Thursday, July 23, 2015

Friday Frenzy - One Party Four Blogs

Welcome to this Week's Friday Frenzy!


Close to Home, Mostly Food and Crafts, Angel's Homestead, and Sizzling Eats welcome you to FRIDAY FRENZY where we come to share your Recipes, Craft projects, and whatever else you've been working on. When you link up to the Frenzy your posts will be featured on all four of our blogs for quadruple the exposure. Each week we'll showcase a few of our favorites from the week before, and pin them on our Friday Frenzy Pinterest Board as well.
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  • We would love for you to add a link back to the party in your post, or a party page. We want your creative friends to join us too!
  • By linking up to this party, you're giving authorization for your projects/crafts/recipes to be featured with a photo and a link back to your blog, hopefully sending some readers your way.
*Featured Links from last week*
Raspberry-Grapefruit-Refresher-Captain-Morgan-Rum-1

Summer is all about ice-cold drinks that can really cool you off. Check out this beautiful Raspberry Grapefruit Refresher from Divine Lifestyle. It is so pretty and features a raspberries which I have a ton of--time to make a refresher for my husband and I to enjoy this weekend!

Teenagemutantcrafts

What kid doesn't love Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? I know my three sure do so this Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Construction Craft from Living Off Love & Coffee is adorable for them. I will have to pick up the supplies tonight so they can each make their own to decorate their rooms!

baklava-sundaes

This next feature from last week's link up is from Homegrown and Healthy. I really fell in love with this twist on traditional baklava. I love how she turned such a delicious dessert into little sundaes. These Boozy Baklava Sundaes would be the perfect adult treat to enjoy on a hot summer night.

My favorite post from last weeks party is this how to post from Living off Love and Coffee.  
We-made-a-pirate-ship

Heres what I made this week, Curried Lentil Stew with Vegetables.

If you missed these awesome posts, be sure to click through their links to check them out!
Congrats to those who were featured, and thanks again for linking up your posts!



Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Curried Lentil Stew with Vegetables #BookClubCookbookCC

I joined a new club and I am so excited about it.  My first recipe for the Book Club Cookbook Club is inspired by the book Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri.





First, if you are wondering what this club is all about and how you can join us, here is all the info you need:

We are a group of bloggers organized by Camilla of Culinary Adventures with Camilla (this link will you bring you to the invitation to join in.)  Every month we draw inspiration from a book and recipes we find in The Book Club Cookbook. One of the bloggers will choose a book from this cookbook and invite the rest of us, and anyone else that would like to join in, to draw inspiration from the book and/or the cookbook and create a recipe.  There is an announcement post that will come out at the beginning of the month and a recipe roundup at the end of the month.  That gives everyone who wants to join in a month to create a delicious book inspired recipe.  Did I mention at the end of the month a giveaway will take place and you can win this awesome cookbook?

This months book choice is Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri. This book is actually a collection of nine short stories taking place in either India or America and focuses on adjusting to new life, new jobs or to marriage.  A common theme throughout the book is food.  Every single chapter mentions foods, flavors or smells as reminders of home.

I decided to jot down every time I read a recipe or mention of food and noticed that lentils were mentioned quite often throughout the various stories.  I decided to search for a recipe using lentils as my book inspired recipe for this month.  I chose a recipe from my Gourmet Today cookbook for Curried Lentil Stew.



The flavors in this dish were strong and delicious.  I had it on the stove for a while simmering away and every time someone came to the door, they commented on how delicious it smelled in the house.  If I could turn this into a candle I would...would you buy my garlic, ginger, curry and cumin candles?

A few variations to the original recipe that I had to make were to swap out the red lentils for green.  I couldn't find red ones in my store.  I also left the peas out of this recipe.  I normally have bags and bags of frozen peas in my freezer and took for granted they were there.  I went to grab them at the end of the recipe and realized I had none.  The last modification was to the spicy oil.  I don't have cumin seeds in the house so I decided to use  ground cumin in its place to create the spiced oil  - it worked!  

recipe adapted from  Gourmet Today
Ingredients:
6 tablespoons of vegetable oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
salt
2 tablespoons of ginger (I used the squeeze bottle kind) or 1, 2 inch piece of ginger, peeled and cut into quarters.
5 large garlic cloves, chopped
6 cups of water
1 1/2 teaspoons of curry powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1 cup lentils
3 medium carrots, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
3 cups of baby spinach leaves
1 cup frozen peas
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
pepper
1/4 teaspoon of cumin seeds or powder
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Directions:
Heat 1/4 cup of oil in a pot over moderately high heat and add the onion and 1/4 teaspoon of salt.  Cook, stirring for about 2 minutes.  Reduce the heat a bit and let onions sweat for 8 minutes or until golden.

While the onions are cooking, add the garlic and ginger to the blender with 1/3 cup of water and puree.  Add this puree to the onions and let cook until the water evaporates, about 5 minutes. Add in the curry, cumin and turmeric, reduce heat to low and cook until fragrant, stirring for about 1 minute.
  
Stir in the lentils and 5 cups of water, bring to a simmer and simmer, uncovered for 30 minutes  Stir this mixture occasionally.

Add the carrots and 3/4 teaspoon of salt to the lentils and simmer until the carrots are tender and the lentils have broken down to a puree (the green lentils don't break down) 40 - 50 minutes.  Keep an eye on the water level and add more water as needed to keep the lentils and carrots covered. 

Add in the spinach and peas and simmer while stirring until the spinach wilts a bit and the peas have thawed.  Stir in the cilantro and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Just before serving, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil in a small skillet and add the cumin and red pepper to the pan.  Stir often and cook just until fragrant, about 30 seconds.  Pour this over the lentils and top with cilantro. 

Serve over rice with a side of roasted cauliflower.



Here are the other bloggers participating in this great year long adventure:
Cheese Curd In Paradise               
Life on Food       
The Pajama Chef              
The Spiffy Cookie             
Things I Make (for Dinner)           
Tortillas and Honey         
ZooeySuff   



Giveaway

And to kick-off the event, Camilla at Culinary Adventures with Camilla, this month's host, is giving away a copy of the book.* Enter to win a copy of the cookbook so you can join us in future months, if you wish!

One of our lucky readers - US and Canada only! - can enter to win a copy ofThe Book Club Cookbook, Revised Edition: Recipes and Food for Thought from Your Book Club's Favorite Books and Authorsby Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp, courtesy ofTarcher-Penguin.Giveaway runs from July 1st till July 31st at 6 o'clock PM, Pacific time. Please see terms and conditions in the rafflecopter widget below. Many thanks to Tarcher Books. You may find Tarcher: on the web, on Facebook, on Twitter, and on Pinterest.

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*Disclosure: Camilla received a complimentary copy ofThe Book Club Cookbook, Revised Edition: Recipes and Food for Thought from Your Book Club's Favorite Books and Authors by Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp to use in this year-long project plus the opportunity to give a copy away. Opinions are our own. We received no further compensation for our posts.


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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Friday Frenzy - One Party Four Blogs

Welcome to the Friday Frenzy!


Close to HomeMostly Food and CraftsAngel's Homestead, and Sizzling Eats welcome you to FRIDAY FRENZY where we come to share your Recipes, Craft projects, and whatever else you've been working on. When you link up to the Frenzy your posts will be featured on all four of our blogs for quadruple the exposure. Each week we'll showcase a few of our favorites from the week before,  if you are featured you can grab a button from the side of my blog. We will also pin them on our Friday Frenzy Pinterest Board.



Please follow your hosts
Maria from Close to Home
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April from Angels Homestead 
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  • Please visit the posts in the linky that are listed as HOST, and at least two links from your fellow bloggers. We all love visits and comments on our blogs, so share the love. Moreover, if you get a visit from a fellow party-goer, please return the favor and visit them back.
  • We would love for you to add a link back to the party in your post, or a party page. We want your creative friends to join us too!
  • By linking up to this party, you're giving authorization for your projects/crafts/recipes to be featured with a photo and a link back to your blog, hopefully sending some readers your way.
*Featured Links from last week*

It's berry season!  Celebrate the season with this  Easy Blackberry Sauce recipe from Scattered Thoughts of A Crafty Mom.
easy Blackberry sauce


Dress up any table setting with these super cute DIY Pom Pom Napkins.  The Seasoned Homemaker shares a great tutorial for this sewing project. 



I mentioned once before, I am a sucker for anything titled, "the Best," Grab the Musings of a Housewife's Best White Sangria Recipe for your next get together.

 

My favorite post from last weeks party is from The Rebel Chick.  How delicious and adorable are these Handheld S'mores Mini Pies?

S'mores Mini Pies

Heres what I made this week, Tomato Basil Pie.


What did you make?


If you missed these awesome posts, be sure to click through their links to check them out!
Congrats to those who were featured, and thanks again for linking up your posts!

   



   
   

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Tomato Basil Pie

This flaky and sweet pie crust combines with the rich and creamy topping and delicious in season tomatoes makes for one of the best things I have ever eaten - you have to try this!


I was browsing through the cookbook section at the library last week and I found a great cookbook featuring Nashville's local chefs and their recipes.  I borrowed the book and fell in love it!  If anyone wants to buy me a present I want this!

I saw this Tomato Basil Pie the first day I just quickly skimmed the book and knew I would be making it. This recipe is from Chef Kahlil Arnold of Arnold's Country Kitchen.  I followed this recipe almost exactly as written, the only thing I did differently was use the Greek seasoning I had on hand instead of the recommended Cavender's All Purpose Greek Seasoning.  


Checkout those layers.  The crispy pie crust is topped with some beautiful fresh tomatoes and basil from the garden and it's seasoned with the Greek seasoning.




After a few layers of tomatoes and basil, the pie is topped with a simple creamy and rich cheese topping.




Then bake and enjoy!!




recipe from Nashville Chef's Table
Ingredients:
4 medium fresh local tomatoes
1 9-inch frozen pie crust
3 tablespoons Cavender All Purpose Greek Seasoning
(I used a Greek seasoning I had on hand)
1 cup fresh basil, chopped
3/4 cup mayonnaise
3 cups mild cheddar cheese, shredded

Directions:
Wash and core the tomatoes.  Slice them in thin and layer them on a plate lined with paper towels.  You should have at least three layers with paper towels between the layers. Refrigerate the sliced tomatoes for at least 3 hours.

Prebake the pie shell for 30 minutes in a 325 degree oven.  You should line the crust with parchment paper and dried beans so as not to allow the crust to puff while baking. Once it's done allow it to cool a bit.

Remove the tomatoes from the refrigerator and layer some on to the pie crust, top with some of the Greek seasoning and then with some basil. Repeat this for a total of three layers.  

In a  separate bowl, mix together the mayo and the cheese.  Place this mixture over the top of the tomatoes smoothing with a spatula.  Bake in a 325 degree oven for 30-45 minutes or until the cheese begins to turn golden brown.

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Other tomato recipes you may enjoy:
Tortellini-Caprese Skewers



Slow Roasted Garlic Tomatoes



Fried Green Tomatoes




One year ago I made Mexican Beef and Corn Casserole.

Two years ago I made Whole Lemon Bars.

Three years ago I made Indian Butter Chicken.

Four years ago I made Zucchini Chips.


Linking up to these happening parties!

Friday, July 10, 2015

Friday Frenzy - One Party Four Blogs

Welcome to the Friday Frenzy!


Close to HomeMostly Food and CraftsAngel's Homestead, and Sizzling Eats welcome you to FRIDAY FRENZY where we come to share your Recipes, Craft projects, and whatever else you've been working on. When you link up to the Frenzy your posts will be featured on all four of our blogs for quadruple the exposure. Each week we'll showcase a few of our favorites from the week before,  if you are featured you can grab a button from the side of my blog. We will also pin them on our Friday Frenzy Pinterest Board.



Please follow your hosts
Maria from Close to Home
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April from Angels Homestead 
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Danielle from Mostly Food and Crafts
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Amy from Sizzling Eats
Facebook | Twitter
  • Please visit the posts in the linky that are listed as HOST, and at least two links from your fellow bloggers. We all love visits and comments on our blogs, so share the love. Moreover, if you get a visit from a fellow party-goer, please return the favor and visit them back.
  • We would love for you to add a link back to the party in your post, or a party page. We want your creative friends to join us too!
  • By linking up to this party, you're giving authorization for your projects/crafts/recipes to be featured with a photo and a link back to your blog, hopefully sending some readers your way.
*Featured Links from last week*

I'm a sucker for anything titles "the Best"  so I need to try this, its The Best Mojito Recipe from Jo Lynn Shane.

This is the BEST mojito recipe ever. I worked at it for a while and then I discovered a secret ingredient that makes ALL the difference!

This one has my mouth watering and I can't wait to give it a try.  Miz Helen's Country Cottage shared a gorgeous Chocolate Cherry Cobbler with us.



The kids and I went to see Inside Out this week and LOVED it!  How adorable are these Inside Out Emoji Magnets from As the Bunny Hops?

Easy to make fun emoji magnets inspired by Inside Out!

If you missed these awesome posts, be sure to click through their links to check them out!
Congrats to those who were featured, and thanks again for linking up your posts!


Sunday, July 5, 2015

SRC -Homemade Burger Buns

Slightly crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside - perfect!



Its time for Secret Recipe Club again - I love being part of this fun club! My favorite part of the SRC is assignment day - I love when I get that e-mail in my inbox with the link to the blog that I get to choose my recipe from. I also love that most of my assignments have all come from blogs I have never been to before, it's really a great opportunity to find some fabulous bloggers out there and some delicious recipes. If you are not familiar with exactly how this club works, you can stop by the website and learn all about it - maybe even join in! Basically you are (secretly) assigned a blog to checkout, browse through their recipes, choose one to make and blog about it. It's a lot of fun!

This month I was assigned, My Hobbie Lobbie.  I can't begin to tell you how many times I skimmed this recipe index.  There are so many amazing recipes that I found and wanted to make.  My intention was to make these Cheese Stuffed Whole Wheat Garlic Breadsticks, and I am drooling as I sit here just typing it out.  I will definitely be making them in the future!  This Chicken Tikka was on my list as well - it sounds delicious!  In the end I chose to make these Hamburger Buns because Hubby was making burgers for dinner and we didn't have any buns in the house.  I had remembered seeing a recipe for some on the website and figured I would give it a try.  

Everyone in the house loved these hamburger buns!  Hubby created some fun breakfast sandwiches the next day just so we could eat them again.  These will be making a frequent appearance in our house from now on.




recipe from My Hobbie Lobbie via King Arthur Flour and adapted for the bread machine
Ingredients:
3 1/2 cups AP flour
3/4 to 1 cup luke warm water
1 tablespoon yeast
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1 large egg


Optional (for Topping)
3 tablespoons of melted butter
Sesame Seeds

Directions:
Place all ingredients into the bread machine according to the machines instructions.  Set on dough cycle.
Once cycle is complete, turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and divide into 8 even pieces.  Shape into a ball, flatten and place on a greased baking sheet.  Cover and let rise until buns double in size, about an hour.  
Brush buns with melted butter and sprinkle with sesame seeds.  Placed in a preheated 375 degree oven for 12-18 minutes or until golden.




 


   




Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Mocha + Chocolate Chip Donuts

Coffee and chocolate in a donut with a delicious sweet glaze on top.  Is it bad if this is the flavor combo my 12 year old chose to make?


Yes, it's true - my 12 year old wanted to make donuts yesterday and after pouring through different recipes this is what she chose to make.  She loves a good mocha frappuccino (which she probably shouldn't be drinking either) so when she saw these two ingredients together there was no changing her mind. 

Sweet Girl made these Mocha + Chocolate Chip Donuts all by herself.  She made the glaze and did all the dipping to finish these off beautifully. I did step in and shave a little bit of chocolate on a few of the donuts but I actually think hers look better.  Sweet Girl doesn't get in the kitchen as often as she use to but when she does she always chooses to bake....and she never disappoints. Needless to say, this was a definite win for her and a definite lose for my diet.



recipe adapted from foodfanatic
Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup strong brewed coffee, cooled
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips
for the glaze
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons milk

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 375 and spray a donut pan.  
Beat together the sugars and the butter until creamy.  Add in the egg, the vanilla extract and the yogurt and blend again.  
In a separate bowl sift together the flour, baking soda and baking powder. Slowly add this mixture to the butter mixture and add in the coffee.  Mix well.  
Add in the chocolate chips and mix by hand.  
Spoon this batter into the donut pan filling about 3/4 of the way.  
Cook for 10 minutes and then allow to cool on wire rack a bit before glazing.

For the glaze
Combine the powdered sugar with the milk until mixture is smooth.  

Dip the tops of the donuts into the glaze and allow to set.

You can see the few that I shaved some chocolate over - feel free to jazz your up any way you want or to leave them alone.


I enjoyed mine with a cup of strong coffee - perfection!



Other donut recipes:
Red Velvet Donuts with White Chocolate Chips


A Healthier Chocolate Donut


Shortcut Homemade Donuts


Last year at this time I made Strawberry Basil Sangria.

Two years ago I made Mexican Meatballs + Mexican Rice.

Three years ago I made Baked Beans.

Four years ago I made Baked Banana Oatmeal.


Linking up to these happening parties!