Friday, September 25, 2009

kelly's creamed spinach

i humbly declare that i made this tonight without a recipe. it was barely enough to serve 3 people so next time i'll be making more for sure.

1/2 cup chopped white onion
1 tbsp chopped garlic
2 oz neufchatel cheese or cream cheese
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
10 oz. bag spinach
1/4 cup shaved parmesan cheese
salt and pepper to taste
2 tbsp butter

heat a skillet to medium heat. melt 1 tbsp of butter, then add the onion. saute a few minutes until the onion is beginning to become translucent, then add the garlic. after a few more minutes of sauteing, add in the cream cheese, whipping cream, parm, and salt and pepper. stir well until combined and the cream cheese is dissolved.

in a larger skillet, melt the other tbsp of butter and add the spinach. cook until wilted and add to cream mixture. serve and enjoy!

serves 2!

brown sugar oatmeal cookies

...or should i call these 'apple golden raisin brown sugar oatmeal cookies'? because that's what they are. and they're delicious.

2 sticks butter, softened (all i had was salted)
2 cups dark brown sugar, firmly packed
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp fresh nutmeg
1 tsp salt
3 cups old-fashioned oats (not quick-cooking)
1 cup golden raisins
1 tart apple, peeled and chopped

preheat oven to 350' and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

beat together the butter and brown sugar until creamy and lightened in color. add in the eggs and vanilla.

in another bowl, combine the flour, baking soda & powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. add to the butter mixture and beat until just combined.

add in oats, raisins, and apple and beat again until just combined.

with a medium-sized ice cream scoop or disher, scoop out 12 cookies per sheet. use your fingers to slightly press down the dough balls.

bake pans separately for 10-12 minutes or until set but not too browned! makes about 3 dozen good-sized cookies.

pumpkin chocolate chip muffins 2.0

4 eggs
2 cups white sugar
1 small can (15 oz.) pureed pumpkin
2 sticks unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
3 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
2 cups chocolate chips

preheat oven to 400 degrees. prepare muffin tin with paper liners.

beat eggs together in a large bown with sugar, pumpkin, and butter. beat until smooth and combined

in a medium sized bowl, combine flour, soda, powder, spices, and salt. blend into pumpkin mix. after thoroughly mixed, fold in chocolate chips.

fill muffin cups 3/4 of the way. bake at 400 for 12 to 15 minutes.