Monday, January 28, 2013

Superbowl Ice Cream Sandwiches (by Kimberley from Kimberley's Kitchen)

How pumped are you for the Super Bowl? It's going to be a bit of a somber occasion around here since the man is a Pat's fan and... well... you saw what happened. 

Thankfully Kimberley from Kimberley's Kitchen - my number one marshmallow destination - has her game face on and is fully prepared with these amazing Superbowl Ice Cream Sandwiches.

Have you meet Kimberley before? She makes incredible artisan marshmallows and confections. She's passionate about quality food and the environment, and all her ingredients are simple, often local, organic and fair trade certified. 

Take it away, Kimberley!

Ice cream and chocolate chip cookies. Two of my favorite things. So, I thought, why not put them together and make the ultimate Superbowl treat for our annual party!

Superbowl is a big deal in our house. We spend months planning our menu; long before we know the teams in that final game. And if it happens to be two teams we like, or even just one, then all the better! However, this year is shaping up to be two teams we don't particularly love (sorry!) so we are planning a fairly neutral color palette and putting away all of our Saints memorabilia.

I was trying to think of a hand-held dessert combining my two favorite foods and then it hit me- Ice Cream Sandwiches! Who said they are just for summer? My epiphany came to me after I made a batch of the BEST HOMEMADE ICE CREAM EVER!

Okay, I know that I am not the first to make homemade ice cream. But trust me, if you haven't tried it, you are missing out. Of course, this recipe would work just fine with your favorite store-bought. But homemade really isn't too difficult or time-consuming so why not try it?

I started with football shaped cookies made from my Favorite Oatmeal Chocolate Chip recipe, which I am sharing below. But you could use any cookie recipe that you love- chocolate cookies, sugar cookies, you name it, it would work just fine.

I then added my homemade Vanilla Bean Ice Cream. Again, go with your favorite flavor.
I then added a few mix-ins. I am all about the mix-ins. Here we have simple, humble chocolate chips and some handmade marshmallows (to be fair, I add marshmallows to just about everything). And voila. You have a Superbowl dessert that is fun, interactive, and destined to be a family favorite.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Low Fat Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

I’m not one for counting calories. To be honest, it makes me feel a bit dirty. (And not in the way I like). But I do love foods that focus on health instead of weight loss, and that’s exactly what these cookies do.

Using minimal butter, a banana, and reduced sugar, my family couldn’t tell these weren’t their usual decadent fare. I suspect the cookies could even be made more healthy with some whole wheat flour or maybe some sugar substitutions. But you know, everything in moderation.

Just don't be a jerk and add raisins to them. (I'm totally kidding - please do that to your friends and children. We all must go through the sadness and disappointment).

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Easy Egg-free Chocolate Pudding

Some of my favourite childhood memories involve eating a giant bowl of chocolate pudding.

Sometimes it was after surgeries. Other times it was just as a quick dessert, made in minutes to satisfy a spontaneous craving.

But it was always delicious, and way better coming from the stove than a box.

This recipe doesn't use any eggs, and is relatively low in sugar and fat compared to some of the recipes out there made with cream and drenched with sugar. Feel free to adjust the cocoa to chocolate chip ratio to suit your tastes.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Cannoli Cream Dessert

Today's guest post comes from Lillian, who can be found writing about her kitchen adventures over at My Recipe Journey. Lillian is sharing a Valentine's Day recipe, which is great because I am seriously challenged when it comes to romantic things. Really - Valentine's Day dinner last year was fried chicken served with a side of Jack Daniels and Coke.

Thanks, Lillian!

I love to make desserts that look fancy but are easy and delicious! That's how I came up with this next recipe called 'Cannoli Cream Dessert'. I made it for my husband on Valentine's Day....he was very impressed!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Chocolate Oatmeal Cluster Cookies

When you live in a house full of cookie monsters (and are one yourself...) running out of sugar and flour is no excuse to not have cookies ready for dessert.

So what's a girl to do? Google flourless sugar-free cookies, of course. And I was lead to these chocolate oatmeal cluster cookies, which are flourless and sweetened naturally with honey. 

The bonus? These can easily be gluten-free cookies if you use gluten-free oats, too. Everyone wins!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Easy Macaroni and Cheese

There aren't many dishes more important to master than an awesome and easy macaroni and cheese.

Easy Macaroni and Cheese

Not only will it rival demands for Kraft Dinner, but it's a perfect make-ahead freezer meal. Just reheat for an easy lunch or dinner.

And it's apparently really, really hilarious. 

This recipe uses orzo, one of my favourite pastas to use when cooking for kids. The small pieces look like giant rice, and it can be scarfed down without the same choking hazard as larger pasta shapes. Plus it doesn't lose shape when you heat it back up! The sauce combines two types of cheese, a lower fat milk, and a few key spices. 

Oh, and did I mention it's all made in one pot? Doesn't get much more convenient than that!

Easy Macaroni and Cheese

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Spicy Asian Chicken Noodle Soup

Santa brought me a cold for Christmas.

Spicy Asian Chicken Noodle Soup

And, despite it being incredibly unappreciated and disgusting, it gave me the chance to slow down after the holidays and tinker around to create my new favourite soup - an awesome spicy one since the man was away and I needed to kick this cold's butt.

This recipes starts completely from scratch, including the broth, but if you have some broth already on hand, feel free to use that instead and start at Part 2. I happened to have some leftover cajun spiced chicken breasts in the fridge, so I used those to help kick up the flavour. Any cooked chicken will do, however, and you can always cook it in the stock step to save time.

This one would make a great freezer meal to have on hand for next time you're feel under the weather.


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