Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Triple Peanut Butter Chunk Cookies

You can probably guess my latest pregnancy craving by seeing what recipe I blog about each week.  Well this week is probably peanut butter.  But then again it may be cookies.  So why not make big peanut butter cookies with three different kinds of peanut butter in them?!?!?  That was my thinking!!!  And, I have to admit these Triple Peanut Butter Chunk Cookies turned out delicious.
This recipe came from Gooseberry Patch's Foolproof Family Recipes and there is a great tip in this book as to how to get your big cookies to be crispy on the edges but still gooey in the center.....  you ball up the dough and freeze it for an hour.  It worked perfectly!  And since your dough is all ready to go you bake up how many you think you will need and then leave the rest in the freezer until you want more.  This way you don't have 4 dozen cookies sitting around at once.  (Because believe me they taste good enough you will be tempted to eat them all.)  And anytime I need a quick sweet I just take a few out of the oven, let them thaw for about 15 minutes and then pop in the oven.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Mariachi Margarita Dip

This is a fun fruit dip with a surprise ingredient.... Margarita Mix.  The sweet flavors of powdered sugar, combined with cream cheese and the distinct Margarita flavors will have your licking the bowl long before you run out of the fruit you serve along with it.  I found this recipe in Gooseberry Patch's 303 Simple & Satisfying Recipes Cookbook and had to share this new twist on fruit dip.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Delicious Pumpkin Dessert

Ott, E was at a Cracker Barrel restaurant the other day and sent me a picture of a sign he saw there, reading "I love you more than anything Pumpkin flavored."  

I thought it was cute and appreciated him thinking of me during the day, as I know his love for all things pumpkin... so I baked him this Delicious Pumpkin Dessert for when he came home that evening.  This recipe has a yellow cake crust, pumpkin filling and then more cake and walnuts on top.  I found the recipe in Gooseberry Patch's "Foolproof Family Recipes." And, I hope after eating this dessert for a couple of days Ott, E still likes me more than Pumpkin.  (wink)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

End of Summer Eggplant Bake

I'm always looking for new recipes to use eggplant in.  So when I found this recipe in the recent Food & Wine Magazine, I had to give it a try.  Of course I made just a couple alterations to the recipe, but this dish could be served as a meatless entree' or as a side dish at your next dinner.  The ricotta cheese brings out a richer flavor in the eggplant and makes for a delicious summer meal.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

International Can it Forward Day.

My garden is overflowing with tomatoes and I'm in the kitchen today canning home made pizza sauce!  And how appropriate to be canning today, August 16th as it is International Can it Forward Day! 
I'm happy to be partnering with Jarden Home Brands, makers of the Ball brand home canning products today as they are hosting the first annual International Can-It-Forward Day with special guest renowned chef and Bravo’s Top Chef judge, Hugh Acheson!  This is a day to celebrate home canning as International Can-It-Forward Day allows food enthusiasts to connect via a variety of online and in-person activities. New and experienced canners can participate in a live webcast found here on this blog and taking place on ground in Brooklyn Borough Hall Farmers Market, filled with canning demos where viewer questions will be answered in real-time by Chef Acheson and other experts while they learn the most popular (and delicious) home canning recipes. Twenty five farmers markets across the country will also be hosting Can-It-Forward Day celebrations!
In addition to the canning demos, there will also be segments on crafting, herb gardening and the brand’s new drinkware line! They will also be attempting a Guinness World Record for the World’s Largest Mason Jar Mosaic!
And I will be hosting a giveaway for a Ball Brand Herb Prize Pack valued at over $50.  So check out the weblinks below for the webcast below and then click on the rafflecopter widget (found at the bottom of this blog post) for your chance to enter.

And now for the giveaway.  This contest will run from Saturday, August 16th through Saturday, August  23rd at midnight.  Entrants must be US residents and the winner will be announced on this blog on August 24th.  The winner will be contacted via e-mail and have 48 hours to claim their prize or risk forfeit.
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Big Thanks to Jarden Home Brands for including me in their International Canning Day Celebration, for sponsoring this giveaway and for sending me items to review.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Peanut Butter Ice Box Bars

Peanut Butter and Chocolate do not last long around this house.  And this recipe is no exception.  Imagine a layer of peanut butter and graham crackers as rich and smooth as fudge, topped with chocolate and served chilled..... that's what this dessert taste like.  And I have to warn you the taste is additive and hard to stop eating after just one bar.  So make and serve with caution.... Peanut Butter Ice Box Bars.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Avocado Chocolate Pudding

Do you want to know something wierd???  I never ate an avocado until I was 28.  I was in Cancun and was offered chips and guacamole and from that moment on I've been hooked.  We probably eat guacamole at least once a month.  But I just recently learned that Avocado's are full of Folic Acid and Vitamin B6.  And since I'm currently pregnant knowing that I can enjoy avocado and get an extra dose of good things for the baby is a double win.  I recently read about this recipe in the August issue of Fit Pregnancy and have to give it a try.  With a little tweaking I'm sharing my version of Avocado Chocolate Pudding.  While it may not be as sweet as your normal chocolate pudding it definitely has a rich and creamy flavor and I feel totally healthy eating it!   

Avocado Enchiladas

Are you looking for a way to mix up Mexican food night at your house?  Well look no further than this recipe for Avocado Enchiladas.  With a little chicken, yogurt, salsa and some avocados and you will be on your way to a healthy new way to make enchiladas and don't worry there's a couple of spices in this recipe to give your taste buds a kick as well.  Serve alongside some corn and Spanish rice and you might not go back to your regular chicken enchiladas.    

Friday, August 1, 2014

Mustard Marinade Steaks

August 2nd is National Mustard Day and as you'll recall I recently toured the National Mustard Museum in Middleton, Wisconsin and have felt more inspired to use mustard in my kitchen more.  And, mustard is a great seasoning to pair with the natural flavors of lamb.  So I'm sharing a recipe for Mustard Marinade on Lamb Steaks, but you can easily substitute beef or chicken for this recipe and still be pleased with the end results.
I'm also happy to be using Best Boy & Co.  Mustard in this recipe as they are made here in Indiana and this mustard won the 2014 Gold Medal for Stone Ground Mustard.  This mustard has a little bit of a kick to it and is sure to tickle your taste buds.  Best Boy & Co. Mustard is an Indiana Artisan product hand crafted with amazing flavors and proceeds from the sales of all Best Boy & Co. products go to local charities so not only are you getting a great tasting product you are also giving back.  To find out where you can purchase Best Boy & Co or to order online, please visit their website.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Butterscotch Coffee Cake

When I was young we had a Cocker Spaniel as our family dog named Butterscotch.  Well actually, he was a registered Cocker Spaniel so his full name was "Bingo Bet-It-All Butterscotch", but we called him Butterscotch for short.  And he was a beautiful golden red color that looked just like Butterscotch and he had the perfect temperament for little kids.  And he liked cats, which is somewhat unusual for a dog, but they always got along great.  I hadn't thought about that dog for a long time, but when I saw this recipe for a Butterscotch Coffee Cake.... I first thought that sounded delicious and one that I had to make... and then I thought about our old dog.

Butterscotch is one of those flavors that I don't feel gets used often enough.  It has such a rich and creamy flavor on it's own that there's no reason it can't be paired more with other flavors and used more often.  You will love how great cinnamon taste with the butterscotch in this recipe and be asking for a second piece to go with your morning latte'.  I found this recipe in the new Gooseberry Patch Cookbook... 303 Simple and Satisfying Recipes. 

Monday, July 28, 2014

Crock Pot Chocolate Twinkies Bread Pudding

I wrote this review while participating in a campaign for Moms Central Consulting on behalf of Twinkies.  I received samples and a promotional item to thank me for participating.

On average Hostess produces 500 million Twinkies annually.  Twinkies have been around for 84 years and you have to admit they are the perfect size for a lunchbox, or afternoon snack or used to make those infamous strawberry shortcakes with. 

But today I want to tell you that the Hostess brand is looking for fun and inventive Twinkies inspired recipes for the new edition of their The Twinkies Cookbook.  Think of Twinkies Ice Cream Cake, Bundt Cakes or Twinkies Banana's Foster as some sample ideas. If you have a great idea for a recipe that involves using Twinkies then visit http://hostesscakes.com/ and submit your recipe by July 31st for your chance to be listed in new edition coming out in 2015, which is actually the 85th Anniversary of the Twinkies. 
So for my new and fun Twinkies Recipe I thought about what cake and filling taste good with.  I thought about what flavors of cake I like.  Then for some reason I thought about my crock pot.  And that thought got me thinking of warm and gooey good things which lead me to thinking about Bread Pudding.  So for my Twinkies recipe I choose to use my crock pot and bake up a new version of bread pudding..... a chocolate bread pudding.... a Chocolate Twinkies Bread Pudding.  And, I have to admit Ott, E said it best after he sampled this new dessert... "As if Twinkies weren't sweet enough on their own... you've gone and made them sweeter."  

Friday, July 25, 2014

Gooseberry Patch's Slow Cooker Fall Favorites Giveaway

While my week of baking bread in canning jars in the crock pot has come to a close.  I must admit I had great success with these recipes, got to put my canning jars to good use and came up with some fun ideas for gifts.  Hopefully you will be able to pick out a recipe that meets your tastes and give one of these a try as well.  Using the crock pot to bake bread still gave my kitchen that wonderful homemade smell, but without all the heat that the oven can put out.  And, while I focused on only the bread recipes I have to tell you that there is a lot of variety to Gooseberry Patch's new cookbook... Slow Cooker Fall Favorites.    
The chapters are broken down into Breakfast, Tailgating Appetizers & Drinks, Soups & Stews, Main Entree's & Sides and Desserts.  Plus there is a small section of short stories reminiscing Autumn traditions and events.  And just like every Gooseberry Patch cookbook there lots of great tips and cute artwork to inspire your own homemade creations.

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