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KN, p. 228 “Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies”

 

The ‘Season for Everything Pumpkin’ should include a great pumpkin cookie.  🙂

At the Kerrian household, the time between Halloween and New Year’s Day is when we add pumpkin to lots of dishes. Some turn out to be scrumptious, some we never talk about again, but we had never found the right combo for a pumpkin cookie. Until now. By simply adding pumpkin to one of our favorite chocolate chip cookie recipes, and tweaking it a bit, this has become a tasty regular snack treat for Autumn.

 

We (me, any neighbors we could snag, and the mail gal) taste-tested this one until we were satisfied. We might have taken longer than we needed to. Taste-testing is a challenge we take seriously, no matter how many cookies must be eaten.

 

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
Author: 
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 20-24 3" cookies
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup spreadable butter or margarine (Land O Lakes butter with canola oil works well for this)
  • 1.5 cups firmly packed Domino’s light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup cane sugar
  • 2 jumbo eggs
  • 1.5 cups pureed (or canned) pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon pure extract vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 cups all purpose, unbleached King Arthur flour
  • 1 cup semi-sweet Ghirardelli chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 375
  2. In large bowl, beat together butter and sugar until creamy.
  3. Add eggs, pumpkin, vanilla, sea salt, baking soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg, stirring until thoroughly blended.
  4. Add flour 1 cup at a time and beat until well-mixed.
  5. Mix chocolate chips evenly throughout the dough.
  6. Drop 1/4 cup dough for each cookie onto aluminum cookie sheets, about six per sheet.
  7. Bake for 15-16 minutes until light golden brown.
  8. Yield: 20-24 three inch cookies
 

Eat warm, five minutes out of the oven or let cool completely and serve with ice cream. Sheila had a bowl of ice cream with a cookie and I made an ice cream sandwich with two cookies. Both of us had pecan praline ice cream with the cookies.

 

Enjoy!

🙂

 

 

 

 

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KN, p. 217 “Tomato Cucumber Feta Salad”

 

It’s grillin’ season!

 

Some of our pals grill all year round. We know a guy that keeps a snow shovel inside the house near the deck door – just in case it snows – in order to clear a path on the deck to his five-foot-wide grill.  🙂  But, we’re a little more conservative, and stick to mid-May until first frost in mid to late October.

 

Whenever your grilling months, you probably serve fresh vegetable salads of some kind along with the great meats and veggies you can sear on the grill top. We like this cucumber and tomato mix, tossed together with an easy salad dressing and feta cheese, for a light salad that goes well with a variety of BBQ food. Hamburgers and hot dogs or steaks and potatoes? It works with everything we’ve tried on the grill and nobody has died yet from eating the fig balsamic or the herbes de Provence. Promise.

 

"Tomato Cucumber Feta Salad"
Author: 
Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: American
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 4-6
 
Ingredients
  • 3 medium tomatoes, cut into one inch chunks (about 4 cups)
  • 2 large cucumbers, peeled and sliced (about 4 cups)
  • 1 6 oz package feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup fig balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon herbes de Provence
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Place the tomatoes, cucumbers, feta and onion in a large serving bowl.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the vinegar, herbes de provence, pepper, and lemon juice.
  3. Pour the dressing over the vegetables and cheese and lightly toss until combined.
  4. Serve cold.
 

Enjoy!

 

 

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KN, p. 209 “The Kerrians’ Great Guacamole”

 

This year’s SuperBowl brings with it a miracle in the family sports rivalry lore. Our favorite cousin’s team made it to the SuperBowl. The Eagles. The team that has been to the SuperBowl twice before, but not won. Sheila and I have to give lots of credit to a team that has come back from some fairly serious injuries to make it all the way to the Big Game. Neither of our teams made it, sad to say.

 

In honor of an Eagle season that has been hard fought, and because we love our cousin, we came up with a recipe for a snack that everybody loves – guacamole.

 

Try this super easy recipe, no matter which side you root for, and enjoy the game!

 

"The Kerrian's Great Guacamole"
Author: 
Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 2 cups
 
Ingredients
  • 3 medium avocados - about one and half cups pulp
  • 1 medium tomato, diced, seeds removed – about 1/2 cup
  • 1/4 cup mild green chilies (Hatch)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt
Instructions
  1. Slice avocados in half, from one end to the other.
  2. Remove pits.
  3. Scoop out avocado pulp into medium sized bowl and roughly chop with fork into large chunks.
  4. Add diced tomato, green chilies, lime juice, and salt.
  5. Lightly toss together.
 

Serve with corn chips, taco chips, bagel chips, celery, or anything that scoops it up.

 

Enjoy!

 

Update after the game: The Eagles won and our cousin is yelling a lot. I think he’s happy.  lolol

 

 

 

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