No-Churn S’mores Ice Cream #IceCreamWeek

Welcome to Day 5 of Ice Cream Week 2014! This year the event is hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Susan of The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen. We have teamed up with 25 amazing bloggers to share some amazing ice cream recipes with you. I hope you belong to a gym. We’ll all need it by the end of the week!

Ice Cream Week 2014

Our sponsors for the event have provided us with some great prizes. A huge thanks to Cake Boss, Anolon, Microplane, WÜSTHOF, Page Street Publishing and Quarry Spoon. Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Susan of The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen have tossed in a bonus prize of a Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker because they think everyone should own one! After checking out the recipe, be sure to enter using the Rafflecopter widget located at the end of this post.

No-Churn S'mores Ice Cream 3

Ever stress yourself out so much you teeter on the verge or vomiting or crying? Yea I’m there. Ever since this part-time adjunct teaching opportunity came up I have been freaking out both in excitement and nervousness. The reason it has been such a challenge deciding whether to accept or not is not a matter of wanting the job, it is a matter of feasibility due to being in Memphis while I currently reside in Knoxville.

Pros: Related work experience, extra money (albeit small), keep current part-time job and free rent with parents in Knoxville, stay at a friend’s while in Memphis
Cons: Only one class for 6 hours a week, driving 11 hours a week (hence the income increase being small)

It is also only for 10 weeks which could be either a good thing and a bad thing. Setting the monetary gain aside (since it is basically negligible) it comes down to one question – is it worth driving 11 hours a week to get experience teaching one class? Maybe I should wait until next term to see if they would have more than one class available? Unfortunately this kind of decision cannot be riddled out by making lists or asking others’ opinions, it’s a gamble. Experience is good to snatch up when you can but sanity is also important.

No-Churn S'mores Ice Cream 1

It’s time like these when I look to food for solace, specifically dessert. Enter in this no-churn s’mores ice cream. I thought for certain that upon freezing the marshmallow creme would cause the ice cream to be rock hard. In fact the exact opposite occurred creating the fluffiest and creamiest ice cream I have ever made. To make things even better, it tastes just like a s’more with plenty of milk chocolate and graham cracker bits. Let your worries drift away for a few scoops-time.

No-Churn S'mores Ice Cream 4

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Skirt Steak with Kale Chimichurri Sauce

Seasoned skirt streak topped with a kale chimichurri sauce. So much flavor and easy to make!

Skirt Steak with Kale Chimichurri Sauce 2x

Told you I’ve been making a lot of recipes with kale and arugula lately. I had been wanting to make chimichurri for a very long time so when I found a recipe using kale I finally sprung into action. This steak was everything I hoped it would be. Perfectly seasoned, pick in the middle and topped with an amazingly flavorful chimichurri. There was actually plenty of chimichurri leftover and have enjoyed spreading it on sandwiches and burgers. I want to try it in an omlet next. It’s my new favorite condiment!

Skirt Steak with Kale Chimichurri Sauce 3x

One year ago: Eggplant Manicotti with Creamy Pesto Filling
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Blueberry-Kiwi Lemonade Shake #IceCreamWeek

Welcome to Day 3 of Ice Cream Week 2014! This year the event is hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Susan of The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen. We have teamed up with 25 amazing bloggers to treat you to tons of amazing ice cream recipes. Ice Cream Week is shaping up to be the best week ever!

2014 Ice Cream Week

Our sponsors for the event have provided us with some great prizes. A huge thanks to Cake Boss, Anolon, Microplane, WÜSTHOF, Page Street Publishing and Quarry Spoon. Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Susan of The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen have tossed in a bonus prize of a Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker because they think everyone should own one!

Here’s what is up for grabs, One Winner Takes All:

1 Cuisinart Ice Cream Machine in White
One Cake Boss Mechanical Ice Cream Scoop with Red Silicone grips
One Cake Boss 4Pc Ice Cream Bowl Set, Icing Pattern
One Anolon Advanced Bronze 2 Qt Covered Straining Saucepan with Pour Spout
One Microplane Herb and Salad Chopper
One Microplane Premium Classic Grater in White
One WUSTHOF CLASSIC 9-inch Double Serrated Bread Knife
One Copy of the Cookbook Making Artisan Gelato by Torrance Kopfer
One Copy of the Cookbook Everything Goes with Ice Cream by Koralee Teichroeb
One Copy of the Cookbook Vegan Scoop by Wheeler del Torro
One Copy of the Cookbook The Great Vegan Bean Book by Kathy Hester
One Copy of the Cookbook Eat More Dessert by Jenny Kellar
One Copy of the Cookbook The Perfect Scoop by David Lebovitz
One Copy of the Cookbook Scoop Adventures by Lindsay Clendaniel

Enter using the Rafflecopter widget located at the end of this post!

Blueberry-Kiwi Lemonade Shake 1

Guess what? Today also lands on yet another food holiday – National Lemonade Day! Instead of making a milkshake with milk and ice cream, I substituted the milk with lemonade and then added some fresh fruit along with vanilla ice cream. Blend it up and you’ve got a perfect summery shake!

Blueberry-Kiwi Lemonade Shake 2

One year ago: Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes

Two years ago: Mango Frozen Greek Yogurt
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Lighter Chicken Bellagio

Oven-fried chicken with prosciutto, arugula and a guiltless pesto-asiago cream sauce aka a lighter version of the popular dish “Chicken Bellagio”.

Lighter Chicken Bellagio 2

Yesterday’s interview for an adjunct teaching position went very well. In fact they were quite impressed with me! The down-side is that they may only have one class for me to teach in the upcoming term (which translates to a small paycheck). But they might have more next term which starts in December, so getting my foot in the door now could pay off. I have lots to think about and if you know me at all you are aware of my very pensive mind. Which is a nice way of saying I think too darn much, especially when it involved life decisions.

Lighter Chicken Bellagio 1

In an effort to not over-think things let’s soothe the mind, body, and soul with some comfort food that’s been lightened up. I first had Chicken Bellagio at an Italian restaurant in Rochester, NY but apparently it is also a very popular dish at the Cheesecake Factory. Either way, after experiencing it I decided I needed to make a homemade version that is slightly healthier. The chicken is oven-fried and served over whole wheat pasta tossed in a light pesto-asiago cream sauce with prosciutto. Top it off with some fresh arugula and it’s a sight for sore eyes!

One year ago: Jalapeno Cheddar Chicken Burgers with Guacamole

Three years ago: Goat Cheese Cheesecake with Basil Roasted Peaches
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Salted Caramel Ice Cream Pie #IceCreamWeek

Welcome to Ice Cream Week 2014! This year the event is hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Susan of The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen. We have teamed up with 25 amazing bloggers to bring you ice cream treats all week long. I hope you have as much fun as we did. Break out those stretchy pants and celebrate Ice Cream Week with us.

Ice Cream Week 2014

Our sponsors for the event have provided us with some great prizes. A huge thanks to Cake Boss, Anolon, Microplane, WÜSTHOF, Page Street Publishing and Quarry Spoon. Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Susan of The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen have tossed in a bonus prize of a Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker because they think everyone should own one!

Here’s what is up for grabs, One Winner Takes All:

Ice Cream Week Prizes 1

1 Cuisinart Ice Cream Machine in White

One Cake Boss Mechanical Ice Cream Scoop with Red Silicone grips

One Cake Boss 4Pc Ice Cream Bowl Set, Icing Pattern

One Anolon Advanced Bronze 2 Qt Covered Straining Saucepan with Pour Spout

One Microplane Herb and Salad Chopper

One Microplane Premium Classic Grater in White

One WUSTHOF CLASSIC 9-inch Double Serrated Bread Knife

Ice Cream Week Prizes 2

One Copy of the Cookbook Making Artisan Gelato by Torrance Kopfer

One Copy of the Cookbook Everything Goes with Ice Cream by Koralee Teichroeb

One Copy of the Cookbook Vegan Scoop by Wheeler del Torro

One Copy of the Cookbook The Great Vegan Bean Book by Kathy Hester

One Copy of the Cookbook Eat More Dessert by Jenny Kellar

One Copy of the Cookbook The Perfect Scoop by David Lebovitz

One Copy of the Cookbook Scoop Adventures by Lindsay Clendaniel

Enter to win using the Rafflecopter widget located at the end of this post!

Salted Caramel Ice Cream Pie 2

The kick off of Ice Cream Week just so happens to land on National Ice Cream Pie Day and obviously I took the opportunity to make an ice cream pie. A salted caramel ice cream pie complete with a pretzel crust.

I know that dulce de leche technically is not caramel but it does have a caramelized flavor. I have recently become obsessed with no-churn ice cream and since it is made with sweetened condensed milk I decided that dulce de leche was the perfect choice for making a caramel-like no-churn ice cream. After all, you can make dulce de leche by cooking sweetened condensed milk while it’s still in the can. And this ice cream pie tasted pretty darn good to me!

Salted Caramel Ice Cream Pie 1

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Peach-Mango Smoothie

Peach-mango smoothie made with fresh fruit, nectar and Greek yogurt. So good you’ll think you are having dessert.

Peach-Mango Smoothie

Today is the day before my interview in Memphis, so naturally I arrived to town a day early in order to run the Bardog 5K with Maggie this morning! In all the time I lived in Memphis I never managed to participate in this 5K, something always got in the way. But there’s nothing stopping me now and since I don’t like eating a heavy breakfast before running any distance lets make a smoothie.

This smoothie may be my new favorite. Unfortunately with peach season nearing its end it will have a short life unless I get desperate and use canned peaches. I bought both the peach and the mango fresh then cut and froze myself but of course you can buy pre-frozen. Blend them up with peach or mango nectar, honey and Greek yogurt and you’re done. I used peach Greek yogurt with mango nectar. Plain or vanilla Greek yogurt would work too if you want to tone down all that sweet fruit. I personally loved it.

One year ago: Funfetti Ice Cream Krispie Cupcakes

Two years ago: Dark Chocolate Black Cherry Oatmeal Cookie-wiches

Three years ago: Caprese Salad Grilled Cheese Sandwich
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Prosciutto, Pear, and Gorgonzola Bagel Bites

Bagels are not just for breakfast. Make these fancy bagel bites with arugula, prosciutto, pear and gorgonzola for your next party or as an afternoon snack.

Prosciutto, Pear, and Gorgonzola Bagel Bites

Be warned, I’m going through an arugula and kale phase. I’ve already shared an arugula topped pizza and a panini with kale, but prepared yourself for a several more recipes featuring these greens in the upcoming weeks. Starting with these fancy little bagel bites topped with spicy arugula, salty prosciutto, sweet pear, and tangy gorgonzola cheese. You won’t find these in your local grocery store’s freezer section.

I was inspired to make these bagel bites upon hearing the news that my friend’s Tabletop Board Game Cafe has officially started construction and will soon be ready at 1810 West 25th in Ohio City, Ohio. Tabletop will feature over 1000 board games (I’ve seen their stock-pile it’s impressive), a weekly trivia night, and monthly DIY design sessions in their maker space. But what does that have to do with me? Well on the menu you just might find a few Spiffy Cookie-contributed creations!

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One year ago: Nutella Ice Cream with Granola Topping

Two years ago: Peanut Butter Cup Mousse Parfaits

Three years ago: Homemade Pesto
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Raspberry-White Chocolate Icebox Pie

Is it a pie or is it cheesecake? Whatever it is, the combination of raspberry and white chocolate is undeniable. The vanilla wafer crust is worth attention as well.

Raspberry-White Chocolate Icebox Pie 2

(After I point it out, please ignore the chip in the plate pictured above. It saddens me but not enough to dispose of the plate.)

Two pies in one week, what is this madness?! But just wait this one is different. I thought that after heating up your oven making the peach pie you would not be keen to turn it on again for a prolonged period of time so how about a pie where all you have to bake is the crust? A delicious, vanilla wafer crust which blows graham cracker crusts out of the water pie. The filling requires no baking and actually reminds me more of a cheesecake than a pie. Raspberry-white chocolate cheesecake/pie or whatever you want to call it, just make it.

Raspberry-White Chocolate Icebox Pie 1

One year ago: Honey Pecan Milkshakes

Two years ago: Blueberry Walnut Oatmeal Pancakes with Vanilla Maple Glaze
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Arugula, Black Garlic & Cherry Tomato Pizza

Sweet, spreadable black garlic is the star of this pizza. The whole wheat thin crust is also topped with fresh mozzarella, prosciutto, cherry tomatoes and baby arugula.

Arugula, Black Garlic & Cherry Tomato Pizza 1

I should be in Memphis today. Weezer is performing at Snowden Grove tonight and a few months ago I swore I would find a way to get there but as time ticked away I realized it was not fiscally responsible to buy tickets for a band I’ve already seen 3 times – even if it’s been over 7 years since I last saw them. Of course that’s not all, there’s also a Dishcrawl event in Memphis today for bacon lovers. To compensate you might find me jamming out to Weezer all day while eating bacon.

Arugula, Black Garlic & Cherry Tomato Pizza 2

While this pizza does not have bacon, it does have prosciutto which is basically fancy bacon. It also has a bunch of other fancy things such as fresh mozzarella, arugula and black garlic. What the heck is black garlic? It is caramelized garlic which is the result of being heated at a low temperature for about 40 days. So yea you can make it yourself if you feel like leaving a hot plate/slow cooker on for 40 days straight or you can just buy some like it did (I found it at Jungle Jim’s in Cincinnati, OH). It has the spreadable consistency of roasted garlic but a sweeter flavor. In other words you’ll want to spread it on everything like butter.

One year ago: Blue Moo Cookie Dough Ice Cream

Two years ago: Peach Greek Yogurt Pie
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Fresh Peach Pie

August is the time for fresh peaches and peach pie. With hints of cinnamon and nutmeg this pie prepares us for the summer-fall transition.

Fresh Peach Pie

It is strange sometimes how much actors can affect our lives. Most of the time I do not pay attention to pop culture but yesterday’s news of Robin William’s death was definitely tragic. Despite all the lives he touched, he could not save his own. He was one of my favorites and may take it upon myself to enjoy all that he has done by going back and re-watching his movies. Many people on social media have started discussions on what is their favorite movie of his but I do not think I can pick just one. Man of the Year, Patch Adams, Bicentennial Man, What Dreams May Come, FernGully, Dead Poets Society… the list goes on. Funny, deep, heart-warming, and intelligent he did it all.

And I bet he would’ve love a slice of this peach pie.

Three years ago: Peanut Butter Pretzel Pie
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