Side Dishes

Hazelnut Biscotti

Lately I’ve had a serious hankering for biscotti. It just hit me out of the blue and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it. Yesterday I finally had time to make some.

I’ve made a number of different biscotti recipes before, and while I’ve liked all of them, the one whose texture charms me the most is this one, a cardamom biscotti from Martha Stewart.

Unlike most biscotti recipes, which are made only with flour, or with a combination of flour and cornmeal, these are made with ground almonds in addition to the flour. While I love that cardamom biscotti recipe, it wasn’t exactly what I was yearning for. So I decided to make something different, but keep the ground almonds in there for texture.

I had some hazelnuts in my pantry, so I thought the nutty combination would hit the spot nicely. I swapped out regular all-purpose flour for whole wheat pastry flour, cut the sugar back a bit and threw in a little bit of cocoa powder to compliment the hazelnuts.

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Cheesy Freaking Potatoes

Hi friends.

In case you’ve been living under a rock, (or, you know, living in another country where they inexplicably don’t care about American football) this Sunday is the Super Bowl. So that means football, new commercials, half-time show featuring Beyoncé, and food.

I can’t believe that I’ve yet to share this recipe with you in the 2+ years I’ve been blogging.

This is one of my Grandma’s Recipes, and it’s awesome. My Grandma calls them “Hash Brown Baked Potatoes” but around here, and at church potlucks, we just call them “cheesy potatoes.” (more…)

It’s Lefse Season!

Over the weekend, we went up to my in-laws for our annual lefse-making day. We all brought our giant batches of potato dough and set up 3 griddle stations for rolling & cooking them.

My sister came again this year, and my husband’s cousin Julie came for the first time. There were 8 of us total working on rolling, cooking and bagging them. There were so many of us that my in-laws traded out their dining room table for a ping-pong table.

It’s fun to have everyone together working around a big table. It’s become quite the annual tradition.

I did a post last year about how to make lefse. If you’d like to check it out, here it is:

Lefse!

You should also consider making this lefse omelette:

Lefse Omelette

It’s so extremely good. I can’t wait to make it now that we have lefse again!

Birdseed Bars

27616421086_854ef59e95_cSo Hubs’ birthday is coming up in a few days. I’m pretty sure that now his birthday will always be a little overshadowed by Little Man’s since they’re only just over a week apart. Luckily Hubs isn’t fussy about his birthday and is happy to have a simple night on the town with me. Yay. But I thought that before I got myself all dolled up, I should give you all an easy recipe that can carry you through the weekend.

For Little Man’s birthday, one of the things I made was birdseed bars. Besides being delicious and healthy, these bars are also gluten-free and dairy-free! And they’re sweetened only with honey. They are really easy and very versatile.

I got the idea from a birdseed bar I’d had from our local health food store. I looked at the ingredient list to have an idea what to put in it, and just made it up from there.

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