October 2008

Crumb-Topped Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bites

So a few weeks ago when we received our products from Pillsbury, I had grand visions of all the magical things I could do with them. And then I used them up before I could try everything I had in my brain (and in my fridge). And then I couldn’t find any of the Pillsbury crescent roll sheets at my friendly neighborhood grocery stores (in the sticks), so I started thinking in another direction. I have a yummy, yummy crumb-topped …

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Ginger Spice Cookies

I am in love. With these cookies. It’s the kind of cookie that you need in your cookie jar. And if you don’t have a cookie jar, it’s the type of cookie you should buy one for. I didn’t even know I was a ginger-spice-molasses type person, until I ate these. I looked at the recipe and it looked pretty basic so I was trying to think of something to snazz them up. I thought about sandwiching them with cream …

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Caramel Apples

Yeah, yeah, I get it. Caramel apples aren’t exactly earth-shattering or anything. But there are caramel apples and then there are caramel apples. Have you seen those amazingly gorgeous caramel apples at places like Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory but you haven’t felt like shelling out $8 for some tastier-than-average produce? Well, today’s your day. These are easy, easy, easy, will wow everyone who sees them, and are easily cut up for a gorgeously impressive Halloween party finger food! Caramel Apples …

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Monster Munch {Halloween Popcorn Mix}

…or white chocolate covered popcorn with candy corn,peanuts, and peanut butter candies. But MoNsTeR mUnCh sounds way more fun and Halloween-ish, right? Have you noticed that I have a popcorn mix for every season?? It’s because they’re so great. It makes a ton, pleases everyone, and involves no cooking! Can’t beat that. This one mixes sweet and salty- a combo I LOVE. If you’ve never bought almond bark before, you can find it in most normal grocery stores in the …

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Sweet Cornbread

Did you even know that cornbread could be naughty? I mean, cornbread is about as plain and wholesome as it gets. But here’s my deal: in case you haven’t noticed, I have a little bit of a sweet tooth. I also think that sometimes, cornbread is too crumbly to enjoy eating. This super-complicated recipe takes care of both of those things–combining a yellow cake mix with a through-and-through cornbread mix cuts some of the down-home gritty crumbliness of regular cornbread …

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Chipotle Chocolate Chili

Okay, for any of you who have been reading for awhile, you’ll know that I have uber-picky eaters at my house, namely my husband and my son. So imagine my surprise when I made this chili for the first time last year and both of them ate it up. Willingly. And then they had more. And then my husband told me that this was THE chili recipe he’d been longing for the whole time we’d been married. So imagine his …

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Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream Sandwiches

Remember a few posts ago when Kate asked what your ultimate fall food was? The one you just absolutely HAVE to make when the leaves start turning? The one that says, “Fall is here and I want to savor every second of it” ? Well this is mine. And it wins by a landslide. Just look. And click on that picture so you can see every last drip. Now if you haven’t noticed, Kate and I are practical girls. We …

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Chicken and Dumplings

Chicken soup like your mom used to make. Literally, your mom. At my house growing up, chicken soup came from a red and white Campbell’s soup can. I remember the first time I had homemade chicken soup and truly, it was one of the best things I’d ever eaten. It was comfort in a bowl. And it can’t be replicated, no matter how hard Progresso tries. Now…living in the South, the idea is that chicken and dumplings or chicken noodle …

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How To: Roast Garlic

Mmmm…Roasted Garlic. It’s pretty much culinary gold, and considering how incredibly easy it is, I’m surprised more people don’t do it. When you roast garlic it becomes caramelized, sweeter, more mild, and dare I say – more mouthwatering than garlic already is. The fab thing about roasting garlic is that it’s flexible. Chances are you use your oven at least once a week, right? Tossing a ball of foil-wrapped garlic in there won’t take up any more space than you …

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Easy Breakfast Crescent Braid

Recently Kate and I had the opportunity to test out several new products from Pillsbury (you know we didn’t hesitate to say yes to that offer!) One of the products is the new Crescent Recipe Creations. (Check out that link for tons of great recipes) Basically, it’s their well-known crescent dough, but without perforations. It’s just one big sheet. For years I’ve thought they should sell it in a sheet and wa-lah! Such a great product. It’s pretty much a …

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