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Entries in Recipes & how-to's (57)

Thursday
Jan042018

Recipe: Cranberry/Oatmeal Bliss Bars

After Christmas, we had a rather large amount of Craisins onhand. Mom suggested topping cereal and oatmeal or adding them to pancake batter. All great ideas, but I wanted to utilize a bigger quantity - rather than just a handful - of the dried berries all at once. Having fallen in love with my coworker's "Oatmeal Caramelitas," I decided to tweak the recipe. Why? Because when I think of oatmeal and brown sugar as ingredients (both separately and together), my mind automatically goes to fruit and milk, not chocolate and caramel. In my version, I substitute chocolate chips with Craisins and opt for condensed milk over caramel sauce. The Maldon Sea Salt Flakes finish these bars with a delightfully savory kick!

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Wednesday
Nov292017

Recipe: Pumpkin Cookies with White Chocolate & Butterscotch Chips

While some people ring in the fall/autumn/holiday season with pumpkin-spice lattes, I prefer to inaugurate the cooler temperatures with food. To be more specific: Rather than sip mine, I take my 'sweet and pumpkin-y' in the form of a cookie.

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Monday
Oct122015

Recipe: The best bfast sandwich you've never made...

Are you ready for this?  The other morning, I saw one of my coworkers do the *CRAZIEST* thing in our office's communal kitchen: He cracked a fresh egg in to a small glass bowl - scrambled it with a plastic fork - threw in some sliced breakfast sausage - scrambled it again - then put the mixture in to the microwave for a 45-second zap.  What emerged was a gorgeous, golden soufflé dotted with porky nibs and subtle wafts of steam.  Followed by a...Pop!  Two slices of perfectly-charred toast sprang from the toaster and, within seconds, a scrumptious egg'wich was born.  "Gross, Lindsay," he laughed.  "Close your mouth!  It is not that serious."  I suppose I was so stunned by the fact that a) he MICROWAVED an egg and b) created a restaurant-worthy (or, at the very least, Starbucks-worthy) breakfast sandwich, that I just stood there staring at him - mouth agape - completely unable to speak. 

That night, I made my way over to the supermarket and purchased 1/2 dozen eggs, English muffins, havarti cheese slices, and some chunky salsa.  I managed to locate a small glass bowl and made sure to set it near my car keys so as not to forget any of my ingredients.

...and to the office I went.  

I sliced my English muffin in half and put it in the toaster.  Meanwhile, I cracked my egg in to my small glass bowl and decided against a scramble.  I wanted the full "yolk" effect; you know what I mean - when you take your first bite and the molten, yellow core runs down your chin.  I sprinkled some salt and pepper atop the cracked egg and put it in the microwave for 30-seconds.  Bam!  What was revealed was the perfect, circular cooked "fried egg" a-la a McDonald's (visually, not internally).  I put half of a slice of havarti cheese atop the cooked egg to allow it to melt.  When the 'muffin was perfectly toasted, I lightly spooned salsa atop each half, sprinkled some more salt on each piece, then placed the egg and cheese atop.  The result?  Breakfast perfection.  At a fraction of the cost of what I'd spend elsewhere at somewhere, say, like Starbucks or McDonald's.

You be the judge: How good does that baby look? 

DIY microwaved egg'wich...

Until we eat again, 

The Lunch Belle

Thursday
Feb132014

Recipe: Handmade "Take 5, Chubby Hubby!" Truffles (...just in time for Valentine's Day)

 

Hello, gorgeous!

Chocolate?  Check.  Peanut butter?  Check.  A cross somewhere between a Hershey's Take 5 candy bar and Ben & Jerry's Chubby Hubby ice cream?  Check. 

If you live for 'sweet and salty' desserts, then I think you will love this recipe for "Take 5, Chubby Hubby!" Truffles.  Imagine, if you will, a small peanut butter-ball packed with salty pretzels, then doused in a blend of milk and dark chocolate.  Is your mouth watering yet?  I figured as much...

Just promise me one thing:  Don't let the word "truffle" intimidate you.  This is one of the EASIEST dessert recipes to make.  Ever.  But don't tell that to your main squeeze!  Let him continue to think that you spent all day in the kitchen making your "handmade truffles."  Because, trust me, he will!  ;)

And, on that note, happy Valentine's Day!

...

*This recipe was adapted from Brown Eyed Baker's version

Ingredients (makes 18-25 truffles, depending on the size of your balls)

  • 1 1/4 cups pretzel pieces
  • 2/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp. butter, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 tbsp. powdered sugar
  • 3.5-4 ounces milk chocolate (I broke up a 3.5 ounce bar of Cadbury's Milk Chocolate)
  • 3.5-4 ounces dark chocolate (I broke up a 3.5 ounce bar of Cadbury's Dark Chocolate)
  • 1 tbsp. vegetable shortening (I used Crisco)

Method

1. Put pretzels into a resealable plastic bag and crush into very small bits (a rolling pin works great for this).

2. In a small bowl, combine the peanut butter, butter, brown sugar, salt, and powdered sugar. Stir until all of the ingredients are completely blended and smooth. Add the pretzel bits to the peanut butter mixture and mix thoroughly - I use my hands!

3. Line a small baking sheet with wax paper. Using a small cookie scoop, or about 2 teaspoons worth of peanut butter mixture, gently shape into a ball with your fingertips. Place the ball on the wax paper-lined cookie sheet and repeat with the remaining peanut butter mixture. Place the baking sheet into the freezer to chill for 30 minutes (if your freezer is too small, refrigerate for 1 hour).

4. When ready to dip the truffles, microwave the chocolate and vegetable shortening together in a small bowl in 15-second increments, stirring after each, until completely melted and smooth.

5. Working one at a time, dip one peanut butter-pretzel ball into the melted chocolate and use a fork to roll it around, ensuring that it is completely coated with chocolate. Let any extra chocolate drip off and place back on the wax paper-lined sheet. Repeat with all of the peanut butter-pretzel balls.

6. Place the baking sheet in the refrigerator and again chill for at least 30 minutes. Garnish with crushed pretzels, if desired. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

 

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Until we eat again

The Lunch Belle