On a Cookie Quest

Filed Under (Baking, Random) by Lisa on 27-02-2009

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About a week ago my boyfriend and I had Subway for dinner. We bought two of Subway’s white chocolate macadamia nut cookies for dessert.

I treasured every last crumb of my cookie. I’m not normally a fan of white chocolate, but in the Subway white chocolate macadamia nut cookies I love it! It is divine.

My Subway cookie experience inspired me to try to make the marvelous white chocolate macadamia nut cookies myself. I found a recipe online that seemed like it would be really good and made it.

The cookie dough turned out very good and flavorful. I was sure the cookies would be the same. However when I tried them I was disappointed. The cookies were good, but much more bland then the cookie dough had been. Consequently I am now on a quest for a recipe for white chocolate macadamia nut cookies that taste like the ones at Subway.

If you have a recipe that fit’s the bill please post it on your blog!

Thanks

Lisa

Here is a photo of the white chocolate macadamia nut cookies that I made.

Marinated Pork Chops For Dinner

Filed Under (Cooking, Supper) by Lisa on 25-02-2009

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This afternoon a family member requested pork chops for dinner. I decided to volunteer to make them. I search the internet and found a recipe that I liked. The original recipe can be found on this website: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Marinated-Baked-Pork-Chops/Detail.aspx

 I changed just a few things when I made it, and doubled the recipe. However next time I think I would triple it because it just seemed like it would be even better with more sauce.

I served the pork chops with corn and mashed potatoes.

The mashed potato recipe came from fellow blogger myovenhates me at:  http://myovenhatesme.com/2008/12/02/sour-cream-onion-mashed-potatoes/

The recipe is magnificent! I did change things up a little bit.

First I used 9 potatoes since I was making it for a few people. I more or less doubled the recipe. I also used fresh chives instead of dried. There was not much sour cream left so I used about ½ cup sour cream and for the rest I used light mayonnaise. I also added a bit of garlic powder for extra flavor.

It was a hearty wholesome meal that was enjoyed by all.

This has to be my ultimate favorite pork chop recipeJ

Here is the pork chop recipe ( my morphed version).

Baked Marinated Pork Chops

2 tbsp soy sauce

4 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

2 tsp lemon juice

2 tbsp brown sugar

4 tbsp organic ketchup

1 white onion diced

3 garlic cloves diced

3 carrots diced

Salt

Pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a bowl combine the: soy sauce, olive oil, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, brown sugar, and ketchup. Mix well. Place pork chops in a medium sized baking dish. Sprinkle some salt and pepper on the pork chops. Drizzle all of the sauce onto the pork chops. Cover the meat and rest of the dish with the carrot onion and garlic. Bake for 30 minutes in your preheated oven. Now turn the pork chops over and bake for another 30-40 minutes (depending on your oven temperature). Serve.

Baking Staples

Filed Under (Baking, Random) by Lisa on 24-02-2009

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I thought I would share with everyone the main baking staples in our kitchen. The items that we ‘must have’ in the kitchen.

 

In the first photo we have vanilla wafers, assorted cake mixes, baking soda, rainbow sprinkles, rum extract and ginger among other items.

A more detailed look of what is (was) in the cupboard.

Below we have (in the cookie tins) white sugar, whole wheat flour, and all purpose flour. There is also a bag of brown sugar, a bag of icing sugar, and some rolled oats.

In the cupboard beside this one the oil has it’s own special place.

Now we shall check out the baking staples from the fridge. This is where the chocolate chips are found J We always have dark chocolate chips on hand, right now we have some mint ones too. We keep all the baking nuts in the fridge since it seems to prevent them from going rancid too fast. For nuts we have almonds, walnuts, and coconut. We also keep a big bag of raisons on hand.

To complete the list we have skim milk, brown eggs, and olive oil margerine (the best kind around!).

That is your sneak peak into the lisaopolis baking staples. J

Cauliflower, Cheddar and Parmesan Soup

Filed Under (Cooking, Lunch, Soups, Supper) by Lisa on 22-02-2009

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This evening I was in the mood for soup. Since we had quite a bit of cauliflower  in the house I thought I would find a recipe for cauliflower soup. I searched for a recipe and found one that seemed appealing on this website: http://www.cdkitchen.com/recipes/recs/239/Cauliflower-And-Parmesan-Soup74416.shtml.

I morphed the recipe greatly.

The soup turned out super yummy. It makes quite a big pot of soup. Enough for about 6 very large servings.

Cauliflower, Cheddar and Parmesan Soup

olive oil

2-3 white onions (diced)

1-2 stalks celery (diced)

2 cloves garlic (diced)

5 medium sized pealed potatoes

½-1 head cauliflower

2 vegetable bullion packages (made according to box)

4 cups boiling water

salt

pepper

parsley

basil

garlic powder

savory

Oregano

cheddar cheese (grated)

parmesan cheese (grated fresh)

Prepare all vegetables. In a large pot coat the bottom with olive oil. On medium heat place the onions and garlic in the pot. Brown. Add the celery. Cook for several minutes. Now add the potato. Prepare the vegetable bullion according to box directions (I used ¾ cup water for each package of bullion). Add your prepared vegetable bullion mixture to the cooking vegetables. Cook the vegetables for 10-12 minutes. Add all the spices and herbs (be generous with these especially the salt). Now add the cauliflower. Cook for 10-15 minutes. Pour the vegetable mixture into a blender or food processor. Whiz for a few seconds. Then place back in pot. Do this until all the soup has been in the blender (I used a separate pot to pour my blended soup into). Once all the soup is blended on low heat add the cheeses continue to stir until melted. Sample the soup. If it is zesty enough serve if not add more of the same spices and cook for several more minutes.

I served this soup with some home made tortilla chips, and some fresh vegtables.

Enjoy J

Garlic Lemon Stuffed Chicken

Filed Under (Cooking, Supper) by Lisa on 19-02-2009

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Yesterday I was feeling ambitious (in the kitchen that is). I decided to search for a recipe for chicken breast to make for dinner. I found one that I liked on this website: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Garlic-Lemon-Double-Stuffed-Chicken/Detail.aspx. The recipe is for garlic and lemon stuffed chicken. It is a unique recipe and super yummy.

As usual I morphed the recipe greatly. Here is my morphed version.

Garlic Lemon Stuffed Chicken

Olive oil (for baking dish)

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (thawed)

4 tsp light cream cheese

4 medium thickness slices of cheddar cheese

¼-½ cup milk

¾ cup seasoned bread crumbs

2 garlic cloves minced

One white onion diced

1 tsp Garlic powder

Salt

Black pepper

Paprika

7 tbsp lemon juice

½ cup parmesan cheese

4 tbsp olive oil

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly coat a medium sized baking dish with some olive oil.

Slice each chicken breast in half horizontally, almost right through. In the middle of each breast place: a slice of cheddar cheese, cream cheese, a few pieces of minced garlic, and a few pieces of onion.

In a separate bowl place the milk. Coat each breast in milk (on the outside). Brushing them with milk might be a good way to do this.

In a separate bowl combine the bread crumbs, and parmesan cheese.

Now coat each breast with the bread crumb mixture. Place each breast in to your baking dished after it is coated.

In a separate bowl combine the 4 tbsp olive oil, lemon juice, and garlic powder. Stir. Drizzle the mixture over the chicken breasts. Sprinkle any remaining bread crumbs over this mixture. Finally sprinkle some paprika and salt on top. If there is any onion remaining scatter it around the chicken breasts. Also if there is any milk remaining drizzle it around the chicken breasts.

Place dish in the oven and bake for 40-60 minutes.

Serve with potatoes or rice. (I served mine with potato). J

My Favorite Calcium Supplement

Filed Under (Nutrition, Review) by Lisa on 18-02-2009

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For years I have never liked drinking milk much. I drink about one glass per day on a good day. I have known for a long time that I don’t get nearly enough calcium. I tried taking supplements years ago, but never took more then one or two because I could not stand the taste.

The other day I was at Walmart shopping. I was in the pharmacy section actually looking for a certain type of chap stick that is found there. That is when I stumbled upon what is now my ultimate favorite calcium supplement.

I was checking out the vitamins to see if they had a new kind of calcium supplement that didn’t taste as horrible as the kind I had tried before. Calcium was not on my shopping list nor were any vitamins. This is when I found the perfect calcium supplement for me. It is; Jamieson Swiss milk chocolate soft calcium chews. Each chew has 650 mg of calcium! That is comparable to most other calcium supplements.

I was a little skeptical on how they would taste, but when pleasantly surprised that they taste pretty good.

There are 20 calories in each chew. Granted that is many more calories then in most other calcium supplements but the 20 extra calories are a small price to pay for a supplement that tastes (not just bearable but good!).

I will still have to try to drink my milk as I always do (for the vitamin D) and get as much sun shine for the vitamin D as well (since vitamin D aids in calcium absorption), but I think the added 650 mg of calcium will do my body a lot of good.

Broccoli and Cheese Soup

Filed Under (Soups, Supper) by Lisa on 18-02-2009

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This afternoon I decided I was in the mood for soup. I searched the internet for a recipe, that seemed appealing. I found one for broccoli and cheese soup. I changed the recipe quite a bit. Here is my version, and a link to the original one. http://www.cookitsimply.com/recipe-0010-065u6.html (the original recipe)

The soup was a household hit! There were no left-overs.

Broccoli and Cheese Soup

1 lb fresh broccoli

Fresh grated cheddar

3 medium-large sized potatoes

2 white onions

1-2 garlic cloves

2 packages of vegetable stock (made according to package directions)

3 cups water ( and 2/3 cup water for each package of vegetable stock)

Olive oil

Salt

Pepper

Parsley (dried flakes)

1 tsp white sugar

Prepare all vegetables (peal and chop). Place the oil in a large pot and add the oil. On medium heat fry the onion and garlic in the pot until lightly brown. Now add the potatoes. Stir well. Add the prepared vegetable stock and all the water. Also add the tsp sugar and the salt, pepper, and parsley. Stir well. Let the mixture cook for about 10 minutes stirring occasionally. Now add the broccoli and add a little more salt and pepper. Cook for about 6-7 minutes. Now pour or spoon the mixture into a blender or food processor and whiz for a few seconds. Then pour your soup back into it’s pot. Now add your grated cheddar cheese. Heat on low for a few minutes and serve.

I served the soup with some garlic tortilla chips that I made.

Poppy Seed Squares

Filed Under (Baking, Squares) by Lisa on 11-02-2009

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A must try for poppy seed lovers

This afternoon I went book shopping. I picked up a couple books at Value Village. One of them is Company’s Coming 150 Delicious Squares, by Jean Pare. I decided to give one of them a try this evening. I made poppy seed squares (recipe on page 150). I morphed the recipe hugely.

The original recipe seems to be missing one key ingredient. Milk. It says to add 2 tbsp to the poppy seed mixture. However the other liquid ingredient (eggs, margarine, honey, and vanilla extract) do not combine to make enough liquid to create a nice, thick blended dough. I added ¼-½ cup milk on top of the 2 tbsp in the poppy seed mixture. Here is my version of poppy seed squares.

Poppy Seed Squares

½-¾ cup poppy seeds

Skim milk 2 tbsp

Skim milk ¼-½ cup

2 cups all purpose flour

1-1 ¼ cups white sugar

1 tsp baking powder

¼ tsp baking soda

½ tsp salt

½ cup olive oil margarine (melted)

¼ cup honey

2 large eggs (beaten)

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 tsp rum extract

½-1 cup medium unsweetened shredded coconut

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Measure poppy seeds, place in a bowl. Add 2 tbsp milk, stir and set aside.

In a large bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mix well. Add the margarine, vanilla extract, rum extract, eggs (preheated), and ¼-½ cup skim milk. Stir until smooth. Add the poppy seed mixture and continue to stir. If the dough is too dry (you can’t combine all the flour) add more milk. The dough should be thick and blended well. Now place in a prepared 9X13 inch pan. The dough should look like the photo below.

Bake in your preheated oven for 20-30 minutes (or until golden and a tooth pick comes out clean). Enjoy.

This square was a hit with everyone in the house. It is a nice and light snack.

English Bay Chocolate Cookies

Filed Under (Baking, Cookies, Review) by Lisa on 06-02-2009

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Tonight I was in the baking mood. However I didn’t have much energy or ambition, so I decided to defrost some cookie dough. I made my favorite cookie dough; English Bay Double Chocolate Chip Cookie dough into wonderful cookies.

I baked these cookies for 14 minutes. They turned out soft, but slightly crunchy on the bottom. I prefer my cookies very soft. The container says to bake them for 10-15 minutes. Consequently I think next time I will bake them for 12 minutes.

Despite the cookies not being ultra soft, they were still an exquisite treat for the taste buds.

I had my cookie with a small glass of skim milk.

I would recommend this cookie dough to all chocolate lovers! It is a must try.

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