Archive for December, 2017

Nutella Cake

December 26, 2017

So for Christmas Day I needed the perfect desert. I wracked my brain for all my favorite treats, should I make cheesecake, pie, cobbler, or brownies? Then it dawned on me, and I heard the Nutella angels sing. I had gotten a couple jars of Nutella as gifts and so I knew that was a sign. I looked online for the perfect recipe -perfect being one that I had all the ingredients for, since it was Christmas Day and I did not want to go out. I settled upon this Nutella cake recipe made by two hot twin Italian chefs, you can’t go wrong with that. Plus this recipe had cream cheese/Nutella frosting which meant it would make Campy happy as well as he loves cream cheese frosting. This cake came out amazing. It was very fudgy and rich but it only used 1/3 cup of flour so it didn’t seem so heavy. Also it had a ground up hazelnuts in the cake so that kind of gave it a nice texture. The cream cheese frosting mixed with Nutella had a little bit of tartness which I really liked. It was such a big hit I even had a slice today for breakfast with my coffee!

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Din-spiration

December 16, 2017

So with working full time my dinner mojo is often missing. It seems our weekly menu consist of the same types of items – burger night, pasta night, protein night, taco night, pizza night and more of the same. I wanted to freshen things up and keep my passion for cooking alive, so I found a remedy. I look at my Food Network magazine’s “weeknight dinners” every week to add a new recipe to the mix. I am really enjoying this inspiration. I look forward to a new issue each month. In the past I have struck out with new recipes but lately I have been on a roll. I have made four new dinners, one each week, that have been home runs. It spices up our weeks as it adds something new to the mix. Each of these four recipes were a huge hit with my family. They were all easy to make and quick after a long day. I hope you try them and make your families tummies happy!

Chicken with gnocchi

This recipe was so delectable and using store bought gnocchi on a work night made my life easy. It had the perfect balance of protein and veggies. I made this with the perfect side -homemade Olive Garden breadsticks which were so fluffy and better than the real thing.

Tortellini Stroganoff

All the great flavors of stroganoff were there and this was simple to make. I added some stir fry beef for protein.

Orzo with mushroom

My family was skeptical with the spinach and leeks, but they tore it up, due to the creamy sauce and the chicken breast I added. Campy said: “it was on point!”

Flank and mac

As you can see a theme here, protein, carb, and veggie. I try not to make carb heavy dinners but this trifecta pleases the little people. Flank steak was too pricey so I used another affordable cut. The idea here is the flavors, add your own twists.

That’s what I love about these Food Network recipes, you can add your own ideas. Also if the magazine subscription is too much, get your issues from the library like me, and then google the recipe name and they come up on their website. Also these are all great vegetarian recipes too. Manga!