Monday, August 25, 2014

SRC: Banana Cream Cheese Muffins

I am one of those people who always has bananas in the house.  My boys go through them like monkeys at the zoo, so I very rarely have overly ripe bananas laying around.  But, on the rare occasions I do I take advantage of it and quickly pull one of my bookmarked banana recipes out and run to the kitchen.
I had been craving a banana baked good for quite sometime.  I came across these banana cream cheese muffins on Hapa-tite, my assignment for this month's Secret Recipe Club.  It was like the planets aligned; I found a delicious recipe I wanted to make just in time for the swap and I had some ripe bananas on hand.  It was meant to be!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Tate's Bakeshop Lemon Pound Cake (A.K.A-The BEST Ever Lemon Pound Cake)

I am a sucker for anything lemon; lemon squares, lemon curd, lemonade.  You name it and it if involves lemons, I'm in.  But, I am picky when it comes to consuming lemony concoctions.  I don't want a subtle lemon flavor, or a mostly sweet, non-tart lemon flavor.  I want a in your face, mouth puckering, tart lemon flavor.  Go big or go home, right!?!
So when I started trying to find a lemon pound cake recipe for my sister-in-law's birthday, I went at it with a few things in mind.  It had to be packed with bold, lemon flavor.  It had to be moist and delicious.  And, it had to have a glaze that made my cheeks pucker.

I looked through a few recipes before coming to The One.  When I came across the one from Tate's Bakeshop I knew it had to be a winner.  They are known for their infamous chocolate chip cookies, but they have a variety of other sweet treats that equally enticing.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Grilled Chicken Parmesan

Chicken parmesan is a classic.  There's something so incredibly irresistible about chicken that is lightly breaded, fried and swimming in homemade tomato sauce and topped with gooey, melted mozzarella cheese. It's the ultimate in comfort food.
Traditionally, chicken parmesan is served atop or with a side of delicious pasta.  But in this version, it differs a little.  This is served on a delicious, crusty baguette in the form of an open faced sandwich.  Instead of fried, this chicken is seasoned and grilled.  The marinara sauce is bright, simple, fresh and full of all those flavors that are expected in classic marinara.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Chewin' Tuesday: Beef Rissoles with Baby Greens

Then end of summer is around the corner, but there are still plenty of days to enjoy the summer sun and backyard bbq's.  One of our favorite things we've enjoyed this summer are these beef rissoles.  I first learned of these little jewels on The Chew.  Chef Curtis Stone filled in for Daphne Oz while she was out on maternity leave with her sweet little Philo.

During that time Chef Curtis shared several amazing recipes, some of which I'm still anxiously awaiting to try! One of the first I decided to make was his rissoles.  Rissole is a dish that is served up in several countries, but his version is obviously of Australian influence.  It's a beef patty that is a little smaller than a traditional hamburger patty, actually about the size of our sliders.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Nutella Swirl Brownie and Sugar Cookie Tart

A few months (yes, months...I know I'm late with this post) ago we celebrated my mom's birthday.  She just happened to be in town so my crew, along with my brother and sister-in-law decided to get together to celebrate her birthday.  We had steaks, salads, baked potatoes, bread and, of course, some veno!
But, no birthday celebration is complete without dessert.  My mom is a chocolate lover, so I thought long and hard about all the options before finally settling on a tart.  But, not just any tart.  A brownie tart with a Nutella swirl and chunks of chewy sugar cookie.  But what really put it over the top was the flecks of salt and bits of toffee.

This tart is the best of both worlds combining delicious flaky pie crust, chewy and dense brownie and buttery sugar cookies.  As if that isn't enough enough, dollops of delicious chocolaty-hazelnut plopped over the brownie batter before being baked.  This not only add another level of flavor, but amps up that chocolate flavor too.  The addition of salt makes for the sweet salty combo, as well as cutting some of the sweetness.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Bananas Foster Bread

Rich, buttery banana bread with hints of vanilla and rum running throughout.  Doesn't that sound just heavenly?  Well, I assure you, it most definitely is.  But the tantalizing flavors don't stop there.

See, Damaris Phillips, isn't only Southern at Heart, she's a southern girl after my own heart.  She's a fun-loving southern girl who loves bringing smiles to people's faces through food...not unlike myself.  She's also known for taking amazing and well known dishes and puts her own southern spin on it.
In this instance she took an amazing classic, banana bread, and infused it with the well-known Louisiana dessert, bananas foster.  In the end  it makes this mind-blowing bananas foster bread.

The banana bread is a classic recipe that with a few updated additions like coconut oil.  Then the flavor is amped up with not only vanilla, but rum extract.  The rum doesn't stop there.  Becuase bananas foster isn't bananas foster without the brown sugar rum sauce.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Peanut Butter Caramel Skillet Cookie

This week has been all about the deliciousness that is known as peanut butter.  I have shared some truly decadent, over the top recipes with you this week.  I enjoyed creating them as much as my boys enjoyed devouring them!

The thick and fudgy brownies stuffed with peanut butter and marshmallows were truly mind blowing, the peanut butter potato chip crispy treats are a dream for all those people like me who are infatuated with the whole sweet and salty combination, and the perfect fusion of winter and summer with this frozen peanut butter hot chocolate.  Everything this week has not only featured peanut butter but has also been a bit over the top.
So what could possibly warp up a week amazing peanut butter recipes?  There are so many options, but I decided to go with a skillet cookie.  You know me, and you know I'm obsessed with those things.  They are easy to make, no mixer required!  They are the tastiness of a cookie but no scooping required, and they are make in a cast iron skillet...which you really can't get any better than that!

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