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Random 2009 leftover madness

January 21, 2010

If you think I didn’t cook or bake during those 3 months I spent writing about Europe, I’m here to tell you I did! A lot, in fact; I just didn’t take step-by-step pics or save recipes because I knew I could never write about it all. Here are some highlights.

I made cheezcake brownies and topped them with a white chocolate spread I bought in Greece.

Coconut ice cream! I don’t use my homemade ice cream maker nearly enough. I made this with coconut milk and soy creamer.

These white chocolate chip-peanut butter swirl blondies came out so good that I never even remembered to take a post-baking pic.

Something savory: an improvised spinach-walnut pesto (cheeseless, of course) that turned out great. I think I still have some of this in my freezer; I’m going to have to break that out soon.

These are some crispy chocolate oat bars I made for a party.

More party treats: simple-but-tasty applesauce-golden raisin-oatmeal cookies.

Even more party food: Lichtenauer family brownies. It’s my grandma Nanny’s recipe.

I am the blondie queen! These chewy butterscotch blondies were, again, so good that I forgot to take a picture after cutting them.

A deep chocolate snack cake. I dusted this with powdered sugar before serving.

Lentil taco salad! I got the recipe from Runner’s World. I LOVED this. I will definitely be making it again; I may even have to re-blog about it.

In October, Matt took me to Phantom’s Feaste, which is a post-Renaissance Festival, “spooky” late-night stage show with wine and snacks served. I had a couple glasses of Merlot, some table peanuts, and some tortilla chips, but needless to say, I wasn’t interested in the cheese dip and chicken wings they served. An inquiry to our kind waitress produced this giant platter of celery, red bell pepper, crackers, and a ton of grapes! It made awesome finger food to accompany the show.

Finally, here is one last moist, chocolatey brownie. And I’ve barely even touched on my blondie-and-brownie kick—in addition to all the ones you see here, I must have baked at least half a dozen more!

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. January 21, 2010 12:12 pm

    Please tell me you’re going to post recipes for everything you showed here! Those blondies look divine and I’m going to have to look up the lentil taco salad. You WERE busy!

  2. Josh permalink
    January 21, 2010 7:51 pm

    But where are the recipes? That ice cream sounds delicious!

  3. January 21, 2010 7:59 pm

    Kati & Josh—A couple of these recipes I may post in the future (Lichtenauer brownies, coconut ice cream), and others I’ll probably remake and then blog about (lentil tacos, PB-white choc blondies).
    I hate to admit it, though, but many of them I ::cringe:: didn’t save! I cooked and baked so many things over the last few months…most of these are ones that I didn’t take full series of pictures for :[ I’m sorry! But rest assured I DID photograph quite a few others (lemon berry pound cake, garlic roasted potatoes, Nutella cookies, and more) that will be making their appearances here soon. 😀

  4. Lindsey permalink
    January 23, 2010 11:08 pm

    I had no idea you had an ice cream maker. That’s awesome! We should totally have an ice cream making party sometime.

  5. Cheryl permalink
    January 24, 2010 9:51 am

    All your desserts look fantastic whether they’re shown pre-baked or finished! Was going to point out which specifically caught my eye but in looking over all of them, I can’t choose.

  6. Anonymous permalink
    January 31, 2010 9:10 am

    Those butterscotch brownies were amazing! They did not last long. 🙂


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