April 24, 2017

BANANA PUDDING


People are happy when I show up with this for dessert.  It is highly requested and a crowd pleaser.


Also, it is very easy to make.  No actual cooking, just mixing.  

And yes, I was having a glass of Chardonnay while making this banana pudding.  We had dinner for four recently, and there was exactly one glass left in  the bottle.  The wine tasted quite delicious "paired" with the pudding I scraped and ate from the bowl!


Here's something, though, I can take or leave bananas.  I will eat them once in awhile; and I will hardly ever eat one by itself.


I just sort of eat around the bananas because the cookies and pudding are wonderful!!


If you want something delicious, easy, and you like bananas, this banana pudding is just right for you.

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Banana Pudding

1 can Sweetened Condensed Milk
8-ounce carton of Cool Whip (thawed)
1 large box of instant vanilla pudding
1 Cup of Water
Vanilla Wafers
2 bananas

In a stand mixer using, paddle attachment (or in a bowl with a hand-held mixer), mix milk, Cool Whip, instant pudding, and 1 cup of water until well-incorporated and thickened.

In a glass dish, layer wafers, pudding, and bananas; repeat, topping with a layer of cookies.   

Serve to family and friends!!

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April 18, 2017

CHOCOLATE CHIP CHEESECAKE


Easter weekend brought family for dinner for us on two separate days.  So I did a lot of cooking.  

And, of course, I want to share with you, dear readers, my desserts!


Wow, was the weather beautiful Saturday, and then yesterday, with a golf outing planned, wouldn't you know, it rained!!  We had been looking forward to playing golf together all week!  


This Chocolate Chip Cheesecake is a family favorite.  It is made with a graham cracker and chocolate base, a cheesecake filling with mini chocolate chips stirred in the batter and finished off with miniature chocolate chips on top.  

I don't make it often because it is really rich, and a little goes a long way.


I made this Buttertop Coffee Cake for breakfast on Saturday.  It was also our dessert, so kind of a two-for-one deal. 

With Chicken Parmesan, home cut french fries and broccoli on Saturday; and steaks on the grill, hash brown casserole, and a blue cheese wedge salad yesterday, topped off with these desserts; today,  my hubby and I will go back to a more sane way of eating.

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Chocolate Chip Cheese Cake

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1-1/2 cups of graham cracker crumbs
1/3 cup of cocoa
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted
3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
1 - 14-ounce can Sweetened Condensed Milk
3 eggs
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
1 cup of Hershey's Mini Chips, Semi-Sweet Chocolate, divided
1 teaspoon of all-purpose flour

Heat oven to 300 degrees F.  In a bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, cocoa, sugar, and butter.  Press evenly on the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan.

In a large mixer bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy.  Gradually add sweetened condensed milk, beating until smooth.  (Be sure to scrape up cream cheese from the bottom of the bowl with a spatula).  Add eggs and vanilla.  Mix well.  In a small bowl, toss 1/2 cup of mini chips with flour to coat; stir into cream cheese mixture.  Sprinkle remaining chips evenly over top. Wrap aluminum foil around the bottom of the pan.  Place in a larger pan and pour water in the bottom of the pan.  Bake for 1 hour.  Turn oven off.  Allow to cool in oven for 1 hour.  Remove from oven.  Cool to room temperature.  Refrigerate. 

Happy Baking!!
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April 15, 2017

EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL DARK CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES


I recently started following thecooksinthekitchen on Instagram, which lead me to her blog, and one of the first posts I read was a recipe for chocolate chip cookies with olive oil, dark chocolate, and sea salt.


I am forever on the search for the very best chocolate chip cookie recipe because chocolate chip cookies are my favorite cookie, and (probably) my favorite dessert.


What I really liked about these cookies is you could taste the fruitiness of the olive oil paired with the saltiness of the sea salt and the richness of the dark chocolate.  These chocolate chip cookies are delicious!


  I  love the flavor and aroma of olive oil, and when I saw these cookies were made with olive oil, I was very intrigued. 


I did change the recipe slightly.  Recipes are more of a guide and don't have to be strictly followed.  If you would like to try this lovely recipe, you can find it at thecooksinthekitchen.

Happy Baking!!
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