Month: December 2013

More cookies?! YES!

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I think I’ll post about some more cookies today. This time it’s Chewy Chocolate Chunk Cookies from Sally’s Baking Addiction.

Cookies
Mmmmm.

This was my first time making chocolate chip (I got chips instead of chunks – my bad) cookies from scratch. I’m so glad I found this recipe. My cookies didn’t exactly look like hers but they tasted amazing. I made them on Sunday (12/22) and sent two dozen to work with my fiance. His co-workers loved them and so did he. He even said they were close to his grandma’s cookies which is an incredible compliment because his grandma’s cookies are the best I’ve ever had.

I made the cookies again on Monday (12/23) and froze some while keeping the rest in the refrigerator. They didn’t make it through Christmas Eve but they did freeze well and tasted just as delicious (if not more) as my first attempt.

Both times I got 3 dozen cookies (exactly), about one tablespoon per cookie. For my second attempt I ran out of vanilla extract and used maple syrup in it’s place (measured the same as I would extract) and I didn’t notice a difference.

My conclusion: MAKE THESE COOKIES AND EAT THEM.

Brian’s Oven Baked Sammich

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You get yourself French bread see? Then you put stuff on it and bake it. Here is Brian’s recipuh….
Pre heat oven to 375 degrees.
Slice French bread almost all the way through. Brush with vegetable oil and sprinkle with oregano. Add ham, salami and Swiss cheese.
Bake open face until cheese is melted. Be careful, don’t let the ham curl up!

French bread

Vegetable oil

Oregano

Ham, Swiss and Salami

Seafood Seasoning for Bisque

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Seafood Seasoning

From Linda Larsen at About.com ( replica of Old Bay Seasoning )
I omitted the white pepper and cardamom.

2 tsp celery salt
1 1/2 tsp ground mustard
1 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp sweet paprika
1 tsp ground celery seeds
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
1/8 tsp ground cloves
1/8 tsp allspice

You have a taste for shrimp you say?

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Melt some buttuh, add some lemon juice and Cajun seasoning or just garlic powduh. Dip cooked shrimp in sauce. Oh my…..

Warm Focaccia stuffed with Ham and Swiss

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This is a great quick yeast bread to make. Okay, not *that* quick, but quicker than others

2 3/4 c all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 T active dry yeast
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp dried basil ( I prefer to chop up about 2 or 3 T of fresh basil)
Couple dashes ground pepper
1 T vegetable oil
1/4 c honey
1 c hot water
2 T olive oil
Thinly sliced ham and Swiss cheese

In mixer bowl combine all dry ingredients. Slowly add hot water, oil and honey. When dough has pulled together and becomes smooth and elastic, cover and rise for an hour or until dough is double it’s original size.
Preheat oven at 450 degrees. Punch dough down, place on parchment lined baking sheet. Pat or roll into 1/2 inch thick rectangle, as big as your pan will allow. Place as much ham and cheese you’d like on one half of the dough. Fold the other half of the dough over, pinch to seal the edges or pierce with a fork, I don’t care! Whatever floats your boat. Gently make dimples in the top with all your fingertips. Brush with olive oil, pierce the top a few times with a fork. Pop it in the oven for 15 minutes or until nicely golden brown. Serve with honey mustard dipping sauce. Go! Do it!

Christmas cookies for the win.

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I decided that I wanted to make some classic sugar cookies in the shape of Christmas trees so I browsed around for a simple recipe with decent reviews. I also looked for a good icing recipe. This is what I found.

DSCN1636Eloise’s Easy Sugar Cookies

This recipe is beyond easy and super convenient. I happen to have all of these ingredients on hand at all times. The cookies turned out soft and delicious. Not too sweet and no dull chalky texture. If you’re looking for a simple sugar cookie recipe this is the one to go with.

The Best (and easiest) Sugar Cookie Icing

This icing recipe is exactly what it says. The best and easiest. It is delicious and with only two ingredients I fell in love with it instantly. Highly recommended!

Citrus Salt for Roast turkey or chicken. Yum!

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Mix together the zest of:
1 lemon
1 lime
1 orange
1 T fresh chopped or 1/2 T dried Rosemary. Easy on the Rosemary, she’s powerful!
Add sea salt to taste and rub onto bird before baking.
Chop up the leftover fruit and stuff into bird.
It’s good! Try it!