Friday, March 12, 2010

Today's Special: A Bunch of Crazy Sounding Stuff You'll Probably Like

Sunday: Sauerkraut Chowder- This is one of my favorite recipes. It's different but delicious! Be careful not to use too much water when cooking the veggies or your chowder will turn out too soupy. This time I used low-fat cream cheese & turkey kielbasa sausage to make it a little healthier and it tasted just as good.

Monday: Spaghetti with Creamy Spinach and Tarragon- I've made this pasta before and it always turns out good. Great way to use up some fresh spinach.

Tuesday: Herbed Zucchini Soup- New Recipe. I made this to use up some zucchini I had. I thought it turned out really good and it was really fast to make. I thought it tasted kind of like broccoli soup. Anyway, it was a bit lighter of a soup than I expected so I threw some grilled cheese sandwiches together at the last minute to go with it. Delicious!

Wednesday: Corned Beef & Cabbage in Guinness- New Recipe. I know this is about a week early, but I had a head of cabbage I needed to use up, so I decided to make this. Oh I mean, I planned it this way so you'd have a good recipe to use for St. Patrick's Day. I've never made corned beef so I was a little worried how it would turn out. It took several hours to cook on the stove so it wasn't a fast dinner by any means, but man was it good! Definitely worth the wait!

Thursday: Leftovers

Bonus: Orange Rolls- New Recipe.... sort of. So, I had some fresh mandarin oranges I needed to use (we don't like to eat them plain because they're full of seeds) so I decided to make some orange rolls. I've made cinnamon rolls before using my sister, Corinne's recipe, which is awesome (and lets me use the dough cycle on my bread machine... which I also got from her!). So, I thought maybe I could tweak the recipe and make orange rolls instead. I'm not very experienced at making my own changes to recipes for baked goods, so I wasn't quite sure if this would turn out or not, but I was pleasantly surprised when it did... and that they were incredibly delicious! So, I thought I would just write the recipe out as I made it, in case you want to try it too!

1/2 cup warm milk
1/2 cup orange juice, room temperature
2 eggs, room temperature
1/3 cup butter, melted
1 1/2 tsp. orange zest
4 1/2 cups bread flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup white sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons bread machine yeast

1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3 tablespoons butter, softened

2 cups confectioners' sugar
2 tablespoons orange juice
2 tablespoons orange zest
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Place all dough ingredients in bread machine in order recommended by manufacturer. Select DOUGH cycle and press Start.

In separate bowl combine cinnamon and sugar.

After dough has finished, turn it out onto lightly floured surface and roll into a 16x24 rectangle. Spread dough with butter and sprinkle evenly with cinnamon and sugar mixture. Roll up dough and cut into 12 rolls. Place rolls in lightly greased 9x13 pan. Cover and let rise until almost doubled (about 30 min). Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Bake rolls for 14-16 minutes (do not overbake!). While rolls are baking, mix together frosting ingredients. Spread on rolls when they are still warm. (I heat the frosting up in the microwave a little so I can pour it on the rolls instead).


It's Me said...

I think orange rolls are the best. J.R. prefers cinnamon rolls, so I usually make those, you know, cuz I love him. I have a good recipe (maybe it's in my Zaar accout...But it's really good.

It's Me said... is the recipe for the orange rolls:
(I usually put in a little orange extract because I like the orange flavor to stand out a little more.)

Denise said...

I've made the orange rolls from Corinne's recipe and taken them to work. They were a hit!

Rachel said...

I'm gonna have to try those orange rolls. Mmmmm...