March 12, 2017

Peanut Butter Cup Crunch Brownies




We were invited to a friend's house for dinner and games over the weekend, and she served this fantastic ziti dish that I hope to eventually get the recipe for!  When I was trying to decide on what to bring for dessert, I stumbled across this Peanut Butter Cup Crunch Brownie recipe over at Sally's Baking Addiction.  After reading the reviews and recipe, I knew I had to try them right away.  I was a little nervous how they would turn out, but, honestly, how can you go wrong with these ingredients?!  They have a fudgy brownie base with a center layer of peanut butter cups and peanuts, and then they are topped off with a crunchy layer of melted chocolate and peanut butter with Rice Krispies cereal.  Chewy and crunchy all in one bite!  Serve them with some vanilla bean ice cream on the side, and they will be sure to please!

Note:  These are really rich, so I would suggest cutting them into smaller serving squares.    


Ingredients:
Yields 16 brownies (cut into smaller squares if desired) 
Recipe adapted from Sally's Baking Addiction

Brownie Layer:

  • 1/2 c salted butter 
  • 8 oz semi-sweet chocolate, coarsely chopped 
  • 1 1/4 c sugar 
  • 3 large eggs 
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract 
  • 3/4 c all-purpose flour 
  • 1/2 tsp salt 

Middle Layer:
  • 3/4 c salted peanuts
  • 8 full size Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, chopped 

Top Layer:
  • 1 1/2 c semi-sweet chocolate chips 
  • 1 1/2 c creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter 
  • 1 1/2 c Rice Krispies cereal 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Generously spray a 9 x 9 inch baking pan.  

Make the brownie layer.  Melt the butter and chocolate in a medium saucepan, stirring constantly.  Remove from the heat, and stir in the sugar.  Whisk in the eggs one at a time.  Whisk in the vanilla.  Gently fold in the flour and salt.  Pour the batter in your prepared pan.  Bake for 30 minutes.  

Make the middle layer.  Remove the pan from the oven, and sprinkle the peanuts and peanut butter cups evenly over all.  Place back in the oven, and bake for 5 additional minutes.  

Meanwhile, make the top layer.  Melt the chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter in a medium pa over medium-low heat, stirring frequently.  Remove from heat, and stir in the Rice Krispies cereal.  Spread the mixture evenly over the brownies.  

Refrigerate for 2 hours before cutting into squares.  Cut into serving squares.  Remove from the fridge 15 minutes before serving.  

Store covered in the refrigerator for up to three days.

Enjoy!




February 26, 2017

Breakfast Skillet Pie with Insanely Fast & Easy Hollandaise



Have you ever seen that Weight Watchers commercial, where Oprah Winfrey says, "I love bread," with such passion and conviction in her voice that it makes you want to run into the kitchen and gobble any and every crumb that you can find?  My little sous chef and I giggle every time we see it, and it's come to a point where we'll even quote it when something makes us really happy.  That is exactly how I feel about Hollandaise Sauce.  I could pour a vat of that velvety goodness over almost anything!  Hollandaise sauce is considered one of the hardest sauces to make because it takes patience, requires careful attention, and can be temperamental.  Too much heat, and you have a lumpy, yucky mess.  The results are well worth it in the end, but sometimes I just want to be able to enjoy it without all of that effort.  Cue this Insanely Fast & Easy Hollandaise Sauce recipe.  It takes less than 1 minute to make from start (including gathering the ingredients) to finish!  Promise not to tell anyone this, but it's made... in the microwave.  Gasp!  Yes, really!  With this recipe, you can wait until the very last minute, after everything else is cooked and ready to go, to make the sauce!  That's exactly what I did with my Breakfast Skillet Pie!  

This Breakfast Skillet Pie is made in just one skillet.  Seasoned potatoes are the base, and then you add a layer of onions and ham, top it with cheddar cheese, and then crack eggs on top, which are then finished off in the broiler.  Pour that amazing sauce on top of it all, and I promise you'll be licking the plate, wishing you made more!  

January 16, 2017

Classic Shepherd's Pie


Three recipe posts in one month -- I'm on a roll!  I'm really trying to get back into the groove of things.  Honestly, I feel like I've lost touch a little bit with my food photography skills because I haven't been doing it often, so I'm on a mission to get back on track!  

Shepherd's pie was on the menu for dinner tonight.  This version sure is delicious and comforting, especially on a cold night after a long day of work!  If you want a healthier spin, check out my Shepherd's Pie with Cauliflower Mashed Topping (recipe here).  

Just for fun, scroll down and check out my original photo (yikes) and post about shepherd's pie from 2011... there's a cute picture of my Granddaddy giving me his two-thumbs-up rating!  Love him!


January 12, 2017

Roasted Pork Tenderloin in Balsamic-Rosemary Marinade



It took me a while, but I finally figured it out.  I now have a specific spot in my house set up that is intended solely for food blogging!  Since we've moved, I've been taking photos in my bay window, which makes it extremely difficult to get a good picture when the sun goes down before dinner.  Now I have my lighting and everything set up to where I don't have to rely on the time/position of the sun!  Even though artificial lighting isn't as desirable as natural, I'll take whatever I can get during the months of winter!  Happy days!

One of my favorite meals to make is pork tenderloin.  It's easy enough to make for a weeknight meal but good enough to serve to company.  Searing the pork gives it a lovely crust that locks in flavor, and roasting it to an internal temperature of 140 degrees and then allowing it to rest will result in fork-tender deliciousness!  I served mine with a side of quinoa and peas.


May 5, 2016

Skinny Chicken & Shrimp with Quinoa and Vegetables


No interesting story behind this dish -- just another weeknight meal that I'd like to share.  It earned an "excellent" rating from my family.  It's healthy, delicious, and you'll find yourself coming back for more... and more!  


February 28, 2016

Spicy Honey-Glazed Salmon... and a New Member of the Family!


I'm a little late.  Tomorrow is March, and I'm just now sharing my first post of the New Year.  While 2015 was very eventful for us, 2016 seems to be giving it a run for its money.  I was laid off from my job of nearly ten years, which was sad in itself and wasn't the best timing in the world considering we had just bought our new house.  Thankfully, I was blessed to be able to quickly find a new job that I love, and I'm still able to work out of my home!  We also just recently decided to adopt a puppy.  "Duggy" is a Jack Chi (Jack Russell Terrier/Chihuahua mix).  He's happy, full of energy, and extremely smart.  We've had him for one month, and he can already sit, stay, fetch, bang-bang (play dead), and shake!  Potty training is another story, however.  Serves us right for getting a puppy in mid-winter!


December 17, 2015

Streusel Eggnog Cupcakes with Eggnog Glaze







Every year, my little sous chef and I get all excited and giggly when we see eggnog in the stores.  Making your own eggnog from scratch is very easy and worth the effort.  Check out my recipe here.  I've made eggnog cookies, eggnog holiday cake, eggnog cupcakes, eggnog French toast... you get the idea!  We can't get enough of it!  Things tend to get very slow around the holidays with my job, and I had a full today to myself today to do whatever I wanted.  So, of course, I got into the kitchen and came up with these babies.  They are delicious, and the streusel and eggnog glaze take these muffins to a heavenly realm! 



November 29, 2015

Turkey and Pumpkin Chili


I've had my house decorated for Christmas since the first week in November.  If you think I'm crazy, that's okay - so do my friends and family.  I've just been so excited to spend our first Christmas in our new house!  I did exercise some restraint by not plugging in my outdoor lights until after Thanksgiving.  Now that Thanksgiving is over, I can finally let my inner Christmas freak out!  It's been amazing experiencing all of these "firsts" in our new home.  We have so much to be thankful for.  

After our Thanksgiving feast, we had a good amount of leftover turkey.  While I do enjoy a cold turkey sandwich, I'm always excited to come up with new ways to use it.  After cleaning out our gutters (one of the not-so-fun "firsts") yesterday in the cold, I found myself craving a hot bowl of chili.  I decided to use the turkey in the chili and add some pumpkin and sage.  It was so good!  The pumpkin and sage added a delicious depth of flavor.


October 18, 2015

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Granola Bars with Almonds



These granola bars are a much better alternative to the processed stuff in a box.  They're easy to make, delightfully chewy, and seriously delicious.  My daughter goes nuts over them, and I frequently catch her sneaking into the kitchen to get "just one more bite".   

September 27, 2015

Peach Crumb Bars


February 22, 2010 is a very special date to me.  That was the day that I began my journey in food blogging.  I devoted every spare moment that I had to creating new recipes, styling the food for pictures, photographing them, and writing about them.  

Fast forward to present day, 5 years later.  After years of saving and living as frugally as we could, we finally did it -- we bought our dream house!  We also now have some land, and I can finally garden in my own backyard.  (The garden that I've written about countless times is one that we share with dear friends and family at a different location.)  Most of my free time now has been spent gardening, harvesting, and preserving.  I have some shelving in my basement where I store all of my canned foods, and I have a pretty nice collection so far.  My husband suggested that I start a section on my blog for canning.  Harvest is nearing an end, so maybe next year!  

I have about 15 quart jars of peaches hanging out in my basement.  It's been quite a while since I've blogged any dessert recipes, so I decided to use some of my canned peaches to make peach crumb bars as a treat over weekend.  These are delicious!  They're like a perfect mix of peach cobbler and peach pie.  My husband and I enjoy them warm, but my little sous chef likes them better cold.  However you eat it, try your best to score a corner piece!   


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