Wednesday, July 25, 2012

White Chocolate Chip Pistachio Cookies

I think I may have just discovered my new favorite cookie.

(I'm sure the fact that pistachio being one of my all time favorite flavors influenced that decision in no way at all (;  )

Ingredients

3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp baking soda

2 packages of pistachio instant pudding mix
1 cup butter
1 1/2 cup sugar
3 eggs
a bag of white chocolate chips

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350.  In one bowl, mix the flour, salt and baking soda.  In another, cream the pudding, sugar and butter together, then beat in the eggs.  Add the contents of the first bowl to the second and mix well.  Fold in the white chocolate chips.  Spoon onto a baking sheet about 1 to 2 inches apart.  Bake for 10 minutes or until the top starts to brown.

Let cool, and enjoy!


Tuesday, July 24, 2012

(Mostly) Greek Chicken

This past weekend, I decided I wanted chicken thighs at some point this week.  So I started with my friend Kamala's recipe that she shared with me a couple of years ago, then tweaked it a little bit.

(Mostly) Greek Chicken

Ingredients

chicken thighs (though you can use any part of the chicken)
1/4 cup olive oil
3 tbsp minced garlic
3 tbsp lemon juice
1 bottle of beer
thyme
rosemary
oregano
paprika
garlic powder
onion powder
parsley

Directions

Put your chicken in a large enough container to hold them all in a single layer.  Cover with the minced garlic, olive oil and the lemon juice.  For all the spices, sprinkle over the top of all the chicken (if you need measurements, roughly 1-3 tbsp will season all of it, but I'm a fan of season to taste).  Pour in the bottle of beer.  Marinate for 8 hours or over night.  Turn them over once and spread them around to make sure they're thoroughly marinated.

To cook, use either the grill or the oven.  I used the oven on 350 on the broiler pan for 1 hour.

They turned out lovely, smelled delicious the entire time they cooked, and tasted great as well (:


In case you wondered, Kamala's original recipe for Greek Chicken uses 1/2 cup of oil, no beer and no parsley. (;

In either case, it's excellent served with couscous or rice!

Cinnamon Sugar

I can still clearly remember the day when I was about 5 and my Grandma Carole introduced me to a treat that astounded, amazed and delighted me:  Cinnamon Sugar toast.

She was making breakfast and buttered my toast, then mixed sugar and cinnamon, sprinkled it on top-- I am telling you!  It was tasting heaven!

Sunday night, my oldest had a friend spending the night.  And, having learned from Pinterest the variety of wonders you can accomplish with crescent rolls, I decided to butter my crescent rolls and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar before rolling them up and baking.  They were a serious success (:

But it left me with a bowl of cinnamon sugar...

So this morning, I wake up at 2 am, thinking about the bag of yellow apples I have sitting in fridge that are starting to wrinkle...

And I decided to make baked apple crumble for breakfast (:



Baked Apple Crumble

Ingredients

all the starting to wrinkle apples in the multi-bag of yellow apples (I didn't actually count.  It was somewhere between 6 and 10.) peeled and sliced.

lemon juice-- enough to dose the first apple worth of slices in the bowl (somewhere between a couple of tsps and 1 tablespoon)

cinnamon sugar (which is roughly 1/4 cup of sugar and cinnamon to taste.  I like a lot of cinnamon, so the sugar is pretty brown.)

a good sploosh of flour (somewhere between 2 tablespoons and slightly less than 1/8 of a cup)

4 tablespoons (ha!  an actual measurement!) of melted butter

For the crumble

a good handful of oats (between 1/2 and 1 cup)
slightly less than 1/4 cup of sugar
cinnamon to taste
dash of salt
another sploosh of flour
and another 4 tablespoons of butter-- but only softened or room temperature

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat the oven to 350.

(As an aside, you may have noticed I didn't say 'core the apples'.  I don't.  I'm not good at it.  Instead, I slice the apple off from around the core in 4 diminishing pieces.



I slice them the same way, with skins on, when my boys want apple slices with peanut butter.  And learned from my sister in law that you can cut bell peppers the -exact- same way and not have to worry about cutting off the stem and getting all the seeds out!  Brilliant!)

In a large bowl, mix the apples, lemon juice, cinnamon sugar and flour by hand, gentle turning the apples to coat them.  Then add the melted butter and gentle toss them again.  Put the mixture in a 9x9 baking dish.



(You can bake it at this point if you just want baked apple slices.  I also wanted oatmeal.)

In a small bowl, mix the oatmeal, sugar, flour, salt, cinnamon and softened butter.  I did it by hand.  (It feels an awful lot like making meatloaf.)

Put the crumble on top of the apples.  Do not press down.



Bake for 30 minutes then check.  It will be done when the apples are soft and the crumble is browned.

Serve and enjoy!

...I'm thinking mine is calling for some vanilla ice cream...

That's cool for a Tuesday morning breakfast, right?