Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Make Ahead Baked Egg Sandwiches

This is a great, easy, make-ahead breakfast meal you can prep in about 30 minutes and eat off of for a week! I whipped these up and wrapped them and froze them for my son to have during the summer months when I wasn't there to make him breakfast but he was home during the day. He said they reheated well, but best if they were pulled out the night before to thaw - they didn't microwave from frozen as well.

This is a great base recipe - and you can easily adapt it to your personal tastes and preferences. Change up the meat, cheese, mix in some sauteed veggies with the egg mixture, add different seasonings, use English Muffins in place of the croissants, etc. Very versatile!

Make Ahead Baked Sandwiches by on AllRecipes

12 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup softened butter
6 croissants, split
12 slices smoked ham
6 slices Colby-Jack cheese

  1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9x13 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Pour the beaten eggs into the prepared baking dish. Bake in the preheated oven until they set and are no longer runny, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove, allow to cool, and cut into 6 portions.
  3. Butter the cut sides of the croissants and place one portion of the cooked egg onto each croissant bottom. Top each sandwich with two slices of ham and a slice of Colby-Jack cheese. Place the croissant tops on top of the sandwiches; wrap each sandwich well with plastic wrap. Place the sandwiches onto a baking sheet; freeze until solid, about 3 hours. Store frozen.
  4. To reheat, cook a wrapped sandwich in a microwave on High until hot in the center, 1 to 2 minutes.

Monday, August 29, 2016

#SecretRecipeClub ~ Buttery Grilled Cheese

Welcome to the August 2016 reveal day for our "Back to School" themed Secret Recipe Club day! I hope you will take a moment to visit the Secret Recipe Club if you've never heard of it before - it is a wonderful group of food bloggers who are given a secret assignment of another member's blog each month and our goal is to pick ANYTHING from their blog to make and post about on our designated reveal day. For this special themed reveal day I was lucky enough to receive Sarah's blog Fantastical Sharing of Recipes. Sarah is our fearless SRC leader and her blog has EVERY base covered. You will have no problem finding many, many amazing things to share with your family at her site! I always have such a hard time narrowing down my selection. 

Thinking about back to school, our options could be everything from an easy dinner to serve after a busy work / school day, a snack, something tasty to pack in a lunchbox, a quick breakfast idea, etc. The options were pretty endless so I browsed primarily through Sarah's family favorites, snacks, and sandwiches. A few of the snack ideas that jumped out at me that I am going to have to revisit soon included these Hot Dog Stuffed Pretzels, Philly Cheesesteak Egg Rolls, Salted Peanut Nutella Puppy Chow, and Thin Mint Muddy Buddies. As you can see - I opted for Grilled Cheese! When I came across this one I had lots of school flashbacks. Grilled cheese for a snack, a quick dinner, and I've even packed them for lunches sometimes. As always, grilled cheese are perfect for mixing and matching your perfect cheeses. I often make them with a couple slices of American cheese, but opted for cheddar and provolone this time. Sarah's recipe calls for cheddar, colby jack, and monterey jack.

You really can't go wrong with a classic grilled cheese. This is pure comfort food and would make for a tasty quick dinner any night of the week (especially when served with tomato soup - a child hood favorite)!

Buttery Grilled Cheese from Fantastical Sharing of Recipes
Makes 1 sandwich

2 slices bread
2-4 tsp margarine or butter
2-3 slices favorite cheese (I used cheddar and provolone)


  1. Heat nonstick skillet over medium to medium-high heat.
  2. Butter both sides of each piece of bread. 
  3. Place cheese between slices.
  4. Cook in heated skillet about 1-2 minutes per side, or until golden brown and cheese has melted. Slice and serve.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Crescent Bacon Breakfast Ring

Oh how I love recipes like this - they are incredibly versatile and easy to adapt to what you have on hand. I love adding in lots of sauteed vegetables into egg recipes, and happened to have a few odds and ends in the refrigerator, like half an onion, 1 lonely roma tomato and a handful of baby bellas - so that was how I decided on my add ins. You can use what you like best and have on hand.

If you're using thinner cut bacon, you may wish to use a full strip per crescent, but the bacon I buy is thick cut and extra long, so cutting in half worked well for me. I really like using the oven to cook bacon in bulk while prepping the remaining ingredients for this recipe.

The flavor was really nice - a little cheesy, a little rich and buttery from the crescents, and packed full of tasty fresh veggies. This was a great way to start the day, and the presentation is definitely nice enough for a brunch or special Holiday breakfast!

Crescent Bacon Breakfast Ring adapted from Jo Cooks

6 eggs, separated
3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 medium onion, finely diced
1/2 green bell pepper, finely diced
1 - 2 small roma tomatoes, diced
4-5 baby portabellos, thinly sliced
1 can Pillsbury crescent rolls
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 - 1 TBS olive oil
4 thick cut slices bacon, cut in half


  1. Heat oven to 425 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet with foil and lay out bacon on sheet. Bake bacon for about 10 - 15 minutes or until cooked through and slightly crisped. Place bacon on paper towels and blot excess grease. Set aside. Reduce oven temperature to 375.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium to medium-high heat. Add onion and bell pepper and cook for a few minutes or until they start to become tender. Add the tomato and mushrooms and continue cooking for another 5 - 10 minutes or until cooked through and tender.
  3. Put 5 eggs into a bowl, separate the 5th egg keeping the whites off to the side for an egg wash, and adding that yolk to the bowl with the other eggs. Whip eggs with a splash of water until combined, and pour mixture into the skillet with the vegetables along with 1/2 cup shredded cheddar. Stir gently, season with salt and pepper to taste. When cooked through turn off heat and set aside.
  4. On a round baking sheet, lay out crescents. The wide portion should be in the inner circle and they should overlap a little. Lay out a piece of bacon on each crescent. Distribute the eggs around the inner circle, and sprinkle with remaining cheese. Carefully wrap the thin portion of the crescent over the top and tuck under to attach. Whip the egg white that was set off to the side with a fork and use a pastry brush to generously brush the tops of the crescent rolls with it.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until crescent dough is all the way cooked through. Allow to rest for a few minutes before slicing into wedges and serving.

Friday, August 19, 2016

#FishFridayFoodies ~ Chunky Shrimp Burgers

Welcome to our "Seafood Burgers" reveal day! This month our hostess is Heather from All Roads Lead to the Kitchen. Would you like to join Fish Friday Foodies?  We post and share new seafood/fish recipes on the third Friday of the month.  To join our group please email Wendy at wendyklik1517@gmail.com. 

This month I found a delicious looking shrimp burger recipe and adapted it for what I had on hand and what I had the energy for. The original recipe was linked to an AMAZING looking onion brioche bun. Yes, I will be going back to make that one soon!

The original recipe called for a full teaspoon of salt and I added about 3/4 a tsp and found the recipe to be overly salted, so I suggested 1/4 - 1/2 tsp salt to start with. You can pan fry up a little piece of the mixture to taste test.

This was otherwise a very tasty burger, though I did find the mixture didn't hold together very well during frying. A couple of my burgers did, and a couple did not - so refrigerating the mixture and / or adding an extra egg might help. The original recipe calls for using a food processor to pulverize half the shrimp, but I wanted to keep more of the texture so opted for fine dicing.

Chunky Shrimp Burgers adapted from The Kitchen Whisperer

1 pound medium shrimp, shelled and deveined
1 egg
2 TBS Gourmet Garden lightly dried cilantro
1 TBS minced garlic
1/2 cup plain breadcrumbs
1/4 cup finely diced onion
1/4 - 1/2 tsp salt (to taste)
3/4 tsp black pepper
3 TBS vegetable oil (more / less as needed for frying)
4 buns for serving
Suggested toppings: sliced avocado, sliced tomatoes, mayonnaise, mozzarella cheese, leafy lettuce, etc.

  1. Divide the shrimp in half. Roughly chop one half and add it to a bowl for mixing the remaining ingredients. Finely dice the remaining half of the shrimp and add to the bowl with the rest of the shrimp.
  2. Add the egg, cilantro, minced garlic, breadcrumbs, onion, salt, and pepper. Combine gently. Check the texture, if needed you could add an additional egg for binding if needed. You can refrigerate the mixture for an hour at this point if desired, to help the mixture hold together during frying (I did not).
  3. Heat about 1 TBS of oil at a time in a large nonstick skillet over medium to medium-high heat.
  4. Shape shrimp mixture into 4 burger patties. Fry for about 3 minutes per side, or until patties are well browned and shrimp mixture is cooked all the way through. Fry in batches if needed 

Thursday, August 18, 2016

#BundtBakers ~ Chocolate Chip Apple Cake


#BundtBakers is a group of Bundt loving bakers who get together once a month to bake Bundts with a common ingredient or theme. Follow our Pinterest board right here. Links are also updated each month on the BundtBakers home page.

Thanks to our lovely hostess Wendy from A Day in the Life on the Farm for our theme of "Apples" this month! I love that she picked something as versatile apple - as you can see from the wide variety of cakes baked this month you can use this delicious fall fruit in many different ways, in a huge variety of flavor profiles. 

I am so looking forward to apple picking in the next couple months. We've gone a couple times now, up to Blue Ridge Georgia to B.J. Reece Apple Orchards and picked apples in the orchards with the kids. It's beautiful there and the apples are simply amazing. There's nothing that beats picked fresh from the trees. They're so incredibly juicy!

Now, onto this unique cake. The ingredients seem a little... odd... but oh my goodness. The cake. It's wonderful. It's so, so soft. The texture is wonderful. Moist and tender. And the chocolate chips add terrific texture. The apples disappear to completely into this when grated, so if you want to have noticeable pieces of apple you can stick to finely diced instead of grated apple. The flavor of the cake has a subtle hint of chocolate, and a warm touch of cinnamon. The ratios are just right - we all absolutely loved the way this cake came out - it will definitely be featured in my kitchen again. 

Chocolate Chip Apple Cake adapted from Carol on AllRecipes  

1 cup butter, softened
2 cups white sugar
3 eggs
1/2 cup water
1 TBS vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 TBS unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2-3 cups apples grated (peeling is optional)
3/4 - 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Grease and flour one 9 or 10 inch bundt pan.
  2. In a large bowl cream the butter or margarine with the sugar. Beat in the eggs then add the water and the vanilla.
  3. Stir the flour, cocoa, baking soda, ground cinnamon and ground nutmeg together. Beat this mixture into the creamed mixture just until blended. Stir in the grated apples. Pour half the batter into the prepped pan and sprinkle on half desired amount of chocolate chips. Pour in remaining batter and top with remaining chocolate chips.
  4. Bake at 325 degrees F for 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes or until the cake tests done when a toothpick is inserted near the center. Transfer to a rack to cool. When cool, invert onto a platter. Makes about 16 servings. 

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Zesty Grilled Chicken

We loved this recipe - it made for very juicy, flavorful chicken that grilled up very nicely. This chicken works wonderfully atop (or next to) a large salad (which is how we enjoyed it), but is very versatile and could be served a number of ways. It has a distinctly "zesty Italian" flavor to it. I think it would be great with pasta as well.

It's hard for me to accept that summer is quickly drawing to an end... September 22nd is the first day of fall... that is just over ONE MONTH away! On September 24th I'm flying out to Chicago with my sister and friend to attend a good friend's wedding and we'll be spending a couple days there which I'm very excited about and looking forward to - but it is alarming to me how fast the days are flying. September is already completely booked up with parties and events - DragonCon is coming the first weekend in September and this will be my first year going. My son has very much been looking forward to it. Then Lindsey's 3rd birthday party the following weekend at her godmother's, another friend's birthday party the weekend after that, then Chicago. The weekend after that is Petit Le Mans in Atlanta, and the weekend after that (for good measure) we're driving to North Carolina to take the kids to Great Wolf Lodge as part of Lindsey's birthday celebration. THEN a break... for one week... then another event October 23rd. Then seriously a break... because once Halloween arrives the year is over. It just is. We snowball from decorating for Halloween, to sugared out kiddos, to decorating for fall, Thanksgiving Day, shopping and wrapping then Christmas Day! So, with that said... trying to remember to take it all in, breath, enjoy the days as they come, even when they're difficult, or painful, or sad... be blessed, be grateful, be filled with joy. There is always something good in each and every day.

Zesty Grilled Chicken adapted from Happily Unprocessed


1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

3 TBS Dijon mustard (I used a hot and spicy mango mustard)
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 TBS lime juice
1/2 TBS lemon juice
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
1/4 cup olive oil
3 - 3 1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts (cut horizontally to have thinner pieces which will cook quicker)

  1. In a large Ziploc bag, combine the marinade ingredients. Add chicken pieces. Seal the bag and gently press and rotate bag for a minute or two to allow ingredients to be fully combined and chicken to evenly rest in the marinade.
  2. Put the chicken in the fridge and marinate at least 2 hours (I left mine in for about 24 hours - I think overnight is best if you have the time).
  3. When you're ready to cook your chicken, prep your grill by cleaning and spraying with nonstick cooking spray before lighting. Heat to medium / medium-high heat and cook chicken until juices run clear (this will depend on thickness - mine took about 15-20 minutes).
Note: You can also combine marinade ingredients in a separate container and reserve about 1/2 cup of it to pour over the cooked chicken just before serving, if desired.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Pot Roast with Gravy

I love beef roasts in the crock pot - one of my favorite fall meals for sure! I love how this meal comes together in about 20 minutes, simmers away all day (and smells amazing) and then dinner is served. I really liked the flavors in this particular roast recipe. I've cooked a bunch of different variations of pot roast in the crock pot, and this one is definitely a keeper. The sauce made a wonderful gravy that didn't need seasoning adjustment at all and we stuffed the crock pot full of vegetables and potatoes so there was plenty to go around. I even added a package of portobello mushrooms and about 1/4 head of cabbage during the last 3 hours which were very tasty additions to the meal. I served this roast up with some garlicky cheesy pull bread and everyone was very stuffed by the time dinner was done. I look forward to making this dish again soon when the weather cools off and my crock pot is getting put to more frequent use.

Pot Roast adapted from Paula Deen

1 (3 to 4-pound) boneless chuck roast

1 1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon black pepper 
1/4 tsp garlic powder
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
3 cloves garlic, crushed
2 bay leaves
1 (10 3/4-oz) can cream of mushroom soup
1/4 cup red wine
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon beef bouillon granules
3/4 cup water
5 - 6 medium potatoes, scrubbed and cut in half (I used a mix of russets, reds, and sweet potatoes)
1 large onion, quartered
6 - 7 medium carrots, peeled and cut into large pieces

  1. Place prepared vegetables in the bottom of a large slow cooker.
  2. Combine salt, pepper, and garlic powder in a small bowl - rub on all sides of the roast. Heat oil in a large skillet and brown the roast, searing it on both sides. Place the meat atop the vegetables in the slow cooker along with any juices accumulated in the pan. Add garlic and bay leaves to the slow cooker.
  3. Combine the mushroom soup, wine, Worcestershire sauce, beef bouillon, and water in a bowl. Pour over the roast.
  4. Cook on low for 8 hours, or until meat and vegetables are tender.
  5. Remove and discard the bay leaves.
*To make gravy: pour out liquid from the crock pot into a saucepan. Bring to a boil and thicken it by adding 2 tablespoons of cornstarch mixed with 1/4 cup cold water, whisking constantly.

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Butterfinger Lush

Need another creamy, rich, amazing dessert to enjoy this summer? Tuck this one away - or try it today! No cooking involved, just a few layered ingredients, refrigerate, and voila. This dessert is layer after layer of yumm. Oreo cookie crust, peanut butter, cream cheese, whipped cream, Butterfingers, chocolate pudding, more whipped cream, more Butterfingers... worth every single sinful calorie. And so rich, you only need a few bites to satisfy your sweet tooth.

There are so many variations of "lush" desserts out there (I have my eyes on a strawberry shortcake version next), I will definitely be trying a few more variations out before the warm weather starts fading into fall and it's time to pull out the pumpkin!

This dish would be perfect for your next potluck.

Butterfinger Lush adapted from Spicy Southern Kitchen

32 Oreo cookies, crushed to small crumbs
5 TBS butter, melted
1 (8-oz) package cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup confectioners' sugar
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
8 fun size Butterfingers
3 cups heavy whipping cream whipped to stiff peaks with 2 TBS powdered sugar container, divided
1 (5.9-ounce) box instant chocolate pudding mix
2 cups milk

  1. In a medium bowl, stir together crushed oreo cookies and melted butter. Transfer to a 9x13-inch baking dish and press firmly all along the bottom. Refrigerate.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat cream cheese until smooth, scraping down sides as needed. Gradually add confectioners' sugar. Beat in peanut butter. Fold in 1 cup of whipped cream. Crush 4 fun sized Butterfingers and fold them into peanut butter mixture.
  3. Spread peanut butter mixture evenly over oreo crust.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk the pudding mix and milk together. Let sit to thicken for a minute or two and then pour over peanut butter layer.
  5. Spread remaining whipped cream on top. Crush remaining Butterfingers and sprinkle on top. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Monday, August 08, 2016

Turkey Tetrazzini Deluxe

This was a quick, easy, and tasty dinner we enjoyed not too long ago. Fast enough for a work night, and I always love one-pot meals! You can play with the seasonings to adjust to your personal preference.

This dish is creamy, cheesy, and packed full of tasty protein and veggies. This is hearty and filling. We served this up along some of our favorite garlic Texas Toast and called it a night!

We've been attempting to use some of the items in the deep freezer that have drifted to the bottom and kind of sort of been forgotten about, and one of those items was a big turkey. We thawed for a couple days, cooked it up over the weekend and used the carcass to make stock, and ate the meat in various iterations for about a week (mostly in sandwiches with cranberry sauce, because - YUMM!!) I used the homemade turkey stock in this dish and always love the flavor good homemade stock adds to any dish - you can use chicken stock if you don't have turkey.

Turkey Tetrazzini Deluxe adapted from DACLKG on AllRecipes

1 (16 ounce) package linguine pasta
4 TBS butter
2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
1 medium onion, diced
1 medium green bell pepper, diced
1 (10.75 ounce) cans condensed cream of mushroom soup
1 cup turkey stock
1 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese

1 (10 ounce) package frozen green peas
1/4 cup cooking sherry
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon salt (more to taste)
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 tsp garlic powder
3 cups chopped cooked turkey meat
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
paprika to taste

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Bring a large, lightly salted pot of water to a boil. Cook noodles until al dente (about 10 minutes). Drain and set aside.
  3. In a large nonstick skillet, melt butter and saute mushrooms, onion, and bell pepper until tender (about 10 - 15 minutes).
  4. Add cream of mushroom, turkey stock, cheddar cheese, frozen peas, sherry, Worcestershire, salt, pepper, garlic powder, turkey, and 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese to vegetable mixture. Stir gently until evenly combined. Taste test, and adjust seasonings if necessary. 
  5. Mix sauce with the noodles and stir gently to combine.
  6. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray, and pour noodle mixture into dish, pressing with a spatula to smooth. Sprinkle with paprika and remaining Parmesan cheese.
  7. Bake in preheated oven for 25 - 30 minutes, or until hot and bubbly.

#SecretRecipeClub ~ Slow Cooker Cheese Steak Sloppy Joes

Welcome to the August 2016 Group B reveal day for Secret Recipe Club. I hope you will take a moment to visit the Secret Recipe Club if you've never heard of it before - it is a wonderful group of food bloggers who are given a secret assignment of another member's blog each month and our goal is to pick ANYTHING from their blog to make and post about on our designated reveal day.

This month I had the pleasure of visiting Traci's blog "I'm Hungry - Words of Growing Boys". Isn't that the truth?? I have an almost 18 year old... I think he eats as much as his aunt and I combined most days. I heard it a long time ago, and am a believer, that growing boys have hollow legs that they put the food away in.

Traci's blog contains an extensive index with dishes broken down in numerous formats, including by Appliance! She also shares lots of great meal ideas, by week, and by "theme" (
crockpoteasy breakfasts, etc.)

I popped over to the Pasta Index and drooled over Crockpot Pizza, Slow Cooker Ravioli, and Chicken Scampi. Then I jumped to Sandwiches and Slow Cooker Cheese Steak Sloppy Joes jumped straight out at me (I love everything "Cheese Steak"). In Sides I found Skillet Green Beans... sooo many good options! I love learning more about another blogger through the way they write, what they share, and the recipes they post. Traci shares a lot of dishes that I would happily make and share with my family!  It was hard to narrow down the selection. I've been making and sharing a lot of dessert recipes lately, it feels like, so I wanted something more on the savory spectrum and stuck to main dishes and sides. 

In the end I went with Cheese Steak Sloppy Joes - A) I adore my slow cooker, B) I had hamburger buns in my refrigerator without a designated purpose, C) I've been craving cheesesteaks. 'Nuff said!
This got a big thumbs up - easy to throw together, filling, satisfying, and very tasty!

Slow Cooker Cheese Steak Sloppy Joes adapted from I'm Hungry

1 lb ground beef (seasoned lightly with salt and pepper while cooking)
2 tsp Gourmet Garden garlic paste
salt to taste (1/4 to 1/2 tsp)
black pepper, to taste (about 1/2 tsp)
1 large onion, diced small
1 green pepper, diced small
1 1/2 cups sliced mushrooms
2 TBS all purpose flour
1/2 cup water
1 tsp beef bouillon
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
Provolone cheese or American cheese, slices

  1. In a skillet, brown the ground beef.  Drain the fat off.
  2. Place the ground beef, garlic, black pepper, onion, green pepper, and mushrooms in the slow cooker.
  3. Sprinkle flour over the ground beef and veggies.  Toss to coat the meat and veggies.
  4. Pour the water, beef bouillon, and Worcestershire sauce over the meat and veggies.
  5. Cook for 5 hours on low.
  6. Stir to combine, taste test and adjust seasonings if necessary. Use a slotted spoon to place meat mixture onto a bun and top with your favorite cheese.

Saturday, August 06, 2016

Todd's Famous Blueberry Pancakes

These were some seriously good pancakes. I will absolutely use this recipe again, and often. I loved the fluffy texture that resulted, and they cooked up perfectly golden with crisped edges. Delicious! Add some juicy blueberries into the batter, top with some butter and maple syrup? What more could you ask for?

Blueberry pancakes are always a good answer to "what's for breakfast" on the weekend at our house... pretty sure it might be the answer again this weekend!

Todd's Famous Blueberry Pancakes from Alison on AllRecipes

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 1/4 teaspoons white sugar
1 egg
1 cup milk
1/2 tablespoon butter, melted
1/2 cup frozen blueberries, thawed

  1. In a large bowl, sift together flour, salt, baking powder and sugar. In a small bowl, beat together egg and milk. Stir milk and egg into flour mixture. Mix in the butter and fold in the blueberries. Set aside for 1 hour (I skipped the hour wait).
  2. Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake. Brown on both sides and serve hot.

Friday, August 05, 2016

Truly Delicious Brussels Sprouts

I love brussels sprouts and am always on the lookout for new ways to serve vegetables I enjoy. We had a Chicken Cordon Bleu casserole a little while ago and had some brussels in the refrigerator so I went to my trusted AllRecipes website and found this recipe to serve alongside the casserole!

The original recipe suggests cooking only 45 seconds, but that wasn't nearly long enough for me to get them tender enough for my liking. I think I cooked them closer to 10 minutes and added additional lemon juice during cooking to help up the "tang" I was looking for.

Truly Delicious Brussels Sprouts from AllRecipes


1 teaspoon butter
1 teaspoon olive oil
12 Brussels sprouts, trimmed and thinly sliced
1 tablespoon lemon juice (more to taste)
salt and pepper to taste

  1. Heat butter and olive oil in a skillet over high heat until butter is melted and begins to brown, 1 to 2 minutes.
  2. Stir Brussels sprouts and lemon juice into butter and oil; cook, stirring constantly, until sprouts are just heated through and are softened to your preference, about 5 - 10 minutes. Remove from heat.
  3. Season with salt and pepper and serve.

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Blueberry Lemon Yogurt Cake

I wasn't quite sure when I picked this recipe to make if it was going to be more like quick bread, a dessert cake, or a breakfast loaf... It is VERY dessert like! It is so incredibly tender and moist from the yogurt, and sweet with a lovely tang from the lemon. And of course the blueberries work wonderfully in this lemony loaf.

I absolutely adore all things blueberry, but ESPECIALLY blueberries with lemon. Somehow they were made for each other.

I think this cake would make for a beautiful dessert alongside some cups of coffee or tea. Not to mention the colors and glaze make it extra pretty in terms of presentation, so who wouldn't want to see this beautiful cake on a dessert table? It is certainly company worthy, but really quick to throw together so you can justify making it really anytime at all. :)

I was gifted (read: stole from a friend of mine's refrigerator because I felt they were in need of being used) some blueberries that were fresh picked from his parent's backyard. There is absolutely nothing quite like fresh produce in my humble opinion. I love knowing exactly where something I am cooking or baking with came from.

Blueberry Lemon Yogurt Cake adapted from Pixels and Crumbs

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup vanilla yogurt
1 cup sugar
3 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup blueberries

1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons lemon juice

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease loaf pan, line the bottom and longer sides with parchment paper and grease the paper with butter.
  2. Whisk the flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer combine the yogurt, sugar eggs, lemon and vanilla extracts, and oil. Blend until evenly combined. 
  4. Add the dry mixture in on low speed until mostly combined (do not over mix). Finish blending in dry ingredients with a spatula
  5. Lightly toss the blueberries with about 1/2 TBS of flour in a bowl, then gently incorporate into the batter.
  6. Pour the batter in the the prepared loaf pan and bake for 50-60 minutes, checking at the 50 minute mark until toothpick comes out clean in center and edges are golden brown.
  7. Remove from oven to baking rack and cool for about 10 minutes in the pan. Remove cake from pan with the parchment handles and let cool another 10 minutes or so until just warm.
  8. Whisk together the confectioners sugar and lemon juice until combined (if you have lumps from the confectioners sugar, microwave the mixture in 20 second increments, stirring between, until smoothed out), pour over cake.