zucchini bars

Jul 10, 2012 by

cravings are in full swing for this pregnant lady.  it started with anything peach, and then pickles, then to watermelon sorbet, then vernors, cream soda and my current craving is zucchini.  i was telling my mom about my cravings and she said, just plain zucchini??   no, not just straight-up zucchini, it needs to be covered in cheese or in bar form.  i don’t think there is any other way to eat zucchini!  well, maybe bread. this recipe was a summer staple in our house growing up.  at the end of summer, we’d have all kinds of vegetables coming out of our ears and mom would make this delicious treat.  it turned out just like i remembered and i feel a little less guilty about eating them, because they are full of veggies! source:...

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pear and greens salad

Dec 11, 2010 by

moving to a healthier part of thanksgiving 2010 🙂 pear and green salad was inspired partly by salad at my favorite chicken tender place: maniac’s, partly by strawberry spinach salad and partly because pears are now in season. the spiced pecans in this salad are very similar to the ones served at maniac’s.  be sure to make extra of these, because you’ll want to munch on them!  they store really well in the fridge, after cooling. adapted slightly from about.com for the salad: 1 package of mixed greens 1 pear, cored and chopped 1/2 c spiced pecans 1/2 c crumbled feta (or bleu cheese) 1 recipe celery seed dressing place salad greens in a large serving bowl, followed by feta, pecans and pears.  toss with dressing or serve on the side, whichever you prefer....

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peaches n’ cream oatmeal cookies...

Apr 14, 2010 by

i’m a true foodie.  i watched “cooking for real” with sunny anderson on foodnetwork that featured this recipe wayyyyyy back in 2008.  i’ve been thinking about making these cookies ever since.  i finally did it today!  i should have started making these cookies much sooner.  they remind me of my favorite flavor of instant oatmeal: peaches n’ cream.  just as an fyi, this recipe easily doubles. 3/4 c all-purpose flour 1/2 tsp baking soda pinch salt 1 stick butter, softened 1/4 c light brown sugar 1/4 c dark brown sugar 1/4 c sugar 1 egg 1 1/2 c rolled oats (use the old-fashioned) 1/2 c chopped dried peaches 1/2 c chopped pecans 1/2 c white chocolate chips preheat oven to 350°. in a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt.  in a stand...

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german chocolate cake

Feb 15, 2010 by

valentine’s day was yesterday. it was our first as a married couple! to commemorate the day, i baked my hubby a heart-shaped german chocolate cake, one of his favorite desserts. source cake 1 4 oz. package baker’s german’s sweet chocolate 1/2 c water 2 c flour 1 tsp baking soda 1/4 tsp salt 1 c butter, softened 2 c sugar 4 eggs, separated 1 tsp vanilla 1 c buttermilk preheat oven to 350°. cover bottoms of 3 9″-round cake pans with wax paper; grease sides of pans (i used pam with flour in it). microwave chocolate and water in large microwaveable bowl on high 1 1/2 – 2 min. or until chocolate is almost melted, stirring after 1 min. stir until chocolate is completely melted. mix flour, baking soda and salt; set aside. beat...

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chocolate wows

Jan 28, 2010 by

so i was in the mood for cookies.  really, i think i am in a perpetual mood for cookies/chocolate/sweets.  🙂  i found these babies in my good housekeeping cookbook.  it’s the first recipe that i’ve ever made from this cookbook and i’m pleased with the results! 1/3 c all-purpose flour 1/4 c unsweetened cocoa 1 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp salt 3/4 c semi-sweet chocolate chips 1/2 c butter 2 eggs 3/4 c sugar 1 1/2 tsp vanilla 2 c pecans, chopped 1 c chocolate chips preheat oven to 325°.  grease two large cookie sheets.  in a small bowl, mix together flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. in the microwave, melt 3/4 c chocolate chips and butter in 30 sec. increments on high heat.  stir after every 30 sec.  allow to cool. in a...

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pecan pie

Dec 24, 2009 by

this pie is one of tom’s favorite desserts, if not his absolute favorite dessert.   it’s frequently served at thanksgiving and Christmas.  but i make it several times during the year, dressing it up with mini pie crust cutters. it is very simple to make, especially if you use ready-made pie dough.   however, i am not a cheater. 🙂 here’s the recipe, courtesy of the 1953 edition of “better homes and gardens new cook book”: plain pastry (for an 8-9 inch double crust pie) 1 1/2 cups sifted enriched flour 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 c shortening 4-5 tbsp cold (COLD) water sift together the flour and salt.  cut in half the shortening with a pastry blender until the mixture looks like cornmeal.  then cut in the remaining half until the pieces are sizes...

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