Oreo cupcakes as one of the flavors for my cupcake buffet. I did it differently- I didn't do the diet version like I posted in the original, I made the yellow cake mix as usual and then added the Oreos as mentioned in the directions. They were a hit.
Another remake was this one here for quesadilla Italiano. Landon loves quesadillas. He eats them for either lunch or dinner 4-5 times a week. I throw all types of stuff in, so I figured these would be a hit. Totally not haha! I think he hated the roasted red peppers I threw in as an effort to get more veggies in him. Whatever, I loved them and happily ate it for dinner in his place!
Since I'm now in love with my panini press there were a few paninis this month. This Italian panini is a great one. I did it a little differently this time- I spread pesto on the bread instead of drizzling balsamic on it. I loved the flavors!
Creamy noodles still continues to be one of my favorite side dishes. I threw these together as a last minute side dish to go with some Christmas leftovers and they stole the show. Landon was a big fan! No surprise there though... creamy+noodles=amazing.
I make a few different tomato sauce recipes, but the one I make the most frequently is this tomato sauce with onion and butter. Over time it has evolved and now I make it slightly different (basically just adding some garlic/Italian seasonings and will use crushed tomatoes instead of San Marzano if I'm in a jam). I used the sauce for my lasagna recipe for Christmas Eve.
Pizza is something I make just about weekly. I make all different kinds but this recipe for chicken bacon ranch pizza is one of our favorites in this house. I usually have all of the ingredients on hand so it's perfect for nights when I don't know what to make but want something good.
Lighter lemon baked spaghetti is such a hit in this house. At first Landon was skeptical but once he got into it he was moaning for more (he's a very vocal eater). John and I still love this... it's light in taste but creamy in texture. Perfect.
Cake batter cookies are pretty much the only cookies I make these days. I love them. L-O-V-E. This month alone I made them 4 times! I made them the way listed above twice, plus two other varieties that I'll be sharing soon. They're so easy and just so good. Absolutely my favorite easy way to make cookies!
...and that's it for December! Not much cooking went on this month but what went on was awesome! I wish you all a happy and healthy 2013!