Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Anyway! Mother's Day brunch at our house. I asked my folks and my Gram to come since we'd all be at church 7 1/2 minutes down the road anyway. Yes, it's 7 1/2 - you want to make it less? Our friendly Police Officers will see that it takes you extra longer and you get a fancy piece of paper to go with that.
I saw this recipe for Cinnamon Roll French Toast and figured since I loved both - why not? I cut up the frozen cinnamon rolls the night before expecting great things to happen by morning. I opened the fridge the next morning? Looked the same as when I put it in. Hrm. Sure they were thawed, but not puffy or changed in any way.
I used the magic oven timer - I LOVE the timed start on my oven. I can cook food while I'm not even there. When we got home - the cinnamon rolls had puffed up and smelled amazing. No syrup needed - just use the packet of frosting. I did only make a half a recipe, since I didn't want too many left overs.
I really liked this recipe - but each bite I took I wished it was just a cinnamon roll. Maybe it was the frame of mind at the moment. If you like French toast and cinnamon rolls - this one is a winner.
Cinnamon Roll French Toast Breakfast Bake
1 bag (36.5 oz) frozen cinnamon rolls, 12 pk (like Rhodes)
4 large eggs
1 cup milk, 2% or higher is best
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
cream cheese glaze packets from frozen cinnamon rolls
1.Spray a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray.
2.Cut each frozen cinnamon roll into 4 pieces. Some may break and not be in 4 perfect pieces and that's fine. Place into the baking dish in an even layer. A few may be overlapping.
3.In a mixing bowl, combine eggs, milk, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Whisk together until well combined. Pour over the cinnamon rolls in the baking dish.
4.Cover with plastic wrap and put in fridge overnight.
5.Take the dish out of the fridge in the morning and leave on the counter while you preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
6.Bake for 35-40 minutes. Place a piece of tin foil over top of the dish (loosely) to prevent the cinnamon rolls from browning too much.
7.Let cool for 3-5 minutes. Place glaze packets in the microwave for 30 seconds and drizzle over the breakfast bake. Serve.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Crock Pot Sausage and Peppers
Sweet Italian Sausage links, cut in half, or thirds if large
salt and pepper
2 yellow onions, cut in half then sliced
3 small or 2 large green bell peppers, sliced
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1/4 teaspoon (more or less) red chili pepper flakes
28oz can tomato sauce
28oz can crushed tomatoes
1/2 cup chicken broth
Drizzle a small amount of vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium/medium-high heat (6/10 on the heat scale.) Add half or a third of the sausages (depending on how big your skillet is,) then brown for a minute or two on all four sides, or until golden brown, then transfer to a 6-quart crock pot (sausage does not need to be cooked all the way through.) Repeat with remaining sausage then add to crock pot.
Turn heat up to medium-high then add onions to skillet, season with salt and pepper, and sauté until just beginning to become tender, 3-4 minutes then add to crock pot.
Add bell peppers to skillet, season with salt and pepper, then saute until crisp tender, 4-5 minutes, adding a drizzle more oil if necessary to keep peppers from burning. Add garlic then saute for 1 more minute, and then add peppers and garlic to crock pot.
Add red chili pepper flakes, a little pit of salt and pepper, tomato sauce, crushed tomatoes, and chicken broth to crock pot then cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or until sausages are very tender. Serve over pasta or inside rolls with provolone cheese on top.
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
One pan dishes, often they are great. Awesome! You are able to do all the cooking in one pan, very little clean up, only one thing to toss in the oven, everyone walks away from the table happy.
Not this time.
Chicken, broccoli and red potatoes - how could that go wrong? Oh my. First add in mayo - or Miracle Whip. There is something about it that just doesn't work with cooking. Sure it's amazing in my Zesty Chicken Tortilla Bake, but in other things? Um... no. The potatoes did not cook so well, the broccoli was kind of over cooked. The chicken? Well the chicken was right on the edge of, "is this juicy and really nicely cooked or is this undercooked and we are all gonna die?" We all sat around the table looking at our plates wondering if this was thing that would keep us close to home for the next day. YUCK.
So.. needless to say, it went in the trash. So sad to see it wasted, but that's what happens sometimes.
The recipe? Nope.
Pretty pictures? I guess the cheese is pretty...
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
This recipe? While not what I was seeking, is something well worth trying, if you are on the same path. My friend Marcia told me she had an almond coffee cake recipe that was awesome. Since I feel I'm becoming a connoisseur of these things, I felt it was time to give it a try. Marcia is a much better Dutch girl than me. She makes banket (and likes it), she keeps a clean car, and even goes to the local Dutch Fest. She also has a great almond coffee cake recipe. Get this - even Bronwyn ate a piece on a Sunday morning. I know right? Amazing. That never happens!
I will continue on the hunt and I think it's leading me in the direction of ground almonds. Interesting right? Maybe I need to get a part time job at the bakery and then I will know their secrets!
Almond Coffee Cake
½ lb. margarine
1 cup sugar
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
1 cup sour cream
½ lb. almond paste, grated
1 tsp vanilla
Topping: (mix like pie crust, until crumbly)
½ cup sugar
1 cup flour
1 stick margarine
Bake 375 degrees in greased and floured pan
10x15 (jelly roll) pan: 25-30 minutes
9x13 pan: about 40 minutes
When cool, drizzle with glaze.
1 cup powdered sugar
½ tsp vanilla
1 T butter or margarine
2-3 T milk