Desserts, Parties, Petit Bites

Chocolate Chip Cookies (with or without oats)

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If adding oats, make sure that they are somewhat small (like 1-minute oat sized).  If you’ve only got classic rolled oats, blend them in a coffee grinder to chop them up a bit.

If you are using chocolate bars, chop them up so the largest pieces are chocolate chip sized.  If you are using chocolate chips, use 2 cups. The best version is to use 2 Ghiradelli chocolate bars.

  1. Mix together flour, salt, baking soda, and oats if using.  (In a separate bowl.)
  2. Beat butter and sugars together until lighter in color and fluffy-ish.
  3. Beat in eggs, one at a time.
  4. Add vanilla extract.
  5. Stir in chocolate.
  6. Stir in flour mixture until just combined.
  7. At this point I make some cookies, cover the bowl in plastic wrap and keep the dough in the fridge.  Ideally you should chill the dough for 30 minutes before forming the dough into balls, then bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes, or until the edges are just turning brown

I’m going to scoop these onto a cookie sheet, flash freeze them, then put them all in a ziploc freezer bag and keep them in the freezer.

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Beef, Mains, Pasta

Spaghetti Sauce and Meatballs

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This could serve 4-5 people generously or feed 2 for 3 days. I use 1/3 of meatballs for sauce and freeze the rest for later. And, obviously, you have to make spaghetti to go with this.

Meatballs:

  • 1 lbs. ground pork
  • 2 lbs. ground beef
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 2-3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 small onion, minced in food processor
  • 4 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2/3 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ~1 tsp crushed red pepper
  • ~1 tsp salt, pepper
  • optional: dried oregano, Italian spice mix, cumin…
  1. Mix everything together, but don’t over mix 🙂
  2. Form into balls (2 tbsp sized) and brown on stovetop (if intending to finish cooking  in sauce) OR bake at 350 for 30-45 minutes to freeze.

Sauce:

  • 1 onion, food processed
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 2-3 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 can crushed + 1 can diced tomatoes (use the large cans)
  • salt, pepper 
  • 1 tbsp sugar*
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • olive oil
  • optional: dried oregano, crushed red pepper, garlic powder… 

*if you don’t want to add sugar, you can substitute a grated carrot and saute it at the start with the onion.

  1. Saute onion and a dash of salt in olive oil until translucent or browned.
  2. Add tomato paste and garlic. Saute for a minute or two.
  3. Stir in canned tomatoes. Cover and simmer until you are done browning the meatballs.
  4. Add meatballs and spices/sugar/salt. Simmer for about 20 minutes.
  5. When ready to serve, stir in fresh basil and adjust the seasoning.
  6. Toss with cooked spaghetti. Finish with a drizzle of olive oil over the top (if desired).
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Desserts, Petit Bites

Caramelitas

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Finally! A pinterest recipe that isn’t a terrible disappointment.

Ingredients:

  • 1 small bag of caramels (~15)
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 3 – 6 oz semisweet chocolate chips 

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease an 8×8 pan, or line with foil/parchment.
  2. Mix melted butter and sugar.  Add flour, oats, baking soda and mix well.
  3. Press half of the mix into the pan to form an even bottom layer.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes.
  5. Over med-low heat, combine heavy cream and caramels (unwrapped).  Stir until uniformly melted and smooth.
  6. Remove bottom crust from oven and let cool slightly.  Top with pecans and chocolate chips, pour the caramel sauce over it all.
  7. Crumble the second half of the cookie dough on top.
  8. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until edges are slightly browned.
  9. Cool completely before cutting.

Recipe adapted from: Made from Pinterest

I used foil for this batch. I also added the pecans to the cookie dough, which I won’t do again because it causes the cookie dough to crack and it’s more difficult to keep in bar form.

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Petit Bites, Salads, Sides

Potato Pickle Salad

This is totally a pregnancy craving recipe, but it’s awesome and easy. It’s nice when the potatoes are warm when you eat the salad.  Super yummy

Ingredients:

  • small Yukon gold potatoes
  • pickles, chopped (I used cornichons)
  • mayo, 1/2 cup
  • sour cream, 1/4-1/2 cup
  • dijon mustard, 1 tsp
  • optional add-ins: pickle juice, chopped hard boiled egg, fresh chopped dill, horseradish/wasabi

Method:

  1. Steam the potatoes and quarter or dice.
  2. Mix together mayo, sour cream, and mustard.
  3. Toss potatoes and pickles in mayo mix, season with salt & pepper.

 

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Petit Bites

Broccoli Cabbage Salad

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Pasta, Petit Bites, Vegetables

Artichoke Pasta

  • 1 can artichoke hearts, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3-4 tbps butter
  • olive oil
  • lemon juice
  • fresh pasta/egg noodles
  1. Make pasta.
  2. Saute garlic and artichoke hearts in a skillet with melted butter and olive oil.
  3. Add fresh lemon juice to taste.
  4. Toss in pasta.   Add more butter or lemon juice to taste.
  5. Finish with salt and pepper.

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