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!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Peanut Butter Waffle Sandwiches with Banana Mascarpone Filling

Bananas and peanut butter is a match made in heaven that has been enjoyed by many for decades.  Even The King has indulged in this delicious combination and now has sandwiches on several menus across the U.S. in his honor.  I took that beloved combination and put a little spin on it.

I've taken delicious waffles that are the perfect combination of fluffy and crispy and used those as the bread to hold all this goodness together.  Instead of a plain ol' sliced banana I made a rich and creamy filling. Thick mascarpone cheese combined with a ripe banana and fresh whipped cream, I could take a spoon and eat this right out of the bowl.  But I didn't!
I took those crispy waffles and schmeared them with a hefty helping of delicious peanut butter.  Then I topped that with a generous amount of the rich, banana mascarpone filling and topped it off with another waffle.  You could stop there, or you could make one completely over the top sandwich by adding more peanut butter, more filling and another waffle.  And after you're done stacking, take it one step further by adding whipped cream and drizzling it all with chocolate sauce.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Peanut Butter Potato Chip Crispy Treats

I believe we can all agree that Rice Krispie treats are a classic.  Practically a staple in life.  There's something that is still so magical about those treats and with one bite I'm instantly taken back to the good ol' carefree days of my childhood.
But sometimes, well, we just want more.  Something a little extra, a jazzed up treat.  There are so many different cereals floating around now that would make amazing additions to the classic.  When I saw this new Jif peanut butter cereal I thought it would be the perfect way to add a little something extra to this classic.

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