Friday, February 27, 2015

DB: Siopao (Asian Filled Buns)

The February Daring Bakers’ challenge is hosted by Julie of One-Wall Kitchen. She challenged us to an easy, simple filled bun using no-knead dough.

I love learning about other cultures, especially the foods of those countries.  It's neat to learn about their foods and compare them to what we enjoy here in our country.  In our Daring Bakers' challenges sometimes, the hosts sometimes share recipes with us they grew up enjoying and then challenge us to try these recipes for ourselves.  The hosts almost always give us a little creative freedom to choose flavorings and such.  

I enjoy all of our challenges, but I especially love learning about other cultures.  The members of the Daring Bakers' aren't just comprised of people from the U.S., it's a group comprised of people from several countries.  I guess that's part of what makes us daring, we are challenged to try different recipes, sometimes recipes that we are familiar (and sometimes not comfortable) with.  

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Orange and Dark Chocolate Biscotti

The world of blogging is one that grows every single day.  Although there are thousands of amazing blogs out there, there is still a since of community among fellow bloggers.  Even though we don't personally know one another, there's still a relationship that is formed through this one common interest.  To me, that is so neat.  So when fellow bloggers share something exciting, naturally we want to celebrate with them.

Tara, of Tara's multicultural table, is a fellow food blogger that I met through the secret recipe club.  She was planning to welcome a sweet, little baby girl in March.  But, as we know little one's come on their own time, and Tara's second little bundle of joy decided to come into this crazy world early!  So I want to say a big congratulations to Tara on the newest addition to her family!
In honor of Tara's second child a group of bloggers decided to get together to help her celebrate her newest bundle by having a virtual baby shower.  The them, biscottit.  Why biscotti.  Since this was Tara's second kiddo (bun in the oven) we decided to make a treat that needed a second bake.  Did you know that biscotti actually means second bake?  

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

3 Ingredient Snow Ice Cream

Growing up in south Arkansas our winters consisted of more sleet and ice than snow.  I think I can count on one hand the number of times we got out of school because of actual snow, and even then it wasn't really enough to do much of anything with.  So we made the best of it and made icemen, sledded in the sleet and so on.  Just no ice fights, cause well, we all know that would end up badly.

So when winter weather rolled around, the idea of snow ice cream was completely out of the question.  I had seen recipes, heard people talk about it but never actually experienced the stuff for myself.

But all that's changed now.  Over the past 7 years we've had several winter storms, and we've even had a decent amount of snow during those storms.  Nothing compared to the northeast, but still decent for our neck of the woods.

Monday, February 23, 2015

SRC: Mini Minemeat Pies

Let me apologize for such the long post.  This particular recipe and challenge was very near and dear to my heart.  If you don't care about reading through all of this just skip to the bottom to get a delicious recipe for a truly British holiday favorite.  These mincemeat pies have a buttery, flaky crust studded with bits of orange zest and it's filled with a boozy mincemeat (dried apples, raisins, spices) filling.

My Grandma, my mom's mom, was born and raised in England.  It wasn't until she married that she made the trek across the pond to live in the states.  So, she was able to partake in traditional English foods and desserts, and fortunately for us she brought her love for that food with her when she ventured to the states.

Many of my afternoons, weekends and summer days were spent in the care of my Grandma.  Which meant I got to experience some of the more traditional British foods.  I didn't think anything of her whipping up something like Yorkshire pudding, steak and kidney, or tea and crumpets on a regular basis.  I now know just how rare some of the foods I enjoyed as a kid are here in the states.

I loved being able to eat all these foods my Grandma grew up enjoying.  I also loved when she went to her English Girl's party.  There were about 8 ladies that had come to the states and they all ended up in the same town, so about once a month they would make English goodies and they'd get together, visit, have tea and eat some delicacies from their home.  She would take me to these parties and I would get to hear stories as well as indulge!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Homemade Coconut, Almond Granola

Have you stopped and actually taken a look around?  Granola is everywhere.  There are so many prepackage variations for sale.  There are even more recipes floating around the internet.  And have you seen Pinterest?  We won't even go there.  But, let's just say that if you were in the market for granola and didn't have a recipe then it wouldn't hard to find a few hundred options.

So why do you think there is such an abundance of options out there?  Well I have my theories.  People are trying to be healthier, would be the first thing that comes to mind.  And while I do like to have healthy snacks on hand, that is just one of the many reasons I'm obsessed with granola.

Granola is perfect for so many reasons.  It's a great on-the-go snack.  It's a perfect quick breakfast that pairs so wonderfully with berries and yogurt.  It can also be enjoyed as cereal or in addition to cereal.  Granola is one of those things my entire family loves.  Once a batch is made, it doesn't take long for it to disappear.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

One Pot Cheeseburger Casserole

Lately I've been craving a cheeseburger something fierce.  Although I'm not above firing up the grill in the midst of these arctic temperatures we're experiencing, it's not ideal.  But, sometimes you do what you gotta do in the name of food.

Well, you do that unless you come across a recipe that encompasses everything you love about a big, juicy burger that can be cooked indoors.  And well, I did just that.  Even better, it's a simple recipe, quick enough for those busy weeknights that can be cooked using just one pot!  Does it truly get any better?  I don't think so people.
I'm addicted to meals that only involve one pot, are quick, easy and ideal for those busy weeknights.  Or just those evenings that you don't really feel like being in the kitchen longer than 30-45 minutes.  And, a meal that doesn't leave a ton of dishes in the sink at completion.  Well, this is one of those meals that checks all those boxes.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Dutch Baby Pancake

So, I'm a little behind jumping on the dutch baby wagon.  Over the past several years, yes years, I've seen so many amazing looking dutch baby recipes popping up all over the internet.  At every sighting I tell myself, I need to make one of these and now.  But for some reason or another, the recipe has gotten pushed to the wayside.

Well, all that changed this passed weekend.  Since Valentines fell on a Saturday this year I wanted a full day of delicious, indulgent food for myself and my guys to enjoy.  I had supper nailed down, but breakfast was still way up in the air.

Do I make waffles?  Oh, or cinnamon rolls.  What about pancakes?  Donuts even.  My brain quickly got overwhelmed and I didn't help matters when I took to Pinterest.  Oh, how I love Pinterset, it's a world full of inspiration, ideas and anything you could possibly need.  But, it's also a great way to get an already overwhelmed brain even more anxious and overwhelmed.  Which in my case is exactly what it did.
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