|Ultimate Ginger Cookies|
Thursday, December 15, 2011
|Chicken Orzo Soup|
This soup is easy to throw together and use up your left over chicken or turkey. All you need is 2 cups of chicken broth (or 2 packages of OXO Chicken) and bring it to a boil and add 1 cup of Orzo. Then add some frozen corn, peas (or other veggies), and your cubed chicken. Add your seasonings: fresh or dried parsley, thyme, salt and pepper to taste. This is the perfect soup on a chilly day!
Saturday, December 10, 2011
|Chocolate Peanut Butter Squares|
|Cinnamon Roll Cookies|
1 pouch (17.5 oz.) sugar cookie mix
½ cup butter or margarine, softened to room temp.
¼ cup all-purpose flour
1 tbsp. butter, melted
1/4 c granulated sugar
1/4 c granulated sugar
1 tbsp. ground cinnamon
¾ cup powdered sugar
1 tbsp. milk
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
|My Russian dolls from Ukraine.|
I did some research on Russian food before attempting to create something and headed straight to all recipes.com which I trusted would have some great home-cooked type of Russian food, and it did! I found a recipe to make Chicken Kiev, Kartoshnik, and a Ukrainian Apple Cake.
For dessert, I found a recipe for an Ukrainian Apple Cake called a Yabluchnyk which sounded really nice and rustic. The base is a dense cake texture and the top is sliced apples with a strudel creating that traditional cinnamon aroma while it's baking in the oven. <http://allrecipes.com/recipe/ukrainian-apple-cake-yabluchnyk/detail.aspx>
Overall, I survived creating some Russian cuisine with a little Canadian flare! ;)
Posted by Michelle Smith at Wednesday, December 07, 2011
Friday, December 2, 2011
|Pumpkin Spice Baked Oatmeal|
Baked in a 8" x 8" baking dish (which feeds about 9 people): http://mwmichelle.blogspot.com/2011/02/baked-oatmeal.html
Baked in an 9" x 13" baking dish: http://www.mennonitegirlscancook.ca/2009/06/baked-oatmeal.html
|Banana Cupcakes w/ Peanut Butter Frosting|
What do you do with a peanut butter ball recipe gone wrong? Well, turn it into something else of course! I had some ripe bananas to use up and instead of doing up a banana bread, I opted for some banana cupcakes from allrecipes.com and topped them with a homemade peanut butter frosting from a soft batter which had a hard time forming into balls. Here is the recipe for the banana cupcakes with the frosting recipe it came with:
1/2 cup shortening (I used margarine)
Here is my Peanut Butter Ball Frosting as adapted from Joy of Baking. http://www.joyofbaking.com/candy/PeanutButterBalls.html
2 cups of smooth peanut butter
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 1/2- 3 cup icing sugar
To complete the peanut butter ball flavour, top them off with a drizzle or blop (is that even a word???) of melted semi-sweet chocolate! Enjoy this recreated yummy dessert!
Sunday, November 20, 2011
I took my One Bowl Chocolate Cake recipe and tweaked it a bit. Instead of milk I used light Egg Nog and added about a 1/2 a teaspoon of nutmeg to the batter. The batter smelled delicious and I added it to a well greased tube pan. It baked for about 45 minutes.
For the frosting, I used a block of fat free cream cheese, a cup of icing sugar, and a few teaspoons of Egg Nog. I spooned it all over the cake once it had cooled then added some snowflake sprinkles and some nutmeg. I love this chocolate cake recipe because it gives a nice fudgy moist cake.
One Bowl Chocolate Cake Recipe
Christmas flavours are starting to appear. Here is an easy way to jazz up some brownies by turning them into candy cane flavoured brownies. All you need is a box brownie (or your own recipe) and PC (President's Choice) Candy Cane Cookies (or mint flavoured Oreos if you live in the states). Chop up about 10 cookies and add to the batter. Bake in the oven as directed on the box. Once they've cooled you can make a mint drizzle by taking about a cup of icing sugar and a few teaspoons of milk and green food coloring.
Boil your pasta (I used egg noodles), season with salt, drain, rinse and return to the pot. Add cream of mushroom soup, tuna, and seasonings and mix well. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Add the mix to a glass baking dish (I used a glass pie dish for a family of 4). For the topping add some Parmesan cheese and bread crumbs. If you don't have bread crumbs you can always crush up some croutons which is what I did. Bake in the oven for about 10 minutes. This is a great recipe to improvise and make your own!
Now, I have to say my husband is not a lover of mushrooms let alone cream of mushroom soup, but after eating this he didn't even know there was a mushroom in it and kept raving how tasty it was... until I told him I made it with cream of mushroom. Haha. I'm a sneaky wife like that. ;) \
Thursday, November 17, 2011
|Lemon Garlic Chicken|
|Before going in the oven.|
Posted by Michelle Smith at Thursday, November 17, 2011
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
All you need is:
Oreos or President Choice "Eat the Middle First" candy cane flavoured cookies
Follow directions on the brownie box (or use your own recipe) and cover the bottom of the tin or paper liner with some mix then add a cookie and cover with more mix. Bake as directed on box.
1 cup of icing sugar
2-3 tsp of milk (or more to get a good drizzling consistency)
1/4 tsp peppermint or mint extract
For more stuffed brownie ideas... you can look at these neat sites:
This recipe has also been linked up to http://cookiesxo.blogspot.com/2011/11/happy-wonka-wednesday_16.html
Posted by Michelle Smith at Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Thursday, November 10, 2011
So many fun things you can do with your leftover Halloween candy! I settled for stuffing pieces of O Henry and Peanut Butter Cups into the infamous chocolate chip cookie recipe created by Picky Palate. I find the batter a little thick so I've had to add an extra egg and it has always turned out great for me. Also, I used a tablespoon of cookie dough for the top and bottom. After using up the chocolate, I crushed up a bag of regular potato chips into the leftover dough and added some mini M&M's which created a sweet, salty, and crunchy texture. These cookies are even great straight from the freezer. Here is the recipe!
2 sticks softened butter
3/4 Cup packed light brown sugar
1 Cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 Tablespoon pure vanilla
3 1/2 Cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
10 oz bag chocolate chips
1 bag Oreo Cookies, I used the double stuff
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a stand or electric mixer cream butter and sugars until well combined. Add in eggs and vanilla until well combined.
2. In a separate bowl mix the flour, salt and baking soda. Slowly add to wet ingredients along with chocolate chips until just combined. Using a cookie scoop take one scoop of cookie dough and place on top of an Oreo Cookie. Take another scoop of dough and place on bottom of Oreo Cookie. Seal edges together by pressing and cupping in hand until Oreo Cookie is enclosed with dough. Place onto a parchment or silpat lined baking sheet and bake cookies 9-13 minutes or until cookies are baked to your liking. Let cool for 5 minutes before transferring to cooling rack. Serve with a tall glass of milk, enjoy!
Posted by Michelle Smith at Thursday, November 10, 2011