Posts Tagged ‘cinnamon’
Strawberry season is here and so is the spring-time baking. This strawberry-rhubarb crumble is topped with a gluten-free, crunchy cinnamon granola made from five sugar grains.
Strawberry season is my favorite, not just because it’s finally spring but simply because of all the fresh strawberries. I have already gone picking 3 times this month and let me tell you, fresh-picked strawberries are infinitely better than anything you can get at the grocery store. These berries dissolve in your mouth like cotton candy. In Rochester, I grew up a bike-ride away from the best U-pick farm I’ve ever seen (Green Acre Farms) and I would eat as much as I picked – I took their approval of testing them out seriously. They should have weighed me pre- and post-berry picking!
My three berry-picking adventures this season resulted in about 6 gallons of strawberries. About two went into the making of strawberry syrup and strawberry jam and the rest, well they were for eating! Of course some of them did make it into the oven before being devoured. The first was this strawberry-rhubarb granola crumble, with a simple granola topping. I specifically used the KIND Cinnamon Oat Cluster Granola made with gluten-free oats, brown rice, buckwheat, amaranth, millet, quinoa, and flax seeds. It was excellently crunchy and I loved the addition of cinnamon to this fruity crumble.
One year ago: Blue Velvet and Lemon Cake Pops
Have salsa for dessert with homemade cinnamon tortilla chips and a berry-cirtusy salsa with kiwi, mango, blackberries, strawberries and avocado. Or change it up and make it your own!
It’s tornado season, and it’s the first in 7 years where I don’t have to worry about such things because east Tennessee usually just gets the aftermath-huge rain storms (as I write this one is currently making a lot of noise outside). Oddly enough it makes me miss living in Memphis, but let me explain. Obviously the destruction tornadoes cause is not something to yearn for, I just enjoy a good storm. As a child I was terrified of thunder storms and would run into my dad’s room in the middle of the night to make me feel safe. Somehow as I got older I grew to love thunder and lightning. But when it comes to tornado season in Memphis it means it’s time for Memphis in May festivals (which I pretend is a month long party for my birthday) and that’s what I truly miss about tornado season. And I cannot wait to return in a couple weeks for my favorite festival – BBQ Fest!
But unfortunately tornadoes and festivals have nothing to do with this recipe today. So thank you for listening to my rambling and let’s just get on with it…
Fruit salsa. I know this may not be the first thing you think of when you are trying to come up with a dip for your next gathering by hang on for just a second. For starters these are not just any old tortilla chips, they’re cinnamon-sugar chips! Which makes them the perfect candidate for dipping into a fruit concoction such as this berry-citrusy salsa with kiwi, mango, blackberries, strawberries and avocado. But you change it up to include whatever fruits you prefer.
One year ago: Spring Salsa
Every winter I whip up a new hot chocolate mix. This year I decided to try two kinds, white hot chocolate pods and now cinnamon mix. This version was made on the fly while my parents were in town for my graduation. We were getting ready to go to a drive-thru Christmas light show and I realized I didn’t have any hot chocolate mix to prepare and bring for the show. So I pulled up my favorite mix recipe and added cinnamon. If you haven’t had cinnamon and chocolate together before, you’re missing out!
Two years ago: Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate Mix
It is post PhD graduation week, and a short week at that with only 3 days left before I no longer have a “work” to go to. I’ll be whisked away for the holidays and return for just one last month in Memphis before packing up and moving in with family. Hopefully with the new year will come responses to all the jobs I have applied to but have yet to hear from. I am really excited/anxious to see where I end up next!
But on to these bars. After I became addicted to the snickerdoodle blondies that Alex sent me last month, I decided to make my own with eggnog in order to continue my eggnog streak. These bars turned out to be just as magical as the traditional version with some added holiday spirit, making them a great treat to make for your upcoming holiday parties (or a way to use up any leftover eggnog).
In case you live under a rock, it’s the day before Thanksgiving! I hope you have your menus planned and prepped or know what you are bringing to help supplement someone else’s feast. If you happen to still be hunting for the carbs, I highly suggest my Greek yogurt-rosemary dinner rolls or this bread. Because what’s more festive than cranberry bread?
Oh but there’s more than just cranberries in this gorgeous loaf. How about some crunchy walnuts, hearty oats, and the usual fall suspect of cinnamon? I knew that would catch your attention. Not only is this bread visually appealing, it will also satisfy your nose with its wonderful aromas. With a swipe of honey butter on top you may not even need dessert – but who am I kidding? Bring on the dessert to seal off this food celebration fit for a fat kid.
One year ago: Red Velvet Rice Krispie Treats
One of my favorite bands, Paramore, is playing in Nashville tonight. Originally when I had planned on going out of town for Thanksgiving, I was going to stop and see that show on my way out. Unfortunately that is no longer my plan as I decided to stay put and save money. I did see them with No Doubt a couple years back and with Jimmy Eat World before that so it’s not too heart breaking – except that they are the headliners this time. You better believe I will be cooking dinner tonight while dancing around to their music, pretending I’m there. Not that that’s different from a normal day in my kitchen…
In other news, today is National Cake Day! With Thanksgiving nearly upon us I am throwing as much pumpkin at you as I possibly can, including these mini cakes. These individual cakes are made by cutting rounds from a thin sheet cake. The rounds are layered and frosted with a caramel cream cheese frosting and then topping with caramel sauce and candied pecans, resulting in eyegasms. Who wouldn’t want their own personal mini cake?
You can use the leftover cake scraps to make cake balls or if you’d prefer to avoid scraps, make these into cupcakes instead.
One year ago: Arugula Pesto Pasta
After making peanut butter baklava bars I immediately knew I wanted to try it out with pumpkin for the holidays. As much as I loved the peanut butter version, how could it not be just as good if not better with pumpkin? With the cinnamon, honey, and nuts floating around in there it was meant to be.
The result is what I imagine would happen if pumpkin pie and baklava got together and made babies. With a sugar cookie base, pumpkin-walnut filling, crispy fillo topping and completely coated in honey, it’s two deserts in one. As a bonus it’s easy to make and therefore should definitely make it for your upcoming festive gatherings.
As far as the job search is going, I have applied to many, but no hooks just yet. I just have to keep applying for those which interest me and I am qualified for and hope for the best. I probably should track down contact numbers to HR or whoever I can find to inquire about my applications. Unfortunately several to which I have applied explicitly say that calls are not welcome. Ugh… Thankfully I have a couple little projects to fiddle with in the lab to keep me busy in the meantime and will be resubmitting my paper now that I have finished addressing reviewers comments. Having that paper in press will definitely improve my CV!
Not only is it another Secret Recipe Club reveal day, but it’s also National Chocolate Day! As a result, my recipe selection for today from Vintage Kitchen Notes involves chocolate. But before I talk about that, you should check out some of Paula’s other recipes such as Grilled Eggplants with Honey and Spices, Brown Sugar Cheesecake, and these festive White Chocolate Dulde de Leche Ghosts. I also almost made her Chocolate Walnut Sheet cake for today but I hadn’t treated myself to pancakes in awhile.
I ended up choosing her recipe for chocolate pumpkin pancakes. The original recipe used chocolate chips, but I decided to mix in cocoa powder instead to spread the chocolate throughout the pancakes. The chocolate flavor wasn’t as pronounced, but I liked the added flavor in addition to the pumpkin and cinnamon. And I went ahead and sprinkled some mini chocolate chips on top anyway. It’s a fall breakfast treat!