Other Recipes

I intend to continue posting our weekly dinner menus, but also want to have a place to keep online recipes for non-dinner things, like cookies. So here goes.

March 23, 2017: Pecans + chocolate = a favorite combination. These did not disappoint, although 9 minutes was not long enough

March 17, 2017: We finally unpacked all of our kitchen stuff and found our ice cream maker! For St. Patty's day, the girls picked mint chocolate chip ice cream. I used about 20 mint leaves and 1/2 teaspoon of mint extract. The yellow color from the yolks was a bit weird, but taste was great!

January 15, 2017: I love pudding, but the last time I read the ingredients for instant pudding, I was turned off. This recipe for Dark Chocolate Pudding requires some ingredients that I don't normally keep on hand (I'm looking at you, bittersweet chocolate and heavy whipping cream), but a little planning ahead was worth the effort!

December 10, 2016: Make these pancakes with 100% whole wheat white flour and top with peanut butter and you will feel like you got a treat, but you'll also feel sustained throughout your morning.

November 19, 2016: I love butternut squash, and I'm somewhat desperate for my kids to love it too, so I made this Butternut Squash Macaroni & Cheese. The verdict? The kids said too cheesy. Nate says too much rosemary. I would make it again, but maybe double the pasta and halve the rosemary. Panko breadcrumbs were great on top, as they always are in place of regular bread crumbs.

March 3, 2016: I'm breaking my own rule by posting a recipe that I've made many times, but Alton Brown's Shepherd's Pie is so tasty that I can't help but make and share the recipe again and again. I was on my A-game too...making it Thursday night to be enjoyed Friday night. That meant I could go to my first yoga TRX class after work, before dinner, with a new friend!

February 29, 2016: Occasionally at work I get the chance to teach cooking classes. On Monday, the last day of heart month, I taught a class to 50 cardiology patients. I taught them how to make this Edamame Confetti Salad and chai flavored Chia Seed Pudding.

February 20, 2016: Today we had some new friends over for breakfast and because I had just made my go-to frittata (Potato Basil Frittata) on Thursday for our household potluck, I needed a new recipe. I had ricotta, kale and bacon, so I settled on this Frittata with Bacon, Fresh Ricotta and Greens. It was great, although the raspberry scones by Nate and chocolate-chip banana muffins by Priska really made the meal.

February 12, 2016: When it's only 9 degrees outside, it just makes sense to make chicken noodle soup. We took part in the home delivery service from Cress Spring Bakery, so we had some fresh bread to round out our meal. Oh, and some chocolate chip banana muffins from the bakery too, which we added cream cheese frosting to, in honor of Peter's first birthday. Happy Birthday Peter!

February 11, 2016: Good old fashioned chili from Ellie Krieger. Very tasty, with the addition of some smoked paprika. If you call it taco soup, your two and four year old children might like it!

February 9, 2016: This past Sunday, I was determined to plan our meals for the week, but at the same time feeling uninspired. Then I remembered a pasta dish that a friend made for our household (small group) potluck a few weeks ago. It had pecans and goat cheese in it, so I was instantly intrigued. Bethany was kind enough to share the recipe, so I made Roasted Butternut Squash and Creamy Goat Cheese Pasta tonight. The girls were not excited by it, but Nate and Peter were!

February 2, 2016: My co-worker Julie has a beautiful blog that I recently subscribed to. She posted these Corn-Chili Chicken Nuggets with Avocado Yogurt Dip, which sounded awesome, so I made them, to go along with leftover soup, roasted cauliflower, and Marcia's dutch-oven baked bread. Yum, even if it was a quick meal before boot camp!

February 1, 2016: Cold winter days make me crave soup. I couldn't win over Louisa and Cora with it, but Peter approves! I'd make this Potato Leek Soup again for sure. Only change I made was Herbes de Provence instead of fresh thyme, since I didn't have dried thyme and didn't want to buy a packet of fresh only to use one sprig. I need to get some potted herbs ASAP.

January 30, 2016 update: I'm ready to start posting again. This time around, I'm thinking of only posting new recipes that we try, to help encourage, well...trying new recipes. So I'll start with today. Of course we've made black beans and rice plenty of times, but tonight I turned to Serious Eats for some thoughts on soaking those little black gems. I would definitely make The Lazy Cook's Black Beans again.

Sometime in the fall of 2015: Nate was feeling like making bran muffins a few months ago, so we bought some toasted oat bran from Trader Joe's. The recipe on the container wasn't amazing, so today I'm trying this Bran Muffins recipe. I mixed raisins in the batter and Louisa sprinkled coconut on top.

April 18, 2015: Today we had a "royal birthday breakfast" for the girls for their 4th and 2nd birthdays. To entice parents to stay and hang out, we offered bloody mary's and mimosas. We happened to have 2 quart size bags of tomato puree in our freezer, so we made our own mix. Yum! Oh, and we made this tasty asparagus quiche and I learned that it is not necessary to pre-bake your crust before putting the filling in.

November 5, 2014: Halloween was so fun this year with two girls trotting from house to house, but we came home with SO MUCH candy. I'm not going to lie, I love candy, but there is something about the massive basket sitting in our cupboard that's creating a love/hate relationship. I love it when I just finished lunch or dinner and want to eat one or two pieces, but then I hate it after I eat three or four and wonder what was so appealing about that? It doesn't taste nearly as good as it used to. So I decided that I'd feel better about this candy problem if I made cookies out of the Snickers.

September 14, 2014: Leftover cream cheese frosting from the cinnamon rolls….why not make carrot cake cupcakes for our picnic with friends? These were simple and very good. Tasted great with 1/3 less sugar than the recipe calls for.
      September 13, 2014: I'll blame the pregnancy for my urge to bake. I googled "homemade play dough," made it, and then got distracted by this blog and found a recipe for cinnamon rolls without yeast. I think it's important to make decadent treats that you sometimes buy at a bakery, just to really understand what goes in them, so I made these. Yum, but too sweet for this pregnant mama. Does that mean it's a boy? I should note too, that I don't have anything against yeast, it's just an extra step. I halved the frosting recipes and still had more than enough (see above)…

      August 2, 2014: A kind neighbor left a massive zucchini on our doorstep last week. We're not the biggest zucchini fans, so I shredded the whole thing at once and made zucchini brownieschocolate-chip zucchini muffins, and zucchini pancakes. I'm sad to say that the last recipe was a fail, and I can no longer say that everything I've made from Barefoot Contessa/Ina Garten is awesome. Maybe I can blame the huge zucchini because it had too much moisture, but they just didn't hold together. The muffins were fantastic and the brownies were decent.

      March 3, 2014: Today I made chocolate-ginger scones for my MOPS steering meeting. They were great! Very biscuit like and not too sweet. I have Melissa Witte to thank. She made a few varieties of this recipe for a lovely spring baby shower for me before Louisa was born. 

      Summer 2013: We have cucumbers growing out of our ears! When tasked with buying some top soil and tomato cages one week after Cora's birth, Nate and Lou came back with a few more seedlings, among them, one Armenian Grey Ghost cucumber plant. It looked so innocent back then. Now we're drinking cucumber gimlets: Cucumber Gimlet

      Summer 2013: I was watching PBS yesterday and paused on a Martha Stewart baking show. The theme was meringue. Since we have two granny smith apple trees in our yard, I decided to make the Huguenot Torte from the show. It was not the prettiest dessert I've even seen, but it was tasty. I made half the recipe and cut the sugar by 1/3 - something I usually do when baking since it doesn't affect the chemistry and it's rarely noticeable taste-wise.

      Spring 2013: We'll start with two different cookie recipes that I made today - both for coffee hour at church tomorrow: Peanut butter chocolate chip cookies & Oatmeal raisin cookies

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