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Cream Puffs

30 Aug

I really love when Mike comes home and says “You know… my coworker says they really love ______.”  And then suddenly I find myself searching for recipes and Mike finds himself lugging lots of tupperware into his office.  I love a good baking challenge.  So when a love for cream puffs was mentioned, I began scratching my head.

Aren’t cream puffs really hard to bake?

As it turns out… NO… Not even a little bit!

I scoured AllRecipes.com and eventually landed on this recipe. I was skeptical how vanilla instant pudding would work out, and while it felt a bit like cheating, the rave reviews about it made me try it out.

The dough is actually started in a pot on the stove. Water, butter, flour, salt. 


And then put into a mixer and beat in the eggs.


It made a perfectly thick dough, which I then dropped by the spoonful onto a silpat and baked.


I was so excited when I opened up the oven and there were perfect little puffs.


The recipe says to slice the tops off, put the filling in the middle, and then put the sliced top back on.  But I wanted to fill these little beautiful puffs.


I first tried the old “Put it in a ziplock and cut off the corner” piping method, but the bag was just too soft to get into the cream puff in any sane way.


So I began to look around the apartment for something to make it easier (and also allow Mike to take it into the work and do it there, so it didn’t get soggy).

Then I remembered my trusty little squeeze bottles.  I don’t know what I ever did before these babies!


So all you do is flip it over, put the spout into the bottom of the puff, and squeeze until full. There is a hollow space in the puff and it works like a charm.


And when you popped them open, they were flaky yet doughy and tender puffs with a crispy shell and great filling.  It was a really awesome recipe.


These were so easy to make, that I would easily do these for any dinner party. They are impressive without being time consuming. And I was impressed that they lasted overnight and that Mike could fill them the following day.



  • 2 (3.5 ounce) packages instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 eggs


  1. Mix together vanilla instant pudding mix, cream and milk. Cover and refrigerate to set.
  2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
  3. In a large pot, bring water and butter to a rolling boil. Stir in flour and salt until the mixture forms a ball. Transfer the dough to a large mixing bowl. Using a wooden spoon or stand mixer, beat in the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto an ungreased baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, until golden brown. Centers should be dry.
  5. When the shells are cool, either split and fill them with the pudding mixture, or use a pastry bag to pipe the pudding into the shells.


“Make Ahead Mamas” Moroccan Stew

18 May

When I left the AllRecipes.com event, I left with a bag of cut veggies, some stock, spices, and all the other ingredients I needed to make a stew.  It was so lovely to throw it all into a slow cooker and 6 hours later, I had a perfect stew with amazing flavor.  DSCF4387

Snip Snap.


Made the “Make Ahead Mamas” concept come to life and was sooooooo good.

The recipe is very flexible, and you can add or subtract ingredients.  It couldn’t be easier.

You can find the recipe here.

AllRecipes.com PR Event

16 May

I was invited to a PR event at the Rachel Ray test kitchen for AllRecipes.com to explore their new menu planner functionality.  We also were provided lunch by Deb from the Make Ahead Mamas.

(Anyone who has been reading knows my fondness for AllRecipes.com)


The Make Ahead Mamas is a group of women in Seattle who all get together about once per month and make meals that can be frozen for ease of dinner preparation for busy moms.  Really fun concept and their execution is as much of a social gathering as it is smart, advanced planning to keep their active families fed.


They are featured in the AllRecipes.com video series and are making a name for themselves between the 8 “Mamas” and their 18 kids. (18!)


They prepared Bulgogi (an alltime favorite Korean dish of mine) as well as a Moroccan Stew, which we would soon learn how to make ourselves.


The bulgogi wasn’t just tasty, it was a healthy version.


All the recipes were from their collection.


I made my own yummy lettuce wraps and snacked away while learning about the Meal Builder, which is a REALLY cool function that lets you build and customize a meal plan from the AllRecipes collection.  It gives you a full shopping list and helps with timing of prep.  Genius.


After we ate and learned, we did a hands on version of the Make Ahead Mamas where we all worked on prepping our own ingredients for stew.  We even took home our own spice blend, which is very Moroccan, very delicious, and joyfully lacking in peppers.