Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Dark Chocolate Sauce

Dark Chocolate Sauce: Savory Sweet and Satisfying

Ugh! These past few months have been quite something! I just keep waiting for things to calm down. Life has been quite a roller coaster lately with so many twists and turn. But thankfully I have my running to keep me sane and delicious homemade dark chocolate sauce.

I made this sauce specifically for a drink, so check back tomorrow to see that drink. But this sauce would taste amazing over ice cream or as a filling in a cupcake or even as a topping for a cake. It also tastes really good by the spoonful, I mean I had to try the sauce to make sure it was good enough for the drink and to share with all of you. Plus the sauce is really easy to make and tastes better than any store bought variety I have had.

Dark Chocolate Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 8 ounces dark chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. In a medium pot, heat the cream and butter over medium heat until the butter has melted and the cream is warm.
  2. Add in the chocolate chips and stir until the chocolate has melted and the mixed is smooth.
  3. Remove from the heat and cool to room temperature.
  4. Transfer the mixture to a sealable container and store in the refrigerator.
Enjoy!!!
*Adapted from Food Network.
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Monday, November 19, 2018

Make Again Monday: Spicy Chicken Sandwich

Spicy Chicken Sandwich: Savory Sweet and Satisfying

Since I no longer eat fast food it is so nice to be able to make a sandwich inspired by my favorite fast food sandwich. Normally I put lettuce on this sandwich, but I did not have any immediate use for the rest of the lettuce so I went without it, but I wish I hadn't.

To see the recipe and original post click here.

Enjoy!!! 
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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Chicken Alfredo Stuffed Shells

Chicken Alfredo Stuffed Shells: Savory Sweet and Satisfying

Pasta shells are stuffed with a cheesy chicken mixture and then they are covered in a homemade Alfredo sauce and topped with more cheese. When the shells are done baking they are sprinkled with freshly diced tomatoes and crispy bacon. This is truly a comforting dish.

Chicken Alfredo Stuffed Shells

Ingredients:

  • 12 ounces jumbo shells pasta
  • 2 cups cooked shredded chicken
  • 15 ounces ricotta cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese, divided
  • 2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning
  • black pepper, to taste
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/2 cup diced tomatoes

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375ยบ F. Spray a 9x13 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Cook the pasta according to the package directions and drain well.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large bowl stir together the chicken, ricotta cheese, 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning and black pepper.
  4. Melt the butter, over medium heat, in a large pot. Whisk in the flour and cook whisking constantly for 1 minute.
  5. Slowly whisk in the half and half and heavy cream. Whisk constantly until the sauce has just thickened.
  6. Stir in the remaining 3/4 cup parmesan cheese and season with black pepper, keep stirring until the cheese has completely melted.
  7. Spread 1/3 of the sauce into the bottom of the prepared baking dish.
  8. Spoon the chicken and cheese filling into jumbo shells and place the shells into a single layer in the baking dish.
  9. Spoon the remaining sauce over top of the stuffed shells and sprinkle with 1 cup mozzarella cheese.
  10. Bake uncovered for 25 minutes or until the pasta is bubbly and cheese has melted and just started to brown.
  11. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with the bacon and tomatoes.
Enjoy!!!


Nutrition Facts

Servings: 6

Amount Per Serving

Calories: 606

Total Fat

48.8g

Saturated Fat

29.5g

Polyunsaturated Fat

0.2g

Monounsaturated Fat

0.4g

Trans Fat

3g

Cholesterol

176.4mg

Sodium

411.5mg

Potassium

268.1mg

Total Carbohydrates

12.2g

Dietary Fiber

0.3g

Sugars

2.9g

Protein

28.4g

Vitamin A 36.3% Vitamin C 2.7%

Calcium 66.6% Iron 2%

*Nutritional information will vary depending on the brands you use.


*Adapted from Dinner at the Zoo.
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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Vanilla Honeycrisp Applesauce


Oh wow, this is by far my favorite applesauce I have made. It had a nice tart flavor to it with a subtle sweetness. I just could not get enough of this applesauce.

When making applesauce I always leave my peels on and puree the applesauce so I still get the nutritional value from the peel. Leaving the peels on will make this applesauce more tart than if you were to peel the apples. If you are not a fan of tart flavors you will want to peel the apples first.

Vanilla Honey Crisp Applesauce

Ingredients:

  • 5 pounds honeycrisp apples, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Add the chopped apples to a crock pot.
  2. Pour the lemon juice and vanilla extract over top and toss to combine.
  3. Cook on high for 4 hours or until the apples are soft and can be easily mashed with a spoon.
  4. For a smooth applesauce puree in batch in a blender or use an immersion blender to puree in the crock pot.

Enjoy!!!

Notes:
If you do not like tart applesauce, peel the apples first.

The smaller you chopped the apples, the faster they cook down.

I did not need to add any water to this applesauce, but you will want to check on the applesauce several times during the cooking time to make sure the apples are not cooking too fast or it could burn.
*Adapted from Self Proclaimed Foodie.
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Monday, November 12, 2018

Make Again Monday: White Chocolate Caramel Latte

White Chocolate Caramel Latte: Savory Sweet and Satisfying

When I went to remake this drink I was surprised that I did not list an amount of coffee, usually I try to be specific in my recipes. Listing the coffee as "1 coffee K-cup, single serve- brew to you liking" can really affect the finished product considering my single serve coffee machine can brew anywhere between 1/2 cup to 1 1/2 cups coffee. So this time I made sure to make note of how much coffee I brewed, which was 1/2 cup, for the best tasting latte.

To see the recipe and the original post click here.

Enjoy!!!
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Thursday, November 8, 2018

Buckeye Dip

Buckeye Dip: Savory Sweet and Satisfying

The classic flavor combination of a buckeye candy is turned into a delicious dip. I served this dip with graham crackers, but I think it would also taste good with animal crackers or even some sliced apples. 

Buckeye Dip

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups mini chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer or stand mixer, beat the cream cheese, butter and peanut butter until smooth.
  2. Add in the powdered sugar, brown sugar, flour and vanilla extract. Beat until well mixed.
  3. Fold in the chocolate chips.​
  4. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  5. Serve with graham crackers.
Enjoy!!!
*Adapted from What Molly Made.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Barbecue Sausage Sloppy Joes

Barbecue Sausage Sloppy Joes: Savory, Sweet and Satisfying

For some reason I have been on a sloppy joe kick, I think I have tried four different recipes at this point. Only two of the recipes were keepers, but that is okay two is better than none. Unfortunately the first two I tried were not keepers and my husband was starting to question my sloppy joe making skills. But then came this sloppy joe recipe and he changed his tune. What really makes this sloppy joe's is that it is made with Italian sausage links. We loved the flavor of the sausage paired with the barbecue sauce and the pockets of the melty cheese just added to the deliciousness.

Barbecue Sausage Sloppy Joes

Ingredients:

  • 19 ounces Italian sausage links
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, finely diced
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, finely diced
  • 1/2 yellow onion, finely diced
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 4 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, cut into small cubes
  • 6 hamburger buns

Directions:

  1. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Remove the sausage from the casing and place in the skillet. Cook the sausage, breaking it up as it cooks, until completely cooked.
  3. Transfer the sausage to a plate and drain the oil from the pan, leaving 2 tablespoons.
  4. Add the peppers and onions to the skillet and cook, stirring often, for 5-7 minutes or until softened.
  5. Add the barbecue sauce, tomato sauce and beef broth to the skillet.
  6. Simmer the mixture until it has reduced by half, about 6-8 minutes.
  7. Add the sausage back to the skillet and stir to mix.
  8. Add in the cheddar cheese and gently mix just until the cheese starts to melt.
  9. Serve on buns.


Nutrition Facts

Servings: 6

Amount Per Serving

Calories: 520

Total Fat

13.6g

Saturated Fat

6.3g

Polyunsaturated Fat

0g

Monounsaturated Fat

0.9g

Trans Fat

2.6g

Cholesterol

41g

Sodium

1460.7mg

Potassium

316.1mg

Total Carbohydrates

78.1g

Dietary Fiber

4.3g

Sugars

27.9g

Protein

25.2g

Vitamin A 15.7% Vitamin C 70.9%

Calcium 23.9% Iron 23.5%

*Nutritional information will vary depending on the brands you use.


*Adapted from Dinner then Dessert.
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