Cooking For Tuesdays

Just a little of what I like to cook.

TWD irish soda bread

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so, here it is, another st paddy’s day. and new roommates, so a house full of boys. so, after a long night last night, and an early morning taking my hubby to work, i was very glad this recipe was short, sweet and to the point.

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not much to it here. got the dry ingredients together. i realized at the last minute i had no buttermilk, but, 1 TBS lemon juice per cup worked well.

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i added green food coloring to my bread. put a few drops in the milk and then mixed it all together. i wish i had a pic of my hands! they were a mess.

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in the dish, ready to cook. the bread looks like the grass outside, fresh, green and springtime.

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in the oven. this was after 20 minutes. i guess, since the oven was on 200 all day cooking some corned beef, it didn’t take long to cook.

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on the rack drying. still green. i didn’t know how the green would turn out as it baked, but it looked and smelt great.

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and everything met the approval of the little one. that’s all i care about!

for the recipe, you can go here: http://myculinarymission.blogspot.com/ or here: http://chocolatemoosey.blogspot.com/ . and, if you want to see every one else’s bread, go here and look for the lyl post: http://tuesdayswithdorie.wordpress.com/

so, i hope everyone had a great st paddy’s day!

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Celebrating National Procrastination Week With Rugalach!!!

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first of all, do NOT ask me to pronounce these cookies. i can tell you they look good, though!

so, let’s start with yesterday: monday, march 5.

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3 sticks of butter, a package of cream cheese, a little salt, sugar and flour. as you can see, i made sure i didn’t forget the salt!!!

i was going to work on these saturday, but my husband decided this past weekend was a good time to fix the screen door. funny, thing, though, the screen he picked out, while nice, was too narrow for the doorway. he found this out after he cut the length of the door down, though. so, we spent all weekend running around trying to fix it. and he did, and did a good job of it. all it took was a 1X4 screwed in on the side of the door frame.

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the dough was sticky. and slimy feeling, i guess it was all that butter. i finally caved in and quit using the mixer. no wonder it said to use the paddle! it would have made things easier, but my hand mixer has a whisk, beaters and dough hooks. the beaters were… well, not working. they filled up with the dough quick!

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good timing with this step! i got these babies in the fridge and then put the little one down for a nap. and lay there by her to read a book until it was time to work some more. and if i dozed off, who’s to know? it’s just me and her during the day and she was asleep, so she doesn’t have to know either!!

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there’s my cherries and pomegranate infused cranberries in my beautiful bowl my husband got me while he was in afganistan. i love my bowls, i have 2 this size and 1 bigger. he wants me to use them as a mixing bowl, but the sides are too short for that. i can’t tell him that, though! 😉 but, i still like them a lot.

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chocolate butter. yum. http://coffeetea.about.com/od/miscchocolate/r/chocbutter.htm – double this ecipe

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the sugar and nut mix. i used glazed walnuts. and had a few leftover. i used 2 packages of them, but the leftovers were gone quick!

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my first set of logs. they turned out pretty. but, i misjudged the amount of stuffing, so…

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i put it in the second set of logs… and they were over stuffed. ah, well. these are going to be good!

i put them in the fridge, then my husband decided we needed to go take care of some things. by then. it was after 5 p.m. so, i figured to leave these in the fridge over night. it worked out well. we ate pizza hut (mainly because the kitchen was a mess! dishes were done, but everything else was covered in baking things!) and by the time we came home, i wanted nothing more than to go to bed.

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so, i got up this morning and went back to work. i cut the logs, starting with the overstuffed ones. they don’t look too bad here, i guess! and i bet they taste even better.

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here are the overstuffed cookies baked. for some reason, my camera quit on me (i think the batteries died on me) when i took the pics of the smaller logs, but you’ll just have to trust me when i say they look better.

so, to find the recipe, and much better looking cookies than i had, go to http://mybakingheart.com or http://www.theurban-hiker.com

and i just had a bite… yep, they are yummy!! so, in celebration of national procrastination week, i waited until the last minute to make my cookies. yum!

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