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Tonight is the Big Ten Championship game. You know, that game we should be dominating in after an amazing 12 and 0 (H!) season? But unfortunately sanctions were taken this year instead of last year (our terrible 6-7 season), so we cannot participate. And since Penn State cannot either due to their own more severe wrong-doings, the 3rd best team in our division, Michigan State, is playing instead against Nebraska (the winner of the Legends division). However, even though we are not playing I can pretend we are by making one last peanut butter and chocolate recipe this fine Saturday.
I know I said last Saturday was the final “Peanut Butter & Chocolate Saturday”, but I highly doubt anyone is going to be upset with one more recipe. Especially when it is also gluten-free friendly! Plus, this recipe is dangerously easy to make and the end result is fantastic. After one bite you will agree, the words “gooey” and “peanut butter” belong together just as much as “chocolate” and “peanut butter”.
Alright folks, the moment has finally arrived. THE Game! Today we finish off our season right with a match up against our rival, M*chigan (no that is not a typo, I am bleeping out a bad word). Since we are ineligible to proceed into the B1G championship game or to a BCS bowl, this will sadly be our last game of the season. Too bad, since we are ranked #4 in the AP Poll and with the implosion that was last weekend we may have advanced even higher (obviously I have high expectations for our game today). Alas, maybe next year…
For this once-a-year event, I had to make something super special for the last Peanut Butter & Chocolate Saturday. Chocolate cupcakes stuffed with buckeye candies, topped with peanut butter frosting and a miniature buckeye candy on top – BOOM! They are outstandingly wonderful and therefore incredibly dangerous. Hopefully I won’t need to take out any emotional trauma, because my already limited self control will be completely lacking in order to prevent me eating more than one, or two, or ten…
One year ago: Apple Blackberry Pie
The other day while digging through my ridiculously deep and narrow cabinets, I knocked over a zip-top bag of granulated Swerve sweetener and upon picking it up discovered that it wasn’t sealed. Insert mildly colorful words as I watched the sugar pour out over everything. Why I continue to stock all my flours and sugars in the very back of the cabinet remains a mystery (not another pregret, just stupidity).
That incident really has nothing to do with making hot cocoa mix, other than the fact that hot cocoa is a sugar explosion in a cup instead of my cabinet. But for awhile now, I have been wondering how to make a mix version of peanut butter hot cocoa. Mixing the peanut butter spread itself into the steamy drink works fairly well, but I wanted an easier method. Then I realized that the mix I have been making for a couple years now uses white chocolate chips, and could easily substitute for peanut butter chip! Could it really be that simple? Yup, it certainly is! I thought of being bold and replacing it all with peanut butter chips, but I really like the flavor white chocolate adds to this so I kept some of it around as a sidekick.
We also need to talk about the giant Reese’s cups that I found at Target. TWO HALF POUND CUPS! They are freaking beautiful, people. If I had had a cart I would’ve knocked over the entire display. Instead I modestly placed 3 packages in my hand basket. But it got me thinking… Since it is peanut butter lover’s month you should definitely buy those giant Reese’s cups and make this hot cocoa as the perfect gift for the peanut butter lovers’ in your life! I know such a combination would win me over, and I am definitely a peanut butter lover ;-).
Side note: I wonder if the Swerve powdered sugar (which did not have a release party in my cabinet) would work well in this hot cocoa? I shall try it out and get back to you. Speaking of Swerve, don’t forget to enter my Swerve baking kit giveaway! And my second blogiversary giveaway (including a jar of regular homemade hot cocoa mix) ends tonight.
In other semi peanut butter-related news, The Ohio State Buckeyes take on the Wisconsin Badgers today @ 3:30 eastern time! It’s an away game so we don’t have the home field advantage, but we already won our division last weekend even though we had a Bye (because Penn State lost). Unfortunately we won’t be able to contend our status in the B1G championship game, but we can at least enjoy the ride until then. And hopefully knock out Michigan (next week) on the way O:-).
Do you crave ice cream year round? Because I certainly do, yet somehow I managed to completely fail at making any homemade ice cream this past summer (I made popsicles but that doesn’t count). Hard to accomplish when summer lasts about 9 months here. But redemption comes in the form of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream! After all it is going to be 73 today, and I have no Ohio State football to watch since it is our Bye week. Which means I can stress out a little less today and sit back with a bowl of glory. This super creamy ice cream has a a peanut butter base and then mini Reese’s cups are mixed in. It’s a total imbalanced ratio of peanut butter to chocolate, and that’s exactly how I like it! However, if you are like more people are prefer a bit more chocolate, just pour on some fudge topping.
In lab-nerd related news, a yeast gene that once took me two years to delete (a process that normally takes about a month and therefore made me miserable) finally decided to play nice the other day and produce not just one positive colony, but 7… SEVEN! I know practically no one will understand how unbelievable this was to my eyes, but I thought it was the most beautiful thing I had seen in a long time. You see, after finally getting the first one a couple years back I have had the luxury of deleting the same gene out of several different strains of yeast. Every single time it has been a serious struggle to get more than one, and you really need at least two to show reproducibility with your results later on when doing experiments with the little buggers. And now I have seven. I knew that gene and I would be friends one day, but I thought I was going to have to wait for graduation haha.
But I digress. Back to the peanut butter goodness.
After last week’s win against Penn State in the affectionately named “Ineligibowl“, I am feeling quite good about this season. You would think I’d have that sense already by being 9-0 but to me winning isn’t everything, it also matters how well we win. After barely beating Purdue the week before in overtime I wasn’t feeling all that great about it. Hopefully today’s game versus Illinois won’t produce a headache. If we can get through the next two games (Bye week next weekend, followed by Wisconsin), then it’s on to that state up north, M*chigan. Pardon my use of a bad word (although I understand that only OSU fans will really understand why it is a bad word).
My body is still recovering from my accident-prone-ness at last weekend’s tailgating (sliced open my finger on a beer can, and pulled a tendon in my foot), so for today’s game I went with a much more low-key treat. I made a single serving cake that is magically baked in the microwave for a minute! Do you realize how dangerous this mug cake phenomenon just became in my hands? I have seen various versions of mug cakes floating about the internet but didn’t cave until I found this one with a peanut butter mousse on top. It takes a little more effort because of that addition, but it is beyond worth the extra 2 minutes of time it takes to prepare.
Today I get to watch the Ohio State vs Penn State game live and in person at Beaver Stadium in State College, PA! I’ve been told that they will attempt to white-out Ohio State by having everyone in the stadium wear white and you better believe I will be wearing my scarlet, loud and proud. Normally I’d wear my away game jersey (white) since we are in fact the visiting team, but not this time! I will not contribute any white to this white-out. I will act as a pimple, ruining a white face. Ok, I am not sure I want to call myself a pimple, but you know what I mean. Did I mention I am tailgating and attending this game with a whole group of friends, who happen to all be PSU alums? I’ve braved the same situation in Ann Arbor, MI so I think I’ll be just fine.
But just in case, I brought along some yummy treats to make sure they see the benefits of keeping me around. These are peanut butter rice krispie treats, rolled up and dipped in chocolate just like buckeye candies. I think they look even more like buckeye nuts than the original due to their more irregular shape. Of course none of my friends will call them that, claiming they are merely peanut butter balls, but we all know the truth. They just don’t want to admit that they could possibly like anything called a buckeye. But anywho… let’s eat, drink and watch some good football.
Regrettably, I will be missing two friends get married due to not being able to foresee these two events falling on the same day. But thought I should at least give them a shout out. Hope you have a wonderfully special day surrounded by family and friends!
If you thought the s’mores lava cakes I made earlier this year were something to drool over, wait until you see these – peanut butter stuffed!
These lava cakes have been a staple sinful dessert in my life for several years now, and I have yet to not eat the entire cake by myself. Hence why I state that this dessert could serve 8 people if they are able to resist the glory of what sits on a plate in front of them. But to me, placing two spoons by one of these cakes just means I have a spoon for each hand.
They look so innocent at first. Until you cut into one and it’s true self is revealed. Hello lover!
Oh and of course… GO BUCKS!!! Even though we cannot be BCS ranked this year it doesn’t mean we cannot keep trucking along with a great season – today’s battle is against Purdue, which is my dad’s alma mater. Family feud anyone?
We’ve all had the magical 7-layer bars and are familiar with it’s components, but take a look at this list of 7 layers:
1. Chocolate graham cracker crust
2. Chopped peanuts
3. Semi-sweet chocolate chips
4. Peanut butter chips
5. Chopped Reese’s cups
6. Reese’s pieces
7. Sweetened condensed milk
Oh heck yes, I made a chocolate peanut butter version! Not that it should come as any surprise due to my obsession with all things peanut butter & chocolate, and that it is once again college football Saturday. Gotta get my weekly dose of Buckeye-ness!
This week’s opponent is the Indiana Hoosiers. The Ohio State football team has not lost to Indiana since 1988. But hopefully that is not a jinx after watching last week’s surprising domination over Nebraska, bumping us back up to #8. Unfortunately I will be unable to view this weeks game because it is only aired on the Big Ten Network, and I don’t have cable, let alone the special package that includes that channel. Although I will be out and about tonight for a friend’s birthday and if I’m lucky it will be on at the bar.
Can we just talk about last weekend’s game for a minute? Even though I am sure many of you readers did not watch, I can NOT believe we won. Not in the “wow we played so awesome”, but the “wow we are not looking good yet somehow the other team is doing worse”. Which does not really bode well for today’s game against Nebraska. Even though they are (4-1) at #21 and we are (5-0) at #12, their wins look more significant than ours thus far. We have only scored over 35 points once in the first game again Miami of Ohio, and they have scored over 35 in all but one game (their win last week against Wisconsin). Today is a night game, but we get to play at home so hopefully the home field advantage will be a reality. But anyway, now to redirect to these monkey bread muffins.
Yes I made monkey bread into muffins. I thought they were much more friendly for a work atmosphere (I brought them for lab meeting yesterday) being baked into individual portions. No need to worry about other people’s fingers prodding into the next person’s section. As for their tastiness level, I am sure I don’t need to elaborate once I tell you that they are stuffed with a cream cheese-peanut butter filling and coated in cocoa-sugar. I was tempted to cover them with a chocolate sauce of sorts as well, but it was not necessary once they paid a visit to my taste buds.
I feel as though the fate of the rest of the Buckeye season will be determined today while playing the first conference and away game of the season against #20 Michigan State. The team who was supposed to be the best of the conference according to pre-season talk, but then they lost to Notre Dame. Ohio State is #14 but this early in the season I am not sure the numbers really matter. Therefore, to calm my nerves for the game today, I figured a massively decadent peanut butter and chocolate treat was in order. Since I had already done a cheesecake, it was time for a super loaded brownie.
Start with a plain old brownie, any kind you prefer whether it be home made or a boxed mix. But a few minutes before the brownies are fully cooked, you top them with peanuts and chopped peanut butter cups. Of course you know it cannot stop there. Sure enough while that layer bakes into the brownies, you prepare a chocolate-peanut buttery rice krispie layer which gets poured over the top of the brownies and solidifies in the refrigerator. Patience is key here, but once you master that you will be shoveling these crunchy, chewy, awesome brownies into your face. You heard me – in yo’ face!!
Also, consider these brownies a teaser (yes THESE brownies as merely a tease) for what is coming to a computer/smart-phone screen near you on Monday. It all started with a Twitter conversation about spending a Friday night alone with a batch of brownies. Which gave birth to the idea of throwing a #BYOBrownies party! Christina (Dessert For Two), Tara (Chip Chip Hooray!), Katrina (In Katrina’s Kitchen) and I will be posting some delicious brownie/bar recipes for your drooling pleasure on Monday, October 1st. There will even be a link-up party so you can join in on the fun by submitting your favorite bar recipes!