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  1. Top Ten Recipes of 2012

    December 30, 2012 by Bake Up, Little Suzy

    Happy Holidays, imaginary internet friends! And congratulations on surviving the end of the world. Now I’m off to Barnes and Noble to demand a refund for my Mayan wall calendar. Wish me luck!

    In the meantime, I hope you’ll take another look at the 10 most popular recipes I shared this year.

    S’mores Fried Ice Cream with Chipotle Chocolate Sauce

     

    Asparagus Lasagna Slice

    Asparagus Lasagna with Pancetta, Goat Cheese, and Lemon

     

    Baked Churros with Cinnamon Ice Cream and Dulce de Leche

     

    Loaded Baked Potato Grilled Cheese Sandwich

     

    Cinnamon Roll Grilled Cheese Sandwich

     

    Oatmeal Cream Pies

    Homemade Oatmeal Cream Pies

     

    Cookies and Milk

    Toffee Cashew Cookies

     

    pie crust crackers

    Chicken Pot Pie Soup with Pie Crust Crackers

     

    Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese Sandwich

    And the most popular recipe of 2012:

    Pepperoni Stuffed Chicken

    Pepperoni Stuffed Chicken Breasts

    Here’s to a delicious (and gooey) new year!


  2. Creamy Chicken Corn Chowder

    October 11, 2012 by Bake Up, Little Suzy

    July, August, September, Souptober

    After weeks of stalling, I have finally come to terms with Minnesota’s harsh reality: it’s soup season. And you won’t find a creamier, sweeter, or more buttery soup in which to dip a timid toe—er, spoon—than this delicate, yet decadent, chicken corn chowder.

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  3. Garlic and Herb Corn

    June 13, 2012 by Bake Up, Little Suzy

    Last night I dreamed about a barbecue. I dreamed of hungry friends lining up alongside a red gingham-swathed picnic table filled with alfresco favorites as far as the eye could see. Bowl after CorningWare bowl of potato salad, deviled eggs, fresh watermelon, baked beans, pasta salad, coleslaw, mac and cheese…and nary a saucy rib nor chicken breast in sight.

    Even in my dreams, I don’t know how to grill meat. I don’t have the tools and I don’t have the experience. Gas or charcoal? Direct or indirect heat? Lid up or lid down? The only thing I know how to grill is a cheese sandwich. One day I’ll conquer my fear and learn to grill meat, but in the meantime, I’m sharing summer side dishes, starting with my favorite garlic and herb corn.

    This simple side (it comes together in minutes) is packed with flavor—it’s sweet, buttery, herbaceous, and garlicky. This is loud corn. This is corn on the mob.

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  4. Corn and Bacon Empanadas
     with Orange-Infused Honey Drizzle

    March 19, 2012 by Bake Up, Little Suzy

    Big news, imaginary internet people: I’m having the best week ever!

    After eight long months of unemployment, as of this morning I have a job.

    I’m the newest member of the marketing team at Free Spirit Publishing, and I couldn’t be happier about it. Everyone I’ve met there over the course of the three (count ‘em, three!) interviews feels like a friend already, and they (we!) do really important work – publishing books on positive youth development and resources for kids and teens.

    I start in two weeks, so I guess I’d better get used to waking up before Days of Our Lives.

    And there’s another reason I’m on cloud nine these days. I made an Argentinian-inspired dinner for Mom and Handsome Greg on Saturday night, and the corn empanadas with orange-infused honey were – gosh, can I even say it? – the best thing I’ve ever made.

    I don’t like to play favorites, and that’s a really big thing to say, but these empanadas with their sweet, sticky sauce deserve the accolades.

    The combination of flavors and textures – sweet, succulent corn, biting peppers and onions, salty bacon, gooey cheese, bright cilantro, crispy fried dough, and floral, citrusy honey – absolutely warrants my blatant abuse of tired adjectives.

    There was much more orange honey than needed for the 12 empanadas, and it’s been a treat finding other things (besides a spoon) off of which to lick it. For starters, Mom’s popovers:

    Continue reading for the recipe for Corn and Bacon Empanadas with Orange-Infused Honey Drizzle

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  5. Chicken Pot Pie Soup with Pie Crust Crackers

    February 5, 2012 by Bake Up, Little Suzy

    Welcome to the obligatory Valentine’s Day post!

    pie crust crackers
    This soup recipe is not fancy or expensive. It doesn’t have lobster or truffles or oysters or chocolate. And other than the adorable heart-shaped pie crust crackers, it’s entirely unsuitable for an elegant, romantic Valentine’s Day dinner.

    Chicken Pot Pie Soup
    I made it for Handsome Greg’s lunch, so that he could be embarrassed/warm and fuzzy when he nuked it in front of the dude-bros at the office.

    Honestly, I think the dude-bros likely had a serious case of lunch envy when Handsome Greg brought in these lovely leftovers. The comfort casserole-turned-soup is rich and creamy, with tender, flaky pie crust crackers. I just want to give it a hug. With my teeth.

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  6. Corn Muffins

    September 6, 2011 by Bake Up, Little Suzy

    Friends, I have some very important, exciting news: today is my one year blogiversary! A year ago today, I set out to learn more about cooking, writing, and photography. On a beautiful, crisp September day, I posted my very first recipe—Caramel Apple Crisp—and Galley Kitchen was born.

    I started with a very simple recipe that was not my own. In the following months, I grew more and more adventurous with ingredients and techniques, and I found that blogging was really changing the way I cook.

    Thanks to Galley Kitchen, I conquered my fear of pie crust, addressed my perfectionism, made candies with Cap’n Crunch, entered a baking competition, learned to splurge on myself, and baked an apple pie with bacon on it.

    I’ve had a perfectly lovely year sharing my successes and failures, and stories from my kitchen and my life.

    My goals for the coming year include learning to cook fabulous dinners on an unemployed lady’s budget; learning to take decent photos after the sun has set; and learning some new adverbs. Someday I’d like to have the money to hire a designer to create a pretty, custom header for the top of my little blog, rather than the boring old WordPress default header. In the meantime, the food photos will have to suffice for decor.

    For my blogiversary post, I’m sharing a recipe adaptation from my all-time favorite food blog, Smitten Kitchen, with thanks to the blogstress, Deb Perelman, for inspiring me to begin writing about food. Deb’s corny corn muffins are light and crumbly, and bejeweled with sweet, chewy bits of corn. The muffins are a perfect accompaniment to the rainbow chard chili I posted last week.

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  7. White Bean and Turkey Chili
     with Rainbow Chard

    September 2, 2011 by Bake Up, Little Suzy

    It seems early to share a chili recipe.

    I’m afraid I’m tempting fate, daring Minnesota winter to make a premature appearance, by posting a warm, cozy one-dish meal while the State Fair still provides summer bliss on a stick.

    I originally made this recipe—a perfect hybrid of chili and Italian wedding soup – last blizzardy March, so I think I’m safe. Also? I’m not likely powerful enough to control the weather, even with an extraordinarily delicious recipe.

    This was the sort of dish I made back in March, when I still had a job. I’d spend Sunday afternoon cooking up a big pot of something to pack up in plastic containers for lunch through the week, and hope that I didn’t get totally sick of it by Wednesday, abandon my leftovers, and make an emergency run to Subway for lunch.

    The week I made this delicious chili-soup ended far too soon, without the slightest sandwich temptation.

    When I make it again (even though I NEVER repeat recipes) I’ll probably substitute a box of frozen chopped spinach for the pricey rainbow chard.

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  8. Southwestern Bean and Pasta Salad

    March 8, 2011 by Bake Up, Little Suzy

    Once I conquered my fear of baking a cake without a box mix, I was hooked on making every element of every meal from scratch. Hamburger buns, condiments, crackers, ice cream – I love making it all myself. Really, if I can find a way to needlessly complicate a recipe, I will.

    Southwestern Bean and Pasta Salad
    At this point, it takes an unbearably hectic week to keep me from churning my own butter, so to speak.

    Scallions
    So. It was a week until pay day, which meant protein = beans. I was planning to make my southwestern-spiced pasta and bean salad, when I realized that I had not one, not two, but THREE half-empty, opened bottles of Ranch salad dressing in the door of my fridge. Could I really justify buying buttermilk and sour cream and three different fresh herbs to dress my salad?

    I could not. So I tossed my salad with bottled dressing, and it was perfectly lovely.

    As much as I love cooking and baking from scratch, my option to do so is a luxury. It requires time, money, energy, access to fresh fruits and vegetables, a place to store both fresh foods and dry goods, reliable transportation to the market, potable water, pots and pans, cupboard space, and cooking skills, just for a start.

    Sometimes I have all of those resources to spare, and just like most people, other times I don’t.

    I hope you enjoy this recipe.

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  9. grilled fish tacos with cucumber salsa, sriracha dressing, and corn nuts

    February 18, 2011 by Bake Up, Little Suzy

    Last week, Minnesotans enjoyed a warm and sunny, puddly teaser thaw, and it seemed spring was just around the corner. Sadly, winter made an all-star comeback this morning, and the icy Minnesota wind that chapped my ears as I left for work sounded especially smug.

    "Corn ... Nuts!"

    I’m still pouting over my not-trip to Mexico, so I’m sharing another not-authentic Mexican recipe. These delightfully spicy and crunchy fish tacos look winter square in the face and say, “BITE ME.”

    As much as I love batter fried fish (fish and chips, like, woah), I don’t really like deep frying in my kitchen.

    Grilled Tilapia

    Or, more accurately, I don’t like cleaning up the mess left by deep frying in my kitchen. So rather than dragging out the kitchen kettle and dealing with all that oil, I marinated the fish and grilled it on my little electric grill.

    I made a cucumber salad instead of the more traditional cabbage slaw, but that left me with a pretty soft, squishy taco.

    So I took a little inspiration from Heathers, and added a handful of Corn Nuts for some crunch. I drizzled the top with a spicy and tangy sriracha dressing, and saved the leftover dressing to use as a dip for tater tots, à la the Bulldog.

    Recipe below the fold

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  10. Chicken Shepherd’s Pie
     with Truffled Mashed Potatoes

    January 17, 2011 by Bake Up, Little Suzy

    My pursuit of the world’s fanciest popcorn for fancy guesties Mom, Aissa, and Alison brought me to Clancey’s Meats and Fish in charming and trendy Linden Hills. I was looking for duck fat and truffle salt – I’d never used either ingredient before. As I waited for the butcher to scoop out a cup of rendered duck fat, I found an unmarked, 3-ounce jar of black truffle salt and handed it to the cashier.

    “That’ll be $3.69 for the duck fat and $25 for the truffle salt.”

    “TWENTY-FIVE DOLLARS FOR SALT!!?!” screamed the voice inside my head.

    I glanced back at the line of well-dressed Minneapolitans behind me, anxious to get home with their fennel pollen sausage and Alaskan sockeye salmon.

    “Yes. Yes, that’s fine. I’ll put it on my Visa,” I heard myself say, in an entirely unfamiliar, just-a-hair-too loud, robot voice.

    Thanks to my pride, I am the owner of 2.97 ounces of earthy, pungent truffle salt, and I’m happily exploring ways to use it in my cooking, tiny pinch by tiny pinch.

    $25 salt and sale-priced frozen veggies cancel each other out, right?

    I started with a thick, rich, comforting chicken stew topped with creamy, buttery mashed potatoes. Then I considered my (very slightly) elevated cholesterol, and made a couple of small tweaks:

    I substituted milk for cream in both the gravy and the potatoes; I cut half the butter in the potatoes and replaced it with a heart-healthy spread; and I used canola oil instead of butter to make a roux for the gravy. Then I added truffle salt to the potatoes, and bouillon and a lemon rind to the chicken stock to boost the flavor lost in cutting the cream and butter.

    It was delicious and rich – the perfect comfort food – and I didn’t miss the cream and butter at all.

    Professor Meowington sez: the lemon really brightens up the flavor of the gravy.

    Recipe below the fold

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