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Baking / Christmas Cookies

20 Dec

While Bradley and I were in NY for Thanksgiving, I picked up a few of my mom’s recipes that I grew up on. One of them was this Christmas cookies recipe. One of my favorites, they are called German Love and have an amazing lemon glaze on the top.

This is the physical recipe from her cookbook, handwritten a few times over.

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Step 1: Mix butter, egg, sugar, and vanillaIMG_4440Step 2: Add flourIMG_4441Step 3: Add everything else, including a ton of spices (that’s what makes these cookies great!)

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This is what it should look like after that. Now you’ll chill it for an hour or two. I tend to clean the kitchen while cookies chill, but you could also put your feet up and enjoy a sweet cup of joe with eggnog creamer if you prefer.
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Step 4: After it’s chilled, flour a cutting board and roll out the dough to about 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick.IMG_4454 IMG_4455As you can see, I like to over-flour things because I hate when batter sticks to me, the board or the rolling-pin. IMG_4456Step 5: Cut dough in to squares/rectangles, and other geometric shapes with a knife.
IMG_4457Step 6: Put them on a sheet ready for the oven and cook for about 10 minutes. They won’t grow so you can crowd a cookie sheet if you need to.

IMG_4459Step 7: Make a little glaze for the top, lemon juice, water and powdered sugar. I added red and green food coloring for extra Christmas joy.
IMG_4461Step 8: After the cooking come out, transfer them to a cooling rack.
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IMG_4462Step 9: After the cookies have cooled, drizzle icing over top. I like to put a piece of plastic wrap under the cooling rack for easy clean up.
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Enjoy with a cup of strong black coffee, milk or eggnog!IMG_4465

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 teaspoon all spice
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg

Glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon water
  • food coloring

Directions:

  1. Cream together butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla
  2. Add flour
  3. Add walnuts, molasses, lemon peel, cinnamon, clove, allspice, and nutmeg
  4. Cover with plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for 1-2 hours
  5. Set oven to 375
  6. Roll out on floured cutting board (1/8-1/4 thickness) and cut into squares with a knife
  7. Place cookies on sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes
  8. Take out and place on cooling rack
  9. While cookies are cooling make glaze by mixing lemon juice, water, powdered sugar and food coloring
  10. Drizzle glaze over cookies with a spoon and allow time to set

These are great cookies to bring to the family’s house for Christmas or if you’re going to a cookie exchange, whip up a batch! They are some of the most simple to make and simply tasty cookies out there.

What are you go to Christmas cookies?

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Cooking / Guacamole

11 Dec

Guacamole has become a favorite in my house recently. I’ve made my husband a guac convert! He’s still not keen about avocados but guac seems to be a completely different story. 🙂

Today, I’m going to share my guacamole recipe with you! I wasn’t very good at getting the right balance of ingredients until a few months ago (maybe that’s why he didn’t like it). 🙂 We visited Plaza Azteca, an amazing Mexican restaurant, and watched them make the guac table side.  I have now learned all their secrets!

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Ingredients

  • 2 Avocados
  • Bunch of roughly chopped Cilantro
  • 1/4  Yellow onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp Jalapeno pepper, diced
  • 1/2 Roma Tomato, diced
  • 1 Lime, juiced
  • Salt, to taste

Directions

  1. Place avocado, lime juice and a pinch  salt in a bowl and begin cutting together with two knives.
  2. Add onions, tomato, and jalapeno and combine with a spoon.
  3. Sprinkle in cilantro and another bit of salt and mix.
  4. Sample with tortilla chips and adjust if necessary
  • If bland: add a little salt or lime juice

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Dinner / Roasted Asparagus

24 Oct

Last week, Bradley and I celebrated our second anniversary. Typically, he likes to take me out to a beautiful dinner at one of our favorite restaurants. Usually, I like to make him his favorite meal. So this year we did both. Since October 8th fell on a Tuesday, he took me out to Travinia after work that night. And the following weekend, I made him a steak dinner. (compromising!)

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I’ve always had a bit of trouble making creative tasty vegetable dishes. I can usually plan the “meat and potatoes” side of things quite well but fall short when it comes to vegetable sides.

*Enter Roasting*

Have you ever roasted vegetables? I tried roasting potatoes and carrots two weeks ago. It was amazing!! So much better than boiling (which seems to be my go to).

IMG_5449Roasting. Who knew? It’s so simple. Pretty much any vegetable can be easily tossed in olive oil, sprinkled with salt and pepper and thrown in the oven (I use the word “thrown” loosely). So I tried a roasted vegetable for our steak dinner. Turned out so well. Eons better than my previous method of boiling 3 minutes, throwing them in an ice bath to stop the cooking and them warming them with “sauce” in a pan. They tended to end up over cooked and…not tasty.

3 Steps to Easy and Delicious Roasted Asparagus

Step 1: Aluminum Foil over any pan (easy clean up), drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and add any herbs and garlic that you desire. I used a couple of finely chopped garlic cloves here.IMG_1089

Step 2: Roast at ˚350 for about 30 minutes. IMG_0056

Step 3: Serve with your favorite meal to your favorite person. It’s the best way to enjoy a dinner like this. 🙂
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Dinner: Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken Sandwich

14 May

This is a meal that needs no recipe. It’s one of the easiest dinners you’ll ever make and something perfect for a busy weeknight or Saturday picnic.

1) Place chicken breasts (2-4) in crock pot and pour on the bbq sauce. (1/2 – 1 bottle) Chicken can be used either thawed or frozen. I also added onion (1 whole) for flavor. 
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2) Set on low for 8+ hours or high for 4+ hours. I let mine go until I get home from work and it turns out perfectly. After it’s cooked, use two forks to shred the chicken.IMG_1873
3) Serve on hamburger buns with pasta salad and corn (or any side dishes of your choice).
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Breakfast: Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Muffins

7 May

I need these to come back in my life. They are the most amazing muffins. Crisp apples and lovely cinnamon mixed with textured oatmeal make for an amazing muffin. Seriously, go make them right now. You’ll thank me.

I was surprised when I looked for a recipe for “Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Muffins” however. I looked, searched, Googled and ventured in to the great unknown but there were only one or two recipes that even remotely seemed like what I was looking for. I took a chance on one from a blog and it definitely paid off. Follow along! The recipe is at the end.

1) Chop apples. I used 2-3 because I like my muffins to be mostly fruit. 😉

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2) Wisk dry ingredients.
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3) Mix wet ingredients and add to the dry ones.IMG_0849
4) Stir to combine.
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5) Add apples.IMG_5774
6) Stir to combine.IMG_56887) Portion into muffin pan and cook. (Keep watch as they near the end because I needed less time than they called for)

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Look how amazing these are! They fell apart in my hand and were so full of amazing apple chunks! Get out the stick of butter and go at ‘um. Ooo so good. IMG_3613IMG_2441IMG_0819

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Recipe care of Cathlin Cooks

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Muffins
  • 1½ cups whole wheat flour (used white flour but only because I need to restock on whole wheat!)
  • ½ cup rolled oats (Because of the lack of wheat flour, I upped this to 1 cup oats and used 1 cup white flour)
  • 1/3 cup light-brown sugar, packed
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • cinnamon to taste
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup milk or water
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1½-2 cups chopped apples (I used Galas which allow the apples to retain a little crunch even after cooked)
Directions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 400°F and grease a muffin pan.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together flour, oats, sugars, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In another bowl, stir together milk/water, eggs, oil, and vanilla until blended.
  4. Make a well in center of dry ingredients and add wet ingredients, stirring just to combine.
  5. Stir in apple chunks.
  6. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups and bake for 15-20 minutes or until a muffins pass the toothpick test.
  7. Allow muffins to cool on a wire rack for five minutes before removing from pan to continue cooling.

Serve warm or completely cooled. Muffins can be frozen.

Breakfast (or Dinner): Baconcakes

1 May

It’s 5:00pm. Are you hungry? Me too!! This is, IMHO, one of the best pancake recipes out there. The key? Not over mixing the batter. It’s a really simple meal to make, perfect for a weeknight! This recipe doesn’t include any add-ins, but some that I love are, blueberries, oatmeal, apples and definitely lemon! Enjoy the pictures and the recipe below!

1) Make batter (it’s simple. believe me.)

IMG_18602) Heat griddle or fry pan (you choose!)

IMG_18613) When the little bubbles appear, flip! (gently now)

IMG_18624) I know you’re already cooking bacon, because what are pancakes without bacon? Lay a strip of cooked bacon down and cover it with some pancake batter.

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5) Same thing here. When you see bubbles, flip! Eat straight from the pan, with your hands. I promise it will be gone in less than a minute. (don’t mind the burned tongue. it will heal.)
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6) As for the rest of the pancakes, serve them with butter, maple syrup and sausage! (because clearly the bacon didn’t make it to the table after those baconcakes) Also, let it be noted that I shared that sausage mound with B. Though I could have eaten the whole plate myself.

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From Joy of Baking:

Pancake Recipe:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons granulated white sugar
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • Plus extra melted butter for greasing the pan.

Directions:

  1. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar.
  2. In a separate bowl whisk together the egg, milk, and melted butter.
  3. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and then pour in the egg mixture, all at once, and stir (with a rubber spatula or wooden spoon) just until combined. The batter should have some small lumps. (Do not over mix the batter or the pancakes will be tough.)
  4. Heat a frying pan or griddle over medium high heat until a few sprinkles of water dropped on the pan or griddle splatter. Can also use an electric griddle with the temperature set at 350 degrees F.
  5. Lightly brush the pan with melted butter or oil (or spray with a non stick vegetable spray.)
  6. Using a small ladle or scoop, pour about 1/4 cup of pancake batter onto the hot pan, spacing the pancakes a few inches apart. When the bottoms of the pancakes are brown and bubbles start to appear on the top surfaces of the pancakes (2-3 minutes), turn over. Cook until lightly browned (about 1-2 minutes).
  7. Repeat with remaining batter, brushing the pan with melted butter or oil between batches.
  8. Serve immediately with butter and maple syrup.

Makes about 8 – 4 inch (10 cm) pancakes.  Serves 3-4 people.

Dinner: Chicken Wraps

23 Apr

So you need an easy recipe for dinner? Well you came to the right place. I have this simple concoction that is easily modified depending on your mood or contents of your fridge. Basically, it’s a chicken wrap. Chicken optional, wrap optional. I’ve been making these for a few months now and every time, the spices on the chicken vary, the vegetables inside differ, sometimes I don’t even use a wrap, but they are always delicious!

This is my take on a Southwest Style Chicken Wrap.

1) Chop up and fry some chicken. I used a little olive oil, salt, pepper and some taco seasoning

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2) Put together a salad. I included romaine, tomatoes, peppers, onions and shredded cheddar cheese.
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3) When the chicken has cooked through, chop it up and add it with some ranch dressing to the salad. Toss with tongs.

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4) Heat tortillas for about 30 seconds in the microwave and dish out some of the salad on the wrap.
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5) Wrap up and enjoy!IMG_9710
I don’t have a recipe for this because it’s just too simple! Let me know your take on the Chicken Wrap!

Dinner: Bruschetta

10 Apr

I never thought I’d say that there was such a thing as “too much garlic” but the morning after I ate this dish, I was regretting my 6 garlic clove decision. When I made this recipe, B commented on how spicy it tasted. I tried it and woah, it packed a punch. Wow. The next morning and through out the day we were still tasting it. Through Crest and Scope the garlic triumphed. So you feel free to add as much or little garlic as you want but for me and B, six cloves were too many. 🙂

1)  Mix a small amount of olive oil with a dash or two of salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning.
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2) Add tomatoes

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3) Add finely chopped onions

IMG_06594) Add fresh basil
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5) Mix and serve with fresh baguette slices. For a complete meal add an Italian marinated chicken breast. IMG_9419
Bruschetta

Ingredients:
1-2 Roma Tomatoes, diced
1/2 Red Onion, finely chopped
2 Garlic Cloves, pressed
Fresh Basil, roughly chopped
Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper
Italian Seasoning

Directions:

  1. Put a couple teaspoons of olive oil in a bowl and add a dash of salt, pepper and Italian seasoning. Mix.
  2. Add chopped tomato, onion and basil.
  3. Mix well and serve with lightly toasted baguette