Posted at 10:09 am , on August 4, 2017
After 6 years, An Inspired Cook is getting a new look. There are now more recipe categories with a photo of each recipe to make it easier to find that perfect recipe and visualize how it might look. I hope you all will come along with me for the next chapter. Here’s one of my favorites . . . fried pies. I have to admit they are my guilty pleasure, there I said it! Honestly I love all pies but I am especially fond of fruit pies. Sweet fried pies which are sometimes referred to as hand pies are filled with any number of fruits and sometimes even cream fillings like chocolate or lemon. For these cherry pies I opted to used frozen cherries over fresh. Frozen cherries break down when cooked and emit the juice that’s needed to make a glossy pie filling that tastes so good in a fried pie. Then there’s the lemon glaze, the oh so yummy icing on the cake . . . um I mean pie!!
Posted at 10:45 am , on July 14, 2017
I cannot in any way take credit for these brownies. They were created, taste tested and approved from Bakes in Slippers and they are the most delectable brownies I’ve ever made. One of my favorite things about this recipe is that all the ingredients go together in one pot on top of the stove which makes for very little clean up. Best of all is the moist chewy texture and dark chocolaty taste. A sprinkle of sea salt on top just enhances the flavor. Calling all chocolate lovers, you will not want to miss out on these!
Posted at 10:03 am , on March 24, 2017
If you’ve ever been to the Magic Kingdom at Disney World you may have had a Dole Pineapple Whip. It’s one of those things that you won’t find anywhere but at Disney. It’s so refreshing, a slushy whipped frozen pineapple with pineapple juice pooled around the bottom. I took my version a step further and ran it through the ice cream maker to make it more like the texture of a sorbet. Either way it’s delicious!!
Posted at 10:08 am , on October 21, 2016
Way back in 2011 I posted “Dessert Egg Rolls” which became on of my most popular desserts. I hope these apple pie egg rolls will be a big hit too. I made them individually so they are always hot and crisp. Paired with salted caramel sauce to dip or drizzle over top makes them even more delectable. It’s apple season and you’ll find an abundance of apples to choose from this time of year. My favorite cooked apple pie filling made up approximately 12 egg rolls. Using cooked pie filling allows you to keep any unused filling in the refrigerator and cook the egg rolls up fresh. They are easy to roll and pan fry in just a few minutes. Hope you enjoy these egg rolls as much as we did!
Posted at 9:42 am , on October 6, 2015
Bread pudding is one of my favorite things on earth. In fact, I’ve never met a bread pudding I didn’t like. I had my boys over for dinner and made this especially for them. They showed up about the time this came out of the oven and as soon as the pictures were taken it was devoured! Normally, I would take the time to make a loaf of brioche myself, but I found this great brioche bread at Sprouts that is so good! If you have a Sprouts store, you must try this bread. It’s already sliced and perfect for french toast and easy to cube for a pan of bread pudding. Adding just a hint of lemon juice to the sweetened whipped cream turned out to be a big hit. Another reason I chose this dessert is because this is my 300th post of An Inspired Cook. I thought this would be the perfect dessert to mark the occasion!
Posted at 8:57 am , on July 3, 2015
I made this for Joe on Father’s Day and thought it would make a great 4th of July treat as well. It was one of the few things he has ever asked me to make. He was real stingy with his ice cream but when Little Man Z crawled in his lap he found an extra spoon to share. He’s our new kitty and so adorable. You should see the two of them sit together and eat ice cream. This version is really simple and tastes like you went to your favorite ice cream shop. I made up a batch of my homemade vanilla ice cream and added caramel sauce, a little coarse sea salt and praline pecans. Honestly, I think homemade ice cream is key but if making ice cream isn’t your thing, well just go out and pick up 1 1/2 quarts of vanilla ice cream. If you are the ambitious type and want to make everything yourself, I have links to my homemade vanilla ice cream, salted caramel sauce, and vanilla sugar glazed walnuts (just sub in pecans) that will get you the same results.
Posted at 9:01 am , on June 23, 2015
I don’t know anything better on a hot summer day than a cool slushy popsicle. Making your own popsicles are fun because you can try so many different flavor combinations and add any kind of fruit. In the old days we used to make popsicles with Kool Aid and sometimes add Jello. It was all about keeping it simple, inexpensive, fun to make and fun to eat. I’ve kept those same qualities with these popsicles. I find them to be the most luscious frozen treats that taste like hand held frozen margaritas using only a single can of frozen limeade or lemonade, a few berries and a little pre-made margarita mix. So simple yet so tasty. For a kid friendly version, leave out the alcohol. Kids will love the frozen berries tucked inside their frozen limeade or lemonade.
Posted at 8:54 am , on December 16, 2014
It seems like dried fruit is always front and center this time of year. I enjoy most dried fruits but dates aren’t necessarily one of them. However, they are one of Joe’s favorites and he loves date bars so I thought I would give them a try. He described a soft chewy bar with a bottom crust and date filling, topped with a crumbly streusel. They must have turned out pretty good because he grabbed a bar every time he walked by and gave me a thumbs up with a smile!
Posted at 9:35 am , on August 29, 2014
It’s Hatch season and I just picked up my first green chiles of the season. I’ve had this recipe in mind for such a long time and waiting on chile season to try it out. I have a cookbook from The Museum of New Mexico Foundation, “Dulce, Desserts from Santa Fe Kitchens”. In it there is a recipe for lime ice cream with caramelized green chiles. Every time I flip through it I wonder how this combination will taste. You might think it sounds like an odd combination but I can vouch that it’s really quite tasty. Think of candied jalapenos paired with cream cheese. . . yummy huh! Well, this sweet and hot combination tastes like frozen key lime pie with some chile jelly on top. It’s sweet with a back heat that tempts your taste buds and leaves you satisfied. Now you could go with a mild green chile, but the hot chile is tamed considerably by the sweet syrup. And to top it off I added some crystallized lime zest which added another layer of sweetness. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised!
Posted at 8:40 am , on July 3, 2014
July marks the beginning of peach season and I for one couldn’t be happier. Sweet summer peaches make the best desserts, at least I think so. We made a trip to the farmers market yesterday where a vendor was roasting whole peaches. Once roasted they would sprinkle sugar or cinnamon over the top with a drizzle of honey. Joe had to have one and actually let me share in a bite or two. The peach was warm and sticky and tasted delicious. After devouring that peach there was no way we were walking out of there without a basket of peaches to take home. Peach dumplings were an obvious choice as they are easy to make and fun to eat. I wanted to try something other than the traditional vanilla ice cream on the side so I added a warm vanilla cream sauce. I can honestly say I’ve never tasted a more delectable peach filled pastry.