Citrus Chex Buddies or Citrus Puppy Chow – You Won’t Be Able to Stop Eating This

So, I was browsing around on Pinterest the other day and found this delicious twist on the original chocolate/peanut butter Chex snack.  The actual recipe on the Chex site is for Lemon Chex Buddies.

I decided to add some lime juice.  And because I’m much too lazy to zest an actual lemon, I needed to use dried zest and all I had was orange.  But the combo of orange, lemon and lime is fantastic.  Sweet, sunny and slightly addictive.

Here’s what you’ll need:  [Read more…]

Lemon Pineapple Cake Mix Cookies with Pineapple Glaze

What to do with the lemon cake mix hanging out in my pantry?  Cookies, of course!

This was an experiment.  I wasn’t at all sure how the crushed pineapple would work in a cookie made from cake mix.  I was afraid it would be too much liquid.  But they turned out wonderfully.  Soft and lemony with a sunny flavor.

Here’s what you’ll need:

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Nutella Muffins

The outside looks like a plain vanilla muffin.  But inside there’s a creamy pocket of Nutella hiding.

Can it get any better?

I don’t think so.

Loy says dessert-like muffins should be called “Muffcakes”.  I agree completely.

Here’s how you make this magic – and please do go straight to your kitchen to make these.  You will love yourself for it!  [Read more…]

Coconut Chocolate Chip Muffins with Cocoa Coconut Streusel

The other day, I posted a list of 28 Muffins You’ll Want to Try and Terri left this comment:

Hi,
I was looking at your muffin recipes. They look yummy! I’m also looking for a coconut muffin maybe with mini choc chips added. Have you ever heard of something like that? I thought maybe replacing the liquid with coconut milk then add either maybe a streusel with toasted coconut and a drizzle of chocolate. What do you think? Do you have any suggestions? I have tried a couple of your recipes and passed on your site to some friends.
Thanks,
Terri

Oh, what a good idea!  I went into the kitchen and got creative right away.  These are the result.  The muffin is infused with coconut flavor and studded with mini chocolate chips.  The streusel topping has cocoa and coconut.  Oh yeah!

Here’s what you’ll need:  [Read more…]

Maraschino Cherry Cake

Isn’t that the prettiest pink cake?

I’m not known for beautiful cakes.  They usually turn out lopsided with crumbs in the frosting.  So I’m really happy with how this turned out.

The idea is not my own.  I saw the Cherry Vanilla Cake on Jam Hands and couldn’t resist trying it.  I altered Ali’s recipe in several ways.  She used the seeds of a vanilla bean, which sounds scrumptious, but I didn’t have any.  I swapped water for milk and butter for oil.

And I decided to frost it with whipped topping.  My original plan was to use Cool Whip, but then I remembered a recipe shared a few weeks ago on Ingredient Spotlight for homemade whipped topping.  That’s what I decided to try and I’ll share the recipe on on Thursday. [Read more…]

Chocolate Chip Muffins

I whipped these muffins up one night to snack on during family game night.  We were playing spoons, which usually leads to ice cream for some reason.  Then the next morning we have no spoons to stir coffee or eat cereal because they’re all dirty from the game playing, ice cream eating fun the night before.

But on this night, I decided chocolate chip muffins would make a fine snack.  I love baking muffins, because it’s so fast and there’s an infinite variety of flavors.  Needless to say, these were a hit.

I have some big plans for taking these muffins to a new level that involve cream cheese and chocolate ganache.  I’m waiting for a day when I can bake in the afternoon so the photos have some daylight.  We’ve had so much rain lately, I may have to settle for a dark day.

Back to the muffin recipe.  Here’s what you’ll need.  I didn’t grab a photo of the ingredients, but they’re all common items. [Read more…]

Scalloped Potatoes in the Oven or Slow Cooker

Sometimes you just need a choice.  I usually do homemade scalloped potatoes in the oven, but this time I needed to make them early in the day.

It was  one of those nights when you rush in the door at dinner time and need it to put itself on the table.

You know the kind.

Slow cooker to the rescue.  Again. [Read more…]

Goat Cheese Biscuits

I have been so excited to share this recipe with you.  In early March, I visited a friend in Chicago and she took me to Table Fifty Two.  The food in that restaurant has a decidedly Southern flair.   Chef Art Smith has been a personal chef to Oprah.  Now he creates dishes such as Fried Green Tomatoes with Feta, Pancetta, Red Onion Marmalade and Kalamata Olive – Amazing!

We sat in the main room of the restaurant where Goat Cheese Biscuit dough was being poured into hot iron skillets and baked in a brick oven.  Our server brought us a serving of the biscuits to share.  Oh my!  They are light, with herbs and goat cheese inside and buttery Parmesan topping.

As my friend and I savored these biscuits and I watched the process of making them, I was pretty sure I could recreate the recipe at home.  And I was right.

These would be perfect for an Easter dinner or brunch.  And they are easy to make too.  The dough is similar to drop biscuits and it can be baked in an iron skillet, ramekins or muffins tins.   Here’s what you’ll need: [Read more…]

Apple Cinnamon Skillet Monkey Bread

Some of you wonderful readers recently introduced me to the blog, Picky Palate.  The first post I saw there was Peanut Butter and Jelly Skillet Monkey Bread.   Heavens to Murgatroyd!  That looks delish!  And you know how I love peanut butter.

But as I read the recipe, the words “jelly of your choice” caught my attention and all I could think of was apple jelly.  Which pairs perfectly with cinnamon and brown sugar.  So I took the original recipe and did a bit of tweaking to come up with this: [Read more…]

Make Your Own: Cornbread Muffin Mix

Cornbread muffins are an easy way to round out a meal.  I decided to save a few steps by making my own mix.

One note: Don’t leave out the butter when you mix them up.  We had company the other day and I served these muffins.  Right before we sat down to eat, I discovered the melted butter that was supposed to be in the muffins sitting in the microwave instead.

Please tell me I’m not the only one to have trouble talking and cooking at the same time!  I once melted a Tupperware bowl in the oven because I was talking on the phone and not paying attention.  I meant to turn the oven on to about 200 degrees and then turn it off again, to rise some bread dough.  The key is turning the oven off!

I’d love to hear your stories of distractions that led to cooking disasters!  But first, let’s get to the recipe.  Here’s what you’ll need: [Read more…]

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