Thursday, August 25, 2016

Chipotle Cheddar Cornbread


From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...I can't imagine ham without cheese or peanut butter without jelly. Some foods are just made for each other. In our house, chili falls into that category. I can't remember the last time I made a chili without serving cornbread on the side. I know you already have a recipe for cornbread, but I hope you are adventurous enough to give this loaded cornbread from the Culinary Institute a try. The only hard and fast rule for making cornbread is not to overmix it. I have one other to share with you. When you add ingredients to a standard cornbread it will require more time to cook. Make sure your bread is done before you take it from the oven. I have never had great luck keeping cornbread because it stales so quickly. When I have leftovers, I cube and freeze the cornbread and use it as the base for stuffing pork chops or chicken. Do give this recipe a try. I know you will like the cornbread. Here is how it's made.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Cinnamon Spiral Cookies


From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...I've had this recipe for a while now, but I don't use it as often as I should. It makes cookies that will have  your socks going up and down, but the thought of a multi-step recipe wears me out before I get my apron on and they have become an occasional treat. That's pure foolishness on my part because the steps are not that difficult to execute. Getting started is. To make a long story short, I needed a cookie that would be appropriate for an afternoon tea. I also wanted my contribution to the tea table to be a standout, in flavor if not appearance. This cookie's time had come. These spirals have the added advantage of being good travelers and they generally get to their destination in one piece. While chilling the cookie dough takes some time, the dough can be made in about 30 minutes and once the cookies are made, they will stay fresh for several days if they are stored in an airtight container. I do hope you'll give this recipe a try. It comes from The Culinary Institute and it is foolproof. Here is how the spirals are made.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Vegetarian Chili


From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...I am surprised every time I make this chili. It's remarkably flavorful for something that cooks so quickly and is very easy to make. I pulled this from the freezer for our supper tonight. I made it two weeks ago for a meat heavy barbecue and wanted something to offer those who did not want hot dogs or hamburgers. Actually, I made it for myself because I'm cutting back on red meat, and I so liked the recipe that I doubled the ingredients in order to have leftovers as a meal later on. As it turned out, I didn't have a lot to freeze because the meat eaters topped their hot dogs with my vegetarian chili. I suspect those of you who are avoiding or cutting back on meat will really enjoy this chili. It is well-flavored and filling and it is as simple as pie to make. The recipe was developed by Bill Telepan, a New York chef and restaurateur, and it has appeared in so many publications that I can't determine who first published it. I do hope you'll give this recipe a try. You will not be disappointed. Here is how this version of vegetarian chili is made.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Pound Cake with Pecan Glaze


From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...This is a homely cake that makes a great base for ice cream or macerated berries. I pulled this one from my freezer last weekend to dress up an otherwise plain dessert. It had been in the freezer for nearly 3 months, so you can add "good keeper" to other descriptors in its pedigree. The cake is simple to make and the glaze makes it a bit special. While I love pound cake, it can be a ho-hum affair and its simplicity often prevents it from being served to guests. I served this one with butter pecan ice cream and a butterscotch sauce. There wasn't a complaint at the table. I know most of you already have several recipes for pound cake in your files, but on the odd chance you are looking for another one, I urge you to give this version a try. Here is how the cake and glaze are made.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Peanut Butter Bars


From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...The Oregon countryside begins to brown in early July. The gorgeous green that gives the Emerald Valley its name, fades when hay is harvested and a buff tan replaces green until winter rains begin to fall. The heat has kept us housebound this weekend, and I've been using some of that "found" time to experiment with recipes for the blog. While I often make peanut butter sheet cake, tonight's peanut bars are a first for me. Their color reminds me of the hay fields after the harvest. I've had this recipe for several months now, and today was a perfect time to give it a try. It caught my eye because I love peanut butter, and, to my delight, peanut butter is used to make both the cake and the frosting. Were that not enough, the resulting bars are topped with chopped peanuts. I'm happy to report I like this recipe. The bars which are more cake than cookie are simple to make and I think you will enjoy them, too. Here is how they are made.

Friday, August 19, 2016

It's Time for a Burger Bash


In a few week, the kids will go back to school and life will again become more structured. That, however, still leaves us with plenty of time to fire up the grill and barbecue for weekend eating. I thought you might enjoy this retrospective of burger recipes that I have featured in past posts. They are all easy to prepare and a bit unusual without being weird or contrived. I hope you'll have the opportunity to try one or two of them. I know you'll enjoy them.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Shortcut Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars


From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...Somewhere, at some point in your life, someone told you to "never say never." Chances are it was your mother who hadn't yet realized you knew more than she did. I remember those heady days, but the universe conspired against me, and following a particularly embarrassing debacle, I quickly learned it was much better to say "almost never" rather than bet the ranch on the outcome of my endeavors. Are you ready for my disclaimer? Folks who follow my blog on a regular basis know I prefer "from scratch" cooking. They also know I've been known to take a shortcut or two when it's necessary. This weekend the Silver Fox and I attended a large multi-age barbecue. I was responsible for the sweet stuff and spent more time than I should  making the adult desserts. I was time-pressed to produce something that would appeal to the children. A couple of ideas popped into mind. I decided to go with ice cream sandwiches, which could be made with cookies and ice cream from the grocery store, and peanut butter and jelly bars. I knew Ina Garten had a recipe for the bars, but I wanted to make something a bit less involved than that. I let my fingers do the walking and they found a truly simple recipe for the bars on the Land O' Lakes website. The base of the recipe was a packaged cake mix. I looked at the clock and gave myself absolution and permission to proceed with the shortcut version of the cookies. I'm glad I did. This is a nice recipe and it is nearly effortless to prepare. I hope you'll give it a try. Here is how these moist bars are made. Enjoy!

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