Peanut Butter Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Peanut Butter Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

It seems like ages have passed since I the last time I had indulged in an ice cream sandwich. The only reason why I did this past weekend was due to my boyfriend suggesting them for a dinner party that we attended. My initial thought was that the idea seemed too plain; however, I was quickly dissuaded after brainstorming through a few different flavor combinations for the ice cream filling and for the cookie itself. We finally settled upon peanut butter (because peanut butter-anything is just always amazing) for the cookie flavor and decided to go a more classic route with vanilla ice cream for the filling. Lastly, we couldn’t forget rolling the ice cream sandwich finished product in chocolate chips. This is a nice dessert that doesn’t require too much effort, yet if planned right, the end result is delicious!

Next time I’d like to invert these flavors and complete a dark chocolate cookie peanut butter swirl ice cream sandwich. Thoughts?

What’s your favorite ice cream sandwich flavor combination?

Cheers!

Peanut Butter Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

 

Peanut Butter Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

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Braised Chicken with Artichokes and Olives

Braised Chicken with Artichokes and Olives

Sometimes I’ll pick a recipe because it encompasses a favorite ingredient of mine. In this case, the recipe Braised Chicken with Artichokes and Olives, has not just one of my favorite ingredients, but three: artichokes, olives and chickpeas.

As others have recommended in this recipe, I fully agree to double (if not more) the use of spices to enhance the flavor as well as cook for longer. The result is a beautiful blend (although be wary of the intense yellow color that turmeric produces) of flavors and aroma.

Step 1: Slice Olives, Mince Garlic
and Chop Onions

Cutting olives for Braised Chicken with Artichokes and Olives
Step 2: Measure Spices to Use

Getting spices together for Braised Chicken with Artichokes and Olives
Step 3: Cook Chicken for 3 Minutes
Each Side and Remove;
Saute Onions and Garlic

Sauteing Onions for Braised Chicken with Artichokes and Olives
Step 4: Add Chicken Broth and Spices
and Simmer; Add Chicken Back
into Pot with Olives, Artichokes
and Chickpeas; Simmer

Putting spices together for Braised Chicken with Artichokes and Olives
Step 5: Serve and Eat!

Braised Chicken with Artichokes and Olives

As I was making this recipe, I found myself singing the line “… these are a few of my favorite things” over and over as heard from The Sound of Music. Luckily, in this instance, these three ingredients – artichokes, olives and chickpeas – came together nicely into a dish that was flavorful, yet not too heavy or overpowering.

What’s your trio of favorite ingredients that you’ve used lately?

Cheers!

Braised Chicken with Artichokes and Olives

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Mustard Pork with Sage, Hazelnut Topping

Mustard Pork with Sage and Hazelnut Topping
I am definitely a true carnivore at heart and have a great appreciation for trying all different types and cuts of meat. One of my absolute favorites is a well-cooked pork loin. I was drawn to this recipe, Mustard Pork with Sage, Hazelnut Topping, for several reasons, but especially as a result of the hazelnut topping. Over the last few years, I have experimented with pork many times, including different rubs, sauces or relishes, but never with a nut topping.

Hazelnuts are particular tasty and not overly oily which makes them an ideal choice to use in this recipe. The use of mustard combined with a flavorful rub allows the pork to be juicy while the hazelnut topping mixed with sage creates a nice crunch and aroma that fills the kitchen. I served this pork recipe during the holidays for my family and it was crowned an instant hit.

Have you ever added hazelnuts or another type of  nut to pork? Please share in a comment below.

Cheers!

Mustard Pork with Sage and Hazelnut Topping

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Pork Tenderloin with Date and Cilantro Relish

Pork Tenderloin with Date and Cilantro Relish

When done right, combining sweet and savory flavors can result in a nice combination. One of these examples is the use of pork and certain fruits. Some of these include classic examples such as peaches and pork chops, ham and pineapple on a pizza or prosciutto and melon. This specific recipe, Pork Tenderloin with Cilantro Date Relish, smartly uses a very sweet date as a relish but is able to balance the intense sweet flavors with the use of cilantro as well as by adding a nice peppery and salty rub to the pork.

Deemed a winner by all who tried it, this recipe is a nice one to use for a Sunday dinner with family or friends. I’d recommend to add extra cilantro (as shown in the below picture) and add a few cloves of roasted garlic.

What is your favorite fruit and pork combination? Share in a comment below!

Cheers!

Pork Tenderloin with Date and Cilantro Relish

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Chocolate-Peanut Butter Shortbread Sandwich Cookies

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Shortbread Sandwich Cookies - Food and Wine Magazine
When combined together, chocolate and peanut butter can make such a wonderful combination. For my own preferences, I’m absolutely smitten with both chocolate and peanut butter whether in cake, cookie or in candy format (Reeses will always be a favorite). This recipe in particular, Chocolate-Peanut Butter Shortbread Sandwich Cookies (from Craftsman and Wolves as featured in Food and Wine Magazine), combines both of these flavors for a classic chocolate and peanut butter taste; however, the element of shortbread makes for a nice alternative due to its crunchy, crumbly nature when paired with the creamy peanut butter filling.

Step 1: Mix Dry Ingredients Together

Sifting Flour for Chocolate-Peanut Butter Shortbread Sandwich Cookies - Food and Wine Magazine
Step 2: Cream Butter and Sugar

Creaming butter and sugar for Chocolate-Peanut Butter Shortbread Sandwich Cookies - Food and Wine Magazine
Step 3: Combine Butter and Sugar
Mixture with Dry Ingredients;
Flatten Dough into Disk

Flattening shortbread dough for Chocolate-Peanut Butter Shortbread Sandwich Cookies - Food and Wine Magazine
Step 4: Roll Out Dough, Cut into
Rectangles and Bake

Making shortbread for Chocolate-Peanut Butter Shortbread Sandwich Cookies - Food and Wine Magazine

Step 5: Mix Filling Ingredients Together

Peanut butter filling for Chocolate-Peanut Butter Shortbread Sandwich Cookies - Food and Wine Magazine
Step 6: Spread Filling Between
Cooled Cookies and Eat

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Shortbread Sandwich Cookies - Food and Wine Magazine

I will admit that this is the first time that I had ever tasted chocolate shortbread. Judging by how much I liked it, I’m a little bummed that I had not discovered it sooner! Anyway, this is a fantastic recipe from Craftsman and Wolves, a contemporary patisserie in San Francisco. I will definitely make it a point to bookmark this place to visit in the future.

What is your favorite chocolate and peanut butter recipe? Share with a comment below!

Cheers!

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Shortbread Sandwich Cookies - Food and Wine Magazine

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Sweet Potato Biscuits

Sweet Potato Biscuits

Sweet potatoes have become a staple in my diet. Not only do they offer an excellent source of vitamins and fiber, but sweet potatoes also are quite delicious and easy to cook as a nice dish to accompany most dinner meals. Now, although I’ve been on a sweet potato overload lately, I couldn’t resist this recipe for Sweet Potato Biscuits from Food and Wine Magazine. My favorite potato of choice plus a flaky biscuit equals a win, win situation in my opinion!

Step 1: Mix Sweet Potato
Puree with Buttermilk

Making dough for Sweet Potato Biscuits
Step 2: Mix Sweet Potato Puree
with Flour Mixture and Butter

Making dough for Sweet Potato Biscuits
Step 3: Roll Out Dough and Cut
into Round Shapes

Forming biscuits for Sweet Potato Biscuits
Step 4: Bake and Eat!

Sweet Potato Biscuits
I really thoroughly enjoyed this recipe for Sweet Potato Biscuits. The sweet potato puree used in this recipe is a perfect amount that allows for the biscuit to have a hint of sweet potato (and a beautiful color), but without an overpowering sweet flavor. I’d recommend to add a small amount of butter to create a savory taste. Just make sure not to indulge in too many of them!

Cheers!

Sweet Potato Biscuits

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Pomegranate Mint Relish

Pomegranate Mint Relish

I absolutely love tradition – especially as it relates to food. One of these favorite traditions is eating cranberries as a side dish during Thanksgiving. However, every now and then, I do embrace the opportunity to try something new. Now this is not to say that I will replace the turkey at Thanksgiving. That will never happen. But, I was definitely looking to reinvent some of the other side dishes present in that meal.

This particular side dish, Pomegrante Mint Relish from Bon Appetit Magazine, presents a nice alternative to the classic side dish of cranberries. The colors from the pomegranates in this side dish are particularly beautiful while the side dish itself provides a nice contrast of fresh flavors with the mint.

Step 1: Chop Pomegranates and Seed

Cutting pomegranates for Pomegranate Mint Relish

Step 2: Combine Pomegranates
with 
Olive Oil, Red Wine Vinegar,
Lemon 
Juice and Lemon Zest

Pomegranates for Pomegranate Mint Relish

Step 3: Add Chopped Mint to Pomegranates

Mint for Pomegranate Mint Relish

Step 4: Add an Extra Sprig
of Mint, Scoop and Serve!

Pomegranate Mint Relish

Pomegranates on their own pack a punch of flavor, but the mint used in conjunction with this fruit amplifies this side dish while providing a fun way to reinvent the classic serving of cranberries. But, who says you can’t just use this as an alternative to cranberries at Thanksgiving? Why not use this as a topping to put on other recipes throughout the year? On top of a salad perhaps?

Cheers!

Pomegranate Mint Relish

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