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A group of cookies with icing in the shape of a flask.

Chemistry Cookies

Chemistry cookies with the words chemistry cookies.

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The Creative Cookie Exchange blog theme for this month is decorated cookies. Originally I was thinking of making holiday cookies, but then I saw these adorable Chemistry cookie cutters, and I just decided to forget the holidays and go for a science theme.

Chemistry cookies on a cutting board with the words chemistry cookies.

These Chemistry Cookies are a simple shortbread cutout cookie made to look like Erlenmeyer flasks, beakers and atoms. I teach high school chemistry at a local homeschool co-op, so I love these perfect chemical treats. After all a lot of cooking is just chemistry in action.

White Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars.

White Chocolate Pumpkin Bars

White chocolate pumpkin bars stacked

Pumpkin and chocolate are one of my favorite flavor combinations, and to make these White Chocolate Pumpkin Bars I used white chocolate instead of dark chocolate for a totally different taste!

White Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars.

These take a little effort to prepare, because you have to make two separate batters and swirl them together for layers of white chocolate and pumpkin. But the result is worth the effort! The white chocolate layer is more cake like, and the pumpkin layer is more dense and chewy, for a great combination of tastes and textures.

A skillet filled with spinach and ham.

Utica Greens Recipe

Utica Greens – a traditional Italian-American dish featuring escarole, hot cherry peppers and garlic – a delicious way to serve greens

Halloween trifle in glasses with candy and icing.

Chocolate Pumpkin Trifle

Chocolate pumpkin trifle recipe.

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Here is a quick recipe for a Chocolate Pumpkin Trifle, decorated with chocolate candy.Halloween trifle in glasses with candy and icing.

Arugula & Sausage Pasta Skillet

An image of a pasta skillet with arugula.

One of the best things about summer is all the fresh and tasty vegetables that are available. Being able to eat vegetables right after they are picked is amazing. I belong to a CSA to make sure I get plenty of fresh local vegetables every week, and a few times this summer I have received leafy green arugula, which I used to make this Arugula & Sausage Pasta Skillet.

A skillet filled with pasta, sausage, and arugula.

Arugula is a leafy green vegetable with a spicy peppery taste that stands out more than the greens I usually cook with like spinach. I have tried it in salads, but I especially like it cooked, and it goes perfectly with Italian flavors like spicy sausage and tomatoes.

Delicious Zucchini Recipes

This time of year it seems like everyone has plenty of zucchini! Zucchini plants seem to produce faster than most people can eat it. So to help I put together a collection of zucchini recipes from blogs around the internet, with many different ideas for what you can make with it.

Zucchini Recipes - Delicious and creative zucchini recipes for using up all the extra zucchini from your garden

There are many creative options beyond just sauteeing it in olive oil.  You can make it into chips for a snack, serve it in a frittata for breakfast or turn it into cupcakes or cake for dessert.  I even found a recipe for zucchini popsicles, which I have to try! 

A zucchini casserole with meat and noodles.

Zucchini Sausage Casserole

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This time of year I am inundated with zucchini!  So I am always trying to come up with different ways to serve zucchini, like this Zucchini Sausage Casserole.

Zucchini sausage casserole on a wooden table.

My family and I are members of a CSA, so we get a big box of seasonal vegetable from a local farm every week.  I made this recipe by using a whole bunch of the vegetables we received, including zucchini, yellow summer squash, fennel, onions and green pepper.  I thought sausage would combine well with the flavors, and it certainly did!  I used hot Italian sausage because my family likes spicy foods, but sweet would work well too.

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

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I have so much zucchini this year it is ridiculous! My husband and I love zucchini, but there is only so much that we can eat in a week.  My mom is visiting this week, so she made her traditional Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread recipe for us, and it is a delicious way to use up some of our abundance of zucchini.

Chocolate chip zucchini bread.

The recipe uses two zucchini, shredded in the food processor, to make the bread moist and tender. This is the same recipe that my grandma made and taught to my mom, with a few small differences.  My grandma always made Zucchini Bread with Raisins, but my mom is not a big fan of raisins. So she made a simple subsitution, and now it is Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread instead.  And while I like raisins, chocolate chips are better!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Skillet Cake

Chocolate peanut butter skillet cake.

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Chocolate and peanut butter are two flavors that are just meant to go together, like in this Chocolate Peanut Butter Skillet Cake.

Chocolate peanut butter skillet cake. (Keywords: Chocolate, Peanut Butter)

I love cooking in my cast iron skillet, not just for dinners but for desserts too. A cast iron skillet is easy to clean, and naturally non-stick, so it works well for cakes. Since I was making a recipe with American Heritage Chocolate it just make sense to me to make one that uses the kinds of pans that would have been used in colonial times.

A dish with beets and greens in it.

Beet Gratin Recipe

Beet granola in a white dish on a wooden table.

Last week I received a huge bunch of beets as part of our CSA vegetable share. I had never really cooked with beets, so I wasn’t sure what to do with them! I ended up roasting them, and using most of them in this Beet Gratin recipe, which uses both the beets and the beet greens.

A white casserole dish with a spoon on a wooden table.

Chinchurri burger on a plate on a wooden table.

Chimichurri Burger

Burgers are a staple food in my house and many others in the summer time!  It is quick and easy to grill some up and have dinner ready, but without variety burgers can get boring.  Here is a fun variation I made this week, using a traditional Argentinian Chimichurri sauce to spice up the burgers.

Chinchurri burger on a plate on a wooden table.

Chimichurri sauce is a garlicky sauce made with fresh parsley and oregano that is very easy to make at home.  I have lots of parsley growing in pots on my deck, and Chimichurri sauce is one of my favorite ways to use it. The sauce is traditionally used on grilled steak, but it works well on burgers too!

Shrimp and Jicama Salad

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June is National Seafood Month, and here is a recipe to celebrate – Shrimp and Jicama Salad.

Shrimp and Jicama Salad - An easy summer salad with jicama, radish, cilantro, lime and shrimp

Seafood is perfect for summer meals, because it is so quick and easy to prepare. I know my family is always busy during the summer, running from one activity to another, so we need quick and easy dinners.

Frozen potatoes in a bowl on a wooden table.

Salt Potatoes – A Syracuse Tradition

Salt Potatoes are a staple recipe in upstate New York. These creamy, buttery, bite sized potatoes are simple to make and delicious, especially drizzled with melted butter. They make an amazing addition to your outdoor barbecue or cookout.

A bowl of salted potatoes.

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Mason jar brownie sundaes.

Brownie Sundae Cookies

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These Brownie Sundae Cookies are a perfect mini dessert!

Brownie sundae cookies in mason jars.

This dessert has flourless Brownie Cookies as a base.  The cookies are a family favorite, because they are so big and chewy.  But the batter is very thin and runny, so it spreads all over the cookie sheet.  So I had the idea to use Mason jar lids as a mold, so that the batter would be contained and the cookies would be perfectly circular.