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Prepare yourself, for an awesomely different looking chicken dish – it’s GREEN!! This is not Dr. Seuss’s green eggs and ham, we’re talking about Cinco de Mayo food!
In addition to the delicious strawberry margarita mix from On The Border, which I used to make the cupcakes I shared yesterday, I also received their Monterey Jack Queso, Medium Salsa, and Guac Blast Tortilla Chips. Did I get your attention with that last item? Because it surely caught my eye when I first saw them. They really are very green and since they taste like guacamole you almost don’t need to dip them in anything. But that didn’t stop me from dipping them into the Monterey Jack Queso… MmMmm.
I decided to have some fun with these products and used the chips as the breading for an oven-fried chicken. It resulted in a fabulously green and festive exterior, which was packed with flavor and crunch to boot. The queso was mixed up with some Greek yogurt (my favorite sour cream substitute), to then be dolloped on top of the cooked chicken along with some salsa and cheese. It’s a full blown Mexican fiesta all on one piece of chicken!
One year ago: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies
Two years ago: Butterscotch Truffles
GUACAMOLE TORTILLA CHIP-CRUSTED NACHO CHICKEN
1/4 cup buttermilk
4-4 oz. chicken breasts
1/2 cup finely ground On The Border Guac Blast Tortilla Chips
1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt (or sour cream) (I used 0% plain Chobani)
1/2 cup On The Border Medium Salsa
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Arrange a wire rack on a large baking sheet; coat rack with cooking spray. Set aside.
- Place buttermilk in a shallow dish. Add chicken to buttermilk, turning to coat.
- Place ground chips in another shallow dish. Remove chicken from buttermilk mixture; discard buttermilk mixture. Dredge chicken in ground chips, pressing slightly and turning to coat.
- Arrange chicken on rack; coat chicken with cooking spray. Bake for 13 minutes or until chicken is done.
- While the chicken cooks, combine the Greek yogurt and Monterey jack Queso in a small bowl. When the chicken is done, top with queso mixture, followed by salsa and shredded cheese. Put back in the oven until the cheese starts to melt; about 1-2 minutes.
Disclosure: I was provided with complimentary On The Border products by Truco Enterprises. I was not compensated for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Just in time for Easter weekend, I present to you this fun and easy cupcake. You all know how much I love stuffing cookies and cupcakes with various truffles and what not, but this time I went with something more natural – a whole strawberry! It is a basic white cupcake that gets a small part of it cored after baking in order to fit the strawberry inside. Then top it off with some fresh strawberry buttercream and you’ve got one heck of a spring-time cupcake.
After celebrating Passover with my brother’s in-laws this past weekend, I don’t have much planned for Easter this weekend. I am working a regular day in the lab today, and am going to a Circa Survive concert tonight. Not exactly festive, but still fun! I will be attending my friend’s annual Easter brunch on Sunday so maybe I can bust out some bunny ears for that .
Two years ago: Eggplant Parmesan
STRAWBERRY STUFFED CUPCAKES
Makes 12 cupcakes
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
2 egg whites
1 tsp almond extract
2/3 cup buttermilk
FROSTING & FILLING
2 sticks (8 oz.) unsalted butter, softened
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
1/4 tsp salt
4 cups (1 lb.) powdered sugar
1/4 cup pureed strawberries (about 1/2 cup whole strawberries)
12 whole strawberries, hulled
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin pan with paper liners.
- In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
- In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat together sugar and butter until well combined. Add egg whites, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix in almond extract. Alternatively beat in flour mixture and buttermilk, making three additions of lour mixture and two of buttermilk, beating until smooth.
- Scoop batter into prepared pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until tops of cupcakes spring back when lightly touched. Let cool in pan on rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pan and let cool completely on rack.
- While the cupcakes are cooling, make the frosting. In a medium bowl, beat the butter until creamy then add the powdered sugar, lemon juice, sea salt and pureed strawberries. Continue beating until very light and fluffy.
- Using a paring knife, carve out a portion from the top of the cupcake resembling an upside-down cone (sized to fit the strawberries). Insert strawberries, pointed end down. Pipe or spread frosting on each cupcake. Enjoy!
Everyone loves shaped pans these days, especially around the holidays. But these pans tend to be used for a single purpose. Therefore I have taken it upon myself to discover new ways to use the various seemingly single-use pans I own. I’ve already used doughnut pans for pancakes, and a muffin top pan for cookies, now it’s time to show you that the Wilton Non-Stick Mini Holiday Cookie Pan can be used to make buttermilk biscuits – gasp!
Although I am sure this pan would’ve made beautiful cookies (or whoopie pies, anyone?), I thought outside the box and decided to make buttermilk biscuits for breakfast. Some of the shapes were more difficult to identify, but most of them came out great! The gingerbread pan, Christmas tree and star were my favorites and are pictured below. Festive treats are not only for dessert now!
Two years ago: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip
2 cups all-purpose flour, plus additional for dusting
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
5 Tbsp cold unsalted butter, thinly slice
2/3 cup lowfat buttermilk, plus additional for brushing
3 Tbsp nonfat plain Greek yogurt (I used Chobani)
- Heat oven to 425 degrees. Lightly grease the cavities of a mini holiday pan with non-stick spray. (Alternatively, line a baking sheet with parchment paper.)
- In a bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Rub butter into flour with fingertips until butter pieces are coated and about the size of peas. Stir in buttermilk and yogurt until just combined.
- Gently divide the dough into 12 equal pieces and lightly press into the cavities of the pan. Brush tops with buttermilk. Bake for 15 minutes or until puffed and lightly golden. Flip out and serve.
- (If using a parchment paper lined baking sheet: Scrape dough onto a lightly floured surface; very gently shape it into an 8″x 6″ rectangle, being careful not to overwork dough. Cut into 12 square biscuits. Transfer biscuits to baking sheet; brush tops with buttermilk. Bake until puffed and lightly golden, 15 minutes.)
Source: Adapted slightly from SELF Magazine.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary Non-Stick Mini Holiday Pan from Wilton. I was not compensated for this post. Thoughts and opinions are my own.
Welcome to day #3 of Christmas Week, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Jen of Juanita’s Cocina. Today’s theme for Christmas Week is “Christmas Cakes and Cupcakes”. Check out all the special treats today:
- Christmas Coconut Cake by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic
- Cranberry Coffee Cake by Jen of Juanita’s Cocina
- Holly Topped White Cupcakes by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Eggnog Pound Cake with Rum Glaze by Anuradha of Baker Street
- Christmas in the Tropics Cake by Kristen of Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker
- Cranberry-Walnut Coffecake by Isabelle of Crumb
- Pumpkin Dream Cake by Erin of Dinners, Dishes and Desserts
- Christmas Red Velvet Mug Cake by Erin of The Spiffy Cookie
- Reindeer Cupcakes by Ramona of Curry and Comfort
- Whiskey Nut Fruitcake by Heather of Girlichef
- Tres Leches Cake by Cathy of The Dutch Baker’s Daughter
- Monkey Bread Cupcakes by Chung-Ah of Damn Delicious
The amount of baking that occurs during the month of December can become quite ridiculous. With all the cookies, bars, and candy being made, sometimes it’s nice to whip something up that serves just one or two people. And that doesn’t mean that is has to be something boring or plain either. Go ahead and make yourself a red velvet mug cake with green cream cheese frosting! Don’t forget the sprinkles.
This recipe can serve one in an over-sized mug or two by using smaller mugs or ramekins. I decided to ration my red velvet into two portions – one now and one later. And by later I mean a few hours later. That still counts as portion control, right? Therefore I can still rationalize eating a couple of those extra cookies lying around .
One year ago: Spinach Artichoke Dip
CHRISTMAS RED VELVET MUG CAKE
4 Tbsp all-purpose flour
4-1/2 Tbsp sugar
1/8 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
1-1/2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
3 Tbsp oil
3 Tbsp buttermilk
1/2 tsp red food coloring
2 Tbsp (1 oz.) reduced fat cream cheese, room temperature
2 Tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup powdered sugar
Green food coloring
Festive sprinkles, for topping
- Mix all the ingredients together into an over-sized mug using a fork or small whisk until batter is smooth (OR divide into two ramekins). Cook in microwave for about 1 min 30 seconds. It might need an additional 30 seconds but be careful not to overcook. Cool.
- For frosting, combine all ingredients into a small mixing bowl and mix on high speed until light and fluffy. Pipe onto cake and top with sprinkles.
Source: Adapted slightly from My Happy Place.
I finally had to bring my basil plants indoors last night. Here we are, mid-November, and it is only now getting into the freezing range of temperatures at night. Being on the third floor of an apartment building, my heat has barely kicked on this fall. Yay heat rising (although not fun for the summer months ). It also means that I can bake like crazy and enjoy the extra heat coming from the oven. Why not just bake all day and then your heater will be rendered completely useless! Someone should look into the price differential between oven-heating and central heating. I bet central wins for least expensive, but I’m going to ignore that fact and continue staying warm in front of the oven. Let’s bake!
Chopped Caramel Apple Milky Way candy bars were actually used in this recipe and not the regular candy bars, as implied in the title. Yea, I kind of lied to you about what you’re reading about today. But since that flavor candy bar is seasonal I left the description out for those of you who did not get your hands on a bag post-Halloween sale. I suppose you could use regular Milky Way candy bars, but I just had the Caramel Apple ones to use up after making cinnamon roll cupcakes with them, so I did!
Now that I have fully disclosed my deceitful ways, prepare yourself, because this is one sweet bread. I substituted apple butter for the pumpkin originally called for, but didn’t think to reduce the sugar. Thankfully, I have no problem with the sweetness of this bread. Besides, I added some whole wheat flour, which totally makes up for the sugar content O:-).
STREUSEL-TOPPED CHOCOLATE CHIP APPLE BUTTER BREAD
Makes 3 small loaves or one regular loaf
2-1/2 Tbsp packed light brown sugar
1/2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
1/2 Tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup 100% whole wheat
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 cup apple butter
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
Pinch ground cloves
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup canola oil
2 oz cream cheese, cut into 12 pieces
2 eggs, at room temperature
2 Tbsp buttermilk
1/2 cup chopped Caramel Apple Milky Way candy bar minis (or regular Milky Ways, or chocolate chips)
- To make the topping: Combine all of the ingredients in a small bowl and mash together with a fork until the mixture resembles wet sand. Set aside while you make the bread batter.
- To make the bread: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 3 small loaf pans (or one 8-1/2 x 4-1/2-inch loaf pan) with nonstick cooking spray.
- In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder and baking soda together. Add the apple butter, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves to a large saucepan. Set over medium heat and cook, stirring almost constantly, until the mixture has reduced to about 3/4 cup. Remove the pot from the heat and add both sugars, the canola oil and cream cheese. Stir until combined (but not completely incorporated, there will still be clumps of cream cheese). Let stand for 5 minutes, then whisk until the mixture is completely homogeneous.
- Combine the eggs and buttermilk in a large measuring cup and whisk to incorporate. Add to the pumpkin mixture, whisking until combined. Add the dry ingredients to the pan and fold them in with a rubber spatula. Fold in the chopped candy bars.
- Divide the batter between the prepared loaf pans. Distribute the topping evenly over the loaves. Bake for 35-40 minutes (45-50 for one larger loaf), or until a thin knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Transfer the pans to wire racks, and let the bread cool for 20 minutes before turning it out of the pans. Allow to cool for at least 1-1/2 hours before serving.
Source: Halved and adapted slightly from Tracey’s Culinary Adventures.
Did everyone have a good weekend? Stinks that it is over, but good thing we have a holiday in the middle of the week. Granted I will still be at work but I can pretend. In the meantime, prepare yourself with this festive shortcake! See more on my Culinary.net post today.
RED, WHITE & BERRY SHORTCAKES
Source: Everyday Food July/August 2012
One year ago: Mojito Fruit Dip
I enjoy Steph from Steph’s Bite by Bite. Her blog is really fun and full of creative recipes, but she balances out her food splurges with a healthy workout schedule. I have to say it is awfully thoughtful of her to have included Work It Out Wednesdays in between her recipes in order to recover from tempting goodies such as her S’mores Cinnamon Rolls, Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Pies, and Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Dough Dip. Sometimes she throws in something crazy like a Strawberry Breakfast Margarita that is surprisingly healthy. But today she’s taking us down a rocky road… filled with doughnuts!
One year ago: Chicken Parmesan Quesadillas
Rocky Road Doughnuts
makes 12 incredible doughnuts
For the Doughnuts:
1 1/4 cups flour
1/2 cup dark cocoa powder
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon espresso powder
3/4 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla
For the Marshmallow Frosting:
4 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup marshmallow crème
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon milk
For the Topping:
1 1/2 cups almond meal
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray doughnuts pans with cooking spray and set aside.
In a large bowl combine flour, dark cocoa, baking powder, sugar, and espresso powder. Add in the egg, buttermilk, applesauce, and vanilla whisking until batter is smooth. Spoon batter into doughnut pans filling 3/4 of the way full. Bake doughnuts for 10-12 minutes. Let cool in pan for a few minutes then turn out on to cooling rack to cool completely.
In the bowl of a stand mixer beat the butter, marshmallow crème, and vanilla for a few minutes until blended and fluffy. Add in the powdered sugar a little bit at a time. Then add in the tablespoon of milk beating for just a minute to thin out the icing (add more milk if icing is too thick).
Place ground almonds on a small plate or bowl. Dunk the tops of the doughnuts in the almonds.
Pour a cup of coffee and get your doughnut on.
Frosting adapted from Kraft
Yet again, another holiday has snuck up on me. Hard to believe it is already April and Easter is this weekend! I feel like I had corned beef and cabbage just yesterday. But thanks to Erin of Big Fat Baker and the Holiday Recipe Club, I remembered to start whipping up Easter treats in the nick of time.
For this holiday, our designated ingredients from which we had to choose at least one were spinach, carrots and eggs. This recipe incorporates the last two to create carrot cake waffles! Because what’s better than carrot cake for dessert than for breakfast? What took these waffles over the edge for me was the maple nut cream cheese spread. It’s divine!
Don’t forget to check out what everyone else made who participated this holiday. I am especially curious to see what Easter-themed recipes contain spinach since that one stumped me.
One year ago: Chocolate Cookies ‘n’ Creme Cookies
CARROT CAKE WAFFLES
Makes approximately 7 waffles
4 Tbsp (1/2 stick) butter
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp allspice
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup 100% whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 Tbsp sugar
1-1/2 tsp baking soda
1-3/4 cups lowfat buttermilk
2 eggs, separated
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup raisins
1 cup walnuts, chopped
1-1/2 cup finely grated carrots
Cooking spray for waffle iron
MAPLE NUT CREAM CHEESE SPREAD
8 oz. reduced fat cream cheese, softened
3-4 Tbsp maple syrup
1/8 cup chopped walnuts
- Heat 4 tablespoons butter in skillet over medium heat until melted, 1 to 2 minutes. Continue to cook, swirling pan constantly, until butter is light brown and has faint nutty aroma, 2 to 4 minutes. Add spices and continue to cook, stirring constantly, 15 seconds. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes.
- In a large bowl, combine the flour, salt, sugar, baking soda. Set aside.
- Mix together the buttermilk and the egg yolks. Stir in the spiced butter and vanilla. Spray the waffle iron well and preheat it. Stir the wet into the dry ingredients. Add carrots, walnuts, and raisins. Stir gently to combine.
- Beat the egg whites in a separate bowl with a whisk or electric mixer (make sure bowl and mixer are spotlessly clean) until they hold soft peaks. Stir them gently into the batter.
- Spread a 1/2 cup or so of batter onto the waffle iron and bake until the waffle is done, usually 3 to 5 minutes, depending on your iron. Spray iron with cooking spray between waffles as needed.
- To make Maple Cream Cheese spread, simply combine nuts, syrup, and cream cheese and mix well. Serve waffles immediately with a schmear of Maple Cream Cheese spread, or keep them warm for a few minutes in a low oven. (You may also freeze cooled leftovers for homemade frozen waffles!)
Source: Adapted slightly from Willow Bird Baking.
I discovered something magnificent. You can pour pancake (or waffle) batter into a doughnut pan and make pancake-doughnuts! The world of doughnut-making possibilities just expanded right in front of your eyes, didn’t it? Pancakes now can be baked into the shape of doughnuts. Heart-shaped ones in this case thanks to the post-Valentine’s Day sale at Target.
These pancake-doughnuts are even good for you. A healthy doughnut – the world just paused for a second in disbelief. Full of whole wheat and flaxseed they are a great way to start your day. And I really enjoyed the tiny crunches of walnut pieces.
For a moment I contemplated making a maple syrup-glaze to enhance their doughnut-likeness but decided to stick to pouring regular syrup over the top and eating with a fork. And don’t forget the berries!
One year ago: Spicy Cheetos Crusted Chicken
MAPLE, WALNUT, AND FLAXSEED PANCAKE DOUGHNUTS
Serves 4-5 (makes approximately 18-20)
1/2 cup cake flour*
1/2 cup 100% whole wheat flour*
1/4 cup ground flaxseed
1/4 cup walnuts, finely chopped
1-1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1-1/4 cups reduced-fat buttermilk
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1 large egg
*Or use 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Grease doughnut pan; set aside.
- Whisk flour, flaxseed meal, walnuts, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in medium bowl to blend. Whisk buttermilk, 1/4 cup maple syrup, and egg in another medium bowl. Add buttermilk mixture to dry ingredients and whisk just until incorporated.
- Pour scant 1/4 cupfuls into the prepared doughnut pans**. Bake for 6 minutes. Allow to cool for a minute before inverting the pans to release doughnuts. Serve with syrup and raspberries.
**Batter can also be cooked pancake or waffle-style.
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My apologies for making you wait almost the entire week to find out what sorts of things I ate while spending time with family this past weekend. So here is the summary:
Upon arriving I was presented with fresh oatmeal chocolate chip pecan cookies (ones that my child-hood friends have fantasies about to this very day*), fruit cake, pineapple angel food cake (made from a boxed angel food cake mix and a can of crushed pineapple – genius), a glass of milk and grapes. Yea the grapes were a little random in the mix of all that sweetness but they were necessary.
The first day, my dad made oatmeal pancakes with blueberries which are always a great treat. Don’t forget the side of bacon. We ended up snacking through the movie Sherlock Holmes and then had pizza at a brick oven place – yum!
The next (and final) day my dad and I made these waffles together. Later that day was their card game party (I’ll explain later) which was full of lovely treats, and one of them I will be sharing with you tomorrow. But for now focus on waffles. Buttermilk waffles in fact, with sprinkles of chopped pecans. Our powers combined to make these and they were without a doubt amazing. Of course I had to have a side of sausage to go along with the pile of whipped cream and strawberries on top! There is no room for cutting back on what you eat when eating with my dad (we are notorious for checking out the dessert menu before picking our entree after all).
*If you are lucky I might be able to share the recipe with you one day. But the recipe makes 12 dozen cookies, so it might be awhile.
One year ago: Spaghetti with Feta and Sun-Dried Tomatoes
BUTTERMILK PECAN WAFFLES
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups buttermilk
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
3 Tbsp chopped pecans
1/2 pint (1 cup) heavy whipping cream
1 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
Maple syrup, for serving
Sliced strawberries, for serving
- In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, beat eggs until light. Add buttermilk and mix well. Add dry ingredients and beat until batter is smooth. Stir in butter until incorporated.
- Pour about 3/4 cup batter into a lightly greased preheated waffle iron. Sprinkle with a few pecans. Bake according to manufacturer’s directions until golden brown. Repeat with remaining batter and pecans.
- In between waffles, whip the heavy cream until it starts to thicken, add sugar and vanilla, then whip further until it forms stiff peaks – do not overbeat!
- Serve waffles topped with syrup, whipped cream and fresh strawberries!
Source: Adapted slightly from Recipe4Living.com.