Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Empanadas and Awards

This is the second installment of Blogger Finds. Blogger Finds is my little way of honoring some of the blogs that I visit and the wonderful dishes that their authors create and share. When you see a link to another blogger’s site please visit them, they are some of the best and they have some wonderful dishes to share.

This month I tried Black Bean and Corn Empanadas from Cheryl of Cooking, Dunkin Style. Cheryl, in addition to having some great meals, has an adorable puppy that you don’t want to miss on Tuesdays. Anyway, back to the empanadas, these are so yummy and very easy to make. My husband and kids just loved them. My husband would eat them daily if I would make them. The idea of using puff pastry is so smart and such a great way to get away from frying them. Thanks again Cheryl for sharing with all of us bloggers.

The recipe as it appears on Cooking, Dunkin Style.
(Any changes made will be in red)
1/2 onion, diced1 can black beans, drained
1/2 can corn, drained (you could use a whole can I am just not a fan of corn)
2-3 breasts of chicken, poached in water, and diced into cubes I cooked mine quick in my fry pan.
2 whole canned chilies, diced 1 can
salt and pepper
1 tsp Bandia Spice
1 tsp Smoked Paprika
1 cup Mexican blend cheese I didn’t add cheese, I forgot
1/2 cup Cotija cheese crumbled (you can get this just about anywhere) Again, no cheese
2 jalapenos peppers, seeded and minced No Jalapenos, I would if the kids were older.
1 tbl onion powder I didn’t add this
1 tbl chives
1/4 cup tomato based salsa of your choice
2 tbl lime juice
2 tsp Franks Red Hot Didn’t add, too hot for the kids.
Salsa Verde (to taste)
1 package puff pastry I used two boxes.

Poach (mine-not poached) your chicken breasts, remove from pan, cool and dice, then place in a large bowl.Add in the beans, corn, salsa, and remaining ingredients. Mix well, taste for seasoning and add salt and pepper. Add salsa verde by the spoonful until it is at the level of taste you desire.
You don't want this mixture loose and moist; keep it on the dry side. You can adjust any of the above ingredients or seasonings.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and use pan spray on your baking sheet.Place your room temperature puff pastry into a floured surface; roll it out a bit until the seams integrate. Cut into 4 pieces.
You are going to fold them into triangles, so place several tablespoons of your filling in the middle of each piece.Using your finger and a small vessel of water, dip your finger and run it around the edge of the pastry.Fold over and using your fork pinch and seal the edges.
Cut several holes in the top for venting. Brush each empanada with a bit of vegetable oil (I sprayed mine) and bake for 14 to 16 minutes, until golden brown and puffy.
This month I was the proud recipient of two awards. The first from Culinary Wannabe and the second from Savor the Thyme. So now I will pass these awards on to other deserving bloggers.

From Culinary Wannabe the award below. Culinary Wannabe, I was very honored to receive this award from you as you have been visiting my blog almost from beginning. Your comments and your visits are must appreciated. Thank-you!

This award is for:
"These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated."

I would like to pass this award to Sara of Sara's Kitchen. Sara has also been a regular at Foodie with Little Thyme since the beginning. She always has kind words to share and has an expansive cookbook collection. She makes some very beautiful dishes too.

The next award from Savor the Thyme. Savor the Thyme, you are so creative I’m honored that you thought of me and included me in your sisterhood, Thank-you. Savor the Thyme always has some fun contest she is hosting. Right now a Peeps contest. Make sure you enter.

This is an award to share with other so… the awards goes to.
A Southern Grace
Adventures With the Woods
Ciao Chow Linda
Elra's Baking
Finding La Dolce Vita
Rubber Slippers in Italy
Two Peas in Their Pod

And the guidelines for passing this award, I think and hope?
1. Put the logo on your blog or post.
2. Nominate at least 10 people whose blogs you enjoy.
3. Link to your nominees within your post.
4. Let them know they have received this award by commenting on their blogs.
5. Share the love and link to this post and to the person who has nominated you for the award.

Thanks to all of you guys for having great blogs.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Tomato and Goat Cheese Tarts

It’s Barefoot Bloggers Time. Barefoot Bloggers are a community of bloggers who twice monthly make and share recipes from Ina Garten’s cookbooks. The recipe for this month was selected by Anne of Anne Strawberry, who has chosen Tomato and Goat Cheese Tarts. I, for some reason, was not excited to make this recipe. Maybe it’s the 80 degree weather we’ve been having combined with baking at 425ºF? But with my husbands pushing, and assitance, I made these. WOW, these are so yummy. I love, love, love, that I used the lemon juice instead of the thyme. The lemon juice was a nice complement to all the cheese and made it taste more springy. I cut back on cheese where I could, I didn’t want to consume my full day of caleries in one little tart. I would make these again and make them the exact same way I did last night.

Her recipe: As always my changes will be in red.
1 package (17.3 ounces/2 sheets) puff pastry, defrosted
Good olive oil
4 cups thinly sliced yellow onions (2 large onions)
3 large garlic cloves, cut into thin slivers
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons dry white wine
2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme leaves I omitted the thyme and used fresh lemon juice.
4 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan, plus 2 ounces shaved with a vegetable peeler Omitted the Parmesan.
4 ounces garlic-and-herb goat cheese (recommended: Montrachet) I used French Goat Cheese and Dill Havarti Dofino.
1 large tomato, cut into 4 (1/4-inch-thick) slices I put several slices on each.
3 tablespoons julienned basil leaves

Unfold a sheet of puff pastry on a lightly floured surface and roll it lightly to an 11 by 11-inch square. Using a 6-inch wide saucer or other round object as a guide cut 2 circles from the sheet of puff pastry, discarding the scraps. Repeat with the second pastry sheet to make 4 circles in all. Place the pastry circles on 2 sheet pans lined with parchment paper and refrigerate until ready to use.
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over medium to low heat and add the onions and garlic. Sauté for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring frequently, until the onions are limp and there is almost no moisture remaining in the skillet. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, the wine, and thyme and continue to cook for another 10 minutes, until the onions are lightly browned. Remove from the heat.

Using a sharp paring knife, score a 1/4-inch-wide border around each pastry circle. Prick the pastry inside the score lines with the tines of a fork and sprinkle a tablespoon of grated Parmesan on each round, staying inside the scored border.

Place 1/4 of the onion mixture on each circle, again staying within the scored edge. Crumble 1 ounce of goat cheese on top of the onions. Place a slice of tomato in the center of each tart. Brush the tomato lightly with olive oil, squeeze lemon juice over tart, and sprinkle with basil, salt, and pepper. Finally, scatter 4 or 5 shards of Parmesan on each tart.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the pastry is golden brown. The bottom sheet pan may need an extra few minutes in the oven. Serve hot or warm.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Cheesecake Brownies

I love sugar and so does our kitty Stretch. I’ll start by telling you a little about Stretch. Stretch came into our lives in November as a birthday gift for our two-year old daughter who loves anything kitty. Stretch is one of those kitties that makes you love her because she is so determined and so bad. If Stretch wants to do it, Stretch does it. Stretch and I are constantly at battle over two things, the birdcage and the kitchen counter. She will not stop pestering our birds; although now I think they like to see her get in trouble. It’s a little bit like Sylvester and Tweety Bird. The other thing she does that irritates me to no end is getting on our kitchen counter. She has run of the whole house. All I ask of her is that she not get on the counter. I will say that she is getting at little better about getting up on the counters, but just a little bit.

Last night I decided to make some Cheesecake Brownies out of my “I Love Sugar” cookbook because well…I love sugar. I had all the ingredients in my refrigerator so that was a bonus. You guys should make these brownies. They are so good and such a showstopper. Make them, eat a few, run a few extra miles then give the rest away.
So, I made my brownies, all under the very watchful eyes of Stretch. I was so proud of her. She never even tried to get on the counters the entire time I was in the kitchen. I thought to myself, maybe Stretch has finally figured out the rules. I do get that when I’m cooking fish she just can’t help her little kitty self. Sugar… not a kitty thing? Well as you can see, Stretch loves sugar too. My brownies are so pretty and like all good bloggers I needed pictures of them.
See her little nose in the picture?
Now, see her in time out?

Cheesecake Brownies from “I Love Sugar” cookbook

¾ C butter
3 Tbsp Unsweetened Cocoa
1 C Sugar
2 Eggs
1 Cup All-purpose Flour

Cheesecake Mix
1 C Ricotta Cheese
3 Tbsp Sugar
1 egg

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease an 11x 7inch pan.
Melt Butter in a medium saucepan, remove from the heat, and stir in the cocoa and sugar. Beat in the eggs, then add the flour and stir to mix evenly. Pour into the prepared pan.

For the Cheesecake mix, beat together the ricotta, sugar, and egg, then drop teaspoonfuls of the mixture over the chocolate mixture. Use a metal spatula to swirl the mixtures lightly together.

Bake for 40-45 minutes, until just firm to the touch. Cool in the pan, then cut into bars or squares.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Italian Pound cake

I’ve been craving pound Cake and just had to make one. I’ll go on record now and tell you that by no means is this a low-cal dessert. Also, if you use organic products, it could be expensive. The calories and the expense are well worth it though. This pound cake is extremely moist and buttery. The older it gets the better it gets. I love it a few days after it’s made with a good cup of coffee for breakfast.

Recipe from: “Italian Family Cooking Like Mama Used to Make” cookbook

3 C all purpose Flour
21/2 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Salt
1 C Butter (room temp)
2 C Sugar
5 extra large eggs
1 cup Milk I used buttermilk
1 tbsp Vanilla Extract

Adjust oven rack 1/3 from bottom of oven and preheat to 350ºf. Grease a 10x 4- inch tube pan. Dust lightly with flour.
Mix together all ingredients and bake for 1 hour or until cake is light brown and tester comes out clean.
Cool in pan about 5 minutes then remove from pan and invert onto cooling rack. Let cake cool before transferring to cake plate.
I move mine straight to the cake plate to cool. When just slightly warm I glaze and sever. Everyone loves warm pound cake!

Powdered Sugar
Vanilla Extract
Lemon Juice

Mix until a smooth thick glaze is formed. Pour over cake and serve.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Farfalle with Broccoli

This time of year I look at and cook a lot of different fish recipes. This is one from Giada that I really wanted to try because it looked fast, easy and very tasty. If you guys don’t have any of Giada’s cookbooks, go grab one. Not only do they have wonderful recipes but also they are full of great tips.

The tip from this recipe page, in short, for convenience of entertaining prepare pasta earlier in the day then just reheat. Cook Pasta until al dente, scoop out of the pot into a colander and save the water. When ready to serve reheat the water, until boiling, add the pasta back to the water for 1 minute. Stir gently with wooden spoon to loosen, then toss with sauce and serve.

I love this tip. I never thought to reheat pasta in this fashion. This dish turned out very yummy and was easy to prepare and cook. My husband asked what I was making with anchovies and reminded me that he does not like anchovies. Well, he ate two servings for dinner and took some with him for lunch today. We had a big green salad with this dish, making this a perfect dish for the start of spring. For those of you that have young children or doubting husbands, no worries, the anchovies dissolve. They won’t even know they are in there.

Farfalle with Broccoli
Recipe from “Everyday Pasta” by Giada De Laurentiis
1 lb Farfalle Pasta
2 heads of broccoli, trimmed to florets (4 cups)
¼ C extra-Virgin Olive Oil
3 Garlic Cloves, chopped I used 5 because they were the last from the head
5 Anchovy Fillets, Chopped
¼ tsp Red Pepper flakes
½ tsp salt I omitted the salt since the anchovies are so salty and the pasta water is salted.
½ tsp ground Black Pepper
I added a bit of white wine. Just because that’s how I roll.
½ C freshly grated Parmesan Cheese

Bring a large pot of salt water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook, stirring occasionally. After 5 minutes add the broccoli florets to the pasta, stir and cook for another 4 minutes. Drain the pasta and broccoli, reserving 1 cup of the pasta water. I didn’t time my pasta I just cooked it until it was al dente.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat the Olive Oil and butter over medium-low heat. Add the garlic, anchovies, red pepper flakes and wine, and cook for 5 minutes. Add broccoli, pasta, salt and pepper and toss. Add some of the reserve pasta water, if necessary, to make a light sauce. Transfer to a serving platter and sprinkle with Parmesan Cheese.
The following are a few pictures of spring flowers blooming in our yard.
This is Cross Vine on our fence.

I don't remember the name of this flower. It pops up every spring in our flower bed and I'm always happy to see it.
Happy Spring!

Monday, March 16, 2009


A few people have asked what my chicken Piccata was sitting on.
I didn’t mean to keep it a secret. I just didn’t really think about it. You may already have your own favorite polenta recipe, but if you don’t, then here is mine. Enjoy!

2 C Enriched Yellow Cornmeal
2 C Cold Water
6 C Water
1 Tbls Salt

Start the 6 cups of water boiling in a large saucepan. Pour the cornmeal into the remaining 2 cups of cold water and stir with a fork until a paste is formed. Add salt to the boiling water then add your corn meal paste stirring constantly until it returns to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and cook, stirring frequently, until smooth and very thick. If you should have a lump appear push it against the side of the pan to dissolve. You will know your polenta is finished cooking when your wooden spoon can stand upright, unsupported in the middle of your pan.
Add cheese or tomatoes and serve.
This makes a lot and good pancakes when fried in the morning.

Coconut Macaroons

Need a quick, easy, and nice looking treat to deliver to friends, family and even the mailman on St. Patrick’s Day? Then here’s one.

Coconut Macaroons
yield 36
Stir together in large bowl until combined.
2/3 c Sweetened Condensed Milk
1 Egg White
1 ½ tsp Vanilla Extract
1/8 tsp Salt

Now stir in until blended:
3/12 C Flaked Sweetened Coconut

Drop the dough by tablespoonfuls onto lined cookie sheets about 2 inches apart. Bake at 325ºF until golden brown, 20 to 24 minutes. Let stand for a minute or two and then remove to rack to cool. I added a drop or two of green food coloring for St. Patrick’s Day. These would also be cute with some jelly beans for Easter. Make these they taste like Spring.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Bread Pudding

It’s almost St. Patrick’s Day. Are you ready? We do some fun things in our home on St. Patrick’s Day: the milk is green when the kids wake up, the toilet water green and we eat Bread Pudding. While the kids love all the silly stuff and still can’t figure out how everything turns green, all my husband can talk about is bread pudding. He talks about it all year long. I always worry that he has built it up so much during the year that it will be a disappointment. His favorite part is the warm cream that is poured over the warm pudding. It’s such an easy dessert to make that I’m almost embarrassed to share it with you, but that’s what I’m about, easy yet yummy.

Bread Pudding
4 Tbls butter
1loaf French Bread
4C Whole Milk
4 Eggs
2C Sugar
2 Tbls Vanilla extract
2 Tsps Cinnamon
1C Raisins

Melt butter and pour into the pan that you will use to bake the pudding; I use a glass casserole dish. Tear the bread into smallish pieces and drop them into the pan with the butter. Add the milk and stir until the bread has absorbed all the milk. In a small bowl combine eggs, sugar and vanilla extract and mix. Stir the egg mix in with the bread. Add raisins and cinnamon and give it one last stir. Bake at 325ºF for 1 hour or until the pudding starts to turn a nice golden color. Serve warm with cream sauce poured over it.

Cream Sauce
Heavy Cream
Vanilla Extract
Powdered Sugar
Irish Cream (just a splash or two)
Whip all ingredients together until very thick but still in the liquid state. Pour over warm pudding.
Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Chicken Piccata

It’s Barefoot Bloggers challenge time again. Barefoot bloggers are a community of bloggers who twice monthly make and share recipes from Ina Garten’s cookbooks. You all know the weekend I had, so, unfortunately I waited until the last minute to make this recipe. Oh, wait, I did that last month too. Unfortunately because this was a fun and yummy recipe to make and I would have liked more time to enjoy it. From start to finish, with a cake and all, I spent 2 hours in my kitchen. Now, I do have a lot of interruptions so I’m sure that time can be shaved off but that’s how long I was “working” on this. While cooking I had the cookbook on the counter and my son said, “Mom, you are cheating. No looking at the book”. It’s not true, you can look at the book although I use it more as a guideline. I’m not so great at following directions, or is that taking direction, and not very patient either. That being said, I did my best to do as Ina’s directions said. My chicken turned out quite yummy and my sons thought they should be wearing a suit to dinner. I will make this recipe again and again. So without further ado…
The recipe was selected by Lindsey of Noodle Nights and Muffin Mornings who has chosen Chicken Piccata, which can be found in Barefoot Contessa at Home on pages 96-97
Ina's recipe: As always my changes will be in red.

2 split (1 whole) boneless, skinless chicken breasts I cooked more chicken. I have 5 to feed and my husband takes leftovers for lunch.
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper no measuring
1/2 cup all-purpose flour no measuring
1 extra-large egg Cookbook called for 2 and I used 2
1/2 tablespoon water
3/4 cup seasoned dry bread crumbs Panko and didn’t measure
Good olive oil
Capers (rinsed)
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature, divided no measuring
1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (2 lemons), lemon halves reserved no measuring
1/2 cup dry white wine no measuring
Sliced lemon, for serving
Chopped fresh parsley leaves, for serving

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
Place each chicken breast between 2 sheets of parchment paper or plastic wrap and pound out to 1/4-inch thick. Sprinkle both sides with salt and pepper.
Mix the flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper in a shallow plate. In a second plate, beat the egg and 1/2 tablespoon of water together. Place the bread crumbs on a third plate. Dip each chicken breast first in the flour, shake off the excess, and then dip in the egg and bread crumb mixtures.
Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large saute pan over medium to medium-low heat. Add the chicken breasts and cook for 2 minutes on each side, until browned. Place them on the sheet pan and allow them to bake for 5 to 10 minutes while you make the sauce. For the sauce, wipe out the saute pan with a dry paper towel. Over medium heat, melt 1 tablespoon of the butter and then add the lemon juice, wine, the reserved lemon halves, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Boil over high heat until reduced in half, about 2 minutes. Off the heat, add the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter and swirl to combine. Discard the lemon halves and serve 1 chicken breast on each plate. Spoon on the sauce and serve with a slice of lemon and a sprinkling of fresh parsley.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Day of "Rest" feast

Today, on my DAY OFF, yeah right, I kissed my husband good-bye and watched him leave for his trip to LAX. I should have known then that this would not be a typical Sunday but the sun was high and the day warm. Who could have guessed the mayhem to come.
Ten minutes after my husband left my 2-year-old daughter threw dirt in my 4 year-old son’s eye. He, Bryson, was rolling on the sidewalk screaming and crying. Keep in mind that he’s a middle child so all this is normal. After a minute of him not getting up I took him in to flush out his eyes. More crying and more screaming followed, again not too unusual for my boy.
Then, off to church, lunch, and dropping the 6-year-old off at religion class. An hour later I picked him up from his class and drove the 4-year-old to soccer practice. After 10 minutes in the sun I knew that I would be making a trip to the ER. So, I dropped the two other children off at mom’s house and headed to the ER with Bryson. 2 hours later I got back to mom’s to pick up the kids. While gathering shoes, my SWEET daughter runs as fast as she can to my parent’s bedroom. WHY? Well to consume a bottle of thyroid pills I guess??? I scoop the pills out of her mouth, throw the boys in the car and head back to the ER. So, a few hours later life is finally returning to “normal”. Normal…1 crying, 1 throwing up and 1 yelling “Mom what’s for dinner”.
IF your day went anything like mine then “what’s for dinner” seems a huge task but fast food even bigger. All I could think was that none of the drive- through restaurants offer wine and I sure could use a glass.

So if you spent your day shuttling kids to and from the ER, religion class and soccer then here’s a quick and easy solution to “mom, what’s for dinner?”

½ diced Onion
1lb Ground Beef
2 Links of Hot Italian sausage
1 can of Great Northern Beans
1 can of Sliced Mushrooms
Fresh Parsley
Salt and Pepper
1 lb Penne Pasta


Start salted water to boil for pasta. Brown onion, beef and sausage while pouring yourself a glass of wine. Add beans, mushroom and all spices to meat mixture. Simmer until the pasta is ready. Throw everything together and eat.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Spinach, Sausage and Three Cheese Ravioli

Mangia, Mangia, Eat, Eat!

Again with the ravioli?? Yep, I can’t get enough. I’ve been noodling with the idea for a few weeks ever since finding out that there are two fun blog contests that I can enter. Why make two entries when you can make one that meets the requirements for both. Remember, I am Foodie with Little Thyme. So the idea was born, make ravioli words. Cool, huh?

The first contest is hosted by Jennifer at Savor the Thyme and the Tangled Noodle. The challenge: to spell, write or draw using food or drink.

The second challenge, well more of a party, create an Italian food or drink. The party is hosted by Marie of Proud Italian Cook and Maryann of Finding La Dolce Vita.

So my entry for both, homemade ravioli that spell the word MANGIA, “eat” in Italian.

Spinach, Sausage and Three Cheese Stuffed Ravioli.

Stuffing Ingredients:
Frozen Spinach
Hot or Sweet Italian Sausage (casing removed)
Ricotta Cheese
Parmesan Cheese
Mozzarella Cheese
Dash of Salt and Pepper

Sauté sausage and spinach together, remove from heat and cool.
Combine all ingredients in food processor.
Fill ravioli cases and dry for 1½ hour.

Light and Easy Marinara
Because the raviolis have such a strong flavor I want a lighter tomato sauce.

3 cans of Diced tomatoes
1C red wine
1 Onion
Salt and Pepper

Sauté onions and garlic in red wine. Cook until the wine is almost completely reduced.
Add the tomatoes and all herbs then simmer until the ravioli is finished cooking.
Pour over cooked ravioli and seve with large chunks of fresh mozzarella cheese on top.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Did you make meringues this week? Do you have 6 egg yolks hanging around that you just can’t bring yourself to throw down the disposal? Well, I did so I used them to stuff some peppers. Mostly what I did was clean out my refrigerator. I didn’t prepare to make these or go buy anything new. I love to just hunt the pantry and refrigerator and see what comes of it.

4 Poblano peppers
6 leftover egg yolks
Kosher salt
Black pepper corns
Red pepper flakes
Chopped Prosciutto
Cream Cheese
Remnants from a bag of tortilla chips

Slice Peppers in half, scoop out the seeds and set aside until you are ready to fill them.
Combine all ingredients and mix with a fork.
Spoon mix into Peppers and bake at 425ºF until the filling starts to brown.
Sprinkles crushed tortilla chips on top and bake a few minutes more.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Blogger Finds

I thought that I would start to pay tribute to many of the bloggers whose sites I visit. I would like to take a moment to recognize them for their talents and their commitment to food and blogging. The best way I know to flatter them is to try some of their recipes, post them and let others know about them and their talents. I would like to say that I’ll celebrate them weekly but I have many of my own recipes I would like to try and share too. So how about twice monthly? Do you like it? Let me know in the comment section what you think of this idea. Keep it or throw it in the disposal? Also, when you see a link to another blogger’s site, please visit them, they are some of the best.

This week I tried Parmesan Crusted Zucchini Sticks and Banana Nut Bars. The Zucchini sticks came from Kevin of Closet Cooking and the Banana Nut Bars from Grace of A Southern Grace.

Here is the recipe as it appears on Closet Cooking. If I made any modifications they will be in red italics.

Parmesan Crusted Baked Zucchini Sticks with Marinara Sauce
1/2 cup bread crumbs (I used panko)
1/2 cup Parmigiano reggiano (grated)
1 teaspoon oregano I used Fresh
1 pound zucchini/courgettes (sliced into sticks and pat dry) I used 5.
salt and pepper to taste White pepper corns
1 egg (lightly beaten) I used 3 eggs
1. Mix the breadcrumbs, parmigiano reggiano and oregano in a bowl.2. Season the zucchini with salt and pepper.3. Dip the zucchini in the egg and then dredge in the breadcrumb mixture.4. Place the zucchini on a baking sheet in a single layer with the skin side down.5. Bake in a preheated 425F oven until golden brown, about 20-25 minutes.

Here is the recipe as it appears on A Southern Grace. Again, if I made any modifications they will appear in red italics.

Banana Nut Bars:
1 cup freeze-dried banana dices I didn’t add the bananas. I wanted to but I didn’t have any on hand.
4 tablespoons Barney Butter I used MaraNatha brand of Almond Butter.
1 10.5-oz bag marshmallows

In a microwave-safe bowl, heat the Barney Butter and marshmallows for 1 minute; stir. Continue heating at 15 second intervals until the mixture is smooth. Dump in the cereal and banana dices and stir until well coated. Using a buttered spatula, evenly press the mixture into a 13x9-inch pan lined with wax paper. Let cool and cut into squares.

Both of these recipes are YUMMY and very easy to make. I will definitely be adding them to our family cookbook. Thank you to both Kevin and Grace for these wonderful recipes. Thank you for your willingness to share them and to blog about them. I hope everyone who reads this post will become a regular visitor to your blogs if they are not already.