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French Toast Casserole: Sunday Brunch Bliss

May 22, 2011

Posted by:  Jenny

French toast is the stuff breakfast dreams are made of.   It’s warm, it’s fluffy, it’s sticky-sweet with cinnamon and nutmeg and brown sugar to spare.   You awaken on a lazy weekend morning to its inviting scent wafting into your bedroom, your face breaking into a sleepy smile as you inhale deeply.  You bound downstairs in your comfy pajamas and fuzzy slippers and, with one bite, know that all is right in the world.

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Easy Three-Ingredient Ice Cream

May 16, 2011

Posted by:  Jenny

Excuse me while I clear some cobwebs from the corners of this abandoned blog.  Blow some dust off the archives, spray a spritz of Febreeze… there, it’s like we were never gone!  It’s warm outdoors and everything’s green and vibrant and I miss blogging about cooking, so here I am.

Here’s a simple and universally beloved summer treat to herald our return to the food blogosphere: three-ingredient ice cream!  If you have a food processor or blender, you can make some pretty awesome ice cream within just a matter of minutes.  This is one of the most simple and consistent dessert recipes I’ve found.

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Sicilian Sausage Soup

October 3, 2010

Posted by: Ali

Since I am now 7 weeks pregnant it has been increasingly difficult to find something that agrees with baby and my stomach without causing heart burn or nausea.  Needless to say a lot of my meals have been followed by a good dose of raspberry ginger ale, tums and possibly the shining white porcelain bowl that is my new best friend.

I’ve been craving soup for a couple of weeks now and it was only today that I was able to muster the energy (after a 4 hour nap I must add)  to find one of my old recipes and attempt to cook.

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Applesauce Bars with Cream Cheese Glaze

September 28, 2010

Posted by: Jenny

Friends, let us gather here to sing the praises of fall, that bountiful season which invites us to trade in our sweat for gentle breezes and our shorts for cozy sweaters, our glaring hues of lurid yellow and aquarazmatazz blue for rustic reds and burnt oranges, our shield-like sunglasses for the mauve twilight of an autumn afternoon.

Okay, so none of that semi-mythical beauty ever happens here in Mobile, Alabama, the land of two seasons: a nine-month-long summer and that reviled three month period where the temperature has the audacity to dip below 70 degrees.   A girl can dream and wax poetic, though.  She can also make applesauce bars brimming with the best baking spices of the season and pretend to live in a magical forest where autumn reigns eternal.  Also, there are hobbits and unicorns playing in wildflower fields, and to the west lies a secret grove where ninja dragons train.

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Stuffed Bell Peppers: Easy Weeknight Meal

September 11, 2010

Posted by: Jenny

Mmmm, bell peppers packed with meat and spices and cheese?  I’d never tried stuffed bell peppers before, but my BFF mentioned them on Facebook and it sounded like something that would satisfy my finicky tastebuds.  After all, I add diced red bell pepper to many dishes for a little extra kick.  Hopeful, I set out on an internet hunt for a recipe. Read more…

Challah Bread – My Lesson In Not Having Enough Flour

August 31, 2010

Posted by: Julianna

So I had already written this blog and I remember it being incredibly witty and clever. Then, it all got erased, so now you’ll just have to settle for this sleepy-Julianna-right-after-work version. Enjoy..

I made this bread with the sole purpose of using it to make my friend’s “French Toast Bread Pudding” recipe. Little did I know that when she told me “Hey, I use this easy Challah bread recipe,” SHE WAS LYING! Maybe easy for a master baking pro like her. For me? My kitchen was basically an explosion of flour, egg shells, half melted sticks of butter, and a stack of various sized mixing bowls. Since I’ve made this bread, my dad sent me this wonderful device called a Kitchen Aid, which makes me not as scared to try homemade bread out again. Just keep in mind, this is not a quick recipe. It takes several hours as you have to set the bread aside twice to let it rise. Also, make sure you have at least three times the amount of flour listed in the recipe. I ran out of flour while kneading the dough and had to beg my boyfriend to run to the 24 hour grocery store to pick up more while I stood there elbow deep in sticky gooey mess! Let’s review, lots of time, and several tons of flour. So without further ado..

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Sausage Egg Breakfast Casserole: One Mixing Bowl, One Baking Dish, One More Morning Survival Tactic

August 30, 2010

Posted by:  Jenny

I’m a big fan of casseroles, mostly out of laziness.  What’s better than getting credit for preparing a meal when said meal can be assembled using only one dish?   And the lack of effort doesn’t stop with the chef, either.  No, those consuming the casserole also forego the harrowing debate of whether to take a bite of chicken, broccoli, or rice next.  No need to worry about balance or even glance at your plate that often; just grab a spoon and shovel it in by the mouthful because it’s all mixed up to perfection right there in that warm, gooey heap of goodness.

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