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Peanut Butter & Chocolate Saturday Roundup 2014

For all you peanut butter and chocolate lovers out there, here is a roundup of recent peanut butter and chocolate creations to feast upon.

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Roundup

After losing Braxton Miller to injury at the beginning of the season and an early loss to Virginia Tech, I did not think Ohio State had a good chance at snagging the Big Ten Championship this year. But then JT Barrett found his grove and proved to be just as good as Braxton, so much so that he also became a Heisman candidate. That was until last week when he too was injured and now my Buckeyes head into the conference championship game with Cardale Jones as QB. What are the chances we are lucky enough to have not 2 but 3 amazing QBs? I guess I will find out later today!

Being the last game before bowl season, I decided to do a roundup of all the PB+C recipes I have shared this year. Evidently I have been on a brownie, pretzel, oat, and candy-ish things kick. You’ll also notice that I do try to keep my background colors somewhere in the scarlet and gray range, but I epically failed with the smoothie – how did I allow blue and yellow in there?

Two years ago: Gingerbread Dip

Three years ago: Apple Butter Chewy Cinnamon M&M Cookies

Four years ago: Gnocchi with Goat Cheese and Spinach

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cookie Cake

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Buckeye Brownie Cookies

Turn the popular buckeye candies into a cookie. Brownie-like cookies are baked with peanut butter balls in the center and then drizzled with chocolate.

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It’s no secret that I love peanut butter and chocolate, especially in the form of buckeye candies which is why #PBChocSat is my favorite day of the week! Today those lovely candies are being transformed into cookies. The peanut butter center is made similarly to buckeye candies – consisting of peanut butter and powdered sugar. The peanut butter balls and places right into the center of the brownie cookie dough to bake right in. Kind of like making thumbprint cookies but you add the filling before you bake instead of after.

Buckeye Brownie Cookies 1

When baked, the cookies look just like squashed, puffy buckeye candies. I actually hesitated to put the chocolate on top because it would hide the eye of the buckeye, and they reminded me of the reverse of the Salted Nutella Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies. But I decided that a little extra chocolate would be worth the sacrifice and this way the peanut butter center would be a bit of a surprise to others. Whether people were surprised I could not tell, but they were certainly devoured quickly!

Buckeye Brownie Cookies 2

One year ago: Stuffed Shells with Pumpkin Sage Cream Sauce

Two years ago: Individual Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal

Three years ago: Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup (2011)

Four years ago: Veggie Lasagna
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Buckeye Granola Bites

These healthy peanut butter granola bites are dipped in dark chocolate to resemble buckeyes. They are a snacky, healthier version of the popular buckeye candies.

Buckeye Granola BItes

Today is yet another Buckeye football Saturday and therefore PB+Choc Saturday. I am actually tailgating today, but oddly enough NOT for the Ohio State game. Some friends are in town this weekend for the UT-Florida game and I will be joining them for the adventure! I have never tailgated at a game where I did not have a sworn allegiance so I’m just along for the ride.

While I will wear some orange to join in the spirit of the day, I may layer some Ohio state gear in there as well since both games are at the same time. With highs barely reaching 60 today (wasn’t it 80 on yesterday?) no one can blame me for layering. Besides, I plan on bringing these granola bites along just in case they need persuasion. They resemble buckeye candies but are healthier (even more than my healthier buckeyes), made with oats, peanuts, dates (or raisins), and honey.

One year ago: Jalapeno Popper Fettucine Alfredo

Two years ago: Hazelnut Praline Paste

Three years ago: Pumpkin Danish
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Healthier Buffalo Cauliflower Dip #10DaysofTailgate

Welcome to day 6 of ‪#‎10DaysofTailgate hosted by Culinary Adventures with Camilla! There are nearly two dozen bloggers with over one hundred recipes to inspire you through an entire tailgating season. From Chili, Meatballs and Wings to Sangria, Pretzels and some sweet Desserts, we have all your tailgating recipe needs covered. #10daysofTailgate runs from September 20th through September 30th. A huge thank you goes to our event sponsors who have graciously donated prizes for our readers. There are fourteen different prize packages so make sure you enter the rafflecopter HERE and don’t forget to follow the hashtag on Twitter too, #10DaysofTailgate.

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What’s a tailgate without a little heat in the form of buffalo wing sauce? But just because we’re talking about buffalo wings does not mean it has to scare away the health-conscious or vegetarians. I made this buffalo dip healthier by using Greek yogurt based Ranch dressing and cream cheese, then veggie-fied it with cauliflower instead of chicken. Best part is that even the indulgent, meat-lover’s will enjoy this dip. Bake in the oven or warm in a mini slow cooker, then serve with celery, carrot, and chips!

Healthier Buffalo Cauliflower Dip 1

Here’s what the rest of the crew brought to the table…

Starters
Diablo’d Cheesy Bacon-Onion Pinwheel Rolls by Things I Make (for Dinner)
Spiced Kofta with Carrot Karma Yogurt Dip by Culinary Adventures with Camilla

Dips
Baked Potato Beer Dip by Cheese Curd In Paradise
Hot Caramelized Onion Dip by Eliot’s Eats
Healthier Buffalo Cauliflower Dip by The Spiffy Cookie
Dunkin Duck, Cheesy Bacon and Ranch Dip by A Day in the Life on the Farm

Mains
El Diablo Mango Mustard Glazed Grilled Scallops by Making Miracles
Honey Grilled Chicken and Vegetable Kebabs by Debbi Does Dinner Healthy
Thai Chicken Skewers by Sew You Think You Can Cook
Bacon Cheeseburger Soup by From Gate to Plate

Sides
Grilled Parsley Potatoes by Curious Cuisiniere
Grilled Vegetables by Summer Scraps

Sweets
Pumpkin Bars by The Pajama Chef

Healthier Buffalo Cauliflower Dip 2

One year ago: Ginger Soy Beef with Chile-Tomatoes & Peppers

Two years ago: Crunchy Oven-Fried Ravioli

Three years ago: Pumpkin Nutella Mini Cheesecake Bites
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#10DaysofTailgate Giveaway

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Welcome to #10DaysofTailgate! We have nearly two dozen bloggers with over one hundred recipes scheduled to inspire you through an entire tailgating season. Think chicken wings, skewers, sweet nibbles, and cocktails. The event runs September 20th through September 30th. Just remember: your fork does not go into your monitor…no matter how much you might want to taste some of these dishes. Okay? Get ready…get set…

Go! Let’s start with a huge – HUGE! – thank you to our event sponsors who have graciously donated prizes for our readers. These sponsors have contributed great prizes for a gigantic giveaway. We have an incredible giveaway for this event. There are fourteen different prize packages which are detailed in the rafflecopter. The rafflecopter is below and will go live on September 20th. Please check back, if you’re reading this before our kick-off.


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Bacon Wrapped Mac & Cheese Jalapeno Poppers

Reinvent your favorite jalapeno poppers with a spicy pepperjack macaroni and cheese stuffing and wrapped in bacon. Now that’s football watching food!

Bacon Wrapped Mac & Cheese Jalapeno Poppers

Fall not only brings typical flavors of apple and pumpkin but also snacking season. Dips, chips, meat, cheese, and fried things. No football game is complete without some great snacks and what better than something that involved, bacon, cheese, and spice? I am sure you’ve had or at least heard of jalapeno poppers before. But instead of the cream cheese mixture how about reinventing them with a macaroni and cheese stuffing? A spicy, creamy mac and cheese made with The Laughing Cow® spicy pepperjack cheese, spooned into a jalapeno half, wrapped in bacon and then baked to crispy perfection.

One year ago: Peanut Butter Fudge Cake

Two years ago: Carrot Cake Batter Dip

Three years ago: Strawberry Mojito
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USA Soccer Cake

Show off your American pride with this surprise-inside USA flag cake, decorated like a soccer ball for the World Cup. Also perfect for Memorial Day and the Fourth of July.

USA Soccer Cake 1

Today the USA soccer team takes on Ghana for their first game in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. USA is in Group G with Ghana (obviously), Portugal and Germany. In other words we’ve got some tough teams to play. To have any hope of being one of the two teams to advance from the group, team USA must beat Ghana as they are likely the most beatable. Unfortunately, Ghana has knocked the USA out of the last two World Cups. Obviously this means it’s time for a fun cake.

USA Soccer Cake 2

To celebrate game 1 for the USA, I originally planed to make cupcakes decorated as soccer balls but decided to take it a step further and try out my own version of a surprise-inside cake – a soccer ball decorated cake with a USA flag inside! Alternating layers of red and white cake are segmented with a round of blue cake which when cut, looks like a miniature flag. This cake would also be perfect for Memorial Day or the upcoming July 4th holiday.

USA Soccer Cake 3

One year ago: Cinnamon-Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Three years ago: Homemade Whole Wheat Pita Bread
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Spicy Cheddar Ranch Dip for One

Alright folks today is my last day in Memphis, for real. I’ve said many tearful goodbyes and there will be a few more of those today, but it’s okay because I will come back! If for nothing else other than Music Fest or BBQ fest, or one of the many other fantastic festivals that occur in and around Memphis in May. Heck it’s my birthday month, what better way to celebrate than how I’ve been doing it the past 7 years? And there’s always the chance I’ll find a job here. Or anywhere else in the country…

Moving on to what you probably care most about today: The Superbowl. However, maybe you are not gathering up with the masses for a viewing. But of course you still need some grub of course so make this Ranch dip with some added spice and cheddar because it serves one (or maybe two if you are willing to share). Mix it, dip it, enjoy it until it’s gone.

Spicy Cheddar Ranch Dip for One

Two years ago: Reese’s Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies

Three years ago: Homemade Taco Bell Beefy 5-Layer Burrito
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Superbowl XLVIII Recipe Roundup

At lunch with my former labmates yesterday I was greeted by many demands for me to stay until Monday instead of my projected departure of tonight/tomorrow morning. This request was granted when Steph and I had an extremely difficult time saying goodbye to each other. We joined the lab at the same time and have been through so much together that saying goodbye to her is one of the most difficult ones. Not that I won’t ever see any of my friends from here again, I just don’t do well with goodbyes even if only for an absence of a week. So I promptly kicked her out of my car before we both broke down crying and told her I’d see her Sunday (likely Saturday as well because she’s also moving and needs help). And no not just for the Superbowl. Evidently several friends are competing in an indoor soccer game that afternoon and I’ve heard rumors of their intensity. Their soccer team is the only team I will be honestly cheering for on Sunday however, as I have no preference for a winner in the Superbowl. But I do enjoy a good football game and of course the food that accompanies it! Here are some recipes that I think would be perfect for viewing this sporting event whether you are hosting a party or bringing a dish to pass.

Two years ago: Nutella Smoothie

Three years ago: Buffalo Chicken Nachos

DIPS

Loaded Baked Potato Dip

APPETIZERS

Sausage and Cheese Wonton Cups

ENTREES

Apple Maple Turkey Sliders

Check out a previous roundup: Superbowl XLVI Recipe Roundup (2012)

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Flourless Buckeye Blossom Cookies

It’s the second big game thus far of the season! Today Ohio State plays Northwestern (the second highest ranked B1G team). After last week’s performance I am feeling pretty confident about the outcome today, but of course I will still watch anxiously.

Buckeye Blossom Cookies 1

To celebrate PB+C today I am revisiting a popular recipe on my blog – salted Nutella peanut butter thumbprint cookies. With only a few ingredients and three steps it’s easy to understand why they are such a big hit. Since you can’t seem to get enough, I make another version with a buckeye candy in the middle instead of Nutella – which I think makes it more of a blossom than a thumbprint. My buckeyes kind of take over these smaller cookies, but I thoroughly enjoyed them. Feel free to make your buckeyes a bit smaller if you desire a larger cookie/buckeye ratio.

Buckeye Blossom Cookies 2

A few people left comments on the original recipe saying their cookies flattened out a lot. I cannot explain this phenomenon because the majority have had great success, including myself. I predict it is due to variable consistencies between brands of peanut butter, and suggest using one that is not too runny. You could also refrigerate the dough for at least 30 minutes prior to baking. If that doesn’t work try adding a tablespoon of cornstarch. But as I said, I have never had trouble with them flattening out so hopefully you won’t either!

One year ago: Linzer Cookies

Two years ago: Taco Bowls
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