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Friday, January 29, 2010

Pepperoni-Pesto Popovers

Pepperoni-Pesto Popovers

This is the final Pillsbury Bake-Off recipe we tried.  I love pepperoni and pesto, so this was perfect for me!  These were really easy to make.  Just unroll the dough, top it, cut it and roll it up.  I could have eaten the whole batch myself.  I used turkey pepperoni and reduced-fat crescent rolls, so eating the whole batch wouldn't have been that bad, right?  I would add more pepperoni next time - I thought 3 per popover wasn't enough.  We ate these for lunch and served our little popovers with vokda sauce.  I would definately make these again.  I think these would be great little snacks for a party.  We might make these again for the Super Bowl.
Pepperoni-Pesto Popovers

Pepperoni-Pesto Popovers

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Blueberry Muffin Top Cookies

Blueberry Muffin Top Cookies

Top of the Muffin to You!  I love to eat the top of the muffin - I think it is the best part.  We all know from watching Seinfeld, nobody wants the stumps.  Not even the homeless!  This recipe avoids having to hire "a cleaner" to dispose of the stumps.

I thought using cookie dough as the base of the muffins was a great idea.  These took a little bit of time to put together, but it was worth it.  We both really liked these little muffin tops.  They were soft and had a nice hint of lemon.  I may add some coarse sugar on top next time for some crunch.  These would be great for a brunch with a mimosa (or two) or just as a soft blueberry cookie.

Blueberry Muffin Top Cookies

Blueberry Muffin Top Cookies

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Mile-High Peanut Butter Pie

Mile-High Peanut Butter Pie
 

Now that I have your attention - go ahead and wipe the drool off your screen.  This pie is as good as it looks, if not better.  It is the kind of pie that calls to you from the fridge "Come eat me!".  We heard it calling and happily obliged. 

This was the second recipe we made from the Pillsbury Bake-Off finalist.  I wanted to use my new pie plate, and I love chocolate and peanut butter, so it was a good choice.  This was easy to put together; it just requires patience for the cooling of the brownie and chilling of the topping.  The pie was even better the next day.  It is a very rich pie, so you only need a little piece (or lots of little pieces).    This would be great for a cook-out or party.  I promise it will be a hit.

Mile-High Peanut Butter Pie

Mile-High Peanut Butter Pie

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Maple-Bacon Rolls

Maple-Bacon Rolls
 

It is almost time for the 2010 Pillsbury Bake-Off.  Pillsbury has all the finalist's recipes posted on their website.  There are so many wonderful recipes!  I quickly made a list of several I wanted to try.  I decided to start with the Maple-Bacon Rolls for breakfast.  Sweet & Salty!  These were super easy and tasted great.  I used turkey bacon and a can of reduced-fat cresent rolls to help cut down on the calories and fat - with no sacarafice in taste.  These little rolls were a nice change from our usual crescent cinnamon rolls.  I really liked that it only took a few minutes to get these in the oven and didn't involve messing up a million dishes.  I also really liked the bacon - who doesn't?!

Maple-Bacon Rolls

Maple-Bacon Rolls

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Olexa's





We tried a new place for lunch yesterday - Olexa's in Mountain Brook.  I ate lunch with some friends on Friday, and they were going on and on about the cake from Olexa's.  I looked Olexa's up on the internet and saw they had a cafe and decided to take Chicken Legs to lunch there on Saturday.  

The interior is really cute.  You feel like you are outside in France with all the little bistro's around you.  The menu has lots of selections -salad, soup, quiche, sandwiches, etc.  I opted for the Ultimate Grilled Cheese with Tomato Basil soup.  OMG - the best tomato soup ever!  Chicken Legs got the Almond Chicken Salad Croissant and he said it was the best chicken salad he had ever eaten.  After lunch, we had to try a piece of cake.  On the recommendation of our server, we went with the vanilla cake.  The cake was really good.  It was light and fluffy.  The buttercream on top was perfectly sweet and creamy.  We had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed our entire meal.   I have a feeling we will be going back often - probably as soon as next weekend. ;)
















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Saturday, January 23, 2010

Flip

I ate at Flip - the new ulta-hip burger place - at The Summit this week.  This was one of the best burgers I have ever eaten!!  This is the second Flip location in the US.  The original Flip is in Atlanta.  Chef Richard Blais, runner-up on season 4 of Top Chef, is the mastermind behind these amazing burgers.  The menu is very different from your usual buger joint - they have your basic burger (Flip Burger), Steak Tartare Burger (hold the tartare sauce), Crab Burger, Lamb Burger - you get the idea.  I had the Flip Burger and fries.  Michele had the Bacon Cheese Burger and vodka battered onion rings.  The burgers are not as big as the "usual" burger you get in a restaurant.  I thought they were the perfect size.  The onion rings were light and crunchy and not the least bit greasy.  The fries were topped with big kosher salt that really put them over the top.  I plan on making room for a milkshake next time - they freeze the icecream with liquid nitrogen!









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Friday, January 22, 2010

Slow Cooker Beef Tacos

Slow Cooker Beef Tacos

I really love Mexican food, but I quit eating it out so much (too salty and fattening, but oh so good!). In order to satisify my need for Mexican food, I've been looking for new recipes to try at home.  I found this recipe over on Southern Living's website and decided to give it a try this week.  This was a nice change from our regular tacos and chicken fajitas.  I really loved that it was made in the crock pot and it was ready when I got home from work!  The meat mixture is runny so I added a cup of minute rice to soak up all the wonderful juices.  We both enjoyed this and ate the leftovers last night.  I would definately make this again.

Slow Cooker Beef Tacos

Slow Cooker Beef Tacos

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Grilled Chicken with Tomato Mascarpone Sauce

 

I saw a picture on the internet of a tomato and mascarpone sauce and it peeked my interest.  I had never heard of such a sauce and I thought it would be good.  I googled it and found that most recipes are a basic tomato sauce with mascarpone added.  Sounded simple enough!  I decided to give it a whirl and it turned out great.  This was so simple and it packed a lot of great flavor.  The mascarpone added a nice creaminess to the sauce that we both really enjoyed.  This was a nice change to our usual tomato sauce.  We served the sauce with some garlic & herb grilled chicken for a fabulous dinner!



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