Saturday, July 31, 2010

Double Chip Meringue Bars

The meringue topping on these bars is simply fantastic.  It provides a great contrast in texture and tastes great.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Chicken Noodle Soup

This is a classic that needs no introduction.  You can swap around the vegetables to meet your own taste.  It's a pretty tasty soup that everyone loves.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Banana Bread

Everyone loves banana bread (and if you don't, you may not be a human).  Every time the grocery store puts bananas on sale I grab a bunch and leave to them get nice and brown so that I can bake this treat.

Makes three loaves

Monday, July 26, 2010

Cookies and Cream Cake

The secret to this cake is that the frosting is made to match the stuffing in Oreos, making you feel like you're eating massive sandwich cookie.  If you like Oreos then you'll love this!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Potato Soup

This recipe will make a tasy, creamy soup that fits a cold rainy day.  I had it with a side of homemade garlic bread to really complete the meal.  Give it a try.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Coconut Cream Pie

This was my first time making a cream pie.  I had some leftover coconut from other baking adventures and decided that this would be a good way to use it up.  The recipe is pretty standard.

I served it with some leftover strawberry curd.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Chocolate Caramel Cupcakes

I made these for a company picnic recently.  People thought they looked good, but the real surprise was when they bit in to find a caramel center.  I made some with nuts and some without.  The recipe is pretty straight-forward, so you can make modifications pretty easily.

The pictures are from a double-batch.  The single-batch recipe below will make between 24-30 cupcakes.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Cherry Cranberry Pie

This pie combines two tart fruits into a single recipe.  Remember: real men bake their pie crusts from scratch...

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Lime Shrimp & Vegetables

I was sitting around on a sunday morning trying to figure out what to cook for dinner that night.  I surfed the web, checked out a few recipes, and finally came up with this idea.  It's a conglomeration of ideas from several places, and turned out to have pretty good flavour.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Orange Chicken

Another Americanized-Chinese food classic.  This recipe is actually pretty involved to make but the taste is outstanding.  The orange sauce alone is phenomenal and worth re-using in other recipes (I beefed it up with extra orange juice and zest to make the flavour stronger).

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Neufchatel

This is better living through home-chemistry.  Take a gallon of milk, some bacteria, enzymes, and minerals.  Turn it into a soft, cheesy snack.  How much more adventurous could you be in the kitchen? (unless of course you have a kinky wife...)

I kept some as plain cheese.  The other half was mixed with some fresh garlic, crushed red pepper, and green onions to make a nice spread for crackers.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Strawberry Pie with Strawberry Curd

I went strawberry picking and ended up with far too many berries (a good problem).  I baked up this strawberry pie to use up the berries.  I also hunted down a recipe for fresh strawberry curd as a topping.  Serve it up with whipped cream or ice cream for a tasty summer treat.

Friday, July 2, 2010

General Tso's Chicken

I really like Chinese food, so it seemed like a good idea to cook up some at home.  This recipe will make some really tasty General Tso's chicken.  It comes out a little salty, so if you don't like your Chinese very salty then scale back the soy sauce and add in some extra sugar & vinegar instead.