So many things, So little time!

9 Mar

There are so many things I have to blog about. From Cream puffs, to spaghetti and meatballs. Oven baked chicken parm, to strawberry lemonade cupcakes!

But being a college student, along with not getting home (both Boyfriend and I) until almost 8pm for the last couple of weeks has been a little strenuous and makes it really hard to sit down and blog, when all I want to do it sit down, eat dinner do homework and sleep.

But I promise, I will have these up soon!

How Does Watson Know What Watson Knows?

15 Feb

How Does Watson Know What Watson Knows?.

I know this relates nothing to food, but Boyfriend and I are such avid Jeopardy fans, and we were absolutely stunned by last night.

Happy Valentine’s day!

14 Feb

Today is Valentine’s day. Although I do think it’s a Hallmark holiday, that doesn’t mean that I don’t do cute things for Boyfriend, or my friends :)

The other night, we had another couple over for some takeout, movies, and games. I don’t think we’ve ever had a get together where we didn’t cook a thing, but it was liberating! The only thing we had to clean up was some forks.I still took the time to make something special, although the fruit tarts that our friend brought over-that I forgot to take pictures of!- were absolutely fantastic!

I used my favorite sugar cookie dough, and glaze icing (rather than royal icing because I did not have any meringue powder)

Boyfriend and I had such fun decorating them!

I also came home today after a psychology test, to find a surprise dinner with all of my favorite foods and ginger ale (my favorite drink!) along with chocolate fondue with all the normal dip-ables :)

 

Sugar Cookies:

from iambaker (seriously, she’s a genius!)

  • 1-½ cup Butter (I Use Unsalted)
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 2 whole Eggs
  • 2 whole Eggs Yolks
  • 4 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 2 teaspoons Almond Extract
  • 4 cups All-purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder

 

In a mixer, beat butter and sugar until well combined, about 2 minutes.

Add in 2 eggs and 2 egg yolks and mix until combined.

Add in vanilla and almond extract; mix until combined.

In a separate bowl, sift together flour, salt, and baking powder. Slowly (about a cup at a time) add flour to butter mixture and combine. You can use a mixer or not, just depends on how strong you are.

I usually just mix ingredients until they are combined, as I have heard that if you over-mix this dough it will get tough.

Put dough in some Saran wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour. When you are ready to bake, heat oven to 350 degrees. Roll dough out, cut out cookies, and bake for 6-8 minutes

 

Sugar cookie icing:

Also from iambaker

  • 1 cup Confectioners Sugar (powder Sugar)
  • 1 Tablespoon Milk
  • 1 drop Lemon Juice (fresh Or Processed)
  • 1 Tablespoon Light Corn Syrup

Combine powder sugar, corn syrup, and lemon juice in a bowl.

******This next step is important!******If you need a thicker frosting, say for outlining your cookies, add LESS milk.

Just a drop at a time. If you have already outlined your cookies and need a to fill in or ’spill’ your cookies, you can add more milk (as much as you would need) to make your frosting very runny.

If you are using food coloring, be sure to use LESS milk. Most food colorings are liquid and can make your frosting more runny. If you are using a gel food coloring, your milk quantity can remain the same.

If you want to add different flavors, you can add drops of vanilla extract, almond extract, lemon, etc. to flavor your frosting.

If you want more SHINE, use more corn syrup and less milk. This frosting will stay good for days in the fridge.

football cake

7 Feb

So, unless you’re living underneath a rock, yesterday was the Superbowl. Although Boyfriend’s dearest Jets didn’t make it this year (again!) we still took the opportunity to be with friends and family to eat, drink, and be merry.

 

Oh, and I made this:

 

Okay, so it’s not the prettiest looking thing. I am not a skilled cake decorator. My lines look like EKG readings (bad ones at that…) and the pylons are crooked. But you know what? It was delicious. We cut into it at halftime, and I think all that was left by the end of the game was the Steeler’s end zone.

 

I just my favorite chocolate cake recipe, and some Swiss meringue butter cream tinted different colors.

 

And if no one knows why the star is there…I’m only going to say that it was held in Texas, and I hail from the world’s biggest cowboys fan family.  And just so fittingly, my cousin Dallas (yes, that it her real name) got to eat the star.

Head over to Boyfriend’s blog to read about all of the musical acts during the Superbowl! You won’t be disappointed!

“Butter” Chicken

5 Feb

So last weekend, Boyfriend and I decided to take an adventure we were always wanting to take.  To Reading Terminal Market.  Now if you’re wondering what it was like, I think I can sum it up for you. Superawesomefantasticomgiwanttolivethere.  Got that? Good.

So as we were venturing around, we stopped into the spice store and wondered at all of the amazing things they had to offer.   I wanted to buy everything.  But, instead, we decided on a pack of garam masala.

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Banana Bread

28 Jan

I have a hunch that Boyfriend plots.  He buys bananas every week, and doesn’t eat all of them. He lets them sit there and get brown, only then to say “Oh no, the bananas are getting ripe…” juuuuust as I’m in earshot. He does this so that I get the notion in my head to make banana bread with them. He thinks the can just put the thought into my head, and have nothing to do with it. But it’s alright, I love him anyway :)


I must confess that even though I have everything from blueberry crumb bars (a family favorite), to 15 different types of cookies, and 30 types of cupcakes. I have made cupcakes look like a bowl of spaghetti, I have covered things in hot caramel sauce, I have made-from scratch- an entire croquembouche. But the ONE thing that has given my problems has been banana bread. I know, it sounds so simple. Every time I made it, it was either too gooey, or too dense, or doesn’t even taste like banana.

Not anymore, thanks to America’s Test Kitchen.  Boyfriend’s brother’s girlfriend got him a copy of The Family Baking book for Christmas, and I think I’ve used it way more than he has.
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Football Fare

24 Jan

Pepperoni pinwheels

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 tube crescent rolls
  • shredded mozzarella cheese
  • pepperoni

Directions:

  1. Unroll crescent rolls into 4 rectangles, pinch seams together
  2. Lay shredded cheese and pepperoni onto rectangle (this is so vague because, really, you can add as much or as little as you like. I wouldn’t go more than 2 Tablespoons of cheese though.)
  3. Starting with the shorter side, roll.
  4. Cut roll in half and then cut those pieces in half.  Place on greased cookie sheet or parchment and bake at 350 degrees F for 9-11 minutes.

This recipe is really so easy, I almost feel bad that the directions are so vague.

 

This turns into a wonderful roasted garlic white bean dip

 

When garlic is roasted, it takes on this sweet, creamy, caramelized taste.

Ingredients:

  • I head garlic, roasted
  • 1 15 oz can white beans, drained and rinsed.
  • juice from half a lemon
  • salt
  • pepper
  • olive oil
  • veggies and pita chips

Directions:

  1. Cut the top part of the head of garlic off, place on a sheet of aluminum foil and drizzle with olive oil. bunch up the foil, Roast the garlic at 400 degrees F for 40-50 minutes until brown and fragrant.  When garlic is cooled, remove pieces of garlic from the skin with a fork.
  2. In a food processor, or blender, put the drained and rinsed beans, salt, pepper, lemon juice, and garlic. Pulse a few times until pasty.  Drizzle in as much olive oil as it takes for it to come together into a smooth consistency.
  3. Serve with cut up carrots, bell peppers, celery, cucumbers, broccoli, anything! We love them with whole grain pita chips

 

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