Easy Microwave Lemon Curd

Easy Microwave Lemon CurdI love any sweet thing with lemon in it. My mother in law has a lemon tree that produces so many lemons that they don’t know what to do with them. We take lemons by the bag full home. They are not your typical lemons from the store, these are enormous lemons. I have found some that are the size of a softball and bigger. So I am always looking for things to make with her lemons. Not to mention that her husband loves lemon desserts. I have this Pinterest board dedicated to only lemon recipes.

Now about lemon curd. I was introduced to the idea of lemon curd about 8 years ago by my friend Steve Ivy. We used to work together and carpooled every day for about 4 years. I guess it was something he either grew up with or was introduced to it by his wife. I didn’t get the full details but what he did give me was very intriguing. Something lemony, sweet, thick like a jam, and all around goodness. This was back in the day before recipe blogs were a big thing and all I found was difficult and time consuming. The flavor wasn’t all that great either. This recipe for lemon curd is super easy and really flavorful. This goes well on just about anything, toast, biscuits, waffles, cookies, pancakes, and the list goes on. Its like lemon jam. Peanut butter and lemon curd sandwich anyone? Ok that may be going a bit far but you get my point. Try it!

Easy Microwave Lemon Curd

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Chocolate Crinckle Cookies

Chocolate crinkle cookies are a new thing to me. I hadn’t seen them up until recently. I was very intrigued and loved the looks of them. They looked like dirty, chocolatey snow balls. These are the consummate christmas cookie. They make me think of my childhood in Colorado, and the deep, deep winter snow. They are pretty to look at and they taste awesome! Super chocolatey, really chewy on the inside and a bit crispy on the edges but not too much. Perfect.

I noticed that cooks illustrated had a recipe for them and decided that would be the best place to start. They have never let me down on a recipe, and these chocolate crinkle cookies were no exception. Supposedly there is a science behind the crinkles and fissures on this cookie and others like it. Here is a video from our friends at Cook’s Illustrated:

We liked them so much we decided to give them to our friends and neighbors for gifts this Christmas. I hope they enjoy them as much as we have.

Chocolate Crinckle Cookies

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Homemade Honey Butter

Homemade Honey Butter

I ask you this, what is better than hot fresh cornbread or hot rolls right out of the oven? Hot fresh cornbread or hot rolls topped with homemade honey butter! I am not sure I have ever met anyone that doesn’t like honey butter. I actually have a honey butter crazed brother-in-law. He loves the stuff. He used to live in Utah where they had this bottled “honey butter”. I remember about 10-11 years ago we were visiting my mother-in-law in New Jersey and my Brother-in-law took my father-in-law on a wild goose chase to find this bottled “honey butter”. They had to have gone to every grocery store in a 20 mile radius and struck out everywhere. The only places you can get it is you have to live in Utah, or buy it from the internet. Now here is the twist, this bottled “honey butter”, has no honey in it nor does it have any butter in it. It has about 20 ingredients mainly soybean oil, corn syrup and other unpronounceable ingredients.

I always thought that I could make a better honey butter, but in the past we have tried a few different recipes for homemade honey butter and none of them worked very well, or had a good consistency. Then I found this recipe. What set it apart from the others was the addition marshmallow fluff. I know you will say that store bought marshmallow fluff has crap in it too, but you can make your own homemade marshmallow fluff and have it on hand for just such purposes, and in the famous words of Alton Brown, “Thats another post”. The fluff gives the honey butter a nice consistency and tames down the honey flavor just a tad. Its a wonderful addition to an old favorite. It has also gotten the two thumbs up approval of my brother-in-law, so it must be really good. I think you will love it.

Kendyl wanted to be in one of the photos. Here she is in all her cute glory!

Homemade Honey Butter