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Slow Cooked Apple Oatmeal

September 29, 2014

I love warm breakfasts. I really like having it ready when I wake up, like this oatmeal. You mix everything together in the slow cooker the night before, turn it on, and have yummy oatmeal ready to eat when you get up the next morning! Magic!

20140915 Slow Apple Oatmeal

You will need:

  • 1 c steel cut oats
  • 1 1/2 c milk
  • 1 c apple cider
  • 1/2 c water
  • 1 t ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 t ground nutmeg
  • 3 T maple syrup
  • 4 apples, cored and chopped into bite-sized pieces

Then you will…

  1. Lightly grease the slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Mix together the oats, milk, cider, water, cinnamon, nutmeg, maple syrup and apples in the slow cooker.
  3. Cover and cook on LOW for 7 hours.
  4. Serve with chopped nuts and a little extra milk.
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Italian Meatloaf

September 21, 2014

Meatloaf is a very versatile dish. There are variations on meatloaf that can be found on menus across the globe, and there are even recipes going back to ancient Rome! Using a blend of ground turkey and beef makes it a little bit lighter than some versions you might find. You will add in lots of Italian herbs and some cheese to balance it out. Not sure that this one is your style? Check out one of these other versions: Caroline’s meatloaf, vegetable meatloaf, yummy meatloaf, or roasted tomato meatloaf.

You will need:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 c breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 medium onion, grated
  • 1 t dried basil
  • 1 t dried oregano
  • 1/2 t dried thyme
  • 1/4 t ground pepper
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1 t Worcestershire sauce
  • 3/4 c shredded Italian cheese blend, divided
  • 1/2 c tomato sauce, plus extra for serving

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray. Line a baking sheet with tinfoil to catch any drips.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the beef, turkey, eggs, breadcrumbs, onion, basil, oregano, thyme, pepper, salt, Worcestershire and 1/2 cup of the shredded cheese. Be careful not to over mix; this will keep the loaf from being too dense and tough.
  3. Lightly press the meat mixture into the loaf pan.
  4. Top it with the tomato sauce.
  5. Place the loaf pan on the lined baking sheet. Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour or until cooked through and delicious.
  6. Top with the remaining cheese and return to the oven until the cheese is melted.
  7. Serve hot with some warmed tomato sauce.

20140914 Meatloaf

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Rum Cookie Bars

September 16, 2014

This is a simple recipe for blondie cookie bars. I added some spices and dark rum, which is particularly scrumptious with all of the caramel goodness from the brown sugar. The batter comes together quickly, and it’s based on ingredients you likely have in your pantry right now. What are you waiting for?

You will need:

  • 1 c packed brown sugar
  • 8 T unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 1/4 t salt, scant
  • 1/4 t ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 t ground cloves
  • 1/2 t ground cinnamon
  • 2 T dark rum
  • 1 c whole wheat flour

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8×8 inch baking pan with parchment or tinfoil and lightly grease.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the brown sugar and melted butter until smooth.
  3. Mix in the egg, vanilla, salt, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon and rum.
  4. Stir in the flour just until mixed together.
  5. Spread in the prepared pan.
  6. Bake 20-25 minutes or until golden and set in the middle.
  7. Allow to cool 15 minutes before removing from the pan.
  8. Continue cooling on a wire rack before enjoying with others!

20140806 Rum Blondies

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Lemon Chocolate Banana Bread

September 10, 2014

20140826 Lemon Chocolate Banana Bread

Here’s another sweet variation on banana bread. It’s got a few interesting twists like lemon zest and dark chocolate. I also used olive oil instead of butter or vegetable oil. The result is a banana bread that is a sweet surprise!

You will need:

  • 3-4 ripe bananas, lightly mashed
  • 1/4 c Greek yogurt (I had vanilla on hand, but plain would work too)
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 c olive oil
  • Zest of one lemon
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 1 c dark chocolate chips (or coarsely chopped)
  • 2 c flour
  • 3/4 c brown sugar
  • 3/4 t baking soda
  • 1/2 t ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 t ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 t salt

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together the bananas, yogurt, eggs, olive oil, lemon zest and vanilla.
  3. Stir in the chocolate pieces.
  4. In a large bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
  5. Add the banana mixture to the dry mixture. Stir until just combined.
  6. Pour the batter into the loaf pan and bake for 45-55 minutes, or until golden and just set in the middle.
  7. Allow to cool 15 minutes before removing from the pan. Cool completely on a cooling rack.
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Honey Poppy Banana Bread

September 5, 2014

This is a light banana bread with a hint of honey. It’s also full of poppyseeds, which is something I really like when I bake sweet breads. Your house will smell awesome when you make this! I challenge you to wait till it has cooled off before cutting a slice.

You will need:

  • 3-4 ripe bananas, lightly mashed
  • 1/4 c Greek yogurt (I had vanilla on hand, but plain would work too)
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 c vegetable oil or melted unsalted butter
  • 1/4 c honey
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 2 c flour
  • 3/4 c brown sugar
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 1/2 t ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 t ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 t ground cloves
  • 1/8 t salt
  • 1.25 oz poppyseeds

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together the bananas, yogurt, eggs, butter, honey and vanilla.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, salt and poppyseeds.
  4. Add the banana mixture to the dry mixture. Stir until just combined.
  5. Pour the batter into the loaf pan and bake for 45-55 minutes, or until golden and just set in the middle.
  6. Allow to cool 15 minutes before removing from the pan. Cool completely on a cooling rack.

20140826 Honey Poppy Banana Bread

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Sour Cream Apple Pie

August 27, 2014

My family was skeptical when I said I was making a sour cream apple pie. “Sour cream?” they asked. It may sound a bit odd, but the end result is a wonderfully scrumptious pie to share around the table. The sour cream keeps it from being too sweet and adds richness.

20140704 Sour Cream Apple Pie 01

You will need:

  • 1 9-inch pie crust, unbaked (try this simple pie crust recipe)
  • 1/3 c + 1/4 c granulated sugar, divided
  • 1/3 c old-fashioned oats
  • 1 t ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 c unsalted butter, cold and cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 c light brown sugar
  • 2 T flour
  • 1/8 t salt
  • 1/4 t ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 t ground cloves
  • 1/4 t ground ginger
  • 1 c sour cream (regular will taste better than low-fat)
  • 1/2 t vanilla extract
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 6-8 tart apples, peeled and cut how you like them — either slices or chopped

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Prep a 9-inch pie plate with the unbaked crust, pressing it onto the bottom and up the sides of the baking dish.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, mix together 1/3 cup of granulated sugar and the oats.
  3. Stir in the ground cinnamon.
  4. Cut in the butter until the mixture has a fine crumb texture. Set aside in the fridge until ready to use.
  5. In a large mixing bowl, combine the remaining 1/4 cup of granulated sugar with the brown sugar, 2 tablespoons of flour, salt, nutmeg, cloves and ginger. Mix well.
  6. Mix in the sour cream, vanilla and egg until thoroughly combined and smooth.
  7. Stir in the apple pieces.
  8. Pour the filling into the prepared pie crust.
  9. Bake for 15 minutes before reducing the oven temperature to 350 degrees.
  10. Bake for an additional 30 minutes.
  11. Sprinkle the oat crumb topping over the pie.
  12. Bake another 15 minutes or until the pie is golden.
  13. Allow the pie to cool to room temperature before serving. Refrigerate leftovers.

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Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Rolls

August 11, 2014

Both my mom and my sister have a soft spot for cinnamon rolls. I have to admit that there is something pretty exciting about the slightly sweet dough and the cinnamon filling that gets swirled into the roll. I’ve been playing around with recipes for at-home cinnamon rolls and came up with this!

You will need:

  • 3/4 c milk
  • 3/4 c unsalted butter, divided
  • 2 1/4 t yeast
  • 1/4 c water
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 c sugar
  • 2 c all-purpose flour
  • 1 c whole wheat flour
  • 1 T + 1/2 t ground cinnamon
  • 1 c brown sugar
  • 1/2 c mini chocolate chips (optional)

Then you will…

  1. In a small saucepan, combine the milk with 1/4 cup of the butter over medium heat. Heat until the milk starts to bubble, but not to a full boil. This will scald the milk.
  2. Allow to cool to lukewarm. Stir in the yeast. Let sit for 5 minutes.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the water, egg and sugar.
  4. Whisk in the milk-yeast mixture.
  5. Stir in the flours and 1/2 t of the ground cinnamon, until the dough starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl.
  6. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface.
  7. Knead the dough until it is smooth, roughly 5 minutes.
  8. Cover the dough with a warm, damp cloth and let it rise until doubled, about 45 minutes.
  9. In a small bowl, melt the remaining half cup of butter.
  10. Stir in the brown sugar and remaining tablespoon of cinnamon. Set aside.
  11. Roll the dough out into a 12×9 inch rectangle.
  12. Spread the cinnamon sugar mixture on top of the dough.
  13. Sprinkle with the chocolate chips, if using.
  14. Roll the dough up lengthwise and seal the seams.
  15. Cut into twelve equal pieces.
  16. Place with the cut side up in a lightly greased 9×13 baking dish.
  17. Cover and let rise for 30 minutes.
  18. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  19. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until golden brown.
  20. Allow to cool at least 10 minutes before serving.

20140728 Cinn Choc Rolls 03

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