SRC: Hummus and Pita

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Today is another Secret Recipe Club Reveal Day! In the secret recipe club, each participating blogger is assigned a blog from another participating blogger and secretly searches their site for something to recreate. The accompanying blog post then goes live on reveal day! So while I was immersed in my assigned blog, someone else was picking through mine! I’m so excited to be part of this group, to see what on my blog peaks other’s interests and to stumble upon new blogs and new recipes.

This month I was assigned Susan’s blog The Wimpy Vegetarian. While Susan eats a mostly vegetarian diet, her husband does not. She has become very successful cooking for what she labels a “mixed marriage.” Her success in the kitchen of cooking for vegetarians and omnivores has lead her to a cookbook deal. In searching her website I have high aspirations for her cookbook.

I fell in love with Susan’s blog immediately. The layout of her page and her bright photography lulled me in and I stayed for her wonderful selection of recipes. Her beautiful page not only inspired me to take the plunge and update my recipe index but the entire look of my blog! If you like it, you can thank Susan. 😉

Over ten recipes made the cut for consideration for today’s reveal day. Two of them won the bid. And a third will be part of my collection of soups in anticipation for this weekend’s Super Bowl. Curry Apple Chips, Spiced Sweet Potato Fries, and Honey Cornbread are just a few of the recipes that I vow to try. (And now that reveal day is here I can finally subscribe to her blog via email!) But for now I will be sharing Hummus with Roasted Tomatoes AND Whole Wheat Pita.

I was able to check two items off my culinary bucket list thanks to Susan!  I knew that hummus was simple enough to make, especially taking advantage of canned garbanzo beans (sorry, Susan!), but I always shoved it off with a comment of “one day.” Making homemade pita wasn’t something I thought I’d tackle so soon, but how can I serve hummus during a football game without some pita bread to go with it? Conveniently, Susan had a recipe for this too. And I have to say, it wasn’t as difficult as I’d anticipated! However, I’m not sure if I went wrong in the baking time because my pita didn’t deflate – at least not the same day. I put the leftover bread in a resealable bag and stored it in the fridge. Just 10 seconds in the microwave yielded perfect pita for dipping in homemade hummus. It really is best served warm.

Hummus with Roasted Tomatoes

Ingredients:

  • 6 roma tomatoes
  • 1/4 C olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 2 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 1/2 C cooked garbanzo beans (just under 2 15.5oz cans)
  • 3 tbsp Tahini
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp white pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 3/4 C water

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Slice tomatoes in half and place cut side up on the baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and season with the thyme and S+P. Bake 4 hours. Pour balsamic vinegar over the roasted tomatoes and let cool. Chop to desired size. (Note: Not all of these tomatoes will be used for the hummus, they will keep in the fridge for up to 1 month.)
  3. In a food processor pulse garbanzo beans, tahini, paprika, white pepper, salt, cumin, and lemon juice. When a smooth paste is acheived slowly add the water, puree until completely smooth.
  4. Mix in 2 tbsp of the roasted tomatoes.

*These recipes are adapted from Susan at http://thewimpyvegetarian.com/2013/05/sundaysupper-roasted-balsamic-tomatoes/ and http://thewimpyvegetarian.com/2014/02/vegan-appetizer-roasted-tomato-hummus-sundaysupper-super-eats-for-game-day/*

Whole Wheat Pita

Ingredients:

  • 2 tsp instant yeast (just under 1 packet)
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 1/4 C warm water (110 degrees F)
  • 2 C bread flour
  • 1 C whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

Steps:

  1. Gently stir yeast and honey in the warm water. Set aside and allow yeast to foam for 10 minutes.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine both flours and salt. Add the proofed yeast mixture and olive oil. Using the dough hook, knead until the dough comes together around the dough hook. Turn the dough out onto a clean surface and knead until completely smooth, add more whole wheat flour if too sticky. Form the dough into a ball.
  3. Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl. Cover and set aside in warm location for two hours, or until doubled in size. (I did this in my microwave.)
  4. Divide the dough into 8 disks. Cover and let rest 20 minutes.
  5. Place a pizza stone in the center rack of the oven. Preheat oven to 500 degrees F.
  6. Roll each disk into an 8″ pita. Be sure to run the rolling pin along the edges of the pita. Cover and let rest another 10 minutes.
  7. Cook pita on the pizza stone for 3 minutes. Do this in batches so that the entire pita is in contact with the stone – not overlapping or hanging off the edge.

*This recipe is adapted from Susan at http://thewimpyvegetarian.com/2012/12/easy-whole-wheat-pita-bread/*

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SRC: Ghost Sugar Cookies

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Today’s Secret Recipe Club post kicks off a week of ghostly treats in preparation for Halloween. I knew that in my search through my assigned blog, Making Miracles, I knew I would be narrowing down my scope to something that would fit into my plan this year. If you were to look at my secret Pinterest board you’d see that I didn’t do a very good job at tunnel vision.

Making Miracles is Rebekah’s blog about “food, family, and making memories.” Her blog started eight years ago to share her experiences at being a surrogate mother. I couldn’t think of a better gift to give to someone than the gift of a child. For six years Rebekah selflessly gave 4 daughters to parents dreaming of having their own children. Making Miracles was the perfect blog title.

Rebekah’s blog has transformed over the years into a very impressive food blog. With the exception of catching her blog during SRC reveal days, I was introduced to Rebekah through the blog event #10DaysofTailgate where together with 10 other bloggers we ate our way through the end of September cheering on our favorite teams. Let me tell you, it was very tempting not to tell her that I was assigned her blog this month.

If you don’t yet know, in the Secret Recipe Club, each participating blogger is assigned a blog from another participating blogger and secretly searches their site for something to recreate. The accompanying blog post then goes live on reveal day!

So back to my recipe searching.

My secret pinterest board is filled with over 25 recipes from Rebekah’s blog, including her pizza dip from #10DaysofTailgate, her buttermilk soaked parmesan baked pork chops, and chocolate chip cookie souffle. But to fit in with my Halloween week, I narrowed it down to quesadillas (either pizza or sweet potato black bean) or sugar cookies. After finding my ghost shaped cookie cutter, I knew I’d be going the cookie route.

This cookie recipe reminded me of my grandmother’s Roll Out Christmas Cookies. Instead of frosting, I put sprinkles on the cookies before baking them. There are two reasons for doing that: 1) that’s what my Busia did and 2) I don’t like frosting on my cookies. These sugar cookies are not overly sweet and that’s what makes them addicting. Without frosting, they’re also perfect for dunking in your coffee!

I halved Rebekah’s recipe and was nervous the dough didn’t come together perfectly, but after chilling in the fridge before rolling it was perfect! Do not skip the chilling step. If the dough gets too warm it’ll stick to the board and rolling pin all too easily. This means, in between throwing the cookies in the oven, put the dough back in the fridge.

While Rebekah likes thick, chewy cookies I’m the opposite and like thin, flaky cookies. I rolled my cookies to 1/4″ thickness until very lightly golden on the edges. This half recipe yielded approximately 4 dozen cookies. The amount you get will vary depending on the size of your cookie cutter(s) and your desired cookie thickness.

Ghost Sugar Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 sticks butter, softened
  • 1 C sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 C flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • sprinkles (optional)

Steps:

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together butter and sugar. Add eggs one at a time. Add in vanilla.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  3. Add the flour to the butter in 3 batches.
  4. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill in fridge at least one hour.
  5. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  6. Roll dough out on a floured surface. Cut out cookies and place an an ungreased cookie sheet. Sprinkle cookies with sprinkle, if desired. Bake 7 minutes.
  7. Cool cookies on a cooling rack.

*This recipe is adapted from Rebekah at http://rebekahrose.blogspot.com/2013/12/the-best-rolled-sugar-cookies.html?m=1 *

Ghost Sugar Cookies

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#10DaysofTailgate & SRC: Asian Inspired Turkey Burgers

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I am very excited about today’s Secret Recipe Club Reveal Day! Why? Because it’s also part of #10DaysofTailgate. #10DaysofTailgate is a virtual tailgating party that lasts 10 days and is hosted by Camilla of Culinary Adventures with Camilla and in the secret recipe club, each participating blogger is assigned a blog from another participating blogger and secretly searches their site for something to recreate. The accompanying blog post then goes live on reveal day! So while I was immersed in my assigned blog, someone else was picking through mine! I’m so excited to be part of this group, to see what on my blog peaks other’s interests and to stumble upon new blogs and new recipes.

This month I was assigned Nicole’s blog I am a Honey Bee. Nic’s blog is a great blend of food posts, travel posts, and family posts. She has a 9-mo daughter and I love her monthly updates. Like me, her favorite channel is Food Network. She admitted to having sewn over her finger with her sewing machine in high school – OUCH! I managed to slice mine with my fabric rotary cutter. I guess that makes us sewing-injury buddies.

Funnily enough, my first Tuesday Tattles post was inspired by her baby favorites! It either threw her off of my scent as her “secret blogger” or it gave it away. But I promise – I had that post in the works before she was assigned to me! I’ve been following Nicole’s blog since before I joined the Secret Recipe Club. Nicole was actually assigned my blog in May – here’s her take on my Copy Cat Almond Joys.

So what did I make from I am a Honey Bee? The idea of Tatchos was tempting, her pizza pot pie pulled a tug at this Chicago girl’s strings, and these bang bang shrimp are on my to-make list. But, I went with her Tangy Burgers. Fish sauce is one of those ingredients that I’ve always been afraid to use and too cheap to buy and I keep setting recipes aside because I didn’t have fish sauce. Thank you, Nicole, for forcing me to get over this strange fear.

Asian Inspired Turkey Burgers

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp fish sauce
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2″ piece fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • sauteed mushrooms (optional)
  • gruyere cheese (optional)

Steps:

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together soy sauce, fish sauce, garlic, ginger, mustard, and pepper. Add turkey and mix with your hands until liquid is combined. Let marinate in refrigerator for 20 minutes.
  2. Divide turkey into 4 burger patties.
  3. Grill burgers 5 minutes on each side, until cooked through. If using cheese, top burgers during the last minute of cooking time.
  4. Assemble burgers with mayonnaise and sauteed mushrooms, if desired.

*This recipe is adapted from Nicole at http://iamahoneybee.com/2010/05/07/tangy-turkey-burgers/ *

Asian Inspired Turkey Burgers

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But don’t stop your recipe stumbling there! There’s a giveaway to enter and more tailgating recipes to check out too:

Starters
  Dips
  Mains
Bacon Cheeseburger Egg Rolls by Things I Make (for Dinner)
Chicken Parmesan Sliders by Debbi Does Dinner Healthy
Cherry Chipotle Meatloaf Sandwiches by The Not So Cheesy Kitchen
Cherry Chipotle Meatballs by From Gate to Plate
Sides
SRC Surprise Recipe by A Day in the Life on the Farm
 Sweets
Cinnamon Puppy Chow by The Pajama Chef
Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies by Love and Confections

SRC: Cinnamon Raisin Bread

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Today is another Secret Recipe Club Reveal Day! In the secret recipe club, each participating blogger is assigned a blog from another participating blogger and secretly searches their site for something to recreate. The accompanying blog post then goes live on reveal day! So while I was immersed in my assigned blog, someone else was picking through mine! I’m so excited to be part of this group, to see what on my blog peaks other’s interests and to stumble upon new blogs and new recipes.

This month I was assigned Avril’s blog Baking and Creating with Avril. Avril and I couldn’t be more opposites. I am very hesitant when it comes baking (blogging helps me get over my fears), yet Avril’s blog is almost entirely made up of sweets! She’s also from New Hampshire. One of my best friends is from NH and I know from the amount of complaining she does about Florida summers and winters that this Florida girl lives a completely different lifestyle from Avril.

Despite my apprehension, I searched through her recipe index and saved five contenders to my secret Pinterest board. Funnily enough, all of them involved cinnamon. (Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake, Apple Cinnamon Rolls, Apple-Pear Bread, Applesauce Spice Cake, and Cinnamon Raisin Bread)

And when I was placed on bed rest and my mom was still in town, she tackled my Secret Recipe Club assignment for me. And my mom likes baking! I allowed Mom to pick what she wanted to make from my above list. I’m ecstatic that she chose the cinnamon raisin bread! (Hopefully I’m not breaking any club rules my having Mom make it for me… I watched and directed…)

This recipe makes three loaves of bread. I only have two loaf pans. So we divided the last third into 8 miniature loaves to fit my miniature loaf pan. I imagine this bread would make for phenomenal French Toast, but it didn’t last long enough for that to happen. I had 3-5 slices of cinnamon raisin bread toasted with butter a day!

Cinnamon Raisin Bread

 Cinnamon Raisin Bread

Ingredients:

  • 2 C warm water (105 – 110 degrees F)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Kosher salt
  • 1/3 C + 1 1/2 tbsp sugar, divided use
  • 2 pkts active dry yeast
  • 1 C buttermilk
  • 6 1/2 C flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 C raisins

Steps:

  1. Dissolve yeast in warm water with the kosher salt and 1 1/2 tbsp sugar. Let sit for 5 to 10 minutes, until frothy.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine yeast mixture with the buttermilk.
  3. Add the flour to the yeast and buttermilk and knead with the dough hook until it pulls away from the bowl and comes together around the dough hook. Add a little bit more flour if needed.
  4. Cover the dough with a dish towel and rest for two hours, or until doubles in size.
  5. In a small bowl, beat the egg with 1 tbsp water to create an egg wash.
  6. In a small bowl, mix the remaining 1/3 C sugar with the cinnamon.
  7. Divide the dough into thirds. Roll each third on a floured surface to 1/4″ thickness. (Make sure the width of the dough will fit in your loaf pan.)
  8. Brush the dough with egg wash, sprinkle with cinnamon sugar, and top with raisins.
  9. Roll the dough width-wise and tuck the ends (see pictures above). Place in greased loaf pans. Cover with a dish towel and allow the dough to rise another 40 minutes.
  10. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 190 degrees F. Let cool completely before slicing.

*This recipe is adapted from Avril at http://bakingandcreatingwithavril.blogspot.com/2010/03/cinnamon-raisin-bread.html?m=1*

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SRC: Candied Tomato Pizza

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Today is another Secret Recipe Club Reveal Day! In the secret recipe club, each participating blogger is assigned a blog from another participating blogger and secretly searches their site for something to recreate. The accompanying blog post then goes live on reveal day! So while I was immersed in my assigned blog, someone else was picking through mine! I’m so excited to be part of this group, to see what on my blog peaks other’s interests and to stumble upon new blogs and new recipes.

This month I was assigned Jaime’s blog Mom’s Test Kitchen. I know it sounds silly, but my favorite thing about her blog is her tagline “What the Fork’s for Dinner.” Her About Me section is very well written and makes me laugh in all the right places. Particularly the part about the unexpected arrival of Princess P. Being pregnant, it’s fun to feel connected to Jaime as she shares her loving frustrations with pregnancy. (But sorry, Jaime, I actually LOVE being pregnant! But it probably helps that I still have yet to be touched by complete strangers – 9 weeks to go!) After becoming a stay-at-home-mom, Jaime started her blog as a way to keep organized and reawaken her adult self. Since then her “corner of the blog world” has boomed into the very impressive blog that she currently runs; Jaime participates in multiple Link Parties and features guest posts!

Pregnancy cravings have had me wanting to run to the nearest Dunkin (thankfully that’s 20 miles away and the efficiency-lover in me prevails) so I am very impressed that I didn’t recreate her Cinnamon Sugar Donut Muffins for this blog post (there’s still a good possibility I’ll end up making them). Due to Lent no-meat Fridays I was drawn to this Easy Vegetable Pot Pie, but it turned out that I don’t think I ever ended up cooking on Fridays – strange. But then a recent post on April 3rd sealed the deal: Candied Tomato Margherita Pizza.

I made this pizza after church on Easter Sunday (so her Empty Tomb Buns were a big contender too; but I’ll save them for when my future child is old enough to understand). Because I made this on Easter Sunday, a day when grocery stores were closed, my shopping fail in forgetting to buy fresh basil couldn’t be remedied. So naturally, I substituted bacon.

I used my pizza dough recipe and made 3 personal pizzas for Stuart and me to share. (The fourth ball of dough is now living in my freezer for another day.) The first I topped with the candied tomatoes and some crispy bacon. But it really was needed that something. That something was the basil I didn’t have. At least one of us had a head on our shoulders and Stuart suggested using the dried basil out of the spice cabinet. Perfect! Being the meat eater that he his, Stuart enjoyed the bonus bacon but I don’t feel it really added anything to the pizza so one of our 3 pizzas didn’t have any on it.

If you’ve never candied tomatoes – I hadn’t before this – I urge you to make some now. Put them on this pizza, put them in a sandwich, or eat them plain, I don’t care. But I do insist that you add tomatoes and brown sugar to your grocery list.

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Candied Tomato Pizza

Ingredients:

  • 4 firm roma tomatoes, thickly sliced
  • 1/2 – 1 C brown sugar
  • 3 strips bacon, chopped (optional)
  • 1 pizza crust, store bought or homemade
  • 3-4 tbsp olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 – 2 C shredded mozzarella cheese
  • basil, dried or fresh
  • cornmeal

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Starting with 1/2 C of brown sugar, coat both sides of the tomatoes with sugar. Use more sugar if needed. Place tomatoes in a single layer on the baking sheet.
  3. Bake for 30 minutes. Flip the tomatoes and bake another 15 minutes.
  4. Place pizza stone in the oven and preheat to 450 degrees F (or follow instructions for your particular dough).
  5. Roll pizza dough out and place on pizza peal (or rimless cookie sheet) that has been sprinkled with cornmeal. Brush entire crust with olive oil, sprinkle with salt, top with cheese, basil, candied tomatoes, and bacon.
  6. Bake for 9 minutes (or follow instructions for your particular dough).

*This recipe is adapted from Jaime at http://momstestkitchen.com/2014/04/candied-margherita-pizza.html*

Candied Tomato Pizza

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SRC: Turkey Chorizo Burgers

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Today is my very first Secret Recipe Club Reveal Day! Each participating blogger is assigned a blog from another participating blogger and secretly searches their site for something to recreate. The accompanying blog post then goes live on reveal day! So while I was immersed in my assigned blog, someone else was picking through mine! I’m so excited to be part of this group, to see what on my blog peaks other’s interests and to stumble upon new blogs and new recipes.

For my first month participating I was assigned Lynsey’s blog Lynsey Lou’s. Lynsey has been married for six years (happy anniversary!) to a man she won over through food. Like me, she enjoys cooking most for her family and friends.  She learned how to cook from her family and enjoys experimenting in the kitchen. I have secretly pinned a few recipes from her blog to try out in the future, including: Pork Tenderloin with Cocoa Crust, Raspberry Cream Cheese Pie, and Grilled Chicken and Spinach Salad with Spicy Pineapple Dressing.

Even though SRC Reveal Day is on a Monday I didn’t want to limit myself to finding only Mexican recipes. But Lynsey had this burger recipe that I just knew I had to recreate! Lynsey and her family absolutely love burgers, and as they’re one of my favorite foods too I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to make one. Especially considering I don’t have any burger recipes on my blog yet! Other than my Frisco Melt recreation where I confess to being a terrible burger maker. Here’s to hoping I can do Lynsey’s recipe justice!

Turkey Chorizo Burger

When we were in Birmingham in January we went to Flip Burger Boutique where Stuart inhaled their Chorizo Burger, by which I mean I took two bites of my burger before I could even ask to try his! The Chorizo Burger came with a fried egg on top, so I decided to add that to her recipe. (I even put cheese on mine – and I normally omit cheese on burgers!)

This burger was a huge hit. Stuart was halfway through his burger before I finished assembling mine! We made this recipe after Daylight Savings Time so the sun was still out when we got home – providing for a prefect evening grilling burgers in the almost-spring weather.

Turkey Chorizo Burgers

Ingredients:

  • 1 poblano pepper
  • 1 C mayonnaise
  • 2 cloves garlic, divided use
  • juice of half a lime
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 3 links Mexican chorizo, casings removed
  • 1 1/2 tsp Creole seasoning
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 4 slices pepper jack cheese
  • Spinach
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 hamburger buns

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Place poblano pepper on a foil lined baking sheet and roast for 15 minutes, flipping every five minutes to create an even char. Remove pepper and place in glass bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let sit ten minutes. Peel skin and remove the stem and seeds. Roughly chop poblano and place in food processor along with mayo, 1 clove garlic, lime juice, and S+P. Puree.
  3. In a large bowl combine meats, 1 clove minced garlic, and seasonings. Divide into quarters and form into patties.
  4. Grill patties until cooked through to 160 degrees F, about 7 minutes on each side. In the last minutes of cook time top each patty with cheese. Spread buns with a little bit of oil and place on grill, if desired.
  5. Before assembling burgers fry eggs in a little bit of oil.
  6. Assemble burgers by putting chile mayo on each bun, top with spinach, burger, and fried egg.

*This recipe is modified from Lynsey at http://www.lynseylous.com/2012/07/turkey-and-chorizo-burgers-with-green.html*

Turkey Chorizo Burger

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