Sunday, January 1, 2012

Baked Goods & Desserts

For those times when you need something a little sweet or something extremely decadent, enjoy some of the recipes that have soothed my family's sweet tooth. 

Be sure to make adjustments to all Baked Goods recipes if you live in a high elevation (see my posting High Altitude Baking)

Banana Nutty Bread ~ One of my favorite breads to make
Cheesy Garlic Monkey Bread ~ A change from the garlic bread norm
Cheesy Pub Beer Bread ~ So ridiculously good & simple to make. Ultimate comfort food! 
Cherry "Valentine Love" Pies ~ Extremely easy to make hand pies! Great for kiddle bakers too! 
Chocolate Flecked Coconut Bark (Cocada con Chocolate) ~ It's like having a warm Mounds bar 
Dark Chocolate Kahlua Mocha Cake (a.k.a. Blackout Cake) ~  Ridiculously decadent for dark chocolate & coffee lovers (with a little quick cheat along the way)
Fyrstekake ~ Norwegian Almond Coffee Cake (Royalty Cake) ~ A wonderful Norwegian coffee cake packed with almonds** 
Grandma Stella's Cornbread ~ My Grammy's cornbread recipe (traditional or sweet) The Keys' Key Lime Scones ~ Buttery scones with a little key lime "zing" 
Kransekake ~ Norwegian Crown Cake or “Viking” Wedding Cake ~ Almond "cake" ringed tower**
PB & J Freezes ~ Be a kid again...frozen graham cracker PB & J sandwiches
Personal Spiced Pineapple Upside Down Cakes ~ A small twist on the classic pineapple upside down cake 
Princess Cupcakes ~ A fun twist to plain cupcakes 
Spiced Monkey Bread ~ This monkey bread is the hit of any breakfast, brunch or dessert **
Sweet Potato Banana Crumble Casserole ~ If you like sweet potatoes, you will love this recipe...if you don't like them, then you will love this casserole. Perfect as a side or dessert dish! ** ** No high altitude changes necessary

Black & White Cranberry Almond Cookies
Black & White Chocolate Chip Cookies ~ Simple semi sweet chocolate chips meet white chocolate chips
Black & White Cranberry Almond Cookies ~ Semi sweet & white chocolate chips combined with cranberries and almonds
Cheat-N-Eat Candy Cane Cookies ~ Perfect way to dress-up sugar cookies for the holiday season
Cranberry Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies ~ A wonderful combination of cranberries, almonds & chocolate
Exceptional Chocolate Chip Cookies  ~ My favorite (and simple) chocolate chip cookies
Fortune Cookies - Almond ~ A very simple recipe that I found in Woman's World 2008 

Scrumptious Citrus Chocolate Chip Scones ~ The marriage of orange & chocolate in a scone!**
Cranberry Orange Scones ~ A classic scone, but a little less dense than store-bought**
The Keys' Key Lime Scones ~ Tart and sweet combine in perfect harmony

Chocolate Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting ~ Fluffy & chocolatey  
Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting ~ Light, sweet & creamy
Chocolate Mocha Ganache ~ A chocolate & coffee lover's dream

Baileys Irish Cream & Chocolate Tapioca Pudding ~ Such a great way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day
Easter Pudding Baskets ~ A creative (& easy) kiddle recipe for Easter

Main Dish

From savory to sweet, recipes that are perfect for pleasing your tummy in the morning.

Apple Cinnamon Pancakes ~ Working a little bit of apples into breakfast
Breakfast Melt ~ Grilled cheese sandwich with eggs & bacon
Cocoa & Peanut Butter Pancakes ~ Like having a sundae for breakfast
Eggnog French Toast ~ A wonderful way to enjoy eggnog in the morning
Fruit & Nutty Cream of Wheat ~ My chilly morning Go-To comfort food
Nutty Spiced Cranberry & Golden Raisin Oatmeal ~ So hearty & sweet...a perfect start for the day
Stuffed French Toast with Pineapple & Sweet Cream ~ Not an ordinary French toast...there's pineapples for Pete's sake
Stuffed French Toast ~ Divine Strawberry & Nutella Stuffed French Toast ~ Nutella is the star ingredient
Spiced Monkey Bread ** ~ An amazingly addictive twist on the cinnamon roll **No high altitude changes necessary

Tangy Apricot Syrup ~ A tangy apricot syrup made with fresh apricots

I like to change-up lunch time...who wants the same old ham sandwich or hamburger day-after-day? Not my family. So here are a few of my lunch time recipes that are sure to please...most are also perfectly acceptable for dinner time too!

Chicken Salad Club & Baby Spinach Sandwich ~ A little dress-up for an everyday chicken salad sammy
Chile Verde Chicken Sammy ~ A bit of a sloppy joe but chicken chile verde style
Curried Chicken Sammy ~ When chicken salad just needs a little kick
Gorgonzola Hamburger ~ Meaty, full flavored burger
Proscuitto Wrapped Hot Dogs ~ Proscuitto brings a great level of crunch & flavor to these dogs 
Pulled Pork Sandwiches ~ An easy hassel-free recipe
“Sloppy Jan’s” ~ Real Homemade Sloppy Joe’s ~ One of my childhood favorites…not out of a can

Some of my tried and true dinner hubby, Charming, has given his "thumb's up" on each of these.

Pulled Pork Sandwich w/Bacon & Cheese Fritters
Chicken Stroganoff with Bow Tie Pasta ~ Creamy chicken & pasta comfort food

Chile Verde Con Pollo ~ A chicken version of the traditional pork chile verde

Machaca (Mexican Shredded Beef) ~ An amazingly tender & flavorful shredded beef perfect for tacos & burritos

Porchetta & Roasted Vegetables ~ A flavorful traditional Italian pork roast. My modified version of Chef Anne Burrel's recipe

Prosciutto Wrapped Hot Dogs ~ Prosciutto gives these dogs an extra crunch and great flavor

"Gobbled Up" Turkey Casserole ~ A great way to use leftover turkey

Short Ribs & Penne Rigate

Grandma Elly's Norwegian Meatballs ~ My 100 year-old Grandmother's recipe!

Pulled Pork Sandwiches ~ An easy, hassle-free recipe

Sheppard's Pie With Cheesy Potatoes ~ An ultimate comfort food for the meat & potato lover

Simple Pinto Beans ~ Low prep time that allows great flavorful beans 

"Sloppy Jan's" ~ Real Homemade Sloppy Joe's ~ One of my childhood favorites...not out of a can 

Quick Chicken & Cheese Casserole ~ Comfort food that is perfect for a family meal or kiddle lunch

Southwest Chicken & Chorizo Soup
Italian Chicken & Tortellini Soup ~ An Italian twist to chicken noodle soup 

Southwest Chicken & Chorizo Soup ~ A hearty, spiced soup