Sunday, October 31, 2010

Black Bean and Sweet Corn Quinoa Salad

So I finally decided to join the quinoa bandwagon.  Not only is it super good for you, but it tastes so dang good!  I probably could have just had this salad for dinner and been very happy!  

Black Bean and Sweet Corn Quinoa

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 cup uncooked quinoa
1 1/2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 cup frozen sweet white corn
2 (15-ounce) cans black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped

In a medium pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. When shimmering and hot, add the onions and saute for 4-5 minutes, stirring often. Add the garlic and stir for a minute or two until the garlic is fragrant, being careful not to burn the garlic.

Add the quinoa and cover with broth. Stir in cumin, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper. Bring the mixture to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and let simmer for 20 minutes (or until all the liquid is absorbed).

Stir in the frozen corn and black beans. Cover and let the pot sit off the heat until the corn and beans are heated through, about 5-6 minutes. Stir in the cilantro. Serve warm or chilled – it is delicious both ways!

Recipe Source: My Kitchen Cafe.

Brown Sugar Spiced Pork Tenderloin

I am doing so much better about using meat besides chicken....I am so proud of myself!  This is another pork tenderloin recipe from My Kitchen Cafe, and it was great!  I must admit the recipe I tried from there last week was my favorite, you can find that recipe here.  So if you are in need of an easy Sunday dinner, either of these would be a great choice!

*Makes about 2 1/2 pounds of pork tenderloin, enough to serve 8 adults*

Rub Ingredients:

2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 pork tenderloins (2 1/2 lb. total), each tenderloin cut into two chunks
2 tablespoons olive oil

Glaze ingredients:

1 cup packed dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons finely chopped garlic (about 6-8 cloves)
1 tablespoon tabasco sauce

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, stir together salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder, and cinnamon, then coat the pork with the spice rub. Heat the oil in an ovenproof 12-inch heavy skillet that is ovenproof  over medium high heat until the oil is hot and rippling. Brown the pork, turning, about 4 minutes total. Leave pork in the skillet. If you don’t have an ovenproof skillet, brown the pork in a skillet and transfer it to a foil-lined baking pan (like a 9X13-inch).

Stir together the brown sugar, garlic, and Tabasco and pat on top of each tenderloin. Roast in the middle of the oven until a thermometer inserted diagonally in center of each tenderloin registers 140, about 25 minutes. Let pork stand in the skillet at room temperature for 10 minutes. The temperature will rise to about 155 while standing. Slice on the diagonal and serve, spooning the sauce from the skillet on top of the pork.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Buffalo Chicken Dip

I won't pretend this is's definitely not ! It made for a great addition to a Halloween party/football watching! My aunt had been telling me about a dip like this, so I though I should try! This recipe comes from On My Menu, and it was SOO tasty with pita chips!

* 2 (10 ounce) cans chunk chicken, drained (I used 1 12.5 oz can and one 5 oz. can)

* 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened (I used 1/3 fat)

* 1 cup Ranch dressing

* 3/4 cup pepper sauce (such as Frank's Buffalo Wing sauce or Regular Frank's hot Sauce)

* 1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

* celery, crackers, pita chips, or tortilla chips

1. Heat chicken and hot sauce in a skillet over medium heat, until heated through. Stir in cream cheese and ranch dressing. Cook, stirring until well blended and warm.

2. Mix in half of the shredded cheese, and transfer the mixture to a slow cooker.

3. Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top, cover, and cook on Low setting until hot and bubbly. Serve with celery sticks, crackers, and/or tortilla chips.

(I put mine in oven at 350 degrees until heated through and cheese on top melted)

Candy Corn Cupcakes

Okay, so maybe I'm a follower.  I have seen these on pretty much every blog I've looked at lately, but they are so cute!  The version I decided to use was from I Heart Naptime.  They used sour cream in theirs, which I love!  It made them very tasty I must say!  They were the hit of the trunk-or-treat!  Maybe one day I will learn how to properly frost my cupcakes to make them look pretty, but in the meantime, I'm just happy they look and taste great! 

1 box yellow cake mix
3 eggs
1/2 c vegetable oil
1/4 c water
1 c sour cream

Food coloring (orange and yellow)
Frosting of choice

With an electric mixer, beat all ingredients for about 2 min. Divide batter into two separate bowls. Add about a 1/2 tsp of food coloring in to each bowl. Stir Well. Spoon about 1 TB of yellow into the bottom of each cupcake liner. Then spoon about 1 TB of orange batter on top of that. Bake for 20 min, remove and let cool completely before frosting.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Chicken Crockpot Taco Soup

I had some friends over for lunch today, needed something easy to make, and what is easier than a crockpot soup!  I think it took 5 minutes to put together this morning.  8 cans to open and dump in, a few other additions, set the dial, and in a few hours you have a great meal!  My aunt sent me this earlier this week and I couldn't wait to try it, especially with the soup kick I've been on lately!  I'll work on a better picture later :)

Chicken Crockpot Taco Soup
From:  Aunt Trish

2 15oz cans dice tomatoes
1 15-¼ oz can Corn with juice
1 15oz can Black beans with juice
1 15 ½ oz can Red Kidney beans with juice
1 15 ½ oz can Pinto beans with juice
1 envelope dry Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix
1 envelope dry Taco Seasoning
½ cup Salsa
¼ cup Green Pepper (optional)
1 tsp Lime Juice
2 large cans (13oz) chicken with juice. (Break a part pieces)

Add all ingredients into crock-pot, stir. Cook low for 4-6 hours

Serve with Tortilla chips, sour cream and shredded cheese.

Caramel Apple Dip

This dip was so incredibly yummy!  It was a perfect treat for a Halloween-time get together.  I mean, what says Halloween like a caramel apple?!  This one will be made again in this house, and probably sometime very soon!  This one came from Mommy's Kitchen.

1 - 8 ounce block of cream cheese, softened
1/4 - 1/2 - cup your favorite caramel sauce (I used Ghiradelli)
1 - tablespoon light brown sugar
1 - cup marshmallow cream
1/2 - tsp vanilla extract
1/2 - cup of heath English toffee bits
6-8 - golden delicious or granny smith apples, sliced

Blend cream cheese and marshmallow cream in a medium mixing bowl until creamy. Add the caramel sauce, brown sugar and vanilla and blend until smooth. Transfer to a decorative bowl. Drizzle more caramel sauce over the top and sprinkle generously with toffee bits. Place the bowl in the center of a decorative platter, surround with freshly sliced apples and serve.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Honey Butter

I do love the Sister's Cafe...I have found lots of yummy recipes to add to my usual rotation of dinners and desserts through their blog.  I'm not sure why, but scones had left my memory for a while until I heard someone mention them the other day.  I love scones!  What goes better on a nice hot scone than honey butter?!  I usually just spread butter and then drizzle honey on them, but this time I thought I'd make my own.  It turned out really tasty, I can't wait to try it with some rolls!

2 cups honey
2 sticks butter (softened, not melted)
1 t. vanilla
1 t. cinnamon

Combine ingredients until completely mixed and serve!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Chili Rubbed Pork with Apricot Glaze

This pork loin is RIDICULOUS...ridiculously tasty!  I had been looking for some new recipes for pork loin, and the Kitchen Cafe had so many to choose from!  This is just one that I bookmarked to try.  It definitely made for a great sunday dinner :) It would be an impressive dinner if you had people over, but yet so simple to do! 

2 (1-pound each) pork tenderloins, fat trimmed

Spice Rub:

1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1/2 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper


1 1/2 cups apricot jam/jelly
1/2 cup barbecue sauce
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger (see tutorial here)
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
2 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
2 small limes, juiced

Combine chili powder, garlic powder, sugar, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Rub the spice mixture on the pork tenderloins. Cover the tenderloins and refrigerate for 2 to 24 hours.

Prior to grilling or roasting, melt the apricot jam in a saucepan over medium heat. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the remaining glaze ingredients. Place half of the glaze in a serving bowl and set aside to serve with the pork tenderloins later.

Grilling Instructions:

Preheat a grill to medium-high heat. Grill the pork tenderloins for 15-20 minutes, or until the internal temperature of the pork reaches 160 degrees F. When approximately 4 minutes of cook time remains, brush the pork tenderloins with the apricot glaze remaining in the pan. Cook for 2 minutes, turn the pork tenderloins and brush glaze on other side. Cook for an additional 2 minutes. Remove pork from the grill, tent with foil and let it rest for about 5 minutes before slicing.

Roasting Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Place the pork tenderloins in a lightly greased, foil-lined 9X13-inch pan. Bake for 15 minutes. Brush with the apricot glaze remaining in the pan. Bake for 15 more minutes. Again, brush with glaze. Bake an additional 10 minutes or until the pork reaches 160 degrees internally. Remove the pork from the oven, tent with foil and let it rest for 5 minutes before slicing.

Serve the sliced pork over couscous, rice or potatoes with the reserved glaze alongside.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Chili Spaghetti

Prior to moving to Ohio, I had a co-worker that told me about this fast food chain out here that served chili over spaghetti.  She reaved about it, but it sounded weird.  So of course when we got out here, we tried this dish.  I have to admit, I did not like the chili at all (there was some spice in there that didn't work for me).  I did like the concept, though!  I found this recipe for chili spaghetti on Stefanie's Cooking, and it was much better than the fast food one I had!  For those of you that aren't in the know with this dish, if you have spaghetti with just the meat chili and cheese, it is called a 3-way.  Add beans and you have a 4-way, and adding chopped onions on top will give you a 5-way.  I prefer mine 4-way style.  If you are ever in Ohio, you can try the fast food version and tell me if you are a fan or not, I'm thinking it must be an acquired taste :) Enjoy!

1 pound ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 (15 oz.) can kidney beans or pinto beans
1 (14 ½oz.) can diced tomatoes
1 (15 oz.) tomato sauce
1 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons chili powder
Cooked spaghetti
grated cheddar cheese
diced onions.
In a large skillet cook ground beef, onion and garlic until meat is brown and onions are tender; drain.

Stir in remaining ingredients; bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Southwest Shepherd's Pie

I can't say that I've cooked with sweet potatoes often.  Up until recently, they were something you had on Thanksgiving covered in marshmallows and brown sugar (yum!).  After learning how good for you and nutrient dense they are, I am trying to use them a little more.  That's why this recipe intrigued me.  I love the flavors of Southwest dishes, and why not throw some sweet potatoes on top?!  This tasted good with a dollop of sour cream on top.  A big thanks goes out to Cassie Craves for sharing this one :)

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
1 small green bell pepper, diced
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon chopped green jalapeño
1 pound ground beef
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 can corn
1/2 cup black beans, rinsed
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut in chunks
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup milk

1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion and bell pepper; cook, stirring, for 10 minutes. Add garlic and jalapeño; cook for 2 minutes. Raise heat to medium-high; add beef and brown for 5 minutes.

2. Add tomato paste and spices; cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add tomatoes; simmer until liquid reduces, 15 minutes. Add corn, beans, and 4 tablespoons cilantro. Spoon into a 9 x 9-inch baking dish.

3. Meanwhile, place sweet potatoes in a saucepan with water to cover. Boil until fork-tender. Drain; mash with butter and milk. Spread mash over the meat mixture. Bake in a 400 degree oven until brown, 30 minutes. Garnish with more cilantro.

Check out some more yummy recipes on Foodista!  Click below!

Shepherd’s Pie on FoodistaShepherd’s Pie

Monday, October 18, 2010


So I've lived in Ohio for over 2 years and had not tried to make these yet, not sure why not!  For those of you that are wondering what a Buckeye is exactly, it is a nut that grows on a tree here and basically looks like the treat below.  It is also the mascot of Ohio State University.  Here's Brutus Buckeye to give you an idea of the inspiration for the treat....

You may hear people call these peanut butter-chocolate balls or something of the not be fooled, they are BUCKEYES! Anyhow, I searched through a few different recipes, and they were all really similar.  Most used chocolate chips rather than the candy coating, but I like how fast the candy coating sets up...I'll let you be the judge.  They were a great treat to have around when we had some people over the over night to watch our Buckeyes play!


2 cups creamy peanut butter
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups confectioners' sugar
1 pkg chocolate candy coating or chocolate bark

1.In a large bowl, mix together the peanut butter, butter, vanilla and confectioners' sugar. Roll into 1 inch balls and place on a waxed paper-lined cookie sheet.

2.Press a toothpick into the top of each ball (to be used later as the handle for dipping) and chill in freezer until firm, about 30 minutes.

3.Melt candy coating in a double boiler or in a bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water. Stir frequently until smooth.

4.Dip frozen peanut butter balls in chocolate holding onto the toothpick. Leave a small portion of peanut butter showing at the top to make them look like Buckeyes. Put back on the cookie sheet and refrigerate until serving.

Yummy, right?  Now here's a real Buckeye for comparison...
All I can say from this point on is GO BUCKS!!!

4 Packet Roast

Crockpots are my saving grace on Sundays. Especially when we get home from church @ 4:15 each week.  The Sister's Cafe provided me with this new recipe to add to my crockpot arsenal.  It is much yummier than the roast I have been doing in the past.  The gravy is good as well, it is salty though.  I made a regular packet of brown gravy and added some of the drippings to it so it wouldn't be too overpowering, and it turned out SO good.  My husband is a huge fan, and I'm sure I'll make it again soon! 

1 packet ranch dressing mix
1 packet brown gravy mix
1 packet Italian salad dressing mix
1 packet onion soup mix
1 roast of choice
1/2-3/4 cup of water
assorted veggies if desired (carrots, onions, potatoes)

Place roast in crockpot. Arrange vegetables around the roast if being used. Sprinkle the mix packets over the roast. Pour water around the roast. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.

Pizza Bites

We had some people over the other night to watch our Buckeyes play (don't ask the outcome).  We had a few snack-type foods to have on hand that would be good for a football game, and these were perfect!  Just a little pizza bite that wasn't greasy like the pizza rolls you get at the store.  I will definitely make these again!  I found these on over at Our Best Bites and will make them again for sure!  They also had the suggestion for using chicken, bacon in these and dipping in ranch...that'll be on my to try list next!

1 roll refrigerated pizza dough* (or make your own)
marinara/pizza sauce (click here to make your own)
2 T grated Parmesan cheese (sorry, I don't know how to make that)
1 T olive oil or melted butter
1/2 t garlic powder
1 t dried Italian seasoning
mozzerella cheese
Pizza toppings of your choice: ie, ham and pineapple, pepperoni slices, sausage, etc.

*You can use regular pizza dough, or thin crust.
Preheat oven to heat specified on pizza dough package. Usually it's 400 degrees. If you make your own dough, 400 is usually a good heat as well.

Unroll your pizza dough onto a lightly floured surface. Pat or roll the dough so it's about 12" by 8". You're going to want to cut it into 24 squares, so just eyeball it if you need to. Use a pizza cutter to slice the dough into 24 squares.

Place cheese and desired toppings on each square. Just eyeball how much. You just need to be able to enclose the toppings in the dough so keep that in mind.
When all of your dough squares have cheese and toppings on them, carefully lift up each square and wrap the dough around the toppings. Pinch to make sure each ball is sealed shut and then place them seam side down in a lightly sprayed pie pan (or mini muffin tins).

Brush the tops of the dough balls with olive oil or melted butter and then sprinkle with the garlic and Italian seasoning and top with Parmesan cheese.

Cook them in the oven for about 15-20 minutes or until golden brown on top (if using mini muffin tins, start checking them around 9 or 10 minutes). Keep an eye on them! Doughs vary, so I'd check them after even 10 minutes.

Serve warm with warmed marinara sauce on the side for dipping.

Wonderful Mashed Potatoes

I am a SUCKER for potatoes and gravy...if I were on death row, I believe they would be on my final menu!  The sure sign you have some good mashed taters is that they taste wonderful WITHOUT gravy.  These were just that.  So obviously for Thanksgiving potatoes are one of my top priorities...even over the turkey ;)  

Wonderful Mashed Potatoes 

3 lbs. potatoes, peeled and quartered
1/4 lb. butter
1/2-1 c. milk
1/2 c. sour cream
2 tsp. salt (I like garlic salt)
1/2 tsp. ground pepper

Cook the potatoes in a large pot of boiling salted water for 15-20 minutes until very tender. Meanwhile heat the butter and milk in small sauce pan (or in microwave). Drain potatoes. While still hot, place the potatoes in a big bowl. Slowly add the milk and butter mixture, sour cream, salt, and pepper. Mix until the potatoes are mashed but not completely smooth.

Recipe Source:  Sister's Cafe

Friday, October 15, 2010

Bear's White Bean Chicken Chili

Once again, bring on the soup!  I don't know where the name comes from, I just copied what the food blog called it.  This is a very easy dinner that you can just throw in the crockpot and have ready by dinnertime.  It doesn't get easier than throwing in FROZEN chicken breasts and opening a few cans :)  I highly reccomned putting a handful of cheese on this, slice an avocado, and topping with cilantro, mixing it up and eating with tortilla strips!  If you don't love spicy food, leave out the jalepeno, it has plenty of kick without it!  This recipe comes from The Recipe Club.  It's delicious and will make its way into my soup rotation!

2 cups chicken broth
3 frozen chicken breast
1/2 white or yellow onion, chopped
2 cans mild diced green chiles, undrained
2 cans great northern beans, undriained (I used looked a little to brothy for me)
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. oregano
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
sliced jalapeno peppers, optional (I used a few teaspoons of canned diced jalepenos

Cook in crock pot on high 3-5 hours. About 1/2 hour before serving, cut up chicken and put back in crock pot.

Right before serving, add:

1 cup sour cream
1/2 block cream cheese

top with extra sour cream, cheese, avacado, cilantro, corn chips, pico, ect.

Fast version:

Grill chicken. Bring all other ingredients to a boil. Boil until beans and onion are tender. Add chicken and serve as above.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Marshmallow Popcorn

This is where caramel corn meets rice krispie treat!  I was craving a little something sweet tonight and came across this one while I was going through my old cooking club entries.  I just bought a new bag of marshmallows this morning and this looked really easy, and it was!  This one came from my visiting teacher, Jami.

1 bag plain microwave popcorn—popped, remove unpopped kernels
1 stick butter
½ c. brown sugar
2 c. mini marshmallos

Melt butter in small pan, add sugar and stir in marshmallows. Remove from heat as soon as marshmallows are melted. Pour over popcorn in bowl, mix!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Teryaki Chicken Fried Rice

This recipe sounded really good when I first saw it.  I have to say it wasn't quite as flavorful as I had hoped.  I definitely will make it again, but next time I may add more sauce, some egg, and maybe some more spice of some sort.  I got this one from My Sister's Cafe.

2 cups uncooked brown rice (4-5 cups cooked)
2 Tb olive oil
1 large chicken breast, finely sliced (about 1 lb)
1 bunch green onions, chopped
1 carrot, finely chopped
1-2 cups sugar snap peas, fresh or frozen
1/2 cup teriyaki sauce

Cook rice as directed on package. Over med-high heat, stir fry the chicken in 1 Tb olive oil until fully cooked, about 5 minutes. Remove from pan. Add the other 1 Tb olive oil and saute green onions and carrots over medium heat for 5 minutes. Stir in peas, rice and chicken. Pour in the teriyaki sauce and stir to distribute evenly. Cook another few minutes over medium heat, stirring frequently.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Pasta e Fagioli

I told my husband this week that I am starting to make soup once a week now that the weather is more conducive to it.  He objects, constantly telling me that soup is not a meal.  Although last week when I made a copykat version of Olive Garden's Zuppa Toscana, he was more than thrilled. This recipe was compared to the Olive Garden's Pasta e Fagioli.  I wouldn't say it tastes the same by any means, but it's good!  It is a great hearty soup perfect for the fall! 

Pasta e Fagioli

2 tbsp. butter, divided
1 (20 oz.) package sweet Italian sausage, casings removed
1/2 large onion, finely chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
4 carrots, thinly sliced
4 stalks celery, thinly sliced
1 (28 oz.) can diced tomatoes
1 can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 can cannelini beans, drained and rinsed

64 oz. reduced-sodium beef broth
1 (28 oz.) can tomato sauce
2 tsp. dried parsley
1/2 tsp. dried basil
1 tsp. salt
4 oz. ditalini pasta

Melt 1 tablespoon of the butter in a Dutch oven or large stockpot over medium-high heat. Add the sausage to the pot and brown, crumbling as it cooks. Once the sausage is browned, remove it from the pot with a slotted spoon and discard any excess grease.

Melt the remaining tablespoon of butter in the pot. Add the onion, garlic, carrot and celery, and saute over medium heat until vegetables are soft, 8-10 minutes. Return the sausage to the pot, add the can of diced tomatoes with juices, stir briefly, and simmer for 10 minutes.

Add the beans, beef broth and tomato sauce to the pot. Add in all of the seasonings, stir well, increase the heat to high and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer at least 30 minutes.

Add the dry pasta and continue to simmer on low for another 30 minutes. Serve.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Creamy Ham and Pea Farfalle

This is definitely not something you want to eat everyday, you would have a heart attack!  A butter and cream sauce is probably not on a cardiac diet!  Every once and a while it is just nice to have a comforting creamy pasta!  With a few adjustments, I got this recipe from Mindika Moments.

1/4 C. butter
1 C. Ham cut into ¼ inch pieces (or Canadian Bacon)
1 C. frozen peas – defrosted (I actually used 2 cups...the more veggies the better, right?)
2-3 T. flour (2 T. your sauce will be thinner. If you like a thick sauce, use 3 T.)
4 C. Heavy Cream
2-3 cloves minced garlic
1 C. parmesan Cheese grated
16 oz. bag or box farfalle pasta cooked and drained

1. Melt butter in a large sauce pan. Heat until bubbly. Add ham (or canadian bacon) and stir until just heated through.

2. Add flour and stir until incorporated. Stir for about 3 minutes to cook out flour taste.

3. Add Cream, Garlic, and Cheese and stir until sauce thickens.

4. Add peas and pasta.  Serve warm.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Caramel Apple Crisp

I'm trying to put my apples to good use that we got at the apple orchard last week.  We had the missionaries over tonight for dinner, and this is what they got for dessert.  It turned out great and with some vanilla ice cream on the side, it was even better.  The original recipe came from Allrecipes, but I switched it up a bit after reading some of the reviews.

Apple Filling:

5 large Granny Smith apples (I used honeycrisp)- peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
1/2 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 cup water


1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup quick cooking oats
1 cup butter, softened

Caramel Sauce:

1 (14 ounce) package individually wrapped caramels, unwrapped
1 (5 ounce) can evaporated milk

1. Preheat oven to 350 F (175 degree C).

2. In a heavy sauce pan over low heat, melt the caramels with the evaporated milk.  Heat , stirring frequently, until mixture has a smooth consistency. Drizzle the caramel sauce over the top of apples.

3.In a medium size bowl, toss apples with sugar, flour, cinnamon, lemon juice, and water; spread evenly into a 8x8 inch pan. In another bowl, mix together flour, brown sugar, oats, and butter; spoon mixture evenly over caramel.

4.Bake in preheated oven for about 45 minutes (apple mixture will bubble and topping will be golden brown).

Moist Corn Bread

Have I mentioned how happy fall time makes me?!  I t  hink it is the best time of year for comfort food, pumpkin breads, apple desserts, soups and chilis, and wonferful sides like this corn bread!This is yet another recipe from cooking club.  I'm so glad I joined this club, because I have gotten so many delicious recipes from it!  This one is no exception.  It comes from my friend Sheena, who is always sharing yummy recipes with the group.  Serve it alongside your favorite chili or Taco Soup and you have a fabulous dinner!  Not to mention it is a lot quicker to throw together than making your own breadsticks :)

2 cups Bisquick
1 c. sugar
1 c. milk
½ tsp. baking soda
4-5 heaping Tbsp. yellow cornmeal
3 eggs
1 c. (2 sticks) butter, melted

Mix together in ungreased 9x13 pan. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Serves 12.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips

Another recipe for brunch on Conference weekend.  This is SO good!  I got this recipe from cooking club, submitted by Noelle.  Pure deliciousness!

* 2 kiwis, peeled and diced
* 2 crisp apples - peeled, cored and diced
* 8 ounces raspberries
* 1 pound strawberries
* 2 tablespoons white sugar
* 1 tablespoon brown sugar
* 3 tablespoons fruit preserves, any flavor

* 10 (10 inch) flour tortillas
* butter flavored cooking spray
* 2 cups cinnamon sugar

1. In a large bowl, thoroughly mix kiwis, Golden Delicious apples, raspberries, strawberries, white sugar, brown sugar

and fruit preserves. Cover and chill in the refrigerator at least 15 minutes.

2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

3. Coat one side of each flour tortilla with butter flavored cooking spray. Cut into wedges and arrange in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Sprinkle wedges with desired amount of cinnamon sugar. Spray again with cooking spray.

4. Bake in the preheated oven 8 to 10 minutes. Repeat with any remaining tortilla wedges. Allow to cool approximately 15 minutes. Serve with chilled fruit mixture.

Caramel Overnight French Toast

Conference weekend....brunch with friends...what to make?!  I was searching on All Recipes and came across this recipe.  It is great!  I did make a few changes to the original recipe with wonderful results!

1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
12 slices bread (I used 1 loaf of Pepperidge Farm Cinnamon Swirl bread, about 16 pieces) cut into 1 inch cubes
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided
6 eggs
1 1/2 cups milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1.In a small saucepan, bring the brown sugar, butter and corn syrup to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat. Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking dish. Top with half of bread. Combine sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon; sprinkle half over the bread. Place remaining bread on top. Sprinkle with remaining cinnamon-sugar; set aside.

2.In a large bowl, beat the eggs, milk, vanilla and remaining cinnamon. Pour over bread. Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.

3.Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees F for 30-35 minutes.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Bubble Pizza

I am always on a quest to find creative ways to "spice up" regular old recipes, so when I saw this recipe from Cook and Tell, I knew I had to give it a try.  It was nice for a change to make pizza and not to have to make the dough (although I do think homemade dough is better).  This is a really quick to put together dinner on a busy night!

4 cans buttermilk refrigerator biscuits, quartered and shook in cornmeal
1 1/2 cups pizza sauce
2-4 cloves garlic
3 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
cornmeal (the recipe on the website never said how much to use...I think I ended up using about 1/4 a cup, maybe just a bit more :))

Toppings: onion, ham, mushroom, olives, green pepper, bacon, pepperoni, whatever you like on your pizza!

Preheat oven to 375.

Quarter biscuits and shake in cornmeal. Place in a large bowl. Mix pizza sauce, garlic, and any other toppings. Stir with biscuits. Put in a 9x13 pan. Top with cheese and other toppings. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes.

Pumpkin Apple Spice Muffins

It's that time of year!  Yesterday we went apple and pumpkin picking at a local fruit farm, and it was so much fun!  Now, time to use up some of those apples we brought home!  These muffins are mighty tasty, a perfect breakfast for a General Conference weekend!  Thanks to My Kitchen Cafe for sharing this yummy recipe!

1 2/3 cups all purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 Granny Smith apple, peeled and finely chopped

1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
3 tablespoons sugar

Combine first 6 ingredients in a large bowl; make a well in center of mixture. Combine pumpkin, butter, and eggs in another bowl and add to dry ingredients, stirring just until moistened. Fold in chopped apple and spoon into greased muffin pans, filling two-thirds full. Combine 3 tablespoons sugar and 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice; sprinkle evenly over muffins. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Remove from pans immediately, and cool on wire racks.