What’s not to love about cinnamon rolls?? We love them in our house – and we don’t mind popping open a store bought can of them, they are delicious. But, I decided that I wanted to make some myself. Now, I didn’t want to roll out dough – at least not this time – so I decided to use store bought puff pastry. So, I guess they are ‘semi-homemade’ – but, so delicious!!
Puff pastry is something that I’ve started keeping on hand – there is just so much that you can do with it. I started by letting the puff pastry thaw, until I could open it up (it comes folded in thirds) and roll it out just a bit.
Then I just sprinkled on brown sugar, cinnamon and a little bit of white sugar. I just eyeballed it and added as much as ‘looked right’ to me.
Then I rolled the pastry up, being sure to not let any of the sugar and cinnamon fall out, into kind of a log.
One sheet of pastry dough easily makes 8 cinnamon rolls. To ensure that I got the rolls the same size, I started by cutting the log in half, then cut the 2 halves into half again. Eight perfectly sized cinnamon rolls!
I put the rolls onto a baking pan (on parchment paper, for easier clean up).
I baked the rolls in the oven, at 400 degrees, for about 15 – 20 minutes (until the rolls are golden brown).
Cinnamon rolls aren’t complete without a glaze! While the rolls were baking, I made a simple glaze using confectioners sugar and heavy cream. Yum!
After the rolls were done, I slathered on the delicious glaze!
They are best served warm, right out of the oven, but even reheated (or even cold) – they are still good.
I’m thinking that these cinnamon rolls may be our Christmas morning breakfast!!
What do you do when you forget to put something in the refrigerator to thaw for dinner? Often times, for me, I look to make something using a rope of smoked sausage – such was the case this evening.
I like to have a rope of smoked sausage on hand for evenings just like this. I’ve used it to make a delicious sausage, broccoli and red pepper pasta using this sausage. I thought of doing another pasta, but decided that I’d do a potato hash, instead.
I started by dicing 5-6 red potatoes.
In addition to the potatoes, I sliced the sausage and 2 onions.
I sprayed the hot wok (I used my wok because it is big and cast iron) with avocado oil, and added in the onions and the seasonings. After cooking a few minutes, I also added in the garlic.
After the onions have started to soften, add in the potatoes and sausage – add one at a time, allowing each to get a little brown (if you use a hot cast iron skillet or wok, this will be easy!).
After the potatoes and sausage get a little brown, pour in the water – stir through and cover. Stir occasionally to keep the potatoes from sticking.
Once the potatoes have softened, you’re good to go!
Smoked Sausage and Potato Hash
1 rope of smoked sausage, sliced
5-6 red potatoes, diced
2 onions, sliced thin
1 tbsp minced garlic
1 tbsp Cavender’s Greek Seasoning
1 tsp dried parsley
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp salt
1 cup water
Avocado oil spray
First things first, I promise that there wasn’t an intentional abandonment of this blog – but, you know, life sometimes gets in the way. But, I’m back!!
This afternoon, after working on some redecorating in the morning (and not getting breakfast, unless you count coffee) – I decided that I wanted some sausage gravy and biscuits for brunch. I decided to keep it simple and just use canned biscuits – let’s be honest, the sausage gravy is really the star anyway!
So, canned biscuits in the oven and onto the gravy.
I started by browning a 1 pound chub of Jimmy Dean’s breakfast sausage (don’t drain). To the sausage, I added in 3/4 cup of flour (1/4 at a time) and let the flour start to cook with the sausage – when you don’t see any raw flour, add the next 1/4 cup, until you’ve put the full 3/4 cup in.
The next part is to add in 3 cups of milk and stir everything through. Once it starts to thicken, reduce the flame to simmer. Keep stirring as it thickens.
Finally, because we like our gravy to have lots of black pepper, I added in 1 whole tsp of black pepper, along with 3/4 tsp of salt.
This recipe comes together pretty quickly, so make sure you time it right with your biscuits.
It’s so simple, that I’m not writing up a recipe – but you should be able to make it easily enough from the information here!
I don’t have any recipes to share today – but, I did want to stop by and say Happy Thanksgiving!!
My family enjoyed a Thanksgiving meal with family and will do our own ‘little’ Thanksgiving tomorrow. We have done ‘Second Thanksgiving’, just our little family, on the Friday after Thanksgiving – for years. It hasn’t always been called that, it hasn’t always had a name – but, it has become a tradition and it has been formally named ‘Second Thanksgiving’!
Seven years ago, my oldest daughter, Sarah (she’s now 19), came into the kitchen and said “Mommy, I want to know how you’re making this – I’m going to watch you”. The next year, she said “Mommy, just watch me and make sure I do it right”. The next year, she said “Mommy, I want to make it all!”. And for five years she has!
We don’t do a turkey, rather we do ‘chicken and dressing’ like my Great Grandmother always did and just the sides that we love most. So, it is a small celebration but it is one that I love and look forward to every year.
I may not be cooking, tomorrow, but I’ll be sure to take some pictures of the cooking being done and share some of our family’s favorite recipes with you.
In the meanwhile – Happy Thanksgiving – I hope you have taken time today to reflect on the many things that I’m sure you have to be thankful for. If you haven’t yet – take time to do it now!
We know a couple things about me and my cooking – I like rice, I like chicken and I love a one pot / skillet meal! I love the simplicity of it (not to mention the easy clean up!).
This recipe uses just a few ingredients: chicken, arborio rice, onion, garlic and a few seasonings. I intended to also add in mushrooms, but – sadly – my mushrooms had started to go bad.
The first thing you’ll want to do is to spray your chicken breasts with avocado oil (you could use canola oil or other oil, if you like) and sprinkle on some salt, pepper and umami seasoning. These seasonings are in addition to what is mentioned in the recipe, below. You’ll just want to season to your liking.
In a hot pan (I used a large non-stick skillet, but a large cast iron pan would work too), add in your seasoned chicken breasts. Allow them to cook for 3-5 minutes, or until you get a good sear on the chicken – then flip the chicken breasts and sear the other side. Then, remove from the pan.
There may be some residual oil in the pan, but if not, spray in a little avocado oil and add in your onions. Cook for a few minutes, until the onion starts to soften.
Then add in your garlic and cook for an additional 3 minutes.
To the onion and garlic, add in your arborio rice. Certainly, you can use another rice if you like – but, the arborio rice is so starchy and it makes the dish very creamy (without any cream added). If I were to use another rice, I would probably add a bit of cream, personally. Stir the rice around and let it toast a bit with the onions and garlic.
Then add in the chicken stock, salt, pepper and umami seasoning. You’ll want to bring it up to a boil, then reduce the heat.
Finally, add the chicken back into the skillet – cover and cook for approximately 35 minutes (or until your chicken is done – 165 degrees – and the rice has absorbed most of the stock).
This skillet dish is super creamy. It seems so decadent, even though you don’t add any cream to it!
Chicken and Arborio Rice Skillet
2-4 Chicken breasts
1 1/2 cups Arborio Rice
4 cups chicken stock
1 onion, rough chopped
1 tbsp minced garlic
1 tsp salt (+ an extra dash for the chicken)
1 tsp pepper (+ an extra dash for the chicken)
1/2 tbsp Umami seasoning (+ and extra dash for the chicken)
Avocado oil spray
I’ve talked about the Alouette Smokey Jalapeno cheese before – I used it when I made shrimp and grits, using it. This stuff is good!
I was looking for something quick, and kind of snacky (Is that a word? If it isn’t, it should be!), for lunch. I decided to use some of the wontons I had on hand and I had just picked up some of the Alouette Smokey Jalapeno cheese – it seemed like a match made in heaven.
I was just making these for me, for lunch – but, they would make a perfect appetizer, if you wanted to make a bunch of them. I decided to make 6 wontons (but accidentally took 7 out of the pack – 7 it is!).
I put about a tsp of the cheese in each wonton.
I wasn’t quite sure how to close them up – the first one, I just folded over into a triangle, but wasn’t quite sold on it. Then I decided to pinch the corners together, kind of like crab rangoon appetizers that I’ve had at Chinese restaurants. To close them up, just put a little bit of water where I was punching the wontons together.
I could have fried them – but, I decided to do them in the oven. In order to make them a little crispy, I did spray them with avocado spray.
I baked them in a 400 degree oven, for 15 minutes, on parchment paper. They were perfectly crispy!
Even the bottom of them were browned, since my avocado spray went on a little heavier than intended and I made sure to rub the wontons on the overspray – getting avocado oil on the bottom.
This was super easy – and now I want to do it with different Alouette cheeses!!