Wednesday, September 28, 2011

FALLing for comfort food...

Fall is HERE! What does that mean in my book? Besides warm sweaters, hayrides, football, Halloween, and fall means a shakeup in the kitchen. Hello comfort food.

Exhibit A:

I've been all about the one pot meals lately because they are quick, delicious and usually last for days.

 I started out by cooking frozen spinach and corn.

In a separate pot (ok, so maybe it wasn't exactly one pot) I boiled the pasta - Barille whole grain medium shells. Then added a basic red sauce.

Finally, the "secret" ingredient. Garden vegetable PHILADELPHIA (shameless shout out) cream cheese...yum :)

Topped off with red wine and a warm Maryland evening on my porch - goodbye summer,

hello fall.

Friday, September 2, 2011

No Bakes

No bake cookies were by far my FAVORITE dessert in the dining commons at Penn State during my freshman and sophmore year. Recently, we had an open house at work and I thought I would bring back this yumlicious dessert.

Unfortunately I discovered they contained a lot of butter and a LOT of sugar (which is probably why they were always my favorite). My advice: Don't think about it, and just enjoy...

Recipes (I doubled):

Chocolate -
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
1 stick butter
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp. vanilla
3 cups quick-cooking oatmeal
1/2 cup peanut butter

Peanut Butter-
2 cups sugar
1 stick butter
1/2 cup milk
3 cups quick-cooking oatmeal
3/4 cup peanut butter

Combine sugar, (cocoa), butter and milk in a saucepan. Bring to a boil for one minute on medium heat.

Remove from stove and stir in peanut butter, (vanilla) and oatmeal.

Drop by spoonful on wax paper and let cool for a minimum of 30 minutes.