Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Hello, fellow carb lovers! I am smitten with these rolls, and the cinnamon-honey butter is the perfect finishing touch. I will warn you, that they are addicting. (I speak from experience.)
Last summer, Craig and I flew to San Angelo, Texas to visit my son (who has since moved back to California). We went to dinner at a "Texas Roadhouse". Texas Roadhouse is a large chain of steakhouse restaurants with locations all over the country. My steak dinner was good, but what really stood out was the big basket of hot rolls served with cinnamon butter. They were hot, and soft, and a little bit sweet. We could have as many as we wanted, but I had to restrain myself so that I'd have room for my meal. I've thought about those rolls, ever since, and wished I'd had a Texas Roadhouse within distance (closest one is two hours away). Of course, I found out that I'm not the only person who loves these rolls, because I found plenty of copycat recipes on Pinterest. Of course, I pinned the recipes for the right time when I could make them.
As a side dish, I made a big casserole of "Funeral Potatoes". Wow!
I could not think of a more perfect opportunity to bake Texas Roadhouse Rolls. My son was joining us for dinner, along with other family.
Monday, March 28, 2016
I have been absent from my food blog far too long, and I have two primary reasons for that. For one, during winter, I don't like taking food photographs when it's dark outside. I don't want to use flash (makes for unappetizing photos), and setting up photography lights is a huge hassle. Second, I'm just plain tired when I get home from work, and then it's already dark outside. It's a viscous cycle that kept my blogging mojo at bay.
This week, I am on Spring Break from our school district, and I'm not going anywhere. At last, I have the time to sit down and write out printable recipe cards, edit photos and write blog posts without feeling worn out from my full-time job.
I can't think of a better way to come back from my absence, by sharing the first of three new recipes that I made for yesterday's Easter family supper.
I don't buy onion soup mix, and I rarely drink Coca Cola. However, I have used sodas in recipes, with great results (such as this 7-Up cake). I watched the video on America's Test Kitchen, and saw how the onion soup mix was made from scratch (and loved it) and that's when I knew this would be our main dish for our Easter Sunday Supper.
slow-grilled a brisket, for several hours, with our Weber. Barbecued brisket it so delicious grilled with wood chips (or oak, if you have that kind of barbecue set up). The average time to slow cook a brisket is 3-4 hours. It's worth the wait, though.
Perfect! Sear both sides, remove and set aside.
While the meat was searing, I set up my ingredients to make the sauce: ketchup, Coca Cola (not diet), onion powder, garlic powder, dried thyme, dark brown sugar (a printable recipe card is at the very end of this post. Whisk it all together and set aside.
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Grießnockerlsuppe (Semolina Dumpling Soup) and a bonus Pressure Cooker Recipe for Dark-Roasted Chicken Broth
box mix for the dumplings. I made it my mission to do some research on how to make these, from scratch. I landed on the food blog "Lil Vienna" and got lost in her multitude of beautiful Austrian recipes that makes me even more excited to be flying there later on, this year!
homemade pastas, so I always have a bag of Bob's Red Mill Semolina Flour on hand. There is not reason you can't use cream of wheat. (I vaguely remember my Mutti saying she did.)
Just don't skip the freshly grated nutmeg. I think that gives the dumplings another layer of flavor.
I watched a couple of YouTube videos on how to shape these dumplings into three clear edges. It takes a bit of practice, but I discovered that keeping a glass of water to keep the spoons wet was a big help.