Sunday, April 8, 2012

Cinnamon Roll Syrup

What? Posting on the recipe blog? Amazing! 

This recipe was enough to get my rear-end in gear again, though. I couldn't NOT share this one. I'm happy to say, too, that I tweaked it enough to claim it as my own recipe - with credit still given to the original source, of course. I found it on Pinterest and thought it sounded amazing, but the original recipe called for something called Cinnamon Vanilla Sugar. Apparently you can buy it in a spice bottle. But why would I pay money for something that sounded so easy to create on my own? 

That's where this recipe comes in. I dare say it's probably just as good as the original. And it made everything we poured it on taste like a cinnamon roll. I may have even been caught pouring a bit straight onto my plate and scooping it up with my finger. (I know. We have such good manners at our house.) We tried it on French toast first, and then when I made doughnuts a week or so later using a little doughnut maker I got for Christmas, we decided to try it out on those instead of glaze. Awesome. So...I must apologize to the plain old maple syrup that sits in a bottle in my pantry. I honestly don't think I'll be able to look at you the same way again!

Cinnamon Roll Syrup

1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch 
1 tablespoon cinnamon1/3 cup granulated sugar1 cup cream 1 tablespoon corn syrup 
4 tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons vanilla

Mix the cornstarch with the sugar and cinnamon in a saucepan with a whisk until the cornstarch is well dispersed. Add the cream and corn syrup and heat until bubbly and thick, stirring often. Mix in vanilla. Remove from the heat and stir in the butter until completely melted. 

Serve on French toast, pancakes, doughnuts...anything you want to taste like a cinnamon roll. :) Heck, even drizzle it over your cinnamon rolls if you want an extra cinnamon-y experience! 

Original recipe found here.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Black Bean and Corn Potatoes

This one is quick, easy, and delicious. I love discovering recipes like this! This is a great (vegetarian, I might add - you won't find many of those on this blog) meal to whip up in a pinch. And I like the different idea of putting Mexican-type toppings on a baked potato. It adds a little variety to the boring, everyday meals we're so used to.

Black Bean and Corn Potatoes

4 (6-ounce) baking potatoes
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 1/2 cups frozen whole-kernel corn
1 1/2 cups fresh salsa
1/4 cup shredded cheddar-Jack cheese
Additional garnishes (sour cream, cilantro, guacamole, tortilla chips - whatever floats your boat at the moment!)

Pierce potatoes with a fork and microwave on high for 10 minutes (or bake them in the oven - whatever your favorite baked-potato method is). While potatoes cook, heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add onion garlic, cumin, and chili powder; sauté 3 minutes. Reduce heat to low. Add beans, corn, and salsa; cook 4 minutes or until thoroughly heated.

Split potatoes lengthwise. Fluff with a fork. (Or just hack them to pieces like I do. ;) ) Spoon about 1 cup bean mixture over each potato. Top each serving evenly with cheese, sour cream, and cilantro.