Banana Split Topped Pudding Pie Monday, Apr 7 2014 

pieMmmm Chocolate Pudding Pie!! Oh yea let;s not forget the Banana Split Topping!! Of course it’s not complete with out a cherry on top!! Ok here’s what you need!

1 Pie Crust, graham cracker will work also. If using a premade. Bake first and let cool. I used Jello cook pudding, 1 large box. Mix with 3 cups milk, stir constantly until it comes to a full boil. Let cook 5 mins. Pour into crust.

Banana Split Topping

1 container cool whip 8 oz

1 /2 pkg instant banana creme pudding

1/4 cup crushed pineapple

1/4 cup strawberry jam or ice cream topping

1/8 Hersheys Chocolate Syrup

Fold pudding into thawed cool whip. Do bot over mix, stir in remaining ingredients. Top pudding pie when serving and garnish with nuts and or a cherry.

OPTION would be to use banana pudding for the pie and Chocolate pudding for the topping.

 

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cheesecake Saturday, Mar 29 2014 

strawberry cheesecakeI love strawberries! Dipped in chocolate just takes them to a whole new decadent level. Sensual even! Now lets place thos on top of a creamy chocolate cheesecake infused with starwberry. What could be better after a wonderful meal? This is not a complicated recipe. but it is gourmet! Here is is……
Cheesecake:
2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
3 eggs
1/2 cup sour cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 Tbs Strawberry Extract
1/2 cup baking cocoa

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a 9-inch round baking pan with parchment paper. Let the edges extend over sides of pan and then spray the foil with non-stick cooking spray.

 

In large bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla extract at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy and smooth. Whisk eggs in a bowl; add to cream cheese mixture. Blend just until eggs are incorporated. Stir in sour cream and chocolate gradually.

 

Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake for 45 minutes, or until the top just starts to turn golden.

 

Let the cheesecake cool completely in its pan on a wire rack then cover and chill for 4 hours.

 

Garnish with Strawberries or Chocolate Covered Strawberries.

Nutella Sea Salt Sandwich Cookies Friday, Mar 28 2014 

nutella sea salt

Ingredients

1 1/2 cup all-purpose unbleached flour

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

 

1 tsp baking soda

¼ tsp baking powder

¾ cup (1 ½ sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature

2 Tbsp Nutella

1 ½ cup sugar

1 egg

sea salt

Filling

13 oz jar Nutella

 

Heat oven to 375°F. Line baking sheets with Silpat or parchment paper.

Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and baking powder. Set aside. Cream together butter, Nutella and sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in egg. Slowly add in flour mixture until evenly incorporated.

Roll dough into tablespoon-sized balls. Flatten balls with the bottom of a glass,(palm of hand works also they may adhere to a glass) about 2 ¼-inches in diameter. Sprinkle with sea salt. Bake 12 up on a sheet leaving 1-inch space between each cookie.

Bake for 8 minutes. Cool for 1 minute on baking sheet and carefully transfer to a cooling rack.

Assembly

Allow cookies to cool completely. Spread Nutella between two cookies to made sandwich.

Oreo Cookies and Cream Friday, Mar 28 2014 

cookiesncreamA long time favorite around here is Oreo Cookies and Creme. It is super simple to make. Takes 3 ingredients!! Here they are

1 LARGE container of Cool Whip

2 boxes Jello Instant Chocolate Pudding

2/3 package of OREO cookies ( eat the other 1/3 while making, or use for garnish)

Make sure cool whip has thawed completley. Fold in instant pudding. Stir in crushed Oreos. Chill for at least several hours. Over night is best.

Pistachio Nut Salad Friday, Mar 14 2014 

pistachioAhhh it is the weekend to be IRISH !!! Green beer, The Chicago River is flowing green today, and the corned beef will soon be in the crock pots all over!!! I am Irish, born on St Paddys day and named Partricia. You would think as a foodie , I ‘d be all over this one! Nope sorry, I just can’t bring myself to dye EVERYTHING green to eat! I will have some corned beef though 😉 So my green contribution to the Holiday is a simple Pistachio Nut Salad. Light fluffy creamy goodness!! Enjoy!!

1 carton (16 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed

1 package (3.4 ounces) instant pistachio pudding mix

6 to 7 drops green food coloring, optional

3 cups miniature marshmallows

1 can (20 ounces) crushed pineapple, undrained

In a large bowl, combine whipped topping, pudding mix and food coloring if desired. Fold in the marshmallows and pineapple. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.