Sunday, October 7, 2012

Sweet Dreams Pie




 
We have had a wonderful vacation away from the blog, but at the same time it is great to be back sharing our new adventures in cooking with all of you. We have been so busy with just life in general it’s great to be back cooking and enjoying our passion in food.  Anyone who knows me will not be surprised that we are back and to starting things off with a dessert recipe, I really do love my sweets.  I heard about this idea over the summer and of course I had to try my hand at making my own version, the idea was to use cinnamon rolls as a pie crust for apple pie.  WOW, what a cool idea this was and so simple to boot and I love simple.
 
12.4 oz. - Pillsbury Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls
21 oz. - Wilderness More Fruit Apple Pie Filling
1/4 C. - Smuckers Caramel Topping
1/2 C. - Sun-Maid Golden Raisins
9 Inch - Pie Plate

Crumble Topping:

1C. - Flour
1 C. - Brown Sugar
1/2 C. - Soften Butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a mixing bowl combine the flour, butter and brown sugar using a fork to create small pea sized lumps of crumble.  Set into the fridge while you make the crust.  Open the container of cinnamon rolls and set aside the cream cheese icing.  Roll each cinnamon roll into a 4-5 inch circle, place the first round into the center of the pie plate then surround with the other rounds.  Press together using your fingers and also pressing up the side of the pie plate to create your crust.  In a mixing bowl combine the apple pie filling, caramel sauce and raisins then pour into the prepared pie crust and top with the crumble. Bake for about 1 hour or until the topping is golden brown, let cool for another hour before serving.  Once ready to serve spoon the reserved cream cheese topping into a microwave safe dish and heat for 10 seconds or until easy to drizzle over the pie.  The pie can then be served alone or with either vanilla ice cream or whip topping.   







Sunday, August 12, 2012

Thanks for all your Patience ! We will be BACK !

 Needed a little regrouping time...

                                             

We have been on a long awaited break...but we will return the beginning of October, with lots of fall goodness.


Sunday, May 13, 2012

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Strawberry Cream Cheese Danish



 
My husband and I love cream cheese danish, when I was a kid and the family would go to Cannon Beach during the summer.  We would always stop at this cute little bakery in town and I always go the cream cheese danish.  I love the buttery, flaky pastry and the creamy cheese filling.  While I was looking at some of my favorite blogs the other day I popped into “The Country Cook” and she had made shortcut apple danish that look so tempting to me, I knew I would just simply have to make my own version at home.  I wanted to take her fruit idea and mix it with my favorite part of the danish, the cheese filling. These make a great morning breakfast with some coffee, a wonderful afternoon snack with some milk or a simple dessert after dinner.
  
Danish:

  • 2 Tubes - Pillsbury Butter Flaky Crescent Rolls
  • 1 Can - Wilderness Strawberry Pie Filling
  • 2 Tbs. - Butter (melted)

Filling:

  • 1 8 oz - Cream Cheese (soft)
  • 1/2 C. - Powder Sugar
  • 1/4 C. - Milk


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Separate the dough into eight rectangles.  Seal the perforations.  Using a pastry brush spread the butter over the rolls.  Roll up the dough from the long side: pinch the edges to seal.  Hold one end of the dough loosely coil into a circle.  Make an indentation in the center with your fingers and create a crater for the filling and fruit.

In a mixing bowl add the cream cheese, powder sugar and milk.  Mix until fully, blended and smooth.  Place about 1/2 tbs. of cheese filling into the center of the Danish, then top with about 1/2 tbs. of strawberry filling.  Bake these for about 15-18 minutes or until golden brown. Once cool you can serve them plain, drizzle with a powder sugar glaze, or add a little more milk to the cheese filling to thin it out and drizzle across the danish.

Makes 8 














Sunday, April 29, 2012

Banana Foster Bread Pudding





Back in September 2010 my husband and I took a week's vacation to sunny and beautiful California, we wanted to stop in Santa Rosa on our way back home to eat at Guy Fieri's restaurant "Johnny Garlic's".  My husband had called and spoke to Art the General Manager, Art told him they would not be open as early as we had hoped for but he would love for us to come by so he could make us breakfast anyways.  Art was supper amazing and at 7am opened this restaurant by himself and fixed us the most amazing meal ever, and it was just the three of us in the whole place.  It started with drinks and sliced fruit then onto what Art called “Bananas Foster French Toast” and to finish it off he served us their signature grasshopper pie for dessert.  We fell in love with the French toast so much that I wanted to turn his recipe into a bread pudding so that is just what we did for this posting.  Thanks again to Art for treating us like a King and Queen; it was an awesome finish to a fast and furious vacation.  Also a Special Thanks to Guy Fieri, for allowing us to be treated as such.

 
  • 1/2 C. - Butter (room temp)
  • 1 1/2 C. - Brown Sugar
  • 3 - Eggs
  • 1 lb. - Bread (I used a brioche roll)
  • 2 C. - Heavy Cream
  • 1 1/2 C. - Milk
  • 1 C. - Cream De Banana Liqueur
  • 2 Tsp. - Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 Tsp. - Vanilla
  • 6 - Bananas (sliced) 
 
Optional Topping:

  • 2 - Bananas (sliced)
  • 1/4 C. - Butter
  • 1 C. - Brown Sugar

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar.  Beat in eggs then stir in the cream, milk, liqueur, cinnamon, vanilla and bread.  Once well combined fold in the sliced bananas carefully.  Pour into a 13x9 baking dish and cook for 90 minutes or until completely set.  This can be served hot, room temp or cold. It can be topped with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream or as I did with the following topping.

In a sauce pan over medium high heat melt the butter then add the brown sugar.  Once melted add the banana slices and stir gently, cook until the syrup has reduced and the bananas have caramelized.  This will take about 5-10 minutes, be careful to not let your sugar burn. When ready ladle some of this hot sauce over each serving of bread pudding. 











Sunday, April 22, 2012

White Chicken Lasagna






My family really loves lasagna; in my opinion my husband makes the best traditional lasagna I have ever had.  But, I really wanted to try white lasagna, when it comes to pizza I am a bigger fan of the white sauce over the red so I figured white sauce lasagna must be good too.  I think this was a great recipe but I would have liked a little more sauce so next time I will up the milk by another 1/2 c and also maybe instead of just using milk I might change to half and half for a more creamier sauce.  Other than that this lasagna really did taste wonderful, it was a very nice change from the traditional lasagna I am used to.


  • 2 C. - Boneless Skinless Chicken (I used a store bought rotisserie chicken)
  • 1 14oz. - Can Artichoke Hearts (chopped)
  • 1/2 C. - Chopped Sun-Dried Tomatoes (I used some packed in herbs and olive oil)
  • 8 oz. - Package Mozzarella Cheese (shredded)
  • 1/2 C. - Parmesan Cheese (grated)
  • 2 8oz. - Cream Cheese (softened)
  • 1 C. - Milk (or 1 1/2c. half & half)
  • 1 Tbs. - Garlic (minced)
  • 2 Tbs. - Chopped Basil (I used the kind in a squeeze tube)
  • 12 - Lasagna Noodles (cooked)

SIDE NOTE ON NOODLES: (generally we don’t cook the noodles first, but being not enough liquid to cook properly, it would be best to cook at least half way through, too ensure being done)

Heat oven to 350 degrees

Combine the chicken, artichokes, tomatoes, 1 c. mozzarella and the Parmesan.  Beat the cream cheese, milk and garlic with a mixer until well blended and smooth, then stir in the basil.  Mix half of the sauce with the chicken.  Spread half of the remaining sauce in the bottom of a 13x9 baking dish: cover with 3 of the noodles and 1/3 of the chicken mixture.  Repeat layers of noodles and chicken two more times then top with the remaining sauce and mozzarella cheese.  Cover with foil and bake for 25 minutes or until heated through. Remove the foil and place under the broiler until brown and gooey.  Remove from the oven and let stand for 5 minutes before cutting.











Sunday, April 15, 2012

Peach Martini Two Ways

Now that Spring is in the air our thoughts are turning to hot summer nights and cool easy drinks to enjoy on the patio. My father-in-law liked his drinks on the rocks and I liked mine blended, my husband could go either way so we took one drink and fixed it both ways. Either way you enjoy your drinks I really think you will love this one for sure, very refreshing on a hot summer night.

4 oz. - Pinnacle Vanilla Vodka

2 oz. - HDR Peach Schnapps

4 oz. - Jumex Peach Nectar

Ice

Peach Gummy Candy Rings

In a cocktail shaker mix the vodka, schnapps, nectar and ice, shake well and pour into chilled glass. In a blender mix the vodka, schnapps, nectar and 1 c. of ice for about 35 seconds then pour into glass. Garnish each drink with a peach gummy candy ring for fun.

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Sunday, April 8, 2012

Creamy Shrimp Bisque

Happy Easter Everyone!!!!!!!! I was watching Paula Deen one afternoon and she was making a shrimp bisque, it looked amazing and so easy. I have never had bisque before so I knew this recipe would be a great one to use for my first shot at it. Despite the fact that Paula's recipe was so simple and I'm sure very delicious I made a great deal of changes to her original recipe to make it more our style.

2 - Celery Stalks Chopped
3 - Green Onions Chopped (white & green parts)
4 Tbs. - Butter
1 Tbs. - Minced Garlic
1/3 C. - Flour
2 C. - Half & Half
3 1/2 C. - Fish Stock
3 Tbs. - Parsley
12 Oz. - Cooked Small Shrimp
1 15oz. - Can Diced Potatoes
1 Tsp. - Cayenne Pepper
1 Tbs. - Onion Powder
1 Tsp. - Garlic Powder
1 Tsp. - Old Bay
Salt & Pepper to Taste

In a medium saucepan, add the celery, onion and butter stirring occasionally until tender for about 10 minutes. When tender add the garlic and sauté for another 3-4 minutes. Stir in the flour and cook for about 5 minutes to take out the flour taste then add the potatoes, half and half. Let simmer over medium heat for another 5 minutes. Stir in the fish stock, parsley and all of the seasonings then let this cook for another 10 minutes and it gets thick and bubbly. Add the shrimp meat and simmer for another 10 minutes.

Side Note: My husband and I decided that even though this bisque was amazing the way it was it could also benefit from some smoky bacon. So next time, I will cook up some bacon pieces then set them aside and cook the onion and celery in the bacon drippings. Once the bisque is ladled into bowls, sprinkle the top with the crispy bacon.

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Sunday, April 1, 2012

Nutella Peanut Butter Cake


My mother-in-law has Celiac Disease so I wanted to find a new dessert idea for Easter Dinner; I was looking on Facebook the other day and noticed a flour-less cake recipe that Foodista had posted from Kirbie's Cravings. It of course grabbed my attention; the other cool thing about this recipe is that it only had 2 ingredients. A 2 ingredient recipe that was also flour-less, WOW I so had to make this for sure. I did tweak this recipe with 1 more item to make it more my own and to add one more flavor component that I simply love with chocolate.

4 - Eggs

1 C. - Nutella

1/3 C. - Peanut Butter


Put in 4 Ramekin Dishes

Heat oven to 350 degrees, place the eggs into a stand mixer and beat on high until double in size, this will take about 5 minutes. In the mean time place the Nutella and peanut butter into a large glass bowl and microwave for about 20 seconds just to loosen them up. Pour 1/3 of the egg mixture into the Nutella and fold in until no egg remains, do this step two more times until all of the egg is well incorporated into the Nutella. Divide the batter between the 4 ramekins dishes then place onto a baking sheet for easy transport in and out of the oven. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Garnish with some chocolate shavings, whipped topping or a few sliced berries, these little cakes can be served warm, room temp or cold.

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