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  • Magnum Double Chocolate Ice Cream Bars Deconstructed

    A great ice cream to try out!

    Magnum Double Chocolate Ice Cream Bars Deconstructed

    As part of Foodbuzz Tastemaker Program, we had the opportunity to sample one of the new flavors of the Magnum Ice Cream Bars. We selected to try the Double Chocolate ice cream bars, they had classic, caramel, almond to choose from.

    Inside this golden foil I was amazed with my first bite. A rich dense chocolate shell, delicious chocolate ice cream with a wonderful chocolate sauce surrounding the ice cream, all in one bite! This is a very thick bar not easy to bite through but extremely yummy!

    Since we are lovers of ice cream confections of all sorts, I decided to deconstruct one of these wonderful bars and make a double chocolate Magnum banana split! What a great experiment, we all loved it!

    Makes 3 separate desserts:
    1 box of Magnum Double Chocolate Bars
    1 package of chocolate graham crackers
    whipped cream
    hot fudge ice cream topping
    optional: nuts, cherries, pineapple, Read More »from Magnum Double Chocolate Ice Cream Bars Deconstructed
  • User post: Old Fashioned Style Breadcrumbs

    We make these often usually having stale bread by

    Old Fashioned Style Breadcrumbs

    Old Fashioned Italian Style Bread Crumbs

    Don't throw out that leftover stale bread, keep saving it till you have enough to make these delicious Italian Flavored Bread Crumbs. I can remember as a kid, I would open the bread box and a ton of old bread would fall out. Couldn't figure out back then why she saved it all. Then as I got older, I was the one who had to grate it with that old fashioned cheese grater! Took forever....thanks to modern technology we can use the food processor to do this job in no time flat, and make the tastiest bread crumbs for any coated dish..of course you can add more or less to taste. But this is our basic recipe for most any Italian recipe on my site. Enjoy!~

    The food processor takes no time at all, finely grind the crumbs or if you like chunkier don]t process as long, and its time to add all the spices.

    If you keep saving the ends, you will eventually Read More »from User post: Old Fashioned Style Breadcrumbs
  • Strawberry Stuffed French Toast and Happy Mother's Day

    Happy Mother's Day!

    Stuffed Strawberry French Toast and Missing My Dear Mom For Mother's Day

      A Special Breakfast for All Mom 's....

    My Mom always loved her french toast so this is in your memory Mom, wishing you could be here and missing you everyday.......

  • User post: Butter Pecan Bread

    A great bread to have in the morning!

    Butter Pecan Bread Recipe

    2 1/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
    2 teaspoons baking powder
    1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
    1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
    1 cup light brown sugar, packed
    1 egg, beaten
    1 cup buttermilk
    2 tablespoons melted butter
    1 cup chopped pecans

    Sift together the flour, baking powder, soda, salt, and spices; blend in brown sugar.

    Combine egg, buttermilk, and butter; add to flour mixture, stirring to blend well. Stir in chopped nuts. Turn batter into a greased and floured 9x5x3-inch loaf pan. Bake at 350° for 45 to 50 minutes, or until a toothpick is clean when put in the center and removed

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  • Mexican Roundup For Cinco De Mayo

    Mexican Roundup For Cinco De Mayo

    Mexican Chicken Wings
    Tulum Ruins in Cozumel Our Vacation Cruise Trip

    The staples of Mexican cuisine are typically corn and beans. Corn, traditionally Mexico's staple grain, is eaten fresh, on the cob, and as a component of a number of dishes. Most corn, however, is used to make masa, a dough for tamales , tortillas , and many other corn-based foods. Squash and peppers also play important roles in Mexican cuisine. The most important and frequently used spices in Mexican cuisine are chili powder, cumin, oregano, cilantro, epazote, cinnamon, and cocoa. Chipotle, a smoke-dried jalapeño chili, is also common in Mexican cuisine. Many Mexican dishes also contain garlic and onions.

    Next to corn, rice is the most common grain in Mexican cuisine. According to food writer Karen Hursh Graber, the initial introduction of rice to Spain from North Africa in the 4th Century led
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  • User post: Mexican Fried Churro's For Cinco De Mayo

    Mexican Fried Churro's in Cinnamon Sugar

    My husband called me at the last minute and said, we have a Mexican covered dish party tomorrow and I need something for work, do you have time to make something? Well, of course I just jumped at the chance, then went overboard. I made bean dip, mexican lasagna and then these Churro's for dessert. I really needed an excuse to use my new cookie/frosting tools I got online. I just love this tool. It makes all kinds of wonderful shaped cookies, and pipes out the perfect lines for all these fancy dessert style cookies. It runs by batteries. So out it came and I had to make these too.

    I was amazed how simple these were to do now with this. I just pressed the button to the desired length and cut it off with a cooking scissors. Almost everyone came out perfect and the same length. I had so much fun.

    The batter putting it together was like making cream puffs, if you have ever tried those. Because after you boil the first few ingredients together, Read More »from User post: Mexican Fried Churro's For Cinco De Mayo
  • Banana Split Bread Gone Wild!

    I use this recipe to make a great banana split cake ...pictured is two slices of cake, whipped cream or vanilla ice cream, fresh pineapple,

    sliced banana's, chocolate hot fudge , carmel topping.... add a cherry on top.....

    Banana Bread Split Cake

  • Italian Pizza Fritta

    Italian Pizza Fritta Outside on the Grill Plus Video

    Italian Traditional Fried Feast Dough
    A powdery wonderful Italian treat to make, we can never make enough of them! Just like at those old fashioned Italian feasts, oh yeah, back in Upstate NY all summer long you can enjoy these beauties at the local Catholic Church feasts, but you can also enjoy them in your backyard in a cast iron skillet pan right on your own grill. There's nothing to it!

    Here is a recipe, that has been passed down for many generations. Fried dough, pizza fritte, pizza fritta, whatever you want to call this, this dough is one of the finest addictions of all Italian treats! You can never have enough, and once you make it yourself, you will wonder how you lived so long without trying this wonder delicious dough fried with simple, but a life long memory and made by most Italians all over the world. Growing up in NY this was one that at every Italian feasts would have people lined up to buy dozens of Read More »from Italian Pizza Fritta
  • Royal Wedding Tribute with Bangers & Mash Pies

    An Italian Style Version Click here for the recipe!

    Italian Style Bangers and Mash Hand Pies

    One of the most beautiful Royal couples will marry today. I became interested in the Royal Wedding pre martial interviews when Prince William was interviewed. He touched my heart with his words about his mom, Princess Diana. He talked about the great love he will always hold for her and how he thinks about his mother Princess Diana everyday on her teachings, as much was taught to him by her in his role of who he became as an adult and stood Prince. Today he still carries those values with him and isn't a day that goes by he doesn't think of her. Kate Middleton, his Princess bride to be, said she wanted to model after her in this new life she will begin and take after in his mom memory and role model. Such a tearful moment in time to think his mom was only 36 years old at her untimely death. A great mom, Princess, and will be sadly missed there today, how wonderful to hear her son will Read More »from Royal Wedding Tribute with Bangers & Mash Pies
  • Sfogliatelle Italian Dessert

    Sfogliatelle Italian Dessert

    Patrica Turo inspired me to make these wonderful Sfogliatelle Italian Pastries from her blog this Easter @ Piacere Food and Travel Without Rules . These pastry are a bit time consuming but the taste results were fabulous, however a little more practice is needed while making these to get them right! I have to say out of the 30 I made only one was worthy enough for the pictures! I need alot more practice.. you can see from her awesome instructions and using a pasta machine, that helped get the dough thin enough to make hers perfect, please refer to her site as she has fabulous instructions, step by step...
    Recipe Summary her recipe came from This recipe was taken from one of the chef's antique cookbooks and she translated it into English.

    Makes 16 large or 32 small pastries

    I adapted parts of the recipes to my taste, I made the dough using her dough recipe:

    8 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
    2 cups butter, original recipe calls for suet or Read More »from Sfogliatelle Italian Dessert


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