Welcome! When we started talking about this blog, I told Hannah I wanted to post some fun recipes I had discovered or created myself. These will all be fairly inexpensive and usually VERY simple. A note about most of my recipes- they tend to involve some form of cheese and bread. I believe cheese and bread can go with almost every meal. Or, if you’re lucky- be a meal in and of itself. Is it the healthiest combo? No. Is it the most delicious? I say YES!
I would also be remiss if I didn’t mention SOMETHING about the Hunger Games. Hannah and I are both huge fans and already have our tickets for when the movie opens this weekend.
Now, I usually run away from the giant tween franchises*, but I had heard amazing things about these books so I decided to give them a try.
I blazed through all of them in about a week. For those of you who haven’t read them, here is my very weak synopsis of the first book. This is basically the summary I gave to my Mom to try and convince her to see the movie. If a movie can stay within these boundaries, it is almost certain she will enjoy it.
– It is a futuristic, sci-fi fantasy series BUT there are no werewolves, vampires or large buckets of teenage angst.
– Amazing costumes! Make up! Hooray!
– There is a lot of action, and you might cry (if you have a heart).
I am sure you can garner the other details from the trailer…
We decided it would be fun to come up with recipes in honor of this wonderful series! If you’re feeling brave, you may even want to stash a few of these items in your over-sized bag to enjoy during the movie. I know theaters generally frown upon this, but I once snuck two Tupperware containers full of grilled chicken and potatoes, and a large thermos of juice into a showing of “The Time Traveler’s Wife”, so who am I to judge?
Now, on with the recipes! They are semi-based on the book, but you have to read to understand the references. I am not going to be doing that for you.
Please feel free to comment and let us know what you think of the movie and/or the food! **
* This might be a lie. I may or may not have seen the last three Twilight films at midnight screenings the day they came out.
** Only positive comments regarding the recipes, please. As far as the movie, say what you will. I didn’t have anything to do with the production of it, although it looks amazing!
Baguette with Goat Cheese and Basil
This one pretty much speaks for itself.
Baquette (or really any loaf of bread)
Cut two large slices of bread and toast the halves in the oven for a few minutes.
Spread on the goat cheese and place the basil leaves on top!
*If you’re feeling bold you might want to try adding some homemade blackberry jam.
2 cups blackberries
Juice of ½ lemon
½ cup sugar
Crush blackberries with a spoon
Heat ingredients in a saucepan over high heat for about 5 minutes
Stir to dissolve the sugar
Reduce heat, cook for additional 15 minutes
Skim off the foam and pour into a bowl/jar and cool
Whole Wheat Drop Biscuits
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon cream of tartar
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons slightly melted margarine/butter
1 cup milk
*I shredded some Monterey Jack and Cheddar cheese because I LOVE cheese and bread. Always.
The original recipe called for shortening and more butter, but I opted out of those.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees
Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl
Add the cheese and mix
Stir in butter and milk until moistened
Drop the batter on a greased cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes.
Let cool and enjoy! These are also fantastic with the aforementioned blackberry jam.
Goat Cheese, Apple Tarts with Walnuts
3 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup shortening
2 tablespoons sugar
2 eggs, beaten
2 teaspoon distilled white vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons water
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Combine the flour, sugar and salt into a bowl
Add the softening and cut into little bits with a pastry blender
Mix together the beaten eggs, vinegar and water in a larger bowl
Gradually add the flour mixture to the egg mixture and whisk together
Form the dough into a ball and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill the dough while you work on the other ingredients.
2 cups diced apples
1/4 cup sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
Pinch of nutmeg
1 3/4 cups of water
Combine sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt and mix into pot with water
Add the apples, bring to a boil and cook for 3-5 minutes, stirring constantly
Lower heat, cover and simmer for 10-12 minutes
Goat Cheese Filling:
5 oz. goat cheese
1/3 cup sour cream
4 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons honey
Mix goat cheese, sour cream, sugar and honey in a bowl
Add egg and mix until creamy
Putting it all together!
Take your dough out of the fridge and form into 10- 12 balls
Roll out your dough balls on a floured surface
Place them into the muffin/tartlet pan and fold sides to make a crust
Beat together one egg and 1 teaspoon cream
Brush mixture lightly over crusts
Fill the crusts 1/2 with goat cheese filling. Bake for 15 minutes
Remove from oven and add apple filling and top with walnuts. Bake for 20 more minutes
Let the tarts cool a bit, but eat while they are still warm. These are not so tasty when cold.
I realize basing recipes off of a teen book series brings my dork level to an all-time high, but I am OK with that. Hannah and I may have some more exciting news regarding the Hunger Games tomorrow as well as a GIVE AWAY! Free things!! Until then, enjoy these treats and Happy Thursday!