no-bake energy bites I probably should have poured a nice stiff drink recipe for you all on this loveliest of lovely tax days. Especially for my fellow small business owners who just gave half of their revenue back to the government. Good grief, I won’t even go there. Instead though, I thought I’d offer my idea of a more comforting alternative. Pasta. When life is good, and when life gets crazy, I turn to pasta. And just as it has for years, this one hit the spot. Read more This past Friday night was meant for celebrating. The weather was sit-out-on-the-deck-in-the-cool-evening-breeze perfection. And a very special birthday girl turned the big 3-0. Friends, meet Stacey. Read more TGIF, friends. Hope that you all have had a lovely week, and that a relaxing weekend lies ahead. Read more Ever since my friends and I met for a tapas happy hour at our neighborhood Spanish restaurant a few weeks ago, I’ve had sangria on my mind. Read more Read more I’ve always said that I like a good balance of cooking and baking in my life.
Scalloped Hasselback Potatoes | Tasty Kitchen Blog - StumbleUpon “Scalloped” is an attractive word, isn’t it? When I hear it I think of several things: first, there’s scallops, as in the seafood—totally delicious. Then there’s the scalloped shape that can live on the edge of a pair of shorts or on the collar of a woman’s blouse—always pretty and dainty. And of course scalloped potatoes also comes to mind, which carries my imagination to a land of crispy potato skins drenched in a sea of cheese and cream. I can think of no better place to exist, actually. So when I came across TK member Shelbi Keith’s recipe for Scalloped Hasselback Potatoes, I knew we were going to become fast friends. The first players up are: a few Russet potatoes (I’m sure other varieties will work equally as well), Parmigiano-Reggiano and butter. Start by scrubbing your potatoes good and clean. Then, using a sharp knife, make slices across the potato, being sure to stop before you reach its bottom. Cut up your butter. Then do the same with the Parmigiano-Reggiano. Description
Deep Dish Fruit Pizza My sister-in-law Missy first introduced me to the concept of fruit pizza years and years ago, and here’s how: she brought one to my house and I proceeded to eat the whole thing. But it was small. And I was nursing. My mammary glands made me do it. I whipped up a whopper of a fruit pizza a couple of weeks ago using my good ol’ standby sugar cookie recipe…and it was so darn good in such a naughty, naughty way. This is one of those fun, throw-together treats that’s perfect for everything from a slumber party to a baby shower. Sorry I said mammary glands. The Cast of Characters: my sugar cookie dough (recipe below), marshmallow creme, cream cheese, peaches, kiwi, blueberries…and whatever other fruit you’d like! Now, you could divide the dough in half, then roll out each half into thin, round pizzas. Or you could do what I done did… And press the whole quantity of dough into a sheet pan. I love this pebbly texture. Then just throw it in the oven… Then just let the crust cool completely. So I deet.
Shrimp Lo Mein - Cook This! Not That - Mens Health - StumbleUpon While restaurants drown their lo mein dishes in oil, we prefer them long on produce and rich with the delicious flavors of Asian cuisine Restaurant wok-fried noodle and rice dishes tend to be heavy on starch and oil, with a few token vegetables thrown in for color. We prefer our lo mein long on the produce, short on oil, and rich with the flavors that make Asian cuisine one of the world's best. You'll Need: 12 oz lo mein noodles 1 Tbsp peanut or vegetable oil 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 Tbsp grated fresh ginger 4 scallions, whites and greens separated, chopped 4 oz shiitake mushrooms 2 medium carrots, cut into thin slices 1/2 red bell pepper, sliced 3/4 lb medium shrimp, peeled and deveined 2 Tbsp oyster sauce 2 Tbsp low-sodium soy sauce How to Make It: *Prepare the noodles according to the package instructions. *In a wok or large skillet, heat the oil over high heat. *Toss in the shrimp and cook until just pink and slightly firm.
Bacon-wrapped Jalapeno Chicken Bites 610K+Add bacon to anything and it will fly off the table. That’s what a caterer once told me and I believe it. Certainly applies here. Whether you’re planning a cookout this weekend or cooking indoors (rain predicted here in Texas), grill up a few of these sizzling treats for a quick appetizer or serve as an entree. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the Fourth of July than with a big plate of these spicy and cheesy, smoky and crispy chicken nuggets. If you don’t like hot, leave out the jalapenos or skimp a bit. Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Chicken Bites Author: Recipe adapted from Home Cooking with Trisha Yearwood 8 chicken tenders, flattened and cut in two3-ounce package softened cream cheese1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped8 slices bacon, cut in half Dab ½ teaspoon (more or less) of cream cheese on top of each chicken tender. Be sure to wear plastic gloves when handling fresh jalapenos.
Pepperoni Pizza Puffs - StumbleUpon If I ask my kids what they want for dinner, there's a ninety percent chance they will say pizza. They love it, as most kids do. I guess I have an affection for it too, but we don't indulge too often. If I had to choose a favorite pizza, it would be the Hawaiian, but no one else in my household appreciates its flavors like I do, too bad for them. So when my kids came home from school and I had this afternoon snack waiting for them, they were pretty excited to be having pizza at 3 PM. These are the simplest, yummiest little bites. If you have a mini muffin pan you are good to go. Preheat oven to 375o. Stir the batter and divide among the mini-muffin cups. Microwave the pizza sauce until warmed through, then stir in 1 Tablespoon basil. Sprinkle the puffs with the remaining 1 Tablespoon basil. Print Recipe Ingredients Directions Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
7 Romantic Meals For $10 Or Less | MintLife Blog | Personal Finance News & Advice Creating a romantic meal at home is a somewhat bigger challenge than your standard Monday-night fare. Especially if you haven’t yet cooked for this significant other — or, if you’re in a long-term relationship, haven’t cooked for them often. And especially when the occasion in question is Valentine’s Day. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to up to romance factor, either overtly (like aphrodisiac ingredients and candles on the table) or covertly (that valentine’s favorite dish). Frugal Foodie recommends sticking to what you know, and what you know your sweetheart will like. We talked to chefs, home cooks and other relationship experts about their go-to date meals. There are appetizers, main courses, desserts and even a next-day breakfast, all for under $10 to prepare. Oyster with Spicy Vinaigrette and Apples Cost: $8.37 for half a dozen oysters, or $1.40 apiece. Strawberry-Tangerine Salad Cost: $5.36, or $2.68 per serving. No need to load up on aphrodisiacs. Chicken Madeira Intimidating?
Hasselback Potatoes These Hasselback potatoes looks beautiful, don't' they? Here, I also added several cloves of garlic to these Swedish version of baked potatoes to enhance the flavor. It turned out great, they were very delicious, crispy on the outside and tender on the inside.. Updated: November 26th 2013 This is an updated post with a new video guide on How To Slice Hasselback Potatoes Hasselback Potatoes (Printable Recipe) Ingredients 6 Medium Size Potatoes 2 - 3 Cloves Garlic, thinly sliced 2 Tbsp Olive Oil 30 g Butter Maldon Sea Salt Freshly Ground Black Pepper Method Preheat the oven to 220˚C (425˚F). Arrange the potatoes in a baking tray and insert the garlic in between the slits. Bake the potatoes for about 40 minutes or until the potatoes turn crispy and the flesh is soft.
Cream Biscuits and Sausage Gravy A recipe on how to make easy creamy-style biscuits and sausage gravy for a quick and easy breakfast or breakfast for dinner. 2K+ Let me begin by telling you that there is nothing remotely light about this recipe. This is stick-to-your-ribs food. The beauty of cream biscuits is their short prep and cooking time. Love or hate the winter wonderland outside my door, I’m glad to be huddled inside with the oven on, waiting for soft, fluffy biscuits to put on the plates of my family. Notes: *You can substitute butter for bacon grease if you don’t have any available, I suppose. Copyright © Food for My Family.
Buttermilk Blueberry Breakfast Cake | alexandra's kitchen — recipes, photos, food - StumbleUpon I swear buttermilk is magic. I’ve dwelled on this before. Buttermilk seems to turn everything to gold. Super-moist, super-delicious gold. Anyway, I needed a simple, summery, breakfasty, cake-like-but-not-dessert-like recipe to make this morning. Nobody. Buttermilk-Blueberry Breakfast Cake Ingredients ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature 2 tsp. lemon zest or more — zest from 1 large lemon 7/8 cup* + 1 tablespoon sugar** 1 egg, room temperature 1 tsp. vanilla 2 cups flour (set aside 1/4 cup of this to toss with the blueberries) 2 tsp. baking powder 1 tsp. kosher salt 2 cups fresh blueberries ½ cup buttermilk**** 7/8 cup = 3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons** This 1 tablespoon is for sprinkling on top*** To make homemade buttermilk, place 1 tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice in a liquid measuring cup. Instructions Preheat the oven to 350ºF. copyright alexandra\'s kitchen
Rice Krispy Treat Gingerbread Men | Amanda's Cookin' Rice Krispy Treats are known in just about every household, yes? I don’t think I’ve ever met someone who doesn’t like this time tested treat. With Christmas right around the corner, I though that Gingerbread Man Rice Krispy Treats would be really fun and make a great edible gift too! I was challenged by Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies® and the amazing women of TheMotherhood.com to create a fun treat for the holidays that you can make with your kids. I did a live stream video feed with The Motherhood to demonstrate how to make these fun treats as well as their Tree Trimmer Treats. You can get the recipe for the Tree Trimmer Treats here on the Rice Krispies website. [By the way, if you'd like to see how to make this holiday plate, check out my post on my craft blog - Make Your Own Holiday Tableware] Be sure to make the ornament hangers first. To make the Gingerbread Man Rice Krispy Treats, I suggest using a metal cookie cutter. Recipe Type: dessert, holidays Author: Amanda Formaro Cook time: 3 mins
Corn with coconut milk (Ginataang mais) When this month’s Kulinarya Cooking Club theme was announced, I was incredibly excited. The theme was gata, which is Filipino for coconut milk. Anything made with coconut milk was fair game, and the posts so far have covered both savory and sweet bases. With the wealth of choices available, I expected to be overwhelmed by the task of choosing just one. However, my mind pretty much made itself up for me early on, and despite my attempts to steer it toward more creative lines, it stubbornly held on to its first choice. It’s an understandable choice, since I’m in New Jersey and have access to incredibly sweet corn grown in a field right in our town. The ingredients are fairly easy to come by, too. Want a closer look at that rice? I love sweet rice. This recipe is easy enough to make with kids. As kids, we enjoyed this after playing outside, or when we had an unexpected day off school because of a typhoon. It’s a great afternoon treat to throw together.
The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe | New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookie The search for the absolute best chocolate chip cookie recipe has ended with the New York Times Chocolate Chip cookie recipe adapted from Jacques Torres I think it’s pretty fair to say that when most of us think of making chocolate chip cookies, we look on the yellow Nestle bag for the Toll House Cookie recipe. Recently my friend Kim had a chocolate chip cookie fail! She asked me “What happened? What did I do wrong“ I made a few suggestions off the top of my head, but it got me thinking. I wanted to search for the BEST, no fail, Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe. Surely the Nestle Toll House recipe is the best known, but did you know there is a science to all that flour, sugar, eggs and chocolate? In my search for the best chocolate chip cookie recipe, it appears that The New York Times had the same question I did a few years ago, and set out on a quest for the best chocolate chip cookie recipe! I also discovered, that I must be one of the only bloggers that had not heard about this recipe!