Archive | January, 2014

Chipotle Burrito

30 Jan

I made these burritos out of left overs: left over stew beef, left over rice, left over black beans, left over salsa…But these left overs got a pretty fancy make over. Yay for left overs that don’t taste like left overs any more.

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Ingredients:

Chipotle Steak:

1 tsp oregano

1/2 tsp cumin

1/4 tsp garlic powder

1/4 tsp onion powder

1/4 tsp red pepper

pinch of salt and pepper

2 tsp vegetable oil

1 lb steak

Combine oregano, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, red pepper, salt, and pepper. Rub spice mixture over steak, along with vegetable oil. Refrigerate while preparing other ingredients.

Rice:

2 cups cooked rice

1 1/2 Tbsp lime juice

1 tsp vegetable oil

2 Tbsp cilantro or parsley

1/4 – 1/2 tsp salt

Drizzle lime juice and oil over the top of warm rice, sprinkle with 2 Tbsp cilantro and salt. Fluff with a fork.

Pico De Gallo:

4 roma tomatoes, cored and diced small

1 cup finely diced red onion

1 jalepeno, seeded and minced

2 Tbsp chopped cilantro

In a small bowl, combine the tomatoes, red onion, jalepeno, and cilantro.

black beans, rinsed, drained, and warmed

sour cream

tortillas

Heat grill to medium-high. Coat grill with non-stick spray and cook steak about 4 min per side, or to your liking. Transfer to a cutting board and let rest for 5 min. Slice thinly against the grain

Warm tortillas and fill with rice, then steak. Top with black beans, pico de gallo, and sour cream. Roll and enjoy!

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Original recipe: www.veryculinary.com/2013/07/22/chipotle-steak-burrito/

 

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Confetti Spaghetti

28 Jan

Remember colored ketchup? It came in green and purple, blue, yellow…it threw me off. Every time I tasted it, I didn’t expect it to taste like ketchup. But it always did! Go figure. Now I can say the same for noodles. No matter what color, they still taste like noodles.

I won the Cool Mom award for dinner, and an astounded, “Mom! How did you do that?!!!” from my kids. AND it took me all of two minutes prep, and maybe ten minutes cook time. Fun for birthdays or just to add a little ‘color’ to your plate!

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Ingredients:

spaghetti noodles

water

food coloring of choice

Depending on how many colors of noodles you want, prepare separate pots of water – adding food coloring of choice to each (5-10 drops depending on how vibrant you want the colors). Add noodles and bring to a low boil. Cook until al dente. Drain excess water and place noodles on a paper towel, dabbing dry. Combine all colors of noodles and serve with sauce of choice.

*Note: If you don’t dry the noodles well the colors will bleed into each other.

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Guacamole

24 Jan

When I asked my sisters to send me their recipes they asked for photo guidelines. I said, “Just don’t make it look like a pile of mush.” And then I got this…a pile of mush. 🙂 At least it’s a pile of mush that tastes good!

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Ingredients:

2 avocados

1 roma tomato

1 Tbsp chopped onion

garlic salt

salt

pepper

lemon juice

Mash avocados, sprinkle with lemon juice. Chop tomatoes and onions finely. Add to avocado mixture and use salt, pepper, and garlic salt to taste.

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Fluffy Pancakes

22 Jan

Mmmm…pancakes. We like to go the creative route on really special mornings and make ‘animal’ pancakes. I’m pretty good at it, if I do say so myself. There is always that little twinge of guilt when you cut of the head of your horse or turtle, but if it’s a good pancake, you get over the grief real quick.

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Ingredients:

3/4 cup milk

2 Tbsp white vinegar (combined with milk and sit for 10 min to sour)

1 cup flour

2-3 Tbsp sugar

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 egg

2 Tbsp melted butter

1 tsp vanilla

Combine the milk and vinegar in a small bowl for 10 minutes to sour. Set aside. Combine dry ingredients in a bowl. In a smaller bowl, whisk the soured milk, egg, vanilla, and melted  butter together. Pour into the dry ingredients and whisk until most of the lumps are gone, but do not over mix. The batter will be thick. Let the batter sit undisturbed for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, you will see bubbles in the batter – DO NOT STIR AGAIN.

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Gently dip out 1/2 cup batter and place on a buttered grill or frying pan. Cook until bubbles appear on the surface of the pancake and then flip and brown the other side.

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Original recipe: coleensrecipes.blogspot.com

Lemon Crinkle Cookies

15 Jan

I sent my sisters a text this week: “Help!” 🙂 I was pedal-to-the-metal for the first few months, making new recipes every day…but my steam is running out (it may or may not have something to do with the fact that my 7 month old and 2 year old have simultaneously decided they hate sleep) and I am finding that I am making less of a dent in all the recipes that I want to put on here. And then I had an epiphany. I have five sisters. I have five sisters that have families. I have five sisters who have families that they cook for. Jackpot. And now, I can even check my own blog for recipes that I want to try!

I love lemon and I love cookies…I’m going to have to make these soon! Thanks, Korri!!!

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Ingredients:
½ cups butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
½ teaspoons vanilla extract
1 whole egg
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
¼ teaspoons salt
¼ teaspoons baking powder
⅛ teaspoons baking soda
1-½ cup all-purpose flour
½ cups powdered sugar

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease light colored baking sheets with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Whip in vanilla, egg, lemon zest, and juice. Scrape sides and mix again. Stir in all dry ingredients slowly until just combined, excluding the powdered sugar. Scrape sides of bowl and mix again briefly. Pour powdered sugar onto a large plate. Roll a heaping teaspoon of dough into a ball and roll in powdered sugar. Place on baking sheet and repeat with remaining dough.

Bake for 9-11 minutes or until bottoms begin to barely brown and cookies look matte {not melty or shiny}. Remove from oven and cool cookies about 3 minutes before transferring to cooling rack.

*If using a non-stick darker baking tray, reduce baking time by about 2 minutes.

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Original recipe found here: http://ldsliving.com/story/64185-food-dish-cookie-recipe-contest-winner-recipe

Egg Rolls

11 Jan

Sometimes I want to crawl into the bottom drawer in my bathroom and live there for a little while. For some reason, it is the warmest place in my house. The cabinet next to it is the second warmest place, and I find myself feeling more than a little twinge of jealousy when I discover my kids having a little warming siesta inside. I just hate being cold.

This was my second attempt at egg rolls, my first being not so successful. They had no flavor, and the recipe called for a flour/water mixture that made the filling taste strange. Needless to say, I conveniently ‘forgot’ where I put that recipe and worked on a new one. I got an, “Oh, much better,” from my husband for this one. 🙂 I adjusted it from a more complicate recipe because I’m a corner-cutter like that and sometimes you just want egg rolls without having to spend 4 hours preparing them! And I’m really please with the results! photo 3

Ingredients:

1/4 tsp ground ginger

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1/4 cup chicken broth

2 Tbsp soy sauce

1 Tbsp sugar

1-2 Tbsp sesame oil

1 medium sized pork chop, cut into small cubes

2 cups coleslaw mix

egg roll wrappers

In a small bowl, combine first 6 ingredients and mix until sugar is dissolved. In a medium skillet, add sauce to pork pieces and cook through, adding coleslaw the last couple of minutes being careful not too cook too long or the cabbage will become limp. Place mixture in wrappers, using 1-2 Tbsp of mixture per wrap. Roll the corner closest to you over the filling. Brush the top corner with water. Fold in the sides and continue rolling the egg roll up until it is closed. Press to seal.

In about a 1/2 inch of oil over moderately high heat, fry egg rolls until golden brown on all sides, using tongs to turn them.

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Gingerbread Bars

9 Jan

I’m totally past the acceptable limit of gingerbread, I’m sure – the holidays being over and all that jazz. But I really love the whole ‘bar’ cookie thing and I can’t pass this one by. So, close your eyes and pretend it’s Christmas all over again. 🙂

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Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter, softened

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 egg

3/4 tsp vanilla

1/4 cup molasses

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/8 tsp cloves

1/8 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp ground ginger

1/2 tsp salt

2 cups flour

1 tsp baking soda

Frosting:

4 oz cream cheese, softened

1/4 cup butter, softened

1 cup powdered sugar

1/2 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 325^F. Line jelly roll pan* with foil or parchment paper and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.

In a large bow, cream butter and sugars together until light and fluffy. Stir in egg, vanilla, and molasses. Whip 1-2 minutes, or until it turns a light brown color. Stir in remaining ingredients and mix until dry ingredients are just combined. Pour into prepared pan and bake 20-22 minutes or until edges are barely starting to brown. Cool completely.

For the frosting: Whip all ingredients together until smooth. Spread overtop cooled bars and cut into squares. Serve immediately or store in air tight container.

*If you don’t have a jelly roll pan, you can use a glass 8×8 dish and add 2-3 extra minutes to baking time.

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Double Lemon Raspberry Swirl Pie

4 Jan

If you can’t tell by how many pictures I took of this pie…it is one of my new favorites. I have had a tab open on my laptop for months with the recipe, taunting me, begging me to make it. But, I am the only pie eater at my house (the kids tap in here and there, but they never eat an entire slice – I of course step in and make sure nothing goes to waste ;)). This means that I need a very good reason to make pie. “What are you doing for Christmas Eve?” asked my parents. “Want to come over for dinner?”

“YES! Can I make pie?”

Raspberries and Lemon…just screams ‘Christmas,’ don’t they? I know, I know – slightly wrong season. But it turned out so very festive looking anyways! I love when food is pretty on top of tasting good. And oh, does this pie taste good!

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Ingredients

Raspberry Filling

1 package (10 oz) frozen raspberries in syrup, thawed
1 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp cornstarch
1 cup fresh raspberries

Lemon Filling

1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
4 oz white chocolate baking bars, melted, cooled
1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup lemon juice
1 cup whipping cream, whipped

Lemon Curd

4 egg yolks
2/3 cup sugar
3 Tbsp lemon juice
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 tsp grated lemon peel
Have ready, prepared pie crust.
In blender, place thawed raspberries and syrup. Cover; blend on medium speed 1 minute. Reserve 1 tablespoon. In 1 1/2-quart saucepan, mix remaining blended raspberries, 1 tablespoon sugar and the cornstarch over medium heat until boiling and thickened. Pour into baked shell; top with fresh raspberries.
In large bowl, beat cream cheese and white chocolate with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Mix in condensed milk until smooth. Stir in 1/2 cup lemon juice. Gently stir in whipped cream. Spread over raspberry filling. Refrigerate.
Meanwhile, in 2-quart saucepan, mix egg yolks and 2/3 cup sugar. Mix in 3 tablespoons lemon juice, the butter and lemon peel. Heat over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens. Refrigerate 30 minutes. Spread over lemon filling to within 1 inch of edge. Drizzle reserved blended raspberries over lemon curd, and swirl using toothpick. Refrigerate 1 hour before serving. Garnish as desired. Cover and refrigerate any remaining pie.

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Original recipe: http://www.pillsbury.com/recipes/double-lemon-raspberry-swirl-pie/7d929ada-ef52-4c66-a557-217df9ab72c7/?nicam4=SocialMedia&nichn4=Pinterest&niseg4=Pillsbury&nicreatID4=Post