Sunday, September 30, 2012

Dirty Road Milkshake

J turned twenty-one last year and it took us a long time to find alcohol that he actually liked. It turns out it was whiskey. Whiskey is always his drink of choice. When I found this recipe on Pinterest I knew it would be a hit, but I needed to adapt the recipe to account for the ingredients that we had on hand.

-Chocolate syrup
-2 toasted marshmallows
-1/2 cup ice cream
-2 ounces Powers Irish Whiskey (use any kind that you have!)
-3 tablespoons milk
-3 ice cubes
-1/4 cup multi-colored sprinkles

Toast the marshmallows, we stuck ours in the toaster oven.
Pour some chocolate syrup onto a small plate and the sprinkles on the other.
Rim your glasses (chocolate, then sprinkles), the original recipe used shooter glasses, but I don't have those.
Mix all of the whiskey, ice cream, ice, milk and marshmallows together in  a blender. 
Add some chocolate syrup into the bottom of the glass, top with the milkshake into the glasses.
These milkshakes were strong. Really strong. I stirred the chocolate off of the bottom of my milkshake which helped to counter the strong whiskey flavor. Overall I don't think the milkshakes were bad, the ingredients just need to be re-portioned since the milkshake wasn't being poured into shooter glasses -- either less whiskey or more ice cream. These would have been adorable in little shooter glasses, maybe I'll pick some up before I make this next time.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

"I Love You More Than..." Cookies

J and I celebrated our two year anniversary of dating on Thursday and went out to a fantastic dinner at the Melting Pot last night. I baked these cookies as a gift for my boyfriend and they turned out so cute. The cookie recipe comes from the 1980's edition of the Good Housekeeping Cookbook and the inspiration for the cookies came from Pinterest.

-3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
-1 1/2 cups sugar
-2/3 cups shortening
-2 eggs
-2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
-2 tablespoons milk
-1 teaspoon vanilla
-1/2 teaspoon salt

Mix all of the ingredients in a mixer until completely mixed.
The dough will be crumb-like.
Form the dough into a ball.
Wrap in wax paper and refrigerate for two-four hours.
Once removed from the refrigerator roll out half of the dough. 

Use a cookie cutter.
Bake for 8 minutes, or until golden brown.
Spread frosting on while the cookies are still hot.
I also piped store bought frosting onto the cookies.
Write out your sayings.

 The cookie recipe is my go to sugar cookie recipe and this is a great anniversary or Valentine's Day gift for a significant other. 

Friday, September 28, 2012

Cinnamon Applesauce

I have so many apples from apple picking, so I thought I would try applesauce. Here's some pictures from this past weekend:

I based the recipe from this one.

-4 apples
-2 tablespoons sugar (or less, to taste)
-1 tablespoon cinnamon
-2 tablespoons water

I used Jonagold an Golden Delicious. Using two different kinds gives it a better flavor.

Peel the apples

Core and cut into small pieces

Add the cinnamon, sugar, and water

Cover and let cook for 30 minutes. Be sure to stir frequently. Mash the apples as they get soft.

Serve. This made a lot less than I expected, 4 apples turned into one medium sized bowl, about 2 servings.

This turned out really sugary. I think the apples were sweet enough on their own that you don't need to use much sugar if any at all. Also, make sure you stir it frequently. The sugar in mine stuck to the bottom of the pan and was really hard to clean out. The flavor was good though, and it was good to eat warm.

**) Side note from Alecia -- my mom recommended adding lemon juice to the apple sauce to keep the apples from browning -- keep that in mind if you'd like traditional looking applesauce. 

Thursday, September 27, 2012


I'm starting to notice a trend for Thursdays -- I usually have a lot going on so I'm looking for a quick and easy lunch before I start working on school work. Today's recipe is easy to make and has relativity few ingredients.

In case you haven't noticed from any pizza related recipe that I've ever made -- I really like cheese pizza, you of course can add as many ingredients as you would like.

-Pizza sauce or Marinara

Start with a tortilla in a heat skillet. I did not grease my pan, but you can if you'd like.

Add sauce as a base, then toppings. 

Flip until both sides are browned.

I added a little cayenne pepper to my pizzadilla because I love to have that extra spice. The tortilla gets crispy and the cheese on the inside is nice and melted. If you're looking for a quick meal, this should be a go to recipe.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Ravioli with Zucchini

This is another recipe from Food Network.

-Frozen cheese ravioli
-2 diced tomatoes
-4 smashed garlic cloves
-olive oil

Divide the ravioli onto foil.

Top with zucchini and basil.
And garlic and tomatoes. 
Add a little water to the packets.
Grill over medium high heat for 12 minutes.


This recipe wasn't bad, but there were things that I would have done differently. The foil needs to be sprayed with cooking spray, the bottom layer of ravioli stuck to the foil and it was impossible to get it off. This would also be good with a little sauce, the flavors were there, but it was a little dry.

If you'd like to make this, make sure to grease the foil and prepare some sauce to go along with the packets.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Homemade Apple Pie with Braided Crust

Here's another recipe in my quest to use my apples from apple picking this weekend. It's a classic from the 1980 Good Housekeeping Cookbook that my mom has.

-1 pastry for double-crust pie
-2/3-3/4 cup sugar
-2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
-1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
-1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
-1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel
-1 -2 teaspoon lemon juice
-6 -7 cups thinly sliced peeled and cored cooking apples (2 pounds)
-1 tablespoon butter or 1 tablespoon margarine

Peel and core the apples. One pound of apples is equal to three medium apples, peeled and sliced.

Mix together the sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon peel (I didn't use this) and lemon juice.

Layer half of the apples into the pie crust.

Top with half of the sugar mixture.

Top with the rest of the apples. 

They will cook down! 

Top with the rest of the sugar mixture. 
Ready for a top crust. 
You will need to cut some sort of vent into the top of your crust, I made hearts just using a paring knife.
Using the left over crust I made four braids to put around the edges.
Use thin strips.
Then attach to the crust. 
Ready to go in the oven. 

The braided detail.
Bake for 40-50 minutes at 425.

Ready to serve. 
Braided detail. 
It's hard to go wrong with a classic recipe -- bake this apple pie, make a cup of coffee and serve it a la mode. You've earned it.