caramel apple bundt cake

15 Mar

this is how far behind i am in posting!  this was a recipe from thanksgiving!    so yummy!   apples and caramel with a glaze on top!

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caramel apple bundt cake

adapted from insidebrucrewlife

Ingredients

 1 cup butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 eggs
1/4 cup applesauce
3 cups flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups diced apples
1 cup caramel baking bits
1 cup powdered sugar
4-5 tsp apple cider

Instructions

  1. In a mixing bowl, beat the butter, oil, and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla, eggs, and applesauce and beat again. Sift together the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, and salt. Add to the butter mixture until mixed in. Stir in the apples and caramel bits by hand.
  2. Spread the batter in a 12 inch bundt pan that has been sprayed with non stick baking spray. Bake at 350* for 55-60 minutes. Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes and then flip out onto a plate or tray. Cool completely.
  3. Stir together the powdered sugar and water/cider. Spoon over the top of the cooled cake.

Chilaquiles

14 Mar

sometimes you just want something different for dinner… and this was it… tortilla chips, salsa, an egg :)  all delicious together!

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Chilaquiles
adapted from spoonforkbacon

Ingredients:
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 sweet onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 (4 ounce) can diced green chiles, drained
2 1/2 cups prepared salsa
1 1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth
14-15 ounces  tortilla chips
3-5 eggs
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 bunch cilantro leaves, roughly chopped
Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
2. Place oil in a heavy bottom skillet and place over medium-high heat.
3. Saute onion and garlic for 2 to 3 minutes. Reduce heat to medium and continue to sauté for 2 minutes.
4. Stir in green chiles and continue to sauté for 2 minutes. Add salsa and broth and stir together.
5. Bring mixture to a boil and begin adding tortilla chips, a handful at a time, folding gently to coat every chip. Allow chips to soak up some liquid before adding more.
6. Repeat until all chips have been added and evenly mixed. Season with salt and pepper and gently fold together.
7. Crack eggs atop mixture, place in oven and bake for 12 to 15 minute or until all liquid has been absorbed and eggs have set.
8. Top with cilantro and serve immediately.

Slow Cooker Banh Mi Pork

12 Mar

this was really good with the combo of cucumbers, carrots, and pork!   yummy!

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Slow Cooker Banh Mi Pork
adapted from slenderkitchen

Ingredients

  • 2.5 lbs.  pork loin
  • 1 jalapeno, diced (or more)
  • 1-2 tbsp. fresh ginger, minced
  • 8 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 cup sliced cucumber
  • Cilantro

Instructions

  1. Add the pork to the slow cooker.
  2. Mix together the jalapeno, ginger, garlic, soy sauce, vinegar, and sugar.
  3. Pour over the pork. Cook for 4 hours on low. Serve with shredded carrots, cucumber, and cilantro.

Lemon Feta Chicken with Oregano

24 Feb

this was a really good chicken dish!  quick to prepare and stick in the oven.   served it with roasted broccoli and couscous. YUM

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Lemon Feta Chicken with Oregano
adapted from Skinnytaste.com

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • kosher salt and fresh ground pepper
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/3 cup feta cheese, crumbled

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375°. Season chicken with salt, pepper, garlic powder, oregano, and lemon juice.

Place in a roasting pan and bake for about 40 to 45 minutes, or until chicken reaches 165. When chicken is cooked through, remove from the oven and sprinkle with feta.

Broil on low for about 2-3 minutes, until cheese is golden brown (careful not to burn).

chunky apple snickerdoodle bars

21 Feb

mother in law came for a visit early in november and i made these for dessert one night!  super easy and super delicious.. they didn’t last more than 24 hours!

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Chunky Apple Snickerdoodle Bars
 adapted from cookiesandcups
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup diced apples
  • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1½ tsp cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Line an 8×8 pan with foil and spray lightly with cooking spray.
  3. In a large bowl combine melted butter and brown sugar with a wooden spoon. Once mixed, stir in egg and vanilla until smooth. Stir in salt, baking powder and flour until dough forms (it will be thick).
  4. Stir in apples and spread into pan.
  5. Combine granulated sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle on top of batter.
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes until the edges are just golden and the center is almost set.
  7. Allow to cool completely before cutting into squares.

apple cinnamon bread

15 Feb

 what could be better than apples and cinnamon and bread all together?  nothing!  YUM

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Apple Cinnamon Bread

recipe can be found at thehappierhomemaker

Butternut Squash Quinoa with Kale, Cranberries, Walnuts and Goat Cheese

31 Jan

we had gotten a butternut squash in our veggie box — squash is always tricky since husband claims he doesn’t like squash. This was utterly delicious though! there was a great combination of ingredients.. even husband liked it!

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Butternut Squash Quinoa with Kale, Cranberries, Walnuts and Goat Cheese
adapted from stuckonsweet

INGREDIENTS
1 small/medium butternut squash, diced
1 or more large leaves of kale, stem removed
½ cup cranberries
¼ cup walnuts, toasted
¼ cup crumbled goat cheese
1 cup quinoa
2 cup chicken stock
olive oil
salt and pepper

INSTRUCTIONS
Prepare Quinoa according to package direction. Use chicken stock instead of water to add flavor. Cool completely.
White quinoa is cooking, add a few drizzles of olive oil to a saute pan and place over medium heat. Add diced butternut squash and saute until tender, about 10-12 minutes. Remove from pan and let cool.
In the same saute pan add a little more olive oil and the kale. Wilt slightly, 1-2 minutes, you want the kale to still be slightly crunchy. Remove from pan and roughly chop. Set aside to also cool.
Again, in the same pan add walnuts, no olive oil is necessary. Toast for a few minutes on low heat – careful not to burn! Remove from pan and let cool.
Add all of the cooled ingredients along with the cranberries, goat cheese, a little salt and a little pepper, and gently mix.

Three Cheese Broccoli Rabe, Prosciutto, and Roasted Red Pepper Stromboli

27 Jan

YUM! this was really good! roasted peppers, broccoli rabe, prosciutto, pizza dough, cheese – all rolled into one pretty dinner

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Three Cheese Broccoli Rabe, Prosciutto, and Roasted Red Pepper Stromboli
adapted from parsleysagesweet

ingredients:
pizza dough
1 bunch of broccoli rabe washed and woody stems removed
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
hot chili flakes (optional)
Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper
2 or 3 large red bell peppers, roasted seeded, peeled – each one sliced flat, into 3 or 4 pieces, blotted dry
12 oz fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced
8 oz thinly sliced prosciutto
8 oz thinly sliced provolone cheese
Olive oil
Asiago or any Italian hard cheese

directions:
Cut the cleaned and trimmed bunch of broccoli rabe in half, then boil in two inches of salted water for about 3 to 4 minutes. Strain and drop into a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking. Strain again and blot dry. Heat the tablespoon of olive in a saute pan. Add the minced garlic and saute until soft but not browned. Add broccoli rabe a little at a time until wilted. Saute for 2 to 3 minutes, adding salt and pepper to taste, plus your desired amount of hot chili flakes, if using. Remove the broccoli rabe from the pan to a plate to cool.

Spread the mozzarella cheese, prosciutto, roasted red peppers, provolone cheese, and broccoli rabe evenly over dough, layer by layer in the order listed. Roll up the dough, starting at one of the shorter sides, but without rolling too tightly. Seal all ends well, pinching the dough together.
Place on oiled baking sheet or a baking sheet lined with a silpat or parchment paper. Use a skewer or knife to pierce several holes through the dough all the way down to the baking sheet but not all the way through. Brush loaf with olive oil, them top with peels of asiago cheese (or any hard Italian cheese you prefer).
Bake at 400 degrees F for about an hour until golden brown. Let rest a few minutes before slicing.

Crescent Cherry Cheese Cobbler

17 Jan

i was in the mood for something quick and easy and this was perfect! a can of cherry pie filling, some crescent dough, and cream cheese.. what could be easier? oh yeah i used the crescent dough sheets instead of the crescent rolls so i didn’t even have to seal the seams :) YUM

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Crescent Cherry Cheese Cobbler
adapted from thecountrycook

Ingredients:
1 (8 oz.) tube crescent rolls (8 crescent rolls are in one tube)
12 oz. (1 1/2 blocks) cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar (divided use)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 (21 oz.) can cherry pie filling
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
Spray an 8×8 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.

Unroll the crescent rolls. Line four (4) of the crescent rolls in the bottom of the baking dish.
Spread them out and cover the bottom of your baking dish. Seal the seams as best as possible.

Next, combine cream cheese and 1/2 cup sugar. Beat with an electric mixer until smooth.
Then add in vanilla extract and mix again.
Spread cream cheese mixture over crescent rolls in the baking dish.

Then pour pie filling on top of cream cheese layer. Spread it around evenly.

Finally, top with remaining crescent roll dough.
Do your best to stretch it out on top and seal the seams of the crescent rolls.

Pour melted butter on the top of the crescent rolls. Then sprinkle 1/4 cup sugar evenly over the melted butter. Bake for about 35-45 minutes.
Top crust should look crusty and be golden brown in color.

Slice and serve. This must be kept refrigerated if not eaten the same day it’s made.

Enjoy!

GARLIC BUTTER SHRIMP AND QUINOA

13 Jan

we love shrimp and quinoa around here… fast cooking and yummy – this was no exception – i also tossed in some spinach to the quinoa after it was finished cooking for some extra veggies!

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GARLIC BUTTER SHRIMP AND QUINOA
adapted from pinchofyum

INGREDIENTS
1 tablespoon olive oil
½ cup finely chopped onion
5 teaspoons minced garlic, divided
2 cups uncooked quinoa
1 teaspoon chili powder, divided
4 cups vegetable or chicken broth
6 tablespoons salted butter, divided
1 pound raw tail-on shrimp
salt and pepper to taste
fresh parsley for serving
fresh lemon juice for serving

INSTRUCTIONS
Heat the oil in a large nonstick pot over medium high heat. Add the onion and saute until softened, about 5 minutes. Add 2 teaspoons of the garlic and saute for 1 minute, stirring constantly to prevent burning. Add the uncooked quinoa and ½ teaspoon chili powder. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Saute for another 1 minute to add flavor to the quinoa. Add the broth, bring to a boil, cover and cook for 15-20 minutes. When the quinoa is done, it will be soft throughout. Fluff with a fork and toss with fresh minced parsley.
While the quinoa is cooking, heat 1 tablespoon butter in a large skillet over medium high heat. When the pan is hot and the butter is melted, add the shrimp and sprinkle with the remaining ½ teaspoon chili powder directly in the pan. Season with salt and pepper and saute until no longer translucent and golden brown on the outside. Just at the end of the saute, add 1 teaspoon garlic and swirl around in the pan until the garlic is very fragrant.
Melt the remaining 5 tablespoons butter with the 2 teaspoons garlic to make a sauce for drizzling (for this, crushed garlic or garlic paste would work really well but minced is also fine).
Serve the quinoa and shrimp together in one dish, topping with fresh chopped parsley and lemon juice if desired. When the butter is melted and cooled slightly, drizzle over the shrimp and quinoa. Serve immediately, while still hot.

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