Summer Time Treats

It’s hot and humid and looking like it’s going to rain any minute, so Cakes and I are spending the day under the a/c at home cooling out.  What I love most about being a mom to a 4 year old is that a chill day at home always turns out to be anything but chill.  (insert sarcasm).  Since she loves to help me cook I thought instead of giving her a regular messy bowl of ice cream that’ll be dripping down her face, hands and arms let’s have a treat that’s fun to make, adds some fruit and won’t need a clean up team.  Vanilla ice cream and strawberry hearts.
All you need is ice cream of your choice, fruit of your choice, a silicone ice tray, a bowl and a spoon:

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1. Set 2 or 3 scoops of ice cream aside until it’s soft enough to mix.

2.Dice fruit (I used 4 small-medium strawberries).

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3. Mix the fruit into the ice cream (if your mix gets a little soupy it’s totally fine).

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look at those wittle hands go 🙂

4. Once the fruit and ice cream are mixed well, place in your silicone ice tray.

 

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so nice and neat (baby ocd much?)

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5.Place in the freezer for 30 minutes.

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6. Pop some in a bowl and enjoy!

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Bon Apetit friends!

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Now We’re Cooking: Hasselback Potatoes

I keep seeing recipes for Hasselback potatoes all over recipe blogs and sites.  As a potato lover I couldn’t resist giving it a try.

Again the ingredients are simple everyday ingredients that you probably already have in your fridge and spice rack:

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6 russet potatoes

1 stick of softened butter

1/2 cup of olive oil

Salt/Pepper

1/3 cups finely chopped chives (I didn’t realize I didn’t have chives until I had already started cooking soooooo they’re missing from my version)

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees
  2. Slice potatoes in 1/4 inch thick slices without cutting all the way through the potato

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3. Mix the softened butter, olive oil, salt/pepper and chives in a bowl

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4. Brush the butter/olive oil mix onto the potato, make sure to get in between each slice (warning: the mixture looked kind of gross and the consistency looked a little suspect to me but after brushing it on the potatoes it made a little more sense. it’s a little bit of a messy process)

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5. Bon Apetit

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I had to sprinkle a little more salt/pepper on after I took them out of the oven.

Confession: During the process I for sure thought I was going to have to title this post EPIC FAIL! Sometime around 30 minutes in the oven I checked on them and they looked dried out and I just knew that by the time it reached 55 minutes they were all going to be burned to a crisp.  Surprisingly, the inside were just right, nice and soft and the outside was a little crispy, the perfect combo.  While prepping the potatoes Cakes protested her dislike for potatoes (even though she could survive off french fries and mashed potatoes alone) after some persuading she tried the hasselbacks and loved them.  I’m sure it was partly because she was able to eat them like a finger food by peeling off each slice and partially because the skin was crispy.  Even Mr. Grumps had seconds (he ain’t low).

Have you or would you try this hasselback recipe?  Let me know what you think.

Credits to foodnetwork.com for the recipe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now We’re Cooking: Chicken w/ Sundried Tomato Cream Sauce

Last night I tried this interesting looking chicken recipe I came across on Buzzfeed.com for Chicken with Sundried Tomato Cream Sauce.  2 things made this recipe appealing 1) it’s a one pot recipe (less dishes wooooot woooot!) 2) it calls for ingredients I can find in any supermarket (I’m really big on convenience when food shopping) 3) the chicken skin looked crispy and not soggy (I cannot stand soggy chicken skin *YUK*.  Oh wait did I say 2 things!

Anyway the ingredients required are as follows:

*(6) chicken thighs with skin

*salt/pepper

*3 tbsp butter

*4 garlic cloves

*1/4 cup fresh basil

*1 tsp dried thyme

*1 tsp dried oregano

*1/2 cup heavy cream

*1 cup chicken broth

*sundried tomatoes

Confession: using just salt & pepper to season chicken sounds like crazy talk to me, just doesn’t make any sense.  So I deviated from the plan where that part is concerned but besides that I stuck to the program.  And unlike any other recipe I’ve tried for the first time, it turned out looking exactly like the demonstration!

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2. Melt 2 tbsps of butter in pan.  Place chicken skin down.

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3. Brown on both sides.

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4. Set chicken aside and remove butter and excess fat from the pan

5. Add to pan 1 tbsp of butt, 4 sliced garlic cloves, 1/2 cup of heavy cream, 1 cup chicken broth, 1 tsp dried oregano, 1 tsp dried thyme, 1/4 cup fresh basil and sundried tomatoes and stir.

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6. Add chicken back to pan and baste chicken with sauce.

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7. Put in oven for 25 minutes.

8. VIOLA!

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This recipe was convenient and DELICIOUS!  Mr. Grumps is still talking about it today.  I give this recipe 5 stars or thumbs up or whatever you give f*cking deliciousness!

 

Credits to Buzzfeed.com for the recipe!