Sunday, December 9, 2012

Clone of a Cinnabon





With nearly 5,000 reviews and a perfect 5 star rating, the Clone of a Cinnabon recipe is one of the most popular recipes on Allrecipes.com.After a taste test, I understood why it was so popular and determined these were too good to keep all to myself.


Last year, I gave the gift of  Chocolate Chip Cookies to friends and co-workers. This year will be these cinnamon rolls in cute individual serving cups. I managed to get 20 nice sized rolls that filled 3 1/2 inch diameter baking cups. I adapted this recipe by cooking the rolls at a lower temperature and increased the baking time. I also doubled the frosting recipe because it was the right thing to do :)


Sunday, November 11, 2012

Porchetta

 

 Porchetta is an Italian roast which highlights the best parts of the pig: the fat, the tender lean meat and the crispy skin. I have been obsessed with trying to make it ever since I saw it featured once on a Food Network show.


Although gathering the ingredients, the preparation and cooking time were tedious, it was so worth it in the end. Mr. Incredible has already requested porchetta instead of turkey for Thanksgiving!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Pretzel Challah




Mr. Incredible is a good sport when it comes to wearing ridiculous costumes of my choosing and asking him to pose for photos. Last year, I was obsessed with the show "The Tudors" and wanted to dress up as Queen Catherine of Aragon. He of course, had to be Henry VIII...he already had the red beard.

We were invited to a friend's costume party again this year. I liked the idea of coordinating costumes

so when I proposed the concept of him dressing as a Bavarian guy he seemed open to the idea.

Then the costumes arrived...

 ...and he put on the shirt...


...and then the knee high socks...

...and then the lederhosen.

Verdict: Not my favorite look on him.

But I did love my Fraulein dress with the double layered petticoat!

This is a picture of Mr. Incredible and I dressed as a Fraulein and Bavarian guy.


The Wurstfest is next weekend. I wonder if Mr. Incredible will want to attend in costume this year :)

In other news, I made pretzel challahs! These would be the perfect accompaniment to some beer cheese soup. Yum.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Fried Macaroni and Cheese Balls



The majority of the meals I make are my efforts to disguise leftovers so Mr. Incredible will eat them without complaint. Last night's macaroni and cheese was reincarnated this morning into breaded, fried mac and cheese balls, which Mr. Incredible gobbled up happily. Can I get an Amen?!

He has already requested the next time I make them to incorporate bacon and jalapeno. He's definitely my soul mate :)




Sunday, August 19, 2012

Quick Puff Pastry


Remember back in the spring of 2010 when I made croissants? Me neither. I was almost too embarrassed to give you the direct link. I cringe at my food pornography photography skills back then. Cringe.

Sometimes I forget what recipes I've blogged about. I was fairly certain I had already written about making puff pastry, but it was croissants. Both are similar in that it calls for insane amounts of butter (not that there's anything wrong with that) and requires a lot of rolling, folding and chilling. It's the folding process that results in the flaky layers this pastry is known for...but is time consuming.  


With Quick puff pastry, the butter is cut into the flour like pie dough, making it different from the traditional puff process. This resulted in a tender, flaky pastry that went well with all the chocolate I stuffed in it :)


Saturday, August 11, 2012

Perfectly Moist Cornbread

  
Do you hear that? Those are the football heads' cheers echoing from their man caves, for the football season is upon us...

Pre-season football counts right? Right.

This gave me an excuse to test out some yummy football eats. Last night, I tested a copycat Wendy's chili recipe that was scrumptious (recipe and post to follow). But, what good is a bowl of chili without a chunk of cornbread to go with it?

I needed a cornbread that could withstand the amount of butter that would be slathered on it and the amount of honey it would be drowned in. This moist cornbread sopped up every last bit of the honey and butter I threw at it. Perfect!



Monday, August 6, 2012

King's Hawaiian Bread



I've come across numerous copy cat recipes for King's Hawaiian Bread. Some had the additions of potato flakes and flaked coconut. While these versions sound interesting and delicious, I settled for the recipe that was the simplest and which I had all the ingredients in my pantry. The original recipe is written below, however I did substitute half of the all purpose flour with whole wheat flour. The rolls turned out light, buttery and sweet...just how they should be :)