your homebased mom http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com Leigh Anne Wilkes Thu, 19 Jan 2017 04:36:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.1 Cookbook Shoot http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/cookbook-shoot/ http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/cookbook-shoot/#comments Wed, 18 Jan 2017 09:00:14 +0000 http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/?p=48018 I may have mentioned a time or two that I have been working on a new slow cooker cookbook the last 4-5 months.  There will be 100 new slow cooker recipes in the cookbook and I am so excited to share it with you later this year. This past week was the cookbook shoot where we shot all the photographs for the cookbook.  I had a food photographer and her assistant fly into Portland.  It was a bit crazy because the whole city was shutting down thanks to Portland’s biggest snow storm [Continue Reading...]

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I may have mentioned a time or two that I have been working on a new slow cooker cookbook the last 4-5 months.  There will be 100 new slow cooker recipes in the cookbook and I am so excited to share it with you later this year.

This past week was the cookbook shoot where we shot all the photographs for the cookbook.  I had a food photographer and her assistant fly into Portland.  It was a bit crazy because the whole city was shutting down thanks to Portland’s biggest snow storm in about thirty years but their planes managed to make it in amongst the hundreds of flight cancellations.   We spent five days shooting 50 recipes and 10 other lifestyle shots for the cookbook.  That meant that I got to recreate those 50 recipes in my kitchen.

I was so lucky to get to work with two great photographers – Erica Allen  a food photographer who is based out of LA and her trusty assistant, Bri of Briana Vail Photography who specializes in wedding photography in Utah, she’s also a great food stylist.

Let’s just say that 50 recipes requires a lot of food and a lot of cooking and my kitchen was pretty much a disaster all week.  There were usually 5-6 slow cookers going all day, every day.  If you follow me on IG, you got some peeks into the chaos on my Insta Story!

My two photographers were amazing and so fun to work with.  We had a great time together and I enjoyed learning from them.

I kept telling them they needed to move in with me and take all my photos for me.  This was a fun photo they took of the food prepped for one of our shots!

And they got this one too as the quiche patiently waited it’s turn to be photographed.  Let’s just say the table was not usually this clean!

As I mentioned we had a huge snowstorm in Portland that week and we even managed to spend a little time playing in the snow and taking pictures of it of course.

We had a beautiful view out the kitchen window too.

In addition to a lot of cooking there was also a lot of dish washing.

I lost track of how many times I ran my dishwasher each day!

The final recipe we shot was the Herbed Turkey Breast  – it made for a gorgeous shot!
We finished up a bit early on Friday so we made a trip, through the snow and ice to Salt & Straw, my favorite ice cream spot in Portland.  The girls loved it and there was no line thanks to 9 inches of snow and 20 degree temperatures!  It was the perfect way to celebrate wrapping up our week long shoot.   Loved these girls and I’m going to miss having them around.  Can’t wait to see the edited photos and how the cookbook comes together!!

Salt & Straw Ice Cream

 

 

 

 

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Oatmeal Jam Bars http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/oatmeal-jam-bars/ http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/oatmeal-jam-bars/#comments Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:00:54 +0000 http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/?p=47982 Oatmeal Jam Bars @yourhomebasedmom.comThese Oatmeal Jam Bars are a simple, classic bar cookie that will become everyone’s favorite! If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you may have seen that I spent the last week working on and shooting all the photographs for my upcoming slow cooker cookbook.  I had a photographer and stylist here all week and we shot over 50 recipes in five days.  Let me tell you, that is a lot of cooking and a lot of dishes.  I gave you a few glimpses into the mess my kitchen [Continue Reading...]

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These Oatmeal Jam Bars are a simple, classic bar cookie that will become everyone’s favorite!

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If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you may have seen that I spent the last week working on and shooting all the photographs for my upcoming slow cooker cookbook.  I had a photographer and stylist here all week and we shot over 50 recipes in five days.  Let me tell you, that is a lot of cooking and a lot of dishes.  I gave you a few glimpses into the mess my kitchen was on Insta Stories.

Oatmeal Jam Bars

This was a record setting week (over 50 recipes made)  in more than one way, as Portland had the snow storm of the last three decades!  We got over 9 inches of snow in one day and temperatures in the teens.  It pretty much shut the city down for most of the week and we still have snow on the ground.  But in the midst of all that slow cooker cooking I had a craving to do a little baking because of that snow.  There is just something about snow and baking that go together for me.  So in between cooking 50 recipes I made a batch of these delicious oatmeal jam bars.

Oatmeal Jam Bars

Since I had a professional photographer and stylist in the house I took advantage and got them to style and take the photos of this recipe.  Erica Allen is an amazing food photographer from Los Angeles who flew up to Portland to shoot the cookbook.  She brought her friend, assistant and bridal photographer Brianna Vail with her.  In exchange for some oatmeal jam bars I got them to style and take these lovely photos for me.

Oatmeal Jam Bars Of course you can use your favorite flavor of jam but mine is raspberry so that’s what I used.  They have a crunchy crust topped with a sweet layer of jam, and then more of that crunchy mixture scatter on top.  They were the perfect thing to munch on as we worked all day.  A glass of cold milk was the perfect combination.Oatmeal Jam Bars

Oatmeal Jam Bars

Oatmeal Jam Bars
 
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Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: 36 bars
Ingredients
  • 1⅓ cups all purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¾ cup quick cooking rolled oats
  • ⅓ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon peel or zest
  • 6 ounces of cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup butter, softened
  • ¾ cup raspberry preserves
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Grease a 9 x 13 pan.
  3. In a mixer, combine cream cheese and butter and beat until smooth. Add in flour, baking soda, salt, oats, brown sugar and lemon zest.
  4. Mix until combined and crumbly.
  5. Measure and set aside one cup of crumb mixture
  6. Press remaining crumb mixture into bottom of prepared pan and bake for 20 minutes.
  7. In another bowl, combine jam and lemon juice.
  8. Carefully spread jam mixture over baked, hot crust. Sprinkle with remaining crumb mixture.
  9. Bake for an additional 15 minutes or until top is golden brown.
  10. Cool and cut into bars.

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Brown Sugar Cookie with Maple Glaze http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/brown-sugar-cookie-with-maple-glaze/ http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/brown-sugar-cookie-with-maple-glaze/#respond Fri, 13 Jan 2017 09:00:08 +0000 http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/?p=47970 Brown Sugar Cookie with Maple GlazeSoft on the inside, crunchy around the edges and covered in a maple glaze makes these cookies pretty much irrestibile! I am a huge fan of brown sugar.  I often will substitute white sugar in a recipe with brown sugar.  I love the slightly deeper flavor the brown sugar gives things, especially baked goods.  The addition of brown sugar to this Brown Sugar Vanilla Bean Ice Cream is fabulous and it also works well with this Brown Sugar Shortbread Cookie. Remember that snow and ice storm I told you about [Continue Reading...]

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Soft on the inside, crunchy around the edges and covered in a maple glaze makes these cookies pretty much irrestibile!

Brown Sugar Cookie with Maple Glaze

I am a huge fan of brown sugar.  I often will substitute white sugar in a recipe with brown sugar.  I love the slightly deeper flavor the brown sugar gives things, especially baked goods.  The addition of brown sugar to this Brown Sugar Vanilla Bean Ice Cream is fabulous and it also works well with this Brown Sugar Shortbread Cookie.Brown Sugar Cookie with Maple Glaze

Remember that snow and ice storm I told you about on Monday.  Well, not only did it put me in the mood to make soup but how could I not make a batch of cookies too?!  Snow and homemade cookies pretty much go hand in hand.  The flavor of brown sugar in these cookies pairs beautifully with the maple flavor of the glaze.  I used maple extract to give it a real maple bunch.  You could use maple syrup but the flavor won’t be quite as strong.  The subtle cinnamon flavor and the addition of dark Karo syrup all combine to give these cookies amazing flavor and texture.

Brown Sugar Cookie with Maple Glaze

After the cookies cool slightly, I use a plastic baggie to pipe on the glaze, just clip the corner of the bag and pipe your glaze onto the cookies.

Brown Sugar Cookie with Maple Glaze

I love the combination of chewy and crispy in a cookie and this one has it all.  I dare you to eat just one!

 

Brown Sugar Maple Glazed Cookies

Brown Sugar Cookie with Maple Glaze
 
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Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: 2 dozen
Ingredients
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup dark Karo syhrup
  • 1½ cups brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • 2½ cups flour
  • Glaze:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ½ tsp maple extract
  • 1 Tbsp dark Karo syrup
  • 2 Tbsp whipping cream, enough to get desired consistency
Instructions
  1. In a mixing bowl beat together butter, Karo, sugar and egg until light and fluffy.
  2. Add in remaining cookie ingredients and mix well.
  3. Roll into a ball and place on a parchment covered baking sheet. Bake at 375 degrees F. for 9-10 minutes or until cookies are just beginning to brown around the edges and lightly browned all over.
  4. Glaze:
  5. Combine all ingredients and mix together until smooth and a good piping consistency. Place in a plastic bag and cut off the corner of the bag and pipe glaze onto cookies after they cool slightly.

Brown Sugar Cookie with Maple Glaze C

 

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Roasted Garlic Artichoke Dip http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/roasted-garlic-artichoke-dip/ http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/roasted-garlic-artichoke-dip/#comments Wed, 11 Jan 2017 09:00:25 +0000 http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/?p=47952 Roasted Garlic Artichoke DipThe addition of roasted garlic to this Roasted Garlic Artichoke Dip takes the flavor factor over the top. I lost track of how many times I made this Roasted Garlic Artichoke Dip over the holidays.  It is definitely my favorite appetizer of all times!  I’ve been making it for years and I first posted it here on the blog back in February of 2008, just a few months after I started my blog.  It was definitely in need of a Recipe Redo and I needed another excuse to make it! [Continue Reading...]

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The addition of roasted garlic to this Roasted Garlic Artichoke Dip takes the flavor factor over the top.

Roasted Garlic Artichoke Dip

I lost track of how many times I made this Roasted Garlic Artichoke Dip over the holidays.  It is definitely my favorite appetizer of all times!  I’ve been making it for years and I first posted it here on the blog back in February of 2008, just a few months after I started my blog.  It was definitely in need of a Recipe Redo and I needed another excuse to make it!

Roasted Garlic Artichoke DipThis is probably my most requested appetizer when I am asked to bring something to a party and it is always the first things to disappear at the party.  I have several other artichoke dips here on the blog.  There is Artichoke and Spinach Dip  and Artichoke Spinach Dip with Pecans both of which are yummy and quite lovely but I have to admit, this one is my favorite.

This particular artichoke dip has a secret ingredient which is roasted garlic.  Don’t leave this part out and don’t think that substituting regular diced garlic will do it.  You need and want the roasted garlic.  Making your own roasted garlic is easy.  Just slice off the top of a head of garlic, explosing the cloves.  Place it on a piece of foil and then drizzle with some olive oil.  Wrap it up and then bake for about 45 minutes at 375 degrees F.  You want the garlic to get golden brown and soft so that you can just squeeze it right out of the skin.

Roasted Garlic Artichoke Dip

You use a combination of Mozzarella cheese and Parmesan Cheese along with the roasted garlic, mayonnaise and chopped artichoke hearts.

Roasted Garlic Artichoke Dip

My favorite part of the dip is the brown, crunchy edges that form around the dip as it bakes.   I usually eat my way around the edges.

Roasted Garlic Artichoke Dip

I love to serve the dip with a sliced baguette but it works with crackers or veggies too or you can just use a spoon!

Roasted Garlic Artichoke Dip

 

 

Roasted Garlic Artichoke Dip

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Serves: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 (6.5 oz.) jar marinated artichokes, drained and chopped
  • 1 cup regular mayonnaise
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1 head roasted garlic, mashed
  • salt and pepper to taste.
Instructions
  1. Mix the above together
  2. Place in a 1 quart glass dish
  3. Bake 20 minutes or until bubbling in a 375 degree oven
  4. Serve with pita bread, baguette, crackers or vegetables
  5. To Roast Garlic:
  6. Slice off the top of the head of garlic, exposing the cloves.
  7. Place on a piece of foil and drizzle with olive oil. Wrap the foil around the garlic.
  8. Bake in a 375 degree F oven for about 45 minutes or until the garlic is golden brown and soft.
  9. Squeeze garlic out of the skin.

 

Roasted Garlic Artichoke Dip is always the first thing to disappear at every party

 

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Game Day Party Plan http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/game-day-party-plan/ http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/game-day-party-plan/#respond Tue, 10 Jan 2017 09:00:48 +0000 http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/?p=47965 Happy January friends! The men in my family are in full football watching mode, football playoffs are in full swing and Game Day parties are too. Grab your friends and get together to watch the BIG GAME because we’ve got you covered! We have 12 bloggers sharing their favorite game day snacks, meals, and desserts, plus printables and decorating ideas for your party! (In case you’re wondering, we’ll be doing this with a different theme each month, so be sure to check them all out…hint – Valentine’s Day is up [Continue Reading...]

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Happy January friends! The men in my family are in full football watching mode, football playoffs are in full swing and Game Day parties are too. Grab your friends and get together to watch the BIG GAME because we’ve got you covered! We have 12 bloggers sharing their favorite game day snacks, meals, and desserts, plus printables and decorating ideas for your party!

(In case you’re wondering, we’ll be doing this with a different theme each month, so be sure to check them all out…hint – Valentine’s Day is up next!)

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Honey Soy Chicken Wings from Sweet C’s

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs from Tidy Mom

Baked Honey Lime Chicken Taquitos from The Baker Upstairs

Chicken Satay from Your Homebased Mom

Buffalo Chicken French Bread Pizza from Yellow Bliss Road

Slow Cooker Herb Butter Inside Round Roast from The Cookie Writer

Chicken Fajitas from Honey and Birch

Football Scotcheroos from Julie’s Eats & Treats

Rolo Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies from A Dash of Sanity

Drink Caddy from Fun-Squared

Game Day Party from Celebrations At Home

Easy Entertaining for Game Day from Balancing Home

Be sure to join us next month when we’ll be sharing our favorite VALENTINE’S DAY food and decorating.

Don’t forget to pin this post so you can use all of the ideas for game party success!

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