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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aunt deb’s cheesecake

Dec 13, 2011 by

when i first tried my aunt’s cheesecake, it was love at first bite.  my aunt and i share the same chocolaty sweet tooth, so it was not a huge surprise that this cheesecake is pure awesomeness.  i cannot even begin to describe how perfect this cheesecake is.  it has a very unique blend of light fluffiness, but is still very rich.  you can top it off with fruit topping, chocolate/caramel syrup and/or whipped cream.  or of course, you can eat it plain, because it can definitely hold it’s own! i tried to make a lighter version of the recipe using neufchatel cheese and light sour cream.  it doesn’t affect the texture too much.  so if you want to feel a little less guilty about indulging in this dessert, i’d definitely recommend the substitutions.  the...

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popper grilled cheese

Dec 10, 2011 by

i missed out on a lot of awesome food growing up, due to my excessive pickyness.  food was too spicy, too meaty, too sour, yadda yadda yadda.  i think i could have lived on mac and cheese, chicken patties from the freezer and ice cream.  i’m so glad that i’ve expanded my food horizons so i can try new things!  this is another pinterest find, i believe and it will definitely be making an appearance on our weekly menu sometime soon.  it goes well with salad or a bowl of brothy soup. this dish combines my favorite food, cheese, with jalapeño poppers.  it all goes together with tasty fashion in a grilled sandwich.  once the peppers have been roasted, you can throw it all together pretty easily on a week night.  make sure to...

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cinnamon roll pancakes

Nov 21, 2011 by

tom and i love breakfast.  we regularly eat it for dinner and call it “brunner”.  well, maybe i just call it brunner.  this is a very unique combination of two of my favorite breakfast components, cinnamon rolls and pancakes.  they’ve very rich and definitely remind me of cinnamon stuffed pancakes from bob evans.  they take a bit more work than regular pancakes, but are well worth the effort! source: 1/4 c butter, melted 1/2 c brown sugar 1 tbsp ground cinnamon 4 tbsp butter, at room temp 2 oz. cream cheese, at room temp 3/4 c powdered sugar 1/2 tsp vanilla 1 c flour 2 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp salt 1 c buttermilk 1 tbsp vegetable oil 1 egg, lightly beaten pam, for your griddle in a small ziploc baggie, mix brown...

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pumpkin roll

Nov 20, 2011 by

  thanksgiving week is upon us!  tom and i have a lot to be thankful for; we have been very blessed in this crazy whirlwind of a year.  this thursday, we’ll be thinking of our family in michigan and most definitely missing them. tradition is something that will make me feel a lot closer to family.  we’ll be having a brown paper bag turkey, served on a “dump platter”.   we’ll watch the macy’s thanksgiving day parade. (hopefully, it is on at a reasonable time in the pst!)  most importantly, tom and i will be giving thanks (like we do most every day) for all of our blessings. this recipe is for a pumpkin roll, i can’t really think of a specific “traditional” recipe that we made growing up, we usually experimented with new...

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cookies n’ cream cupcakes...

Mar 27, 2011 by

i had a hankering for oreos.  and cupcakes.  enter these dandies.  they’re wonderfully moist and have oreos busting out of them at the seams. not that cupcake liners have seams, but you can catch my drift. 🙂 i was able to fill the cupcakes using the large cookie scoop that my mom picked up for me a few weeks ago.  i’m really loving this thing! slightly adapted from: annie eats yield: 12 cupcakes cupcakes: 6 oreos, halved, with cream filling attached 1 1/8 c flour 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp salt 4 tbsp butter, at room temp 5/6 c sugar 2 large egg whites, at room temp 1 tsp vanilla extra 1/2 c milk 10 oreos, quartered frosting: 4 oz. neufchatel cheese, at room temp 3 tbsp butter, at room temp 1/2 tbsp...

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Jan 17, 2011 by

ebelskiver, how do i love thee?  let me count the ways: sausage, peanut butter, nutella, cinnamon bun…. bran gave me an ebelskiver pan for Christmas this year.  ebelskiver is basically a filled pancake.  what you decide to fill it with is what really makes it great.  you can go the hearty route, with sausage, eggs, bacon… or you can go the sweet route with pb, nutella, or cinnamon.  there is no wrong way to fill an ebelskiver.  williams-sonoma’s website has 20 different ebelskiver recipes, and i plan on trying all of them.  their cinnamon bun ebelskiver recipe is included below. for the pancakes:  (half this recipe for two) 2 c flour 1 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp salt 1 tbsp sugar 4 eggs, separated 2 c buttermilk 4 tbsp butter, melted fillings: peanut butter nutella jelly mini...

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caramel macchiato cheesecake

Nov 29, 2010 by

welcome to thanksgiving dinner, 2010! we’re going to start with dessert first…  caramel macchiato cheesecake is just like my favorite starbucks drink, but better because it is in cheesecake form!  this cheesecake is best served chilled.  you might want to make two, because there won’t be any leftovers. the cheesecake is only coffee flavored, so you could add any kind of flavoring on top: chocolate, raspberry, hazelnut… you can flavor it anyway that you’d want to flavor your coffee. source: 2 c graham cracker crumbs 1/2 c butter, melted 2 tbsp white sugar 3 8 oz. packages, cream cheese, softened 1 c white sugar 3 eggs 8 oz. sour cream 1/4 c espresso or strong coffee 2 tsp vanilla extract whipped cream caramel syrup preheat oven to 350°.  lightly coat a 9″ springform...

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pizza dip

Feb 23, 2010 by

this is a very delicious recipe from my aunt debbie.  i’m sorry for the quality of this iPhone photo*, it just doesn’t do this dip justice.  you’ll have to try it for yourself! *edited on 1/1/2012 – updated and added pics! 8 oz. cream cheese 1/3 c sour cream 1 tsp oregano 1/8 tsp garlic powder 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes 1/2 c pizza sauce 1/2 c pepperoni* 1/4 c green onion* 1/4 c green pepper* 1/2 c mozzarella cheese *other toppings of your choice may be substituted. preheat oven to 350°. beat first five ingredients in a small bowl using mixer.  spread in a pie dish. spread pizza sauce over top. chop pepperoni, green onion and green pepper.  sprinkle on top. bake for 10 min. shred cheese and put on top. bake for...

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