Friday, February 22, 2013
All around there are signs of spring popping up. This little woodpecker has been busy the last few mornings and I was lucky enough to catch her in the act of chiseling in our tree. I think this is a female downy woodpecker but I could be wrong. It could be a Hairy Woodpecker. In either case it was fun to get a quick look at this little bird today.
Way back at the beginning of February I made Brown Sugar Squash and Brussels Sprouts. The same night I made Cheating on Winter Pea Soup. I was running out the door to teach a class so I had to leave the finishing touches to my hubster. I passed off the immersion blender with not quite specific instructions and ran out the door. He was so sweet and even took a few pictures for me.
I told my students what I had been cooking and they thought the name was really funny.
This soup came together very quickly and was surprisingly tasty. I don't believe I have tried pea soup before simply because it looks kind of gross but I am glad I made this. My daughter liked it, my hubs liked it, and my little man was not a big fan. The addition of bacon bits kept this from being a completely vegetarian meal which suited my carnivore hubs. :)
Make sure to take a look at the LYL to see how other cooks around the world liked this recipe! You can also find the recipe in Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan.
Thursday, February 14, 2013
My secret Valentine ended up being:
The not so exciting adventure of a dabbler. The recipe is underneath the cover page and I will post that at the end. I love that she stuffed the box with pages from a cooking magazine. Of course that did not compare to the delicious Peanut Butter Spritz cookies that were hiding down in the wrapping. These sweet, tender little cookies were made even better by the Hershey chocolate drops that made up the center of the cookie.
I loved the cute little holders the cookies were wrapped in. Once the cookies were taken out of the wrapping they held their own as a go to cookie. Of course now I have my eye on a cookie press so I can make these! Thank you Cher for these delicious cookies and for being my secret valentine! I hope the cookies you got were just as delicious as these!
Don't forget to check the LYL to see who sent cookies to who! :)
Peanut Butter Spritz Cookies
Adapted from The King Arthur Flour Cookie Company
8 Tbs unsalted butter, room temp
1 Cup light brown sugar
1 Cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla
1 large egg, room temp
1 3/4 Cups unbleached all purpose flour
Chocolate kisses or drops
Preheat over to 375 F. While the oven is preheating, place two large baking sheets, lined with parchment or silpat, in the fridge.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, or large bowl if using a hand mixer, cream together butter, peanut butter, sugar, salt, baking soda, and vanilla until mixture is smooth. Scrape down sides of the bowl and beet in the egg in until smooth again. Scrape down the sides and stir in flour until incorporated.
If you are going to make these into spritz style, spoon the dough in the barrel of a press and press onto the prepared baking sheets 1 inch apart. You can also spoon these by the teaspoonful (press tops flat after spooning.
Bake cookies for 8-9 minutes. They should look set and the edges will be slightly brown. Remover from oven- if you are adding chocolate kisses or discs do this immediately after removing from oven. Let cookies sit on baking sheet for a couple of minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack to finish cooling.
Friday, February 08, 2013
Overall, this was a delicious dish and I will be making it again! Rave reviews from the fam make it a definite win! :) Don't forget to check out the LYL to see how other cooks around the world did with this recipe this week. :)
Thursday, February 07, 2013
We have visited a Sunday School class a couple of times and they were having a party. We were invited so I decided to throw together a cake. There was a lot of powered sugar and a lot of food coloring in the frosting. A strawberry cake football field and a chocolate cake football.
We got to the party fairly early and the room filled up quickly. It was fun to get to know some of the other couples and their kiddos at the party. Munchkin and Little Man hung our in the room with the other kids and when the noise got too overwhelming the two of them retreated into the big walk in closet.
We decided it was time to go when the lights went out and the game went on hiatus for a bit. We made it home just as the game started back up again. If you watch for the commercials or the game or just go for the food I hope you had a fun time watching the game!
Saturday, February 02, 2013
This weeks recipe for French Fridays with Dorie was Brown Sugar Squash and Brussels Sprouts roasted in foil packages. It took about 15 minutes to peel the and chop the veggies, tuck them into their packages, and then toss them in the oven for 20 minutes. I was a little concerned about the Brussels Sprouts because they have such a bad rap. The concern was for naught though. With the addition of a little olive oil, brown sugar and sage they were quite tasty!
I liked it. If I make this again I will have to make a quarter of the recipe just for me!
Make sure to check out the LYL to see how other cooks around the world liked this easy dish!