Friday, February 25, 2011

Baked Eggs with Spinach

To treat myself on Friday to a nice breakfast, I made this recipe I saw on taste spotting.

Baked Eggs with Spinach
adapted from Ten Things That

chopped frozen spinach
1 egg
garlic powder
olive oil

1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
2. Saute, in olive oil, enough spinach to fill a ramekin almost to the top, leaving room for an egg.
3. Combine spinach in ramekin, and add salt, pepper, nutmeg (a little goes a long way).
4. Then fill ramekin with milk up to the level of the spinach.
5. Crack egg into ramekin, and add a little more milk on top.
6. Place ramekin into oven on a pan, and bake for 20 mins.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Peanut Butter Cookies

/* This is a simple, grain-free peanut butter cookie recipe. I found a version of this over the summer for almond-butter, which I was not a huge fan of. But, this peanut butter version is quite good. This coming from someone who is not a huge peanut butter fan.

/*On another note, to give myself more geek-cred, I'm considering making all future posts code-like : P Just kidding. Everything to the right of a "//" is a translation of the code

#include //1 cup peanut butter
#include // 1/2 cup brown sugar
#include //1/2 cup powdered sugar
#include // 1 egg
#include // 1 tsp. baking powder

COOKIE Cookie(Peanut_Butter type) { // Peanut Butter Cookies

// Combine all ingredients
dough mix_dough = new dough(peanut_butter + brown_sugar + powdered_sugar + egg + baking_powder);

// Set oven to 350 F
set_oven( 350F );

// Roll into table spoon sized balls
roll_into_balls( tablespoon_size );

// Press into classic peanut butter criss-cross pattern with fork
press(cookie, fork);

// Bake for 45 minutes in the oven
bake( 45mins ){
return cookies;


// No way this complies, but it makes me happy! ^_^

Oven Hotdogs

I saw this recipe on Taste Spotting and, being a veggie dog lover, made a vegetarian version!

Oven Hotdogs
adapted from In the Wabe

veggie hot dogs
hot dog buns
cheddar cheese
diced onion
vegetarian chili

1. Preheat oven to 350F.
2. Spread hot dog buns generously with mayonnaise. Then spread mustard to taste.
3. Place hot dog buns in an oven pan with edges higher than the hot dog buns. Place hot dogs in the bun.
4. Top each hot dog with chili, then cheese, then onion.
5. Cover pan with tin foil.
6. Bake for 45 mins in the oven.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Cinnamon Roll Bread Pudding

The local breakfast place in my hometown recently went out of business, much to the dismay of many. They were famous for serving free cinnamon rolls to whoever came in. So, on their last day of business, my family patron-ed there and got several dozen cinnamon rolls to take home. I took a few back up to school, yet I never got around to eating them. Thus, my cinnamon roll bread pudding was born!

Just a note: These I took with my fancy new camera tripod, and they came out awesome! Helps even out the shakey-hand-ness. : D

Cinnamon Roll Bread Pudding
loosely adapted from moms who think

2 small cinnamon rolls
1 egg
2/3 cup milk
1 T. butter
2 T. brown sugar

1. Preheat oven to 350F.
2. Cut cinnamon rolls into 6 pieces, and place each into a small ramekin.
3. Place milk and butter in a small sauce pan, and set over low-medium heat, until just melted together.
4. Cream egg and brown sugar with an electric mixer in a bowl.
5. Slowly combine the milk mixture with the egg/sugar mixture.
6. Pour the liquid mixture evenly between the ramekins.
7. Bake for 40 mins.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Chocolate Frosting

Here's the chocolate frosting recipe I used on my grain-free chocolate cake. This is a friend's recipe. You can substitute regular milk for the soy milk if that suits you better.

Chocolate Frosting

2 3/4 cup powdered sugar
6 T. butter, softened
6 T. soy milk
6 T. cacao powder
1 t. vanilla extract

1. Combine all ingredients, and mix until you get a very smooth consistency. If you need to, melt the butter slightly, not completely, so it mixes well.

Grain-Free Chocolate Cake

So last night was a pot luck in commemoration of the birthdays of a couple club members. One of the birthday girls is grain-free, so this gave me an awesome excuse to explore into the grain-free sector of the food world! Flour-less cakes have been a huge fad for a while on the food blogs, I've just never been motivated to make them. This recipe turned out very well. It uses a lot of cacao powder which makes it very very filling. I made this a double batch, putting each in a separate round pan and then stacking them so it was a regular cake height and shape! Then I slathered the whole thing (including the middle) in a chocolate frosting recipe, which I will post later. : )

This is us doing our traditional food-hover, like vultures before tearing in.

Birthday girls cutting the cake!

Flour-less Grain free Chocolate Cake
Adapted from Associated Content

4 eggs
2 T. butter
1/3 cup sugar
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
pinch of salt

1. Preheat oven to 350F.
2. Line the bottom of your round cake pan (8" diameter) with parchment paper. Try to make it cover as much of the bottom as possible.
1. Melt the butter. To that, add the eggs and beat.
2. Add sugar and salt, and mix well.
3. Add cocoa powder and mix until it is just fully incorporated.
4. Pour the batter into the pan, making sure to even out the batter across the bottom.
5. Place into the oven and bake for 20 minutes (or until a toothpick comes out clean). Check before 20 mins is up if your oven is particularly hot.