Sunday, July 29, 2012

Eggless Chocolate Cupcakes (with a dairy-free option)

It's been far too long since my last post.  I kept thinking that this summer would leave me with more time to share great things with you all, but the truth is - I've been busier than when I'm working!  In the midst of thoroughly enjoying this summer, I have found some great recipes.
I made these cupcakes for my daughter's party.  I was drawn to the ingredients list because it is so different from the usual from-scratch cupcakes.  No eggs, an option for no milk, no butter... what?  But they were great!  They have a rich, dark chocolate taste ... I adored every bite!
Best dishes and yummy dreams!


Eggless Chocolate Cupcakes

Makes 12 cupcakes

1 1/2 c. flour
1 c. sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1/3 c. cocoa powder
1/2 c. vegetable oil
1 1/2 c. milk (option to substitute water or soy milk)
1 tsp. vinegar
1/2 c. chocolate chips (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
1.  Blend all ingredients together with a mixer.
2.  Pour the mixture into tin with cupcake liners.
3.  Bake for 20 minutes, and allow cupcakes to cool before icing. 

Thanks for reading, loves! xo

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Grilled Spiced Honey Chicken

I bookmarked this yummy recipe in May and have made it several times since.  Thank you Erika at My Road to Savings for posting this delicious twist on chicken.  Erika posted the recipe using chicken thighs to be baked in the oven, but we changed it up a bit using chicken breasts on the grill.  Grill = less mess in the kitchen ... less mess in the kitchen = happy mommy!
This dish is deliciously flavorful, spicy, and sweet - you won't be disappointed!
Best dishes and yummy dreams!


Grilled Spiced Honey Chicken
Recipe courtesy of:  My Road to Savings
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/2 tsp. coarse sea salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. cumin
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
2 tsp. paprika
1/2 Tbsp. chili powder
1/2 Tbsp. garlic powder

1/2 c. honey
2 Tbsp. cider vinegar

Heat the grill to medium-low
1.  Mix all spices together in a dish (from salt to garlic powder).
2.  Spread the spice mixture on all sides of the chicken breasts.
3.  Mix the honey and vinegar in a separate small dish - set aside. 
4.  Place the chicken breasts on the grill and allow them to cook 10-15 minutes before flipping.
5.  After flipping them the first time, brush/spoon on the honey and vinegar mixture onto the top.
6.  After 10 minutes, flip and add the honey mixture to the other side.
7.  Cover the with honey mixture several times towards the end of grilling. 

Thanks for reading, foodie friends!  Visit again soon xo

Fab Friday Finds #13: Sweet Summer Treats

It's my 13th Fab Friday Finds post on Friday the 13th - how appropriate and super weird.
We aren't really a dessert family, but I do adore a sweet treat every once and a while.  These finds are adorable summer-y options!  
Best dishes and yummy dreams!


Recipe and photo courtesy of:  Easy Baked
These are my absolute fave.  I can't wait to make them!  Wondering how I can sneak these into a theme for my daughter's birthday? ;)

Recipe and photo courtesy of:  Modern Parents Messy Kids
I love all of the varieties that you can make - my little one would love!

Recipe and photo courtesy of:  Alida's Kitchen

Recipe and photo courtesy of:  Family Fresh Cooking
I love this site.  She has a lot of great natural, "whole food" recipes.  

Recipe and photo courtesy of:  Country Cleaver

Golden Grahams were my thing when I was younger.  This is such a great twist on a boring, old krispie treat!  This is another great site to visit often! 

Thanks for reading, my beautiful foodie friends!  Visit again soon! xo

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Our Journey North: Vacation Recap Foodie-Style

10 days is a long time with a two-year-old.  Especially with a sick two-year-old.  However, we managed to thoroughly enjoy ourselves because we were surrounded by amazing family members...and amazing food, of course!
Our journey north began in Ocean City, Maryland where we attended a beautiful wedding and then extended our stay to enjoy the beach for a few days.  Enjoy some food highlights from the OC:

This place had everything - the atmosphere, the food, the drinks, the view.... love.  
They had games for kids and adults, tables in the sand, a huge bar - such a fun place to be!
Fresh Salsa Trio

Conch Fritters with Raspberry Pepper Sauce

A HUGE line of homemade skinny cocktails!  

Photo courtesy of Streaming Gourmet
My mister loves them with vinegar ... I just like them plain with lots of salt.  We sat on the boardwalk and polished off an entire bucket.   Quickly. 

Amazing.  White Cheddar is my fave, but the cinnamon caramel was yummy too!

Fresh donuts - delish!  They will make anything your donut-heart desires!

We found a great little breakfast/lunch place too (with some organic items!)

Then, our trip continued north to Northeastern Pennsylvania for a graduation party and to spend time with some precious family members.  I have some of the fondest childhood memories of NEPA ... especially food memories!  

Larry's Cajun Blue Cheese Wings
I don't like wings, I don't like blue cheese.  Wait.... I LOVE these and have to have them every time we visit.

Real pizza, sweet sauce.  So good. 

This was my first time here and it was amazing!  Fresh pizza for lunch, any bread you can imagine, cupcakes for days ... they were only missing cannoli!

I could get lost in here!  The chocolate covered pretzels were my fave.  You can also order online and they will ship!

To end the visit, my great aunt made a traditional Polish Christmas dinner so that we could all celebrate together.  It was an amazing Christmas-in-almost-July dinner.  I apologize, I was so excited that I forgot to take pictures until we had all dug in! 
Baked pierogies in garlic and butter

More pierogies

Kielbasa and snails (dough with honey and poppyseed)

Piggies!  (Cabbage stuffed with ground beef and rice in tomato sauce)

These memories will last a lifetime!  My aunt just sent some fab recipes for me to try out and I can't wait.  If you need me, I'll be in my kitchen until our next vacay (in about two weeks!).  I'll give you another delish foodie recap after that one too - stay tuned, friends!

Thanks for reading xo

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Crazy Cooking Challenge: Pan-Fried Breaded Chicken Breasts for Chicken Parmesan Sandwiches

I'm not the biggest fan of making fried chicken.  I'll eat it ... without a doubt ... but I've only prepared it a handful of times because it is so messy.  Obviously, I'm not a fan of deep-frying - as yummy as a deep-fried-anything might taste.  So, for this month's Crazy Cooking Challenge, I decided to go with a recipe for pan-frying chicken breast from The Nourishing Cook.  I couldn't wait to incorporate it into something I've been craving like crazy - a chicken parmesan sandwich.  It was ... heaven.  Total sandwich bliss.  I was sighing the whole time I ate ... seriously.
Best dishes and yummy dreams!


Pan-Fried Breaded Chicken Breasts
Recipe adapted from:  The Nourishing Cook
Makes 6-8 piece of chicken

3 or 4 very thinly sliced chicken breasts 
(Perdue Thin-Cut then cut in half - the size of a deck of cards)
2 eggs
1/2 c. whole wheat flour
1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. Italian Seasoning
1 tsp. parsley
1 tsp. garlic powder
dash of red pepper flakes
1 c. bread crumbs
1/2 c. shredded parmesan
2-3 tbsp. olive oil

For Sandwiches:
1 loaf of Italian bread
Parmigiano Reggiano 

1.  In a large frying pan, heat the oil.
2.  In a small bowl, mix the flour, pepper, salt, and seasonings.
3.  In another small bowl, crack the eggs and mix.
4.  In the last small bowl, mix the bread crumbs and parmesan.
5.  Dip the chicken breast pieces in the flour mixture, then egg, and finally the bread crumb mixture.
6.  Place the chicken in the pan and cook about 7 minutes per side.

To make the sandwiches:
7.  Slice the Italian bread and hollow out the bread from the middle.
8.  Toast the bread in the oven.
9.  Place sauce on the bread, then the chicken, and top with more sauce and freshly prated parm.

Thanks for reading! xo