Archive | October, 2012

Chocolate Caramel Almond Dia De Los Muertos Rice Krispies Treat

31 Oct

Happiest Birthday to my beautiful God-daughter, Alyssa!! and Happy Halloween!  Although my God-daughter’s birthday was last week, I thought I’d dedicate this post to her.  I cannot believe she is already 9 years old, time really does fly.  I have some of the best memories with this little girl, especially with her being my first niece.  As with my other nieces and nephews, it was love at first sight – she had the funniest personality as a little girl and had us running around behind her quite a bit.  When she was a toddler some of her favorite things were “PANCAKES!!!” (as she’d yell when we were inside of a Denny’s) and “ICE CWEAM!!!”.  She loved Dora and Spongebob growing up, often looking for that ‘neaky fox, Swiper and yelling at the top of her lungs at my mom’s house “IT’S THE BEST DAY EVERRRRRR!!”.  Once and a while, when her and I were driving around on our weekend field trips she would tell me that she was born in Texas, thanks to Sandy from Spongebob and I will never forget her imaginary blue friend, Eureka.  She would freak her mom out quite a bit with that one!  We sure had a lot of fun.  With this post I thought I’d contribute to her birthday from afar and make this Chocolate Caramel Almond Dia De Los Muertos Rice Krispies Treat.

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Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

24 Oct

Confession time: I really don’t like help when I’m baking. It kinda stresses me out. BUT, the kids love to help. Quite the quandary, right?

Well, Max really wanted to make these cupcakes and so did I, so with the help of Jasper, we (I) put away the stress and we got down to business.

Max’s main job was reading the recipe for me while we were gathering and dumping ingredients. Jasper loves to dump so that was his main job, but he had to take turns with Max.

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Sweet Potato Chips

17 Oct

I was browsing Pinterest yesterday and I kept seeing tons of recipes with nutmeg, pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger, etc (’tis the season, right?) and then I came across this, Orange Sweet Potato Chips with Thyme.  The pictures of these chips are so beautiful I could not help but want to give it a go at these chips – beautiful photos of food always suck me in.  I also LOVE, LOVE, LOVE when I can recreate a recipe and I have all the needed ingredients at home.    Sweet potatoes (check), orange (check), olive oil, thyme, salt, pepper (check, check, check and check!!).

I kept having trouble with this recipe in that I made my first batch exactly as the recipe indicated and my chips were a little darker and crunchier than I would prefer (a.k.a. sorta burned).  I then decided to turn down the heat to 300º degrees and baked the chips for 35-40 minutes rather than 20 minutes.  I also played around with the how thin I  cut the sweet potato.  Initially, I think I sliced them too thin so they burned through too fast.  I then cut them a little bit thicker, about 1/8th of an inch and that made a difference.

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Quinoa with Mushrooms, Sweet Potato, and Kale

10 Oct

In my quest for more vegetarian meals, I finally purchased a bunch of kale! I never had made anything with kale before, but a few weeks ago, my sister sent me a recipe that she loved and I wanted to try it out.

It was actually really easy. It was mostly chopping and cleaning the veggies and boiling the quinoa. To prepare the kale, you’ll need to tear leaves off the stem and either tear or chop the kale in small pieces. I threw my kale into the salad spinner and washed it really well with cool water. In all I probably rinsed and spun it 5-6 times. You’ll want to be sure any loose dirt is cleaned off and there are no tiny bugs in there!

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Frijoles de la Olla

3 Oct

I decided to take it easy this time around.  Normally, I try to figure out what I’m going to make for my new post ahead of time, but I couldn’t think of anything… actually I knew what I wanted to make and I thought it might be too simple – but sometimes, that’s all you need.  Today, for the first time I made frijoles de la olla, beans from a pot.  I had been craving this dish since Autumn rolled around + I have not had it since I moved to Columbus, so I was due.

This dish is very easy to make and its so delicious, it’s just pinto beans in its broth along with garnishes, if you’re into that.  Since we have started this blog, I have been talking to my mom more and more about food and how she makes things.  It’s kind of hard to pin point her recipes because she has been cooking for so long; she doesn’t really measure anything, she knows it by heart, by smell, by taste and I love that.  That has been my favorite part about cooking and learning how to make the things that my mom would make my brother and I growing up.  As I was sorting through the beans a very distant memory crawled back up to surface, I had not cleaned/sorted beans since I was a kid.  I remember I used to love helping my mom and my Nana do this.  We would look for and remove little rocks, dirt or beans that were shriveled up and broken, “lipiando el frijol” (cleaning the beans) .  It brought a smile to my face because I could picture my mom and my Nana’s hands doing the same thing that I was doing now.

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