All posts filed under: Baking

Snickerdoodle Cookies

I was in the mood to bake. I went to Pinterest to search for cookie recipes. This recipe, care of High Heels and Grills, made the chewiest cookies. They are not too sweet and I definitely plan to use the dough recipe with other kinds of flavoring and toppings in the future. I used about 14 tablespoons of Earth Balance Original Buttery Spread instead of salted butter and baked the cookies a little longer than suggested in the original recipe. I think the secret to baking cookies is always taking them out of the oven when they appear golden but still a little mushy in the center and then allowing them to sit on the pan till they deflate and cool a bit. In my experience, this always results in a chewier, softer cookie. This recipe yielded 40 cookies, which according to my calculations, are about 100 calories per cookie. This was not a difficult recipe to follow and the cookies are delicious. INGREDIENTS 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 2 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp salt 1 cup butter, softened (I used 12 tbsp …

Breakfast Casserole Lessons

Well, I recently noticed that some of my abdominal muscles are visible so I decided to start counting my Macros (macro-nutrients) and calories hoping to eventually see the rest of my abs. This decision involved in-depth recipe research via Pinterest and I found an interesting breakfast casserole that I decided to try, substituting a few ingredients. Sometimes substitutions work great and sometimes they do not. I would say that this (with chunky salsa) was pretty good fresh out of the oven. However, I cannot decide if it looks delicious or not and I was definitely not a fan of the microwaved version. If you were making a “healthier version” of this (the original isn’t really unhealthy) and planned on eating the entire casserole at one time, then it might be worth a try. My version used liquid egg whites, home grown golden potatoes (I recommend using store bought shredded potatoes) and no cheese. The entire 9 x 13 dish totaled 710 calories, 36g Fat, 41g Carbs, 49g Protein. Click here for the original version from …

Tomato Pie

I love tomatoes but somehow until yesterday, I had never eaten tomato pie. We gathered a ton of tomatoes from the garden this week so I pretty much had to make a tomato pie. As I drove to the grocery store, I had this overwhelming feeling of guilt because I had written “9-inch deep dish pie crust” on my list. I always make my own crusts and apparently, my brain did not want to live with the guilt and allowed me to completely forget to buy one. So, I had to make one and it was easy and turned out great. I had a little extra dough so I made a mini pie in a ramekin. Eat this hot or cold. Top with Tabasco, or red pepper flakes for extra spice. Serve at brunch or with a salad for dinner or eat if for lunch or breakfast. I looked at a lot of recipes. Tomato pies come in all forms and variations, recipes calling for basil or onions or garlic or no cheese. I ended modifying one from Eclectic Everyday. Ingredients …