Sunday, May 29, 2011

Slow-Cooker Brisket Sandwiches

Hope you are all enjoying your Holiday weekend!

This recipe isn't a great kick-off for grilling season but

it IS a great backup if you can't

do a grill-out!

Heat oil in a large skillet and brown your salt and peppered

brisket on all sides.

Add the garlic the last 2 minutes to brown!

Transfer meat to slow-cooker.

Pour beer into the skillet and simmer for 30 seconds, scraping up

all the nummy brown bits left behind.

Add the beer to the slow cooker.

Nestle celery around the meat.

Add brown sugar, tomato paste, vinegar, mustard, soy sauce, bay

leaves and paprika.

Stir, then cover and cook on low for 8 hours or high for 6 hours.

(I know, I know... I didn't give you much time to plan ahead to make this today!!)

Transfer meat to cutting board and let rest for 10 minutes.

Slice it up!

Serve on your favorite rolls... be sure to drizzle some

of the yummy sauce over the top of the meat!


Printable Recipe

Friday, May 27, 2011

Fudge-Filled Peanut Butter Cookies

Today is a peanut butter and Nutella kind of day with a little extra chocolate thrown in for good measure:)
Happy Cookie Friday!!
Speaking of which-these sandwich cookies earned two thumbs up from all the kiddos!
But I suppose thats not too hard to imagine...
with the peanut butter/chocolate combo:)
Ingredient list:
peanut butter
brown sugar

beat until fluffy...

add in 1 egg, beat until smooth...

beat in flour, baking powder, and baking soda..

shape dough into 1 inch balls and place on ungreased cookie sheet
flatten by pressing with fork in criss cross pattern..

bake for 4 to 6 minutes
While cookies are cooling-and at this point if you're gonna taste one ya might as well have 2, they're sandwich cookies can't have a top with out a bottom;) -mix up the filling.

Put the chocolate chips in microwave safe bowl and microwave on high for about a minute-then add the peanut butter and nutella-stirring until smooth.
Nice and smooth:-)
Cool to room temp.

Take a tablespoon and spread mixture onto bottom cookie and top with the other.



Have a great Memorial Day Weekend!!:)

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Caribbean Lime Pork Chop with Mango-Lime BBQ Sauce

These pork chops are simply DE-vine!!
So much flavor-so little work!
I had so many limes in my fridge and these chops in the freezer just waiting to get together:)
I worked on the flavor combo for quite a few days before I just started throwing the ingredients over the top of the pork. I was bouncing ideas of whoever would listen:)
I think this is a total winner and perfect for the Memorial Day weekend grill-out!


First off the marinade:

Juice and zest of 2 or 3 limes
Mrs. Dash Caribbean Citrus Spice blend

Marinade for at least 2 hours and up to 24 hours.

Throw 'em on the grill until cooked through.

Mango-Lime BBQ Sauce
Lime juice+zest
Favorite BBQ sauce
Caribbean Citrus spice-Mrs. Dash
salt and pepper
Mash mango and add the rest of the ingredients and simmer until thickened.

Top pork chops with sauce and serve.
Wasn't that super easy?!?


Monday, May 23, 2011

Cheesy Mini Meatloaves

These little meatloaves are cheesey, yummy and quick to throw together!
I make them alot during a busy week because I usually have everything I need on hand.
You could easily modify them too-using ground turkey instead of beef or throw in some fresh onion and parsley or even use a different kind of cheese.

Main ingredients:

ground beef, evaporated milk, 1 egg, cooking oats

Salt, pepper, garlic salt, and Montreal steak seasoning.

Mix well.

Add in cheese-lots of cheese;)

Form into little loaves-make sure to make a little dent in the top for the sauce

Speaking of sauce...
Mix ketchup, mustard, and brown sugar in a small bowl.

Pour a dollop of sauce over each loaf.
Bake at 350 degrees for 40 to 45 mins.


Friday, May 20, 2011

Trail Mix Cookies in the Mini

Welcome to Cookie Friday!!!
I'm gonna give it my best shot to post a new cookie recipe every Friday.
I'm always finding/collecting new and different cookie recipes so this is gonna help me get through that massive stack and keep the cookie jar full for all the little grabby hands around here!!


Perfection in a cookie and a great starter for Cookie Friday! These have all the best stuff and are also known as Monster Cookies.
I decided to change it up a bit and go mini-mini M&M's, chocolate chips, peanut butter cups, butterscotch chips and toffee bits-all topped of with toasted coconut!

Besides the above mentioned ingredients we'll need-
flour, sugar, brown sugar, eggs, peanut butter, oatmeal, baking soda, and course Kosher salt.

Lovin' these mini peanut butter cups!

All the "goods"!

Roll into whatever size cookies needed.

Bake 8 to 10 minutes.


Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Cuban Panini Pressed Sandwich

A sandwich that really speaks for itself!
Gooey-cheesey deliciousness
Perfect for a Wednesday of wondering....
"What to make for suppa??"


So good and so easy-recipe rundown:

yellow mustard
Portuguese bread-or Kaiser rolls
thin sliced ham
pork roast
dill pickles
Muenster or Swiss

Spread mustard on rolls/bread, then layer ham, pork roast, pickles and cheese.
Panini for 5 minutes.

Then dig in and as always-ENJOY!!!!
*recipe slightly adapted from Taste of Home*

Monday, May 16, 2011

Frozen Strawberry Cheesecake & CSN Review

I know Summer is still about a month away but get ready cuz this dessert

is what Summer is all about!! Ice cream, strawberries with just a hint of lemon...


A while back we got an invitation to do another CSN review (love them!! :))

and chose to get the cutest mini springform pans!

Aren't they the adorable? :)

They are great to make individual little desserts!

Your dessert comes out perfectly... you don't have to worry about whether

it will keep its shape or is it even going to come out?

Check out all the CSN stores for the mini springform pans

or anything else you might be looking for.

Back to the dessert.....

Inside of the the frozen cheesecake is chunks of cheesecake (It is

almost like a blizzard!!) so to start you can either purchase a store

bought cheesecake or make your own. I chose to make a White chocolate Cheesecake

adapted from Paula Deen. It is a great Cheesecake!! And

pretty simple to throw together.

Start by mixing your graham cracker crumbs, sugar and butter.

Press into a 9-inch springform pan.

Note: We didn't end up using the whole cheesecake so you could

make a smaller one!

Bake for 8 minutes.

Beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth....

Add eggs one and a time.

Next, add the best part... the melted white chocolate!

Pour into baked crust and bake for 45 minutes.

Let sit for about 8 hours on a cooling rack.

..... much later :)

Make another graham cracker crust and press into

your springform pan.

Cut cheesecake into bite size pieces.

Fold cheesecake chunks into ice cream that has been whipped along

with small chunks of strawberries.

Add the ice cream filling to the prepared pans....

Don't be shy.... fill 'er up!

Such cute little pans!

Cover with Reynolds wrap and place into freezer.

Make the topping by adding strawberries, lemon juice and sugar

to saucepan. Cook for 3-5 minutes and cool until ready to use.

Once the ice cream and re-frozen, remove from freezer and

springform pan.

I love how the shape is so perfect!

Add your strawberry topping.

Sit back and enjoy!

White Chocolate Cheesecake Printable Recipe

Frozen Cheesecake Printable Recipe