Category Archives: Food and Recipes

Honey-Roasted Carrots with Goat Cheese and Thyme

I like lots of different veggies, but I’ve never been very crazy about raw carrots, unless they’re shredded—I have no idea why shredding them makes them more appealing to me! I also like carrots if they are cooked with some kind of glaze on them—like these Honey-Roasted Carrots with Goat Cheese and Thyme! I became inspired to try a carrot side dish after I saw this recipe at Food52. I thought I’d add some honey, too, for a little sweetness, and I used more olive oil so I’d have a little extra glaze to spoon over the carrots.

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Peanut Butter Banana Bread

This beautiful loaf of Peanut Butter Banana Bread tastes as great as it looks! It has just the right balance of peanut butter and bananas in it and the texture is moist and tender. This is definitely not a wimpy loaf—this recipe makes a good-sized 9 x 5″ loaf and it rises so nicely! It’s delicious just as it is, or you could lightly spread some butter or peanut butter on it, if you want. I like it best without a spread, and it’s great with a cup of coffee or tea!

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Lemon Thyme Rosemary Roasted Potatoes

Roasted vegetables are so good, especially roasted potatoes! And when they’re flavored with herbs, that’s even better! These Lemon Thyme Rosemary Roasted Potatoes have a great lemony taste that really makes them different from your typical roasted potatoes. I love the tanginess of the lemon and the savory flavor of the herbs!

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Peanut Butter Cup Cupcakes

I first made these cupcakes years ago, and if you’re a peanut butter fan, you really need to try these! I adapted this recipe from Hoosier Homemade. I made my icing a little thicker than Liz’s recipe so I could just scoop it on the cupcakes. Are these ever good! They are very rich, oozing with chocolate and peanut butter!

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Easy Au Gratin Potatoes

As I was going through my review copy of the new Unofficial ALDI Cookbook, I knew pretty quickly that I wanted to make these Easy Au Gratin Potatoes. I’ve never made au gratin potatoes before—it always sounded like a lot of work…peeling the potatoes, boiling them, and then slicing them. Well, as this cookbook says, “This recipe bypasses the peeling and the boiling by using ALDI’s canned potatoes, and your family and your guests will be none the wiser.” That sounded good to me! 🙂

So I’m sharing the recipe with you in this post, but first I’ll tell you a little more about the book! The Unofficial ALDI Cookbook (softcover, Ulysses Press) has 75 recipes you can make with budget-friendly ALDI products. Not an ALDI shopper? No problem—you can substitute products from your favorite grocery store. There are full-color photos of the recipes too and they all look delicious! The five chapters include recipes for Beverages; Sides, Appetizers, and Soups; Breakfasts; Entrees; and Desserts. Some that I’d like to try in the future include:

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