Saturday, April 25, 2009

Simple Salsa

This isn't my usual salsa recipe, but I had a serious craving for salsa tonight, so I figured I'd use what was on hand, and see what I came up with. Not too bad, very quick and simple.

1 can Ro-tel, drained
14-15 oz can diced tomatoes
1 small onion, diced
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 c cilantro, minced
Juice of 1/2 a small lemon
Salt & pepper

Combine all ingredients. Chill before serving, if desired.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Oatmeal Cookie Cake

Unfortunately we haven't had anything wonderful this week. I tried a few new recipes, and didn't much care for any of them. Ugh. And I HATE throwing food away! Anyway, I made a treat for my husband today, and he'll be lucky to get any of it. ;)

Oatmeal Cookie Cake

3/4 c flour
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 c butter, at room temperature
1/2 c sugar
3/4 c packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
2 1/2 c uncooked oatmeal
1/2 c dried cherries (I used dried cranberries)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg & salt in a small bowl. Set aside.

Beat butter with an electric mixer on low until smooth. Slowly pour in sugar in an even stream, mixing on high until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Pour in brown sugar, mixing until incorporated.

Beat in eggs, one at a time. Slowly beat in flour until incorporated. Stir in oatmeal, then dried fruit.

Pour mixture into a greased 8x8 baking dish, and bake for 50-60 minutes, until the center is set.

Alternately, freeze dough for up to two weeks for later use, or scoop batter out by the tablespoonful to make cookies (bake 10-12 minutes, or until edges are set).