Recently I found myself in one of those moods where I wanted some homemade pickles. Ever get into one of those moods? Not necessarily for pickles, but when you just have a craving for something awesome from your childhood? My grandmother used to make refrigerator pickles every summer. There were a few certain things I could always count on being in her fridge and homemade pickles was one of them. Sadly I don't have her recipe, but after a bit of experimenting I think this one comes close.
3 large cucumbers (or equivalent amount of smaller ones if you're not a fan of seeds)
1 medium onion
2 celery stalks
coarse ground salt
2 cups sugar
2 cups white wine vinegar
1 tsp mustard seed
1 tsp celery seed
1 tsp pickling spice
1/2 tsp dill
Slice the cucumbers, onion, and celery in 3/4 inch slices. Toss liberally in your favorite kind of coarsely ground salt (sea, kosher, whatever), and leave them in a colander for 30, re-tossing occasionally.
Combine the remaining ingredients in a large bowl and stir until the sugar is completely dissolved.
Pack the veggies into an airtight jar or other container and pour the pickling liquid over the top until your container is full.
The pickles (and bonus pickled onion and celery) will be ready after 8 hours, but they will only get better after that. You can keep them for up to 2 weeks in your fridge.
Now that I've conquered sweet pickles I am on the hunt for a dill recipe so stay tuned for that one in the future!
I have been pinning a lot of make-and-take breakfast recipes lately because I am not a morning person. For some reason I decided that I need to wait till I get to work in the morning to have my coffee, so making my own breakfast in the morning at home is just not going to happen. I have seen the egg muffin recipe a few times on the internet and it always seemed like a great thing to try - bake them on Sunday night and have breakfast for the whole week ready to go? Count me in! So here is my take.
Happy Thursday, everybody! As my workweek winds down my life tends to get busier so I always try to have some basic ingredients on hand to throw a quick dinner together when I don't feel like cooking. Tilapia is one of the things that is always in my freezer. It's a very mild fish so you can do just about any kind of sauce on it and it will taste yummy. It's also fast cooking. So last week when I came home and wanted a quick dinner I pulled some tilapia out of my freezer and had dinner ready in 20 minutes. How awesome is that?!
Happy New Year! I figured I'd start this year off a little differently and tell you a little story about myself, something I don't often do on this blog, and especially not about this topic.
Throughout most of my childhood and all of my adult life I have been overweight/fat/obese. Normally I don't write about it on my blog because at the end of the day I want this blog to be about food, but today is going to be one of the exceptions. Don't worry, you'll still get your recipe. If this is TL;DR feel free to scroll down to the bottom and follow the jump for it.
For those of you who aren't lucky enough to know me in real life (or maybe that makes you lucky?), I have recently undergone a lifestyle change. Actually, lifestyle overhaul is more like it.
At the end of October 2012 I went to a Women's Expo event to watch my beautiful niece in her first runway show. As luck would have it I won a $459 gift certificate to a local gym. I have never been into gyms, but I figured I might join one if it was free. The gym called me a week later to set up an appointment for my tour and so on November 6, 2012 I joined a gym. Something tells me I'm never going to forget that date.
With my membership came several weeks of free sessions with a personal trainer, also something I'd never thought I'd be interested in, but what can I say? I'm a sucker for free. So with a healthy dose of skepticism I began working with a trainer.
I think a trainer was exactly what I needed. Sure, he was there to show me how to use the weight machines, correct my form, and count my reps for me, but I think the best thing for me was the accountability and encouragement from somebody who does it for a living and knows what he is talking about.
Since November 6 I have been going to the gym an average of 4 times a week, either for training sessions, by myself, or with one of my amazingly supportive friends/co-workers. It feels weird to be writing that sentence about myself, but it's completely true. In the past several weeks I have found that I have more energy and I actually look forward to going to the gym. I have even gotten up early on the weekend (which admittedly is 9am for me) to go workout. Yep, I've become one of "those people".
The other big factor in my lifestyle overhaul has been my diet. I started using a free app/website called Lose It!, where I track my foods and exercises daily, and socialize with others who also have goals to lose weight or be healthy.
I don't have any plans to turn this into a fitness blog or one that only features healthy recipes. Yeah, my daily eating habits have changed, but I still love spam casserole and chicken french, so I'm gonna keep posing recipes like that, even if they are decadent as hell. I mean, have you seen the series I did on the 12 Days of Christmas Cookies?? Talk about sugar overload! Occasionally I want to also throw in some recipes that are healthy, too, but A Dash of Nutmeg's focus is still going to be on food that is just plain awesome.
So, now to the food.
Coal is not usually something kids look forward to on Christmas, but what kid wouldn't like to find rice crispy treat coal in their stocking on Christmas morning? Just add a little black coloring to your marshmallow mixture and voila! And surprise surprise, it's another pinterest recipe!
1/4 cup butter
10.5 ounce bag mini marshmallows
1/8 tsp. black icing
4 cups rice cereal (regular or cocoa)
In a large pot melt butter and add marshmallows. Stir until melted, add black color and mix in well. Add rice cereal and stir until blended. Drop by small spoonfuls onto parchment paper. Be sure they are in odd shapes. Cool.
Note - If you want a true black color like in the picture you need to use either black icing or food coloring paste, the liquid food coloring is not dark enough for this,
Happy Baking and Merry Christmas!
Ok, I am taking a break from Pinterest recipes for a while. Today's entry for the 12 Days of Christmas Cookies blog series is a Mexican-inspired twist to a ribbon cookie recipe. It's not as pretty to look at as the original because both layers are chocolate, but it's very tasty because who doesn't love chocolate?!
So go ahead and check out my recipe for Mexican Ribbon Cookies, and if you're just joining the 12 Days of Christmas Cookies party you need to click that link to see the rest of the yummy recipes!
Happy Baking and Merry Christmas!
Today's recipe is yet another one I got from Pinterest. The original source is this food.com recipe. Can you tell I love Pinterest??
This recipe is really awesome not just because I am Scandinavian, but because it makes a TON of really delicious cookies. If you love almonds and cookies that aren't super sweet than this is a recipe for you!
Baked Perfection. These cookies are as yummy as they are cute! Like yesterday's Reindeer Noses I think these would be easily adaptable to lots of other seasons and holidays. And I wish my stepson had been around because I really think he would have had fun helping me bake these - my hands were covered in colored sugar by the time I was done and what little boy doesn't love to make a mess?!
While not technically cookies, Reindeer Noses are still hand-help Christmas desserts so I decided to sneak them into my 12 Days of Christmas Cookies list. They are incredibly easy to make and can be adapted to pretty much any holiday just by changing the color M&Ms that you use. I think Easter Bunny noses with pastel pink M&Ms would be adorable!
I found this idea a few weeks ago here on Pinterest, one of my many current obsessions these days. BTW, that link goes to my own personal Pinterest account so if you're in the mood for some awesome new recipes or crafts check it out.
Growing up, my grandmother's honey cookies were a big Christmas tradition. They always seemed extra special because they need to cure for about 2 weeks after baking, so there's a high level of anticipation involved. It takes two weeks because after baking the cookies are literally as hard as a rock. If you bit one you'd probably break a tooth. But through the magic of time and the moisture from a few slices of bread, after two weeks the cookies are softened and ready to frost. And you will find that the wait was most definitely worth it.
Intrigued? Here's the link to my grandma's honey cookie recipe. You've got just enough time left to make these cookies and still be able to leave some out for Santa, so Happy Baking and Merry Christmas!