Fig and Goat Cheese Pizza

This was a recipe Alyssa made us for Tuesday night dinner one tuesday this summer. When Joe, Erik and I were having a pizza bake off, I decided to make this pizza. I knew what was on it but didn’t have a recipe so I did it my own way. The problem with this pizza is it tastes SO GOOD. But the ingredients are SO expensive.

Ingredients:

1Onion

1 Tbl butter

Figs ( I used figs in their juice from stop and shop)

Goat Cheese

Mozzarella Shredded Cheese

Nan Bread (plain)

 

You can switch up the ingredients but this is what I used. First caramelize the onions, with butter and bit of brown sugar.

Spread onions over Nan bread, along with fig, and fig sauce,  crumble goat cheese and sprinkle that over pizza. Finish with mozzarella in any empty spots. Throw into oven until everything is melted.

Makes a good app or a meal! It tastes so good!

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Portuguese Rice Pudding

Any recipe where you put milk on the stove, I tend to mess up. Rice pudding I have made in the past has not gone so well, so I tried this recipe and it actually worked!!! Rice pudding is a traditional Portuguese dessert sometimes called sweet rice. Its cheap to make and very tasty! Tjhanks Family Foodie!

4 cups of water
zest of one lemon
2 tablespoons of butter
1/2 tsp of Salt
2 cups of long grain white rice
2 cups of hot milk ( I used whole)
1 1/4 cup of sugar
5 egg yolks
Cinnamon to decorate top.

Instructions:
1. In large saucepan, bring water, lemon zest, butter and salt to a boil.
2. Add rice and reduce heat to a simmer.
3. Simmer for 30 minutes or until almost all the water has been absorbed. ( It only took 15 mins for me!)
4. Add Hot Milk
5. Let simmer for 10 minutes.
6. Add sugar until absorbed.
7. In separate bowl beat the egg yolks and add a few tablespoons of the rice mixture to temper eggs.
8. Add the egg mixture into sauce pan/
Let rice continue to simmer for about 10 minutes until thick.

Serve in a 9×13 pan and dust or design cinnamon on top!

Stuffed French Toast

This is a recipe I first had at a wedding brunch, and I begged for the recipe. I have since made it for a christmas breakfast at school and for a Christmas brunch I hosted at my house. It is so easy and I make it the night before and let it sit in the fridge and bake it the next morning.

Ingredients:

1 loaf of french bread
1 cup brown sugar
2 tsp corn syrup
1/2 cup of butter
1 3/4 cups of milk
8 eggs
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
8 oz/ cream cheese

Step 1:
Make caramel sauce by melting butter and brown sugar over medium heat, add corn sryup, begin to boil, do not let it come to rolling boil, it will harden and turn into candy. Remove mixture from heat. Pour mixture into 9×13 pan that is greased. (I cover mine in foil)

Step 2:
Toast layer: Cut up french toast 3/4 inch thick. Lay bread into pan side by side. Spread cream cheese of top layer of bread then add another layer.

Step 3:
Mix eggs milk and vanilla in a bowl with a whisk. Pour over the bread. Place in oven at 350 for about 40-50 minutes.

When you serve it, serve caramel side up.

the last time I made this I ran out of milk and I used some rum chata and egg nog. What a rich flavor it gave!

You may serve this with syrup or whippped cream and fresh berries, although I never do~

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Pumpkin Rolls

I am trying to make a pumpkin treat once every weekend in october! Here is this weekends’: Thanks Girl who ate everything

Ingredients

    • 3 eggs
    • 1 cup white sugar
    • 2/3 cup pumpkin
    • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
    • ¾ cup flour
    • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon ginger
    • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
    • powdered sugar for sprinkling
Filling:
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
  • ¼ cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the eggs on high speed for 5 minutes. Slowly add the white sugar, pumpkin, and lemon juice and mix well. Add the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, ginger, and nutmeg and mix until combined.
  3. Grease and flour cookie sheet. Pour batter into a rectangular shape (don’t fill the sheet), leaving space on the sides for the batter to expand while cooking. Bake for 15 minutes.
  4. Sprinkle ¼ cup powdered sugar on terrycloth towel.(I used papertowels)  I would put more just to ensure that your roll doesn’t stick to your cloth. Loosen roll with spatula and flip onto the towel. Gently roll with the towel rolled up inside it as well and let it cool in the fridge. This step is to get the pumpkin roll in the correct shape while cooling.
  5. While roll is cooling, prepare filling by mixing cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla in a medium bowl. When roll has cooled in the fridge, unroll it, remove the towel, and spread the filling evenly inside. Roll it back up and refrigerate. It’s really hard to not crack the dough when rolling but if it does don’t stress because the cracks fix themselves when it refrigerates. Also, slightly dampening the cloth helps. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Cut into 1 inch slices to serve.

I overcooked mine so it came out not perfect circular but tasted fantastic!!! Success!

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Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Thanks Martha for another recipe. I’ve been using more of Martha’s recipes. From online of course, I would never actually purchase one of her books, but, her recipes are usually well thought out but too complicated. This one was on the simpler side. To celebrate October, I decided to make a pumpkin dessert.

Here it is:

FOR THE CREAM-CHEESE FILLING

  • 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened ( I used salted oops kill me)
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

FOR THE PUMPKIN WHOOPIE COOKIES

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon ground cloves ( had to ground my own whole ones and it came out chunky and crunchy)
  • 2 cups firmly packed dark-brown sugar ( I used light, sue me )
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 cups pumpkin puree, chilled ( this was a pain because I had two cans = about 3 1/2 cups)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  1. STEP 1

    Make the cookies: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or a nonstick baking mat; set aside.

  2. STEP 2

    In a large bowl, whisk together flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves; set aside. In another large bowl, whisk together brown sugar and oil until well combined. Add pumpkin puree and whisk until combined. Add eggs and vanilla and whisk until well combined. Sprinkle flour mixture over pumpkin mixture and whisk until fully incorporated.

  3. STEP 3

    Using a small ice cream scoop with a release mechanism, drop heaping tablespoons of dough onto prepared baking sheets, about 1 inch apart. Transfer to oven and bake until cookies are just starting to crack on top and a toothpick inserted into the center of each cookie comes out clean, about 15 minutes. Let cool completely on pan.

  4. STEP 4

    Make the filling: Sift confectioner’ sugar into a medium bowl; set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter until smooth. Add cream cheese and beat until well combined. Add confectioners’ sugar and vanilla, beat just until smooth. (Filling can be made up to a day in advance. Cover and refrigerate; let stand at room temperature to soften before using.)

  5. STEP 5

    Assemble the whoopie pies: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. Transfer filling to a disposable pastry bag and snip the end. When cookies have cooled completely, pipe a large dollop of filling on the flat side of half of the cookies. Sandwich with remaining cookies, pressing down slightly so that the filling spreads to the edge of the cookies. Transfer to prepared baking sheet and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate cookies at least 30 minutes before serving and up to 3 days.

Over all I think they taste pretty good, I love the frosting, and the pumpkin part is pretty tasty, will probably be better in a few days, when it gets all moist and soaks in. Would  I make these again? Probably not, I hate baking cookie style things so I don’t know how I always end up doing it, and I feel there are much better pumpkin desserts out there :)

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Tasty Dip

Okay so my Aunt June, always brought this to parties, and I decided I needed the recipe to bring along with me to any party. I also used this at my VMA viewing party. I recently brought this to game night, where we played Left, Center, Right, who’s played that yet? Its super fun. We love playing with bills, makes it super competitive. I brought this dip, and once you have one you cant stop.

 

2 Blocks of Cream Cheese

Green Onions

Cloves of Garlic

Wet Crushed red pepper, ( I use dry)

Appricot Jelly

Box of Ritz crackers

 

I didn’t use any amount because I wasn’t giving any amounts! Put in as many green onions as you want chopped, as many cloves of garlic. I use three usually. I don’t have wet red pepper so I use dry. Just a few sprinkles. Soften the cream cheese and mix in all the ingredients. I form a ball on a plate, microwave the jelly and pour it over the cream cheese dip. I chop additional green onions and sprinkle them over the jelly.  Lay out ritz crackers and it will literally disappear .

 

Success! yummy!

Banana Bread

I’ve been searching for a tasty banana bread for years. I usually make the recipe from Betty Crocker book and its always horrible. This one I had to try, and it turns out its really tasty. I like any of the breads after they have been sitting around for a while, but this cake comes out pretty moist. This one came from Huffington Post and is said to be the only banana bread recipe you’ll ever need.

I decided to make banana bread with Amy D came over and said Lindsey, bananas don’t belong in the freezer. I said you’re right its time to make bread! It was so hard to peel the frozen bananas I thought my fingers were gonna fall of. I mashed the bananas in the blender and added all the other liquids then added it to the flour mixture, but here is the way they say but it works both ways!

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup oil or butter (melted) (I used butter)
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt or sour cream  ( I used sour cream because our yogurt was expired)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla bean paste or extract ( I used extract)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350F (180 C). In a large bowl combine the eggs, oil, buttermilk or yogurt, sugars, vanilla, and whisk to combine. Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and stir to just incorporate; be careful not to over-mix. Stir in bananas
  2. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for about 45 minutes, or until top is golden and set, a toothpick inserted in the center comes out mostly clean. If bread is browning too fast on the top, you may wish to lower your oven temperature to 325F in last 15 minutes of cooking
  3. Allow bread to cool in pan for about 15 minutes before removing and transferring to a wire rack to finish cooling

Crepes between Friends

Whilst visiting my best friend Narragansett Rhode Island, I decided that in the morning we should try making crepes for breakfast. I’ve seen them make them on the today show so how hard could they be

Heres the recipe I used:

  • 1 cup Flour
  • 1 tsp white sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter

What I did was mix all of these items a blender, because you want the batter to be nice and thin and airy. Sometimes I use whole milk and sometimes I use skim, just depends on my mood but I really don’t ever notice a difference.

Pour a very small amount of batter just enough to coat the pan, usually two tablespoons on a pan that is heating at medium heat.  Pan is prepped with oil and or a bit of butter.

Cook until light brown, I like to flip several times because it helps get those beautiful air bubbles.  This recipe can make quite a few crepes, maybe enough to feed a family of four.

I add chopped strawberries and home made whipped cream.

My Favorite is Lemonade Crepes. Young girl I babysit taught me the recipe to lemonade crepes and they are a light delicioustreat. Juice one lemon, and add two tablespoons of sugar, take this mixture and spread it over a fresh tasty crepe, you wont regret it!

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Easter Peep Brownies

I went a little bit overboard with the Easter treats this year, and when I saw Domestic’s Rebel Peep brownies I had to have them.

I made mine with all pink peeps, even though I bought a bunch of different peep colors. I slightly crushed the M&M’s just to add a less of a huge crunch. I LOVED THEM. They didn’t go very fast at Easter- I think because most people weren’t feeling adventurous. But I thought they were so tasty!

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Ingredients

  • 1 box chocolate cake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup oil
  • 20-24 PEEPS candy (you could use bunnies or chicks; I used pink chicks)
  • 1 cup speckled Easter M&M’s candies

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 13×9 inch pan with foil, extending the sides of the foil over the edges of the pan. Mist the foil lightly with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, eggs + oil until well blended. Spread the mixture evenly into the prepared pan. Bake for 10 minutes. While the bars bake, roughly chop the PEEPS into bite-sized chunks and set aside.
  3. Quickly spread the chopped PEEPS evenly over the bars. Return the pan to the oven and bake for another 5-6 minutes or until the PEEPS are puffy and are juuuust beginning to brown a bit on the tops (you don’t want them to start toasting). Remove from the oven and immediately sprinkle both chips and the M&M’s evenly on top of the PEEPS.
  4. Allow the bars to cool in the pan completely before cutting into bars. I used a dampened knife to help me cut through the ultra-gooey marshmallow. These bars keep when covered at room temperature, for a couple of days.

Success!!!!

Lemon Blossoms

As I prepared for the Second Contract with DCL, I was running around trying to finish all the things I wanted to do with my vacation. One of them was to make these Lemon cupcakes, a Paula Dean recipe. I love lemon desserts so I was quite excited to dig into this one. I got all the ingredients earlier in the week and then realized we had no lemon, so that one was a no go. The week flew by and all the sudden it was a day before I was supposed to leave at 5 am for my flight. The recipe called for four eggs and of course we only had three. So I looked up egg substitutes and used 1 tsp baking powder + 1 1/2 TBS water + 1 1/2 TBS oil. BAM! I had finished packing and this was the last thing to do on list. So at 10:30 the night before I was meant to leave I was baking these little rascals with the help of my best friend.

 

This recipe came out SO GREAT. Super easy and they were tasty with and without the glaze.

 

PAULA DEEN’S LEMON BLOSSOMS
1 (18.25 oz. box) yellow cake mix
1 (3.4 oz.) instant lemon flavored pudding mix (I used the cook and serve because that’s what I had on hand)
4 large eggs
3/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
4 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 tablespoon lemon zest (about 1 lemon)
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoons water
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray miniature muffin pans with nonstick cooking spray (I like to use the cooking spray that has flour in it. I’ve never had a cake or muffin stick yet). In a large bowl, combine cake mix, pudding mix, eggs, and 3/4 cup oil. Beat for 2 minutes. Spoon 1 tablespoon of the batter (I use the small Pampered Chef scoop) into each muffin tin, and bake for 12 minutes. Turn the cakes onto a cloth towel.
In a medium bowl, sift confectioners’ sugar. Add lemon zest, lemon juice, remaining 3 tablespoons oil, and water, stirring until smooth. Dip the cakes into the glaze while they are still warm, covering as much of the cake as possible. Place the cakes on a wire rack with wax paper underneath to catch the drips. Let the glaze set thoroughly before storing in an airtight container.

 

Thanks for this AWESOME recipe.

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