Weeknight meals don’t have to be boring. Try this apple cider glazed chicken served with browned butter rice and toasted pecans. Ready in the time it takes to cook rice.
If you are a ZipList user, you should have received an e-mail notifying you that starting tomorrow they will no longer be supporting their recipe box and shopping list platform. If you haven’t already you can transfer your saved recipes to the Epicurious Recipe Box and save all your shopping lists and recipes to your computer. Visit http://www.ziplist.com/savemyziplist to save your shopping lists and recipes.
What does this mean for The Spiffy Cookie? As you may have noticed, I have stopped adding the ZipList button to my recipes. However, I have always included a “Print/PDF” button at the bottom of every recipe as an easy way to print or save as a PDF. I have a file folder on my computer with subfolders for various food categories as if it were a digital version of a recipe box on my desktop, but instead it is filled with recipe PDF files. There are also options at the bottom of each recipe to share via various social media. Pinterest is a useful tool for organizing a virtual recipe box as well and it’s accessible from anywhere.
Feel free to practice saving, printing, and/or sharing on the recipe I am sharing today. It’s an easy weeknight meal for chicken with an apple cider glaze and rice tossed with toasted pecans and browned butter.
One year ago: Homemade Whole Grain Pancake Mix
Three years ago: Breakfast Pizza
Have some fun with your vanilla cupcakes and turn them into adorable cone head cupcakes with frosting that looks and taste like an ice cream sundae.
National Cupcake Day is exactly one week from today! In an effort to prepare you, 26 food bloggers including myself have banded together to share cupcake recipes today. I took the opportunity to whip up a cupcake creation that I have been meaning to make ever since I thought of it.
You know the adorable cone head ice cream sundae at Friendly’s? Well I recreated it in cupcake form! A vanilla cupcake is topped with a literal scoop if buttercream frosting made with ice cream and decorated with a chocolate dipped waffle cone, miniature Reese’s pieces, and whipped cream. Even if you’ve never heard of or had a cone head ice cream sundae, you won’t be able to resist these little guys.
One year ago: White Cheddar Mac & Cheese in a Mug
Three years ago: Toffee Apple Dip
For all you peanut butter and chocolate lovers out there, here is a roundup of recent peanut butter and chocolate creations to feast upon.
After losing Braxton Miller to injury at the beginning of the season and an early loss to Virginia Tech, I did not think Ohio State had a good chance at snagging the Big Ten Championship this year. But then JT Barrett found his grove and proved to be just as good as Braxton, so much so that he also became a Heisman candidate. That was until last week when he too was injured and now my Buckeyes head into the conference championship game with Cardale Jones as QB. What are the chances we are lucky enough to have not 2 but 3 amazing QBs? I guess I will find out later today!
Being the last game before bowl season, I decided to do a roundup of all the PB+C recipes I have shared this year. Evidently I have been on a brownie, pretzel, oat, and candy-ish things kick. You’ll also notice that I do try to keep my background colors somewhere in the scarlet and gray range, but I epically failed with the smoothie – how did I allow blue and yellow in there?
Two years ago: Gingerbread Dip
Three years ago: Apple Butter Chewy Cinnamon M&M Cookies
Four years ago: Gnocchi with Goat Cheese and Spinach
This spinach dip is not only easy to throw together, but also delicious. This creamy spinach dip has water chestnuts and onion mixed in for some crunch.
Ready for all the college football conference championship games tomorrow? After a rough week for the Buckeyes in spite of the win over Michigan I’m not entirely sure how I feel about the Big Ten game. I suppose the show must go on in spite of the tragic loss of Kosta Karageorge. My thoughts are with his family, biological and Buckeye-family.
With college football season nearing it’s end and pro football still going strong, dips and other snacky foods are in high demand. How about this creamy spinach dip which requires not cooking at all. Just mix and serve! Would be great served in a big bread bowl.
One year ago: Bananas Foster Pancakes
Two years ago: Christmas Red Velvet Mug Cake
Whether you spell it potica or povitica (or call it something completely different), this Slovenian sweet nut roll bread is better than cinnamon swirl bread, in my biased opinion.
When Christmas rolls around, fruit cakes start appearing along with many other traditional Christmas recipes. While my dad does make a killer fruit cake, the pastry I most look forward to is Potica. Potica looks like cinnamon swirl bread but it’s got a little extra that make it that much better. It comes in many different shapes and sizes but for my family’s recipe the sweet, yeast pastry dough is rolled out really thin and then spread with a coating of ground up nuts and sugar before being rolled up and baked (we use a clean sheet of floured fabric to make rolling easier). Sometimes it’s a straight log, sometimes it gets bent it into a horse shoe shape, and other times it gets baked in a bundt cake pan. Whatever shape you prefer it’ll come up just right. What’s important to me is toasting a slice and then spreading butter on it. Holy yum.
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Need an easy chicken curry recipe in a hurry? Throw together this yellow chicken curry dish with potato, carrot, and onion for a quick weeknight meal.
Evidently, a year ago I had already busted out the eggnog in my baking. I can barely wrap my head around the fact that it is December already let alone bust out the eggnog. Did you know that this time last year I was only 10 days away from graduating with my PhD? I had already defended and passed my dissertation in September but awaited the ceremonial part. Maybe I should plan something special for my 1 year graduation anniversary… more of that later.
Let’s make curry. This recipe is fairly quick and easy, making it a good weeknight meal. Just don’t do what I did and completely forget to add the onions. While eating it I sat there pondering why it didn’t taste quite right, as if something was missing. Oh look there’s the onion I was supposed to chop up and cook in it. And you better believe I cooked up that onion and stirred it in. I have to admit however, that this was not my favorite curry recipe. It was pretty good but I think it would have been better if I had made it with coconut milk. The evaporated milk just didn’t have the depth of flavor I was looking for, so next time I will try coconut milk and have reflected this option in the ingredients.
One year ago: Eggnog Cheesecake Bars with Cranberry Swirl
Two years ago: Hot Cocoa Blossoms
Four years ago: Latkas
EASY CHICKEN CURRY
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed
1 lb. baby red skinned potatoes, quartered
2 carrots, peels and sliced
1 small white onion, sliced
1 Tbsp curry powder
1 cup plain Greek yogurt (I used whole milk Chobani)
1 (14 oz.) can evaporated milk (or coconut milk)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground black pepper
2 cups cooked basmati or jasmine rice
Fresh cilantro leaves, for garnish (optional)
- In a large skillet over medium heat, add 1 tablespoon of oil. Add chicken and cooked until no longer pink. Transfer chicken to a plate.
- To the same skillet, add about tablespoon of oil followed by the potatoes, carrots, and onion. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 10-15 minutes, or until potatoes are tender. Add curry powder and cook for another minute, stirring constantly.
- Reduce heat to low. Stir in yogurt and milk and cook, stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes, or until starting to thicken. Stir in salt, pepper, and chicken. Serve over rice and garnish with cilantro, if using.
Source: Adapted from Semi-Homemade, September/October 2010.
Serve lasagna for dessert! This dessert lasagna is made with graham crackers, golden pumpkin Oreos, cream cheese, cool whip, and cookie butter. In other words, delicious.
After how big of a hit the chocolate peanut butter cup lasagna was last year, it seemed like a no brainer to try it again with another beloved spread – Speculoos aka Biscoff. With the help of some pumpkin spice Oreos, this dessert lasagna disappeared just as quickly as the peanut butter version. I brought it to a chili cook off and there wasn’t a single dollop left by the end of the night – people were scraping up every last bit of it. Basically, if you are looking for a killer make-ahead dessert for an upcoming party then look no further. Pumpkin is totally acceptable after Thanksgiving.
P.S. You can now follow me on Instagram! Oh technology!
One year ago: Homemade Italian Bread & Garlic Bread
Two years ago: White Chocolate Cranberry Shortbread Cookies
Three years ago: Cauliflower Pizza Crust
Four years ago: Homemade Applesauce
SPECULOOS & PUMPKIN SPICE OREO LASAGNA
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/3 cup heavy cream
2 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese, room temperature
1-1/2 cups Biscoff or Speculoos cookie spread
1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup heavy cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
16 oz. frozen whipped topping, thawed
15 whole graham crackers
1 (12.2 oz.) box Golden Oreos with Pumpkin Spice Creme
1 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
8 oz. frozen whipped topping, thawed
1/4 cup toffee bits
- For the chocolate drizzle, melt the chocolate chips and heavy cream together in the microwave in 15 second increments, stirring until smooth. Set aside to cool.
- Prepare the filling: In a medium mixing bowl, whip together cream cheese, cookie spread, powdered sugar, heavy cream and vanilla. Whip for 2-3 minutes until fully combined and smooth. Add the thawed whipped topping 8 ounces at a time. Continue to whip until fluffy and light. Set aside.
- In a 9 x 13 inch dish place one layer of graham crackers (7-1/2 sheets). Spread 1/3 of the filling mixture over the crackers, and sprinkle with 1/3 of the chocolate chips. Gently press a layer of Oreos into the filling and top with another 1/3 of the filling. Sprinkle with 1/3 of the chocolate chips and top with another layer of crackers followed by the final 1/3 of the filling.
- Frost with whipped topping, and sprinkle the top with the remaining chocolate chips and toffee bits. Drizzle with chocolate. Chill for at least 4-6 hours before cutting into 24 squares.
Source: Adapted from my Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Lasagna.
Your favorite fall flavors now come in a healthy salad with roasted sweet potatoes, dried cherries, candied walnuts, and a sage balsamic vinaigrette.
By now I am sure most of you have seen the new Star Wars trailer. If not, do it now. I may have freaked out just a little bit when I saw it and now already cannot wait for next Christmas – the finale of Mockingjay and new Star Wars! But there are exciting movies to see this year as well. I already saw Mockingjay Part 1 and up next is the finale of the Hobbit. The winter holidays rock, don’t they? To make up for the colder temperatures we get stuffed with amazing food, decorate cookies, see pretty lights, and get to snuggle in front of a cozy fire and/or movie.
But today’s recipe is not for decorated cookies or even a hot beverage to drink while enjoying wintry activities. It does have some of those comforting flavors that come out this time of year though and shockingly enough it is in the form of a salad. Roasted sweet potatoes are tossed in a mixed greens salad with dried cherries, candied walnuts, and a sage vinaigrette. I got to bust out my white balsamic vinegar for this vinaigrette but you could definitely use regular if you cannot find white. Different color, same taste.
One year ago: Quick Turkey Noodle Soup
Two years ago: Gluten-Free Ooey Gooey Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake
Three years ago: Pecan Chocolate Chip Gooey Butter Cake
Throw that leftover pie into a blender with some ice cream and make a milkshake! Add rum for a boozy adult beverage and don’t forget the fresh whipped cream.
Alright smart phone users, what apps (preferably free) does this smart phone novice need to check out for my fancy new phone? I am getting obvious things like facebook, twitter, instagram, and waze but beyond that I’m a bit clueless. So tell me what you use most and why. I’ve been in the dark so long my parents and their friends probably know more about smart phones than I do.
And now for your Thanksgiving desert leftovers, if you were lucky enough to have any. Sometimes pie is so good you wish you could drink it with a straw. Well, now you can! Blend up a slice, crust and all, along with some ice cream and a bit of rum and you’ll be ready to cozy up in front of the fire. Or in my case, I drank it while watching foot ball last night. The Ohio State vs Michigan game was a close one but thankfully we were victorious. Unfortunately our QB JT Barrett is injured and out for the remainder :-(.
One year ago: Peanut Butter Mousse Cookie Cups
Two years ago: Peanut Butter Reeses Pieces Giant Cookie for One
Three years ago: Peanut Butter Reeses Pieces Giant Cookie for One
Turn your favorite brownies into mini brownie peanut butter cups mixed with chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, and topped with peanut butter and more chocolate and peanut butter chips.
For those of you who went of for Black Friday or even Thursday sales, I hope you achieved whatever it was that you set out to do. I avoided all shopping locations like the plague. However, while browsing the Black Friday ads I did see one that caught my eye – Verizon was offering many smart phones for $100 off and some for free. As you may know, I have been resistant to turn in my dumb phone for many years to the point that I have repurchased the same dumb phone off ebay whenever the previous was dying just to avoid the transition. But, I did admit that I would eventually need to cave in and with such a good deal, it seemed like now was the time. Lucky for me the deal was also available online so I didn’t even have to go to the Verizon store. While I wait for it to arrive, I will be spending some quality time with my beloved dumb phone. We’ve had some good times, LG Dare, and I am sorry to tell you that you are being replaced by the Samsung Galaxy S5. For free. And it was only $20 extra to add data. But I will do my very best not turn into one of those people who spends more time on their phone than interacting with the people around them. That was the biggest reason I didn’t want a smart phone in the first place (other than the cost).
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