Archives for August 2013

Lemony Salmon Asparagus Packs

Lemony Salmon Asparagus Packs | The Blonde Buckeye

Is ‘lemony’ even a word?  That’s neither here nor there…  Lemony is about the best way to describe this salmon, because you know it’s gonna be fresh & you know it’s gonna be delicious.  As most of you can probably agree, overcooked salmon is bad bad bad.  It’s probably the reason why some people say “I don’t like salmon”.  It can scar you for life.  Now enter asparagus; one of my favorite vegetables.  They pair together perfectly.  And how easy is this prep?  You just literally put everything in some parchment paper, wrap it up & stick it in the oven.  Barely any dishes, it’s so healthy & good for you, & so so easy.Continue Reading

Frosted Flake Crusted French Toast

Frosted Flake Crusted French Toast | The Blonde Buckeye

Well, sometimes you just don’t need to choose between french toast & cereal, do you? Exhibit A: Frosted Flake Crusted French Toast. I’m not even kidding, this might be the best french toast I’ve ever had. Seriously. I’ve seen some other cereal-crusted french toast recipes, but let me tell you why this one is better. First of all, you’re already going for french toast, you might as well go for Frosted Flakes over say, Corn Flakes. This isn’t a green juice people. Also, this recipe is baked, rather than cooked on the stove top. This is key for 2 reasons; one being that sugary cereal will most likely burn in a skillet.  Second, sometimes french toast can get soggy, especially once you add syrup. This french toast has a sweet, super crunchy exterior & soft interior. It’s kiiind of perfect.

Continue Reading

Chewy Peanut Butter-Nutella Swirl Cookies

Chewy Peanut Butter-Nutella Swirl Cookies | The Blonde Buckeye

When you make cookie dough one day, & bake them another, it seems like a lot less work for some reason.  Also it seems like your cookies turn out better (chewier & softer & just yummier).  Or maybe it’s just me…  Either way, these cookies were awesome.  Super soft, super chewy & delicious!  I brought them to my office & they vanished like a white rabbit in a hat.  Highly recommended!

Continue Reading

Chickpea Veggie Salad-in-a-Jar

Chickpea Veggie Salad-in-a-Jar | The Blonde Buckeye

One of the most popular posts ever was my Layered Salad-in-a-Jar.  Even though it’s not the fanciest of recipes, it is probably one of the most practical & useful recipes.  This new combination is just as good, if not better than the other one too.  I made 3 jars on Sunday, they took me a total of maybe 15 minutes & I had lunch for more than 1/2 the week.  The best part is, I actually look forward to eating them.  Healthy & delicious!  I’d love to know what your favorite salad combinations are?

Continue Reading

Lime Margarita Cookie Pie

Margarita Cookie Pie | The Blonde Buckeye

For this year’s Cinco de Mayo, I decided to get festive by making a Margarita Cookie Pie.  To summarize, it’s basically a giant lime-flavored sugar cookie, topped with a cream cheese-tequila-lime frosting, sprinkled with sea salt.  What’s not to like about that?!  Nothing, that’s what.  Also there’s really no reason that you shouldn’t make this now, even after Cinco de Mayo, because you don’t need a reason or a holiday for a margarita dessert.  Of course you can just leave out the tequila if you prefer it alcohol-free, or add more, totally your call.

Continue Reading

Birthday Cake-Oreo Pretzel Cookies

Birthday Cake-Oreo Pretzel Cookies | The Blonde Buckeye

I know that’s a mouthful, but hopefully your mouth can be full of Birthday Cake-Oreo Pretzel Cookies soon.  Last week I decided to make some sort of ‘cookies n’ cream’ cookie, & when I went to store I found out it was national pretzel day.  As I was shopping for some pretzels to add in, I saw them…  Birthday Cake Oreos (wwwhat?).  I couldn’t not buy them.  Let me tell you, they are good… dare I say, better than regular Oreos.  The end result: the cookies were kind of crispy on the edges, but very chewy & soft in the middle.  The most delicious kind of cookie, if you ask me.  You could also break up the pretzels in the cookies too, but I just like the way they look on the top.

Continue Reading

Double Vanilla Bean Cupcakes

Vanilla Bean Cupcakes | The Blonde Buckeye

There are times that you just want a ‘classic’.  You just want to wear your favorite jeans & tshirt, instead of messing around with all the other stuff.  But it’s like, a really really nice & soft tee that fits just magically.  That’s what these cupcakes are.  They sound basic, but they’re perfect.  I just tweaked my basic vanilla cupcake & vanilla buttercream recipes by adding the seeds from vanilla beans.  First of all, I just adore the way they look with those little black vanilla beans coming through.  They just look fancy.  Also, the vanilla flavor is just sooo good, something I don’t think you can replicate quite the same with vanilla extract.

Continue Reading

Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes

Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes | The Blonde Buckeye

I made these adorable little cupcakes for a 1st birthday party & was so pleased at the way they turned out.  Ironically, I used the same Strawberry Buttercream recipe from the same little lady’s baby shower. However this time I used it on a lemon cupcake, to make – you guessed it – Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes.

Also, to try something new, I used the frosting method that looks like roses!  How cute right?  And sooo easy!  Typically, you start piping on the outer edge of a cupcake & make your way to the center.  But for these, you start from the inside, then go out, tapering off the end.  It’s really easy & looks so pretty.  Another great thing about this method is that it uses a lot less frosting.  (**You could make half of the recipe below if you are using this technique).

Continue Reading

Peanut Butter Banana Waffles with PB Glaze

Peanut Butter-Banana Waffles with Peanut Butter Glaze | The Blonde Buckeye

As you might know, I enjoy a good food holiday.  Any excuse to makes S’mores & things like that are always welcome in my home.  So when I realized that March 1st is National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day, I had take full advantage & celebrate with Peanut Butter Banana Waffles (duh).  I didn’t want to take any chances with experimentation today, so I did the sensible thing & went with something I know; waffles.  Because waffles & I always get along, especially when peanut butter’s involved.

Continue Reading

Sweet & Salty Toasted Pecans

Sweet & Spicy Toasted Pecans | The Blonde Buckeye

Roasted-spiced nuts are among my favorite snacks.  I like to use egg whites instead of butter, because I want to keep these on the healthy side.  I really didn’t miss the butter flavor from my other Spiced Mixed Nuts, so I figured why not try it again.  The flax gives it a nutritional crunch & with all these yummy spices, they are packed with flavor!!

Continue Reading