Monday, December 31, 2012

Turkey Stew with Dumplings

This is an easy way to use up leftover turkey.  Just toss the ingredients into the slow cooker in the morning, and that afternoon you'll have a hearty, delicious meal ready.

Yield: 6 servings

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Gingerbread Men

Nothing says Christmas time like cookies, and this is one of the classics.

Yield: 60 cookies (I used a medium-sized cookie cutter)

Monday, December 24, 2012

Berry Tart

If you want to impress your friends with a dessert that looks great, then this is it.  You can mix up the fruit, too, if you have other favorites.

Yield: 12 servings.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Portobello Turkey Bake

A great way to use up some leftover turkey, this dish is both hearty and has great texture from the mushrooms.  And there's very little cleanup since it's just one skillet and one casserole dish.

Yield: 5 servings

Monday, December 17, 2012

Cinnamon Raisin Walnut Bread

There's nothing so tempting as the smell of cinnamon raisin bread while it's baking.  Your mouth with be salivating all day while it bakes and cools.

Yield: 1 large loaf

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Pretzel-Crusted Chicken Breasts

This recipe was really just an exercise in curiosity.  When I found it I thought it would be a unique texture that I hadn't tried before, and it turned out to be even better than I had expected.  Definitely worth making again.

Yield: 4 servings

Monday, December 3, 2012

Pony Cake

This cake was for the 4-year birthday of my friend's daughter.  Needless to say, the kids all liked it.  It's a lot of cake, though, so bring some adults to help eat it .

Yield: 24 servings.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Cauliflower

I'm not usually a fan of vegetables, but I will occasionally find a dish worth trying.  This one is quite easy to prepare and serves as a good side dish for just about any meal.

Yield: 10 servings

Monday, November 26, 2012

Apple Cranberry Pie

The only acceptable conclusion to a Thanksgiving dinner is a homemade pie.  I've always been partial to apple pie, and I decided to mix it up this time with some cranberries.  The tart flavor of the berries makes this pie delicious.

Yield: 8 servings

Friday, November 23, 2012

Sesame Chocolate Chip Cookies

I was going through my cabinet trying to think of how to spruce up some plain cookies, and I found some extra sesame seeds laying around.  On a whim, I tried combining them with a classic cookie recipe and it turned out to be great!  You can taste the sesame and they add a unique flavor.

Yield: 4 dozon cookies

Friday, November 16, 2012

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

The bribe needed for feeding my chinchillas while I was traveling: peanut butter chocolate chip cookies.

Yield: 32 cookies

Monday, November 12, 2012

Sesame Bread

I made this on a whim once, and based on positive feedback from a friend I made it a second time to refine the recipe.  This is the improved version.

Yield: 2 loaves

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Raspberry Lemonade Bars

These bars have great flavor and the texture turned out much better than I was expecting at the outset.  I'm tempted to try them with other types of fruit.

 Yield: 16 servings

Monday, November 5, 2012

Crispy Roasted Potatos

I've been searching for a while for a potato recipe that is easy, crispy, and doesn't require deep frying.  Finally, I've found it.

Yield: 6 servings

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Chocolate Cake

This cake is pretty damn amazing.  It's got a soft texture and thick creamy frosting.  Truly a memorable cake.

Yield: 12 servings