oh, have I been cooking!

Our New Year's Eve party left me with a seriously empty wallet and an overflowing fridge.  What to do with all the leftovers?  Cook things!

From our cute centerpieces, I had 5-6 bags of unused cranberries.  
So what's up first?  Orange cranberry bread, something I just discovered at Thanksgiving but absolutely love.

2 cups of flour
1 cup of sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp grated orange peel
1/4 cup melted butter
1 egg
3/4 cup orange juice
1/2 bag fresh cranberries

Preheat oven to 350º.  Combine ingredients in order listed and stir.  I used wheat flour, so it was more like 1 1/2 cups of orange juice.  Pour into bread pan.  Cook 55-60 minutes.

I made orange cranberry cookies.  The first batch was simply good, the second batch - amazing!  I ate them all before I could take a picture.

1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 egg
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 bag (2 cups?) fresh cranberries

Preheat oven to 350º.  Mix sugars and butter for 2 minutes on medium.  Add the egg and vanilla, beat some more.  Add the dry ingredients, beat some more.  Add the cranberries, beat only a little.  Spoon onto cookie sheets.  Cook for 12-15 minutes.

I made beer bread for the first time - leftovers?  Two extra large cases of Sam Adams that I'd actually prefer not to drink my way through.  The Winter Lager and Chocolate Bock are excellent, but I can get Boston Lager anytime.  So I combined two of my favorite things into cheesey beer bread.  This is AMAZING.
3 cups of sifted flour
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/4 cup sugar
1 (12 oz bottle) beer
1/2 cup melted butter
1/2 cup shredded cheese

Preheat oven to 375º.  Combine flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, and beer.  Since I used wheat flour, I used 1.5 bottles of beer (and drank the rest)(plus one more)(hic).  Stir.  Pour into bread pan.  Pour melted butter on top.  Sprinkle cheese on top.  Cook for 50-60 minutes (until cheese is browned and crackly).

I made one batch with shredded Dubliner (I can't get enough of this Dubliner cheese!  I'm an addict and I LOVE IT.) and one batch with shredded red cheddar (also Kerry Gold!).  

I also made throw-everything-into-the-pot chili, from ingredients to make something (?) the week of the party that I have since forgotten:
1 package ground turkey
1 onion
2 cans kidney beans
1 large can of crushed tomatos
1 small can whole tomatoes
1 can jalapenos
1 can green chiles
Garlic Powder
Cracked Red Pepper
Chili Powder
1 bottle of beer

Chop onion.  Brown ground turkey with chopped onion.  Put everything in a big pot.  Bring to a boil, and then simmer for 2-4 hours, stirring often.  Serve with cheese and saltines.

And my old stand-by, homemade pizza:
Caramelize onions (chop into thin strips, saute with butter & olive oil for about 45 minutes on low heat).
Make this crust.
Spread arugula, caramelized onions, and gorgonzola onto pizza crust.  Cook for 15 minutes.

Bruschetta, mexican casserole, and lasagna will also be gracing our table this week as I continue to clean out the pantry.  Next up?  What to cook with TONS of leftover white wine (don't worry, I won't drink the Riesling!) and extra frosting.  Any ideas?  


  1. Damn, thats a lot of cooking and baking! Good work!

    Oh, maybe when I (eventually) come get my bike I'll steal some Boston Lager. Its part of my new training plan :)

  2. Haha. I lubs you (lubs and not love because I don't want you to get all squirmy).

    So, my beer bread recipe is similar but maybe a little healthier?
    3 cups flour
    1/2 tsp salt
    1/4 cup sugar
    2 tsp baking powder
    3 tablespoons olive oil or canola oil
    1 12-oz beer

    Stir, put in loaf pan, bake at 350* for 55 minutes.
    I like to add raisins for a more breakfasty version.

  3. A: Get some graham crackers and eat the frosting with them, straight out of the container.

    B: I'LL drink the Riesling! I'm coming over. But only after you feel better again.

  4. looks amazing! the irony is that you are cooking these to save money and use leftovers...but its inspiring me to go out and buy things to make these yummy recipes :)

  5. I LOVE that pizza. I may try to recreate it soon.

  6. YOU HAVE BEEN COOKING!!! You are making me drool right now. Great pesto/alfredo idea...thanks for sharing, I can't wait. That bread is calling my name! Good to know you are an early bed-time person too!!! Have a great day!

  7. I never thought of baking to get rid of beer..which I really need to do right now! Great idea!

  8. Very impressive. (especially since I'm banned from most kitchen devices, due to severe culiary incompetence)


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