Chocolate Cream Pie

I have been craving pie lately but couldn’t figure out which kind I wanted. I looked through both of my pie cookbooks as well as through my Grandma’s recipes and another old cookbook I have. Nothing jumped out at me, so I decided to look in the index of one of my pie books. FINALLY! A recipe for chocolate cream pie caught my attention and I decided that’s exactly what I wanted to make. I strayed from the recipe on the crust that was supposed to be used because I don’t have/didn’t want to get out and buy vodka. Instead I used a recipe for an all-shortening crust from the author’s mother and it works perfectly. Ready to make a delicious pie? Continue reading

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Buttermilk Biscuits

Say it with me: three ingredient buttermilk biscuits.

Super easy, super fast, super delicious! I recently bought a 32 ounce jar of peach and ginger preserves from work (which are to die for) so I figured that I would need some biscuits to put the preserves on. What better biscuit than a dense, flaky, buttermilk biscuit?

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Ratatouille – Southern Living Style

Probably a year or so ago I found a cookbook in the bookstore called Southern Living’s Community Cookbook. It has old recipes from all over the South, which means they’re all absolutely delicious. It could be that I’m partial to Southern food though, ha!

This recipe for ratatouille comes from Carolyn Flournoy of Shreveport, Louisiana and is absolutely delicious! The first time I made it with fresh pesto from a local restaurant and the second time I made it with basil paste (I don’t use fresh herbs fast enough so it’s easier for me to buy the paste versions that’ll last longer). Ready for a filling and tasty meal?!

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The Pioneer Woman’s Cinnamon Rolls

For many years in high school and early college, I was obsessed with watching the Food Network. Almost any time the TV was on when I was watching, it was more than likely a show about designing cakes, making meals, or food competitions. One year a new show came on called The Pioneer Woman. I immediately fell in love with the show and ended up buying one of her cookbooks. This one to be exact.

After spending time perusing the cookbook, I finally came across a cinnamon roll recipe I wanted to try. However, the recipe would make 40-50 rolls, which is wayyyyy too much for me to eat by myself. I spent time halving the recipe then worked through it a couple of times to tweak it some more to my personal tastes. It’s sweet but not overbearing and has just the right amount of spice and flavor to it. Unfortunately with this batch I left out a few ingredients (so that step won’t be pictured). The good news is that the cinnamon rolls proofed and baked just fine and don’t taste too bad!

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Quick and Easy Fruit Dip

There are many wonderful things about Spring arriving – flowers and trees blooming, warmer weather, rainy days that are perfect for getting cozy on the couch with a book and a cup of coffee – but what I really love is having more fresh fruits and vegetables available. Sometimes I don’t want to eat fruit by itself and would prefer a dip. That’s where this recipe comes in handy! Four ingredients and a few minutes later, you have a healthy and tasty dip for all of your fruit dipping needs.

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Vegetarian Black Bean Burgers

Home economics was easily my favorite class in high school. There were three levels of class to choose from starting with the basics of cooking, then moving to international cooking, and finally more complicated activities like cake decorating. This recipe comes from my first year of home ec. and it was one that I was super excited to try out! I remember nearly everyone else in the class being leery to try vegetarian food. The great thing about this recipe is that there aren’t a lot of ingredients involved and the burgers are quick to make!

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I’m Still Here!

Wow, it’s been almost a month since I posted anything. I promise I have been cooking, I’ve just been cooking recipes from other blogs. It doesn’t seem right to me to write about another blog’s food. Below are links to some of my favorite recipes I’ve tried lately!

  • Chorizo sweet potato skillet – I’ve made this without chorizo both times.
    • It’s delicious either way you spin it I’m sure
  • Zuppa toscana – who doesn’t love a hearty soup in this cold weather?
    • P.S. we’ve been getting very unusual weather here in Tennessee the last couple of weeks. Does anyone want me to send some cold weather and/or snow your way?
  • Raspberry lover’s quinoa – a filling breakfast that is delicious with a dollop of vanilla Greek yogurt on top!

Alright, so I have made more than that, but the other recipes were from cookbooks. If you try any of these recipes, let me know what you think!

On another note I recently rediscovered how delicious grinding whole bean coffee is. It started at work where I have the choice of Nestle instant ground coffee (disgusting) or grinding whole beans from a local roaster. The choice is obvious. It’s rare that I drink my coffee with anything but milk/cream and some sugar, but I’m able to drink the fresh ground coffee black with just a small bit of sugar for some sweetness. So I went to one of the local grocery stores and purchased some for myself and had my dad mail me the coffee grinder. Best. Decision. Ever. What are some of your favorite whole bean coffees to drink?