Saturday, October 31, 2015

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cake

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cake from www.bobbiskozykitchen.com


 Happy Halloween 

OK, I have a serious question?

Do you believe in ghosts? 

I am not talking about the big scary crazy ones like you see in the movie 13 Ghosts (OhhEmmGeee that movie scares the beegeezus out of me!!). I am talking about the mischievous ones that like to do little things just to make you think you are going crazy?

Some people call them poltergeists, or gremlins I guess?

Well, whatever you want to call them, I have them!!

Seriously, I am not nuts people (although that fact might be under debate with a few people)!

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cake from www.bobbiskozykitchen.com


The reason I ask this is that I am pretty sure I have one of those little buggers here, and he or she is a total brat!

When we first moved in I had a set of tongs, that I had just gotten, disappear. Now, were we still living with all of the kids, that wouldn't surprise me. But with it just being Kevin and I.....I even accused him of hiding them just to make me crazy  He swore to me that he didn't. 

Then, more things started disappearing. The last being my 1/3 cup measurer. 

At this point nothing surprises me. I am just like "Oh, the ghost got one more thing". Butttttttt guess what just showed up in my drawer yesterday?

The 1/3 cup measurer!! 

I had just been in that drawer the night before!

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cake from www.bobbiskozykitchen.com


So now even Kevin is a believer, but I am feeling like I need to call one of those ghost investigator shows before this thing hides my favorite soup pot or my Kitchenaid from me!! 

Annndd that thought made me think that I need to bake something, and thinking about baking something made me realize that I haven't made very many pumpkin recipes, and that is how I decided to make this Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cake.

Did you follow my logic there?

NO?

Don't worry, I lose myself sometimes too 

But don't let my lack of direct logic derail you from this deliciousness that is this bread! Moist, cakey, pumpkiny, chocolatey, it has it all, and you may want to eat it all by yourself.

But please share, it is toooo good not to. 

Plus it will get you major points, which you can then apply to getting things done for you.

Like dishes.

I love it when I have points!!





Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cake from www.bobbiskozykitchen.com




Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cake

Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen
Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cake from www.bobbiskozykitchen.com

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar + 2 tablespoons
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 eggs
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 cups homemade pumpkin puree (can use a 15-ounce can)
  • 1 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 ounces dark chocolate, melted and cooled

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  3. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon; add to the creamed mixture alternately with pumpkin, beating well after each addition. Fold in chocolate chips.
  4. Divide batter in half. Stir melted chocolate into one portion. In a well-greased 10-in. fluted tube pan, spoon chocolate batter, then top with pumpkin batter.
  5. Bake for 65-70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 15 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack.
Prep Time: 00 hrs. 30 mins.
Cook time: 01 hrs. 05 mins.
Total time: 1 hrs. 35 mins.
Tags: pumpkin, chocolate, cake


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Thursday, October 29, 2015

16 "What to Do with Leftovers" Ideas

16 "What to Do with Leftovers" Ideas from www.bobbiskozykitchen.com


Are you getting pumped up for Thanksgiving? I know I sure am! This year I am hosting the family at our house and am soooooo looking forward to it. This is the first year with our granddaughter, and all 3 sets of grandparents will be here PLUS 2 sets of GREATGrandparents. How awesome is that? There is an abundance of love for this little one, and I know that each and every one of us mark her birth as one of the things we are most thankful for this year 

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Garlic Herb Bread Crumbs

Tender Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Garlic and Herb Bread Crumbs from www.bobbiskozykitchen.com


Hulloooooooo! 

Is it cider and mittens time for you yet? Or are you somewhere in the land that is untouched by fall? 

As I sit here writing this post I am looking out my living room window at a typical gray drizzly Washington fall day  This time of year we notoriously have days upon days like this, with no reprieve in sight.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

16 Amazing Recipes That Use Canned Tomatoes

16 Amazing Recipes That Use Canned Tomatoes from www.bobbiskozykitchen.com


Hello and thank you to Muir Glen who paid for my fab trip to California!


Hey Peeps 

This post is coming at you today for 2 reasons.

OK maybe 3.


  1. I totally love you guys and would be lost without you. Knowing my foodie family is out there on the other side reading and cooking what they see here makes my little heart go pitty pat 
  2. My lovely tomato plants are no longer producing  and between eating the fresh from my garden tomatoes and the fresh off the vine tomatoes I had in Sacramento, store bought tomatoes leave me less than thrilled 
  3. I have yet to tell you about all of the wonderful things that happened while I was with the Muir Glen gang down in Sacramento last month.



Canned tomatoes are a major staple in my pantry. I can't tell you how many nights I have wandered around my kitchen trying to figure out what to make for dinner (I plan what I cook for the blog but tend to play it fast and loose when it comes to what I cook for us), and end up grabbing a can of tomatoes, and whatever veggies, herbs, and meat we have, tossing them in a pot and WALA supper is served.

So I was super stoked when Muir Glen offered to bring me, as well as several other bloggers, to Sacramento for the weekend to follow the process of their tomatoes from vine to table. Partially because I have never done anything like that, and it sounded like fun. But mostly because I was already a Muir Glen customer, so of course I am curious about exactly what my tomatoes go through before I pop them into some yummy recipe I am working on.

While I was there we were able to visit one of the farms where they grow the tomatoes. I got to eat tomatoes straight from the vine and OhhEmmmGeeee were they delicious. They were so sweet it was almost like eating candy!



BTDubs? It was about 106 degrees during this photo 

  

I thought it was kinda cool that the tomatoes they use grow close to the ground, more like a bush, and come of the vine super easy. That is they don't get bruised when they are gathered up by the machines.


We had fresh caprese salad right there on the farm.....heaven!! 



We got to tour their compost area. OK, I wasn't real thrilled with the aroma, but I am really getting into making sure there are zero extra added goodies (aka chemicals) in my grub, so I loved seeing that they add nothing, and also waste nothing. The skins from the peeled tomatoes, tomatoes that were too damaged to use, even the water they use to wash the tomatoes as they come in from the farms, all of it is returned to the ground and used again. I think that is pretty ding dang cool, and I say "Way to go Muir Glen!". 

All of the tomatoes they use go from vine to can/jar within 8 hours. Nothing sits around. They are washed, then steamed (did you know some companies use lye? Eewwwww) to remove the skins. Then they take a little tumble through a few more machines to help completely remove the skins, and head off to their designated areas, flame roasting, whole, diced, crushed, etc...

Then they end up in their can or jars, they are topped off with tomato juice that has been strained off from the tomatoes as they processed, so everything in those cans or jars is truly from the vines.

Quality and care, those were the two words I walked away from that experience with. Also, it solidified that I am a die hard Muir Glen fan for life!



We had an opportunity to taste the Muir Glen products at Le Cordon Bleu, as well as cook with them.






We also had a little course on how to photograph our dishes to make them look the best we can for you. Big ol' shout out to House of Brinson for all the fab info they doled out to us. I wish I could have recorded it so I could go back and watch it over and over again! They are #amazing




This was the whole gang  I had so much fun with everyone, I wish we could have had a couple more days!


Soooooo, with all of that in mind, I decided to put together a collection of a few amazing recipes that utilize canned tomatoes. I highly suggest you find some Muir Glen tomatoes and give them a try. They really are the best. I even did a blind taste test with my family and everyone picked Muir Glen!



Cheesy Tomato Casserole from Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen


Tomato Chicken Bake from American Heritage Cooking


15-Minute Gazpacho from Cook the Story


Smokey Sweet Turkey Chili  from Food Faith Fitness






Tomato Bisque with Bacon and Basil from Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen


Chicken Pesto Zoodle Soup from Nosh and Nourish 


Chicken Parmesan Meatball Subs from Chocolate Moosey 


Turkey Chorizo & Vegetable Chili from With Salt and Wit


Madras Lentil Soup from Peas and Crayons



Greek Frittata from Kalyn's Kitchen


Brazilian Fish Stew from Dizzy Busy and Hungry


Grandma Pizza from Karen's Kitchen Stories


Crock-Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup from Peas and Crayons


Chicken Parmesan Meatball Soup from Chocolate Moosey


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Disclosure: Muir Glen paid for my trip to California and provided me with product. No other compensation was provided for this post and all opinions expressed are my own. 

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