My niece came to visit last summer and brought cookies along with a sweet baby. We loved both the cookies and the baby! Her baby boy is so cute. I hated to see them leave, but will forever remember the visit as well as my first encounter with Monster Cookies. These things are dang good! During the summer I was on a mission to find the recipe and here it is. Paula Deen’s recipe from one of her cookbooks Paula Deen and Friends. It is ironic that my niece picked up the cookies from a bakery in Savannah which is the home of Deen.
Who doesn’t love peanut butter and chocolate? It is one of my favorites from ice cream to candy and when I saw this 5 years ago I saved it. Yes, I know it’s been a long time coming. I love this recipe if you even want to call it a recipe. It’s so easy to throw together. Just give yourself time to chill it either in the refrigerator or if you are in a bigger hurry use the freezer. To make it a little festive try bagging it in clear bags and tie with some orange and yellow ribbon. Then surprise your friends with a bag of bark. Keeping two pounds of this at my house is not a good idea , if you know what I mean. Happy Halloween!
In the mood for some Beignets, but you can’t swing the trip to New Orleans to Cafe du Monde in the French Quarter? Here’s the next best thing. These are from one of my favorites from Southern Living made with Pillsbury Buttermilk Biscuits. They are a real treat and super easy. Give yourself 10 minutes and you can be sipping your coffee, eating your beignets and feeling as if are in the center of it all in NOLA.
Want a recipe that will make you look really good in the kitchen? Here it is. These cake balls are not as complicated as they seem, but you will need to cut yourself some slack. If you are an impatient person as I tend to be step back and take a deep breath. Have yourself a book to read or some laundry to do while waiting for them to cool, because there is a good bit of down time. The end results are totally worth it!
Publix and I are best friends. When you spend hours at the grocery store as I do you have to love the place. I love their apron simple meals and have used them on this blog and have prepared them for my classes many times with great results. This Parmesan-Crusted Chicken that I discovered this summer is a keeper. Anyone that can boil water and turn on the oven has got it made. Plus the meal is so delicious. By the way for all of you that are interested school starts for me two weeks from today. Where has my summer gone? So I’m digging in and enjoying every last minute.
I read somewhere the other day that potato salad is making a comeback. Did it go somewhere and no one told me? It’s always at our house. Potato salad is one of my all time favorites. One of the best that I have ever had is Julia Child’s American Potato Salad. Oh my goodness, it is so good! You cannot go wrong with this salad. When I bring this dish to a get together there is not a morsel left. It is that good.
Julia Child has always been an inspiration to me. Just the fact that she went to culinary school so late in her life is astounding. I was mesmerized by her voice and cooking skills on her TV cooking show way back when. I spent many hours wishing that I might someday cook like Julia. I do cook in a setting much like Julia’s, but in no way with her same skills.
Years back on a trip to Washington DC I was thrilled to learn that Julia’s kitchen had been place in the Smithsonian. I spent hours there just looking and reading. I wanted to take it all in – the kitchen that I watched Julia tell me how to roast the best chicken. I was in heaven!
Whoever came up with the idea of using wonton wrappers as the base of everything from lasagna to tacos is a GENIUS! These are great for parties. Anything that does not require a fork when eating is always a hit. And who doesn’t love a taco both kids and adults . These are so quick and easy that your kids can put them together. They’ll have a blast in the kitchen.
I first had Taco Cups at my neighbor Kim’s along with this. YUM! I got there early and watched her put these together in a matter of minutes and popped them in the oven for just seven minutes. She pulled them out and served. That quick and I was sold! Guests then topped them with their favorites such as this guacamole, sour cream, pico de gallo and jalapenos.
What do you do when you have a bag of lemons and a free afternoon? You bake Ina Garten’s wonderful Lemon Cake that’s what you do. Then step back snap a photo, slice it up, and take it to all your friends!!! This cake has been one of GI Joe’s favorite cakes for the past three years that I have been whipping it up. The cake reminds me of the one that Starbuck’s sells by the slice. Starbuck’s texture is a little more dense , but the flavors are almost identical. Freeze by the slice and you will save yourself a boatload of money. Today I made it in this new Wilton 16 in. x 4 in. loaf pan that my longtime friend Connie bragged about. The cake came out lovely. The only drawback is how to store it without cutting it in half. If you have any ideas let me know!
Cardamom is my new favorite flavor! I loved it in these cheesecakes and when I saw this pound-cake in Bon Appetit I knew that I had to make it. Little did I know of the trouble that this seemingly simple recipe would cause.
Finding cardamom pods in Douglasville can be a little difficult. I did find the pods at the Indian market. The anise pods were a little more difficult. Really the cake part was easy. It was the plum sauce that seemed to be just out of my reach. It took me several times to finally get the knack. The first go round produced plums that were just way too mushy. I did save that liquid and used the plums by pushing them through a sieve. The next time I cooked more plums using the liquid I saved. I shortened the cooking time greatly which worked.