June 2014: A Review

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It’s officially July and I’m loving the heat wave we’ve been having in DC.  June was another busy month and I’ve been working on a few new things for the blog I’ll be unveiling soon.  In the meantime here are some fantastic links to rap up the month of June!

 

My Top 3 Most Viewed Recipes

  1. Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake with Peanut Butter Icing – Rich cake, creamy icing, just delicious!   chocolate mayo caken with pb icing
  2. Dutch Oven Strawberry Cobbler – Fruity, juicy, sweet goodness.    strawberry cobbler with ice cream
  3. Dutch Oven Peach Cobbler – You can’t go wrong with peaches!  Dutch Oven Peach Cobbler

 

My Top 10 Favorite Links of the Month

  1. These Melty Salted Caramel Hazelnut Chocolate Chunk Cookies (from Bakerella) sound like Nutella and salted caramel in cookie form and you can’t go wrong with that!

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    From Bakerella

  2. I love Buffalo flavored things and these Buffalo Roasted Shrimp with Ranch Oyster Cracker Topping (from JJ Begonia) look like a perfect use of buffalo ranch flavor.

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    From JJ Begonia

  3. Coconut Iced Coffee with Mini Chocolate Glazed Coffee Donuts (from Half Baked Harvest), can you say perfect?  I’m sold!

    Coconut Iced Coffee...with Mini Chocolate Glazed Coffee Doughnuts | halfbakedharvest.com

    From Half Baked Harvest

  4. These Orange Sticky Buns (from Food Fanatic) look like a gooey breakfast treat!

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    From Food Fanatic

  5. I have no words for these Toffee Ice Cream Brownie Bars (from Two Peas and Their Pod).

    Toffee Ice Cream Brownie Bars Recipe on twopeasandtheirpod.com. The perfect dessert for summer! #icecream #summer

    From Two Peas and Their Pod

  6. If you’re looking for the perfect summer dinner this Grilled Steak Chopped Summer Salad (from Recipe Girl) is the answer.

    Grilled Steak Chopped Summer Salad - RecipeGirl.com

    From Recipe Girl

  7. I need this Chicken Roasted Vegetable Mac and Cheese (from Picky Palate), and I need it now!

    Chicken Roasted Vegetable Mac and Cheese

    From Picky Palate

  8. Pancakes are my favorite breakfast food and these Toasted Pecan Pancakes with Brown Butter Bourbon Peach Syrup (from Baking a Moment) look fantastic.

    Toasted Pecan Pancakes with Brown Butter Bourbon Peach Syrup | Baking a Moment

    From Baking A Moment

  9. Try take out at home with this Thai Sweet Chili Chicken (from Tina’s Chic Corner).

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    From Tina’s Chic Corner

  10. Last but not least, a great summer treat, homemade Roasted Strawberry Buttermilk Ice Cream (from Brown Eyed Baker), I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!

    Roasted Strawberry & Buttermilk Ice Cream | browneyedbaker.com #recipe

    From Brown Eyed Baker

 

Feel free to share your favorite links from June!

 

 

 

Apple Cinnamon French Toast Casserole with Maple Cream Cheese Filling

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Apple Cinnamon French Toast Casserole with Maple Cream Cheese Filling

We all know breakfast is the most important (and, in my opinion, most delicious) meal of the day, with that in mind I have a yummy french toast  casserole that you can prepare tonight, and bake when you get up in the morning.  I dub this scrumptious creation Apple Cinnamon French Toast Casserole with Maple Cream Cheese Filling. With thick, crusty bread, sweet, juicy apples, and tangy, sweet maple cream cheese filling, you really can’t go wrong

Apple Cinnamon French Toast Casserole with Maple Cream Cheese Filling

I started with some crusty pecan raisin bread from the grocery store bakery (any flavor you like is find as long as it’s a thicker, crusty bread) and cut it into cubes.

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I layered half of it in a baking dish and topped it with chopped apples (I used fuji, but any kind you have on hand is fine).

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Then I whipped up some maple syrup cream cheese by whisking together cream cheese, syrup, vanilla, and cinnamon (try to refrain from eating this with a spoon…) and poured it over the apples.

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I topped the apples with the remainder of the bread.  Next I beat some eggs with some milk and more cinnamon and poured the mixture over top of the casserole, making sure all the bread was coated.

Apple Cinnamon French Toast Casserole

At this point I covered the casserole and refrigerated it overnight, but if you’re super ambitious you could bake it as soon as you’re done prepping it (but I definitely love sleeping way too much for that).  Bake in the oven until the top gets brown and crunchy.

Apple Cinnamon French Toast Casserole with Maple Cream Cheese Filling

I let it sit for a few minutes and then served it with some fresh berries, let me tell you, it was divine!  The perfect balance of sweet, I didn’t even use syrup.

Apple Cinnamon French Toast Casserole with Maple Cream Cheese Filling

Recipe

Apple Cinnamon French Toast Casserole with Maple Cream Cheese Filling

Makes 1 – 8″ square baking pan

Ingredients:

1 loaf of crusty pecan raisin bread (mine was ~1 pound) – cubed

2 apples – chopped into bite sized cubes

4 ounces cream cheese – softened

1/2 cup maple syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 tablespoon cinnamon

4 eggs

3/4 cup milk

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Fresh fruit (optional for serving)

Maple syrup (optional for serving)

– Layer half of the cubes bread in the bottom of a 8″ square baking pan and cover with the chopped apples

– Whisk together the softened cream cheese, maple syrup, vanilla and tablespoon of cinnamon until smooth (microwave for a few seconds if needed) and pour over the apples

– Top with the remaining half of the bread cubes 

– Whisk the eggs, milk, and teaspoon of cinnamon until well combined and pour evenly over the casserole, making sure all of the bread cubes are coated

– Cover and refrigerate overnight (or bake immediately if desired)

– Heat the oven to 375 ºF and bake for 50-55 minutes, the top should be browned and slightly crisp and the center should not jiggle when the dish is moved

– Let stand for a few minutes and serve with fresh fruit and maple syrup as desired

 

 

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Orange Cinnamon French Toast

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Toasted Coconut Chocolate Chunk Cookies

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Toasted Coconut Chocolate Chunk Cookies

My boyfriend came to visit about a week ago and brought some absolutely amazing cookies with him.  He knows I love all things chocolate and that coconut is one of my favorite flavors, so he whipped up these cookies and he agreed to share the recipe with all of you, so without further ado, here’s Luke with a fantastic cookie recipe!

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Like Taylor said, I know she has an unwavering love of chocolate, and both of us have been trying out more coconut in our cooking so combining the two into a delicious cookie seemed like a no-brainer!  Toasting the coconut really kicks up the delicious coconut flavor (plus it makes your kitchen smell fantastic) and the melty dark chocolate chunks give it the perfect final touch.

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On the topic of toasted coconut, preheat your oven and spread the coconut out on a baking sheet covered in foil.

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Bake the coconut until it’s a nice golden brown (and the delightful aroma fills your kitchen).  It’s useful to stir the coconut halfway through.

While the coconut is toasting away in the oven, prepare your dry ingredients.  Mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together and set that aside for later.

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You can also cream the brown sugar, coconut oil, and butter while the coconut is toasting (don’t forget to stir and mix it!).

Next beat in the egg, coconut extract, and vanilla extract.

By now your coconut should be done so just set that aside to cool.

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Take your bar of dark/semisweet chocolate (I went with Ghiardelli because I like to spoil Taylor whenever I can) and break it up into small chunks and set those aside too.

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Go ahead and grease two baking sheets (or not, if you’re fancy and have silicone baking mats).

Slowly add the dry ingredients to the creamed sugar/butter/coconut oil mixture.

Add in the chocolate chunks.

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And the toasted coconut!

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Finally, drop 2″ balls of this delicious cookie dough on your greased baking sheets and then bake – the cookies should  be a bit brown on the edges but plenty soft in the middle.

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Set them out to cool and enjoy the wonderful gooey chocolate mixed with the sweet toasted coconut!

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Recipe

Toasted Coconut Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Makes 18 cookies

 

Ingredients

1 cup sweetened coconut

1 cup all purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

pinch of salt

3/4 cup packed light brown sugar

2 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons coconut oil

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3/4 teaspoon coconut extract

1  egg

1 bar of semisweet or dark chocolate

 

– Preheat oven to 350 ºF

– Spread coconut on a foil-covered baking tray and bake for 12 minutes, stirring halfway though

– Mix together flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder

– In a separate bowl cream together the butter, coconut oil, and brown sugar

– Beat the vanilla, coconut extract, and egg into the sugar/butter mixture

– Then slowly mix the dry ingredients into the sugar/butter mixture

– Break the baking bar into 1/2″ square chunks

– Mix the chocolate chunks and toasted coconut into the dough

– Grease two baking trays and drop 2″ balls of dough onto the greased sheets

– Bake the cookies for 10 – 11 minutes at 350 ºF, until the edges start to brown 

Set the cookies on racks to cool and enjoy!

Caprese Salad

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Caprese Salad

A few weeks ago I made a caprese salad that was incredibly delicious and super simple.  In fact, it’s so simple, I almost feel bad calling this a recipe.  All you need are 4 ingredients, tomatoes, mozzarella, fresh basil, and balsamic vinegar.  I reduced the vinegar to bring out a sweeter, more complex, tangy flavor that paired excellently with the juicy tomatoes, rich mozzarella, and fresh basil.  This salad works great as a side for BBQs.

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I used grape tomatoes so I cut them in half, basically chop up whatever tomatoes your using into bite sized chunks.  Do these same for your cheese.  For the basil I roll the leaves into a cylinder and then cut into strips that end up looking like basil confetti.  Then toss those three ingredients together in a bowl.

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To reduce the balsamic vinegar put it in pain and boil until it’s reduced by about half and has  a thicker, more syrup-like consistency.

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Stir everything together until well combined!

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Feel free to serve right away or make it ahead of time, refrigerate, and serve cold, it’s delicious either way (I may have made it the night before a picnic and had it for dinner, then ate it cold the next day…).Caprese Salad

 

 

 

Recipe

Caprese Salad

Serves 8

Ingredients:

2 pints cherry tomatoes (any tomatoes will work)

8 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese

8-12 large basil leaves

1 cup balsamic vinegar

– In a small saucepan, bring the vinegar to a boil and let cook until reduced by half and has  a more syrup-like consistency (about 10 minutes), stirring occasionally

– While the vinegar is reducing cut your cherry tomatoes in half (if using larger tomatoes, cut into bite sized chunks)

– Cut or  tear the mozzarella into bite sized chunks

– Stack the basil leaves on top of one another and roll into a cylinder, cut down the length of the cylinder, making ~1/4″ pieces of basil confetti

– Mix the tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil in a bowl

– Allow the balsamic reduction to cool for a few minutes, then pour over the salad and stir to combine

April and May 2014: A Review

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So.  It’s June… I’m not quite sure how this happened and I haven’t published any posts since mid-April (oopsie) but now that classes and finals are over for the semester and I have my first year of grad school finished I’m hoping I have more time to share the delicious things I cook up with all of you.  As a catch up here’s a review of what the world has been liking on my blog and some pretty great recipes I’ve found, enjoy!

 

My Top 5 Most Viewed Recipes (since it’s been 2 months I threw in 2 extra posts for you…)

  1. Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake with Peanut Butter Icing – Moist chocolate cake, rich peanut butter icing, a classic favorite for a reason!  chocolate mayo caken with pb icing
  2. Dutch Oven Strawberry Cobbler – Tangy, sweet, delicious, a perfect summer dessert. strawberry cobbler with ice cream
  3. Dutch Oven Peach Cobbler – Swap strawberries for peaches and you have another perfect summer dessert! Dutch Oven Peach Cobbler
  4. Sweet Potato Fries with Greek Yogurt-Sour Cream Dipping Sauce – Super easy, super yummy, consistently a favorite, make them now if you haven’t already! sweet potato fries and sauce
  5. Penne with Vodka Sauce – A great, tasty pasta dish. penne with vodka sauce

 

My Top 10 Favorite Links from April

  1. Apparently April was National Grilled Cheese Month, this Brie, Pesto, and Sweet Pepper Grilled Cheese (from Two Peas and Their Pod) looks like an excellent way to celebrate.

    Pesto, Brie, and Sweet Pepper Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipe on twopeasandtheirpod.com You have to make this sandwich! It is life changing!

    From Two Peas and Their Pod

  2. This Strawberry Salsa (from Six Sisters’ Stuff) sounds like an excellent twist on the classic chips and salsa, I want some ASAP!

    Strawberry Salsa

    From Six Sisters’ Stuff

  3. I love pasta, and a one skillet dish is always great, so this Roasted Tomato Skillet Pasta (from The Grant Life) is the perfect option for a quick dinner.

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    From The Grant Life

  4. Now that it’s (finally) warm out this Greek-Style Grilled Asparagus Salad with Tomatoes and Feta (From The Daring Gourmet) looks like a delicious dinner.

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    From The Daring Gourmet

  5. I absolutely love breakfast food and this Chorizo Green Chile Breakfast Skillet (from Host the Toast Blog) will be making an appearance on my breakfast table in the near future.

    Chorizo Green Chile Breakfast Skillet

    From Host the Toast Blog

  6. Four Cheese Macaroni and Cheese (from The Endless Meal) looks like a creamy, rich, delicious version of my favorite food!

    Three Cheese Macaroni and Cheese

    From The Endless Meal

  7. I need this Bacon and Cashew Bourbon Caramel Corn (From Brown Eyed Baker) and I need it now!

    Bourbon Bacon Cashew Caramel Corn | browneyedbaker.com #recipe

    From Brown Eyed Baker

  8. These Chipotle Turkey-Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms (From Pink Parsley) look absolutely amazing!

    From Pink Parsley

  9. I love salmon, and this Spicy Garlic Lime Baked Salmon (from A Spicy Perspective) sounds like a great recipe.

    Dinner Tonight: Spicy Garlic Lime Oven Baked Salmon #salmon #dinner #recipe

    From A Spicy Perspective

  10. I’m not sure how I managed to have only one dessert recipe in this roundup but these Carrot Cake Cheesecake Crumble Bars (From Wicked Good Kitchen) look like an amazing concoction combining two delicious desserts into one yummy bar!

    Carrot Cake Cheesecake Crumble Bars by WickedGoodKitchen.com ~ Just like a cross between carrot cake, cheesecake and Oatmeal Carmelitas! Our Carrot Cake Cheesecake Crumble Bars are packed with flavor and everything you dreamed they would be. The perfect Easter dessert treat—especially for a crowd! #bar #dessert #recipe

    From Wicked Good Kitchen

My Top 12 Favorite Links from May (I added because this is a very, very, overdue post.  Okay, actually it’s because I tried to narrow it down to 10 but just couldn’t pick which 2 I should eliminate, I’m indecisive like that…)

  1. I’m kind of obsessed with s’mores and I’m totally in love with this variation – Oatmeal, Chocolate Chip, and Graham Cracker Cookie S’mores (From Half Baked Harvest).

    Oatmeal Chocolate Chip + Graham Cracker Cookie S'mores | halfbakedharvest.com

    From Half Baked Harvest

  2. I love using my crock-pot and this Slow Cooker Chicken Quinoa Chili (From Simply Stacie) looks like a great recipe to try.

    Slow Cooker Quinoa Chicken Chili #ChickenChallenge

    From Simply Stacie

  3. This Blueberry Sailor Tea (From Tattooed Martha) needs to make an appearance at my pool, like right now.

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    From Tattooed Martha

  4. Roasted Chicken with a Sweet and Spicy Tamarind Ginger Glaze (From Creole Contessa) sounds like a delicious take on a classic chicken dinner.

    From Creole Contessa

  5. Who wouldn’t love these homemade Strawberry Cupcakes (From Treats)?

    From Treats

  6. Everyone loves a good cocktail and this Fresh Whiskey Sour (From Everybody Loves Pretty) looks like an amazing classic!

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    From Everybody Loves Pretty

  7. I want to try this jazzed up version of a granola bar, Trail Mix Peanut Butter Bars (From Deliciously Sprinkled).

    Trail Mix Bar Recipe

    From Deliciously Sprinkled

  8. These Red White and Blueberry Yogurt Popsicles (From The View From Great Island) are super adorable and look like the perfect summertime treat!

    Red White And Blueberry Popsicles | The View From Great Island  Great for Memorial Day and the 4th of July1

    From The View From Great Island

  9. I want this Eggs Benedict with Bacon, Avodaise, and Harissa (From Closet Cooking) for breakfast pronto!

    Eggs Benedict with Bacon, Avodaise (Avocado Hollandaise) and Harissa

    From Closet Cooking

  10. This Dark Chocolate Strawberry Ice Cream (From Love & Olive Oil) will most definitely be appearing in my ice cream maker this summer.

    Dark Chocolate Strawberry Ice Cream from @loveandoliveoil

    From Love & Olive Oil

  11. One of my favorite meals at my college dining hall was the breaded ravioli, so I got super excited when I saw this recipe for Toasted Ravioli (From The Pioneer Woman), I’m definitely going to try it out.

    Toasted Ravioli

    From The Pioneer Woman

  12. Oh my decadence!  I don’t even have words for how delicious these Bacon, Beer, and Potato Chip Cookie Bars (From Life, Love & Sugar) look!

    Bacon, Beer and Potato Chip Cookie Bars

    From Life, Love & Sugar

 

Feel free to share your favorite links🙂

 

 

 

 

March 2014: A Review

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So.  I just realized it’s over halfway through April (even though it still feels like winter, we even had a little bit of snow last night, ridiculous!) and I have yet to post my review for March, which has been sitting, half-finished, in my drafts… oops… Anyway, here’s my review for last month, better late than never!

 

My Top 3 Most Viewed Pages

  1. Kale Fruit Smoothie – Refreshing, delicious, and healthy!      ks fi
  2. Dutch Oven Peach Cobbler – Tastes like summer with fresh, juicy peaches and cool, sweet ice cream.  Dutch Oven Peach Cobbler
  3. Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies – A yummy way to use up brown bananas!     bcc cookie and milk

My Top 10Favorite Links

  1. My friend Chelsea recently started a super awesome blog, Over the Moon, that you should all check out!  This particular post was about making a cute sparkly picture frame!

    From Over the Moon

  2. Hawaiian Hula Pork Fajitas with Pineapple Slaw and Coconut Rice (from Half Baked Harvest), AMAZING flavor combination!

    Hawaiian Hula Pork Fajitas with Pineapple Slaw + Coconut Rice | halfbakedharvest.com

    From Half Baked Harvest

  3. I love key lime pie, it’s a great combination of tart and sweet, and these Key Lime Pie Cookie Cups (From Grandbaby Cakes look scrumptious!

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    From Grandbaby Cakes

  4. These Pineapple Stuffed Chicken Meatballs (from Yummy Addiction) sound like such a unique and delicious combination of flavors, I can’t wait to try them!

    Chicken Meatballs Stuffed With Pineapple | YummyAddiction.com

    From Yummy Addiction

  5. Coconut has recently become one of my favorite flavors, this Coconut Wild Blueberry Smoothie (from She Knows) looks like the perfect way to utilize coconut in a yummy and delicious way.

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    From She Knows

  6. Yogurt Pancakes with Maple Apples (from The Thankful Heart) sound like a delicious twist on my favorite breakfast!

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    From The Thankful Heart

  7. I discovered cara cara oranges last year and I absolutely cannot get enough of them! These Cara Cara Orange Mini Muffins (from Chez Catey Lou) seem like the perfect way to get more of the delicious flavor in my life.

    Cara Cara Orange Mini Muffins | chezcateylou.com

    From Chez Catey Lou

  8. Hopefully summer is coming so I can make these Beer Battered Fish Tacos with Margarita Mango Salsa and Jalapeno Crema (from How Sweet Eats) for dinner and eat them outside!

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    From How Sweet Eats

  9. I’m also more than ready to break out my ice cream maker and churn out this Fresh Strawberry Ice Cream (from Upbeat Kitchen)!

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    From Upbeat Kitchen

  10. And one more reason for Summer to get here NOW, delicious Key Lime Pie Popsicles (from Spoonful of Flavor), yummy!!!!

    Key Lime Pie Popsicle - it's like frozen key lime pie on a stick!

    From Spoonful of Flavor

 

Feel free to share your favorite links too🙂

D’Noche – Chicago, IL

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Last week I went to visit my boyfriend in Illinois (I realize normally you go somewhere warm for spring break, but surprisingly enough my trip to the mid-west meant I missed a DC snow storm).  I flew into O’Hare and he took me out to a surprise dinner in Chicago.  We ended up at D’Noche (because he knows my never ending love for Mexican food).  The restaurant had all kinds of delicious Latin American food, it was the perfect meal!

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We started things out with a sangria blanca (because white wine sangria is one of my favorite things, and who doesn’t need a drink after a flight?) and guacamole (because you don’t need a reason for guacamole).

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We also ordered the trio de empanadas (very reminiscent of my time in Argentina).  An order came with a beef, shrimp, and chicken empanada along with a variety of different sauces (one of them being chimichurri, which is the best I’ve had since getting back from Argentina) that went well with all of the empanadas and the guacamole as well.

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For dinner I got chiles rellenos (pobalano peppers stuffed with cheese, and covered in salsa Ranchera) which came with beans and rice.  The cheese was melty and rich and delicious and the side orders were great too.

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Luke opted for the tacos de camaron (shrimp tacos) with green rice which he let me try (because I would have stolen some anyway…) and they were quite yummy as well, the goat cheese went surprisingly well with the shrimp (I never really thought of putting shrimp and cheese together, but then again cheese goes with pretty much everything).

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It was an absolutely delicious start to a wonderful trip!  I’ll be telling you all about my visit to Urbabna-Champaign in an upcoming post, so keep your eyes open for it!

February 2014: A Review

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I’m sitting in bed on this lovely snow day (I like the snow, but in all honesty I am soooo ready for warm weather) and I can’t believe I’m writing a review of February already (yeah, I know I say that pretty much every month, but time has been flying lately).  February may be a short month but it was jam packed with great activities and lots of delicious food!  Picking out just ten recipes to share with you all was kind of a challenge this month, I hope you enjoy perusing them as much as I enjoyed picking them out!

My Top 3 Most Viewed Posts of the Month:

  1. Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies – One of my favorite cookies, you’ll love them too :)   bcc cookie and milk
  2. Chili and Cornbread – A perfect hearty meal for cold snowy weather like this!   chili and cornbread
  3. Baked Sweet Potato Fries with Greek Yogurt-Sour Cream Dipping Sauce – Probably my most popular recipe, you should absolutely try it for yourself.      sweet potato fries and sauce

 

My Top 10 Favorite Links of the Month:

  1. It’s Girl Scout Cookie season, and while I have no problem eating a box of Samoas, this No Bake Samoa Cheesecake (From Life, Love & Sugar) looks like a great way to make a new dessert out of something already delicious!

    No Bake Samoa Cheesecake - You don't even need the cookies, so you can make it all year long!

    From Life, Love & Sugar

  2. If you know me at all (or read my blog at all) it’s no secret that I absolutely love Mexican food, and these Cheesy Baked Chicken Taquitos (from Anna Shortcakes) will be making an appearance at my dinner table!

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    From Anna Shortcakes

  3. If you know anything about me, you also know I love chocolate, and this Chocolate Truffle Crème Brûlée (from Love and Olive Oil) looks like pure chocolatey goodness!

    Chocolate Truffle Crème Brûlée

    From Love and Olive Oil

  4. This Quinoa with Roasted Red Peppers and Tomatoes (From BB a la Carte) looks like a delicious and healthy dinner that’s full of flavor!

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    From BB a la Carte

  5. Coffee cake is always a delicious taste treat and this Lemon Cream Cheese Coffee Cake (From the Thankful Heart) version sounds incredibly tangy and sweet!

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    From The Thankful Heart

  6. This recipe screams comfort food to the extreme: Chicken and Biscuit Pockets (From Ranting Chef).

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    From Ranting Chef

  7. Banana and peanut butter is one of my favorite flavor combinations (if you add chocolate then you have the trifecta) and this Banana Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting (From Two Peas and Their Pod) pairs them both perfectly!

    Banana Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting Recipe on twopeasandtheirpod.com So simple and SO good!

    From Two Peas and Their Pod

  8. Smoky Bacon Mac and Cheese (From Crumb Blog) seems like an amazing and delicious twist on my favorite food ever, I mean, adding bacon can only make things better, right?

    Smoky Bacon Mac and Cheese

    From Crumb Blog

  9. I love strawberries and I love caprese, this recipe for Strawberry Caprese Crostini (Put On Your Cake Pants) combines them on bread, I’m not sure what could be better!

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    From Put On Your Cake Pants

  10. This final recipe for Pina Colada Sorbet (From Turmeric n Spice) is me hoping that it warms up soon and I can enjoy Pina Coladas by the pool (but I have a feeling that will be wishful thinking for a while longer).

    #PinaColadaSorbet  #EasyPinaColadaSorbet #Sorbet #FruitSorbet

    From Turmeric n Spice

 

Feel free to share any recipes you’re loving this month!

Buffalo Chicken Ring

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Buffalo Chicken Ring

Today I have another recipe for you that I made for the Super Bowl party.  It’s spicy and cheesy and delicious!  I love pretty much everything Buffalo chicken flavored and this dip incorporates all of them, chicken, Buffalo sauce, blue cheese, and ranch.  And it’s all melted together in a yummy ring of crescent rolls.  The recipe is similar to my Buffalo Chicken Cucumber Boats, but if I’m being honest I like this one even better🙂

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First mix up some cream cheese, ranch, and buffalo sauce.

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Stir in some shredded chicken and blue cheese crumbles.

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Spread the crescent rolls (two combined in a rectangle) in a ring so the bottom is connected, then scoop the chicken mix around the ring, and pull the crescent rolls around and seal the ring.  I apologize for not having a picture of this but I got really excited about making it (let’s be honest, I just really wanted to eat it and the prospect of blue cheese and buffalo sauce so I forgot…).  Bake in the oven until golden brown and delicious.

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Let it cool for a little and serve with celery in the middle.

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Cut in wedges and serve, yummy!

Buffalo Chicken Ring

 

Recipe

Buffalo Chicken Ring

Serves 6

Ingredients

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts – shredded

8 oz cream cheese – softened

1/4 cup ranch dressing

1/4 cup Frank’s Red Hot (adjust according to your taste)

4 oz blue cheese crumbles

2 tubes crescent rolls

celery for serving

– Preheat oven to 375 ºF

– Mix together the cream cheese, ranch, and hot sauce

– Stir in the shredded chicken

– Add the blue cheese and stir until well combined

– Take the crescent rolls and separate them into rectangles (two crescent rolls connected with the separating line as the diagonal of the rectangle), make a circle out of them with the smaller side of the rectangles as the circle

– Scoop the chicken mixture onto the circle of crescent rolls

Fold the crescent rolls over the chicken mix and press to seal

Bake for 12 – 15 minutes or until golden brown

Allow to cool for several minutes before serving

Serve with celery

Taco Dip

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Taco Dip

I’m so happy that it’s warming up (even if only temporary), being able to go outside without a heavy coat, gloves, and a scarf is such a welcome change!  The recipe I have for you today is perfect for warmer weather as it doesn’t require any cooking.  But, never fear, it’s delicious any time of year, I actually made it for a Super Bowl party when it was still freezing out, and everyone loved it!  This super easy taco dip will take you less than 10 minutes to put together but it has TONS of flavor, from sour cream and taco seasoning to fresh salsa and cheese, you can’t go wrong with this dip!

taco dip

First beat a packet of taco seasoning (or make your own with paprika, chili powder, cumin, onion powder, garlic powder, and pepper) with some sour cream and cream cheese.

sour cream, cream cheese, taco dip

Spread the sour cream mixture into a pan and top with fresh salsa (or you can be an over achiever and cut up your own vegetables but let’s be honest, I’m definitely too lazy for that).

salsa

Top the salsa with shredded cheese (I used a Mexican 4 cheese blend but any cheese you like will do) and shredded lettuce.

cheese and lettuce

Serve with tortilla chips.

Taco Dip

 

Recipe

Taco Dip

Makes 1 – 13 x 9″ square baking dish

Ingredients:

16 ounces sour cream

8 ounces cream cheese

1 packet (1.25 ounces) taco seasoning

16 ounces fresh salsa

2 cups shredded Mexican cheese

2 cups shredded lettuce

tortilla chips (for serving)

– Beat the sour cream, cream cheese, and taco seasoning until smoothed

– Spread the mixture into a 13 x 9 ” baking dish or cake pan

– Layer salsa on top of the sour cream mixture

– Sprinkle cheese on t0p of the salsa

– Top with the lettuce

– Serve with tortilla chips