Month: July 2016

Texas Hot Sauce

Texas Hot Sauce Recipe BY The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a meaty hot dog topping / chili sauce for New York Style hot dogs. The recipe combines ground beef / meat, tomato soup, herbs, spices, onion and tobasco to make the best hot dog topping for your summer barbecue / cook out/ hot dog bar. Find the simple recipe at thewoodandspoon.com.

So have I told you all that I’m a dietitian?

I know, crazy right? Worst career choice for a recovering sugar addict.

Being a dietitian that’s kinda obsessed with food is sometimes a sticky situation. I’m not that dietitian who is super holistic or eats clean or vegan (although I’m seriously okay with vegan ice cream pie and almost paleo cookies). My hat goes off to those you who are – you’re a stronger man/woman than I.

Pretty much my days are inundated with educating people on what types of foods will keep them healthy. I literally tell people what to eat all day long. So let me throw out a disclaimer- do as I say, not as I do.

Texas Hot Sauce 

At our wedding, our caterers insisted upon serving up versions of our favorite foods. So Brett got warm chocolate chip cookies, beef short ribs, and crispy catfish steamed buns (don’t judge until you’ve had it), and I got….. hotdogs. No, you didn’t misread. Hotdogs was my snack of choice. And these were not your run of the mill ballpark dogs, although I’m totally not hating on those. These were the perfect hat-tipping to southern culture and no-frills food: Pimento cheese chili dogs on sweet potato buns.We opted to serve this as a “late night” option for our guests along with truffle French fries and mini burgers topped with bacon jam. Mercy.

Let me go ahead and lay it out there: I ate two of said hotdogs when Brett and I arrived at our honeymoon suite that night. We rehashed the wedding day, laughed at the stories we already had to share, and I bravely powered through two of the best versions of my favorite food ever. We were married and he was stuck with me no matter the outcome of that meal so I went all in and I have no regrets. Let’s slow clap for my husband, probably the only man on the planet who could ever be attracted to a woman who can out-eat him just moments before consummating a marriage. TMI? Yeah, you’re right. Sorry. 

One of the things I love most about hot dogs is that it’s a food that practically begs for toppings. I’m not a purist when it comes to my dogs- the more toppings, the merrier. If I order a hotdog at anywhere and I’m listed a number of potential toppings, my response is always, “YES PLEASE.” All in, always.

Texas Hot Sauce 

This recipe for Texas hot sauce that I’m sharing with you was made popular to me by my Mimi. She received the recipe from the family of a couple who ran a drive-in in Yorkshire, NY, and has since made it famous within our family. Mimi makes this Texas hot sauce to top hotdogs, but I will tell you that it also tastes delicious on burgers or even just in a bowl served under cheese and green onions. If you want to do it super upstate New Yawker style, purchase all beef dogs (in the casing, of course) and top with spicy yellow mustard and chopped onions. YES. I’d recommend making the full recipe and freezing whatever you don’t get around to eating the first or second day, as it will keep in the freezer for up to 6 months.

Take this recipe for a test run at your pool party or outdoor barbecue this weekend. I promise it will be worth any residual bad breath or chili stained lips that you will undoubtedly have. But let’s be honest- if I can pull it off on my wedding night, you’ve totally got this.

Texas Hot Sauce

 

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Texas Hot Sauce

Texas Hot Sauce Recipe BY The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a meaty hot dog topping / chili sauce for New York Style hot dogs. The recipe combines ground beef / meat, tomato soup, herbs, spices, onion and tobasco to make the best hot dog topping for your summer barbecue / cook out/ hot dog bar. Find the simple recipe at thewoodandspoon.com.

Texas hot sauce is a chili topping for hotdogs that originated in upstate New York. I recommend serving on dogs, burgers, or straight from the spoon.

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb ground hamburger
  • 1 yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1 can tomato soup
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp ground mustard
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 11/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 5 shots of Tabasco sauce
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Brown hamburger and onion in a large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Immediately reduce heat and allow to simmer on low heat for 15 minutes, or until thickened slightly.
  3. Serve immediately or freeze for up to 6 months.

Notes

  • Add additional Tabasco for extra heat, if desired.
  • Ground turkey can be substituted.

Coconut Almond Chocolate Cookies

Coconut Almond Chocolate Cookies Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a simple, almost paleo recipe that includes shredded coconut, whole almonds and almond butter, vegan chocolate chips or chunks. This is a great healthy almost clean baking cookie for special diets that you can make. Recipe at thewoodandspoon.com

This is a public service announcement to all readers of this blog: I am no longer cool. Though I’m not sure when it happened, I can confidently express to you, with little qualm or uncertainty, that I have officially lost the cool factor. 

One could argue here that I never really was cool, and to be honest, this is entirely possible. After all, how cool could my former bench-warming, unibrow-having, choreographed-dancing self actually have been? Regardless, I am 100% positive that I am officially out of the loop.

Coconut Almond Chocolate Cookies

I gauge most of my coolness against my sister. At 15 years old (that makes me 13 years her senior?!?), my sister, Cheney, dances circles around whatever level of awesome I once thought I had. What she lacks in years she makes up for in a kindness, wit, and strong will that suggests her world view and degree of wisdom is not limited by her numerical age.Within the past few months, Cheney has taught me how to use Snapchat, kept me posted on the Tayvin/Caylor ship, explained to me what “shipping” even is, and helped me navigate the murky waters of shoulderless shirts. On top of that, this chick is well versed in Star Wars trivia, knows every lyric to the “Grease” soundtrack, and has a collection of Kate Spade handbags that this mama is jealous of daily. She’s just so cool. 

These days, teenagers are growing up in an age full of vegan, paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, and everything-in-between food products. My sister can eat gourmet popcorn and avocado toast with the best of them, and she has definitely taste tested her fair share of kombucha and acai bowls.  Me? I grew up on tub margarine and Yoo-Hoo, and had to Google the spelling of kombucha just a second ago, so that’s pretty much the level I’m at.

Coconut Almond Chocolate Cookies

A few months ago, Cheney came to me professing to have found the best paleo chocolate chip cookies, and I was pretty interested. Not because I’m anywhere close to being a clean eater (I wouldn’t know a good paleo cookie if it sat on my face), but because I strictly adhere to the “No Cookie Left Behind” mantra. So we baked.

The results were surprisingly delicious. My husband, even less educated in the food realm than I, said that they “didn’t taste like a healthy cookie” which is code for “these cookies are awesome!” I’ve since made the paleo chocolate chip cookies for some of my foodie friends and they all had similar responses. 

Coconut Almond Chocolate Cookies

 

The recipe I’m sharing today, coconut almond chocolate cookies, is a spin off of that recipe. You can certainly modify the ingredients slightly to meet your dietary restrictions, but I feel pretty good about eating these bad boys even if they’re not perfectly paleo. The chopped almonds and shredded coconut add an incredible amount of texture to every bite of this sweet and rich chocolate cookie. The coconut oil and unique blend of flours keep these cookies moist and almost cake-like for days after baking, and because the ingredients are less processed than most, I feel pretty good about downing one or two with my morning coffee at breakfast.

To summarize this blog post, I will say the following: I am not cool, my sister is rad, and coconut almond chocolate cookies are pretty much manna from heaven. I’ve got a long way to go in becoming even an ounce as awesome as my worldly little sis, but I’ll work my way there one cookie at a time if I have to. Give these little treats a try and let me know how you like them!

Coconut Almond Chocolate Cookies

Coconut Almond Chocolate Cookies

PS, can we talk about Aimee’s chubby little arms and knee rolls!? Drool.

 

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Coconut Almond Chocolate Cookies

Coconut Almond Chocolate Cookies Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a simple, almost paleo recipe that includes shredded coconut, whole almonds and almond butter, vegan chocolate chips or chunks. This is a great healthy almost clean baking cookie for special diets that you can make. Recipe at thewoodandspoon.com

Coconut almond chocolate cookies are moist cookies that can easily be adapted to meet a range of dietary preferences.

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 1 hour
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Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/3 cup dark cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons almond butter
  • 11/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (use dairy free chips, if desired)
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/3 cup of almonds, chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a bowl, combine the flours, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In a large bowl or in the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the coconut oil and sugar on medium speed until smooth and combined, about 2 minutes. Add the almond butter and beat for another minute. Add the extracts and egg and beat for one minute, scraping the bowl as needed. On low speed, add the dry ingredients and mix only until combined. Fold in the chocolate chips, shredded coconut, and almonds.
  4. Scoop out 2 tablespoon sized balls of dough on to a parchment or baking mat lined sheet pan. Flatten slightly with the palm of your hand.
  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the cookies no longer appear wet in the middle. Allow to cool completely on a cooling rack.

Recipe Adapted From: Texanerin

Banana Coconut Chocolate Cream Pie

Banana coconut chocolate cream pie Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a buttery, flaky pie crust filled with a cream filling of coconut cream, banana, and chocolate. This is a southern style pie with different custard fillings made from whole eggs and yolks. Add sweetened flaked or grated coconut and semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips / bar and sliced bananas for this layered pie! Read about how to make it on thewoodandspoon.com

This is more than a banana coconut chocolate cream pie. It’s a celebration pie.

Today marks the first day of the 36th year of my husband’s life. Birthdays, along with with Christmas, Auburn game days, and Friday morning donut runs, are a big deal in our house. While I probably say “I love ___” too frequently on this little bloggie, I really do love birthdays.

Banana Coconut Chocolate Cream Pie

Banana Coconut Chocolate Cream Pie

I love birthdays for the cake and the candles and the confetti. I love picking out the perfect card and wrapping gifts in paper printed with ice cream cones or dogs wearing shoes. I love the pop of a champagne bottle and the clinking of bubble-filled glasses and the exchange of smiles and laughter from across a dinner table. I love a celebration.

But, really, shouldn’t we all? Don’t we all have someone or something worth celebrating? Even if not a husband or a birthday, surely we all know of a life or a day that deserves special recognition- someone or something that is worth a slice of pie or a handwritten note or a small token of love and gratitude.  Wouldn’t our days on earth feel so much more remarkable if each one had a celebration of sorts? If we found joy in the ordinary and extraordinary moments alike?

I want my life to be marked by celebration. I want to be known for the joy and love and frosting that comes with celebrating life’s moments. Sharing love and appreciation for our days on earth and the people we spend them with is a gift and it’s one that I want to open and reopen and recognize as often as possible.

Banana Coconut Chocolate Cream Pie

Banana Coconut Chocolate Cream Pie

 

Today’s recipe, banana coconut chocolate cream pie, is a mash-up of my husband’s favorite desserts: pudding, chocolate, and pie. Celebrating Brett is a lot like celebrating the life we’ve been given together, so this pie feels a lot like home. It’s basic, really. Just a few bananas sliced on the bottom of a pie shell, topped with creamy layers of chocolate, coconut, and whipped cream. It’s nothing fancy, but banana coconut chocolate cream pie is a perfect fit for my super Southern man-friend’s taste buds, so I’m overjoyed to make it for him.

I challenge you to celebrate something today. Even if not with banana coconut chocolate cream pie, celebrate in some way. Share a toast or a word or meal in honor of something or someone and call it a party. And if no one has told you recently, I feel pretty certain you’re worth celebrating too. So here’s to you.

Banana coconut chocolate cream pie

 

Click here for my recipe for perfect pie crust!

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Banana Coconut Chocolate Cream Pie

Banana Coconut Chocolate Cream Pie Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a buttery, flaky pie crust filled with a cream filling of coconut cream, banana, and chocolate. This is a southern style pie with different custard fillings made from whole eggs and yolks. Add sweetened flaked or grated coconut and semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips / bar and sliced bananas for this layered pie! Read about how to make it on thewoodandspoon.com

Banana coconut chocolate cream pie is creamy, simple, and perfect for when you can’t pick just one pie flavor.

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 45
  • Cook Time: 45
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 recipe for Perfect Pie Crust (See Link Above)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 6 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 22/3 cup milk
  • 4 egg yolks, slightly beaten
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 11/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 cup shredded sweetened coconut (You can use unsweetened in a pinch)
  • 3 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 large banana

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll out pie dough and into a standard 9″ pie pan. (Note: this recipe will not fill a deep dish pan). Crimp edges and blind bake your crust in the oven for about 20 minutes or until the edges and bottom of crust have turned golden brown. If your edges brown before the bottom is baked, make a pie collar from aluminum foil to protect them from further cooking. Allow to cool completely prior to filling crust.
  2. In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, flour, and salt, whisking to combine. Slowly add the milk. Turn heat to medium temperature and stir constantly until the mixture is bubbling and has thickened substantially. Continue to cook for an additional 2 minutes.
  3. Slowly drizzle in a small amount of the cooked mixture into the beaten egg yolks, whisking all the while. Once about a cup of the mixture is incorporated, pour all of the egg yolk mixture back into the original saucepan and place back on the heat. Cook an additional 1-2 minutes while continuing to stir.
  4. Add the butter and vanilla, stirring until incorporated. Pour half of the cooked pudding mixture into a separate bowl and stir in the coconut. In the remaining half of pudding mixture, stir in the chocolate and heavy cream until incorporated. Allow to cool slightly at room temperature for about 20 minutes.
  5. When ready to assemble the pie, arrange banana slices evenly on the bottom of the pie crust. Top with the chocolate mixture and smooth over the top evenly. Spoon the coconut filling on top of the chocolate filling and smooth. Cover with a piece of plastic wrap and allow to rest in the fridge overnight or for at least 6-8 hours. When ready to serve, top with whipped cream and enjoy!

Notes

  • To blind bake a pie crust, either use pie weights or place a piece of parchment paper inside of the pie crust and fill with 1-1/2 cups of dried beans. This will weigh the pie crust down and prevent it from puffing. If you do not have access to either of these options, prick the bottom of the crust with a fork.
  • This pie is very adaptable! If you prefer all coconut, remove the chocolate and cream and double the amount of coconut. Same goes for the chocolate.
  • The oatmeal cookie crust from my oatmeal cookie banana cream pie would work splendidly. Give it a shot if you don’t prefer traditional pie crust. Recipe in the archives.
  • Refrigerated or a frozen pie crust can be substituted.

Oatmeal Cookie Chunk Ice Cream

Oatmeal Cookie Chunk Ice Cream Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a ice cream machine maker recipe inspired by Ben and Jerry's famous oatmeal cookie ice cream. oatmeal infuses the cream and milk mixture and a cinnamon swirl filling and chunks of chewy oatmeal cookies are added to this to make it the best oatmeal cookie filled ice cream ever. Find the simple and fun summer frozen dessert recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

Just so we’re clear, small talk is not my forte. I did not go through the effort of starting this blog so we could chat about the Yankees, the news, or the weather. But on days like today, it bears mentioning that it is hot. It is too. darn. hot. 

If you happen to be reading this blog from some idyllic land where the temp is currently a comfortably breezy 75 degrees and sunny, please, don’t tell me. Over here, in what is quite possibly America’s armpit, I have pools of sweat collecting behind my knees, in between my boobs, and in just about every other undesirably hot place on my body. Ignorance is bliss and I would rather pretend everyone resides in a town that scorches similar to the surface of the sun, ok?

This should be an example of my dedication to baking: even on Africa-hot days like today, my oven and stovetop still get a workout. Today, I’m testing out a bread pudding recipe, which, to be honest, sounds about as yummy as a bowl of ghost pepper chilies, or, I don’t know, a serving of liquid hot magma

What I really want on days like today (besides a margarita and a one way ticket to Antarctica) is ice cream. All the ice cream.

I think having to choose a favorite ice cream would be similar to having to pick a favorite child. There’s just so much to love in every flavor. Except for rum raisin. WHO ORDERS THAT?

One flavor that has always comes close to the top of my favorites list is Ben and Jerry’s Oatmeal Cookie Chunk. Do you guys remember that flavor? According to my research, it was a limited batch ice cream that B&J are no longer offering. It was creamy, sweet, and deliciously reminiscent of an oatmeal cookie (sans the raisins.)

Let’s have a moment of silence in remembrance. 

The good news? Today’s recipe is a show off. This oatmeal cookie chunk ice cream is really, really close to my memory of the original. Which means it’s really, really spectacular.

Oatmeal Cookie Chunk Ice Cream

Yes, it’s stuffed to the brim with oatmeal cookie pieces, and of course there’s a little cinnamon sugar swirled in there too, but what really makes this ice cream special is that the milk and cream are steeped in oatmeal. So even the ice cream base tastes like a cookie. WHAT?!?! Mind blown.

We start with a perfect ice cream base recipe, which, for me, is Jeni Britton Bauer’s recipe. (Sidenote: If you don’t have her book yet, just quit stalking it on Amazon and buy it already. The recipes work, are delicious, and are worth every second of stovetop time in this summer heat.) To Jeni’s vanilla ice cream base, we add in some oatmeal because we want every bite of this oatmeal cookie chunk ice cream to be reminiscent of  those flavors we all know and love. From there, we fold in some chewy oatmeal cookie chunks and a few drizzles of cinnamon sugar goodness. That’s all there is to it! 

Oatmeal Cookie Chunk Ice Cream

The only thing that would make this oatmeal cookie chunk ice cream experience more enjoyable on a day like today is if I could just go to the store and buy it from Mr. Ben and Mr. Jerry. I really don’t want to crank up my stovetop any more on a steamy afternoon  like today, but I will since the forefathers of oatmeal ice cream decided to call it quits on us. Is there a petition we can sign to bring it back??!!

I hope you’re somewhere on a beach with a cold drink in your hand, but if you’re like me, stuck at home with a bad case of boob sweat– make this oatmeal cookie chunk ice cream. You deserve it. 

(PS– Mom, I’m sorry for mentioning my boobs on the internet . Don’t be mad.)

Oatmeal Cookie Chunk Ice Cream

 

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Oatmeal Cookie Chunk Ice Cream

Oatmeal Cookie Chunk Ice Cream Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a ice cream machine maker recipe inspired by Ben and Jerry's famous oatmeal cookie ice cream. oatmeal infuses the cream and milk mixture and a cinnamon swirl filling and chunks of chewy oatmeal cookies are added to this to make it the best oatmeal cookie filled ice cream ever. Find the simple and fun summer frozen dessert recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

This oatmeal cookie chunk ice cream is an oatmeal flavored ice cream base filled with chunks of chewy oatmeal cookie and cinnamon sugar swirls.

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 45
  • Total Time: 45
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Ingredients

For the oatmeal cookie pieces

  • 11/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups of quick cooking oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 11/2 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 large eggs

For the cinnamon swirl filling

  • 1/3 cup corn syrup
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons sugar

For the ice cream

  • 3/4 cup old fashioned oats
  • 22/3 cups whole milk
  • 5 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 11/2 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup

Instructions

To prepare the oatmeal cookie pieces

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Stir together the flour, oats, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt until combined in a medium sized bowl.In a large bowl, cream the butter until smooth with an electric mixer. Add the sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla and eggs, beating well to combine thoroughly. Add the dry ingredients slowly and mix just until combined.
  3. Pat out the dough into the bottom of an 8″x8″ baking pan and bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes or until the dough at the center of the pan looks nearly done. Allow to cool at room temperature or in a fridge. Dice 1/2 of the pan into 1/2″ squares just before using. The remaining pieces can be stored at room temperature for 3 days or in the freezer for up to 2 months.

To prepare the cinnamon swirl filling

  1. Combine the corn syrup, cinnamon, and sugar by stirring. Set aside until ready to use.

To prepare the ice cream

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spread the oats out on a small sheet pan and toast in the preheated oven for 10 minutes. The oats should become fragrant but not burned.
  2. Meanwhile, mix two tablespoons of the milk with the cornstarch in a small bowl. In a separate, medium-sized bowl, whisk the cream cheese and salt together until smooth.
  3. In a 4 quart saucepan, combine the remaining milk, cream, sugar, corn syrup, and oats. Bring to a boil over medium heat and boil for 4 minutes. Using a fine mesh strainer, strain the oats from the milk mixture and discard. Pour the milk mixture back into the saucepan and return to the heat. Gradually whisk in the cornstarch slurry and bring back to a boil, stirring constantly. Mixture will thicken slightly and should coat the back of a spoon after about 1 minute. Remove from heat.
  4. Whisk the milk mixture into the cream cheese mixture until smooth and without clumps. Pour the mixture into a gallon sized plastic bag and place it, sealed, in to the ice bath. Allow to chill until cold, adding ice as needed.
  5. Once cold, pour the mixture into a prepared ice cream maker canister and prepare ice cream according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  6. Once ice cream is finished, smooth, and creamy, layer large spoonfuls into a dish (I use a loaf pan), drizzling with the cinnamon swirl filling and topping with cookie pieces as you layer in the ice cream. Once all of the ice cream has been layered in the dish with the cookies and swirl filling, drag a knife through the ice cream 5-6 times to swirl the components together. Cover and allow to freeze in the freezer for at least 6 hours prior to eating.

Recipes Adapted From: Jeni Britton Bauer