Google Amy's Cooking Adventures: October 2017

Monday, October 30, 2017

Spider Chocolate Chip Cookies

Tomorrow is Halloween!  Yay!

I’m going to get right in to today’s super easy recipe!

Spud saw this video on Facebook a few weeks ago and wanted to make these cute little cookies!

You can really use any chocolate chip cookie recipe you’d like (you can even use refrigerated dough for a really really easy recipe!) – I included my favorite, in case you’re looking for a delicious, fool-proof recipe!

Thursday, October 26, 2017

World Series Tortilla Pizza

Did you know that it’s Nation Pizza Month?!?

Now that’s my kind of month!

We have a family tradition of Friday night pizza & movie night, so pizza shows up on the menu pretty frequently.  We tend to rotate between our favorite pizza chains, homemade, and frozen pizzas depending on how crazy our week has been and how much we’ve been eating out.

This one was a little different.  This was a lunch I made for Spud because he loves baseball so much! 

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Pumpkin Spice Waffles

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays for making fun themed foods for the kiddos!  And though I hate scary movies or basically anything scary about Halloween, I absolutely love dressing up.  Cosplay is seriously the best.  This year, I am outdoing myself by having a total of 3 separate Halloween costumes for various parties and functions we’re heading to!  It’s going to be awesome!  Once they’re all set, I will be sure to share them!

Anyhow, back to the food.

I decided that I wanted to make pumpkin waffles and make them look like little pumpkins.  Except that I only have a Belgian waffle maker, so my pumpkins were going to be square, not round.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Spooky Chocolate Bark Brownies #Halloween

Okay confession time.

I am a huge giant scaredy cat.  These spooky brownies are pretty much as spooky as I get at any given time.

As much as I love pumpkin spice. and cutesy Halloween stuff, and dressing up, I pretty much loathe the rest of the season.

I tend to avoid the TV unless It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is on or hubs is able to fast forward through commercials.  I mean, I fast forward commercials anytime, but this time of year?  The commercials for horror movie give me nightmares.  Ugh! More power to you if you love horror flicks, but I just can’t.  Yikes.

Anyhow onward to some cutesy spooky brownies.

Okay wait, second confession.  I still haven’t found a homemade brownie recipe I like as well as the boxed mixes.  Seriously, they’re either too dry or not chocolately enough.  So if you have a homemade version that rivals the boxed stuff, I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

Friday, October 20, 2017

Chicken & Rice Soup #SoupSwappers

Hey hey! It’s Soup Swapper Saturday!

This month Ashley from Cheese Curd in Paradise who chose the theme: Regional Soups.  The goal here is to whip up a soup that this local to your own state.  So I decided to make Chicken Wild Rice Soup – it’s so quintessentially midwestern!

Here’s the thing though – wild rice is kind of expensive and fussy to make, so I’ve started making my own twist on the soup and adding a rice medley.  It involves par-cooked rice (that’s the only reasonable explanation for a rice medley that takes only 15 minutes to cook) so it’s super fast and super delicious.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Piplup Parfait

A while back, Spud asked me to make Pikachu Pancakes.  But then he got the Pokémon Cookbook and wanted to make even more Pokémon themed foods!

Before we get to the food, let’s talk book review. 

The Pokémon Cookbook: Easy  Fun RecipesThe Pokémon Cookbook: Easy Fun Recipes by Maki Kudo
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

My son loves Pokemon, so he picked this cookbook up at the book fair.

The foods are very cute, however for a book that says "The ingredients and recipes in this cookbook have been adjusted so that even children who have never cooked before can try these out" (p. 2), there are an awful lot of ingredients I have never heard of! Presumably, one would need access to Japanese convenience foods to make several of these recipes.

Bottom line: fun to look at, not so great to cook from.

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I was not impressed.

So, we ended up making a lot of changes to the recipes because they sounded super unappealing to out American palates or contained ingredients that would be difficult to come by in a landlocked state.

Spud was actually overjoyed when he saw Piplup featured in his book.  He knows I love penguins and since Piplup is a penguin sort of thing, he decreed that Piplup was officially my favorite Pokemon.  No, he didn’t ask my opinion.  And no, I didn’t really care.  But he is so excited and passionate about his Poke-menu, that I was excited too.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Fried Rice

I’m back for this month’s Food n Flix!  I’m always a little sad when I have to sit one out, because I love this club.  However, I just couldn’t bring myself to watch To Kill a Mockingbird last month, not even for this.  I get the movie’s (and book’s) value as a classic, but I just don’t like it!

Anyhow, this month’s movie, hosted by Kimberly at Coffee and Casseroles, was the new Ghostbusters movie so I was super excited!

When the movie first came out, I was a bit skeptical about an all female reboot, but I was pleasantly surprised and really enjoyed it (the cameos were the best!) and I love Melissa McCarthy!

Thinking back to when I saw the movie in theaters, I didn’t recall any foodie inspirations, so I was excited to give it another go with my foodie goggles on!

Initially I wanted to make some sort of slimy green beverage inspired by Slimer or ectoplasm.  But then I realized that probably no one in my family would actually like it and it would go to waste.  And I really don’t like making things that I know won’t be consumed.  I just can’t do it.

The next major inspiration was Chinese take out.  There’s a running gag with wonton soup and eventually the gals rent office space above a Chinese restaurant.  So I decided to make my updated fried rice recipe for the challenge (see Pork Fried Rice and Egg Rice too!)

Friday, October 6, 2017

Cream of Tomato Soup #CookbookMonth

Wow! This month is flying by with all manner of blogging events! 

Did you know that October is Cookbook month?  That’s right, this is the time of year to dust off those old cookbooks and try something new!

So, some of my blogging friends and I decided to do just that.  Only we’re not cooking from just any cookbook – nope, we’re using community cookbooks!  You know those ones that churches love to put out where everyone submits their favorite recipe?

I decided to take things a step further and use a vintage cookbook I found at an antique store a few years back.  It’s a cookbook put out by the Detroit Times that full of great vintage recipes!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies #pumpkinweek

Can I tell you how much I love pumpkin cookies?

You guys, I love pumpkin cookies!

I’m *almost* team pumpkin-spice-all-the-things, but there are some things that simply shouldn’t be pumpkin spiced, but I digress.

Pumpkin and pumpkin spice are seriously the best things about fall!

So obviously when #PumpkinWeek rolled around, I definitely wanted to make some cookies.

In this version of pumpkin cookies, I added molasses for some awesome depth and to complement those nice, warm fall spices.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Pumpkin Rosemary Hummus with Sizzled Garlic #pumpkinweek

So, we just wrapped up Apple Week, but now it’s October, so why not jump right into Pumpkin Week hosted by Terri at Love and Confection? Heyo!!!

I typically go the sweet route when it comes to pumpkin.  I just have a difficult time wrapping my mind around savory pumpkin recipes.  Especially since so many savory pumpkin recipes include sugar and cinnamon, giving them a sweet note anyway. *sigh*

So I decided to stretch myself a bit and make a truly savory pumpkin recipe.



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