Thursday, January 31, 2013

Game Day Recipes

Here is a collection of some tasty recipes that are perfect for Superbowl Sunday. Enjoy!

Appetizers:

Chile Con Queso

Bacon Tomato Dip

Party Pinwheels

Sweet Chicken Bacon Wraps

Veggie Ranch Dip


Main Dish:

Best Ever Sloppy Joes

In-N-Out Cheeseburger Copycats

Addictive Diner Sliders

Cheeseburger Ring

Grilled Beer Brats

Mexican Chicken Haystacks


Desserts:

Lemon Gooey Bars

Banana Split Brownie Pizza

Cherry Cream Cheese Tarts

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Sweet Green Bean Bacon Bundles








I went a little photo crazy with these but for a recipe this delicious, it deserves a few extra pics. Oh my goodness these are so crazy good! It only takes a few ingredients and the flavor is incredible. Many thanks to Beth's Favorite Recipes for this recipe. Beth has a ton of awesome recipes on her blog so be sure to hop over and check them out. Enjoy!


My Vintage Kitchen Special - Apricot Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast



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The super funny girls over at My Vintage Kitchen posted a while back that they were changing URLs and they weren't taking their old recipes with them. Not wanting these recipes to be lost, I got their permission to post some of their recipes with a link to their new site. Enjoy!


Sunday, January 27, 2013

Recipe Sharing Monday #39 + Features!

Happy Monday everyone! It is time to link up your latest food posts. My weekly link party, Recipe Sharing Monday, features your best recipes.

Congrats to the features this week!



Features: If you were featured and would like a button, it is in the right hand sidebar.

The Guidelines:
  • **If this is your first time linking up, don't worry about adding my site to your link list at this very moment! Just try to add it next time you update your list.** 
  • I would appreciate it if you linked back to me either by a text link on the post or by putting a button on your blog. It isn't required to link back to me in order to participate, but I really would appreciate it. My button is over on the right sidebar of my blog if you need the code. 
  • Please link up as many recipe posts as you'd like, as long as they haven't been submitted to this party before. Link to your direct post, not just your main blog URL. 
How to be Featured:
  • I will be picking the features and sharing each week. I'd love to give your blog more exposure by featuring you, so please link 'em up.
  • By linking up to my party you are giving me permission to use a picture from your blog in a follow up feature post. I'll also be pinning the featured posts on Pinterest to share the love.
  • When I go to select features, if I see you haven't linked up to me in some way, then unfortunately I won't feature your project. Please play fair and link up with either a text link or by using my button.



Weekly Menu Plan

Monday:  New recipe! Mexican Chicken Corn Lasagna










Friday, January 25, 2013

Mocha Swirl Bread with Espresso Glaze




Happy Friday everybody! Today I have a recipe that reminds me a bit of My Great Grandma's Jimmy Cake, bringing in the flavors of coffee and chocolate.



I spotted this recipe for Mocha Swirl Bread at Coach and Counselor, originally posted at Portuguese Girl Cooks.  Many thanks to them for the recipe. It is a delicious vanilla and mocha swirled bread topped with an espresso glaze. Basically it is a cup of coffee in a sweet bread form.

I made a slight change to my recipe. The original recipe calls for cornmeal, which I am not a fan of and don't keep on hand. I subbed regular flour in equal amounts for the cornmeal.

Knowing your oven is key to baking. My oven runs way too hot and I have to shave off about one quarter of the baking time from any recipe I make. Be sure to check your bread ahead of time if you have a temperamental oven like myself.

Also I will note that when I added the unbaked dough to the pan to create the checkerboard design, I was only able to make two rows, not three. As you can see it still turned out very pretty. Enjoy!


Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Old Fashioned Molasses Bars (Gluten Free)





Molasses Bars are sort of an old fashioned treat and a favorite at our house. The original recipe notes that you can use either butter, oil, shortening or margarine. Having made this a variety of ways, our results were that using oil produced a much wetter and dense bar.

This time around we used butter, actually a vegan butter as this was baked for someone that has dietary restrictions. Using the butter produced a lighter, more cake like result. You can use your favorite buttercream frosting. I cut my recipe in half (the halved version is below) and frost the bars pretty thinly. Enjoy!


Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Recipe Sharing Monday #38 + Features!

Happy Monday everyone! It is time to link up your latest food posts. My weekly link party, Recipe Sharing Monday, features your best recipes.

Features:




If you were featured and would like a button, it is in the right hand sidebar.

The Guidelines:
  • Link back to me either by a text link on the post or by putting a button on your blog. My button is over on the right sidebar of my blog. 
  • Please link up as many recipe posts as you'd like, as long as they haven't been submitted to this party before. Link to your direct post, not just your main blog URL. 
  • I would love it if you became a follower of my blog, and also clicked around and commented on the other submissions. Saying hi and making new friends is part of the fun after all.

How to be Featured:
  • I will be picking the features and sharing each week. I'd love to give your blog more exposure by featuring you, so please link 'em up.
  • By linking up to my party you are giving me permission to use a picture from your blog in a follow up feature post. I'll also be pinning the featured posts on Pinterest to share the love.
  • When I go to select features, if I see you haven't linked up to me in some way, then unfortunately I won't feature your project. Please play fair and link up with either a text link or by using my button.



Sunday, January 20, 2013

Orange Creamsicle Eclair Cake




A while back I was browsing through a wonderful cooking blog, Chef In Training. I spotted a recipe for an Eclair Cake and pinned it. Today I wanted to share with you the spin I took on the original recipe, turning a traditional eclair cake into a delicious Orange Creamsicle Eclair Cake.



The original recipe called for the filling to be made with instant pudding mix, but I made my pastry cream from scratch. If you would like to save time, by all means you could make a vanilla pudding from a mix and add in orange extract or the zest of an orange or two. I preferred to make pastry cream on my own because I love the way it tastes.

While I was experimenting for this recipe, I tried making stabilized whipped cream and chocolate ganache for the topping. I have to say, if you are making this several hours beforehand and it is important that the whipped cream holds up, I would suggest using the whipped topping. If you are serving this immediately, go with some fresh whipped cream on top.

If you are not a fan of chocolate syrup and would like to make a ganache, my method was to use one cup of dark chocolate chips with about 1/2 cup of heavy cream heated over a double broiler until the chocolate melts, whisking constantly. You may need to add a little bit more cream to make it thin enough to drizzle. If that is too much work for you, chocolate syrup it is!

One last note: I used Orange Juice Fruit Powder in my pastry cream. It can be found here. Enjoy!


Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Pinterest Makes Me Laugh

Browse through Pinterest for any length of time and if you pay attention I bet you start to notice a few things that make you laugh. I mean no harm when I point these out, they just make me chuckle. Here's my list:

1. Overuse of exclamation points! People are SUPER excited to get recipes, so much so that every single caption to a pin is an exclamation. Is it real enthusiasm? Fake? Are there that many cheerleaders on Pinterest? Who knows, but it makes me laugh to think that people are that excited about breaking out their slow cooker.




2. Getting into internet arguments with strangers.



3. Creating boards for things you hate or find gross.

I know the reason I go to Pinterest is to create boards to be reminded of all the things that bug me. That sounds totally healthy and mature.


What about you? Have you seen anything on Pinterest that has made you cringe, laugh or facepalm?



Sunday, January 13, 2013

Recipe Sharing Monday #37 + Features!

Happy Monday everyone! It is time to link up your latest food posts. My weekly link party, Recipe Sharing Monday, features your best recipes.

Features:



If you were featured and would like a button, it is in the right hand sidebar.

The Guidelines:
  • Link back to me either by a text link on the post or by putting a button on your blog. My button ia over on the right sidebar of my blog. 
  • Please link up as many recipe posts as you'd like, as long as they haven't been submitted to this party before. Link to your direct post, not just your main blog URL. 
  • I would love it if you became a follower of my blog, and also clicked around and commented on the other submissions. Saying hi and making new friends is part of the fun after all.

How to be Featured:
  • I will be picking the features and sharing each week. I'd love to give your blog more exposure by featuring you, so please link 'em up.
  • By linking up to my party you are giving me permission to use a picture from your blog in a follow up feature post. I'll also be pinning the featured posts on Pinterest to share the love.
  • When I go to select features, if I see you haven't linked up to me in some way, then unfortunately I won't feature your project. Please play fair and link up with either a text link or by using my button.


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Friday, January 11, 2013

Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Chimichangas




I wasn't quite sure how to title this recipe. To be clear, it is the beef that is cooked in the Slow Cooker, not the entire meal. That would be a soggy mess if made in a slow cooker so let's not go that route. What we have here is a shredded beef filling that is inside of a lightly fried tortilla then your choice of garnishes, like cheese, jalapenos and sour cream.

I will admit that I am not much of a crock pot person. I use it only a few times a year and even then it is typically to cook roasts. What about you guys? Am I missing out on a bunch of tasty food?


The only part of this recipe that might be tricky is folding the Chimichangas so the filling doesn't fall out when you fry it. Here is a great tutorial from Texas Cookin' at Home that explains it better than I can. Enjoy!



Thursday, January 10, 2013

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce




I have to admit that in the past I have used jarred spaghetti sauce for pasta. The problem is, I really didn't care for it and it never tasted all that great. I tried out this delicious recipe for Homemade Spaghetti Sauce from Mel's Kitchen Cafe. Mel has absolutely amazing recipes so be sure to check out her blog.

My only change to the recipe was the halve the amount of balsamic vinegar that goes in at the very end. I was a scaredy cat and was unsure if it would taste too strongly.