recipe: simple, spooky dirt cups

Makes 1 dozen

Ingredients:

(For the cookie cups)
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 large egg
1/4 tsp salt

(For the filling and topping)
2 Instant Pudding Cups
1/2 cup milk or dark chocolate bar, grated
12 gummy worms

Steps:

1. For the cookie cups: Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease 12 muffin cups and set aside. Cream butter and sugar together in a medium or large bowl until fluffy. Then add vanilla and egg and mix well. Next add flour, cocoa, and salt and stir until well-combined.

2. Remove batter from bowl and divide into 12 balls. Press down the balls into the muffin cups ensuring that they fully cover the bottom and halfway up the sides. Place in oven and bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven, let cool, then remove them from tray.

3. For the filling: Fill each cup with equal amounts of pudding. Insert worm into cup and top with grated chocolate. Keep cool until ready to serve these spooky treats.

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recipe: halloween fries in aioli sauce

My husband and I have been in love with sweet potato fries for over one decade- ever since our days of dating. We would often go to a restaurant for our dates and one or both of us more often than not ordered a side of these delicious fries with our meal. When we got married, our dates were less frequent and once we had children, well they became yearly instead of weekly. Thus, we started making sweet potato fries at home.

There are several different recipes for them, but they all basically include the same ingredients. One sweet potato, then oil, salt, and garlic. That’s it! They cook faster than homemade fries made from regular potatoes and are hard to mess up so long as you slice them thinly and cook over a high heat.

Serve with aioli sauce to elevate their flavour! It only takes a few minutes to prepare and it tastes amazing!

Halloween Fries in Aioli Sauce

Ingredients:

(For the fries)
1/4 cup oil (any kind)
1 large sweet potato
Salt
Pepper
Garlic powder

(For the sauce)
3/4 cup mayonnaise
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper 

Steps:

1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Pour the oil onto a large cookie sheet. (If not using non-stick, you also may want to line with parchment paper as well.) Cut sweet potato in half, and begin to thinly slice using a large knife. Place fries onto cookie sheet and coat evenly with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.

2. Place in oven and bake for approximately 30 minutes or until fries start to crisp. (They may require more or less time depending on your oven.) 

3. Prepare the sauce. Add all ingredients one by one into a measuring cup. Stir well, and place in fridge until fries have baked.

4. Once fries are done, remove them from the oven. Then serve still warm with the chilled aioli sauce. Hope you love them as much as we do!

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recipe: french toast casserole

Like most casseroles, this recipe is quite a simple one to make. It is delicious and yields big results. Just make sure that you set aside a lot of resting time for the bread to soak up the ingredients. Feel free to use the recipe for my favourite bread, or you can choose to buy your own loaf!

French Toast Casserole with Berries

Ingredients:

1 loaf Emory’s Favourite Whole Wheat Bread
6 large eggs
1 1/2 cup milk, any kind
1/4 cup syrup, any kind
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup strawberries (fresh or frozen), sliced
1 cup blueberries
4 tbsp unsalted butter
Powdered sugar, to sprinkle

Steps:

1. Grease an oblong casserole dish (approximately 9” x 13”) with butter.

2. Take a loaf of bread and cut it into cubes. Place cubes evenly in casserole dish.

3. In a large bowl, add the eggs, milk, syrup, vanilla extract, salt, cinnamon, and brown sugar. Whisk or beat with an electric mixer until mixture is homogenous. Then pour onto bread cubes, making sure you get every one. Top with berries and add dollops of butter. Cover with tin foil and put in refrigerator for about 4 hours.

4. Preheat oven to 350°F. Remove casserole from fridge and place in oven. Bake for 25 minutes with foil on, then remove it and bake for another 10 minutes. Take it out of the oven, and dust with powdered sugar. Cut into pieces and place on plates. Feel free to add as much syrup to your dish as you please!

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recipe: quick casserole dish buns

I grabbed this recipe from the Internet when I was in need of a fast recipe that would yield a lot of dinner rolls without using a ton of flour. It’s so easy, and they taste simply amazing! Try it out for yourselves. (And I didn’t even use a “bun in the oven” joke!)

Quick Casserole Dish Buns

Ingredients:
Makes 24

1 cup lukewarm water
1 ½ tbsp active dry yeast
½ cup butter, melted
½ cup white sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp salt
4 cups all-purpose flour

Steps:

1. In a medium-sized bowl, combine the water with the yeast. Then set aside for 10 minutes.

2. Using a large bowl, add the butter, sugar, eggs, and salt. Mix well.

3. Add the yeast mixture to the large bowl and stir until well combined.

4. Now add flour one cup at a time into the mixture. Keep adding until the dough no longer sticks to the sides of the bowl. This will be approximately 4 cups of flour.

5. Remove the dough and put onto a floured surface. Knead for about 5 minutes.

6. Form the dough into a long rope. Evenly cut into 24 pieces, then roll each piece into a ball.

7. Lightly grease an oblong casserole dish. Place each ball of dough onto the dish (6 rows of 4). Cover, and let rise for 60-90 minutes.

8. Preheat oven to 375°F. Bake for approximately 20 minutes, or until golden brown and cooked all the way through. Enjoy!

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super easy salmon burgers

Processed with VSCO with a4 presetThe idea for these salmon patties actually came from my mother-in-law. Ever since I cut out cow’s milk from my breastfeeding diet, I’ve been eating a lot more seafood in order to fulfill my intake of calcium. She had suggested that we try making these burgers not only because they are delicious, but because they are incredibly quick and easy as well. She was right.

Salmon Burgers

Makes 6 patties

Processed with VSCO with a4 presetIngredients:

2 small cans salmon
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
1/4 cup oil
1 egg
1 lemon
Salt
Pepper
Dill

Processed with VSCO with a4 presetSteps:

1. Drain liquid from salmon.

2. Combine salmon, egg, breadcrumbs, salt, pepper, and dill in a medium-sized bowl. Form into patties, and set aside.

Processed with VSCO with a4 preset3. Heat oil in a large skillet. Add patties. Sprinkle with lemon, and until brown on either side, approximately 10 minutes.

Processed with VSCO with a4 preset4. Once browned, remove and add to burger. Garnish and devour these simple yet savoury creations.

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