Monday, May 27, 2013

A Guest Blogger and a Recipe Swap!

Today's the day! Welcome to an Old Fashioned Recipe Blog Swap! I am swapping blogs with Tessa from tessacotton.  She has a fabulous recipe I know you will love! There are 30 different blogs participating! Click on the links of the swap hosts at the bottom of this post to see all of them!


Hey friends! My name is Tessa and I'm so excited to be guest posting here at The Freshman Cook as part of the Good Old Fashioned Recipe Swap. I run the blog over at tessacotton and I've created a simple fish and veggies bake (with a chicken option for those of you who don't care for fish).


Tilapia and Spinach Bake

Ingredients: 
10 oz chopped spinach (fresh or thawed and squeezed)
1 large diced tomato
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (divided)
1 cup bread crumbs (divided)
2 eggs beaten
3-4 pieces tilapia
Salt and Pepper to taste
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tbs minced garlic

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 



Combine 1/2 cup breadcrumbs, 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, 2 eggs, garlic, tomatoes. spinach, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper in a med bowl, mix well.



Spread spinach mixture on the bottom of a 9x9 or similar sized pan. Arrange tilapia in a single layer on the spinach. Top with remaining breadcrumbs and shredded cheese.  


Bake 17 min or until fish is flaky and cooked through. There you have it! 
**To make with chicken, preheat oven to 350 degrees, cover dish with foil, bake 35 min, remove foil for last 10 min**


for hosting! Go ahead and click through to one of the hosts to check out all the great blogs participating in this fun recipe swap. 




Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Father's Day Man Cave Giveaway!!!

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Monday, May 20, 2013

Cannoli Cupcakes

Today is Secret Recipe Club reveal day! This month I was the lucky blogger who was assigned the blog Mele Cotte, which is authored by Chris. I had a really difficult time deciding which recipe to choose. There are so many great ones and now I have a lengthy list of Chris's recipes that I will be making in the future! I finally decided to make the Cannoli Cupcakes and I was so glad I did. These cupcakes are just like the Italian pastry, and oh, so tasty!

Cannoli Cupcakes
2 cup cake flour
1 ¼ cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1 tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. salt
1 ½ cup sugar
1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
4 large eggs
1 cup whole milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Cannoli Filling
1 cup whole milk ricotta cheese
 (drained in a fine-mesh strainer for 2 hours to remove excess liquid)
1 cup mascarpone cheese
½ cup confectioners sugar
½ tsp. vanilla
½ tsp. cinnamon
pinch of salt

Mascarpone Buttercream
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
16 oz. Mascarpone cheese, room temperature
4-5 cups confectioners sugar
chopped pistachios

Whisk flours, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in a bowl; set aside.
Cream butter and sugar, mixing until just light and fluffy. 
Add eggs 1 at a time until combined, 
scraping down the bowl after each addition.
Add flour mixture in three batches, alternating with two additions of milk 
and vanilla to batter until completely mixed scraping down the bowl as you mix.
  Scoop batter into baking cups filling about 2/3 full. 
Bake until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 17 to 20 minutes.
In a large bowl, mix filling ingredients using a wooden spoon. 
Cover and refrigerate until ready to fill cupcakes, at least 2 hours.
When ready to fill cupcakes, transfer the cannoli filling into a pastry
 bag fitted with a plain tip.
 Push the tip gently into the bottom of a 
cupcake and squeeze in the filling until the cupcake plumps.
 Continue with the remaining cupcakes.
Using an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, 
cream butter and Mascarpone until light and creamy.
 Add sugar and continue beating until smooth.
Top with mascarpone buttercream.
Add chopped pistachios.
Chris added a cannolli shell to the top of each of the cupcakes,
and they look so cute!
Thanks for joining me today!
Stop by Mele Cotte and see this great recipe and so many others.

Check out what all the other Secret Recipe Club members made today.


Saturday, May 18, 2013

It's An Old Fashioned Recipe Swap!



I’m participating in a Good Old Fashioned Recipe Blog Swap! Julie {White Lights on Wednesday}, Kelley {Miss Information} and Rachel {i love my disorganized life} have paired up 30 incredible bloggers to trade blogs for the day.

Tessa from TessaCotton and I will be sharing a fabulous recipe on each other’s blogs {but we can’t tell you what they are, because they’re a secret!}. Be sure to visit both of us on May 27th, we wouldn’t want you to miss out on any deliciousness!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Caramel Cinnamon Muffins

Today is the day for the wonderfully fun, Improve Challenge, and this months 2 ingredients are equally fun~cinnamon and sugar!! How many yummy things can you make with cinnamon and sugar? Probably, like, a zillion! But as difficult as it was, I narrowed it down to just one~Caramel Cinnamon Muffins! There is no way you won't like these!

Caramel Cinnamon Muffins
(adapted from King Arthur Flour)

Muffins
4 tablespoons Butter
3/4 cup Sugar
2 teaspoons Baking Powder
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
Pinch of Salt
1 teaspoon Vanilla
2 large Eggs
2 1/2 cups Flour
1 1/4 cups Milk

Cinnamon Filling
1/2 cup Sugar
2 teaspoons Cinnamon
2-3 tablespoons Melted Butter
 12 Individual Caramels

Topping
1/4 cup Sugar
2 teaspoons Cinnamon

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.
Mix together the butter, sugar, baking powder,
cinnamon, salt and vanilla.
Add the eggs and beat until smooth.
Add 1/3 of the flour, and half of the milk, and mix together.
Add some more flour, the rest of the milk, and mix together again.
Then add the rest of the flour and mix together one more time.
In a separate bowl, mix together the cinnamon, sugar,
and butter to make the filling. When you add the butter,
add 2 tablespoons first and mix together. Add the third
tablespoon if needed. The mix should be thick.
Spoon 2-3 tablespoons of batter into each muffin cup.
Place 2 tablespoons of cinnamon filling over the batter
of each muffin.
Cover the cinnamon filling with more batter.
Take a caramel and place one into each muffin. The caramel
won't be totally submersed in the batter. A little might show
on the top. Make your cinnamon sugar by mixing
1/4 cup white sugar with 2 teaspoons of cinnamon.
Sprinkle cinnamon sugar on top of each muffin batter.
Bake for 20-22 minutes. Let cool just a little.
Serve right away and the caramel will be totally molten.
If you wait 15 minutes, the caramel will ooze. If the muffins
cool completely, pop them into the microwave  to warm.
Thanks for joining me today!

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Sunday, May 12, 2013


I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother's Day,
and you were blessed with happiness and joy!

Thank you for reading
The Freshman Cook!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Reese Cup Popcorn!

My son is currently studying for his final exams of his senior year of college. It's almost over!! I know you can't see me, but if you could, you would be seeing me with a huge smile on my face! :) So, to help him get through some long and tough study sessions, I made him some of this Reese Cup Popcorn. It's yummy, addicting, and so easy to put together. You are gonna love it!
Reese Cup Popcorn
1 bag microwave Popcorn
1 package Nestle Peanut Butter and Milk Chocolate Morsels
1/4 cup Party Peanuts
2 small bags Mini Reese Cups
Pop your popcorn according to package directions.
Place the popped popcorn into a pan to cool.
Use a pan that will fit into your freezer.
Take out the unpopped kernels.
Separate the peanut butter chips from the
milk chocolate chips.
(it doesn't take as long as you might think!)
Melt the peanut butter chips in a double boiler, or 
refer to the package directions for other
methods of melting.
Pour the melted peanut butter chips onto the popcorn.
Mix until totally covered.
Add the peanuts, and mix in.
Place in the freezer for 15 minutes.
Melt the chocolate in a double boiler, just like the 
peanut butter chips.
While the chocolate is melting, chop each of the
 mini reese cups into 4 pieces.
Add the chocolate chips and the 
chopped reese cups to the popcorn.
Mix together well. 
Place in freezer for 15 minutes.
Enjoy!
Thanks for joining The Freshman Cook today!
 

Monday, April 22, 2013

Payday Bars!

Today is Secret Recipe Club day, and I was so lucky to have been assigned Melissa's Cuisine! Melissa has a fantastic blog full of great recipes, and I had a tough time deciding on what to make. I love the gumdrop recipe, and the apple cider caramels look soooo good! I definitely will be making those yummy looking Cinnabons, oh, and the German Style Pretzels!  Today I made the Payday Bars. It's a great, very simple recipe, that tastes incredible. I made a few changes. Instead of peanut butter chips, I used the peanut butter chips mixed with the milk chocolate chips. I also made everything in the microwave. We are still in the process of moving, and so much is still packed. Try these payday bars, and stop by Melissa's Cuisine for the original recipe!

Payday Bars
3 cups salted Peanuts(divided)
2 1/2 tablespoons Butter
2 cups Peanut Butter and Milk Chocolate Chips
14 Ounces Sweetened Condensed Milk
2 cups mini Marshmallows
Spread 1 1/2 cups of peanuts into the bottom
of a 9X13" pan.
Melt the butter and chips together in the microwave.
It took 3 times 1 minute to melt chips and butter together.
Stop each cycle in the middle and stir .
Add the can of sweetened condensed milk and the marshmallows.
Melt by stirring with the melted chips.
If needed microwave for 2 more 1 minute cycles, 
stirring after each one.
Stir together until smooth.
Spread the melted chips over the peanuts.
Sprinkle the remainder of the peanuts over the 
melted chips.
Refrigerate until solid, then cut into bars.


Enjoy!
Thanks Melissa~for a great recipe!
Check out what everyone else made today!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Breakfast Pizza!

This month the two ingredients for the Improv Cooking Challenge are bacon and eggs! I love these two ingredients, don't you?  I had a hard time deciding what I should make.  Should I go with breakfast, dessert, or an entree maybe? I finally decided on this breakfast pizza, and I am so glad I did! It was different and it was delicious. I think you will agree!
Breakfast Pizza
Shredded Potatoes
Chopped Onions
Chopped Red, Orange, and Yellow Peppers
Slice of Fresh Tomato, chopped
1 Egg
Pizza Sauce
Flour Tortillas
2 pieces of Bacon per Pizza
Fiesta Blend Cheese
Chopped Avocado
Sour Cream
Start your potatoes cooking on your stove top. 
Chop up your peppers, tomato, and onion.
Add the onions to the pan with the potatoes.
Saute your peppers in your frying pan.
Scramble your egg.
Place your tortilla in a frying pan, and spoon some sauce
 over the tortilla. Heat on medium.
Spread some potato and onion mix on top of the sauce.
Sprinkle some cheese over the potatoes.
Add your cooked egg by spreading it over your pizza.
Add your peppers.
Chop or tear your bacon into pieces, 
and spread the pieces evenly over your pizza.
Add some more cheese over the top.
Check bottom of your tortilla. 
It should be slightly brown and firm.
The cheese should also be melting by this time.
Take the pizza off the heat and add your chopped 
avocado pieces, and a dollop of sour cream.
Thanks for joining me today!
I apologize for being so absent lately.
We are almost settled in our new city, 
so I hope you will look forward to some new excitement at
The Freshman Cook soon!

Check out what everyone else made today!