December 2014 - Buttered Side Up

Gingerbread Waffles

Gingerbread Waffles
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Gingerbread Waffles

Growing up, I didn't really care for gingerbread. My palette was highly influenced by my dad, who disliked the spices in it, particularly nutmeg. Crazy, I know! As I grew older and met friends who adored molasses spice cookies, I decided to reevaluate my stance on gingerbread. When I tasted it with an open mind, I discovered that I loved it.

Now I'm attracted to anything "gingerbread" flavored. When I saw the recipe for Gingerbread Waffles, I knew I needed to give it a try.

Stop by the Tasty Kitchen Blog to see my step-by-step photos and get the recipe!

Have you ever changed your mind about food?

Christmas Brunch Ideas

Christmas is almost upon us!

I think that a Christmas morning brunch is a lovely thing. It's become a bit of a tradition in my family's house to open presents and then have a large breakfast. If we're feeling particularly chipper, we have the full menu of eggs, sausage, stollen, cake, fruit, eggnog, coffee, etc. It's glorious.

Here are a few ideas for you to help plan a brunch menu:

I die. Chorizo Breakfast Hash -

Chorizo Breakfast Hash from Country Cleaver

Shredded hash browns and cheese nests baked until crispy topped with a baked eggs, crumbled bacon and more cheese. Served with chilled avocado slices.

Hashbrown Egg Nests with Avocado from The Cooking Jar

Lemony Eggs Florentine

Lemony Eggs Florentine from Williams-Sanoma

Baked Egg Boats

Baked Egg Boats from Spoon Fork Bacon

Simple Poached Egg and Avocado Toast - this creamy, filling, real food breakfast takes less than 10 minutes to prep! |

Dirty Chai Pancakes

Dirty Chai Pancakes from here on Buttered Side Up

Bacon Breakfast Rolls with Maple Glaze

Maple Bacon Cinnamon Rolls form Culinary Concoctions by Peabody


Stollen Bread from Artisan Bread in Five

Bruléed Grapefruit

Bruleed Grapefruit from Pastry Affair

salted caramel eggnog pancakes

Salted Caramel Eggnog Pancakes from The Merry Thought

stollen scones | She Who Eats

Stollen Scones from She Who Eats

Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Peppermint Hot Chocolate from here on Buttered Side Up

Homemade Eggnog from here on Buttered Side Up

salted nutella latte.  I should not have even let this thought enter my mind.

Salted Nutella Latte from The Faux Martha

Now I want to consume way more breakfast food than is good for me.

What are YOUR plans for Christmas?

Pizza Stuffed Mushrooms

Pizza Stuffed Mushrooms
Pizza Stuffed Mushrooms
Pizza Stuffed Mushrooms
Pizza Stuffed Mushrooms
Pizza Stuffed Mushrooms

Sometimes, you just KNOW a recipe is going to be good before you make it. Some combinations of ingredients are just hard to mess up. I mean, how could Pizza Stuffed Mushrooms be bad?!

These were far, far from bad. I wanted to eat the whole pan by myself. But I selflessly shared them with Helen, Susan (her cousin) and Reuben. They all enjoyed them. 

I think these would be a smashing appetizer for just about any occasion. You could make them up beforehand and pop them into the oven at the last minute. Just be sure to make lots - they'll be gone in a flash.

Pizza Stuffed Mushrooms
Recipe adapted from Tasty Kitchen
Makes 3 servings

  • 10 baby bella mushrooms
  • 4 ounces (half a package) of cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste (I didn't need any)
  • 1/4 cup finely diced pepperoni (I like this brand)
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped green bell pepper
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped black olives.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F (175 C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicon baking mat.

Wash and dry your mushrooms. Scoop out the stems with a spoon. Set aside.

In a small bowl, combine the cream cheese, Parmesan, basil, oregano, garlic powder, salt and pepper (if using), pepperoni, green pepper, onion and black olives. Make sure everything is well combined. 

Fill and mound each of the mushrooms with the filling. Place on the prepared baking sheet and bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until nicely browned. You can also place them under the broiler for a minute or two to brown the tops. Serve hot (they cool down quickly).

Cinnamon Roll Cake with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

This was originally published on August 1st, 2011 on Cooking for Seven. 

Cinnamon Roll Cake | Buttered Side Up

Some days, you just need a recipe that doesn’t call for fancy ingredients. You don’t have any specialty items on hand, but you still want to bake something utterly scrumptious.

Cinnamon Roll Cake | Buttered Side Up

This cake definitely fits the bill. A soft, cinnamon-scented batter is filled with buttery, sugary swirls. Top it off with a drizzle of maple and cream cheese frosting, and you have one delicious treat.

Cinnamon Roll Cake | Buttered Side Up

The original recipe called for a powdered sugar glaze. I much prefer a less-sweet cream cheese based frosting. So I made up a recipe for drizzly maple-cream cheese frosting.
As per my usual substitutions, I used whole wheat flour in place of most of the AP flour, and maple sugar instead of brown sugar. I also added a bit of cinnamon to the cake batter to enhance the flavor. You can add pecans to the topping, but I didn’t have any on hand, so I left them out. Besides, my husband doesn’t like nuts in baked goods.

Cinnamon Roll Cake with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting
Adapted from Divine Baking | Printable Page | Makes approximately 8 servings

For the cake:
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup AP flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup maple sugar, demerara, sucanat, rapadura, or brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 cups whole milk
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted
For the topping:
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup maple sugar or sweetener of choice
  • 1 tablespoons AP flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 6 tablespoons chopped pecans, optional
For the maple cream cheese frosting:
  • 4 oz. (1/4 lb.) cream cheese, softened
  • 3-4 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1-2 tablespoons whole milk
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a round cake pan.
2) In a large bowl or in the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk together the whole wheat flour, AP flour, salt, sugar, and baking powder. In a small bowl, combine the milk, egg, and vanilla. Beat into the dry ingredients until well combined. Slowly stir in the melted butter. Pour batter into prepared pan.
3) In a large bowl, mix the softened butter, maple sugar, flour, cinnamon and pecans (if using) until well combined. Drop evenly over cake batter by the tablespoonsful and use a knife to marble/swirl through the cake.
4) Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until toothpick comes out nearly clean from center. You want to make sure it’s done.
5) Beat the cream cheese with a hand mixer until smooth. Slowly add the maple syrup and vanilla. Add a few tablespoons of milk, if necessary, so the frosting can be drizzled. While the cake is still warm, drizzle the frosting on top. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Cinnamon Roll Cake | Buttered Side Up

2014 Gift Guide

2014 Gift Guide

First off, sorry about no post on Monday. On Sunday I contracted a horrible cold, complete with sore throat, runny/clogged nose, weakness and headache. And it lasted for 3 days. But on to more pleasant things, like Christmas.

I did the shopping for you!

I have compiled for you a list of gifts that I'm sure would please the cooking enthusiast in your life. I either own and cherish or desperately want need these things (hint hint Reuben).

I have arranged these from most to least expensive. Items marked with an * are ones that I own and love.

2014 Gift Guide, Set 1

Copper Pitcher ($88) - Who wouldn't want a copper pitcher?!

Frieling Stainless French Press ($79.95) - Make your coffee in style.

Copper Dutch Oven ($76.99) - I'm a bit obsessed with copper. 

Berry Colander ($48) - I've been eyeing this one for a long time.

Mignon Kitchen Goodies Box ($40) - A sampling of things from the lovely Mignon Kitchen.

*Olive Wood Cutting Board ($39) - I have the smallest size, which is sold out.

Donna Hay New Classics Cookbook ($37.87) - I love all things Donna Hay.

*AeroPress Coffee Maker ($30.20) - Best cup of coffee I've ever made. 

Wooden Cookbook Stand ($30) - Keep your cookbook/tablet upright in style. 

Ittala Bowl ($28) - Another that I've been eyeing for a long time. I love the design!

*Fino Pour Over Kettle ($26.70) - This is the best kettle I've ever used. It's small, but it's all I need.

2014 Gift Guide, Set 2

Letterpress Recipe Cards Set ($25) - I love letterpress. 

Global Salt Trio ($25) - For someone with a refined palette. 

*Chef's Torch ($24.97) - Every cook needs a torch. Amen.

*Weck Jar Set ($18) - These are some of my most loved items.

Wooden Measuring Spoons ($17.99) - These are just adorable.

*Garlic Twist ($17.50) - This makes mincing garlic so easy. Helen likes to do it for me.

The Nourished Kitchen Cookbook ($16.76) - Reuben's mom has this. It's definitely for someone that's more adventurous in the kitchen, but it's lovely. 

Boulder Mug ($16) - I own a more squat version of these and them to DEATH.

Fugi Blossom Rice Bowls ($15.96) - Does a girl need an excuse to own more bowls? No.

The Einkorn Cookbook ($15.76) - I really want to read this one.

2014 Gift Guide, Set 3

Chopstick Noodle Bowl ($14) - I've always wanted a chopstick noodle bowl.

Printed Enamel Mug ($14) - For the blogger in your life. 

*Silpat Baking Mat ($13.89) - This is just so classy.

No Filter Mug ($12.99) - For the Instagram lover in your life.

Stainless Steel Smoothie Straws ($11.97) - I have some similar to these, and I love them. 

Stainless Steel Lunch Box ($9.99) - Pack your lunch with flair. 

Paper Cheese Bags ($9.64) - Another one I really want to try. It kinda hurts to store cheese in plastic bags.

Bamboo Sushi Set ($7.98) - For the sushi enthusiast. 

*Chocolove Almond and Sea Salt Bar ($7.50 - much cheaper in stores) - This flavor is heavenly.

Mini Spatulas ($6.50) - Because you always need more of these.

Bamboo Storage Bowl ($5.99) - So retro. 

Mosaic Tea Tins, set of 2 ($5.98) - These would look so cute sitting on the counter.

What's on YOUR Christmas List?

NOTE: Some links are affiliate. All opinions are my own.
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