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Candy Corn Cupcake Cake

Candy Corn Cupcake Cake

We’ve found the cleverest of ways to celebrate the Halloween season with a delightfully delicious candy corn cupcake cake. An ode to sweet and simple, you won’t find scary monsters or blood-spurting vampires here. Made for the candy corn obsessed, this brilliant display starts with 20 perfectly baked cupcakes, is arranged just so pyramid-style, then decorated with our 3 favorite Halloween-colored frostings. We’re smitten with the results – perfect for an October party and ready to add some magic to the dessert table!

It’s your turn to make this version of a Halloween favorite! Arrange vanilla-kissed cupcakes on a GoodCook 13×16″ Nonstick Baking Sheet, use a Good Cook Spatula Spreader to frost, and you’ve got a festive and sweet candy corn cake!

Fun Flavor Twists

Enjoy this recipe as written below. Or try these easy upgrades:

  • Candy Corn Studs. Double up the sweet and add a sprinkling of candy corns to the top of the cake!
  • Be Jolly. Use the same cupcake tree structure, adding green frosting instead of orange and dot with round candies for yule-time fun!
  • Go Sprinkle Crazy. Sprinkle each colored frosting area with a matching sprinkle color – white on white, orange on orange, and yellow on yellow – to add festive dimension!

Candy Corn Cupcake Cake

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Candy Corn Cupcake Cake

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Candy Corn Cupcake Cake

Preparation 30 m Cook Time 30 m Serves 1 Cupcake Cake     adjust servings

A deliciously sweet cake for the candy corn obsessed. Vanilla cupcakes are cleverly arranged and frosted into a Halloween candy favorite. Perfect for your October party table!

Ingredients

  • 1 batch Perfect Birthday Cupcakes, prepared (see notes section of this recipe for link)
  • 2 batches Our Favorite Vanilla Buttercream (see notes section of this recipe for link)
  • 1 teaspoon orange food coloring gel
  • 1 teaspoon yellow food coloring gel

Instructions

Cook and cool cupcakes. Prepare buttercream.

Separate frosting into two large bowls. With a GoodCook Smart Scoop, remove 3 scoops of frosting (leave this frosting white). Tint remaining frosting in this bowl yellow. Tint the other half of buttercream orange.

Arrange 20 cupcakes in a pyramid on a GoodCook 13x16" Nonstick Baking Sheet.

Place a scoop of white icing on the top 3 cupcakes. Frost the bottom layer with scoops of yellow icing. Place orange icing on all remaining cupcakes. With the Good Cook Spatula Spreader, connect icing between cupcakes. Serve immediately or once frosting sets, cover with plastic wrap until  ready to enjoy.

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Perfect Birthday Cupcakes

Perfect Birthday Cupcakes | The best vanilla birthday cakes with vanilla buttercream

Add some happy to your birthday cupcakes with fun and festive sprinkles. We’ve created a simple and utterly tasty vanilla cupcake recipe, mixing in colorful sprinkles for some kid-pleasing appeal. Perfect for any birthday celebration, these funfetti cupcakes are just as easy to make as a box mix, but with incredible homemade vanilla taste. Put these delightful cupcakes on your party table for an extra special birthday treat!

Whip up your batter and fill the cups of a Good Cook Airperfect Nonstick Muffin Pan about 2/3 full, baking until golden. Once cooled, frost with our perfect buttercream frosting. You’ll love the Sweet Creations 11-Piece Treat Decorating Kit for effortless application of your icing. Once frosted, generously decorate with sprinkles and serve!

Perfect Birthday Cupcakes | The best vanilla birthday cakes with vanilla buttercream

Fun Flavor Twists

Enjoy this recipe as written below. Or try these easy upgrades:

  • Flavor Mix-up– switch up the flavor with extract of lemon (1 tsp), almond (1/2 tsp), coconut (1-2 tsp), peppermint (1 tsp), or your birthday child’s favorite extract flavor! You may have to reduce the amount of extract depending on strength of flavor desired
  • Chocolate Lovers– add 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder to your buttercream frosting
  • Ice Cream Fun– pour your cupcake batter in lined muffin tins 2/3 of the way full. Place an ice cream cone upside down on batter in each muffin cup. Bake, cool, frost, and enjoy!

Perfect Birthday Cupcakes | The best vanilla birthday cakes with vanilla buttercream

Get the Tools

Bake like a pro. Need to stock your kitchen with essentials like the Good Cook Touch 11-Inch Whisk, the Good Cook Airperfect Nonstick Muffin Pan, and the Sweet Creations 11-Piece Treat Decorating Kit? You can find these tools and more in our Amazon Store. Click here now to shop and ship directly to your front door.

Perfect Birthday Cupcakes | The best vanilla birthday cakes with vanilla buttercream

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Perfect Birthday Cupcakes | The best vanilla birthday cakes with vanilla buttercream

Perfect Birthday Cupcakes

Preparation 15 m Cook Time 20 m Serves 24 cupcakes     adjust servings

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup rainbow sprinkles
  • 2 pounds powdered sugar
  • 36 Tbsp whole milk
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 1/8 tsp almond extract (optional)
  • a few drops of blue coloring, 1 drop yellow
  • rainbow sprinkles (for decor)

Instructions

Heat oven to 350ºF. 

In a stand mixer, cream together 1/2 cup butter, sugar and eggs, whipping until very light and fluffy.

Add flour, salt and baking powder. Beat just until incorporated. Whisk together buttermilk and vanilla. Add to batter, mixing until smooth (being careful not to overmix). Fold in rainbow sprinkles.

Scoop into parchment lined muffin cups, filling each cup 3/4 full. Bake 17-20 minutes, or until the center springs back when touched lightly. Remove and cool completely.

Prepare the frosting by beating 1 cup butter in a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whipping until fluffy. Add powdered sugar, half of the milk and extracts. Beat slowly until well mixed, then add more milk, if needed, until frosting is light and fluffy. Tint to desired color, beat on high for 1 minute, until very fluffy. 

To ice, use a knife to place a heap of frosting atop each cupcake, then swirl frosting toward the center. Decorate with sprinkles.

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Our Favorite Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

Our Recipe for the Perfect Buttercream

The perfect vanilla buttercream is an essential recipe for any bakers kitchen. We took up the challenge of finding the best tried-and-true recipe for the classic frosting and have declared this our favorite! The ingredients blend together beautifully, creating the perfect rich and creamy buttercream ready to top any cake or cookie that comes out of your oven.

For the best looking frosted goodies, allow your just-baked treats to cool completely before spreading on buttercream. It melts easily and keeps shape best when kept away from warmth. Once cooled, tint to your hearts desire, then spread on with the Sweet Creations 9″ Angled Icing Spatula or decorate like a pro with the Sweet Creations 11-Piece Treat Decorating Kit.

No matter what you decide to do with this basic buttercream recipe, we’re sure it will become a favorite in your kitchen!

Perfect Buttercream Icing

Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

Preparation 10 Serves Enough to frost a 2-Layer Cake     adjust servings

This easy to make buttercream icing is a classic for a reason: it’s delicious! Use it to decorate cakes, cupcake or as a filling.

Ingredients

  • 2 sticks (1 cup) salted butter (at room temperature)
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 lbs cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4-1/3 cup milk

Instructions

1. Place butter in a medium bowl with an electric mixer, beat butter until creamy. 2. Beat in vanilla. 3. Sprinkle in powdered sugar, a half-cup at a time, beating well between additions and scraping sides of bowl often. 4. Add milk, a teaspoon at a time, beating after each addition, until very soft (almost like a thick glaze in consistency). 5. Cover until ready to use.

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Make & Freeze Meal Prep: Chicken Pot Pie Filling

Make Ahead Batch Chicken Pot Pie Filling

When it comes to cooking for comfort food months, there’s nothing nicer than a batch of ready-to-go Chicken Pot Pie filling. Versatile and delicious, this classic recipe makes a great base for all sorts of delicious dinners. The best part? Since a big batch of the filling is prepped in one sitting, you’ll have dinner for tonight…and tomorrow…and next week, too!

One batch of this filling makes enough for three family-sized meals. Make it ahead of time, freeze it for later. Bake it into pot pies, serve it over fresh-baked biscuits, or serve it over rice or mashed potatoes for a quick, delicious comfort-food meal that’s ready to go as soon as you are. A must-have in the fridge or freezer for autumn and winter months, when days are short, dark comes quickly, and dinnertime deserves something warm and comforting.

Meal Prep Batch: Chicken Pot Pie Filling

To Prepare

You’ll need about 20 minutes to prep the entire batch of filling. That’s it! Follow the recipe below, and you’ll have approximately 16 servings of filling ready to go. Use a little for dinner tonight, then store the rest for another ready-to-go meal.

Make Ahead Batch: Chicken Pot Pie Filling

To Store

Spoon cooled mixture into freezer bags or freezer-safe reusable containers like the GoodCook Food Storage and Square Meals Set. For simplest future meal prep, store 2 cups of the filling mixture (about 4 servings) in each container. If freezer space is a concern, spoon fillign into quart-sized freezer bags, then place it flat in your freezer to create space-saving bags of ready-made filling.

To Thaw

Place a package frozen filling from freezer 24 hours before using, or defrost on low until mixture softens,  about 10 minutes.

Meal Prep Batch: Chicken Pot Pie Filling

To Serve

This one prep recipe makes 5 delicious dinners!

  1. Chicken Pot Pies– Cook mixture between premade pie crust at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes
  2. Savory Chicken Shortcakes- Spoon hot filling between slices of flake Biscuits
  3. Chicken Haystacks- Serve mixture over rice. Top with chopped pineapple, toasted coconut, chow mein noodles, almonds, and scallions.
  4. Mashed Potatoes & Gravy- Serve hot filling over mashed potatoes.
  5. Cheese Chicken Shepherds Pie- Spoon filling into a 9×13” pan. Top with mashed potatoes and cheese. Bake at 350 degrees until cheese is melted and bubbly, about 30 minutes. Slice and enjoy!

Make Ahead Batch: Chicken Pot Pie Filling

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Make & Freeze Meal Prep: Chicken Pot Pie Filling

Preparation 20 Cook Time Varies Serves 18     adjust servings

Who says homemade pot pie has to take all day to make? Turn the classic comfort food into five quick and simple meals with this Chicken Pot Pie Filling batch recipe. Make ahead, freeze and you'll have it ready to go when hunger strikes.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup onion, finely diced
  • 1 cup celery, finely diced
  • 1 cup carrot, finely diced
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 6 cups cooked chicken breast, shredded or diced
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

In a large skillet, cook onion, carrot, celery and butter over medium-high heat until veggies are softened, about 5-7 minutes. Add chicken breast. In a large bowl, whisk together chicken broth and cornstarch. Pour into skillet and stir until mixture begins to boil and thicken, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in salt and pepper to taste. Serve mixture immediately, or bring to room temperature and freeze for later use.

Recipe Notes

To Store:
Spoon cooled mixture into freezer bags or freezer-safe reusable containers. For best results, store 2 cups of the filling mixture (about 4 servings) in a quart-sized freezer bag, then place it flat in your freezer to create space-saving bags of ready-made filling!

To Thaw:
Place a package frozen filling from freezer 24 hours before using, or defrost on low until mixture softens,  about 10 minutes.

To Serve:
This one prep recipe makes 5 delicious dinners!

  1. Chicken Pot Pies- Cook mixture between premade pie crust at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes
  2. Savory Chicken Shortcakes- Spoon hot filling between slices of flake Biscuits
  3. Chicken Haystacks- Serve mixture over rice. Top with chopped pineapple, toasted coconut, chow mein noodles, almonds, and scallions.
  4. Mashed Potatoes & Gravy- Serve hot filling over mashed potatoes.
  5. Cheese Chicken Shepherds Pie- Spoon filling into a 9x13” pan. Top with mashed potatoes and cheese. Bake at 350 degrees until cheese is melted and bubbly, about 30 minutes. Slice and enjoy!
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7 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do With a Salad Spinner

Salad Spinner Hacks  - 7 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do with a Salad Spinner

If adding one more gadget to your kitchen seems like overkill, we’re here to convince you otherwise. Trust us, you’ll want to make some space for a salad spinner. You already know how incredible it is for getting your salad greens clean and dry, but a salad spinner can do so much more. It’s a multitasker that’s ready to work for you, and we’ve found 7  salad spinner hacks–tasks this tool can tackle aside from drying greens. Our favorite spinner, the Good Cook Delux Salad Spinner, has a large capacity bowl that’s ready for cleaning sandy salad greens and a slew of other amazing kitchen prep tasks!

1.Defrosting Shrimp

A salad spinner is your best friend when it comes to defrosting shrimp. It’s a watery process, and the salad spinner easily separates thawing shrimp from the leftover water. We’ve got the perfect Grilled Ginger Orange Shrimp recipe to give it a try!

Grilled Ginger Orange Shrimp Skewers

 

If you like Orange Chicken, this spicy take on Shrimp will become a new favorite. Serve this Grilled Ginger Orange Shrimp with white rice, and you’ve got yourself a meal in minutes! Get your shrimp cozied up on some Good Cook Kabob Skewers for easy grilling.

2.Draining and Drying Pasta

Cook your pasta per instructions on the package instruction, then drain and spin the pasta in your salad spinner. No more soppy pasta! The salad spinner works perfectly for penne, since all those tubes can trap extra water. This Creamy Chicken Taco Alfredo recipe calls for a creamy sauce, and dry pasta is crucial to keep it non-watery.

Creamy Chicken Taco Alfredo

We’re loving this 5-ingredient Creamy Chicken Taco Alfredo. It’s creamy, comforting, and perfect for an easy dinner that the whole family will love. Get it all cooked up in a Good Cook Cast Iron 11″ Skillet.

3.Rinsing and Draining Beans

Rinse and drain canned beans in the salad spinner, or spin sturdy beans like garbanzos to drain thoroughly. We’ve found the perfect Baked Taco Cups recipe to give your beans a spin:

Baked Taco Cups

 

Your next party needs Baked Taco Cups. These fun 3-bite eats are perfect as an appetizer, or enjoy them as a serving-sized dinner. Use the Good Cook AirPerfect Nonstick 24-Count Muffin Pan, our oversized pan that makes it easy to cook up enough for a crowd.

4.Washing and Drying Herbs

Toss a whole bunch of herbs in your salad spinner and rinse thoroughly. Spin away to dry, and you’ve got ready-to-use herbs in no time! Give it a try with this delightfully flavorful Thai Ribbon Salad.

Thai Ribbon Salad

 

Crisp veggies, crunchy peanuts, and fresh herbs are tossed with an utterly delicious, flavor-packed dressing that’s got addictive Thai taste in every bite. This Thai Ribbon Salad is a refreshing take on traditional coleslaw and makes the perfect accompaniment to grilled meat, burgers and hotdogs, or a lightened-up lunch. Use the Good Cook Mandolin Grater Set to make veggie prep quick and easy.

5.Removing Seeds From Canned Tomatoes

Don’t you hate the bitter seeds from canned tomatoes? Dump whole canned tomatoes into the spinner, break them up with your hands, and spin a few times to separate the bitter seeds. Give it a try with this Authentic Marinara Sauce.

Authentic Marinara

 

Traditionally known in Italy as “gravy” this basic Authentic Italian Marinara recipe makes enough to make and freeze, having it on hand and use over pasta, on pizza, or to make lasagna. Fresh basil makes this recipe even better, and the PROfreshionals Herb Mincer makes quick work of this task.

6.Cleaning Cruciferous Veggies Like Broccoli

Veggies like broccoli and cauliflower can trap dirt and pesky insects, so a quick rinse and spin in the salad spinner easily takes care of hitchhikers. Cut broccoli or cauliflower into pieces, soak and spin dry. Get your broccoli good and clean for this amazing Teriyaki Chicken.

Slow Cooker Sesame Teriyaki Chicken

 

Make your favorite Chinese dish right at home with this Slow Cooker Sesame Teriyaki Chicken. It slow cooks and simmers all day for a hot and ready meal when you walk in the door. Get chopping with the Good Cook Touch Carbon Steel Chef’s Knife for dinner prepped just right!

7.Washing Berries

Why didn’t I think of this before? Rinse and dry fresh berries in a salad spinner for easy berry prep. Fill the spinner bowl with water, let the berries soak for a few minutes, then lift the strainer section of the spinner from the water to remove without bruising! Try it on the berries in this scrumptious No Cook Berry Éclair Crunch Cake.

No Cook Berry Éclair Crunch Cake

 

Fresh, plump berries, a sweet, cloud-like filling, and a crunchy lemon layer come together in this luscious No-Cook Berry Eclair Crunch Cake. It’s splendidly no-bake, and whips up in a matter of minutes. Let it all come together in a Good Cook 9 X 13” AirPerfect Nonstick Bake Pan.

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Hot Cocoa Cookies

Hot Cocoa Cookies

A classic winter flavor–baked into a cookie! These Hot Cocoa Cookies are a delicious, warm and chewy treat perfect to enjoy after a day of snowy fun. Topped with marshmallows and chocolate ganache, these cookies are destined to become a seasonal favoriteMade with hot chocolate mix, these cookies deliver an authentic flavor in a fun form. Kids also love adding the mini marshmallows on top of each cookie to their liking. Although these cookies are equally delicious after they’ve cooled, when paired with glasses of cold milk our family often devours a whole batch of fresh from the oven.

Hot Cocoa Cookies

Fun Flavor Twists

Enjoy this recipe as written below. Or try these easy upgrades:

  • Mint Cocoa. Use chopped mint chocolates (like Andes) instead of chocolate chips for a Mint Cocoa cookie.
  • Malted Milk Cocoa. Add 2 Tbsp malted milk powder to the cookie dough. Tastes like a Santa-inspired milkshake cookie!
  • Candy Cane Cocoa Cookies. As soon as cookies come out of the oven, sprinkle with crushed candy cane for a holiday version.

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Hot Cocoa Cookies

Preparation 15 Cook Time 10 Serves 24     adjust servings

All the flavor of your favorite winter drink baked into a cookie. For the ultimate treat, enjoy warm with a glass of cold milk.

Ingredients

  • 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 1 cup White Granulated Sugar
  • 2/3 cups Packed Light Brown Sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups All-purpose Flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup Hot Chocolate Mix
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 1 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • 4 Tbsp dark chocolate, finely chopped

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl or stand mixer, beat together butter, sugar, and eggs until combined. Add flour, hot cocoa mix, salt, baking powder, and vanilla. Mix until well combined. Roll approximately 2 tablespoons of dough into balls. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes, then about 1 minute before the cookies are ready to remove from the oven, open and press 3-5 mini marshmallows into the top of each cookie. Allow to bake for 1 minute more. Remove and cool slightly before transferring to a wire baking dish. In a small, microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate chips and cream together until smooth. Drizzle over cookies. Sprinkle with grated chocolate. Serve and enjoy!

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7 Creative Cakes That Start With a 9 X 13″ Baking Pan

Let’s pretty up a basic rectangular sheet cake, take it from plain to amazing in a few simple steps. With some creative cake cutting, a little rearranging, and a slathering of frosting, you’ll transform a sheet pan cake into an impressive work of art. From adorable animals to elegant stacked tiers, we’ve got just the cake you need for your next party. Whether you’re celebrating a birthday or special occasion, it’s easy to get started with any of the 7 creative cake tutorials below. Let’s get baking!

Once you’ve dialed in a recipe, whip up your batter and pour it in a Good Cook AirPerfect Nonstick 9 X 13″ Quarter Sheet Cake Pan. It’s what we always use for perfect results, and we know you’ll love it too! After baking, it’s a cinch to remove your cake from the pan, sculpting it just so with a Good Cook Serrated Chef’s Knife and letting it take shape into an edible masterpiece.

1. Naked Tiered Cakelettes

Bring some elegance to the everyday with a stack of simple Naked Tiered Cakelettes. So easy to make, start by spreading a boxed sheet cake between two 9×13″ (or Sweet Creations sheet pan), bake until golden. Then cool and cut into tiered shapes with the Sweet Creations Nested Round Cutters to get the desired effect. We love this idea for bridal showers and wedding parties.


2. Holiday Tree Cake

This simple idea for two Christmas Tree cakes by 2015Interior Design–both made from a single 9×13″ chocolate cake–even comes with a cutting pattern, so you can duplicate the adorable look here. Use the Sweet Creations 11-Piece Treat Decorating kit to pipe on ornaments, or keep it simple with nonpareil sprinkles. Though this idea is an obvious match for the holidays, it’s also a great match for the outdoor lover in your life. Or serve it at your next lumberjack party!


3. Unicorn Cake

Channel your best mythical creature and get baking. Every party needs a Unicorn Cake adorned with candy! Use the Good Cook Touch Spatula Spreader to spread an even layer, then decorate as you wish!

 


4. Robot Cake

Give your party a technical twist with this fun Robot Cake by Thrifty Frugal Mom. Easy to assemble, it’s got an array of candy to tempt a sweet tooth. The Good Cook Serrated Chef’s Knife will easily help your cake take shape.


5. Wise Owl Cake

Take it from a wise bird and make this yummy Wise Owl Cake! Shredded coconut looks like fluffy down feathers, and black jellybeans make all-knowing eyes. You need a small sharp knife for cutting the white chocolate into feathers, and the Good Cook Touch Paring Knife did the trick!


6. Schnauzer Dog Cake

This Schnauzer Dog Cake is perfect for a dog-lovers birthday. Follow the template and you’re on your way to a professional looking cake the easy way! The recipe calls for 2 box mix cakes and lots of frosting. For amazing results, use the Sweet Creations 11-Piece Treat Decorating kit.

Onesie Cake by Craftsy.com
7. Onesie Cake

Have this adorable Onesie Cake on display at a baby shower or gender reveal party. Solve your dessert dilemma and make this simple and easy cake. Use the Good Cook Touch Spatula Spreader to spread an even layer, then decorate as you wish!

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7 Scrumptious Things You Have to Make in September

September gardens are still churning out fresh veggies, while orchard trees are heavy with crisp apples. That’s what makes this time of year so special – a shift from summer to fall brings with it a bounty of amazing produce. From heirloom tomatoes to juicy apples to vine-ripened squash, the freshest ingredients are just waiting to be cooked. And we’ve got 7 scrumptious recipes that showcase the best of September, just perfect for a weeknight dinner, quick side, or fall-inspired treat. Look below for tasty ways to get a garden haul on your dinner plate, lickety-split!


1. Garden Tomato Sandwich

Give lunch a seasonal twist with this deliciously cheesy sandwich stuffed full of garden fresh heirloom tomatoes and aromatic basil. Grilled to golden perfection, plain grilled cheese takes on summer’s best flavors with this quick and easy Garden Tomato Sandwich recipe. Slice up fresh heirloom tomatoes with a razor sharp Good Cook Serrated Cook’s Knife.


2. Apple Pie Crumble Bars

Our Apple Pie Crumble Bars are loaded with a tasty homemade cinnamon apple filling, all tucked between a layer of flaky pie crust and a buttery crumb topping. Sliced into bars, these baked goodies are pure perfection in every bite. Use the Good Cook Touch Apple Wedger for easy apple prep.


3. Apple Poppy Slaw

Fresh apples, pomegranate seeds and grapes are tossed together in a deliciously creamy and sweet poppy seed dressing. This Apple Poppy Slaw is perfect as a side dish or a full meal with added shredded rotisserie chicken. The Good Cook Box Grater works beautifully for effortless apple shredding.


4. Simple Garlic Shrimp  Alfredo Zoodles

Shrimp is sautéed with garlic and spices, then bedded on creamy zucchini noodles. A generous dusting of parmesan and some chopped bacon make this Simple Garlic Shrimp Alfredo Zoodle skillet one incredible meal! Our favorite way to sauté is in the Good Cook Smart Choice Fry Pan.


5. Asparagus Tomato Flatbread
Fresh ripe veggies make this Asparagus Tomato Flatbread the perfect late-summer appetizer or meal. Layers of parmesan and mozzarella cover crispy, tender asparagus and tomatoes. Garlic and basil give this dish extra fresh garden flavors! Try swapping out the asparagus for figs. For this recipe,  we’re loving the Good Cook Serrated Cook’s Knife to slice through ripe garden tomatoes.


6. Caprese Pork Chops

Quick and delicious, this 4-ingredient Caprese Pork Chop dinner is about to become a favorite. It’s loaded with melted mozzarella and topped with zesty fresh sliced tomatoes and fresh basil. Grill it all up in the Good Cook Cast Iron Grill Pan for one amazing dinner!


7. Mexican Street Corn Salad

Mexican Street Corn Salad is a must try – golden corn kernels are tossed in a tangy and creamy sauce, then topped with fresh cilantro, crumbled queso fresco cheese, and a sprinkling of chili powder. Take a break from plain corn on the cob and enjoy corn in a whole new way! Use the Good Cook Corn Stripper to effortlessly remove corn from the cob.

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Crispy Orange Beef

We love recipes that do double duty – feeding a hungry bunch for dinner and stowing away in a lunchbox for tomorrow’s meal. That’s just what makes this Crispy Orange Beef so special. It starts off as a quick and easy weeknight dinner, and transforms into delicious leftovers that are perfect for school and work lunches. Tuck into the Good Cook Square Meals Set with a side of orange slices, sticky rice and fortune cookies, and you’ve got a no-fuss, tasty way to enjoy lunch on-the-go!

Fun Flavor Twists

Enjoy this recipe as written below. Or try these easy upgrades:

  • Give it some color. Toss in vibrant red peppers or julienned carrots to give this meal an extra pop of color.
  • Beef broccoli. Leave out the orange and ginger for a basic Beef Broccoli takeout version.
  • Oodles of noodles. Serve with a side of toasted sesame noodles for a slurp-worthy meal!

Get the Tools

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Crispy Orange Beef

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Crispy Orange Beef

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Crispy Orange Beef

Preparation 10 Cook Time 20 Serves 4     adjust servings


Ingredients

  • 1.5 lbs sirloin, cubed or cut into thin strips
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup cornstarch
  • 16 oz coconut oil
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 2-3 Tbsp chili garlic sauce
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • sticky rice (if desired)

Instructions

Sprinkle sirloin with salt. Toss with cornstarch until well coated.

In a Good Cook 9" Cast Iron Pan, heat coconut oil over high heat. Once oil is hot, cook 6-8 strips at a time, until golden brown. Transfer to a paper-towel lined plate. Once all beef is cooked, pour any extra oil from the skillet. No need to scrub the skillet clean, a few fried bits will help season the glaze.

Add brown sugar and orange juice to skillet. Cook over medium-high heat, whisking constantly, until thickened. (About the consistency of maple syrup). Whisk in soy sauce, chili garlic sauce and orange zest. Toss beef and broccoli florets into skillet. Stir with a wooden spoon until broccoli is tender. 

Serve over sticky rice, if desired.

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How to Season Cast Iron

How to Season Cast Iron

If your cast iron skillet has seen better days, don’t stash it in the back of your cabinet. At one time it may have been the workhorse of your kitchen, but now it’s coated with a layer of rust and white gunk. It’s time to season your skillet, and we’re not talking about salt and pepper! Seasoning creates a non-stick surface due to the unique bonding of oil molecules when heated. So all it really takes is a coating of oil and a hot oven to get your cast iron skillet back in working order. A brand new Good Cook Cast Iron skillet comes pre-seasoned, but both old and new pans can benefit from an added layer of seasoning.

Follow our easy guide to revive this kitchen favorite and get back to making the recipes you love. Here’s how to season your cast iron skillet:

How to Season Cast Iron

  1. Scrub your skillet well in hot water using a stiff brush or scrub sponge. If it’s really dirty, a squirt or two of dish soap can be used. After proper seasoning and regular maintenance, soap is not necessary for cleaning cast iron. Your best bets for scrubbing stubborn rust or gunk: a piece of steel wool, a rust eraser (yes, there is such a thing), a plastic scrubber, coarse salt or baking soda.
  2. Dry it completely with a clean, absorbent cloth.
  3. Using a clean cloth or paper towel, apply a thin layer of vegetable shortening to the entire skillet, inside and out. You can also use flaxseed oil, lard, or bacon grease.
  4. Preheat the oven to 375°F and place a layer of aluminum foil on the lowest rack to catch drips. Place the oiled skillet upside down on the middle rack and bake for 1 hour. Turn the oven off and let the skillet cool in the oven.

After seasoning, start off cooking foods with a high fat content (bacon or fried chicken are good choices) to aid the seasoning process and solidify the non-stick surface.

Everyday Care

Don’t let excess food sit in your skillet. Rinse the skillet with hot water, using a sponge or stiff plastic brush to remove stuck-on food. For stubborn bits of stuck-on food, pour a cup of coarse kosher salt or baking soda into a still warm skillet, scrub, then rinse. Make sure to completely dry the skillet before storing it away. Regular maintenance should include heating the skillet on the stove, rubbing it down with vegetable shortening, and heating it again for 5 to 10 minutes, then allowing it to cool. Wipe it down and take care to store it without a lid. Preferably, season the skillet after every use.

Reminders

Let’s not forget:

  • Never run your cast iron skillet through the dishwasher.
  • Even the handle gets hot, so use a pot holder or handle protector to prevent burned hands.
  • A well-seasoned skillet will not need to be washed with soap. Simply scrub food residue off, then wipe clean. No submerging in soapy water required.

 

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Garden Tomato Grilled Cheese

Garden Tomato Grilled Cheese

Give lunch a seasonal twist with this deliciously cheesy sandwich stuffed full of garden fresh heirloom tomatoes and aromatic basil. Grilled to golden perfection, plain grilled cheese takes on summer’s best flavors with this quick and easy recipe. And we’ve found a no-fail way to cook up the best grilled cheese sandwich around. Want to know the secret? It’s all about the pan, and the Good Cook Cast Iron Grill Pan delivers perfectly toasty sandwiches with layers of gooey, melty cheese inside. So slice up your freshest garden bounty, grab your pan, and grill away!

Fun Flavor Twists

Enjoy this recipe as written below. Or try these easy upgrades:

  • Go Gourmet. Get fancy and switch out your usual cheese for something a little upscale, like brie, burrata or manchego.
  • Avocado. Sneak in some ripe avocado slices to up the yum factor!
  • Double Trouble. As if two slices of cheddar aren’t enough, add a slice of creamy Havarti or mozzarella for extra gooey goodness.

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Garden Tomato Grilled Cheese

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Garden Grilled Cheese

Preparation 10 Cook Time 15 Serves 2     adjust servings


Ingredients

  • 4 slices bread
  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 4 Tbsp mayonnaise or pesto
  • 4 slices sharp cheddar
  • 2 heirloom tomatoes, sliced thin
  • fresh basil, if desired
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

Heat a Good Cook Cast Iron Grilled over medium-low heat.

Butter the outside of 2 slices of bread. Spread mayonnaise (or pesto) on the opposite side of 2 pieces of bread.

Place bread buttered-side down in griddle. Top each slice with cheese. Cook until golden. (Cover with a lid or baking pan to speed up the cheese melting process).

Remove from heat. Top 2 slices of bread with sliced heirloom tomatoes and fresh basil (if desired). Place second piece of bread on top. Slice, serve and enjoy!

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