Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Apricot Preserves Pork Marinade and Summer Vegetables Salad

Pork tenderloin, how I love you.  You're quick, easy, go with a variety of sauces, and always come out perfect.

Really. I love me some pork.  Normally I just throw my standard soy sauce marinade on it but I was in the mood for something a little lighter, more summery and citrus so I went with a gingered apricot version instead.  Also, I was feeling especially lazy so was all about the easy. (Recipes after the break)

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Banana Walnut Muffins

Ah, rainy Sunday.  One of those days that just begs for the warm smell of baked goods to be wafting around the house.  Lucky for me, I had a bunch of overripe bananas sitting on the counter that I had to do something with--so I did my usual "what to do with leftover fruit" thing which is bake muffins.

Now why muffins?  Sure, there are breads, jams, tarts and pies which all would have easily used up the bananas, but for me muffins are the best because if well wrapped, they can go in the freezer and last for months.  Then, for a healthy-ish dessert, I just pop one of them in BabyBella's lunch box (still frozen) and it's defrosted by the time lunchtime rolls around.  (Recipe after the break)

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Things We Like Thursdays -- Food Jewelry

I don't normally do "cutesy."  This is a general statement covering everything from movies to fashion to home decor.

Except for one little exception--I'm a total sucker for realistic mini food jewelry.  There's just something about wearing tiny bits of squee-worthy yumminess about your person that does it for me. Yes, cutesy out the wazoo.

I totally own these:
Seriously, if it wasn't for the earring hooks attached you'd so want a bite of that cake.

The genius behind these earrings is mmagda who sells, at ridiculously awesome prices on Etsy, a ton of different confectionary jewelry treats.  mmagda even does custom work.  Sadly, the rainbow cake earrings are no longer for sale, but these others are on my wishlist (click caption to go directly to Etsy listing):  
Chocolate Cupcake Bracelet
Sandwich Pendant
Strawberry Ice Cream Cone Ring
Waffle Bobby Pins
Cuteness overload!! (And no, I don't know mmagda and they don't know I am writing this. I'm just being a total fanboy.)

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Full baking day

As Bella posted we made another recipe together.  I bit of planning as I really did want to bake on Saturday, but I came home from work pretty darn wiped out.  So what did I learn from this recipe?  I didn't bother with precise measurements.  No matter what Bella says, I really don't measure that much.

Where's the windex?
Hmm, I seem to have gotten Bella dirty.  Well when in the kitchen messes do occur.

Monday, August 09, 2010

Everyday Chocolate Cake from Smitten Kitchen

Another weekend where the stars aligned and both Jo and I managed to catch up to cook together.  This time the project was Smitten Kitchen's Everyday Chocolate Cake (I told Jo we need to pick another blog to do recipes on so no one feels picked on...teehee).

(What happened after the break)

Friday, August 06, 2010

Things We Like Thursdays -- What's New Cupcake?

I harbor deep, unrealized fantasies of learning to decorate cakes, cookies, and cupcakes like a pro.  But honestly, the quest scares me a little bit.  There's fondant and gumpaste, gel coloring, rollers, and a whole slew of specialty language and tools to learn before I can even begin.

Or so I thought.

What if creating gorgeous, fun, whimsical cupcakes was easy?  What if anyone could do it with stuff they picked up at their local 7-11?  Well, seems Karen Tack and Alan Richardson have unlocked the secret code to do exactly that and shared it in their two cookbooks Hello, Cupcake! and What's New, Cupcake?.
Easter Flower cupcakes from Hello Cupcake's blog
Autumn Leaves and Pumpkin Patch Cupcakes
Recipes located here

What I love about these books is that the recipes use everyday items like M&Ms, Tootsie rolls, jelly beans and Circus Peanuts to make gorgeous cupcakes.  And the recipes are all accessible.  Instead of being intimidated I find myself inspired that I, too, can do this.  I don't like all of the recipes (a lot of dreaded CCC's. If you're a Cake Wrecks reader you know what I mean) but what I find most important about the books is they give you confidence, flexible ideas and techniques with examples that you can then leverage, like any technique, to make pretty much whatever your imagination fancies.

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Roast Chicken Dinner

Jo has previously posted her Roast Chicken recipe which is much fancier than mine.  Admittedly, Jo is a much more precise and imaginative cook whereas I'm rather slap-dash with things.

That's what I love about roasted chicken--it's easy, throws together quickly, and is flexible on ingredients but is still really tasty.  With my decided lack of preplanning these are all key elements in getting something on the table around here. Recipe follows below...

Sunday, August 01, 2010

Berry Easy Cheesecake

I have mentioned my love of all things pie, right?  Well, let me expand that now to include all things made in a pie dish.  As part of my "hey, I'm inviting myself over for dinner along with the whole family, but no worries I'll bring the food" I decided to throw together a second dessert.  As I was already up to my eyeballs in other food prep I decided to keep it simple with a basic cheesecake smothered in seasonal berries.