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Peanut Butter Cup Dip

August 27, 2015

This sweet dip is the perfect addition to your next gathering: everyone will keep coming back for one more taste. It is not fancy, but it is delicious.

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You will need:

  • 1 bag (12 oz) miniature peanut butter cups, removed from wrappers
  • 16 oz Cool Whip, defrosted

Then you will…

  1. In a heavy bottom sauce pan, melt the peanut butter cups over low heat.
  2. Pour the peanut butter into a large mixing bowl.
  3. Whisk in the defrosted Cool Whip.
  4. Serve with cut fruit and cookies for dipping.
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Elderflower Gin and Tonic Punch

August 18, 2015

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This was the third punch bowls we served at our “welcome to summer” party. It is a light and fun twist on a traditional gin and tonic. The elderflower liqueur makes it taste just like the summer sun.

You will need:

  • 2 1/2 c gin
  • 1 bottle (750 mL) St. Germain Elderflower Liqueuer
  • 2 L tonic

Then you will…

  1. In a large punch bowl or pitcher, mix together the gin and St. Germain.
  2. Add the tonic.
  3. Serve over ice.
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Pimm’s Cup

August 12, 2015

This is the second of three punch bowls we served at our “welcome to summer” party. It would also be a fun drink to mix up around Kentucky Derby time.

You will need:

  • 1 bottle (750 mL) Pimm’s No. 1 Cup Liqueur
  • 1/2 cucumber, sliced into thin rounds
  • A handful of frozen strawberries
  • 1 orange, sliced thin
  • 1 lemon, sliced thin with seeds removed
  • 1 green apple, sliced thin
  • 1 c fresh mint leaves
  • 2 L sprite

Then you will…

  1. Pour the Pimm’s into a punch bowl or pitcher.
  2. Add the fruit.
  3. Lightly crush the mint by rubbing it between your palms. Add to the punch.
  4. Mix in the sprite.
  5. Serve over ice.

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Bourbon Tea Punch

August 4, 2015

Another great idea for a summer party are boozy punch recipes. This way you can prep the drinks in advance, and then allow guests to self-serve. This is one of three punch bowls we served at our “welcome to summer” party.

You will need:

  • 4 c boiling water
  • 8 Earl Grey teabags
  • 1 1/3 c bourbon
  • 2 L lemonade

Then you will…

  1. In a large mixing bowl, pour the water over the tea bags. Allow to steep for 10 minutes.
  2. Refrigerate the tea until cold.
  3. In a punch bowl or pitcher, combine the tea with the bourbon and lemonade.
  4. Serve over ice.

20150626 Bourbon Punch

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Turkey-Zucchini Meatballs

July 23, 2015

The other night I brought dinner to a friend’s house just because it seemed liked a fun way to spend the night. My friend has two small children, so whatever I made needed to be kid-friendly. These turkey-zucchini meatballs were the right choice, and a great way to sneak veggies into a family meal.

You will need:

  • 1 c shredded zucchini, excess water squeezed out
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 t ground basil
  • 1 t ground oregano
  • 1 t ground parsley
  • 1/2 t ground garlic
  • 1/2 t pepper
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1/4 c Panko bread crumbs
  • 1 lb ground turkey

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Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the zucchini with the eggs and spices.
  3. Mix in the bread crumbs and the turkey.
  4. Form the mixture into meatballs (about 1-2 inches in diameter; should make roughly 18 meatballs) and place on the prepared baking sheet.
  5. Bake 15-18 minutes until cooked through.
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Molasses Ginger Pork Tenderloin

July 15, 2015

D and I stumbled upon a big sale on pork tenderloin the other Sunday. Lucky us! We decided to marinade the pork in a sweet and spicy sauce and then grill it for some extra deliciousness. We only marinated it for a few hours, but it would be even more succulent if you could marinate it for a day or two before cooking. It was so yummy that we forgot to take a picture!

You will need:

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 inches fresh ginger, grated
  • 1/4 c honey
  • 1/2 c molasses
  • 1/4 c rice vinegar
  • 1/4 c low-sodium soy sauce
  • 3 T sriracha chili sauce
  • 2 t sesame oil
  • 1 t pepper
  • 1-2 lb pork tenderloin, trimmed

Then you will…

  1. In a large ziplock bag, combine everything but the pork. Seal and shake to mix.
  2. Add the pork to the marinade and toss to coat. Remove excess air from the bag, seal and refrigerate.
  3. Allow to marinate for at least 4 hours.
  4. Heat your grill to high heat. Cook to your preference. We like 7 minutes on one side and 6 minutes on the other with the lid closed. Because we have a gas grill, then we turn it off and leave the pork in for another 5 minutes.
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Parmesan Chicken Tenders

July 9, 2015

I LOVE CHICKEN TENDERS. I admit it. They are one of my favorite meals and can always turn my day around for the better. These are quick to put together and then are baked. The end result is a crispy meal that will make you smile.

You will need:

  • 2 c buttermilk
  • 1/4 c hot sauce
  • 1 lb chicken tenders
  • 1 c flour
  • 1/2 t paprika
  • 1/2 t garlic powder
  • 3/4 t pepper, divided
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 c Panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 3/4 c shredded Parmesan

Then you will…

  1. In a large ziplock bag, combine the buttermilk with the hot sauce.
  2. Add the chicken into the marinade.
  3. Allow to marinate for at least an hour.
  4. On a large plate, combine the flour with the paprika, garlic powder, and 1/4 teaspoon of the pepper.
  5. On a large plate, beat the eggs until the whites and yolks are combined.
  6. On a third plate, combine the bread crumbs with the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of pepper, the salt and the Parmesan.
  7. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  8. For each piece of chicken, allow the excess buttermilk to shake off. Then dredge in the flour mixture. Coat with egg and then dredge in the Parmesan mixture.
  9. Place the chicken on the prepared baking sheet.
  10. Bake for 10 minutes.
  11. Flip the chicken over and bake for another 10 minutes, or until cooked through and golden.

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