Project #6: Zucchini Pizzas

Okay, so like I said in my last post, I have a lot of catching up to do with my blog posts. I have been trying some new recipes (although not as many as I would like), and I have yet to post them on here. Today is my attempt to get you all caught up on what I have been whipping up in the kitchen.

The same week I tried the Strawberry Raspberry Crisp (listed below), I also decided to try a more savory recipe since most of my projects thus far have been baked goods. I found this recipe on Pinterest obviously, but it is actually from the Free People blog, Bldg 25 Blog.

As you may of noticed with the other recipes I’ve tried so far, I am a big fan of recipes that are simple and low-key, especially considering the fact I have been working a nearly 50 hour work week and usually don’t have the energy for something that is going to take multiple hours.

Zucchini is one of my favorite vegetables recently (I have one every season, in the winter it’s usually kale. Although that might be considered more of an obsession. Anyway, I digress…) and this is a great recipe if you’re looking for something light and quick to make for dinner. This recipe calls for zucchini and regular cherry tomatoes, but I decided to use baby heirloom tomatoes instead because they’re in season and oh, so yummy. Plus, look at how beautiful those colors are!

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The recipe also called for only parmesan cheese, but I used parmesan and baby mozzarella, because there’s never such a thing as too much cheese, right?

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After seasoning the zucchini and tomatoes, I put the parmesan on first and then sliced the tiny mozzarella balls and layered them on top. I probably could’ve used more parmesan and a tinsy bit more seasoning, but they were still delicious regardless!

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The original recipe can be found here, but my edited version is below below:

Ingredients

  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 cup of cherry tomatoes (or baby heirloom tomatoes)
  • Shredded parmesan to taste
  • 3-4 small ciliegine mozzarella balls sliced
  • Dried oregano to taste
  • Dried basil to taste
  • Olive oil
  • A pinch of kosher salt
  • pepper

Method

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Slice the zucchini in half. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Slice the baby heirloom tomatoes in half and place them on top of the zucchini. Season with dried oregano and basil. Roast in the oven on a baking sheet for about 10 minutes, or until edges of zucchini are slightly browned.

Take zucchini out of the oven and top with shredded parmesan, and place mozzarella over parmesan. PLace zucchini back in the oven for about another minute or so, or until cheese is just melted. Remove from baking sheet with a spatula and serve immediately. Enjoy!

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Project #5: Strawberry Raspberry Crisp

Hello everyone! You’re probably thinking, “Wait a sec, this blog still exists? It’s been forever since your last post!” You might have also noticed that I haven’t been sticking to by original goal of 2-3 projects a week, but it’s okay because I have still been having a very full and enjoyable summer!

Anyway, I know it has been a while since my last post. I was in the process of moving into a new place and have been busy getting settled and such so the pinterest project has been put on the back burner for a little bit. The good news is that I am back,  and have several delicious new projects to share with you all! The first one is Strawberry Raspberry Crisp. My roommate Julia found this recipe on the  Joy the Baker website a couple weeks ago, and I thought it was the perfect recipe to try after my month long hiatus from the pinterest project.

If you haven’t checked out the Joy the Baker blog, you really should! It has a plethora of recipes that look incredibly yummy, and are pretty easy to try for the most part. She also is funny, witty, and very real in her narrative, which is something I appreciate as I attempt my own food related blog. Like I said, check her out! She’s awesome.

Back to main point of this post: The Strawberry Raspberry Crisp. Now, you might be thinking what I was thinking when I first saw the recipe, “Crisp in the summer? But crisp is an autumn/winter dessert!” Yes, you are right. Crisp is most definitely an autumn dessert (one of my favorites in fact), but put some summer fruits into the mix and you’ve got a horse of a different color. Since berries are in season, they are not only in abundance but are also more flavorful and delicious.

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I would mix the fruit pretty thoroughly next time, or maybe add a bit more strawberries than raspberries. The raspberries cook down a lot when baked, and tend to become more liquidy in texture. The strawberries become more tender and hold up better than the raspberries, so I think having more strawberries might make this crisp a little less liquidy.

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I would maybe make a little more of the crisp topping than suggested and add more than a cup of it to the berry mixture. The flour mixture acts as a binding agent for the fruit, so adding more than 1 cup might help hold the fruit together a little better. Make sure to get your hands in there and really mx in the ingredients, especially when you mix them with the berries.

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Despite the small edits I would make to this recipe, I would say it was simple, quick, and ultimately very delicious! I served it warm with Trader Joe’s French Vanilla ice cream which was a big hit with my housemates. So go ahead, give it ago. Who says crisp can only be for fall? This summer dessert will definitely have you thinking otherwise. Happy baking!

You can find the original recipe here, or duplicated below:

Ingredients

  • 1 pound of fresh strawberries, hulled and quartered
  • 2 cups fresh raspberries (if using frozen, just thaw and drain)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg (I just used regular nutmeg for this)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger (I didn’t have any of this in my pantry, so I went without it. The crisp seemed to still taste great without it).
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 stick of unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small cubes
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts (optional, I didn’t include walnuts in mine but it would probably add some nice texture and flavor!)

Method

Place rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Place sliced strawberries and raspberries in a square 8×8 inch baking dish and set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, oats, spices, and salt. Add the butter and toss the mixture together with your hands. Break up the butter into flour mixture until the butter is the size of small pebbles or oat flakes. If using walnuts, toss those in as well.

Toss a generous handful (it is suggested to use about 1 cup, but like I said, I would use a bit more) of crumble topping into the berry mixture. Toss loosely with your hands. Spread the fruit evenly in the pan and top with the remaining crumble mixture. Bake until fruit is juicy and bubbling, and the top of the crumble is slightly browned and crisp, about 30 minutes.

Remove from oven, let cool slightly, serve warm with vanilla ice cream! Crisp can be stored in the fridge and heated in the microwave for reserving.

Project #4: Peanut Butter Nutella Swirl Cookies

Hello! I know it’s a been a while since my last post, I apologize! I started my summer job last week and have been working 9.5 hour days, so things have been pretty busy and I haven’t had much time to try any new projects! However, the end of last week I did take some time to relax and try something new: Peanut Butter Nutella Swirl Cookies. Now, I don’t know about you, but I love a good peanut butter cookie, there’s nothing like enjoying them with a cold glass of milk. Now, add Nutella into the mix and you’ve got a whole other story!

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My boyfriend helped me with this project, and as always, my lovely roommate Julia helped by being the official food photographer (and taste tester!). These cookies were simple to make, and only took about 10-12 minutes to bake, so I would definitely recommend making them if you want a quick and easy dessert.

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Other peanut butter recipes I’ve tried call for natural peanut butter, but this recipe called for regular smooth peanut butter. This  made the cookies a bit sweeter and not quite as peanut buttery as recipes that call for natural peanut butter since the smooth peanut butter has added sugar in it. None the less, these cookies were still delicious. Enjoy them warm out of the oven, or let them set for a bit longer so they have a nice crunch to them. These are a tasty treat for peanut butter and nutella lovers everywhere!

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I got the recipe here , but the recipe is also duplicated below:

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup of butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup Nutella

Directions

1. Preheat oven 350 degrees

2. Combine butter, peanut butter, sugars, egg, and vanilla. Mix until well combined

3. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in a large measuring cup or bowl. Slowly stir in the peanut butter mixture. Drop spoonfuls of nutella into the dough and swirl through with a butter knife.

4. Chill the dough for 15 minutes in the refrigerator.

5. Take dough out the refrigerator and roll into balls by hand. Use a fork to gently press a criss-cross pattern into the top of the cookies.

6. Bake until the edges are very lightly golden brown, about 7-10 minutes. Allow cookies to cool on cookie sheet for 2 minutes before transferring to wire rack.

Project #3: Greek Yogurt Pancakes

It’s a cloudy and rainy morning, and my roommates are home from work today, so we decided what a more perfect way to start the day than by making breakfast together?! I have pinned a plethora of scone, muffin, and pancake recipes, but after surveying the fridge to see what ingredients we already had, I decided to try these greek yogurt pancakes.

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This is another recipe that is quick and easy, and turned out quite delicious as well. A few added bonuses are that this recipe requires minimal ingredients and makes pancakes that are extremely light and fluffy. I will say that my roommate Julia and I had some difficulty when it came to flipping the pancakes (we don’t have a pancake griddle and had to use a stove-top pan instead), so they did not come out totally perfect as far as shape goes. The taste on the other hand was delicious!

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Because these pancakes only require four ingredients, they turned out very fluffy and lightweight, but also had a bit of a chewier texture than regular pancakes. They required minimal flour and therefore were a lot less “bready” or dense than other pancakes I have had in the past. Flipping them will take some practice, but I will be making these again! They are quick, easy, and delicious. You could even add some vanilla extract, use flavored greek yogurt, or put fresh fruit in the batter to add some more flavor.

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You can find the recipe here or duplicated below:

Ingredients

  • 6 0z. (or 3/4 cup) of your favorite Greek yogurt (I used Trader Joe’s non-fat plain Greek yogurt)
  • 1 egg
  • scant 1/2 cup of flour
  • 1 tsp of baking soda

Directions

1. Open the yogurt container and stir until yogurt is smooth and creamy. Measure out 6 oz. of yogurt into a small bowl. Crack an egg over the yogurt and stir to combine. The resulting mixture should be pale yellow in color and have a few lumps in it.

2. In a separate bowl, mix together flour and baking soda.

3. Pour the yogurt/egg mixture into the bowl with the flour and baking soda. Stir to combine. The final mixture will be extremely thick.

4. Spoon the batter onto a sprayed griddle or pan heated to medium-high. You can either make 4 large pancakes or 8 smaller pancakes. I ended up making about 5 medium sized pancakes.

5. Flip pancakes when they start to bubble a bit on the surface. Cook until golden brown on both sides and serve with your favorite pancake topping. Enjoy!