All three of us have enjoyed watching The Gilmore Girls TV Show, and are delighted that they are having a reunion! On November 25th, Netflix is debuting FOUR movie length episodes! Can you feel our excitment?!? If you are a fan of the show you have missed Rory, Lane, Emily, Luke and of course Sookie since the series ended.
So, in honor of the return we have planned a Gilmore worthy menu for your watch party-- so make our recipes, invite some friends over and enjoy the show!
First recipe is Casserole Gal Rhonda & her Snowball treats!
Lorelai loves snow and can even smell it coming. This cookie is shaped and looks like a snowball, it is a recipe my Mom made every Christmas growing up. They are delicate like a snowball, with a gentle roll in powder sugar.
7/8 cup softened butter
4 Tb powdered sugar plus 3/4 cup powdered sugar
2 Cups flour
2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp water
1 cup finely chopped pecans
Mix butter, 4 Tb powdered sugar, flour. Add vanilla and water, mix well. Add pecans; mix. Dough will be crumbly. Roll in balls the size of walnuts, place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 325 degrees for 20 minutes. Let cool completely and roll in powdered sugar.
Next is Casserole Gal Rachel with a perfect Gilmore inspired beverage!
Everybody knows how much Lorelai and Rory (especially Lorelai) love coffee. So I made Coffee Punch for Two. Although honestly, these are definitely Gilmore Girl sized portions of coffee. This recipe can be customized to however you want it, you can make the coffee as strong as you want, add as much ice cream as you want, add flavored syrup, whatever! I think this would definitely be a recipe that Lorelai and Rory would love!
20 oz strong coffee
1/2 cup milk
1 cup plus extra chocolate ice cream
1 cup plus extra vanilla ice cream
Once the coffee is brewed, pour it into a large pitcher and put it in the refrigerator. Once it is completely cold (this may take several hours), mix in the milk, then 1 cup each of both ice creams. You can add more or less of the ice cream. Let the coffee and ice cream mixture sit for a few minutes. Meanwhile, drizzle a little chocolate syrup inside of two cups. Once the ice cream in the punch is good and melty, give it a stir and fill the cups about 3/4 of the way full. Top them off with more ice cream and chocolate syrup.
Our last recipe is from Casserole Gal Kristen - an anytime treat!
The Gilmore Girls love their pop tarts! And in true GG fashion, you can eat this pie morning, noon or night. With large cups of coffee, of course....
Pop Tart Pie
1 lb strawberries, rough chopped
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
3 Tb cornstarch
1 1/2 cups flour
2 Tb sugar
1/2 tsp salt
First, start your filling - simmer the first 3 ingredients till strawberries are soft. Carefully spoon out 1/4 cup of the liquid and whisk in the cornstarch. Once all lumps are made smooth, pour the slurry back into your pot of strawberries. Simmer for just a few more minutes until the mixture has thickened. Remove from heat and cool completely before using in pie.
Next, make your crust! Combine the dry ingredients in a medium bowl. Cut butter into chunks and toss into the flour mixture. Using your hands, crumble the butter into pea sized pieces. Add cold water, 1 Tb at a time, mixing with your hands until crust comes together to form a soft ball.
I used a small Rachael Ray casserole dish, but you can use a pie pan, brownie pan, really any smaller shallow dish you want! Roll out dough and place in desired dish - press into the bottom and up the sides, at least two inches. Your sides need to be high enough to fold over the top later. Pour in cool filling and spread evenly. Roll remaining dough and cut to fit the top of the pie (I literally placed my casserole dish on top of my dough and cut around the base.). Carefully place on top of filling and fold over pie sides, pressing very carefully to seal the edges. Brush with the tiniest bit of water to heal seal edges if needed.
Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes, then brush top with 1 egg white and back another 10 minutes, or until top is golden brown.
Let pie cool completely before icing. I used a simple powdered sugar based frosting - 1/4 cup pwd sugar & 2-3 Tb milk - to drizzle over the top before adding my pearl sprinkles.
Slice and Serve! This is delicious with whipped cream or ice cream. Or both. It can be made the day before too!
Thank you followers! We hope you enjoyed our party planning post - please share if you try our recipes, love Gilmore Girls & have your own watch party!!
For a main course make Casserole Kristen's Chicken and Dumpling Casserole. It was inspired from a Gilmore Girls episode.
I can't believe that Thanksgiving is next week! I am definitely excited for the holidays. And with all the traveling that happens around the holidays, these Pecan Pie Bars are perfect. They taste delicious and travel really well. My husband had to travel a few hours for a family get together a while back and I made these for him to take. After they were baked and cooled, I cut them into bars and put them into aluminum pans with lids. He said they traveled well and everybody loved them!
Recipe (slightly modified from Rock Recipes)
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) cold butter, cut into big chunks
2/3 cup packed brown sugar (I used dark brown sugar)
1/3 cup plus 1 Tblsp flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups light corn syrup
1 1/2 cups halved pecans
Put 1 3/4 cups flour, sugar and butter in food processor. Process until it looks similar to cornmeal.
Spray a 9x13 casserole dish with cooking spray. Line dish with foil or parchment paper and spray again. Pour flour mixture into prepared pan and press down. Bake at 325 degrees for 20 minutes.
While the crust is baking, mix together the filling. Whisk together the brown sugar, 1/3 cup plus 1 Tblsp flour, eggs, salt and corn syrup. Let the mixture sit while the crust finishes baking, at least 5 minutes. Roughly chop the pecans.
As soon as the crust comes out of the oven, stir the pecans into the corn syrup mixture and then pour over the crust while it is still hot. Bake at 325 degrees until it is no longer jiggly and it is lightly browned on top. This took 40 minutes for me.
Let the bars cool to room temperature. Then place the bars in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or overnight. When you are ready to cut them into bars, carefully pull them out of the pan by lifting up the foil. Place the bars on a cutting board and cut into squares. Check that there is no foil stuck to the bottom of the bars before serving.
A few years ago Casserole Gals Rhonda and Kristen had a testing of Dipping Apples. We tried several different types of apples, candy, chocolate and caramel. We had a blast and our family enjoyed our experiments.
We used Gala, Braeburn, Honey Crisp, and Fugi apples.
How good does this look? We melted caramel, dipped the apple, stuck as many mini marshmallow to it as we could and drizzled it with milk chocolate.
We used crushed graham crackers after we dipped the apple in melted caramel, drizzled it with melted milk chocolate and add a gummy worm on top.
Crushed M & M's make this caramel dipped apple colorful and a very enjoyable treat.
If you love pecans you will love this one. Melted caramel, rough chopped pecans and melted milk chocolate.
We even experimented with white chocolate, sugar crystals and sprinkles. You can make them gluten free and easily be careful of any other allergies.
We used treat bags and ribbon to decorate our apples. These would make a very welcomed treat for your guests for the holidays, a birthday party or teacher gifts! This is a great project for older kids.
Let your imagination go, try different candies, maybe chopped candy bars, more than one flavor of melted chocolate, different colored cellophane, bows, ribbon, have fun!
The holiday season is coming and everything gets busy. We have several casseroles that can be made a day ahead or can be made and frozen. So after a full day of shopping, decorating, wrapping etc. warm up one of these casseroles and enjoy a home made meal.
Spaghetti Casserole has been a family favorite for several years. Prepare a simple salad and you have a wonderful meal.
Chicken and Dumpling Casserole, comfort food at it's best. Dish up a bowl and enjoy a warm meal on a chilly evening.
Chicken Enchiladas this is a recipe from Casserole Gal Rachel and she makes it every time Casserole Gal Rhonda visits, because it is one of her favorite meals. Something different from the turkey and ham meals we prepare for the holidays.
Lighter Lasagna is a great casserole to prepare during the holidays. It is a meal you don't have to fill guilty about.
Alfredo Chicken Pasta Casserole gives you a few vegetables and a great taste.
Don't forget about dessert! Finish your meal with a lucious Lemon Blueberry Poke Cake!
We hope you enjoy our casseroles and have a glorious holiday season!
This is a family favorite and it is on our table several times a year. It can be made a day before but, you better disguise it or people will be sneaking bites!
1 stick margarine
1 cup flour
1/2 cup chopped pecans plus 3-4 Tblsp for topping
8 oz cream cheese
1 cup powdered sugar
1 large tub Cool Whip
1 large box instant chocolate pudding
Preheat oven 375 degrees
1st Layer: Put margarine in 9 x 13 casserole dish and place in oven to melt. It will only take a few minutes. Carefully add flour and 1/2 cup pecans. Mix and pat down evenly in dish bake for 15 minutes at 375 degrees. Cool completely.
2nd Layer: Cream together cream cheese, powdered sugar and 1 cup Cool Whip. Spread on top of 1st Layer and refrigerate.
3rd Layer: Mix pudding according to pie recipe on box. Pour over 2nd Layer and refrigerate until, set.
4th Layer: Generously cover 3rd layer with Cool Whip and sprinkle with remaining pecans. Refrigerate until ready to eat.
Don't these look scumptous Baked Meatball Sandwiches from Casserole Gal Kristen
I have been seeing a lot of black bean brownie recipes around the internet and I finally gave them a try! The flavor of these are really good, although the texture was still very bean-like. I think the next time I make these Black Bean Brownies, I will add chopped pecans and chocolate chips. I did find that these were best warmed up for a few seconds in the microwave and topped with chocolate ice cream and chocolate chips.
15 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup melted butter
Put everything in food processor and process until smooth. Line an 8x8 or 9x9 pan with foil and spray with cooking spray. Pour brownie batter into pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 22-25 minutes. A toothpick inserted in the middle should come out clean.
To celebrate the beginning of "Fall" we are having a Giveaway! One lucky winner will receive two handmade, original tea-towels and a set of pumpkin salt and pepper shakers. The salt and pepper shakers will look adorable on your Fall table and who doesn't love new tea-towels, especially when they are decorated for the season.
We will be sharing this with these Blog Parties:
Foodie Friday and Everything Else, Made by You Monday, Full Plate Thursday, Welcome Home Wednesday
Our theme for September, foods of Greece, I have been wanting to try a new bread recipe and this seemed like the perfect time. So, I researched Pinterest and found a Pita Bread and Gyro recipe and Casserole Gal Rachel has already posted a Tzatziki recipe.
I used How to make Perfect Pita Bread from The View from Great Island. I had fun making them, they didn't turn out perfect but, they were tasty.
For my filling I made Gyros with Greek Chicken from Cooking Classy. My Gyros were a great change and I enjoyed trying something different.
My sauce comes from Casserole Gal Rachel, she recently made and posted a recipe for Tzatziki Sauce with Wheat Flatbread.
Everything can be made a day before, which is great if you want to have a girls night out and watch My Big Fat Greek Wedding or for a sport watching event.
You read that right. Galaktoboureko. Or you could just say Greek Custard Pie. Either way, this is a tasty treat! I think it's harder to say the name, than to actually make the dish. It does take some time, but honestly very easy.
My husband loves custard based dishes, and really enjoyed this dessert. It combines the sticky, flaky crust part of baklava and an orange custard, together in an impressive dish.
I found this recipe on Brown Eyed Baker, be sure to click over and look at her wonderful blog!
Galaktoboureko (Greek Custard Pie)
6 cups whole milk
1 cup fine semolina (see my note below)
3/4 cup granulated sugar, divided
1 Tb unsalted butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
Zest of 1 orange
1 package phyllo dough (see notes)
1 cup unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup water
1/4 cup orange juice
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Get your pan ready! I used a 10 x 13, but she recommends a 10x13 lasagna dish or 16" round cake pan. If phyllo dough is frozen, set on the counter (still in the plastic package!!) and allow to thaw.
2. Stir milk, semolina, 1/2 cup sugar, butter and vanilla in a large sauce pan over medium heat. Stir gently but constantly until it becomes thick like pudding. It may take up to 15 minutes, so just keep stirring! Careful or it will stick and scorch on the bottom of the pan if you aren't stirring enough. Once thickened, remove pan from the heat and cool for 5-10 minutes. While cooling - beat eggs with remaining sugar, then stir into milk mixture. Add zest.
3. Melt the 1 cup of butter and brush it onto the bottom of your pan. Layer 1/2 the package of phyllo dough, with butter brushed between each layer, in the pan.
4. Pour slightly cooled custard over the phyllo sheets, spreading evenly. Layer the remaining sheets of phyllo on top of the custard, with melted butter between each layer. Brush butter all over the top.
5. Bake until top is golden brown, about 30-45 minutes.
6. While the custard is baking, make the syrup. Bring sugar, water and orange juice to boil in a small saucepan. Boil for 5 minutes then remove from heat. Add vanilla extract and set aside.
7. When you remove the custard from the oven, let it cool for 15 minutes. Then pour the syrup all over the top. Allow the custard to set for at least an hour before serving -- so that delicious syrup can soak thru all the layers. Mmmmmm :) You can store any the pie in the fridge for up to 3 days.
For semolina -- use Cream of Wheat! Run the amount thru a food processor to make it really fine.
Phyllo dough -- I can find a boxed phyllo dough in the freezer section of my local grocery store. The box contains 2 packages/tubes - I used only 1 tube for this recipe. The other is in my freezer awaiting a different tasty dish!
This dish is so pretty and unique! It would be wonderful for potlucks, holidays or as a baked gift!
This month we are cooking Greek recipes! It will definitely be an adventure learning how to cook new things! I am starting with Tzatziki Sauce and Wheat Flatbread. I served this with carrot sticks and roasted chicken thighs. It was very yummy!
Tzatziki Sauce Recipe
1 large cucumber, grated
2 cups plain yogurt
1/2 tsp dry dill
1 tsp olive oil
1 tsp salt
Sprinkle of black pepper
1 clove of garlic, crushed
In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients together.
Wheat Flatbread Recipe
1 1/2 cups warm water
1/2 tsp maple syrup
2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
3 cups white whole wheat flour
2 tsp salt
In a large bowl, mix together warm water, maple syrup and yeast. Let sit for about 10 minutes until foamy. Mix in flour and salt. Turn onto floured surface and knead for 2 minutes. Put dough into a large, greased bowl. Let rise for 1 hour, or until doubled in size.
Punch dough down. Turn dough out onto a board and cut into 8 pieces. Roll each piece out to about a 5-7 inch circle. Heat a large skillet to medium heat. Grease skillet lightly with olive oil. When the skillet is hot, carefully place one circle into the pan. Cook for 2-3 minutes, then flip over and cook for 2-3 minutes on the other side. How long you need to cook the flatbreads depends on how hot your skillet is, you want the flatbread to be brown and slightly puffy. Continue until all the flatbread circles are cooked.
Cut flatbreads into circles and serve immediately!
Cooking everything in casserole dishes!
With busy lives & sometimes quick meals, we mom & daughters team are always looking for healthy, tasty & convenient dishes to serve our family. So, please join us as we share everything from appetizers to main dishes & desserts!