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 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
Homemade Oatmeal Cream Pies
Toffee Cashew Cookies
Chicken Pot Pie Soup with Pie Crust Crackers
Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese Sandwich
And the most popular recipe of 2012:
Pepperoni Stuffed Chicken Breasts
Here’s to a delicious (and gooey) new year!
Category Asparagus, Bread, Breakfast, Cake, Caramel, Carrots, Celery, Chicken, Chocolate, Cookies, Corn, Dessert, Family and Friends, Fruit, Garlic, Green Beans, Grilled Cheese, Handsome Greg, Ice Cream, Jalapeno, Lemon, My Mom Rules, No Cheese Left Behind, Nuts, One-Dish Meals, Onion, Pasta, Peas, Pork, Potato, Professor Meowington, Recessipes, Sandwich, Sauce, Soup, Spread, Tomato, Turkey, Vegetable, Vegetarian | Tags: asparagus,bread,breakfast,cake,caramel,carrots,celery,chicken,chocolate,cookies,corn,dessert,fruit,garlic,green beans,grilled cheese,handsome greg,ice cream,jalapeno,lemon,my mom rules,no cheese left behind,nuts,one-dish meals,onion,pasta,peas,pork,potato,professor meowington,recessipes,sandwich,sauce,soup,spread,tomato,turkey,vegetable,vegetarian | 2 Comments
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.
Continue reading for the Chicken Corn Chowder recipe
Category Celery, Chicken, Corn, Onion, Potato, Recessipes, Soup, Vegetable, Zucchini | Tags: celery,chicken,corn,onion,potato,recessipes,soup,vegetable,zucchini | 3 Comments
March 14, 2012 by Bake Up, Little Suzy
Y’know how sometimes the dumbest thing ever can be hysterically funny, particularly when someone else finds that same dumb thing inexplicably funny?
And how the harder you try to maintain composure, the funnier that stupid thing may seem, until the both of you dissolve in giggles with tears streaming down your cheeks and soda shooting out of your nose?
That’s what it’s like spending time with my friend, Sharee.
She and I took a trip to Los Angeles with my mom and Handsome Greg a coupla years ago, and we savored every opportunity to embarrass them (and ourselves) with our mindless, uncontrollable laughter.
Sharee has since become a most dignified photographer, and she recently sent me these gorgeous photos of her favorite lentil soup, along with the mouth-watering recipe.
Based on the pics, you’d think food photography was her specialty, but she’s actually focused more on maternity, baby, and family portraits.
Check out her portfolio here.
Shoot her an email if you’re looking for a Twin Cities photographer to capture the most beautiful moments in your life. Or if you just need someone to snort root beer with.
Continue reading for the Hearty Lentil Soup recipe
Category Beans, Carrots, Celery, Fruit, Mushrooms, One-Dish Meals, Onion, Pork, Potato, Soup, Tomato, Vegetable | Tags: beans,carrots,celery,fruit,mushrooms,one-dish meals,onion,pork,potato,soup,tomato,vegetable | 15 Comments
March 11, 2012 by Bake Up, Little Suzy
Have you seen that Food Network show Barefoot Contessa, hosted by Ina Garten? Ina, an incredibly wealthy, preppy East Coaster, shares recipes and tips for entertaining in a soothing Bob Ross-style voice, punctuated with rhetorical questions and her trademark nervous giggle.
How easy is that?
While I do aspire to emulate the Barefoot Contessa by living a fabulously privileged life in the East Hamptons someday, full of florist friends and elegant soirees, I’ve had a difficult time adhering to one of Ina’s basic rules of entertaining: prepare only three dishes from scratch, and buy the rest of the menu pre-made from the deli counter.
You see, I’m known among my regular dinner guests as the hostess with the mostess ambition in the kitchen. I like to pour hours into making every morsel with my own two hands. I mean, I’ve made my own ketchup. The thought of leaving half the menu in the hands of the deli counter just feels wrong to me. And yet, Ina has a point – making everything myself often means that I spend the party in the kitchen exhausted, rather than enjoying dinner with my guests.
So I took a very important step with this recipe (if you can even call it a recipe). The first time I made sweet potato chips with rosemary salt, I sliced the potatoes, fried them in oil, and tossed them in rosemary and kosher salt. They were delicious – salty-sweet, perfectly crispy, with a fresh, pungent earthiness from the rosemary. And they were a huge pain in the ass to make.
The second time I prepared this delightful snack, I bought a bag of Terra Chips, tossed them in vegetable oil, rosemary, and kosher salt, and popped them in the oven for a couple minutes. They were every bit as good as the homemade version, and a lot less work.
But I have a reputation to uphold. So, if anyone asks, I risked my fingers and knuckles slicing paper-thin sweet potato chips on a mandolin slicer. Then I braved third-degree burns from the hot oil frying the chips to a perfect crisp. And oh! Dealing with the mess afterwards – a greasy splatter-slick covering the stove top and a quart of used oil to dispose of – what an ordeal! Of course, it was totally worth it.
Did that sound sincere?
Continue reading for the Sweet Potato Chips with Rosemary Salt recipe
Category Appetizer, Potato, Side Dish, Vegetable, Vegetarian | Tags: appetizer,potato,side dish,vegetable,vegetarian | 21 Comments
February 5, 2012 by Bake Up, Little Suzy
Welcome to the obligatory Valentine’s Day post!
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.
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.
Continue reading for the Chicken Pot Pie Soup with Pie Crust Crackers recipe
Category Carrots, Celery, Chicken, Corn, Family and Friends, Green Beans, Handsome Greg, One-Dish Meals, Onion, Peas, Potato, Recessipes, Soup, Vegetable | Tags: carrots,celery,chicken,corn,green beans,handsome greg,one-dish meals,onion,peas,potato,recessipes,soup,vegetable | 22 Comments
January 16, 2012 by Bake Up, Little Suzy
Delicate swags of broccoli buds. Tender-crisp morsels of gently braised potato. All swathed in a cheesy cream sauce perfumed with the salty smoke of thick-cut ham.
OK, who am I kidding? It’s just a casserole. But still, it broke my heart.
This morning I scraped spoonful after lovely, heaping spoonful of my hearty casserole into the garbage.
I made this recipe on Saturday afternoon for a week’s worth of lunches. Luckily I sent a couple servings home with Handsome Greg on date night, and I had a serving myself on Sunday, because the rest of it was spoiled when my refrigerator broke down Sunday night.
I called maintenance as soon as I realized my fridge wasn’t properly fridging. The ham put up a valiant fight, but it was too late to save the noble hotdish. I was left with a fridge full of rotten food, and nothing to eat. So much for saving money. Jimmy Johns for dinner. *sigh*
Stairway to Hamven
Continue reading for the Cheesy Ham, Potato, and Broccoli Casserole recipe
Category Broccoli, Family and Friends, Handsome Greg, No Cheese Left Behind, One-Dish Meals, Onion, Pork, Potato, Vegetable | Tags: broccoli,handsome greg,no cheese left behind,one-dish meals,onion,pork,potato,vegetable | 6 Comments
November 14, 2011 by Bake Up, Little Suzy
Category Apple, Bread, Brussels Sprouts, Carrots, Celery, Cranberry, Dessert, Family and Friends, Fruit, Garlic, Handsome Greg, My Mom Rules, Nuts, Onion, Orange, Pie, Pork, Potato, Professor Meowington, Recessipes, Side Dish, Vegetable, Vegetarian | Tags: apple,bread,brussels sprouts,carrots,celery,cranberry,dessert,fruit,garlic,handsome greg,my mom rules,nuts,onion,orange,pie,pork,potato,professor meowington,recessipes,side dish,vegetable,vegetarian | No Comments
September 19, 2011 by Bake Up, Little Suzy
Are you looking for a decadent, heavy meal full of cream and butter to treat yourself on pay day?
Well, move along, Friend.
This soup is creamy without a drop of cream, and buttery, with nary a pat of butter. Pair it with a hunk of crusty bread, and you’ve got a flavorful, hearty, healthy, and super cheap lunch.
The single potato makes it lush and creamy, and the red pepper flakes give it just enough heat. Don’t even think about skipping the lemon juice.
Continue reading for the Broccoli Soup recipe
Category Broccoli, Celery, Fruit, Garlic, Lemon, Onion, Potato, Recessipes, Soup, Vegetable | Tags: broccoli,celery,fruit,garlic,lemon,onion,potato,recessipes,soup,vegetable | 1 Comment
March 18, 2011 by Bake Up, Little Suzy
If I weren’t way behind on posting, you’d have had this recipe months ago. I made these delightful potatoes for my Mom’s birthday dinner (her birthday is in November, y’all), and I feel just terrible that I’ve kept the (ridiculously simple) recipe from you for so long.
I like to par-bake the potatoes whole in the oven, then cut them up and pan-fry them quickly in duck fat. This keeps them light and fluffy on the inside, and crispy golden on the outside. A quick toss with chopped parsley brings a perfect bite of freshness.
Better late than never!
Continue reading for the Duck Fat Home Fries recipe
Category Breakfast, Family and Friends, My Mom Rules, Potato, Side Dish, Vegetable | Tags: breakfast,my mom rules,potato,side dish,vegetable | 2 Comments
January 24, 2011 by Bake Up, Little Suzy
I hosted Christmas dinner this year.
In the weeks leading up to the big day, I was awfully excited and nervous about it, until I realized that hosting meant providing the venue, not the meal. Mom arrived with nearly all of the food prepared – the lasagna was ready to be assembled, the cottage cheese bread was ready to bake, and the candy cane custard was ready to go into the ice cream maker.
She did let me toss the salad. It was pretty exciting.
And dinner was fantastic. Mom’s lasagna recipe is the world’s best (the secret ingredient is salami!). All that remained of the meal the next day was a bag of leftover romaine hearts, and a giant mess on the dining room table.
So when my dear friend Jenna called from her hotel in town and we discussed what to do on our annual holiday visit, I shocked myself when I replied, “c’mon over for dinner. I’ll cook.” Without testing recipes, without weeks of menu planning, without even sufficient time to go to the grocery store, I offered to make dinner for my fancy friend, who lives in Connecticut. Connecticut, y’all. Who am I?
It was a little touch-and-go there for a while when I realized the dining room table was not just messy, but missing – it was completely hidden by dirty dishes. I thought of everything I could possibly make out of lettuce, while I rummaged through the soiled plates and glasses for the table. As it turns out, the dining room table was inside of me all along.
And the lettuce soup recipe for my fancy vegetarian guesty was only a Google away. I cooked and cleaned in record time. Jenna and I shared stories of the year past, wishes for the year to come, boxed wine, and the world’s ugliest soup.
It was creamy and fresh, with a little bit of heat, and seriously butt-ugly. The crispy goat cheese croutons provided a tangy richness and a partial disguise to the fugly, yet tasty, lettuce and potato puree.
Recipe below the fold
Category Family and Friends, Garlic, Greens, My Mom Rules, No Cheese Left Behind, Onion, Potato, Professor Meowington, Recessipes, Soup, Vegetable, Vegetarian | Tags: garlic,greens,my mom rules,no cheese left behind,onion,potato,professor meowington,recessipes,soup,vegetable,vegetarian | 6 Comments