Friday, November 27, 2015

Turkey Sandwich Ideas

Happy Thanksgiving! Or rather Happy Delicious Turkey eating day! I'm sure everyone has made their amazing Turkeys at this point and may now be sleeping off their eating coma with football in the background.  Now though, you have a lot of leftovers hanging out in your fridge.  What delicious concoction will you put together with them?  I have put together a few versions that I love.

Sometimes you have to think outside of the box when it comes to turkey sandwiches.  You can be very creative by incorporating fruits or different cheeses with it. 



Greek Turkey Wrap

5 minutes of Prep


·       Slices of Turkey
·       1/4 of Cucumber Slices
·       4-5 Cherry Tomatoes Sliced
·       Greek Dressing
·      Feta Cheese crumbled
·       Wheat Wrap





 

 

Hot White Cheddar Cranberry Turkey Sandwich

5 minutes of Prep

·       Turkey Slices
·       1 Slice of White Sharp Cheddar
·       3 Tbsp. Cranberry Sauce
·       1 Tbsp. Mayo
·      2 Slices White Bread
·       1 Tbsp. Butter


Melt butter in a saute pan on medium heat.  While butter is melting, assemble sandwich.



Then grill both sides until bread is browned and cheese is melted.









Double Decker Turkey & Strawberry Sandwich

5 minutes of Prep


·       3 slices Multi-grain Baguette
·       2 Strawberries Sliced
·       1 Tbsp. Raspberry Jam
·       Slices of Turkey
·      2-3 Slices of Brie





Friday, November 20, 2015

Gnocchi

Next week is already Thanksgiving!! What a wonderfully delicious time of year.  I LOVE Thanksgiving. Unfortunately this year, I'll be working on that day.  Photographing Football players and missing out on a delicious Turkey dinner.  But the biggest thing I'll miss out on is the leftovers. So today I'd like to share a post on a delectable take on reusing leftover mashed potatoes.  Homemade Gnocchi. 

This is an easy recipe and please feel free to add the Gnocchi to any pasta sauce or toppings that you might like.

Gnocchi

30 minutes Prep time
2-3 minutes Boiling per batch of pasta
9 Servings

·       1 Eggs
·       2 Cups Mashed Potatoes
·       2 Cups Flour w/extra for rolling
·      1 tsp. Salt
·      1 Cup Flour


In a large bowl mix together your egg, salt, mashed potatoes, and flour.  You want the dough to come together but not be too sticky. So feel free to add extra flour if you need to.





Cut the dough into quarters.  Roll out each quarter with the extra flour, and cut into small pillow like shapes.



Take a fork and press down on the pillow and then roll up.  The shape isn't super important, it just make them look like gnocchi and allow tomato sauce to get into each nook and cranny.




Start your water boiling.  Take batches of the gnocchi, and boil each batch 2-3 minutes or until they float to the top of the water.  Put cooked gnocchi aside as you work through each batch.



I then added the cooked gnocchi to some veggies and homemade tomato sauce. You can dress up yours with anything from fresh tomato sauce to brown butter sage sauce. 


Friday, November 13, 2015

Get Baked!

We're in the middle of fabulous apple season.  A time of year that I absolutely love.  Apples are super cheap and there is a huge variety of them.  Everything from Gala to Honeycrisp to Pink Lady Apples.  We went to a farmer's market where my husband thought it would be a great idea to buy a half bushel of apples.  They were $3 for the whole thing, but now we have a lot of apples.  So be on the lookout for additional apple recipes coming your way.

This week's version is Baked Apples.  An easy to make dessert or breakfast dish that you can whip up in very little time.

 My husband was a huge fan of this recipe.  I walked downstairs with the baby and saw him pilfering these out of the fridge to eat cold. 


Baked Apples

5 minutes of Prep
25 minutes of Bake time
4 Servings

·       1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
·       3 Tbsp. Melted Butter
·       3 Tbsp. Oatmeal
·       2 Tbsp. Flour
·      4 Apples (I used Honeycrisp)
·       Whipped Topping (Optional)


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.


Peel and core your apples.  Then slice your apples length wise. 5-6 times per apple.  It allows the topping to get into the apples and makes them every more delicious.  Place each apple in the baking dish.



Take a bowl and add the sugar, butter, oatmeal, and flour and mix together. Top each apple with some of the mixture.



Bake in the oven 25-30 minutes.  Serve with whipped topping.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Zebra Stripes

I love cupcakes.  But I also get bored very quickly with the options for them.  So I began looking at ideas to jazz up boring cupcakes.  I found this recipe and thought it would be an awesome option. 


This took a little time to put together but the end result was amazing.  I only made enough for 9 cupcakes.  If you double the recipe it easily becomes 18.


Zebra Cake Base

20 minutes Prep time
15 minutes Bake time
9 Servings

·       2 Eggs
·       1/2 Cup Sugar
·       1/2 Cup Milk (I used 1%)
·       1/2 cup Vegetable Oil
·      1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
·      1 Cup Flour
·      1 and 1/2 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
·      1/4 tsp. Salt
·      1/2 tsp. baking powder

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl mix together your eggs and sugar.  Beat together until mixture is light and creamy.  Then add milk, vegetable oil, and vanilla extract.


In a different bowl add together flour, baking powder, and salt.  Whisk together to mix.  Slowly add your dry ingredients to the bowl of wet ingredients and whisk to combine.

Pour out a Cup or so of vanilla batter into a different bowl.  Add Cocoa powder to this and whisk to combine.



Begin to create your cupcakes by first adding the papers to your cupcake pan.  Add 2 tbsp. of vanilla batter first then 2 tbsp. of chocolate batter on top.  Continue this with each cupcake paper until each one is 3/4 of the way full.  Bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees.



Allow to cool before frosting.



Chocolate Ganache Frosting

 
10 minutes Cook time
9 Servings

·       2 Cups Chocolate Chips
·       1 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream

If you have a double boiler, this is a great moment to break it out.  If not, do what I did.  Add a bowl on top of a pot of boiling water.  The water shouldn't touch the bottom of the bowl.  Melt the chocolate chips in this.  Whisk to make them super smooth.



Take off of heat and add cream to chocolate.  Stir gently to combine.  Spoon out frosting on top of each cupcake while still warm.




 I added eyes, using marshmallows and chocolate chips to my cupcakes to make them festive.