Archives for September 2013

Frisch’s Big Boy Pizza

Frisch's Big Boy Pizza | The Blonde Buckeye

I realize that some of you may not know what Frisch’s Big Boy is. Frisch’s was Cincinnati, Ohio’s first Drive-In restaurant in 1946. For all I know, you may only be familiar with Bob’s Big Boy. So I just want to clear things up: Frisch’s Big Boy is the best Big Boy. Sorry. I can say this because I have also had Bob’s Big Boy also. If you don’t live in/ around or visit Ohio or Kentucky, you’re missing out. The good news is, this pizza can be enjoyed anywhere.Continue Reading

Apple Cinnamon Hand Pies

Apple Cinnamon Hand Pies | The Blonde Buckeye

Living in California, but being a girl from the midwest, fall is about the only time of year that makes me miss having 4 true seasons. The super humid summers & gray, dreary winters? Not so much… But around this time, I dream about the shades of orange trees all around & the slightly brisk breeze that indicates the coming of the colder weather. I think of the days that I actually needed to wear my jackets, & warm knit beanies were worn for warmth, instead of fashion. It also makes me think of apple cinnamon – anything.Continue Reading

Lemon Buttermilk Pancakes with Nectarines

Lemon-Buttermilk Pancakes with Nectarines | The Blonde Buckeye

When I first started experimenting with baking & cooking, whenever I made a recipe that used buttermilk, I always just used regular milk instead. Whatever I had on hand. I thought to myself, there is no way I’m buying that entire, big carton of buttermilk, just for this one recipe. I figured milk was milk. Well, let me tell you people, it is not. Buttermilk makes a world of difference. It’s more acidic than regular milk, which is great for everything from marinating chicken, to using it for biscuits or pancakes. When a recipe calls for it, just use it (or a suitable substitute… see below).Continue Reading

Cookie Butter Monster Cookies with Reese’s Pieces

Cookie Butter Monster Cookies with Reese's Pieces | The Blonde Buckeye

I love a monster cookie. They’re like little cookie bombs, just filled up with lots of stuff. Sometimes they can be pretty hard & dense with all the oats, which in my opinion, isn’t the ideal cookie texture. I like a softer, light & chewy interior, even gooey sometimes. I made monster cookies a few years ago, so I dug up the recipe & re-vampled it a bit.

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Turkey Stuffed Hatch Chiles

Turkey Stuffed Hatch Chiles | The Blonde Buckeye

Another hatch chile recipe! But the good news is, you could totally use other kinds of chiles, like anaheim, or even a bell pepper works. Anything goes here. But in addition to these being a nice change from the ever-popular stuffed bell pepper, these are incredibly good WHILE being healthy. Did you know that green chiles actually have more vitamin C than citrus fruits?! Neither did I. I love it when things that I love also have amazing health benefits.

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Bacon Waffles with Peanut Butter-Honey Glaze

Bacon Waffles with Peanut Butter-Honey Glaze | The Blonde Buckeye

When I’m in the mood for brunch (which is always), I always have an internal struggle between savory options like eggs/bacon/omelette, or sweets like waffles/french toast/pancakes.  It’s a constant dilemma. I think I may have come up with the perfect solution by adding the savory into my sweet. And it was awesome. Then again, when you see bacon + peanut butter, you can usually assume the awesome part.Continue Reading

Cinnamon Roll Macarons

Cinnamon Roll Macarons | The Blonde Buckeye

Another mac recipe… and these might be my favorite so far. They are like little baby cinnamon rolls, but in macaron form. The shells have a little cinnamon added to the batter & then dusted on the tops. Then the filling is a cream cheese-cinnamon frosting. And I’ll be honest, I overfill mine. That’s just the kind of girl I am. They have just the right amount of cinnamon & sweetness. If you like cinnamon & sugar, trust me you do not want to miss these. (In case you’re new to these parts, you can see more extensive macaron tips & directions from my Chocolate-Peanut Butter Macarons).Continue Reading

Individual Egg Frittatas

Mini Egg Frittatas | The Blonde Buckeye

I am a “breakfast person”. I NEED breakfast in the morning to survive even a few hours. Or I get grumpy. I never understood those that say they aren’t “breakfast people”. It’s the most important meal of the day people. It’s a fact. More often than not, I like eggs in the morning. They are filling, healthy & they start my day off on the right foot. Do I always have time to cook up some eggs in the morning? No. Actually, almost never. I’m also a “I hit the snooze button several times” person. That’s why preparation is key here folks. You just whip these up on a Sunday night, and you have your breakfast ready. You just pop it in the microwave to reheat it. Done-and-done.Continue Reading

Brown Butter Vanilla Bean Chocolate Chip Blondies

Brown Butter Vanilla Bean Chocolate Chip Blondies | The Blonde Buckeye

It has been KILLING me, waiting to share this one with you guys! I made these about a month ago, and then I made them again 2 weeks ago (oops). Now that I’m looking at the pictures, I might need to make them again. The name is super long, but they are the stars of this blondie show. My husband said they taste like ‘Mrs. Fields on crack’ (can that man can give a compliment or what?).

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Salted Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cups

Salted Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cups | The Blonde Buckeye

Hands down, my husband’s favorite flavor combination is peanut butter & chocolate, as far as sweets go (otherwise, I would just say meat in general). Although we don’t typically go for a store-bought candy bars for sweets, Reese’s is his absolute favorite.  So I wanted to make a homemade version, but a little healthier (& with a lot less ingredients). I used dark chocolate & subbed out the peanut butter for almond butter.  The combination of the rich dark chocolate & smooth almond butter, with a pinch of sea salt sets this treat over the edge. The honey gives it a mild sweetness, while it still tastes very decadent. I made mini cups & I’m so glad I did, because these guys are RICH. Just one definitely satisfies even the biggest sweet tooth.Continue Reading