• Decorated Sugar Cookies

    December 24, 2013 0 , , Permalink

    It’s almost here! One more sleep. I am ready for a long winter’s nap myself but there is no rest with a seven year doing laps around the kitchen island singing, “Santa’s coming tonight tonight, Santa’s coming tonight!” I tried handing her a bottle of rainbow sprinkles and said, “sort this.” She actually considered it for a nanosecond. We’re waiting for our dough to be cold enough to make my mom’s decorated sugar cookies for Santa. Can’t forget the carrots either. So tell me what do you leave for Santa?

  • Mini Cinnamon Rolls

    I have been seeing people sharing recipes on Pinterest for mini cinnamon rolls lately, maybe its a back to school thing. I know one thing is common in all of these recipes, they use refrigerated dough.  I decided to give them a try and enlisted the help of my six year old daughter Ava.  I used ingredients I bought at Trader Joe’s including the (new to me) crescent dough. It was fast and easy,for you non-bakers you CAN do this. Start to finish 20 minutes, promise. Ava who would cook morning noon and night if I let her made the entire batch while I hovered around with the big camera. I think what I love most about these rolls is the texture of the finished roll, using the crescent dough (make sure you bake them long enough) gives them a flaky crunch you dont get with canned rolls. These mini cinnamon rolls are a fraction of the cost and if you think about it 5 mini rolls is the same as eating just one crescent roll, now that’s a WIN in my book.

    Also while I’m on a food kick I want you to know two things, first that I have started a page dedicated to all my previous recipes, you can find the list here. Second, I just finished Dinner A Love Story by Jenny Rosenstrach (DALS is her blog) it’s fantastic I completely related to every written word so now I am back on the I-will-cook-dinner-every-night-even-if-it-kills-me kick, the added benefit more recipes for the list.

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    Ingredients

    • 1 can Trader Joe’s Crescent Rolls
    • 4 TBL softened butter
    • 2 TBL flour
    • 2 tsp. cinnamon
    • 2 TBL white sugar
    • ¼ cup powdered sugar
    • 1 TBL milk (or apple juice)
    • ¼ tsp almond extract or orange zest (optional)

    Instructions

    1. POP the can of dough (my favorite part of course!)
    2. Unroll onto flat surface and separate into 4 rectangles. Gently pinch the diagonal seams to fuse them together.
    3. Mix 2 TBL butter with the flour, sugar and cinnamon, this is your filling mixture.
    4. Spread 1 TBL of softened butter on each rectangle and sprinkle with filling mixture (add raisins or nuts if you want I did on one section just for me)
    5. Roll up starting with the longest edge and slice into 5 pieces.
    6. Place in a mini muffin pan. Bake at 375° for 15 minutes (check them at 12) remove from oven let cool

    Icing

    1. Combine powdered sugar and your liquid be careful to only add a very small amount of liquid at a time the sugar melts quickly and has a tendency to get very thin quickly. Remember adding a flavor like almond extract adds more liquid so decrease your milk or juice accordingly. Drizzle over muffins.
  • Tuna Salad | Eat with Caution

    I have had an overwhelming desire to make comfort foods lately. I know why.  Cooking helps me to relax and reminds me of  when I was a kid, my mom made everything from scratch. One thing we loved on the weekends was a tuna sandwich. There were no tuna kits or local Subways if you wanted tuna you needed a can opener first. We ate a lot of tuna back then before we knew better about PCBs and unsafe levels of mercury in the fish wich is such a shame as I LOVE tuna especially sushi.

    Here’s the part where I tell you that I am very sensitive to mercury levels in fish so I limit myself to how much tuna and swordfish I consume. I only eat Light Tuna instead of albacore and why I think YOU SHOULD TOO. Be advised it is considered dangerous to consume fish with high levels of methyl-mercury.  The FDA’s advise for pregnant women recommends that pregnant women, women who are trying to become pregnant, nursing mothers and children under 5 do NOT eat tuna period as mercury can have adverse effects on brain development, and may also affect the heart (NRDC).  That last sentence worries me, my daughter has been eating tuna since she was about 3 and a half. If you are concerned as an adult as to how much is considered safe, I  found an online calculator here and here that may help you decided how much fish to consume. If you look at the most current study on mercury levels in commercial fish tuna, swordfish and shark are among the highest.  The EPA also has a page of information about fish advisories. For more information on all fish and the corresponding levels of mercury I found a list at americanpregnancy.org.

    If you are still up for a tuna salad recipe I have one to share. Its based off my mom’s recipe where she adds dill and doesn’t use pickle relish. I’m not a big relish fan. I do however like to layer potato chips INSIDE my sandwich I think that trend began and ended with my sister and I.

     

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