May 20, 2013

6 Recipes You Should Try (I Mean, If You Want To)

If this particular list looks a bit heavy on the snack-y type recipes, you might correctly surmise that I was doing a lot of these while Bart was in the middle of busy season and I had many many nights home alone while small children slept. The peanut butter pretzel truffles are rather hard to explain away as non-desserts, but the cookie dough blizzard and truffle squares? Legitimately non-desserts. At least in my book.

1. Sun-Dried Tomato and Spinach Omelet: I have spent most of my life disliking eggs, but the older I get, the more I seem to like them. And this was the best omelet I've ever had. Even Ella, who also is not much of an egg eater, scarfed down the tiny square I gave her and asked for me. I gave her a little more, but it was a sacrifice on my part. I was wary of the balsamic drizzle on top, but I put my faith in Natalie, and it was not a mistake.

2. Strawberry Balsamic and Bacon Pizza: We had people over for dinner so I needed to make two pizzas instead of the usual one, which gave me an excuse to make one of those pizzas a weird one. And whoa, this pizza was insanely good. The sauce is a balsamic reduction mixed with strawberry jam - I could have eaten it plain. Bart, who tends to worry about these kinds of unusual combinations, gave it high marks.

3. Pretzel and Peanut Butter Truffles: I do not care for pretzels plain very much, but put them in a recipe and I'm hard pressed to resist. I just dipped the tops of these in chocolate so they were much less cute, but also much easier. And you know me. . . I like easy.

4. Nutty Cinnamon Chocolate Truffle Squares: I made these about five times in the last month (although after the first time, I stopped doing the bottom layer of chocolate because it was too sweet for me and also it kept cracking off. Easier and better to just do a top chocolate layer. I use cashews instead of pecans, and I try not to eat the whole pan myself.

5. Roasted Pear and Chocolate Chunk Scones: Another scone recipe. Seriously, these are the best scones ever. (Also, have you noticed I like chocolate?).

6. No-Bake Dairy & Sugar-free Cookie Dough Blizzard: For many moons, we've been using our frozen bananas to make that two-ingredient "ice cream" but this is now my preferred method for using up the frozen bananas (let's not lie - I overbuy bananas just so I never run out of frozen ones). I use vanilla almond milk and instead of bothering with making double layer cookie balls, I just throw together a quick batch of these, roll them into tiny balls, and freeze them for about five minutes.

I read over this list and feel like I am very lazy about any fussy steps in a recipe. Happily, that laziness seems to result in eating less chocolate. So maybe laziness is a quality I should continue to cultivate.

P.S. Here are previous recipes I've tried and loved.


  1. Your site looks great! I love your photo.

    The other day I went into the freezer to grab a banana and I realized that someone had eaten MY frozen bananas. It was a sad day.

  2. That pizza sounds good. I would love to throw strawberries on one :)

    Love the new blog banner and photo!!!!

  3. I made that blizzard when I got home from swimming tonight. It hits the spot.

  4. OH I'm glad you liked the strawberry bacon pizza! I made it about a year ago and Blakely LOVED it but I was on the fence. Maybe I should give it a go again. But that won't be happening until I make those pretzel truffles and cookie dough shake. That needs to happen ASAP!
    Also I love your new look!

  5. The pizza sounds amazing... I'll have to try that.

  6. BTW your food photography is really quite nice. I'd like to get into doing that.


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