504 Main by Holly Lefevre: cook
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Showing posts with label cook. Show all posts


Quick Apple Crisp for One (in a Mug)

My family has a sweet tooth.
I don't always want to make a huge batch of cookies, cake, whatever...
because I will eat them...ALL!
I am also trying to healthy up our kitchen (I am always doing that)...
so the other day me son was asking for a treat...
and I decided to try this out...and he loved it (and so do I)...
so naturally I want to share our new recipe for Quick Apple Crisp in a Mug!
Quick Apple Crisp in a Mug by 504 Main


Cornflake Berry Granola Cereal Bars

My family has a cereal obsession - for real!
Heck, even when it was just hubby and I there was a lot of cereal in the house.
I use cereal in cookies, in cobblers, and I love making new cereal bar creations
Here is my latest creation...
Cornflake Berry Granola Cereal Bars
Cornflake Berry Granola Cereal Bars by 504Main

These tasty treats are so easy to make  - seriously like 15 minutes max!


Turkey & Cranberry Tamales (featuring Save Mart Supermarkets)

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I have a confession...I have never on-my-own cooked a turkey.
I always leave it to my hubby.
Well that all changed this week when I headed out to Save Mart Supermarket
to shop their BOGO deal. My kids and I are always on the go and
the mix-and-match meat sale allowed me to grab a great deal on some of
their favorite meal "must haves." Better yet, these cuts of meat were hearty...
so they allowed me to cook up a meal, have some left overs...
and to whip up a batch of tamales.
Turkey and Cranberry Tamales by 504 Main #FreshFinds

My kiddos go crazy for tamales!
They have been asking and asking for me to make some, and this presented the perfect opportunity for me to try one of my unique tamale concoctions - I just love trying unusual, non-traditional ingredients in my tamales. So, I figured...it is almost Thanksgiving...
how about some Turkey Cranberry Tamales - oh yeah...yummy!

Now...for your purists...this is my version of a tamale,not necessarily a traditional tamale...but we LOVE it! And so do the guests I serve them too! 
Every time I tell people I make tamales they look at my like I am crazy.
I had always heard how time consuming tamales were,
 but I really don't have that feeling when I make them...so go for it!


Make Your Own Vanilla Extract

I really try to not talk about "the holidays" this early,
but last year I made homemade vanilla extract and it was a huge hit.
Thing is, you gotta make it now!
Those vanilla beans need to flavor that vodka for weeks and weeks.
So I will break my rule and share this one super easy
and much appreciated DIY Holiday Gift now!

Vanilla Apothecary Label from The Graphics Fairy
I go through Pure Vanilla Extract by the gallons..or so it seems. 
I put it in everything...pancake batter, waffle batter, coffee, oatmeal- you name it!
It is a pricey little habit...and I had no idea until about one year ago that you could make it yourself! DREAM ON! This is the best Vanilla Extract EVER (and you can make it for a GREAT price


Giveaway! KITCHENAID Mixer AND Ice Cream Maker

One day my Father in Law came to visit.
I started making dessert and pulled out a 20 year old little hand mixer.
He was silent...and a few months later he sent me a shiny new
KitchenAid Mixer for my birthday.
I had no idea what I was missing out on...
L-O-V-E that mixer....
and here is your chance to WIN 
not only a KitchenAid Mixer...but an Ice Cream Maker too!
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This post is written and created at 504 Main by Holly Lefevre


Cook: How to Make a Crunchy Salad Topper

I eat a lot of salad.
I like a lot of different textures and my flavors in my salads
and am always experimenting.
One salad topper that I have used for years and years (and years)
is so simple and adds a nice crunch.
Did I mention...it is super EASY!

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  • Wonton wrappers (there are a million in a package - or so it seems...I used 1/2 package for this batch)
  • Knife
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 1/2 Tsp. Pepper 
    • (You can also switch out seasonings for different flavors!
  • 1 teaspoon (half of the package) - 1 tablespoon (whole package) Olive Oil  
    • (TIPS: You can also substitute other oils like sesame, grapeseed, etc.)

Cutting Board
Cookie sheet
Foil or parchment paper

Make It!
  • Preheat oven to 375F
  • Stack a few wrappers at a time on the cutting board
  • Slice the wrappers (through all layers) into 1/8"-1/4" strips (you can make them smaller too)
  • Place in a large bowl and toss with Olive Oil, salt and pepper.
  • Place in a single layer on a cookie sheet  (as you can see in the photo, I did not lay mine out perfectly but did my best to keep them not to bunched up) and bake for 10 minutes, checking and maybe flipping with a spatula halfway through.
  • Let cool
Top your salad with this crunchy goodness...
Or eat them as a snack like my girlie did! I had to hide them!

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What is your favorite salad topping?
This post is written and created at 504 Main by Holly Lefevre


Easy Polenta Eggplant Stacks (recipe) #FreshTake #Cbias

I like to play with food...
sometimes I get lucky and get paid to play with food
like in this sponsored post from Collective Bias 
where I used Kraft Fresh Take to create a simple recipe for an
Easy Eggplant Polenta Stack.
It is really good...don't miss it...keep on going for the recipe!
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You know how you can sometimes get into a meal time rut?
Yep, I have been in one.
Seriously the kids are asking...every night, "That again?"
Between baseball and gymnastics, and homework, and life...and year end school activities...life is way crazy!

(Click on READ MORE for the yummy recipe! )


Soda Fountain Cupcakes: 2 Delightful Flavors and the Easiest Recipe..EVER!

This post is about birthdays.
It is about cupcakes...really good cupcakes.
The recipe is really easy.
Trust me...don't skip it!

My birthday was a few weeks ago, but I was doing a cleanse detox
and I was determined to stick to it - 
seriously I cannot say no to cake - so on the actual day we had berries!
My kids thought I was C-R-A-Z-Y!
They were also a bit disappointed...
they really wanted to make me my birthday dessert.
So I promised them that after I finished the detox,
they would get their chance to create a special dessert for me.

Don't miss the super easy, super amazing recipe...click on READ MORE!


Reese's Puffs Treat Bars with Reese's Miniatures! (Courtesy of my kids!)

I innocently bought my kids Reese's Puffs cereal
and their sweet little imaginations dreamed up this
purely delicious chocolatey peanut buttery extravaganza! 
Reese's Puffs Treat Bars with Reese's Miniatures

I am convinced they are trying to torturing me this week
(in a good way..kind of) - 
I am doing a Spring Detox/Cleanse
(more about that next week)!

They claim they wanted to create a special treat
for when Grandma and Grandpa come to visit
(Grandpa might just love his Reese's!)
What ever the case...these are delicious...
yes detox and all I had to try them!


How To Make Almond Butter (recipe)

We eat Almond Butter like no one's business in this house.
I have long been intrigued by how it is made...
and recently discovered...it is pretty darn simple!

How to Make Almond Butter

Well...I had to try it.
The price of Almond Butter keeps going up and up at the store.
Well, for that matter, raw almonds are not cheap either!
(so I am looking for a good bulk almond seller!
If you know a source that you would care to share...I'd love ya forever!)

But...I love to make things myself...
so I grabbed a bag of almonds and went to it!
Seriously, it was stupid easy to do....
I have no idea why I researched it so much and procrastinated!

How to Make Almond Butter

yield about 1 1/2 cups
time: 10-15 minutes for roasting, 10 minutes for processing

  • Food Processor or High Power Blender. I have a Vitamix but chose to use my food processor.
  • 1 pound raw almonds - shelled, skin on (you can buy roasted ones if you want to skip a step - see below)
  • 1-2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil - optional

  • Preheat oven to 375F.
  • Spread almonds on a rimmed cookie sheet (mine has no rim...I was just careful. The rim just keeps them from falling off)
  • Roast the almonds for about 10 minutes - then check them. You may need to add a few minutes. BUT BE CAREFUL - do not burn them - check often!
  • Remove from the oven and let cool. 
  • Once cool, put almonds in the food processor (with the regular blade attached) and turn it on. 
  • It quickly turns to almond meal. 
  • After about 4 minutes (in my 17 year old food processor), I started to see  the beginnings of almond butter.
  • I gave it a few more minutes and well, it seemed the almonds did not have enough oil...and maybe needed some help.
  • I added 1 Tablespoon of olive oil and ran the food processor for about 2 minutes. Then I added about 1/2 Tablespoon more...and that was plenty.
  • Scrape down the sides and bottom, if necessary, and run again
  • I sort of got excited and lost track of time, but I would say it took no more than about 8-10 minute to get the almond butter consistency I was looking for.

My hubby likes chunky almond butter but I used all the almonds!
To make it chunky, roast some additional almonds...
chop them up...and throw them in there at the end!

Transfer the almond butter to a glass jar or air tight container and store in the refrigerator.

Now I cannot wait to try some new flavors! 

Almond Butter

I have been researching this for a long time all over the internet...here are a few other sources (with pretty much the same recipe) but they have some tips!
(She shows the grinding process step by step and minute by minute

Have you ever tried to make your own nut butter?
And, I have to ask...do you know of a good bulk almond seller?

This post is written and created at 504 Main by Holly Lefevre


Spicy Carrot Hummus (recipe)

I seriously love hummus.
I have long made my own hummus 
I can control the balance of flavors to my liking
(although I do head to Trader Joe's to grab their hummus in a pinch!).
Recently I have decided to play with flavors even more,
and my first creations is...
Spicy Carrot Hummus

Many, many months ago I saw a recipe for Spiced Carrot Hummus with Garlic Oil on Daily Bites Blog. I printed it out, made it, and fell in love. I have made it many many times since then to rave reviews. Trust me..it is good. But I wanted me own variation, my own twist..
so here it is...

1 pound carrots
1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
3 Tablespoons Tahini
3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
2 Tablespoon Fresh Lemon Juice
3-4 cloves of garlic, minced (you can always add more if you like garlic!)
2 teaspoon chili powder

1 teaspoon dry ground mustard seed
1 teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon red cayenne pepper
Special Equipment: 
Food processor or good (high horsepower) blender

  • Steam the carrot for 20-25 minutes. They need to be steamed past fork tender to blend easier. I left the peels on and just chopped the top of the carrot off. You can peel them if you would like.
  • Drain and rinse the chickpeas.
  • Place the chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, chili powder, dry mustard, cayenne pepper, and cumin in the food processor/blender and blend until thoroughly combined and smooth.
  • When carrots are done cooking, add them to the mixture in the food processor/blender
  • NOTE/TIP: Reserve some of the cooking liquid in case the mixture gets too thick and some liquid needs to be added to the mixture. You can also use small amounts of olive oil as well.
  • NOTE: If you want it spicier, you can adjust the spices to your liking. Also...be sure to head to Daily Bites - hers has curry in it for a different flavor profile

This is amazing served with so many different things.
I often served mine with pita chips or lentil chips,
but for a lo-cal options try celery or red pepper.

This post is written and created at 504 Main by Holly Lefevre
SNAP!iron chef mom