Sunday, June 26, 2011

What’s been cooking?

Let’s pretend it hasn’t been months, shall we? Good. How about instead I share what I’ve been baking lately? Even better? Why, you’re awfully accommodating today.

Tops on the list was this:


Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies. Yes, they are as good as they sound. And easy. Seriously. If you like brownies, cheesecake, red velvet cake, or all of the above (check), you MUST try these.

Another favorite was this:


Okay, it’s just a picture of zucchini and squash, the first from my garden this year. But they were turned into Zucchini Gratin. The end product was eaten so quickly and completely that I never had time for its close-up.

For dinner tonight, we had these:


What are they? I called them Grilled Fries. No recipe. I just took some red potatoes that were hanging around and cut them into quarters. I tossed them in olive oil and freshly cracked salt and pepper (yes, we have a salt mill as well as a pepper mill. DH has a thing about stuff matching. Which is extra odd since I have a thing about stuff not matching on purpose). Then I just laid them straight on the grill grates. In retrospect, they probably needed a little parbake in the microwave (as it stood, I zapped them for about a minute to finish off the cooking once they were done).

And last but not least, I made Soft Pretzel Bites. Yes, I realize those aren’t exactly bites. Unless you have, like, a really huge mouth. I lost patience for cutting the dough into bites. I made two trays of bites and then finished the dough up with regular soft pretzels. Just as fab as the bites. I left them unsalted so that we can dip them in melted butter and sprinkle with either salt or cinnamon sugar, as the moment calls for.