Maybe it’s me but I feel like March has flown by! This weekend I decided to celebrate my favorite color, green. Nope I’m not Irish but why not celebrate spring. I picked up green sprinkled cinnamon twists from Isles Bun on Saturday to bring over to my friends house for dinner last night. Today I ran by Sephora and snagged the Pantone Universe Emerald Nail polish trio . I painted 8 of my nails the plain green and used the sparkly green as an accent nail for my pointers. This evening we are having Justin’s sisters over for dinner and I decided to make a green treat: LuckyCharm Treats. I ended up using the Limited Edition Green Clover Lucky Charms. I think they turned out pretty cute.
Don’t worry this post is not about eating turtles but is about a great Turtle Cake. Cafe Latte is a restaurant in St Paul that is known for its friendly cozy cafe feel. It also is known for its killer desserts. My mom and I are head over heels for their almond fruit tart (marzipan in the filling..amazing). Anyways I had heard from my friend, Kat that on Cafe Latte’s website. I decided that it was time to try making my first 3 layer chocolate cake. Thanks Cafe Latte for providing the recipe for your Turtle Cake.
Justin’s verdict- I loved it. It tasted pretty good for breakfast too.
It all started with a bowl of granola… I don’t think I ever would start a sentence like that. I like granola but it is never what I would choose to order for brunch. I tend to go for omelets … Continue reading →
On Friday night I attempted to make hamantaschen (Purim triangle cookie) for the second time on my own. I have helped out filling hamantaschen before at synagogue but this was the second time I had made them from scratch. Previously my mom and I had attempted to make them when I was in high school and it was an inedible fail.
My director at the preschool I work at gave me her recipe for hamantaschen. I made the dough on Thursday night and let it sit covered in the fridge for 24 hours. My end result was Purim Perfection. I handed out some to friends and I stuck a couple in the freezer for Justin to enjoy when he gets back from Hong Kong. I would highly recommend this recipe and am so happy that my director shared it with me.
1 cup butter
1 ½ cups sugar
2 tbsp milk
2 tsp vanilla
2 ½ cups all purpose flour
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
Beat butter and sugar together until smooth.
Add eggs, milk, and vanilla and mix.
Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt.
Mix dry mixture to wet mixture until incorporated. Chill dough for 24 hours
Dust surface with flour to keep from sticking.
Roll the dough to about ¼ inch think.
Use a round cookie cutter, and cut out pieces.
Fill each round with your favorite filling (I used strawberry preserves and apricot preserves.)
Pinch corners together and place on cookie sheet.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
Bake for 7-9 minutes. Let cool and be careful they are dangerously hot.
Chag Purim Sameach, Happy Purim, and Happy Weekend
I have had a recipe in my inbox for a couple of weeks waiting for Super Bowl Sunday. A sugar cookie shaped like a football.. Honestly what could be cuter? I followed this recipe exactly like the blog said and I even ordered the cookie cutter and frosting tint she suggested. I am so lucky my great friend, Alli agreed to spend her Saturday morning making cookies with me. It took us about 2 1/2 hours but we both agreed it was worth it.
It took me 5 years of marriage to finally conquer my fear of roasting a chicken. My husband is your typical meat and potatoes kind of guy. He would be happy having chicken and some form of potatoes every night of the week. I am the complete opposite.
Last night I conquered my fears and made my first roasted chicken. I followed Giada’s recipe for Garlic Roasted Chicken with Root Vegetables to a t. It came out perfect and now I am not afraid of expanding my culinary horizons.
I decided to add some green to my table.
What is your favorite dish that you have tacklers recently?
Last night I surprised Justin with a homemade lasagna. My husband is the happiest when I listen to his comments and make meals that he is craving. My friend, Alli recently made Barefoot Contessa’s Lasagna with turkey sausage. and told me that Justin would definitely like it. She was definitely right! Usually on the the weekends I like to go explore and try new restaurants in the twin cities but I knew that when the weather man started saying the temperature would be very cold for this weekend that this was a good choice to… Just Stay Home!
I’m not going to post the recipe because I did follow it to a t but I will say that if you have the Barefoot Contessa Family Style Cookbook it is also in there. This will definitely be made again and if its up to Justin I have a feeling it will be real soon.
Now that I made him a lasagna… maybe he could take me somewhere warm on vacation before tomorrow when the temp in the Twin Cities will be negative 5! (Wishful thinking)
I realized after we had eaten and started putting the lasagna in the fridge that I hadn’t snapped a picture yet. (Boo…this is not the picture I was planning on posting)
The last 2 years I have made cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning. I wake up and have an urge to make something with yeast. I know it’s crazy but if you think about it what else could Justin and I be doing. Yes, that’s right my husband rocks and he helps me with this task. This year I decided to step away from the Pioneer Woman Cinnamon Rolls and try my hand at Joanne Chang’s throw down winning sticky buns. She beat Bobby Flay with these buns!
I ended up starting on these sticky buns last night and I am so happy I did. I made the brioche dough in my Kitchenaid stand mixer with the dough hook attachment. I’m not sure who was more afraid that the mixer would launch itself off the counter: Justin or Leo?
I wrapped the dough up and stuck it in the fridge. Today I woke up and toasted the pecans, made the goo, assembled the cinnamon rolls, let them proof and baked them.
Just out of the oven
Taste test- We can definitely see how these won the throwdown. The dough is the perfect combination of sweet and buttery. These were a great treat and worth the work. I think I will be making the Basic Brioche very soon. I would love to taste the brioche by itself and it would be a great addition to dinner one night.
Last night I got together with my friend, Alli (who has a fantastic blog that you must check out) We had such a fun night sharing stories from our thanksgiving vacations and laughing at her husband, Mike who was playing video games 🎮 for part of the time. We talked about the desserts at our Thanksgiving tables and were inspired to try out a recipe we had both seen that took the best of pecan pie and sugar cookie and put them together. All I gotta say is: thank you Yum Sugar for a recipe that I will definitely be making all year round. Once you taste these cookies you will wonder why we don’t embrace the pecan pie all year instead of only a day in November.
Side Note- Alli got the most delicious pecans while she was home in Kansas City. Unfortunately they don’t ship (we looked into that last night) but if you find yourself in the are head to the Peach Barn . Maybe I can convince Alli to road trip for pecans 🚗.
This past weekend I got together with some friends and had a little get together. I was racking my brain trying to think of something to bring. I was determined to break out of my shell and try something new. My mom suggested I make this butternut squash gratin that she had recently made. She said it was fabulous. I followed this recipe from All Recipes to a t. I did take one shortcut… I cheated and bought butternut squash that was already cut up at Whole Foods. I wouldn’t normally do that but it did save me some time. I would definitely recommend this as a great addition at your Thanksgiving table. Unfortunately I forgot to snap a picture of my finished product. I did take a picture of the gruyere and extra sharp cheddar that I got at Whole foods.