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There are few emotions that I don’t know how to process into words, leaving me utterly speechless. I’ll share two of them with you today, one of them is loss of life – my friend Jennifer Perillo lost her husband in a sudden heart attack. The other emotion, the abundance of love, is best left to Diane and Todd to show you.

xoxo Jaden

p.s. My good friends, Maggy and Erika, have started a nonprofit called “Bloggers Without Borders” specifically designed for us to band together to help those in unexpected situations like this. They are organizing an online auction, full of wonderful prizes. Would you consider donating a prize? You can contact Maggy and Erika directly

 

This Peanut Butter Pie is for Mikey…..when Adam and Joanne heard the news and watched the video, they asked if they could make the pie to honor Mikey.

How to make peanut butter pie

For the crust, you will need melted butter and chocolate cookies.

In a food processor, process the chocolate cookies into crumbs, add them to a small bowl then pour in the melted butter and use a spoon to combine.

Pour the crumbs into a pie dish or a spring form pan. (Note, using a spring form pan will aide in presentation, but use what you have). Firmly press the crumbs into the bottom of the pan or dish and about 1-inch up the sides.

Next, pour melted chocolate into the base of the pie and smooth it out into an even layer.

Coarsely chop about a 1/4 cup of peanuts.

Then, sprinkle them over the melted chocolate. Place the pan into the refrigerator while making the filling.

Next, whip up some heavy cream and reserve in the refrigerator for later.

Now, make the filling. You will need 1 cup of room temperature peanut butter, we used creamy, just as Jennifer’s recipe suggests, but use chunky if that is all you have on hand.

Add the peanut butter to 8 ounces of room temperature cream cheese. (8 ounces of cream cheese is one whole package).

Then, use a hand or stand mixer to combine the two.

Pour in one 14-ounce can of sweetened condensed milk and blend with a hand mixer or stand mixer.

Then, add confectioner’s (powdered) sugar slowly to the mixture – careful not to go at too high a speed or else you might find yourself covered in sugar!

Next, add in 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.

Then, 1 teaspoon of lemon juice. This really brightens up the flavor!

Now, go get the whipped cream you reserved from earlier. Add about 1/3 of the cream to the filling and blend. Don’t worry too much about folding at this point, this is just a way to loosen the filling so we can easily fold in the rest of the cream.

Now, we fold. This really lightens up the filling. Here is how to do it: Add the rest of the whipped cream and carefully fold it into the loosened filling. To do this, take a spatula and start in the middle of the bowl, pull it back out towards the side, slide it up the side of the bowl and let the mixture fall back onto itself. Turn the bowl, and repeat until all the whipped cream has been incorporated.

Pour the filling into the dish, smooth out the top, sprinkle with extra chocolate and/or peanuts, then refrigerate for at least 3 hours before serving.

Serve as is or whip up an extra batch of cream and spoon over a slice of pie.

Enjoy!

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So many have made this pie for Jennie and Mikey, here are just a few:

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Tartelette
Create Celebrate Explore
Little Miss Dids
Baked Bree
Pixelated Crumb
Flour Child
the Little Kitchen
Gluten Free Girl
Not Without Salt
Family Fresh Cooking
Kitchen Travels
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See the Facebook page started in Jennie and Mikey’s honor here.

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Peanut Butter Pie

Servings: serves 8-10 Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time:
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Recipe adapted from Jennifer Perillo in honor of her late husband Mikey.

Ingredients:

8 ounces chocolate cookies
4 tablespoons butter, melted
4 ounces finely chopped chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup chopped peanuts
1 cup heavy cream
8 ounces cream cheese
1 cup creamy-style peanut butter
1 cup confectioner's sugar
1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

Directions:

1) Add chocolate cookies to the bowl of a food processor and process until crumbs form.
2) Add cookie crumbs to a small bowl and combine with melted butter, mix well.
3) Firmly press the mixture into the base of a pie pan or spring form pan. Press the mixture about 1-inch up the sides of the pan.
4) Melt the chocolate in the microwave: Place the chopped chocolate into a microwave-safe bowl, but reserve 1 tablespoon to add at the end. Place the bowl into the microwave for 20 seconds. Stir, then put it back into the microwave for another 20 seconds and stir again. Continue to heat then stir until the chocolate is just melted, now add the reserved chocolate from earlier and stir until it is completely smooth.
5) Pour melted chocolate over the bottom of the cookie crust and spread into an even layer. Sprinkle chopped peanuts over the chocolate then place the pan into the refrigerator while preparing the filling.
6) Pour heavy cream into a large bowl and whip, either with a hand mixer or stand mixer until soft peaks form. Place whipped cream into the refrigerator.
7) Add cream cheese and peanut butter to a large bowl, beat on medium speed until combined. Next, add condensed milk and beat until incorporated then, slowly add confectioner's sugar until incorporated. Add vanilla extract and lemon juice and increase speed to medium high, beat until filling is smooth.
8) Stir 1/3 of the reserved whipped cream into the filling. Fold in the remaining whipped cream.
9) Pour filling into prepared pie pan/dish, smooth the top and sprinkle with additional chocolate or peanuts. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours before serving.

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Chocolate and Coffee Cupcakes with Coconut Frosting http://steamykitchen.com/16196-chocolate-and-coffee-cupcakes-with-coconut-frosting.html http://steamykitchen.com/16196-chocolate-and-coffee-cupcakes-with-coconut-frosting.html#comments Tue, 05 Jul 2011 23:54:04 +0000 http://steamykitchen.com/?p=16196 A couple of months ago, I asked Julie of The Little Kitchen for recipes involving coffee and she responded with a very enthusiastic, “YOU MUST MAKE THESE CUPCAKES!”  As if her insistence wasn’t enough to convince me, her recipe was titled, “Best Homemade Chocolate Cake Ever!“ The cake is made with brewed coffee, something I’ve never tried before. Since I’ve been in ...

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A couple of months ago, I asked Julie of The Little Kitchen for recipes involving coffee and she responded with a very enthusiastic, “YOU MUST MAKE THESE CUPCAKES!”  As if her insistence wasn’t enough to convince me, her recipe was titled, “Best Homemade Chocolate Cake Ever!

The cake is made with brewed coffee, something I’ve never tried before. Since I’ve been in kitchen limbo the past few weeks due to the move, I asked Joanne and Adam to help out and try out the recipe.  Not only did they love it, but they also made a version that uses cake mix to make it simpler. Enjoy! ~Jaden

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For the recipe, you will need one box of chocolate cake mix, such as Devil’s Food, as well as any ingredients called for on the box, these will usually be eggs, oil or butter and water. Replace one cup of the water called for by the cake mix with strong coffee. The coffee gives a nice boost, resulting in a more chocolate-flavored cake rather than a coffee-flavored cake.

Bake the cake according to the package directions and allow to cool. Once the cake has cooled, you can toast the coconut and make the cream cheese frosting.

Toast the coconut just as you would nuts. You can do this in a saute pan over low heat or in the oven. To toast in the oven, preheat to 350 degrees F, evenly spread the coconut flakes onto a baking sheet then bake for 2 minutes, toss and bake another two minutes, repeat this process until the coconut is lightly toasted. When toasting, stay close to the oven, coconut can go from lightly toasted to burnt quickly.

For the frosting you will need cream cheese, butter, confectioners or powdered sugar, vanilla extract and coconut extract. If you have a fine mesh sieve on hand, sift the sugar to remove any lumps. Use a stand or hand mixer to beat the cream cheese, butter and extracts at a medium-high speed for one-to-two minutes or until everything is nice and creamy. (Make sure you are working with room temperature cream cheese and butter for this).

Next, reduce the speed of your mixer and slowly add in the sugar until incorporated. Decorate the cupcakes with frosting and a sprinkle or two of the toasted coconut.

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Servings: Yields 24 cupcakes Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 30 minutes
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Make Ahead: Undecorated cupcakes, if tightly wrapped, can be kept in the freezer for two-three months.

Ingredients:

1 box Devil’s Food cake mix + ingredients needed to make the cake according to package instructions
1 cup strong coffee, cooled
1 pound (two 8-ounce packages) cream cheese at room temperature
3/4 pound (3 sticks) unsalted butter at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon coconut extract
1 1/2 pounds powdered sugar, sifted
¾ cup shredded coconut

Directions:

Before mixing cake batter, replace one cup of the water called for in the cake mix instructions with the coffee.

Mix the cake batter according to package instructions. Pour batter into a cupcake pan and bake as directed; allow to cool.

Toast the coconut in the oven. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spread the coconut onto a baking sheet, bake in the oven for 2 minutes, check and toss the coconut then bake another 2 minutes or until all the coconut is slightly toasted.

To make the frosting, use a stand or hand mixer to cream together the cream cheese, butter, vanilla and coconut extracts. For this, medium-low speed is best; beat for about 2 minutes.

Slowly add the powdered sugar while the mixer is on low and mix until smooth.

Frost the cupcakes and sprinkle with the toasted coconut.

More tasty looking coffee cupcake recipes

The Little Kitchen – The Best Homemade Chocolate Cake Ever

Cupcake Project – Coffee Cupcakes: The Magic of Meringue

Cupcake Bakeshop – Doughnuts and Coffee Cupcakes

MunatyCooking – Coffee Cupcakes

 

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Baked Crab Rangoon http://steamykitchen.com/15326-baked-crab-rangoon.html http://steamykitchen.com/15326-baked-crab-rangoon.html#comments Mon, 02 May 2011 14:39:08 +0000 http://steamykitchen.com/?p=15326 Simple and healthier version of Chinese Baked Crab Rangoon.

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I was a-browsin’ for crab rangoon recipes when I came across Philadelphia Cream Cheese’s version that included baking the wonton wrapper into a cup-like shapes in a muffin pan instead of deep frying. What a fab idea! I had to give it a shot, the presentation was just too pretty.

The key to making the wonton skin crisp is to spray both sides of the wonton skin with cooking spray before putting them into a muffin pan. Just a light spritz is all you need on both sides.

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I LOVE crab, but the problem with most crab rangoon that I have at Chinese-American restaurants is too much cream, not enough crab. So my version is loaded with crab meat with just enough creaminess and kick of flavor.

I season the crab with a good squeeze of lemon (any canned seafood can use a little lemon to fresh its flavor), salt, pepper and Worcestershire sauce. Of course add in Philadelphia Cream Cheese and a spoonful of mayo. You can use either canned crabmeat or fresh crabmeat if you’re up for doing a little work.

How to make Baked Crab Rangoon

The ingredients are simple and easily customizable – I’ve used canned crab but you can substitute any type of cooked seafood like scallops or shrimp. Add sriracha hot chili sauce for a spicy version.

The wonton skins are baked in the oven until the edges are golden brown. They turn into crisp little cups. Add in the crab meat filling, return to the oven for a few minutes and it’s done.

For  an even easier version, you can use Athens pre-made fillo mini shells found in the freezer section. It’s perfect for Crab Rangoon.

 

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Servings: 8 (makes 24 Crab Rangoons) Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes
Baked Crab Rangoon Recipe

Recipe adapted from Kraft. Feel free to experiment with this recipe - I also like adding a spoonful of sriracha for a spicy version. For an even easier version, you can use Athens pre-made fillo mini shells found in the freezer section. It's perfect for Crab Rangoon.

Ingredients:

1 package refrigerated wonton skins (24 skins)
Cooking spray
8 ounces cooked crab meat, canned or fresh
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice (about 1/2 lemon)
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup Philadelphia Cream Cheese 1/3 Less Fat, softened to room temperature
1 tablespoon reduced fat mayonnaise
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 stalk green onion, thinly sliced for garnishOptional: Mild Chili Threads for garnish

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375F. Spray both sides of the wonton wrapper with cooking spray and place snugly into muffin pan. Bake for 7-8 minutes until the edges are beginning to get golden brown and crisp. If you are having trouble getting the edges to brown, use tongs to remove the wonton cups and place them directly on the oven rack to bake for 1-2 minutes. They should crisp up nicely.

2. While the wonton skins are baking, in a large bowl, add the crab meat and mix gently with the lemon juice, salt and pepper. Delicately mix in the cream cheese, mayonnaise and Worcestershire sauce. Taste and add additional salt or Worcestershire sauce if needed.

3. Spoon about 1 tablespoon of filling into each wonton cup. Return to the oven and bake for an additional 4 minutes (or you may serve as-is, just a little chilled). Garnish with green onion slivers or Mild Chili Threads.

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Turtle Cheesecake Truffles http://steamykitchen.com/15207-turtle-cheesecake-truffles-recipe.html http://steamykitchen.com/15207-turtle-cheesecake-truffles-recipe.html#comments Mon, 25 Apr 2011 14:29:34 +0000 http://steamykitchen.com/?p=15207 My husband’s second favorite restaurant in the world is The Cheesecake Factory. We don’t go for the food, we go for the cheesecake. All of them. Okay, well maybe not all of them, unless we’re in a large group, but we always order at least 4 different cheesecakes to share between us. Two bites out of each and the rest ...

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My husband’s second favorite restaurant in the world is The Cheesecake Factory. We don’t go for the food, we go for the cheesecake. All of them. Okay, well maybe not all of them, unless we’re in a large group, but we always order at least 4 different cheesecakes to share between us.

Two bites out of each and the rest gets packed up for home to enjoy later.

Unless I’m in the front seat of the car with a plastic fork in hand and the to-go boxes on my lap.

Then we’re in trouble….big trouble.

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Especially if one of those cheesecakes is a chocolatey, caramel-y, nutty turtle.

At home, instead of making an entire Turtle cheesecake — because we all know what will happen if I’m alone with cheesecake – I make little cheesecake balls, bites and pops. Each one of these is about 3-bites big, and they are designed for SHARING, as in take-one-pass-it-along. Promise me, no hoarding.

Bites, balls, pops and turtles are the only types of desserts I’ll let myself make. Portion control is not my strong point.

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How to make Turtle Cheesecake Truffles

It all starts with Philadelphia Cream Cheese, I use the 1/3 Less Fat version. Make sure it’s softened to room temp.

Turtle Cheesecake Pops Truffles Recipe

Mix in graham cracker crumbs – the come in a box and are pre-crumbed. Or you could take the crackers and pulse in your food processor.

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Use a melon baller to create evenly sized balls. Freeze for 10-15 minutes to harden.

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While the cheesecake balls are freezing, melt the chocolate squares. You can use candy melts as well.

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Until the chocolate is fully melted and smooth.

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For the rest of the topping, I use pecans and caramel sauce – the kind you buy to pour over ice cream sundaes.

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Chop the pecans.

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You’ll use a fork to dip the cheesecake balls into the melted chocolate. Let the excess chocolate drip through the tines of the fork.

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Top with a few pecan pieces.

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Dip your fork into the caramel.

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And drizzle the caramel over the cheesecake truffles.

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Then sit back, kick your feet up and enjoy just one (you’re supposed to share the rest).

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Servings: Makes 15 truffles Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 30 minutes plus 1 hour+ refrigeration time
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Ingredients:

1 package Philadelphia Cream Cheese 1/3 Less Fat
1 package (8 ounces) baking chocolate squares, semi-sweet (or candy melts)
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup chopped pecans, finely chopped
1/4 cup caramel sauce (or melted caramel squares)

Directions:

1. Combine the cream cheese with the graham cracker crumbs. Use a melon baller to scoop up 1 1/4" sized balls to a wax-paper lined baking sheet. Repeat until you've scooped up all of the cream cheese. You should have about 15 balls. Freeze for 10-15 minutes.

2. While the cheesecake balls are freezing, melt the chocolate according to package directions.

3. Using 1 or 2 forks, dip each cheesecake ball into the melted chocolate. Let the excess chocolate drip away between the tines. Place the chocolate covered balls back on the wax paper on the baking sheet. Repeat for all cheesecake balls.

4. Top each truffle with pecans. Drizzle caramel over each truffle. Refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving (up to overnight).

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Creamy Scallops and Peppers Recipe

Wednesdays are the craziest days in our household. Not only do the boys get out of school 2 hours early each week, but Tae Kwon Do classes start at 5:45pm. Because the boys take separate classes, they normally don’t get out until 7:30pm which means dinner has to be eaten before class. In the afternoons, juggling my own work, homework, cooking, cleaning and then class is nuts.

So you can imagine why I opt for dinners that only take 15-minutes to make, like this Scallops and Peppers dish. The scallops only take 5 minutes to cook – any longer than they they would turn tough and rubbery anyways.

Spicy Creamy Scallops and Peppers Recipe

The tip to the best scallops is to buy the right kind. Look for scallops that have been “dry packed” – meaning they are not sitting in a preservative solution. The clue? If the scallops at the market are swimming in milky, watery solution, pass on them. Instead, get shrimp and make this same dish.

If you’re getting frozen scallops, look for “dry packed” on the package and check the ingredients, which should just simply say, “scallops”.

Before cooking, pat them very dry and add them to a large, hot skillet. Make sure they don’t touch, otherwise they’ll end up “steaming” rather than searing.

**NOTE The written recipe serves 4, however my photos below depict cooking for 2 people.

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Give them plenty of space – you might want to do this in two batches. 1 1/2 minutes each side is all you need in this step, just to get a good sear.

Seared Scallops for the Creamy Scallops and Peppers Recipe

Remove the scallops for now, they’ll finish cooking in the sauce.

Seared and Sauced Scallops for the Creamy Scallops and Peppers Recipe

In the same skillet (no need to clean), add the onions and pepper and saute for a couple of minutes.

Onions and pepper and saute

Next add some wine. glug glug glug.

Wine for the Creamy Scallops and Pepper Recipe

And here’s my secret weapon – Philadelphia Cooking Creme, Santa Fe Blend. You can use any flavor – including Original, Italian Cheese & Herb and Savory Garlic. It’s made from real cream cheese, but designed especially to be used as a ready-made creamy sauce. It easily melts in the pan and is already infused with herbs and spices for that ‘one-stir, dinner’s ready’ sauce.

As a substitute for the Cooking Creme, you can use 6 ounces of cream cheese + 1/2 cup vegetable broth + salt and pepper to taste.

Cooking Creme for the Creamy Scallops

Add the scallops back in and cook for 1 minute (or 2 minutes if you’re using very large scallops).

Adding the Scallops

Throw in the parsley and stir. That’s it!

Parsley for the Creamy Scallops

Dinner’s ready. Serve over rice or pasta.

Ready to eat Creamy Scallops and Pepper

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Servings: 4 Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes
Creamy Scallops and Peppers Recipe

This recipe works great with any type of protein - shrimp, beef, chicken or pork - just adjust cooking times. If you are using the smaller bay scallops, shorten cooking time as they cook very quickly.

Feel free to use any Philadelphia Cooking Creme flavor, I've used Santa Fe Blend.

If you'd like to use cream cheese instead of the Philadelphia Cooking Creme, substitutions are below.

Serve over rice or pasta.

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 pound dry-packed sea scallops
1 or 2 red bell peppers, sliced
1 onion, sliced
1/4 cup dry white wine
EITHER: One 10oz package of Philadelphia Cooking Creme OR [6oz light cream cheese, softened+1/2 cup vegetable broth+salt/pepper to taste]1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley

Directions:

1. Pat the scallops very dry. Heat a large saute pan or skillet over high heat. When hot, swirl in just 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Add the scallops to the hot pan, try to keep them from touching each other. Give 'em room to sear! Sear 1 1/2 minutes on each side. Remove scallops to plate.

2. In same, now empty skillet, add in the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil and turn the heat to medium-high. Add the pepper and onions and saute for 2 minutes until softened.

3. Pour in the wine and let simmer for 1 minute. Mix in the cooking creme (or substitution of the cream cheese+vegetable+salt/pepper). Bring to simmer, stir until sauce is evenly mixed.

4. Add the scallops back into the sauce. Cook for 1 minute. Turn off heat, stir in the parsley. Serve immediately.

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Crispy Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus http://steamykitchen.com/14946-crispy-prosciutto-wrapped-asparagus.html http://steamykitchen.com/14946-crispy-prosciutto-wrapped-asparagus.html#comments Tue, 12 Apr 2011 18:57:05 +0000 http://steamykitchen.com/?p=14946 This is a sponsored review by BlogHer and Kraft. This dish is what I call my “company asparagus” – even though the last time I referred to dinner guests as “company” was in 1979 when my parents had “company” over for dinner – I think it was either my Dad’s boss and his wife or someone else important that decides ...

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This dish is what I call my “company asparagus” – even though the last time I referred to dinner guests as “company” was in 1979 when my parents had “company” over for dinner – I think it was either my Dad’s boss and his wife or someone else important that decides Dad’s pay-raises.

“Company” food is simple, yet elegant, using high quality ingredients that you don’t mind spending a little extra money for. This asparagus dish uses fresh asparagus and really good imported proscuitto. The asparagus are perfectly tender with slight nuttiness that comes from roasting…and the prosciutto crisps up nicely in the oven.

But what makes this really elegant is just the slght drizzle of cream cheese sauce for that perfect finishing touch.

The beloved Philadelphia Cream Cheese that we all know has a new product called “Philadelphia Cooking Creme” and I used it pretty much straight out of the package, whisked with just a bit of water to thin it out and warmed in the microwave.

Three main ingredients is all that it takes to make this company asparagus dish: asparagus, prosciutto and the Philadelphia Cooking Creme – I used Italian Cheese & Herb.

The Cooking Creme is different from the regular “Philly Cream Cheese” – it’s made for using as a base for sauces (just stir it in), comes in different flavor varieties (others include, Original, Santa Fe Blend and Savory Garlic) and is incredibly meltable.

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Three main ingredients: asparagus, Philadelphia Cooking Creme and prosciutto.

Use your hands to snap off the end of one spear. It naturally breaks where the tough part ends. This is where you need to cut the rest of the asparagus and discard.

Wrap two or three asparagus in each slice of prosciutto. Since prosciutto is pretty salty, I like to wrap multiple spears together. If you’re using thin asparagus, make sure you get at least 3 spears in each.

Place all on a baking tray.

Drizzle just a bit of olive oil on the tips and the ends of the asparagus. The prosciutto doesn’t need any oil at all.

Roast for 8-10 minutes – your asparagus should be tender and the prosciutto should be crispy.

In a small bowl, whisk together a 1 tablespoon of water with the Cooking Creme. Warm it up in the microwave on medium power for about 45 seconds.

Spoon over the asparagus and prosciutto.

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Servings: 4 Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 15 minutes
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If you can't find the Philadelphia Cooking Creme, feel free to omit (the Crispy Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus is great as-is!) or substitute with 1/4 cup Philadelphia Cream Cheese mixed with 2 tablespoons mayonnaise + 2 tablespoons water and your favorite chopped fresh herbs.

Ingredients:

1 pound asparagus, tough ends trimmed and discarded
8 ounces prosciutto, very thinly sliced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup Philadelphia Cooking Creme (any flavor, I used Italian Cheese and Herb)
1 tablespoon water

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 400F. Wrap 2 asparagus spears with a slice of prosciutto. Place spears on baking sheet. Drizzle olive oil on the tips and ends of the asparagus (avoiding the prosciutto). Roast for 8-10 minutes, until the asparagus is cooked through and the prosciutto becomes crispy.

2. In a small bowl, whisk together the Philadelphia Cooking Cream with the water. Microwave on medium setting for 45 seconds.

3. Plate the asparagus and drizzle the Philadelphia Cooking Cream over the asparagus. Serve immediately.

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Red Velvet Cheesecake Pops http://steamykitchen.com/14149-red-velvet-cheesecake-pops.html http://steamykitchen.com/14149-red-velvet-cheesecake-pops.html#comments Thu, 17 Feb 2011 16:27:07 +0000 http://steamykitchen.com/?p=14149 Step by step photos - how to make Red Velvet Cheesecake Pops

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Earlier this month when the handsome Gnome treated me and my girlfriend to a hot date to NYC, he brought us to David Burke’s Fishtail restaurant for dinner [by the way, during NYC restaurant week at select restaurants, you can get lunch for $24.07 and dinner for $35 per person – a massive deal for these otherwise very expensive restaurants!]

My good buddy, Mark Tafoya was able to join us for dessert and boy am I glad he did. At the center of the table was this tower of balls.

Okay, the restaurant was dark, I couldn’t see what they were at first, but after we all oooh’d and aaaah’d over the tower of balls, we finally looked closer and discovered they were CHEESECAKE POPS. Some were covered in chocolate, some in strawberry candy melts and all rolled in graham cracker crumbs.

I can’t stop thinking about them.

All I have been talking about for the past 2 weeks are cheesecake pops. But after the gorge-fest from NYC, I’ve been on a no-sugar thing. But I want those cheesecake pops. I want them BAD. Can’t have. Want. Can’t have. Want.

I asked Julie from The Little Kitchen for help. Please help me stop this insane obsession. I need an intervention!

And so she made me these: Red Velvet Cheesecake Pops.

Ah geeze….there goes my no-sugar thing. There’s always next week, right?!

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Meet Julie, a software engineer by day and food blogger by night. Though, I email her often about food stuff during work hours and she seems to respond relatively quickly. Which means. She’s a food blogger ALL THE TIME.

I think she’s just as obsessed with food as I am. She’s exceptional at baking cakes – her Hello Kitty Cake will make girls meow.

~Jaden

p.s. If you love cake pops – see me and the boys in action in this quick video on how to make cake pops, step by step.

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I was thrilled when Jaden asked me to do a guest post about cheesecake pops. I just made my first ever cake pops last month and I fell in love. They are cute little treats that are totally worth the work because they taste so good. Of course, my favorite are chocolate cake pops. I did some research and found Bakerella’s cheesecake pops. I’m a huge fan of Angie’s and like Jaden, she is so nice in person! Her cheesecake pops are so beautiful.

I was wracking my brain on how I could put a twist her cheesecake pops. Then, I thought, why not combine cheesecake pops and cake pops? You’ve seen those red velvet cheesecakes, right? What a winning combination, a moist chocolate cake that’s red with creamy cheesecake. Why not have that all in a cake pop – with a candy coating on the outside?

It takes a little bit of work but it’s completely worth it. This combination is to die for…the addition of cheesecake to the already fluffy red velvety chocolate cake and the candy coating on the outside…a winning combination!

I hope you’ll give it a try and enjoy them as much as I did!

-Julie

Red Velvet Cheesecake Pops

Note: the recipe is also below in printable form (scroll to bottom of post) with no photos.

Ingredients
1 box red velvet cake mix
1/2 cup store-bought buttercream or cream cheese frosting (I used Betty Crocker Whipped Buttercream)
7” plain cheesecake
1-2 cups graham crackers, crumbled into small crumbs
1 bag of 10-12 oz. candy melts, your favorite color (I used Wilton Color Burst Pastels, can find at Michael’s crafts)
¼ – ½ cup of vegetable oil

Supplies
24-30 candy/cookie sticks (found at craft store)
Microwave safe bowl, at least 3-inches deep
1/2 tablespoon measuring spoon
Cookie sheet, covered in foil
Rectangular foam block or another cookie sheet covered in foil and topped with parchment paper

1. Bake the red velvet cake in according to directions on the box or your recipe. Alternatively, you can make the cake in the microwave. You will only use half the cake, so you might want to divide the batter into 2 pans (and enjoy cake for dessert!) Cool the cake. Once the cake is completely cool, crumble the cake with 2 forks or better yet, a food processor. Stir in the frosting to create a smooth cake mixture.

2. Using the measuring spoon, scoop & level out 1/2 tablespoon of cake.

3. Roll into ball and place on cookie sheet. Roll up about 24-30 cake balls. Place them in the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes.

3. And now for the messy part, when the cake balls are ready, scoop about 1/2 tablespoon of cheesecake. Flatten a little in one hand, add the red velvet cake ball on top. Mold the cheesecake around the cake ball a little. Using other hand, measure out another 1/2 to 3/4 tablespoon of cheesecake and mold around the rest of the cake ball. And if necessary, roll into a ball in the palm of your hands. (Note: this can get very messy. After every two cheesecake balls, I had to wash my hands and dry them thoroughly before going on to the next ones.)

4. Place cheesecake balls into refrigerator for 20-30 minutes.

4. Remove cheesecake balls and roll in graham cracker crumbs until entirely covered. Put cookie sheet back into the refrigerator while you prepare the candy melts.

3. While the cake balls are in the refrigerator, melt the candy melts in a microwave safe bowl according to directions on the bag. Add in 1/4 cup of the oil and whisk. Add in more oil until you get the right consistency, providing a thin, even coating for the cheesecake pops.

4. One at a time, dip a candy stick into the candy coating about a ½ inch. Then push stick into the “bottom” of your cheesecake ball. Now it’s officially a cheesecake pop. Be careful not to push the stick too far that it goes straight through the cake ball. Refrigerate cheesecake pops for 30 minutes to an hour (or overnight even).

5. Now it’s time to coat the cheesecake pop. Remelt the candy melts in the microwave. Take one pop and completely dip into the candy melt and remove quickly. I use Angie’s from her book Cake Pops method of spinning the lollpop stick and tapping your wrist to remove the excess candy melt. Once this is done, put onto second cookie sheet covered in parchment paper on its top or place into rectangular foam block.

6. Refrigerate for at least 15 to 20 minutes. Always keep your cheesecake pops refrigerated until you’re ready to eat them.

Each bite has a layer of sweet candy melt, graham cracker, cheesecake and red velvet cake!

red velvet cheesecake cake pops recipe finished pops

Other Tips:

●      Use a bowl so that when the candy melts are melted, will allow for at least 3 inches of depth so you have enough room to dip your cheesecake pop.
●      I used Wilton Color Burst Pastels candy melts http://amzn.to/gyOEPN
●      I did end up with more than enough cake “dough” so I rolled out 1 Tbsp cake balls to make red velvet cake pops with them.
●      Some of your graham cracker crumbs will make it into your candy melts but I didn’t notice that this was a problem. It might become a problem if you’re using chocolate or a darker color candy melt.
●      If you have any leftover candy melts, put them into a plastic zip bag for later use. You can easily cut open the bag and put the candy melts (now a block) into your electric chocolate melter or a microwave safe bowl to melt again.
●      If you don’t have a whole day to devote to this project, you can always bake the cake one day and after it cools completely, wrap it in plastic wrap. Also, you can roll the cheesecake balls on one day and dip them in candy melts the next.

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Servings: 24-30 cheesecake pops Prep Time: Cook Time:
Red Velvet Cheesecake Pops - final

Ingredients:

INGREDIENTS
1 box red velvet cake mix
1/2 cup store-bought buttercream or cream cheese frosting (I used Betty Crocker Whipped Buttercream)
7” plain cheesecake
1-2 cups graham crackers, crumbled into small crumbs
1 bag of 10-12 oz. candy melts, your favorite color (I used Wilton Color Burst Pastels, can find at Michael's crafts)
1/4 to 1/2 cup of vegetable oilSUPPLIES
24-30 candy/cookie sticks (found at craft store)
Microwave safe bowl, at least 3-inches deep
1/2 tablespoon measuring spoon
Cookie sheet, covered in foil
Rectangular foam block or another cookie sheet covered in foil and topped with parchment paper

Directions:

1. Bake the red velvet cake in according to directions on the box or your recipe. You will only use half the cake, so you might want to divide the batter into 2 pans (and enjoy cake for dessert!) Cool the cake. Once the cake is completely cool, crumble the cake with 2 forks or better yet, a food processor. Stir in the frosting to create a smooth cake mixture.

2. Using the measuring spoon, scoop & level out 1/2 tablespoon of cake. Roll into ball and place on cookie sheet. Roll up about 24-30 cake balls. Place them in the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes.

3. And now for the messy part, when the cake balls are ready, scoop about 1/2 tablespoon of cheesecake. Flatten a little in one hand, add the red velvet cake ball on top. Mold the cheesecake around the cake ball a little. Using other hand, measure out another 1/2 to 3/4 tablespoon of cheesecake and mold around the rest of the cake ball. And if necessary, roll into a ball in the palm of your hands. (Note: this can get very messy. After every two cheesecake balls, I had to wash my hands and dry them thoroughly before going on to the next ones.) Place cheesecake balls into refrigerator for 20-30 minutes.

4. Remove cheesecake balls and roll in graham cracker crumbs until entirely covered. Put cookie sheet back into the refrigerator while you prepare the candy melts.

3. While the cake balls are in the refrigerator, melt the candy melts in a microwave safe bowl according to directions on the bag. Add in 1/4 cup of the oil and whisk. Add in more oil until you get the right consistency, providing a thin, even coating for the cheesecake pops.

4. One at a time, dip a candy stick into the candy coating about a ½ inch. Then push stick into the “bottom” of your cheesecake ball. Now it’s officially a cheesecake pop. Be careful not to push the stick too far that it goes straight through the cake ball. Refrigerate cheesecake pops for 30 minutes to an hour (or overnight even).

5. Now it's time to coat the cheesecake pop. Remelt the candy melts in the microwave. Take one pop and completely dip into the candy melt and remove quickly. I use Angie's from her book Cake Pops method of spinning the lollpop stick and tapping your wrist to remove the excess candy melt. Once this is done, put onto second cookie sheet covered in parchment paper on its top or place into rectangular foam block.

6. Refrigerate for at least 15 to 20 minutes. Always keep your cheesecake pops refrigerated until you’re ready to eat them.

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Baked Jalapeno Bacon Poppers http://steamykitchen.com/12424-baked-jalapeno-bacon-poppers-recipe.html http://steamykitchen.com/12424-baked-jalapeno-bacon-poppers-recipe.html#comments Tue, 07 Dec 2010 18:20:09 +0000 http://steamykitchen.com/?p=12424 It’s taken me thirty-ahem-something years to try a jalapeno popper for the very first time. Poppers have always been one of those things that just didn’t seem so appealing – I blame it on bad crab rangoon, which has certain similarities to the popper. Sure, both have qualities that I whole-heartedly embrace in other foods — they’re deep fried (hello ...

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It’s taken me thirty-ahem-something years to try a jalapeno popper for the very first time. Poppers have always been one of those things that just didn’t seem so appealing – I blame it on bad crab rangoon, which has certain similarities to the popper. Sure, both have qualities that I whole-heartedly embrace in other foods — they’re deep fried (hello potato chips!) and made with cream cheese (hello cheesecake!)

But the bad crab rangoon incident that happened waaaay back when we used to live in Nebraska, I was probably 6 years old, will haunt me forever. Let’s just call it food trauma. So therefore, I just lumped jalapeno poppers in the same food trauma category.

Just a few months ago, when Elise, Ree and I hosted a little shindig at BlogHer Food at Le Cordon Bleu, the vast buffet included jalapeno poppers, except that I was so preoccupied with hosting duties that I didn’t realize what it was when I plopped it on my plate.

Ohhhh… holy hot pepper poppers! Loved it.

So perhaps I need to revisit the list of foods in the “trauma” category, including those damn crab rangoons, because I can’t believe that I’ve been missing out all these years.

My version of poppers are a little different — okay A LOT different. Instead of using jalapenos, I picked up a peck of pickled peppers bag of sweet mini peppers, so that my kids could eat them too. Plus, it was on sale. $2.79 for that entire bag. So sweet, just like red bell peppers.

I added bacon to the cream cheese and cheddar cheese mix….

Instead of breading them in bread crumbs, I used Kellogg’s Corn Flake Crumbs.

Lastly, I baked them instead of deep frying. Just a note – the decision to bake rather than fry has nothing to do with less calories — it’s stuffed with cream cheese and cheddar cheese for goodness sakes! It was easier for me to pop them in the oven instead of heating up a vat of oil.


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Servings: 6 as appetizer Prep Time: 10 Cook Time: 20
Baked Jalapeno Bacon Poppers Recipe

There are lots of substitutions you can make in this recipe.
-Use either the hot jalapeno pepper or the very mild mini sweet pepper (which tastes like bell pepper)
-Instead of corn flake crumbs, use panko or regular bread crumbs
-Instead of cheddar cheese, use your favorite shredded or crumbly cheese

-Instead of frying bacon, you're welcome to use bacon bits

Ingredients:

10 mini sweet peppers or jalapeno peppers
3 strips bacon
1 eight-ounce package cream cheese
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning (or your seasoning blend of choice)
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs or corn flake crumbs

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375F. Slice each sweet pepper in half lengthwise. Use your spoon to scoop out any seeds and some of the rib to make a nice, clean boat.

2. Cook bacon to crisp (you can use a microwave - place bacon between paper towels, microwave 3-4 minutes or until crisp). Mince cooked bacon. In a bowl, mix together the bacon, cream cheese, cheddar cheese and Cajun seasoning. Spoon cheese mixture into each sweet pepper.

3. Melt butter in microwave, stir in the bread crumbs. Hold each popper and dip cheese side down into bread crumbs. Bake 375F for 20 minutes or until cheese melty and bread crumbs crusty.

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Pumpkin Whoopie Pies http://steamykitchen.com/11959-pumpkin-whoopie-pies-recipe-pampered-chef.html http://steamykitchen.com/11959-pumpkin-whoopie-pies-recipe-pampered-chef.html#comments Thu, 11 Nov 2010 16:00:01 +0000 http://steamykitchen.com/?p=11959 I just hosted the The Pampered Chef's first-ever live cooking show yesterday  - click on video below to watch the show.

The recipe for the Pumpkin Whoopie Pies is below - but I'm warning you - they are incredibly addictive. That creamy center has marshmallow creme! Also, all of the products featured in the show will . . .

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Pumpkin Whoopie Pie Recipe Pampered Chef

I just hosted the The Pampered Chef’s first-ever live cooking show yesterday  – click on video below to watch the show.

The recipe for the Pumpkin Whoopie Pies is below – but I’m warning you – they are incredibly addictive. That creamy center has marshmallow creme! Also, all of the products featured in the show will be given away – we’ve got lots of goodies!

To enter the giveaway, just comment below and tell me what your favorite Pampered Chef item is (mine are the batter bowls!) If you don’t have any Pampered Chef item, tell me what you’d like to have. Contest ends on November 18, 2010. Pampered Chef consultants are not eligible to win….but please tell your customers to enter! GIVEAWAY CLOSED.

Winners: #811 Carla; #324 Katie; #7 Denise; #46 Susitrvl; #878 Erin; #74 Karen; #724 Cathy; #467 Becca; #588 Jessica; #426 Laura; #302 Amana

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Pumpkin Whoopie Pies Recipe

Servings: Makes 16 pumpkin whoopie pies Prep Time: Cook Time:
Pumpkin Whoopie Pie Recipe Pampered Chef

Whoopie pies have roots in Pennsylvania's Amish country. As legend has it, Amish women would pack them into their husbands' lunchboxes. Upon discovering them, the men would shout “Whoopie!”

Whoopie pies can be wrapped and refrigerated up to 1 day in advance.

To make smaller sandwiches, use a smaller scoop. The Medium Scoop makes 24 sandwiches and bakes for 12-14 minutes per batch. The Small Scoop makes 48 sandwiches and bakes for 13-16 minutes per batch.

Recipe courtesy of The Pampered Chef

Ingredients:

For the cookies:
3 cups (750 mL) all-purpose flour
1 tbsp (15 mL) Pampered Chef Cinnamon Plus Spice Blend (or 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon + 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg)
1 tsp (5 mL) baking powder
1 tsp (5 mL) baking soda
1 tsp (5 mL) salt
1 cup (250 mL) butter (2 sticks), softened
2 cups (500 mL) packed brown sugar
1 can (15 oz) solid pack pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling) (1¾ cups/425 mL)
2 eggs
1/2 tsp (2 mL) vanilla extract
1/2 cup (125 mL) toasted walnuts, coarsely chopped, dividedfor the filling:
3/4 cup (175 mL) butter (11/2 sticks), softened
2 oz (60 g) cream cheese, softened
1 cup (250 mL) powdered sugar
1 jar (7.5 oz/213 g) marshmallow creme

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Line cookie sheet with parchment paper; set aside. In a large bowl, combine flour, spice blend, baking powder, baking soda and salt; mix well. In mixer, beat butter and brown sugar medium-high speed until creamy. Add pumpkin; beat until combined. Add eggs and vanilla; beat until light and fluffy. (Mixture will be thin, like a muffin batter.) Gradually add flour mixture; beat until well blended.

2. Using a large cookie scoop (about 2" diameter), scoop batter onto prepared Cookie Sheet 2 in. (5 cm) apart; slightly flatten cookies with back of scoop. Press half of the walnuts into half of the cookies. Bake 16-19 minutes or until cookies spring back when lightly pressed. Slide parchment and cookies onto cooling rack; cool completely. Repeat with remaining batter and walnuts.

3. Using clean beaters, beat together butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar and marshmallow cream on medium-high speed in until well blended. To assemble cookies, turn the cookies without nuts bottom side up. Using a clean, large cookie scoop, scoop filling onto each cookie bottom. Top with remaining cookies with walnuts, pressing down slightly so that the filling spreads to the edge. Wrap each cookie individually with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 30 minutes before serving.

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Strawberry Almond Cream Tart http://steamykitchen.com/8623-strawberry-almond-cream-tart.html http://steamykitchen.com/8623-strawberry-almond-cream-tart.html#comments Thu, 22 Apr 2010 14:58:22 +0000 http://steamykitchen.com/?p=8623 When my grocery store starts selling cartons of strawberries 10 for $10, you know there’s a problem. Normally, when I spy bargain basement pricing on strawberries, I’m expecting sad, lifeless fruit just on the cusp of being declared rotten and dumped. But this is not the case, and by now I’m sure you’ve all seen the fat, perky jewels begging ...

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Strawberry Almond Cream Tart

When my grocery store starts selling cartons of strawberries 10 for $10, you know there’s a problem. Normally, when I spy bargain basement pricing on strawberries, I’m expecting sad, lifeless fruit just on the cusp of being declared rotten and dumped.

But this is not the case, and by now I’m sure you’ve all seen the fat, perky jewels begging to be eaten whole with perhaps a swipe of fresh whipped cream of creme fraiche. Pricing this low can only mean one thing, that there’s a glut in the marketplace. While we consumers can rejoice, strawberry farmers are dealing with taking a deep loss on their crop, to the point of some farmers destroying their harvest because they can’t afford to bring the fruit to market.

It’s a sad story all around, but I’ll do the best I can to consume as much as I can. Read the rest and get the recipe for Cooking Light’s Strawberry Almond Cream Tart on Steamy Kitchen on Discovery/TLC.

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