Sweet on Sugar Cookies Plus Valentine’s Day Hearts">Craving > Sweet on Sugar Cookies Plus Valentine’s Day Hearts

by heidi on February 9, 2012 · 17 comments

Sweet on Sugar Cookies Plus Valentine’s Day Hearts">

When I was in 7th grade I was OBSESSED with hearts. Anything hearts. Everything hearts. Hearts, hearts, hearts. I’d draw fat bubble hearts over and over, making my mark on just about everything my magic markers could get close to. Oh and rainbows and juicy red lips.

So its no surprise that my Smudge is now equally obsessed with the red pulsating symbols of happiness. She hasn’t quite hit the “love” obsession yet—she still has penguins and puppies inside of hearts on the brain—so in the voice of ex-NFL QB Kurt Warner, “Thank you Jesus!” that we have a few more years before teenage love=angst hits our doorstep.

So Smudge’s request for sugar cookies was no surprise. Of course she had to choose the ittiest, bittiest cookie cutter to create her love cookies and we broke out ALL of the decorating fixins. We made minis, maxis, and cookies on sticks. And then we ate. A lot. And then we made more cookies that may or may not make it into our valentine’s hands featuring these adorbs downloadable tags in one of my fave Foodie Crush fonts from Emily at Tar-Tryin.

This recipe is seriously the bomb and like my other childhood fave—my mom’s fudge—is the one Miss P (my mom) broke out anytime a cookie cutter and rolling pin were involved.

Way more flavorful than other doughs I’ve tried, this is one that you’re lucky if you have any left to actually bake cookies with. Hello beaters! Thanks to a dose of almond flavoring they’re a bit more unique and subbing granular white sugar with powdered sugar gives these cookies a more delicate bite that is far from cakelike that so many other sugar cookies recipes hold dear.

… read on valentine …

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The Simplest Alaskan King Crab Legs and a Valentine’s Dinner Round-Up">Craving > The Simplest Alaskan King Crab Legs and a Valentine’s Dinner Round-Up

by heidi on February 7, 2012 · 16 comments

The Simplest Alaskan King Crab Legs and a Valentine’s Dinner Round-Up"> The Simplest Alaskan King Crab Legs and a Valentine’s Dinner Round-Up" />

Hearts, sprinkles, love letters and romantic gestures from someone you’ve admired from afar. Or, maybe not. Valentine’s Day is one of the most anticipated holidays of the year. And the most dreaded.

But fear not the pudgy cherub with his pointy bow that may or may not be misdirected, it matters not whether you have a love in your life, you still need to feed your face.

A favorite of mine and my honey bunny poochie coo (er, husband) for V-day is keepin’ it simple with a bottle of wine and crackin’ crab in front of the Tivo and catching up on last week’s Parenthood.

Some people think crab is something you only get when you go out for that special meal, but honestly, we’re total opposites in that theory. Why spend all your dough on the restaurant mark-up when instead you can grab yourself a couple of extra legs to heat up toot sweet?

…wait there’s more…

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5 Snickerdoodle-Style Recipes">Craving > 5 Snickerdoodle-Style Recipes

by heidi on February 2, 2012 · 37 comments

5 Snickerdoodle-Style Recipes">

I don’t mean to brag, but eh-hem, I’m an award winner.

Yep, it’s true. A winner of a blue ribbon. Utah State Fair. 4th grade. Yes, I said a STATE FAIR BLUE RIBBON. For my Snickerdoodle recipe. Award winning baker I am.

 Smudge and I were going through some old boxes over Christmas and she discovered the coveted contest winning ribbon. In her eyes my status jumped immediately into the stratosphere ie: the realms of iCarly and her beloved Big Time Rush. Yep, rock star status.

 She’s been obsessing over why I was awarded the blue ribbon, my coveted Snickerdoodle recipe, and thus obsessing over us baking Snickerdoodles.

I have no idea where the recipe came from, maybe an easy-to-bake cookbook from 4-H, but it is seriously one of the best cookie recipes I’ve ever had. Light but moist, chewy and how easy is it to dump all of the ingredients into one bowl, mix and bake. It’s easier than buying store bought, pre-made, sausage-style cookie rolls.

Easy enough for a 4th grader (me), and now a 2nd grader (Smudge), to make. …wait, there’s more…

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Pork Belly Sliders and Superbowl Bites">Craving > Pork Belly Sliders and Superbowl Bites

by heidi on January 30, 2012 · 30 comments

Pork Belly Sliders and Superbowl Bites">

I have a long tradition with the Superbowl, and most of them I even remember past the 3rd quarter.

Now let me just say, in my defense, those memories usually depended upon which team I picked to win. And sometimes I wasn’t such a good picker.

Back in the day when my friends and I still thought we could hang like we did in college, if your chosen team was scored upon in any which way, it was a side game bet for our fellow party goers to see just how easily us losers could traverse crawling OUT the living room window, dropping DOWN to the driveway and partaking of a penalty shot. Oh. How. Dumb. In. Our. Youth. Yet another reason I’m thankful my twenties are in my rear view mirror.

This year, given my beloved 49ers are out of the running, it REALLY, really, really is all about the food: making, eating and grazing again.

G-dawg was fiddling around with a recipe for Pork Belly—which turned out deliciously—to top Ramen—that failed miserably—so we had a bunch of the bacon-ey slabs of love left over.
Always a fan of pork in any form—especially when it’s salty, peppery and crusty—he pulled together a quick and delicious version of a Banh Mi sandwich but in a manageable mini variety.

He’s a good cook that boy.

…wait, there’s more…
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10 Red Velvet Recipes With a Twist">Craving > 10 Red Velvet Recipes With a Twist

January 26, 2012
10 Red Velvet Recipes With a Twist"> 10 Red Velvet Recipes With a Twist" />

And another one bites the dust. As in years. As in last week was my birthday. It was a whirlwind week, filled with workin’ the day job, my once-a-week teaching gig and hitting SLC’s Grand America hotel for my second foray attending the Altitude Design Summit, or more fondly know as “Alt”. I met some [...]

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5 Super Stuffed Mushroom Recipes">Craving > 5 Super Stuffed Mushroom Recipes

January 24, 2012
5 Super Stuffed Mushroom Recipes"> 5 Super Stuffed Mushroom Recipes" />

For plenty of the boys out there—and yeah, don’t forget us girls ’cause we’re football fans too—Superbowl Sunday is the biggest day of the year filled with helmets crashing, cheerleaders pom-poming and beer cans crushing. I love Superbowl Sunday, not just for the hoopla that makes up the most popular game in sports nor because [...]

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From Butternut Squash to Bolognese: 7 Lasagna Recipes">Craving > From Butternut Squash to Bolognese: 7 Lasagna Recipes

January 17, 2012
From Butternut Squash to Bolognese: 7 Lasagna Recipes"> From Butternut Squash to Bolognese: 7 Lasagna Recipes" />

Finally! After 2 months of snow dances, dismay and downright worry, snow has lit upon the bare tree branches and is gracing us with its presence. What happened Mr. Snow Mizer? Did you get too much of us last year with your record snowfall last year? Huh? Huh? Well, we’re happy you’re here. And so [...]

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Pam Anderson of Three Many Cooks, Caesar Salad and a Giveaway">Crushing On > Pam Anderson of Three Many Cooks, Caesar Salad and a Giveaway

January 9, 2012
Pam Anderson of Three Many Cooks, Caesar Salad and a Giveaway"> Pam Anderson of Three Many Cooks, Caesar Salad and a Giveaway" />

Some lucky food bloggers are seeing their online blogs and recipes become real-life cookbooks. Pam Anderson took the opposite route. See, Pam is actually a very, very accomplished recipe developer and cookbook author—starting her career as the Executive Editor of Cook’s Illustrated magazine, yeah, you know, THAT one!—and is a New York Times best-selling author [...]

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A Focused FoodieCrush and Homemade Irish Cream">Resolution 2012 > A Focused FoodieCrush and Homemade Irish Cream

January 6, 2012
A Focused FoodieCrush and Homemade Irish Cream"> A Focused FoodieCrush and Homemade Irish Cream" />

The day called for a strong cup of coffee with a little something extra. I should have been cooking the recipe for stufffed mushrooms that I had bought all of the ingredients for and had now been sitting in the refrigerator for the past week and a half. I should have been sifting through my [...]

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Lobster Etouffee and 5 Cajun Crustacean Recipes">Craving > Lobster Etouffee and 5 Cajun Crustacean Recipes

January 3, 2012
Lobster Etouffee and 5 Cajun Crustacean Recipes"> Lobster Etouffee and 5 Cajun Crustacean Recipes" />

Baby its cold outside and I’m ready for some heat. So this big mama is pointing my cookin’ compass to ‘Nawlins baby! My first intro to real New Orleans cooking was years ago thanks to my little sister and bro-in-law, both oil execs who were working just outside New Orleans, who had invited us for [...]

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Ring In the New Year with Champagne Punch">Craving > Ring In the New Year with Champagne Punch

December 29, 2011
Ring In the New Year with Champagne Punch"> Ring In the New Year with Champagne Punch" />

I love my bubbly so when Carson Daly is counting down the final minutes of 2011 as we all wait for the big New Year’s Eve ball to drop, you can bet I’ll have a cold flute of Champagne or Prosecco in my hand, ready to toast in the new year. I may even be [...]

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Savory to Sweet: 6 Quick Breads and Cranberry Nut Bread">Craving > Savory to Sweet: 6 Quick Breads and Cranberry Nut Bread

December 27, 2011
Savory to Sweet: 6 Quick Breads and Cranberry Nut Bread"> Savory to Sweet: 6 Quick Breads and Cranberry Nut Bread" />

Food gifts are always a highlight of my gift giving holiday regimen. Is it because I like to cook? Or maybe because I like to eat (!). This year I was inspired by Jaclyn of Food + Words’ article about homemade gifts in the debut issue of FoodieCrush magazine (page 18) and planned on making [...]

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