Saturday, December 27, 2008

Christmas Goodies

1. Chocolate Dipped Coconut Macaroons
*1 bag of coconut flakes
*1 can condensed milk
* 1 tsp vanilla extract
Combine all ingredients and shape into a balls. Flatten slightly. Bake for 8-10 mins at 350 on a baking sheet with greased wax paper. Dip bottom of cookie in melted chocolate and cool on wax paper.
I used food color to be festive :)

2. Cherrybrook Sugar Cookies

3. Brown Sugar & Spice Pumpkin Bars

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Black Bean Salad

* 1 can black beans, drained
* 1 can of corn, drained
* 1 small onion, diced
* 1 medium-large tomato, diced
* juice of 1 limes
* 1 large handful of cilantro, chopped

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and enjoy with corn chips or lettuce wraps.

Cheese Quiche

* frozen shredded potatoes(used for hashbrowns)-I forgot to measure how much I used (place in pan and keep adding until you get a nice looking crust)
* 1 T butter
* 4 eggs
* 1 cup cream/half and half
* 1 cup cheese (I used the mexican cheese mix, you could use cheddar/swiss/whatever makes you happy)
* 1 tsp of chives

~Leave potatos out to thaw and place between paper towels to soak up excess moisture. In a 9in cake pan, place the shredded potatoes to create a thin crust, I lightly spread butter over top. Bake for 25 mins at 450.
~In a bowl mix eggs and cream.
~Pour cheese and chives (and any other desired items: brocolli, spinach, onions, peppers, mushrooms, etc) over the crust. Pour in egg/cream mixture. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Garlic Rosemary Bread

Roast the garlic (coated in olive oil) for 45 mins at 425 degrees or until soft enough to spread.
* 1 1/2 heads of garlic
* 1 T of fresh rosemary
* 1 T of dried basil or oregano or any other italian herbs
* 1/4 tsp salt (or garlic salt)
Mix bread as stated in the instructions on the mix.
* Pamela's Bread Mix, including yeast packet
* 2 eggs
* 1/4 cup oil
* water (per directions)
Once the bread is mixed, add rosemary and garlic. Put in 8 x4 pan and let sit for an hour. Bake in 350 degree oven for an additional hour. ENJOY!!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Elvis Cookies

A treat for for a "king"....banana, peanut butter, and chocolate cookies.

* 1 banana, mashed
* 3/4 cup brown sugar
* 1 egg
* 1 tsp baking soda
* 1 cup peanut butter
* 2/3 cup rice flour
* 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Mash banana. Mix in egg and brown sugar until well blended, about a minute. Mix in baking soda and peanut butter. Stir in rice flour. Once well blended, stir in chocolate chips (if desired).
Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes on a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Raspberry Chocolate *love* Brownies

Dark Chocolate Brownies
* 5oz dark chocolate
* 1/2 cup butter
* 2 eggs
* 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
* 1/2 cup almond flour (I grind my own almonds)
* 1/4 cup flour (millet or rice)
* 1/4 tsp baking soda
* 1 tsp vanilla extract
* 1/2 cup chocolate chips (your choice: semi, milk, dark, white)

Melt butter and chocolate in the microwave, 20 secs at a time, mixing until completely melted. In another bowl mix eggs and brown sugar. Mix in the chocolate mixture until smooth (about a minute). Stir in flours, baking soda, and vanilla until well blended. Lastly add in chocolate chips (if desired).
Pour into an 8x8 pan, lined with aluminum foil and greased. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 32-34 minuted.
Flip brownies out onto a plate, but allow to cool before cutting. These are great out of the oven, room temp, or chilled in the fridge :)
Raspberry Cream Cheese Frosting
*4 oz cream cheese, softened
* 1/3 cup powdered sugar
* 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
* 1/4 cup raspberry jam
optional: red food coloring

Blend cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla extract until fluffy. Mix in jam until fully blended. Spread on cooled brownies and keep in the fridge.
Gator SEC Victory + brownies = Sugar crash (in the dog's bed...eww)

Monday, December 1, 2008

Cranberry Orange Muffins

* 2 eggs
* 1/2 cup oil (I used light olive oil and lemon infused avocado oil)
* 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
*1/4 cup agave nectar
* 1 tsp vanilla extract
* 1 Tbps orange juice
* orange zest
* 1 cup sour cream
* 2 cups Pamela's Ultimate Baking Mix
* 1 cup fresh cranberries

In a large mixing bowl, beat eggs and oil. Mix in the sugar, vanilla, orange juice and zest, and sour cream. Once blended, mix in baking mix. Last, fold in the cranberries.
Bake at 375 for 20 minutes in a muffin tin lined with paper cups.

OPTIONS: instead of cranberries, you could substitute frozen blueberries or a mix of berries