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Rosemary Roasted Cashews

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So clearly I’m on a little bit of a nut kick. My favorite types are cashews and pecans, although cashews especially because they’re a bit easier to make into either sweet or savory. Pecans are more of just a sweet nut. But then again….anyways.

My mom bought a lot of rosemary for Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, a lot of that rosemary was not used. Gasp! Whatever shall we do with this rosemary?!?!?

Don’t worry, dear family, for I have a solution. Let’s roast them with nuts and spice em up!

And this happened.

And they are delicious. Plus, they’re perfect to snack on. Wake up hungry but too lazy to eat breakfast? Here ya are. It’s 5pm and dinner isn’t for another hour? Omnomnomnom. It’s midnight and you’re sleepeating? This is what you’ll go to. These would also be awesome for just leaving out at a dinner party; they’ll probably be gone by the end of the night.

This recipe is adapted from Lottie and Doof, link is at the bottom ūüôā

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 lb/16 oz of roasted unsalted cashews
  • 2 tablespoons of finely chopped rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp light brown sugar
  • 1 tbs kosher salt
  • 1 tbs unsalted butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350. Lay the cashews out on a baking sheet and stick them in the oven, just so they can get warm. Leave them in there for about 5 minutes. In the mean-time, mix the rosemary, cayenne pepper, brown sugar, salt, and butter in a bowl. Add the warmed cashews to the bowl, and stir so that all of the cashews are coated. Toss ’em all up. Serve warm, or let cool and store in a ziplock back. Or, you know, eat the whole bowl. That’s cool too.

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Original recipe:

http://www.lottieanddoof.com/2008/10/rosemary-cashews/

 

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Bacon Wrapped Scallops with Chili Butter

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Who doesn’t love the Pioneer Woman? Seriously. All of her recipes seem so picturesque, so western, so delicious. I just happened to find this recipe while randomly searching through Yummly’s recipe bank. And oh. My. Goodness. I don’t know how she got fresh scallops wherever she lives, but she obviously knows what she’s doing with seafood. This dish is a perfect appetizer- or even a weeknight dinner! Bacon. Scallops. Chili. Butter.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 lbs of large scallops
  • 1/2 pound of bacon, cut into thirds or half
  • 1 stick of unsalted butter
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • dash of cayenne

Here’s what you’ll do:

Wrap bacon pieces around the outside of the scallops, then attach with a toothpick.

Now you have three options:

Either:

  • Cook in a 425 degree oven (on a drip pan) for 20 minutes, or until bacon is sizzling and brown
  • Cook under the broiler for 15 minutes, or until bacon is sizzling and brown
  • Grill until bacon is sizzling and brown.

Melt butter and stir in chili powder and cayenne. Drizzle over scallops before serving.

Careful not to eat too many, safe room for dinner! Unless it is dinner. Then eat as many as you want!

Here’s the link to the original recipe:

http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2012/01/bacon-wrapped-scallops-with-chili-butter/

 

Mocha Slice Cookies from Martha Stewart

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Look at these little dudes.

Chocolatey bites of amazingness with a kick of coffee flavor jam packed into every cookie. Chocolate and coffee; sounds good for hungry rowers (although to be quite frank, any food is good for hungry rowers. I take food to practice, and it is gone within 5 minutes. poof!). Although, as mentioned in my previous post, I forgot to take the cookies out! So, I’m left with a bunch of mocha slice cookies. But that’s okay, because they’re small enough to serve as a tiny taste of something sweet, and they aren’t heavy. Make these cookies big or small, they’ll be perfect to satisfy a chocolate craving at any time of day. I found this on Yummly, which found this on Martha Stewart. I’ll post the original link down at the bottom. Now, without further ado……

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for work surface
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons instant espresso powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla¬†extract
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

How to:

Mix together flour, cocoa, salt, espresso powder, and cinnamon¬†into a large bowl; set aside. In another bowl, beat butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla.¬†Reduce speed to low so you can add flour mixture in without it spewing all over you. Unless you want to get into a flour fight (which I’ve done). ¬†Mix until just combined. Stir in chocolate chips.

Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface; roll into a 2-inch-diameter log. Wrap in saran wrap. Refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour or up to overnight. Or, you could just keep them in the freezer until you need to bake them, which is what I did. I bet they’d last up to two weeks when stored in the freezer, but don’t take my word for it.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Unwrap log, and let soften slightly at room temperature, about 5 minutes. . Cut log into 1/4-inchthick rounds. Space 1 inch apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper.¬†Bake until centers are set, about 10 minutes. They should be soft, but not gooey soft. Don’t try to bake these until they get solid: THEY WILL BURN (trust me). Transfer to wire racks; cool completely. Store in airtight containers at room temperature up to 2 days.

Recipe makes…a lot of small little cookies.

Here’s the original recipe:

http://www.marthastewart.com/340252/mocha-slice-cookies?search_key=mocha%20slice%20cookies

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Eat up!

Mom’s Favorite Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies

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My dear, dear blog. Oh, how I have missed it. Oh, how I have missed cooking and baking! I have had basically no time to do the very thing that always makes me happy: cook. Junior year has been insane. Exhausting beyond imagine. And joy: it’s only the second quarter. And senior fall is supposedly the worst thing ever. Up until today at about 4 pm, all that was on my mind was workworkworkwork. And next week is going to be even more stressful. Sadness.

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The only split second in the grand scheme of the past few weeks where I had to bake was when I made cookies for my team. They were quick, easy slice cookies. And they were amazing. The one in this post was actually the better of the two (probably just because peanut butter is my drug of choice). Funny thing actually. At the little team get-together, I forgot to actually make sure the cookies were put on the table….soooo not many people at them. That’s okay though, because my mom happens to really REALLY like them. She was happy.

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So, if you love peanut butter, make these cookies. They are amazing. I got this recipe from the blog Once A Month Meals. I’ll post the link to the original recipe down at the bottom.

Chewy Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies from Once A Month Meals

Ingredients!

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup peanut butter (I used Trader Joe’s All Natural smooth unsalted peanut butter. You wouldn’t expect it to work in baking. But it worked so, so well).
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup quick cooking oats

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 F.

Combine the flour, baking soda, salt, and oats. Set aside.

In a separate bowl, cream the butter, sugars, and peanut butter. Add in the eggs, and beat until well blended. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture. Add oats and mix. Drop by the spoonful onto ungreased cookie sheets, about 2 inches apart. Bake for 10 minutes, or until lightly browned.

If you want to freeze them (which you can totally do- I did that), let them cool completely before popping ’em in the ziplock bags and sticking them in the freezer.

This makes about 3.5 dozen cookies ūüôā

Enjoy!

http://onceamonthmeals.com/oatmeal-peanut-butter-cookie/

Roasted Chick Peas (aka Garbanzo Beans)!

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Snacking…

My biggest issue…

It’s so difficult not to snack! I get up to practice violin early, but I also get up hungry, but it’s not time for breakfast. Bam. Peanut butter. Middle of school: snack. Lunch. Snack before rowing. THEN I get home….is it dinner yet? If it’s not, then I usually reach for the mixed nuts or wasabi peas…which aren’t bad, but they aren’t great.

So I decided to try something new. Weeeee. New recipes. And so I saw this one that had to do with chick peas. And it was really similar to these snacky little chick peas I had on the way home from San Diego. Problem is, I didn’t like them much. They were in a bag at the airport and probably had been sitting there for a couple weeks or something. They were supposed to be crunchy and devourable. Well, they weren’t. So I decided to make them MY way. And I succeeded in making them devourable. My family and I almost ate the whole batch…and we’re three people…

These little dudes right out of the oven are crunchy, tangy, and warm. They’re healthier than popcorn or mixed nuts (they’re beans…) but even more satisfying.

This recipe is from: SteamyKitchen.com

Yields 2-3 servings, feel free to double or triple the recipe to make a party batch

Ingredients

  • 1 15 oz can of garbanzo beans
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Creole, cumin, red pepper…whatever spices you want

Procedure:

Preheat oven to 400 F.

Drain and wash the chick peas. They have a slimy packaging liquid, so get rid of all that.

Lay out on ¬†a baking sheet lined with a paper towel. Rub them gently between two paper towels to dry, and to get the skin off. Don’t fuss if you can’t get the skins off every single one. Just try to get most of them. Use your fingers if you need to, they come off pretty easily. Make sure all those chick peas are dry.

Remove the paper towels. Sprinkle olive oil on the chick peas and toss as to coat them lightly. Bake in the oven 30-40 minutes until they are crunchy and some are browned. They should NOT be dark brown. They should be slightly more golden that original, but seriously. Don’t wait to take them out of the oven until they’re caramel colored. Only sliiiightly darker.

Once extracted from the oven, sprinkle with salt and seasonings and toss. Let cool slightly, and eat!

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Pumpkin Butter aka The Best Thing Ever

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I love fall. The morning air is brisk and fresh, you wake up curled in blankets because of the cold air outside, and the leaves are changing into the best colors.

And you start transitioning from summer to winter food. And sorry, but winter food is way better. It’s not that I don’t like BBQ or ice cream or things like that. I do. I love it all. But fall brings a bunch of warm, cozy, ancient recipes back into the kitchen. Osso Buco. Puttanesca. Paprikash. Green chili. Dilled veal. Just to name a few of my family’s favorites.

A lot of specific foods are also more acceptable in fall/winter: sweet potatos, pasta, baked veggies, and…..

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PUMPKIN. The best food ever. You will see me posted lots of pumpkin recipes in the fall; I shall bask in it’s glory and awesomeness while it is still socially acceptable to use it. So if you don’t like pumpkin, I am sorry. Learn to love it. Because it range from being super healthy (like this recipe) or just terrible-artery clogging-awesomeness (pumpkin pie, another thing that is just…ugh. I can’t. I want it. Wahhhhh).

But anyways going on. This recipe is from skinnytaste.com. It was the best decision I made all week. It tastes just like pumpkin pie. I am not kidding. It doesn’t have any weird ingredients in it or whatever; it’s all good stuff going in to produce probably the best type of butter on the face of the planet. It’s super low calorie, and super easy. And you can use it a number of ways! You can: put it on toast, use it as a pie filling, eat a spoonful plain, spread it on a cookie or ice cream or froyo, stir it into oatmeal, eat a jarful plain….For all the pumpkin lovers, give this a go!

Note: I actually halved this recipe from the original. The original recipe makes a whopping 3 3/4 cups. I can’t eat that much pumpkin that quickly without fearing it’ll go to waste. Thus, I decided to avoid the situation.

This all is from skinnytaste.com! You will find an endless supply of recipes for every single part of the day that are healthy and delicious! Gina Homolka, the author of many books and of the website does an awesome job of marrying pure ingredients and favorite foods into healthy recipes. Go check that website out.

Ingredients:

  • 1 15 oz can of pumpkin puree, not pumpkin pie filling!
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup apple cider or juice
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice (to taste)

Directions:
Combine pureed pumpkin, vanilla, apple juice, spices, cinnamon sticks and sugar in a large saucepan; stir well. Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for 30 Р40 minutes or until thickened. Stir frequently. Adjust spices to your taste. Makes a little more than 1 1/2 cups.

1 serving (2 tbs) =32 calories

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Enjoy! Here’s the link to the original recipe

http://www.skinnytaste.com/2010/10/pumpkin-butter.html

Confetti Sweet Potatoes

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I love sweet potatoes. They are a miracle food I swear to gosh. It’s like having part of dessert in your dinner, when really sweet potatoes are packed with nutrients, especially Vitamin A (which is very good for vision, bones, teeth, and internal tissues )! So what do you do when you want a spin on classic mashed potatoes?

Confetti sweet potatoes. It’s mashed potatoes, but it’s not bad for you at all! While it isn’t advertised as a healthy thing, when you look at the recipe, you can see there isn’t anything that’s super bad for you. Just lots of veggies, spices, and sweet potato all whipped together in an illusion of mashed potatoes. Omnomnomnomnom.

Okay, so I have no idea where this recipe came from. My mom made it a couple of years ago to bring to a party, and she stuck this recipe in her book of foodiness (which is a book of all the recipes she’s ever printed out. I put it together for her for mother’s day like four years ago). I actually modified this recipe so much that it resembles the original only in ingredients used; way different proportions. But whoever came up with this recipe: THANK YOU!

Ingredients:

  • 5 sweet potatoes
  • 1/3 red onion, finely diced
  • 1 1/2 stalks celery, finely diced
  • 1/2 small carrot, finely diced
  • about 1/2 tsp olive oil, more if needed
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tbs oregano, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp chipotle powder
  • 1/3 cup goat cheese, crumbled/grated
  • 4 egg whites
  • 2 tbs parsley, minced
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Assembly:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place scrubbed potatoes in oven and bake 40-45 minutes, or until they are super soft to the touch. Set aside to cool. Keep oven at 375.

While the potatoes are cooling, place a pan over medium high heat and sauté the onion, carrot, and celery in olive oil until the onion is slightly browned. Add the oregano and garlic and cook an additional minute. Transfer to a bowl and add the chipotle powder, goat cheese, egg whites, and parsley.

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The potatoes should be okay to handle. Peel the potatoes (get rid of all them ears and brown spots and shnazz). Chop them in big chunks into the bowl with all the other ingredients. Whip ingredients together until smooth. Season with pepper to taste. Put in an oven-safe bowl (maybe a casserole bowl?) and cook for an additional 10 minutes before serving.