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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Roasted Edamame

Hi!  Well, after neglecting my little blog for most of this year, I have a second post for you this week.   Edamame, also known as young soybeans, is a complete protein.  So, you can enjoy this super easy dish as a standalone or a side.   I do have a confession though, my inspiration did not come from returning to my cookbook collection, but rather from Pinterest.  I’m a new pinner, and completely hooked.  Oh well, whatever the source, let’s keep looking for inspiration and trying new things.   You can find the link for the original recipe at the bottom.  Here is my adaptation ....

1 (12 ounce) package frozen shelled edamame (green soybeans)
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Salt (or garlic salt) and Pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Place the edamame into a colander and rinse under cold water to thaw and allow to drain well.

Toss the beans with the olive oil and then spread them in the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking tin. 

Next, sprinkle cheese over the top and season with salt and pepper.

Bake in the preheated oven until the cheese is crispy and golden, about 15 minutes.


....alongside some roasted chicken.

Original recipe by Sophia Candrasa and published on All Recipes.Com   

Monday, August 26, 2013

Chewy Coconut Lime Cookies

Hi there!  Well, it’s been a really long time since I’ve posted anything, but I just tried out a new recipe and it is so yummy I have to share it.  The inspiration comes from a Pinterest link by Lyuba at her "Will Cook for Smiles" blog. The link for the original recipe is below.  The following is my adaptation …..

Please note, I am using standard limes.  If you want to use Key Limes, double up on the quantity of juice and zest.


2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1 cup shredded coconut (I used Angel Flake)
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup sugar
4 oz. cream cheese, room temperature ( ½ of an 8 oz brick)
1/2 cup butter, softened (1 stick)
1 large egg
1/3 cup lime juice (about 3 limes)
The zest of one lime
1/2 cup of powder sugar for rolling cookies 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. and line the cookie sheet with parchment paper. 

Add the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt to a medium size bowl and hand whisk to combine and aerate.
Now, to the bowl of a food processor add the cream cheese, butter, sugar, egg , lime juice and zest.  Run on high for a few seconds until blended.  Scrape sides of bowl.
Then, top the mixture in the food processor with the dry ingredients and the coconut. 
Again, run on high for a few seconds to combine.
Drop 1-inch balls in the powdered sugar and lightly coat them. 
Place the powdered balls on the baking sheet about 2 inches apart. 
Bake for 11 to 12 minutes.  Remove from oven and cool on rack.    
When cooled, sprinkle a little more powdered sugar over the cookies, and serve.    Yield should be around 40 cookies.

Link for "Will Cook For Smiles" :     Will Cook for Smiles