Thursday, January 26, 2017

Chocolate Cherry Bread Pudding

During the winter months, do you ever crave fruits that are unavailable, or so you think? This was the case with the fresh cherries I craved and desperately wanted to use to bake this Chocolate Cherry Bread Pudding. I love fresh cherries, and I was so sure it would be quite a while until I could buy them. But about 2 weeks ago, as I walked into the grocery, I found them! I had no idea I would be able to find fresh cherries during the winter months! I was so excited because I had this idea to make a bread pudding with some left over bread I had, and I wanted to make it with a Valentine's Day theme! I thought about several ways to put the bread pudding together. I know I needed chocolate, of course, and something red. So I had that handled. But should I make the bread chocolate? What kind of chocolate? Should I cut the cherries? Should I slice or chop them? Will the left over cuban bread I have work ok?
So, I gathered all my ingredients together, looked through a few web pages, and a couple cookbooks. I have made bread pudding a few million times, but I wanted to know the best way to use the chocolate. Should I melt it over the bread and mix it in? Should I drizzle it over the baked bread pudding? Should I dip the cherries in it first?  And the cherries. Should I use them whole? Cut them in half? Cook them to make a juice?
So what did I end up with?  A bread pudding with pockets of chocolate, flavor bursts of whole fresh cherries,and raw sugar sprinkled over the top for a surprise little crunch. It is amazing, and a great dessert to bake for Valentine's day! It is easy to make and I know you will love it!

 Chocolate Cherry Bread Pudding
(printable recipe at end of post)
(makes 6 servings)
5-6 cups stale Bread, chopped into cubes
2 teaspoon Butter
12 ounces Fresh Cherries
6 ounces Milk Chocolate 
2 cups Milk 
4 eggs
1 teaspoon Vanilla
2 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg
1/3 cup Raw Sugar 

Cut bread in to small bite size pieces. Butter a 2-3 quart dish, and place bread cubes in dish. Set aside.
Wash and pit the cherries. Set aside.
Chop chocolate into small pieces. I used the Milk Chocolate bar from Trader Joe's. Set aside.
Mix together the milk, eggs, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg.
Distribute the cherries and chocolate chunks in the dish with the bread and mix thoroughly.
Sprinkle the sugar onto the bread pudding mix. Pour the milk mix over the bread. Press the bread, cherries and chocolate down in to the milk mix if needed.
Bake at 350℉ for 30-40 minutes. Make sure the custard has set up. You can test it by sticking a toothpick into the mix. If it is not ready, cook a little longer, in 10 minute intervals. 
Let cool or enjoy it hot! It tastes great either way!
Thanks for joining me today! I hope you will try this Chocolate Cherry Bread Pudding! 

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Chocolate Cherry Bread Pudding

prep time: 30 MINScook time: 40 MINStotal time: 70 mins

INGREDIENTS:

  • 5-6 cups stale Bread, chopped into cubes
  • 2 teaspoon Butter
  • 12 ounces Fresh Cherries
  • 6 ounces Milk Chocolate
  • 2 cups Milk
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 2 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup Raw Sugar

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Cut bread in to small bite size pieces. Butter a 2-3 quart dish, and place bread cubes in dish. Set aside.
  2. Wash and pit the cherries. Set aside.
  3. Chop chocolate into small pieces. I used the Milk Chocolate bar from Trader Joe's. Set aside.
  4. Mix together the milk, eggs, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  5. Distribute the cherries and chocolate chunks in the dish with the bread and mix thoroughly.
  6. Sprinkle the sugar onto the bread pudding mix. Pour the milk mix over the bread. Press the bread, cherries and chocolate down in to the milk mix if needed.
  7. Bake at 350℉ for 30-40 minutes. Make sure the custard has set up. You can test it by sticking a toothpick into the mix. If it is not ready, cook a little longer, in 10 minute intervals.
  8. Let cool or enjoy it hot! It tastes great either way!
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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Southwest Chipotle Pulled Pork Naan Bread Pizza / #SundaySupper / #Nourish2Flourish

Southwest Chipotle Pulled Pork Naan Bread Pizza is one long recipe title, but it is one of the quickest, freshest meals you will ever put together! What's the secret?  You start with the Southwest Chipotle Nourish Bowl, which comes stuffed full of healthy, fresh veggies like cauliflower, kale, kohlrabi, and sweet potatoes. It also includes a Chipotle Corn Salsa and shredded Cheddar Cheese! Add some pizza sauce to the corn salsa, spread it on a piece of Naan bread, add the fresh veggies from the Nourish Bowl, top it with pulled pork, add cheese and dinner is ready! Three pizzas from one Nourish Bowl! Wow!
I think it is pretty much a given that life today is hectic and to find something to eat that is tasty, quick and healthy is a struggle. You will find that the Nourish Bowls are each a healthy meal in themselves with no need to add anything if you don't want. They are deliciously, wonderfully, perfect for any meal of the day, whether it is breakfast, lunch, dinner or a snack.  It would be great to take a Nourish Bowl for lunch at work, knowing that it will be ready to enjoy in 3-4 minutes, giving you extra time for you! Visit Mann's Nourish Bowls website to see the large variety of bowls that are available. You will want to try all of them!

Southwest Chipotle Pulled Pork Naan Bread Pizza
(printable recipe at end of post)
(Makes 3 pizzas)

1/4 - 1/2 pound Shredded Pork
Southwest Chipotle Nourish Bowl
3-4 pieces Naan Bread
4 tablespoons Pizza Sauce 
Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

Sprinkle a pork loin with garlic powder and cook it in the oven at 350 degrees until it reaches 140 degrees. Take it out of the oven and let it sit until it reaches an internal temperature of 160 degrees. When it is done, shred some pork for your pizzas. You will only need about 1/4 to 1/2 pound of the loin for the pizzas.
Open Nourish Bowl. Remove packet of Chipotle Corn Salsa and Cheddar Cheese. Add 4 tbl. of water to bowl. Microwave 3-4 min

While the veggies are cooking, pour the salsa packet and the pizza sauce in to a bowl and mix together. 

Divide the salsa/pizza mix between the three naan bread. Spread mix onto the bread, as close to edge as you can. Add additional sauce directly to the bread, if needed.
Remove the veggies from the microwave and add them to the top of the sauce on each pizza.  
Add the pulled pork on top of each pizza.
Sprinkle mozzarella and some of the cheddar on to each pizza.
Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes.
 Remove from oven, slice and enjoy!
I am so glad you stopped by today! 
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    This post is sponsored by Nourish Bowls in conjunction with a social media campaign though Sunday Supper LLC. All opinions are my own.

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    Southwest Chipotle Pulled Pork Naan Bread Pizza

    INGREDIENTS:

    • 1/4 - 1/2 pound Shredded Pork
    • Southwest Chipotle Nourish Bowl
    • 3-4 pieces Naan Bread
    • 4 tablespoons Pizza Sauce
    • Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

    INSTRUCTIONS:

    1. Sprinkle a pork loin with garlic powder and cook it in the oven at 350 degrees until it reaches 140 degrees. Take it out of the oven and let it sit until it reaches an internal temperature of 160 degrees. You will only need about 1/4 to 1/2 pound of the loin for the pizzas.
    2. Open the Nourish Bowl and pull out the packet of Chipotle Corn Salsa and the packet of Shredded Cheddar Cheese. Set aside. Add 4 tablespoons of water to the bowl. Place in microwave and heat for 3-4 minutes.
    3. While the veggies are cooking, pour the salsa packet and the pizza sauce in to a bowl and mix together.
    4. Divide the salsa/pizza sauce mix up between the three naan breads. Spread the mix onto the breads, coming as close to the edges as you can. If you would like more sauce, add additional pizza sauce directly to the naan bread.
    5. Remove the veggies from the microwave and add them to the top of the sauce on each pizza.
    6. Add the pulled pork on top of each pizza.
    7. Sprinkle mozzarella and some of the cheddar on to each pizza.
    8. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes.
    9. Remove from oven, slice and enjoy!
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Thursday, January 19, 2017

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Spicy Party Nuts / #SuperBowlFood

No matter if you are a hosting your first party, or you have been the "hostess with the mostess" for years, you are going to want these Spicy Party Nuts at your next shindig! Especially your football parties! This recipe comes from a favorite grocery store of mine here in North Carolina~Lowes Foods! Every day they have activities in their store where they demonstrate how to make different recipes, and a copy of the recipe is available in the store. A lot of the recipes are made with local ingredients, which I love, and that is the case with this recipe. 
These nuts are warmed in the slow cooker, and while you are preparing for the party, the slow cooker does the rest. These nuts can be made ahead of time, and served a few days later too! 
Spicy Party Nuts
(printable recipe at end of post)
1 pound Pecan Halves
1/4 cup melted Butter
1 tablespoon Chili Powder
1 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Dried Basil
1 teaspoon Dried Oregano
1 teaspoon Dried Thyme
1/2 teaspoon Onion Powder
1/4 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1/4 teaspoon Ground Cayenne Pepper

Set your slow cooker to high. Allow it to heat for 10 minutes. Pour the nuts into the slow cooker, and drizzle the butter over them. Mix until all the nuts are coated with the butter.
Mix in a few of the spices. Stir the nuts until they are all covered evenly. Mix in a few more of the spices, and stir again. Continue until all spices are added, and evenly covered.


Place the lid on the slow cooker and cook on high for 15 minutes. Drop the temperature to low, remove the lid, and cook until the nuts have a crisp glaze on them. The nuts should be stirred a couple times during this process to prevent any burning. This should take 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
 Place nuts on a parchment or foil covered baking sheet to cool.
Enjoy your Spicy Party Nuts! Stop back next Monday, Jan.23 for the sweet version of these nuts!

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Spicy Party Nuts

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 pound Pecan Halves
  • 1/4 cup melted Butter
  • 1 tablespoon Chili Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Basil
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Oregano
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ground Cayenne Pepper

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Set your slow cooker to high. Allow it to heat for 10 minutes. Pour the nuts into the slow cooker, and drizzle the butter over them. Mix until all the nuts are coated with the butter.
  2. Mix in a few of the spices. Stir the nuts until they are all covered evenly. Mix in a few more of the spices, and stir again. Continue until all spices are added, and evenly covered.
  3. Place the lid on the slow cooker and cook on high for 15 minutes. Drop the temperature to low, remove the lid, and cook until the nuts have a crisp glaze on them. The nuts should be stirred a couple times during this process to prevent any burning. This should take 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
  4. Place nuts on a parchment or foil covered baking sheet to cool. Serve and enjoy!
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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail

Today I thought it would be fun to share my version of a Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail with you! I think it would be perfect for any celebration, but it is definitely the right color for enjoying on Valentine's Day! This yummy cocktail is also my entry in the Stirrings "Stir It Up" Holiday Blogger Mixology Contest!
This is a simple concoction of Pomegranate Cocktail Mix and Champagne, and you are going to love it!

 Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail
(printable recipe at end of post)

1 fresh Strawberry
1 fresh Orange Slice
1 fresh Lemon Slice
1 fresh Lime Slice
Crushed Ice
Simple Pomegranate Martini Cocktail Mix (from Stirrings)
Champagne
3 fresh Cherries (with stems)


Slice the orange, lemon, and lime. In a large mixing glass pour crushed ice, 3 shots of Pomegranate Mix, and 3 shots of Champagne. Stir. Pour into serving glass, but without the ice. Drop the 3 cherries in to the glass. 
Garnish the glass with  the orange, lime and lemon slice, and strawberry. Enjoy!

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Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail

INGREDIENTS:

  • Simple Pomegranate Martini Cocktail Mix (from Stirrings)
  • Champagne
  • 3 fresh Cherries (with stems)
  • 1 fresh Strawberry
  • 1 fresh Orange Slice
  • 1 fresh Lemon Slice
  • 1 fresh Lime Slice

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Slice the orange, lemon, and lime. In a large mixing glass pour crushed ice, 3 shots of Pomegranate Mix, and 3 shots of Champagne. Stir. Pour into serving glass, but without the ice. Drop the 3 cherries in to the glass.
  2. Garnish the glass with the orange, lime and lemon slice, and strawberry. Enjoy!
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Thursday, January 12, 2017

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Sunday, January 8, 2017

BBQ Filet Beef Tips / #SundaySupper

These BBQ Filet Beef Tips are one of my favorite meals. I first had this meal many moons ago at my favorite restaurant in Las Vegas. Whenever my husband and I celebrated birthdays we would go to this special spot. It was out in the middle of the desert, and the owners had turned the old ranch house into a restaurant I will never forget. It was charming and rustic, and they had a huge open grill where they cooked the steaks. They made their steak tips with sirloin instead of filet, but because we are talking about lean beef this week, I wanted to make this plate using my favorite cut of beef, filet mignon.  This meal is easy to make, the beef tips melt in your mouth, and it's the perfect meal to celebrate a special occasion!

BBQ Filet Beef Tips
(printable recipe at end of post) 

1 Baking Potato
Oil
10 ounce Filet Mignon Steak
Butter
2-3 Mushrooms, sliced
2-3 Onion Slices
BBQ Sauce 


Cut the steak into small bite size pieces. Discard any fatty pieces. I do not think it is necessary to season the filet. It has a wonderful flavor on its own. However, if you want to season it, now would be the time.
Wash the potato, cut in half lengthwise. Cut each half in half. Cut slices, rinse slices with cold water and place each slice on a baking sheet. I only put them on the baking sheet because when I am frying them I want to fry similar size pieces together. Fry in a medium size pan on the stove with medium high heat. When they are brown enough, place them on a paper towel to drain. Season with salt if desired.
Cook the steak on medium high in a frying pan with a pat of melted butter.
In a separate pan, melt a pat of butter and fry the mushroom and onion slices.
Serve with a side of BBQ sauce, and enjoy your special meal!

Thank you for stopping by today! I hope you enjoyed this recipe! 
Special thanks to Sarah, blogger at The Chef Next Door for hosting today's very tasty event!
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BBQ Filet Beef Tips

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 Baking Potato
  • Oil
  • 10 ounce Filet Mignon
  • Butter
  • 2-3 Mushrooms, sliced
  • 2-3 Onion Slices
  • BBQ Sauce

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Cut the steak into small bite size pieces. Discard any fatty pieces. I do not think it is necessary to season the filet. It has a wonderful flavor on its own. However, if you want to season it, now would be the time.
  2. Wash the potato, cut in half lengthwise. Cut each half in half. Cut slices, rinse slices with cold water and place each slice on a baking sheet. I only put them on the baking sheet because when I am frying them I want to fry similar size pieces together. Fry in a medium size pan on the stove with medium high heat. When they are brown enough, place them on a paper towel to drain. Season with salt if desired.
  3. Cook the steak on medium high in a frying pan with a pat of melted butter.
  4. In a separate pan, melt a pat of butter and fry the mushroom and onion slices.
  5. Serve with a side of BBQ sauce
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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Celebrate It! Blog Link Party!

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