Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Homemade chipotle mushroom burger and fries

I made this recipe quite a while ago, and never got around to posting it.  Unfortunately, I don't know what I did with the recipe for the bun, burger, or fries, so we merely have a picture.  It was really tasty, and definitely had a kick, as I used chipotle in the seasoning.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Cake Pops

Cake pops are an obsession for me...they're so cute, creative, and tasty.  I've been making a lot of them lately.  Unfortunately, I've been posting them on my general blog, simply because people from work are asking me for them...and more people read that blog.

They really should be here.  Ah well.  Click over to some of my posts here, here, or here.

I'll just throw up some pictures over here as a teaser for now.


Fancy glitter/snowballs.
Ice cream.

Pumpkins, candy corn, and black cats.
And my all-time favorite:  Snowmen!  (The hats are inside out oreo cookies!)

Monday, October 24, 2011

Coconut bars

The favorite treat of the manfriend, and most people I've shared it with.  This dessert features walnuts (or pecans if you prefer), coconut, chocolate and butterscotch.  I usually hate butterscotch, but in this dessert, I love it.  Nuts are also something I typically omit from my desserts...they're good...they just don't belong in sweets.  However, once again, I prefer this with the nuts.

12 oz (2 packets) chocolate graham crackers
1/4 c sugar
3/4 c butter
*1 c chocolate chips
*2/3 c butterscotch chips
*4 oz walnuts
*8 oz sweetened flaked coconut
1 can sweetened condensed milk

*I'm kind of guessing on the amounts.  I just sprinkle enough over the top to make a layer...adding extra of what I really want and less of what I don't.

Preheat oven to 375.  Line glass baking dish with parchment paper.  Crush graham crackers and add melted butter.  Stir to mix completely.  Press into bottom and up sides of baking dish.  Bake for 10 minutes.  Remove from oven and let cool (about 20 minutes).  Sprinkle chocolate and butterscotch chips and pecans over crust.  Drizzle condensed milk over mixture.  Add a layer of coconut.  Return to oven until coconut is toasted, about 10-15 minutes.  Let cool.

Sunday, October 23, 2011


Sweet, savory, it doesn't matter.  I have a love affair with crepes.  A couple of years ago, the manfriend bought me passionfruit out of the goodness of his heart to make me happy.  I turned the fruit into passionfruit curd, and passionfruit crepes were born (in my world).

I haven't made it since, as I'm sure it's horrible for me.  But crepes are still good, no matter their filling.  My favorite was the passionfruit crepes, but the manfriend's favorite is Nutella.  Just smear on some while the crepes are still hot, add a light dusting of powdered sugar, and you have a great snack/breakfast/dessert.

Tiramisu crepes are also good heavenly.

In the savory field, I have made stir fry and tossed it inside a crepe, or mushroom and asparagus for the manfriend. (He loved them.)

There are a ton of crepe recipes out there...so I'm add mine to the list.

Basic crepes:
1 c flour
2 eggs
1/2 c milk
1/2 c water
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbsp melted butter
1/2 tsp vanilla

Whisk eggs, water, milk, and vanilla.  Slowly add remaining ingredients.  Cover and chill for at least 30 minutes.  Preheat a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Lightly grease skillet with butter.  Pour batter into skillet (approx. 1/4 cup) and tilt pan to spread batter into a large circle.  Cook for 1-2 minutes until golden in color, then flip and allow the second side to brown 1-2 minutes.

Remove from skillet, place filling near center, and fold into fourths.  Sprinkle with powdered sugar or cheese if desired, and serve warm.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Almond, Coconut, Raisin Granola

Aka, deliciousness.

This recipe is simple:
1 tbsp honey
1 c oats
1/4 c unsweetened coconut
1/3 c almonds
1/4 c raisins

Same basic principle as the stovetop granola...heat the honey until it bubbles.  Toss in the oats and coconut.  Mix.  Add almonds and raisins once the oats start to toast.

This is by far my favorite granola.  I like to douse it in some almond milk...it's rather filling for breakfast.