Sunday, June 28, 2009

Tell All - Breakfast Cookies

These sound pretty interesting. I saw the episode where she makes these, and they did look good on TV. The reviews on the Food Network are good for the most part.

I read through some of them and this is what I gathered as far as substitutions:

1. You can use regular whole wheat flour for the pastry flour and ap flour
2. You can replace the bran flakes with more oats, some people used types of Kashi go lean cereals instead of the bran flakes
3. You can sub applesauce, pumpkin puree, or another flavor of baby food for carrots. I even read some reviewers used mango or pineapple or other baby food combinations
4. Some people used honey or agave instead of white sugar
5. Of course you can substitute any other dried fruit for raisins and you can use whatever nuts you have around

Leave your tips and thoughts on this recipe here.

Jessica at Johnston's Vin Blanc already made these and posted since she is on vacation. Check out her post for her rendition of these cookies.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

New Member

Welcome to Laura of Edible Ventures

Hi! I am an avid cook, and I try to keep my focus on healthy and wholesome foods. My blog follows my adventures as I try several new recipes from my ever-growing cookbook collection each week - I post the results along with pictures and recipes. Cooking is my therapy!

Also, a reminder to everyone to please post on Thursdays unless you just absolutely can't.


Sunday, June 21, 2009

Tell All - Vegetable Cheese Strata

How goes it with this one?

As Jen pointed out when she picked this, it is perfect for Fathers Day brunch.

I have already made this and it was absolutely delicious.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Tell All - Jambalaya with Shrimp and Ham

I don't have much jambalaya making experience and I am not a big fan of spicy creole food. Nonetheless, I think this sounds really good. I love that it has shrimp!

I think I am going to add in some chicken or turkey sausage instead of ham. Some Food Network reviews also said it was a bit bland, so if you like your food spicy you may want to consider amping up the spice.

Happy Jambalaya Cooking!

Best of CEiMB - June 11, 2009

Double Chocolate Pudding Pie:
A creamy chocolaty pudding in a crisp graham cracker crust, with half the fat and calories. A wonderfully cool dessert for a warm Summer night.

This recipe can be found on page 280 of The Food You Crave: Luscious Recipes for a Healthy Life by Ellie Krieger or it can be found here.


This week it was hard to pick the best pictures, there were so many to choose from. Apparently chocolate pudding pie loves the camera.

Best picture this week goes to one of our new members, Blair of Deliciously Golden. This really looks like a pie I want to dig into.


Runner up goes to our hostess for this recipe, Tessa of Handle the Heat. Her pie slice looks so creamy and delicious.


I had a few good laughs this week reading your posts.

Alyssa from Talley Family joked that

The filling is a little jigglie though and reminded me of an old woman waving her arms yelling "Bingo!!"...

Haha. That made me laugh out loud at my desk at work.

Andrea of You Eat Now relayed a story about her pudding photo shoot that many of us can probably relate to:

I was having so much fun that I lost track of time and my hubby stumbled into the kitchen around midnight to find me in a very intense pudding photo shoot. I don't know if he was fully conscious, but he mumbled something about the dang bloggetyblogblog and turned around and went back to sleep. I did notice this morning that one of the glasses chilling in the fridge is now empty. Breakfast pudding? I like it!

Nice job by everyone this week. Have a nice and relaxing weekend :)

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

New Members

Let's all welcome our new members this week:

Sarah of Sarah's Kitchen Adventures

Hello everyone! I am excited about joining this group. I love to blog, but I feel that it is always sweets that I am writing about. I love Ellie's show, and I am excited about following the recipes in her book, and all of the other bloggers too!

Blair of Deliciously Golden

I am a registered dietitian who loves all things food related...I love to cook, I collect cookbooks, and subscribe to way too many food magazines. My blog is a way for me to share recipes and nutrition info with others.


Jill of My Next Life

I love to cook, travel and hang out with friends.....and then I post all the gory details!

Welcome Ladies!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009


Hi All,

I am sure you have noticed the new Foodbuzz ad. (How could you miss it?)

Nick and I debated whether or not we wanted to sign up and obviously we decided to do it.

We think it is a good way to promote Craving Ellie. In addition. I think it will be a great way to earn a little money for some giveaways, which is something I have been wanting to do. I don't expect the money coming in to be much, and whatever we do get will go back into this blog in some way.

We are also thinking out some ideas to submit to Foodbuzz for their 24, 24, 24 that would involve Craving Ellie members.

More to come...

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Tell All - Double Chocolate Pudding Pie

Alright! I think this is the first dessert pick since I have been a member of CEiMB.

I am excited to try this out, it sounds like it is going to be delicious.

If you are not in the mood for a whole pie, just make the pudding, you could even crumble some graham crackers on top for a little crunch.

Just remember that this is a sweet treat, so don't eat the whole thing yourself!

Let's hear about it.

Best of CEiMB - June 4, 2009

White Gazpacho with Grapes and Toasted Almonds:
A healthy and refreshing summer soup with cucumbers, garlic, scallions, and almonds. Surprisingly creamy with a wonderfully crunchy trio of garnishes.

This recipe can be found on page 83 of The Food You Crave: Luscious Recipes for a Healthy Life by Ellie Krieger or it can be found here.


This week best photo goes to Joanne of Apple Crumbles. I think this week's recipe was right up Joanne's alley. A nice light dish with no vegetarian substitutions needed!

Runner up photo goes to Jessica of A Singleton in the Kitchen. I love this photo, it is so bountiful with all the delicious garnishes. Many people commented that the garnishes really made the soup, and I think this is the ultimate illustration of that.


Here are some of my favorite lines from this week's posts:

Leslie of Lethally Delicious was a little suspicious of the wet bread. I tend to agree, normally we are trying to avoid soggy bread, not make it.

I was very skeptical about this week's selection, chosen by Lauren and Paul at I'll Eat You. Wet bread and I have a hate-hate relationship. I seriously had a hard time understanding how anything containing wet white bread would be something I wouldn't throw out, not to mention love.

Cathy of The Tortefeasor has no problem with the soggy bread, but was a little perturbed at the price of grapes:

Sidenote: I paid $8.14 for a smallish bag of green grapes for this recipe, a fact so shocking to me that I deemed it worthy of a Facebook status update ("Cathy just paid $8.14 for a smallish bag of green grapes.") For those of you not versed in social media, a Facebook status update is a far more serious and solemn affair than a Twitter status update (at least for me, as I will tweet anything).

Great job this week to all, especially to those who stepped out of their comfort zone for this one. I think most everything is worth a try at least once.

Have a wonderful weekend. Make a chocolate pudding pie :)

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

New Members

Hi All,

Let's welcome this week's 2 new members:

Heather of Mama Cooks

I'm a mama striving to raise a healthy and adventurous eater, all the while trying to get my super picky husband to try new things.

and Alyssa of Talley Family:

Hi Everyone! I'm super excited to become a member. I absolutely love to cook, but I want to eat healthy (and actually prefer it). I bought Ellie's cookbook last year sometime and have tried 10 or so recipes. Some of my favorites are the Turkey Meatloaf w/ Smashed Potatoes and the Stuffed Turkey Burgers. I also love the Apple Muffins (can't remember the exact name). I brought these to Easter brunch and everyone loved them. Aside from my love for food, LOL. I'm happily married to my husband (three years in August), just bought a house and started my first 'real job' out of college last Fall. Can't wait to join everyone on a quest to try Ellie's recipes.

Happy to have you cooking with us Heather and Alyssa!