Month: December 2005

Black Bean Dip

Black Bean DipIngredients:28 oz canned black beans, drained1 small onion, sliced3 cloves of garlic1 tablespoon cumin1 tablespoon plain yogurt (optional*)1 tablespoon lime juice*1 teaspoon chile powder1 teaspoon cayenne pepper Directions:Pour all ingredients into a food processor (or blender) and pulse until you achieve your desired consistency. Pretty smooth but with […]

Key Lime Pie

Key Lime Pie Ingredients:14 oz can of sweetened condensed milk (fat free is fine)3 egg yolks1/3 cup key lime juice*2 1/2 teaspoons key lime zest9 inch round graham cracker crust Directions:Preheat oven to 300. In a large mixing bowl, using your electric mixer, beat the egg yolks and zest until […]

Roast Beef with Garlic (in the slow cooker)

Roast Beef with Garlic (in the slow cooker)Ingredients: 3 lbs boneless beef chuck roast, trimmed10 oz mushrooms, chopped2 tablespoons vegetable oil2 medium onions, chopped24 cloves garlic, chopped2 beef bouillon cubes1/2 cup hot water12 ounces lager beer1 tablespoon light brown sugar2 tablespoons Dijon mustard1 tablespoon cider vinegar1 teaspoon cornstarch, dissolved in […]

Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon Rolls (Cinnamon Buns) Ingredients: DOUGH: 4 cups flour 1/2 oz yeast 1/2 cup hot water 1 tablespoon sugar 1/2 cup butter, melted 3/4 cup milk, at room temperature 1/2 cup sugar 1 egg 1 teaspoon salt FILLING: 1/2 cup butter, creamed 1 1/4 cups brown sugar 2 tablespoons cinnamon […]

Cream Cheese Icing for Sweet Rolls

Cream Cheese Icing for Sweet RollsIngredients:3 ounces cream cheese, softened3 tablespoons butter, softened1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar1/2 teaspoon vanilla1/8 teaspoon salt Directions:In a medium sized bowl, combine all ingredients thoroughly. Spread over warm sweet rolls. Excellent on cinnamon rolls. My thoughts:I love the cinnamon rolls with cream cheese icing found […]

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Ingredients: 1 cup butter 1 cup peanut butter 1 cup sugar 1 cup brown sugar 2 eggs 2 1/2 cups of flour 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda 18 oz miniature Reese’s Peanut Butter cups, unwrapped (I used the dark chocolate variety but they can be difficult to find) OR homemade […]

How to Host a Cookie Swap

How to Host a Cookie Swap I hosted my first cookie swap party this weekend and I think it went pretty well. Some tips I have come up with are: Send out invitations early-the holiday time is busy for everyone. Decide how many cookies each person will bring. 1 dozen […]

Chocolate-Vanilla Pinwheel Cookies

Chocolate-Vanilla Pinwheel CookiesIngredients: 4 1/2 teaspoons butter , melted3/4 cup sugar1 egg2 teaspoons vanilla extract1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour1/2 teaspoon baking powder1/4 teaspoon salt1/4 cup cocoa1/2 cup butter, at room temperature Directions:WARNING: this needs to be done the day before you want to bake the cookies.In a large bowl, cream […]

Dark Chocolate Peppermint Bark

Ingredients:14 oz semisweet chocolate chips12 candy canes Directions:In a medium bowl, microwave chocolate 2 1/2 minutes*. Meanwhile, using the back of a spoon or a measuring cup, break the candy canes still in their plastic wrappers. Remove wrappers and dump into a bowl. Use a sieve to sift out the […]

Spinach Ricotta Phyllo Rolls

Spinach Ricotta Phyllo RollsIngredients 12 oz spinach, drained8 oz frozen phyllo dough, defrosted4 tablespoons butter, melted8 oz ricotta1/2 cup roasted pinenuts Directions:Preheat oven to 350. In a medium bowl, combine spinach, ricotta and pinenuts thoroughly. Unroll the phyllo onto a cookie sheet. Spread spinach mixture over phyllo, leaving a 2 […]