September 26, 2015

Soft Sugar Cookies with Cookie Dough Frosting

The last couple of weeks have been filled with the Jewish High Holy Days, so needless to say we have been a little bit busy going to temple and enjoying family dinners. For Rosh Hashanah we typically head to my in-laws for dinner, which features some of our favorites: Chicken in Phyllo Dough and Carrot Soufflé.

Since we drive about an hour to see them, I usually bring a dessert that travels well. I brought two this time! I hadn't made Cinnamon Apple Cake in many years, so it was nice to revisit an old favorite that always turns out perfectly.  I also wanted to bring something that would appeal to the kid in all of us, so I went to one of my favorite cookbooks: The Cookie Dough Lover's Cookbook. Every recipe I've made from this book has been to-die-for!

When I saw the recipe for Soft Sugar Cookies with Cookie Dough Frosting, I just knew we'd have another favorite... my only hesitation was the instruction to roll out the dough. I rebelled... I opted to hand shape the cookies, and they turned out beautifully for me. You see... rolling out dough for cookies, pie crusts or really anything is not something that works well for me... it tends to become kind of ugly in my kitchen when I'm attempting it.

Soft sugar cookies with chocolate chip cookie dough frosting

These cookies will remind you of the supermarket cookies that you get that have the frosting on them... only better because you know all the ingredients that go into them and you can change up the frosting according to what you like... but, I would highly recommend going with the chocolate chip cookie dough frosting from this recipe!

I reached out to the lovely, Lindsay Landis who wrote the cookbook and currently writes the blog, Love and Olive Oil and she gave me permission to share the recipe here so that you can also make these incredible cookies!

Soft Sugar Cookies with Cookie Dough Frosting

Recipe by Lindsay Landis, The Cookie Dough Lover's Cookbook

For the cookies:
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening, at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour (or more as needed)
For the frosting: 
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 cups powdered sugar, or more as needed
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
Cooking Directions
  1. Using a stand mixer, beat together shortening and sugar at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add each egg individually, allowing to incorporate before adding the next.

  2. Add in the heavy cream and vanilla and continue to mix until smooth. Add the salt, baking powder and baking soda to the mixture; then add the flour, one cup at a time. Once the dough is mixed, it will be soft, but not sticky. If it is sticky add a little more flour (1 tablespoon at a time) until it is no longer sticky. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  4. Shape dough into round discs about 1/4 inch thick using about 2 tablespoons of dough for each cookie - my cookies were about 2 inches wide. Place on parchment lined baking sheets. Allow to bake for 8-10 minutes, watch to ensure that they do not overbake!

  5. Prepare frosting by combining butter and brown sugar in a mixing bowl and mix until light and fluffy. Add in flour and salt, then vanilla. Once those ingredients are incorporated, add 4 cups of powdered sugar to the mixture - one cup at a time. Once mixed in, add the heavy cream and beat until fluffy. If needed add additional powdered sugar to reach a thick, yet spreadable consistency.

  6. Using an offset spatula, frost each cookie with a heaping tablespoon of frosting. Sprinkle with chocolate chips, lightly pressing to ensure that they "stick" to the frosting.

  7. The cookies will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator of up to 3 days, if they last that long!

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September 13, 2015

#SundaySupper Grandma's Greek Salad

Happy Grandparents Day! This goes out to my mom and my in-laws because they are all pretty amazing grandparents to my boys.

I'm really happy to be joining in with Sunday Supper as part of my effort to get back into blogging again. Such a fantastic group of bloggers coming together and sharing meals that they are serving their families. This week is all about recipes that came from our grandparents, and the recipe I'm sharing is from my grandma.

My grandma was an incredible cook and when she knew you liked something in particular, she made sure to make it during every holiday and family gathering. I am the proud owner of a notebook she gave me with some of her favorite recipes when I got married. It's something that means so much to me since I can't just call her up and ask her how to make something anymore.

Growing up, I spent a lot of time with my grandparents on my mom's side. I would spend weekends and go shopping and just play in their living room while they watched tv or read the newspaper. It was like a mini vacation since it was just me visiting them.

My grandma was quite a prankster and I fell for her tricks every single time. I was annoyed at the time, but looking back I laugh about it and have some pretty funny stories to share with my boys now.   I miss her terribly as she has been gone almost 14 years now, so she didn't get to meet either of my boys. So, I try to make recipes from her notebook and share a bit about her every once in awhile so that know her through my memories.

She was an amazing cook and even had one of her pie recipes published in the paper out in Kansas City, which was later compiled into a cookbook. She had quite a knack with pie dough and she tried to teach me how to do it, but I am still pie challenged. I try every once in awhile thinking that at some point, I'll finally understand how the dough is supposed to feel.

The recipe I'm sharing today is one she marked in the notebook as one of my favorites, and it truly is. I haven't made it in quite some time so this week's theme inspired me to get the recipe out and let my boys try it. I really have no idea why this was called Greek Salad because it doesn't have a distinctive Greek flavor to me... but, that's the name it has on the recipe, so I'm going with it.

Grandma's Greek Salad |

It couldn't be easier to make... gather your ingredients and prep what needs to be chopped. Add it all to a bowl and stir to combine. Put in in the fridge and chill. Seriously, that's all there is to it. It's got a great crunch because of the cauliflower and the green bell peppers and pimientos add a nice amount of color.

Greek Salad

Recipe by Louise (AKA: My Grandma)
Prep time: 10 minutes

  • 2 cans cooked shrimp, salad size
  • 1 small head of cauliflower
  • green bell pepper, chopped
  • onion, chopped
  • 1 jar pimientos
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 2-3 drops hot pepper sauce
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
Cooking Directions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl.

  2. Serve cold.
It really doesn't get easier than this!

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September 6, 2015

Apple Picking & Meeting a Long Time Blogging Friend

We have been enjoying incredible weather the last couple of days here in New Jersey! Lovely temperatures and gorgeous, sunshine-y days. This is my favorite time of year and I want to savor each and every moment before we head into fall.

Don't get me wrong, I do enjoy fall and the changing of the leaves to incredible jewel toned colors and the re-introduction of pumpkin flavored treats and there is also apple picking. Apple picking season starts late August here at the local farms and we took advantage of it this weekend and brought home some gorgeous apples!

Apple Picking at Battleview Orchards |

We were already in South Jersey spending time with family and decided rather than fight the crowds at the shore, that we'd head the other direction and pick apples at Battleview Orchards.  They have a nice variety of apples available for picking now.  Peach season is nearing it's end but you might be able to still pick some if you get there soon.

September 1, 2015

Family Dinner and Back to Blogging

Wow... that was quite a break! Hard to believe it's been several months since my last post, but I think the break was needed. I spent the last few months enjoying time with my family and traveling and just living for the moment when I wasn't at work. Not a lot of actual "recipe" cooking went on, but I do have some things I'll repeat and photograph to share here in the near future. I'll also have some things to share from our summer adventures.

As we gear up for the start of school... I'm starting to think about family meal time. We just returned from a week long vacation (more to come on that soon) and tonight was the first semi-real dinner I've made in a bit.

family dinner |

May 7, 2015

Snooze, an A.M. Eatery in San Diego

While we were in San Diego on vacation a few months ago, we discovered the most amazing place for breakfast! Thanks to Yelp!, we decided to check out Snooze, an A.M. Eatery for breakfast during our trip.

Since we were in a new area for us, we tried a few different places for breakfast. After trying Snooze, we couldn't stop talking about the dishes we had there... and had to go back on our last morning to get another taste to keep the good food memories alive! We loved their retro decor and fun atmosphere.

The have a whole slew of Eggs Benedict Dishes... and you can pick 2 different styles when you order then, so of course, I had to do that both mornings where went there. I absolutely loved, the Bella! Bella! Benny - the balsamic glaze on it took it right over-the-top in the flavor department. I also enjoyed the more traditional Benny Goodman Benny (which is not in the photo below) - can't beat a breakfast that includes lox!  The more traditional Eggs Benedict had ham and a the more traditional Hollandaise sauce and was truly hard to stop eating. Thank goodess calories don't count on vacation!

Snooze an A.M. Eatery: Bella!Bella! Benny and the Benny Goodman

Both my husband and oldest enjoyed the Breakfast Pot Pie (see below)... true comfort food but for breakfast! Kind of a breakfast version of chicken pot pie. It is served in a puff pastry crust and topped with an egg any style you like... they opted for sunny side up since it would add the extra yummy egg yolk running through it. Let's just say, mouths are watering just remembering this one!

Snooze A.M. Eatery: Breakfast Pot Pie

I didn't get a photo of the OMG! French Toast, but between the strawberries and salted caramel it was seriously addictive.

Another option you have is to select the "Flight of Pancakes" - of course, my youngest went with all chocolate chip pancakes, but you have a nice variety to choose from... and they run special one's every once in awhile. Our server even brought us over the cinnamon roll pancakes to try... and, let's just say it was a good thing we shared that one because it was beyond incredible!

Snooze an A.M. Eatery - Flight of Chocolate Chip Pancakes

We would highly recommend going to Snooze if you are in California, but they also have locations in both Arizona and Colorado if you happen to be traveling that way instead.

I would recommend getting up early to get there as they do get very busy (no reservations) and you might have to wait up to 30-40 minutes for a table. Everyone seems to take their time enjoying the food and time with their family or friends.

Snooze, an A.M. Eatery
3940 Fifth Avenue
San Diego, California

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May 5, 2015

Dressed Up Classico Sun-Dried Tomato Alfredo Sauce

There are days when you think you are going to make something that requires a fair amount of chopping and preparation... and, then you get home and realize that's just not going to happen. No amount of perseverance will allow it to happen. On those nights, it's ok to use a convenience item to make dinner happen.

When I pull a jar of sauce out of my pantry, I like to add a few things to it to amp up the flavor and veggie factor for that night's dinner.  I recently found a few Classico sauces on sale when shopping at Target. One that we had enjoyed previously was their Sun-Dried Tomato Alfredo and it's available again.

I had a number of items in the fridge that allowed me to make this a quick and easy dinner. Chicken breasts, sun-dried tomatoes, diced tomatoes and spinach.

Dressed up Classico sun-dried tomato Alfredo sauce for #dinner #quick #easy

Not only is this a colorful way to serve dinner, it's also go those added veggies and chicken to make it satisfying. Thrown together in less than 30 minutes and filled with tasty veggies - that might otherwise have ended up not used - and you've got a great weeknight meal!

Even my son who is not a fan of pasta loved this one! Sometimes it's ok to use a convenience product... but, don't rely on it to be the sole provider of flavor. Take a look in the fridge, freezer and pantry to see what goodies you can add to make it a fully satisfying meal. Your family will thank you for taking the time  to do it!

Dressed Up Sun-Dried Tomato Alfredo Sauce with Pasta

  • 1/2 pound farfalle pasta (bow-ties)
  • 1 jar Classico Sun-Dried Tomato Alfredo Sauce
  • 1/2 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes, drained if packed in oil
  • 3-4 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 15 ounces diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1/2 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, sliced into strips
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
Cooking Directions
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions, drain and set aside.

  2. While pasta is cooking, heat oil in a large non-stick skillet. Once hot, add the sliced chicken and cook until browned - about 4-5 minutes.

  3. Add sun-dried tomatoes and diced tomatoes to the skillet and allow to cook until about 3-5 minutes.

  4. Add pasta and spinach to the skillet and stir to combine and cook until heated through.

This is not a sponsored post, I just happen to like this product and am sharing it for that reason. No compensation has been involved.

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May 3, 2015

Taco Lasagna, A Perfect Weeknight Meal

Finding new ways of making dinner with favorite flavors can be a challenge. Which is why I love perusing Pinterest! Which is what I often do while My Oldest is at his weekly rock climbing team training for 2 hours. What else is there to do? It's just far enough from home that it's not worth dropping off and coming back. So, I use the time to plan the next week's meals uninterrupted! Productivity at it's best!

My Youngest adores tacos... to the point where we really do observe the unofficial holiday of Taco Tuesday every week. The rest of us get tired of having tacos every week (I know... seems weird, but we do enjoy variety at my kitchen table).  When I came across a Taco Lasagna recipe on Pinterest, I immediately pinned it and added it to last week's meal plan.

The Girl Who Ate Everything found the recipe over at Taste of Home and adapted it from there. It's always interesting to follow the links to see where the recipes I find originated! I did make some additional changes to the recipe as well, which you will find at the end of this post.
Taco Lasagna

Normally, I'd avoid a lasagna style dish on a weeknight but this one was absolutely the easiest version I've ever made! I had it in the oven within about 10 minutes... helped by using oven ready lasagna noodles, gotta use the convenience foods in this case! If you want to use the regular noodles, you'll need to cook them first.

April 30, 2015

San Diego Zoo

I'm very late in sharing our trip to San Diego last winter. We opted to visit California for our wintery escape this year and enjoyed several sites while we were there.

One of the best things we did was visit the San Diego Zoo! We had heard about it for years and knew it had to be on our list. We bought our tickets through AAA online and it was the best rate and included the bus tour of the zoo.

There was no charge for parking which was nice since so many places have added fees just to drive into the parking lot. We got there early and since it was a school break that was the smartest way to visit the zoo.

Rather than wander around we decided to take the bus tour first. Best decision ever! No line at the beginning of the day and it was very thorough so we knew what areas we really wanted to focus on during our visit.

San Diego Zoo

Our admission also included the use of the kangaroo bus which takes you around one half of the zoo. Well worth it since it will wear your family out trying to walk the whole thing. We also had access to the Skyfari which takes you from the entrance of the zoo to the farthest side and you get a bird's eye view of everything on your way there.

April 28, 2015

Quick Kalamata Olive Hummus {recipe}

Sometimes you just want something to nibble on, and when that urge hits it really helps if you happen to have something in the fridge that will satisfy the craving.  I like to keep some staple items in my pantry just for this purpose and recently I had this itch to make hummus, so I did.

Now, most hummus recipes have tahini in them. Well, that's not something I keep on hand and the amount needed for one batch of hummus is only a fraction of what comes in the container, which is frustrating because it ends up hiding in the back of my fridge and won't be found again until I'm looking for something else.

Threw together a kalamata hummus super fast. Not exactly like the one my nephew makes, but pretty good. �� #snack #healthy #needtomunch

Tahini does add a bit of something "extra" to hummus, but when making it at home I feel it can be skipped if you don't happen to have it on hand.

April 26, 2015

Wild Rice with Cranberries, Mushrooms and Almonds {recipe}

With spring and warmer temperatures, I get inspired to eat healthier. I wish that was the case in the colder months as well, but sadly I crave comfort foods to keep me warm that time of year. It's like I need to start over again every spring.

Along with eating healthier, I've started using a Fitbit tracker and really love how it keeps me mindful of how much I'm moving (or not) during the day. I have a desk job, so having this reminder to get up and walk around periodically is very helpful. It's also a great way to have a quick "recharge" so you can focus on the task at hand after getting a little movement in to add some steps to your total count for the day.

After a restock of the fridge and pantry between Saturday and today, I'm ready to start the week with a meal plan in place and some healthy foods to ensure I can stick to my healthy eating plan. Today, I tinkered with a recipe for Wild Rice with Cranberries that I found in Betty Crocker's Whole Grains cookbook that I've had for a few years. I loved the idea behind the recipe, but didn't want to drag out the crockpot for this one (which is what the recipe had in the instructions). I opted to cook it on the stovetop and it was ready in about 20-25 minutes. So, not really necessary to keep the crockpot running all day for this one dish.

Wild rice blend with cranberries,almonds and mushrooms. #lunch #healthy #weekendprep

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