I realize that it’s been a while since I’ve posted. I’ve had to clean out my kitchen due to a small pest problem (Joys of living in a place not of your own ownership), and have slowly been putting it back together. Good news is, I made cookies!
These cookies were a favor to a co-worker who helped me with some heavy boxes. They were actually a nice marriage of flavors of chocolate and walnuts. Typically nuts can just go away from all of my baking, but this time I didn’t mind it. I don’t think I am completely convinced that nuts will wander back into my life of baking though. I think we have some more ground to cover there, more trust needs to be made.
When you read the recipe, please don’t shun me. I added a majority of the dry and wet ingredients together (I know, how could I?). But it totally worked for these cookies, and when you get home from the gym and eat supper and it’s 8:30 and you realize that you still have to make cookies before going to bed, it’s pretty easy just to whip them up.
But vegan margarine in a bowl and throw in the microwave to melt for 30 seconds. Mix in brown sugar, and combine until smooth. In same bowl add flour, oatmeal, baking soda, salt, egg and almond extract. Mix until completely combined and consistent. Fold in walnuts and chocolate chunks until you’re happy with it. Drop by tablespoon, giving room in between for spreading. Bake for 10 mins, until top of cookies look dry.
Hey! You childish people! Thats Nutella! And it’s tasty!
Yes the above cookies do look like a little elf dropped a stylish bowel movement on them, however once they have been refrigerated, and the nutella gets cold, they enter into an amazing taste haven. The cookie itself aren’t all that sweet, they have a distinct coffee taste to them, to the close to bitter end. But once you add the nutella center, they are perfectly balanced.
Sadly they did not make my list for Christmas Cookies because of the messiness of the nutella. But they are super duper tasty.
So the sad part about this recipe, is that for those who cannot eat milk, Nutella has milk ingredients in it, so this is not a milk-free recipe. Speaking of which, still looking for a milk-free alternate… Anyways still tasty tiny cookies.
Maybe these are the cookies to leave for santa? I mean that guy must be getting sick of royal icing and M&M’s.
I’m on the amazing cookie quest to see which cookies will be present during the holidays, and will be present during co-worker food eatin’ time. So far I have my favorites, however I am looking for a few new entries to spice some things up. The most puzzling spot to fill is the biscotti position. I want something that isn’t too nutty and that isn’t just fruit, which seems to be a majority of the biscotti population. So…. I’m working on it.
About these cookies, I was super amazed that there are no eggs in this recipe! And that it also seems a little healthier with the maple syrup and almond milk. So yay official no dairy recipe!
And we’re back to pumpkins. I think it’s still appropriate to post things with pumpkins in it. I find that once February rolls around, pumpkin is tiring and I’m kinda tired of seeing it. I mean, pumpkin is awesome because you only get to have it one certain time of year. So when I see recipes in February that say “Most Awesome Pumpkin recipe ever!” I turn my head because at that point I’m done. Right now though, I’m all about the squash.
They need a better way to peel the butternut squash though. At least I do. Lets work on this people.
Anyways, I brought this recipe into work and it was a hit. I’m still asked if it will ever return to the office again. Which it might, but that will be after I open my next can of pumpkin.
I don’t know about all of you, but I’m starting to think about Christmas baking. Its making me a little sad, but excited at the same time. On one hand, I have to make a whole crap ton of cookies, which means lots of oven time and dirty bowls. But I’m excited that I get to make them, and get to share them with you!
Speaking about the holidays, we didn’t hand out candy this year, because we live in an apartment building. So I went Christmas shopping and wrapped gifts. That’s right. I wrapped Christmas gifts on Halloween. I told some friends and I was ridiculed and was looked at with a little disgust. I don’t really blame them.
But back to baking! I’m trying out some cookie recipes to see if I want to change up the roster that I already have. These have not made the cut, however they were pretty tasty and different. The one thing I did find is that with the vegan margarine they didn’t act as they would have with butter. It was a little more difficult to get them to stay firm, instead of crumbly. However in the end worth all of the trouble.
In bowl, beat together butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar and lemon zest until fluffy; beat in vanilla. Stir in flour, walnuts, rosemary and salt until combined. Knead 5 times to make smooth dough. Divide in half and shape into discs; wrap each in plastic wrap. Chill until firm but not hard, about 45 mins.
Between waxed or parchment paper, roll out dough to ¼ inch thickness. Using 2 inch cookie cutters, cut out shapes. Place, about 1½ inch apart. on parchment paper-line baking sheets; refrigerate for 30 mins.
Bake, 1 sheet at a time, in 325 degree oven until golden, 10-12 mins. Let cool on pans on rack for 5 mins; transfer to racks and let cool completely.
I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve been all about chocolate the last couple weeks. Not only chocolate but brownies, all about the brownies.
So here is my submission for Halloween and also to appease my taste buds of rich, gooey, a little chewy brownies.
Now I will tell you my secret here. It’s not really a secret, its more laziness than anything. I have made my share of brownies. While I was in college I spent a lot of time at my parents making baked goods for bake sales, for giving away, and for many other charitable events. I’ve used every type of chocolate, I’ve used Martha’s recipes, I’ve even took a stab at creating my own. Nothing tastes as good as the mix from Quaker. Not the box, but the paper container with the white background. Although every time I make them I feel like I’m selling out a little, then I eat them and that thought flutters away since they also have no milk.
So I won’t even post a recipe since I didn’t even use one. The only other thing I did was crush two sleeves of Halloween Oreos saving about 5 for decoration on the top. So have fun with the mashing of the oreos, makes for some good frustration release.
So enjoy the tastiness that is your favorite brownie recipe and Oreos.
So I’ve slowly been working on content and with having my hard drive replace in my laptop, there were certain things that had to be delayed. I have pictures ready to go, I also have more content just waiting to be posted and all I needed was a fully functioning computer!
But it all seems to be functioning now that I’ve re-installed everything. The worst part is that there is always something missing. You think that you remembered to install all of the other things, but you always forget one thing when you go to use YouTube and volume doesn’t work.
Anyways, these muffins I made a few weeks ago. I had some zucchini in the fridge and I didn’t want to eat it with dinner. So I decided that it would be more fun to make muffins!
I used a favorite muffin recipe, I usually use it with blueberries or raspberries. So I took the plunge and added squash instead.
There is nothing like a little bit of rich chocolate nibbles on a night when you know you can’t have wine.
So I decided to take my time to make something crisp and a little soft and full of chocolate since as I mentioned above, I really shouldn’t have wine tonight.
In this recipe I did substitute the butter for the lactose free margarine, and again I’m finding that the oil is just not the same as butter, I might start making up for it with putting some Sunflower oil or olive oil in the mixture just so it has the same oiliness. Also after the chilling process, I did have it in a nice log and it would have sliced up quite nicely if the chunks of chocolate weren’t so big. So I do advise that you don’t use chucks of chocolate that are all ready to go in a bag (so convenient!). If you were to use small chocolate chips, it would also work. I guess I’m just not a fan on cutting up squares of chocolate because I always have to clean my floors the same night (Thank you ants! How you manage to survive in our 10th floor apartment I’ll never know).
Nick and I went to my parents for the weekend, and as my mother always does, she made a chicken. It’s the really nice thing about going home is that there is always something tasty coming home with us. My mom was craving freezer space so she can start making her legendary apple pie, which is the best part about Christmas and Thanksgiving. You know the company is good, but the food, its all about the food.
So since I came home with a bunch of chicken, I wanted to do something a little different than having to make the sides to go with it. I didn’t really want to turn my oven on tonight, I won’t lie. So I opted for chicken salad. It’s not something I normally do, I’m more of a cold cut on my sandwich kind of person and like keeping it that way. So this is a nice stretch for both me and Nick.
So I had some onions that were sitting there, and for some reason I’ve had a serious craving for onions lately. It was all from the onion rings from Harvey’s…. yeah that’s where it started…
Anyway, I was thinking of something tasty to do for a snack for when Nick got home from work. Since when he does it is followed by eating all the food…
So I had fun crying with the onions cutting them up, I learned a few things though! If you are going to do this, please use onions that are very round, you’ll have an easier time. But it does pack some serious tastiness on its own, even if there were no dip. But the dip just helps it go the extra tasty mile.
Take onion and cut off the top, so that a few of the inside layers are visible, and then peel the outside of the onion until the root. You will leave the root so that the rest of the onion will stay intact after cutting and fanning.
Cut the onion into quarters and then into eighths and then into sixteenths, but not all the way through the onion, just cut down to get close to the root. This is best accomplished if you turn the onion to you root side up and cut down to the exposed end.
Once you’re done cutting it up, flip it over and fan out the layers.
Once it looks like a nice bloom, in two separate bowls you will combine the breadcrumbs and spices and in the other you will beat the two eggs well.
With either a brush or if your bowl is deep enough dip the onion in the egg mixture until it’s completely coated. Then follow with sprinkling the breadcrumb mixture onto the onion so it is also completely coated.
When the onions are well dusted, place on a baking sheet in a tent for 5 minutes at 400 degrees. Then you will remove the tent and continue to cook for another 15-20 minutes until the onion is soft and the tips are brown and crispy.