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Mint Chocolate Delights

12 Jan

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Introduction:

Well, at least it hasn’t been a full year since our last post! Here’s a new recipe to knock your socks off. If you’ve had these before, you’ll know how good they are. If not, eater beware – you may find yourself eating a whole plateful before you realize it. Our favorite brand of mint chocolate chips is from Tollhouse, but we’ve had a hard time finding them this winter. Any other brand will be tasty too though, don’t worry.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks), softened
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2/3 c cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 10 oz package of Dark Chocolate/Mint Chips

Instructions:

1.) Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

2.) Combine flour, cocoa and baking soda in a small bowl.

3.) In a separate bowl beat softened butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla until well mixed. Add eggs one at a time mixing well after each addition.

4.) Gradually add the flour mix to the sugar bowl. Stir in the chips.

5.) Place rounded tablespoons onto ungreased cookie sheet (about 2 inches apart).

6.) Bake 11-13 minutes, until cookies are golden. Cool 2 minutes on sheet and then remove cookies to a wire rack.

Makes about 4 dozen cookies.

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M&M Cookies

20 Jan

M&M Cookies

Introduction:

After a brief hiatus, we’re back! And with a delicious treat to boot. These cookies are sure to be a favorite of yours, you just need to give them a try.

Warning: These cookies are super addictive, eat at your own risk.

 Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks), softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 12-ounce package M&M’s

 Instructions:

1.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2.) In a large bowl, mix butter and sugars (by hand or with a beater). Add egg and vanilla, beat until fluffy.

3.) In a separate bowl combine the flour, baking soda and salt.

4.) Gradually add the flour mix to the sugar bowl. Stir in M&M package.

5.) Place rounded tablespoons onto ungreased cookie sheet (about 2 inches apart).

6.) Bake 10-13 minutes, until cookies are golden. Cool 1 minute on sheet and then remove cookies to a wire rack.

Makes about 3-4 dozen cookies.

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Happy Birthday America!

4 Jul

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Asparagus Roll Ups

30 May

Introduction:

Looking for a new hip appetizer to bring to your next social gathering? Then we’ve got just the thing for you! These asparagus roll ups will be the talk of the town.

BUT WAIT,THERE’S MORE!

They’re incredibly easy to make too!

So what are you waiting for? Go and give these a try!

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of crescent rolls
  • 1 bunch of fresh asparagus
  • ground sea salt
  • fresh ground pepper
  • grated parmesan cheese

*Serves four people as an appetizer or side.

 Instructions:

1.) Preheat oven according to directions on crescent roll package. While oven is warming, wash asparagus under cold water and pat dry. Next, cut roughly one inch off of the bottom of each stalk to remove the tough not so yummy part.

2.) Open crescent roll package and roll out contents so that there is one flat layer of dough; this should make a rectangular shape. Cut dough into thin strips (roughly ½ inch wide) along the short side of the rectangle. Pinch together the perforations so that each strip is one continuous piece of dough.

3.) Wrap dough around the stalk of the asparagus so that it starts at the base and ends near the top.

4.) Mix together some fresh ground pepper, sea salt and grated parmesan cheese on a flat plate. Gently roll your asparagus roll ups in the seasoning mixture so that the seasoning generously sticks to the dough.

5.) Line roll ups on a baking sheet and bake according to directions on crescent roll package or until dough is golden brown.

6.) Let cool and serve!

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Magic Dream Bars

22 Apr

Introduction:

Dear Readers, did you think we forgot about you? Well, to make it up to you here’s a recipe that will take your taste buds to heaven! Some people call them “magic bars”, some call them “dream bars” but at TCF we call them “Magic Dream Bars” (how original right?). These bars are so easy to make, so delicious, and really flexible. They always end up being a what’s-in-the-cupboard kind of dessert, so feel free to experiment. We’ve had so many combinations of these…with nuts, toffee, butterscotch, peanut butter chips etc. They always taste delicious; so just go crazy and don’t worry about quantities. In our experience, if you ever serve these tasty treats people will think you’re a gourmet chef.

Ingredients:

  •  1/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup toffee pieces
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup chopped nuts
  • 1-1/2 cup coconut
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk

Instructions:

1.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. While oven is warming, melt butter in 9×13 pan in oven. When melted, take out of oven and mix in graham cracker. [Optional: Put back into the oven to crisp (5-10 minutes).]

2.) Layer your chocolate chips, toffee pieces, white chocolate chips, and nuts. Add the coconut to the top. Pour the can of condensed milk over the top.

3.) Bake 20-25 minutes until golden and beautiful!

4.) Let cool, cut and serve.

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Chicken Bacon Avocado Quesadillas

16 Jan

Introduction:

While stumbling for recipes across the vast expanses of the inter-web (one of Emster’s favorite past-times), we found this idea for dinner. Of course it sounded so good, that we immediately made it and ate it all! It is so delicious and such a great combination of flavors, there is simply no need to improve upon the concept. Anyways, let’s give credit where credit is due…thank you Kevin and Amanda for a great recipe. Together we can spread the Avocado-y Bacon-y goodness one blog post at a time.

Ingredients:

  • tortilla shells
  • 1 lb chicken
  • 1/2 lb bacon
  • 1-2 avocados
  • 1 large onion
  • salt
  • pepper
  • garlic powder
  • onion powder

*This recipe makes about 4-5 quesadillas.

Instructions:

1.) Cook bacon.

2.) Cut chicken into bite size pieces. Season to taste with salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder. Saute chicken in the frying pan with olive oil and onions until chicken is thoroughly cooked and onions are translucent. Drain chicken and pat dry.

3.) Peel and slice avocados. Shred cheese and wipe pan clean.

4.) Over medium-high heat, lightly grease the pan (butter, etc.) and place tortilla in the center. Place chicken, bacon, avocado and cheese on your tortilla. If you’re going to spread it over the entire tortilla, make sure not to put too much filling (we learned this the hard way). You can also load up only half with filling and fold the other half over.

5.) Flip quesadilla over until both sides are nicely browned.

6.)Serve with sour cream, salsa, or any other toppings you might like!

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Peppermint Kiss Cookies

20 Dec

Introduction:

This recipe is a variant of one of our favorite cookies…the delicious peanut butter kiss cookie. You can think of this as the holiday version perhaps. A couple years ago we stumbled across a new seasonal delight from Hershey’s, the Peppermint Kiss. Now, if you haven’t had the privilege to bite into one of these buddies, then you don’t know what you’re missing. Go out and buy yourself a pack right now before they’re gone from the stores for another year!

Our recipe starts with a basic sugar cookie (feel free to use your own recipe or try ours out). We thought about adding some peppermint extract to the dough but felt it might make the cookies too mint-y and ended up leaving it out. If you’re feeling adventurous and want to try with the mint extract please let us know how it comes out! Another variation that we hope to try out soon uses chocolate cookies instead of sugar cookies (we’ll let you know how that goes :D). In the end, the sugar cookie/peppermint kiss combo was a really delectable combination, try it out if you’re looking for something delicious.

Ingredients:

  •  2 ¾ cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 ½ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla

*This recipe makes about 3-4 dozen cookies.

Instructions:

1.) Preheat oven to 375F. In a small bowl stir together flour, baking soda and baking powder

2.) In a large bowl cream together butter and sugar. Beat in egg and vanilla. Gradually add the dry ingredients.

3.) Roll small teaspoonfuls into balls and place on ungreased pan. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until slightly golden.

4.) Add an unwrapped peppermint kiss to each cookie. Let cool for 2 minutes on the tray and then move to a cooling rack.

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