Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Cookie in a Cup (Fun, quick 1 min recipe!!!

OK, I found this recipe through my blog hopping and reading through others recipes.  It was a keeper and wanted to share.




Cookie in a Cup:

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp of butter
  • 1 tbsp of white sugar
  • 1 tbsp of brown sugar
  • 2 drops of vanilla
  • 1 pinch of kosher salt
  • 3 tbsp of flour
  • 2 tbsp of chocolate chips

Directions:

1.  Melt butter in a small microwave safe coffee cup.  Add sugar, brown sugar, a few drops of vanilla and a pinch of kosher salt.


2.  Stir together until it becomes a liquid.  Add just an egg yoke and stir together.  


3.  Next add your 3 tbsp of flour.  This I played with a little, you just want enough to form the dough look.  


4.  Add about 2 tbsp of chocolate chips.  I had the mini chocolate chips on hand, so I used those.  At this point you could use any flavor chips or even M&M's if you want.  


5.  Place in microwave and cook for about 40 sec.  My microwave cooks hot and I believe I could probably do about 30 sec next time.  If you have a less powerful microwave, you may need to do 1 min.  This is just trial and error.  

6.  ENJOY with your favorite topping, my kids add ice cream to their hot cookie in a cup!!!


This was very yummy and quick and easy.  (The part I LOVE!!!)  Hope you enjoy it as much as we did.  Here is what was left....



If you enjoyed this recipe check out our 3, 2, 1 cake too!



Enjoy,

Monday, October 22, 2012

Fontina Cheese Appetizer (Best appetizer we make by far!!!)

Fontina Cheese Appetizer

This is our favorite appetizer recipe by far that we make.  It is best when served with a fresh baguette.  But we also have served it with Triscuits, Wheat Thins, and have even used the left over fontina to top our steaks after the appetizer!!!  (Oh and grill cheese with the day old fontina is amazing too!!!)


Before I even give you the recipe, I want to strongly recommend that you acquire a cast iron pan first.  This is what makes this item cook so evenly and stay warm while serving.  Fontina is a cheese that will harden as it cools, so keeping it hot while serving is important!

One like this is fine.  It won't take an expensive cast iron pan to do the trick.  We have even found the Lodge to work just fine.  The one below is sold at Kohls for $34.99 and will work great.  You can find cast iron as high as $100-$200 for this same pan, but not really needed for this recipe.  My favorite cast iron are ones you can find at antique shops or estate sales that have been used for years, because they will be seasoned so well.





The only other tip I would like to give you for using cast iron is to never use soap on it.  Wash in hot water (preferably when it is still warm from cooking) and use a scrapper if you have anything stuck on it.  Then dry and coat with vegetable oil after each cleaning.  This keeps the pan seasoned and stops food from sticking during cooking.  By the way, this fontina recipe is a great one to season your pan with on the first purchase as it has lots of olive oil in it.  (Otherwise I like to cook bacon in my cast iron as my FIRST thing to cook when I purchase cast iron new, because it is great at seasoning your pan!)

Ingredients:
  • 3/4 lb of Fontina Cheese (red outside cut off and cubed into small even size cubes!)
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp of minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp of black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp of salt (Kosher salt works great too!)
  • 1/2 tsp of rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp of thyme

Directions:
  1. Using a cast iron skillet, place all ingredients in a skillet. 
  2. Preheat oven to broil
  3. Place skillet into the oven for 5-7 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly
  4. Serve hot (caution your guests that the first bite is INCREDIBLY hot....let cool for just a few minutes, otherwise they will burn all their tastebuds to enjoy the rest of their food that night!  ALSO skillet stays pretty HOT so watch any children around this very hot dish!!!)
  5. Trick, as you are enjoying at any time the cheese becomes too cold or begins to harden stick back into a broiler oven and reheat until hot.  It will soften right back up again.
  6. To store left overs, allow to cool and place in a refrigerator safe container, to reheat just place back into skillet and reheat as above.  Or great to use on grill cheese, to top your steak or chicken, etc.  
Hope you enjoy this as much as we do.  
Enjoy,










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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Aerial Park Fun!

On a last minute whim, we decided to go try the aerial park in Bridgeport, CT, hoping it wasn't too crowded.  Well to our surprise it wasn't.  Dave, Cami and Alex all decided to climb.  And I was able to follow underneath the trees with my camera and long lens.  Many of the obstacles were very fun....a little challenging and definitely high in the air.  None of my crew had any difficulties.  They began on a green trail and then went quickly to a harder blue trail and loved every minute of it.  Even when they had to wait on the aerial park staff to retrieve a girl ahead of them that decided she was too scared to continue any more.  :O)

Here are the photos....













































Great day of climbing!!!
Enjoy,