Posted: July 2nd, 2012 | Author: Erin Clotfelter | Filed under: Food, Recipes | Tags: cooking, Instagram, Recipes | 5 Comments »
Today it was around noon when I remembered that I should probably figure out what to serve for dinner. I’m usually all over having a list of meals on the freezer door so I know my options, but one of the short people who lives here decided to annihilate my notepad and I can’t remember what was on the list.
So, I shot from the hip.
I know we had tacos on the list at some point- so I had all of the extras for that. I though chicken sounded good instead of beef and I had half a bottle of lime vinaigrette in the fridge from our beet salad a few weeks ago. I also had a few red onions and a green pepper. My first thought was fajitas.
I tossed about 10 chicken tenderloins, the sliced pepper, and onions into a bag with the dressing and let it marinade for like 4 hours. When it was time to put together dinner I pulled out my grill pan, cranked the heat to high and got to grilling up the chicken and veggies (which I drained all the extra marinade from). I also sauteed some sliced fresh jalapenos in butter, cut up a couple of avocados and a head of Romaine lettuce and threw it on a cookie sheet. The lettuce and avos got hit with fresh lime juice and the avos got some salt. I chopped the chicken and veggies as they came off the grill pan and added them to my make-shift tray. I also put salsa, cheese and sour cream on the table. We only had a couple of tortillas left so I heated up some taco shells in the toaster oven. I think Yogi Dad may have made his into a salad.
This is what I set on the table. It was awesome.
What did you have for dinner tonight?
Posted: January 13th, 2012 | Author: Erin Clotfelter | Filed under: Food, Recipes, Reviews and Giveaways | Tags: Holiday, Recipes, Sponsored posts | 10 Comments »
Today I have a guest post from Susan Colburn, a self-proclaimed social media addict who is working on breaking into the food media biz. Today she is sharing 4 quick and easy Valentine’s Day desserts to bake up for your Sweetheart! Keep your eyes out for Sue- she may be the next food television star! You can contact Sue at SusanColburn@gmx.com with your foodie questions. Thank you Sue!
If you’re looking for Valentine’s Day dessert recipes that will delight your lover, these Valentine’s Day pies serve as the ideal aphrodisiac for the perfect evening. From fruit-filling aficionados to self-proclaimed chocoholics, there is a perfect pie for everyone. Satisfy your cutie pie’s sweet tooth this year with pastry-surrounded goodness—they will love you for it!
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Posted: November 4th, 2011 | Author: Erin Clotfelter | Filed under: Recipes | Tags: Brownies, Candy, Halloween Candy, Recipes | 9 Comments »
Alternately Titled: What I do with all the Chocolate Candy
(Ooops. I was going to wake some pretty pics but apparently we ate them!)
A few years ago we started a tradition of chopping up all the chocolate candy we acquired during Halloween and dumping it into a batch of brownies. I love candy. I will continue to go back to the bowl over and over and over again until it’s gone. I’d rather just get everything out of the house as soon as possible and stop the constant trips to the candy bowl.
Yogi Dad isn’t the frequent candy sneaker like I am, but he will eat baked goods. I figure even though these are brownies, this way, I’m not eating all of it myself!
I start with a box of brownie mix. It doesn’t need to be fancy or frosted or have any special mix-ins because you will be adding those from your Halloween stash.
Then, I choose what chocolate is going in. Last year I had so much that I broke it up into themes: M&M’s, peanut butter candies, things with caramel. This year I just threw it all in together. I had 15 mini bars and bags of M&M’s. I keep out things like Kit-Kats, Butterfingers and Twix because I’m not sure how they’d work. Anything mint never makes it this far!
Next, chop up your candy. I like big chunks!
Mix up your brownie mix according to the package directions and stir in the candy.
Pour into the prepared pan and bake as directed on the box. It seems to take a bit longer, so keep an eye on them and adjust accordingly.
When they come out of the oven do not be twmpted to dig in with a fork- there is molton caramel and nuget bubbling under the surface. Let these babies cool all the way down.
Once cool.. Enjoy. I know someone who makes a pan and serves them as a super decadent dinner- seriously, everyone get a fork and get this over with! I’m pretty sure if I went that route the boys would expect that every night! I’ll stick to cutting them up
I’ve also done this by adding the chocolate candy to a basic Chocolate Chip Bar recipe. Last year we had so much I ended up making 2-3 batches to get rid of anything. Of course you can add as much or as little as you want!
Thankfully my sweet tooth doesn’t extend as willingly to the sweet/ tart/ sour candies. The boys will get some of it (Skittles can be a great motivator!) but a lot of it ends up getting dumped.
How do you get rid of the Halloween candy in your house?
Posted: July 27th, 2011 | Author: Erin Clotfelter | Filed under: Recipes | Tags: Date Night, Guest Post, stuffed mushrooms | 2 Comments »
Today I’m Guest Posting over at Life With Levi.
If you remember, last Friday, Yogi Dad and I had an impromptu date night after the boys went to bed. The whole date-after-the-boys-go-to-bed concept is not new, but it had been awhile since we’d implemented it. I had agreed to write a recipe post and figured that would be a great chance to prepare the recipes and get photos.
I will tell you up front that when if comes to photography I am a complete amateur. When it comes to food photography…well, I’ll just apologize now. There are many things I would do differently if I could go back to square one. Like make a chocolate cake instead. Stuffed mushrooms, although delicious, really aren’t much to look at!
Don’t let that deter you, they really are good and they look better in person and all that jazz- so go! Now! Check out my post over at Life with Levi and seriously, these mushroom appetizer recipes couldn’t be easier.
Posted: October 2nd, 2010 | Author: Erin Clotfelter | Filed under: Food, Misc., Recipes | Tags: Food, Mom stuff, Recipes | 1 Comment »
The past 24 hours or so I’ve had a crazy amount of energy. This must be that feeling of “crawling out of my skin” that my OB said I might feel when I started taking Reglan to pump up my milk production.
I’ll take it. So far today I’ve washed and folded 6 loads of clothes- only 1 more load plus diapers to do and I’m done. DONE! That never happens. I also switched the babies clothes over from Newborn-3 months to the 3-6 month box. It seems to be going a bit faster this time.
Groceries and vacation stuff has been purchased and thanks to a tip from Jessica over at Kohler Created I have a huge tub of Kid Gorp all ready to go. I’ll bake on Wednesday, pack on Friday and hopefully not forget all my pants at home like I did the first time we drove to Montana!
Cheerios (I used Fruity and Apple Cinnamon)
Peanut Butter Captain Crunch
I just layered in a big Rubbermaid container and mixed it up, we’ll dole it out in their snack cups as we drive along.
Posted: September 28th, 2010 | Author: Erin Clotfelter | Filed under: Food, Recipes | Tags: Cake., Food, Recipes | 5 Comments »
I had intended to make Banana Chocolate Chip Bars on Sunday. I had pulled 4 frozen bananas from the freezer on Saturday night so they would be ready to go in the morning. I couldn’t find the recipe. I have at least two copies of this recipe somewhere. Two copies I procured in the past 6 weeks. Who knows where they went to. I crave these bars.
But, there I was with 4 really ripe and really gross bananas that needed to be used and I wanted something dessert-y. So I decided to add them to the only thing I could think of. My Mom’s Chocolate Chip Crumb Cake.
I have been eating this cake my entire life. There are five things I consider staples every girl in my family should have mastered: Lemon Bars, Toffee Bars, Magic Cookie Bars, Mandarin Orange Cake and Chocolate Chip Crumb Cake.
This is the original recipe (from the Toll House Cookbook):
Chocolate Chip Crumb Cake
2 c Flour
1 t Baking Powder
1 t Baking Soda
1/2 t Salt
1/2 c Butter
1 c Sugar
1 t Vanilla
1 c Sour Cream
2 c Mini Chocolate Chips
1 T Flour
2 T Butter
1/2 c Brown Sugar
1/2 c Mini Chocolate Chips
Combine dry ingredients, set aside
Cream Butter and Sugar
Add wet ingredients to butter + sugar mixture, combine
Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients
Fold in Chocolate Chips
Cut together topping ingredients with a pastry blender or two knives, set aside
Spread into greased 9″x13″ pan and sprinkle with topping
Bake at 350F for 45-50 minutes
Now here is where I change it up. I double the topping. I know. Like I need more butter and chocolate. Well, I think I do. So I add more. I also added the 4 slippery bananas to the wet ingredients. Because of this I ended up baking the cake for 55 minutes. It’s a little hard to tell when the cake is done because all that chocolate and butter gets pretty melty. I just make sure my cake isn’t jiggly when it comes out of the oven, check after 45 and add time accordingly.
I eat this cake for dessert. I eat it for breakfast. I’m quite certain it would make a terrific muffin (it’s a dense and hearty cake). Then I wouldn’t feel bad about eating it for breakfast. I also think I will start adding this topping to every cake I make instead of frosting. Doubled of course.
So, what are the recipes you’ve had handed down in your family that you can throw together on a whim?
Posted: January 26th, 2008 | Author: Erin Clotfelter | Filed under: Recipes | No Comments »
So simple and yet so EXCITING!
I’ve never lit anything aflame in my kitchen, unless you count the pilot on the stove.
The Gougeres were just OK. I think next time I will make them bit a smaller- make 2 batches or cook them longer, dry out the dough a bit more on the stove before I add the eggs. I also found the recipe from Gale Gand, my first intro to these mini cheese souffles. I look forward to trying them again, they were really good even if something seemed not quite right.
The salad- I made a dressing with Blood orange juice, Dijon, Olive oil and bit of Rice Wine vinegar. The salad itself had fancy romaine and radicchio with pecans, cranberries and Blood orange slices. I actually didn’t touch this- I couldn’t stop eating the lovely steak.
I got the recipe from someone who grew up having this prepared table side at the Lafayette Club. She called it Steak Mustard (moo- STARD) I found many recipes that seemed a bit similar that were called Steak Diane. Anyway, it was super easy.
-Pound sirloin thin, about 1/4″-1/2″, cut this in half if it starts to come apart at the marbling (I sauteed up the fatty pieces I cut off for Stanley, he was in heaven)
-Season with salt and pepper or lemon pepper on both sides
-Slather both sides with Dijon (I wasn’t given any more direction than to slather it on, so I did and it turned out fine)
-Saute onions in butter (I caramelized two thinly sliced onions)
-Cook the steak 5-8 minutes on each side on top of the onions, the mustard kind of pulls away from the steak and mixes in, there won’t be a good sear on the steak
-Drizzle Brandy over the steak
-Light it on fire, let the alcohol burn off
You are left with a lovely, velvety sauce to serve over the steaks.
I think this would be great with mushrooms added in but it was really excellent on it’s own.
We finished the night off with Cherry Cheesecake and Cherries and Cream Gelatto.
Oh, we also had a Beringer Founder’s Reserve Chardonnay and a Red Truck Red. First time I’ve had this Red Truck, everyone seemed to like it’s smoothness, I can’t do dry red’s.