Bittersweet Black Cocoa Brownies


Chocolate anyone!? Bittersweet chocolate with a touch of black cocoa, make these one bowl brownies simply to die for!~Amy

Bittersweet Black Cocoa Brownies

1 cup bittersweet chocolate pieces divided in half

3/4 cup butter
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup flour
3 tsp black Cocoa
1/8 tsp coarse salt

Heat oven to 350 degrees

Line a 8×8 square pan or 9×13 with parchment

In a medium bowl, melt butter and 1/2 cup chocolate in the microwave. Stir together until smooth. Add sugar, stirring well. Add eggs and vanilla and stir until smooth. Stir in flour, cocoa, and salt, add in remaining bittersweet chocolate and spread evenly in prepared pan.

Bake for 40-45 minutes for 8×8, or until cake tester comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool.

Recipe by Amy Richardson

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What’s for Dinner? Broiler Sandwiches for a Crowd!


Want any easy meal for a crowd? These broiler sandwiches are perfect! Choose your toppings, broil, slice and serve. Simple and something everyone will love! ~Amy

Breakfast on the go! Hearty bread, peanut butter, bananas, a sweet honey drizzle, and a little granola crunch, will give you a little get up and go to start your day! ~Amy

The perfect game appetizer for the sports loving fans in your life! Go ahead and win them over with a buffalo wing broiler!

Go Hawaiian! Smoked ham, fresh pineapple, green peppers, with a little aloha bbq sauce, say hello to this tasty sandwich!~Amy

Ciao! This fresh broiler sandwich is topped fresh basil, pesto, artichoke, and a variety of heirloom tomatoes, definitely, La Familia! ~Amy


“Broiler Sandwiches”

“Peanut Butter Banana Breakfast Broiler”

French country bread loaf cut longwise
White chocolate peanut butter
Sliced bananas
Granola
Honey Drizzle

“Spicy Chicken Buffalo Broiler”

French country bread loaf cut longwise
Shaved Roasted Chicken
Spicy buffalo sauce
Chopped celery diced
Crumbled blue cheese
Mozzarella

“Napa Valley Fresh Basil Broiler”

French country bread loaf cut longwise
Fresh heirloom tomatoes
Artichoke hearts
Toasted pine nuts
Mozzarella
Oilive oil
Fresh Basil
Sea salt
Cracked pepper

“Sweet Hawaiian BBQ Broiler”

French country bread loaf cut longwise
Sweet Hawaiian bbq sauce
Shaved ham
Mozzarella
Brown sugar bacon
Pineapple
Green pepper
Crispy onions

Cusinart Broiler Convection Oven:
It is a great price at Costco! Only $99.00

Wild Buffalo Style Chicken Soup with Buttered Bleu Cheese Croutons!


Buffalo wings seem to be the ultimate guy food. So to make my husband and brothers happy, I came up with a fun combination of the bold and spicy flavors of buffalo hot wings ( without the mess ) and the comfort of homemade chicken soup. This is a super fast, and easy soup that will be sure to win the hearts of the men in your life. -Amy


Wild Buffalo Style Chicken Soup with Buttered Bleu Cheese Croutons

Soup:
3 2/3 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup sour cream
1/3 cup milk
4 tbsp flour
1/8 tsp pepper

1/3 cup Frank’s Red Hot Sauce
2 cups cooked chicken, cubed
Celery hearts ( optional )

In a medium sized sauce pan, bring chicken broth to a boil.
In a separate bowl, whisk together, sour cream, 1/2 of the milk, and pepper together until smooth. Add remaining milk and blend well.
Pour mixture into chicken broth, and bring up to a boil. When thickened, stir in Frank’s Red Hot Sauce, and chicken.
Serve with Buttered Bleu Cheese Croutons, fresh celery and additional hot sauce if desired.

Serves 4

Croutons:
8 slices rustic bread, thinly sliced
Butter
Bleu cheese, crumbled

Lightly toast bread in oven or toaster. Spread a thin layer of butter on to warm toasted bread to melt. Top which bleu cheese and place in oven under broiler until melted.

Serves 4

Recipe by Amy Richardson

Hand Stirred Peppermint Candy Ice Cream Shakes


This is so simple, but way better than purchased peppermint candy ice cream! You can either serve as a shake or soft serve, really if you love peppermint candy ice cream, you must give this a try. It is my favorite!!~Amy

Hand Stirred Peppermint Candy Ice Cream Shakes

1/2 Gallon your favorite vanilla ice cream

Crushed peppermint

Remove ice cream from the freezer and let stand for about 10 minutes.
In a large stainless steel bowl place softened ice cream. With a large spoon or spatula stir ice cream until smooth. Add desired amount of crushed peppermint, stirring lightly to mix.

Pour into glasses and garnish with a sprinkle of peppermint.

Recipe by Amy Richardson

Gingerbread Vanilla Cream Frappe


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This festive family friendly frappe, is a sweet little Christmas treat! Topped with vanilla whipped cream and a gingerbread cookie crunch, this icy treat is sure to warm up your holiday heart!~Amy

Gingerbread Vanilla Cream Frappe

2 cups ice
3/4 cup Torani, Real Cream Plain Frappe
1 tbsp Torani Gingerbread Syrup
1/8 tsp orange zest

*Vanilla Whipped Cream
Gingerbread cookies

Place ice, frappe mix, and syrup, and blend until smooth. Pour into a glass and garnish with whipped cream and crushed cookies.

Makes 1-2 servings

Recipe by Amy Richardson

*recipe found on http://www.greattastebuds.wordpress.com

Fresh Pear Brown Sugar Honey Galette!


Pears just say fall! Paired with a delicious hint of honey, brown sugar, and sweet cream cheese setting on top of a flaky pastry!~Amy

Fresh Pear Brown Sugar Honey Galette!

1 sheet puff pastry, thawed
3 small pears, peeled and very thinly sliced
1/4 cup whipped cream cheese
2 tbsp powdered sugar

1-2 tbsp butter, melted
Brown Sugar Honey*, warmed

1 egg + 1 tbsp water beaten
Crystal sugar

Powdered sugar for dusting

Heat oven to 400 degrees.

Line large baking sheet with parchment paper, and place sheet of puff pastry. Set aside.

Stir together cream cheese and powdered sugar. Spread in a thin layer evenly over pastry, leaving a one inch boarder. Arrange pears evenly over the top of cream cheese layer. Drizzle pears with butter, and then drizzle brown sugar honey over the top. Brush edges with egg wash and sprinkle with coarse sugar.

Bake for 20-23 minutes or until golden brown and pears are soft.

Cool slightly. Dust with powdered sugar. Serve with vanilla whipped cream or ice cream.

Recipe by Amy Richardson

*recipe can be found in Amy’s Cereal Cafe!

Vanilla Cream Mint Julep


Still feeling the heat?! Cool down and relax with my twist on this southern Kentucky Derby Classic! It’s SO GOOD! ~Amy

Vanilla Cream Mint Julep

2-3 sprigs fresh mint
2 oz Torani Vanilla syrup
Club soda
Half and half
Crushed ice

Additional mint leaves for garnish

Place leaves in the bottom glass, add syrup and muddle leaves. Full glass with crushed ice and pour club soda over the top, add a splash of cream. Stir until glass becomes frosty. Garnish with mint and relax!

Recipe by Amy Richardson