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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Kale Artichoke Dip

Kale and artichokes take centre stage, in this creamy warm dip.


Hun... What's for Dinner? | Kale and artichokes take centre stage, in this creamy warm dip


Hubby and I are all about dip. Anytime we go out to eat, we get some sort of dip, as an appetizer.  Most restaurants offer Spinach Artichoke dip, so we've had just about any variation you can make. Last summer, I attended a blogger event at Summer Fresh and they sent us home with the most fabulous kale dip. It was slightly sweet, creamy and delicious. Well, I haven't been able to find the kale dip in any of our grocery stores, so I decided to make a Kale Artichoke Dip.

It basically is the same as a spinach artichoke dip, but using kale in place of the spinach. I made ours using cream cheese, which is a base I enjoy in warm dips. This is a very simple dip, yet it's so addictive. I served it with some toasted Naan bread, pita chips and tortilla chips. The kids even ate some, which is very surprising since they are always so leery of trying green foods. This is the dip that inspired the Kale Artichoke Pasta I shared with you last month. We loved this dip so much and I was constantly craving it, that I decided to turn it into a pasta dish. It's creamy, savoury and full of gooey cheese.


Hun... What's for Dinner? | Kale and artichokes take centre stage, in this creamy warm dip



Kale Artichoke Dip
printable version

1 bunch kale, washed, chopped and ribs removed
3 Tbs olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
4 oz cream cheese
1/3 C sour cream
1/4 C mayonnaise
1- 14 oz can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
1/2 C Parmesan cheese
1 1/2 C Mozzarella cheese, grated
1/4 tsp salt & pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Heat oil in a large skillet, over medium heat. Add in washed kale and toss to coat with oil. Cook for 1 minutes. Once kale starts with wilt, add in minced garlic and season with salt and pepper. Cook until soft; about 3 minutes. Let cool.

In a microwave safe mixing bowl, add the cream cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise and 1 C mozzarella cheese. Cook in microwave for 45 seconds and stir until smooth. Stir in Parmesan, kale and artichoke hearts. Pour into an oven safe dish and sprinkle with remaining 1/2 C mozzarella. Bake for 10-15 minutes, until cheese on top begins to slightly brown.


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Monday, April 28, 2014

Simple Supper Tuesday #61

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Sunday, April 27, 2014

Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars

These soft and chewy oatmeal peanut butter bars, have a gooey sweet layer of strawberry jam in the centre.

Hun... What's for Dinner? | Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars- These soft and chewy oatmeal peanut butter bars, have a gooey sweet layer of strawberry jam in the centre.


The weather has been playing weird tricks on us this month. We'll have a few days of gorgeous and warm weather, and then BAM! we're back below zero with horrible bone chilling winds. While I'd love for the warm temperatures to stay, the colder weather has given me the opportunity to bake a few more yummy desserts. I had a major sweet tooth the last night, so Queenie and I decided to bake something. I wanted it to be quick and easy, so thought of making peanut butter cookies. I have a great 4 ingredient recipe that I usually make, but wanted to jazz it up a little. That's when PB&J bars were born.

These are super simple to make and come together in a snap. If you use gluten free oats, this can also be a great gluten free snack. The kids absolutely loved these. Mr.B has been on a peanut butter and jelly kick lately, so he's in absolute heaven with these bars. These are soft and chewy and the jelly adds an awesome gooey sticky layer of sweetness. I'm thinking of making another batch, for a Tea Party I will be having next month. They are so quick to whip up, and would be a wonderful sweet treat to have with our tea.


Hun... What's for Dinner? | Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars- These soft and chewy oatmeal peanut butter bars, have a gooey sweet layer of strawberry jam in the centre.



Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars
printable version

1 C Kraft smooth peanut butter
2/3 C sugar
2 eggs
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 C quick cooking oats
1/2 C strawberry jam/jelly

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9x9 baking dish with parchment paper.

In a large bowl mix together the peanut butter, sugar, baking powder, eggs, baking powder and oats; until a crumbly dough is formed. Press 2/3 of the dough into the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Spread the jam/jelly evenly over the dough, in the baking dish. Crumble remaining dough over jelly; evenly covering the jelly.

Bake for 20-22 minutes; until the tops begins to brown slightly. Cool completely. Remove from baking dish, but using the parchment paper as handles. Cut into bars. Store covered, in the fridge for up to 5 days (if they last that long!).


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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Tex Mex Perogies

Crisp bacon flavoured perogies are topped with a blend of cheeses, salsa and avocado, for a wonderful Tex Mex twist.


Hun... What's for Dinner?|  Crisp bacon flavoured perogies are topped with a blend of cheeses, salsa and avocado, for a wonderful Tex Mex twist.


Mr. B and Hubby are crazy about perogies. Any time we are grocery shopping, Hubby puts a bag of perogies into the cart. It doesn't matter if we already have some at home, he buys more. There is just something about these bundles of dough and potato, that is addictive. We usually eat our perogies loaded up with cheese, bacon and sour cream. This time I decided I wanted something different and went the tex mex route with them. We like our perogies crisp, so I boil them first, then fry them until crisp.

I was in the mood for nachos, but we were out tortilla chips, so I thought perogies would taste wonderful topped with salsa and avocado. Boy was I right! The perogies were crisp and creamy, topped with salty cheese, spicy salsa and creamy avocado. This is a really good and filling meatless meal.



Hun... What's for Dinner?|  Crisp bacon flavoured perogies are topped with a blend of cheeses, salsa and avocado, for a wonderful Tex Mex twist.




Tex Mex Perogies
printable version

2 pounds of perogies (about 30)
2 Tbs olive oil
1 Tbs butter
1/2 C Colby Jack cheese, grated
1/4 c marble cheddar, grated
salsa (we used medium salsa)
2 avocados, chopped
juice of 1 lime
1/2 tsp chili lime seasoning (Pampered Chef)
1/4 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp salt
sour cream

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add in perogies and reduce heat. Simmer until centres are heated through; about 3 minutes after the perogies float to the top of the water. Drain

Preheat broiler.

In a large skillet, heat the oil and butter over medium high heat. When the butter begins to bubble, add in the perogies and cook until lightly browned; about 3 minutes. Turn and cook for an additional 3 minutes. Transfer to an oven safe dish and repeat with any remaining perogies.

Sprinkle cheese over the fried perogies and place under broiler until cheese is bubbly.

In a small bowl, toss chopped avocado with lime juice, chili time seasoning, cumin and salt. Set aside.

Serve cheesy perogies with salsa, sour cream and avocados.


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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Simple Supper Tuesday #60

Sorry for the delay. This past weekend has been a crazy one and we have finally returned home. So, let's PARTY!

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Lemon Peeps Cookie Pizza- #CrazyIngredientChallenge


It's time for the Crazy Ingredient Challenge, where bloggers are assigned two ingredients that wouldn't necessarily go together, and we have to create something wonderful with them. I'd like to say a BIG thank you to Dawn, from Spatulas on Parade, for gettting us organized this month!!


This month we've been given Lemons and PEEPS to work with. At first I wasn't sure what I was going to make, but then I got a great idea. I'd melt the PEEPS into some cream, and add it to a dessert somehow. Then I though of PEEPS ganache, but decided to so a cookie pizza, mixing the melted PEEPS mixture with some white chocolate and cream cheese, as the sauce for the pizza. 

It totally worked perfectly. The PEEPS melted in the cream and turned it a beautiful light yellow colour. I decided to add lemon to the sauce as well and it was spectacular. I went with a sugar cookie crust and the flavour was totally awesome. The sauce added a nice pop of freshness to the cookie and fruit. The kids LOVED this cookie pizza. I wasn't sure they'd go for a cookie and fruit, but they loved the lemony sauce. Even hubby had a few slices, after I convinced him to try it. This would be a gorgeous addition to an Easter Brunch and a lovely way to end Easter dinner. The best part is, you can make this any time of the year, if you can get your hands on PEEPS.


Lemon PEEPS Cookie Pizza

1/2 C butter, softened
3/4 C sugar
1 egg
1 1/4 C flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1-8 oz package of light cream cheese
juice and zest of 1 lemon
1/2 C cream
1 pkg yellow PEEPS chicks (2 rows of 5)
1 pkg white chocolate chips
1 C powdered sugar
assorted sliced fruit (strawberries, kiwi)
black berries
1/2 C toasted coconut
2 PEEPS chicks
candy eggs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a bowl cream the butter and sugar, until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, until well combined. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder and salt. Add to butter mixture and mix until a soft dough forms. Pat dough out onto a pizza stone, 1/2 inch from the edge (dough will grow and over flow if you don't leave room for it to spread out while baking). Bake 8-10 minutes, until the dough begins to brown slightly. Remove from oven and let cool completely.

Taking a dip in the hot tub!

In a small sauce pot, add the cream and PEEPS and heat over med-low heat. Stir occasionally until the PEEPS have completely melted; about 5-10 minutes. Pour PEEPS cream over the white chocolate chips, in a bowl and let sit for 5 minutes. Stir to combine. Let cool completely.

In a clean bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth and fluffy. Beat in the lemon zest and juice, and the cooled white chocolate mixture; beating until smooth. Slowly beat in the powdered sugar and beat an additional 3 minutes. Spread onto the cookie, in an even layer.

Place the toasted coconut in a mound, in the centre of the cookie. Place fruit onto pizza, in a circular pattern, starting with strawberries, then black berries, followed by kiwi and more black berries. Chop remaining strawberries, and sprinkle around the outer edge of the pizza. Place two PEEPS onto the toasted coconut, along with a few candy eggs.




Monday, April 14, 2014

Simple Supper Tuesday #59 ~Featuring Easter

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Apple Fritter Muffins- Secret Recipe Club

These moist muffins are studded with tender spiced apples and dipped into a sweet glaze. You'll think you're eating an apple fritter.


Hun... What's for Dinner?: Apple Fritter Muffins- These moist muffins are studded with tender spiced apples and dipped into a sweet glaze.


It's time for this month's Secret Recipe Club reveal! I love being part of a group of bloggers, who cook from each other's blogs and then blog about it. It's so exciting to see who had my blog every month and to see what recipe they chose to make! This month I was assigned to Colleen's blog, Secrets from the Cookie Princess. I immediately went to Colleen's blog to check out her recipes, since I had an inkling that her blog would centre around desserts. I was pleasantly surprised to find tons of sweet recipes, along with wonderful savoury recipes. I sure do love my sweets! Right away I found a handful of recipes I wanted to make like M&M Pretzel Cashew Bites, Buffalo Chicken and Blue Cheese Meatloaf and these Apple Fritter Muffins. I mentioned all three recipes to the kiddos and hubby, and they voted for the muffins. I have the other recipes bookmarked to try in the future.

These muffins are awesome!! I love that the apples are cooked down before adding them to the batter. It's like muffin meets caramel apple pie filling. And dipping it in that glaze? OMG the kids and I were swooning, as I was dipping the warm muffins. The bonus was that they are peanut free, so I was able to send them to school with the kids. We had them devoured in the matter of days. How could we not? The muffins were moist and tender, studded with these wonderfully spiced apples and dipped in glaze. The spices were perfect, not over powering and the sweet glaze added just the right amount of sweetness. These muffins will be going into my school muffin rotation, for the kids lunches.


Hun... What's for Dinner?: Apple Fritter Muffins- These moist muffins are studded with tender spiced apples and dipped into a sweet glaze.





Apple Fritter Muffins
adapted from Secrets from the Cookie Princess
via Sweet Pea's Kitchen
printable version

Apples:
6 Tablespoons butter, divided
3 medium cooking apples ( I went with 2 McIntosh and 1 Red Delicious)
1/3 C brown sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves 
2 Tbs water

1/4 C flour

Muffins: 
2 1/3 C flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda

3 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground cloves
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 C unsweetened apple sauce
1/4 C canola oil
1 tsp vanilla

1 C sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
2 eggs, room temperature
1 cup buttermilk, room temperature (or 1 Tablespoon vinegar plus 1 cup milk)


Glaze:
2 Tbs butter, melted
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup powdered sugar 

1 Tbs hot water


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line 16 muffin cups with paper liners.

In a large cast iron skillet melt the butter over medium low heat.  Add in the sugar, apples, cinnamon, cloves and 1 Tbs hot water. Cook, stirring occasionally until apples are tender; about 8-10 minutes. Remove from heat and gradually stir in 1/4 C flour. Let cool.

In a medium mixing bowl, combine the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

In a separate large mixing bowl, combine the apple sauce, sugar, brown sugar, oil and vanilla. Whisk in eggs, one at a time; until combined. Add in flour alternately with the buttermilk, starting and finishing with the flour; stirring until the ingredients are just combined. Gently fold in the apples, ensuring to not over mix.

Divide batter equally among muffin cups and smooth the tops. Bake 14-16 minutes; until the tips are pale golden brown and springy to the touch. Remove from oven to a wired rack, letting muffins cool for 5 minutes before removing from the muffin tins. Cool slightly before dipping in into the glaze.

To make the glaze, mix together the melted butter, vanilla, powdered sugar and hot water until smooth. Holding warm muffins upside down, dip tops into the glaze, letting any access drip off. Return to wired rack to let the glaze harder. Dip muffins, into the glaze, a second time. Let harden before serving.

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