Plainly and simply, Dorie Greenspan is my baking guru.
Her Baking: From My Home to Yours book is my baking bible. The pages are dog-eared, floured, crinkly, and splattered with recipe shrapnel, which is always a sign of good things. Her beautiful, delicious desserts are now our birthday traditions and family favorites around here, and I’ve even featured quite a few recipes of hers right here on this blog. So, when my friends at OXO got in touch with me and asked if I’d like to have the opportunity to try out one of Dorie’s newest recipes, from her highly anticipated new book Dorie’s Cookies(Coming in October!), I couldn’t pass it up.
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I know what you’re thinking. Shrimp and Grits in a rice cooker? I thought exactly the same thing. But, when my friends at Hamilton Beach offered me their spectacular, multi-functioning 4-20 Cup Rice and Hot Cereal Cooker to try, and then suggested this recipe for Rice Cooker Cajun Shrimp and Grits, I thought, why not! After all, this rice cooker isn’t your average rice cooker. Sure, it cooks rice. Every size and variety. But it also cooks oatmeal, quinoa, cream of wheat, Farro, and other whole grains and dried beans. It has a simmer function for pastas and soups! And it has a steamer basket that loads in the top, so you can cook veggies, meats and fish right along with your rice and grains. It’s a one stop meal maker!
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Ok, I got that out there. I was trying to think about what I could say about this dish to draw you guys in, and that’s what I came up with. (It’s one of those days…)
This simple, healthy mash-up of chicken, veggies, and quinoa was the perfect weeknight dinner for us the other night. We all enjoyed it, and it will definitely be thrown into the regular dinner rotation around here. I couldn’t ask for more from a dinner, really. It’s simple, fresh, healthy, filling, and my kids gobbled it up. Mom – 1, Picky People – 0.
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Back to school, back to crazy, back to my assignment as a personal Uber for my kids. Everything has kicked back into gear here and we are officially back in the swing. During the craziest nights, I rely heavily on my slow cooker. I have a ton of slow cooker recipes on this blog, with good reason. I use it a lot. I remember a time when I rarely used my slow cooker at all, and it sat collecting dust in my pantry. No more! I break it out at least once a week. And you should too! It makes dinner time a whole lot easier.
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Sometimes, simplicity is key. And in this case, simplicity is delicious.
These sweet little Almond Joy Cookies come together in no time flat with four simple ingredients. They are a great last-minute cookie for any occasion, whether it be unexpected guests or just a solid hankering for something sweet. I needed a little something extra for dessert when family came into town over the weekend, and with little time on my hands, these cookies were the perfect thing to whip up. And, they were a big hit with my coconut loving crowd.
I started by chopping up some lightly salted almonds.
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I love gazpacho in the summertime. And every year, I don’t make it nearly often enough. This year, I somehow made it all the way to August before diving in to a big bowl of it, and I’m already kicking myself.
I ran across this recipe online. In fact, it popped up in my Facebook feed, screaming “Make me!”. Never one to argue with a recipe, I figured I better get on it quickly. It’s different from a traditional, chunky gazpacho, but I loved its creaminess and delicious fresh flavor. It’s creamy without a drop of cream, and so refreshing. I will say that the recipe serves four exactly. So, if you’re hankering for leftovers, or a second bowl, and you’re serving your family, you might want to double up on things. That’s not hard, though, because it’s, by far, the simplest gazpacho I’ve ever made.
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Remember that outdoor concert I went to? The one I where I brought those sweet little blueberry cheesecakes? Well, I brought these fabulous little pinwheels there too. My friend Lynda was generous enough to share the recipe with me after we enjoyed them immensely at our Indy 500 picnic back in May, and I’ve been looking for a reason to make them ever since. Thankfully, this concert popped up, and it was the perfect reason to break out Lynda’s recipe.
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Every time I have spaghetti squash, I say to myself, “Self, we need to have spaghetti squash more often.” It’s such a great, healthy vehicle for so many things, and this latest creation, a deliciously cheesy southwestern inspired cozy casserole of sorts, was a dinner highlight last week. It was fresh and good for us, and surprisingly filling. A little went a long way, and after a summer of indulgences, I need a few more meals like this one.
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Outdoor concerts are one of my favorite ways to spend an evening in the summer. We’re very lucky to be surrounded by many different opportunities for musical evenings where we live, and we were excited when some friends of ours asked if we’d like to join them for a night with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra under the stars last week.
Just a few short days ago, the weather was brutally hot around these parts, as it was in most of the country. So, trying to figure out what to bring for our symphony picnic proved tricky. I wanted food that would keep us cool, that wouldn’t weigh us down in the heat. I also needed food that wouldn’t melt, and that was easily transportable in a small rolling cooler.
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