Tag Archives: home made

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies (base cookie recipe)

14 Jun

Adapted from Cooking on the Side

These aren’t necessarily my cookie of choice, but I ended up needing to make them this weekend and the recipe is one of the best I’ve tried for cookies.  It would be a great base recipe for add-ins like chocolate chip cookies, M&M cookies, or any other type of cookie.

** This version made about 3 dozen cookies for me, but I halved the recipe which originally makes about 5 dozen**

1 stick of butter, softened
very SCANT 3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 egg, at room temperature
1 1/2 cup flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
add in-s like white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts, or chocolate chips, etc.

Preheat the oven to 350.

 Cream together the butter and the sugars with a beater, until fluffy.

Add the vanilla and the egg, beat together.

Blend in the flour 1/2 a cup at a time.

Beat in the baking soda and salt.

Stir in your add-ins, as much as you’d like.

Bake on parchment0lined baking sheets by the teaspoon-full for 10-12 minutes.

Let cool & devour.

Banana Cake, Or, The Healthiest Cake There Ever Was?

14 Jun

This cake is extremely easy, quick, and … healthy?  As healthy as cake can be anyways, with no added fat and little added sugar, adapted from this recipe.  It is perfect for tea and doesn’t even really taste like banana…  so it would be a great base cake.  Just add nuts, berries, or serve topped with fruit salad to make it extra special.  Also, this would be a good recipe to make cubed cake pieces for dipping in chocolate fondue, if that’s the kind of thing you’re into ; )

1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup banana, mashed (about 1 medium banana)
3 eggs
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup yogurt (I used vanilla-flavored organic yogurt)
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder

Preheat the oven to 350.

Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl.

Whisk together the wet ingredients in a separate bowl.

Whisk the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.

Pour into a greased loaf pan.

Bake for about 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Spanakopita Bites

4 Jun

These are 100% awesome and very much worth the time to make!

16 oz. frozen spinach, thawed and strained of excess liquid
feta cheese (as much as you want, I use one package
1 egg
chopped garlic
3/4 of a large onion, minced
oregano, salt and pepper

In a pan heat up a little oil and sautee the minced onion and chopped garlic.

Add the translucent onion mix to a bowl.  Add in the spinach, cheese and spices and the egg.  Mix well.

Roll out a roll of phyllo dough, and place a damp paper towel over it to keep it from drying out.

Cut the layers of dough into 3 vertical strips.

Take one layer, brush with olive oil, and place a teaspoon of spinach filling on it like this:

Then fold like this:


Until you get something that looks like this:

I like to then lay these on a cutting board lined with parchment paper and then freeze them overnight.

After that I place them in a big bag and keep them frozen until I want to use them.

Then I’ll just pop a few out onto a baking sheet and bake at 300 for 30-or-so minutes, or until whenever they are browned.

They go great with tzatziki sauce!

 

Honey Roasted Granola

23 May

I never thought making granola would be so easy!

quick cooking oats
honey
canola, coconut or olive oil
ground cinnamon 

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.

Put the oats in a bowl.

Drizzle with a little of the oil and mix to coat.

Add as much honey to coat the oats.  Taste it to see if the oats are sweet enough, if not you can add a little sugar.

Spread the mixture on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Cook for about 15 minutes, then mix and cook another 15 minutes (or until slightly browned).

**When you take it out of the oven the oats will still feel soft and sticky, but when they cool it will harden to a granola texture.

While still soft, sprinkle with the cinnamon.

Let cool.  Then add in your mix-ins (like chopped almonds, dried fruits, seeds, flaxseed, chia seeds, etc…).

Store in an air-tight jar.

Oven Pizza

23 May

No recipe here… just a reminder for me how to make pizza this way because it was SO GOOD.

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees with a pizza stone in it.

Roll out pizza dough into the shape you want your pizza.

When the pizza stone is heated, pull it out and transfer the dough to the stone.  Brush with olive oil if you’d like.

Place the dough and stone back in the oven and wait for about 2-3 minutes.  Pop any bubbles that form with a fork.

Pull out when the dough is half-way cooked. Raise the oven temperature to 500 degrees, and leave the stone in the oven.

Add sauce, cheese and any toppings to the dough.

Place back in the oven on the stone and cook until the cheese has browned.

Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette

19 May

From Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food magazine

2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 Tbsp honey or agave
1 Tsp mustard
extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper

Whisk together all ingredients in a bowl, using as much olive oil as you want to get the desired consistency.  Super easy, yummy, fast and most importantly.. budget-friendly!

Potato and Cheese Pierogi

26 Apr


For the dough:  
3 cups all-purpose flour
3 eggs (I subbed in a flax/water mixture because I was out of eggs and it worked fine)
salt 

Add the flour and salt to a large bowl, mix.

Add the eggs and about 1/2 cup water into a well in the flour.

Mix until you get a stiff dough.

Knead on a floured surface until smooth.

Divide into 1/3rds and roll out to the thickness of a little less than the tip of your finger.

Cut out circles to whatever size you want (I used a plastic cup as the cut-out).

Stuff with a filling of mashed potatoes and cottage cheese (or feta cheese, or ricotta, any kind should work).  Or you can stuff with just sauerkraut, or meat, or whatever.

Close off the ends after wetting them to let them stick together, forming a dumpling.

Cook in salted boiling water until they float.  Then cook a few more minutes before removing.

After this you can sauté them in melted butter with chopped onions if you’d like.

Serve with sour cream, greek yogurt, or whatever you’d like.

These freeze really well; the recipe makes a lot (about 30 pierogi).