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Glazed Butter Cookies

by Koko on December 15, 2014 · 0 comments

in Baking, Cookies, Recipe

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Every year for the last 4 years I’ve participated in the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap. I make 3 dozen cookies and I receive 3 dozen in return. It’s always a blast to see what cookies I get and I always try to make something new to give away. I’ve done Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies, Coconut Macaroons, Black & Whites, and this year Glazed Butter Cookies.

These cookies were not the easiest I’ve ever made, but they sure were delicious and great looking. The dough is very soft, so you have to make sure to refrigerate it in between batches to make sure it doesn’t fall apart as you make the cookies. I used our new quartz countertops to roll out the dough since it keeps the dough chilled, and I worked fast cutting out my cookies. I topped these guys with gold sparkling sugar I got from Williams- Sonoma a while ago and I think it made the cookies perfect for the holidays.

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Cheesy Greek Brown Rice Bake

by Koko on November 10, 2014 · 1 comment

in Cooking, Recipe, Side Dishes

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It may not be the best looking dish I’ve ever made, but man is it good. This cheesy, 20-minute dish is a great weeknight pick. I was fine eating it without any meat, but you know Q… so I added some grilled chicken to the top to make it man-friendly.

I used brown rice, but you can easily replace that with quinoa, farro, barley or whatever grain you prefer. For your tomatoes, spinach and artichoke hearts, just eyeball it (no need to measure 1 cup exactly). I love a lot of spinach, so I loaded it up. I had plenty of tomatoes, so more of those too. You can add olives if you wish (they just aren’t my thing). I love the feta sauce- I’ve never done anything like it before and it is SO darn easy. This was fabulous the night we made it, but honestly even better the next day for lunch.

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No Bake Peanut Butter Pie

by Koko on October 27, 2014 · 0 comments

in Baking, Recipe

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So not having an oven has been interesting, especially when we have last minute company! We’ve been all about the grill (no oven needed), but when it comes to dessert, what is a girl to do? Oh just make a no bake pie!

No bake pies are a cinch, especially if you use pre-made pie crusts (with no oven, this was a must)! I usually go for oreo, but alas the store was out of them, so regular graham cracker it was! I like to spruce my pies up by adding crushed candy bars both inside and on top of the pie. I’ve done chopped up Reese’s and most recently Butterfinger. Both are great choices. Hello indulgence!

No Bake Peanut Butter Pie

Makes 1 Pie (serves 6-8)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 1 Package Cream Cheese (reduced fat is fine)
  • 1 1/4 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1 Package 8-ounce Cool Whip, thawed
  • 4 full sized Butterfinger candy bars, crushed into small pieces (any candy will do)
  • 1 9-inch pre-baked pie crust (Oreo is preferred)

Directions:

  1. Using either a stand or hand mixer, cream together cream cheese and peanut butter until light and fluffy, approximately 3minutes. Add sugar and beat until smooth. Using a large spatula, fold in whipped topping and 3/4 of the crushed candy bar pieces.
  2. Spoon mixture into crust and the rest of the candy pieces on top. Refrigerate for 4 hours or if you are in a rush, put it in the freezer for 2.
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Pinned This Week

by Koko on October 24, 2014 · 0 comments

in Baking, Cooking, Recipe, Uncategorized

In my ongoing quest to try new recipes and find interesting eats, I am bringing you some delicious bites found around the web (through all of my blog reading!).

Appetizers:

Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Soup: What an easy and delicious starter by one of my all-time favorite bloggers, Joy the Baker.

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Smoked Paprika and Garlic Shrimp SkewersI’m always a fan of shrimp and these skewers look delicious to serve with rice or on their own.

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Crusty Pan Bread: This is a new technique for baking bread that I have yet to try. I love the ease of it and am going to attempt it this week.

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Lunches & Dinners:

Caprese Chicken: This looks simple and very satisfying!

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Spicy Apple Cheddar Grilled Cheese: What a  great fall take on a classic grilled cheese.

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Desserts:

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Frosted Blondes: The perfect dessert to bring to a Halloween party! And not just your usual pumpkin bars!

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Salted Caramel Apple Cake: This decadent beauty looks like it would be a real crowd pleaser!

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Pumpkin Streusel Bars: Another fun fall dessert perfect for entertaining!

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