Bacon Cheddar Cornmeal Waffles -The Secret Recipe Club

It’s Secret Recipe Club time!! This month’s reveal crept up on me. As you’ve probably noticed, things have been a little quiet around the blog. I had several big work projects all happening at once and with Madeline having lacrosse practice on Tuesdays and Thursdays, our meals have been really quick. I was happy to have some time to take some time to check out my SRC assignment, Dessert Before Dinner and pick out a great recipe. How fun of a blog name is that?! ¬†Stephanie started her blog to keep track of her recipes (sounds familiar) and enjoys making sweet and savory recipes. She’s got a super cute cat too! ūüôā

After checking out Stephanie’s recipe index, I had narrowed it down to Bacon Cheddar Cornmeal Waffles, Ricotta-Spinach Stuffed Chicken Breasts and Cheddar Rosemary Walnut Crackers, but as you can see the hubby vetoed my other two choices and I went with waffles. It was our breakfast yesterday morning (yes, I waited until Sunday before our reveal to make my recipe) and it was the perfect way to start the day! The bacon and cheddar in the waffle was the perfect combination and I loved the texture the cornmeal brought. I also liked that they were light and fluffy, not too dense like some other waffles I have made in the past.

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Mini Chocolate Chip Donuts – The Secret Recipe Club

I hope you all had a great Valentine’s Day and are ready for a little more sweetness! It’s time for the Secret Recipe Club and I did a little baking for my kids. They’ve been begging me for donuts lately and while going through my assignment for this month’s SRC, I decided to go with Lauren’s recipe for donuts. Lauren pens the blog, Sew You Can Cook. Seriously, such a fun name for a blog! Lauren is a SAHM to 2 adorable little boys and has dreams of one day becoming a caterer. You’ll get there Lauren, you’re so talented!

This recipe is so quick and easy! I made it twice in the last week…the first time I didn’t grease my donut pan well and the donuts stuck. We still enjoyed them! I loved the subtle flavor of the olive oil…yes, they use olive oil! Lauren made them as a part of the #EVOOChallenge and I loved checking out all the other recipes that she made as part of the challenge.¬†I followed her recipe closely, just swapped out the dark chocolate chips for mini chocolate chips, added a splash of vanilla extract and a little dried vanilla beans. They came out great the second time and my kids are going to enjoy them for breakfast this morning.

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1 cup cake flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp milk
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Generously spray a donut pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Mix in the chocolate chips to coat them to help them from sinking to the bottom of the donuts.

In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, vanilla extract, olive oil and milk. Add in the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Divide the batter between the six donuts. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. The muffins will be a light brown on top and darker on the bottoms. Allow to cool before removing from the donut pan.

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Chocolate Peanut Granola Bites – The Secret Recipe Club

It’s another edition of the Secret Recipe Club! If you haven’t heard of the SRC, you’re in for a treat. Each month, we receive a monthly assignment and we need to pick a recipe to make from our assignment. It’s a complete secret until reveal day. I love it and it’s been a great way to meet so many other bloggers and be inspired every since week.

This month my assignment was Get Off the Couch and Cook. What a great ¬†blog name, right?!? Sashi shares easy and delicious recipes that anyone can make. As always, I struggled with deciding on a recipe, but settled on her recipe for granola bars. I haven’t make granola bars in months and of course my kids needed something to snack on. These were super easy to make. I’m going to have my daughter make them next time! She’s prepping to submit a recipe into her school’s cooking challenge next month and is so excited to be helping me in the kitchen as often as possible.

I cut the granola into smaller pieces, but then it started to crumble. They taste delicious, but ended up more like chunky granola as I was working my way through the pan. Regardless, my daughter gobbled up a bowl and said it was delicious. I don’t know if it’s because I switched out the canola oil for coconut oil, but it’s still a winner in my book!

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3 cups rolled oats
1 1/4 cup unsalted dry roasted peanuts
1 1/4 cup sweetened coconut flakes
1 cup honey
6 Tbsp peanut butter
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with aluminium foil and add the oats, coconut and peanuts. Mix to combine. Bake for 15 minutes, stirring halfway. Remove from oven and transfer to a large bowl. Spray a 9×13 pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.

In  a small saucepan, combine the honey, peanut butter and coconut oil. Cook over medium heat until the mixture begins to boil, stirring constantly. Simmer for one minute and then remove from the heat. Add in the chocolate chips and let melt before stirring.

Pour the chocolate peanut butter mixture over the oats and stir until completely covered. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and press down firmly. Bake for 10 minutes and then allow to completely cool for an hour or more. Cut into bars or bite sized pieces and enjoy!

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Cheddar Bacon Scones – The Secret Recipe Club

I’m excited to share a reveal for the Secret Recipe Club this month. One of the bloggers from Group A was orphaned and Sarah needed someone to volunteer. I jumped at the opportunity to help, out since my group has a break this month and its another chance to blog with my old group B.

Casa Costello is authored by Helen Costello and I knew immediately that I would love her blog when I saw cakes and bakes in the logo. You know I’m all about sweets! As I was looking through her recipe index, this one recipe jumped out at me…Mint Aero Swiss Roll. I love mint and chocolate together, but had never heard of mint aero candy. I might need to have my friends in the UK a couple bags to try them out. Ironically, I decided on one of the few savory recipes Helen has and went with her recipe for cheese and bacon scones. She also has a twist that she replaces the cheese with maple syrup. I bet they’re delicious, unfortunately my family is not a big fan of maple, and I didn’t want to have to eat them all myself! In addition to her food blog, Helen also has a lifestyle and travel blog where she shares her family’s adventures around the UK and southern France.

These scones were the prefect addition to a quiche I made and I loved the texture. The hardest part of the recipe was converting the UK measurements into US measurements. I think I got it close enough since they came out perfect.

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8 slices bacon, cooked and cut into small pieces
1 2/3 cup flour
Dash of salt
Fresh ground pepper
3.5 oz milk
3 Tbsp unsalted butter, cold
1/2 – 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 egg, beaten

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine the flour, salt and pepper. Cut in the cold butter with a pastry knife or use your fingers if you want to get messy.

Slowly add in the milk and stir with a fork (or a knife like Helen uses) until just combined. Add a tablespoon of milk or more if you need the dough to come together. Mix in the bacon and cheese and then turn out onto a floured surface.

Form the dough into a circle and flatten. These scones do not rise. My dough was about 1/2 inch thick and I was able to get 8 round scones out of it. Cut the scones into triangles or use a biscuit cutter.

Brush the tops with beaten egg. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.

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Pretzel Rolls – The Secret Recipe Club

One of my favorite times of the month is here…reveal day for the Secret Recipe Club! This month, my assignment was “It’s Yummy to my Tummy.” Heather’s two kids named her blog and I love it! Such a fun title! ¬†Heather and I have a lot in common. We both started our blogs to organize our thoughts and experiment. Plus, we both use cooking and baking to relax.

After looking through all the recipes on Heather’s list, I decided to go with pretzel rolls. They’ve been on my list to make for a while, so I figured it was time. I had also considered making her pancakes and sausage muffins, apple bellini and asian lettuce wraps. I’m thinking the Bellinis would be perfect to serve on Thanksgiving.

The rolls were easy to make, since I’ve made pretzels before. The texture of the rolls were the right consistency and I loved the little bit of sweetness from the brown sugar.

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1 1/3 cups warm water
1 packet active dry yeast
2 Tbsp warm milk
2 Tbsp butter, melted
1/3 cup light brown sugar
4 cups flour
2 quarts cold water
1/2 cup baking soda
kosher salt

In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine 1/3 cup water with the yeast. Allow to stand and get foamy. Add in the remaining cup of water, milk, melted butter and brown sugar. Stir the mixture around until the sugar is dissolved. Slowly add in the flour and mix well until your dough forms. Since I was using my stand mixer, I let it knead for a minute or two so I didn’t have to knead it by hand. Remove and place on a lightly floured surface. Form the dough into a 2 foot long log and cut into 12 even pieces, approximately 2 inches wide. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and then place a damp towel on top. Allow to rise for 10 to 15 minutes.

Take each piece of dough and form it into a roll or knot. Place back on the lightly floured surface about an inch apart and cover with a piece of lightly greased plastic wrap. Allow to rise for 30 minutes or until they have grown in size.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Lightly spray two baking sheets with non-stick cooking spray and set aside. In a large stock pot, bring the water to a boil and add in the baking soda. The mixture will bubble and make a mess, but trust me, it’s worth it! Drop in two rolls at time and allow to boil for 30 seconds or less. Remove the rolls using a slotted spoon and allow to drain before placing onto the prepared baking sheet. Continue until all rolls have been boiled. Sprinkled with kosher salt. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes on the top rack until the rolls are the desired color. I baked mine so they were on the darker side for a crispy outside. Allow to cool on the baking sheets for 5 minute and then transfer to a wire rack to completely cool.

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Pumpkin Yogurt Muffins – The Secret Recipe Club

It’s that time of the month again for The Secret Recipe Club! This month my assignment was The Avid Appetite. I was introduced to Rachel’s blog when I moved from Group B to Group C a couple months ago. I’m loving all the new blogs I get to explore with a new group and Rachel didn’t disappoint. She’s a mom to Penelope (she’s super cute!) and wife to Shaun. We have a few things in common – we’re both working moms who like to eat cake, watch a ton of TV shows and trying to keep it all together. Sometimes I think that last one is impossible…especially after the CRAZY month I’ve had.

I dove right into Rachel’s blog to find a recipe and found a few I wanted to try like¬†Gorgonzola Fig Crostini¬†(even thought I’m trying so hard to eliminate dairy),¬†Make Ahead Breakfast Burritos, and¬†Greek-style “Sloppy Joes”. I finally settled on her recipe for Pumpkin Yogurt Bread since we had a little taste of fall the other week and I’m ready for all things PUMPKIN!

Since my kids love muffins, I thought that was a better route to go than making bread. I also cut the amount of brown sugar since I was adding in mini chocolate chips and swapped the canola oil for coconut oil. It came out really good and perfect to drink with a cup of pumpkin coffee.

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1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 egg
3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
3/4 cup 0% Greek Yogurt
3 Tbsp coconut oil, melted and cooled
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup mini chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a muffin tin with paper liners. Set aside.

In a small bowl, combine the dry ingredients and stir until well combined. In the bowl of a stand mixer, mix the egg, brown sugar, yogurt, oil and vanilla extract. Slowly add in the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Fold in the chocolate chips.

Divide between 12 muffin cups and bake for 20 to 22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow to cool before enjoying.

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Chocolate Energy Bites – The Secret Recipe Club

It’s the third Monday of the month and that means…Secret Recipe Club reveals! This month my assignment was Loving Life. Kirstin is a mom to 2 gorgeous girls that she home schools.¬† She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her daughter and husband and she blogs about their home renovations to family recipes. I had a hard time picking a recipe this month. I was considering her Blueberry Chia Seed Jam or Hot Crab Dip,¬† but settled on her recipe for Energy Bites.¬† I’ve been wanting to make these for a while and thought it was the perfect time especially since my daughter had a lacrosse play day this weekend.

These bites were really good, though I had a hard time getting to them to stick together. I’m not sure if it was because I substituted the almond butter with sunflower seed butter. Regardless, it came out tasty and I’ll just scoop out a bite to eat on a spoon. I’m definitely going to try making them again and sticking to Kirstin’s recipe to see what the difference might have been. My daughter loved them and it was the perfect pick me up between her games.

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2 cups rolled oats
1 cup ground flax seed
2/3 cup honey
2 Tbsp maple syrup
1 cup sunflower seed butter
1/4 cup finely chopped sunflower seeds
2 Tbsp Chia seeds
2 tsp vanilla
2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

In a medium bowl, mix together all the ingredients until well combined. Refrigerate for at least 15 minutes to allow the mixture to chill and be easier to work with. Using a cookie scoop, scoop out balls and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Place back in the refrigerator to chill for another 15 minutes and then store them in an air tight container in the refrigerator.

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Black Raspberry Bread – The Secret Recipe Club

It’s time for The Secret Recipe Club reveal for my group this month.¬† I had a hard time picking a recipe from my assignment, The Painted Apron, this month. I had several recipes narrowed down,¬† but after picking up raspberries on my last Costco trip,¬† I knew I had to make Jenna¬†recipe for blue raspberry bread….except I switched out the blueberries for black berries and omitted the orange glaze.

The bread is really good and made for a perfect breakfast with a cup of coffee or an after dinner snack. My little guy gobbled up a slice and asked for more…success!

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1 1/2 cup white whole wheat flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
1/2 cup millk
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup blackberries
1/2 cup raspberries

Preheat oven to 325 degrees and grease a loaf pan, set aside. In a large bowl,  mix together all the ingredients except for the berries.

Pour half of that batter into the prepared loaf pan.  Spread half the berries and then carefully spread the remaining batter on top.  Lightly press down the remaining berries into the top of the cake.

Bake for 55-60 minutes until the cake is golden brown and a toothpick. Place on a wire rack to cool and then remove and slice.

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Garlic Shrimp and Spinach Pizza – The Secret Recipe Club

It’s the third Monday of the month and you know what that means…Secret Recipe Club reveals!!! I’m excited to share this month’s recipe with you! It comes from Sara who blogs at Cook with Sara. I feel like our styles of cooking are very similar, both perfect for sharing with our families and we both found our love of cooking from our relatives. I had a hard time picking out a recipe this month, since I was looking for sometime to make for dinner and tried to avoid desserts. So after spending hours looking through recipes, I decided on Sara’s recipe for Garlicky Shrimp and Spinach Pizza.

The pizza was really good and different. I made it for Ross and I on Friday night for dinner since I knew the kids would turn their noses up at it. Neither one like shrimp, so it wasn’t even worth the fight in getting them to try it. We’re still having dinner issues with Cooper – he now doesn’t like any of his favorites, mac & cheese, chicken nuggets – so I’m at a loss where to go from here. I used a different recipe for the crust – I made a whole wheat crust with a little Italian seasoning mixed in. I’ll just be sharing the sauce and toppings part of the recipe, so you can use whatever type of dough you prefer. Sara used a bread machine to make hers and incorporated mozzarella cheese and other seasonings.

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Sauce:
1 Tbsp butter
4 1/2 tsp flour
1 /4 tsp ground mustard
1/8 tsp smoked paprika
1/8 tsp salt
1 cup milk
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1 Tbsp minced garlic

Topping:
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 cup sliced mushrooms
4 cups fresh baby spinach
1 Tbsp minced garlic
8 oz cooked shrimp (I used frozen Canadian cold water shrimp – just thawed and drained)
1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Once ready, roll out your dough to the desired size of your pizza. Bake on a pizza stone for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from oven until ready to top.

While the crust is baking, prepare the sauce. Melt the tablespoon of butter in a small saucepan. Add in the flour, mustard, pepper and salt. Stir well and cook until it starts to bubble. Add in the milk and minced garlic. Continuously stir until the sauce becomes thick. Remove from the heat and add in the Parmesan cheese. Stir until the cheese has melted and pour over the pre-baked crust.

In a medium pan, warm the olive oil over medium heat and then saute the sliced mushrooms and garlic for 2 minutes. Add the baby spinach and cook until the spinach has wilted. Place the toppings over the sauce and then add the shrimp and top with the shredded mozzarella. Bake for an additional 10 to 12 minutes until the cheese has melted.

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Biscoff Blossoms – SRC Cookie Carnival

I know you’re confused why I’m sharing another Secret Recipe Club post this month, but we decided it would be fun to do a cookie carnival. Just like regular reveal days for the SRC, I received an assignment, but this time I had to pick only a cookie recipe from¬†Fantastical Sharing.

Sarah runs the SRC, along with her blog, her two (soon to be three) kids and everything else that comes with life as a military wife. Sarah and I both started our blogs the same way – sharing our recipes with friends and family and tackling the continuously growing pile of recipes we’ve been saving. Definitely check out all the recipes Sarah has posted – you’ll get so many great ideas for new meals to make.

So after looking through cookie recipes, I decided on the traditional peanut butter blossoms, but with a twist. The only reason there’s a little twist is because we’re almost out of peanut butter (which is a tragedy if that happens!), so I made a substitution and used Biscoff.

1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup Biscoff cookie spread
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp baking soda
1 egg
2 Tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 3/4 cup flour
Hershey kisses
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper, set aside. In a small bowl, place 1/4 cup sugar. 
In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the shortening and Biscoff. Add in the remaining 1/2 cup sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, and baking soda, Mix well and then add in the egg, milk and vanilla. Slowly mix in the flour until the batter forms. 
Using a tablespoon scoop, scoop out small balls of dough. Roll the dough into the 1/4 cup sugar and place 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes until the cookies are lightly golden brown. Remove the oven and immediately place an unwrapped Hershey kiss in the center of the cookie. Transfer the cookies to a wire rack to completely cool.