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    Thursday
    Feb012018

    7 For 7!!

    Authors Kitchen is 7 years old today! To celebrate, I decided to choose the seven recipes I go back to most. Sounds like an easy enough task, right? Turns out it’s anything but! There are so many recipes that I’ve posted over the years that I continue to refer to time and time again. I did my best to whittle it down to just the very best, though. Here they are: 

    Toffee Popcorn

    This is the probably the recipe I have made more of than anything else. It is also the one people rave about and beg for. This year I made countless batches and gave it as gifts for the holidays. It is fantastic for that!

     

    Braised Pork and Creamy Polenta

    This is my go to dish when I’m shooting to impress guests. It’s a super easy, long cooking meal, and yet it’s incredibly delicious! As a bonus, you can almost guarantee it’s something they haven’t had before.

     

    Chocolate Fudge Oatmeal Cake

    When I want a fabulous, rich, chocolate cake, this is what I make. I have yet to find a chocolate cake, including at my favorite bakeries, that is even in the same realm as this cake. Its simplicity belies its amazing, rich chocolate flavor and perfect crumb and texture, all topped off with a fudgy frosting that is to die for!

     

    Lasagna Rolls

    I’m not sure what it is about making individual rolls of lasagna rather than just laying it out flat in a pan, but it completely changes it… for the better! It’s less sloppy and holds together so much better. It definitely takes a bit more time, but it’s totally worth it. This is another great dish to make if you’re having company. I mean, who doesn’t love lasagna?

     

    Dinner Rolls

    It sounds like such a boring and basic thing, but the truth is, there’s not much better than really good, homemade rolls. They can even make a regular ol’ sandwich amazing! If you’ve never made them, definitely give them a try. In fact, give them several tries. Bread is one of those things that you just get better and better at with practice. At this point, I know exactly what the dough should feel like for perfect rolls.

     

    Zucchini Bread with a Twist

    This is one of those recipes that just sort of came together by accident. I love zucchini bread, but I wanted something different. Well, this time, I hit a homerun! Everyone who tastes this recipe is stunned by how good it is. Somehow, the tang of the lime glaze and cranberries, along with the sweetness of the white chocolate and the crunchy nuttiness of the pecans, come together to form an incredible whirlwind for your taste buds.

     

    Sloppy Joses

    These aren’t your run of the mill sloppy joes. Salsa gives them a wonderful Mexican flare! I would gladly eat these any night of the week, and often do.

    Because I had such a hard time narrowing it down to just 7, here are a few of the runners up.

     

    Basic Buttercream

     

    Chocolate Chip Cookies

     

    Broccoli Soup

     

    Cinnamon Pecans

     

    Cinnamon Roll Cookies

    What are your favorite go to recipes you find yourself going back to over and over again?

     

    Wednesday
    Aug302017

    Abba-dabba-doo!!

    For those of you who have been following Authors Kitchen for awhile, you’ll probably have seen my little guy Otto.

    Sadly, he passed away on November 1st last year. This isn’t a sad post, though. Our hearts have had time to do a bit of healing, and we recently added a new beagle to our family. Meet Abba!

    We adopted her from the Humane Society on March 29th. She’s about 7 years old, and the cutest, sweetest, most loving dog you could ever meet. She has had some adventures. We took her up to Idaho for the solar eclipse.

    And once or twice a week she goes to daycare where she hangs out with lots of other dogs.

    Or sometimes, just with her buddy and twin.

    When she gets up in the mornings, there’s nothing she likes more than sitting in the sun, looking out my office window.

    Although, more often than not, it turns into sleeping in the window.

    You see, sleeping is actually her favorite pastime.

    So much so, that I hardly have any pictures of her awake, and the ones I do have, well…

    Anyway, I thought it was time to introduce my girlie. I’m sure she’ll be making the occasional appearance in future posts.