I enlisted Mike's and Adam's assistance in narrowing down our favorites from 2011. We each chose 3 favorites from 2011 (only rule was they could not have appeared on the most popular post from yesterday), and then I selected 3 bonus recipes that are family favorites.
Thursday, December 29, 2011
As we are nearing the end of 2011, I wanted to take a moment to look back. Almost 7 months since starting Alida's Kitchen, it has been such an exciting opportunity to share what goes on in our kitchen with you. My hope is to have inspired you to get in the kitchen, to try something new and/or different, to make something special for loved ones or simply to treat yourself. So let's look back at the 11 most popular recipes from Alida's Kitchen in 2011!
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
I had been craving something with coconut for some time, and it occurred to me that coconut paired with cranberries would be a lovely combination. Cranberries are so wonderful in the wintertime. They add beautiful, seasonal color, as well as a delightful zing to any dish. Of course, my next thought was...let's make muffins!
The sweetness of the coconut was the perfect counterbalance to the tangy cranberries. The whole family loved these, especially Adam (though at first, the cranberries were a bit too surprising). Adam asked for coconut cranberry muffins every day for weeks. Quite frankly, an almost 2 year old saying 'coconut cranberry' anything is quite possibly the cutest thing ever. As if you didn't need another reason to make these...they are just plain good!
Friday, December 23, 2011
Peanut Blossoms are a holiday cookie staple around our house, as well as many others. This popular peanut butter cookie topped with a Hershey's Kiss is not only delicious, but it is such a cute addition to the cookie plate. There are countless versions of this type of cookie, but today I have a special treat for you. Today I am sharing with you this recipe from my grandma! When she was alive, one of her favorite things to do was to make dozens of types of cookies, bars, candies, cakes, etc. for the holidays. She put such care in the execution of each recipe she made. It was impressive, to say the least. She was always so excited and proud to show us the vast array of goodies she made for us each year. So as I sit here right now, sharing one of my favorite Grandma recipes,...I know she would be excited and proud to share it with you as well.
Thursday, December 22, 2011
What happens when you cross peanuts with pretzels and Reese's peanut butter puffs cereal? This Reindeer Snack Mix, that's what! Each ingredient on its own is fabulous, of course. When mixed together with some melted white chocolate, you have a snack mix that is really too good for words. Yes folks, I am speechless. Or maybe I am just too busy stuffing my face with more snack mix. :) Either way, I will simply leave you with this. It's the holidays. You are bound to have guests or to be a guest. Here is a fun and easy little snack that will leave everybody singing your praises this holiday season!
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
How fun are crackle cookies ~ they are delicious and so festive! The powdered sugar looks like a lovely dusting of snow on top of the cookies, putting me in a holiday frame of mind. Considering we have no snow on the ground, a little winter reminder is very welcome. (We live in Minnesota, it's winter, where is our snow???) So this year, at least for now, we all can enjoy our snow vicariously through these crackle cookies. I could definitely get used to the powdered sugar variety of snow...especially on top of chocolate cookies. Even better...on top of mint chocolate cookies. These Chocolate Mint Crackle Cookies are perfectly chewy without being cakey. They are chocolate with a hint of mint. They are classic holidays cookies at their finest. This winter is looking better already!
Monday, December 19, 2011
This is a fun and easy treat for the holidays. These candies have been circulating around the web for some time now, and with good reason. They are easy and SO good! You have the salty-sweet thing going on, plus they are a cute addition to your holiday treat plate. Use your favorite M&Ms for the topper ~ I'm partial to peanut butter, of course. Plain or peanut are great too. The white chocolate Hershey's Hugs tend to melt faster and smoother than their milk chocolate counterparts, but they are both equally delicious.
Simple to make, these candies are perfect for a last minute get together, or simply because they mood strikes you. Whatever the reason, Pretzel Kiss Candies are a must-make for the holidays!
Friday, December 16, 2011
These bars are three layers of coconut, chocolate and brown sugar bliss! While the layering may make them seem involved, these bars could not be any quicker or easier to make. First you start with a brown sugar crust - bake for 10 minutes. Then sprinkle the chocolate over the crust, put back in the oven for a minute to soften the chocolate, and spread evenly. Last you make the coconut topping, spread over the chocolate layer, and bake again (be careful not to over bake). The result is an elegant and delicious bar cookie that is sure to delight and impress!
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Chocolate and mint are a classic combination this time of year, and fortunately these brownies couldn't be any easier to make. Besides how could you not love chunks of cookies in a brownie! The cookies I used for these brownies were Trader Joe's Candy Cane Joe Joe's (which are amazing, by the way). I assume mint Oreo's, or whatever your favorite brand, would work just great. The cookies make these brownies so dangerously delicious, they will be a welcome addition to any holiday treat plate!
Monday, December 12, 2011
One of the reasons I often make muffins or quick breads is so that Mike can take breakfast on-the-go. With this lastest muffin creation, I wanted to make something that Adam would love as well. It definitely did not take me long to come up with this one. It is no secret that toddlers love bananas and toddlers love graham crackers. So why not put the two together in a muffin to create the ultimate toddler treat!
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Most of my favorite chicken recipes tend to involve the grill. However the prospect of standing outside in the cold while tending to the grill could not be any less appealing at this time of year. Really, it's only early December. The temperatures have not hit below zero, or even single digits for that matter. Yet there are visions of warmer weather, and everything that comes with it, dancing in my head.
Nothing screams 'warm weather' to me more than barbeque chicken. Since the grill was not an option, and my grill pan is packed away, the timing was perfect to tackle Oven Baked Barbeque Chicken!
Monday, December 5, 2011
Well hello there. Look up, and please update your bookmarks! That's right. Alida's Kitchen has a new web address. I dropped the 'blogspot' from the URL, so it is now www.alidaskitchen.com. I purchased this domain many months ago and was waiting for the right time to pull the trigger. Since my physical kitchen has a new address (we moved!), it seems like a fitting time to make the switch. I will do whatever I can to make sure this transition is seamless, and as always I welcome your comments and feedback.
So enough about that, let's get on with today's recipe - White Chocolate Coconut Cranberry Cookies.
Thursday, December 1, 2011
As part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker program with Duncan Hines, I was a lucky recipient of several coupons for free Duncan Hines products. Even better...they gave me extra coupons to share with you! I promise the entry details will be very easy, but more about that in a little bit. First, let me tell you about these brownies!