to the edges of the pan. Sprinkle with the milk chocolate chips and peanuts, lightly pressing them into the batter.

    Bake for 25 minutes.  Allow to cool in the pan.  Cut into 1-2 inch squares.

    Recipes taken from My Kitchen Addicition