Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Lemon Frosting

I guess my usual motto would be...When life gives you lemons, make lemonade...add a shot of vodka and serve shaken, not stirred, in a martini glass.

Butttttt, I went a more edible route this time with a non-alcoholic lemon frosting.

Crisp, refreshing, and the perfect Spring or Summer dessert.

-2 sticks butter, softened
-2 teaspoons lemon zest
-2 teaspoons lemon extract
-3 tablespoons heavy cream
-3 cups powdered sugar
-yellow food coloring

1. Blend the butter and lemon zest. Add in the lemon extract.

2. Stir in the powdered sugar a cup at a time, adding in the heavy cream. Whip on high until light and fluffy, adding in desired amount of food coloring.

Source: Betty Crocker

I hosted Easter dinner this year and loved my little tablescape. Move over Sandra Lee, I'm going for a modern but whimsical feel! I really wanted to do a grey, yellow, and green look and I'm pleased with the way it turned out. I will say that tissue paper pom poms are deceivingly evil. You realize how delicate and tedious it is to peel open wafer-thin sheets of tissue paper without ripping them to bits?

Adorable little topiaries are actualyl place card holders from The Knot, but how cute do these look as a centerpiece?

To assign the seating, I ordered these chalkboard stickers and adhered them to each glass. They are removable, but since you can easily wipe off the chalk I might just leave them on!

After cooking a full Easter dinner for 6 people I want to express how ridiculously thankful I am that I have a dishwasher.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Toll House Cookie Pie

If there's one food rule I completely ignore its 'Don't Eat Raw Cookie Dough'.

Pssshhhh. That's for people with weak digestive systems. That's for people with wimpy stomachs who can't handle a little raw egg now and again.

You can get that warm cookie dough flavor in a totally cooked, totally un-raw gooey chocolate chip cookie pie. Put on your stretchy pants and eat this warmed up with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Totally worth it.

-1 9" pie shell, thawed 
-2 eggs
-3/4 cup flour
-3/4 cup brown sugar
-3/4 cup white sugar
-1 stick butter, softened
-1 cup chocolate chips

1. Heat your oven to 325.

2. Unroll the pie shell into your pie dish. Beat the eggs for 3 minutes until foamy. Then beat in both sugars, the flour, and then the softened butter. Stir in chocolate chips.

3. Pour into pie shell, bake 50 minutes. Serve warm.

Source: Ask Chef Dennis

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A New Season

Anyone still reading this thing?

Well I'm back, and you might notice a bit of a face lift to the blog layout. It's a new season here at
A Seasoned Greeting: new look, new recipes, and new energy!

Over the past 7 months since I've taken a blogging hiatus most of my meals have looked like this:

or this:

and sometimes this:

But no more of that!!

 Well, I mean, still sometimes this:

 But I mean more cooking, more blogging, and more eating meals that aren't delivered from the Turkish restaurant 2 blocks from me. Yes, I order delivery from a restaurant I can see from my bedroom window. It's so close I can practically read the menu from my bed.

Welcome back and stick around for the new A Seasoned Greeting.