Baked Pasta with Mushrooms, Sausage, and a Cream Sauce

Here is a dish I was able to make while having to watch both kids on a weeknight. It was delicious and well-liked by everyone. K asked if we could have it again soon, so maybe on the next cold weather day. I really liked the crispy topping with the creamy mushroom sauce.

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Never-Fail Biscuits (Two-Ingredients)

Do you have a toddler and a newborn and need a quick recipe for biscuits that you can make in the time it takes to preheat the oven? And that includes dealing with a tantrum during the middle? Well, I have a recipe for you. And even if you don’t, and you just want easy biscuits that are buttery and delicious, this is a recipe for you. This is different from my other biscuit recipe which I still love. That one is flaky, while these are more rustic and crumbly. It depends on the type of biscuit you are in the mood for…and also how much time you have.

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Chicken a la King

As promised on Monday, here is a recipe where you can use some of the chicken meat from the slow cooker. This is an easy recipe that can be made ahead (I tell you how in the directions) or made fresh. Either way it is delicious! K loved it because he loves food that makes him think of cream of mushroom soup. You can add a green pepper to this. In fact, I meant to. Purchased it and all…but forgot! Oh well. It was not necessary, so I did not include it in the ingredients.

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Toffee Cream Pie

It wasn’t until this recipe that I discovered what toffee is. I just thought I didn’t like it. Maybe it’s because I never liked nuts very much growing up. I didn’t realize toffee is basically chocolate and almonds. I’m okay with that. A bit of fun crunch with a bit of salty sweet action. Now I know! I will say that this pie is a little messy to eat. I was very careful to make sure the crust would not get soggy…maybe too careful? It ended up being quite crisp. I could have baked it for a bit less time initially, I suppose. Oh well. Help out your guests by giving them a nice knife and fork. Or, they could just pick it up and eat it. That’s what I did, pizza style.

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Penne alla Vodka

Sometimes K gets in an Asian mood, and sometimes I get in an Italian mood. It’s always good when our moods interact in a positive way (he will often request Italian dishes and I might ask for one of his Chinese dishes). I have only ever had this dish once before, and it was at a restaurant. As Lidia (the author of the recipe) says in her book, it is more of an American-Italian recipe than the other way around. After having it at a restaurant and having it again homemade, I definitely prefer the homemade. You can better control how bad it is for you (and it is a bit bad). Next time I would like to try using milk instead of cream to see how it will go. It will make for a looser sauce initially, but you could cook it down. Or, you could heat the milk initially before adding it. If you have tried it before, or try it now, let me know!

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Blueberry and Cream Cookies

Enter dried blueberries in cookies! One of the few cookie recipes I have made without non-white chocolate.

Check out all of those blueberries!

I was shocked to see that I had not made a Momofuku Milk Bar recipe in months. That’s almost crazy-talk! Who knows, maybe I was too busy making lots of ice cream, did not have enough time for multi-step or day recipes, or just kept meaning to make one recipe but was missing a crucial ingredient….yeah…mostly the last one. For this recipe, I kept meaning to pick up dried blueberries but never got around to it until recently. The day I got them, after I was done being shocked by the price ($16 a pound???), I went home and started making the milk crumb: the only secondary recipe needed for this one! Yay!

My friend Lisa made these cookies, but I never got to try hers. My husband and I have had the originals from Milk Bar itself, brought to us by our friend Garett, but not at the bakery itself. And, we gave a Williams-Sonoma cookie mix box for these same cookies to our newly-married friends in San Francisco when we visited them. All of this, and still no homemade cookies by me. So, that had to be rectified, especially with my husband asking for them over and over.

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Chocolate Chip Scones

My dad is special for many ways, and one of those ways is that he is super challenging to buy presents for. A couple years ago, I joked about creating a “Dessert of the Month” club for his birthday present, and he actually liked the idea! So now, every year he gets to give me a list of what he would like, and I surprise him each month with one. This month was a little different.

Since he was visiting me this month, he picked something that he could have while here, and then take more home: scones. He was interested in a few varieties, so I will be posting my results on here. The first kind I made were chocolate chip.

Soft inside, crunchier on the outside

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