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Strong and Delicious iced coffee 

Cold Brew Coffee

 Ingredients

1 and 1/3 C ground coffee

4 C water (cold or room temp)

Items Required

Jar or pitcher

A large bowl

A funnel, optional

Fine mesh strainer (or cheesecloth, clean dish towel, anything to filter out the grounds)

Extras

Ice

Creamer

A Sweetener, such as Splenda

Directions

1. Place ground coffee in a jar or pitcher and pour water over top. Stir to combine. Seal and let sit for at least eight hours to overnight at room temperature.

2. Pour mixture through a strainer into a bowl. Strain again if needed. Next, place a funnel into a jar and slowly pour your coffee into the funnel until the glass is full.

There! You have made yourself cold brew coffee concentrate. 4 cups of concentrate will make about 8 cups of iced coffee. This will last up to a week in the fridge.

Source Red Book Mag

 

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Weekly Reviews Compacted Into One 

A week and a half review for June 22th – 30th

I have been slacking a little on doing my weekly reviews. I wanted to bring you up to date on what I have been cooking within the past few weeks.

Garlic Parmesan Zucchini Casserole – An easy side dish recipe that comes together less than thirty minutes. It’s the perfect way to get kids to eat their veggies.

Cajun Chicken Alfredo Pasta – This dish makes an excellent thirty-minute meal for a busy weeknight. I’m certain that it will become a new favorite in your family.

Broccoli Cheese Chicken Bake Recipe – Incredibly easy, requires only four ingredients and it’s delish! What more could you want?

Slow Cooker Pineapple Pulled Pork Tacos – These tacos were beyond delicious! They have an awesome blend of sweet and tanginess flavor. They were one my favorites!

Bang Bang Brussel Sprouts – Get your taste buds ready for some serious bang (spicy). These too were another favorite of mine. Check out my first cooking video

Coming up this week on cooking with Court

Honey Garlic Chicken Stir Fry

Slow Cooker Greek Spiced Roast
Side dish Garlic Roasted Green Beans and Mushrooms

Garlic Parmesan Crusted Salmon and Asparagus

Food Fun Fact: Did you know that brussel sprouts are baby cabbage?

 

Weekly Review for June 12th-17th 

On Monday the twelveth – I made Cheesy Beef Goulash. It’s a family favorite that is frugal, simple, delicious and perfect for your family’s supper any day of the week. It too is a huge hit with the kids making it popular with the whole family. 

On Wednesday the fourteenth – I cooked Buttermilk Roasted Chicken. For the side dish, it was Garlic Parmesan Asparagus.
Both were incredibly tasty and preparation was a complete breeze. 

On Thursday the fifteenth – I learned that coffee doesn’t have to be just for drinking by preparing this super moist and juicy Maple-Coffee Pulled Pork.  

Coming up next week on cooking with Court 

GARLIC PARMESAN ZUCCHINI CASSEROLE 

SLOW COOKER PINEAPPLE PULLED PORK TACOS

CROCK POT GARLIC BACON CHICKEN

Fun with baking for the infrequent baker

 

Peanut Butter Cookies

Ingredients:

1 C unsalted butter softened to room temperature
1 C granulated sugar
3/4 C packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature preferred
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 C creamy peanut butter
3 C + 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour (measured correctly)
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 C granulated sugar, for rolling (optional)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside.

1. Using a hand mixer or an electric mixer cream the softened butter and both sugars together on medium speed until smooth. Add the eggs and mix on high until combined, about one minute. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed. Add the vanilla and peanut butter and mix on high until combined. Set aside.

2. In another bowl, throw in the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together. Add to the wet ingredients and mix on low until combined. The dough will be thick, yet very sticky. Cover dough tightly and chill for at least three hours.

3. Roll balls of dough (about 1.5 tablespoons of dough per cookie) and roll into granulated sugar. Place two inches apart on the baking sheets. Press fork into the tops to create the criss-cross pattern.

4. Bake for eleven minutes or until very lightly browned on the sides. The centers will look very soft and undone. Remove from the oven and let cool on baking sheet for five minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. The cookies will continue to “set” on the baking sheet during this time.

Source Sally’s Baking Addiction

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A weeks worth of cooking 

I haven’t been cooking as much lately. Totally missed giving you a summary first week in June so I’ll try to bring you up to date this week!

On Friday the Second – I prepared Crockpot Cheeseburger Soup. This Cheeseburger Soup recipe is true comfort food. It’s a creamy and cheesy soup that is loaded with pure deliciousness. It will certainly be a new family favorite in no time at all.

On Wednesday the seventh – I cooked Skillet Chicken Ranch Fajitas. Blend in some flavorful spices and ranch dressing for an excellent 30-minute meal. These fajitas are excellent for a busy weeknight.

On Thursday the eighth – I prepared Slow Cooker Dijon Pork Chops. The side dish was Honey Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts. The ease of preparation was a complete breeze and they were flavorful.

On Saturday the tenth – I baked Peanut Butter Cookies. The preparation was a fun and messy experience but they still turned out to be scrumptious.

Coming up this week on Cooking with Court

Baked Salmon with Lemon Caper Sauce

Slow Cooker Maple-Coffee Pulled Pork

Buttermilk Roasted Chicken
Three Cheese Asparagus Gratin

Weekly review for May 16th-20th

On Tuesday the Sixteenth – I cooked a Healthier version of Chicken Spaghetti. It’s a delicious light pasta dish that’s under seven hundred calories. It’s very similar to the Pioneer Woman’s recipe. I will make her dish shortly.

On Wednesday the Seventeenth – I prepared Slow Cooker Cheesy Creamy Nacho Soup. This creamy soup is my latest favorite as it is incredibly easy to fix and delish!

On Saturday the twentieth – I cooked Honey Mustard Glazed Pork Chops and for the side dish Parmesan Ranch Broccoli. Juicy and super moist pork chops cooked on the stove in a real yummy honey mustard sauce.

Coming up next week on cooking with Court

Skillet Ranch Chicken Fajitas

Crockpot Cheeseburger Soup

Crockpot Dijon Pork Chops & Potatoes
Side Dish Honey Balsamic Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Thank you so much for reading!

Weekly Review May 8th-13th

On Monday the eighth – I made Sloppy Joes In A Bowl. It’s a delicious low Carb and gluten free alternative to the classic Sloppy Joes.

On Wednesday the tenth – I prepared Crockpot Sauerkraut and Pork Ribs. There is little work required. But by end of the day, you’ve got a tasty meal waiting for you when you get home from work or school.

On Saturday the thirteenth – I cooked Orange Orange Honey Glazed Turkey Breast. The ease of preparation was a breeze. Full of It has a touch of sweet and spicy.

Surprise! For dessert, I baked Mississippi Mud Brownies.
Oh my goodness, these bad boys were so GOOD!!!!

 Coming up this week on Cooking with Court 
Healthier Creamy Chicken Spaghetti 

Side Dish 5-MINUTE PARMESAN RANCH BROCCOLI

Slow Cooker Nacho Soup

Easy Honey Mustard Pork Chops Recipe

Brownies that melt in your mouth

Two things inspired this recipe. First, I just love brownies. Second, it was Mother’s Day. I wanted to bake something special as my family went to our Grandparent’s house for the day to honor the Mom’s in our family.

My family enjoyed these incredibly scrumptious Mississippi Mud Brownies. They are topped with melted marshmallows and an excellent creamy homemade chocolate frosting. We were pretty much in chocolate heaven.

Mississippi Mud Brownies

Ingredients

For the brownies:

1/3 C cocoa
1/2 C oil (canola or vegetable)
1/2 C butter, softened
2 C granulated sugar
4 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 C flour
1 tsp salt
3 C mini marshmallows

For the frosting:

1/2 C melted butter
1/3 C Hershey’s unsweetened cocoa powder
1/3 C evaporated milk
1 tsp vanilla
3 – 3 1/2 C powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9×13” pan with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.

1. In a large mixing bowl, pour oil over cocoa powder and stir. Add softened butter and mix until smooth. Add sugar and mix for 1 minute. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing really well after each addition. Add vanilla and mix. Add flour and salt and stir to combine. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake for twenty-five-thirty minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

2. Remove brownies from the oven and sprinkle the marshmallows evenly on top. Return to the oven for two – three minutes or until the marshmallows are puffed. Remove from oven and allow them to cool completely.

3. Once brownies are cool, make the frosting. For the frosting: Add melted butter, cocoa powdered, evaporated milk, vanilla, and two cups of powdered sugar to a mixing bowl and beat with electric beaters until smooth. Add more powdered sugar, a cup at a time, mixing well, until you reach your desired frosting consistency. I used approximately 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar.

4. Spread frosting over the cooled brownies and cut into squares. I’ve found a plastic knife works best to cut them, or if you make them 1 day in advance they are much easier to cut.

Source Tastes better from scratch

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New and Fresh: A Weekly Review

I decided to do a weekly review on the recipes that I cook every week. I will be writing small summaries of each recipe and add the link to the original articles on every post. I also will include that next week’s menu and maybe a cooking tip or two.

On Monday the first, I prepared and shared with you this Honey Glazed Pork Chops with Mushrooms. The pork chops are incredibly juicy with mushrooms to top it off with a dripping honey glaze. It makes an excellent weeknight meal that can be done less than thirty minutes.

Then on Wednesday the third, I told you about me putting my crockpot to work to prepare this hot and creamy Sun-dried Tomato Chicken. The ease of preparation for this recipe is extremely easy and can be on your dinner table less than seven hours. My family loved this dish. It was all gone by the end of the day.

Coming up this week on cooking with Court

One-Pot Sloppy Joe Noodle Skillet

Crock Pot Country-Style Ribs and Sauerkraut

CITRUS & ROSEMARY ROASTED TURKEY BREAST
Parmesan Ranch Broccoli

Coconut Macaroons 

I can’t believe that I am a few articles away from writing two hundred blog posts. It’s a huge accomplishment for me. A few weeks ago, I mentioned my desire to commemorate my accomplishment by baking something special which turned out to be coconut macaroons.

Since it was my first time to bake these cookies I admit I was little nervous. But thankfully my Grandma was in town this week. She helped me a little bit, but I did most of the work!

These cookies are a sweet tasty little treat made with coconut flakes – really simple recipe, but the results are rich, moist, and delicious!

Coconut Macaroons

Ingredients

14 oz sweetened coconut flakes
1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 egg whites, room temperature
1/4 tsp salt

Instructions

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a large baking sheet pan with parchment paper. Set aside

In a large mixing bowl, combine the coconut, condensed milk, and vanilla. Whip the egg whites and salt on high speed in the bowl of an electric/hand mixer; beat until they make medium-firm peaks. Carefully fold the egg whites into the coconut mixture. Drop the batter onto the previously prepared baking sheet pan(s) lined with the parchment paper using an ice cream scoop. Bake for twenty-five to thirty minutes, or until golden brown. Allow the cookies to cool before serving.

Source Diethood

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