Roasted Cherry Tomatoes with Balsamic Reduction

Roasted Cherry Tomatoes with Balsamic Reduction at The Happy HousewifeBy contributing writer Andrea Green

I went to a BBQ recently where my friend Tiffany made these oven roasted cherry tomatoes with balsamic reduction. Everyone at the party enjoyed them so much, we all went home with the recipe.

These tomatoes are the perfect blend of sweet and tart. The roasting brings out the sweet flavors of the cherry tomatoes, then you toss them with tangy balsamic reduction.

When Tiffany gave me this recipe, she asked me if I knew how to make balsamic reduction. I replied, “Don’t you just buy it?”

Because balsamic reduction sounds fancy, I assumed it would be a lot of work to make. On the contrary! Balsamic reduction is actually quite easy to make and the results are both delicious and impressive. One thing to remember: you may want to open a window while cooking the vinegar since the smell is overpowering.

Serve these at your next BBQ as a side dish to chicken, fish, or beef. It is also wonderful mixed into quinoa for the vegetarians in your life.

 

Oven Roasted Cherry Tomatoes with Balsamic Reduction
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Recipe type: Side Dish
 
Ingredients
Balsamic Reduction
  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
Oven Roasted Cherry Tomatoes
  • 1½ pounds cherry tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
Instructions
Balsamic Reduction
  1. In a small saucepan, heat the vinegar and honey over medium heat. Allow to cook until reduced to ½ cup. This should take approximately 15 to 20 minutes.
Oven Roasted Cherry Tomatoes
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Place tomatoes on a large baking sheet. Toss with olive oil.
  3. Roast for 45 to 60 minutes or until tomatoes have shriveled and collapsed.
  4. Toss with the prepared balsamic reduction and serve.

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Chile Relleno Appetizer Squares

Chile_Relleno_Appetizer_SquaresBy contributing writer Andrea Green

We are quickly approaching my favorite time of year—hatch green chile roasting time! Hatch green chiles are a popular southwestern crop. Late summer into fall, local farmer’s markets are full of vendors selling roasted chiles.

Once hatch green chile roasting time hits, these chile relleno appetizer squares start showing up at potlucks and BBQs here in the southwest. The squares are full of flavor without any heat. So don’t worry about serving anything too spicy to your guests or sensitive kiddos.

If you don’t live where Hatch green chiles are grown, you just need to pop into your grocery store, head down the Mexican food aisle, and pick up a 4-ounce can of green chiles. You will still get the great flavor of green chile in your dish.

I did snap a picture of the squares before they go in the oven because once you pour the eggs over, you might find yourself wondering, “Are there really enough eggs for this recipe?” Don’t worry, the six eggs won’t cover the cheesy layers, but there are enough of them to make the squares hold together.

Chiles-Rellenos Uncooked

Chile Relleno Appetizer Squares
Recipe type: Snacks
 
Ingredients
  • 4 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 can chopped green chiles or ¼ cup chopped roasted Hatch green chiles
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 6 eggs, beaten
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Layer 2 cups cheese in the bottom of a lightly greased 12x8x2 inch baking dish.
  3. Layer chiles and corn. Top with remaining cheese.
  4. Pour beaten eggs over layers.
  5. Bake for 45 minutes or until the center is firm.
  6. Cut into appetizer sized squares and serve.

If you are looking to send these squares over the top, pipe a bit of guacamole on each one. Yum!

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How to Make Brown Sugar from White Sugar

How to Make Brown Sugar from White Sugar | The Happy HousewifeBy contributing writer Andrea Green

Did you know it is quick and easy to make brown sugar from white sugar?

This is a recipe you will want to bookmark, pin, or print out. That way, when you find yourself in the middle of making something like Baked Banana Split Oatmeal, and you go to get the brown sugar only to find that  (horrors!) you are out, you can make your own.

There are only two ingredients needed to make brown sugar: white sugar and molasses. How much molasses you add to the white sugar determines whether you have light brown sugar or dark brown sugar.

Although you can interchange light and dark brown sugar in a recipe, they do taste different, and it will effect the outcome of the taste of your recipe.

If you have a food processor, that is what I used to make my brown sugar from white sugar. However, this can also be made using a mixer. Either of them will work to thoroughly incorporate the molasses into the sugar.

How to Make Brown Sugar From White Sugar
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1½ tablespoons to 4 tablespoons molasses
Instructions
For Light Brown Sugar
  1. To one cup white sugar add 1½ tablespoons molasses and add to the work bowl of a food processor. Pulse the sugar several times. Scrape down sides and pulse until the molasses is well incorporated.
For Dark Brown Sugar
  1. To one cup white sugar add 4 tablespoons molasses and add to the work bowl of a food processor. Pulse the sugar several times. Scrape down sides and pulse until the molasses is well incorporated.
Notes
A blender can be used instead of a food processor.

 

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Carrot Applesauce Snack Cake

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By contributing writer Andrea Green

So, we all know that “healthy” and “cake” don’t really belong together.  But when you use applesauce and grated carrot to make a snack cake, I think the word “healthier” can definitely apply.

I made this carrot applesauce snack cake recipe when I had my niece and nephew visiting. They are two of the pickiest eaters on the face of this good earth! After several days of not a single vegetable passing their lips, I baked this cake. I don’t really know how many nutrients they get out of the carrots, but I certainly felt better knowing that a vegetable had been consumed.

The resulting cake is deliciously moist from the applesauce. Using cinnamon and cloves as the spices definitely marries the apple and carrot flavors together.

Make this as an after-school snack. Then tuck the leftovers into lunch the next day. Snack cakes are perfect for lunchboxes!

Carrot Applesauce Snack Cake Recipe
Recipe type: Snack
 
Ingredients
  • 1¾ cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease an 8 x 8 inch baking pan.
  3. In a small bowl, stir together flour and baking powder.
  4. In another small bowl, stir together applesauce, cinnamon and cloves.
  5. In a mixing bowl, beat together butter and brown sugar until smooth and creamy.
  6. Add the flour mixture alternately with the applesauce, mixing well after each addition.
  7. Stir in the shredded carrots.
  8. Spread cake batter evenly in prepared pan. Bake for 45 minutes. Place on a wire rack to cool.

 

Have you ever had to sneak vegetables into your kid’s diet?

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