Thursday, December 18, 2014

accordion potatoes

In my special delivery from The Little Potato Company, I received a package of cute little fingerling potatoes. I thought these would go great with our Turducken dinner and was the perfect time to try accordion or hasselback potatoes.


I sliced each potato, stopping before I reached the bottom. I then drizzled the potatoes with olive oil and sprinkled some salt and pepper. They cooked for about half an hour on 350 degrees. When they were done, I pulled them out of the oven and drizzled on some more oil and sprinkled them with Parmesan cheese. A handful of green onions provided a nice crunch and contrast and cilantro made the finishing touch.

These were so tasty! They had a nice crisp outside but the centers remained soft and creamy. I'll definitely be making these again!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

spicy fried potato balls (bateta wada)

I really love getting food in the mail so when The Little Potato Company sent me a few bags of potatoes, I was excited. Using these nuggets to create a dish or two, well the possibilities were endless.


When I saw the little Baby Boomer potatoes, I knew the perfect thing to make! With my mom's help, we made one of her specialties - fried potato balls with a spicy centre aka bateta wada.


These potato balls were surprisingly easy to make. The potatoes were boiled and peeled and cut in half. Each half was then dipped in chili powder before being pressed back together. The potatoes were then covered in batter before being fried.


These make a delicious appetizer or are perfect for tea time!

Spicy Fried Potato Balls (Bateta Wada)

1 lb little potatoes
2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup gram flour
Water
Oil for frying

Boil and peel the potatoes. Put the chili powder and salt in a plate. Cut each potato in half, dip the cut side in chili powder and put them back together.

In a bowl, add the gram flour and add enough water to make a batter. Cover the potatoes with batter and fry until golden. 


Sunday, December 14, 2014

turducken

Nothing says the holidays like a big turkey dinner with friends and family. This year, thanks to Echelon Foods, our family dinner consisted of the mother of all turkeys, a turducken!


A turducken is a turkey stuffed with a chicken, stuffed with a duck and then stuffed with stuffing. They have one with a chicken and apple stuffing so this non-pork eating girl was happy to finally try one!


Although it was available in some local stores, I was happy to have been able to order the turducken from Costco. Online shopping is the best!

Cooking a turducken can't get any easier! You take it out of the wrapper and stick it in the oven. It's already seasoned and tied, all ready to go!


As the turducken cooked, the house was filled with an amazing aroma, getting us hungry by the second. Dinner did not disappoint! It was juicy and tasty and was  a hit with everyone - even the picky eaters! The juices contributed to a fantastic tasting gravy. 

We left the table with full bellies, all of us ready for a nap!


Echelon Foods provided me with a turducken to try. All opinions are my own.

Friday, December 12, 2014

slow cooker cinnamon almonds

The slow cooker is a wonderful thing. It makes the best tasting chili, tender ribs and the juiciest chicken. When I saw this recipe for cinnamon almonds made in the slow cooker, I was curious. Could it really be used to make sugar and cinnamon coated almonds and actually turn out well? Yes!


Unlike most recipes made in the slow cooker where you can just walk away until it's done, this recipe requires a little extra attention, but not much. Cooked on high, these almonds are stirred every 20 minutes, to ensure that the nuts don't get burnt.


These were delicious! They were super easy and super tasty. Put them in a little jar, and they make the perfect homemade gift for the holidays!


Slow Cooker Cinnamon Almonds 
From Crockpot 365
cooking spray
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 tablespoons cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
1 egg white
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 1/4 cups whole raw almonds  
Use a 4-quart slow cooker. Spray the stoneware well with cooking spray. In a mixing bowl, combine sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Set this bowl aside 
In a larger mixing bowl, whisk together the egg white and vanilla extract. Pour the almonds into this bowl and stir well to coat. Add your cinnamon mixture to the top of the nuts and toss with spoons to fully coat. 
Put the almonds into the slow cooker and cover. Cook on high for 2 hours, stirring every 20 minutes. After 2 hours, take the nuts out of the slow cooker and spread them on foil or parchment paper.


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

candy cane bark and the sweet holiday blog hop

Today I'm teaming up with some amazing Calgary bloggers for a Sweet Holiday Blog Hop. We are all sharing something sweet for the holiday season.

This has been shared before but this candy cane bark is definitely worth mentioning again. The two layers of chocolate topped with crushed candy canes is always a hit. It's super easy to make and is definitely a fan favourite. Click here for the recipe.


Are you ready for some more tasty treats? Follow along on our blog hop! Simply click on each of the links below and check out everyone's delicious creations. Have fun and pin away!

Bakers Beans (Orange Gingerbread Cookies)
Because I Like Chocolate (Vegan Nanaimo Bars)
Dinner with Julie (Sticky Toffee Pudding)
Dish N The Kitchen (Salted Pistachio Sabl├ęs)
Heather's Eats (Butter Tarts)
Merry About Town (Nutella, Pretzel and Cranberry No-Bake Cookies)
Miss Foodie's Gourmet Adventures (Hazelnut Shortbread)
Scrumptiously Fit Food (Spicy Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies)

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

christmas crack

Last year, one of the favourites found in my Christmas baking boxes was Christmas Crack. I was intrigued when I saw it on Julie's blog and once I made it, I knew I was in trouble. Who knew that crackers with butter, sugar and chocolate could make something so amazing....and addictive!


I did a little holiday baking today for neighbours and friends and whipped up a batch of these. If you have a little self control and don't eat them all, these are perfect for gifting.


For step by step instructions with pictures, check out Dinner with Julie.

Christmas Crack
From Dinner with Julie
 
1 1/2 sleeves salted saltine crackers
1 1/4 cups butter
1 1/4 cups packed brown sugar
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips  
Preheat the oven to 350F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment, foil or a silicone mat to prevent clean-up after (and to make it easier to get the crack out); line with saltine crackers, placing them right together.  
In a medium saucepan, bring the butter and brown sugar to a boil over medium-high heat. Let it bubble for 3 minutes, then remove from the heat and pour it evenly over the crackers. Spread it with a knife to fill any gaps. 
Place in the oven and bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until deep golden.  
Remove from the oven, let cool for a few minutes and then scatter chocolate chips overtop while the caramel is still hot. Let sit for a few minutes, then spread with a knife until smooth. 
Cool completely before breaking into pieces.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

cookies for the holidays!

It's December! That means it's time to get baking for all those cookie exchanges, holiday parties and homemade gifts for family and friends. Here's a round up of some cookies perfect for the occasion!


Cherry Jam Palmiers
One of the easiest cookies to make, these palmiers are fast with only a handful of ingredients.


Peppercorn Shorbread
An odd combination, but these buttery peppery cookies are delicious!


Hazelnut Nutella Cookies
Soft and chunky, these are the perfect cookies to leave for the big man!


Lavender Shortbread
A little bit of lavender goes a long way in these buttery morsels.


Mint Chocolate Cookies
Mint and chocolate are a match made in heaven. These cookies are soft and rich and pair perfectly with a glass of cold milk.


Chocolate and Almond Whipped Shortbread
These are one of my favourites and always a fun one for the kids to decorate. They are whipped for ten minutes and are buttery and delicious!


Heart Sugar Cookies
Made with love, the glaze on these babies is so delicious!


Chocolate Dipped Walnut Shortbread
The humble shortbread is elevated by the addition of walnuts and dipped in chocolate.


Chocolate Chip Cookies
Everyone is happy for a classic at a cookie exchange. These chocolate chip cookies are decadent and delicious.


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