Blockbuster Cookies

Fun Blockbuster Cookies that include two classic movie snacks ~ The Way to His Heart

We took Caroline to the movie theater for the first time over the weekend. We waited until there was a better chance of her actually paying attention to the film and it was really perfect timing. She was so excited and old enough to know how much of a treat it was. She’s been to plays before and she’s seen Annie with the “Let’s go to the movies Annie” song so she was pretty amped. When we got there she was so excited to get popcorn in a giant tub. We indulged and got the biggest bag and some candy. We settled in and watched the Minion movie and every time I looked over at her face it made me smile because she had the sweetest look of pure bliss on her face. She said it was the, “best day ever” so I think we did good. Granted, she’s said that a lot in her life which is good since she also tells us there are plenty of “worst day evers” too!

So, once we got back into the hum drum of the work week I decided to have some summer fun baking and keep up the excitement of the movie theater. Who doesn’t love making popcorn for cookies at nine in the morning?

These cookies have a base that is similar to a chocolate chip cookie, but then the Raisinets and popcorn add a sweet and salty kick. I’m sure even the toughest critics will like these!

Fun Blockbuster Cookies that include two classic movie snacks ~ The Way to His Heart

Blockbuster Cookies

Ingredients

  •  2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups Raisinets
  • 4 cups buttered and salted popcorn

Pre-heat oven to 325 F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silpat.

In a small bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, and salt until combined.

In the bowl of a standmixer add butter and mix on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add both sugars and blend until combined.

Add eggs and vanilla extract to butter mixture and blend on medium-high until they are fully incorporated.

Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture in three batches, blending well after each addition.

Gently stir in the Raisinets and then gently fold in the popcorn.

Using a medium cookie scoop, or about 2 tablespoons, scoop out 9 cookies for each baking sheet. Bake until golden brown, about 14 minutes, rotating the pans about halfway through.

Transfer the cookies to a cooling rack and repeat with the remaining dough.

Yields 36 cookies.

Slightly adapted from FamilyFun Magazine November 2012

Caprese Zucchini

Caprese Zucchini ~ The Way to His Heart

My garden is starting to produce and nothing makes me happier. I love being able to go out there and grab a few items and whip something up. Since I have an abundance of basil I wanted to incorporate that as well. I’ve been using it left and right lately in order to use it up before the Japanese Beetles destroy it.

This dish is awesome since it uses up one of those vegetables that everyone is always looking to find new recipes for, zucchini. I think zucchini recipes are ones I am always asked for so I thought I’d share this with you. It’s easy and familiar and oh so healthy, without losing any flavor factor. Enjoy!

Caprese Zucchini

Caprese Zucchini

Ingredients

  • 2 medium zucchini, sliced 1/4″ thick
  • 1/2 cup diced seeded tomato
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh basil
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp red vine vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Grill zucchini 2 minutes on each side.

Preheat broiler.

Combine tomato, basil, olive oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Arrange the grilled zucchini on a foil-lined baking sheet. Top evenly with tomato mixture and mozzarella cheese. Broil for 2 minutes or until cheese melts.

Source: Cooking Light June 2014

Fresh Corn Sauté with Bacon and Chives ~ An easy side dish that is put together in mere minutes ~ The Way to His Heart #CLBlogger #HenHouseLinens

One of my favorite parts of summer is all of the fresh vegetables and fruit. While I love the other seasons bounty, I have summer’s down to an almost weekly schedule. Whether it be strawberry, blueberry, cucumber, and corn picking time. I’m ready and excited.

We’ve just started our corn season here and have indulged in a few ears of corn on the cob with butter simply melted over it. The first ears have to be enjoyed in the purest of manner. Now that we have that out of the way, it’s time to have fun. While I am a purest and nothing beats a good corn on the cob with butter, I believe sauteing it in bacon comes pretty close to perfection. If fresh corn is delicious, then bacon can only make it amazing!

What I love about this recipe is it is so easy can be made quickly. After the first time you’ll realize you don’t need the recipe. Just cook up some bacon, and some salt and pepper and go! This is definitely a great side dish recipe to have in your arsenal for a weeknight when it’s just too hot to cook but you want something delicious on your plate in mere minutes!

Fresh Corn Sauté with Bacon and Chives ~ An easy side dish that is put together in mere minutes ~ The Way to His Heart #CLBlogger #HenHouseLinens

Fresh Corn Sauté with Bacon and Chives

Ingredients

  • 2 slices of center-cut bacon, chopped
  • 2 cups fresh corn kernals
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh chives

Add bacon to a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat and cook until bacon begins to brown. Add corn, salt, and pepper to pan and sauté for 4 minutes or until crisp-tender. Sprinkle with chopped fresh chives.

Source: Cooking Light June 2015

Grilled Aji Amarillo Spiced Potatoes ~ The Way to His Heart

If you are anything like me, you sometimes have grand expectations in the kitchen but when it is time to cook dinner you seem to always go to your comfort zones and make the same dishes or at last the same flavors. I always want to mix it up, but I’m fearful that I’ll hear complaints from someone and so I just don’t. A lot of times I’ll have some lovely recipes bookmarked, but then I can’t find the spices I need locally. Then the recipe just kind of gets forgotten.

I was recently contacted by RawSpiceBar and asked if I would like to try one of their monthly subscriptions featuring three to four spice blends from one region of the world. It comes with recipe cards to try out each spice blend, suggestions for other uses, and additional recipes online. Their goal is to eliminate the waste of pre-ground spice jars that we’ve all had sitting on our kitchen cabinets for too long.

I really loved playing around with spices that I’ve never encountered. Since I had them in hand, I gave them a go and my family really enjoyed them. The packet I received featured spics from The Andes, Peru which had spicy and smokey flavors. The spices were fresh and tasted delicious. The recipe cards offered three traditional recipes that are often made and gave suggestions of other ways to utilize the spices as well. I haven’t made them yet, but I am really looking forward to making the Pink Peppercorn & Sea Salt Voladores. One of my favorite parts of traveling is trying new foods, but especially desserts!

I chose to use one of the spice packets, the Aji Amarillo Spices, on one of our traditional grilled side dishes, red potatoes. I wanted to see how I could add new life into something easy and a household standard. The Aji Amarillo Spices have a bright orange, fruity chili with an extremely unique flavor and a medium-high heat. These were not too hot spicy and using them with a starchy potato allowed for the flavor to come through without being too hot that my children couldn’t eat it.

The fine folks at RawSpiceBar want you to experience their high quality spices as well and are offering one of my readers a 3-month subscription! I really encourage all of you to give RawSpiceBar a try, whether you consider yourself a home chef or a novice, I think you’ll enjoy playing around with these global spices and broadening your reach in the kitchen!

 

Grilled Aji Amarillo Spiced Potatoes ~ The Way to His Heart

 
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Grilled Aji Amarillo Spiced Potatoes

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs red potatoes, diced
  • 1/2 RawSpiceBar Aji Amarillo Spice packet
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil

Pre-heat grilled to 400 F.

In a medium bowl, combine potatoes, spices, and olive oil. Lay a sheet of aluminum foil out and then place the potatoes on top. Wrap the foil up so it is tented. Cook on grill for about 35 minutes, stirring about halfway through.

Yields 4 servings.

Source: The Way to His Heart