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9.30.2012

Sweet Potato Chocolate Chunk Cookies



Happy Sunday! It has been a rainy dreary weekend in New Hampshire. The perfect excuse to sit around in your pj's and bake/cook all weekend long. What a perfect time to bring a little "Joy" into your kitchen!

This week for Sundays with Joy we made her Sweet Potato Chocolate Chip Cookies. The perfect cookie to show off my favorite fall flavors. These cookies are cakey, moist, slightly sweet, filled with warmth and ooey gooey chocolate.



I had to make a few little adaptions because 1, I had no brown sugar, 2 I had no chocolate chips!

I swear every single time I go to make cookies I am out of the two. How is this possible? I buy brown sugar and chocolate chips almost weekly. And to be honest I do not recall making anything that included the 2 two ingredients. So where do they go??

To improvise, I used a combo of granulated sugar and maple syrup in place of the brown sugar. This adaption worked perfectly! It may have even made the cookies a tad more cakey.



For the chocolate. Luckily for me..... I have teamed up with Green and Black's Chocolate. They were so kind to have shipped me a ton of chocolate to test out as well as some coupons for more. I must say... I am hooked! Not only do I love what the company stands for, they offer a ton of delicious fun chocolate flavors.

Green and Black's Organic Chocolate offers 13 different flavors. I received several in the mail, and have purchased the rest. I have tried. All 13. Yes, I have eaten a LOT of chocolate the past couple of weeks!

The ones I just can not get enough of are, their Toffee Milk Chocolate, the milk chocolate has a hint of molasses.... it gives it such a warm unique flavor that I just can't stop eating! Their Hazelnut Currant is out of this world. I have always had a soft spot for anything with hazelnuts, and with the tart currants it's the perfect combination. The Ginger!!! It's a dark chocolate bar filled with pieces of crystallized ginger pieces (stay tuned for a recipe using it tomorrow!) Then the Maya Gold. The Maya Gold, is a dark chocolate filled with hints of orange, cinnamon, cardamon and many other warm fall/winter spices. It was the perfect chocolate to pair with my sweet potato cookies.



The Maya Gold dark chocolate, gave enough spice to the cookies that I was able to scale down the spices added to the cookie dough. When served hot with a big glass of milk, these cookies just screamed fall and comfort!



Sweet Potato Chocolate Chunk Cookies 
(Recipe adapted from Joy the Baker Cookbook: 100 Simple and Comforting Recipes

Ingredients:

1/2 cup mashed sweet potato
1 cup white whole wheat flour  
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 egg
1/2 cup granulated sugar 
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 3.5 oz Green and Black's Maya Gold Chocolate bar

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350.

In a mixing bowl cream sugar, maple syrup and oil together. Mix in egg and vanilla extract. 

Sift together, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, salt and flour. Mix into wet ingredients. 

Fold in sweet potatoes. 

Chop chocolate bar into tiny pieces. Fold into cookie dough.

On a parchment paper lined cookie sheet, drop 1 tbs mounds 2-3 inches apart. 

Bake for a bout 10-12 minutes.

Recipe yields about 12-18 cookies.  


(Disclaimer: I have received no monetary compensation from Green and Black's Chocolate. They sent me some chocolate samples to bake with. All opinions are 100% my own)

Want to try Green and Blacks Chocolate?? Well your in luck. Check back on my blog the week of 10/14 for a giveaway. In the meantime click HERE to find a store near you!

Are you a member of Sundays with Joy? If so go ahead and link your cookie recipe below.

Not a member but want to become one? Click HERE for more info. 



 
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9.29.2012

Hard Cider Sweet Potato Bisque



Welcome to Beer week!

Brought to you by....

Comfortably Domestic
Inside NanaBreads Head
Tenaciously Yours
Munching in the Mitten
From My Sweet Heart
Climbing Grier Mountain
La Petite Pancake
Wanna Be a Country Cleaver
Kvetchin' Kitchen
Decadent Philistines Save the World
Hill Country Cook


Well actually Beer Week is now coming to an end... Though if you have been following along this week my friends and I have been sharing things all things beer. Everything from local watering holes, brewery reviews, recipes and even some tips on home brewing!

I have a confession.I am not a beer drinker. I know very little about it and to be frank. Beer is my least favorite adult beverage. Though I love to cook with it!

What I do enjoy?

Hard Cider.

I love the stuff as most of you know. A whole lot a lot!

Cider and beer are similar in that they both go through a fermentation process. Though unlike beer, cider's base is apples of course and not wheat. Making it gluten free. A great alternative to those with a gluten allergy. Cider does not always need yeast to be come "hard", because of the high sugar content it can ferment without the use of yeast. Though many cider makers do add some to speed up the process.

How is cider made?

First you start by running the apples though an apple press, which removes all of the juice from the fresh apples.

The juice  then goes into a fermentation tank, where the magic starts to happen. With ciders makers such as Woodchuck Hard Cider, champagne yeast and other natural ingredients are added. The yeast eats away at the sugars which in turn forms the alcohol content and carbonation.

This is not s speedy process. Fermentation can take weeks!

After the fermentation it's time to filter it. Woodchuck uses a cold filtration process which creates a crisp cider. After the cider is filtered cider makers can add their own touches to create their craft cider by adding their little hearts desires of natural flavors.

If you have never tried a hard cider, I suggest you find one in your area. Some cideries I love are.... (in order of my favorites!)

Woodchuck Hard Cider made in Middlebury, VT
Magners Irish Cider
Harpoon Cider
Angry Orchard Hard Cider

I've been a big fan of cooking with hard cider for years.

You have probably seen a million recipes right here on Bakeaholic Mama. I never get tired of using and pairing my favorite Woodchuck Hard Ciders with food.

Some of the recipes I've shared along the way are....

Woodchuck Hard Cider Pulled Chicken Sandwiches. Perfect crock pot meal, for a busy weeknight or a tail gate party!

Blueberry BBQ Cornish Game hens

Woodchuck Hard Cider Apple, Oat and White Chocolate Cookies. This recipes is unique in that you make a syrup out of cider before adding it to the cookie batter.



Now today..... My Sweet Potato Bisque made with Woodchuck Hard Cider.

I'm not an overly huge fan of sweet potatoes. So when I had my mind set on creating one I was a little nervous.

Though I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this bisque. It was the perfect balance of sweet and savory and a great way to utilize seasonal flavors. My husband who at first was skeptical as well. LOVED IT.

The base is made out of some hard cider and chicken stock. blended with apples, onions and sweet potatoes. It was also a great way to pull out my favorite kitchen tool.... the immersion blender. Though don't fret. If you don't own one... I will tell you how to improvise at the end of the recipe!!


Hard Cider Sweet Potato Bisque

Ingredients:

2 large sweet potatoes
1 large yellow onion peeled and quartered
1 large apple peeled and cored
3 cloves of garlic
2 tbs of butter
4 cups chicken stock (Or vegetable)
1 bottle of Hard Cider (I used Woodchuck Hard Cider's Amber Cider)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 tbs of maple syrup
1 cup of cream 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400.


Pierce each potato with a fork. Place potatoes on a baking sheet bake for about 45 minutes or until tender.

Meanwhile, in a large pot add butter, apples, garlic and onions over medium heat. Saute until apples break down and onions are translucent. 

Add in chicken stock, hard cider, cinnamon and maple syrup. Simmer on medium/low heat until potatoes are finished baking.

When potatoes are cooked and have cooled enough to handle. Slice open the top of the skins and scoop the sweet potato out with a spoon. Add potato into your pot. 

With your immersion blender blend until smooth. 

Salt and pepper to taste

Mix cream in just before serving.

Serve topped with croutons (optional) 

*If you do not have an immersion blender. Well your in luck! Be sure to check back on my blog 10/14 for a KitchenAid giveaway! BUT until then.... you can pour your soup into a blender and blend until smooth. Depending on the size of your blender you may want to divide the soup into quarters. For a chunkier soup..... you can also a potato masher. 


 






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9.26.2012

Maple, Cranberry Mustard, Roasted Cashews



Amidst my busy week last week, I forgot to bring my laptop with me on my trip to Ohio, because of this... I could not finish editing my Sundays With Joy photos or write this post!

Now that life is starting to return to normal I can get some blog posts out to you all!

Why is it when the mom of the family is gone for 3-4 days, the kids/house  turn into a crazy house?

My husband does a great job manning the Bakeaholic household, but there are just some things that go unseen by him. Things like laundry. Litter boxes, vacuuming, little details that just drive me nutty. The past 2 days have been spent recouping, and catching up around the house.

Now that I have a semi quiet (is it really ever quiet with 3 kids and 2 barking dogs?!) I'm going to share  my twist on Joy the Bakers  Honey Mustard Cashews.

I will admit, this recipe didn't make me fuzzy inside. Just simply because I detest mustard.

I have a list of foods that are my no no list. Mustard is one of them. It all goes back to when I was 9 years old at a family Christmas party. Every year my aunt made some sweet and sour hot dogs. You know those little cocktail franks or wieners... or whatever ever they are in a crock pot loaded with a sweet and sour sauce? Yeah well I loved those freaking things so much.

So much in fact I was the ONLY one eating them...(that should be a clue right there that they were bad news...) Because I loved them so much my Aunt sent me home with all the left overs.

LUCKY ME!

The next day I wanted to pack the leftover sweet and sour hot dog mystery meat for my school lunch. My mom said NO. "You think you have had enough of those yet?"

I take my hot lunch money from my mom, pocket it. then secretly pack the Tupperware container of hot dogs in my back pack. Sans ice pack.

Come lunch time I pound them. Cold. Or  warm since they were just chilling in my bag with no ice pack.

I'm sure you can guess, I got terribly sick. The most sick I think I have been in my life. Most likely it was food poisoning.

Guess what the sweet and sour sauce of made out of???

Grape jelly and mustard. Just those 2 ingredients. From that day forth I will not eat grape jelly OR mustard.

20 years later I bit the bullet and ate something mustard flavored! Joy's cashews were quite addictive and such a great healthy treat!

For adaptions, I nixed the mustard powder from the recipe. Only because I did not have any. I used maple syrup in place of the honey and then added 2 tbs of my mom's cranberry mustard. I did have one batch burn. Most likely my fault with my adaptions. 2nd batch I reduced the baking time by 5 minutes and they came out great!

For the full recipe you will need to buy a copy of Joy the Baker Cookbook: 100 Simple and Comforting Recipes.

Want to become a member of Sundays with Joy? Click HERE for more info.

Are you a member? Well go ahead and link your blog posts below.



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9.24.2012

Sometimes Life Happens

Hi guys!

I feel like I have been neglecting my blog readers and blog friends for what seems like weeks!

Just wanted to give you all an update. Even though I have not been on the computer as much lately I have been busy busy busy in the kitchen! This week has been crazy with wedding stuff in Ohio. A 15 hr car ride one way 30+ round trip.... I just have zero time to get things done!

Then... I also forgot to bring my lap top with me on my recent trip out west... I missed out on posting my final recipe for Applicious Week.... and my Sundays With Joy post!

Sheesh!! 

While in OH I saw some of my favorite people in the whole world. Uncle Dennis, Traci (the bride),  and Kendra (cousin). I miss them terribly and wish I had more time to spend with them all this week. :( :( :( Traci I wish nothing but love and happiness to you and your beautiful family. May you have many many years together <3
 
Some non wedding related info while in Columbus... I saw Johnny Knoxville and a gazillion  times! First famous person I have ever seen in person... he was staying in our hotel along with a bunch of other Jack Asses... lol. We were in the same elevator together, ran into each other in the lobby and had drinks at the same bar every night. How cool!! Though... I was petrified to ask for a photo. I am totally regretting that now!! 

So yeah.... I'm exhausted after this crash and burn trip therefore, I'm taking 3 more days of blog free time and will be back on Thursday.

Sometimes life just happens and you need a moment to breath!

Here's a little photo update of my crazy road trip to Ohio last week....

(PS remind me to never drive 15 hrs straight through ANYWHERE! Again...)



 

















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9.20.2012

Caramel Apple Spice Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting



Fall is here. Almost. Just two more days for those who are counting, like me! Here in New Hampshire, fall has been in the air for several weeks now and I for one am loving every second of it! Come on... who doesn't love an excuse to bake with the windows open, cuddling up in your favorite over sized sweats, foliage, pumpkin lattes, and of course, apples!

This is exactly why every spring I start a diet. Because the fall/winter is spent in sweatpants sipping lattes and eating anything filled with butter and sugar...

When I was a kid every fall, my dad (who can't cook to save his life!) made a delicious apple cake that reminded him of something his mom made for him. It was a simple spice cake with chunks of apples through out. No frosting, just baked in a pan and cut into squares. To this day apple spice cake is one of my favorite fall treats!



These cupcakes are moist, filled with chunks of  apples, lots of warmth from the apple pie spice, topped with a creamy cinnamon cream cheese frosting and to make everything that much better, drizzled in caramel. What I love most about this recipe is that it does not make a ton of cake.You'll be left with about 8 servings unlike the normal cupcake recipe which yields about 24!



Well guess what... for the recipe you will have to go get over at Baked By Rachel's blog today. I'm guest posting over there for her Apple a Day Party. She is crazy about apples, and if you are as well, be sure to check all the other guest posts out this month as well as enter in some great giveaways!


9.16.2012

Man Bait Apple Crisp



This weeks Sundays With Joy post lined up perfectly with another fun project I was invited to participate in. Aimee from Shugary Sweets and Jocelyn from Inside BruCrew Life are hosting an Applicious week filled with apple recipes, as well as some fun giveaways. I am just one of many bloggers participating. Be sure to check out my blog and the others participating for some new apple recipes!

Here are some of the others playing along...

Keri from Shaken Together Life
Amy from Fearless Homemaker
Sally from Sally's Baking Addiction
4 Sisters from Crumbs and Chaos
Averie from Averie Cooks
Crystal from A Pumpkin and A Princess
Cassie from Bake your Day
Ali from Jam Hands
6 Sisters from Six Sisters Stuff
Jocelyn from Inside BruCrew Life
Aimee from Shugary Sweets



Now for Sundays With Joy.........


I'm a married women, as most of you know, so I don't really need to "bait" a man anytime soon. Or hopefully ever again. But there are times when I need to do some buttering up. Like say.... I want to buy concert tickets to my favorite show and want hubs to take the day off, or perhaps I need a new camera lens, or to drop a ghastly 200 on getting my hair done. Want to no how I get what I want?

Joy the Bakers Man Bait Apple Crisp. It will bring almost any man to their knees. Screw the fancy desserts, stick with simple. After all... most men are pretty simple in their likings right?

According to Joy, things like taking a shower and making a possible mate this apple crisp should do the trick.

You know what, I think she's right! Just the smell of this apple crisp wafting out of the kitchen will bring him to his knees.

Joy's recipe is simple and perfect. I made it TWICE as she directed in the past 2 weeks. It's simple. Toss the apples in some granulated sugar, cinnamon. Place in a baking dish. Top with a streusel/oat topping. Bake for about an hour. Serve hot with a whole mess of fresh whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

The third time I made this Man Bait was actually not for my husband. It was for my mom and sister. I switched up the ingredients a tad. Not a whole lot but just wanted to add some extra spice and sweetness along the way.



Apple Crisp
(Recipe Adapted from Joy the Baker Cookbook: 100 Simple and Comforting Recipes) 

Ingredients:

5 medium apples (I used Cortland); peeled and sliced thin
2 tbs dark brown sugar
2 tbs of maple syrup
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp ginger

FOR THE TOPPING:
1 1/3 cups flour
1 1/3 cups dark brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/3 cup old fashioned oats
1/2 cup room temperature butter

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350.

Grease a pie plate or 8x8 or 9x9 baking dish with baking spray.

In a large bowl toss apples. and the rest of the filling ingredients together. Pour into prepared baking dish.

For the topping whisk together flour, sugar, cinnamon, and oats. Cut butter in until it is a coarse meal.

Press topping on the apples. Bake for 40 minutes. Or until bubble. Serve with ice cream or fresh whipped cream.

Are you a member of Sundays with Joy? if so go ahead and link you "Man Bait" below. If not and want to learn more about becoming a member? Click HERE for more info.

Want to read Joy's book and get her take on this recipe? Click HERE to find a copy of Joy the Baker Cookbook:  100 Simple and Comforting Recipes.


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9.10.2012

Chocolate Chip Whole Wheat Banana Bread


Sunday mornings in our house are pretty laid back. They usually consist of the kids waking me up at about 6 and letting Hubs sleep in until about 8 or 9. While we let him sleep in, we chill out to cartoons and I work on a special breakfast to entice him to crawl out of bed.



Normally Sunday breakfast consists of bacon and eggs, maybe some pancakes, muffins. Or my all time favorite baked treat. Banana bread.

Banana bread is one of those things I can never get enough of. It's so versatile and there are so many great recipes to try.



My husband has a soft spot for anything with chocolate chips, so I added them to my whole wheat banana bread recipe. It did the trick. When he smelled it coming out of the oven, he ventured down stairs without the kids having to hound him to wake up!


I wonder if he knows how lucky he is to wake up to the smell of fresh baked banana bread in the AM?

Chocolate Chip Whole Wheat Banana Bread

Ingredients:

2 cups white whole wheat flour
1 cup bread flour ( you can sub this for AP)
2 cups sugar

1 cup of mashed banana (about 2 bananas)

1/2 cup of vegetable oil

4 eggs

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 tbs vanilla extract

1 tsp cinnamon 


Directions:

 Preheat oven to 350.

In a large mixing bowl sift together flours, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Set aside.

In a separate bowl, cream sugar and mashed banana together. Mix in oil, vanilla extract, then your eggs one at a time.

On medium speed mix in your flour mixture one cup at a time just until it is incorporated.



Fold in chocolate chips.


Grease and flour a 9x5 loaf pan.


Bake for 60 minutes or until a tooth pick is inserted and it comes out clean.

 
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9.09.2012

Chili and Cheese Oven Baked Potato Chips



I received some awesome news the other day. Joy *MIGHT* be working on a book signing date this winter in Boston. WOOHOO.

I'm not going to lie, I was a little bummed when I read she was in Maine last week. Then to top it off. Guess where she is doing a demo in 2 weeks.... King Arthur Flour! For those of you who don't follow them, or read their newsletter. The weekend of the 22nd they are hosting their grand opening to celebrate the new, store, school and cafe in Norwich, VT.  Joy is just one of the many appearances through out the weekend.

Guess where I will be on the 22nd?? in Ohio. (on a side note anyone in the Columbus area? shoot me your restaurant suggestions!) Seriously, the ONE weekend I'm traveling out of town she is going to be at one of my favorite places in the world just a a hop skip away from my home. *sigh*

I'm still getting over this as you can tell. The word bummed doesn't even sum it up!

Maybe by some stroke of luck she'll be at Mixed Conference in November. Are you a blogger? Are you attending??

I am!! I'm flying down to VA and rooming with my bloggy Comfortably Domestic for the weekend. I'm excited to meet so many blogging friends, like Wanna be a Country Cleaver, Table for Two, Savory Simple, Pastry Chef Online.... not to mention the ladies behind the conference Doughmestic and  bell’alimento.
Oh and a cake decorating class by ... Duff from Ace of Cakes. And get this... we are staying at the resort Dirty Dancing was filmed at! Ridiculous. I can't even contain my excitement. Despite my jumping out of the skin excitement... I'm also freaking the fudge out! I hate to fly. Really really don't want to do it! I'm going to have to be drinking gin straight, and have a stash of chocolate just to keep my mind of the fact that I'm god knows how many feet above ground.

So yeah, despite my total disappointment in not getting to see Joy at the grand opening of KAF, she *MIGHT* be coming to Boston, and I have Mixed Conference to look forward to. All fun and big things on the blog front!

This week for Sundays with Joy, we made Chili Cheese Fries. Joys method to get the seasoning to stick to the fry and for them to crisp up is quite genius actually. I've never thought to do this!.... toss in corn starch before baking! Smart right? They are packed with so much chili flavor, but actually have no chili on them! Then to make them out of this world and create the perfect game day food... smoother them in cheddar cheese!

This week, I did mine a tad different. But did not stray too much from the recipe. I cut my potatoes with my mandolin instead of cutting them into match sticks. I told you earlier this week how obsessed I am with my new favorite kitchen tool. Well folks get ready for a boat load of chip ideas coming your way!

First I dipped the cut potatoes in a worchestire sauce mixture, then dredged through a corn starch and chili spice mixture. Baked at 425 for about 10 minutes. Flip and baked for another 5. If you were doing fries you would bake them much longer. Then you want to smother them in cheese. Return to the oven until they are bubbly and gooey! Top with some scallions and call it snack time!

Want the full recipe for Joy's Chili Cheese Fries? Click HERE for info on how to get her book!

Are you a memeber of Sundays with Joy? If so go ahead and link your blog posts below.

If you are not a member and want to learn more about it... Click HERE for more info.
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9.08.2012

Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese


(This recipe post was originally posted 1/8/2012)


Every once in awhile I get in these dinner ruts.... where we repeat meals every week for several weeks.
I just happened to be in one the other day, so I recruited the help of my Bakeaholic Mama Facebook Page. I received LOTS of great ideas. But the one that stuck out most to my husband and I both was a Buffalo Chicken Mac n' Cheese, suggested to me by one of my newer favorite blogs The Happy Little Tomato, not only do I love her blog BUT she is also from New Hampshire!!


You really need to try this to spice up your dinner routine! You won't be sorry. The only thing I am going to do differently next time is use breaded fried chicken for the buffalo part rather than shredded chicken.

Buffalo Chicken Mac n' Cheese

Ingredients:
1 box of your favorite pasta, cooked according to the box directions
2 cups shredded chicken
8 oz pepper jack cheese
8 oz Vermont sharp cheddar
8oz Velveeta cheese (or American)
8 oz cream cheese
3/4 cup chunky blue cheese dressing or dip
1 cup milk ( I use 2%)
1/4 cup hot sauce
1/4 cup bread crumbs
8 slices fried bacon, crumbled


Directions:
In a large sauce pan shred all of your cheese and cube your cream cheese, add in dressing and milk. Stir over medium heat constantly until it is smooth and creamy. Pour into cooked strained pasta and stir.

In a bowl toss chicken and hot sauce together.

Mix chicken into your pasta.

Transfer mac n' cheese into a large baking dish.

Top with bread crumbs and bacon crumbles.

Bake at 400 for 15-20 minutes.

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9.07.2012

Roasted Red Pepper Alfredo w/ Bacon




Believe it or not the man who barely  even makes his own toast these days, was quite the cook when we were 16. Back in the day his rail thin girlfriend was extremely picky and often could not find things she liked to eat.



Yes that'd be me and Hubs. Miss Harlow's class. 1992.

      

Prom. 2002.



Us at a friend's wedding 2012

We ate a lot of Olive Garden from about 2000-2003. Olive Garden was like a BIG night out, put your gap khaki's on and NO you can not wear you skateboard shoes... we're going somewhere nice tonight. The only thing I'd order was Chicken Broccoli Alfredo... hold the broccoli! They'd serve me up that enormous plate of broccoli'less pasta I'd eat about 1/4 of it box it up and continute to eat the left overs for the rest of the weekend.

There were days when hubs or I didn't have the $$ for our fancy nights out at the Olive Garden. We were 2 unemployed 16 yr olds after all. So What's a boyfriend to do for the girl who barely eats? Hop on  his dial up AOL internet and ask Mr. Jeeves how to make her favorite dinner.

He made it for me a lot and I loved it. The Olive Garden has got squat on Hubs "alfredo" recipe!

Fast forward 13 years and I'm still adding into our menu plan regularly.

Just like my famous Hubs Dip, I change it up and add twists to it. Otherwise after 13 years of making the same dish we would get sick of it right?

Hubs original recipe is not quite a traditional alfredo sauce... He adds, 1 cup of milk, 1/2 cup cheddar, 1/2 cup Parmesan, 1/2 a package of cream cheese and some salt and pepper.

Here is my spoofed up version of his teenage creation!



Roasted Red Pepper Alfredo With Bacon

Ingredients:
Box of fettuccine cooked to package directions
2 cups cream
8 oz of room temperature cream cheese ( I use Philadelphia)
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup cheddar cheese ( I use Cabot Seriously Sharp)
2 cloves of garlic; minced
3/4 cup roasted red peppers diced (I roast my own, you can also use jarred peppers) 
 Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
 4 strips of crispy cooked bacon
2 tbs of sliced scallions or chives



Directions:

In a sauce pan add cream, and cream cheese together. Mix continuously over medium heat until cream cheese has melted into the cream and is smooth.

Mix in Parmesan and cheddar cheese until smooth. Add in garlic and nutmeg. Mix and continue to simmer over low heat.

Meanwhile in a food processor, pulse  peppers until almost smooth. A few chunks is ok. Mix peppers into cheese sauce. 

Salt and pepper to taste.

Pour over your cooked pasta. 

Sprinkle with crumbled bacon and scallions. 


On another note go check out this weeks Featured Foodie on Javelin Warrior's Cookin w/Luv .... it's me! You can learn a bit about who and what inspires me, and a peek into my life! Click HERE for the interview.








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