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Frosted Zucchini Bars

9 Oct

I will never be a truly successful blogger. Want to know why? Because I get all excited about my blog for about 6 months…then I get lazy. Or busy. Or both. And my poor blog suffers. However! If you stick with me, I promise that I will get to the ever-growing list of recipes. Promise.

Anyone else have zucchini coming out their ears from their over-successful garden? Yeah…me either. We actually have a ton of tomatoes this year (the ironic thing being, I’m the only one in my entire house that eats them) but our zucchini never made it. I think there’s something wrong with us. All of our neighbors got a ton! I’ll trade a few of my tomatoes so I can make these. 🙂 My sister passed this batch along and they look so good!!! (it’s times like these that you curse the fact that your sibling lives clear across the country and you can’t skip over to have a taste)

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Ingredients

    • 1 1/4 c. butter, softened
    • 3/4 c. sugar
    • 3/4 c. brown sugar, packed
    • 3 eggs
    • 2 tsp vanilla
    • 2 1/2 c. flour
    • 1 Tbsp baking powder
    • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
    • 2 c. zucchini, grated
Frosting
  • 2 c. powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 Tbsp milk

Instructions

  1. Cream butter and sugars. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix in flour, cinnamon and baking powder. Blend in zucchini.
  2. Pour into greased jelly roll pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Cool.
  3. Prepare frosting. Add more milk if necessary to get right consistency. Spread over cooled bars.

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http://www.julieseatsandtreats.com/2011/07/cinnamon-frosted-zucchini-bars/

 

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Brown Sugar Asparagus

25 Aug

My run of Les Mis started this past weekend. Opening night had a few bumps, naturally, but it was still a fantastic show. That meant that performance number two could only get better, right? Well, let’s start the morning off with trying to saw through a bagel…and my pinkie. Awesome. Five stitches and a tetanus shot later, my finger was wrapped in so much gauze and tape, I looked like I had sprouted another limb. I asked the doctor if I could take it off for the show (we actors are more than a little vain I suppose – I just could not fathom wearing that monstrosity on stage). He was hesitant, but said it would probably be fine if I just wore a regular bandaid. Hooray! Victory…ish. I took off the bandage just before curtain (I was being good and waited as long as I could), and nearly passed out from the process. I’m a boob. But the stitches got stuck on the gauze, it was all swollen and bruised…and I couldn’t even get the dumb bandaid to stay on right. In short, I ended up rewrapping the darn thing. I did cut the size down by about half, so it wasn’t so in-your-face-I-almost-amputated-my-finger kind of bandage. My mom could tell I had it on (she was looking for it because she told me I was crazy for only wanting to wear a bandaid – mom’s are always right), but my neighbor came and said she couldn’t see it from the audience. I’ll take it! Because I have to wear it for the entire run of the show. 😦 The good news? The show was awesome – none of the glitches from opening night – I figure I absorbed all of the bad luck…and then bled it out all over my kitchen. I’m all about taking one for the team!

Asparagus…you don’t have to use a knife to remove the woody ends (I’m a little wary of knives these days) – just give them a good bend, and they snap off themselves. Don’t skip this step in attempts to avoid wasting a perfectly good spear of asparagus (I have never done this…ever). It tastes bad and it’s impossible to chew, so you’ll end up throwing it away anyways. This is my favorite way to prepare the good ends though! A perfect combination of sweet and salty, and oh-so-tasty!

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Ingredients:

1 lb asparagus spears

2 Tbsp butter

2 Tbsp firmly packed brown sugar

3/4 cup chicken broth

Snap off woody ends of asparagus and discard. Heat butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat until melted. Stir in brown sugar. Cook, stirring continually until sugar dissolves. Add asparagus to brown sugar mixture, turning to coat. Saute for 2 min. Add the chicken broth to the skillet. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, until asparagus are crisp-tender.

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Mango Sticky Rice

21 Jul

I love mango sticky rice. Let me rephrase that…I LOVE MANGO STICKY RICE!!!

I’ve got 2 versions of this scrumptious dessert (I use the term ‘dessert’ very loosely, because I eat it for every meal until its gone). One is a little more complex and takes a few extra ingredients – but it’s totally worth it. However, there are days where I just don’t have half of that stuff 🙂 so I have the cheater version too. But the cheater version is almost just as good! Only the teeniest, tiniest of difference (which means that I make the cheater version more often :)). If mangoes are out of season, you can substitute with bananas and/or pineapples.

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Ingredients:

1 cup Jasmine or Glutenous Rice (found in Asian aisle in the grocery store)

1 3/4 cup water

1 ripe mango

1 Tbsp brown sugar

1 can coconut milk

1/4 + pinch of salt

1/4 cup granulated sugar

2 tsp coconut flavoring

1 tsp vanilla

2 tsp cornstarch dissolved in 2 Tbsp water

Soak the sweet rice in 1 cup of water for 20 minutes, up to 1 hour. When done soaking, add 3/4 cup more water, plus 1/4 can coconut milk, 1/4 tsp salt, 1 tsp coconut flavoring, and 1 Tbsp brown sugar. Stir this into the rice. Cook in rice cooker or over stove top.

Sauce:

Warm the rest of the can of coconut milk together with 1/4 cup sugar, pinch of salt, 1 tsp coconut flavoring, and 1 tsp vanilla over medium heat. Add cornstarch mixture (dissolved in water) to the sauce and stir to thicken slightly. As it thickens, turn heat down to low. Remove from heat when thickened. Pour sauce over cooked rice and mix completely. Allow to sit for a few minutes to let the rice absorb the sauce. Serve immediately with sliced mangos.

Quick Version:

1 cup uncooked Jasmine or Glutenous Rice (found in Asian aisle in the grocery store)

1 can coconut milk

2/3 cup sugar

1/2 tsp salt

1 ripe mango

Cook rice as directed on bag/box (can cook on stove top or in a rice maker). Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine coconut milk, sugar, and salt. Boil for 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat. Add the hot coconut milk sauce to the cooked rice. Stir until mixed. Slice mangos and top rice. Serve immediately.

 

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Cafe Rio Pork

8 Jul

I took a nap today. I was so tired, that I started nodding off even while holding a wiggling, screaming one year old. He didn’t think we needed a nap – I knew we needed a nap. Luckily, he finally gave in. What I didn’t realize was that my three year old also needed a nap. I put her in timeout for being a stinker, and honestly kind of forgot I put her there (she was actually on the couch right next to me, but being in time out and not being happy about it, she buried herself under pillows). When I woke up after my little siesta, I heard her snoring. I even got to sit awhile longer and just enjoy watching my babies sleep. How could this dreamy afternoon happen, you ask? Where were the other two kids? I’ll tell you…it’s a magical place called “Grandma’s House.” Thanks for keeping my kids entertained today, Mom! I really needed a nap. 🙂

I have to thank my mom for this yummy recipe too! Another great thing about Grandma’s House, is she feeds you. And it always tastes good. If you have never been to Cafe Rio, you’re missing out. But, lucky for you, you can now have it in your own home (or at Grandma’s, if you are really lucky)! And it’s almost as easy as take out. Serve it as a sandwich or over salad (I’ll have to post the crazy-good cilantro dressing you should top it with too!…give me a few weeks, my tomatillos haven’t finished growing yet).

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Ingredients:

2 1/2 lbs pork (any cut)

salt, pepper, and garlic salt to taste

1 15 oz can mild green enchilada sauce

1 cup brown sugar

Add salt, pepper, and garlic salt to pork to taste. Cook in crock pot on high for 4 hours, or low for 8 hours, until meat is well done and easily shredded. Drain. Shred meat. Mix together enchilada sauce and brown sugar and pour over meat. Cook until heated through.

 

 

 

Apple Crisp

6 Jul

I am so behind on posting, these days. I’m in a production of Les Miserables this summer, so I’m not cooking new things as frequently (it’s a good thing my kids never get sick of mac and cheese), and when I do, I let them sit forever in my draft box because I can’t manage to upload the picture and write down the recipe in one sitting. So today I’m playing catch up! Hopefully I’ll get to the point that I can post more than one recipe a month. 🙂

This Apple Crisp is another one from my ‘there’s no way you can mess this up’ recipe collection. I like it because there is a single serving version, as well as a feed-the-crowd version.

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Apple Crisp For One:

Filling

1 medium cooking apple

2-3 drops lemon juice

1 Tbsp sugar

1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

Crumb Topping

2 Tbsp flour

2 Tbsp rolled oats

2 Tbsp brown sugar

dash of cinnamon

1 Tbsp softened butter

Peel and core apple and cut into 1/4″ slices. Place in 4″ round casserole dish. Sprinkle with lemon juice. Combine sugar and cinnamon in small bowl. Add to apples and toss to coat. Combine dry ingredients for crumb topping. Cut in butter with a fork until the mixture is crumbly.

Method 1:

Cover prepared filling (no topping) loosely with plastic wrap and microwave on high for 2 minutes. Stir gently, then sprinkle with crumb topping mixture and bake, uncovered, at 375^F for 15-20 minutes.

Method 2:

Sprinkle crumb topping over apple/cinnamon sugar mixture and bake at 375^F for 30-40 minutes.

Apple Crisp for 6-8

Follow directions above for filling, using 6 medium cooking apples, 1 Tbsp lemon juice, 1/4 cup sugar, and 1 tsp cinnamon. Make the crumb topping as directed using 3/4 cup flour, 1 cup rolled oats, 1 cup brown sugar, 1 tsp cinnamon, and 1/2 cup softened butter.

Sprinkle topping over filling and bake at 375^F for 40-45 minutes until apples are tender.

Serve with ice cream.

 

Root Beer Float Cookies

16 Jun

I am ignoring my laundry…for another 5 minutes. If I ignore it much longer, it will most likely explode all over the house.

These cookies are pretty darn awesome. They aren’t crazy-full of root beer flavor, but have that creamy taste of a float. Perfect for a summer treat.

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INGREDIENTS

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Cream butter and sugars together.
  2. Beat in instant vanilla pudding mix well.
  3. Add eggs and root beer concentrate and beat until well incorporated.
  4. Add flour and baking soda and beat until well incorporated.
  5. Stir in white chocolate chips.
  6. Roll into 1″ balls and place on greased cookie sheet.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees F for 8-10 minutes.

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Original recipe: http://www.chef-in-training.com/2012/11/root-beer-pudding-cookies/

 

Sticky Pear Crescents

27 Nov

We made these for family night last week. My two year old was in charge of treats, so we tried to pick something easy enough for her to help with. I figured these would end up being tasty, but nothing special – crescent rolls and pears…no big deal…right? Ummmm, wrong!!! These were ridiculous – it must have been the caramel (I used our homemade caramel instead of caramel topping) and the glaze on top. That, and the pear is just different enough from apple that it tastes somehow more special. Plus the pecans…ok, so the whole thing is just really good. The leftovers didn’t last long because I almost liked these better cold and they were too easy to snack on. There is a pear inside, so that makes it ok to eat 4 in a row – that’s the rule.

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Ingredients:
2 large ripe pears, peeled, cored
2 cans (8 oz each) Pillsbury® refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
1/2 cup caramel topping
3/4 cup butter or margarine
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup chopped pecans
Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 13×9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray. Cut each pear lengthwise into 8 slices. Unroll both cans of dough on work surface; separate into triangles. Spread about 1 teaspoon caramel topping on each triangle to within 1/4 inch of bottom edge. Place 1 pear slice across wide end of each dough triangle to within 1/4 inch of edge. Roll up, starting with wide end. Place point side down in baking dish.
In 1-quart saucepan, melt butter over medium-high heat; stir in brown sugar and cinnamon. Cook, stirring occasionally, until brown sugar is dissolved. Pour over pears. Sprinkle with pecans. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until golden brown.

 

Wontons

12 Nov

Sometimes when I look up recipes, I find typos. Gasp! It is true…even though I read and re-read every post I do, I occasionally miss things. Have I mentioned that I have four kids? And I’m pretty sure that I’m living proof that you lose brain cells with every child born. But they are just cute enough that I’m pretty sure it’s worth no longer being able to carry on intelligent conversation, let alone manage a blog with no typos. The funny thing is that you’d think that I’d fix them when I see them. It’s my blog. I can do that. But…wait for it…I forget where they are. I remember that there was a typo somewhere, but I have no idea where. In between, “Mom, I need more juice,” cleaning up said juice when it spills, keeping the dog from eating the food from the table, tripping over toys, giving tastes on spoons, trying to remember which spoons were used for tastes and which ones were used for stirring, stealing tastes myself…I can’t even remember what it was I was making when I saw the mistake. I’m lucky to remember my name most days. So, if you see one do share. And maybe, just maybe, I’ll manage to get it fixed. 🙂

This recipe is a no-brainer. Phew.

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Ingredients:

1 lb chicken or pork, cubed

1 1/2 cups soy sauce

2/3 cup brown sugar

won ton wrappers

Cube chicken and place in sauce pan. Add soy sauce and brown sugar and cook until meat is cooked through and sauce is thickened (can adjust soy sauce and brown sugar to taste). Lay out won ton wrappers. Place 2-3 pieces of chicken in each wrapper making sure not to fill too full or wrapper will tear. Wet sides with water and fold into a triangle. Bring bottom 2 corners up to meet top corner. Fry in hot oil until light brown and crispy; flip and cook other side. Serve with Sweet and Sour Sauce and rice.

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Candied Carrots

6 Nov

My two sisters had a carrot battle a few years ago. They both said that their carrots were the very best, which lead to the ultimate carrot smack down. In all honestly, there wasn’t a clear winner – both carrots were very tasty – however, in our family cookbook, there was one recipe strategically titled, “Better Than Haley’s Carrots.” Cheap shot? Maybe. 🙂 But these girls take their carrots seriously! To be fair, I’ve kind of combined the 2 recipes. I don’t want to be accused of playing favorites.

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Ingredients:

1 lb peeled baby carrots

2 Tbsp butter

2 Tbsp firmly packed brown sugar

3/4 cup chicken broth

Heat butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat until melted. Stir in brown sugar. Cook, stirring continually until sugar dissolves. Add carrots to brown sugar mixture, turning to coat. Saute for 2 min. Add the chicken broth to the skillet. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, until carrots are crisp-tender.

*Substitute carrots for asparagus – also very tasty!!!

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Oven Caramel Corn

28 Jul

Just after we got home from church this afternoon, one of the little neighbor girls told my girls all about how they were going to have popcorn and watch a movie as a family. This, of course, brought about the inevitable question: “Can we make popcorn too?!” For the first time in a long time, all three girls managed to make it home with their hair in tact (we don’t usually make it past the first half hour, let alone all three hours) – how can you not reward that? So I said sure – I haven’t made caramel corn in forever, and when I suggested it as an alternative to regular ol’ popcorn, I got a, “Yeah! That actually sounds good!” A vast improvement from, “Mom, why do you always cook yucky things?” Yes, they really said that. Hubby cooked dinner, so I got to do dessert (although, truth be told, we ate dessert first – my excuse being it was done first :)).

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Ingredients:

8-9 qt. popcorn (or 2 bags of the microwave popcorn)

2 cups brown sugar

1 cup butter

1/2 cup corn syrup

1 tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp baking soda

Preheat oven to 250^F. Melt butter and brown sugar in saucepan over medium heat. Add corn syrup and salt. Bring to boil and continue boiling for 5 minutes, stirring well. Remove from heat and add vanilla and baking soda, stirring quickly. Caramel will become fluffy. Pour caramel over popcorn and mix well. Tip: Spray the inside of a large bowl and a wooden spoon with cooking spray so the caramel doesn’t stick as much.

Spread caramel corn on a cookie sheet and place in oven. Bake for 15 minutes; stir once, then bake for 15 minutes more. If you prefer sticky caramel corn, bake for less time or don’t bake at all.