I couldn’t wait for the Holiday Pretzel Crisps to come out so I made these today.
Pretzel Crisp Toffee Candy
1 7.2 oz bag Original Pretzel Crisps
1 c unsalted butter (2 sticks)
1 c brown sugar
1 c chocolate chips
1 c crushed pecans
Preheat oven to 400. line a baking sheet with a silpat or spray with cooking spray
Lay Pretzel Crisps evenly on the pan.
Melt butter in a small sauce pan with the brown sugar over med high heat
Bring to a boil and boil over med heat for 3 minutes
Pour over Pretzel Crisps and bake for 5 minutes
Remove from oven and scatter chocolate chips and nuts over the top while still warm, slightly pressing them down with a rubber spatula to help them stick.
Refrigerate baking sheet for at least 2 hours or until candy is hard.Break into pieces. Store in an airtight container.
** Other additions, chopped peppermint candy, toasted coconut, chopped peanuts, peanut butter chips, mini M and M’s
Yay! It’s Friday, the longest day of the year and the first Official Day of Summer. You should celebrate! Try this twist on one of my favorite cocktails, The Beerita. Using fresh pineapple makes this drink even better than the classic.
Fresh Pineapple Beerita
2 cups fresh pineapple cored, peeled and chopped
1/3 c tequila
1 c Corona or Corona Light Beer
1 T Lime juice
1 cup ice
Throw this all in a blender and puree until smooth then drink up.
I was busy making our traditional Corned Beef and Cabbage and I had also make Irish Coffee Cupcakes earlier so the Bailey’s Irish Cream was out in the kitchen. All day I kept thinking I bet that would be good in mashed potatoes. I know it seems slightly weird but I have put alcohol in potatoes before and cream well that’s a no brainer. Hmmm. I had boiled the potatoes and dribbled a little of the bailey’s on one and tasted it, well it was good, gave it a rich decadent taste almost like a truffle oil. I made my husband try it , he said I think your right, so I went for it. Subtle and creamy, decadent and delicious, these will become tradition for all St. Patrick’s Days to come.
Bailey’s Irish Cream Mashed Potatoes
about 10 med sized yukon gold potatoes
1/2 stick butter
1 t salt
1/2 t black pepper
2 T Bailey’s Irish Cream
1/3-1/2 c milk
Boil potatoes until tender
sprinkle with salt
add butter, Bailey’s, and 1/3 c milk. Mash until smooth adding more milk if needed, add pepper and salt to taste.
I used to eat Corned Beef on St. Patrick’s Day because I had to, it was tradition. Now I eat it because I love it all thanks to one on my good friends. We were making copious amounts of Corned Beef and cabbage for a St. Patrick’s Day Party and she showed me how to make a delicious glaze for the beef that her family had made for years. It is so easy and simple, just 2 ingredients, brown sugar and Dijon mustard.
Easy Mustard and Brown Sugar Glazed Corned Beef
1 package corned beef brisket flat cut
seasoning packet from beef
Cook beef with seasoning packet as directed, usually about 3 hours on simmer (or all day in a slowcooker). Remove beef and place on cutting board, let cool slightly. Preheat oven to 375. coat meat on all sides with dijon mustard, then press brown sugar into meat. I used about 1/4 cup mustard and 3/4 c brown sugar.
Place in oven and cook until a golden crust forms on the beef, about 20 minutes.
Slice and serve. We had it this year with roasted cabbage and Bailey’s Mashed Potatoes
We always have a book club Christmas party, and the stakes are high. Not only can these girls read and have intelligent conversations, they are crafty, gourmet cooks and food connoisseurs. So when choosing a dish to bring you can’t resort to the usual stand bys. Last year I saw a picture of this cheese ball snowman and thought that’s it, food performance art. Now I know culinarily speaking it is not that exciting but it makes up for it in entertainment value.
Frosty The Cheeseman
1 large box and 1 small box of velveeta cheese any flavor
2 bricks cream cheese softened
cut the velveeta into 3 pieces, like a snowman they should vary in size from large to small, using your hands roll them into ball shapes ( velveeta is like playdoh, its easy)
frost the balls with the cream cheese and stack them using toothpicks to hold them together.
cut arms, hat, and buttons from carrots ( be creative use whatever vegetables you have)
cut a bow out of a green pepper
use black olives for eyes
Heres the fun part, put frosty in a fondue pot or electric fry pan on low, watch Frosty melt into a puddle of goodness, and serve with chips.
Mmm homemade cranberry sauce, I refuse to eat the canned stuff and why when it is so simple to make your own. Since you are making your own, why not make it a drunken cranberry, your turkey deserves a drink too.
Spiced Rum Cranberry Sauce
1 bag fresh cranberries, washed and drained
1/2 c spiced rum
1 c sugar
1/2 c orange juice
1/2 t orange zest
1/4 t ground ginger
1/4 t salt
Heres the easy part, add all ingredients to a saucepan, bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. pour into a bowl, cover and refrigerate until ready.
This is a yummy side dish or a meatless main meal, would also be a lovely side for Thanksgiving or Christmas.
Roasted Vegetable Orzo with Parmesan Cheese
1 package orzo pasta cooked and drained
I cup chopped eggplant
I cup chopped and peeled acorn or butternut squash
1/2 cup carrots chopped
1/2 cup chopped bell peppers, I used yellow and red
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes
1/2 c chopped onion
2T olive oil
1 cup grated parmesan cheese
salt and pepper
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
Toss all chopped vegetables with 1 T olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Spread on a sheet pan and put into the oven for about 15-20 minutes or until vegetables are fork tender.
Add vegetables to a large bowl and add in cooked and drained pasta, 1 T olive oil, lemon juice, parmesan cheese and salt and pepper. Serve.
*Use what you have on hand this is a great way to use up leftover vegetables, be creative.
Today is Moldy Cheese Day! I Love Cheese, all types so I will be celebrating. Why not join in with some of the following moldy varieties of cheese, bleu, camembert, gorgonzola, maytag blue, roquefort, brie, and stilton. Here are some of my recipes that would be great for a celebratory moldy cheese dinner.
Cobb Salad: Family Style
Buffalo Chicken Casserole
Pear, Blue Cheese, and Caramelized Onion Flatbreads
So many holidays lately, but of course this one is made for me! Today, August 10th, is Duran Duran Appreciation Day, but which day isn’t? I am getting excited for an upcoming trip to Biloxi to see them, and will probably have a Duran Duran dance party tonight with my bestie to celebrate.
So all you Duranies, break out the old albums, buttons and t-shirts and maybe make a Duran Duran themed vegetable platter.
or a Cherry Ice Cream Smile