Pumpkin Pancakes

November 21, 2012 § 2 Comments

J: I haven’t had much time recently for baking or trying new fun breakfast or dessert foods.  However, every fall I go a little bit pumpkin crazy.  It’s just been delayed a bit this year because this semester has been more stressful than usual (quals, anyone?).  So, while I have a little bit of “downtime,” as much as anyone gets downtime in grad school, I jumped on it as an excuse to finally, finally, try a new pumpkin recipe.

a little more orangey than normal pancakes

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Bite-Size Apple Pies

November 20, 2011 § 5 Comments

J: So, I had this idea back in September about making apple pie cookies.  I am in love with apple butter, and we had just found some organic apple butter in our local Whole Foods, so I was trying to think of delicious baking endeavors that I could use it for.  As fall was just around the corner, the flavors of apple pie came to mind immediately, and then I had an extra burst of inspiration and decided that what we really needed was apple pie in the form of cookies.

This idea was finally put into action at dinner party #2, in October, when we made thumbprint-esque apple pie cookies by taking pie dough, pressing an indentation into it, and adding some slices of apple along with our magical apple butter concoction.  These were so tasty that among 5 of us, we devoured the entire batch.  Oops?

miniature pies: delicious and adorable

Since they all disappeared within half an hour of being baked, Erik and I decided that, um, we wanted more of them, and we wanted more very quickly.  So we made another batch the next day, and decided that this time we would amp them up a little and make legit mini-apple pies, since the “cookies” were pretty close to mini-pies already. « Read the rest of this entry »

Chicken Tagine

September 6, 2011 § 2 Comments

E: So we bring you another recipe we tried out to make use of our new slow cooker. Let’s cut to the chase. Tagine is (in this case) a Moroccan dish named after the clay vessel in which it is cooked and served. If you don’t have a tagine (and really, who doesn’t have a genuine clay tagine these days? let’s be serious) then a slow cooker will serve you just as well.

a tasty bowl of North-African inspired goodness

This is really quite easy to make, and has some tasty spices. We changed some ingredients from the recipes we saw since we weren’t concerned about authenticity. Just about anything will do, so toss in what you have! We made it with chicken but you could use all sorts of meat and/or veggies.

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Cinnamon Ginger Waffles

June 11, 2011 § Leave a comment

E: It is my firm belief that you have not had waffles until you have had these waffles. They are terrifically good, and the best part is that they are easy. If you have some manner of waffle-cooking-device, you can make these–trust me they are no harder than using any sort of mix. And the results are many times better. Just to whet your appetite:

served with butter, maple syrup, and fresh fruit

There, now that you are interested in making these, I’ll give you a little history before we begin. I don’t know where this recipe came from initially, but it is a favorite of my mother’s, and has been refined and changed subtly many times over the years. I make these just like she does, so she gets full credit for their phenomenal taste. I haven’t changed a thing. So enjoy a family recipe of mine, and I hope you love them too!

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Coffee Cake Muffins

March 4, 2011 § 4 Comments

J:  For one of my classes this spring, each student is responsible for bringing in breakfast once during the course of the semester.  My turn was a couple weeks ago, and while everyone else had been bringing in storebought bagels (clearly none of them had read this post), I figured that I should make something a little more jazzed-up, and I decided on coffee cake muffins.

artistic lighting? check.

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