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Quinoa and Berry Salad with Fresh Pear Dressing

By Erika on June 4th, 2014 / / No Comments

National Jerky Day is June 12th and it got me thinking. How could I make a meal out of jerky and not have it feel like I was eating a football? I know what you’re thinking… JERKY??? Most people think all jerky is going to be as tough to chew as a football and wouldn’t EVEN consider putting that into a recipe! But NOT so!!! I have seen people in airports and on the streets devouring this stuff in a bag so I got my hands on some Krave Jerky. It’s so moist and tender- really flavorful!!  I realized that this could be a quick answer to protein in salads, sandwiches and even cocktails!

The second I tried the Lemon Garlic Turkey Jerky I thought this would be delicious on my favorite Quinoa and Berry Salad with a Fresh Pear Dressing. Give this a whirl and let me know what you think.

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Peach and Basil Bliss

By Erika on May 9th, 2014 / / 1 Comment

 

 

Perfectly refreshing for Mother’s Day and a great alternative to the Peach Bellini, this is herbal mixology at its best! Peach and basil go so well together and this drink goes down a little TOO easily…watch out! I am a vodka drinker so I substitute vodka for the bourbon and it sure does wet my whistle!

My Peach and Basil Bliss is a part of RedEnvelope’s Mother’s Day Brunch Cocktail series. I was so happy they asked me to participate- I have found many wonderful and thoughtful Mother’s Day gifts over the years at Red Envelope!

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Chicken and Dumplings

By Erika on March 23rd, 2014 / / 17 Comments

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Doesn’t this chilly weather call for a nice big bowl of steaming hot goodness? Well, The Best Chicken and Dumplings is definitely the answer for me today. There is something that just screams back to my childhood when I eat those cute little fluffy balls of dough swimming in that hot and flavorful broth…YUM. In my younger years I always thought this would be really hard to make…but honestly, they are very easy. There are a few steps here but nothing crazy. And believe me, this dish is SO worth any effort it takes to make them.

Speaking of making chicken and dumplings, I always make mine in my favorite Le Creuset Dutch Oven. I waited until I was a mature adult before I invested in one of the babies and BOY OH BOY are they just awesome to cook in. Well, today is a lucky day for one of my readers…We are  having an incredible giveaway that includes a Le Creuset Dutch Oven so they can make this scrumptious meal in it! Enter the giveaway here.

Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls

By Erika on March 20th, 2014 / / 42 Comments

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 Oh. MY. There are no words for how delicious these cinnamon rolls are. These are BETTER than Cinnabon- super moist and so flavorful!  When I see Cinnabon copycat recipes on the internet I think about how similar these are but mine are a little different. I use scalded milk. Why? Well, my grandmother used scalded milk and that’s the only way I have ever made them. I remember making a version of these when I was a kid and I used the HOT scalded milk…needless to say my cinnamon rolls did not rise and it was a major disaster. I also use a little more salt in the dough to enhance the flavor and cut the sweetness a little. Then of course is the apple filling. Once again, Oh. MY. These are the cinnamon rolls you dream about- gooey in the center, with a cream cheese frosting. Now add the tart apples and this is a serious cinnamon roll.

I always make these Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls the day before Christmas and heat them up Christmas morning… they are always a huge hit in my house and disappear instantly!

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Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls | The Hopeless Housewife

 

Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls | The Hopeless Housewife

 

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Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls | The Hopeless Housewife

 

Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls  | The Hopeless Housewife

 

Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls

Yield: Makes 12 cinnamon rolls

Ingredients:

For the dough:
1 package yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)
1/2 cup lukewarm water
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup scalded milk, cooled to warm
1/3 cup melted butter
1 egg, room temperature
2 teaspoons salt
4 cups bread flour (or all-purpose flour)
Filling:
6 tablespoons melted butter, divided
5 granny smith apples, peeled, cored, and diced
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
Glaze:
1/4 cup cream cheese, softened
4 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions:

In a small bowl, add yeast and 2 teaspoons of the sugar to the lukewarm water and let it sit until it dissolves, about 10 minutes. In the mixing bowl of a stand mixer using the dough hook attachment, (or a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer) add scalded milk, melted butter, egg, remaining sugar, and salt and mix on low speed until combined. Add half of the flour and mix until smooth. Add yeast mixture and continue to mix on low. Slowly add the remaining flour (if using an electric mixer you will have to stop when it's getting hard to mix and use a wooden spoon to incorporate the rest of the four as best you can- the motor of the electric mixer will burn out- then turn dough to a floured surface and knead for 5 minutes, folding the dough over onto itself and pushing down repeatedly). For a stand mixer, increase the speed to medium and knead for 5 minutes. Remove dough, place in a greased bowl, cover, and set aside on countertop or warm place. Let it rise until it is double in size, about 2 hours.
While dough is rising, make the filling. Heat 4 tablespoons of the butter and sugar in a large skillet, then add the apples. Sauté until apples are slightly caramelized. Remove from heat and set aside.
When dough has risen, remove cover and, using your fist, punch the dough down and remove from the bowl. Roll out on a well-floured surface into a 16x24 inch rectangle and spread the remaining 2 tablespoons butter almost out to the edges, but not quite. Mix the brown sugar with the cinnamon and sprinkle evenly across the butter. Spread the apple mixture over the brown sugar as evenly as you can. Roll into a log, starting from one end to the other, lengthwise, so the log is 24 inches. Cut 2 inch slices, this will give you 12 cinnamon rolls.
Line a 9x13 baking pan with parchment paper and butter the parchment. The cinnamon roll slices close together, but not touching, in the pan. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise until the dough is doubled, 1 1/2-2 hours.
While the rolls are rising, preheat the oven to 375°F. Bake for about 20-22 minutes, being careful not to over-bake them.
While the cinnamon rolls are baking, mix cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, vanilla, and salt together with an electric or stand mixer on medium speed and set aside. When cinnamon rolls come out of the oven, spread the glaze over the top and serve.
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Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls | The Hopeless Housewife

Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls | The Hopeless Housewife

Butter Mint Chocolate Push Pops

By Erika on March 13th, 2014 / / 1 Comment

 

Butter Mint Chocolate Push pops are so fun and kids just LOVE them! I used my favorite brownie recipe and made a wonderful butter mint cream filling…the flavor is spot-on with the yummy butter mints you snake a big handful of when leaving a restaurant.

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Thai Peanut and Chicken Flatbread

By Erika on February 25th, 2014 / / 5 Comments

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Looking for something new to spice up your weekly meal plan?  Give this Thai Peanut and Chicken Flatbread a try! The flatbread in this recipe is leavened with yeast and cooks up nice and bubbly. The tangy peanut sauce, crunchy peanuts, tender chicken and crisp carrots all make up this delicious snack, appetizer or even your main course.

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5 Ways to Say Be Mine to Your Valentine

By Erika on February 11th, 2014 / / No Comments

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Chocolate Cupcakes with Red Velvet Frosting from A Spicy Perspective

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Valentine’s Chocolate Marshmallow Pops from Boulder Locavore

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Spicy Chocolate Bark with Chipotle and Almonds from Foodie Crush

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Red Velvet Molten Lava Cakes from Half Baked Harvest

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Authentic Fish Tacos w/Lime Herb Mayo

By Erika on January 29th, 2014 / / 4 Comments

I could eat these everyday…crispy, flaky and tender fish topped with tangy slaw, tomatillo salsa, spicy pico de gallo, cool and creamy herb lime mayo and of course guacamole! I think mexican food is my favorite and this recipe sure helps keep me a fan for life.

You can make your own tortillas if you have the extra time it’s pretty easy with just two ingredients-  masa harina (corn flour) and water. A little work kneading, rolling or pressing the tortillas then toss on a hot cast iron pan. If you are not feeling adventurous or you don’t have, the time store-bought tortillas are great too!

 

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Easy Caramel Apple Turnovers

By Erika on January 25th, 2014 / / 3 Comments

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Is it Sunday morning yet? These are SO yummy and easy I could make them almost every day of the week, actually!

Buttery, flaky pastry filled with tart apples and a sweet buttery caramel sauce…bring it on. This brings me back to my childhood SO much I can’t even tell you…on cold winter mornings when my mom would pull these out of the oven my sister sand I would run to the kitchen and fight over who got which one. My sister usually won most every contest of strength and will (ask me sometime about Easter morning when I was 6 when she “took” the best Easter basket and teddy bear then taunted me about it for 15 years) so she always got the gooiest one. Love you Kristin!

Enough nostalgia, back to the turnovers. These are SO easy to make with the help of some pre-made puff pastry dough. The hardest part is the peeling/coring/slicing of the apples, which isn’t too bad. Happy Saturday!

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Frosty Lemon Drop Martini #CocktailDay

By Erin on January 19th, 2014 / / 28 Comments

Everyone who knows me knows me knows I love a great lemon drop martini, and if you come to my house for a cocktail party, chances are you will probably be having one yourself! One of my tricks is to shake the martini shaker like mad and use lots of ice in your shaker– it makes these extra frosty and delicious!

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