Monday, January 23, 2012

Rocky Road Ice Cream

We had some cream we had to use up, so we tried another ice cream. It was yummy!

Rocky Road Ice Cream

  • 2/3 c white sugar 
  • 1/4 c unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 c mini marshmallows 
  • 1/4 c chopped pecans 
  • 1 3/4 c heavy cream 
  • 1/4 c milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract 
In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar and cocoa powder until well combined.  Stir in the marshmallows and pecans.  Whisk in the heavy cream, milk and vanilla.
Pour the mixture into your ice cream maker and process according to manufacturer's directions. 


Friday, January 6, 2012

Caramel Apple Pancakes

Ahem...this was supposed to be posted just after Halloween with some clever...something about needed to get rid of your surplus of Halloween candy. But, it's been sitting on my desktop since then haunting me. Don't read too much into that! They are really good, and I don't know why I haven't taken the time to post them yet.

Caramel Apple Pancakes

2 cups whole wheat flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 cups milk
1 tbsp. canola oil
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 apple, peeled and grated
1/2 cup caramel bits

Mix flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon in a bowl. Add beaten eggs, milk, oil and vanilla. Mix well. Peel apple and grate over a separate, smaller bowl.

Fold in apple and caramel bits. Spoon onto a hot, greased griddle and flip when the edges begin to get dry, cooking on both sides.

Source: Baking Serendipity

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana

Sometimes I think I could totally be a vegetarian...and then I make something like this.! Talk about a party in my mouth! If you need a recipe to use up some kale or some half and half or any other ingredient below, make this soup! You will love it! (Unless you don't like sausage or that case, skip this recipe cause the meat is the star of this dish.)

Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana

1/2 lb. italian sausage (the original recipe calls for 1lb, but I don't think it needs that much)
2 large potatoes, pealed and cubed
1 large onion, chopped
6 slices bacon, crisped and crumbled
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 c. kale
4 c. chicken broth
2 c. water
1 c. half and half

Cook and drain sausage and onions. Add bacon and garlic, cook 1 minute. Add chicken broth, water, potatoes, and simmer 15 minutes, until potatoes are cooked. Add kale and cream, simmer additional 4 minutes. Enjoy!

Source: Someone at church left some kale and this recipe in the kitchen. I don't know who, but  I picked some up and I am SO glad I did!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Pumpkin Pancakes

We love pancakes at our house! My sister introduced me to this recipe from I like to add chocolate chips, but the pancakes are moist and delicious with out them!

Pumpkin Pancakes

1 1/2 cups milk
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 egg
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons vinegar
2 cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt

In a bowl, mix together the milk, pumpkin, egg, oil and vinegar. Combine the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, allspice, cinnamon, ginger and salt in a separate bowl. Stir into the pumpkin mixture just enough to combine.
Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake. (These are pretty thick, so you may need to spread it out a bit.) Brown on both sides and serve hot.