Mixed Bag Mondays: Strawberries and Cakes

I know…it isn’t strawberry season, but I still wanted to share these. I used a recipe from Smitten Kitchen and also a recipe from a cookbook. But to be honest, I can’t tell them apart. I’m not positive which recipe came from which place. I think the ones directly below were from a cookbook and the circle ones were from Smitten Kitchen. I think.

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Grilled Chicken Thighs with Strawberry BBQ Sauce

We are fans of grilled chicken, but sometimes I want to mix it up a bit with different flavors. Originally this recipe sounded great with blackberries. But, when we went to the store, blackberries were pricey and lackluster. Meanwhile, the strawberries were super cheap and delicious looking, so I decided to do a swap. Sure enough, it worked out well!
The Fudgelet actually helped me put everything in for the sauce.
The sauce made the house smell really good as it cooked. 
Directions for Grilled Chicken Thighs with Strawberry BBQ Sauce
Adapted from the Food Network Magazine
BBQ Sauce
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries, hulled and coarsely chopped
  • 12 ounces dark beer
  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1.5 cups chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon ground chili powder
  • 1 Tablespoon instant coffee
  • 1 Tablespoon ground coriander
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cumin

In a large pot, combine all of the ingredients and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 2 hours. Puree the sauce with a blender, food processor, or an immersion blender then strain.

Grilled Chicken Thighs

  • 1 Tablespoon ground coriander
  • 1 Tablespoon paprika
  • 1 Tablespoon kosher salt
  • About 1.5-2 pounds Chicken thighs (I used boneless, skinless ones)
  • Vegetable oil

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German Pancake

Once again I am bringing a breakfast food we had for dinner…because that is what we often do around here. I’ve gotten around to making more of them for brunch on the weekend, but sometimes it is easier for dinner when I can be louder while cooking (for lunch, the Chiplet is often napping until right before we eat, so I wouldn’t be able to do things like use a blender/etc. This recipe doesn’t look like much, but it was tasty and enjoyed by all of us.

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Cherry Pie

In case you wanted extra pie, I bring to you cherry pie. I made this for my Aunt L who came to visit Seattle (and us) for the first time ever. She came in the Fall around her birthday, so I wanted to make her favorite dessert. Of course it was something I had never made before, and it is an area I struggle with: pie! Thankfully, I was able to make something that was acceptable, and I think even delicious.

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Fruit Roll-Ups (Fruit Leather)

I’ve come across many recipes for making fruit roll-ups but had a bad experience with some generic fruit leather I had as a kid, and was worried it would just taste awful. This ended up being delicious, easy, and a fun treat for the Fudgelet.

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Blueberry Hand Pies

These are like glorified pop tarts. Or just little pastries. You could easily fill them with other fruit or fillings, but I did quite like the blueberry filling. These were a nice breakfast, but beware that they are filling with the butter in the pastry dough. Next time, I plan on doubling the filling because there was plenty of room left inside the pies for more.

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Homemade Ice Cream Cake with Jam (new technique)

I have made ice cream cakes and cupcakes before, but I needed to share this on here to show what I just learned. Even though it’s past summer and you might not care about ice cream anymore. Even if you never considered making ice cream cakes before. I am here to tell you that they are fairly easy, and definitely easier than making a layer cake. Both the decorating and the making parts.

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