Powernap: Quick Recipes For When Time is Limited!
Last weekend with kicked off the Christmas season with a little holiday celebration. Our good friends came over for dinner. We lit our first fire in the fireplace, and cooked up a whole bunch of our favorite treats including a delicious treat with peppermint. One of the things we made was this awesome peppermint pudding pie. Even in winter my daughter is a chilled dessert fanatic and I knew it would the perfect dessert to serve after dinner.
The year is flying by so quickly I can hardly believe I am already talking about Christmas recipes. But, here I am touting a great holiday dessert so it appears that the season has truly arrived. Today I am starting off with a great recipe for fake truffles, or as they are more officially called, Oreo Cookie Balls. I have been making variations of these for years and today I am going to share my family’s favorite flavor. Once you read how totally insanely easy these our to make you’ll be floored. They really do taste like real truffles and are always a hit at a party!
Now that we are finally getting settled in we are talking about hosting our first party in our new house. I imagine it will be sometime this winter and we’ll serve up cold-weather comfort food, wine, and a great cocktail. Maybe we’ll have a chili party or something fun like that! One thing that is without a doubt is that we’ll be serving this simple dip. I love making it for all sorts of occasions and I expect I’ll even be making it later this month for Thanksgiving. It is that good.
Happy Halloween! I know you all are busy with Halloween preparations today but I just had to stop in with this ridiculous brownie recipe. There is no Halloween candy fairy in our house. No candy is magically swept away and converted into toys in the middle of night. Our Halloween candy gets sorted, eaten, and used in recipes like these brownies. They are so simple I don’t even go so far as to make the brownie batter from scratch. I just use a box mix! These aren’t the brownies you make when you have guests coming over and want something fancy. These are the brownies you make when there is SO much candy in your house you have to gorge just once before moving on from Halloween altogether.
Today I am stopping in with a quick, healthy fall snack I think you will love. In keeping with pumpkin obsession this month, the other day I made this delicious fall flavored hummus. It was a great new twist on our regular homemade hummus and paired beautifully with salty cracker and crudite. We loved the overtones of pumpkin in the silky smooth dip. I added a little extra olive oil on top for an extra-decadent touch, but you can decide if you want to do that once you’ve made it. While I can’t exactly hand this out on Halloween night, I can definitely pack it in my daughter’s lunchboxl. It will be terrific paired with some salty pepitas and her favorite carrot sticks in a fall snack.
It is finally (finally!) pumpkin season and I am having a blast baking up sweet treats. First up, I made two batches of pumpkin bars back-to-back last weekend. The recipe is in the book. Honestly, it is such a great recipe it is worth buying the book just for that! Then, over the weekend, my daughter and I baked up this sweet loaf and added a generous swath of cream cheese frosting for good measure.
Earlier this summer I reviewed my new Magimix Vision Toaster. I immediately fell in love the way it toasted bread to perfection in just minutes. Truly, I have never seen a toaster that so perfectly makes the toast warm and soft on the interior and perfectly crispy on the exterior. There is no other toaster quite like it!
I am still working on a very tight back-to-school schedule so I am just stopped in with a short by sweet recipe today. We made these yesterday for my daughter to pack in her bag for snack on her first day of school. She loves corn muffins and I love the idea of her having these mini-muffins with her to curb her hunger come mid-afternoon. This recipe is super easy and lots of fun to make with kids. It makes a regular batch of muffins but you can easily double it and freeze a huge bag like I did. To all you parents out there packing the kids off to school this week and next…good luck!
One of the chief complaints among foodie Cooperstonians is that there is a dearth of gourmet food shops in the area. In fact, the closest place they can buy things like fancy cheeses and exotic produce is 90 miles northeast in Albany. To counter that, however, there is a vast expanse of farmland and the farmer’s market is truly one-in-a-million. So, while I’ve been here this month I’ve been enjoying all kinds of delicious corn, squash, tomatoes, and fruit. I haven’t, however, been able to find a single interesting or exotic mushroom. It is sliced cremini, portabello, or nothing at all.
Last month I got my first pizzelle maker from Wayfair and used it to make ice cream sandwiches. The recipe I started with produced cookies too thick to eat on their own but were perfect for frozen treats. Since then my Mom and I have been hard at work testing and re-testing pizzelle recipes to find the perfect one. We like our pizzelles thin and a little crisp and after some online research concluded that butter, not oil, was the key to our pizzelle-making success!
Each summer I usually set aside a few days to preserve as much of my favorite produce as possible. It can be tough to undertake such projects with the little ones underfoot. But I find I can usually accomplish what I set out to do over the course of a few naptimes and with my mother to help with a little babysitting. However, there are times when I simply don’t have the luxury of my parent’s big kitchen and my father’s helping hands. So, instead of tackling several pints of pickles or a day of apple pie filling, I take the simple route and make a small batch of jam in the skillet.
My herb pot yielded its first batch of basil large enough for making pesto. Needless to say, I already have one batch in the fridge and a small container stashed in the freezer for later this winter. As my husband pointed out, never doubt how much Kelsey loves homemade pesto! The kick off the pesto party this summer I made up an easy summer recipe for pesto grilled chicken. It is perfect for a quick weekend meal and comes together in nearly an instant.