Friday, June 28, 2013
1 ¼ C canned chickpeas, well-rinsed and patted dry
2 tps vanilla
½ C + 2 Tbls peanut butter
¼ C honey
1 tsp baking powder
½ C chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350°.
Combine all the ingredients, except for the chocolate chips, in a food processor and process until very smooth. Scrape sides to thoroughly process all ingredients. Stir in (or pulse in) chocolate chips. Form into 1½″ balls. Place on cookie tray lined with parchment paper. Press balls into 2" cookie rounds. Bake for about 10 minutes.
Sunday, June 16, 2013
(It's not the best photo, they're still in the pan! But I don't want to cut into them yet...I'm taking them to school tomorrow: Happy end of the school year!!)
Ingredients, oatmeal cookie base:
1 C butter
2 C brown sugar
½ tsp vanilla
3 C oats
2½ C flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
Ingredients, fudge layer:
12 oz chocolate chips
1 14-oz can sweetened condensed milk
2 Tbls butter
½ tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
Preheat oven to 350˚.
To make cookie base...
Cream together butter and brown sugar; beat in eggs and vanilla until smooth. Stir in oats. Add flour, soda and salt all at once, stirring until well combined. Spread abouat two-thirds of this mixture over the bottom of a 9x13 pan (or, for thinner cookies, spread evenly over a jelly roll baking sheet).
To make fudge layer...
Combine the chips, sweetened condensed milk, butter and salt in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir continually until chocolate is melted and all ingredients are smoothly combined. Stir in vanilla.
Pour fudge sauce -- and spread as needed -- over oatmeal cookie base. Dot with bits of remaining oatmeal mixture. Bake for 25-30 minutes. (20-25 minutes for the thinner bars.)
Serve with lots of cold milk! :)
Monday, June 10, 2013
Sunday, June 9, 2013
4 strips bacon
1 sweet onion, halved & thinly sliced
2 C broccoli florets
1½ C milk
½ tsp dried basil, crushed
4 C sourdough bread, 1" cubes
4 oz Muenster or Swiss cheese, ½" cubes
salt and pepper to taste
In large skillet, cook bacon until crisp; remove bacon, reserving drippings in skillet. Crumble bacon and set aside. Add onions to skillet; cover and cook on medium-low heat 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Meanwhile, in small saucepan, cook broccoli in lightly salted water about 3 minutes, until fork tender. Drain.
Uncover onions, increase heat to medium and cook until caramelized (about 5 minutes).
In a large bowl, whisk together eggs,milk, basil, salt and pepper. Stir in bread, broccoli, onion, cheese and bacon. Transfer to 2 quart baking dish; cover and chill 2-24 hours.
Preheat oven to 325°. Bake casserole, covered, 20 minutes. Uncover; bake an additional 20-30 minutes until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
I only had a small, sweet onion when I made this recipe, so (in case you notice in the picture) I added some scallions. Not exactly the same flavor as a sweet onion, but I knew I'd like it anyway.
Saturday, June 8, 2013
The puréed cauliflower in this recipe (from the Food Network) makes a wonderfully creamy twice-baked-potato without the extra fat of cream, butter or sour cream. And it tastes great! They do still get topped off with cheese and bacon...
2 C + 3 Tbls flour
½ C powdered sugar, additional for garnish
2 Tbls cornstarch
¼ tsp salt
1 C cold butter, diced
1 C sugar
1/3 C half-and-half
1/3 C lemon juice
1/3 C lime juice
1 tsp lemon zest, additional for garnish
1 tsp lime zest, additional for garnish
1 drop green food coloring
Preheat oven to 350°. Line 9x13" pan with parchment - bottom and up sides.
For the crust... Sift together 2 cups flour, powdered sugar, cornstarch and salt. Cut in cold butter chunks until the mixture is mealy. It will be a VERY DRY crust. Press firmly to bottom of pan. Bake 15 minutes.
For the lemon & lime filling... Whisk together eggs, sugar, half-and-half, and 3 Tbls flour. Divide equally into two bowls. Add lemon juice and lemon zest to one. Add lime juice, lime zest, and a drop of green food coloring to the other. (Personally, I think the food coloring looks too artificial. It is kind of nice to see a visual difference between the lemon and lime layers, however; ...one small drop?)
As soon as crust is baked, pour lime filling over hot crust; return to oven for 12 minutes. Next, pour lemon filling over lime filling; bake for another 10-12 minutes until set. Cool completely on a wire rack.
Use parchment to remove cooled, uncut bars from pan. Cut into bars. Dust with additional powdered sugar, lemon and/or lime zest to serve. Store in refrigerator.
Monday, June 3, 2013
½ head green cabbage, finely sliced
½ head red cabbage, finely sliced
4 carrots, shredded or finely julienned
2 bell peppers*, julienned
1 C chopped parsley
½ C white wine vinegar
½ C olive oil
1 tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
2 Tbls sugar
* You can use any color bell peppers you want, but a yellow and red add more color variety since there's already green cabbage and parsley, and orange carrots in the mix.
In a small bowl, whisk together vinegar, oil, salt, pepper and sugar. Toss with remaining ingredients in a larger bowl. Refrigerate at least an hour before serving, to chill and allow vinaigrette to pickle the salad.