I kind of have a thing for spicy and sweet paired together. I’ve posted recipes for spicy chocolate almonds and double dark chocolate chipotle cookies to name a few.
Earlier this week I posted a salty and sweet popcorn. While salty and sweet is a great combo, I think I may like spicy and sweet even more.
The idea for this particular cookie came from a show. I can’t really remember which one, the boys and I watch our share of Food Network and the Cooking Channel!
For many the beginning of autumn means pumpkin spice in everything. I’m more simple, plain old cinnamon is fine by me. The smell of apples and cinnamon. Pumpkin and cinnamon. Chocolate and cinnamon.
Okay, I might have a little addiction! But really, what’s the harm in a little more cinnamon?!
What a crazy month it has been. Once again time has flown by so quickly, I can’t believe it is already the beginning of another month. That brings us to another In My Kitchen post, with Maureen over at Orgasmic Chef hosting this monthly roundup as she continues to heal from back surgery.
In our house August was all about back to school. Okay, maybe it was more exciting for me than the kids! This year was our second annual trip to the mountains the last weekend before school starts. We stayed with Oma and Opa and also went camping for one night.
So in our outdoor kitchen we made grits with smoked sausage, zucchini and onions. It’s always a challenge coming up with a dinner to cook over a camp stove that will handle being packed in a backpack and staying there for over six hours while we hike and setup camp. We stepped up our game this time by also packing a box of wine, best thing invented ever (so maybe that’s an exaggeration, but boy did it make the trip better).
Brownies are one of the easiest things you can possibly bake. It just takes one bowl and one pan. Clean up is easy, even easier if you lick the spatula and bowl before you wash them! This is a classic brownie recipe. It’s the recipe I grew up on.
I find this recipe to be great for kids, it’s that easy. You can melt the butter and chocolate in the microwave so you don’t even need to worry about little ones trying to use a double boiler on the stove.
It’s back to school time and that’s reason enough for celebration! Parents across the country are dancing in the streets as their children go back to school. I told our principal I would try not to dance as I left the school last week until I reached my car, though there was a spring in my step!
Back when the boys were younger, even before elementary school or preschool I used to host a back to school playdate for our play group. It was a chance for moms of school/preschool aged children to get together and celebrate the kids being gone either all day or just for three short hours.
It’s International Scone Week time again! Now here in South Carolina it isn’t exactly scone weather. Not many people are willing to crank up their ovens to 450 degrees in this heat and humidity. I am, of course maybe I have a few screws loose?!
The lovely Tandy over at Lavender and Lime is hosting this event again this year. It gives food bloggers across the world a chance to gather and post various scone recipes. You’d be surprised how many different kinds of scones people can come up with.
The In My Kitchen series is on summer hiatus while our host Maureen recovers from surgery. I thought it would be nice to go ahead and post anyway, especially since I have some loot from our trip to Europe.
I’ve lived in both Austria and Germany several times over the years so I already knew the food and culture very well. In my mind I had ideas of what I wanted to buy to bring home as well as things I wanted to eat while there. Needless to say I didn’t get to it all, especially with our crazy schedule.
I did get the tea spoons and cake forks though. I have a couple sets of silver spoons and forks I’ve gotten at flea markets in Paris and London over the years. This time I wanted something more every day and these ones from WMF are perfect. The boys are awaiting their first proper afternoon tea (though we’ve used the spoons for ice cream several times and forks for cake after dinner)!