Garlic, Tomato, Basil Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Thoughts Before Cooking:

Who loves grilled cheese sandwiches?

Of course you do, everyone does! It is one of the ultimate comfort foods.

Well this is a little twist on the classic sandwich. I came up with this after making Eggplant Tomato Bites

Ingredients:

  • Bread
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • 1 Clove of Garlic, Halved
  • Cheese of Choice (I did Gouda)
  • Tomatoes
  • 1 Cup of Fresh Basil
  • Butter

Directions:

  1. Place a tablespoon of butter in frying pan and melt.
  2. Brush the bread with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Grill bread until lightly browned, one to two minutes, remove, and rub with garlic.
  4. Grill tomatoes, turning occasionally, until tender, about 6-8 minutes.
  5. Place the mozzarella, tomato, and basil leaves on a slice of bread, cover with another slice of bread and grill until it is warm and cheese is beginning to melt.

Thoughts After Reading:

I thought it was absolutely delicious.

It was soo good, we forgot to take pics!

For more sandwich recipes, go to Chicken Cashew Wrap

For more basil recipes, go to Green Goddess Salad Dressing

For more recipes, go to Fries Quatro Queso Dos Fritos

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Fries Quatro Queso Dos Fritos

Thoughts Before Cooking:

So who here loves the show Psych?

I love this show. I love the mystery, comedy, parody, and looking at all the yummy food they eat.

One particular thing they mention on the show that has gained a lot of buzz was Fries Quatro Queso Dos Fritos.

This is from season three, episode fourteen Truer Lies. After it aired it caused quite a stir as it sounded so good people wanted to try it for themselves.

Unfortunately, there is no recipe for it.

But that didn’t stop me and my friend. We wanted to make it and watch the Psych film, so we decided to try out the recipe from Binging with Babish. However, Babish doesn’t cover everything so Genius Kitchen and The Kitchn had to help me fill in the blanks. He also cubes his cheese, but I’ve discovered that shredded works out much better

Ingredients:

  • 3 Russet Potatoes
  • Olive Oil
  • Bacon
  • 2-3 Tablespoons of Butter
  • 3 Eggs
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Flour
  • 1.5 Cup of Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1.5 Cup of Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1.5 Cup of Shredded Smoked Gouda
  • 1.5 Cup of Shredded Monterey Jack
  • Bread Crumbs
  • 1.5 Cup of Sour Cream
  • Ancho Chile Powder to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Scrub the potatoes clean and remove any blemishes.
  3. Rub the potatoes with olive oil and use a fork to prick them with holes.
  4. Cook for 50-60 minutes, turning them over every 20 minutes. When potatoes are finished remove pan from oven. (Potatoes are done when the skins are dry and the insides feel completely soft when pierced.)
  5. We want as little moisture as possible, so as soon as you remove the potatoes slice them in half and let cool for 15-20 minutes.
  6. Turn the oven down to 400 degrees F.
  7. Place a sheet of parchment paper on a baking sheet and lay out a few strips of bacon.
  8. Bake the bacon for 15-20 minutes, or until crispy. Remove from oven, drain on paper towels, and set aside.
  9. Run them through a potato ricer. If you do not have a potato ricer, scoop the insides of the potatoes into a bowl, add 2-3 tablespoons of butter, and use a potato masher.
  10. Add an egg and sprinkle with salt. Mix together. If mixture is too soft to handle, add some flour to firm it up.
  11. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for 30 mins.
  12. Mix cheeses into one bowl.
  13. Lay out three bowls. In the first place one cup of flour, in the second two eggs, and in the third one cup of bread crumbs.
  14. Take the mashed potato mixture and firm into a ball. Fill it with the cheese mixture.
  15. Roll ball into flour, then eggs, and then bread crumbs.
  16. Repeat until all the potato mixture is used.
  17. Deep fry at 350 degrees F for 5-7 minutes.
  18. Sprinkle the Fries Quatro Queso Dos Fritos with salt.
  19. Scoop out the sour cream and place in a bowl.
  20. Add the chile powder and stir it in.
  21. Pour the chile powder and sour cream mixture on a plate.
  22. Chop bacon into small pieces and sprinkle on the chile powder and sour cream.
  23. Stack Fries Quatro Queso Dos Fritos on top of each other.
  24. Eat, dipping potatoes in the sour cream mixture.

Thoughts Before Cooking:

It was delicious!

The only thing I would change is, as I said earlier, doing shredded cheese over cubed. It makes sure you get the most out of it. Other wise I loved them!

For more potato recipes, go to Baked Potato Soup

For more recipes, go to Pão de Queijo

Pão de Queijo

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Happy New Year!

I hope you all have a blessed year!

breakfast

So it is time for our tradition of New Year’s Day breakfast food recipe!

Thoughts Before Baking:

My friend Quinn loves to try out all kinds of new recipes whenever we get together. She is also a world traveler so I wasn’t surprised that she wanted to make a Brazilian dish. This recipe comes from Olivia’s Cuisine

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups tapioca flour (We couldn’t fine it so we used regular flour)
  • 1¼ cups milk
  • ½ cup water
  • 6 tablespoons oil
  • 1½ cups grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 cups shredded Mozzarella cheese
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400F degrees with a rack in the middle.
  2. Combine the milk, water, oil and salt in a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium high heat.
  3. Add the flour to the bowl of a stand mixer and, once the milk mixture boils, pour it over the flour. Turn the mixer on and mix it well.
  4. With the mixer still on, add the eggs, one at a time.
  5. Once the eggs are incorporated, add the cheese, a little at a time, until fully incorporated.
  6. The dough is supposed to be soft and sticky. However, if you’re worried it’s too liquidy, add some more flour.
  7. To shape the balls, wet your hands with cold water and, using a spoon, scoop some of the dough to shape balls that are a little smaller than golf-sized.
  8. Place the balls on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper.
  9. Top with shredded cheese.
  10. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until they are golden and puffed.
  11. Serve them warm! 🙂

Thoughts After Baking:

These were really good. I wasn’t sure what to expect but they came out a cheesy and delicious biscuit.

For more breakfast recipes, go to Flæskeæggekage

For more New Year’s Day posts, go to Potato Chip Omelet

For more holiday posts, go to Festive Pink Lemonade

In other news, let’s have a quick year review.

So last year I published 109 posts!

Out of those 109 posts, I’ve reviewed 73 mysteries. Which you should definitely check out.

Abby Sinclair and Tess McCallum Series (1 book), Bess Crawford Mystery (1 book),  Carter House Girls (1 book), The Cats and Curios Mysteries (1 book), The Cat Who…(3 books), Eleanor Roosevelt Investigates (2 books), Emilie Adventures (2 books), Emma Frost Mysteries (3 books), Everybody’s a Suspect (2 books),Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery (1 book), Hannah Swensen Mysteries (2 books), Inspector Alan Grant Mysteries (1 book), Jane Jeffry (1 book), Kinsey Millhone Mysteries (1 book), Kovac and Liska Mysteries (1 book), Laurel McKay Mysteries (1 book), The Lightkeepers (2 books), Nancy Drew Files (1 book), Potluck Catering Club (1 book), Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (1 book), Psycho (1 book), Reed Ferguson Mystery (1 book), Sam the Cat Mystery (1 book), Sherlock Holmes Mystery (1 book), The Society of Steam (1 book), Southern Sewing Circle (1 book), Steven Wade Mystery (1 book), Stoney Ridge Seasons (1 book), Sunset Reads (2 books), Texas Dreams (1 book), and Up2u Adventures (1 book).

And the following stand alone mysteries: The Dashwood Sisters Tell All: A Modern Day Novel of Jane AustenThe Disappearance of Edwin DroodDracula (Graphic Novel), The Madwoman UpstairsThe Manchurian Candidate, Murder at Oklahoma, The OathWhistling in the DarkThe Undoing of Saint Silvanusand The Yellow Room

And the following non-fiction: Ghost of the Hardy Boys, The Girl in Alfred Hitchcock’s Shower, and High Road to the Stake: A Tale of Witchcraft

And the following short stories: The Murders in Rue MorgueThe Red Headed LeagueA Scandal in BohemiaThe Tell-Tale Heart, The Utterly Perfect Murder, and The Veldt

And the following Children’s books: Binky Brothers, Detectives, The Chocolate Chip Mystery, The Secret of the Three Teardrops, The Silver Deer and The Turquoise Trail Mystery

And the following little extras: Archie Andrews: A Real Foul BallBetty and Veronica: Stranger Than Fiction 11 Famous Murder Riddles, and Little Betty & Veronica: The Buried Treasure Mystery

With cooking I reviewed 36 different recipes:

Breakfast: FlæskeæggekageHerbed Eggs with Sour CreamPotato Chip Omelet, and Twin Sun Toast

Drinks: Blackberry Mint Infused WaterBlueberry Spinach Smoothie, Festive Pink Lemonade, London FogNature’s Own Cocktail, Power Smoothie, Strawberry MilkshakeTriple Green Protein Smoothie, and Yoda Soda

Salads: Arugula Salad with Olive Oil, Lemon, and Parmesan Cheese and Spinach Pasta Salad

Entrees: Baked Potato SoupChicken Cashew WrapCrazy Cantina ChiliEggplant Tomato Bites, Ham and Cheese Monte CristosKielbasa Bowtie Pasta, Spanakopita Penne BakeToo Easy HotdishTwo-Cheese Roasted-Veggie Pasta

Desserts: Aunt Neal’s Old-Fashioned Tea CakesBlueberry Sour Cream Pie, Cherry-Pistachio Tea CakesChocolate Oat Crackles, French StrawberriesIrish Apple Cake with Custard Sauce, REESE’S PIECES Peanut Butter CookiesRice Krispies CookiesVanilla Crackle

Extras: CrostiniGreen Goddess Salad Dressing, and Healthy Caesar Salad Dressing.

This blog was viewed 6,251 times last year.

 

The busiest day of the year was June 3rd with 79 views and the post Eggplant Tomato Bites

The top five posts of this year were:

5) Apple Orchard Bars from Fudge Cupcake Murder by Joanne Fluke

4) Italian Flavor Fused Popcorn

3) Fudge Cupcake Murder by Joanne Fluke

2) Miss Polly Had a Dolly by Willow Rose

1) “The Tell-Tale Heart” from Ten Great Mysteries by Edgar Allen Poe

So what will the next year hold? You’ll just have to follow me to find out!

Chocolate Crinkles

Thoughts Before Baking:

Christmas is coming and there were three families on my list who I wanted to give a gift to and thought what better way than by baking cookies!

I thought that instead of making three dozen of one cookie, I would do three different cookies. That way I would be sure to have something everyone would love. So I decided to do the Regency Ginger Cookie, as it was sweeter than gingerbread but still a Christmas-y cookie.

Then I thought I would do the Rice Krispies Cookies, as everyone loves chocolate chip.

But the third cookie I was stumped. I decided to look in my The King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion: The Essential Cookie Cookbook and settled in Chocolate Crinkles.

From the Cookbook: “This classic cookie is beautiful. With its Appaloosa coating of confectioner’s sugar, the cracks that form the surface as it bakes, makes it a miniature work of art. Nevertheless, the true reward comes in the eating. Just barely a crisp at the edges, soft and almost brownie-like in the center, these cookies are sure to make a lasting impression.

Chocolate crinkles, a seeming standard in the cookie baker’s repertoire, actually don’t appear to have a long history. Though it feels as if they have been around forever, the earliest mention we find of them in any cookbook is 1965. This cookie is quick and easy to put together, and forgiving in the oven. If you want a crispier version, bake a few extra minutes. For a fudgier center, go with a shorter baking time.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 Cups of Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1.5 Cups of Sugar
  • 1.5 Teaspoons of Baking Powder
  • 3/4 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 6 Tablespoons of unsalted butter, melted
  • 3/4 Cup of Cocoa Powder, natural or Dutch
  • 3 Large Eggs
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
  • 3/4 Cup of Confectioner’s Sugar (Powdered Sugar), for coating the cookies

Directions:

  1. Preheat the Oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Lightly grease two baking sheets.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  4. Combine the melted butter with the cocoa in a medium-sized bowl and stir until the mixture is smooth. Cool to lukewarm.
  5. Once cooled, add the eggs and the vanilla-stirring to combine.
  6. Add the wet to the dry mixture. The dough will seem dry at first, but keep mixing until it becomes the consistency of stiff brownie batter.
  7. Scoop the dough by tablespoonful and roll into balls.
  8. Roll in confectioner’s sugar to coat.
  9. Place the cookies on the prepared baking sheets and bake for 12-14 minutes.
  10. The cookies will spread out and form cracks, the insides looking a little wet.
  11. Remove cookies from oven and cool for 5 minutes before transferring to wire rack.

Thoughts After Baking:

What did I think?

You should defintely make them yourself.

For more cookies from the King Arthur Cookbook, go to 1-2-3-4 Peanut Butter Cookies

For more cookie recipes, go to REESE’S PIECES Peanut Butter Cookies

For more dessert recipes, go to Aunt Neal’s Old-Fashioned Tea Cakes

For more recipes, go to Crostini

 

Spinach Pasta Salad

So I came across this recipe on Pinterest. It originally came from the site, Barefeet in the Kitchen. I like pasta salad, I like spinach, I like tomatoes: so I thought this would be a great recipe to try.

Ingredients:

  • 1 8-oz Package of Bowtie Pasta Noodles (Farfalle)
  • 1/2 of a Small Red Onion, thinly sliced and cut into 1-inch pieces (about 1/4 cup)
  • 3 Large Cloves of Garlic, minced
  • 6 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
  • 1/4 Cup of Red Wine Vinegar (I didn’t have any so I substituted with Balsamic Vinegar)
  • 1 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon of Pepper
  • 4 Cups of Baby Spinach (About one 6-oz package)
  • 2 Cups of Grape Tomatoes, Halved
  • Grated Fresh Parmesan Cheese

Directions:

  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil.
  2. Cook according to the directions on the box.
  3. When finished cooking, drain but do not rinse the noodles.
  4. While the pasta is cooking place the onions and garlic in a large mixing bowl.
  5. Add the olive oil and vinegar to cover the onions and garlic.
  6. When the pasta has been drained add it to the mixing bowl and toss well.
  7. Add tomatoes and spinach.
  8. Toss well.
  9. Serve with a sprinkle of salt, pepper, and Parmesan Cheese.

Thoughts After Cooking:

I loved it! I didn’t want to stop!

It was that good.

Definitely, try this recipe out.

For more pasta salad recipes, go to Pasta with Prosciutto, Cherry Tomatoes, and Asiago

For more salad recipes, go to Arugula Salad with Olive Oil, Lemon, and Parmesan Cheese

For more Pinterest recipes, go to Irish Apple Cake with Custard Sauce

For more recipes, go to Baked Potato Soup

Baked Potato Soup

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Thoughts before cooking:

This recipe comes from The Cat Who…Cookbook. It is inspired by the soup eaten by Polly Duncan and James “Qwill” Qwilleran. It sounded good, fast, and easy to make-so of course I wanted to try it out.

Ingredients:

  • 3 Tablespoons of Onion, finely chopped
  • 5 Tablespoons of Butter
  • 5 Tablespoons of Flour
  • 1 14-oz can of Chicken Broth
  • 1/3 Cup of Cheddar Cheese, grated
  • 1 Baked Potato (6-7 inch baker), cold, cut into bite-sized pieces.
  • 2 Cups of Half-and-Half
  • 1 Cup of Milk
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 1/8 Teaspoon of Black Pepper
  • 6 Slices of Bacon, cooked, broken into bits (Or use Bacon Bits)
  • Cheddar Cheese, to go on top

Directions:

  1. Sauté the onions in butter.
  2. While stirring, slowly add the flour and then the chicken broth.
  3. Cook until it thickens.
  4. Add the cheddar cheese, stirring until it melts.
  5. Then add the potato, leaving the skin on the pieces.
  6. Finally stir in the half-and-half and the milk.
  7. Season with salt and pepper.
  8. Top each serving with crumbled bacon and cheddar cheese.

Thoughts after cooking:

I loved this soup!

It was so delicious I just wanted to eat more and more.

The only problem is that when you add the milk and half and half you have to stir constantly so it doesn’t burn.

I took a picture, but it didn’t come out well. The color makes it hard to photograph unless you have a really special camera. Oh well.

For more recipes from The Cat Who…Cookbook, go to Nature’s Own Cocktail

For more soup recipes, go to Crazy Cantina Chili

For more potato recipes, go to Scandinavian Spuds

For more recipes, go to Kielbasa Bowtie Pasta

Kielbasa Bowtie Pasta

Thoughts Before Cooking:

Sometimes you need something that is fast to make, cheap, and be able to serve a large group of people. When that happens, I like to pull this recipe out.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Box of Bowtie Pasta Noodles (You can substitute with any pasta noodles)
  • 1 Kielbasa Sausage, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1 Cup of Chopped Red Bell Pepper
  • 1 Cup of Chopped Green Bell Pepper
  • 4 Tablespoons of Chopped Red Onion (Can substitute with yellow onion)
  • 3 Teaspoons of Butter
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of Pepper

Directions:

  1. Cook pasta according to the package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute the peppers and onion in the butter, until tender.
  3. Add the sausage, salt, and pepper; cook and stir until sausage is heated through.
  4. Drain pasta and add to the skillet.
  5. Toss to coat.

Thoughts After Cooking:

I love this recipe. Delicious, fast, and great.

I recommend it!

For more pasta recipes, go to Two-Cheese Roasted-Veggie Pasta

For more recipes, go to Nature’s Own Cocktail

Healthy Caesar Salad Dressing

Who likes salad?

Me!

One thing I like is caesar salad, but the dressing can be so unhealthy.There is one recipe I use, but the day I was going to make it I didn’t have all the ingredients, so I had to start searching the internet.

This recipe comes from the blog Humorous Homemaking.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Jar with a tight fitting lid
  • 1 Clove of Garlic, minced (about 1/2 teaspoon)
  • 1 Tablespoon of Dijon Mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon of Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 Tablespoon of Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons of Parmesan Cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons of Greek Yogurt
  • 1/4 Cup of Olive Oil
  • Dash of Salt and Pepper

Directions:

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a jar.
  2. Screw the lid on tight and shake the jar until all ingredients are combined.
  3. When finished serve immediately or save in fridge up to a week.

Thoughts After Cooking:

I thought it was fantastic.

It was fun shaking the jar and absolutely delicious on the salad.

For more salad recipes, go to Caesar Salad

For more salad dressings, go to Garden Pasta Salad with Bocconcini

Eggplant Tomato Bites

Thoughts Before Cooking:

I’ve never been a big eggplant fan-but when I saw the picture in the Real Simple magazine. I decided to try it, and hoped it would turn out right.

Ingredients:

  • Safflower Oil, for the Grill
  • 4 Large Slices of Country Bread, 1 inch thick
  • 1 Large Eggplant, sliced 1/2 inch thick
  • 1/4 Cup of Olive Oil
  • Salt & Black Pepper
  • 1 Clove of Garlic, Halved
  • 12 Ounces Smoked Mozzarella (They didn’t have it so I used Low-Skim)
  • 2 Large Tomatoes, Sliced
  • 1 Cup of Fresh Basil

Directions:

  1. Heat grill to medium. Once it’s hot, clean the grill grate with a wire brush.
  2. Oil the grill grate with the Safflower Oil.
  3. Brush the bread and eggplant with oil and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Grill bread until brown and crisp, one to two minutes, and rub with garlic.
  5. Slice in half crosswise, and put aside.
  6. Grill eggplants, turning occasionally, until tender, about 6-8 minutes.
  7. Place the mozzarella on the bread and grill, covered, just until it is warm and beginning to melt.
  8. Top with the eggplant, the tomato, and then basil.
  9. Drizzle with oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and serve with a salad. (I recommend the caesar.)

Thoughts After Cooking:

I LOVED IT!

I thought it was so good and couldn’t stop eating it.

You should try it out!

For more Real Simple recipes, go to Orecchiette with Red Onions, Almonds, and Green Bell Pepper

For more grill recipes, go to Grilled Zucchini Roll-Ups

For more eggplant dishes, go to Ratatouille

For more Vegetarian recipes, go to Crazy Cantina Chili

Flæskeæggekage

Thoughts Before Cooking:

Willow Rose is Danish as am I. So I thought what better than to try out a recipe from The Cooking of Scandinavia from the Time-Life books food around the world series.

In Danish, Flæskeæggekage (FLES-keh-egeh-KAH-geh) means bacon and egg cake. I never heard of it or tasted it before, but thought why not try it out? It sounded good, after all who doesn’t like bacon and eggs?

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 lb of Bacon, preferably Danish
  • 6 Eggs, Lightly Beaten
  • 1 Tablespoon of Flour
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 1/2 Cup of Milk
  • 2 Tablespoons of Chives, finely cut

Directions:

  1. Cut the long strips of bacon in half crosswise and fry them over moderate heat in a heavy 10 to 12 inch skillet.
  2. Do not let them get too crispy.
  3. Drain the strips on paper towels and set them on an ovenproof platter or baking dish and keep warm in a 200 degree F oven.
  4. Remove all but a tablespoon of the clear bacon fat from the skillet.
  5. In a mixing bowl, beat the flour and salt into the eggs only long enough to combine them.
  6. Slowly beat in the milk.
  7. Warm the fat in the skillet over moderate heat and then pour in the egg mixture.
  8. Turn the heat down to low and without stirring let the eggs set into a firm custard. (This will take about ~20 minutes.)
  9. When finished, turn off the flame and arrange bacon slices and chives over the top of the finished cake.
  10. Serve directly from the pan; as a first course, brunch, or late-supper dish.

So this is what it looked like when the eggs were finished cooking:

And here is what they look like when finished:

Thoughts After Cooking:

So I thought it was fantastic.

I thought it was a tad salty, and the next time probably wouldn’t add any salt to it. Otherwise it was delicious and goes great when paired with a salad.

For more egg main dishes, go to Herbed Eggs with Sour Cream

For more Time Life recipes, go to Bulghur Salad

For more breakfast food recipes, go to Twin Sun Toast

For more recipes, go to REESE’S PIECES Peanut Butter Cookies

REESE’S PIECES Peanut Butter Cookies

Thoughts Before Baking:

So I wanted to make a certain cookie, but it turns out that the baker’s chocolate I had was over a year past the due date.

I had a bunch of candy that was given to me and wanted to make cookies with them. After some searching I finally found REESE’S PIECES Peanut Butter Cookies from the website Hershey’s Kitchen.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Cup (1 Stick) of Butter
  • 1/2 Cup of Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup of Light Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup of Peanut Butter
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Cup of Flour
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Baking Powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 1 Cup of REESE’S PIECES Candies

Directions:

  1. Preheat the Oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Beat the butter, sugar, brown sugar, peanut butter, egg, vanilla extract in a large bowl until fluffy.
  3. Stir together flour, baking soda, and salt; adding to the butter mixture and beating until blended.
  4. Stir in candies.
  5. Drop by a tablespoonful unto a greased cookie sheet.
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until brown.
  7. Cool slightly, then place on a wire rack to cool completely.

Thoughts After Baking:

It was pretty sticky trying to move from the tablespoon to the sheet, so just fair warning.

Now I’m not really a REESE’S PIECES person, but I really liked how they tasted. It was a good mix, and not too overpowering in peanut butter.

For more peanut butter cookies, go to 1-2-3-4 Peanut Butter Cookies

For more cookies, go to Aunt Neal’s Old-Fashioned Tea Cakes

For more desserts, go to Vanilla Crackle

For more peanut butter recipes, go to Rice Krispies Peanut Butter Banana

Crazy Cantina Chili

So today is:

As I am part Mexican, this is a holiday I celebrate every year. I haven’t posted anything for this day yet as haven’t made anything that would be perfect for any Cinco de Mayo celebration. But today I have something:

Chili

Thoughts Before Cooking:

So a friend of mine entered me in a chili competition and I was at a loss of what to do. I’ve never really cooked chili, but then I decided to do a recipe from The Star Wars Cookbook:Wookie Cookies and Other Galactic Recipes by Robin Davis.

Ingredients:

  • 1 16-0z Can of Kidney Beans
  • 1 16-oz Can of Black Beans
  • 1 16-oz Can of Garbanzo Beans
  • 1/2  a Large Onion
  • 2 Tablespoons of Vegetable Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons of Chili Powder
  • 1/8 Teaspoon of Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 28-oz Can of Crushed Tomatoes with Juice (I used the Diced Tomatoes with Chiles as I like my food HOT!)
  • 1 Cup of Tomato Juice
  • 1 lb of Ground Beef or Turkey (Optional)
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • Sour Cream or Plain Yogurt

Directions for Vegetarian Chili:

  1. Open the cans of beans. Drain off the liquid from the cans in the sink. Rinse and set aside.
  2. Chop the onion and set aside.
  3. Put the oil in a large saucepan and set the pan on medium heat.
  4. When the oil is hot, add the chopped onions and stir with a wooden spoon until tender, about 5 minutes.
  5. Add the chili powder and cayenne pepper and stir for 30 seconds.
  6. Add the beans, tomatoes, tomato juice; and stir well.
  7. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  8. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  9. Serve Chili with cheese and/or sour cream

Directions for Meat Chili:

  1. Cook meat in a pan on the stove.
  2. Follow the directions above, adding the meat during step 7.

Thoughts After Cooking:

I thought the original recipe was good, but wasn’t as hot as I liked it so I added the chiles. I also included meat as I thought it would be more appealing.

I didn’t win the contest, but I had fun trying.

For more recipes to help with your Cinco de Mayo, go to Best Guacamole Ever! (Plus Make Your Own Tortilla Chips!)

For more from The Star Wars Cookbook, go to Twin Sun Toast

For more holiday posts, go to Yoda Soda

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

For more vegetarian recipes, go to Two-Cheese Roasted-Veggie Pasta

Aunt Neal’s Old-Fashioned Tea Cakes

Thoughts Before Cooking:

This recipe comes from the cookbook, Christmas Cookies. I was given this years ago for Christmas but never made anything from it.

My new resolution for Spring Cleaning, is use my cookbooks or get rid of them. So I decided to make a cookie from this, even though Christmas is eight months away.

Background on the Cookie:

“These delicious tea cakes were made by an Aunt Cornelia (“Neal) on special occasions and holidays, using hand-churned butter and eggs she gathered from the hen-house. This southern Georgia version dates back to the turn of the twentieth century. “

**Dough has to be chilled**

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup of Butter, Softened
  • 1 Cup of Granulated (White) Sugar
  • 1 Large Egg, Lightly Beaten
  • 1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
  • 3 Cups of All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 Teaspoon of Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 1/2 Cup of Milk
  • White Sparkling Sugar

Directions:

  1. Beat the butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy.
  2. Add one cup of sugar, beating well.
  3. Add the egg and vanilla; beat well.
  4. In a separate bowl: combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  5. Add the flour mixture and the milk to butter mixture, alternating between the two. Begin with adding half the flour mixture, then add the milk, and finish with adding the flour mixture.
  6. Mix at a low speed after each addition, until just blended.
  7. Shape dough into two discs.
  8. Wrap the discs in wax paper and chill for at least one hour.
  9. After having chilled, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  10. Roll each disc to 1/4 inch thickness on a floured surface.
  11. Cut with a 3.5 inch round cookie cutter; and place one inch apart on lightly greased baking sheets.
  12. Sprinkle with sparkling sugar.
  13. Bake for 7-8 minutes or until lightly browned.
  14. Cool for one minute and then remove to wore racks to cool.
  15. Makes about two dozen.

Thoughts After Baking:

When I took it out of the fridge it was super hard and I was unsure if it would come out okay.

But after being in my hands it quickly became super sticky, so make sure you flour the rolling pin and the cutting board.

But after all that this cookies were super good. Not too sweet and perfect for tea time.

For more tea cakes, go to Cherry-Pistachio Tea Cakes

For more tea treats, go to Irish Apple Cake with Custard Sauce

For more cookie recipes, go to Rice Krispies Cookies

For more desserts, go to Vanilla Crackle

Twin Sun Toast

StarWars

As Tuesday’s book review was on a fantasy/science-fiction book, I thought that the perfect recipe to pair it would be one from The Star Wars Cookbook: Wookie Cookies and Other Galactic Recipes by Robin Davis.

This is similar to the Joanne Fluke recipe, Hole in One, but doubles it! Is it doubly delicious? Or a double fail?

Ingredients:

  • 1 Wide Slice of Sourdough Bread (at least 7 inches wide)
  • 1 Teaspoon of Butter
  • 2 Small Eggs
  • Salt & Pepper

Directions:

  1. Put the bread slice on a cutting board.
  2. Using a 2-inch round cookie cutter, cut out two holes side by side, but leaving bread between and around the holes.
  3. Put a skillet on the stove and switch on the medium heat.
  4. Put the butter in the skillet.
  5. As butter melts, spread it evenly around the bottom of the pan.
  6. Place the bread slice in the pan and break an egg into each hole.
  7. Add salt and pepper.
  8. Fry until the clear parts of the egg turn white, about 1 to 2 minutes.
  9. Slip a spatula under the bread and flip it over quickly and carefully enough to not let the eggs slide out of the holes.
  10. Cook for one minute more.
  11. Slide toast on a plate and a plate and enjoy.

Thoughts After Reading:

So this did not work out at all like the image in the cookbook. The bread kept ripping and egg went everywhere.

But I did not see that they needed to be small eggs, I just used the regular large ones.

So I will try to make this again and make sure I use small ones. But otherwise it was a delicious way to start the morning.

For more recipes from theThe Star Wars Cookbook: Wookie Cookies and Other Galactic Recipes, go to Wookie Cookies.

For more breakfast recipes, go to Herbed Eggs with Sour Cream

For more recipes, go to Vanilla Crackle

Cherry-Pistachio Tea Cakes

So of course whenever I do a Jane Austen mystery, I have to pair with something Regency, Jane Austen, or tea party related.

This recipe comes from a Food Network Magazine. 

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Cup of Pistachios
  • 1/3 Cup of Flour
  • 1 Teaspoon of Baking Powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 2/3 Cup of Powdered Sugar, plus more for dusting
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 6 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter, Melted
  • 12-24 Medium Cherries with Stems

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners.
  3. Pulse the pistachios, flour, baking powder, and salt in a food processor or blender until finely grounded.
  4. Whisk the powdered sugar and eggs in a large bowl, then whisk in the pistachio mixture until just combined.
  5. Stir in the melted butter until just incorporated.
  6. Spoon 2 tablespoons of batter into each muffin cup.
  7. Bake until slightly puffed and just beginning to set, about 8 minutes.
  8. Place 1 or 2 cherries in the center of each cake and continue baking until the cakes feel springy and the edges are lightly browned, 10-12 minutes.
  9. Transfer to a rack and let cool 10 minutes in the pan, then remove from pan to cool completely.
  10. Dust with powdered sugar.

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Thoughts After Baking:

So instead of using fresh cherries I used frozen ones.

Yeah, they did not turn out right. The cake part was good, but the cherries kind of leaked in them.

As soon as cherries are back in season, I am going to remake them and update this post. I’m sure these will be fantastic.

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

For more tea party recipes, go to Harvest Pumpkin Scones

For more desserts, go to Strawberry Milkshake

For more dishes featuring cherries, go to Chocolate Covered Cherry Delights

For more cupcakes, go to King Arthur Carrot Cake or Cupcakes