Monday, October 5, 2015



I am beyond excited today, because it is October 5.... and that means it is the first day of #Choctoberfest! :D #Choctoberfest is a virtual event put together by The PinterTest Kitchen. Bloggers from around the world will be posting their favorite chocolate recipes, and you'll get a chance to win some awesome prizes. What's not to love? Here's what this event is all about! #Choctoberfest would not be possible without our sponsors, starting with our 2015 Gold Sponsor, Imperial Sugar. Imperial Sugar has been a trusted name in family kitchens since 1843. Their sugar products and sweeteners are made from non-GMO cane sugar and ensure consistently delicious results. We'll be using Imperial Sugar whenever we use sugar in our recipes this week, and can't wait to share the sweetness with you! You can find Imperial Sugar on Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and more. Make sure you visit the recipes section of their website for some sweet inspiration, and you can also find coupons on their website if you want to try out Imperial Sugar yourself. Imperial Sugar and our other sponsors have banded together to contribute some awesome prizes for our #Choctoberfest giveaway! Entering is simple - just click below to follow us on Pinterest. Here's what you could win:
We also have a nonprofit sponsor this year - Rescue Chocolate! They make vegan chocolate treats and donate 100% of their proceeds to animal shelters. Enter now to win the #Choctoberfest prize. Hurry, because we're picking the winner on October 12 at 8:00 AM, so if you don't sign up before then, you'll miss your chance! a Rafflecopter giveaway A huge thank you to all of the other blogs participating in #Choctoberfest 2015. Check out their blogs throughout the week for chocolate recipes you won't be able to resist: The PinterTest Kitchen2 Cookin' MamasA Day in the Life on the FarmAloha FlavorAmy's Cooking AdventuresAngels HomesteadBalancing MotherhoodBless this MessBusy-at-HomeChocolate SlopesCoconut & LimeColie's KitchenCookaholic WifeCooking In StilettosCooking With LibbyCookistryCopyKat RecipesCravings of a LunaticCrumbs in my MustachioCulinary CoutureCupcakes Take The CakeDeliciously SavvyEat It & Say YumFairyburgerFamished Fish, Finicky SharkFarm Fresh FeastsFood Hunter's Guide to CuisineFull Belly SistersGet Off The Couch and CookGrumpy's HoneybunchHey What's for Dinner Mom?Honey and BirchI Can Cook ThatJane's Adventures in DinnerJessie WeaverLife on Food Life, Love, and Good FoodMajorly DeliciousMoore or Less Cooking Food BlogMother Would KnowOr Whatever You DoPoet in the PantryRecipes Food and CookingRhubarb and HoneySassy Southern YankeeSavory TartSeduction in The KitchenSerena LissySumptuous SpoonfulsTake Two TapasThat Skinny Chick Can BakeThatsSoYummyThe Chonchudo FilesThe Crumby CupcakeThe Dinner-MomThe Saucy SouthernerThe Spiced LifeThe Spiffy CookieThe Two Bite ClubThe Weekday GourmetVintage KittyWendy PolisiWhat A Girl EatsWhitBit's Indian KitchenWit Wisdom & FoodZesty South Indian Kitchen

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Monday, September 28, 2015

Breakfast Casserole #secretrecipeclub

Breakfast for dinner is something I always enjoy. In my mind no matter what breakfast food you make, it's no stress. I am increasingly seeing more and more breakfast casseroles.  I have never made one and I became obsessed with the idea. So when I saw that my Secret Recipe Club assignment had a breakfast casserole in her recipe index I was sold. No questions. 

For September I had Amber from Caleigh's Kitchen. She is a newer member of the Secret Recipe Club (August was her first month) and it was fun to be one of the first to explore her blog and learn a little about her family. 

Amber lives in Texas but really it is so close to Louisiana they can cross borders for dinner. She studied Anthropology in college. One of my favorite classes in college was an Anthropology class about food.  I took it senior year and always wondered what it would have been like to major in the subject. She also has the cutest daughter. And dog! 

Like I said I knew I was going to make the breakfast casserole as soon as I saw the recipe but that didn't stop me from browsing some of the other options. A few favorites that were pinned for later include the Loaded Baked Potato "Crack" Dip, Chewy Salted Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies, and the Malvi S'mores Milkshake. Yum, yum and yum!

So back to the breakfast casserole. It was probably a bit much for me and my husband to tackle on our own. Amber did mention it was perfect for a crowd. She was right. It took us days to finish it but the leftovers were pretty darn good. If you like eggs, sausage and cheese this casserole is for you. It is full of all three. Add to the list of ingredients some Crescent roll dough and you have quite the indulgent casserole. I added some spinach to say that dinner had some veggies in it. 

I am glad this was my first breakfast casserole experience and that it was such a good one. I don't think my obsession is going to end any time soon after enjoying this one so much. 

Thanks Amber for such a great recipe!

Breakfast Casserole

by Emily Morris
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Keywords: bake breakfast egg sausage spinach cheese
Ingredients (serves 8-10)
  • 2 cans Crescent Rolls
  • 1 lb breakfast sausage
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 12 eggs
  • ½ cup milk
  • dash salt and pepper
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 8 oz chopped fresh spinach
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In large skillet brown sausage and drain. Add cream cheese to skillet over low/med heat and melt completely with sausage.

In a large bowl crack eggs and whisk in milk.

In a separate large skillet, scramble eggs.

Add in sausage/cream cheese mixture, spinach and sprinkle with some salt and pepper. Stir mixture until just combined.

In an ungreased 9x13 baking dish, unroll one can of the crescent rolls. Top with egg and sausage mixture and then the shredded cheddar cheese on top. Add second can of crescent rolls and unroll on top.

Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown on top. 
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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Old Fashioned Tea Cakes #thebookclubcookbookCC

This is my September post for the The Book Club Cook Book Cooking Crew group. Despite my best intentions of getting the post up earlier in the month here I am posting on September 24th. As I mentioned last month this is a group where  each month a new book will be chosen from The Book Club Cook Book, a cook book that has recipes from many popular recent and older novels. The goal of this club is to pick a book each month and either make the recipe from The Book Club Cook Book or another recipe inspired by the novel. 

If you are interested in join see this post from Camilla, our leader.  There is a giveaway at the bottom of this post for The Book Club Cook Book so keep reading.  This September book was A Lesson in Dying by Ernest J. Gaines.  I wasn't familiar with this book until this month. I always love being introduced to something new, especially a good book.

The book takes place in Louisiana and has all sorts of Southern flair including the food.  The main character, Jefferson, is on death row. His grandmother sends all sorts of food to him to show him kindness and love.  At first he refuses but then finally accepts the gifts. The acceptance is a turning point where Jefferson feels worthy again. 

One of the food gifts Jefferson's Grandmother sends is tea cakes. These are a Southern specialty that is a cross between sugar cookies and scones. I was thinking about making some jambalaya for my recipe this month but my sweet tooth won out once I saw the Book Club Cook Book recipe. The tea cakes are sweet but not as sweet as a typical cookie. You can tell why they have the name tea cakes once you try one because they would go great with a cup of tea. 

The recipe makes a bunch - about 5 dozen cookies. We were eating theses for days which definitely wasn't a bad thing. I only wish we could have had an in-person book discussion to share these cookies.

Old Fashioned Tea Cakes

by Emily Morris
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Ingredients (5 dozen cookies)
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon peel
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • sugar for sprinkling
Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add sugar, beating well.

Add eggs beating until blended after each addition. Add lemon peel, beating until blended.
Combine flour, soda, and salt; gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture, beating at low speed until blended after each addition.

Divide dough into 4 portions. On a lightly floured surface roll out dough to 1/4-inch thickness on a floured surface. Cut out cookies with a 2 1/2-inch round cutter, and place 1 inch apart on parchment paper-lined baking sheets.

Bake at 400° for 8 to 10 minutes or until edges begin to brown; let stand on baking sheet 5 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool. Repeat procedure with remaining dough.
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If you are interested in participating see this information post from Tortillas and Honey

And be sure to check out some of the other bloggers joining in on the fun. 

Cheese Curd In Paradise               
Life on Food       
The Pajama Chef              
The Spiffy Cookie             
Things I Make (for Dinner)           
Tortillas and Honey         

You can follow along with the hashtag #thebookclubcookbookCC on social media or check out the group Pinterest board. Find out how you can join along with us below.

This month Renee at Tortillas and Honey, this month's host, is giving away a copy of the book.* Enter to win a copy of the cookbook so you can join us in future months, if you wish!

One of our lucky readers - US and Canada only! - can enter to win a copy ofThe Book Club Cookbook, Revised Edition: Recipes and Food for Thought from Your Book Club's Favorite Books and Authors by Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp, courtesy of Tarcher-Penguin. Giveaway runs from September 1st till September 30th at 6 o'clock PM, Pacific time. Please see terms and conditions in the rafflecopter widget below. Many thanks to Tarcher Books. You may find Tarcher: on the web, on Facebook, on Twitter, and on Pinterest.

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