Posts Tagged ‘walnuts’
Love Trader Joe’s maple walnut blondies? Now you can make them at home! Chewy blondies packed with walnuts and maple flavor.
On my most recent trip to Trader Joe’s I snagged a bag of their Maple Walnut Blondies. They’re freaking fantastic by the way and I highly recommend picking some up if you are able. If not then you’re in luck because I did my best to recreate them!
On an unrelated note, since getting my first smart phone in December I have slowly accumulated favorite apps. The obvious ones being Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram (yes I finally have instagram – follow me). But the app I abuse most is Target’s Cartwheel app. You can either browse offers to add to your barcode which is scanned at checkout or you can scan products while shopping to check if there are any offers. When there are not any for that particular item, if there are other offers for similar items it will tell you. I’ve already saved over $30 using it and in the process got the deal of the year – combat boots for $6.75!
What are your favorite smart phone apps?
These fluffy lemon bars are so good you will find yourself rationalizing that such a light dessert just might be healthy. It’s all in perception right?
Well, well, well, looks like my Buckeyes wanted to make sure my first day on the new job was one to remember! What a game! So excited for Ohio State to be the first College Football Playoff National Champions!!! I would have never anticipated this to happen after hearing that our starting QB was injured right before the start of the season. Neither would I have dreamed of it after losing to Virginia Tech and then again after almost losing to Penn State. Losing our second QB to injury right before the conference championship game. The controversy of selecting Ohio State over TCU or Baylor. Worst of all, the tragic death of Kosta. The list of things this team has had to overcome this year is just craziness and the team stuck together through it all and proved everyone wrong. Add it to the list of reasons I am proud to be a Buckeye.
Going along with this new job of mine, you probably noticed the decrease in the amount of posts I share each week. I apologize for not feeding the addiction, providing daily fixes but until I can get back into a groove and have my kitchen fully organized (and not in boxes randomly dispersed around the floor), I regrettably will not be able to post as often. Lucky for you before getting the flu, traveling to Rochester for Christmas, and NYC for NYE, and moving to Ohio, I was able to whip up a few things to tide over some of the gaps. Bear with me as most things are sweets, such as these lemon lush bars, and may not abide by your new years resolutions. Just eat some healthy in compensate, that’s how it works right?
Two years ago: Overnight, Slow Cooker Eggnog Cranberry Steel-Cut Oatmeal
Everyone loves cheese balls so make sure you have this blue cheese ball at your next party. But instead of a round ball make it snowman shaped!
Party time means dip time. And no party is complete without a big ol’ ball o’ cheese. This recipe was originally adapted from recipe I received from one of my parent’s friends. Turns out it is very similar to the blue cheese ball I already shared which was such a hit you would have though I was a magician doing a disappearing act. In addition to blue cheese and green onions, this version has black olives, walnuts, and optional banana peppers mixed in. And in case those differences weren’t enough, instead of making a regular cheese ball I went the festive route and made it snowman shaped! Apparently I like eating things with cute faces because this is the second adorable recipe I have made this month that has a face (first was the cone head cupcakes). This phenomenon does not follow for meat however, at least not in it’s natural state. But add a cartoonish face and we’re okay (just take these octoweenies for example).
One year ago: Orange Cut-Out Cookies with Orange Cardamom Icing
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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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
Try this homemade oatmeal recipe and you may never buy the microwave packets again. It’s hard to beat fresh apples and walnuts.
After nearly 4 years of blogging I’ve started what many food bloggers have done before me – remaking old recipes. The pictures from those early years not only do not do the recipes justice, but they may have been overlooked or forgotten after all this time which does not suit them. One recipe in particular is my dad’s apple harvest oatmeal. This is the oatmeal that ruined me for the instant microwave packets. In my world, nothing can compare to this oatmeal except maybe variants on the additional ingredients. For example, I recently shared the recipe for a pumpkin version which was a fun fall flavor change-up.
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Learn the secrets for all your favorite bar snacks and what beers pair best with them with the new Ultimate Beer Lover’s Happy Hour Cookbook.
From the award-winning author of The Ultimate Beer Lover’s Cookbook, comes the new brew-worthy cookbook called The Ultimate Beer Lover’s Happy Hour containing over 325 recipes for the best bar snacks and beer cocktails. With recipes such Spicy Friday Night Nuts and Flying Buffalo at the Tap Pizza, you will discover the tricks to making the usual favorites and some fun new finds. Every bar snack also comes with pairing suggestions to maximize the experience for your taste buds. And today I am happy to have this boozy cookbook take a pit stop on my blog complete with an “Ultimate Beer Lover’s Oktoberfest Celebration Giveaway” which includes:
- 1 signed copy of The Ultimate Beer Lover’s Happy Hour by John Schlimm
- 2 Humane Society of the US T-shirts (1 male M, 1 female M)
- Lucky Brand Jeans Gift card for 1 free pair of jeans
- 6 Straub Brewery Pilsner Glasses
- Coleman soft cooler with hard liner (red)
- Weber Barbecue Apron, black
- 1 OXO Steel Bottle Opener
- Set of 2 wooden snack bowls
- Set of 4 wooden coasters
Enter to win using the Rafflecopter widget located at the end of this post.
Before you run off to enter to win that beer-ific prize pack check out these nuts! In addition to being a quick recipe to throw together, I already had all the ingredients on hand. Talk about some last call happy hour snacking. If you are feeling daring there are recipes for making your own margarine and worcestershire sauce (recipes included at the bottom) but I just stuck with the store-bought stuff. I also used the oven method for preparing this recipe, giving it a nuttier flavor, but it can also easily be made in your microwave.
Need more snacks? I’ve also included the recipe for some Hippie Cayenne Sourdough Pretzels. Grab a beer and enjoy!
One year ago: Baked Apple Cider Oatmeal
Apple crumble pie is the best of both worlds with a flaky crust and crumbly topping. This pie also has some maple syrup in the mix for added fall flavor.
The last day of September is upon us, seriously where did the month go? While I have finally succumbed to fall baking starting with apples the last two weeks it’s already time to start diving into pumpkin and Halloween candy with October. But first the apples. It has come to my attention that I have a decent supply of apple pie recipes. Regular double-crust apple pie, caramel apple, apple pecan, apple blackberry, and even an apple crumble. However, evidently I have not reached the quota and have yet another apple pie recipe for you and it may be my new favorite. It combines the classic deliciousness of a traditional pie crust with the excellence of a nutty crumble topping and some maple syrup for good measure. The sugar content of the filling may be slightly decreased but don’t worry the sugar in the crumbly topping compensates.
One year ago: Sloppy Joses with Avocado Cream
Gluten-free brownies don’t have to taste gluten-free. This recipe makes two rich and fudgy brownies that taste so sinful you’ll be thankful there were only two.
I kind of dropped the ball on Single Serving Sunday the past two weeks. In order to make it up to you I made you brownies – brownies which can be enjoyed by both gluten-haters and -lovers. Many gluten-free baked goods are made with gluten-free flour mixes and tend to have a slightly different texture. These babies, however, are made with cornstarch and result in the fudgiest brownies you ever did see. I made these same brownies in the past as a full-sized batch and with a peanut butter layer in the middle. They were so dangerous that I decided they would be a great candidate for a smaller batch setting (for those of us with weak self control) and they turned out just as famously! This time I threw in some walnuts, but that’s totally up to you.
Two years ago: Strawberry Fruit Dip