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Memories of Childhood……Licking the Brownie Batter Bowl!


As the More is More Mom®, I’m all about………more lickin’ the brownie batter bowl! When we were married, Chuck and I received a lovely cake plate and dome as a wedding gift. For nearly 21 years, it has found a home in our kitchen; on the island, the table or the counter, and I always keep it filled with tasty and delicious baked goods. Over the years, our family has so enjoyed the memories made from sharing these treats that I now frequently present newlyweds with a cake plate and dome of their very own.

Amanda has always been a wonderful mother’s helper. In fact, I’m pretty sure she’s perfectly capable of running this place with her eyes closed. My Nick on the other hand, not so much. Maybe it’s a mother-daughter thing, but Amanda had always been eager to help in the kitchen, especially when it comes to baking. There’s nothing like licking the beaters from the hand mixer, and of course, licking the bowl.  

We are total chocoholics! One of my family’s all time favorite desserts is homemade Triple Chocolate Brownies. However, I do most of my baking during the day when the kids are at school, so they’re not here to lick the bowl. Where’s the fun in that? For years I have been putting aside a little batter for each of them to enjoy as an after school treat. In fact, Nick will call on his way home from school and say, “I’m feeling brownie batter today.” They’re always delighted to find their bowl and a cold glass of milk waiting for them at the kitchen counter.

 

Safe Eggs

Keeping my family safe is always a huge priority to me. The raw eggs in the batter definitely pose cause for concern, so I choose to use Safest Choice™ Pasteurized Shell Eggs. Not only do they taste good, but they’re good for you. It would be an enormous drag to cut our after school snack short with an emergency trip to the doctor! Life is short enough, eat Safe Eggs™!

I cook A LOT and have found that using the very best ingredients produces the very best results. High quality chocolate makes an especially big difference, which is why I stopped by Whole Foods. Their Callebaut bittersweet chocolate is simply gorgeous. My recipe also calls for white chocolate chips and semi-sweet chocolate chips. I chose their 365 Everyday brand because it offers great taste, quality and value.

Homemade Triple Chocolate Brownies:

Pre-heat oven to 350°

Generously grease a 13 x 9 baking pan

You’ll need:

3 sticks and 2 Tbsp of butter

20 ounces of Whole Foods Callebaut bittersweet chocolate, rough chopped for easier melting

6 Safest Choice™ Pasteurized Shell Eggs

1 ¾ cups sugar

1 Tbsp vanilla

1 ½ cups flour

1 tsp salt

½ cup white chocolate chips, Whole Foods 365 Everyday

½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, Whole Foods 365 Everyday

To melt the chocolate and butter:

Over a wide mouth pan of shallow boiling water, place a large heat safe mixing bowl with;

Butter

Bittersweet chocolate

 

While the butter and chocolate are melting, whisk together;

Eggs

Sugar

Vanilla

 

When the mixing bowl that was used to melt the butter and chocolate is cool enough to handle, add;

Egg mixture

Mix with a hand mixer on medium

 

Add;

Flour

Salt

Mix with hand mixer until creamy and well blended

Fold in;

White chocolate chips

Semi-sweet chocolate chips

 

 

Put aside batter for your kids to enjoy (if you have more than two kids, you might want to make a double batch!).

 

Pour batter into baking dish

Cook for 25 minutes

Be sure not to over cook the brownies….they’re best served warm and slightly gooey!

After the brownies cool, I like to sprinkle them with a generous dusting of confectioners sugar

 

When the kids get home from school, I have their brownie batter and a great big cold glass of milk waiting for them. Now that’s what I call an after school treat!

More thoughtfulness, more childhood memories, more chocolate, more delicious desserts…..

I’m so excited to be working with Safest Choice™ Pasteurized Shell Eggs. I’m a Chicago girl and I love that they are a Chicago area company. Their message promotes educating the public on the importance of serving our families safe eggs, and I’m all about making more healthy and safe meals for my family. 

I hope you’ll have an opportunity to try Safest Choice™. Why not get a coupon by liking them on their Facebook page?

http://www.facebook.com/SafeEggs#!/SafeEggs?v=app4949752878

Homemade Triple Chocolate Brownies

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Mangia Italiano….Perfect Parsley Pasta!


As the More is More Mom®, I’m all about….more Italian, family style, dinners! To quote the prolific Billy Joel, “A bottle of red, a bottle of white, it all depends upon your appetite. I’ll take you any time you want, to our Italian Restaurant….” Well, I hope you’re hungry, because my family’s favorite Italian Restaurant is our very own kitchen! Why go out for dinner when we can make the Perfect Parsley Pasta at home? Open a bottle of Chianti and enjoy…….

Tuscan Tablesetting

 

Tuscany served as inspiration for my family get together. I love it when I have the opportunity to treat my family well by making a special meal and setting a beautiful table. Breadsticks displayed in ceramic glazed pots, fresh flowers in a tortoise water pitcher and classic Chianti bottles as charming candlesticks were whimsical touches that added to the authenticity of my tablescape.    

 

Safest Choice Pasteurized Shell Eggs

While a traditional marinara is always nice, there’s nothing like cooking with simple, fresh ingredients. The creamy sauce of my Perfect Parsley Pasta will absolutely melt in your mouth, but food safety is always a consideration. This recipe calls for the use of two raw eggs, which is why I wouldn’t think of serving this dish to my family without using Safest Choice™ Pasteurized Shell Eggs. Why run the risk of ruining a perfectly lovely meal? A trip to the doctor is always a mood killer.

 

Cheese, mozzarella wrapped proscuito, salami, crackers and olives

Before my guests arrive, I put out a few snacks. There’s nothing like reconnecting over a nice glass of wine, nibbling on tasty treats; beautiful cheeses, a mozzarella prosciutto roll, Pino Grigio white wine salami, Kalamata olives, olives stuffed with garlic and seasoned flat bread crackers. Bravo!

Perfect Parsley Pasta:

Fresh herbs are a great way to lighten up any dish, especially pasta. This is one of my family’s favorite dishes. It’s tasty, easy and beautiful.

2 lbs of Spaghetti

Parsley, either Italian or curly, finely chopped, totaling 2 ½ cups (from one large bundle)

2 Sticks of butter

4 cloves of garlic

1 cup finely shredded parmesan cheese

2 Safest Choice™ Pasteurized Shell Eggs (best to use Safe Eggs, because the eggs are going to be mixed into the pasta raw)

In a sauce pan, melt;

2 sticks of butter

4 cloves of garlic

Remove the garlic cloves, press and return to the melted butter

In a large mixing or serving bowl, combine;

Chopped parsley

Melted butter and garlic

Shredded Parmesan

2 Safest Choice™ Pasteurized Shell Eggs, lightly beaten

 

In a large stock pot, cook 2 lb of pasta

When cooked to your liking, strain the pasta

Add spaghetti to the mixing bowl and toss until generously covered

 

 

I like to throw Italian sausage, such as an andouille, on the grill, for that nice smoky flavor (and less mess).

My family loves homemade garlic bread on the side.

Pre-heat broiler

In a sauce pan, I simply melt 2 sticks of butter with several cloves of garlic, minced

Slice up a loaf of baguette bread, a generously coat with butter and garlic

Broil for a few minutes, watching carefully

 

Plate, serve and enjoy……

More reconnecting, more family dinners, more mangia Italiano!

I’m so excited to be working with Safest Choice™ Pasteurized Shell Eggs. I’m a Chicago girl and I love that they are a Chicago area company. Their message promotes educating the public on the importance of serving our families safe eggs, and I’m all about making more healthy and safe meals for my family. 

To join in the fun, you should totally consider entering their Eggs Your Way recipe contest http://www.safeeggs.com/consumers/recipes/

I hope you’ll have an opportunity to try Safest Choice™. Why not get a coupon by liking them on their Facebook page? 

http://www.facebook.com/SafeEggs#!/SafeEggs?v=app4949752878

Perfect Parsley Pasta

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An Egg-ceptional Start To The New Year!


As the More is More Mom®, I’m all about….a more meaningful start to the New Year! Whether you ring in the New Year in Times Square or in the privacy of your own home, why not kick off January 1st with a gorgeous and delicious meal? There is nothing better than lounging around in your pajamas, enjoying the day with your family. I like to make our time together special; setting the table with linens and cloth napkins, candles, stemware and china. Rather than serve something ordinary, I like to take it up a few notches, serving a beautiful brunch.

I am a huge fan of the Egg Casserole; in fact, I just made my husband, Chuck’s, favorite one on Christmas morning. To welcome in the New Year however, I love a hearty meal that can be served for breakfast (who could possibly be up that early?), brunch or dinner; the Croque-Madame. Doesn’t that sound impressive? In essence, it’s a very fancy-schmancy grilled cheese sandwich, topped with a very tasty fried egg.

This is the most amazing recipe and the sandwich is going to absolutely melt in your mouth. While I’m all about a fabulous meal, my first consideration is for the safety of my family. This recipe calls for the fried egg to be just set, still a little bit runny. It tastes amazing, but I’d hate to run the risk of exposing my family to salmonella. Who wants a run to the Emergency Room when there is more fun to be had? That is why I used Safest Choice™ Pasteurized Shell Eggs.

Safest Choice Pasteurized Shell Eggs

 

 Croque-Madame:

Serves 4

Sauce ingredients

Sauce:

1 stick of butter

3 Tbsp all-purpose flour

2 cups of whole milk

¼ tsp salt

¼ tsp black pepper

¼ tsp grated nutmeg

1/3 cup of shredded cheese, something that melts nicely. I used a sharp cheddar

Sandwich:

 

Sandwich Ingredients

 

8 slices of sandwich bread

5 tsp Dijon Mustard

10 slices of cooked Canadian bacon (or ham)

4 large eggs

Sauce:

The sauce becomes luscious and thick. It’s so good; you could eat it with a spoon!

In a saucepan, over medium-low heat, melt;

4 Tbsp butter

 

Whisk in;

3 Tbsp flour

Whisking continually for 3 minutes

Add;

 

2 cups of milk

Whisk and bring to a boil

Reduce heat to a simmer, stirring occasionally for 5 minutes

Add;

 

Salt

Pepper

Nutmeg

Cheese

Whisk until cheese is thoroughly melted

 

Remove from the heat and immediately cover with a piece of wax paper

Sandwiches:

Pre-heat oven to broil

Lay out all 8 slices of bread

On four, spread;

2 Tbsp of sauce

Sprinkle with 1 cup of cheese, ¼ cup per slice

On the remaining 4 pieces, spread;

5 tsp Dijon mustard, 1 ¼ tsp on each slice

Top each slice of bread with 2 pieces of Canadian bacon

Flip Dijon mustard and Canadian bacon slice of bread onto the sauce and cheese slice to make a sandwich

In a skillet, melt;

2 Tbsp of butter

Once foamy and melted, place sandwich in skillet for 1-2 minutes

 

Adding another Tbsp of butter if necessary, flip sandwiches over for another 1-2 minutes

Remove from skillet, and place on a greased pan (I like to line mine with aluminum foil for easier clean up)

Top each sandwich with;

1/3 cup of sauce

Broil sandwich for 3-4 minutes, at least 6 inches form the heat, until the sauce is bubbly and golden

 

Keep warm

Wipe out skillet

Add;

1 tsp of butter for every two eggs fried, over medium heat

 

Break Safest Choice™ Pasteurized Shell Eggs into skillet

Sprinkle with;

Salt

Pepper

Cook for 3 minutes, or until yolks are just set, and likely still runny

 

Carefully remove from skillet and place one fried egg on each sandwich

It would be lovely to accompany the egg sandwich with a light, mixed green salad and some fresh fruit

Light Salad Dressing;

Serves 4

In a small bowl, whisk together;

1 Tbsp red wine vinegar

1 tsp Dijon mustard

3 Tbsp oil

Toss onto 4-6 cups of mixed tender greens

Top with a soft crumbled cheese, such as feta or goat cheese

Fresh Fruit;

Mixed berries, such as strawberries, raspberries and blueberries are lovely

 

 

The evening before, I like to set my table. I chose a warm golden hue, with a variety of textures; velvet, basket weave, damask and bamboo. The juxtaposition creates an interesting arrangement.

 

All that’s left now is to plate, serve and enjoy.

More delicious meals, more family time, more fresh starts…..

I’m so excited to be working with Safest Choice™ Pasteurized Shell Eggs. I’m a Chicago girl and I love that they are a Chicago area company. Their message promotes educating the public on the importance of serving our families safe eggs, and I’m all about making more healthy and safe meals for my family. 

To join in the fun, you should totally consider entering their Eggs Your Way recipe contest http://www.safeeggs.com/consumers/recipes/

I hope you’ll have an opportunity to try Safest Choice™. Why not get a coupon by liking them on their Facebook page?

http://www.facebook.com/SafeEggs#!/SafeEggs?v=app4949752878

Egg-Ceptional Croque-Madame With Lightly Dressed Greens and Fresh Fruit 

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