Saturday, August 31, 2013

Zucchini Sandwich Cookies

I like anything with zucchini, so these were really good. They were kind of a mix between zucchini bread and cookies. They weren't very heavy, so they were nice to eat for any snack, I even had one for breakfast.

This recipe comes from Julie's Eats and Treats.

-3 eggs
-1 cup sugar
-1 cup brown sugar
-1 cup vegetable oil
-1 medium zucchini
-3 tsp vanilla
-1 tsp baking soda
-1/2 tsp baking powder
-1 tsp cinnamon
-1 tsp salt
-4 cup flour
-1 cup raisins
-Cream cheese frosting

This makes about 36 medium sized cookies.

Beat the eggs. Mix with the sugar, brown sugar, vegetable
oil, and grated zucchini. In another bowl, mix the baking soda,
baking powder, cinnamon, salt, flour, and raisins. 
Scoop onto a greased baking sheet, bake at 350 for 12-13 minutes.
Let cool.
Frost them as sandwich cookies, or just put frosting on top.

These were good! I thought as a sandwich cookie they were a little big, but a perfect size as a singular frosted cookie. They weren't too hard to make since I used storebought frosting rather than make my own, but I thought that was a good to use something easy since the cookies were homemade.

Friday, August 30, 2013

White Mountain Snack Mix

This recipe comes from Vegetarian Times September 2013 p.45.

This is the second snack mix I've made from that issue of Vegetarian Times check out the Breakfast Snack Mix.


1 cup dried apple rings, torn into bite-size pieces
1 cup pecan halves
¾ cup dried cranberries
¾ cup pumpkin seeds
½ cup white chocolate chunks

I also added yogurt covered raisins. 

Combine all ingredients.

I loved the breakfast snack mix and so did my family, but this was not a snack mix which we enjoyed. The dried apples were the least favorite ingredient, the texture wasn't very good. My mom suggested that this might be good with a crunchy ingredient such as dried banana chips.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Cheesy Corn Ramen

I've seen a few books and websites that make meals out of ramen. I like the concept, because it takes something that can be really boring and make it into an interesting meal. I think it is cool too because there are so many twists and options that you can do with it because the noodles are pretty versatile.

This recipe comes from the book 101 things to do with ramen noodles. My mom and I are hoping to do some more of these ramen recipes soon.

-1 packet of ramen, with any seasoning packet
-1 14 oz can creamed corn
-1/2 cups shredded cheese

Make the ramen noodle packet in boiling water. In another saucepan, heat the creamed corn and cheese together until the cheese melts, about the amount of time it takes for the ramen to cook. Pour the cheese corn sauce over the ramen.

I didn't use all of the sauce, it was a little too much for the amount of ramen I had, I used probably 1/2, so if you wanted to make 2 packets of ramen or cut down the amount of cheese and corn, I think that would work well.

This was really simple, there were not many ingredients, but it really made them taste good and different than the plain ramen. It was almost like mac and cheese, it was really creamy, and the corn gave it some extra texture and sweet flavor.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Spicy Hawaiian Burger

Welcome to the last grilling Wednesday! This recipe is the perfect transition to the next Wednesday theme which is sandwiches. From September through November every Wednesday we will be featuring a different sandwich recipe.

Other Grilling Wednesday Recipes: BBQ Maple Balsamic Burger with Sharp CheddarGrilled Pineapple with Honey, Cinnamon and LimeGrilled Caprese SandwichesGrilled Spicy Pepper PoppersRed White and Blue BurgerGrilled Nacho PizzaSpicy Hoisin and Sesame Glazed CornGrilled Peaches with Lemon and ThymeGrilled Vegetable PanzanellaBlack Bean Mushroom Burger, Grilled Swiss-and-Zuccchini Sandwiches and Halloumi and Vegetable Kabobs with Tropical Mango Sauce.

-4 black bean veggie burgers
-4 pineapple rings
-4 slices pepper jack cheese
-4 hamburger buns
-Teriyaki sauce

Grill the veggie burgers and pineapple rings,

Top each burger with pineapple rings and pepperjack.

Add teriyaki sauce to taste.

This was really good! I really like grilled pineapple with teriyaki sauce and this burger was a really great way to utilize this in a sandwich.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Cantaloupe Smoothie

It's almost the end of summer (if you live in Ohio like me, summer feels like it never started!) and I was trying to find a good use for some melon that I had in my fridge.

This recipe is from Aggie's Kitchen.

-1 clementine or small orange, cut into segments or chunks
-1/4 cantaloupe, cut into chunks
-1/2 frozen banana
-6 ice cubes

Blend all of the ingredients together in a blender. Add a little orange juice if needed.

I did not love this recipe, the orange made the smoothie almost undrinkable because any leftover pith from the orange peel became stringy inside the smoothie. I was really disappointed because the flavor was good, just not the texture. If I make this again I will use orange juice rather than an orange to avoid an unpleasant texture.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Crock Pot Brownies

This wasn't really much of a recipe, but more of a technique of sorts, but it was so good I wanted to share it. It was gooey and warm, kind of halfway between a brownie and brownie batter.

Just make store bought brownie mix like usual, then put it in the crockpot on low for about 2 1/2 hours. About 2 hours through cooking, it looked like the edges were getting more cooked than the middle, so I mixed it up and left it for another 1/2 hour.

Top with ice cream and whipped cream.

The top looked like regular brownies, but the inside was still a little soft.

I think you could even make this a fancy dessert and more of a recipe by adding some caramel or pretzels or some other type of topping to make it your own.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Snickers Milkshake

Makes two milkshakes.

Recipe from I am a Honeybee.

-2 generous cups of vanilla ice cream
-1 cup milk
-1/3 cup chocolate chips
-1/4 cup peanut butter
-1/4 cup caramel sauce
-garnish: whipped cream, unsalted roasted peanuts, chocolate chips, caramel sauce

In a blender combine the ice cream and milk.
Add chocolate chips and blend.
Add peanut butter and caramel and blend.

Pour into glasses, top with whipped cream, peanuts, chocolate sauce and caramel.

This tasted good, pretty close to what a snicker's bar tastes like. My family enjoyed it. My mom said it was a little thin so if you like thicker milkshakes then add a little more ice cream.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Atomic Hash Browns

This was a good way to make something different for breakfast, and I adjusted the original recipe from making my own hash browns from scratch to just using frozen hash browns, so this was really quick and simple.

This recipe comes from Food Network.

-2 cups frozen hash browns
-2 tablespoons butter
-2 tablespoons olive oil
-1 teaspoon garlic powder
-1 teaspoon paprika
-1/4 teaspoon cayenne
-Salt and freshly cracked black pepper

Add the spices to the thawed hash browns first.
Cook them like you would normal hash browns,
flipping them over halfway through.

These were pretty tasted, not too spicy, but had a little bit of kick as an aftertaste. The best part was that I already had all of the ingredients in my kitchen ready to go.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Strawberry Basil Lemon Fruit Roll-ups

I saw this recipe on the front cover of Relish magazine and went to the store after work to buy the ingredients for it. However, strawberries were much cheaper than blackberries and the grocery store was completely out of mint. I adapted this recipe based on a drink I had at a restaurant once, a delicious mix of limoncello, strawberry and basil.

Adapted from In Sock Monkey Slippers.


-3 cups strawberries
-1/4 cup basil leaves
-1/4 cup honey
-2 tablespoons lemon juice
-zest of 1 lemon
-parchment paper
Blend together the food ingredients in the blender until smooth, strain the seeds out if you'd like, but I don't think it makes a difference. 

Spread onto a 11x17 pan covered in parchment paper.
Bake for six hours at 170 degrees.

Once the fruit puree is dried, remove from the oven.
But the parchment paper in half, then roll each half into a cigar shape.
Cut into strips. 


This recipe was just like the kind of fruit leather I enjoyed as a kid, except much healthier. I know exactly what went into this, unlike the store bought type which is full of ingredients which are not natural. This also wasn't as sticky as the store bought kind, it always made me feel like I was going to rip out my teeth,  this has the perfect amount of give to it. The strawberry and lemon are the most predominant flavors, the basil wasn't as strong as I thought it would be. I would love to try this again with different flavors.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Sweet Corn Gnocchi

A few weeks ago my family went out to eat at Cleveland Chop, and we had a Sweet Corn Gnocchi as an appetizer. It was really good, and I hadn't ever had anything similar, so I wanted to try it. It had a little bit of a sweet taste and a buttery sauce with a little bit of cheese.

-1 package gnocchi
-1/2 can corn
-2 Tbsp butter
-sprinkle garlic salt
-sprinkle Parmesan cheese
-parsley for garnish

Cook gnocchi according to package directions.
Melt the butter in a pan, and add the gnocchi.
Cook for about 2 minutes, then add corn and a little more butter.
Add the cheese and garlic powder, cook for another 2 minutes.

I thought this was pretty good, and actually filling as a main dish. I think the restaurant version had some sugar in it too, and maybe it was cooked a little longer because it had a little bit of a crunch that mine didn't. Overall though the flavors went together well, an unexpected combination.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Halloumi and Vegetable Kabobs with Tropical Mango Sauce

These were a great vegetarian option for a kabob on the grill. If you haven't had halloumi, it is worth checking out. It tastes like mozzarella, so it goes great with almost any vegetable, and this sauce was really great with it.

If you are interested in halloumi, we have another kabob recipe, with Italian dressing.

Other Grilling Wednesday Recipes: BBQ Maple Balsamic Burger with Sharp Cheddar, Grilled Pineapple with Honey, Cinnamon and Lime, Grilled Caprese Sandwiches, Grilled Spicy Pepper Poppers, Red White and Blue Burger, Grilled Nacho Pizza, Spicy Hoisin and Sesame Glazed Corn, Grilled Peaches with Lemon and Thyme, Grilled Vegetable Panzanella, Black Bean Mushroom Burger, and Grilled Swiss-and-Zucchini Sandwiches with Smoky Pesto.

Sauce Recipe from Undressed Skeleton.

-1 Cup Fresh Pineapple
-1 tsp. Cinnamon
-1 Cup Fresh Mango
-1 Small Peach
-2 Tbsp Sugar

-Green Peppers
-Steak Seasoning

Add all the sauce ingredients in the blender.
Blend til smooth.
This can be made ahead of time. 
Assemble the skewers.
Grill for a few minutes on each side.
Make sure the cheese is big enough to not fall through
the grill. I can get a little sticky if you leave it on too long,
so be sure to check it often.
Top with sauce and seasoning.

This was really good, I definitely went back for seconds. You can use other vegetables if you want to make this kebob, I think the mango sauce would go with anything, it was just sweet enough to not be overpowering, but still have a good flavor. It was kind of the consistency of applesauce, pineapple and peach were a good combination.