Sunday, May 31, 2009

List: Tasty

I've been busy dealing with... stuff. If you know me in real life, you know what I'm talking about. Things will be better soon.

I thought I'd list out all the recipes from The Pioneer Woman that I've made so far, because 1) Yum and 2) I am curious to see my own list and 3) you need to try some of these too!

Apple Tart- So easy!!
Apricot Bars
Beans and Cornbread- I keep making this. It is cheap and tasty.
The Bread (herb-y)
Cinnamon Rolls (omg)
Egg in a Hole- Egg! In a hole!! That is all I have to say.
Ginger Steak Salad
Macaroni and Cheese
Monkey Bread
Mystery Rolls
Onion Strings
Penne a la Betsy
The Pioneer Woman's Favorite Sandwich- This is seriously super good.
Roasted Potato Wedges

There are a lot more that I have my eye on... I only found the website 3-4 months ago.

You might gasp if you saw the highlighted index of my 2009 Cooking Light book, where I marked all the recipes from the magazine I made in the last year, for future re-cooking. I spent like four hours doing that today.

I wish I could just cook and knit and bake all day, instead of this pesky "work" stuff.

Thursday, May 07, 2009

67 Cinnamon Rolls!

So, I made eight pans of cinnamon rolls tonight with this recipe.

Go take a look....

Ok. Now, the only problem with that recipe is that it does not accurately portray the FREAKING OUT that will occur if you attempt to make these by yourself. Okay, maybe if you have Ree Drummond's kitchen it would be okay, but not here in teenycondokitchen. We didn't even have enough counter space to roll out the dough, so I floured the kitchen table and we rolled the dough out on that. And then poured melted butter all over the dough. (Yes... about that melted butter. She says 1 1/2 - 2 cups but WOAH that is way too much.)

Said freakout happened when I could tell that there was imminent danger of melted butter flowing right off the dough and onto the table and floor. Which it did. Then, when I was rolling the dough up, a huuuuge flood of melted butter-sugar-cinnamon started charging toward another side of the table, and how can you be sitting there playing video games? There is melty cinnamon sugar butter falling onto the floor!!! Get up! Help!

I think I lost a few days off my lifespan there. Fortunately the second batch of dough went better, since it was cooler in the house and we rolled the dough much much thinner. And I didn't even attempt to use 1 1/2 cups of melted butter.

I made a lot of cinnamon rolls... more than I thought was possible to make.

In the morning I'll be making these "Mystery Rolls" at school. (Also from The Pioneer Woman) It is my turn for treats, and I have a tradition of slightly insane baking. Usually it involves two large sheet cakes, plus something else.

Ah yes, we made soft pretzels from scratch last Sunday. They're from Smitten Kitchen.

(Maybe I'm a little crazy with the baking this week. I also made my first from-scratch brownies last night. They're "Brrrr-ownies" from the book Baking: From My Home to Yours. They have York peppermint patties in them.)

Enjoy! Go do some crazy baking! Or come be my coworker and enjoy the baked goods I keep bringing to school because I tend to make too much...