Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Dog Treats: Chicken & Cheddar

My daughter adopted Weetzie from a rescue over the weekend. Yesterday while I was dog sitting I made Weetzie and Squirrelly some dog treats. They were huge fans staying in the kitchen with me from start to finish. Well, I can't say they stayed there just for these treats because that's usually where they are whenever anybody is in the kitchen. They loved the cooled, fresh baked treats!

The egg for this recipe came from the local Nunley Farm over by Cottonwood High School off 900 East.

Dog Treats: Chicken & Cheddar
1 C rolled oats
1/3 C Earth Balance
1 C chicken broth (boiling)
3/4 C cornmeal
2 t white sugar
2 t chicken boullion granules
1/2 C milk
1 C shredded cheddar cheese
1 egg
3 C whole wheat pastry flour

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Combine the oats, Earth Balance and hot chicken broth in a mixing bowl and allow to sit 10 minutes. Grease two cookie sheets. Add cornmeal, sugar, bouillon, milk, cheese and egg to the bowl and stir to combine. Next stir in the flour and combine with wet ingredients to form the dough. Turnout onto a counter and knead in additional flour to make a non-sticky dough. Roll out dough to 1/2 inch thick. Cut cookies and place onto cookie sheets. I crowded them a bit. They fit onto 2 jelly roll pans and overflowed onto a half sheet. Bake at 325 for 45 minutes. I left these out to cool and then let them dry a little more, bagging them up in the evening.

Original Recipe Source: Dog Treats I by DoughMamma on AllRecipes

Monday, October 12, 2015

Smokehouse Flavored Roasted Nuts

Cookbook Bites: Smokehouse Flavored Roasted Nuts

The other day I was on the elliptical at the gym watching Ina Garten roasting nuts with chipotle and rosemary. She was making roasted nuts for entertaining, but I was already connecting the dots thinking they'd make a good portable snack.

Neighborhood tree beginning to change colors before the leaves fall.

As I reviewed the recipe I found that I didn't know what chipotle was, which it turned out is smoke-dried jalapeƱo. The recipe also calls for smoked paprika, which is pretty amazing, so I decided to go all in with the smokehouse flavor and added liquid smoke.

The fresh rosemary was the scent I remember from the Herbal Essence shampoo from the 70's. (They said there were 17 herbal essences in the shampoo, and as it turns out, as per Truth in Aging: Did Vintage Shampoos Have the Right Idea?, some other unwanted ingredients like the carcinogen Tetrasodium EDTA. So it seems there's a solid reason as to why it's not on the market anymore. Bummer!)

Mixed nuts, Splenda brown sugar, rosemary

Smokehouse Flavored Roasted Nuts

2 1/2  C mixed nuts
1 C pecans
1/2 C almonds
1/2 C cashews
1/4 C brown sugar (Splenda brown sugar worked fine)
2 T fresh rosemary minced
1 1/2 T fresh squeezed orange juice
1 T vegetable oil
2 T butter
1/8 t liquid smoke
1/4 t chipotle powder
1/4 t smoked paprika
Sprinkle with kosher salt
Pam spray

Spray or oil your baking sheet. Set oven to 350. In a bowl add the nuts, brown sugar and rosemary. Stir to combine. In a separate small bowl add orange juice, oil, melted butter, liquid smoke, chipotle powder, smoked paprika and stir. Pour liquid over the nuts and stir to distribute. Pour the nuts out onto the pan and spread out into a thin layer. Roast the nuts for 20-25 minutes. Stir every 10 minutes. Pull from the oven and sprinkle with salt while warm.

They're very good and are a little understated, but flavorful. A nice change from the over-flavored seasoned nuts at the grocery store.

Recipe Sources/Inspiration:
Jamie Oliver: Festive Honey Roasted Nuts
Ina Garten: Chipotle and Rosemary Roasted Nuts
Sunset November 1997

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF

Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF helps provide kids in need with food, water, education and medicine.

Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF is a great way to get both you and your kids involved in helping kids who are in need. UNICEF stands for the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund. The money raised by trick-or-treating with their little orange box will provide kids with:
  • Food
  • Clean water
  • Education
  • Measles and Malaria Protection
Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF was something I'd never heard of until I read an old Phyllis Whitney novel The Highest Dream where I was introduced to it. When I've received our little orange boxes in the mail I've put a box on my desk at work and my daughter took it around trick-or-treating. I think people were a little taken back, but I think that's only because they hadn't heard about it. I think if they understood, they'd be on board.

The idea of raising money during Halloween for a cause seems to be a newer concept here in Utah where trick-or-treat is jack-o-lanterns, costumes, parties and all-candy-all-the-time. I hope you'll consider the good you can do if you include Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF. You don't have to do this through a school, individuals can get involved too.

We CAN make a difference! There's still plenty of time to get your trick-or-treat boxes that are provided by UNICEF, click the link below to order yours.

Get Involved: Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF

If you're looking for some pumpkin recipes check out: Pumpkin Buttermilk Pancakes which are divine or Heirloom Pumpkin Walnut Muffins.

Have a Happy Halloween!


Monday, August 17, 2015

Griddle Cookies: Chocolate Chip & Walnut Welsh Cakes

CookBook Bites: Chocolate Chip & Walnut Welsh Cakes
Cookbook Bites Chocolate Chip & Walnut Welsh Cakes

We've been remodeling our kitchen this summer and the oven should get here in about a week. (Yay!) It was going to get here earlier this month, but we were told it was on backorder. I've been itching to bake so when researching griddle cookies, Welsh Cakes came up time and time again. A couple of years ago my mom made Welsh Cakes for our family Christmas party. They looked like little silver-dollar-sized pancake-cookies. I was wondering about making these in the electric skillet and maybe if they'd work without the currants, since I usually don't have those on hand.

My Welsh Cakes turned out a little bigger, because I used a biscuit cutter. They seemed more like a little scone and made a perfect tea cake. They're a sweet, soft biscuit. I hope you enjoy making these! The house smells great like I've been baking even though I had to use the electric skillet and not an oven or cast iron skillet. :) Learn more about Welsh Cakes on Wikipedia.

BTW - If you like the Welsh Cakes you might like the Blackberry Cobbler recipe reviewed on Cookbook Bites. The biscuits on the cobbler turned out just right!

Milka chocolate bar for the Welsh Cakes
Milka milk chocolate bar chopped and stirred into the flour for the Welch Cakes.

Adding the wet ingredients to the Welsh Cake dough.
The process of making a "well" in the flour and adding the wet ingredients to the Welsh Cake dough.

Welsh Cakes dough, ready to roll out.
This is a very soft dough that sticks to the counter, knead in extra flour until it's workable and doesn't stick to your hands.

Welsh cake in frying pan while cooking.
A Welsh cake in the electric frying pan while cooking.

Chocolate Chip & Walnut Welsh Cake
The finished "cookie" Chocolate Chip & Walnut Welsh Cake. They're the consistency of a flaky baking powder biscuit, but sweet like a cookie or dessert scone.

Griddle Cookies: Chocolate Chip & Walnut Welsh Cakes

Dry Ingredients
1 C Whole Wheat Pastry four
1 C Unbleached flour (+1/2 to 1 C to knead in)
2 T high fiber oat bran cereal
1 T baking powder
1/4 t nutmeg (fresh ground)
1/2 t salt
1/2 C Splenda
1/4 C granulated white sugar
1 C butter (Cut into dry flour)
1 bar chocolate chopped (about 1/2 C)
1/2 C walnuts chopped (optional)

Wet Ingredients
2 eggs
1/2 C milk
1 t vanilla

Combine dry ingredients in mixing bowl. Cut in the butter with a pastry cutter. Next create a well in the middle of the dry ingredients and add the eggs, milk and vanilla and stir to combine, don't over mix. Turn out onto floured counter and add flour until it stops sticking to your hands. The dough should still be fairly soft. Flour countertop then roll dough out to 1/2 inch thickness and cut out cookies with a round cookie or biscuit cutter. Melt small amount of butter in electric skillet and fry the cookie for 5-7 minutes on each side. Keep temps around 275-300 degrees, keeping an eye on them while they're cooking. The should look brown like a biscuit when done and will be flaky on the inside. Remove from pan to cool. The traditional recipes suggest sprinkling with sugar, but these were plenty sweet and I opted to not do that.

This recipe on Cookbook Bites was created by Suzanne Nikolaisen.

Related Research and Recipe Source Ideas:
http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/1066635/chocchip-welsh-cakes http://www.melskitchencafe.com/welsh-breakfast-cakes/

Thanks for reading!

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Waffle Maker Brownies

A lot has been going on. I was laid off about two weeks ago (I'm a web designer), we're finishing up remodeling our kitchen and last night I broke out the waffle maker and a package mix of brownies to see if I could make some brownies sans oven (which is arriving on August 8th).

Cookbook Bites brownie made in waffle maker with Cool Whip
Cookbook Bites: Brownie made in the waffle maker.

There's a secret to making brownies with a waffle iron. To give you fair warning, the batter and the subsequent brownie doesn't just behave like a waffle. When it looked done, I tried to lift out the brownie, but only chunks lifted out, and many little brownie pieces were left behind.

Waffle maker and brownie after cooling.

The Secret to Waffle Brownies? It Takes Time.

Let the brownie cool down before removing it from the waffle iron.

Update 9/14/15 - Note the waffle mix may vary your results. I had a problem with the mix I tried last night. It didn't work very well at all.

With the last bit of batter, the secret was revealed. It turns out that it's a lot like making brownies in the oven. Let the brownie cook until it's starting to turn brown around the edges, which takes a little longer than I expected in the waffle iron (high altitude), just keep an eye on it and don't leave the waffle unattended. (Let them set up for a couple of minutes before you start trying to see how it's going by lifting the top of the waffle iron.) When the edges have browned the waffle should "look" set up. Turn off, and unplug the waffle maker. Leave the waffle in the iron and let it come to room temperature. Only when it's cooled down do you remove the waffle, and only then will you have a lovely waffle brownie... at least that was my experience. They turned out more like a brownie cookie, crunchy, but a nice treat with Cool Whip.

Other Cookbook Bites Brownies you might want to try include: Brownies and Bonneville Jr. High School Brownies. You might also want to check out Alton Brown's Cocoa Brownies.

Suzanne Nikolaisen's Art
Samples of art by Suzanne Nikolaisen (me) listed on Etsy.
Since the layoff, I've been selling my artwork opening an Etsy store: Suzanne Nikolaisen Art. Prints of my art are also for sale at the Pizza Studio in Cottonwood Heights, Utah

I hope you're having a fun summer!

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