Monday, December 30, 2013

Sweet Potato Cinnamon Rolls

Last time I went back to Oregon, one of my best friends Holly made me cinnamon rolls. They were gooey and smothered in butter and delicious! I was craving cinnamon rolls, but maybe something a tad bit healthier. I blended many different recipes together and it worked out great! Today I made Sweet Potato Cinnamon Rolls!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Cinnamon Swirl French Toast

What's better on a lazy, weekend morning than a big hearty breakfast? I don't know about you, but my favorite breakfast meal is french toast. A very close second would be my Swedish Pancake recipe. Whip up a couple eggs and a few pieces of bacon and there ya go! This is a very simple cinnamon swirl french toast using, yep you guessed it, cinnamon swirl bread.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Balsamic Glazed Asparagus

A few nights ago Dan and I went out to dinner for our friend Marla's birthday. We went to The Yard in Phoenix which is a part of Culinary Dropout. Such amazing food and a very fun atmosphere. A part of their menu had a long list of small bites, we ordered some asparagus. Wow, it was so delicious! It was served cold with a balsamic glaze on top. Of course I decided to try to re-create it at home. It wasn't as great as the restaurant, but pretty damn close!

Roasted Chicken Drumsticks & Thighs

Dan and I had been looking forward to a roasted turkey breast all day long. We spent Christmas Eve & Day at his family's house and drove back home Christmas Day afternoon. We opened up the fridge and took out our 2 pound turkey breast...but something was wrong. The turkey had a rancid smell. Great, all the grocery stores were closed and our main dish for Christmas dinner had gone bad. Luckily I had some frozen chicken drumsticks and thighs on hand. I quickly defrosted them and used the same recipe I had planned for the turkey. So this dish can be used with either turkey or chicken...just make sure your meat hasn't gone bad.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Chocolate Mint Cookies

When I was little my mom used to make these chocolate cookies and melt a marshmallow on top then cover with frosting. Yummy! I decided to make the same chocolate cookies, but add mint and chocolate chips to them instead of the marshmallow and frosting. I love the combination of chocolate and mint, who doesn't? Thin Mints never lasted very long in my house! What's great about this recipe is how easy it is! These cookies are made out of a boxed cake mix.

Rum Balls

So I know I asked what could be better than a gift that can be eaten, well here it is. A gift that can be eaten that is made with rum! Oh yeah, we're making rum balls today! I remember years back my mom and I made some coconut rum balls that were to die for. I was more in the chocolate mood though so I went with these traditional rum balls. I got the original recipe from The Joy of Baking.

Ginger Molasses Cookies

Ginger has been growing on me more and more throughout the years. Recently, my mom and I went to New Orleans and wanted to get some ginger capsules for motion sickness for the flight. In Oregon, you can find ginger capsules at any grocery store. In Phoenix, this was a challenge. We went all over the place and couldn't find ANY! So instead we got some ginger chews. Not as concentrated as we needed, but they did the trick, and they sure were yummy! A little spicy and a little sweet. That's how these ginger molasses cookies are, not too sweet with a good ginger kick!

Turtle Pretzels

It's that time of year! I obviously ALWAYS love to bake, but this time of year I can bake a lot more than usual. What's a better gift to receive than one that can be eaten? Okay, okay, I'd much rather have a trip around the world, but cookies are more realistic, and more delicious! I made this week 4 different Christmas treat recipes and have them all for you. This first one is the easiest, and maybe the yummiest!! Turtle Pretzels!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Quinoa Chili

It's always nice to have things on hand to whip together a fast meal. Again, this is more of a meal idea than a recipe. I've been busy making Christmas cookies all morning and it wasn't until around 1:00pm that I realized I was hungry. At that point, of course I was starving so a fast meal was a must. I also hadn't showered yet, so leaving the house was NOT an option. Here is quinoa chili!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Pad Thai

Has anyone gotten into the show The Killing? My friend Nancy told me to watch it and I just can't stop now. It's like an episode of CSI, but the crime lasts for 2 seasons...I'm hooked. Go watch it, it's on Netflix, I promise you won't be disappointed. 

Dan and I got cable for football season (which is almost over), and I've been trying to take advantage of real TV while we have it, but so many shows are being released on Netflix lately. Dexter was FINALLY added and I just got caught up on How I Met Your Mother. 

So since I've been home, in my sweats, catching up on TV shows, I haven't been wanting to spend too much time on a meal. Don't get me wrong, I love baking, but when a show ends on a cliffhanger, you don't want to wait too long for the next episode. I made today a tofu pad thai. You can easily switch up the protein, but honestly, tofu is pretty fast to cook.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Baked Root Vegetables

It's that time of year where you want your oven on all the time to help heat your house. Even here in Phoenix it's been getting chilly at night. Luckily not as cold as back home in Oregon. It dropped down to -9 degrees...Fahrenheit!! And I thought dropping to 30 degrees was cold. Here's an easy, cheap and healthy dish that will heat up your house in no time! Baked root vegetables straight from my favorite Swede, My!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Cranberry Muffins

Even though I made my cranberry and brie puff pastries a few times, I still had quite a bit of cranberry sauce left over.  I wasn't really in the mood for a dessert (which is a big surprise) so instead I used them to make muffins.  For a muffin, these really aren't too bad for you either. 

Teriyaki Chicken Bowl

This dish isn't really a recipe, it's more like a meal idea.  I always struggle with what to have for dinner and I'm sure you all have the same problem.  This is a great weeknight dish that you can throw together very quickly.  Everything is frozen so you can always have it on hand for a last minute dinner.  This is a teriyaki chicken bowl with brown rice and veggies.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Turkey & Butternut Squash Stew

Thanksgiving has come and gone, but I'm sure you still have a bunch of left over turkey sitting in your fridge. I always grew up having wild rice and turkey soup after thanksgiving, but I felt like something a little different. This stew has quinoa, butternut squash and your leftover turkey. Feel free to use chicken which is how the recipe originally was on Cookin Canuck.


One of mine and Dan's favorite places to go in Phoenix is Postino Wine Cafe. They of course have amazing wine, but they also have amazing bruschetta. Unfortunately, it's about 20-30 minutes from our house.  So we decided create it at home. We made just a few of our favorite combinations, but see Postino's menu for more ideas. 

Macaroni and Cheese

Homemade Mac and Cheese...yummy! This recipe is from my best friend Whitney's grandmother Pauline. It's simple, but delicious. It only calls for cheese, milk, pasta and butter  I've even left out the butter a few times and it's still delicious. 

Breakfast Burritos

Who doesn't love a good breakfast burrito?  But who actually wants to make them often? Not me! I set aside one weekend morning and made a bunch of breakfast burritos to freeze. It doesn't take that much longer to make one or twelve once you have all the ingredients prepared. Hope you enjoy!

Cranberry and Brie Puff Pastries

Want a fast, easy and delicious appetizer? You and your friends will gobble these up within seconds.  They're so yummy and look like you slaved away in the kitchen all day. This dish can really be taken in so many different directions. I have for you today cranberry and brie puff pastries. 

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Parmesan Crusted Pork

I am usually all about the oven. I love to bake and I feel that I am much better using the oven than the stove top. Dan, on the other hand, is a master on the stove top, especially when it comes to meat. He doesn't cook the most healthy dishes, but they are always mouth watering delicious! Today he made for me parmesan crusted pork tenderloin.

Smashed Baked Potatoes

Who doesn't love a good baked potato? Now what about a teeny tiny adorable loaded baked potato? I've made smashed potatoes before, but I decided to take it to the next level...add bacon. Bacon as you know is scientifically proven to make ANYTHING taste better. Okay, that's not entirely accurate, but let's just go with it.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Pannkakor (Swedish Pancakes)

I woke up yesterday morning craving Swedish pancakes so badly. The only problem was I didn't have a recipe for them and I didn't trust the recipes online from non Swedish websites. So I went straight to the source! I texted one of my best friends who lives in Sweden and she sent me her great grandmother's recipe for pannkakor (Swedish pancakes) and told me she'd love for me to put it on my blog. They were so simple and so delicious!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Lemon Cookies

I have made these cookies so many times. I just can't seem to get enough. My all time favorite food for dessert or just a snack are cookies. These cookies are full of lemon zest and juice. They are sweet and tangy and very chewy. I have tried these without the lemon as a regular sugar cookie, very delicious. I have really been wanting to try this recipe with lavender instead of lemon. Sounds good.

Yeast Rolls

A few weeks ago my friends were moving and let us raid their fridge. One of the things we ended up with was yeast. To be honest, I have never used yeast before. The only bread I've ever made was beer bread and anything else bread-like was usually made with Bisquick. I decided to grab that yeast and give it a shot. I made tonight some chewy, soft, yeast rolls. If I can do it...anyone can!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Broccoli "Pasta"

Ever crave pasta, but without the "pasta"? Here's an easier take on a pasta substitute without using spaghetti squash.  All you need is shredded broccoli (also known as broccoli slaw) and your favorite sauce and toppings. You can take this dish in so many different directions. Use a tomato sauce and ground meat. Use pesto and chopped chicken.Use a white wine sauce and seafood. Today, I used sesame seeds, almonds and an Asian chili sauce. You can easily add a meat to this, I just didn't have any on hand at the moment.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Taco Soup

Who doesn't love a delicious, healthy, fast and easy dinner? I know I do! Now if only I could get Dan to eat this. Oh well, more for me and my freezer! You can whip this soup up in a half hour start to finish. Just like with any recipe, substitute ingredients to your preference. I chose to do a ground turkey taco soup, this can easily be substituted for chicken, ground beef, tofu or just the beans. Make it your own!

Tiramisu Cookies

I just got back from a vacation with my mom in New Orleans. We experienced the most delicious food while there for the week. Plenty of crab, shrimp, gumbo, jambalaya, calamari and alligator. Our favorite dish was alligator cheesecake at a little restaurant called Jacques-Imo's. I wish that was the recipe I was sharing with you today, but instead it's a recipe my mom told me...Tiramisu Cookies.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Beef Stew

One of my best friends Holly gave me a beautiful dutch oven for a present awhile back.  I have made beef stew in the crock pot many times, but today I tried it out in my dutch oven.  It turned out just as delicious, but in half the time.  So if you either don't have a crock pot or you don't want to wait 6-8 hours for dinner, try out this yummy beef stew.

Tex-Mex Quinoa Bowl

Dan and I made those DELICIOUS Baked Taquitos a few days ago and wound up with a LOT of leftovers. We made more taquitos the next night and used up all the tortillas and chicken we had, but I still had a lot of sweet potatoes and black beans. I decided to whip up a yummy Tex-Mex bowl using quinoa and my leftovers.  I love created new dishes with leftovers to keep dinner interesting.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Baked Taquitos

Once again I busted out the crock pot for this dish. I am loving that the weather is allowing me to use both the crock pot and the oven! Phoenix during the summer is not the ideal place to bake. I have been seeing a lot of different taquito recipes online and decided to do my take on them. I love black beans and sweet potatoes and Dan loves shredded meat of any kind. I made today a shredded chicken and cheese taquito and a black bean, sweet potato, shredded chicken AND cheese taquito. Both were DELICIOUS!

Pumpkin Muffin Tops with Cream Cheese Frosting

I absolutely LOVE pumpkin everything! Who doesn't right? I have made many different pumpkin bars or muffins, some delicious and VERY unhealthy and some healthy and not very yummy. I finally found the perfect recipe...of course did a little bit of tweaking again to make it just right.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Balsamic Pork Tenderloin

Welcome to my first recipe! I love, love LOVE to bake and equally love to search on Pinterest. My problem is that I almost always tweak recipes I find, then can't remember what I tweaked the next time I search for the recipe. Therefore, I decided to start my very own recipe blog to keep track of my recipes and to share them with you. Problem solved!

I got my initial idea for this recipe from Let's Dish and changed just a few ingredients. I will try to always link to the original recipes to of course credit where I found the recipe (always cite your work!) and in case you prefer the original over mine. I change a lot of ingredients to either make a dish healthier, take out foods I'm allergic to, or cater to my oh so very picky boyfriend.

It's finally starting to be "fall" here in Phoenix and I've been dying to dust off my crock pot and start making some hearty fall dishes.