Google Amy's Cooking Adventures: 2019

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Chicken & Dumplings

Disclosure: I received a complementary copy of Jubilee by Toni Tipton-Martin for review

It’s cookbook review time, and this one was fantastic!  The cookbook is a collection of recipes that represent African American cooking over the course of the last 200 years.  Tipton-Martin’s goal in writing Jubilee was to bring to light the diversity in African American cooking beyond fried chicken and soul food.

Jubilee: Recipes from Two Centuries of African-American Cooking: A CookbookJubilee: Recipes from Two Centuries of African-American Cooking: A Cookbook by Toni Tipton-Martin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Well written, and beautifully photographed. I learned a lot about the history of African-American cooking and how much more it is than fried chicken and soul food.

My favorite part was the inclusion of recipe snippets taken from Tipton-Martin's extensive collection of antique cookbooks. They added a fascinating dynamic to modern recipes.

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Tipton-Martin traces the history of African-American cooking back to the days of slavery when culinary skills were typically developed either
1.      by necessity as in the field slaves who had to make do with whatever second-hand ingredients came their way or,
2.      by aptitude as slaves working in the kitchen. 

It was a fascinating read.  Plus, the recipes looked amazing – I have many bookmarked to try!  My favorite part, however, was that Tipton-Martin included snippets from her collection of antique cookbooks next to many recipes, giving the reader a glimpse of how a particular recipe may have looked long ago.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Bitoque (Portuguese Steak & Eggs) #eattheworld

It’s the 10th of the month, which means we’re traveling the world for this month’s Eat the World Recipe Challenge!

This month’s challenge takes us to Portugal!  I had a great time searching Portuguese recipes, and had quite a list of options.  Yet, I kept coming back to Bitoque.

Bitoque is essentially what I’d call a Farmer’s Breakfast.  Two proteins, two starches, with a side of salad.  This is meant to fill you up for a full day of hard labor!

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Pumpkin Spice Muffins with Cream Cheese Frosting

Today I have a pumpkin muffin for you.

A pumpkin muffin with frosting.

So is it really a muffin or is it a cupcake?

Despite what the frosting says, and the fact that I ate these for dessert, these are, in fact, muffins.

Let’s call the dessert muffins ok?

So what makes these a muffin and not a cupcake?

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Addams Family Pancakes

Here we are at the last minute for Food ‘n Flix again…

This month’s flicks were hosted by Kimberly at Coffee and Casseroles.  Getting into the Halloween spirit, she gave us two 90’s movie options: The Addams Family or The Addams Family Values.  And since they aired back to back on TV, I watched both!

The Addams Family was pretty good but the Addams Family Values was pure brilliance.  Wednesday Addams is my favorite character and she had a larger role in the sequel, plus the story line was hilarious.  I loved it.

But then, I realized that I was overly focused on enjoying the movie instead of food spotting, so I had very little written down.

Then I saw that IHOP had a special promo Addams family menu right now, since there is a new animated Addams Family coming out.  I remembered a breakfast scene or two in the movies (though they contained mystery meat, not pancakes), and decided to take my inspiration from IHOP and make Addams Family pancakes.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Vegan Chocolate Cookies #choctoberfest

Disclosure: I received Baking Chocolate and Cocoa Powder from Divine Chocolate in compensation for this post.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Welcome to the last day of our chocolate filled #choctoberfest week!

Today’s post is sponsored by Divine Chocolate.  Divine Chocolate strives to bring joy to baking while delivering a premium chocolate product.

Divine Chocolate's baking line consists of three premium quality flavors ranging from 55% to 100% cocoa for a wide variety of delicious desserts.  Plus, Divine Chocolate baking bars are fairtrade, non-GMO, Vegan Society Certified and are made with 100% pure cocoa butter.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies #choctoberfest

Can one have too many pumpkin cookies?  I don’t think so, there’s always something new to try to keep perfecting those recipes!

I was thinking about pumpkin cookies again, especially since this month’s Fantastical Food Fight theme is Pumpkin!  I got to wondering if I’d ever made a pumpkin chocolate chip pudding cookie.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Perfect Frosted Brownies #choctoberfest

Disclosure: I received a case of powdered sugar from #Choctoberfest sponsor in compensation for this post.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Yesterday we were talking the best chocolate recipes on the blog, to date (plus a super amazing #Choctoberfest giveaway valued at over $400!!)  Today I’d like to add another!

Today’s recipe is sponsored by Imperial Sugar.  I’ve worked with Imperial Sugar a number of times in the past, so even though they sent me their powdered sugar this time around, I’ve also used their white sugar and brown sugar on a regular basis.

Plus!  You can double your chances winning some Imperial Sugar.  Enter the #choctoberfest giveaway PLUS you can enter Imperial Sugar’s daily Scary Scramble!

So let’s talk chocolate recipes, shall we?

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Top 10 Best Chocolate Recipes #Choctoberfest #giveaway

It’s that time of year!  A celebration of all things chocolate with Choctoberfest!

Before we get to the giveaway details, let’s look the best chocolate recipes on the blog to date!

There's a little something for everyone and for every occasion!  There's a birthday cake, Valentine's drink, Christmas fudge, and even Thanksgiving treats!  

Enjoy!  And don't forget to keep scrolling to the giveaway!

#Choctoberfest is an annual recipe-sharing event. I'm joining other food bloggers from around the world to create delicious chocolate recipes. This year, over 70 bloggers are joining together for a week full of chocolate cakes, pies, cookies, puddings, tarts, candies, and more. You can follow along by searching for the hashtag #Choctoberfest on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter. Or, simply follow any of the participating bloggers listed below. We also have some awesome sponsors, who make #Choctoberfest possible every year. Our sponsors have banded together to put together a delicious prize pack worth over $400! Here's what you get if you win! (Scroll down to enter.)

  • Candy Gift Pack from blog host Triple Chocolate Kitchen, which includes 180-pack of Lindt LINDOR Chocolate Truffles (dark, milk, and white). Triple Chocolate Kitchen organizes #Choctoberfest, as well as posting chocolate recipes throughout the year.

  • Chocolate and Cocoa Gift Pack from Divine Chocolate, which includes a variety of high-quality fair trade chocolate bars, cocoa powder, and Divine Chocolate swag. Divine Chocolate's baking line consists of three premium quality flavors ranging from 55% to 100% cocoa for a wide variety of delicious desserts. Their chocolate products are made with 100% cocoa butter and are non-GMO and Vegan Society Certified.
  • $100 Nordic Ware Gift Card and 40 Pounds of Granulated Sugar from Imperial Sugar. They are currently hosting their annual Scary Scramble, featuring delicious fall-inspired recipes using Imperial Sugar's high-quality sweeteners. Imperial Sugar has been a kitchen staple for over 175 years!
  • Collagen Fuel™ Drink Mix Gift Pack from Primal Kitchen. The ingredients in these drink mixes help support hair, skin, and nails. Their chocolate version has organic, fair-trade cocoa and coconut milk powders, with no wheat, soy, or dairy ingredients.
  • Cracker Gift Pack from Mary's Gone Crackers. The lucky winner will get to try a variety of crackers, many of which pair well with chocolate (check their recipe page for ideas!). Mary's products are vegan, cruelty-free, and organic.
  • Fig Spread Gift Pack from Dalmatia Spreads. With flavors like sour cherry, plum, blackberry, and orange, you'll find that several of Dalmatia's fig-based spreads work well in chocolate recipes. Use as a filling for crépes, serve warm over ice cream, or spread onto toast. They even have a fig cocoa spread that uses fair trade cocoa.
  • Alkaline Water Pack from Perfect Hydration. Wash down all those delicious chocolate desserts with Perfect Hydration water. This 9.5+ pH alkaline water helps to effectively restore and rebalance the body to optimum pH levels. This water goes through a 9-stage filtration process, has no added sodium, chlorine, or fluoride, and is packaged in recyclable BPA-free bottles.
  • Kitchen Conversions Chart and Etsy Gift Card from Moonflower Mountain. Winner chooses the colors for this flower-adorned conversion chart, which makes it easy to double any recipe or convert from cups to tablespoons.

  • This is a prize pack worth over $400! Open worldwide, except where prohibited. Must be 18+ to enter (21+ in some locations). One lucky winner will be drawn randomly on October 20, 2019 and contacted via email. See terms and conditions for more details.

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    Make sure you check out the participating bloggers to see #Choctoberfest recipes throughout the week:

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    Thursday, October 10, 2019

    Ukrainian Scuffles (Rohalyky)

    It’s time for this month’s Eat the World Recipe Challenge, and we’re headed to Ukraine!

    This is not the first time Ukraine has been mentioned here on the blog.  Years ago, I shared my carrot cake recipe, which was given to me by my mother, which was given to her by someone’s Ukrainian grandmother.  And it is one amazing carrot cake!

    More recently, I explored my own heritage as I shared my grandma’s Easter Bread recipe.  My grandma’s family identified as Germans from Russia as the immigrated to the US.  Given that her Easter bread shares many traits of Ukrainian Easter bread variants, it is likely that her family immigrated from Ukraine, which would have been a territory of Russia (or the Soviet Union) at the time.

    For today’s recipe, I started with a simple google search for Ukrainian recipes, which led me to some unique looking cinnamon rolls (not the ones pictured here).  But the website was really low on details about the recipe and I had a lot of trouble verifying its authenticity as a Ukrainian dish.

    By then, I had cinnamon rolls on the brain, altered my search and came up with Scuffles.  As I researched further, I realized that many of the recipes for scuffles I was finding were coming from Canadian blogs and realized that arts of Canada must have significant Ukrainian ancestry (I know in my area of the US, there are portions of the populace that can trace their heritage Germany (like my family) and Norway).

    Tuesday, October 8, 2019

    Twinkie Cupcakes

    It’s high time we shared another great cupcake recipe, don’t you think?

    One of the friends I make cupcakes for always wants to try new things and give me a new challenge.  This time around, we decided to give filled cupcakes a try with the cupcake version of everyone’s favorite treat to love to hate: twinkies!

    Sunday, October 6, 2019

    Rhubarb Breakfast Cookies

    It’s October and the garden is winding down, which means it’s time to pull up what I can and either use it or preserve it for use over the winter.  And since I’m lazy, preserving basically means chopping it up and freezing it.

    In my harvest, I found that I had a lot of rhubarb (not shocking, this is par for the course.)  But what to make?  I’d made some muffins, I’d used some in BBQ sauce, and I had no occasion for pie. 

    Sunday, September 29, 2019

    Chicken Fricassee

    Well, well, well…just a couple days ago, I flew in under the wire of Cook the Books Club, so now it’s time to do the same thing with the Food n Flix pick!

    But this one wasn’t my fault…ish.

    Thursday, September 26, 2019

    Balsamic-Thyme Roasted Carrots

    Well, here we are again, the end of the month and just barely flying in with a recipe under the wire.  This time, I just barely finished with Cook the Books Club book in time.

    This month's book pick was The Food Explorer: The True Adventures of the Globe-Trotting Botanist Who Transformed What America Eats by Daniel Stone.

    I started the book in plenty of time, and it was interesting.  Yet, it was a slog at the same time.  It was almost like reading a textbook - fascinating, but so slow and dry inbetween!

    I loved learning about David Fairchild and all of the other great minds of the time.  According to the book (and the ostentatiously long subtitle), David Fairchild is responsible for the introduction of literally thousands of plants (many of them edible) to the United States in the late 1800's and early 1900's.

    Tuesday, September 17, 2019

    Biscuits and Gravy Casserole

    It’s time for this month’s Fantastical Food Fight, hosted by Sarah at a Fantastical Sharing of Recipes.

    This month, participants are sharing their best breakfast casseroles!

    Tuesday, September 10, 2019

    Egyptian Ghorayebah Cookies #eattheworld

    It’s time for our taste buds to travel the world with the Eat the World Recipe Challenge and today we’re heading to Egypt!

    Funny story…

    I’ve actually had this recipe sitting in the “to be blogged” pile for almost two years!  Yes, you read that correctly.

    So back in December 2017, Dude had to do a Christmas around the World report.  Plus he decided that he needed to being cookies when he gave his report (and why not?)  Dude had chosen Egypt as his Christmas around the world country, so it was up to me to find an Egyptian Christmas cookie to make.

    So why didn’t I post them?  Well, that year I made then right before Christmas and Christmastime is insanely busy, so I never got to it.  Then last year, it slipped my mind.  And now we’re at today when we’re traveling to Egypt and I totally have a recipe that I never blogged!

    Sunday, September 1, 2019

    Back to School Pencil Cupcakes

    Who starts school tomorrow??

    Now that I have one in middle school (omg – middle school – how the heck did that happen?!?) and one in elementary, we have different start times!

    Elementary started before Labor Day and middle starts after, so I’m on both sides!  Lately I’ve been inundated with school open houses (meet the teacher), back to school potlucks, orientations, and registrations!  This is the first time my kiddoes have been on two different schools, and let me to tell you – it’s intense!  Last week, we had middle school open house and elementary back to school picnic/potluck on consecutive nights.  Being the baker I am, it is expected that I bring cupcakes to the potluck.

    I was nine kinds of exhausted, and kinda wanted to phone it in and just bake some cupcakes and squeeze some frosting on top, but I just couldn’t do it!

    So I spent open house at one school googling easy back to school cupcakes.  Instead of getting creative with the cupcake flavor, I went with a creative cupcake topper instead!

    Thursday, August 29, 2019

    Cantina Special

    A couple days ago, I shared a Food n Flix Star Wars themed “Bantha Milk” Blue Milk Tea hosted by Kelley at Simply Inspired Meals,

    As stunning as those colors were, it wasn’t a hit with my family (including me).  However, I have another blue drink in the wings…for readers 21 and older, please.

    Last during that vacation that I never posted about (seriously – it’s this week’s goal!) we had a belated wedding reception/celebration for my brother-in-law and new sister-in-law.  During the celebration, a delightful blue drink appeared in my hand. 

    Sunday, August 25, 2019

    Blue Milk Tea aka Bantha Milk

    It’s Food n’ Flix time again and this time Kelley from Simply Inspired Recipes chose an entire franchise!  And it’s my favorite!  STAR WARS!!!!

    I’ve made numerous Star Wars themed treats over the years (like Galaxy & Nebula Cookies or May the Fourth Mix) and hosted Star Wars parties (featuring Leia's Pizza Buns and Han Shot First Hummus), but this time I wanted to stretch myself and make something not just inspired by Star Wars, but actually appearing in Star Wars, which limits one greatly, since foods appearing in Star Wars are pretty much blue bantha milk and green ration bread.  Hmmm…

    I decided to go with the bantha milk since it appears right away in A New Hope – the very first of the Star Wars movies.

    Tuesday, August 20, 2019

    Deconstructed Bacon Cheeseburger Casserole #FantasticalFoodFight

    It’s time for Fantastical Food Fight hosted by Sarah from aFantastical Sharing of Recipes.  Just in time for the start of school, we’re sharing 30-minute meals.

    Okay, real talk.  All week long, I’ve been in professional development meetings PLUS middle school orientation, PLUS, baseball practice, PLUS back to school night PLUS Hubs is out of town.  The struggle is real you guys and this is a 30 minute meal I was able to whip out with the ingredients I could find in my pantry.

    Saturday, August 10, 2019

    Arroz con Tocino (Puerto Rican Rice with Bacon)

    Here we are at the Eat the World Recipe challenge again and we’re headed to Puerto Rico!

    You guys – the struggle was real this month and I really didn’t think it would be!

    What really did me in was that we had just gotten back from out 2-week long vacation before the country was announced (and I *still* haven’t shared about that! AAHHH!!  Summer brain!  I’ll get there, I promise!)

    It took me a while to get back in the groove of things and then Hubs went out of town for 3 (yes, THREE) back to back trips, leaving him gone for 2 ½ weeks.  And it is always so much more difficult to cook when it’s just me and the kids.  They’re adventurous eaters, but there’s only so far I can go without reinforcement.  Then, a week after Hubs left, Dude went away to boy scout camp for a week, leaving just me and Spud!  Cooking was almost nil.  One batch of taco meat lasted us the entire week!

    Saturday, July 27, 2019

    Twice Baked Potato Potato Pie

    It’s #FoodnFlix time and this month Camilla from Culinary Adventures with Camilla chose The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.  The title seemed vaguely familiar.  I hunted down a copy and got to watching and it was a delightful movie!

    It is set post-World War II in England and follows a medley of characters as the reminisce about the war, hardships, and friendships that evolved – and of course potato peel pie was mentioned!  With rationed food, the only offering one member had to bring to the book club (or literary society) was potato peel pie with potato peel crust, potato filling, and potato topping! 

    There was other food in the movie to be sure, but before I set out to cooking, I remembered where I heard the title – it is the book of the same name, which I thought an odd name, so I passed on it without finding out what the book was about.  After watching the movie, and liking it, I knew I had to try the book before creating a recipe!



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