Holiday Desserts Galore

Well another year has quickly come to an end and the holidays are just around the corner. Time to break out the new recipes and maybe a few classic ones, but nonetheless treats that will tantalize even the picky of eaters. Now last year I had done a simple set of desserts and a side.

  1. Iced Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies
  2. Pumpkin Molasses Cupcakes
  3. Pumpkin Cheesecake
  4. Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

This year I will be bringing back a classic cake that I haven’t made in a while. But most of all the rest of the desserts will be new recipes. So here are the desserts and sides that will be served this year for the holidays.

  1. Dulce de Leche Cake
  2. Upside-Down Caramel Apple Rolls
  3. Pumpkin Pie Bars
  4. Snickerdoodle Cupcakes with Cookies
  5. Gingerbread Latte Cupcakes
  6. Shortbread Cookies
  7. Mini Pumpkin Bread

(Side Note: Will be adding links to the list after Thanksgiving)

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Christmas tree cupcakes

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Chicken Pot Pie

It’s now early autumn and raining constantly. I wanted to make something comforting and effortless. So I figured a chicken pot pie would do the trick. Finding a decent recipe was pretty simple, since the last time I had homemade chicken pot pie it was terrible. Sorry dad, but it was dry and salty. Spotting Ina Garten’s Chicken Pot Pie episode it seemed pretty easy to make. With a few adjustments to suit my needs and such. I will also be showing you how to freeze this delicious chicken pot pies. Found the idea from The Kitchen. The containers that I will used are the Hefty 3ct EZ Foil Mini Loaf Pans.

Here are the ingredients needed for this recipe:

  • 3-4 chicken breasts, skinless and boneless
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 5 cups chicken stock/broth
  • 2 chicken bouillon cubes (I used the powder version, 2 tsp.)
  • 8 Tbsp. unsalted butter, 1 stick (I added 1/2 stick as well)
  • 2 cups yellow onions, chopped
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups carrots, diced, blanched for 5 minutes
  • 2-3 russet potatoes, diced, blanched for 10 minutes (I used red, but found it staying to firm when done baking)
  • 2 stalks of celery, diced, blanched for 5 minutes
  • 2 cups frozen peas, rinsed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp. rosemary, minced
  • 1/4 cup freshly minced parsley
  • 1 package frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 egg, beaten

Step 1: Preheat the over to 350°F.

Step 2: Place the chicken breast on a baking sheet and rub the olive oil over them.

Step 3: Sprinkle generously with the salt and ground pepper.

Step 4: Roast for 20-30 minutes, or until cooked through.

Step 5: Set aside until cool enough to handle.

Step 6: Cut the chicken breasts into large dices, about 4-6 cups.

Step 7: In a small saucepan, heat the chicken stock.

Step 8: Dissolve the bouillon cubes in the stock and simmer over low heat.

Step 9: In a large pot, melt the butter.

Step 10: Saute the onions over medium-low heat for 6-8 minutes, until onions are translucent.

Step 11: Add the flour and cook over low heat, stirring constantly for 2 minutes.

Step 12: Add in the hot chicken stock to the sauce.

Step 13: Simmer over low heat for 1 minute until it thickens.

Step 14: Add in 2 tsp. salt, 1/2 tsp. ground pepper, heavy cream, carrots, celery, potatoes, herbs, and cooked chicken. Mix well and remove from heat.

Step 15: Preheat the over to 375°F.

Step 16: Roll out puff pastry on a floured surface until 1/4 inch thick.

Step 17: Using foil containers to gauge size, cut pastry into rectangles, leaving enough space to fold over edges of containers, about 1/2-inch.

Step 18: Fill foil containers with chicken and vegetable mixture, all the way to the top. (Remove the bay leaf)

Step 19: Brush sides and edges of foil containers with egg-wash.

Step 20: Place pastry over foil containers and press edges so the egg mixture holds them against the sides. (If freezing, stop here, cover pies with foil and place in freezer. Start at step 21 when you take them out of the freezer.)

Step 21: Brush tops of pot pies with egg and cut several slits to allow steam to escape.

Step 22: Sprinkle tops with sea salt. (Optional)

Step 23: Place pies on a baking sheet and bake for 1 hour, or until the top is golden brown and the filling is bubbling hot. (I recommend the full hour because of the potatoes)

Liebster Blog Award

So I logged onto my blog today and saw that I was nominated for the Liebster Blog Award, by Tasha in the Kitchen. Here is a link to her blog.

http://tashainthekitchen.wordpress.com/

Here are some information on the award:

“The Liebster Blog Award is given to up coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers.

The Meaning; Liebster is German and means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kindly, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.

The rules for the Liebster Blog Award are:

1. Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog.  

2. Link back to the blogger who awarded you.

3. Copy & paste the blog award on your blog

4. Reveal your 5 blog picks.

5. Let them know you choose them by leaving a comment on their blog.”

Here are my 5 picks:

1. Chocolate and Pearls: http://burnedcookware.wordpress.com/ Simple and straightforward

2. Tasha in the Kitchen: http://tashainthekitchen.wordpress.com/ Easy inexpensive Scottish food

3. Penny’s Food Blog: http://pennysfoodblog.wordpress.com/ Quick and descriptive

4. Dying for Chocolate: http://dyingforchocolate.blogspot.com/ Desserts and chocolates galore

5. Baked Perfection: http://www.bakedperfection.com/ Mouthwatering desserts

Thank you again Tasha in the Kitchen. I am now off to tell others of their nominations.

Missing

I will be unable to post any new pictures with my recipes for the next month. Reason: mom is taking my camera to Hong Kong for the next month. So it’s a no go with the pictures for a while. But rest-assure I will be back to posting as soon as I have my camera back in my possession.

American Breakfast

I felt the need to make some heart wrenching breakfast. So I made a traditional American breakfast to quench this need. The breakfast consisted of: bacon, scrambled eggs, and fried toast. I cooked it all in the same pan, but at different times. Cooked the bacon first so that I could use the bacon grease for frying up the other items. Next I scrambled the eggs and fried them up. Finally I used some of the bacon grease and fried the bread. I feel fat now, but I can’t help it. Fatty foods are just so yummy.

  • 3 slices of bacon, fried till crisp
  • 3 large eggs, scrambled with some milk and sugar
  • 2 slices of potato bread

Ending the meal with a cup of tea.

Notes: You could also add some fluffy pancakes to this meal and a glass of orange juice.

A New Day For A New Life

Hello to all who are reading this. I want to share with you a way from a busy life. A hectic day needs to have a moment of peace and cooking seems to be mine. This blog will be dedicated to that, which is cooking and baking a peaceful moment in life. I may not be able to post everyday, but I will try to post as often as possible.

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