Sunday, April 22, 2012

Lemon Chiffon Pie with Pretzel Crust

This recipe for lemon chiffon pie is a version of an old classic. Tart lemony flavor that is not too sweet and not too heavy. I came across the recipe on Boulder Locavore. Her version is made with a cornflake crust that sounds amazing. I had pretzels on hand so that is what I decided to use for the crust. Pretzels and lemon chiffon? Yes, please.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Propane Tank Watermelons

It's prime camper time and I have had this project on my mind ever since we bought our little Jayco Kiwi travel trailer a few months ago. The propane tanks were ugly. I saw a picture online of someones clever idea to paint their gigantic home propane tank to look like a giant watermelon. It was so cute, so I figured I could do it too!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Schlotzsky's Style Buns

It's been awhile since I have posted anything. I have just been really busy with a vacation and getting ready for the summer garden. Today I really felt the need for a sandwich from Schlotzsky's Deli. Don't feel like driving there, so I will make my own! I worked at a Schlotzskys when I was in high school. I started out making the sandwiches and then graduated to baking the buns. This is my version. Theirs is a highly guarded secret that comes in a mix.
This recipe starts out very much like the famous no knead bread. I start the night before I have a day off. The dough sits overnight while the yeast works it's magic. It's really easy, and requires only 5 ingredients.
The downside? You need 2 small cake pans. This dough is really loose so it needs the support of a pan. I suppose you could make 1 giant bun in a 9 inch cake pan if you wanted to!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

French Crullers for my Valentine

My Valentine loves donuts. I love my Valentine. And crullers.
These are one of the simplest donuts to make, and the dough ( pate a choux)  can be used to make other delicious and easy goodies too. Like cream puffs, eclairs, and profiteroles!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Chinese Takeout at Home! General Tso's Tofu

Since I have been following a vegetarian diet, there have been a few things that I have had a major hankering for. A BBQ pork sandwich is one. The classic Chinese takeout  known as General Tso's Chicken, is the other.
I can't imagine a veggie version of a  BBQ pork sandwich, but the General's is do-able. As a matter of fact, it was awesome!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Valentine's Day Macarons with Strawberry Swiss Meringue Buttercream

I really wanted to go big for my Valentine's Day post so, here they are. French macarons! On a stick! With a bow! Colored pink and luster dusted! Does it get more disgustingly Valentinesy than that? I think probably not. 
There is a lot of talk about these little gems being particularly difficult to make, but I have been using a recipe from one of my favorite food bloggers, David Lebovitz, without fail. 
Don't be intimidated. If you have always wanted to make some, do it! I did. 

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Quinoa Salad

Sometimes when I have been indulging in too much comfort food, I feel the need for something light and tasty. A reminder of spring. (when this recipe is best by the way!)
Well, I needed that something today. Too many chocolate chewies I suppose.
This salad is very similar to tabbouleh, but different enough that I hesitate to call it that. Easy to make, and gets better as a leftover.