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Thoughts Before Cooking:

So my niece was learning about Japan and wanted to cook some Japanese food. She’s extremely picky so I had a hard time finding something she would enjoy.

Looks like we just caught a break.

Looks like we just caught a break.

I finally found this recipe from thedailyenglishshow and thought that with its chocolatey-ness it should be a hit.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups of Rolled Oats
  • 1/4 Cup of Cocoa Powder
  • 1/4 Cup of Oil
  • 1/2 Cup of Sugar
  • 1 Cup of Milk or Soymilk

Directions:

  1. Mix the oats and cocoa powder.
  2. Heat the oil, sugar, and milk or soymilk.
  3. Bring it to a boil and then simmer for two minutes.
  4. Add the liquid to the oats.
  5. Roll into balls or place in tupperware and when cool, cut into squares.

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Thoughts After Cooking:

This wasn’t that good.

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The mixture never hardened it was always damp and tasted weird.

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I don’t know what went wrong.

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For more chocolate-y recipes, go to Orange Chocolate Cake

For more desserts, go to Pumpkin Spice Cake

For more Friday the 13th recipes, go to Grilled Zucchini Roll-Ups

For more oat recipes, go to No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies

Schooner’s Summertime-Only Strawberry-Raspberry Pie

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Thoughts Before Baking:

I love pie!

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So when I find a recipe that isn’t chocolate, I just have to try it out.

So I know that this pie is a “summer” pie because of the fruit, but I live in CA. We have summer fruit all year long.

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Ingredients:

  • 16 oz-(3 Cups) of Fresh, Ripe, Strawberries; washed, hulled, and sliced in half
  • 6-8 oz (1-1 1/3 Cups) of Raspberries; rinsed and set out in a single layer on a towled area
  • 1/3 Cup of Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2-3 Tablespoons of Cornstarch ot white flour
  • 1 egg yolk beaten with 1 tablespoon of water
  • For dough use the one from the Apple Pie Recipe or buy a premade one.

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Make the dough or roll out the premade one in your pie pan.
  3. Combine the berries, sugar, and vanilla.
  4. Add cornstarch or flour and mix gently until blended. Do not break the raspberries.
  5. Fill dough in pie pan.
  6. Cut remaining dough to into ten 3/4 inch strips and create a lattice.
  7. Brush top with egg.
  8. Cook 45-50 mins

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Thoughts After Baking:

My niece wanted to make the pie with me, so instead of doing the crust from my Apple Pie recipe, I decided to buy the a premade one.

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I bought the pillsbury dough which did not turn out well. The dough was hard and dry. When I tried to follow the cooking directions,  it almost burned at 40 degrees. And then it tasted disgusting, like plastic.

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The pie filling was good, not super sweet but that is okay. However, you need to eat this pie fast. It does not hold up well for the next day.

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For more Black Sheep Knitting Mysteries, go to Chicken, Asparagus, and Tomato Pesto Pasta

For more pie recipes, go to Sour Cream Lemon Pie

For more desserts, go to Orange Chocolate Cake

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Orange Chocolate Cake

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Thoughts Prior to Cooking:

When I read Bloom and DoomAudrey goes to visit her grandmother’s best friend, Mrs. June. While there, she is served Orange Chocolate Cake. When I read that, I was intrigued and decided to make it. The book however, did not carry a recipe so as I  read several recipes to find the one that sounded the best, and chose this one.

This recipe comes from Trisha’s Table: My Feel-Good Favorites for a Balanced Life by Trisha Yearwood, on the Food Network website.

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Ingredients for Orange-Chocolate Cake:

  • 2 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter, Softened
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 Tablespoon Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 3 cups all-purpose Flour
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 2 cups freshly squeezed Orange Juice, plus 2 tablespoons finely grated zest
  • 2/3 Cup of Greek Yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Chocolate Glaze:

  • 1 cup Confectioners/Powdered Sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed Orange Juice

Directions:

  1. For the cake: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Mix together the softened butter and 1 tablespoon of the cocoa to make a thick paste.
  3. Use this paste to paint the inside of the pan. Set aside.
  4. In an electric mixer, combine the flour, granulated sugar, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and remaining 1/2 cup cocoa and mix until blended.
  5. Add the orange juice, yogurt, vinegar and vanilla and mix until just combined, 1 to 2 minutes.
  6. Fold in the orange zest.
  7. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted in the cake comes out clean, 45 minutes.
  8. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, and then turn out onto a cooling rack to cool completely.
  9. For the chocolate glaze: Mix the confectioners’ sugar and cocoa together.
  10. Whisk in the orange juice, 1 tablespoon at a time, until it reaches a good consistency to drizzle.
  11. Drizzle the glaze over the cake.

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Thoughts After Baking:

This cake was pretty amazing.

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It was more of a spice cake then chocolate and was fantastic.

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The only thing that went weird was the frosting. It was super dryso I had to add vanilla extract. I think the glaze from the Applesauce Cake would be better.

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For more cake recipes, go to King Arthur Carrot Cake or Cupcakes

For more chocolate recipes, go to No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies

For more dessert recipes, go to Happy 4th of July Triple Berry Salad

For more Food Network recipes, go to Garden Pasta Salad with Bocconcini

For more recipes, go to Basil Spaghetti with Cheesy Broiled Tomatoes

No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies

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Thoughts Before Baking:

So it has been HOT!

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I mean in the 100-110 degree range of hot.

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Yeah, not fun. Not fun at all.

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So of course I didn’t want to turn the oven on, but I wanted cookies! My alternative? This recipe.

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This recipe comes from FOOD.com. I picked it primarily because it said “No Bake” in the title.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups of Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup of Milk
  • 2 Tablespoons of Unsweetened Cocoa
  • 1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Tablespoons of Butter
  • 2 Cups of Oats (I use Quakers or the Walgreens Nice! Brand)
  • 1/2 Cup of Peanut Butter

Directions:

  1. Boil the sugar, milk, cocoa, vanilla, and butter on the stove.
  2. Once boiled, remove from heat.
  3. Place in a bowl and add the oats and peanut butter.
  4. Stir to combine.
  5. Drop by spoonfuls onto wax paper.
  6. Let cool, and then enjoy.

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So I had a picture for these cookies but I accidentally deleted it.

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I thought these cookies were fantastic! They were absolutely delicious and I ate way more than I should have.

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I definitely will be making these again, especially if this heat wave continues.

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For more cookie recipes, go to Mini Lemon Pancake Cookies

For more FOOD.com recipes, go to Pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats

For more dessert recipes, go to Happy 4th of July Triple Berry Salad

For more recipes, go to White Bean and Barley Soup with Tomatoes and Greens

Chocolate Covered Cherry Delights

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When ever I try to review something that has a titular recipe, such as in Joanne Fluke’s work; I try to do a recipe that matches the title. For instance I made chocolate chip cookies to go with Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder, strawberry shortcake to go with Strawberry Shortcake Murder, etc. But sometimes when I find myself with a book title of a food I don’t like I find myself in an awkward position trying to search for another recipe to use.

In this case, I HATE cheesecake of all kinds.

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So instead of that I decided to do something different, but still had to do with cherries as that was the theme of the book. I choose the recipes Chocolate Covered Cherry Delights from Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder.

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Thoughts Before Baking:

This recipe appealed to me because I like chocolate covered cherries. I figured they must be as equally good in a cookie.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup of Melted Butter
  • 2 Cups of White Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Baking soda
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 2 Teaspoons of Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Cup of Cocoa Powder
  • 3 Cups of Flour
  • 2 small 10-oz jars of
  • 1 package of chocolate chips
  • 1/3 Cup of condensed sweetened milk
  1. Melt Butter and mix in sugar.
  2. Let mixture cool and add eggs.
  3. Mix it thoroughly and then add baking powder, baking soda, salt, vanilla, and cocoa, stirring after each addition.
  4. Add flour and mix well.
  5. Drain cherries and remove stems, reserving juice.
  6. Roll dough into walnut size balls with your fingers.
  7. Place on a greased cookie sheet.
  8. Press down the on the center of the cookie with your thumb to make an indentation, placing the cherry inside.
  9. In a saucepan over simmering water, combine the chocolate chips and condensed milk. Heat on low until chips are melted.
  10. Add ~1/8 cup of cherry juice and stir into a thick sauce.
  11. Spoon sauce over the center of each cookie, covering the cherry.
  12. Bake at 350 for 10-12 mins. Let it cool.

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Chocolate Covered Cherry Delights

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This was really good but a little too sweet for my taste.

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I ended up having to half the syrup drizzle as I only had one cup of chocolate chips instead of a whole package, but it worked out pretty well. I only missed a few cookies.

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My biggest problem in making these was that there was no picture as to see how much chocolate should I drizzle. I had to guess with some cookies having a little chocolate and others having a whole lot.

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But everyone else loved them and thought they were fantastic. In fact I took them to a party and they were gobbled up instantly.

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For more recipes from Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder, go to Regency Ginger Cookies

For more Hannah Swenson recipes, go to Apple Orchard Bars

For more cookie recipes, go to Cocoa M&M Cookies

For more desserts, go to Sour Cream Lemon Pie

For more recipes, go to Irish Soda Bread

Cocoa M&M Cookies

So I don’t know how your guy’s Valentine’s Day went, but this is typically mine.

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Except I don’t pig out, I bake some cookies!

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Thoughts Before Baking:

So this recipe comes from the Hershey Cocoa Cookbook, published in 1979. Oh yeah it’s an oldie but a goodie. I’ve been making these for years and I just love this cookie.

I especially like to make these either right after Christmas or Valentine’s Day as the M&M packages are all on sale for 80¢ or less.

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Ingredients:

  • 2/3 Cup of Shortening
  • 1.5 Cups of Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2/3 Cup of Dairy Sour Cream
  • 1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Cups of Unsifted All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 Cup of Hershey’s Cocoa
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 2 Cups of M&Ms

Directions:

  1. Cream shortening and sugar in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add eggs, sour cream, and vanilla; beat well.
  3. Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt; blend into creamed mixture.
  4. Stir in M&Ms.
  5. Drop them by the tablespoonful onto a lightly greased cookie sheet, cool on wire rack.

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Thoughts After Baking:

Sorry for no picture, but these cookies do not photograph well. But that doesn’t matter as they taste delicious!!!!

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They are one of my favorite cookies to make. I just love them!

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For more cookie recipes, go to Sand Tarts

For more desserts, go to Gingerbread Men Cookies

For more holiday recipes, go to Brioche French Toast

For more recipes, go to Oven-Crispy Creole French Fries 

Dinomite’s Fluffy Bites

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So as I just reviewed Blueberry Muffin Murder, I was going to do my favorite recipe for blueberry muffins. I wasn’t going to use the one in the book as I didn’t like it. It was too sweet and sugary.

Unfortunately, just as I was getting ready to post my recipe, I couldn’t find it anywhere.

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So I’m going to do a fun cookie recipe instead.

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This is a cute dinosaur head shaped cookie filled with marshmallow. I made this recipe for a challenge, and I think you’ll enjoy it.

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Ingredients:

  • 7-8 Marshmallows cut into thirds
  • 2 Cups of Flour
  • 2/3 Cocoa Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon of Baking Soda
  • 1 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 1 Cup of Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup of Brown Sugar
  • 1 Cup of Crisco
  • 2 Unbeaten Eggs
  • 1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 Cup of sugar to roll the dough in
  • Almond slivers

Directions:

  1. Cut the marshmallows into thirds and place them in the freezer.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit
  3. Sift together with a whisk the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt.
  4. In a  large, separate, bowl; cream together sugar, brown sugar, and crisco.
  5. Blend the two unbeaten eggs and vanilla into the sugar and crisco mixture.
  6. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.
  7. Take the marshmallows out of the freezer
  8. Take 1-2 tablespoons of dough and flatten it in your hand.
  9. Place a marshmallow third into the center of the dough. Roll the dough around the marshmallow, creating a ball.
  10. Take that ball of dough and role it into an oval. On one side of the oval, pinch it with your fingers to create the snout of the T-Rex head.
  11. Fill a bowl with 1/4 cup of sugar and roll the T-Rex head dough in it.
  12. Place it on the baking sheet. Put an almond sliver on it for an eye.
  13. Bake for 5-7 minutes.
  14. Let the cookies cool. When they have cooled, cut a triangle out the pinched side so that the T-Rex has an open mouth.
  15. Eat & enjoy!

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Thoughts After Baking:

So these are fantastic. I have never been a fan of “stuffed” cookies, but these definitely changed all that.

This is perfect for anyone who loves dinosaurs or marshmallows.

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For more cookie recipes, go to Regency Ginger Cookies

For more desserts, go to Dark Choco Almond Butter Cookies

For more recipes, go to Pumpkin French Toast