This is a new type of cookie for me to make. It doesn’t have any of the normal requirements I have for a cookie…except I was in the mood for a chewy cookie. And I thought my dad would like it as a special surprise in his monthly care package. Even if you’re not my dad, you might want some of these yourself. They’re easy to make, and they go very well with ice cream. Mmmm.
Today is a loose recipe. I am providing an ingredient list and steps, but the actual amounts depend on your leftovers. K and I made hamburgers earlier in the week, and you can have leftover burgers at least once, but then you get tired of them. So, I decided to make something different with the remaining burgers and buns.
Do you ever work your grocery lists around coupons? I had one recently where I needed to spend a certain amount to get the discount. I only had plans (initially) to buy some produce, but decided to add on a few items, such as some ground beef that was on special. It was the perfect kind of ground beef for burgers: 80%. I thought about different ways I could use it, but we didn’t have burger rolls. Luckily, I happened to be on Twitter and found a link to King Arthur Flour’s recipe for burger rolls. Not only were they easy, but I had everything to make them (including the time). So, I asked K if he was in the mood for burgers. He said we would need to buy rolls…and then I showed him the recipe. Since I’d “thought of everything”, he gave the go-ahead.
One of my favorite combos is peanut butter and chocolate. You will see it on the blog some, but not nearly as much as I would like. K prefers other combinations a bit more, so I usually try to spread out my peanut butter and chocolate treats (that’s love right there). These were made for a party we were attending. I didn’t have a lot of time on one day, but I had time spread over a couple days, which made these bars ideal to make. I could make the initial layers, and wait to finish it until close to the party.
My vegetable quesdillas have been something I’ve made since before I was married. Basically, I would mix whatever flavors and ingredients I was in the mood for at the time. I used to use store tortillas, and now I can make my own! This “recipe” is pretty loose because I like to mix up the amounts and vegetables based on the time of year and what is on sale. You can feel free to do the same. Certain things are staples, like the beans and corn. The sweet potato adds a great texture, and K said it acts like a meat substitute, which wasn’t my intention, but hey, I’ll take it!
It has been awhile since I’ve shared a new recipe for my dad. He’s been requesting his favorite chocolate chip cookies a bunch, as well as some other favorites. He asked for a coffee cake, and said I could make whatever I wanted. This cake is definitely “cake-like”. A bit fluffy, and a bit cinnamon-heavy (feel free to dial it back for your palate). He enjoyed it, as did K and I with the few pieces we couldn’t fit in the container we mailed (tragic, I know).