Monday, January 28, 2013

Cinnamon Pull Apart

In this house, we love anything that includes cinnamon, sugar and bread.  So when I saw this pin I knew that a Cinnamon Pull Apart needed to be put at the top of the "to bake" list.

The original pin from Deanna uses an amazing looking homemade dough recipe.  As you may have realized already ~ I like to take shortcuts in my cooking adventures.  So I grabbed a container of pizza dough and a mixture of cinnamon and sugar.

I rolled our the dough and coated it liberally with cinnamon and sugar.

Then I rolled it all up...

cut it into two inch sections and placed the sections in a medium, greased baking dish.
 Then I topped the whole thing with more cinnamon and sugar goodness.

After baking in the oven for 20 minutes at 350 they turned out crispy and golden.
This was a quick, fun take on the cinnamon pull apart recipe.  Drizzle with icing sugar and you have the perfect breakfast/dessert/snack?!

Next time I would use homemade dough or maybe biscuit dough?  The pizza dough was a bit blah. So I give this recipe three spoons out of five.

xo Heather

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Buffalo Caulifower

You have definitely seen this recipe on Pinterest.  The buffalo style cauliflower.  And we're all wondering the same thing, "is it really that good?" I was wondering the same thing, so I made it.

It was Halloween weekend.  Ty and I had considered going out to a couple of different parties but we were so exhausted from the week (a few too many early mornings) so we decided to chill out at home (read: free drinks and no one explaining their costume to me).

What you need for Buffalo Cauliflower

1 head of cauliflower, cut into florets
1 cup of buttermilk
1 cup all purpose flour
2 tsp garlic salt
1 cup buffalo hot sauce

So when I made this I had to come up with a few substitutions;
1).  I don't have buffalo sauce just kickin' around.  But I found this recipe and used it instead.   It was super easy to make and took no time at all!

2). I didn't have any buttermilk.  But I referred to my always handy "America's Test Kitchen" cookbook (go get this right now-it's so awesome) and it said I could substitute 1 cup milk mixed with 1 tablespoon white vinegar.  Then let it sit to thicken for about 10 minutes. TOTALLY WORKED!

Pre heat the oven to 450*F

Cut up your cauliflower into bite sized bits. 

Mix the flour, buttermilk and garlic salt in a large bowl.  

Dump the cauliflower pieces into the flour mixture and stir to coat.  

Place the cauliflower on a cookie sheet and bake for 15-18 minutes.  At 15 minutes my cauliflower wasn't crispy enough for me.  Oh I would also recommend greasing your baking sheet prior to putting the cauliflower on it :)  Learned that one the hard way.

While your cauliflower is baking, make your sauce (if you are making your own sauce)  If not just chill.

I used a deeper aluminum baking dish, like something you might use for lasagne.  This resulted in NOT crispy cauliflower. Even after 20 minutes at 450!?!??!  So I threw the cauliflower on a greased baking sheet and put it back in the oven for 7 minutes. TA DA!

Once the 18-ish minutes are up, take the cauliflower out and pour the buffalo sauce over and toss to coat.   Stick the buffalo sauce coated cauliflower back in the oven for another 5-8 minutes.

It was yummy.  Does this recipe fool me into thinking I'm actually eating Buffalo wings?  Not even close (especially the way mine turned out).  BUT is it a delicious way to eat cauliflower? YES!

So I give it 3 out of 5 spoons.
NEW INFO: My girlfriend Rachel made this on parchment paper and she told me her's turned out super crispy-not to mention an easy clean up! So I guess I'm just gonna have to make this again, oh shucks!  

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Crockpot Chicken Chili

Ok, so anyone who reads my blog knows that I am somewhat of a chill aficionado.  I also rant and rave about my Dad's world famous chili - because it's the best!  And I pretty much like any type of chili, so I was quite excited to try this recipe.  The picture on Pinterest made me drool - for real.  And thankfully the recipe is SOOOOO easy you probably have everything for this in your house right now; and really that's the best kind of recipe!

What You'll Need
1 large can of diced tomatoes (with or without chills)
1 medium onion, chopped
1 can kidney beans (drained or rinsed)
1 can black beans (rinsed for sure)
1 can tomato sauce
1 can of corn
taco seasoning (at your discretion)
cumin (I used about 1/2 tbls)
chili powder (at least 1 tbls)
I also used a can of fire roaster green chillies from Trader Joe's.  Any spicy pepper (jalapeƱo etc) would work.
3-4 chicken breasts (I used 3 and it was PLENTY)

Combine the beans, tomatoes, tomato sauce, corn, onion and spices in the crock pot and stir to ensure everything is well mixed.

Lay the chicken breasts on top of the bean mixture.  I seasoned my chicken breasts with fresh cracked pepper and a little extra taco seasoning.

Cook on high for 6 hours on high or 10 hours on low.  Thirty minutes before serving (or whenever) shred the chicken with a fork and mix it back into the chilli.  

Cook for the remaining 30 minutes.
Chow down!

It's deadly delicious.  
I double dog dare you to try it.