Monday, August 6, 2018

Braided Apple Danish

I'm going to take a minute and start this post out a little differently. This is for all the moms.

Lately I've been feeling a little bogged down by trying to be Super Mom. What I've found about Super Mom is that at the end of the day everyone has been cared for except for...you guessed it ...Super Mom.

Laundry: Done
Dinner cooked: Done
Dishes: Done
Groceries bought: Done
Meal planned: Done
I can't even list out the amount of baby care
Self Care: Uhhh...maybe tomorrow

How many of you reading this have constantly pushed any self care to the next day, and the next day, and the next day, only to realize it's been months since you've done anything just for you? I know you can't see right now but I'm raising my hand saying "Me!!!!".

Let's all agree to something right now. Make a plan to do something just for you within the next week. However big or small you want. Take a long walk in a park, get a spa treatment, go to a museum, go shopping, make a bubble bath. We need to make sure we get on that to-do list or we realize it's been years since we put ourselves first.

Now, I realize it's bit odd posting a Braided Apple Danish after I just went on a rant about Super Mom. I promise this is easy! And quick! If the braided dough isn't perfect, no big deal. If it comes out seriously screwed up, cut it into slices and no one knows the difference. See? Those are those little tricks of a Super Mom.


-1 sheet puff pastry (Pillsbury makes this, find in your freezer section)
-2 1/2 cups peeled, diced apples (4-5 apples about)
-3 tablespoons butter
-1/2 cup packed brown sugar
-1 1/2 tablespoons flour
-1/4 teaspoon salt
-1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
-1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
-Sugar for topping (recipe calls for cane sugar, I didn't have it so used regular white sugar)
-1 egg
-1 tablespoon water

1. Heat over to 400 degrees. Defrost the puff pastry on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper. Do not try and unfold it until it has defrosted!!

2. In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter, then add the diced apples. In another bowl, combine the brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and flour. Add this sugar mix to the butter and apples and bring to a boil over a medium-high heat, then reduce to a simmer. Cook about 5-6 minutes until the apples are tender. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.

3. Take your defrosted puff pastry and open the folds. To make the braid pieces, make diagonal cuts from the center, out and down. I used a pizza cutter. Click Here to view photos of how to make the cuts. Place all of the apple mixture down the center of the puff pastry.

4. Time to braid! Start with the top left flap and fold down, then the right, and so on, making sure to tuck each flap inside or else when you bake this any stray flap not tucked down and inside is going to puff up (it's called puff pastry after all!).

5. Whisk the egg and water, brush over top all of the exposed dough and sprinkle with the white sugar. Bake 30-35 minutes until golden brown. Do not over bake!




Source: Little Bits Of

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Spinach Onion and Bacon Quiche

I almost have a 10 month old baby. Seriously, how did this happen so quickly? I used to think people were exaggerating when they said time goes by so fast when you have a child. But now, I swear I gave birth to her, blinked, and here we are 10 months later. My cooking and baking took a serious hit when she arrived. Not only am I constantly tired, I have zero motivation at the end of the day to start slicing and dicing.

Serving up a good breakfast can be a bit easier. I'm not tired from a full day of work, and have a bit more energy to get in the kitchen.

The original recipe called from spinach and mushrooms, I adapted a bit and created bacon, onion and spinach. Packed with savory flavor, and of course tons of melty cheese.






-1 Pillsbury pre-made refrigerated piecrust
-10oz box frozen spinach
-4 slices bacon, diced
-1 clove garlic, minced
-1 tablespoon EVOO
-1/4 cup diced white onion
-5 eggs
-1 cup whole milk
-1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
-1 cup shredded cheese (combo of Cheddar and Mozzarella)
-salt & pepper to taste

1. Heat oven to 350. Cook frozen spinach according to package instructions, drain well.When oven is heated, place your thawed pie crust in baking pan, prick the bottom with a fork a few times and bake for 8 minutes.

2. In a frying pan over medium heat, add the EVOO and diced onion. Cook 5-6 minutes until onions start to brown a bit. Add the bacon pieces and cook until desired crispiness. Add the garlic pieces and cook a bit more to release the garlic flavor. Pour onto a paper towel and set side.

3. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, and Parmesan cheese and season with salt and pepper.

4. To assemble, spoon the drained spinach into the bottom of the pie crust and spread evenly, if you don't use all the spinach that's OK. Next, add the bacon mixture, the shredded cheeses, and lastly pour over top the whisked eggs. Bake for 50 minutes.

Source: Sallys Baking Addiction

Monday, June 11, 2018

Stitch Fix Review

Being pregnant was great for my wardrobe. It was the first time since I was a teen I didn't feel like I had to hide my stomach or try every fashion trick to look as slim as possible. But then this thing happens where you have the baby and you're not pregnant anymore and everything goes back to the way it was but now you have a stomach that was is definitely more stretched out than it was before. And just like that I'm back to where I was...trying to hide, trying to use all black to look as thin as I could. And shopping? Oh boy...

My typical shopping trips looked a little something like:

1. Enter mall with positive energy excited to discover the next staple pieces of my wardrobe.
2. Try on countless pieces at several stores, of which 0 things work.
3. Accept that out of 7 billion people in the world I alone have the only body that cannot be dressed.
4. Get a Starbucks Grande Latte with extra espresso.
5. Continue to hide in all black outfits.

So you can see I really needed a fashion intervention. It was time for Stitch Fix.

The style review is pretty in depth. It's not just what sizes you wear, height, weight etc....you'll look at sample outfits and rate whether you love or hate it, you can share a Pinterest board of your style inspirations, and what you love to flaunt or hide. You also get to direct them on the price points you're comfortable with. And, it's not just clothes. You can opt to have accessories like shoes, bags, and jewelry included to finish your outfits.

How does the pricing work? Well, when they start your box you'll be charged $20, that's the only upfront cost. Whatever you decided to buy from your box the $20 will be deducted from the total. And, if you keep everything in the box you get an extra 25% off! So if you get your box and hate everything, you're out $20.

Now you wait for your fix, I selected for 1 fix per month. You'll get 5 items, typically 4 clothes and an accessory although I decided to skip the accessory for 5 articles of clothing. So far I've received 3 boxes, here is what I kept from each and what I spent.

First, your clothing selections come wrapped up like a little present. I feel like a kid on Christmas morning breaking open the Stitch Fix sticker and opening the paper.



Box #1
In the first box your stylist is getting to know you. I didn't hate the other items, but they definitely missed the mark. I kept this fun shirt that is pretty versatile for either a night out or walking the park.
Spent: $24


Box #2
I liked this box. The grey and white shirt I never would have tried on. Stripes?! Those must make me look fat, and huge, and wide, and and and...and it fit and looked awesome?? Ok keep. The dress was 100% me.
Spent: $56


Box #3
I feel like I'm back to where I started. The only thing I kept was....black. When I read the overview that's included in each box I saw I have a new stylist, so I think perhaps she's getting to know my style. I saw a positive change between Box #1 and #2...and then #3 was just "eh". The fits weren't right, a crop top that definitely was not me. But, I did like this even though it's right back in my safety zone.
Spent: $24


So what do you do now that you've received your box and have items to keep and send back? Well, it's really easy.

1. Go online to your account, checkout by selecting the items you're keeping and mark the items you're sending back. And, you can leave detailed reviews of all the items as to why you loved them, why you hated them, and what you thought of the quality and price.
2. They give you a prepaid USPS bag, simply put in the items you don't want and schedule a USPS pickup. Done!

Even though I never keep all items from the boxes, I've got to say I really love Stitch Fix. It's a fun excitement when you get your box knowing there's surprise treats inside. I also love the comfort and convenience of trying everything on at home, no need to trek to the mall. Another bonus is you have your entire wardrobe handy...you can see what the top looks like with your skinny jeans, what that dress looks like with your gold sandals, or what the distressed jeans look like with your favorite tank top.

If I get a box where I truly don't want anything, I'm out $20...which is pretty close to what I spent on that Starbucks triple grande latte.

Have you tried Stitch Fix? What do you think?


Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Blue Apron Review

As a food blogger I love discovering new recipes and coming up with my own twists to share with everyone. But...having an almost 8 month old baby drains me of almost every ounce of physical and mental energy. Sometimes, the thought of "What's for dinner?" makes my brain turn to mush and the only thing I'm capable of doing is pressing the "Order Now" button on Seamless. I'm pretty sure the Greek restaurant thinks I don't own a single cooking tool.

Enter Blue Apron.

For my first Mother's Day my mom gifted me a few weeks of this recipe delivery service and I was super excited to get started. I thought it might be helpful to share my experiences!

Spoiler: I love it and keeping with it!

1. If you're wanting easy peasy meals that are ready on the table in 20 minutes then you can see yourself out. This IS cooking. You will be cutting veggies. You will be dicing potatoes. You will be cooking. I think this surprises some people.

2. The weekly meal selection has great variety, you'll definitely find things you like. And, it's a great way to try new things with low risk. Something that kept me away from certain recipes in the past was having to buy so many new ingredients that I wasn't sure if I liked, or they were pricey. Then, if I don't like it I'm stuck with the ingredient. With Blue Apron I've already tried several new things! Guess what, I like miso, I like orange peppers, I like avocado salad dressing made with orange juice!

3. The recipes look daunting, but they do a great job of breaking down each step in the right order so every part of the meal is done at the same time.


4. The recipes are really good and have a lot of flavor. I was also pleased with the portions. They appeared normal to me. They are not the totally gluttonous portions a restaurant delivers but I think they are adequate and I was never feeling like I was short changed.


5. It typically only requires either a pot/pan or pan/baking pan. What I mean is, there doesn't appear to be recipes that require every pot, pan, and baking pan you own to get the meal done. It's condensed so that the cooking portion only needs 2 things. Less cleanup? Yes please!


6. They seem to get "easier". The first time I cooked a Blue Apron I felt like it took me longer than I thought, but now I breeze through them. You learn their recipe styles and you become more skilled at progressing through the steps!

So if you read my spoiler above this is a repeat, but I really do like it. Is it saving on my grocery budget? No. Is it super fast cooking? No. Is it one-pot meals? No. What it is is something that takes a little thinking off my plate. (pun intended) It solves the "What's for dinner?" dilemma. It delivers me my ingredients and I never have the moment of "I forgot the 'insert vital recipe ingredient here'!"

Do you agree with me? Have you tried a food delivery service?

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Summer Pasta Salad

Ok so pasta salad can technically be eaten during any season, not just summer. There's no food law that says you must wait until June 21 to begin consuming pasta salad and immediately stop on September 22. But, why I'm calling this Summer Pasta Salad is because it's such a popular item to bring to cookouts and pool parties and what I love about this recipe is that there is no mayo! We've all seen the "I've been in the sun way too long mayo-based pasta salad" on just about every buffet table at every cookout. Another great thing about this one? It's so dang good the bowl will be empty before anyone even has time to question how long it sat out.

A few notes on this...you definitely want to use small pasta like mini penne, mini bowtie, or shells. You can reduce the amount of sour cream and increase the French dressing our try it with a low fat sour cream. Be adventurous and add in a few other fixins if you'd like!


- 3 cups uncooked pasta
-1/4 cup diced red onion
-1 and 1/2 cups diced Canadian ham
-1 package frozen peas, cooked
-1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper
-16oz contained sour cream
-1/2 cup French dressing
-1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

1. Cook pasta. In a bowl, combine the cooked pasta, red onion, ham, and peas.

2. In another small bowl, mix the sour cream and French dressing, then season with the salt and pepper.

3. Add the dressing to the other ingredients and stir until coated. Pour in the shredded cheese and mix well. Chill for a few hours before serving.

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Saturday, March 24, 2018

Salted Caramel Dark Chocolate Cookies

I believe I have your attention now.

I consider myself a little lucky that when I was pregnant with Miss Lilly I avoided many of the typical pregnancy symptoms. No morning sickness. No food aversions. No cravings. There's an episode of the I Love Lucy show when Lucy is pregnant with Little Ricky and she craved something like ice cream and anchovies. "Is that what being pregnant does to you!?" Well, I guess not for everyone. But, if you do get food cravings, I hope they are for something delicious like chocolate, then you can make these bad boys and devour every calorie that is totally worth it



-1/2 cup butter, softened
-1/2 cup white sugar
-1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract
-1 cup all-purpose flour
-2/3 cup Hershey's Special Dark unsweetened cocoa powder
-1 teaspoon baking soda
-1/8 teaspoon salt
-2 tablespoons milk
-1 and 1/2 cups dark chocolate morsels
-about 15-17 chocolate coated caramels, original recipe calls for Rolos, I couldn't find those so I used Riesen's
-coarse sea salt

1. With your mixer and the paddle attachment, cream the butter about 20 seconds then add the white and brown sugars and continue mixing at medium speed until it is light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla.

2. In another medium bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and the 1/8 teaspoon of salt. Slowly add this to the wet ingredients then stir in the milk. Fold in the dark chocolate morsels.  The dough is going to be very sticky. Chill for 1-2 hours.

3. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Line your baking sheet with parchment paper. Now, take 2 tablespoons of the dough and split in half. Rolls each part into a ball. Take one of the caramel candies and stick it into one of the dough balls then top with the other ball. (lol, how many times can I say 'ball' in one recipe?) Seal both pieces of dough together to secure the candy inside. Repeat until all your dough and candies are used. Sprinkle the tops of the cookies with a little seas salt. Bake 12-13 minutes.

Note: These are really good served warm. I found that the caramel got a little hard if you eat these at room temperature, so if you don't eat them right out of the oven pop them in your microwave for a few seconds to make them warm and gooey. Enjoy!

Source: Sally's Baking Addiction

Monday, February 5, 2018

A Look Back

So there's no recipe here.

I wanted to take a post and look back on the history of A Seasoned Greeting.

For those of you that are newcomers, this didn't begin as A Seasoned Greeting. Oh no. Believe it or not I haven't always been so punny. This actually began as Kut's Kitchen and armed with my iPhone 3 camera I embarked on a cooking blog in March 2011.

Wow, 7 years ago. 7 years of recipes, of food photos, of failed recipes, of discovering new flavors and family favorites.

There's been horrible photos.


There's been a crazy couponing phase.


There's been camera upgrades.

There's been a move from South Caroline to New Jersey, a divorce, a marriage, and a baby.

It's been a life changing few years, here's to the next 7 years of blogging and all the delicious dishes to come!