Wednesday, January 9, 2013

2012 Favorites

I know i'm a little late on the whole "2012 Favorites" thing, but hey, better late than never. It's always hard for me when it comes to choosing favorites when I love so many different things. Although this time I found myself with several "definite" items that I make all the time, making it a little easier. Half sweet, half savory, all really good! Hope you enjoy!

Best Chicken Pot Pie -I'm a fan of chicken pot pie. And to me, it doesn't get any better than this.

 Cheese Ball -perfect party appetizer!

Crepes -I didn't know just how easy crepes were to make. So glad I gave them a try! We love making different sweet and savory ones for breakfast..or dinner!

 Carmelitas -Chocolate and carmel..two of my favorite combinations.

Birthday Cake -It's a little more work than one flavor, but I really like the different layers going on in here. Chocolate cake + yellow cake sandwiched between buttercream and frosted with chocolate and not to mention covered in sprinkles. You'll have a completely messy kitchen when you're done but it'll be worth it.
 Chicken Tortilla Soup -I could eat the whole pot.

 Chicken Gyros with Tzatki Sauce -Simple and delicious.

 Creamy Garlic Pasta -Who knew a few simple ingredients could taste so good?

Brownie Mosaic Cheesecake -It gives The Cheesecake Factory a run for it's money. And for how much they charge, do yourself a favor and make this!

Giant Smores Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies -I love smores. Did you know that? Chocolate chip cookies also happen to be one of my favorite things in the world.

Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Cookies -These things are big! And indulgent. Please have milk on hand.

Chocolate Toffee Pretzel Bark -This stuff is just down right addicting. Get your fat pants out.
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Monday, January 7, 2013

Oreo Truffle Brownies

Holy cow it's been a long time since I posted something. Having a baby and with all the holidays, it's been busy around here to say the least. This month alone is packed with family and work events and baby showers. But I love it. It's good to be busy, right? Last month a friend moved away, and as a 'last' treat this is what I made. Knowing they're a fan of brownies and oreo truffles, this was sure to please. And please they did! Me, atleast. These make a huge pan and that means I ate way too many!
Oreo Truffle Brownies
adapted from Chef in Training

1Box of brownies and ingredients called for on box (or make your own)
1 pkg. Double Stuffed Oreos
4 oz. Cream cheese softened, add more as needed
10 oz. Dipping Chocolate

Bake brownies as directed on box using a 9x13 in. pan. Allow to cool completely.

Crush oreos until finely ground. Mash cream cheese, starting with 4 oz. and adding more as needed with oreos until well combined. Hands work best for that part. Place the oreo truffle layer on top of the brownies.

Melt dipping chocolate then spread over the truffle layer. Cover and refrigerate until set. Follow TawnyAlexander on Twitter