Today was a somewhat hectic day. So, to calm the nerves, instead of going to the gym like a good girl, I spent it in the kitchen, cooking and baking.
I subscribe to a lot of food/recipe sites on my Google Reader and Twitter, so I’m taunted with deliciousness all day long. I’m constantly sharing and e-mailing recipes that are just filed away and rarely used. In the mood to bake AND cook, I decided to whip out my growing stack of recipes.
I suppose we should start with dinner. Late last week, while browsing Twitter, I happened upon Every Day Food, which is actually a division of Martha Stewart Living. Laugh all you want, but they offer up some seriously simple and delicious recipes! This recipe was the epitome of simple; it required mini-shell pasta, smoked bacon, frozen peas, heavy cream, and Parmesan cheese.Can it get any easier than that? Aside from EasyMac, I don’t think so. Take a look at the final product, and judge for yourself.
It was surprisingly light, despite having heavy cream and a ton of cheese (6 oz of Parmesan!). Mix in with one of the most underrated veggies out there (peas), and some bacon – quite the mix. The recipe makes 4-6 servings, and since there’s only two of us, my boyfriend has a nice re-heatable meal for later in the week when I’ll be away for work.
Now onto the good stuff!!
Being that I’ve made multiple pumpkin recipes in the past few weeks, I decided to continue on the trend (really just because I had 1/2 a can of pumpkin puree sitting in the fridge). I found the recipe for the chocolate chip pumpkin brownies on Betty Crocker’s website. I don’t think I’d call them brownies, though. They’re more like super-moist cookies, or bars.
At any rate, they were absolutely delicious. Again, my kitchen started to smell like fall almost immediately after putting them in the oven. Taking a lick of the leftover batter, it tasted a lot like pumpkin pie. I knew I had success! I decided to pair mine with some chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream, and it was pretty heavenly. I think I could have gone for some more chocolate chips, though. It’s definitely a repeat.
I’m starting to worry that my pumpkin days are numbered. Being that I don’t enjoy mint flavored things aside from toothpaste, gum, and mouthwash, I’m going to need to find another “winter flavor.” Suggestions are more than welcome!
I think my next feat will be either Cherry Pie (for you, MerMer) or a sweet snickerdoodle cupcake recipe I found on Bakerella. They look phenomenal. I’m not sure when I’ll have time, though; the next few weeks are extremely busy.
It’s now time for me to nurse the not-so-pretty burn I have on my wrist, courtesy of pulling the brownies out of the oven a little too hastily.