Archive for February, 2012

February 29th, 2012

Oven Barbecue (4 ingredients fast)


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Even if you love to cook like Jocelyn and I, we all know there are some days that don’t have enough minutes in them and we need dinner without a lot of fuss. {yes, you know too well just what that means . . . }

This is one of our go-to dinners because it’s fast, easy, and a family favorite.  It’s especially good in the winter when you crave wonderful barbecue flavor, but don’t want to {or can’t} go outside to use the grill.  There are only 4 ingredients:  Your favorite barbecue sauce, Coca-cola, brown sugar and meat.  This sauce works with both chicken and pork chops {Our favorite is the pork chops}.

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February 28th, 2012

Caramelitas


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Want to make friends fast??  Serve these Caramelitas or give them as a gift and you’ll be everyone’s best friend!

Ooey-Gooey Caramel + Chocolate + Oatmeal = Simply Decadent!

These Caramelita Bars are amazing, but they are very rich so you can cut them in small servings.  The recipe makes an 8×8 pan which will be plenty unless you are feeding a crowd (simply double the recipe for a 13×9 pan).

Next time you need to take a dessert try these – you’ll be the talk of the party {In a good way of course}.

Caramelitas

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February 27th, 2012

Chicken and Grape Salad with Blue Cheese Yogurt Dressing

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Sometimes I just crave a nice flavorful salad.  Especially as we {hopefully} start heading in to warmer weather and we are spending more and more time out in the sun.  I love salads and I even love them for dinner {my husband doesn’t share that same love unfortunately}  I like to change it up too, I don’t want the same salad every time.  So if you are in the mood for salad don’t forget about our Pear and Pistachio Salad with Sherry Shallot Vinaigrette, Spinach Salad, or our Winter Citrus Salad {just to name a few}.

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February 24th, 2012

White Chocolate Hot Cocoa with Minty Shamrock Marshmallows


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Legend has it that finding a four-leaf clover will bring you good luck.  I would consider any day lucky if someone made me this white chocolate cocoa!  Generally speaking, my family is not a huge fan of plain white chocolate, but this  cocoa changes all the rules.  {Warning, this hot chocolate  is  totally indulgent- you may not want to share.}

Adding the shamrock marshmallows is a fun idea for St. Patrick’s day!  We have a basic marshmallow recipe here.  And if you don’t have time to make the shamrock marshmallows, you could always just add a little green food color to the cocoa for a spot of green on the day!

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February 23rd, 2012

Buttermilk Rolls

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I LOVE fresh baked bread of any kind.  There is just something magical about the end result.  The smell fills the entire house and it is hard not to immediately dive in.  I feel a sense of pride when pulling out a tray of dinner rolls or a loaf of bread.  How can these few simple ingredients turn out into something so wonderful?

Bread actually intimidated me for a long time.  It just seemed so temperamental and difficult.  But it really isn’t.  Patience is important, so that was something I had to work on.  But the effort is well worth it.  Now, I want to have fresh baked bread all the time.  But some days there just isn’t time.  These rolls are great because you can do most of the work one day and simply have to roll them out and let them rise on another day.  I can make the dough and bake just 12 rolls and save another 36 rolls for later in the week.  {Leftovers don’t seem so bad if they are paired with fresh from the oven rolls.  I promise, try it.}

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