Well Dined

18Feb/172

FFF ICC – Spicy Rosemary Chocolate Chip Cookies

Well Dined | Spicy Rosemary Chocolate Chip Cookies

I have a double post today! Fantastical Food Fight had a Chocolate Covered Treats theme, and Improv Cooking Challenge had a Chocolate and Chiles theme!  What a perfect time for a crossover recipe!

Well Dined | Spicy Rosemary Chocolate Chip Cookies

I found this super interesting recipe that took chocolate chip cookies and added cayenne and rosemary, then dipped them in dark chocolate and topped them with sea salt.  Perfect!

27Oct/160

Halloween Recipe Round-up

If you are in need of festive dishes, look no further!  I have collected my most relevant recipes onto one page for you.

Halloween Candy

Well Dined | Halloween Round-up

Halloween Candy Bark
Candy Corn Jello Shots

Apple Desserts

Well Dined | Halloween Round-up

Apple Oat Muffins
Salted Caramel Apple Hand Pies
Cheddar Apple Hand Pies

Black and Orange
More like green and orange, but you get the idea.

Well Dined | Halloween Round-up

Butternut Squash and Kale Mac and Cheese
Sweet Potato and Chard Gratin
Butternut Squash and Kale Pizza with Smoked Mozzarella and Bacon
Butternut Squash and Spinach Lasagna with Homemade Spinach Whole Wheat Noodles

11Feb/161

Boozy Butterscotch Chocolate Cookies

Well Dined | Boozy Butterscotch Chocolate Cookies

In my last post, I talked about my February assignment for Secret Recipe Club - Jessie Weaver, The Vanderbilt Wife.  I decided to make the Honey Parmesan Pork from her blog, but also really wanted to make the Boozy Chocolate Butterscotch Cookies... so I did!

Well Dined | Boozy Butterscotch Chocolate Cookies

The cookies were actually really easy to make - just melt chocolate chips and butter together (it will be a thicker mixture); then add to a beaten mixture of brown sugar, eggs, butterscotch schnapps, and vanilla; then add flour, baking powder, and salt.  Let the mixture sit to firm up, then scoop onto baking sheets.

Well Dined | Boozy Butterscotch Chocolate Cookies

Bake for 10-15 minutes, and you're done!  I thought these tasted fudgey like brownies, and they were a big hit at my game night.

29Oct/151

Halloween Candy Bark

Well Dined | Halloween Candy Bark

The other day, Melissa (Smells Like Brownies) asked me if I wanted to help her make Halloween candy bark.  Um - YES. Obviously.  I mean - I'm not a crazy person.

Well Dined | Halloween Candy Bark

Turns out, it is incredibly easy.  Melt around 2 cups of chocolate, spread it on a silpat or parchment paper, sprinkle and press candy into it, chill, and done.  What a great way to use up extra candy!

Well Dined | Halloween Candy Bark

You can really use anything here - any kind of chocolate, any kind of candy.  We used semi-sweet chocolate and reese's, tootsie rolls, m&ms, white chocolate chips, and heath bits.

Happy Halloween, lovelies!

One Year Ago - Pasta with Sausage and Peppers
Two Years Ago - Butternut Squash and Kale Mac and Cheese
Three Years Ago - Halibut en Papillote
Four Years Ago - Homemade Ricotta

9Oct/151

Vegan Chocolate Avocado Cupcakes

Well Dined | Vegan Chocolate Avocado Cupcakes

I made these cupcakes (a long time ago) for the bridal shower of a vegan friend of mine.  Please ignore how terrible I am at frosting - this was literally my first time using my piping set.  I got the recipe from Melissa (Smells Like Brownies) who said it was a delicious cake recipe, even for non-vegans.  And you know what?  She was right!  These cupcakes are moist and decadent and very chocolatey - and don't taste at all like avocado!  They are also incredibly easy to make.

The original post included a lemon and avocado frosting that I was not a fan of, so I ended up using Duncan Hines chocolate frosting in the tub (which just happens to be vegan).  You can use whatever frosting you prefer.

Vegan Chocolate Avocado Cupcakes
adapted from Joy the Baker
makes 36 cupcakes

3 cups all-purpose flour
6 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp baking soda
2 cups granulated sugar
1/4 cup vegetable oil (I used avocado oil)
1/2 cup soft avocado, well mashed, about 1 medium avocado
2 cups water
2 tbsp white vinegar
2 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place cupcake wrappers into 3 muffin tins.

Sift together all of the dry ingredients except the sugar.

Mix all the wet ingredients together in a bowl, including the super mashed avocado (you really don't want any chunks).

Add sugar into the wet mix and stir.

Mix the wet with the dry all at once, and beat with a whisk (by hand) until smooth.

Scoop batter into muffin tins. Bake for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Let cupcakes cool in pan for 10 minutes, then remove onto cooling racks to cool completely before frosting.

One Year Ago - Pasta with Sausage and Peppers
Two Years Ago - butternut Squash Quinoa Salad with Goat Cheese
Three Years Ago - Lemon Blackberry Ricotta Muffins
Four Years Ago - CSA Week 16

14Sep/158

SRC – S’mores Cookies from Amy’s Cooking Adventures

Well Dined | S'mores Cookies

It's time for another Secret Recipe Club reveal! This month I was assigned Amy's Cooking adventures, a blog that I recognize from my other blog circle - Food 'n Flix.  As I was looking into Amy's blog in more depth and reading her bio, I started to feel like I knew her.  I, too, came to cooking later in life.  I, too, have a masters but chose to stay at home (as a homemaker for now and hopefully a mother soon).  I, too, am an avid reader (and a huge geek/nerd in general).  I love that Amy posts a list of what she has been reading, and I love the books on those lists, too!  Her writing is very open and conversational and makes you feel like you are an old friend - what a treat!

I was really tempted to go with these Pesto Mozzarella Burgers on Tomato Basil Buns, maybe paired with a Roasted Blueberry Basil Margarita.  But then I saw that she had a ton of s'mores based recipes!  I love s'mores so much!  Would I go with s'mores brownies, cupcakes, or a frappuccino?  So many choices!  I eventually settled on cookies, but Amy has not 1, not 2, but 3 s'mores cookie recipes.  I decided to go with the 3rd and most recent recipe, because Amy said it's the best one and I trust her judgement.

Well Dined | S'mores Cookies

They are a chocolate base with chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, and graham cracker bits - and they really taste like s'mores!  You can store them in an airtight container, but I liked them best the first day, when the graham crackers were still crunchy.

Well Dined | S'mores Cookies

They also have a secret ingredient - chocolate pudding mix!  I've used pudding mix in cakes and ice cream before, but hadn't thought about it for cookies - what a great idea!  They came out really fudgy and moist.  I really didn't make any changes at all to this recipe, it's perfect!

12Aug/151

Salty Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies

Well Dined | Salty Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies

I have said it before and I will say it again - I am not much of a baker.  I feel much more comfortable with the flow of cooking, than the rigidity of baking.  But I want to get better, and a large part of that is experience.  So my friend Melissa, an excellent baker and author of Smells Like Brownies, is helping me learn.

Well Dined | Salty Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies

We decided to start with some peanut butter swirl brownies, with the knowledge that we wanted there to be plenty of saltiness to contrast the sweetness.  So we made sure that the peanut butter layer was salted, then finished the brownies with flaky sea salt - yum.

8Sep/141

Chocolate Sour Cream Bundt Cake

Well Dined | Chocolate Sour Cream Bundt Cake

When I first bought my bundt cake pan from Williams Sonoma, I kept the recipe from the back of the box - a big square of cardboard hanging around in my cabinets for years.  I was rearranging my bakeware the other day and decided it was finally time to try the recipe, if only so that I could get rid of that piece of cardboard.

Well Dined | Chocolate Sour Cream Bundt Cake

But holy moly, you guys, this thing was awesome!  It is crazy rich and moist and dense and intensely chocolaty - even my cake obsessed husband could only eat a little slice at a time.  This is definitely a cake for sharing with friends, trust me, you cannot handle this cake alone.

Well Dined | Chocolate Sour Cream Bundt Cake

Part of what makes this cake so awesome is that it has multiple kinds of chocolate in it, the first being bars of semi-sweet baking chocolate.  I choose Ghirardelli because it seemed fancy to me and I was feeling fancy.  You will combine the baking chocolate with cocoa powder for double the chocolaty awesomeness and melt with hot water.

7Mar/140

S’mores Treats

Well Dined | S'mores Treats

I had recently been experimenting with Rice Krispies treats, and when I saw Golden Grahams at the store I immediately thought of making a s'mores treat.  I wanted there to be bits of marshmallow and chocolate throughout (instead of all melted together).

Well Dined | S'mores Treats

It ended up being super easy - cereal, mini marshmallows, and chocolate chips bound together with melted marshmallow.

Well Dined | S'mores Treats

S'mores any time of year, no matter the weather, and without the mess!

18Nov/130

Chocolate Banana Pops

Well Dined | Chocolate Banana Pops

My friend Melissa (you know her by now as Smells Like Brownies) threw a Curious George themed birthday party for her 1 year old.  She wanted to have some kind of banana snack at the party (cuz duh - monkeys) but really hates bananas, even the smell of them.  So I volunteered to make something for her.  These banana pops could not be easier, and they ended up being a huge success!

Well Dined | Chocolate Banana Pops

Start by cutting bananas (however many you want to use) in half and carefully insert popsicle sticks.  Pop them into the freezer for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, make your chocolate dip.  Place chocolate chips into a microwaveable bowl - you can use either milk or dark, I prefer dark.  8 oz of chocolate will cover 2 bananas (4 halves).  Next, mix in some oil or butter - this makes sure the chocolate melts evenly and that it is shiny.  I used coconut oil for the health factor and because it tastes great with chocolate.  The ratio is 1 tbsp oil to 8 oz chocolate.  Stir to coat the chips evenly with oil, then microwave 30 seconds at a time, stirring in between, until the chocolate is just melted.  Do not overcook it - once you burn chocolate, you can't take it back.

Well Dined | Chocolate Banana Pops

While the chocolate is still warm, take the partially frozen bananas and dip them into the chocolate to coat.  You may need to use a rubber spatula to ensure that the entire banana is coated.  Allow any excess to drip off.  Working quickly (the chocolate will harden quickly on the frozen banana), sprinkle with or roll in whatever toppings you want to use.  I used sprinkles, walnuts, and toasted coconut.  Return the bananas to the fridge for at least 30 minutes.  Allow to soften for about 5 minutes at room temp, or longer in the fridge, before you serve them so that they won't be rock hard.  The banana inside should be the consistency of ice cream.

Well Dined | Chocolate Banana Pops

I used a 32 oz bag of chocolate chips to make 16 banana pops (from 8 bananas).  These are super fun to make - I bet kids would love to get involved.  And there is not a lot of sugar, depending on what kind kind of chocolate and toppings you use, making it a healthy snack/dessert.  So go bananas!