Sunday, November 27, 2011

Thanksgiving Cornbread

Our first Thanksgiving together in DC did not disappoint. We were far from home and our families, but were surrounded by friends, alcohol and good food. We feasted on a variety of unbelievable dishes (more recipes to come) but this was one of my favorites. Its sweet, moist, and pretty healthy overall.

1/2 cup light butter
2/3 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 cup nonfat milk
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup cornmeal
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease an 8 inch square pan. Melt butter and stir in sugar. Add the eggs and beat until well-blended. In a separate bowl, combine nonfat milk and lemon juice with baking soda and stir into egg/butter mixture. Add in cornmeal, flour, and salt until the bumps are gone. Pour batter into the pan and bake for 35 minutes.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Holiday Oatmeal

I had some leftover pumpkin from the pumpkin cookies I made last weekend. I can't bear to throw that stuff away, so I stuffed the mush into a small tupperware and stuck it in the fridge. Decided to scoop a big heap into my bowl of oatmeal this morning. I also added a little cinnamon, brown sugar and a splash of almond milk. This warm creamy bowl of scrumptiousness was the perfect way to start the crisp fall morning.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Good Luck Glazed Pumpkin Cookies

After suffering through a pretty tough day of moving into a new apartment with my boyfriend- you know, the kind of day where you smash the Uhaul mirror and carry a couch up six flights of stairs and then realize that you are unable to fit it through the doorway - so I decided to make some pumpkin cookies to help us remember the small joys in life.

Well it turns out that these happen to be the best pumpkin cookies in the world. They mark the turning point in our recent string of bad luck. They are a reminder that despite it's obstacles, sometimes life can be absolutely delicious. That denting two trucks in two days, that getting a $500 bill from the cable company for unreturned equipment, that enduring a lovely case of food poisoning right before the start of Notre Dame v. Maryland game is not really that bad when you have something this scrumptious to sit and enjoy when the trials have passed.

2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350. Mix together the first 6 dry ingredients and set aside. In a large mixer, mix butter, sugar, pumpkin, egg and vanilla. Add the dry ingredients slowly until combined. The dough is gooey and cake-like, so you will need to use a spoon to scoop them onto a lightly greased baking sheet. Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes.

For the Glaze:
Mix together confectioners sugar, milk, and a little melted butter (I just usually go by taste - if you have cream cheese, adding a little bit adds a nice flavor element as well).

After the cookies have cooled completely, take a spoon full of the glaze and creatively toss/drizzle the glaze onto the tops of the cookies.