Sunday, January 18, 2009

It was a dark and dreary night.

Wait this isn't about tonight. Its about today. Let me start over.


It was a cold and rainy day. It has been raining here all day and the temperature never got above the mid 50's. So when the going gets tough, the tough get baking. I started my day by reading many of your blogs but it was so early that there were very few new blog posts. So I decided to hit the kitchen and do a little baking.



First up, Cinnamon rolls. And not out of a can either. These were from scratch. I started with a basic yeast roll recipe. After letting it rise until it doubled, I rolled it out to about an 18 X 18 inch square. Then I brushed it with some butter, and sprinkled it with Cinnamon and sugar.








Next I rolled it into a log and then cut the log into 1 inch slices. I then laid them out on a lightly greased baking sheet so that the sides were almost touching. Then I sprinkled the top with a little more Cinnamon, covered the pan and let them rise a second time for 30 minutes. Then I baked them for 20 minutes at 350 degrees. After they were done, I let them cool for 15 minutes while I made some glaze for them. Take 4 tbs of melted butter and add 3/4 cup of powdered sugar. Mix well and then add 2 tbs of sour cream and 1 tsp of vanilla. If it is a little thick then add some more sugar. I put it in the microwave for 10 seconds just before I use it to thin it a little. Just drizzle it over the buns and let them cool slightly before serving.






Lunch time came and it was still raining so I thought I would make Pizza. I have been threatening to for about a week now. I got the dough recipe from Katherine over at Smoky Mountain Cafe'. The dough came out great but I am not that good at spreading it so it didn't look as good as it tasted. It was a little thick in some places and a little thin in others. Just call me Betty Crocker.








Well it is night now and yes it is a dark and dreary night but I am tired of baking so there will be no more. Well for today anyway. There is always tomorrow. I am not the only one that cooks in the family. My wife likes to cook and can bake and make pies better than anyone. Yesterday my son fixed lunch and it was great. He made a recipe out or a Food Channel cookbook. It was an Italian dish made with mushrooms and lots of cheese and spices. Check these babies out.







You put it all together and then baked it on low for over an hour. You put the mixture over some pasta. I thought it would be bland but it turned out great. There was none left so what does that tell you?


Ok I just gained 15 lbs just writing this so I better go work it off. I hope everyone had a great weekend,


Greg

23 comments:

Jeannie said...

It all looks so yummy but none of it is on my ok list - my poor tummy got sore just looking at it while my mouth drooled.

eric921 said...

I can't cook and these look yummy.

But really what I came to ask you is....were you really in the Navy AND a firefighter...or were you a firefighter in the Navy ....or what?
Just curious. Military people are awesome and , well, being a firefighter myself, I know that firefighters are crazy.

Chatty Kelly said...

I am dying for a cinnamon roll! I love them, hot, fresh, home made. MMMMmmmm!!!!! Pizza, well, I love pizza, but I'm not picky, I'll eat any pizza.

How great that you bake! My husband does a pretty good take-out. And that's okay with me. Tonight I had a meeting and didn't get hom until 5:45, so he had mexican. Nice.

Hope tomorrow is a prettier day.

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

You are a blogging baking maven! It's time you and the Mrs. had a party and invited us all.

skoots1mom said...

wow...the food looks awesome!

hey, I recently saw a CHA-CHA-CHA-CHIA Herb garden!

Belle (from Life of a...) said...

I see that I wasn't the only one in a cooking mood this cold and dreary weekend. At our house it was chicken potpie, chili, and chicken and dumplings.

Kati said...

Ya know, this comment might be longer if this post hadn't made me so hungry I've now gotta go find some food. *grin*

Looks delish, Greg!!! All of it! Stay warm!

Chel's Leaving a Legacy said...

No lie...I didn't eat dinner tonight (well, I did, but it was a half a turkey wrap up and I ate it early) so I was just thinking to myself, "No, it's not a good idea to eat this late (after 11 pm!) Wait until morning." *growl* said my stomach.

Then I click over here.

Oh, the TORTURE! Those cinnamon rolls look delish!

Kim said...

It's 1:21 in the AM and here I sit after a "nice" big coughing fit...and I'm thinking, "I'll check my blogs!" Oh my word! You're killin' me man! It all looks amazing, and I'm just waiting for the invite...Sunday morning cinnamon rolls...our family with yours. Lunch time pizza...Mmmmm. That's what we had yesterday but I cheated and didn't make my own crust! You are the MAN! (would you give my hubby some pointers??) ;)

Blessings!
Kim

Becky said...

YUM!

Katherine Aucoin said...

Your family is so lucky to have you Greg. I would love to wake up to the smell of homemade cinnamon rolls!

Your pizza looks wonderful. Homemade pizza is supposed to look rustic. My girls hit me up last night to make pizza again this Friday, how could I say no.

Scarlet said...

I just gained 20 lbs. looking at your pictures! I didn't realize you were such a good cook, Greg!

Your buns look great! ;)

Edwina at The Picket Fence said...

Can you come to our house and cook for us? The cinnamon rolls looked so yummmmmmmmmy

Debbie said...

Now I'm really hungry! It all looks so yummy that I may have gained weight just looking at it.

Nothing tastes as good as a homemade cinnimon roll just out of the oven and still warm.

Wayfaring Wanderer said...

I'm lazy....but your cinna rolls look delicious! We always buy the pillsbury kind that you just pop in the oven :)

Susan Skitt said...

Oh man Greg, my family is coming to your house for dinner or at the very least those delicious looking cinnamon rolls!!! (Just kidding)

Hey, we're going to be visiting S.C. soon to check out two colleges for Jared - Anderson and North Greenville. I don't think that's near you though :(

Take care and feel free to invite people to my blog today. I have a great interview with two incredible authors about the topic of raising boys!!!

sara said...

that is so not nice!!!! my mouth is drooling!!!!

Marla said...

I'm really hungry now. I just got home from work and I am having tuna helper. I don't feel like cooking much for myself at this time of night.

Sandy said...

Well wow, I want a cinnamon roll. And a piece of pizza please...and heck I'll take one of those things your son cooked.

My husband likes to cook and is pretty good, but doesn't do it near enough. I do it almost never... anymore.

In fact he is on his way right now to our local Olive Garden to bring me back a chicken alfredo pizza, toscano soup, bread sticks and extra alfredo dipping sauce..

so in a way I guess he cooked. I'm tired after having all these grandkids over this weekend...whew!

Patrice said...

Your blog is bad for my diet!! :)

I might have to try some of those yum-o cinnamon rolls! Dag-gum my diet!

Wanda said...

Oh my mouth is watering...... Yummmy the smell of yeast cinnamon rolls....

I make mini cinn. rolls out of pie crust....but that yeast is the best of all.

I love to see a man in the kitchen. However Don is not the one who likes it, but our son Myk is the cook!!

Monogram Queen said...

Wow those cinnamon rolls look like the real deal like my grandparents used to make. Mmmm all of it looks yummy-licious!

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