Saturday, January 28, 2012

Inside Out Grilled Cheese Sandwich

David told me about this: You can sprinkle grated cheese on your griddle and then slap your cheese sandwich down on it...cook until the cheese on the outside melts and starts to get chew-y, crispy. Flip and..before you finalize that flip, lay some more grated cheese on the griddle, then slap that sandwich over it real quick. Cook as before. Then you have 2 sides of chewy crispy cheese. MMMNNNNNmmmmmm.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Cute Idea for a Buck!

Got this at Trader Joe's before Christmas. What a great idea...decorate your own gingerbread man...and share it because it is so huge! It comes with frosting and little candies to use to decorate it. 99 cents.

Cherry Chocolate Frosting

I made these morello cherry brownies from scratch (using the Bourdin Bakery recipe below), then frosted them with a wonderful frosting:

This post is dedicated to Amy who loves cherries AND frosting very much!
I love that I do not have to handle any white sugar in this recipe....any sweet stuff is found in the honey and in the dark choc. chips and the jam.
1 cup semi sweet choc. chips (joan uses 63%)...Melt and cool to almost room temp.
2/3 cups sour cream
1/4 cup cherry preserves (I take the cherry chunks out of the preserves, to make 1/4 cup )
2 T. honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
Mix/beat it all until light and fluffy. Then add...
1 1/2 T softened butter and continue mixing well.. ...This makes so much frosting. I frosted a 9 x 13 pan of brownies and had almost a cup of frosting left.

Boudin Bakery's Brownies (note Joan's variation )Total time: About 1 hour

Servings: 24 or more...depends on how big you cut them. They are so rich, cut them small.

Note: Adapted from Boudin Bakery.

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, plus extra for greasing the dish.

8 ounces bittersweet chocolate ( use 63% choc. chips and a square (1 oz.)unsweetened choc.)

5 eggs

3 cups sugar

1 tablespoon vanilla

1 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups (6.38 ounces) flour (unbleached of course...once I used half oat flour...turned out great)

2 1/2 cups toasted, chopped pecans or walnuts ( I omit this usually if we are on a tight budget)
To make them cherry..I put in 2 cups drained morello cherries (purchased in a jar from Trader Joe's)

1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9-by-13-inch glass baking dish.

2. In a medium, heavy-bottom saucepan, melt the butter and chocolate over low heat, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and set aside.

3. In a stand mixer using a paddle attachment, or in a large bowl using an electric mixer, beat together the eggs, sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy, 5 to 7 minutes. With the mixer on low speed, beat in the melted chocolate, then the salt and flour just until combined. Gently fold in the nuts.

4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake in the center of the oven until puffed and almost set, about 45 minutes. A toothpick inserted will be slightly moist. Remove and cool slightly before serving.

Note: These are dense and delicious. I keep them refrigerated.

Each serving: 336 calories; 4 grams protein; 38 grams carbohydrates; 2 grams fiber; 21 grams fat; 8 grams saturated fat; 64 mg. cholesterol; 113 mg. sodium.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Bargain in Glendora

To feed my lemon addiction, I will continue to shop at a unique 99 Cents Store (Not 99 Cents Only chain) in Glendora, CA. 16 lemons for 99 cents! Now I am using 2 a day! In my water.

I have even converted John to using lemon in his water.

Monday, January 9, 2012

To try!

This looks like fun to make and serve and eat!

Cookie of the Month Club's First Mailing

Molly is sending John (her dad) a package of her homemade cookies, each month. What a nice surprise he will get in the mail each month! These were delicious and I see they are made of whole wheat flour, of course.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Meyer lemons

"What shall I do," asked Joan, "with these Meyer lemons Sheelah gave me that she picked from Bruce's backyard?" Here are some thoughts...lemon curd. Lemon Curd. Lemon curd!

And maybe a lemon meingue pie...