Google Amy's Cooking Adventures: May 2017

Monday, May 29, 2017

Lemon Poppy Seed Pudding Cookies #worksmarter #sharpenyourkitcheniq #sponsored

Disclaimer:  I received a V-Etched Better Zester from KitchenIQ for my honest review.  All opinions are 100% my own.

Today I made some bright summery Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies and I got to use the most amazing kitchen tool to do so!

I recently received a V-Etched Better Zester from the folks over at KitchenIQ and I’m loving it!  The Better Zester perfectly zests citrus without zesting the bitter white pith.  PLUS, there’s an awesome measurement compartment and a built in scraper for easy, mess free zesting.  Oh, and it’s dishwasher safe!  Boom.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Anybody Want a Peanut Buttercup? #FoodnFlix

This month Food ‘n Flix pick is the Princess Bride, hosted by Deb at Kahakai Kitchen.

Excuse me a moment…


Sorry (not sorry) I was so excited when I saw this month’s movie choice!!!

Princess Bride was the very first movie Hubs & I watched together.  In fact, he was the one to introduce me to this Classic Tale of True Love & High Adventure! 

It wasn’t until after we were married, however, and merging our book collections, that I realized that The Princess Bride is a book too!  And the book is even more phenomenal than the movie!  AHHH!!

For this event, I took the opportunity to rewatch the move and reread the book.  Fun fact, William Goldman (author of the book) is a screen play writer who wrote his own screen play, which is why the movie is so amazing and follows the book so well.  The best part about reading the book is that is fills in little tiny details you never knew you were missing from the movie!  And while it’s nearly a 400 page book, it is a very quick read.

Anyhow, the recipe.  One of the classic lines from the movie is when Fezzik and Inigo and rhyming in the beginning.  Vezzini says “stop it, I mean it” to which Fezzik replies,

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Mini Bacon & Greens Quiche

Back in January, I won a book from the monthly Foodies Read drawing!

I won the book Food Swap by Emily Paster.  The book begins my defining a food swap.  A food swap is basically a Farmer’s Market type setting only with homemade canned goods (jams, pickles, salsa), spice blends, cookies, granolas, you name it!  And instead of selling the goods, a bartering system is put in place.

After defining a food swap, the book outlines how to set one up in your own community and then offers a wide variety of recipes that can be very successful at food swaps.

Personally, I don’t think a food swap would be for me.  You really have to be willing to put yourself out there.  My introverted self gets anxious just thinking about it!

However, I did love the recipes (and there are adorable gift tags in the back that I’ll totally use when I give handmade food gifts at Christmas!)

One recipe I had dog-eared was for mini frittatas.  But then, I thought, why not add toast and make mini quiches?  Then I thought, why stop there?  Better add bacon too!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Apple Cheddar Cream Cheese Danish #BrunchWeek

 This post is sponsored in conjunction with #BrunchWeek. I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the #Brunchweek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.

Hasn’t Brunchweek been a blast?

I am so happy I got to participate this year!

Today’s recipe is a completely amazing apple Danish.  And since I made them small-ish, they’re probably technically bear claws.  But no matter what you call them, they are delicious!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Cheddar Asparagus Mini Quiche #BrunchWeek

This post is sponsored in conjunction with #BrunchWeek. I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the #Brunchweek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.

Mini Quiche are one of my favorite brunch recipes to make!

They’re quick and easy, reheat well, and you can even freeze them after baking for a fast breakfast down the road.  And they’re completely customizable – you can
toss any protein and veggie combo you like into these!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Welcome to #Brunchweek

This post is sponsored in conjunction with #BrunchWeek. I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the #Brunchweek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.

Welcome to the fifth annual #BrunchWeek hosted by Terri from Love and Confections and Christie from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures. We are so excited to have you join us this year as we celebrate Brunch and prepare for Mother's Day. 

Forty Bloggers from around the North America will showcase their best brunch dishes, from cocktails to cakes, danish, tarts, and pizzas - with 170 recipes, there is something for everyone! Our amazing Sponsors have donated some great prizes for the #BrunchWeek giveaway. Thank you so much, Sponsors, for your generosity. We have an incredible giveaway below and we’d love if you would take a moment to read about it and what you can win!

Prize #1 Red Star Yeast is giving one winner an amazing baking set, which includes “I Knead to be Loaved” apron, French rolling pin, Bench/Dough cutter, Oven mitt, Dough scraper, Bamboo spatula, Silicone spatula, Measuring spoons, Kitchen towel, 6 3-strips of Red Star Yeast, Red Star Yeast recipe book, Kansas Wheat Commission recipe book

For more than a century, home bakers have trusted the high quality and consistent performance of RED STAR Yeast. Inspiring bakers from novice to professional, our goal is your baking success! Visit for hundreds of tried & true recipes, baking tips and how-to videos. Better yeast. Better bread. Every time.

Prize #2 Dixie Crystals is giving one winner 1 case of 2-lb Extra Fine Granulated Sugar, a silicone baking mat, White Marble Pastry Board and Marble Rolling Pin, and Dixie Crystals red ruffle apron.

Since 1917, Dixie Crystals® has been the South's choice for high-quality sugar and sweeteners. Our pure cane sugar products are all natural, non-GMO and provide consistently delicious results.

Prize #3 Cabot Creamery Coop is giving one winner $50 assortment of Cabot Cheese, one Berghoff Cheese Knife and one Slate Cheese Board

Cabot is a co-operative owned by 1,100 dairy farm families throughout New England & New York. In our farmers’ communities, they are often the ones to volunteer first. We honor their community spirit with our Reward Volunteers program. Learn more & start logging your volunteer hours today!

Prize #4 Nielsen-Massey Fine Vanillas & Flavors is giving one winner a set of their pure flavors: 2-oz each of Orange, Lemon, Peppermint, Almond, Chocolate, Coffee, Rose Water, and Orange Blossom Water.

Nielsen-Massey Vanillas has been crafting the world’s finest vanillas and flavors since 1907. Each of Nielsen-Massey’s all-nature pure flavors are crafted with premium ingredients, sourced from around the world and chosen to meet the utmost quality standards. From lemon to peppermint to coffee or chocolate, Nielsen-Massey’s pure flavors offer convenience, quality and consistency to ensure your favorite recipes taste delicious every single time. All products are gluten-free, allergen-free, GMO-free, all-natural and Kosher.

Prize #5 Michigan Asparagus is giving one winner an Asparagus Steamer Pot with $40 gift card to Williams Sonoma and a box of fresh Michigan Asparagus

Fresh asparagus is the taste of spring and Michigan is one of the largest domestic asparagus growers in the U.S. Michigan Asparagus is available mid-May through June and is the only hand snapped harvested asparagus which means more usable asparagus and less waste.

Prize #6 Rainier Fruit is giving one winner a set of 3 stoneware pie plates with $40 Williams-Sonoma gift card and a box of fresh Lady Alice apples.

If you love apples, pears, cherries and blueberries than Rainier Fruit is the fruit brand for year. Nestled in the shadow of Mount Rainier, we focus on growing fruits and living a lifestyle that is Wholesome to the Core and brings you the best of organic and conventional grown fruit including our proprietary Lady Alice apples and all your other favorites like Honeycrisp and more. RAFFLECOPTER CODE: a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclaimer: Thank you to #BrunchWeek Sponsors: Red Star Yeast, Dixie Crystals, Cabot Cheese, Nielsen-Massey, Rainier Fruit, and Michigan Asparagus for providing the prizes free of charge. These companies also provided the bloggers with samples and product to use for #BrunchWeek recipes. All opinions are my own. The #BrunchWeek giveaway is open to U.S. residents, age 18 & up. All entries for the winner will be checked and verified. By entering you give the right to use your name and likeness. The number of entries received determines the odds of winning. Six winners will be selected. The prize packages will be sent directly from the giveaway sponsors. The #BrunchWeek Bloggers are not responsible for the fulfillment or delivery of the prize packages. Bloggers hosting this giveaway and their immediate family members in their household cannot enter or win the giveaway. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, or any other social channel mentioned in the #Brunchweek posts or entry.

Twisted Star Cinnamon Rolls #BrunchWeek

This post is sponsored in conjunction with #BrunchWeek. I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the #Brunchweek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.

Ok, how gorgeous is this bread?!?
I thought this beauty would be the perfect kickoff to #BrunchWeek!

Want to know the best part? 

It’s not nearly as difficult to execute as it looks!  If you can make regular cinnamon rolls, you can totally make these!

It holds up well to the star shape, yet it stays soft and tender at the same time!  Plus a little of that caramelized sugar oozes out of the star and caramelizes on the bottom of the bread!  Yum!

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Tortilla Chip Sombreros #DerbyDayRecipes

It’s Derby Day! 

Do you watch the races?

I confess, I never have, but I do love the fashion!  Especially the hats!

Since the Kentucky Derby falls right after Cinco de Mayo this year, I ended up with a bit of a mash up recipe.

A mash up recipe that’s totally inspired by Despicable Me 2.  Yes!  It’s the Tortilla Chip Sombrero!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Galaxy & Nebula Cookies #MaytheFork #FilltheCookieJar

Happy May the Fourth!  It’s Star Wars Day!  Hooray!

I’ve always been a Star Wars fan, so I love uniting with all the geeks out there on May 4th!

Appropriately enough, the Fandom Foodies theme for this month is Star Wars, hosted by Brittney at My Main is a Cook – with the cleverly coined hashtag #MaytheFork!

I’ve hosted Star Wars Parties in the past with various themed recipes, but I knew that I wanted to tackle cookies (again) this time around.  I used a version of my mom’s sugar cookie recipe (below).

Monday, May 1, 2017

Conchas (Mexican Sweet Bread)

As I was researching breads for a different baking project over the winter, I came across the pretty Mexican pastry, Conchas!

Conchas are named so because the sugar shell is cut to resemble a conch shell.

And they’re so pretty, I thought they’d be perfect for a Cinco de Mayo celebration!



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