Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Bloomin' Onion Bread

I stumbled across this recipe on Pinterest and cannot take any credit for its origins. There are also several different versions of this recipe on Google. It just looked so fantastic that I had to try it!

-Loaf of uncut bread
-Block of mozzarella cheese
-1/2 cup green onions
-1 cup butter, melted
-garlic powder to taste
-pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350

Slice bread into 1/2 inch slices going across, without cutting into the bottom of the loaf.
Then slice lengthwise. I found that if you have one person hold the ends of the loaf together while the other one slices the bread this step will become much easier.

Stuff sliced mozzarella into all open areas.

In a bowl melt the butter and add the green onions, garlic powder and black pepper.
Pour the mixture over the loaf.

Bake the Bloomin' Onion Bread covered at 350 for 10 minutes and then uncovered for 5-10 minutes depending on how quickly the cheese has melted.
When the bread is finished, the cheese will be completely melted.

This recipe was really quick and easy to make -- the perfect appetizer for a party.

Although you shouldn't cut through the bottom of the bread, make sure that you cut deep enough so that the pieces can be pulled out of the main loaf (like a Bloomin' Onion).

The green onions made the bread taste fresh without giving an overpowering onion flavor that other varieties of raw onion would have given. I will be making this for my next party, this is an appetizer which everyone is sure to love.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Fruit Pizza

-1 package sugar cookie dough
-3 cups whipped cream
*-Assorted fruit (I used kiwis and strawberries)

Press dough evenly into pizza pan and bake as directed.

Fruits, yum :)

Spread whipped cream onto the "crust".

Arrange fruit slices over the whipped topping.
This recipe was great! It only had four ingredients and all of them came at a relatively low cost. The fresh fruit made a really great contrast to the pre-made cookie crust and the whipped cream made the dessert taste light although calorie-wise it's not the greatest.

This recipe came from the 3-Ingredient Cookbook, 4-Ingredient Cookbook, 5- Ingredient Cookbook.

Raisin and Apricot Pilaf & Green Beans with Walnut Dressing

After checking out my friend's cooking blog I couldn't think of any better way to combine my three biggest passions: cooking, photography and writing. I have been a vegetarian for five years and have had countless people ask me throughout the years "What do you eat?!?" It's time to put the hundreds of recipes I have on
file to use to finally put that question to rest.

As a vegetarian I eat a wide variety of foods and I hope this blog will inspire you to attempt some of the recipes.

-3 tablespoons oil or butter
-1 onion, chopped
-1 1/2 cups rice
-3 1/2 cups hot water
-salt and pepper
-2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
-2 tablespoons lemon juice
-7 oz dried apricots
-2 tablespoons raisins
-1.8 oz almonds, blanched

In a saucepan heat oil/butter and cook onion until golden.

Add the rice and stir to coat with oil.

Add the hot water, salt, pepper, parsley and lemon juice.
Cover and simmer for 10 minutes.

Stir in apricots, raisins and almonds and simmer for 5 more minutes.

Remove then let stand 5 minutes.


This recipe came from the cookbook Vegetarian which is part of the "Complete Series" . The difficulties that arose when I tried to make this dish were that the cooking times for the rice didn't seem right, I had to simmer the rice for at least 10 minutes longer than the recipe called for. Also, cooking the rice in the water really watered down the recipe, if the rice were cooked in a combination of water and vegetable stock or water and white wine I think the rice would have been more flavorful.

Green Beans with Walnut Dressing

-1 lb green beans
-2 tablespoons walnut oil
-1 tablespoon olive oil
-1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
-1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
-Black pepper

Cook the green beans in salted boiling water until tender (5-6 minutes)

Combine walnut oil, olive oil, white vinegar, mustard, black pepper in a small bowl and mix.

Drain green beans and combine with dressing.

This recipe came from the same cookbook as the pilaf recipe and was really tasty. However, the walnut oil was expensive and didn't add too much flavor to the dish, if it's something you have on hand it's great to use, otherwise I would leave it out and just add more mustard to the dressing.