Monthly Archives: April 2011

Love + More Love

Mmmm…. doesn’t this look tasty?

An ooey- gooey jalapeno popper grilled cheese sammy.

But wait….

Isn’t this a baking blog?

Technically yes, but this was too good not to share. And I made up for it by baking my own bread. :)

I came up with this recipe when I stumbled across a similar recipe on Food Gawker. Be forwarned. Food Gawker is horribly addictive. I couldn’t tell you how many pages I have flagged, because the contents have nearly made me drool all over my desk.

We love jalapeno poppers around this house. This recipe was one I could not stop thinking about. So I made it for lunch for me and Mr. Ginge on the weekend. And then again one night for an easy supper.

It’s that good.

Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese Sandwich

makes 2 sandwiches

  • 4 slices country bread
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 jalapenos finely, seeded & finely chopped ( use  less if you don’t want too much heat)
  • 2oz cream cheese softened ( about 1/4 of a brick)
  • 1/3 c. shredded cheddar cheese
  1. Heat up your pan or grill
  2. Butter up one side of each of the slices of bread.
  3. Chop up your jalapenos. A really easy way to chop them up is to make four slices down the sides of the pepper. You should end up with four flat slivers that are really easy to chop up and leaves all the seeds behind!
  4. Mix your peppers in with the cream cheese and spread on half of the slices, on the unbuttered side.
  5. Top with some of the cheddar.
  6. And your other slice of bread, buttered side up.
  7. Grill until nice and golden brown on each side
  8. Slice in half and enjoy!

Mmmm…. The best of a popper and a grilled cheese all in one!

-Mel

P.S.- if you have any of the cream cheese mix left over, it makes a really good snack spread on crackers!

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If you procrastinate like me…

…then maybe you still need something simple and Easter-y for your get together. Or maybe just for a quick cake craving. I will not lie. Yesterday, I spent the morning making dessert for dinner with my family. Also probably the reason why I am posting an Easter treat the day before Easter.

Oh well.

For my tardiness I bring you a treat that is easy to whip up if you are short on time, or is easy to fancy up if you have a bit more; mini cupcakes! Yay!

Nearly everyone loves cupcakes, especially ones filled with chocolate chips, and making them mini amps up the cute factor, as well as speediness. These puppies bake up ( an cool!) likety-split. Top them off with your favorite icing, and you are good as gold.

Chocolate Chip Mini-Cupcakes

-makes about 48 mini cupcakes

  • 1 c sugar
  • 1/2 c butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 c all purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 c mini chocolate chips
  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F. Line your mini muffin pans with liners.
  2. Sift together your dry ingredients and set aside.
  3. Cream your butter and sugar together, until nice and fluffy.
  4. Add your eggs in, one at a time, mixing well after each.
  5. Slowly mix in the flour mixture, just until combined.
  6. Gradually add the milk and mix until you get a smooth batter.
  7. Fold in your chocolate chips.
  8. Fill up the cups 2/3 – 3/4 full, and pop them in the oven for 7-10 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  9. Let them cool and top them off with your favorite icing!

I had fun making these into cute little chickies and nests, however, if you don’t have the time to invest, they look aand taste just as good with a quick swirl of icing on top!

Happy Easter!

-Mel

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Cookies and Worms…

Easter is coming up this weekend, and with it brings nice thoughts of spring. Lots of green grass, pretty spring flowers and egg hunts out in the garden. Apparently though, Mother Nature had other ideas.

As predicted, Sunday brought snow. And enough snow that it was actually starting to accumulate on the ground. This made for a very long and boring day at work. Apparently people don’t want to buy sun dresses and shorts for their kids when it’s snowing out. Who knew?

Since Sunday, it has been dull and dreary, either raining or threatening to. Rain means I don’t often get to see the osprey’s in their nests on the way home. :( However, I do live in Canada, and snow are rain are to be expected, if not anticipated in April.   On the bright side of all this rain, it brings out all the worms, which attracts the robins. After a rain, the front yard becomes a feeding frenzy. I kid you not. For reasons unknown to me, after the rain, the driveway becomes a veritable minefield of worminess. Fat ones, skinny ones, all squirming around on the pavement. If you need fishing bait, my driveway is where it’s at.

Because of the weather, I ended up spending most of the week inside. And decided to bake cookies. Yay!

If you have an afternoon to spend, these would be a great choice. A little finicky, especially if  you ice them with Royal Icing like I did. These are a family favorite. Mom used to make these all the time for Christmas, and they are a great spin on the classic sugar cookie.  Since Easter is just around the corner, I decided to go with an Easter theme.

Coconut Sugar Cookies

  • 3/4 c. butter, softened
  • 2/3 c. sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1 3/4 c all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 c finely shredded coconut ( I give the coconut a quick whirl in the food processor just to make it extra fine)
  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F
  2. Cream together your butter an sugar, until it’s light and fluffy
  3. Beat in your eggs one at a time, mixing well after each. Add the almond extract
  4. Sift together your dry ingredients, and gradually add it to the butter mixture.
  5. Stir in the coconut.
  6. Cover and chill the dough for several hours.
  7. After the dough has chilled, roll out the dough and cut with your favorite cookie cutters
  8. Bake for 8-10 minutes.
  9. Let the cookies cool completely, then ice or decorate as you choose.

While the original recipe calls for just a simple glaze, I fancied them up and used Royal Icing

Royal Icing

  • 4 tbsp meringue powder
  • 1/2 c water
  • about 4 c icing sugar
  • 3/4 tsp corn syrup
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract
  • food coloring of your choice.
  1. With a mixer, mix the meringue powder and water into foamy
  2. Slowly sift in the icing sugar. -Don’t skip the sifting! It makes an extra smooth and creamy icing!
  3. Once your sugar is all mixed in, add your corn syrup and extract.
  4. Keep mixing, on high, until you get stiff peaks in your icing.
  5. Add your colors, then pipe away!

Note: if you want to flood your cookies or your icing gets a bit stiff, just mix in a bit of water, a few drops at a time until you get the consistency that you are looking for.

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Off to a rough start…

This week has been cool and windy. Capped off by a rather wet and rainy weekend. And tomorrow, it’s supposed to snow! Mother Nature’s reminder that while, yes, it is spring, winter may not be quite ready to leave.

So, my thought was, what better way to spend a rainy Saturday morning than making muffins!

Ha! Apparently muffins were not in the cards. The batter made beautifully, and tasted great, however, it may have been a bit wet and I may have overfilled my cups, because it just oozed out of the pan and (thankfully!) on to the cookie sheet underneath! Then to top off the mess, an entire jug of juice that had just been made was dumped all over the counter on floor. It was quite the mess!

On the bright side, they were very tasty and moist.

So instead, I will post another good rainy day treat, that I was planning on posting a bit later.

These are one of  Mr. Ginges favorites, and one of the only cookies he will eat with nuts.

White Chocolate Macadamia Cookies

  • 1/2 c. butter, softened
  • 1/2 c. white sugar
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4c all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup white chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 c macadamia nuts, coarsely chopped
  1. Preheat your oven to 375 F
  2. Sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt and set aside
  3. Cream together your butter and sugars until light and fluffy
  4. Beat in your egg and vanilla
  5. Slowly beat in the flour mix until just combined
  6. Stir in your chocolate peices and nuts
  7. Drop  about a rounded tbsp onto your cookie sheet ( depending on how big you want your cookies)
  8. Bake for about ten minutes

These are especially good still kinda warm from the oven with a nice cup of hot chocolate! (espcially if you had to spend any time outside today!)

-Mel

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Hello world!

So here goes…

Welcome to my world. :D

Spring is just beginning to bloom here in small town Ontario. The ice has nearly melted off the lakes and swamps, and I wake up to robins song in the morning. There is even pair of osprey in the nest by the provincial park I pass on my way to work!

Spring also means that is nearly gardening season, and the Farmer’s Market in town will open soon! Yay!

Since everything is fresh and new in spring, what better time to start and share  with you some of my favorite things: baking, canning, and all things kitchen related.

I hope that my posts inspire and make you as happy as they do me!

-Mel

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