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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pretzel bites

Dec 14, 2011 by

who doesn’t love pretzels?  they’re a great snack for just about any occasion.  you find them at the mall while you’re shopping, at the ballpark, at the movie theatre, at home… you get my gist.  this recipe is fairly simple and easy to make.  it just takes a bit of time.  but all great things take time, right? of course, these pretzels do not compare to my aunt linda’s, but they’re still pretty tasty.  she makes the best pretzels on the planet! source: twopeasandtheirpod 1 1/2 c warm water 2 tbsp brown sugar 1 pkg active dry yeast 3 oz butter, melted 2 1/2 tsp salt 4 1/2 – 5 c flour vegetable oil 3 qts water 3/4 c baking soda 1 whole egg, beaten w/ 1 tbsp cold water coarse sea salt in...

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chicago style pizza

Nov 27, 2011 by

on my first trip to chicago in 7th grade, i had a slice of chicago style pizza.  it was love at first bite.   years later, i discovered that my mom had a stonewear chicago style pizza pan and have been making my own chicago style pizza ever since.  (thanks for giving me your pan, mom! :)) i have been through a few different recipes for dough.  it all started with freezer section bread dough, which was great, but difficult to find in stores that are not vg’s.  then, i tried a variety of box mixes, and none had the same texture or flavor.  this most recent recipe is the closest that i’ve found to a true chicago style crust.  it’s full of cornmeal and is very buttery.  it’s the perfect pizza crust! also, as...

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blueberry orange muffins

Nov 26, 2011 by

in honor of the last regular season michigan game today, i’m blogging about blueberry citrus muffins.  blueberry, for michigan (duh, right?) and orange, in hopes of a good bowl game to watch on january 1! these muffins are a perfect balance of citrus and sweet.  something i’d like to try for next time would be to add a crunchy crumble topping, because no blueberry muffin is complete without it. 🙂 source: browneyedbaker grated zest of one orange juice of one orange 3/4 c buttermilk 2 eggs 3 tbsp honey 1/2 c butter, melted and cooled 1/3 c sugar 2 c flour 2 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp baking soda 1/4 tsp salt 1 c blueberries decorating sugar or crumble topping, optional pre-heat the oven to 400°.  line a regular size muffin pan with...

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cheese biscuits

Jan 20, 2011 by

my favorite part about goulash growing up were the cheese biscuits that my mom served with it.  cheese biscuits trumped quite a few dishes for me growing up.   the best part of the dish are the two pieces in the center.  i wish that somehow all of the pieces could be middle ones. 🙂 source: mom 4 tbsp butter 1 tube refrigerator biscuits, 8 count, regular size (not the “big” ones.) velveeta cheese garlic powder, to taste microwave 4 tbsp butter in a 9″ pyrex pie dish, until melted. arrange biscuits in the dish. top with velveeta cheese (pictured above). lightly sprinkle garlic powder on top. bake according to the instructions found on the biscuit tube.  or until the edges brown slightly....

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jalapeño cheese cornbread

Jan 9, 2011 by

the perfect compliment to gumbo is this cornbread.  this is another dish where tom and i had to negotiate.  i love sweet cornbread; tom calls sweet cornbread “cupcakes” and asks for a side of frosting.  i cut back on the sugar in the recipe and added cheese…  two kinds!  definitely a win-win for the shoemaker household. slightly adapted from: allrecipes.com 1 1/2 c cornmeal 1/2 c flour 2 tbsp sugar 2 tsp baking powder 1 tsp salt 3 jalapeño peppers, seeded and finely chopped.  (leave the seeds and the white parts in for kicked up cornbread) 2 eggs 1 1/2 c buttermilk 1/4 c evoo 1 1/2 c shredded cheese (i used mild cheddar and pepper jack) in a bowl, combine the first seven ingredients.  in another bowl, whisk the eggs, buttermilk and oil....

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apple cinnamon roll cupcakes

Oct 14, 2010 by

being a good deer hunter’s widow, i want to make sure that my hubby gets a good breakfast when he goes out hunting for the day.  being like any sane person, i don’t want to get up at 3 a.m. to make my hubby breakfast.  so instead, i make breakfast for him “to go.”  while i’m all nice and cozy sleeping in bed, my hunter will be on the road munching on these delicious cupcakes and more than likely washing them down with red bull. adapted slightly from pauladeen.com 2 c milk 1 tbsp active dry yeast 1/3 c sugar 2 tsp salt 6 1/2 c all-purpose flour 2 eggs 1/4 c butter, room temperature 2 tbsp butter, melted to brush on tops of cupcakes before baking filling ingredients 1/2 c unsalted, butter, melted...

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apple turnovers

Apr 16, 2010 by

this recipe would qualify as “semi-homemade”.  however, when you’re hungry for breakfast in the morning, i think the quicker the prep time, the better.  🙂 1 tube reduced fat croissant rolls apple pie filling or fried apples from cracker barrel or chopped apples with brown sugar and cinnamon cinnamon frosting (see blog: sugar cookies and frosting) preheat oven to temperature indicated on croissant packaging. chop apples in apple filling down to small pieces. spoon 1 tbsp of apples onto the wide end of the croissant. sprinkle with cinnamon. roll up to the small end. place on a non-stick baking sheet. bake as the croissant packing calls for, or until golden brown on the edges. while croissants are baking, prepare a small serving of frosting. when croissants are finished baking, remove from oven and place...

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