Posts in the ‘Recipes’ Category

Strawberry Nutella Cheesecake Squares Recipe

by Jillian Leslie on

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.

Spicy Habañero Chimichurri Recipe

by Jillian Leslie on

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

by Jillian Leslie on

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.

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

by Jillian Leslie on

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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15 Mouthwatering BBQ Recipes

by Jillian Leslie on

15 Mouthwatering BBQ Recipes |

I love cooking in summer. All I have to do is throw something on the grill, add a simple marinade (or not) and whatever I cook, typically ends up tasting good. And for entertaining, it's such an effortless and casual way to go. Plus, I like that it usually gets messy, which I think just adds to the fun. I always make sure I have plenty of napkins available.

Charred smoky flavors make my mouth water. To me, there's nothing better than the smell of grilled food -- from steaks to hamburgers to shrimp to chicken to veggetables... and even fruit. That's why I loved compiling this collection of grilled dishes from Foodie.

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Chocolate Walnut Marshmallow Cookie Recipe

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Chocolate Walnut Marshmallow Cookie Recipe |

We were given a basket of goodies from Kraft and asked to come up with our own recipe. How fun, especially when the basket contained two of my favorite ingredients.... chocolate and marshmallows!

I knew instantly I wanted to make cookies. But sometimes it's hard to add marshmallows to cookies because when you bake them, the marshmallows can sort of evaporate.

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