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Monday, January 18, 2010

Simple Chocolate Croissants

Hi everyone! Hope everyone had a great weekend! It is finally warming up around here, thank goodness. We are knee deep in wedding plans but its been fun. Last night I had a sweet craving and this is our "go to" recipe for later in the day when you dont want to dirty up the kitchen.I unrolled a can of croissant rolls and flattened them out.
I brushed each one with melted butter and added some semi sweet chocolate chips.

I rolled them up and put them on a parchment covered cookie sheet.

I brushed the top of each with some egg white and added some chopped up almonds.

They baked for 15 minutes and then I dusted them with powdered sugar.
This is so easy to whip up for your family or to take to a get together with friends. They are so tasty and so easy but they look like you put alot of work into them. My favorite kind of recipe!
Simple Chocolate Croissants
1 pkg. refrigerated croissants
semi sweet chocolate chips
3 tbsp. melted butter
1 egg white
confectioners sugar
sliced or chopped almonds.
Unroll and flatten dough. Seperate into triangles. Brush with melted butter. Sprinkle 1-2 tsp. chocolate chips on each triangle. Roll each triangle into a croissant shape and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. In a small bowl, add 2 tsp. water to egg white and mix well with a fork or whisk. Brush the top of each with the egg wash. Top with the almonds, if desired. Bake in a 375 oven thats been preheated for about 15 minutes. Let cool briefly and sprinkle with powdered sugar. You can use different filling for this very easily.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Loaded Baked Potato Soup with Cheesy Pull Apart Bread

Hi everyone! I hope everyone is staying warm and surviving "Arctic Blast 2010". Its been so cold here in my neck of the woods! We have had the coldest temps here in about 8 years. Its kinda funny to watch the news and they call it the "arctic blast 2010". I have also been under the weather and cant seem to kick it so I have been trying to rest. I happen to come across my very favorite food blog (like I dont visit everyday!) Mommys Kitchen at www.tinamommyx3.blogspot.com and she had this delicioius looking soup with some wonderful cheesy bread that I just had to make it. I started out baking about 8 slices of bacon. It called for 12 but 8 is all that would fit on my cookies sheet.
Then I baked 4 good sized potatoes.
This is the rest of my ingredients. Butter, flour milk, chicken broth, salt, pepper, green onions (optional), cheddar cheese, and sour cream.

I started out making a roux of butter and flour.

Added in my broth and milk.

And then added the salt, pepper, baked potatoes, cheddar cheese.

This soup was so comforting and delicious you must go over to her site and see the entire recipe. I just love her site. She is a special girl and she has a real talent for food blogging. She works really hard and never fails to leave comments on other peoples blogs as well. She makes you feel like she always has time for a friend by her sweet comments.
This Cheesy Pull Apart Bread is a great accompaniment to the soup. It is extremely east to put together. Go see Mommys Kitchen and you will be glad you did. She has complete tutorials on both of these great recipes and has the recipes there with a printable button as well.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Homemade Butter

Hello to all my friends! I have missed you! I have been enjoying the holidays and I hope all of you did too. I am always secretly happy after the holidays. Life is just simpler getting back to some sort of schedule and getting my house back in order. I absolutely love to decorate for the holidays but I also like to deep clean when I take everything down and it feels like a fresh start. My daughter is getting married in about 4 months (gulp!) and I am sure I am going to eating, sleeping and breathing wedding. We are doing well and I think we are on schedule but when I start to stress out about anything my relief is to get in the kitchen and cook. I have SO many recipes that I want to try from many blogs. My stack of recipes is getting thick! My news years resolution is to try to master homemade biscuits. The best biscuit I have ever had in my life is at the Pioneer Flour Mill, The Guenther House right here in San Antonio. They are beautiful and tall and dreamily light! If any of you have any pointers or helpful hints I would love to hear them. Of course you cant have a great biscuit without some really good butter (Not margarine. In the words of a dear friend of mine "Who is she anyway?") I made some butter today and you all must try it. It is so easy and its the perfect quantity if you are having a nice meal. It makes two small dishes. One for each end of the table.

This only has two ingredients, unless you want flavored butters (honey, fresh fruit, garlic herb) then you would add your ingredients for that at the very end. Today just plain ole creamy dreamy butter.

I poured in a whole pint of heavy whipping cream and about 1/4 teaspoon of salt into my food processor. You can also use a blender or just put it in an airtight container and shake it. I ended up adding a little more salt at the end and it tastes perfect.Put on the lid and process about 5 minutes.

When it has "lumped up" and gets very thick open the lid and pour off the liquid and put in your desired containers.
See here. One for each end of the table.

I got exactly one cup of buttermilk that I poured off the butter. Wish me luck for turning this into the biscuit of my dreams. Ha!
Homemade Butter
I pint of heavy whipping cream
1/4 teaspoon salt.
Place ingredient into your blender or food processor and blend for about 4-5 minutes until the solids look like butter. Pour off the liquid (Dont throw it away, its yummy buttermilk!) and put into desired molds or containers. Keep in the refrigerator.