Wonton Snack Bites
I originally found the idea for these on Pinterest – but the “recipe” was a picture on Flickr with rollover notes (you can’t copy them) and it wasn’t really a recipe at that. It was basically just filling wonton skins and baking them. So I cooked up a batch of taco meat and gave this a few trial runs in various ways, based on comments of crispiness (or lack thereof) on the original post, and wanted to give a proper instructional (with text you can save!). Filling recipe (as pictured):
Dark Chocolate Cake
I recently had a MAJOR craving for chocolate cake. (pretend that has chocolate icing) We’re talking chocolate frosting on chocolate cake with chocolate chips and chocolate shavings – I needed chocolate. Despite several bribery attempts (and the knowledge that my husband will never turn down cake) it wasn’t happening at 1 am on a Wednesday. So when Thursday passed and I still had that chocolate desire bouncing around the back of my brain I started scouting for simple recipes. I found lots actually, but one stood out for several reasons.
What’s an Italian meal without garlic bread? Now – I must confess/warn you now, I am a garlic ADDICT. I try to adjust down for the recipes I post, but some folks have said it seems a bit heavy still. Considering I go through a HEAD of garlic a DAY, I have trouble figuring out normal. If any recipe seems like there’s a lot, then adjust to your tastes. I won’t be offended.
I was trying to decide what to make for dinner, and realized I had all the stuff for a homemade spaghetti sauce. Normally I chintz out and just do a jar (although I admit I can’t leave anything straight out of the box and am always adding something), which is a fine quick meal. So when I announced to my husband I was making sauce from scratch I got the usual “people DO that?” face. So I pulled out this recipe that I had long ago saved and set about making it mine. Below is the final result (which has since been made several times over). Also of note –…
For Chris’ birthday he wanted a lemon cake. :birthday: Since I’ve never undertaken a full from scratch cake before I decided I would skip the typical box mix and give it a shot. I also had buttermilk left over from some amazing oven fried chicken and wanted to use more up and sought out a buttermilk lemon cake recipe. This one comes from Ina Garten – though I changed the lemon glaze recipe a bit (I’m not a big frosting / glaze person and find that usually the recipes make far too much.) As expected, I think the resulting drizzle was just the right amount.
I LOVE spanakopita (aka that lovely greek dish, spinach pie). I find few places that do it deliciously though, and never found a good one pre-made in my grocery store. So, I figured why not make my own? And I did – and it was lovely but soo time consuming. All those layers of fiddly phyllo and it just sogs up so badly after being refrigerated. Then I had my ah-ha, why not make it into a quiche? I adore quiche but sometimes they’re just a bit too egg-y and I want something more substantial. This seemed like an excellent pairing.