cinnamon rolls

May 20, 2012 by

  back in our auburn hills days, we lived dangerously close to a cinnabon.  it was in the mall across the street, and it was a friday tradition to pick up cinnabon before a movie to bring them home for saturday morning breakfast.  ohhhhh, it was divine.  cinnabon cinnamon rolls are magical in every way.  gooey in the middle, perfect icing and they require no work! these are a close second.  they do require work, but i modified the original recipe to allow the rolls to rise in the fridge overnight.  that way, when you wake up in the morning, you just pop them in the oven and you’re good to go! you may notice that i didn’t include a frosted roll pic, which is because even though i did like the original frosting...

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chocolate muffins

Feb 19, 2012 by

valentine’s day week means chocolate finds its way into breakfast everyday.  this is a not-so-subtle way of getting your chocolate fix in.  i’m all for chocolate in the morning because it means you have all day to burn calories! source: bake at 350 1/2 c salted butter 1 3/4 c all purpose flour 2/3 c cocoa powder 1 1/4 c sugar 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp baking soda 3/4 tsp salt 1 c semisweet chocolate chips 2 eggs 1 c milk 2 tsp vanilla extract 2 tsp white vinegar line a muffin tin with 12 paper cups.  spray lightly with cooking spray.  pre-heat oven to 425º. melt the butter, set aside to cool. in a large bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and chocolate chips. in a separate...

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shish kabobs

Feb 12, 2012 by

it’s mid february and i’m ready for grilling season.  here in wa, we’ve only really had one week of true winter, and the rest could just be called late fall/early spring.  it. is. awesome.  our grill is in the garage for “winter”, but i am ready to bust out the patio furniture and get our porch ready for summer. think she’ll try to steal anything from the grill? also, i’m really excited for awesome sunlight to come pouring in through the kitchen skylights.  it will be awesome for blog pics.   this getting dark early business is for the birds.  c’mon summer nights! 🙂 source: food network – the source also has great ideas for shrimp and chicken! 1 lb. sirloin steak, cut into 1″ cubes bell peppers onions zucchini other veggies not pictured (mushrooms,...

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mexican shells

Feb 7, 2012 by

this dish is a hybrid of mexican food and italian.   it was another pinterest find and it has definitely found a permanent spot on our dinner rotation!  i originally halved the recipe (as shown in the pics below) but now make a full batch, because it is great for lunch leftovers. source: the way to his heart  1 lb. ground beef (or turkey) 1 pkg taco seasoning 6-8 oz. cream cheese 16 jumbo pasta shells 1 1/2 c salsa 1 c taco sauce 1 c cheddar cheese 1 c pepper jack cheese garnish (green onions, sour cream, olives, onions) preheat oven to 350°. in a large pot, bring water to a boil for shells. in a medium pan, brown the ground beef, drain and add taco seasoning.  cook according to package directions.  add...

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pot pie

Jan 22, 2012 by

we have finally found our favorite b’ham restaurant.  it sure did take a while.  the archer ale house is an english style pub house, in the basement of an old fairhaven building.  the food reminds us of one of our nashville favorites: the flying saucer.  tom loves their pizza, i’m a huge fan of their pot pie.  it is very spicy and just warms you all of the way through!  they make it to order and it is well worth the wait. but pot pie shouldn’t just be saved for when you go out.  it is easy to throw together and even anti-pot-pie tom loves it.  i used frozen thanksgiving turkey leftovers, but feel free to use any chicken or turkey that you may have on hand.  chunked, shredded, whatever you prefer.  just try...

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salted caramel sauce

Jan 18, 2012 by

we’re snowed in.  and i LOVE every second of it.  we’ve both been working from home, which is awesome.  not any different for me, but it is very nice to have tom around!  we’ve also been loving on our new puppy, lucy… and so now i must do the obligatory new dog bragging:  isn’t she just adorable? ok, so back to the recipe.  i did run out of caramel sauce for my coffee.  i’m one of those people that fills my coffee with a bunch of sweet and creamy stuff, to ensure that it doesn’t taste much like coffee at all.  no amount of snow is going to keep me from a proper caffeine fix sugar buzz. source: bakingdom *please note, we are not the kind of people that keep our christmas tree up year round…...

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pizza rolls

Jan 15, 2012 by

the super bowl is just around the corner, and these definitely need to find a spot on your spread.  they’re basically a dinner roll, made with pizza dough and filled with cheese and pepperoni.  i tried a new pizza dough recipe for this, and the key ingredient is honey.  it’s a different dough than my chicago style dough, but it is perfect for rolls.  next time i want to add a bit of rosemary to change things up. slightly adapted from: the doctor’s kitchen 1 c warm water 1 tbsp honey 1 packet yeast 2 1/2 c all-purpose flour 1/4 tsp salt 1 tbsp olive oil mozzarella cheese, cubed pepperoni slices evoo, to top rolls italian seasoning, to top rolls parmesan cheese, to top rolls combine honey and warm water in a bowl.  sprinkle...

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recent failures

Jan 5, 2012 by

there are a lot of things from my kitchen that are never shown on this blog.  some nights, we have digorno pizza.  or freezer chimichangas… pronounced chim-ee-chang-guhs, cause the freezer section makes me feel classy like that.  or hot dogs and kraft macaroni and cheese.  or leftovers.  or tom picks up something on the way home.  i truly do enjoy cooking, but sometimes it is nice to just have a break. other times, things just don’t work out as they are pictured on the interwebs.  they don’t taste right or look right. sometimes we eat it, sometimes we make a run for the border.  here’s a few of my recent kitchen blunders: blunder 1: cake batter rice krispie treats i first found this recipe on pinterest and got really excited about the idea of cake...

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