Google Amy's Cooking Adventures: 2019

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

My Favorite Recipes of 2019

I decided to do my favorites of 2019 a bit differently this year and choose just 1 recipe from each month as my favorite and boy was that a struggle some months!!  I didn't blog as much as I'd hoped in 2019, so here's to 2020! Cheers!

January

Can I tell you a secret?  I still make this on a daily basis!  It is my go to mid-afternoon caffeine hit!


February

These pot stickers with homemade wrappers were ridiculously time consuming, but the deliciousness increased because of the time spent on them (definitely).  I haven't remade these yet, but I still dream of them from time to time!



March

The BEST!  I think this may be a yearly treat for Hubs' birthday!  There is seriously nothing wrong with this recipe and everything right.  All of my favorite rolled into one freakishly rich dessert!



April

Another time consuming favorite that is worth every minute!  Store bought tortellini have nothing on these!



May

Hello Star Wars Fans everywhere!  This recipe is super easy and super festive!


June

Can I love this recipe for both it's simplicity and complexity?  This was my second attempt at sourdough and I love the challenge.  On the flip side, there's nothing better than a simple avocado toast with a little everything bagel mix sprinkled on top!



July

I love this ice cream!  It is inspired by an ice cream I tasted whilst on vacation last summer, coined "The Exhausted Parent".  Enough said.  This is a new favorite.



August

Star Wars inspired, yet simple and tasty enough to be enjoyed by all!  This is another remake, inspired by a non-Star Wars drink I had at a wedding!



September

Oh. Em. Gee.  Do you love biscuits & gravy?  This recipe is here to blow your mind, because it is even better!  This is your new favorite way to eat biscuits & gravy!



October

I make a lot of cookies in my house.  Enough to the point that my kids just assume that cookies will be there and will be delicious.  These cookies had them begging for more (literally begging!) . I made them three times in October & November!



November

Can a muffin be a cupcake?  Or a cupcake be a muffin?  Maybe a dessert muffin?  Whatever these are, they are fantastic and a must for fall!



December

This was a last minute recipe that turned out to be a total winner!  A savory version of cinnamon rolls, it's the perfect Christmas appetizer.



Honorable Mentions

You didn't really think I could only pick one a month, did you?


Another copy recipe, this one inspired by our vacation to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Florida.  Need I say more?  It's Harry Potter themed comfort food!




Are literally all of my favorites inspired by something else?  I had a version of this drink at a local bar and perfected it at home!  A keeper to say the least.  Plus dragon goblets!


Sunday, December 22, 2019

Twisted Parmesan Christmas Tree Rolls



This month’s Food ‘n Flix was a challenge.  Like, a huge challenge!

Instead of a specific movie, participants were tasked with created a recipe based on their favorite Christmas movie.  Ok, what’s that?  I’m supposed to choose a favorite?  Impossible!

My favorites include: Christmas Vacation, Elf, The Santa Clause, Rudolf, Charlie Brown, Mickey Christmas Carol, Bells of Fraggle Rock, Home Alone, and Muppet Family Christmas.

How can I possibly choose?  They are all on the must watch list every Christmas season!

Since I couldn’t choose one, I decided to share a recipe for Twisted Parmesan Christmas Tree Rolls.  I figure it can fit in with all of my favorites: Christmas Vacation (Clark brings home a giant tree with the classic line, “bend over and I’ll show you”), Elf (Buddy cuts down a tree in the park), The Santa Clause (Christmas trees galore), Rudolf (Silver and gold decorations on every Christmas tree), Charlie Brown (the classic “Charlie Brown tree”), Mickey Christmas Carol  (Christmas trees in many scenes), Fraggle Rock Bells of Fraggle Rock (Uncle Traveling Matt hides under the Christmas tree as he investigates “the silly people”), Home Alone (Kevin decorates a Christmas tree), and Muppet Family Christmas (not critical to the plot, but there is a tree, could totally see these rolls being made by the Swedish Chef).

This recipe was a last minute creation.

Last week, the boys had a Christmas party at their piano studio.  I belatedly (that day at noon) remembered that I had volunteered to bring a snack or treat to the party.  I had also just been informed that both boys would be going directly to a second party for boy scouts.

Since I’ve been baking for weeks, I almost just made up a cookie tray, but then I realized that by going from one party to the next, I wouldn’t have time to get the kids dinner (yikes!)

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Mandalorian Gingerbread Men with Baby Yoda Sweaters


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

This month’s theme is cookies!!  Such a great theme for Christmas!

I have made and shared dozens of different recipes for Christmas cookies over the years.  I have so many favorites and I was really struggling with what to make that was new this year.

So I decided to a Christmas favorite, gingerbread, and come up with a creative way to decorate them instead.

Since I am a HUGE fan of the new Mandalorian show, so Spud and I thought to only natural to dig out our Boba Fett cookie cutter (yes, I have one, doesn’t everyone?), and use that as the mandalorian (close enough!)  And since it’s not gingerbread men without ugly sweaters, Mando here is sporting a sweater featuring the crowd favorite: Baby Yoda!

Monday, December 16, 2019

Hummus and Veggie Santa



A couple weeks ago I had my staff Christmas party!  It was a bring an appetizer of dessert to share type of affair.  I very nearly brought some Christmas cookies, but I didn’t quite get them decorated in time.  Plus, I had just seen a super adorable veggie Santa idea and decided to make that instead!

My kids and Hubs loved it.  Amongst the vast array of appetizers, it was largely overlooked at the party.  I would definitely make sure people know that there’s hummus under there if you decide to bring this to a party.  I think people saw all of the cauliflower and went “meh”.  Ah well, I’m glad my family enjoyed it!

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Cinnamon-Chai Butter Cookies

 Disclosure: I received spices to sample from Book Blends.  All opinions are my own.




Today’s post has a dual purpose.  Fantastic cookies and a great gift idea!

Let’s talk spices first.

Book Blends (and Song and TV Blends) are unique spice blends inspired by popular books, songs, and TV series!  This was right up this librarian’s alley, especially since I’ve read many (and know of the rest) of the books referenced in these spices!

I also loved the TV Blends (though I seen fewer shows and mostly just heard of them) and I adored the oldie song choices – all of which I love!



I was able to choose a couple spices to sample, but I absolutely could not narrow it down, so I chose my samplers and ordered a 12-pack to give as gifts so I could have all of my favorites (well, have them in my house at least, I won’t sample the gifts! Haha!)

For today’s recipe, I decided to combine Of Spice and Men (cinnamon) and Chai a Little Tenderness (chai blend) and breathe a little new life into  a Christmas favorite: butter cookies!

I was first introduced to butter cookies the first time I visited Hub’s family over Christmas.  His grandma was making butter cookies and they were completely new to me!  I decided to try my hand at them the next year, with the addition of rosemary and sea salt (and they were sooo good!!) 

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Lebkuchenherzen (German Cookies)



Woah, did time ever get away from me!  That’s December for you, isn’t it?

You guys – I have so many fantastic recipes to share with you!  I started off with good intentions!  Then there was crazy weather Thanksgiving weekend, so we hunkered down and decorated for Christmas.

Then we were just getting back in the swing of things and Hubs came down with not-the-flu.  Not-the-flu is identical to influenza (high fever, body aches, sleeping all day, etc) but with a negative flu test.  Poor guy, he was super sick (feeling much better now, thankfully), but I was thrown into a super busy week, being both parents, cooking, cleaning, carting the kids everywhere, and obsessively bleaching the house to keep anyone else from getting the crud (and we’re all blessedly healthy, thank you Jesus!)  Needless to say, I was exhausted at the end of each day and had no brain power left for blogging.

So here we are at this month’s installment of the Eat the World recipe challenge hosted by Evelyn at CuturEatz.  Usually, a country is assigned each month and we choose a recipe from that country to stretch our culinary skills.  But this time, (like Halloween once before), it was flipped and participants were tasked with creating a Christmas recipe from their country of choice.

I almost went with Norwegian Lefse, since I just taught myself how to make that (look for a recipe sometime in the future), but decided I wanted to make something that represented my family history instead.

I’ve highlighted Ukraine a couple of times on the blog, because though I am about 75% German ancestry, the baking grandma is “German from Russia” (most likely modern-day Ukraine, due to similarities between grandma’s Easter Bread recipe and Easter breads around Europe).

I grew up with recipes that would definitely qualify as “American”.  Baking grandma reminisces that her parents (and their friends) spoke German, but never taught my grandma or her sisters.  My great-grandparents wanted their daughters to be American, so the language and (presumably) many traditions were not passed down.

However, as a nod to my German heritage, I decided to make the Christmas classic: gingerbread!  I’ve read many historical-fiction novels that mention Lebkuchen, likening it to gingerbread.

So I began my research, and as often is the case, there are a million variants to lebkuchen.  Here’s what I learned…

Lebkuchen is a big deal in many parts of Germany and recipes are often closely guarded secrets.

While I’ve always thought of gingerbread as a Christmas cookie, in Germany, Lebkuchen is a “special occasion” cookie (holidays) because of the extensive number of spices some recipes include.

Friday, November 29, 2019

Nan-e Barbari (Persian Flatbread)


Let’s chat book clubs again!  This bi-monthly Cook the Books Club pick is The Temporary Bride, hosted by Claudia from Honey on Rock.

The Temporary Bride is a memoir by Jennifer Klinec. 



Warning!  Spoilers ahead!!!!

The book briefly touches on Klinec’s childhood in Canada, a bit more on her early adulthood in London, and finally a culinary trip to Iran.

I’m not gonna lie, I’m still not completely clear why Klinec chose to go to Iran when she needed a break from her totally awesome (yet exhausting) job teaching cooking classes (very successfully) out of her home, after leaving her other successful corporate career.

Monday, November 25, 2019

Mini Pumpkin Pies



You know, sometimes you just don’t need a whole pie.  I mean, my family would totally eat a whole pie, but 3 of us (Dude doesn’t participate in pie eating) probably don’t need to eat a whole pie.

Or maybe you, like me, need to bring a baked item to a turkey bingo bake sale (Spud totally won me a turkey – woot!) and want to bring pie.  But who buys a whole pie at a bake sale 2 weeks before thanksgiving?

I’ve always wanted to make mini pumpkin pies, so here we are.

I had originally intended to make 4 or 5-inch pies (I have a couple ceramic pie plate I use for that) but since I was making these more a bake sale, I needed foil pans.

I could get, like, a gross of them on Amazon (2 days later than I needed them, because I found out about the bake sale 18 hours before the sale) and nothing locally.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookies



A few weeks ago, I shared some amazing pumpkin muffins that are really more like pumpkin cupcakes, but I would totally serve them for Thanksgiving breakfast anyway, because Thanksgiving is an eat-a-thon anyway, so why not start off with a dessert-like breakfast?

But if you want to make more responsible choices before tucking in to turkey, I also have a tasty (and healthy!) breakfast cookie to share today!

And even though there’s pumpkin here, they’d be amazing year-round.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Pecan Pie Mini Cheesecake


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

As often is the case, the challenge really stretched me this month.  The theme was Pecan Pie.

Would you believe that I’ve never really had Pecan Pie?  It’s on the table every thanksgiving (my mom makes one), but it looks so unappetizing, I’ve just never taken more than a bite – especially since there’s also always homemade pumpkin (my favorite) and apple pies!

Monday, November 18, 2019

Gluten Free Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies



So, it’s almost Thanksgiving, but the radio and the store and literally everywhere are all skipping right over Thanksgiving and going straight to Christmas.  But not here!  Nope, I’m still fully in pumpkin mode and it’s going to get read this week!

A couple weeks ago, I was asked to bring pumpkin cookies to an event.  Since we knew there were also going to be some gluten-free families in attendance, I wanted to make a gluten-free option as well.

The oats and spices in this version are reminiscent of oatmeal raisin cookies, but with a distinctively fall flavor.

These cookies are sure to please everyone – whether they typically follow a gluten-free diet or not!

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.
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  • 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.


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