3 Ingredient Buttermilk Biscuits

These biscuits are so soft & fluffy enough to eat on their own & also substantial enough to turn into a breakfast sandwich.

Ingredients:

2 cups self-rising flour, spooned & leveled

1 stick (8 tbsp) butter, frozen

1 cup buttermilk

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 425° degrees F.

Add the flour into a bowl. Using a cheese grater, grate the frozen butter into the flour. With a pastry cutter (or your hands) incorporate the butter into the flour until pea sized. Pour in the buttermilk & stir together. Transfer dough to a lightly floured surface, flour your hands & rolling pin & mix together, turning a few times.

With a 3 inch biscuit cutter, dip in flour & press into dough. Do not twist it, just press down. Transfer to an ungreased baking sheet & place the biscuits so their sides are right up next to each other.

Bake for 11-13 minutes. Remove from oven & immediately brush with melted butter.

Enjoy!

Notes: I doubled the above recipe. Also, I never buy buttermilk because it’s easy enough to make your own. For each cup of milk, start by adding a tablespoon of vinegar to a liquid measuring cup & then fill with milk to the 1 cup line.

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Fried Apples

A few weeks ago, I visited a patient in his home & his wife had just made breakfast: eggs, ham steak, & fried apples. I haven’t had fried apples in years & understood I would soon be making some. When I woke this morning, it was a cold 30° outside & knew today was the day.

Ingredients:

2 apples

3 tbsp butter, salted is fine

Pinch of salt if using unsalted butter

2 tbsp brown sugar

3/4 tsp cinnamon

Dash of nutmeg

Preparation:

Peel, core, & chop both apples; set aside.

In a small dish, whisk together the brown sugar, cinnamon, & nutmeg together; set aside.

In a skillet over medium heat, melt the butter (add in a pinch of salt if using unsalted butter), stirring until butter becomes brown, careful to keep an eye on it so it doesn’t burn.

Add the sugar & spice blend into the skillet & mix together with the brown butter for 30 seconds.

Toss in the chopped apples, turn to coat, & stir intermittently & allow to cook for 10 – 12 minutes until apples are soft.

Enjoy!

Adapted slightly from: https://onedishkitchen.com/fried-apples-recipe/

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Pumpkin Bread 2.0

For years my favorite pumpkin bread was the one I grew up on & the recipe is buried in these archives. Probably 5 years or more ago, my youngest made this recipe & it has since become the preferred recipe. While I don’t fall under the category of team all things pumpkin spice, Fall doesn’t go by without having made this a time or two.

Ingredients:

3 cups all purpose flour

3/4 tsp salt

1 1/2 tsp baking soda

3/4 tsp baking powder

1 1/2 tsp ground cloves

1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

2 sticks + 2tbsp butter, at room temperature

3 cups sugar

3 eggs

1 15oz can of pumpkin purée + 1/2 can of 15oz can of pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)

Preparation:

Preheat the oven to 325° F. Generously grease or use non-stick spray, two 8×4 loaf pans.

In a medium bowl, whisk together all the dry ingredients: flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, cloves, nutmeg, & cinnamon.

In a large bowl, cream together the butter & sugar until blended. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Beat for several minutes, until light & fluffy. Mix in the pumpkin purée. Add flour mixture & mix on low until just combined.

Transfer batter evenly between the two pans. Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour, longer as needed, until toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Allow to rest 10 minutes in pan before removing to racks to cool completely.

Enjoy!

Source: https://www.onceuponachef.com/recipes/spiced-pumpkin-bread.html

Note: I found once I increased the recipe to 1 1/2 times, it better filled the loaf pans. The above ingredients reflect the change.

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Chili Oil Noodles

TikTok has quickly become a great way to stumble upon new foods & fun recipes. Enter the above dish compliments of @mikefitnfood

This dish will waken up your taste buds & clean out your sinuses! It’d also be really good with some flank steak.

Ingredients:

2 tbsp chili oil

4 tbsp soy sauce

1 tbsp brown sugar

2 tsp black vinegar (*I did not have this, nor could I find it so I used Seasoned Rice Vinegar)

3 garlic cloves, freshly crushed

Black sesame seeds

Scallions/ Green Onions, chopped, per taste, divided

Wide Egg Noodles, 12 oz or 340g

Preparation:

Bring a large pot of water to boil, & cook egg noodles, per package instruction.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, add the chili oil, soy sauce, brown sugar, vinegar, & crushed garlic. Whisk together. Toss in some green onions.

Once the noodles are ready, drain the water & return to the pot. Add in the oil mixture, sprinkle in the sesame seeds. Dish into bowls, garnish with more sesame seeds & green onions.

Enjoy!

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Kitchen Sink Cookies

Kitchen sink cookies are not just one type of cookie, with only selected ingredients, but a full breadth of ingredients, a run of the pantry & throwing in whatever strikes your fancy e.g., potato chips, toffee bits, nuts, etc. Below is simply my version.

Ingredients:

3/4 cup butter, cold & cut into tablespoons

1/4 cup Crisco

1 1/4 cups brown sugar

1/2 cup granulated sugar

2 eggs

2 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda

1 cup (or per desired amount) chocolate chips

3/4 cups chopped pretzels

3/4 cups caramel bits

Preparation:

Combine butter, Crisco, & sugars together until creamed & light & fluffy. Beat in the eggs & vanilla. Sprinkle baking soda & salt over the dough & add in flour. Mix until it comes together. Fold in the chocolate chips, pretzels, & caramel bits.

Cover & refrigerate dough for one hour.

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Drop by 1-2 rounded tablespoons. Bake for 9-10 minutes; being careful not to over bake.

Enjoy!

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Chicken & Hatch Green Chile Mac & Cheese

There’s a restaurant in town that used to serve this very dish which my husband ordered without fail. Then one day we went in & it was no longer on the menu. He asked about it, the kitchen obliged, & he was happy, but that was a one time occurrence.

We were at the grocery store last week when we saw this brand of chile showcased & we instantly had the same idea: let’s try to recreate the macaroni & cheese at home using this. What’s the worst that could happen?

Turns out it was the best thing that could happen because it was spot on! We both took a bite & realized I’d nailed it. Victory!

Ingredients:

1/2 lb large pasta, I used shells

2 tbsp butter

2 tbsp flour

2 cups milk

8 oz Pepper Jack cheese, shredded & divided

8 oz Colby Jack cheese, shredded & divided

1 1/2 cups rotisserie chicken, chopped or shredded

S & P, to taste

12 oz hot hatch green chile, divided

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Boil pasta according to package directions, 2 or 3 minutes less, for al dente. Drain; set aside.

In a large pan, over medium heat, melt the butter, whisk in the butter, & stir constantly for a minute. Pour in the milk & stir constantly until sauce thickens. Remove from heat & add small amounts of cheese at a time, reserving a 1/2 cup each of the Pepper Jack & Colby Jack, until melted. Season with S & P. Add 1/2 cup of the green chile, cooked pasta, & chicken. Stir to incorporate. Transfer to a large cast iron skillet. Pour the remaining green chile along the perimeter of the skillet & add remaining shredded cheeses to the top, spreading to the chile. Bake for 30 – 35 minutes.

Enjoy!

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Greek Orzo Pasta Salad

Even before the official start of summer, the weather here was dreadfully hot & humid, so much so, even our dogs started to drag instead of their usual bounding on our morning walks. When it’s hot like that, the last thing I want is to turn on the oven. This dish is the perfect solution.

Ingredients:

For the dressing:

1/3 cup olive oil

3 tbsp fresh lemon juice

2 cloves garlic, minced

For the salad:

1 1/4 cups Orzo pasta, dry

1 cup crumbled feta cheese

1 English cucumber, diced

1 10.5 oz grape tomatoes, halved

1/2 cup kalamata olives, sliced

1/2 cup red onion, chopped

3 tbsp fresh basil, chopped

3 tbsp parsley, chopped

S & P to taste

Preparation:

Cook orzo according to package directions to al dente. Drain & rinse under cool water to stop cooking. Drain well.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, & minced garlic to emulsify; set aside.

Slice, chop, & dice all vegetables & add to bowl of cooked & cooled pasta. Pour in salad dressing & stir to evenly coat.

Season with S & P, to taste.

Enjoy!

Adapted slightly from: https://www.cookingclassy.com/greek-orzo-salad/

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Double Chocolate Chip Muffins

Every once in a while, breakfast calls for a little something sweet. Mixed in between the rotation of eggs or avocado toast is a deserving, subtly sweet muffin.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup oil or melted butter

2/3 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup milk

1 cup plain yogurt (I used Greek)

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 eggs

1/2 tsp kosher salt

1 tsp baking soda

3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 3/4 cup all purpose flour

1 1/3 cup chocolate chips, divided

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 12 cup measuring cup with paper liners; set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together the butter, sugar, milk, yogurt, & vanilla. Whisk in eggs. Sprinkle salt & baking soda over the batter & whisk thoroughly to combine. Stir in cocoa powder, until all lumps disappear. Stir in the flour & cup of chocolate chips.

Spoon the batter evenly into the 12 muffin cups. They will fill all the way to the top. It will be okay & won’t spill over. Trust the process. Scatter the remaining 1/3 cup of chocolate chips over the tops of the muffins, pressing in slightly.

Bake muffins for 18 – 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out batter free.

Eat right away, store muffins in an airtight container, or eat some, store some, & place some in the freezer for another day when a double chocolate chip muffin will hit the spot.

Enjoy!

Source: https://smittenkitchen.com/2022/05/double-chocolate-chip-muffins/

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Dessert Pizza

Easy, delicious, & just in time for Memorial Day which always symbolizes the beginning of summer. This is the perfect dessert to complement any barbecue. It’s light & cool.

Ingredients:

1 package refrigerated sugar cookie dough

4 oz cream cheese

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 cup granulated sugar

Assorted fresh fruit

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Press the cookie dough onto a 10 or 12 inch pizza pan (depending on how thick you want your cookie crust – the pan I used was 11 inches) & bake for 14 – 16 minutes. Check & bake for an additional 2 minutes at a time until set, being careful not to over bake. Allow to cool completely.

Beat the cream cheese with the vanilla extract & sugar until well combined & creamy. Spread over cooled cookie crust & assemble with fruit of your choice. Cover with plastic wrap & refrigerate until ready to serve.

Enjoy!

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Carrabba’s Copycat Sogna Di Cioccolata “Chocolate Dream”

The number 1 searched recipe on this site on any given day, regardless of season, is single handedly Carrabba’s copycat Mama Mandola’s chicken soup. Hands down. I’m predicting this recipe may very well give the soup a run for it’s money, if not surpass it altogether. Plus, when I tell you, just how easy it is to make and how much it tastes just like when enjoying at the restaurant, you may find yourself doing the ultimate happy dance.

Ingredients:

1 box Ghirardelli’s Dark Chocolate brownie mix, made per package instructions (you’ll need an egg, 1/2 cup vegetable, & 1/4 cup water)

1 1.5oz box Jell-O sugar free chocolate pudding, made per package instructions but instead of using 3 cups fat free milk, use 2 cups heavy cream & 1 cup milk

2-3 cups homemade whipped cream (place a pint of whipping cream in a bowl & beat on high until stiff peaks form then add 2 – 3 heaping tablespoons of powdered sugar to get desired sweetness)

Ganache for drizzle

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a square 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper, coat the parchment paper with nonstick spray; set aside.

Make the brownie mix, per the package instructions & once oven ready, bake for 42 minutes; careful not to over bake.

While the brownies are baking, make the pudding (using heavy whipping cream & milk will create a mousse filling) & once whipped, keep in the refrigerator.

Also, while the brownies are baking, make the whipped cream & store in the refrigerator until needed.

Once the brownies are done baking, transfer to a cooling rack & allow to cool completely. Once cooled, remove the brownies & slice in the middle, creating a bottom & top layer. Place the bottom layer (sans parchment paper) back in the 8×8 pan. Evenly distribute half of the mousse mixture & then top with half of whipped cream. Add the remaining half of the brownie, & repeat layering process first with the mousse mixture, & then the whipped cream.

Drizzle with ganache.

Return to refrigerator & allow to sit for 1-2 hours before serving.

Enjoy!

Notes: a little of this dessert goes a long way.

If you don’t want to have discernible chocolate chips in the brownies, before making the brownie batter, sift the dry ingredients to remove the chocolate chips.

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