Cooking With Collin
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Looking for an easy cookie recipe this holiday season to bake for your family or perhaps those fun cookie exchanges you may be attending? Bake these yummy red velvet cookies using a box cake mix! The powdered sugar gives them a pretty red crinkle cookie look and they turn out so chewy and soft. Note: For an equally delicious but different variation, use a lemon box cake mix instead of Red Velvet.
Red Velvet Box Cake Cookies:
(Makes approx. 24 cookies) from Allrecipes.com
* Red Velvet Box Cake Mix
* 2 eggs
* 6 tablespoon butter, melted
* 2 teaspoons lemon zest
* 3/4 cups powdered sugar
* 1 teaspoons corn starch
Heat oven to 370 degrees. and place parchment paper over two cookie sheets.
Mix powdered sugar and corn starch together in a small bowl and set aside.
Beat the eggs, butter, and lemon rind together with a mixer first then mix in the box of cake mix.
Roll into one inch bolls and coat with the powdered sugar mixture.
Place balls on cookie sheet 2 inches apart.
Bake for 7-9 minutes and let cool on a cooling rack.
Seriously these are so good!
We think Santa loves red velvet cookies too! What are your favorite holiday cookies?
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We’re crazy about Dr. Seuss at our house so here is a fun and easy snack to go along with the book and movie, How the Grinch Stole Christmas. We love that it is made up mostly of fruit and is easy take to go. This would be a fun treat for class parties, kid’s lunches, or any holiday celebration with kids.
Ingredients for one kabob:
* slice of banana
* mini marshmallow
* green grape
* extra long toothpicks ( got mine at the party supply store)
Place the four ingredients on the long toothpick as shown. First the grape, banana, strawberry, and last the marshmallow.
Your kids will love these! Thanks Just a Pinch for the inspiration.
Looking for super easy and frugal holiday gift ideas?!
Check out my latest video: 4 Easy & Frugal Christmas Gift Ideas… enjoy!
(If you can’t see the video, go here.)
This Hip2Save.com Deal was hand-posted on Saturday, November 30th, 2013 at 2:26 pm.
Here’s a delicious way to use up some leftover turkey meat from Thanksgiving! I love making Panini style sandwiches for my family, because they are easy and similar to making a grilled cheese sandwich except with fancier ingredients. :) Plus, the possibilities are endless with all the combinations of cheese, veggies, and meat you can choose. Today’s sandwich has the wonderful combination of pesto, turkey, cheese, and avocado. Check out Collin’s recipe for homemade pesto or store bought works great too for this.
Turkey Pesto Panini
Ingredients for each sandwich:
* crusty white baguette cut in half
* 2 slices mozzarella cheese
* 1/2 avocado, sliced,
* 2 tablespoons Pesto, homemade or store bought
* 3-4 oz. left over sliced turkey meat
* few slices of cooked pancetta, or bacon (optional)
Heat a little olive oil in a grill pan over medium-high heat. Spread pesto over 1 side of bread and top with mozzarella, turkey, pancetta, avocado and top half of bread. Add sandwich to pan and grill until the bread is golden and the cheese is melted, about 2-3 minutes per side.
Customize a sandwich to what your family enjoys. Tomatoes, artichokes, or roasted red bell peppers would be some other excellent alternatives.
This Hip2Save.com Deal was hand-posted on Monday, November 25th, 2013 at 2:43 pm.
Don’t you love when you try a recipe found via Pinterest and it turns out fantastic? This one is a winner for my family so today I’m passing it on to you. If you love Asian inspired food, then you’ll really like this! I added fresh ginger to the original recipe and it takes it to a whole new level. Plus, your kitchen will smell like PF Chang’s!
You can even use frozen chicken – just double the cooking time. This recipe is a little extra work at the end due to the shredding of the chicken and thickening of the sauce with cornstarch. However, the outcome is totally worth it! This is what makes it taste like it didn’t come from a slow cooker!
Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken
Adapted from The Comfort of Cooking
* 6-8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs or 4 chicken breasts, defrosted
* Salt and pepper
* 1/2 cup diced onion
* 2 cloves garlic, minced
* 1/2 cup honey
* 1/4 cup ketchup
* 1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce
* 2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger (optional)
* 2 tablespoons olive oil or sesame oil
* 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
* 4 teaspoons cornstarch
* 1/3 cup water
* 1 tablespoon or more sesame seeds
* 3 scallions, chopped
* 4-5 servings of your favorite white or brown rice
Place chicken in Crock Pot and lightly season both sides with salt and pepper. In a medium bowl, combine onion, garlic, honey, ketchup, soy sauce, ginger, oil, and red pepper flakes. Pour over chicken. Cook on low for 3-4 hours, or high for 2 hours. Remove chicken to a cutting board, leaving sauce. Shred chicken into bite-sized pieces; set aside. In a small bowl, dissolve 4 teaspoons cornstarch in 1/3 cup water; add to crock pot. Stir to combine with sauce. Cover and cook sauce on high for ten more minutes, or until slightly thickened.
Serve with your favorite rice, and top with chicken, spooning the sauce over top. Sprinkle evenly with sesame seeds and chopped scallions.
This Hip2Save.com Deal was hand-posted on Friday, November 22nd, 2013 at 2:18 pm.
Here’s a delicious treat that tastes as yummy as it looks and would be a perfect end to your Thanksgiving feast. Your guests will love these festive cranberry crumb bars. The star of this show is cranberries – they taste tart and sweet with the orange zest and sugar. You’ll want to grind up the almonds first in a food processor or very high powered blender until they are more like almond flour, not paste, so be careful. Gluten-free flour can also be substituted and your cranberries can be fresh or frozen (no need to thaw if they are indeed frozen).
Cranberry Crumb Bars
Adapted from Betty Crocker
Crust and Topping
* 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
* 1 cup sugar
* 1/2 cup ground slivered almonds
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* 1 teaspoon baking powder
* 1 cup cold butter
* 1 egg
* 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
* Juice of 1/2 of an orange
* Zest of one orange (use a small grater to scrape off the outside of the orange)
* 4 cups fresh cranberries
* 1 cup white sugar
* 1 teaspoon vanilla
* 1 Tablespoon cornstarch
Heat oven to 375°F. Grease 13×9-inch pan with butter or cooking spray.
In large bowl, mix flour, 1 cup sugar, the almonds, baking powder and salt. Cut in butter, using pastry blender (or pulling 2 table knives through ingredients in opposite directions), until mixture looks like coarse crumbs. Stir in egg. Press 2 1/2 cups of crumb mixture in bottom of pan. Stir cinnamon into remaining crumb mixture; set aside.
In medium bowl, stir all filling ingredients. Spoon evenly over crust. Spoon reserved crumb mixture evenly over filling.
Bake 45 to 55 minutes or until top is light golden brown. Cool completely. Refrigerate until chilled. Cut into 6 rows by 4 rows. Store tightly covered in refrigerator.
If you want to serve them hot out of the oven with a little vanilla ice cream, then go for it. (They just won’t be set up enough for square shapes.) Below is how they look after being in the fridge for a couple hours.
They look beautiful, taste wonderful, and are really simple to make! Enjoy
This Hip2Save.com Deal was hand-posted on Tuesday, November 19th, 2013 at 2:15 pm.
Get ready for the easiest crowd pleaser side dish ever! It’s called roasted onion potatoes and my family and friends LOVE them. If you’re not already making this regularly, you’ll want to try it! This is so easy to prep before a party and throw in the oven – these potatoes come out great every time and taste so yummy (I love leaving them in the oven until the outside get extra crispy)!
3 Ingredients Roasted Onion Potatoes
* 1 envelope onion soup mix such as Lipton’s brand (click here for a homemade Onion Soup recipe)
* 1/2 cup olive oil
* 2 lbs. all-purpose potatoes, cut into quarters ( I use red potatoes)
- Preheat oven to 450°.
- Thoroughly blend all ingredients except potatoes in shallow baking or roasting pan. Add potatoes and turn to coat thoroughly (or put everything in a plastic bag to coat potatoes completely and then place in pan).
- Bake uncovered, stirring occasionally, 60 minutes or until potatoes are tender and golden brown. Garnish, if desired, with chopped parsley.
These are wonderful to bring to a potluck and are always gone in a flash. Enjoy!
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For most, a Thanksgiving dinner is all about the turkey but for me it’s all about the stuffing! It’s so delicious! Sage sausage stuffing is the kind I grew up eating so it’s my favorite. Plus it really is very simple to make. I usually end up buying the cube stuffing from the store, but I know many make their own, which is great too. We prefer stuffing made in a casserole dish instead of inside the turkey and here’s the recipe.
Sage Sausage Thanksgiving Stuffing
* 1 – 16oz box of stuffing mix
* 1 cup chicken broth
* 3 celery ribs chopped
* 1/2 cup butter
* 1 small onion diced
* 1 pound breakfast sausage (such as Jimmy Dean Sage Sausage)
* 2 tsp poultry seasoning
* 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
* 1 chopped green apple (optional)
Saute onion and celery with butter until soft, and set aside. Brown sausage and drain. Combine stuffing mix, poultry seasoning, sausage, apples, walnuts and the onion and celery mixture into a greased casserole dish. Pour chicken broth over mixture and gently stir. Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees covered and another 15 minutes uncovered. Add more broth if it gets too dry.
On this day I forgot the apples but they do pair well with the walnuts and sausage. Adjust recipe to what your family enjoys. I love how the top gets brown and a little crispy. And it smells so great too!
Hooray for stuffing! Break out the elastic waist pants and have some more!
What’s your favorite type of stuffing?
This Hip2Save.com Deal was hand-posted on Thursday, November 14th, 2013 at 1:50 pm.
Are you thinking about your Thanksgiving menu for this year yet? Do you stick with the same items or do you change it up a bit? One of our favorite must have dishes is a green bean casserole. It doesn’t feel right without it! Plus this holiday classic dish is super easy to make. You can use frozen or canned green beans – whatever is easiest for you.
Classic Green Bean Casserole
(Adapted from the French’s French Fried Onions Can)
1 can (10 3/4 ounces) Cream of Mushroom Soup
1/2 cup milk
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
2 (14.5ounces) cans of green beans, drained
1 1/3 cups French Fried Onions, divided
Combine soup, milk and pepper in a 1 1/2 -quart baking dish; stir until blended. Stir in beans and 2/3 cup French Fried Onions. Bake at 350°F for 30 minutes or until hot. Stir. Sprinkle with remaining 2/3 cup onions. Bake 5 minutes or until onions are golden.
Tip: My favorite condensed soup for this is Trader Joe’s Cream of Portabella Mushroom Soup… It tastes extra fancy :)
The toasted onions are the best part, aren’t they? Who else likes a little of this leftover on a turkey sandwich the next day?! Yum.
Will you be making green bean casserole this year?
This Hip2Save.com Deal was hand-posted on Wednesday, November 13th, 2013 at 9:49 am.
Did you know you can make homemade pumpkin spice lattes in the slow cooker? I’ve been obsessed with pumpkin flavored coffee as usual this Fall (and I know Collin shares this obsession too!). How great would a crock pot of this be for a book club or Bunco party?! And I love that you can pair it down or double the recipe for larger gatherings.
Slow Cooker Pumpkin Spice Latte
Adapted from The Crockin Girls
8 Cups Milk
6 Cups Strongle Brewed Coffee
1 Teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice
1 Cup Canned Pumpkin
1/2 Cup Sugar (I thought a full cup was too sweet)
2 Tablespoons Vanilla
Garnish with Whip Cream and Cinnamon
Combine and whisk together all ingredients except the garnish and cook on high for two hours. Top with whip cream and cinnamon before serving.
So easy and it tastes so darn good! I don’t like super sweet coffee so I added a tiny bit of sugar. Adjust that to your taste. I also used vanilla almond milk and it was so yummy! And I’m just gonna say it – it tastes very similar to the expensive chain where I end up paying $5 or more per cup!
I know you’ll love this too! Enjoy.
This Hip2Save.com Deal was hand-posted on Tuesday, November 12th, 2013 at 2:10 pm.
Does your home ever have that not so fresh, yesterday’s dinner mixed with hubby’s gym socks smell? I’m in love with these three natural stove top simmering scents that make your home smell super clean and wonderful! Some of these herbs and extracts you may already even have at home. The idea is to bring to a boil 2-3 cups of water along with fresh fruit, fresh herbs, and extracts. Then simmer on low and your home will start to smell amazing. You can also do these in a slow cooker.
This popular DIY Williams-Sonoma Scent smells just like that glorious store! I happen to have a rosemary plant in my backyard so I’ll be making this one a lot.
This citrus mint smells really clean and fresh. If you like anything mint smelling like me you’ll love it.
My favorite by far though is the holiday scent. The clove and cinnamon smell so great together and it really does smell like Christmas! Plus, this one is so pretty and festive looking.
Have fun and create scents using things that naturally grow around where you are. I’ve kept these for a couple of days at a time in a pot on the stove and turned it on when I’m home.
What’s your favorite way to deodorize your home and keep it smelling great?