Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween Treats

The desire to decorate around each holiday is growing by the year for me and that desire is not limited to decor around the house.  I wanted some thing tasty to eat that brings out the fun of Halloween and dressing up.  I ended up taking to stand bys and creating a fun holiday plate that is sure put anyone in the holiday spirit.
I will admit, I borrowed these ideas from others.  The peanut butter eye's came from my mother and the cupcake decorating came from Taste of Home.  The peanut butter balls (formerly known around Christmas time as Barb's Buck Eye Balls) are normally dipped in melted chocolate, but the white chocolate gave the perfect back drop for the eye.  The cupcakes (totally cheated and used box cake mix) were intended to have white chocolate spider webs, but there was a disagreement with the white chocolate, so dark chocolate spider webs were born.


Saturday, October 22, 2011

Apricot & Salami Scones

It doesn't happen very often lately, but one afternoon this summer (while taking a well deserved personal day from work), I was home alone and free to do what ever I wanted. That consisted of a little cleaning, I lot of the job hunting and watching a few cooking shows that I normally don't see because they are on during the day. One of the shows that I had the pleasure of watching was Giadi at Home. She talked of baking these apricot & salami scones for a friend's son's bake sale at school. Honestly, I found the thought of mixing apricots, salami and dough together quite off-putting, but the idea stuck with me for a while.

Finally, when trying to figure out what to make for a pot luck baby shower where the mom to be didn't have a sweet tooth, I just had to check it out. And man, am I glad I did. I was so wrong on the off-putting thing. The sweet and salty combo is perfect for in the morning with coffee or for an afternoon treat or as it turns out, a baby shower. The dough is soft on the inside, but has a wonderful crunch on the outside...even though they're not small, it's hard to have just one.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Fried Green Tomatoes

Say the words 'Fried Green Tomatoes' and I know that many people of my age and demographic will think of only the movie from the 90's bringing up thoughts of warm southern summer nights (even if you aren't from the South) and late night laughter in the kitchen. Also, a dish that can be tricky to get just right. Well, I had never attempted before (thus the website name including the word experimental), but I found this to be a mighty tasty addition to a late summer meal.
I have seen many blogs and cooking shows bringing in the green tomato, which was my first spark of interest in cooking with them. Second spark came from when I went to the farmers market downtown Mpls and saw a giant bunch (more than I needed) that looked amazing, so I became the proud owner of a bunch of green tomatoes. Back to the house I went and jumped on the computer. I love the internet sometimes, truly, you can search for any information and an unlimited number of recipes as fast as your fingers can type. What I found out was