Sunday, January 24, 2010

Cream Puffs


Recently I was desperately searching for a good dessert recipe. After looking through the food network site for a while I stumbled across these cream puffs! I ended up using a recipe from AllRecipes, with some alterations. A small delicious little dessert, that has endless combinations. The recipe was surprisingly easy and quick! The one above I filled it with an oreo pudding and topped it with hardened chocolate, which was just chocolate chips I melted and then hardened in the fridge. Today I'm going to make Banana Cream Puffs! However, I need to find my own filling recipe and not just use puddings or pre-made custards. Maybe a simple whipped cream would be nice? What would you put inside your cream puff?

1 C water
1/2 C butter
1/4 t salt
1 t sugar

Combine on the stove, until it boils.
Take off heat and add 1 C flour.

Transfer to a mixer and add 4 eggs, slowly, one at a time!

Drop by the teaspoon onto a baking sheet.
Bake 425, for 25 minutes.

Made by AM

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Chicken Spring Rolls

Its so easy to throw together a sandwich for lunch...however variety is appreciated! My newest lunch entree are spring rolls! I used the ingredients below, however you can put anything in them. Next week I am going to use mango and avocado! I tried making a homemade peanut dipping sauce for them, but I failed. I am sticking with Wegmans Teriyaki for now! Does anyone have a good recipe for dipping sauces?

Spring Rolls:
Carrots
Cucumbers
Chicken
Rice
lots of cilantro
Boston Lettuce

Soak rice wraps, one at a time in a large dish. They should soften after three minutes. I made my rolls the night before so I could just put the tupperware in the fridge and its ready to go the next morning.

Put your rice wrap on a large surface, place a piece of lettuce on top, and fill with your remaining ingredients. Roll & Enjoy!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Dairy Free Holiday Cookies

Cut Out Chocolate Cookies with Chocolate and Vanilla Glaze


*To make these vegan, simply substitute vegan "butter" sticks for the real butter and soy milk instead of dairy milk. An ED treat!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Non-Dairy Hershey Kisses




Recipe-
Melt semi-sweet Baker's Chocolate Squares in double-boiler. Add a touch of vanilla. Gradually add powdered sugar, making sure not to add too much-consistency needs to be smooth.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Raviolis with Homemade Dough


Easy Egg Pasta Dough
(flour sack towels)*

2 1/2 - 3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
4 large eggs
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt

I use the traditional manual pasta machine found in most cooking stores.
Mound flour on work surface. Make a deep well in the center adding eggs, oil, and salt. Use fork to whisk ingredients together till enough of the flour has been worked in to form a soft dough. Knead for ten minutes. Cover let rest 45 minutes.
Cut dough into 4 pieces, keeping covered the ones resting. Work with one piece at a time beginning at widest setting. Tip-DD finishes with 2nd to last setting of dough thickness for a hearty ravioli!

*Flour Sack Towels are basic oversized lint-free cotton towels that work extremely well for resting pasta dough. Inexpensive and purchasable almost anywhere.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Butternut Squash Soup with Cider Cream

Delicious and very healthy. This vegetable medley is just what you need to begin a meal with a small portion or have it as the whole meal. It is topped with a delicious cider cream. The best part of this soup was dipping the bread and butter into it. The recipe is from Epicurious.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Together Making Light!

GD made us put this post up! But we would have done it anyway! Over winter break he was improving the lighting underneath the countertops. He did many other things but this is the one that impacted us the most! Now all countertops have lighting and we can see what we're preparing much better now! Thanks GD!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Cinnamon Buns


If you're not aware already one of my favorite blogs is We Are Not Martha, they originally posted this recipe during the holidays from another source Ree Drummond author of the Pioneer Woman. This woman is inspiring. And so are her cinnamon buns. I chose not to make the frosting that the recipe calls for. I used a recipe from Food Network that was a cream cheese frosting. It turned out to be delicious.

Frosting

1 stick softened butter
1 c powdered sugar
1/3 c cream cheese
1 t vanilla

Combine all ingredients and load onto the cinnamon buns. One batch is enough for the whole recipe.

Conquered!

After much struggle I have conquered this tedious dishcloth. A much more complicated pattern then I've ever done before. If you remember the red hat I made for little J, this is very different. It took me a week to teach myself how to do it. I had many struggles, I blamed the pattern, I tore it out numerous times. But I'm proud of the finished product. Check out the pattern from Little House in the Suburbs. Try it!