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Happy Fall, y’all!

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A perfect cake for Fall here in New England. I made a chocolate chocolate-chip cake with vanilla buttercream frosting, covered in fondant and decorated with handmade gum paste leaves and “peeling” birch bark. I had so much fun painting and petal dusting the leaves!

Tomato, Mozzarella, Pesto and Asparagus Sandwiches

 

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I’ve been on Spring Break this week from culinary school, and have been trying to not cook. At all. I did make soup earlier in the week, but I’m not counting that since it wasn’t a “big meal.” Hey, anything to justify it! I had some juicy tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, pesto, asparagus and balsamic vinegar. Thankfully, those are among my daughter’s favorites. Yay, it’s a win-win! Just slice and slather, and you’ve got a quick and yummy dinner. Not the best picture either, but the iPhone was accessible, the good camera was not. It’s nothing newsworthy or probably even blogworthy, but it’s all I’ve got at the moment.. LOL. Have a BEAUTIFUL week 🙂

Baked Eggs Marinara-style

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I was in the mood for eggs AND something that was easy to do, especially after a long day today. So, I found a recipe of Chef John’s on Allrecipes that fit the bill. I didn’t use the pepper flakes or the cream, but I used everything else. Most of the white you can see in the picture is the whites of the eggs, not all cheese. I only used about 2 TBl. of freshly grated cheese, and you can see where it browned. All I can say is yummy! The kids loved it, too. All I needed was

  • Marinara sauce
  • Eggs
  • Parmesan-Reggiano
  • Olive Oil
  • Parsley
  • Salt & Pepper

Here is the original recipe I used http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Chef-Johns-Baked-Eggs/Detail.aspx?event8=1&prop24=SR_Thumb&e11=chef%20john%20baked%20eggs&e8=Quick%20Search&event10=1&e7=Home%20Page&soid=sr_results_p1i1

Chicken Teriyaki

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This is a family favorite and we make it at least once a month if not more. It’s soooo good. This makes a lot of sauce, but my kids like it that way. You can use less sugar, but I really think it needs it. Adjust to your taste though.

  • 1 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 TBL water
  • 2 rounded TBL cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1-2 tsp fresh ginger (can use ground)
  • pepper to taste
  • 12 boneless/skinless chicken thighs

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375
  2. Add everything, except chicken, to a small pot and bring to simmer while whisking
  3. Pour 1/2 mixture over chicken and bake, covered w/foil for 25 minutes
  4. Remove from oven. I pour off excess liquid/fat
  5. Pour remaining sauce on chicken and continue baking for 15 minutes UNCOVERED

Cleanup is a breeze if you line your baking pan with foil. Seriously, do it. Serve with some homemade fried rice; it’s super-easy. When making fried rice it is important to use cold rice, leftover white rice is ideal. I’ll post my fried rice recipe in another post soon.

This makes a lot of sauce, but that’s how my kids like it. You could add 4 more thighs and still have enough sauce. You can also use boneless/skinless breasts, but we are a thigh family 🙂

Trader Joe’s Cookie Butter

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This stuff is quite possibly one of Trader Joe’s best kept secrets. I had a friend recommend it so I decided to try it. Had I just found it in the store I probably wouldn’t have bought it since it is pretty much gingersnap cookies. I mean, I like gingersnap cookies, don’t get me wrong, but an entire jar of creamy gingersnap cookies? Hmm, probably not. OMG, everyone from my kids to myself LOVE this stuff. Seriously, it is really, really good. Unfortunately, it’s not that nutritional. With peanut butter you are at least getting protein, but not with this stuff. To be fair I haven’t checked out the nutritional chart on the bottle, but based on what is in it I’d be willing to bet that it is pretty much a sweet-addiction that I can add to my list. If you get the chance to try it, don’t pass it up. We’ve had it on bread, crackers, heated up and put on ice-cream, and everything in between, including just scooping out of the jar 🙂