Saturday, October 10, 2020

DoubleTree Signature Cookie Recipe

Recipe Found HERE 

½ pound butter, softened (2 sticks)

¾ cup + 1 tablespoon granulated sugar

¾ cup packed light brown sugar

2 large eggs

1 ¼ teaspoons vanilla extract

¼ teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

2 ¼ cups flour

1/2 cup rolled oats

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

Pinch cinnamon

2 2/3 cups Nestle Tollhouse semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 3/4 cups chopped walnuts 

Cream butter, sugar and brown sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer on medium speed for about 2 minutes. 

Add eggs, vanilla and lemon juice, blending with mixer on low speed for 30 seconds, then medium speed for about 2 minutes, or until light and fluffy, scraping down bowl. 

With mixer on low speed, add flour, oats, baking soda, salt and cinnamon, blending for about 45 seconds. Don’t overmix. 

Remove bowl from mixer and stir in chocolate chips and walnuts.

Portion dough with a scoop (about 3 tablespoons) onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper about 2 inches apart. 

Preheat oven to 300°F. Bake for 20 to 23 minutes, or until edges are golden brown and center is still soft. 

Remove from oven and cool on baking sheet for about 1 hour.

Cook’s note: You can freeze the unbaked cookies, and there’s no need to thaw. Preheat oven to 300°F and place frozen cookies on parchment paper-lined baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake until edges are golden brown and center is still soft.

Monday, August 3, 2020

Soft & Chewy Drop Sugar Cookies

Recipe Found HERE

1 cup (2 sticks, 16 tablespoons) butter, softened
1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
Additional granulated sugar or sprinkles, for rolling

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line two large, rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper and lightly grease with cooking spray. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or in a large bowl with a handheld electric mixer, cream together the butter and granulated sugar until lightly and fluffy, 3-4 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.

Add the egg and vanilla and mix again for 1-2 minutes until the batter lightens in color. Scrape the sides of the bowl as needed.

In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until combined.

Scoop the cookie dough into rounded balls (about 2 Tablespoons), roll in granulated sugar or sprinkles and place on the prepared baking sheets a couple inches apart (about 12 cookies per baking sheet).

Bake for 11-13 minutes until slightly crackly on top (but not much color around the edges or bottom to keep them soft and chewy). Let the cookies cool for a few minutes on the baking sheet before removing to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Favorite Green Smoothie

Recipe Adapted from HERE

10 WW pts on green plan

1/2 small banana, frozen
3/4 cup mixed berries, frozen (I use strawberries, mango, and pineapple)
1 big handful of spinach (a very packed down 1 cup)
1 Tablespoon almond butter or nut butter of choice
1/4 - 1/2 avocado
1 Tablespoon golden flaxseed
1/4 cup whey protein powder (2 scoops collagen peptides or protein of choice)
1 cup unsweetened almond milk or milk of choice

Monday, July 13, 2020

Blonde No-Bake Kiss Cookies

Mariah M.

1 1/2 cups white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup butter
4 cups instant oats
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup peanut butter
Hershey Kisses

In a medium sized sauce pan, bring the sugar, milk, & butter to a boil. Boil for 1 minute, then remove from heat.

Add oatmeal, vanilla, and peanut butter. Stir thoroughly. Drop onto wax paper, add kisses and let stand for 30 minutes.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Tuscan Pasta Salad

Recipe Found HERE

Meghan S.

16 ounce box bowtie pasta, cooked and rinsed in cold water
1 7 ounce jar sun-dried tomatoes in oil, drained
1 red bell pepper diced
1 6.5 ounce can sliced olives
1-2 cups spinach
1/4 cup basil chopped
1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese

3/4 cup olive oil
2 Tablespoons white vinegar
2 Tablespoons water
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon dry oregano
1 teaspoon dry basil
1 clove garlic, minced
black pepper to taste

In a large bowl combine pasta, sundried tomatoes, bell pepper, olives, spinach, basil, and parmesan cheese. Toss until combined.

To make the dressing:
In a small bowl whisk olive oil, vinegar, water, salt, sugar, oregano, basil, garlic and salt and pepper. Drizzle the dressing over the pasta salad and serve.

Monday, May 25, 2020

Rustic French Apple Tart

Recipe Found HERE

Sunny A.

1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
1-1/2 sticks (12 tablespoons) very cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1/4 cup very cold water

1-3/4 lbs baking apples (3 large, Gala or other baking apple)
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/8 teaspoon salt

1 Tablespoon all purpose flour
1 egg, beaten
2 Tablespoons turbinado sugar
1 Tablespoon apricot jelly or jam, optional for glaze

Make the crust: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a food processor fitted with the steel blade, combine the flour, salt and sugar. Pulse briefly to combine. Add the cold butter and process just until the butter is the size of peas, about 5 seconds. Sprinkle the ice water over the mixture and process just until moistened and very crumbly, about 5 seconds. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured work surface and knead a few times, just until it comes together into a cohesive ball. Pat the dough into a disk. Flour your work surface again and dust the dough with flour, as well. Using a rolling pin, roll into a circle 8 to 10 inches in diameter, turning and adding more flour as necessary so the dough doesn’t stick. Transfer the dough to the parchment-lined baking sheet and refrigerate while you prepare the filling (you’ll roll the dough out further on the parchment paper so go ahead and clean your work surface).

Make the Filling: Peel, core, and cut the apples into 1/8-inch-thick slices (you should have about 4 cups) and place in a large bowl. Add the sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, melted butter, and salt; toss to combine.

Take the dough from the fridge and slide the parchment paper onto the countertop. Roll the dough, directly on the parchment paper, into a 14-inch circle about 1/8 inch thick. It’s fine if the edges are a little ragged. Place the parchment and dough back on the baking sheet – the pastry should curve up the lip of the pan.

Assemble the tart: Sprinkle the flour evenly over the pastry. Arrange the apple slices on top in overlapping concentric circles to within 3 inches of the edge. Don’t worry about making it look perfect! It doesn’t make much difference in the end and you don’t want the dough to get too warm. Fold the edges of the dough over the apples in a free-form fashion, working your way around and creating pleats as you go. Patch up any tears by pinching a bit of dough from the edge.

Using a pastry brush, brush the pleated dough evenly with the beaten egg. Sprinkle half of the turbinado sugar over the top crust and half over the fruit. Chill the assembled tart in the fridge for 15 to 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350°F and set an oven rack in the center position.

Bake for 55 to 65 minutes, or until the apples are tender and the crust is golden and cooked through. (It’s okay if some of the juices leak from the tart onto the pan. The juices will burn on the pan but the tart should be fine -- just scrape any burnt bits away from the tart once it’s baked.) Transfer the pan to a rack and let cool.

While the tart cools, make the optional glaze. In a small bowl, mix the apricot jam with 1-1/2 teaspoons water. Heat in the microwave until bubbling, about 20 seconds. Using a pastry brush, brush the apples with the apricot syrup.

Use two large spatulas to transfer the tart to a serving plate or cutting board. Slice and serve warm or at room temperature. The tart is best served on the day it is made, but leftovers will keep, loosely covered on the countertop, for a few days.

Make Ahead: The dough can be made up to 3 days in advance and refrigerated. Allow it to sit at room temperature for about 15 minutes or until pliable before rolling.

Freezer-Friendly Instructions: The assembled tart may be frozen for up to 3 months. To freeze, place the baking sheet in the freezer until the tart is frozen, then wrap tightly. (Wait until right before baking the tart to brush the beaten egg and sprinkle the sugar onto the crust.) Bake directly from the freezer. (It may take a few extra minutes to bake from frozen.)

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Chipotle Chicken Quesadillas

The chicken mixture can be made up to 2 days ahead, cooled, covered, and refrigerated.

Recipe Found HERE

3 Tablespoons olive oil
1 large red onion, chopped (about 1-1/2 cups)
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/3 cup minced chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (you'll need about 6 chilis)
4 vine-ripened tomatoes (about 1-1/4 pounds), seeded and diced
3 scallions, thinly sliced
2 Tablespoons honey
2-1/2 cups cooked shredded chicken (white and/or dark rotisserie meat)
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
6 10-inch diameter flour tortillas
4 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
Sour cream, for serving (optional)
Lime wedges, for serving (optional)

In a large sauté pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook 1 minute more. Stir in the chipotle peppers and tomatoes. Cook until most of the liquid from the tomatoes has evaporated and the mixture is thickened, stirring often, about 20 minutes.

Stir in the scallions, honey, chicken, salt and cilantro. Keep warm.

Heat a sauté pan/griddle over medium heat and spray lightly with nonstick cooking spray. Lay a tortilla in the pan and heat until hot to the touch but not crisp (air pockets may form). Flip the tortilla over, then sprinkle 2/3 cup of the cheese evenly overtop, being careful to keep it off the pan.

Spread a generous 1/2 cup of the chicken mixture over half of the tortilla. When the cheese is mostly melted, fold the tortilla over to cover the filling and form a half-moon shape. Cook until the tortilla is crisp and golden and the cheese is melted, adjusting the heat as necessary, a few minutes per side. Repeat with the remaining tortillas.

Let the quesadillas rest a few minutes to allow the filling to set, then cut into wedges. Serve with sour cream and lime wedges, if desired.

Note: If you have a large griddle, use that to make the quesadillas so you can make a few at a time. Also, be sure to serve your quesadillas hot of the pan (or off the griddle), otherwise, they’ll get soggy and the cheese will harden. If this does happen, you can pop them in a 350 F degree oven to heat them up, but they won’t be as crisp and gooey as they are fresh.