Posts in the ‘Recipes’ Category

Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars Recipe

by Jillian Leslie on

Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars Recipe |

If you love peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, check out our peanut butter and jelly bars recipe.

These bars are rich and creamy and have the perfect balance of salty (from the peanut butter) and sweet (from the jelly). They work great at a party, especially with kids, but you'd be surprised how many adults love them, too. I know, because I took them to a dinner party last night and the adults finished off more bars than the kids.

Peach Blueberry Muffin Tin Pie Recipe

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Peach Blueberry Muffin Tin Pie Recipe |

I was asked by PAM Cooking Spray to come up with a healthy recipe for summer. I knew I wanted to make something that incorporated all of the incredible summer fruit I'm seeing at the farmer's market, so I decided a pie was in order.

But not just a big 'ol pie, but mini pies I could make in a muffin tin. I thought they'd be more portable and bite size, great for outdoor entertaining, plus aren't they darn cute?

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Summer Challah French Toast Recipe

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Challah French Toast Recipe with Nutella and Strawberries |

I love the taste of challah. It's soft, light, eggy, and a tiny bit sweet. For those who don't know, challah is a traditional egg bread eaten by many cultures, but especially by Jews at the sabbath.

It's also my favorite bread to make French toast with, because it brings so much flavor and richness all by itself.  But this time I wanted to step out of my French toast comfort zone, and add some new flavors for summer.

Strawberry Nutella Cheesecake Squares Recipe

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Strawberry Nutella Cheesecake Square Recipe |

One thing that brings me a tremendous amount of happiness during these lazy days of summer, is baking. First, I love sweets, so that's easy. But second, unlike cooking, where there's a fair amount of wiggle room, baking has to be precise. To me, baking feels like little science experiments. And there's always a little bit of surprise and satifaction at the end when it all turns out.

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Spicy Habañero Chimichurri Recipe

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Spicy habanero pepper chimichurri recipe |

We were asked by Hebrew National to share a recipe using their famous quality franks, so we decided to make a grilled hot dog sandwich topped with some delicious spicy habañero chimichurri!

Originally from Argentina, chimichurri is a marinade usually made from parsley, olive oil, garlic, and lemon juice that adds a zing of flavor to all kinds of meat.

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Frozen Nutella Banana Ice Cream Toppers

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Frozen Nutella Banana Ice Cream Toppers!

Nothing to me says summer like ice cream. Since I was a child, ice cream has always been my favorite  dessert.

One of my best summer memories is of my dad taking me out for ice cream to our local ice cream shop in New Jersey called Grunings. The best part was that I was allowed to order anything I wanted, and I always got the same thing... a banana split. My special banana split had vanilla ice cream with extra chocolate sauce and extra whipped cream. It was delicious.

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Lemon Garlic Aioli Recipe

by Jillian Leslie on

Lemon garlic aioli recipe |

I once saw a cooking show where an old French woman in Provence made the most amazing homemade aioli using just five ingredients (garlic, lemon, salt, egg yolk, and olive oil) and a mortar and pestle. What she was doing looked so effortless and old-school. And it looked so delicious when she was done. I knew someday I'd have to try it, to see if it actually was that effortless and delicious.

So when we were asked by Dietz & Watson, the maker of premium deli meats and cheeses, to come up with a sandwich recipe that would work great at a summer picnic, I knew it was time to try some lemon garlic aioli for myself. I thought... roasted turkey breast sandwich with lemon garlic aioli... yum.

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Peanut Butter Nutella Cookie Recipe + What Makes Me Happy as a Mom

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Nutella Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe |

I was asked by Nutella to show how I like to "spread the happy." What a cool assignment. I'm a big believer that happiness is contagious. Just watch a group of kids laughing, and you'll quickly notice your own smile (or even laughter). It's just that easy.

So for Memorial Day, we were invited over to our friends' house for a BBQ. I love bringing homemade desserts to spread some happiness, so this year I made  homemade peanut butter cookies and sandwiched them together with a dollop of Nutella. Do you know "cookie" is a happy word? It makes you smile when you say it. Just try it.

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