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Summertime Recipes

July 19, 2011

By now, I don’t think it’s any secret that I’m not quite the recipe diva that many of my co-bloggers are.

What can I say, I like to be a mindless recipe reading zombie sometimes most the time.  But that doesn’t mean, I’m incapable of doing things on my own.  Or of sharing good recipes I’ve come across at the very least.

A couple weeks ago, I finally got the nerve to make my own jam.

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I’m constantly consumed by a fear of food going back and am always tossing things in the freezer.  Only to be annoyed by my inability to plan ahead and give things time to defrost.

I pretty much threw some strawberries, blueberries, lemon juice and a tiny bit of sugar into a pot and cooked it till it got nice and thick (20-25 minutes or so?)  <— Lamest excuse for a “recipe” ever.

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I’m sure you can make jam into a much more complicated process.  I was totally lost when my internet searches started talking about pectin and sanitizing jars.  I went with the simple route and thought it turned out delicious.

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I mean, it’s not freezer jam, but I still think it’s great.

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And it’s great on top of oatmeal, but I’ll be honest.  I had ulterior motives with this jam.

You see, I’ve been being naughty. 

Every time I close at work, I get to take home whatever pastries we haven’t sold (the rest are donated) and I’ve been bringing home way too much crumb cake lately.

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Yeah, that’s the one.

Delicious: yes.  Good for me: not so much.  I figured I could make my own with a much better ingredient list.

I used this recipe from Cooking Light.

Changes I made:

  • almond milk in place of f-f cow milk
  • reduced the amount of butter
  • cut back on the powdered sugar

It turned out great!

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The real deal.

 

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Layering!

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Baking!

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Enjoying!

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Fresh out of the oven.

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The only complaint I had was that the crumb topping was a little too buttery.  Or maybe that butter just wasn’t the best.  It may have been the cheapest one at the store…

Either way, I now  have homemade crumb cake in the freezer (told you I’m always stashing things in there!).  So long, mystery ingredient crumb cake from work!

Okay, this next one I’m really excited about.

Veggie Pigs in a Blanket

I realize veggie pigs is contradictory, but cut me some slack.

1.  four veggie dogs (or regular hot dogs) – I used chipotle Field Roast Grain Sausages

2.  one batch(?) pastry puff (modified from this recipe):

  • 1 cup flour (I used whole wheat)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon butter, cubed and chilled
  • 1/2 cup milk (I used almond)
  1. Preheat oven to 375*.
  2. Mix flour, salt, sugar and baking powder together.
  3. Transfer flour mixture to a food processor and add butter.  Pulse until butter is “pea-sized.” **Alternately, you could do this with your hands.
  4. Add milk and pulse until dough forms.
  5. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead a couple times.
  6. Roll out to 1/4” thick and slice into four long strips.
  7. Wrap strips of dough around dogs and place on a parchment-covered baking sheet.
  8. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden.

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Blogging behind the scenes:
 
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One more reason to love my salt shaker.
 
Much to my excitement, these came out perfect.
 
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Serve with a pile of sweet potato fries for a fun summer dinner :)
 
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Happy Summer Eating!
 
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19 Comments leave one →
  1. July 19, 2011 6:07 AM

    Great recipes girl! loved the crumb cake one. I follow recipes, but do alot of my own tweaks! never trie pigs in a blanket…http://lauren-whatlaurenlikes.blogspot.com/p/recipes_13.html ( some of my favourite recipes!)

  2. July 19, 2011 7:57 AM

    It all looks awesome! Fresh jam is the greatest, and I love me some pigs in a blanket. I’m more or less a recipe follower, I try to follow the recipe exactly the first time I make it and then I always tweak the next time. And sometimes I just plain make things up!

    • July 19, 2011 3:45 PM

      I’m the same way — I always follow the recipe the first time at least.

  3. July 19, 2011 11:53 AM

    Oh I’m horrible at following recipes. I used to follow them to a tee when I just started out baking and cooking, but after learning the basics and figuring out my preferences, I’m always tinkering with recipes to suit my liking. Either that or I’ll combine like 3 different ones to come up with something new :D But if I’m working with a new type of flour, or a new ingredient that I know nothing about, then I tend to listen to someone who knows what they’re doing lol. As for favorite summertime recipe… ooo that’s a tough one because my desire to cook and be creative in the kitchen totally goes out the window in the summer, which means I basically just stick to oatmeal, pizza, chili, and baked sweet potato meals lol.

    • July 19, 2011 3:47 PM

      Ugh, I’m jealous. I wish I had the creativity/intelligence to make up my own recipes for things. Oatmeal, pizza, chili and sweet potatoes are the four main food groups, arent’ they?

  4. July 19, 2011 12:58 PM

    I Love coming up with new recipes but I follow more recipes than I actaullly create – but at the same time I never follow recipes exactly I always change em up a bit :)

  5. July 19, 2011 1:50 PM

    Oh I haven’t had pigs in a blanket in forever! I bet my boys would love for me to make some for them. The cake looks so good, thanks for sharing the recipe :)

  6. July 19, 2011 2:39 PM

    Pigs in a blanket used to be my favorite thing as a kid. I haven’t had them in years.. even before i went veg. I don’t really like any of the veg dogs they sell, though.

  7. July 19, 2011 6:09 PM

    okay, you just made me SERIOUSLY want some pigs in a blanket with sweet p. fries. with crumb cake for dessert. looks so gooddd!!

  8. Katherine permalink
    July 19, 2011 7:29 PM

    Writer. I start with the recipe and completely trash it with my mom :)

  9. July 20, 2011 12:49 AM

    I looove pigs in a blanket! They were my favorite food as a little girl growing up in Illinois, haha.
    Since I’m half Asian though, I also discovered that Asian bakeries carry some as well. They’re just wrapped in a sweeter soft bread with a hot dog inside — just as good! :)

  10. July 20, 2011 9:35 AM

    ooouuuh that jam, seriously looks like summer!! and.. so … those fake piggies look good but can you please tell me what they taste like because i’m SCARED.

    -courtney

    • July 20, 2011 2:20 PM

      Don’t even be scared! It’s made of veggies and wheat gluten so it tastes similar to seitan if you’ve ever had that. I just tried the Chipotle flavor and my god, they were spicy. But then again, I’m a huge baby when it comes to spice. Try them. And mail them to me if you hate em.

  11. July 20, 2011 7:59 PM

    I love your recipes!

  12. July 21, 2011 4:43 PM

    everything looks so good! I love baking and haven’t been at all since moving here!

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