Friday, January 29, 2010

Peach Crunch Cake

I REALLY want to try this one out.

From the Bakerella link on the right... I found this:
Peach Crunch Cake

Potato Soup recipe....

Bacon & Potato Soup

Thursday, January 28, 2010

chicken bites

jill reminded me recently how fabulous these ritz/parmesan cheese chicken bites are. she makes them frequently and i hadn't had them in years. so i made these last week. use about 3/4 sleeve of ritz crackers and 1/4 cup parmesan cheese. use food processor to crush up crackers and blend with cheese.

cut up 1 lb chicken into bite-size pieces.
dip into melted butter (do you have a healthier alternative that will still be effective and tasty?)
then dip into cracker mixture
place on baking sheet. i lined with parchment paper (my recent addiction).

bake at 400* for about 30 minutes. flip half way through to evenly crisp.

we enjoyed with a brown/white rice mixture and veggies.
tasty with anything... as long as you have bbq sauce on the plate!

once again - pic from my phone!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

lindsay's 'healthy cookies'

Healthy Cookies

Today is supposed to be a non-stop torrential downpour so I am not planning on going anywhere I don't have to. Rain makes me want to bake cookies for some reason...but knowing I'll be around the house most of the day I knew I'd eat tons of cookies if I made them. So I looked at allrecipes and found a HEALTHY COOKIE RECIPE.

I made a couple modifications. First, I only used 1/8 C of both white and brown sugar. Then I used a little less than 1/4 C agave nectar. Next I decreased the white flour by half and made up for it with whole wheat flour. In half the dough (for me!!) I put chopped walnuts. In the other half I put chocolate chips to appease Riley. Yum! I totally would have put raisins if I had them on hand.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

onion goggles

just saw onion goggles on the site from the right.

seriously, there is a product out there that will protect you from crying while cutting up onions. or you can use your scooter goggle sunglasses.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

lindays' cheesecake... but

so this is the cheesecake i made for work today. as you can even see in the darn phone camera picture... there were some small lumps throughout. it still is SUPER tasty. but lindsay, what is your secret to that?!
oh, and this is with blueberry pie filling. YUM!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

pasta with roasted vegetables and arugula

found in & followed the recipe from FOOD-everyday (martha stewart magazine) Jan/Feb 2010 issue

2 pints grape tomatoes
4 garlic cloves, unpeeled
3 shallots, cut into eighths
2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
coarse salt and ground pepper
8 ounces rigatoni pasta
1/2 cup pitted olives, coarsely chopped (DID NOT USE! i'm a riggs after all)
3 cups baby arugula or spinach

Preheat oven to 450*. Place tomatoes, garlic, shallots, and thyme on a rimmed baking sheet. Toss with oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast until tomatoes burst, shallots are browned, and garlic is soft, 20 to 25 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta until al dente. Reserve 1/4 cup pasta water; drain pasta and return to pot.

Peel roasted garlic and mash with the flat side of a chef's knife. Add to pasta pot, along with vegetables, olives (or not), and pasta water. Cook over medium-high until sauce thickens, about 3 minutes. Let cool slightly, then toss with arugula.

serves 4

as you might have picked up on, i didn't use olives. and i also should have left the tomatoes/ in the oven for a bit longer. i didn't have as much of a 'sauce' as i would have liked. it was seriously tasty though.

maple-nut granola

taken from my first issue of FOOD - everyday (martha stewart magazine), p. 60

3 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1/4 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup chopped almonds
1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
5 teaspoons vegetable oil
5 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 325*. In a large bowl toss all ingredients together. Spread oat mixture on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake until golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes, rotating sheet halfway through. Let cool completely. To store cover and keep at room temperature up to 2 weeks.

Makes 4 cups

per 1/2 cup: 241 calories, 9.3 g fat (0.7g saturated fat), 7.1 g protein, 33.1 g carbs, 4.2 g fiber
i enjoy with about 1/2 cup of low-fat strawberry yogurt and 1/2 banana. i'm worried about eating it every morning because i LOVE it and don't want to get sick of it! :o) i hope someone tries this out... it really is super tasty.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Potato Soup

I LOVE Potato Soup. This is mom's recipe.

2 C. water
2 bouillon cubes (I use the chicken flavor)
3 C. potatoes (4-5 potatoes) peeled & cut
Boil the potatoes about 20-30 minutes, or until soft

I like lots of potatoes & I usually put enough water to cover the potatoes.

In another pan:
melt 1/4 C. margarine
add 1/4 C. flour. stir
add 1 C. Milk & 1 C. half & half
bring to a boil.
add this mixture to the potatoes.

I like to add some ham to it as well.

Add: garlic powder, onion powder, salt & pepper-to taste

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

lindsay's cheesecake

this is currently my picture on the background of my phone. yes, taken with my phone. but seriously... it was so delish AND the presentation was gorgeous. thanks again! and i'd love the recipe if its not a secret! :o)
EDIT: See the cheesecake recipe from April 2009!

Monday, January 4, 2010

peppermint + chocolate

okay, i don't know if any of you love peppermint + chocolate as much as i do...

but i found this list of peppermint treats after christmas. i want to try ALL of these next holiday season.

and i made granola yesterday... and enjoyed it for breakfast this morning with low-fat strawberry yogurt + bananas. seriously.. it was SO good! i need to upload pics and then type up the recipe. maybe tonight... maybe this week... maybe this month. :o)