Breakfast Smoothie

Breakfast Smoothie To Go

I would be happy to say that I’ve discovered the world’s best and most perfect smoothie recipe, and share that recipe with you.  But the truth is that I don’t think such a recipe exists.  Your perfect smoothie is a combination of what you’re in the mood for and what you have in the kitchen.  But I’ll tell you how I make my favorite breakfast smoothie.

It starts with a frozen banana, which are never in short supply in my freezer.  I don’t even do anything to prepare them after they’ve gone all spotty-brown on the kitchen counter.  They get tossed in the freezer peel and all.  When I’m ready to make a smoothie, or even Dorie’s yummy banana Bundt cake, I plop them in the microwave about 30 seconds.  Then I just barely slice lengthwise down the peel, open it up, and cut the fruit into a few chunks.  Ready. [Read more…]

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Coconut Nutella Surprise Cookies

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At first glance, it isn’t obvious that these tasty cookies are made with Nutella.  Even after a bite or two, you will enjoy the delicate coconut flavor enhanced with chewy oatmeal, but you might wonder, “Is there really Nutella in here?”  That’s when the surprise comes in, and BAM, you bite into the smooth and creamy chocolate-hazelnut spread, and it all comes together.
Coconut Nutella Cookies 3It seems like only a short while has passed since I made these cookies, but since time flies so quickly, it’s actually been close to a couple months.  I wanted to make a Friday treat, and couldn’t decide between two different cookies that I’d seen that week on Pinterest, both from Two Peas & Their Pod.  The first was a coconut oatmeal cookie that practically called my name.  The only hesitation I had about bringing it to work was that not all people are lovers of coconut.  And by that, I mean that the people who aren’t lovers of this ingredient seem to be haters.  The second cookie that caught my attention that week was a giant chocolate chip cookie stuffed with Nutella in the middle.  I was pretty sure this would be a sure hit, since everyone I work with loves them some Nutella.  But I did mention the coconut recipe was calling my name, and so the decision was made to combine the two.  Done and done.
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I decided to follow Annie’s method for stuffing her Nutella cookies on Annie’s Eats, and it worked perfectly.  Thursday morning before work, I lined a baking sheet with parchment paper and placed scoops of Nutella on the parchment.  I stuck the sheet in the freezer, and left it there until I was ready to make cookies that night.   And just to make the coconut a little friendlier for everyone, I pulsed it in the food processor with the oatmeal just a bit.  My friends, we have a winner.    [Read more…]

Cherry Apricot Oatmeal Cookies

Cherry Apricot CookiesIs it really December?  It really can’t be.  But the calendar doesn’t lie, and neither does my email inbox that’s flooded with subject lines like Hurry Up and Buy Now Because This is the Best Christmas Sale Ever.

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So you know what that means.   It’s time to start cranking out the sugar cookies and the pumpkin rolls and the caramels and all that fun stuff.  Maybe you’re on the ball and already there, but I’m not.  Before jumping into the holiday baking craziness,  I wanted to bake something simple.  Something with oatmeal and maybe some dried fruit.  I found this recipe in the Dahlia Bakery Cookbook and thought the Cranberry Apricot  would be just right.
I thought I had everything I needed, but when I started measuring out my ingredients, I didn’t have any cranberries.  No worries though.  My baker assistant remembered the dried cherries in the pantry and the recipe was changed just like that. [Read more…]

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies (with not so secret spices)

I’m not always a fan of raisins in my baked goods, but I am a fan of these oatmeal cookies.

When I first found this cookie recipe, I had recently discovered cardamom, so I tossed a pinch in.  I like the extra complexity it adds to the cinnamon and nutmeg, but a little goes a long way.  If you haven’t tried it in baking before, you may want to try adding a teeny pinch.

Of course,  you could always leave out the cardamom, and you’d still be left with some tasty oatmeal raisin cookies.

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