Monthly Archives: March 2012

Chunky Guacamole and Fresh Corn Chips

A recipe for a fresh and chunky guacamole and corn chips.

Saturdays were made for snacking.  And so was guacamole.  I didn’t come to love guacamole until later in life.  I was influenced in this by my brother, who spent some time in South America and came home with a love affair with avocados.  He later married a woman who is from Mexico, which is somewhat fortunate for me, because it means I get to use their incredibly delicious and authentic Mexican guacamole recipe.  I’ve been eating it almost every day lately, after my doctor suggested I eat more avocados.

Best. Prescription. Ever.

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Lemon Crinkles

A recipe for soft and chewy lemon crinkle cookies made with coconut.

Lemon Crinkle cookies from Jen's Favorite Cookies

Source:  Beyond Kimchee, a blog about Korean food.

Yield: About 3 dozen cookies

 It’s spring, which for us means it’s time to plant… at my mother-in-law’s house.  My husband had a busy Saturday planned, but scrapped it all to spend the day working in his mother’s yard, spreading mulch and planting the large garden she had recently purchased.  Time is of the essence with plants, you know.  He called to request my help.  I told him I would be right over, which was kind of a lie.  I baked cookies first.

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Thin Mint Krispie Treats

A recipe for a chocolate mint Rice Krispie Treat made with Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies.

Source: Adapted from the great idea I found at Cookies & Cups.

Yield: One 9×13 pan full.  Cut them however you like.

I have refrained from buying Girl Scout cookies for about three years now.  I think that is some major determination.  Okay, okay, it’s mostly that the Girl Scouts don’t knock on my door anymore, nor is anyone pestering my husband at work about it.  The other day, I stopped at the grocery store, and was hit in my weak spots on both sides of the store.  On one side of the store, cute little Girl Scouts with their dangerously addictive cookies; and on the other side, cute Special Olympics kids selling root beer floats as a fundraiser.  After going through the checkout, I walked to one end of the store and bought 2 boxes of Thin Mints and 1 box of Samoas, then I walked to the other end and bought 3 root beer floats for my kids.  It was a good day.

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White Chocolate Brownies

A simple, 5-ingredient recipe for a brownie made with white chocolate.

Source: Adapted from Chocolate Brownie Recipe

Yield: about 12 small brownies

I am always looking for excuses to make new recipes that I have never tried before.  This one appealed to me, partly because they are so pretty and simple and white, but mostly because of the ingredient list.  I can’t remember the last time I made a dessert with so few ingredients!  (There are only 5 in this one!)  Plus, and this is just a personal thing, I don’t mind having an excuse to buy white chocolate candy melts.  Presently, I have both chocolate and [tooltip text=”I prefer the candy melts to the white chocolate chips. For some reason, when you melt the chips they get kind of wonky and hard to work with.”]white chocolate candy melts[/tooltip] in my pantry.  The possibilities are endless!

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Coconut Lime Sugar Cookies

A recipe for a chewy sugar cookie with lime juice and toasted coconut.

Source: The Girl Who Ate Everything

Yield: 3-4 dozen cookies

I love the smell of toasted coconut.  When I realized that I would be toasting coconut to put in this cookie dough, I got a little excited.  It was the first thing I did, actually.  I spread about 1/2 cup of shredded coconut across my quarter sheet pan (one of my favorite little kitchen items) and put it in the oven.  You can tell when it is ready because it smells fantastic.  It made being in the kitchen ever so enjoyable!

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St. Patrick’s Day Favorites

St. Patrick’s Day is my kind of holiday.  It’s silly and sort of non-sensical, it requires very little purchasing, and doesn’t involve a day off school or work.  Low key, that’s how I like it.  In honor of the greenest of holidays, I have put together this little group of my current favorite St. Patrick’s Day recipes.  Hope you enjoy them!

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Marbled Lime Cheesecake Bars

A recipe for a beautiful cheesecake bar swirled with lime curd.

Source: A recipe by  Heather at Sprinkle Bakes, which was guest-posted on Confessions of a Cookbook Queen.

Yield: 12 large bars

Regular readers of this blog have heard me mention Pinterest several times recently.  I’ve been trolling some wonderful food blogs, and happily pinning my favorite recipes, saving them for later use.  I have a pin board just for cookies, another for other desserts, one for breakfast, and a fourth for other foods.  If you want a preview of coming attractions on this blog, just visit these boards!  I can almost guarantee my next recipe is there somewhere.  This week, however, Pinterest told me something interesting.

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Lemon Blueberry Cookies

A recipe for a soft lemon cookie with blueberries.

Source: Hot Polka Dot, although I made one important change.

Yield: nearly 4 dozen cookies

I really try to avoid Costco.  I deliberately did not renew my membership because the stupid place costs me way too much money.  There are only a few things that I really need to get there, and everything else is a better deal somewhere else, so I just don’t go.  Once in a while, I mooch off my mother, or my mother-in-law, and get them to take me there, so I can get the frozen meatballs I love (no, I don’t make them from scratch, sorry to disappoint!) and the giant bag of shredded cheddar cheese, and the mega-pack of toilet paper.  Have you ever noticed that almost everyone at Costco is buying toilet paper?  I have.  These are the kinds of things I think about.  Welcome to my world.

At any rate, my last trip to Costco netted me a huge box of fresh blueberries, among about $200 worth of other things.

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Chocolate Marshmallow Cookies

A recipe for a chocolate cookie stuffed with a gooey marshmallow center.

Source: No Biggie, a cute blog full of food, scrapbooking, crafts, and thrifty ideas.

Yield: 3-4 dozen cookies

This cookie sounded so delicious when I found it on Pinterest.  But when I read through the post, I was a little discouraged.  It sounded hard, and labor intensive, and messy.  And I really hate those things!  But I powered through, and after several days of procrastinating, I finally forced myself to bake them.  I was rewarded with one of the best and most fun cookies ever!  My kids were absolutely thrilled, and kept asking for more cookies all evening.

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