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Foodie Pen Pals #3

30 Nov

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For November’s Foodie Pen Pal Swap, I was so lucky to be paired up with Lindsey from Running With Whisks. She is an avid runner and healthy foodie from Ohio. She sent me a bunch of Midwestern treats and a RECIPE! I love new recipes and I must say this one is amazing. First off, here’s what she sent me:

Foodie Pen Pals

Coffee from La Crema Coffee Company
Skyline Cincinnati-style Chili
Reese Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
Larabar Pumpkin Pie Bar
Lipton Green Tea
Montgomery Inn Barbecue Sauce
Crystal Light Green Tea
Roasted Almonds

Here are my thoughts:

The coffee was great. She sent two seasonal flavors from her favorite local coffee shop. How sweet!

I loved the Roasted Almonds! So good! She made them herself, they were just a little sweet and very cinnamony. Really prefect.

My absolute favorite thing was this recipe though. I made it for Thanksgiving and it did not disappoint!

Sweet Potato BiscutsThanks again Lindsey!  And thanks to the Lean Green Bean for setting up the swap every month! If you want to join in for January, just jump over to her page and sign up!

PS Don’t forget to sign up for my stocking stuffer giveaway! It ends on Sunday!

Thanksgiving Menu

26 Nov

I’m pretty excited for Thanksgiving. We aren’t traveling this year, so I get to cook! I tried to keep it simple, hopefully it’s delicious enough to forget I skipped a few traditional favorites (sorry sweet potato casserole, maybe we’ll see you next year). Here are the recipes I’m planning to use:

TurkeyBrined Turkey and Green Chile Cornbread Stuffing

ThanksgivingSides

1. Cranberry Orange Sauce 2. Pomegranate, Feta, Walnut Salad 3. Sauteed Green Beans with Mushrooms and Caramelized Onions 4. Spinach Mashed Potatoes

DessertPear Ginger Cocktails and Pumpkin Pecan Pie

I think it will work out well. The cranberry sauce and salad dressing can be made the day before (that’s tomorrow); the pie crust and filling can also be made the day before then assembled just before cooking; this just leaves 3 sides to actively make, a salad to throw together, and the turkey which will be brined and roasted in a bag so there isn’t much to do once it’s in the oven.

I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving! Don’t stress too much and never be afraid to ask for help, you won’t be the only one eating there is no reason you should be the only one cooking. Besides the best memories are made together.

P.S. photo credits belongs to the respective blogs

Chocolates by Kerry Can

7 Nov

These delicious, small-batch, handmade chocolates that I won from Kerry at Love Those “Hands At Home” came in the mail today. Two of my favorite things mail and chocolate! What a good day.Chocolates by Kerry CanThey are from her Etsy shop, Kerry Can, where she shares her passion for candy making and some of her vintage finds. In addition to these 3 yummy candy bars, she included an assortment of chocolate covered caramels that were amazing! I’ve tried my hand at caramel making before and have never been able to produce something so perfect. Kerry has clearly mastered the process. The caramel was buttery-sweet and gooey but didn’t stick to my teeth too much like some caramels.Chocolates by Kerry Can

Turtles have always been my favorite candy and these did not disappoint. But the ginger caramels may be my new favorite! Wow! I have no idea why I’ve never had a ginger caramel before, these should be in every heart-shaped candy box. You will not regret ordering a batch of these, but you may regret how quickly they disappear. They will definitely test your self-control.

Thank so much Kerry! Keep up the delicious work!

Cooking with Pinterest: Pumpkin Spice Sugar Cookies

4 Nov

I’m so glad I found this recipe from the No. 2 Pencil. These cookies were absolutely perfect. I’ve used this recipe twice now and I know I will be using it again and again.

Pumpkin-Spice-Sugar-Cookies from No. 2 Pencil

First, I made them as directed minus the icing. They were perfectly sweet and spiced. They cooked great; soft in the middle and crisp around the edge. I didn’t have any pre-mixed pumpkin pie spice, so I used this recipe from My Baking Addiction to make some. It did the job perfectly.

The cookies were so good that I used the recipe again without the pumpkin spice for simple sugar cookies. Oh and they were perfect! This is absolutely the best sugar cookie recipe I have ever used. The texture is perfect and they are not overly sweet. They made great drop cookies, I’m not sure how they would do as roll-outs though.

I recommend this recipe with or without the pumpkin spice. Although pumpkin spice is great this time of year.

Foodie Pen Pals #2

31 Oct

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For this month’s Foodie Pen Pal swap, I was paired with Meg a sweet girl from Kansas who is a self-described lover of the outdoors, bikes, and her husband of course. Meg sent me a great box and did a great job of introducing me to some things I had never tried before, which is what it’s all about. I can’t thank her enough!

Here are the goodies she sent me:

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Sweet Chili and Red Pepper potato chips
Bison Jerky
Rawxies Lemon Poppy Seed cookies
Cajan Sesame sticks
Equal Exchange Spicy Cocoa
Dark Chocolate Dreams blended peanut butter

Here’s what I thought:

The Sweet Chili chips were amazing, I think I found a new favorite I hope I can find them around here.

I tried Bison for the first time when I was at Yellowstone a few years ago and it was great. So I was really excited to see the Bison jerky, and it did not disappoint.

Rawxies Lemon Poppy Seed cookies were delicious! They are made by a company based in Kansas (local to Meg), but according to their website they do sell them at a few places here in LA so I may have to track some more down.

The Equal Exchange Spicy Cocoa was a little too bitter for me but my boyfriend loved it.

Thanks again Meg! And thanks to the Lean Green Bean for setting up the swap every month! If you want to join in, just jump over to her page and sign up!

Cooking with Pinterest: Roasted Garlic Olive Oil

16 Oct

I am a garlic fanatic, so naturally this is something I keep on hand all the time.

Roasted Garlic Olive Oil by Pixelated Crumb

This oil is amazing drizzled over hummus or on a salad with a little salt and pepper or in mashed potatoes or over veggies, so many possibilities. The flavor is full and rich. It’s a great way to upgrade your cheap olive oil.

Plus you end up with a whole bunch of roasted garlic! Delicious. Roasted garlic should be can be added to almost anything. It’s great on chicken, fish, or veggies. It mixes well into dips. It can be smeared on bread and toasted for absolutely perfect garlic bread. Trust me, you will find a use for all that lovely roasted garlic.

If you’ve never made this, head over to the Pixelated Crumb for the recipe and get started immediately. You will not regret it. Plus with all the holiday parties and dinners coming up this makes a great hostess gift.

Pumpkin Spice Chai Rice Krispie Treats

7 Oct

Since my foodie pen pal sent me a canister of Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte mix, I thought I would share this amazing recipe that uses it. Pumpkin spice is one of my favorite things about fall and I am fine with it making it’s way into practically everything! It’s so delicious and seems to make me feel like putting on a sweater even if it is still 85º outside here.

Pumpkin Spice Rice Krispie Treats from MakingMondays.wordpress.com

Basically you just add the Latte Mix to standard Rice Krispie treats, but here’s the recipe for good measure.

Ingredients:
3 TBS butter or margarine
4 cups mini marshmallows
6 TBS Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte Mix
6 cups rice cereal

  1. In a microwave-safe bowl, heat butter and marshmallows for about 3 minutes. Stir after 2 minutes and continue to heat.
  2.  Stir in drink mix.
  3. Add rice cereal. Stir until well coated.
  4. Spread mixture into a buttered pan or onto a piece of parchment paper (use wet hands to keep it from sticking). Cool and serve.

I imagine this recipe would work with a lot of other drink mixes, but I’ve really only tried it with this. I’m thinking of trying Salted Caramel next time!

Foodie Pen Pals #1

30 Sep

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This month for the first time I participated in the Foodie Pen Pals swap through The Lean Green Bean! It pairs you with another eater for a one-time swap of favorite foods, local foods, and specialty foods. It’s a great way to try some new foods and make new connections!

My partner was Colleen from Secrets from the Cookie Princess jump over to her blog to see what I sent her and check out some of her recipes. She’s an avid baker who’s been blogging for 3 years. I feel so lucky to have found her blog; it’s an absolute treasure trove of recipes with over 150 different cookies and bars! She has really put me in a baking mood, just in time for cool weather!

Here’s what she sent me:

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Popped potato chips
Homemade caramel pretzel chocolate chip cookies! YUM
Raspberry  yogurt pretzels
Peanut butter cups
Penzey’s Spices BBQ 3001
Apple Strawberry fruit leather
Trappist cranberry pepper jelly
Pumpkin spice chai latte mix
And two bonuses a raspberry ice cube tray and a mini recipe book!

Everything was great but I’m just going to highlight my favorites:

I tried the Penzey’s Spices BBQ 3001 on some chicken and it was great! It has a nice smoky flavor.

The Trappist Cranberry Pepper Jelly was good on a bagel with a smear of cream cheese, but I feel like it has more potential than that. I’m thinking of trying to make a glaze with it for a pork loin. Any other ideas?

The Pumpkin Chai Latte Mix from Trader Joe’s has been a long time favorite of mine! This stuff is so good, I always feel the need to stock up when it’s in season. It makes a yummy drink, but I’ve tried it in a couple recipes too. It adds such a great fall flavor to things.

I saved the best part for last, the cookies, they were unbelievable! Just the right combo of sweet and salty, my favorite! Caramel, pretzel, AND chocolate chip what could be better! She has clearly earned her title as the Cookie Princess, at least in my eyes. If you don’t believe me go try them for yourself, here’s the recipe.

Caramel, Pretzel, Chocolate Chip Cookies from SecretsFromTheCookiePrincess

I loved everything and I can’t thank Colleen enough. She really put together some yummy treats for my first swap, I know I’ll be looking forward to this every month from now on.

Cooking with Pinterest: Garlic Butter Pizza Crust

4 Sep

I made pizza! The crust was delicious thanks to this recipe from A Beautiful Mess.

Garlic Butter Pizza Crust

Chris worked at Papa John’s throughout college, so he is an expert pizza tosser. Thanks to this, he also used a bunch of technical terms to tell me I was doing it wrong. Like you really want to get the crust even so you don’t have a “gel line” (the line of undercooked dough you can see when you cut into the cooked pizza, if the crust is not spread evenly). And he insisted we put enough cheese around the edge to create a good “cheese lock” (if you don’t cover the sauce at the edge with cheese, then the cheese will slide off rather than sticking to the crust when you bite into it). All in all, my pizza may not have met Papa John’s quality standards but I loved it.

I don’t have extensive experience working with yeast, so I was afraid I would mess it up. For that reason, I didn’t change anything in this recipe. Luckily nothing needed changed, it was delicious. Perfectly seasoned! It was both fluffy and crispy. I did use a pizza pan, which helped the bottom turn out crispy.

Go make a pizza, it’s easier than you’d think.

PS I do have some more postcard projects in the works, I just didn’t get as much done over the long weekend as I’d hoped

Cooking with Pinterest: Cara’s Crispy Orange Cauliflower

29 Aug

Just like many of you, I have an overflowing Pinterest board full of recipes. In an effort to actually cook more of these delicious recipes, I’m starting a new segment. I will include a link to the original recipe (click the link or the image) to keep credit where credit is due, any substitutions, and a short review. I present to you my first installment of: Cooking with Pinterest!

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This week I made Cara’s Crispy Orange Cauliflower from Vegan Richa (a guest post from Cara at Fork and Beans).

Crispy Orange Cauliflower

I did alter the recipe slightly. In the interest of not buying extra ingredients (I am not sensitive to gluten), I used flour instead of the gluten-free flour blend. Just a simple straight across substitution. 1/4 cup flour instead of 1/4 cup Cara’s gluten-free flour blend. I also omitted the 1 tsp oil in the batter. Everything else remained the same.

It was amazing. I cannot overstate how delicious this turned out. The cauliflower was the perfect amount of tender by the time the outside was golden brown. And the sauce was both sweet and tangy. Perfect, I’ve tried other orange chicken recipes and this was by far the best sauce I’ve came across. The green onion complimented the flavors perfectly. I served it over rice with a salad. Delicious and pseudo-healthy, what more could you ask for?

Head over to Vegan Richa and try it for yourself!

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