Garlic and Soy Glazed Green Beans

Garlic and soy glazed green beans

We are always looking for a quick and delicious side dish to have with our meals.  This Garlic and Soy Glazed Green Bean recipe is the perfect side.  It is simple, delicious and easy. Garlic and Soy Glazed Green Beans Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.  Once the water is at a … Read moreGarlic and Soy Glazed Green Beans

Double Smoked Ham

Double Smoked Ham

A double smoked ham is the perfect holiday meal.  First, it is delicious!  Second, it is cooked outside on a grill or smoker and as a result you have an open oven inside for all of your side dishes.  Finally, it is fantastic looking and smelling.  This meal is a show stopper and will make your guests’ jaws hit the floor.  Who doesn’t want to have a show stopping centerpiece for their holiday meal?!  This dish utilizes a fully cooked ham that you smoke and reheat on your grill or smoker.  It is so delicious!

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Shiny Cookie Icing

Shiny Cookie Icing

Dana and I love making and decorating cookies!  Needless to say, Dana is way better at decorating the cookies than I am.  This does not prevent me from trying.  Our son has been begging us to make some fancy cookies.  So we have been testing different recipes.  We tried royal icing.  It was great tasting and easy to work with.  However, it dried dull and not shiny.  Our next step was to try making our own recipe.  We dabbled with different ratios and finally figured out exactly what we wanted.  We used corn syrup for the perfect shine.  We then added vanilla for flavor.  Finally after a few tries we nailed down the perfect amount of water to make it sturdy enough to outline, yet loose enough to flow and fill.  This recipe gives you shiny and glossy cookies.

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Glazed Apple Pie

Glazed Apple Pie

My wife used to enjoy glazed apple pie when she lived in New York.  The other week when her family was down here visiting, I decided to try my hand at making it. The apple pie is a mixture of a classic American Pie, a Dutch Apple Pie and a French Apple Pie.  The first step in creating this pie was to choose the right apple.  Since this pie has a sweet glaze over the top, I choose a tart apple (Granny Smith).  That way the tartness was balanced with the sweet glaze.  I also used my super simple Food Processor Pie Crust.  This pie crust is quick, easy, flaky and delicious!

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Glazed Pumpkin Loaf

Glazed Pumpkin Loaf

During this time of year I always like to make a few pumpkin inspired dishes.  This one is quite possibly my favorite.  It is delicious and the glaze adds a nice sweetness that keeps you coming back for more. Glazed Pumpkin Loaf Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease and flour two loaf pans and set aside. … Read moreGlazed Pumpkin Loaf

Honey and Sake Glazed Shrimp

Sake and Honey Glazed Shrimp

I recently went to the closing of a local bookstore and picked up a copy of Jim Tarantino’s Marinades, Rubs, Brines, Cures & Glazes.  It is a great book, but near the end in the Asian section he had a great recipe for Honey and Sake Glazed Shrimp. This sounded amazing to me.  So I went to the store and picked up some sweet sake and wildflower honey.  I figured, the best ingredients could only make this better.  After making this recipe, I determined that this was one of the best shrimp dishes that I have ever made.

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Doughnuts

Doughnut

Happy Easter everyone!  I thought the best thing to do early Easter morning was to make some fluffy doughnuts.  There is nothing like deep frying in the AM.  I have never made them before so I searched high and low for a easy yet tasty sounding recipe.  I ended up finding the perfect one at food and wine.  These doughnuts were light and fluffy and full of flavor.

Doughnut

I did not have a doughnut cutter so I ended up using a shot glass to make the doughnut holes.

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A Sugar Cookie

I have been on the lookout for a good recipe to re-create the smiley face cookies that I had as a child.  These are the large sugar cookies that had the hard glaze over them.  I discovered the glaze but the cookie always seems to evade me.  I have been making sugar cookies over the past couple of months to try to re-create them.  Although the sugar cookie in this post isn’t the right one for the smiley face cookie, it is super tasty.  It is light and fluffy with a great flavor, a perfect sugar cookie.   The one that I strive for, is harder and crunchier and a tad bit sweeter.  Not the definition of a perfect sugar cookie, but the perfect cookie to recreate my childhood memories.  Anyway I had to post about this cookie, because out of the bunch, it tasted really good.

The Smiley Face Cookie

As you can see, I painted the eyes and mouth before the first glaze completely hardened.  Thus, giving me a not so perfect smiley face.  🙁

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