Monday, November 3, 2008

Apple Crisp

This was the recipe I got for my exchange. I was excited, because DH loves baked apple things, but I hardly ever make anything because I'm a chocoholic. It was a good quick and easy recipe. It made a nice snack. DH added ice cream on top and was happy as a clam.

Apple Crisp

4 cups sliced apples
ground cinnamon
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease an 8x8 inch baking dish.Place apples in prepared dish. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Pour water over all. In a bowl, cream together sugar and butter. Blend in flour. Sprinkle mixture evenly over apples.Bake in preheated oven 50 minutes, until apples are tender and crust is golden.

Monday, September 22, 2008

S'more Brownies

This is one of my FAVORITE recipes. I brought a big plate of these to work this morning and they were all gone before 10. I just wish I was a better food photographer. I think I need to get some white plates for taking food pictures. This recipe is from

  • 10 HONEY MAID Honey Grahams, broken in half (20 squares), divided

  • 3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) butter or margarine

  • 4 squares BAKER'S Unsweetened Chocolate

  • 2 cups sugar

  • 3 eggs

  • 1 tsp. vanilla

  • 1 cup flour

  • 2-1/2 cups JET-PUFFED Miniature Marshmallows

  • 1 cup BAKER'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chunks

HEAT oven to 350°F. Line 13x9-inch baking pan with foil; grease foil. Place 15 grahams in pan, overlapping slightly. Break remaining grahams into pieces; set aside.
MICROWAVE butter and chocolate in large microwaveable bowl on HIGH 2 min.; stir until melted. Add sugar, eggs and vanilla; mix well. Stir in flour. Pour over grahams in pan.
BAKE 30 to 32 min. or until toothpick inserted in center comes out with fudgy crumbs. (Do not overbake.) Sprinkle with marshmallows and chocolate chunks. Bake 3 to 5 min. or until marshmallows begin to puff. Press reserved graham pieces gently into marshmallows. Cool. Use foil to remove brownies from pan before cutting to serve.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Lazy Lasagna

One day I'll make a fancy lasagna. But then Jarrod might stop eating this easy one. So maybe I won't.

Lazy Lasagna

  • 1 jar spaghetti sauce
  • 1 container ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1 package shredded mozzarella cheese
  • lasagna noodles, cooked

In a bowl, mix ricotta, egg, and a handfull of mozzarella. In your baking dish, put down a layer of sauce. Then noodles. Then cheese mixture. Then sauce. Then noodles. Then cheese mixture. Then sauce. Then noodles. Then sauce. Then top with the rest of the mozzarella. Cover with foil, bake for about 40 minutes at 350. Then uncover and bake for 10 more.

Lunch Salad

When I made my Lemon Pepper Tilapia, I also threw two chicken breasts (seasoned with Tony's, of course) on the grill so I could make some lunch salads for Jarrod and I. He wanted his plain, so I threw lettuce and his diced chicken into containers and sent him to work with a bottle of Caesar dressing. I spruced mine up a bit, and it was very tasty!

Easy Lunch Salad
  • grilled chicken breast, diced
  • 1 granny smith apple, diced
  • seedless purple grapes, halved

  • mixed romaine lettuce

  • Raspberry Vinegrette Dressing

I made two bowls for me, and had two days worth of lunch! Everyone in the teacher's lounge was jealous of my beautiful salad!

Easy Lemon Pepper Tilapia and Roasted Potatoes

Jarrod requested lemon pepper fish. Easy enough! I finally got my propane tank refilled, so I can use my grill again. So I pulled out some aluminum foil and fired up the grill. This is a go to meal for us --- very easy and always tasty!

Roasted Potatoes

  • 5-6 medium sized red potatoes
  • olive oil
  • Tony's seasoning
  • Italian seasoning

I washed and quartered my potatoes, then put them on a sheet of aluminum foil. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with seasonings. Make a foil packet, then throw it on the 300 degree grill for about 40-45 minutes.

Lemon Pepper Tilapia

  • two pieces of frozen tilapia
  • olive oil
  • Tony's seasoning
  • Lemon Pepper seasoning

I defrosted my tilapia in the sink, then put them on a piece of aluminum foil. I drizzled the fish with olive oil, then sprinkled with Tony's and Lemon Pepper. I made a little packet with the foil, and put on the 300 degree grill for about 15-20 minutes (until white and flakey).

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

My first blog post! How exciting! In anticipation of fall, even though it hasn't cooled off much here yet. Jarrod liked this recipe, but I'm not a huge pumpkin fan. I'll probably make it again sometime, but not too often.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

1. Combine pumpkin, sugar, vegetable oil, and egg.
In a separate bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, ground cinnamon, and salt. Dissolve the baking soda with the milk and stir in.
Add flour mixture to pumpkin mixture and mix well.
2. Add vanilla, chocolate chips and nuts.
3. Drop by spoonful on greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for approximately 10 minutes or until lightly brown and firm.