52Weeks · Baking · Dessert

Gone with the Wind

Sweet Potato Pie

Sweet Potato Pie

Last week the /52weeksofcooking challenge was to prepare pie – no restrictions on what kind just have to make a pie.  I debated a few options, as I was doing this post-Thanksgiving I didn’t want something super sweet and also wanted to try something new.  Growing up I had heard of Sweet Potato Pie thanks to movies and TV shows (ER!), but I was in college the first time I ever had sweet potato pie.  It was amazing!  Not as sweet as pumpkin pie but still more sweet than savory.  At school they served it with a standard butter crust which was perfection when it came to flakiness but left me wanting something with a bit more bite.  Which is why I decided to do a pat-in-pan graham cracker crust for my pie, in the hopes it would provide a bit of a contrast to the uber soft sweet potato filling.

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I served this topped with some homemade slow cooker caramel, and it was delicious!  Turns out this was my husband’s first time eating sweet potato pie and based on the large slices he cut himself the following day I’m going to say it was a success.

Baking · Dessert · Secret Recipe Club

On to the Next

Banana Snickerdoodles

Banana Snickerdoodle

I’m writing this post as the smell of cinnamon and banana deliciousness slowly takes over my kitchen.  I happened to be on Facebook this afternoon when I saw there was a possible orphan in group C of the Secret Recipe Club.  Never one to pass on trying a new recipe I volunteered and was linked up with the awesome Toni of Mommy’s Menu.  I was instantly pulled in by her incredibly vibrant header which features all sorts of sweet and savory treats.  Knowing that going to the grocery store wasn’t an option I set out to find the perfect recipe that would incorporate things I had on hand.  In the end my husband found the recipe, looking over my shoulder and saying “those look gooood”.  After verifying the ingredients with those on hand I headed to the mixer and got baking!  I wound up being a little short on shortening so I subbed some unsalted butter and carried on.

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These cookies were OUTSTANDING!!!!  The banana wasn’t overpowering but it was clearly there, which was perfect. I also pinned more than a few recipes for the future, when I’m not limited by ingredients or time.  Thanks Toni for some awesome cookies and some delicious treats to look forward to.


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Baking · Dessert

Little Windmill

Snickerdoodles

Snickerdoodles

While I’m all for keeping traditions, sometimes it’s fun to take something basic and switch it up.  The first time I made these caramelesque snickerdoodles it was due to a lack of white sugar, but ever since that fortunate accident I’ve preferred to make them with a mix of sugars.  As an added bonus it also enhances the cinnamon flavors, kicking things up a notch in that respect as well.  The inspiration for this recipe came from the Joy of Cooking, but not the 75th edition which has a different flour:butter ratio.

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I don’t make these cookies very often, mostly because we tend to eat the entire batch within the first few days.  I tend to split the batch up with cooking temperatures as well, since I like mine just this side of baked while Joe prefers his on the crunchy side.  At some point I also want to give this brown sugar variation a try with brown butter and see if I can further enhance the caramel taste of these cinnamon goodies.  Sometimes making a mistake results in a disaster but sometimes it turns out very tasty indeed!!!

Baking · Home Cooking · Random Recipes

New World

Morning Glory Muffins

Morning Glory Farm

Please excuse the lack of a photo with this post, Joey just got a new camera so still testing that out!  However a lack of a photo won’t keep me from joining this month’s Random Recipes, hosted by the always incredible Dom of Belleau Kitchen.  This month the Random Recipes theme was Christmas Gifts, which required me to narrow my cookbooks down in to those that I received as gifts over the past year.  This left me with four books: Plenty, World Vegetarian, Morning Glory Farm, and Chocolate Cakes.  I was hoping Chocolate Cakes was going to win out, but fortunately for my waist line the winning book was Morning Glory Farm – and the family that feeds an island.  My in-laws got me this book as a birthday present after they visited Martha’s Vineyard.  It’s been many a year since I have been to Martha’s Vineyard, or Cape Cod, but seeing the recipes in this book brought back many happy memories.  The random recipe selected were delicious Carrot Muffins that the book called Morning Glory muffins after the farm.  The book tester for this recipe suggested walnuts but we decided to skip that step since walnuts seem to be one of the few tree nuts that do bother my hubby.

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These were a little oily for my taste, but that might be because we had to half the original recipe though the above recipe is as written in the book.  I think in the future I might also tweak this recipe with some nutmeg, maybe 1tsp, just to add a little bit more pop.  Another future tweak would be switching out the raisins for some dried cranberries!

Thanks Dom for another amazing year of Random Recipes!  Can’t wait to see what’s in store for 2013 🙂

52Weeks · Breakfast · Home Cooking

To Positive

Cinnamon Waffles with Cinnamon Vanilla Apples

Disclaimer: Nothing about this recipe is healthy, but sometimes indulgence is a good thing.  This week the challenge for /52weeks was an ingredient challenge featuring cinnamon.  I debated doing a savory dish for a while, such as a curry, but then decided I wanted to do more of a special breakfast recipe.  In the end it came down to a cinnamon sugar bread pudding or waffles, but that was before checking the bread supply.  However cinnamon waffles isn’t enough for a cinnamon challenge, so I decided to make up a some cinnamon vanilla apples to go on top.  After all, if I’m going to go down the unhealthy road I might as well go all the way.  The end result was a cinnamony treat perfect for a special brunch or making a breakfast special.

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Sometimes it feels good to veer from the normal diet and indulge in something delicious and not so nutritious.  This certainly isn’t an every day breakfast but as a sweet treat, why not?!?

Baking · Secret Recipe Club

Out of Sight

Sweet Potatoes & Apples

I was doubly blessed this month by the Secret Recipe Club in that I got two (2!!!) amazing blogs to talk about.  Needless to say having two blogs caused twice as much agony when it came time to pick THE recipe to feature.  When I was sent Kate’s blog I was blown away by everything that she has got going on.   She cooks, she bakes, she takes care of her three adorable kids AND she’s a part-time paramedic.  As someone looking to go back to school to become a PA, I’m in awe of this blogger and hope I’m able to rock it all as well as she does.  Once I stopped staring at, and drooling over, her foodporn entries I got down to business picking the perfect recipe to showcase.  I originally set out to recreate her Salted Browned Butter Butterscotch Chocolate Chip Cookies but then I got distracted by her recipe for Udon Noodles which then resulted in me finding THE recipe.  Essentially I followed the tags at the bottom of the udon noodles recipe which eventually led me to the ultimate fall side dish: Sweet Potatoes & Apples.  I LOVE sweet potatoes and apples and idea of them together…yum!  The fact that both of these items are in peak season right now just made this recipe all the better.  For my apples I went with Pink Ladies, which are a sweet-tart medium sized apple.  They aren’t always the easiest to locate at the Farmer’s Market but fortunately I was able to find the two needed for this recipe.  I didn’t make any changes to the recipe, outside of soy butter, so be sure to check out Kate’s blog for all the delicious details on this can’t miss recipe.

As an added bonus, the aroma that comes from this baked creation is insane! I could still smell the cinnamon and nutmeg the next morning when I was getting ready for work, which had me looking forward to lunch since I had been able to stash some leftovers.

For my other entry please go here for an outstanding Thai Green Bean and Tofu recipe, and be sure to check out the other Secret Recipe Club entries for more can’t miss recipes!


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Baking · International Incident Party

Falling on my Head

Honey Apple Cobbler

International Incident Party time!  This is one of those months that really flew by, to the point that I’m typing this while my cobbler finishes baking.  Between the birthdays, the hurricanes, the flooding, and the allergies time just kept slipping by.   Luckily cobbler is one of those recipes that come together in no time, especially when I knew from the beginning that I wanted to use apples.  Apples are everywhere in Virginia this time of year and every year I wind up with at least 15lbs of the crisp delicious fruits.  While i was able to go apple picking the past few years, that has not happened this year, so I had to rely on the local market to get my Virginia apples.  This year I switched things up and got Cortland Apples, instead of my normal super tart Pink Ladies.  So far I have tested two new apple recipes and hopefully have enough apples to do two more.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups Cortland apples, quartered and then halved
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp honey (blueberry!)
  • 1/8 tsp cloves
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 tbsp white sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 6 tbsp butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
  • dash salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425
  2. Combine the apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, honey, cloves, and butter in a large casserole dish.  Bake for 10minutes.
  3. In a large bowl mix the flour, white sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt.  Cut in the softened butter .  Spoon the mixture over the cooked apples.  Bake for 30minutes, or until sauce is bubbling and the topping has browned.

Nothing like a delicious dessert that comes together in well under an hour, and also smells incredible.  This cobbler really highlights the essence of fall, nothing like the smell of cinnamon apples to know that fall really has arrived.

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