Sweet-and-Sour Sauce
Recipes / September 13, 2018

Who knows how old those sauce packets in the junk drawer are! Mix up this super-easy sauce instead. Sweet-and-Sour Sauce 3 tablespoons apricot preserves 2 tablespoons ketchup 2 tablespoons brown sugar 2 tablespoons soy sauce Mix all the ingredients together and chill. Adapted from The Stocked Kitchen by Sarah Kallio and Stacey Krastins.

Crab Rangoon with Sweet-and-Sour Sauce
Recipes / September 12, 2018

I love crab rangoon! This recipe calls for using puff pastry, instead of the typical wonton wrappers, but they are still tasty. Crab Rangoon with Sweet-and-Sour Sauce 1 sheet puff pastry, thawed 1 tablespoon sour cream Half an 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened Half a 6-ounce can crab, drained, or half an 8-ounce package imitation crab, chopped 1 green onion, thinly sliced 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon pureed ginger 1 teaspoon soy sauce 1/3 cup confectioners’ sugar Sweet-and-sour sauce (optional) Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Roll out the pastry on a floured surface to approximately 11 by 14 inches. With a pizza cutter, cut the pastry into 24 pieces. Stretch the pastry pieces slightly and lay in the cups of a mini muffin pan. Mix together the remaining ingredients. Fill each cup with 2 teaspoons of the mixture. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until the corners begin to brown. Serve immediately with sweet-and-sour sauce. My notes: Imitation crab isn’t my favorite, but in this recipe it’s fine. I will share an easy sweet-and-sour sauce recipe tomorrow. Adapted from The Stocked Kitchen by Sarah Kallio and Stacey Krastins.  

Deep Dish Skillet Brownie
Recipes / September 5, 2018

I’m a big fan of mug cakes. Few ingredients, quick to make, and no sharing! What’s not to love? I made this in a ramekin, but it still counts. ūüôā Deep Dish Skillet Brownie 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons almond flour 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons cocoa powder 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1 tablespoon granulated sweetener of choice 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon ground flax or 1 large egg 1 tablespoon oil of choice 2 tablespoons milk of choice Chocolate chips, to top (can be sugar-free) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a mini skillet or small baking dish or ramekin and set aside. In a small mixing bowl, add the dry ingredients and mix well. Add in the oil and milk and stir until a batter is formed. Top the batter with chocolate chips and bake in the oven for 10 to 12 minutes, or until it’s just cooked in the center and the chocolate chips have melted. (Can cook in microwave, but might get gummy. Cook in 30-second intervals until desired consistency.) My notes:¬†This wasn’t great. If you really need a sweet fix, it will do. It didn’t have the taste or texture of a brownie…

Bonus Recipe: Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
Recipes / August 30, 2018

There are three different types of chocolate chip recipes in the Martha Stewart’s Cookies cookbook: Thin and Crisp, Cakey, and the recipe below. I really do not like crisp chocolate chip cookies, and I’m not sure about cakey. So these seemed like my best bet. Luckily, I guessed right, because these are excellent cookies. My son, who has never baked cookies, made these with some friends the other day because they had already eaten the batch that I made. Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature 1/2 cup sugar 1 cup packed brown sugar 1 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 2 large eggs 2 cups semisweet or milk chocolate chips Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Whisk together flour and baking soda in medium bowl. Put butter and sugars in the bowl of an electric mixer. Mix on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Reduce speed to low. Add salt, vanilla, and eggs; mix until well blended, about 1 minute. Mix in flour mixture. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop heaping tablespoons of dough onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper, spacing…

Mini Black-and-White Cookies
Recipes / August 29, 2018

I decided to make these black and white cookies, because of the Seinfeld episode where Jerry buys this type of cookie at a bakery and says for racial harmony we “Should look to the cookie!” I have never eaten a real, New York City black and white cookie, so I didn’t know exactly what to expect.¬† I have to say this version of black and white cookies did not impress. Mini Black-and White Cookies For the cookies: 1 1/4 cups flour 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature 1/2 cup sugar 1 large egg 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/3 cup low-fat buttermilk For the icing: 2 cups powdered sugar 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon light corn syrup 2 1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 tablespoon water, plus more if needed 1 tablespoon unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. To make cookies, sift together flour, baking soda, and salt into a bowl. Put butter in the bowl of an electric mixer. Mix until creamy, about 2 minutes. Add granulated sugar; mix until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Mix in egg and vanilla. Mix in flour mixture in…

Run Fast, Eat Slow: Superhero Muffins
Recipes / August 23, 2018

Today I am revisiting Run Fast. Eat Slow.¬†to bring you a muffin recipe that I’ve been making over and over again. Superhero Muffins 2 cups almond meal 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon sea salt 1/2 cup walnuts (optional) 1/2 cup raisins, chopped dates, or chocolate chips 3 eggs, beaten 1 cup grated zucchini 1 cup grated carrots 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted 1/2 cup maple syrup 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease or line a 12-cup muffin tin. In a large bowl, combine the almond meal, oats, spices, baking soda, salt, and any optional items. In a separate bowl, mix together the eggs, zucchini, carrots, butter, maple syrup, and vanilla. Add to the dry ingredients, mixing until just combined. The batter will be thick. Spoon the batter into the muffin cups, filling each to the brim. (I use an ice cream scoop to fill the tins.) Bake until the muffins are nicely browned on top and a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean, 25 to 35 minutes. My notes: These are super versatile. I have used a…

Roasted Green Beans With Shallots
Recipes / August 22, 2018

I’m usually pretty uninspired when it comes to cooking vegetables. Thank goodness for the frozen vegetables that come in those steam packs! This is a simple, but delicious recipe to keep green beans from being boring. Roasted Green Beans With Shallots 12 ounces green beans, trimmed 1 tablespoons grapeseed or vegetable oil 1 large shallot, thinly sliced Salt 1 tablespoon unsalted butter Handful of roughly chopped fresh parsley (optional) 1 lemon, halved (optional) Put a large baking sheet on a rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat the oven to 500 degrees. In a large bowl, toss the green beans with the oil, shallot, and a few generous pinches of salt. Spread the vegetables evenly on the hot baking sheet and turn the broiler to high. Cook, shaking the baking sheet once, until the beans are tender, wrinkled, and charred, about 10 minutes. Remove the baking sheet from the oven, add the butter, and stir as it melts. Scrape it all into a serving bowl, add the parsley, and toss well. Season with lemon juice and more salt to taste. My notes:¬†I forgot to turn on the broiler, and these still turned out great! Make them with…

Tuesday Links
Favorite Things , Recipes / August 21, 2018

The kids are back in school, and I am enjoying the more structured routine. Here are some things I’ve been reading (and cooking). Recipe: Nacho Spuds: If you’re taco Tuesdays have gotten a little blah, try out Rachel Ray’s twist on nachos. ‘Tampopo’ Is the Ultimate Cult Classic Food Film: Haven’t see this movie, but it looks like I may need to. 5 Realistic Ways to Reduce Food Waste When You Have Kids: You really don’t have to have kids to use these helpful tips. This Bookstore Is Stuffed With Just One Thing: Cookbooks: Must visit! Soda Can Cocktails: Secretly Delicious Drinks You Can Take Anywhere: I am making the LaCroix Pamplemousse cocktail this weekend. How I Mastered the Workday Lunch: I have been working for a bazillion years, and I still haven’t mastered lunch. Hope this article helps. Have a great week everyone!

Italian Pressed Sandwiches
Recipes / July 3, 2018

Sandwiches are a great lunch idea when it’s too hot to cook. Italian Pressed Sandwiches 6 to 8 ciabatta rolls 1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1/4 pound prosciutto, thinly sliced 1/2 pound salami, thinly sliced 1/2 pound fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced Freshly ground black pepper 1/8 teaspoon dried oregano 5 whole sun-dried tomatoes in oil, thinly sliced Slice the rolls and drizzle insides with the olive oil. On one half, lay down the prosciutto to cover. Repeat with the salami and mozzarella. Top with the pepper, oregano, and sun-dried tomatoes. Press down on the sandwich and wrap tightly in plastic wrap and then foil. Press under heavy saucepans or cans for up to overnight in the refrigerator. When ready to eat, unwrap the loaf and cut into servings. My notes:¬†Sandwiches can get pretty boring, but this is a yummy combination of ingredients. With no mayonnaise, these are perfect to take on a picnic or to the beach. Adapted from Mad Hungry: Feeding Men and Boys  

Wednesday Links
Cooking Tips , Favorite Things , Recipes / June 27, 2018

The Fourth of July is just a week away! Here are some links and articles to help you get ready. The best way to cook hot dogs and make them perfect every time:¬†I think you will be surprised by the answer. Seven tools to pack when you cook in someone else’s kitchen:¬†Those vacation rental kitchens are always under stocked. For some reason it never occurred to me to just bring my own tools from home. The 23 essential barbecue dishes in America: In case you are travelling over the 4th, here are some restaurant ideas. These lists are always kind of ridiculous, but since mutton from Owensboro, KY (where I lived for a few years) is on the list, I think it has some validity. I don’t even like mutton, but this dish is a local favorite. Everything you need to throw the best 4th of July party:¬†I’m pretty sure you don’t really need anything on this list to throw a great party, but this¬†inflatable indoor/outdoor buffet cooler¬†is pretty festive. Recipe: Best easy Italian pasta salad: Here’s a super quick and tasty dish to take to a 4th of July get together. I hope everyone has a great holiday!  …

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