Ice Cream Sandwiches

Ice Cream Sandwiches | July 2015

Hmmmm… what is frozen, creamy, and filled with chocolate chips? A chocolate chip ice cream sandwich! I always feel better when I know that I’m fueling my body with nutrients that will help me improve as an athlete, SO that means when having dessert it needs to be AMAZING. You know who else likes ice cream sandwiches…my family & my friends, maybe we should give some of these to them? Oh we are being so thoughtful today!

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What You Will Need:

(For the cookies)

1 stick of butter

1 cup honey

1 tsp vanilla

1 egg

1 1/2 cups flour

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

3/4 cup chocolate chips

(For the Ice Cream)

2 cups heavy cream

1 cup milk

2/3 cup sugar

1 tsp vanilla

Instructions:

To make the cookies, place butter in microwave for 15 seconds and then whip in bowl. Add all of the dry ingredients and combined until thoroughly mixed. Add the egg and vanilla. Once combined, add chocolate chips. Bake for 12 minutes.

To make the ice cream, in a medium sauce pan heat the heavy cream, milk, sugar, and vanilla until the sugar dissolves. The place mixture in a bowl and place in the refrigerator and allow to completely cool. Once cooled, place in ice cream maker. Freeze for two hours and enjoy!

Mini Chocolate Chip Muffins

Mini Chocolate Chip Muffins | July 2015

When attending a party, it’s always nice to contribute. I think that anything “mini” is fun because you don’t have to make as many, and the guests won’t get to full.

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What You Will Need:

2 cup flour

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 tsp salt

3/4 cup milk

1/2 cup canola oil

1 egg

3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 400°. Place flour, sugar, and salt in a large bowl and whisk until combined. Add the milk, canola oil, and the egg and whisk until there are no lumps remaining. Add the chocolate chips. Scoop about two tbsp of batter into each mini muffin. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown and enjoy!

Homemade Pasta

Homemade Pasta | July 2015

IMG_6412Many think that homemade pasta is more expensive and time consuming that buying pasta in a box, but pasta dough is just made with pantry items.

What You Will Need:

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon kosher salt

4 large eggs

1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

Instructions:

Place flour and salt in a large mixing bowl and whisk until thoroughly combined. Make a well in the center of the bowl and add the eggs and olive oil. Whisk the eggs and slowly incorporate the flour. When the pasta dough is mixed, put it on a lightly floured surface and knead until the dough is not sticky anymore. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least ten minutes. Once you are ready to shape the pasta, flour the dough and put in the pasta maker. Place finished pasta on a tray with flour. To cook the pasta, bring water to a boil and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.

 

To make the marinara, in a medium sauce pan, heat olive oil. Add 2 large cloves of garlic, and 1 large shallot minced. Add 1 28 oz. can of crushed tomatoes and 1 14 oz. can of tomato puree. Bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Toss with pasta and garnish with basil and parmesan cheese.

 

Peanut Chocolate Chip + Sea Salt Cookies

Peanut Chocolate Chip + Sea Salt Cookies | July 2015

Peanut + chocolate, chocolate + peanut, either way the equation equals delicious. Now I know that this blog does not need another cookie recipe, but please for the love of all things with sugar, try this. I made these on one of the many rainy days this summer. I think the love for peanuts and chocolate together is genetic, because my brother, my dad, his dad, and so on always request this combination.

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What You Will Need:

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

Fine salt

1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature

1/4 cup canola oil

3/4 cup packed light brown sugar

2/3 cup granulated sugar

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/2 cup peanuts

One 12-ounce bag semisweet chocolate chips

Instructions:

Whisk together the flour, baking soda, and a pinch of salt in a large bowl. Then, beat the sugars and butter together until no lumps remain. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat. Add the flour, then slowly incorporate the chocolate chips and peanuts. Bake for 10-12 minutes and enjoy!

Fun 4th of July Dessert

Fun 4th of July Dessert | July 2015

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The 4th of July is always very busy, starting with the neighborhood parade, to my brother’s birthday celebration, to making all of the food for the guests. Within that time, it can be hard to find a “wow factor dessert” that reminds people what this day is about. Wandering around Whole Foods, I found a pre made angel food cake and decided to go the easy way. By simply placing strawberries, blueberries, and whipped cream around this cake, it was already set to go for the party. You can make a homemade angel food cake, but if you’re in a hurry this will always do. Happy 4th of July!

 

Breakfast Hand Pies

Breakfast Hand Pies | July 2015

During the summer, things can get pretty busy with people running out the door and barely having any time to eat. This is what inspired these little bites. They are easy to grab and go and don’t take very long to make. All you need is puff pastry, cheddar cheese, turkey, salt, and one egg. Cut squares out of your choice of puff pastry. Put as much cheese and turkey as you would like (not to much to overload the puff pastry), fold the pastry into a triangle. Brush with egg wash and add a pinch of salt. Bake for 15 minutes and enjoy!

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Chocolate Chip Scones

Chocolate Chip Scones | June 2015

Chocolate, cinnamon, scone. Simple. Paired well with, coffee, Les Miserables, and chocolate. A few tips to take into account when embarking on this little journey for the perfect scone. First, make sure that the butter is small enough before you start to add the other ingredients. Secondly, don’t add too much chocolate to your scones or you might end up with a very melted and messy scone. Lastly, when cutting the scones, I find it easiest to cut them the untraditional way by making a ball and flattening it and then cutting it into pieces, similar to how you would cut a pizza.

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What You Will Need:

¼ cup granulated sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

½ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon kosher salt

3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for surface

½ cup (1 stick) chilled unsalted butter, cut into pieces

1 large egg, beaten to blend

 cups heavy cream, plus more for brushing

Demerara or raw sugar (for sprinkling)

1 cup chopped bittersweet chocolate

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

(Recipe from Bon Appétit)

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 375°. Whisk granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and 3 cups flour in a large bowl to combine. Add butter and toss to coat. Using your fingers or a pastry blender, work butter into flour until only pea-size pieces remain. Make a well in the center; add egg and 1¼ cups cream, chocolate, and cinnamon and mix with a fork, incorporating dry ingredients a little at a time, until a shaggy dough forms (it’s okay if it looks a little dry; don’t overwork). Lightly knead dough in bowl until it just comes together.

Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and pat into a 1″-thick round. Cut into 8 wedges and transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Brush dough with cream and sprinkle with demerara sugar. Bake scones until golden brown, 25–30 minutes.