Thursday, August 30, 2012
College football starts this weekend, why not kick it off with this quick and easy tailgate friendly recipe?
As a season-ticket holding, die-hard Spartan, I can't tell you how excited I am that football season is finally here. I love the atmosphere, the tailgates, the games and the passion that so many people have for college football. No matter if you are a Wolverine or Spartan, we can all agree that our teams will be exciting to watch this year. So, whether your heading to East Lansing on Friday to watch your Michigan State Spartans take on Boise State; or staying at home and throwing a viewing party for the University of Michigan Wolverines vs. Alabama game, I have the perfect recipe for you to try - beer dip. To make this recipe, which I found on a blog called Balancing Beauty & Bedlam, you'll need the following: To start, mix the cream …
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Have a lot of zucchini? Make a few loaves of this delicious bread and store it in your freezer.
This past weekend I was the recipient of some zucchini. This year, like last year, it seems I don't need to bother planting my own garden - my family and friends have an abundant supply of vegetables from their own gardens and like to share. As the zucchini keeps coming I found myself wondering just what I was going to do with it all. After going through my cookbooks and surfing the internet, I decided take a peak into my grandma's recipe box. It's an older box, dusty, and filled to the brim with all sorts of recipes handwritten in my grandma's unique scribble. My grandma, who passed away last year, used to always say her handwriting was so bad, even she couldn't read it. The first recipe in her box just so happened to be a handwritten …
Thursday, August 16, 2012
You can make this recipe, from scratch, in 5 minutes.
As summer winds down there are a few summer-time recipes I've had on my list to make, but just haven't had the time. This recipe for peach cobbler is one of them. I originally got the recipe from a blog, The Faux Martha, and recently modified it to suit my busy lifestyle. You can throw this together in 5 quick minutes, and it only take 30 minutes to bake. So whether you're in a hurry to make a weeknight dessert, or you forgot to make a dish to pass and need one in a hurry - this is the perfect recipe. To make the modified version you'll need: To start, place the butter in an 8-by-8 baking dish and set it in the oven while it preheats to 350 degrees. You want the butter to melt, but not to brown. While the butter melts, sift together the …
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Need something to snack on while watching the 2012 Olympic opening ceremony? Try this bean dip recipe.
In preparation for the upcoming Olympic games (Go USA!) I found a deliciously easy, cheesy bean dip recipe -- the perfect snack for the opening ceremony. In addition to being easy make, this recipe can be whipped up in just 30 minutes. So invite your friends, kick back and enjoy the 2012 London Olympics. To make this recipe you'll need the following: To start, mix together the cream cheese and sour cream in a large bowl. Add the refried beans and mix well. Next, mix in the taco seasoning. Once well mixed, pour into a greased 9x13 baking pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes in a 350 degree oven. You'll know it's done when the cheese is melted and slightly browned. Serve with your favorite tortilla chips. Enjoy!
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Bring back memories of the beach with this summer staple.
The first week back to work after a vacation can be hard. If you've spent time on the beach, you may be long for sunshine and waves, wishing you could blow off that day's meetings and stretch your toes in the sand. Beat those post-vacation blues with this recipe for Key Lime pound cake. It's goes great with coffee in the morning, or a glass of milk during the day. To make this recipe you need the following: To start, preheat your oven to 325 degrees. Beat the butter and shortening at medium speed with a heavy-duty electric stand mixer (or hand mixer) until creamy. Gradually add the sugar, beating at medium speed until light and fluffy. Next, add the eggs, one at a time, beating just until blended after each addition. In a separate bowl, …
Thursday, July 12, 2012
If you're hitting the road this summer, try this easy to make recipe for corn dog muffins - a great savory meal for those on the go.
This week I am spending my time on vacation in Hilton Head Island, SC. So in preparation for the 15 hour drive I tried, and succeeded, in finding a unique and delicious dish I could make ahead and pack for my husband, brother and I to snack on. Corn dog muffins were the perfect choice. The recipe might sound a little strange (think of a mix of hot dogs and sweet cornbread muffins) but the combination was a winner in our car on the way down. To make this recipe you'll need the following: In a large bowl, combine corn bread mix and brown sugar. Then, combine the eggs and milk. Stir that into the dry ingredients until moistened. Stir in corn and hot dogs (batter will be thin). Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups three-fourths full. Bake …
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Looking for a way to make your barbecue stand out at your Fourth of July celebration? Try this easy to make barbecue sauce.
I always associate the Fourth of July with barbecue. Whether it's ribs, pulled pork or chicken a top-notch sauce is necessary to make any barbecue memorable. This Independence Day, try your hand at a homemade honey beer barbecue sauce. This recipe is easy to make and relatively easy. You can make it in the morning and have it ready just in time for the afternoon Fourth of July party. To make this recipe you'll need: To start, cook the onion and garlic in hot oil, in a large saucepan, until the onions soften. Stir in chili sauce, beer, honey, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, and mustard. Bring the mix to a boil, stirring often to prevent burning. Reduce the heat, and simmer uncovered for 20 minutes, or until it is a nice consistency. Stir…
Thursday, June 28, 2012
These cookies are the perfect combination of chocolate and peanut butter. Best of all? No need to turn the oven on when it's 90 degrees outside.
No bake recipes are perfect for summer. Not only are these recipes delicious and easy to make, but you can avoid adding extra heat to your already hot home by not having to use the oven. Growing up, these chocolate no bake cookies were a staple in the house. It's likely you even have the ingredients in your pantry already. To make this recipe you'll need: To start, add the butter, sugar, milk and cocoa together in a saucepan. Bring to a rolling boil, and boil for one minute. Turn off heat and stir in the peanut butter, oats and vanilla. Using an ice cream scoop, drop the mixture onto wax or foil paper. Let cool until they set. Enjoy!
Thursday, June 21, 2012
These plump, juicy brats are great on the BBQ during a hot day.
One thing I love about summer is grilling. The grill is a great way too cook up a nice meal on a hot day. I'm not a fan of bratwurst, but a recipe for beer soaked brats piqued my interest. My friend Tera Deming had a similar recipe a few weeks ago and raved about how plump and delicious the brats were. The make this recipe you'll need: To start, combine the salt, pepper, garlic salt, butter, onions and beer in a large pot. Bring to a boil over medium high heat. Reduce the heat to low, so it simmers. Take the brats and poke with a fork on both sides, then place the brats into the beer. Let soak in the mixture for 15-20 minutes. After 15-20 minutes, remove the brats from the pan and transfer to the grill. Grill the brats until they become …
Thursday, June 14, 2012
The perfect recipe for your grad party or Fourth of July celebration.
One of the easiest, and tastiest, dishes to make for a party is a snack mix, and this recipe is no different. While regular Chex mix is good, my sweet tooth prefers dessert snack mixes like this Funfetti cake batter Chex mix. The great thing about snack mixes is that they are easy to make, and can generally feed a large number of people. So, make this recipe the night before and save yourself some day-of party stress. To make this recipe you'll need: To start, combine the almond extract with the white chocolate chips and melt according to the package directions, adding vegetable shortening to thin. Next, pour the cereal into a large bowl and drizzle the melted chocolate over the cereal. Mix gently with a large spoon or spatula. Once the …