Red, White & Blue Oreo Truffles

So here is your last-minute treat to bring to the cookout. I know you are sitting there trying to think of something festive and creative; well this is the recipe you have been looking for. A quick, no bake, easy dessert, that looks great.www.dadwhats4dinner.com

I came up with this recipe last night while looking at all of the very creative July 4th recipes on pinterest. I actually typed my idea into my phone around 12:30 this morning.

These truffles can be made the night before, just keep refrigerated.

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Charlotte Royale

Last month I introduced you to The Daring Kitchen and the Daring Baker challenge which I participated in. Last month the challenge was to make Lamingtons which is a kind of snack cake from Australia. So if you are still wondering what the heck is The Daring Kitchen/Bakers here is a little synopsis?

The Daring Kitchen is the home of The Daring Bakers and The Daring Cooks. The premise of both groups is to create one recipe each month, given to us by a monthly host. We all create the same exact recipe and then post about it on our personal blogs on a designated date.

This months challenge was to make a Charlotte. The challenge comes from Rebecca at BakeNQuilt.com.  She has been a member of the Daring Bakers since 2011. She introduced all of Daring Bakers how to make a classic Charlotte Royale and Charlotte Russe! Here is how Rebecca describes the Charlotte.Charlotte Royale

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Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie

Here is my version of Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie

Use for my Derby Day Truffles or enjoy anytime as a great pie by itself.

Ingredients:

  • 1 (9 inch) Pillsbury pie shell crust
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped
  • 6 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup white granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup Jim Beam Bourbon (or bourbon of your choice) or water
  • 4 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 teaspoon cornmeal
  • 2 teaspoon Rodelle vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

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Derby Day Truffles

A sure sign of spring is the running of The Kentucky Derby in early May. The 1.25 mile horse race is held at Churchill Downs in Louisville, KY., on the first Saturday in May. It is the first race of the Triple Crown and is considered the crown jewel of the horse racing world.www.dadwhats4dinner.com In Louisville it is a two-week long festival including parties and parades. The festivities kick off with Thunder over Louisville, fireworks and airshow, two Saturday’s before the Derby. The show is considered one of the largest in the country.www.dadwhats4dinner.com Derby Day is a glamorous affair, where the rich and famous wear their spring finest, with most women wearing very elaborate hats. It is the place to be and be seen.

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Kentucky Derby History Alternatively referred to as “The Run for the Roses” or “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports,” the Kentucky Derby is a 1.25 mile race for three-year-old thoroughbred horses. The Kentucky Derby draws an average of 150,000 visitors each year, including residents, out-of-towners, celebrities, presidents, and even members of royal families.Kentucky Derby History:The first Kentucky Derby race occurred in 1875. Close to 10,000 people watched as 15 thoroughbred horses ran what was then a 1.5 mile course. In 1876, the length of the race was changed to 1.25 miles. By the early 1900s, owners of winning Kentucky Derby horses started sending their winners to run in the Preakness Stakes in Maryland and the Belmont Stakes in New York. In 1930, sportswriter Charles Hatton coined the term “Triple Crown” in reference to the same horses running the three races consecutively. Courtesy of Kentucky Derby Facts and History from about.com

Many foods are synonymous with The Kentucky Derby. The most famous is probably the Mint Julep (click here for the recipe from KentuckyDerby.com).  I guess this is technically not a food, but a drink, but after you have 2 or 3, you won’t care anyway.

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Churro Cheesecake Bars

So Cinco de Mayo is coming up in a few weeks. This is not an official holiday in the USA, but I’m an international blogger and many in the USA seem to like this day.

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In our house this is a big holiday. Not because we love Cinco de Mayo (even though we do) but May 5th is my oldest and only son Ethan’s birthday. This year is more special since he will be 16 and getting his drivers license. He is a good driver, but it is making me feel old and a little nervous. Probably because my insurance will be going up, up and up!!!

Ethan has an experienced palate and is a great help taste testing and critiquing my creations. Sometimes we don’t agree but I do listen to what he thinks. Hopefully I have instilled in him the joy of cooking, if so he will make his wife very happy someday.

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I am always using holidays or events to create new recipes. Cinco de Mayo is always fun because of the many ways you can combine Mexican and American foods.

The holiday of Cinco De Mayo, The 5th Of May, commemorates the victory of the Mexican militia over the French army at The Battle Of Puebla in 1862. It is primarily a regional holiday celebrated in the Mexican state capital city of Puebla and throughout the state of Puebla, with some limited recognition in other parts of Mexico, and especially in U.S. cities with a significant Mexican population. It is not, as many people think, Mexico’s Independence Day, which is actually September 16.

Here is a great example. I love churros but I am not a big fan of frying. To messy and fattening.

A churro is a fried-dough pastry—predominantly choux—based snack. Churros are popular in Spain, France, the Philippines, Portugal, Ibero-America and the Southwestern United States. In Spain, churros can either be thin or long and thick . Wikipedia

Now I’m not saying that this dish is any healthier, but it is definitely easier and cleaner to make. Very tasty and a great combination of ingredients. Not as crunchy as the original churro but still with all the flavors and a bonus, cream cheese filling.

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Enjoy!

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Crock Pot Pork Carnitas

Here is a very simple, 5 ingredient, pork carnitas recipe for your crock pot. Prepare all ingredients in the morning, before you leave for work. (10 minutes) When you get home, shred the pork and keep warm in the crock pot with the sauce. until you are ready to eat. My kids love this, especially on practice nights.

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Carnitas, literally “little meats,” is a dish of Mexican cuisine originating from the state of Michoacán. Carnitas are made by braising or simmering pork in oil or preferably lard until tender. The process takes three or four hours and the result is very tender and juicy meat, which is then typically served with choppedcoriander leaves (cilantro) and diced onion, salsa, guacamole, tortillas, and refried beans (frijoles refritos). Wikipedia.com

This recipe is can be used for many types of dishes  This will also be great for the upcoming Cinco de Mayo holiday.

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I love my slow cooker. I usually use it twice a week. I plan on posting a new crock pot recipe each week. If you have a favorite recipe you would like converted to be cooked in the crock pot, let me know and I will give it a shot.

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Pretzel Dogs

Okay I love homemade pretzels. I have been making this recipe for many friend and family gatherings over the last year. Friends don’t believe these are homemade. Let them be impressed, but don’t tell them how easy they are to make.

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I have been on a yeast kick lately and this recipe is another wonderful type of yeast bread. My recipe is for pretzel dogs, instead of plain pretzels. I do use the excess dough to make pretzel nuggets as an added treat. This makes a great appetizer for kids and adults or a fun dinner for a kid’s birthday party. It will make a great appetizer for Easter. They also freeze well and heat up easily in the microwave.

The dough recipe is from Alton Brown and is simply the best. I use it as a base for different pretzel treats. Very versatile.

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Smoked Chuck Roast or Brisket

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It finally warmed up here in Ohio, at least for few days. I usually grill year round, but using my Weber as a smoker is a little more difficult when the weather is cold and windy. My grill is on my deck, which sits 10 feet above the ground and we are on the top of a hill. It can get very windy. I am remodeling my deck this spring and I need to incorporate a wind break, behind my grill, in the design.

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With this weekend being Easter and Passover, I decided to post this recipe as a nice alternative to lamb, ham or turkey for your Holiday meal. I am not Jewish, but if making this for Passover you could use a Kosher beef brisket, instead of the chuck roast. If I am not correct in my understanding of the Passover meal I apologize.

This is a unique way to cook a chuck roast that creates a very tender piece of meat, with a nice smokey flavor. Enjoy your Holiday and hope you give this a try. It would be great any time of year.

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Ingredients:

2-4 lb chuck roast or a 4-6 lb Brisket (side or flat cut)

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Peanut Butter Easter Bars

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When you think of Easter what comes to your mind. Of course we should think about what the day is truly about. Church, the Resurrection of Christ, family, dressing up, and Easter dinner. But really, since we were kids, it was also about a bunny bringing a basket full of candy or going to an Easter egg hunt, getting plastic eggs filled with candy or the big winner, money.

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Since I was little, I have always loved Reese’s peanut butter eggs. My mom used to make homemade peanut butter eggs for us every year.

I decided this year to make a bar that adds another one of my favorite’s “Whoppers Mini Robins Eggs”. The mini malted milk eggs add a crunchy, not so sweet, touch to these bars. My family loved them.

An easy, make ahead, treat for Easter Sunday.

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March 23 is National Chips and Dip Day

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Here are today’s five thing to know about Chips and Dip:

  1.  The potato chip was first invented in 1853.
  2.  Dips for chips first become popular in the 1950s serving as finger food.
  3.  Choices of chips can be tortilla chips, potato chips, or pretzels.
  4. It takes 10,000 pounds of potatoes to make 3,500 pounds of potato chips.
  5.  Dips can be salsa, guacamole, cheese, hummus, olive dip – anything can be made into a dip.

Fun Fact:

Hummus, as part of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisines for centuries, did not appear in the United States until after World War II.

The first chip-and-dip set was made by glass and this two-bowl set was advertised  as useful not only for potato chips, but also for salads, floral centerpieces and seafood snacks..

The Oxford English Dictionary added the term  “dip” in print,  in 1960.

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Today’s Pinterest Board : Foodimentary

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Today’s Food History

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