Applesauce Spice Bars

It has been a bevy of bars in my house lately for cookies.  These Applesauce Spice Bars were more cake-like than cookie but delicious.  Loaded with apple goodness and raisins with a nice glaze they made a great dessert.  I also made Chewy, Chunky Blondies which disappeared quickly with chocolate chips, butterscotch chips and coconut.  My family is happy with my baking adventures so far.

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Baby bok choy, sugar snaps, and garlic en papillote

I am always appreciative of learning new ways to cook vegetables and this recipe was no exception.  I loved the way the vegetables steamed and the great flavors only from a few ingredients.  I served the vegetables with fish as Dorie suggested, I liked it just fine but my husband thought another fish like trout would have been better.  Another reason to make these again.  And how about the clean up, those foil packages make for neat cooking.  You can get the recipe here: http://www.sisboomblog.com/2014/04/baby-bok-choy-en-papillote-sugar-snaps-garlic/

Quiche Maraichere

We are having a heat wave right now in southern California, so this was the perfect meal for a hot spring night.  The crust turned out great and I used the extra dough to make a double thick side crust.  I used sharp cheddar cheese for the topping because it is what I had on hand.  The recipe was liked by the family and I am thinking of serving it for Mother’s Day brunch.  I think this was the best quiche because it is not too heavy, it is light on both eggs and cream.

Brownie Buttons

Baking From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan

I was happy to find another reason to use my mini muffin pans.  I love brownies and all their chocolate goodness.  I made them with the optional orange zest which the adults liked but my son did not.  I would make these for a party which needed little finger food.

Great Grains Muffins

My son said “these are good muffins”.
These have been a ‘great’ addition to our muffin rotation.  They are loaded with whole grain goodness; whole wheat flour, corn meal, oatmeal and yummy raisins.  What’s not to love?  Will definitely make these again.  Baking From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan.

Buttery Jam Cookies

 Baking From My Home To Yours by Dorie Greenspan

After making Chocolate Malted Whopper Drops and Cocoa Sables, both of which were big hits, the request from the family was a cookie that wasn’t chocolate.  I picked out these Buttery Jam Cookies knowing that I had jam lovers in the family.  Unfortunately, they were not a big hit with the family. My son said “these are not my kind of cookie” and he hasn’t had more.  My husband said “what’s in them?” The powdered ginger seems to be the offending ingredient.  My husband thought crystallized ginger would have been better.  I liked them but then again there aren’t many cookies I don’t like:) Since I am baking my way through two cookbooks I am moving on to other adventures instead of tinkering with this one.

Cake

This cake won thumbs up from my family.  I made it in my Pyrex pie plate as Dorie suggested and it worked out fine.  This was much easier than an angel food cake so will definitely make again.

Corniest Corn Muffins

I am baking my way through Baking From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan.  I am on muffins at the moment.  I have not had corn muffins in a while so it was a nice change.  My son decided he didn’t really like corn muffins.

French Fridays with Dorie

I have discovered a new cookbook author, Dorie Greenspan and I am late to the party as she has authored 25 cookbooks already.  After viewing her website http://doriegreenspan.com/ I discovered she has some online cooking groups.  I decided to join French Fridays with Dorie, a group that has been cooking for 4 years from the cookbook Around My French Table.  I have not done a cooking club before so I thought this would be fun to try out.

I am going to attempt to make all four recipes in April.
April 4, 2014: Visitandine (p436)
April 11, 2014: Quiche Maraichère (p158)
April 18, 2014: Baby Bok Choy, Sugar Snaps and Garlic en Papillote (p348)
April 25, 2014: Green as spring veal stew (p262)