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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Oatmeal Raisin Sourdough Muffins and 25 Great Brunch Recipes


     We have a new member of the household that I haven't told you much about yet.  Her name is Bertha.  She came into being a few weeks back and thus far has been a good house guest.  She requires a little attention now and then and needs fed at least once a week.  The best part is she makes delicious baked goods.  Beautiful boules of bread, sandwich loaves and she has even made a delicious batch of pasta.  And now she is making muffins!  She is so versatile and handy to have around!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Netflix Giveaway

     It's a giveaway kind of week at Cooking With Carlee!  If you haven't checked it out yet, there is a Starbucks giveaway going on now.  And if you don't like fancy coffee, maybe you like movies!  Enter either or enter both! (Definitely enter both!)  You could win $100 and support some amazing bloggers in the process.  Enjoy and good luck!

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Fluffy Mocha Mousse Frosting & a Starbucks Gift Card Giveaway!


      This frosting is a fun and delicious twist on one of my all-time favorite frostings, Vicki's Whipped Cream Frosting.  I just love how light and fluffy it turns out.  I replaced some of the flour with cocoa powder and added just a bit of instant coffee granules to deepen the flavor.  I also went ahead and threw the sugar in with the milk when I cooked it.  It works great either way, but this way ensure that there won't be any grainy texture left in the frosting.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Scalloped Potatoes with Ham


     I tend to forget that we are only a family of three when I buy groceries.  I love buying whole hams, big pork butts and massive roasts.  But don't worry, none of it goes to waste!  Matt thinks my reworked leftover meals are some of my best work.  He always looks forward to what crazy things I am going to dream up.  Most of them don't make the blog, because it's hard for you to recreate our strange leftover bits to get started.  Some are great for the blog though, because having bit of leftover ham or pulled pork is a common occurrence (right?  We cant be the only ones, can we?!)

Monday, April 25, 2016

Honey Cinnamon Crunch Ice Cream - Mondays with MiMi


     If you have followed Carlee for long, you may have guessed that we are never at a shortage for a little something sweet after dinner.  I always try to make a special dessert for our weekly family dinners.  On this particular week I was planning to serve this honey cinnamon crunch ice cream.  I saw a recipe fr cinnamun crunch ice cream on SugarHero, but it was a cooked custard type ice cream.  I usually try to avoid cooked ice cream recipes so I came up with my own base and love the flavor of cinnamon in the ice cream.  It tastes very similar to the churro ice cream I made last year for Cinco de Mayo.  The cinnamon crunch makes this really different in a really good way.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Upside Down Angel Food Cupcakes

The oldest bakery in my small town is famous for their angel food cupcakes.  They serve them upside down and with just a bit of frosting. This is my copycat and you have to give them a try!


     I am really excited to be joining a great group of bloggers called the Sunday Supper Movement.  They have a mission to bring Sunday Supper back to the family table.  Each week there is a theme and this week Sue from A Palatable Pastime chose regional favorites.  Isn't that a fun one?  I found it to be a challenging one as well.

     I was wracking my brain about what my region does better than others.  I thought about doing BBQ pork steaks as a nod to being close to St. Louis, but I wasn't sure if I have the chops to tell other people how to grill.  It was tempting to do Chicago style pizza, but I haven't made a recipe that stands up to the real deal yet.  So I want to wait until I find the perfect recipe.  A horseshoe sounded tempting too and I think that is one that everyone might not know about yet.  But with the nice weather, I couldn't fathom the idea of doing such a heavy meal.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Sweetened Condensed Milk Buttercream Frosting

Adding a little "liquid gold" sweetened condensed milk to buttercream makes it feel extra special.  It add that little bit of rich depth of flavor you can't get anywhere else!



     Our favorite local bakery has the most delicious treats.  It is one of those where with every bite you wonder what it is that sets it apart and why when you try to recreate it at home it is always just missing that little something.  I like that it has that little special something.  I like the mystery.  MiMi can't handle a mystery.  She has to know!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Haleakala Cake


This cake is amazing! It is LOADED with pineapple and then coated in a big white cloud of frosting. Add a little coconut to drive the taste of the tropics home!


     My grandpa celebrated his 85th birthday earlier this month!  He and grandma invited everyone over for pizza and cake.  I love making desserts when I have a chance to share them with a group, so I called to see if I could bring a cake too.  Of course they said yes, because who doesn't want more cake?!   So I pulled out Maida's Cake Book and went to business deciding which of April's Cake Slice cakes I planned to make.  Luckily the decision was pretty easy.  This Haleakala Cake sounded amazing and perfectly fitting for a birthday.  There is just something about layer cakes that scream "let's celebrate!"

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

One Pan BBQ Pulled Pork and Rice Skillet Supper

     Have you figured out by now we are pork people?  I know I have gone over my love of pulled pork many times.  I love how easy and versatile it is.  What I love even more is playing with the leftovers.  I have turned them in enchiladas, Brunswick stew, even baked chimichangas.  All of which are delicious.  But sometimes you just don't want the hassle of a bunch of dishes, yet you are just not in the mood for another pulled pork sandwich.  What's a person to do?

Monday, April 18, 2016

Better Apple Butter - Mondays With MiMi


     We started making our own Apple Butter a few years ago when I wanted to have control over the kind (and quantity) of sweeteners we were putting into our bodies. I love cooking with local raw honey so that is what I use most often. I love the flavor that maple syrup adds to Apple Butter. Since my son, Clint, brings apples to me in the fall I turn them into applesauce. I hope to share that recipe with you this fall when I make more. It is very easy to make and we like it so much better than the store-bought applesauce. Cooking it down into an apple butter is a great way to enjoy that taste of fall all year long. 

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Swiss and Asparagus Tart


     There is just something so fresh and fun about spring!  Don't get me wrong, I love a good casserole and there is nothing quite as homey as a great bowl of hot soup with a side of freshly baked bread.  But as the weather warms up and the produce section of the grocery store begins to move into the next season, it makes me a very happy girl!  Finally the fresh strawberries have color and flavor again and the asparagus!  Give me all of the asparagus!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Eggs Benedict Tarts - A Fun New Take on a Brunch Classic

     Sometimes I am just in the mood for something delicious and decadent.  Ok, that is most times.  But I do try to only give in every so often.  It seems in the spring I think of brunch a bit more often than normal.  It must be that Easter and Mothers Day both seem to call for delicious brunch items.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Easy Hollandaise Sauce


      Hollandaise sauce is one of those things that seems a bit intimidating to make.  I am not sure why.  Maybe it is just the separating of the eggs?  Or the fact that it is French and therefore hard?!  The funny thing is, it is really quite easy to make.  It just takes a few ingredients and a couple of minutes.  It is certainly not a low-fat food, but every once in a while you just have to treat yourself!  The only special equipment you will need is an immersion blender.  If you don't have one, you can do the same thing in your blender.  You just need to have the ability to be blending while drizzling in the butter.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Myrtle's Jambalaya - Mondays with MiMi


     This recipe comes from a Rees family cookbook that Carlee's grandma, grandpa and aunt Donna put together.  Their favorite jambalaya recipe came from family friend, Myrtle Marie Lura. Grandma Rae changed the recipe by adding one large can of V8 juice. I changed it a little more by adding more rice to make it  less soupy. I also added 1 pound of peeled shrimp and 1 pound of smoked sausage at the end of the cooking time because that is the way we like jambalaya. You can add or subtract whatever meats you choose. The original recipe calls for margarine but I naturally changed it to butter. 

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Pan Roasted Brussel Sprouts


     Brussel sprouts are one of those veggies that it is so easy to hate on.  I love brussel sprouts and even I do it.  When teasing Jax about yucky food it is usually a toss-up whether I say liver and onions or brussel sprouts.  Honestly, I can't say I've ever even had liver and onions.  So I may love that too.  What I do know is when Jax tried these, he was quite surprised that he likes brussel sprouts.  Now it won't be nearly as fun to tease him!

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Polish Placek Coffee Cake #FoodieExtravaganza


    When I saw that this month's theme for Foodie Extravaganza was coffee cake, I knew I wanted to do something fun and a little different.  With this year's Easter Open House being a brunch theme, I had the perfect venue to serve lots of coffee cake! Nana's family is Polish, so I thought it would be fun to try out another fun Polish recipe.  The babka from I made last year around Easter was so fun, I knew there had to be more delicious Polish recipes that would fit the bill.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Slow Cooker Hula Pork


     Have you caught on to our love of pork yet?  K.C.and Pops try to outdo each other on their smokers.  Nana and Mr. Mike grill a lot of pork too.   My Aunt Jenny is famous for her grilled bacon wrapped pork loin. I tend to cook mine indoors.  Whether it's carnitas, indoor pulled pork, or balsamic braised pork, we love it!  That doesn't even count the pork chop recipes, we love those too!  Ooh, and the stuffed pork loins (the apple one is amazing!)

Monday, April 4, 2016

Creamy Coleslaw - Mondays With MiMi


    Our family has been enjoying this coleslaw for years.  The original recipe is from The Better Homes and Gardens red and white checked cookbook that Pops and I received as a wedding gift 34 years ago.  I changed it just a little to suit our tastes.  So many of the meals I grew up eating came from my mom's red and white checked cookbook that she got as a wedding gift.  My daughters all have one too.  I have gifted many brides with their own copies.  Hopefully they will use theirs as references for years too!
-MiMi

Friday, April 1, 2016

Easter Candy S'mores Dip


     If you are anything like me, you have a love/hate relationship with Easter candy.  At first, like in any new relationship, it is all love.  Chocolate eggs and jellybeans, where have you been all my life?  I have missed you so.  Please come around more often.  Then Eater comes and the candy multiplies.  Why yes, I will have another peanut butter egg.  Thanks for asking!  Then by a couple days after Easter, all your favorites are gone.  How does a whole bag of those mini eggs disappear into thin air like that?!  (Don't judge... they are so little and soooooo good!)