March 22, 2019

40+ Maple Recipes for Maple Season

We are continuing to celebrate maple season on the blog with this round-up of recipes featuring pure maple syrup and/or maple sugar. You'll find sweet and savory uses for maple including breakfasts, snacks and drinks, side dishes and salads, main dishes, and desserts all highlighting the deliciousness of pure maple! Many thanks to all the bloggers who contributed these yummy and creative recipes. Keep reading for lots of great maple recipe ideas. 

March 19, 2019

Glazed cinnamon maple syrup bread

Pure maple syrup and cinnamon are combined in this loaf of quick bread for a terrific maple season snack! I know most people associate maple with autumn, but the fact is is that it is maple season right now! Sap is starting to run and maple syrup producers are hard at work. Maple syrup production is big around here in western New York and we even have relatives who make syrup! Maple syrup is really one of the first signs of spring in regions where maple syrup production occurs. Needless to say, we love real maple syrup and I use it quite frequently in my cooking and baking. I decided to make this bread for a weekend treat recently. My kids helped make it and we all enjoyed eating it. It has a light maple flavor, which can be increased if you use a little maple extract. We also love maple syrup for topping pancakes, waffles, etc. as well. Check out this round-up of pancake recipes as well as all the pancakes recipes I've made in the past for lots of ways to enjoy maple syrup. This recipe will make one loaf of bread.

March 15, 2019

25 Pancake Recipes to Celebrate Maple Season

Photos from Savory Moments, That Recipe, and The Spiffy Cookie.

Maple season is here in the western New York region! We are big maple fans in our house and every year there are many maple harvest festivals and pancake breakfasts in March to celebrate maple season. This year I'm celebrating with two round-up posts and the first one is this collection of pancake recipes that are just begging to be eaten with a generous drizzle of pure maple syrup!  Take a look at these 25 pancake recipes from my blog and some of my blogging friends! There are so many creative ways to enjoy pancakes and maple syrup.

March 14, 2019

Carrot pie

Carrot pie is similar to pumpkin or sweet potato pie in texture and methods, but made with carrots and a slightly different spice profile. Carrot pie is a perfect spring time dessert and I'm sure the Easter Bunny will agree (but it's great for fall harvest as well, or anytime really, because pie). Today is Pi(e) Day and I'm celebrating with some of my fellow food blogging friends (check out all the other pie recipes the the bottom of this post)! My readers know my extensive love of pie, so of course I couldn't pass up participating in today's Pi(e) Day event! I've been wanting to add carrot pie to my pie recipe collection for quite some time. It's a delicious and colorful dessert that is sure to surprise your family and friends if they've never enjoyed a slice of sweet carrot pie before. I love trying all kinds of pies and this one is sure to be a family favorite.

March 5, 2019

Cheese Doodle chicken tenders

Chicken tenders coated with crushed up cheese doodles are baked until golden and yummy! Did you know it's National Cheese Doodle Day?? I feel like I'm stepping a bit outside of the box today by participating with some of my fellow Festive Foodies to create a recipe celebrating these famous snacks! I've been trying to focus on more family friendly recipes lately so when I saw this event, I immediately wanted to participate and make chicken. I have to say that it was a huge hit here, even with my one toddler who is not a generally a meat fan. We ate them all! These chicken tenders are such a fun meal, especially for kids. I served these chicken tenders with barbecue sauce for dipping, a side of sweet potato fries, and a side of buttered corn and all the plates were cleaned! This is a huge win in my mom book. So grab a bag of cheese doodles (or any cheese puffs), get some sticky orange fingers, and make a batch of these for a fun dinner soon. This recipe will serve about 4 people with sides.

February 28, 2019

March Recipe Round-Up {Family Favorite Recipes + Giveaway}

March is here and for this month we are sharing some of our family favorite recipes. We have recipes for breakfast, dinner, sides and soups, as well as a few desserts that we hope your families enjoy as much as all of ours do. Keep reading to get ideas for your March menu planning. Just a reminder that our group of bloggers post a themed recipe round-up on the last day of each month to help you with meal ideas for the upcoming month! This month we have a special giveaway as well, so keep reading to see all the recipes and enter to win!

February 25, 2019

Oat and jam breakfast squares

Oats, maple syrup, cinnamon, almond butter, and your favorite jam all come together in these sweet and delicious oat and jam breakfast squares. Breakfast is always a struggle in my house. I don't like to have cereal super often (but it's easy and, of course, kids love it). We have oatmeal a couple times a week or a baked oatmeal. Eggs are always a go-to. My toddlers are always famished at breakfast these days. It's when they eat the most food of the day, so I'm always looking for new things to serve. These squares are a little sweeter than I'd normally prefer for my own breakfast, but they are a nice treat, especially when served with a side of scrambled eggs or a small bowl of plain yogurt. They are very adaptable, too -- you can use any jam you like (I also think apple or pumpkin butter would be super good in these and I'm going to try it next time). You can use honey instead of maple syrup. You can use another nut butter, peanut butter, or even sun butter instead of the almond butter. Whatever you like and have on hand! You can also add some melted butter to the liquid mix for a slightly softer bar. This recipe will make about nine servings.

February 19, 2019

Garlic knots

Homemade garlic knots are a delicious side to any pasta or soup dish. I've been saying for a long time now that I want and need to practice and perfect my bread-making and baking skills, but it always seems to go by the wayside. I need to get another sourdough starter going and I need to make myself work with yeast more. I mean, I always enjoy it, and it's not overly difficult, but it takes time and planning. I've been working on these garlic knots and they've been a huge hit with myself and my family. Truth be told, I've never eaten garlic knots from a restaurant. I've heard people talk about them and read about them, but I had never really experienced them myself until I started making them. They're basically a twisted up breadstick! I used some of my home-dried herbs from our garden to top these along with the garlic, butter/olive oil, and Parmesan and they are truly delicious. This recipe will make about 16-20 garlic knots, depending on how much flour you end up using and the size variation.

February 11, 2019

Paprika chicken with roasted red pepper IPA sauce {#FoodBloggerLove}

Welcome to #FoodBloggerLove 2019! This is a yearly event where participants are assigned a blog to show some love around Valentine's Day. This year, I was assigned to Sarah Cooks the Books. I love the title of her blog for one thing - super fun and quirky. The premise of her blog is to actually cook recipes from the cookbooks she owns and share them with others. This is a great idea because, as she mentions, so many of us have cookbooks that we never cook recipes from lining our bookshelves. I always enjoy these type of events because I end up learning about other bloggers and I love really taking the time to dive into someone else's blog and recipes. Sarah has made recipes from so many cookbooks that are new to me and some that I've wanted to try out. I was tempted to make these burgers (we love Bob's Burgers), but with the weather lately it didn't seem seasonally appropriate. I really enjoyed how she has several frugally-inspired cookbook recipes shared on her blog because I'm always looking for frugal meals like this Cuban Ropa Vieja and German Onion Pie. Plus, I really love her idea of a Pinterest Friday post, because who among us doesn't have thousands of recipes pinned that we've never tried?!? Check out Sarah's blog and all her social media while you are there!

Sarah mentioned that she's really into comfort food right now. I chose to make a slightly adapted version of this chicken recipe (originally from The Beeroness). IPA is my favorite beer and I consider chicken smothered in sour cream and cream cheese pretty comforting. While the original recipe calls for rice, the paprika, nutmeg, and sour cream sauce scream egg noodles to me. That's a comfort food meal that is still fancy enough for a special Valentine's Day dinner (plus a pretty color from the red peppers). This recipe will serve about 4-5 people. Serve with your favorite vegetable.

February 4, 2019

Roasted Buffalo cauliflower with blue cheese dressing

Roasted cauliflower is tossed in hot sauce and butter and dipped into a cool and creamy homemade blue cheese dressing. My husband and I received a restaurant gift card and babysitting from my mom for Christmas and the appetizer we ordered was Buffalo cauliflower. As a reminder, we live right outside Buffalo, so we don't "Buffalo" things lightly. It's serious business usually involving chicken wings, always blue cheese (never ranch), and Frank's hot sauce. I love things like chicken wing dip and Buffalo chicken mac n' cheese, but was skeptical about cauliflower. Well, it was delicious!

Being the person I am, I had to Google and see there are approximately one million recipes out there for Buffalo cauliflower already. Most of them are baked with a flour coating, which didn't sound good to me (let's just fry those, okay??). Some are baked with the sauce already on, but this just doesn't sound like the Buffalo way to do it - you toss it with the hot sauce and butter after being cooked - right?! Of course some had ranch dressing which is just a no (sorry, not sorry haha). Most were baked, but I went with roasted to really heighten the flavor of the cauliflower itself. My husband said my version was way better than the restaurant version. These are never going to replace wings, of course, but this is a great snack or appetizer, or side dish to homemade pizza or chicken fingers. I served it along with celery and carrots for dipping up all the yummy dressing and to cool down the mouth as needed. Mine came out around a medium level of heat. If you want it hotter, use less butter. If you want it more mild, use more. Or adjust the hot sauce level a little.

January 31, 2019

February Recipe Round-Up {Valentine's Day Recipes}

Welcome to the monthly recipe round-up featuring myself and ten other bloggers. February means it is time for recipe ideas that are fitting for Valentine's Day - sweet treats, chocolate, romantic dinners, pink and red foods, and more! Check out all the recipes we have to help you plan out your meals and festivities for this month.

January 28, 2019

Slow cooker apricot chicken

Chicken thighs are cooked until tender in the slow cooker with a sticky sauce of apricots, soy, and mustard, and then topped with sliced almonds for a bit of crunch. Slow cooker meals are a favorite of mine and I'm going to try to post more recipes utilizing the slow cooker. A lot of the time, I'm just dumping in beef stew ingredients or chicken and salsa, and not really measuring or doing it the same each time. I did an Instagram stories poll and 100% of respondents said they wanted to see more slow cooker recipes this year. That means my slow cooker will be getting more use! This apricot chicken dish is simple and yummy. I've been trying to find more ways to incorporate fruit into main dishes and meat recipes to encourage our toddlers to try them. This recipe will feed about 3-4 people with side dishes, but you can easily double it for more people or bigger appetites. It's terrific served with rice and your choice of vegetable(s).

January 24, 2019

Peanut butter hummus

Peanut butter is used in this hummus in place of tahini for a budget friendly alternative that is still delicious and makes a great dip for kids. It's National Peanut Butter Day and I'm celebrating our love of peanut butter with a bunch of other bloggers -- scroll to the bottom to see all the other recipes! My toddlers really love peanut butter and they've eaten hummus in the past (like this beet version and this roasted butternut squash version), but they haven't seemed to be big fans of just plain hummus. I have seen people using peanut butter in place of tahini and it makes sense in a way as most people have peanut butter around and tahini can be a little pricey, plus not something everyone may use super frequently. So I decided to give it a try! It's really good! It's not the same as hummus made with tahini - you can taste the peanut butter in my opinion. I thought it went really well with celery, carrots, apple slices, and pretzels. The kids ate it too and seemed to enjoy it, especially with apples and pretzels.

January 19, 2019

German goulash soup (Gulaschsuppe)

German goulash soup (Gulaschsuppe) is a hearty and warming stick-to-your-ribs meal for a winter day. It's National Soup Swap Day and I am sharing a soup recipe in celebration along with a bunch of other bloggers! I love making soup and eating it. It's so versatile, it's often very budget-friendly, and it warms you up when the colder weather strikes (though I also eat soups in the warm weather). I've had this Gulaschsuppe marked in my copy of The German Cookbook for a few years now. It's supposed to be a favorite midnight snack in beer halls, according to the book. I don't know why it took me so long to make it -- it's a simple soup that is full of flavor! It's best made the day before eating, but you can serve it right away, too. I read a bunch of recipes online as well and some were pretty bare bones - just the beef, potatoes, and onion with water and seasonings. Others had vegetables like carrots and bell peppers and used broth. I went with a combination of recipes and made it as listed below. It was a hit with my husband and I - a nice weekend dinner on a cold January evening. This recipe will serve about 5-6 people as a main dish. Serve with crusty bread for sopping up all the super flavorful broth. Don't forget to check out all the other soup recipes below!

January 10, 2019

Grapefruit poppy seed muffins

Grapefruit poppy seed muffins are a twist on the classic lemon poppy seed muffin. Who among us hasn't purchased a bag of grapefruit and then wondered what to do with it all? Recently, I had my two year old daughter with me when I was grocery shopping and she insisted that I buy the "big oranges" (AKA grapefruits). She and her brother were really excited to try them the next morning for breakfast and they enjoyed them. They are big fruit fans and have been trying all kinds of winter produce this year like clementines, pomegranates, and persimmons. And while we've been eating the grapefruits, some have been lingering in the fruit bowl and I was thinking of a way to use them up. I decided to make these muffins. Grapefruit imparts a lighter and more subtle flavor to baked goods than other citrus, so it's not a strong or overpowering flavor. They are moist, light, and fluffy. Perfect for a breakfast with scrambled eggs or as a snack with a cup of hot tea. This recipe will make a dozen muffins.