Monday, April 22, 2013

Payday Bars!

Today is Secret Recipe Club day, and I was so lucky to have been assigned Melissa's Cuisine! Melissa has a fantastic blog full of great recipes, and I had a tough time deciding on what to make. I love the gumdrop recipe, and the apple cider caramels look soooo good! I definitely will be making those yummy looking Cinnabons, oh, and the German Style Pretzels!  Today I made the Payday Bars. It's a great, very simple recipe, that tastes incredible. I made a few changes. Instead of peanut butter chips, I used the peanut butter chips mixed with the milk chocolate chips. I also made everything in the microwave. We are still in the process of moving, and so much is still packed. Try these payday bars, and stop by Melissa's Cuisine for the original recipe!

Payday Bars
3 cups salted Peanuts(divided)
2 1/2 tablespoons Butter
2 cups Peanut Butter and Milk Chocolate Chips
14 Ounces Sweetened Condensed Milk
2 cups mini Marshmallows
Spread 1 1/2 cups of peanuts into the bottom
of a 9X13" pan.
Melt the butter and chips together in the microwave.
It took 3 times 1 minute to melt chips and butter together.
Stop each cycle in the middle and stir .
Add the can of sweetened condensed milk and the marshmallows.
Melt by stirring with the melted chips.
If needed microwave for 2 more 1 minute cycles, 
stirring after each one.
Stir together until smooth.
Spread the melted chips over the peanuts.
Sprinkle the remainder of the peanuts over the 
melted chips.
Refrigerate until solid, then cut into bars.


Enjoy!
Thanks Melissa~for a great recipe!
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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Breakfast Pizza!

This month the two ingredients for the Improv Cooking Challenge are bacon and eggs! I love these two ingredients, don't you?  I had a hard time deciding what I should make.  Should I go with breakfast, dessert, or an entree maybe? I finally decided on this breakfast pizza, and I am so glad I did! It was different and it was delicious. I think you will agree!
Breakfast Pizza
Shredded Potatoes
Chopped Onions
Chopped Red, Orange, and Yellow Peppers
Slice of Fresh Tomato, chopped
1 Egg
Pizza Sauce
Flour Tortillas
2 pieces of Bacon per Pizza
Fiesta Blend Cheese
Chopped Avocado
Sour Cream
Start your potatoes cooking on your stove top. 
Chop up your peppers, tomato, and onion.
Add the onions to the pan with the potatoes.
Saute your peppers in your frying pan.
Scramble your egg.
Place your tortilla in a frying pan, and spoon some sauce
 over the tortilla. Heat on medium.
Spread some potato and onion mix on top of the sauce.
Sprinkle some cheese over the potatoes.
Add your cooked egg by spreading it over your pizza.
Add your peppers.
Chop or tear your bacon into pieces, 
and spread the pieces evenly over your pizza.
Add some more cheese over the top.
Check bottom of your tortilla. 
It should be slightly brown and firm.
The cheese should also be melting by this time.
Take the pizza off the heat and add your chopped 
avocado pieces, and a dollop of sour cream.
Thanks for joining me today!
I apologize for being so absent lately.
We are almost settled in our new city, 
so I hope you will look forward to some new excitement at
The Freshman Cook soon!

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Monday, April 8, 2013

Final Four Buffalo Chicken Meatballs!

One of my favorite times of the year is March Madness! I love the excitement and fun of the Final Four tournament, and watching the players play for the love of the game! There is nothing better than a Final Four Party, and this year I am serving one of my favorite dishes: Final Four Buffalo Chicken Meatballs! These are cooked in the crock pot; so easy, and so tasty. The blue cheese sauce is the perfect addition. You're gonna love 'em!
Buffalo Chicken Meatballs
with Tangy Blue Cheese Sauce

1 Egg
4 teaspoons Hot Sauce, divided
1 pound Ground Chicken Breast
2 tablespoons plain dry Bread Crumbs
1/4 cup diced Onion
1-2 teaspoons vegetable Oil

Blue Cheese Sauce
1/2 cup plain nonfat Greek Yogurt
1/4 cup crumbled Blue Cheese
2 tablespoons finely chopped Celery
1 tablespoon mayo
Whisk your egg and 2 teaspoons of the hot sauce in a
medium bowl until smooth and blended well.
Add chicken, bread crumbs, and onions.
Mix the ingredients together well.
Cover the bowl and refrigerate for 10 minutes.
Form the mix into round meatballs, and place in
frying pan with 1-2 teaspoons of vegetable oil.
Brush the meatballs with the remaining 2 teaspoons
of hot sauce. Brown the outsides of the meatballs.
Once the meatballs are browned,
 place them in your crock pot.
Add the sauce from your bowl to the crockpot.
Add more hot sauce if you would like to turn up the heat.
Let the meatballs and sauce cook for 2 hours on high
or 4 hours on low.
Stir together the yogurt, cheese, celery, and mayonnaise
in a small bowl. Blend together and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
Serve your meatballs with a side of the sauce
and enjoy the game!


Thanks so much for joining me today!
I am so happy to be back blogging, and I appreciate
you reading this!