Friday, September 25, 2009

Sweet Lemon Corn Cake

I simply adore easy recipes. Being a student, I don't really have alot of time on my hands to make four course meal everynight. That being said, I always look for smart, simple short cuts....

This afternoon as I search through my cabinets for something to make, I stumpled upon this box of Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix. I really love cornbread alone, but this time I wanted to add an extra "umph" to it. I looked around my kitchen I spotted a lemon!

Normally you wouldn't think: corn muffin + lemon = delicious, but it really happens to work! The sweetness of the corn muffin with the tang of the lemon is the perfect combination that you will love to eat with any meal....
1 box of Jiffy's Corn Muffin Mix
1 egg
1/3 cup of milk
1 lemon
First, add all the box mix, the egg, and the milk into a bowl and mix it up. Then add about a teaspoon of lemon zest into the bowl along with the juice of the whole lemon.
Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees and grease either a baking dish or a muffin tin.
Let bake until you can stick a knife into it and it comes out clean.
This sweet lemon cake is so yummy, it's going to make you want to get creative in your own kitchen!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Rustic Granola Bar

I love waking up in the morning to the aroma of coffee brewing in the kitchen. I am one of those "breakfast is the best meal of the day" believers, and really, what goes better with coffee than some tasty, healthy, home-made granola bars!

I've made muffins and scones but I've never made my own granola bars before! So I thought I'd give it a try....
3 1/2 cups of oats
1 cup dried fruit
1 cup of nuts any kind
1/4 cup slivered almons
1/2 cup of honey
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 egg
2/3 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla

I thought this recipe was really great because you can play around with the ingredients alot. I used cherries for my dried fruit and I used almonds and walnuts for my nut portion. You could even add chocolate chips for something extra!
I also decided to use agave syrup instead of honey. You can find agave syrup at any grocery store and it's sometimes healthier to use, although it doesn't hold as strong as honey.

This recipe is really easy, all you have to do is combine all the ingredients you choose to use and press into a 15 x 10 pan. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees and let cook for 20 minutes. Let the granola cool, cut it into bars, and enjoy with a hot cup of coffee.
Not only is this recipe easy, it's also healthy!

Kitchen Kitten

Welcome to my new cooking blog Kitchen Kitten!
A while ago I did have another cooking blog called "City Kitchen". I had so much fun with it that I actually neglected studying for school, so I had to stop blogging and concentrate. What is different this time? I believe I have found my culinary calling and I am in the process of looking into baking and pastry programs in the area! Not only will I be blogging about the food I cook, but I will also be blogging about my soon to be career.

All the pictures on this blog will be taken by yours turly unless otherwise stated. Please feel free to leave any comments or criticism you may have, I'd love to hear from my readers!

Stay tuned for my first post!