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Candy Corn Oreo White Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Green Pepper Cheese Bake
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Watermelon & Strawberry Lime Mint Popsicles
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EASY BAKED Onion Rings
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National Can-It-Forward Day + Ball Canning Giveaway
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The Best Stewed Tomatoes Ever
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Nutella Boutique + Nutella Giveaway!
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Crispy Peanut Butter Fudge
9
Roasted Corn Nuts Recipe
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Peanut Butter & Co Giveaway!
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The Best Cinnamon Sugar Applesauce
12
1 Pint Blueberry Jam Recipe
13
Homemade Tomato Paste
14
Creamy Chocolate Nutella Fudgsicle Popsicle
15
Turkey Kale Meatball Sub
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Chocolate Avocado Brownies
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Homemade Peanut Butter Cups
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Pepperoni Pizza Cauliflower Casserole
19
Quinoa Stuffed Peppers
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Baked Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese

Candy Corn Oreo White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Delicious White Chocolate Chip Cookies made with Candy Corn Oreos.  They are perfect for a Halloween seasonal cookie!  These cookies are high on the addictive scale, I dare you to eat just one! 

So let me tell you a secret, maybe it’s not a secret.   Around Halloween  Oreo releases limited edition Candy Corn Oreo Cookies.  They might only be sold at Target, I’m not sure, but that’s the only place I know that sells them.  Last year I went to Target 3 times a week for the entire month of October and they were sold out every single time.  The employees told me people were buying multiple packs. I could not get one.  I was devastated.  So imagine my incredible happiness when I saw them in Target last week.  I started crying in the cookie aisle.  I slid to the ground, cookies in my arm, hugging them tightly, crying out loudly “I LOVE YOU!”.  Target asked me to leave, but first I bought the cookies.  Even the cashier saw the cookies and gave me a look like “girl”.  And I gave her a look back that said “girl”.   That’s a good look by the way.  

Delicious White Chocolate Chip Cookies made with Candy Corn Oreos. They are perfect for a Halloween seasonal cookie! These cookies are high on the addictive scale, I dare you to eat just one!

So if you are reading this post, I ask you to PLEASE find these cookies.  Set your goal for the next 2 months to find these Oreo cookies.  They should be very high up there on the priority list.  Actually they should be top priority.  Bills, education, kids, work, whatever.  CANDY CORN OREO COOKIES = #1.

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Here they are, in all their glory.  This is how many was left by the time I got to this recipe.   I’m just going to warn you right now.  I am a crazy Oreo addict when it comes to limited edition like Candy Corn, Gingerbread (omg dont even get me started) and Birthday Cake.  I will eat them all in 1 day.  I am horrible.  I tell Matthew sometimes when he leaves the house to take them with him (seriously).  Or I tell him to hide them.  Then when he leaves I tear the apartment apart to find them.  They make me crazy.  So if you have these cookies in your house, you might go crazy. I mean in a good “these are so delicious I’m going to cry” crazy way. 

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Cream together butter and sugars.

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Stir in your white chocolate chips.  You can use regular chocolate chips if you’d like but I don’t think the appearance of the cookie will be as cute as the brown will be too overwhelming.

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Then break up your Oreo cookies and eat it with a spoon.  HAHAHAHAHAH just kidding.  HAHAHAHAHA not kidding at all.    HAHAHAHAHAH just kidding.  HAHAHAHAHA not kidding at all.    HAHAHAHAHAH just kidding.  HAHAHAHAHA not kidding at all.    HAHAHAHAHAH just kidding.  HAHAHAHAHA not kidding at all.  Ok, just take a quick spoonful!

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Then mix the cookies and chocolate chips up good.   Eat it with a spoon.  HAHAHAHAHAH just kidding.  HAHAHAHAHA not kidding at all.    Ok, just take a quick spoonful! I’m sorry, I am a really bad influence.

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Warning, these cookies expand!  Just like they will expand your heart (and other things)  they will get bigger.  This was before..

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This was after baking.  See, how they grew.  I let them cool and then easily ran a knife through to cut them up.  Worked perfect.

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So please make these.  

Thank you Oreo Cookies for all the comfort you’ve given me over the years.
I love you forever,
Pamela

Candy Corn Oreo White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 stick softened butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 15 Candy Corn Oreo Cookies - broken up
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix together softened butter, sugar, brown sugar.
  3. Add egg and vanilla and continue to mix until all creamed together.
  4. Mix flour, baking soda and salt in a bowl.
  5. Add wet ingredients to flour mixture slowly, mix until well combined.
  6. Stir in broken up Oreo cookies and white chocolate chips until combined.
  7. Place tablespoons of cookie batter on parchment covered baking sheet. Bake for 10-14 minutes, until bottoms are slightly browned.
  8. Let cool.
  9. Eat and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

This makes 24 cookies.

Delicious White Chocolate Chip Cookies made with Candy Corn Oreos. They are perfect for a Halloween seasonal cookie! These cookies are high on the addictive scale, I dare you to eat just one!

Green Pepper Cheese Bake

This Green Pepper Cheese Bake is a delicious comfort food recipe! It’s also filled with vegetables: 2 pounds of green peppers, 1 cup of tomatoes, 2 cups of corn and 1 cup of spinach. Your family will love it!

I know you all used to watch Full House.  And I know you all remember Uncle Jessie.  So I know you all know the phrase “Have Mercy.”

So you can imagine my amusement when I pulled this green pepper cheese bake out of the oven and muttered “Have Mercy”.  And then I laughed.  And then I looked around to make sure none of the cats were judging me.  The coast was clear.  I put this green pepper dish on the counter, took a step back and repeated “Have Mercy”.  This right here is a looker, a real beauty, a real head turner.  You get the idea.  It’s glorious.

This Green Pepper Cheese Bake is a delicious comfort food recipe! It’s also filled with vegetables: 2 pounds of green peppers, 1 cup of tomatoes, 2 cups of corn and 1 cup of spinach. Your family will love it!

I mean, come on, seriously.  Don’t you just want to marry this dish? I do!

The best part of this dish besides the cheese and the cream (haha) is that it’s all vegetables! It’s full of 2 pounds of green peppers, 1 cup of tomatoes, 2 cups of corn and 1 cup of spinach.   It’s like your own vegetable garden that will live in your belly!

This can be a side dish, or a meatless dinner! We had it as our main dinner with garlic bread on the side.  You will need a little bread to soak up that creamy goodness at the bottom, trust me.  You will want it.  

Please (takes your hand) make this dish.  You deserve it.  The world deserves it.  

This Green Pepper Cheese Bake is a delicious comfort food recipe! It’s also filled with vegetables: 2 pounds of green peppers, 1 cup of tomatoes, 2 cups of corn and 1 cup of spinach. Your family will love it!


This Green Pepper Cheese Bake is a delicious comfort food recipe! It’s also filled with vegetables: 2 pounds of green peppers, 1 cup of tomatoes, 2 cups of corn and 1 cup of spinach. Your family will love it!I know, I know, you know it, I love my peppers.  I made this video while taking this picture.  I’m totally sane.


This Green Pepper Cheese Bake is a delicious comfort food recipe! It’s also filled with vegetables: 2 pounds of green peppers, 1 cup of tomatoes, 2 cups of corn and 1 cup of spinach. Your family will love it!Your wonderland of vegetables we’ll be using for this recipe!


This Green Pepper Cheese Bake is a delicious comfort food recipe! It’s also filled with vegetables: 2 pounds of green peppers, 1 cup of tomatoes, 2 cups of corn and 1 cup of spinach. Your family will love it!And to tell you straight up, this corn/tomato/spinach mixture is a great side dish by itself.  I took like 6 spoonfuls before it even went into the casserole dish.


This Green Pepper Cheese Bake is a delicious comfort food recipe! It’s also filled with vegetables: 2 pounds of green peppers, 1 cup of tomatoes, 2 cups of corn and 1 cup of spinach. Your family will love it!Here’s all the steps to get to the top of bake.   Into the oven.. you ready?  Are you sure?

This Green Pepper Cheese Bake is a delicious comfort food recipe! It’s also filled with vegetables: 2 pounds of green peppers, 1 cup of tomatoes, 2 cups of corn and 1 cup of spinach. Your family will love it!
HAVE MERCY!

This Green Pepper Cheese Bake is a delicious comfort food recipe! It’s also filled with vegetables: 2 pounds of green peppers, 1 cup of tomatoes, 2 cups of corn and 1 cup of spinach. Your family will love it!
This is going in the “YES” section of my recipe book I keep.  

This Green Pepper Cheese Bake is a delicious comfort food recipe! It’s also filled with vegetables: 2 pounds of green peppers, 1 cup of tomatoes, 2 cups of corn and 1 cup of spinach. Your family will love it!
And when you have your first bite, I hope you’re sitting! If not, have pillows on the floor!

This Green Pepper Cheese Bake is a delicious comfort food recipe! It’s also filled with vegetables: 2 pounds of green peppers, 1 cup of tomatoes, 2 cups of corn and 1 cup of spinach. Your family will love it!
Green Pepper Cheese Bake, I love you.  Dearly.  Truly. Forever.  

Have a great weekend everyone! 

This Green Pepper Cheese Bake is a delicious comfort food recipe! It’s also filled with vegetables: 2 pounds of green peppers, 1 cup of tomatoes, 2 cups of corn and 1 cup of spinach. Your family will love it!

Looking for more pepper recipes? Try my stuffed green pepper casserole!

Green Pepper Cheese Bake Casserole

This Green Pepper Cheese Bake is a delicious comfort food recipe! It’s also filled with vegetables: 2 pounds of green peppers, 1 cup of tomatoes, 2 cups of corn and 1 cup of spinach. Your family will love it!

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds green peppers - cut up into bite size pieces
  • 2 cups corn kernels -fresh cooked or from a can (not frozen)
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes - halved
  • 1 cup spinach - chopped up
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar/monterey jack cheese
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • salt + pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Heat butter in pan over medium heat. Once melted add your tomatoes, spinach and corn and saute to coat everything. Season with salt + pepper.
  2. In a oven safe casserole dish, start to assemble the bake.
  3. Put half of your green peppers at the bottom of the dish.
  4. Put 1/3 of your shredded cheese on top.
  5. Spread your tomatoes/corn/spinach mixture on top.
  6. Put 1/3 of your shredded cheese on top.
  7. Put the remaining half of your green peppers on top.
  8. Put the last 1/3 of your shredded cheese on top.
  9. In a bowl beat eggs, heavy cream and salt + pepper to taste.
  10. Pour this mixture over the top of your bake evenly.
  11. Bake at 425 for 10 minutes.
  12. Turn your oven down to 350 and bake for 25 more minutes.
  13. Enjoy!

Watermelon & Strawberry Lime Mint Popsicles

I am kinda in love with these popsicles.  And because they are healthy, I can totally eat as many as I want a day with no regrets!  Isn’t that the best?

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These popsicles have watermelon, strawberry, lime and mint in them.  As a sweetener you can leave as is or you can add a little honey (that’s what I did).  With the fruit already sweet, you don’t’ need much additional  honey – a little goes a long way.   And can we talk about how easy they are?  You just throw the ingredients in a food processor, pulse it, pour into popsicle molds and freeze.  Boom, done!   Amazing!

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EASY BAKED Onion Rings

EASY BAKED Onion Rings! This homemade oven baked onion rings recipe is a great side to cheeseburgers! The batter is made with flour, milk, egg, breadcrumbs and spices! We use our garden grown onions to make them – we love how crispy they are! 

Let’s talk onion rings. We have harvested so many onions our kitchen looks like a onion shop (if that exists).   So after Matthew threw me so many onion ring hints, I took them and promised him onion rings would be made.  These onion rings are so easy to make and so delicious to eat! 

EASY BAKED Onion Rings! This homemade oven baked onion rings recipe is a great side to cheeseburgers! The batter is made with flour, milk, egg, breadcrumbs and spices! We use our garden grown onions to make them – we love how crispy they are! 

This recipe uses creole spice mix which I include in the ingredients list to make your own.  This seasoning is great for meat rubs, rice dishes and soups too.   You can also buy this seasoning mix already made, but you probably have all the ingredients already in your kitchen.  If you made this seasoning and put it into mason jars it would be make a awesome gift for fellow cooking lovers.  

EASY BAKED Onion Rings! This homemade oven baked onion rings recipe is a great side to cheeseburgers! The batter is made with flour, milk, egg, breadcrumbs and spices! We use our garden grown onions to make them – we love how crispy they are! 

 

 EASY BAKED Onion Rings! This homemade oven baked onion rings recipe is a great side to cheeseburgers! The batter is made with flour, milk, egg, breadcrumbs and spices! We use our garden grown onions to make them – we love how crispy they are! 
Beautiful garden onions.  You guys are very pretty.

Slice them into 1/4 to 1/2 inch rings.
EASY BAKED Onion Rings! This homemade oven baked onion rings recipe is a great side to cheeseburgers! The batter is made with flour, milk, egg, breadcrumbs and spices! We use our garden grown onions to make them – we love how crispy they are! 

Here’s your 3 bowls you need. Regular flour, flour batter mixture and bread crumbs.
EASY BAKED Onion Rings! This homemade oven baked onion rings recipe is a great side to cheeseburgers! The batter is made with flour, milk, egg, breadcrumbs and spices! We use our garden grown onions to make them – we love how crispy they are! 

Step 1: Dip the onions into flour.
EASY BAKED Onion Rings! This homemade oven baked onion rings recipe is a great side to cheeseburgers! The batter is made with flour, milk, egg, breadcrumbs and spices! We use our garden grown onions to make them – we love how crispy they are! 

Step 2: Into wet flour mixture. This is very important: Make sure to let them drip to get all the excess off. If you don’t, your bread crumb mixture is going to become clumpy and a mess very quick.
EASY BAKED Onion Rings! This homemade oven baked onion rings recipe is a great side to cheeseburgers! The batter is made with flour, milk, egg, breadcrumbs and spices! We use our garden grown onions to make them – we love how crispy they are! 


Step 3: Dip into bread crumbs.
EASY BAKED Onion Rings! This homemade oven baked onion rings recipe is a great side to cheeseburgers! The batter is made with flour, milk, egg, breadcrumbs and spices! We use our garden grown onions to make them – we love how crispy they are! 

Into the oven they go…
EASY BAKED Onion Rings! This homemade oven baked onion rings recipe is a great side to cheeseburgers! The batter is made with flour, milk, egg, breadcrumbs and spices! We use our garden grown onions to make them – we love how crispy they are! 

You want to keep a eye on them so they don’t burn. Mine took 16 minutes.  Also you want to flip them midway, I say at the 8 minute mark is good.
EASY BAKED Onion Rings! This homemade oven baked onion rings recipe is a great side to cheeseburgers! The batter is made with flour, milk, egg, breadcrumbs and spices! We use our garden grown onions to make them – we love how crispy they are! 

And out of the oven they come. All crispy and brown and gorgeous!
EASY BAKED Onion Rings! This homemade oven baked onion rings recipe is a great side to cheeseburgers! The batter is made with flour, milk, egg, breadcrumbs and spices! We use our garden grown onions to make them – we love how crispy they are! 


Grab a few Easy Baked Onion Rings and enjoy!  

EASY BAKED Onion Rings

EASY BAKED Onion Rings! This homemade oven baked onion rings recipe is a great side to cheeseburgers! The batter is made with flour, milk, egg, breadcrumbs and spices! We use our garden grown onions to make them – we love how crispy they are! 

Ingredients

  • 2 large onions - sliced into 1/4 to 1/2 inch rings
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 egg - beaten
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon creole spice mix
  • salt + pepper to taste

creole spice mix

  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon thyme

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Place half or your flour into a bowl.
  3. Mix the other half of flour with milk and beaten egg. Mix in breadcrumbs, creole spice mix, salt + pepper.
  4. One by one, dip your onion into the plain flour mixture.
  5. Next, dip your onion into the flour batter mixture. Let excess batter drip off before moving to the next step.
  6. Next, dip your onion into breadcrumbs so covered.
  7. Put onion slices on parchment lined baking sheet.
  8. Cook until golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes. Halfway through baking, flip each onion ring so it's baked evenly.

EASY BAKED Onion Rings! This homemade oven baked onion rings recipe is a great side to cheeseburgers! The batter is made with flour, milk, egg, breadcrumbs and spices! We use our garden grown onions to make them – we love how crispy they are! 

 

National Can-It-Forward Day + Ball Canning Giveaway

*The contest has ended – congrats to Jaclyn for winning! Enjoy your canning kit!*

Ball are my favorite mason jars in the entire world.   They are probably your favorite too.  You see the jars all over my recipes, you see them all over my house. The truth is I have a entire shelf dedicated to mason jars. I get so excited when I get a new one.  Each jar might even have a name, I might or might not be kidding.   Leave it to Ball to create the great holiday of National Can-It-Forward Day!  That’s today!  Happy National Can-It-Forward Day everyone!   National Can-It-Forward Day lets everyone share the joy of fresh preserving. Whether you’re new to canning, a Master Canner, or curious to see else you can make with Ball jars,  they have recipes and tips and tricks to help make fresh preserving easy, fun, and creative!  Keep reading because there’s a giveaway for a Ball Canning Discovery  Kit below!

(My favorite half sour pickles!)

If you have a garden then you know how important it is to preserve.   You just grew those tomatoes that took months of love, running trips to the garden in pouring down rain to protect them, and hours of pruning, supporting and picking your tomatoes.  Your goal: Don’t  let one tomato go bad.   Trust me, I know the feeling of picking so many pounds of vegetables in a week that although very exciting,  is also very frightening. What are you going to do with all these fresh and beautiful vegetables that you took care of?  We’re going to preserve it so we can enjoy these tomatoes until next harvest. Fresh spaghetti sauce in December? Sure!  Salsa in January? Sure!  Stewed tomatoes in March? Yes!   Salsas, Jellies, Sauces, Chutneys, Pie Fillings – you can preserve all of this to make your garden seem like it lasts all year!

Canning.   If I had a nickle for every time said they were scared to can, I would have alot of nickles.    There are  2  types of canning, Waterbath Canning and Pressure Canning.  Waterbath Canning can be used to preserve everything I listed above and it’s great for beginners.   Pressure Canning is more advanced and can be used to preserve meats, poultry, vegetables, chili, fish and other low acid foods. My friend sent me a pressure canner as a gift and honestly I was terrified of it   I’m pretty sure she sent it to me because she was terrified of it too.  How many generations before her? I bet this canner is hundreds of years old!  I was told too many stories from Grandmas that said I would lose a eye. I didn’t want to lose a eye.  I have blue eyes, which is becoming rare, only 8% of the world’s population have blue eyes.    Guys, I didn’t lose a eye.  

Waterbath canning is where the magic is at.   There is no need to be scared to waterbath can, it’s easy and you can do it!  It has 3 steps, Prep, Pick, Preserve.  Who doesn’t love the letter P? Who doesn’t love alliteration?    

A leader in home canning, the Ball brand canning has been making fresh preserving products for over 125 years.  To teach cooks the simplicity of canning, Ball brand canning is hosting the third annual National Can-It-Forward Day on Saturday, August 17 (that’s today!).  National Can-It-Forward Day allows home cooks to connect via a national circuit of canning parties and social media activities. New and experienced canners can participate in a live webcast of canning demos where viewer questions will be answered in real-time.  This year renowned chef and Food Network star Ted Allen will be live on site demoing his favorite canning recipes for viewers!   You can find information about how to participate in Can-It-Forward Day at www.FreshPreserving.com. Canners can also join the conversation on 8/17 via Twitter using the hashtag #canitforward.

Please head over to  www.freshpreserving.com to watch the live canning webcast.  I will be tuned in all day to this!   So what are you waiting for? Let’s can it forward! 

The broadcast will begin on Saturday, August 17th at 10am EDT. 
10:00am-10:45am: Jam making and water bath canning demo by Jessica Piper 
10:45am-11:00am: Craft Corner with Jordan DeFrank 
11:00am-11:45am: Pickles Demo by Rick Fields  
11:45am-12:00pm: Craft Corner with Jordan DeFrank 
12:00pm-1:00pm: Special Guest Host Ted Allen canning and cooking demo 
1:00pm-1:15pm: Cocktails in Ball Jars hosted by Mason Jar NYC Restaurant 
1:15pm-2:00pm: Jam making and water bath canning demo by Jessica Piper 

One lucky reader will receive Ball’s Canning Discovery Kit which is designed to demystify the home canning process and make fresh preserving accessible for even the most novice canner. You’ll also receive some other getting started items!  How awesome is that?  

To enter:

Leave a comment below telling me what you’d like to can.
Leave a comment below telling me you liked Brooklyn Farm Girl on Facebook
Leave a comment below telling me you follow Brooklyn Farm Girl on Twitter.

That means you can enter 3 times if you do all 3 – amazing! Make sure to leave a separate comment for each one! 
Giveaway is only open to US residents.  Contest ends  Monday August 26th, 2013. 

The Best Stewed Tomatoes Ever

The BEST Stewed Tomatoes Ever recipe!  This easy to make recipe simmers tomatoes for 30 minutes to make homemade stewed tomatoes that can be served as a dinner side dish or can be canned.  This how to make recipe shows you how easy they are to make! Find out why everyone considers them THE BEST!   We always use this as a canning recipe for our Summer garden tomatoes! 

Homemade Stewed Tomatoes Recipe

Stewed tomatoes, sigh.  

Our tomatoes are turning red quicker than I’m able to pick.    So between oven roasted cherry tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, stewed tomatoes, tomato pesto, slow cooker tomatoes,  tomato soup… there’s lots of tomato dishes going on  in our kitchen!   Oh and I did mention Fresh Tomato Salsa too – because you know August always means fresh salsa!

I will have many more upcoming tomato recipes…get ready tomato lovers!  But for now… stewed tomatoes!

The BEST Stewed Tomatoes Ever recipe!  This easy to make recipe simmers tomatoes for 30 minutes to make homemade stewed tomatoes that can be served as a dinner side dish or can be canned.  This how to make recipe shows you how easy they are to make! Find out why everyone considers them THE BEST!   We always use this as a canning recipe for our Summer garden tomatoes! 

These stewed tomatoes are the best,  I’m not fibbing either.  If you are having a tomato harvest soon or would like to  make your own instead of the canned version, please please please please please make these!

How to Make Stewed Tomatoes Video

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Nutella Boutique + Nutella Giveaway!

I am pretty sure I have shared this in the past (multiple times) but I love Nutella.  I love Nutella in that I buy a giant jar and about 1/4 of it gets used for baking and the other 3/4 of it gets eaten with a spoon.  Why can’t I just say yes to 1 spoonful?  Why is it so delicious?  Why is it so perfect?  Why must I have 6 spoonfuls?  Oh Nutella, let’s run away together.  I imagine this is how I look at 4AM in the morning, standing in a dark kitchen with my Nutella jar.  We have a deep love.  

Did you know Nutella has a boutique where you can satisfy your everyday cravings and show your love for this beloved hazelnut spread by wearing it on a t-shirt or messenger bag (that can hold 9 jars of Nutella!)? I mean you can also hold your usual purse items in the bag too… but if I saw someone open up their bag and they had 9 jars of Nutella in it I would grab their hand and declare forever friendship right there.

Better yet – why not have a iPhone phone case so when a telemarketer calls just pretend you are talking to Nutella (yes, I just personified Nutella – they are a wonderful person) and the conversation will go much smoother (get it? smoother? good one, i know).   And best of all, my favorite item in the boutique is the coin bank that I’m going to save up my own pennies to buy.  I love the vintage look of it… it would look perfect sitting on my kitchen counter!

Best of all, the prices are pretty amazing.  T-shirts are $12.00, while items such as a phone case or messenger bag are priced at $6.50 and $16.00.  

To find out more and shop the Nutella Boutique, visit Boutique.NutellaUSA.com.  Also, make sure to “LIKE” the Nutella USA Facebook page

To celebrate the love for all things Nutella, Brooklyn Farm Girl is giving away this t-shirt to one lucky reader!  How cool would you look walking down the street with this t-shirt on?   You’re going to cause the world to smile!   People are going to cheer for you, give you high 5’s, puppies and kitties are going to give you wet nose kisses.  

To Win This Amazing Shirt:
Leave a comment below telling me what your favorite way to enjoy Nutella is.
Leave a comment below telling me you liked Brooklyn Farm Girl on Facebook
Leave a comment below telling me you follow Brooklyn Farm Girl on Twitter.

That means you can enter 3 times if you do all 3 – amazing! Make sure to leave a separate comment for each one! 
Winner will be picked randomly. Giveaway is only open to US residents.  Contest ends  Tuesday August 20th, 2013. 

And don’t forget to hop on over and get the recipe for my Creamy Chocolate Nutella Fudgsicle Popsicles.  They are still being requested nightly for dessert!  
Stay tuned for more Nutella recipes.. I have some yummy ones up my short sleeves.  

Good luck!

To Win This Amazing Shirt:
Leave a comment below telling me what your favorite way to enjoy Nutella is.
Leave a comment below telling me you liked Brooklyn Farm Girl on Facebook
Leave a comment below telling me you follow Brooklyn Farm Girl on Twitter.

That means you can enter 3 times if you do all 3 – amazing! Make sure to leave a separate comment for each one! 
Winner will be picked randomly. Giveaway is only open to US residents.  Contest ends  Tuesday August 20th, 2013. 

Crispy Peanut Butter Fudge

 The best peanut butter fudge recipe. This easy to make old fashioned fudge has a crispy top to it. This recipe has been passed down in my family!

Peanut Butter Fudge 

You might have seen on Instagram,  but I was demanding that people remove this fudge from me.   Demanding as in “Please take this fudge away from me! I can’t stop eating it!”.

I told Matthew “Get it out of here”, so he tried and I held the fudge pan so tight with tears in my eyes moaning “Don’t take the fudge from me”.  So he didn’t, and I ate more.  And then I said “Please take this fudge away from me!”.  This cycle happens every single night.

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Last night after a delicious Stuffed Pepper Casserole dinner, it was dessert time.  So we got out the fudge pan.  Matthew passed me a piece of fudge when innocent little me proclaimed “That’s way too big, please cut it in half”. Oh look at  me, I’m so dainty.  

2 minutes later, I was exclaiming “Where’s that other half! Add the crumbs too! I see crumbs on the bottom of the pan! Put them on top! Shovel it in my mouth!”.  From proper to monstrous in 2 minutes, that’s what this fudge will do for you.

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Roasted Corn Nuts Recipe

Homemade HEALTHY Roasted Corn Kernel Nuts that taste just like Corn Nuts you buy in the store!  This DIY  how to make corn nuts recipe is easy to make and only uses 4 ingredients!  Bake them in the oven for 30 minutes for a healthy, perfect snack! 

Corn Nuts

Homemade HEALTHY Roasted Corn Kernel Nuts that taste just like Corn Nuts you buy in the store!  This DIY  how to make corn nuts recipe is easy to make and only uses 4 ingredients!  Bake them in the oven for 30 minutes for a healthy, perfect snack! 

Roasted Corn Kernel Nuts are big in this house. When we first started buying them months ago a bag would be gobbled away in 2-3 nights. These are Matthew’s go to favorite snack to nibble on in bed while reading.

The thing I didn’t really like about them was the price and some of the additional ingredients on the bag that I couldn’t pronounce.

A small bag of roasted kernels from the grocery store runs us about 4 bucks and that is easily 1.5 serving (even if the bag says 4 servings, it’s just not happening), that is way too expensive in my opinion.  So now I’m going to show you how to make corn nuts!

The rules:
Easy.
Cheap.
As healthy as possible.

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Peanut Butter & Co Giveaway!

*The contest has ended – congrats to Susie for winning! Enjoy your jars of Peanut Butter & Co!*

Can we just take a minute to thank peanut butter for how good it is?  Peanut butter has gotten me through some rough times and it’s also created some great times, I’d like to think of it as a special friend.

We love peanut butter in our house, every single day we have a slice of whole wheat bread with peanut butter on around 5PM, it’s a midday pick me up.  At night I often can be found eating some crackers with peanut butter on top in bed.   At 4AM I can be found in the shadows scooping peanut butter out of the jar directly into my  mouth because my subconscious tells me I need to eat peanut butter while I sleep.  And don’t forget all the treats it provides! The list is endless.

Peanut Butter & Co are hands down my go to brand for peanut butter. Years ago I tried their brand and it was impossible to switch back.  I’m crazy so I buy it in bulk because goodness gracious, can you imagine if we were to run out? The madness that would ensure would not be worth it, so we need to be peanut butter equipped at all times!  Actually if you looked into my peanut butter cabinet (What, you don’t have a cabinet dedicated to peanut butter?), you would either be happy or worried for me.  So don’t open that cabinet up unless you are prepared!  Best yet, their peanut butter is all natural.  It’s also  kosher, gluten-free and vegan (except for The Bee’s Knees which is vegetarian).  I love the range from Smooth Operator to The Heat Is On, you can get such a variety of flavors, but every single one is delicious.

To celebrate my love for Peanut Butter & Co,  I’m having a giveaway! One lucky peanut butter loving reader will receive these 4 jars of peanut butter from Peanut Butter Co.
My favorite ways to use each:
The Heat Is On: (Always sing this before you open the jar)  Spread lightly on crackers, snack away. This is spicy, it has a devil on the front for even more exclamation on that!
The Bee’s Knees: My current favorite, peanut butter and jelly sandwich! Every single day!
Mighty Maple: In your waffle mix! 
Smooth Operator: Best for sandwiches and any brownies, cookies, oatmeal recipe calling for peanut butter. It’s so creamy and smooth! 
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Ways to Enter:
Leave a comment below telling me your favorite way to eat peanut butter.
Leave a comment below telling me you liked Brooklyn Farm Girl on Facebook
Leave a comment below telling me you followed Brooklyn Farm Girl on Twitter.

That means you can enter 3 times if you do all 3 – amazing! Make sure to leave a separate comment for each one! 

Winner will be picked randomly. Giveaway is only open to US residents.  Contest ends  Monday August 12th, 2013. 

In the meantime, be sure to check out some of my recipes I have made with Peanut Butter & Co:
Fudgy Avocado Peanut Butter Chocolate Brownies

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

Overnight Cookie Dough Peanut Butter Oatmeal

Don’t forget to enter!

Ways to Enter:
Leave a comment below telling me your favorite way to eat peanut butter.
Leave a comment below telling me you liked Brooklyn Farm Girl on Facebook
Leave a comment below telling me you follow Brooklyn Farm Girl on Twitter.

That means you can enter 3 times if you do all 3 – amazing! Make sure to leave a separate comment for each one! 

Winner will be picked randomly. Giveaway is only open to US residents.  Contest ends  Monday August 12th, 2013. 

Now go eat some peanut butter! 🙂

 

The Best Cinnamon Sugar Applesauce

The BEST Cinnamon Sugar Applesauce recipe! This is my FAVORITE homemade apple picking recipe that’s so easy to make! All you need is apples, cinnamon, sugar and lemon juice! It’s quick to make and tastes delicious! I love eating this as a snack and baking bread with it! It’s great for canning too!

“Best”. I know that’s pretty bold, but this applesauce is just that good. After eating the first spoonful I nearly fell to the floor in tears. Where has this applesauce been my entire life? The recipe is pretty basic with just apples, sugar, cinnamon and a little bit of lemon juice. You can have this in your belly in about 15 minutes which adds bonus points to the process.

After I made this applesauce I’m finding it hard to ever go back to the jarred version, it’s just so rich and fresh. After you eat it, life will be better. You will start to smile more, you will dance a little bit, you will pick up your pets and hug them, you will yell to your neighbor who you never talked to across the street “Have a great day beautiful!”. It’s that good.

I made this applesauce with  my nifty new toy, my Weston food strainer.  It’s life changing.  It peels, core sand deseeds for you, I love it dearly.  Food mill if you are reading this, I love you.  I bought it specifically for tomato season since every single year I question why I don’t have one, so I bit the bullet and bought it on Amazon on Saturday night and Monday morning at 8AM the Fedex man buzzed up and told me it was here.  How did it get here so quick?  

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1 Pint Blueberry Jam Recipe

HOMEMADE Blueberry Jam recipe made from 1 pint of blueberries! This easy to make no pectin, no sugar recipe is perfect for eating and canning.   This healthy jam is delicious served over toast, pancakes, french toast and ice cream!    

Blueberry Jam Recipe

We’re jammin’, I wanna jam it wid you. We’re jammin’, jammin’, And I hope you like blueberry jammin’, too.  

I was craving fresh blueberry jam but I didn’t want to make a big batch of it, in fact I wanted to make jam with just 1 pint of blueberries. Maybe you’ll pick fresh blueberries from your garden or maybe you’ll pick up a pint of blueberries from the farmers market, either way you can enjoy this easy and quick recipe.  
HOMEMADE Blueberry Jam made from 1 pint of blueberries! This easy to make no pectin recipe is perfect for eating and canning. This healthy jam is delicious served over toast, pancakes, french toast and ice cream!

 

1 Pint Blueberry Jam

This jam recipe is incredibly easy to make!  You’ll want to add 1 pint blueberries, honey, cinnamon and lemon juice to a saucepan. Bring it to a boil for about 30 minutes, or until it’s jam consistency, giving it a stir every few minutes to make sure it doesn’t stick to the pot.
Blueberry Jam Recipe

This jam recipe can easily be tweaked to other berries – like blackberries or raspberries too!  A few people reached out to me to ask me if they could use frozen blueberries in the recipe instead of fresh… well you can! 

 I prefer fresh berries for this recipe but frozen berries will still taste good.  Just make sure to defrost the blueberries before you add to the pan, and keep a eye on the jam as the berries might cooker quicker than fresh ones.

HOMEMADE Blueberry Jam made from 1 pint of blueberries! This easy to make no pectin, no sugar recipe is perfect for eating and canning. This healthy jam is delicious served over toast, pancakes, french toast and ice cream!

How many cups is 1 pint of blueberries?

1 pint of blueberries equals about 2 cups fresh blueberries.

Don’t you love how flavorful blueberries are? I love that they’re so tiny but filled with flavor! They’re great to add to mini blueberry muffins,  overnight oats, blueberry buckle or just enjoy on a piece of toast (like this jam!). In case you needed more reason to like blueberries, they also are high in antioxidants, boost brain health, support digestion and promote heart health!

I love spreading this blueberry jam on toast, scones (here’s my easy scones recipe), muffins, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, pancakes, french toast or more.  It’s also delicious served over ice cream!  However you serve it – I hope you enjoy it!

Looking for more jam recipes?

If you like this Blueberry Jam recipe, try these other family favorite jams:

Raspberry Jam

Homemade Watermelon Jam

Strawberry Peach Jam

Need more Summer recipes? Try my Cantaloupe Salad and Half Sour Pickles!

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HOMEMADE Blueberry Jam made from 1 pint of blueberries! This easy to make no pectin, no sugar recipe is perfect for eating and canning. This healthy jam is delicious served over toast, pancakes, french toast and ice cream!

1 Pint Blueberry Jam

HOMEMADE Blueberry Jam recipe made from 1 pint of blueberries! This easy to make no pectin, no sugar recipe is perfect for eating and canning.   This healthy jam is delicious served over toast, pancakes, french toast and ice cream!    

Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword blueberry jam recipe
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8

Ingredients

  • 1 pint blueberries
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Put all ingredients into a saucepan and stir.
  2. Bring to boil, then simmer for 30-35 minutes until jam consistency.
  3. Keep in jar refrigerated.

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Homemade Tomato Paste

This is the beginning of many tomato posts to come in the next few weeks.   Right now we’re handling Tomato Season 2013 so I’m constantly looking for new tomato ideas to both use our harvest, but also preserve so we can enjoy it until next summer!

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A great way to use up lots of tomatoes you have is to make homemade tomato paste.  Tomato paste is a great ingredient to have on hand to thicken up sauce and soups.  Not to mention it’s a great base to make some yummy marinara sauce.  I love this specific recipe because we are going to freeze them in ice cube trays which means you can use a little bit  at a time. No more using one of those tomato paste cans that you only need 2 tablespoons for.   By using ice cube tray size you use what you need, nothing goes to waste.  

The best type of tomatoes for paste is roma or plum tomatoes (think elongated in shape) because they have the least amount of seeds.  In this recipe, we don’t take the skin off or deseed the tomatoes, we just cut them in half.   Tomato paste is super easy to make, it just takes a little patience until it’s done.  It’s made by cooking the tomatoes on the stove for hours to the point of where you boil away all the liquid, causing a very concentrate form of tomatoes, which turns into “paste”.     By the time the hours are over, you are going to have beautiful tomato paste.. and a house that smells wonderful!  You will be hungry after smelling this on the stove.. 🙂  These cubes last a very long time, months. I could easily throw a cube in some tomato sauce in January that I make this week.   I love these tomato paste cubes because when it’s snowing out and I reach for one, I get to remember the good garden days had months prior.. and that just makes me smile!

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Homemade Tomato Paste

Ingredients

  • 3-4 pounds of roma or plum tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cloves garlic

Instructions

  1. Slice tomatoes in half.
  2. Put tomatoes and garlic in food processor (in batches), pulse until smooth.
  3. Put your tomatoes in a pot, add salt and stir.
  4. Turn your stove on to medium high heat and bring the tomatoes to a boil.
  5. Turn your stove down to low medium heat to keep them at a constant low simmering boil.
  6. Cover and cook for 3 hours, stirring once in a while, until tomatoes turn into a paste and liquid is gone.
  7. Put your paste in ice cube trays and freeze.

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Here’s your beautiful roma tomatoes.  

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Slice them in half and take the stems off if there are any.

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Throw in food processor and pulse until liquid smooth.  Then it goes onto the stove.. in a few hours all that liquid tomato  will turn into…

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Great smelling tomato paste!

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Fill up your ice cube trays and throw in the freezer.

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Pop a tomato paste cube out whenever you need one!

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Easy and fresh, does it get any better?

Creamy Chocolate Nutella Fudgsicle Popsicle

Do I need to say anything else when you read a title like that?
I mean there’s chocolate, there’s Nutella, they are in popsicle form. They will melt, they will run all over you, you will need to lick yourself clean. It’s a great situation to be in.

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After posting about the sweltering heat a few days ago I decided to make some popsicles with these cute popsicle molds I bought a few summers ago. I was going to make a fruit popsicle, lemon or lime.. but then I had a chocolate craving (shocking). Remember Fudgesicles? They were great. So what happens when we take the idea of a fudgy popsicle and add creamy Nutella to it? You get a popsicle that will cause you to fall in love.

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(Nutella – I love you). 

Fact: We first ate these for dessert over the weekend. Minutes later Matthew and I were in a complete popsicle trance. We used plates below incase they melted (it’s really hot out) and then I noticed we both licked our plates clean. We’re meant for each other. We’re meant to be with these popsicles. Chocolate Nutella popsicles, I love you guys. Get in my belly.

The other wonderful thing is I used fat free milk so these came out to 150 calories a popsicle. I think that’s a pretty great deal as these are major for chocolate lovers. They will hit the spot. Your craving will be fulfilled. You will be very very very very happy.

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Creamy Chocolate Nutella Popsicles

Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 1 cup milk I used fat free
  • 1/4 cup Nutella
  • 1/4 cup melted chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder

Instructions

  1. Mix all your ingredients together with a spoon or blender until smooth.
  2. Pour into popsicle molds.
  3. Freeze.
  4. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

This makes 4 popsicles.
When ready to eat, run the popsicle mold under warm water or just hold with hands on a hot day to get the mold off.

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Here’s all the ingredients in the molds.  I like when the cocoa powder isn’t fully mixed in and is still visible, it adds a nice texture to the top and the inside of the popsicle once frozen.

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Molds go into the freezer.  I let them sit overnight so they’re completely frozen.  But again, it’s a million degrees here.

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And when it’s time, get your popsicle on!  YUM YUM YUM!

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Enjoy! These really are something special! 🙂

 

Turkey Kale Meatball Sub

HEALTHY Ground Turkey Kale Meatball Sub!  These meatballs are fried on the stove and then covered with tomato sauce and American cheese on  a sub roll! This homemade recipe is easy, healthy and your family will love it!  Even my Midwest husband thinks this is the BEST meatball sandwich!

Who doesn’t like a good meatball sub?  It’s quick, it’s hearty, it’s sloppy, you get to eat it with your fingers.  It’s meat, cheese and tomato sauce – how can you go wrong? But with this one we’re going to mix it up a little bit and add some kale to get your greens in!  Don’t be alarmed by the combination of kale and meat together in this sub – once everything is mixed together, it just works. My husband is a Midwest boy who loves his hearty dinners and this sub is A+ in his book!

HEALTHY Ground Turkey Kale Meatball Sub!  These meatballs are fried on the stove and then covered with tomato sauce and American cheese on  a sub roll! This homemade recipe is easy, healthy and your family will love it!  Even my Midwest husband thinks this is the BEST meatball sandwich!

This meatball sub is based on my kale meatballs recipe which I first made last summer and fell in love with.  These turkey meatballs are great over spaghetti, yummy grilled as a finger food on a stick, but they are delicious on a sub roll!  This kale turkey sandwich is one of our dinner favorites! 

 A meatball sub isn’t finished until it’s slathered in tomato sauce and then American cheese is melted on top – then it’s ready to eat!

HEALTHY Ground Turkey Kale Meatball Sub!  These meatballs are fried on the stove and then covered with tomato sauce and American cheese on  a sub roll! This homemade recipe is easy, healthy and your family will love it!  Even my Midwest husband thinks this is the BEST meatball sandwich!

Enjoy one of my all time favorite sandwiches, Turkey Kale Meatball Sub!  

HEALTHY Ground Turkey and Kale Meatball Sub! These meatballs are fried on the stove and then covered with tomato sauce and American cheese on asub roll! This homemade recipe is easy, healthy and your family will love it! Even my Midwest husband thinks this is the BEST meatball sandwich! 

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HEALTHY Ground Turkey and Kale Meatball Sub! These meatballs are fried on the stove and then covered with tomato sauce and American cheese on asub roll! This homemade recipe is easy, healthy and your family will love it! Even my Midwest husband thinks this is the BEST meatball sandwich!

Healthy Turkey Kale Meatball Sub

HEALTHY Ground Turkey Kale Meatball Sub!  These meatballs are fried on the stove and then covered with tomato sauce and American cheese on  a sub roll! This homemade recipe is easy, healthy and your family will love it!  Even my Midwest husband thinks this is the BEST meatball sandwich!

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups uncooked chopped fresh kale
  • Pinch of dried rosemary parsley, oregano, thyme
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 egg
  • Sub Rolls
  • American cheese slices
  • Tomato Sauce

Instructions

  1. Add 3 tablespoons of olive oil to a pan over medium high heat. Add kale and spices. Cook until your kale is wilted.
  2. Put kale mixture and garlic into a food processor to mince. Add your turkey and egg and pulse until it’s all combined.
  3. Form this mixture into 2 inch balls.
  4. Use your same pan (its already greased) and heat to medium high.
  5. Add your meatballs and cook until browned on all sides (make sure to flip them), about 10-15 minutes.

For the sub

  1. Cut your sub rolls down the middle.
  2. Add meatballs on sub roll to fit.
  3. Add 2 slices of American cheese slices on top of the meatballs. Melt cheese in microwave or toaster oven if needed.
  4. Spoon tomato sauce on top.

Recipe Notes

Servings: 3-4

 

Chocolate Avocado Brownies

FUDGY CHOCOLATE AVOCADO BROWNIES that are made with APPLESAUCE instead of butter! These healthy version brownies are easy to make in a 8×8 pan and can easily be turned vegan! They are flourless and delicious – my entire family (even the kids!) love them!

I stock up sometimes in the supermarket with avocados because my mind is racing with so many ideas.   Usually though I come home with multiple avocados and only use them for soup (this soup to be specific – it rules).  With the heat on this July soup isn’t really in the cards, but my avocados were turning ripe quickly.

Chocolate Avocado Brownies 

One problem, my beloved Matthew doesn’t like avocados.   I’m a bad girl.  A very bad girl.  I apologize in advance.  

FUDGY CHOCOLATE AVOCADO BROWNIES that are made with APPLESAUCE instead of butter! These healthy version brownies are easy to make in a 8x8 pan and can easily be turned vegan! They are flourless and delicious - my entire family (even the kids!) love them!

I made these while he was working on the computer.  I did it pretty secretly incase he would walk by. I hid my avocado pits and skin under the compost. I cleaned my bowls quickly.  I lit a gingerbread candle in the kitchen incase he would smell the avocado (I’m crazy).  Once I had it mushed up a good bit, I was in the clear so I quickly covered it with the other ingredients to where it appeared like the usual brownie mix.  

Then I was brave.  I needed a tester for my brownie mix so I held out a spoon to him.  He ate it.  I stared at him (too much).  “Is it good?” I asked.  He shook his head yes, “very good”.  And than ate another spoonful. 

I just lied to my other half.  I’m sorry. I had to do it.  Please forgive me.   Sometimes you have to sacrifice things in a relationship and this is one of them.  

Vegan Chocolate Avocado Brownies

Anyways – these brownies are amazing! They’re super fudgy and filled with avocado, chocolate and peanut butter!  They are now a family favorite in my house – even if my family sometimes doesn’t know there’s avocado in them!

Healthy Avocado brownies

Why else are they amazing? They’re made with applesauce instead of butter! They are flourless!  They are the perfect brownies to make if you have that overripe avocado that you don’t know what to do with! These brownies are WIN WIN WIN!
THE BEST Fudgy Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies! These delicious brownies are my family's favorite! They are easy to make and the avocado makes them more healthy than regular brownies! The chocolate chips are a key to this recipe because you put them into the mixture whole – not melted.  As the brownies bake, the chocolate chips will melt which cause a intense decadence. 

If you want to make them vegan, that’s easy too! Just substitute the chocolate chips with vegan chocolate chips (I like these ones!).


THE BEST Fudgy Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies! These delicious brownies are my family's favorite! They are easy to make and the avocado makes them more healthy than regular brownies!

When they come out of the oven, let them cool. I know this is really hard to do because you just want to eat them but because they are so fudgy they need to cool off or they will fall apart.   They are so fudgy delicious and definitely worth the wait!
THE BEST Fudgy Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies! These delicious brownies are my family's favorite! They are easy to make and the avocado makes them more healthy than regular brownies!
So eat one, go for it.  You deserve it.  Eat it with a fork.  Eat it with a spoon.  Eat it plain.  Throw ice cream on top.  Throw whip cream on top.  Throw sprinkles on top.  Just throw it in your mouth already.

Enjoy! 

Looking for more recipes? Try my Chocolate Banana Bread Muffins too!

FUDGY CHOCOLATE AVOCADO BROWNIES that are made with APPLESAUCE instead of butter! These healthy version brownies are easy to make in a 8x8 pan and can easily be turned vegan! They are flourless and delicious - my entire family (even the kids!) love them!

Flourless and No Butter Chocolate Avocado Brownies

FUDGY CHOCOLATE AVOCADO BROWNIES that are made with no butter or flour! You will love these healthy brownies!

Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 12

Ingredients

  • 1 avocado inside - all mashed up
  • 3 tablespoons apple sauce
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 8x8 pan with cooking spray, set aside.
  2. Mash your avocado up with a fork or spoon, as creamy as you can get it.
  3. Add your apple sauce, peanut butter, egg, sugar, brown sugar, vanilla. Stir until smooth.

  4. Add your cocoa powder and chocolate chips. Stir all together.
  5. Pour into pan, smooth top with spatula.
  6. Cook for 30-35 minutes or until your toothpick comes out clean.

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Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

Hershey’s Peanut Butter Cups.  Let me take a minute to swoon. 

What isn’t there to love about them? It’s peanut butter, it’s chocolate, it’s bite size, it makes me happy when I am sad, it is a dear friend.

Where did this obsession start?  Well first, I am from Pennsylvania so trips to Hershey Park, a amusement park,  were had every summer.  And there at Hershey’s Park there are chocolate bars that walk around and hug you.   Thanks Hershey’s for making me emotionally attached to chocolate, ever since I was a child.   
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Not only is Hershey Park a amusement park but it’s also home to CHOCOLATE WORLD, which is a “ride” where you sit down and are taken into darkness and shown a simulation of the chocolate making process.  It’s air conditioned, it smells heavily of chocolate, when you finish you get a free Hershey’s bar, and then you can go buy a huggable size Hershey Kiss plush (I totally did).  Hershey Park, it’s a good place, check it out if you are ever in the area.

Surprisingly, Homemade Peanut Butter Cups are easy to make! And they taste real good.  REAL REAL GOOD.  If you could see the smile on my face you would understand my happiness and enthusiasm (and you would be slightly creeped out).   The best thing about these Peanut Butter Cups is the peanut butter has grit, which we owe to the graham cracker crumbs.  It’s not crunchy but it has that slight gritty taste that your beloved Reese’s cup has.  

Give these  a try next time you have a Peanut Butter Cup craving! 

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Here’s a full walk through:

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Here’s all your ingredients you need.  Pretty basic, right?

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To get graham cracker crumbs we do it the old fashioned way, putting it in a bag and beating it up.

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It’s a good stress reliever.

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Get your mini muffin cups and double them up.   We double them up because usually they are pretty thin and this will help hold up the weight of the peanut butter cup.

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Melt your chocolate chips in the microwave.  Careful, this is hot.

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Fill up your muffin cups about 1/5 of the way with the melted chocolate.  I also made one white chocolate one because I wanted to show you that you can make it that way too!

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Now gather your peanut butter ingredients.  Powdered sugar, graham cracker crumbs, peanut butter?  Yes, please.

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Stir it up until it has a gritty texture.

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Then with your fingers (because we are fancy like that) roll them into little balls.

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You want the balls to be the size to fit in the middle of each muffin cup but not touch the sides.  We are eventually going to pour chocolate over and we want that to go down into the sides.  This is like making a moat and the peanut butter is the castle.   Great comparison, I know.

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Then pour your chocolate on top of the peanut butter, making sure it goes down the sides.  

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If you have to push any of the chocolate down, use your fingers.  This is a great excuse to eat more chocolate.

Then into the refrigerator they go,  at least 1 hour until firm.  I like to chill mine personally for a few hours, especially in the summer time.

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And when it’s time.. you have chilly, firm, delicious Peanut Butter Cups!

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When you unwrap them sometimes you will get a perfect chocolate one all the way around…

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Sometimes you will get a peanut butter swirl one (I love how this looks).

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And if you make it with white chocolate this is how it will look… tastes equally delicious!

So go ahead, make some Peanut Butter Cups! Enjoy!

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 24 mini muffin cups

Instructions

  1. Take your 24 mini muffin cups and double them up. You want your cups doubled up to hold the weight of the peanut butter cup.
  2. Melt your chocolate chips in the microwave for 30 seconds. Stir, microwave for another 10 seconds.
  3. Place a small amount of chocolate at the bottom of each muffin cup (about 1/5 of the cup).
  4. Mix your graham cracker crumbs, powdered sugar and peanut butter together until you get a grainy mixture you can roll in your hands.
  5. Make a mini peanut butter ball in your fingers and place on top of the chocolate in each cup. You want to make sure that the peanut butter ball is in the middle of the chocolate, it should still have a slight space around it where we can pour chocolate in.
  6. Take the rest of your milk chocolate and pour on top of each peanut butter ball, getting the chocolate to go down into the edges.
  7. Put in your refrigerator for at least 1 hour or until completely firm.
  8. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

You can substitute white chocolate chips instead of milk chocolate chips if you'd like!
It helps if you put the muffin cups in a muffin pan, this will help with form.

 

 

 

 

 

Pepperoni Pizza Cauliflower Casserole

You’ll love this baked extra cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Cauliflower Casserole recipe.  

Who doesn’t like pizza?  I love it.

You'll love this baked extra cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Cauliflower Casserole recipe.

Who doesn’t like cauliflower? I love it.    

Cauliflower pizza casserole is born!

When I first found a great cauliflower pizza casserole recipe it called for pureed cauliflower, but pureeing cauliflower that we grew seemed like a absolute sin to me.  I can’t give so much energy and love to our garden cauliflower and then just blend it up, that would be the saddest thing ever.  If we were ever to sell produce commercially I would put on every single package a (cute) warning sign that says “YOU MAY NOT PUREE ME, IT WILL MAKE PAMELA VERY SAD, PLEASE LOVE CAULIFLOWER WHOLE.  THANK YOU VERY MUCH”.  So in my recipe, we cut it into small bite size pieces.  I prefer it this way as well as the cheese will get in all the nooks and crannies of the cauliflower.    And who doesn’t’ like cheese?    Especially with cauliflower.  This is a absolute win situation.

You'll love this baked extra cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Cauliflower Casserole recipe.Here’s your cauliflower.  Mine happens to talk.



You'll love this baked extra cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Cauliflower Casserole recipe.Here’s your cream, butter and garlic mixture.  Pizza always needs a little garlic.



You'll love this baked extra cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Cauliflower Casserole recipe.And here’s your pepperoni.  I quartered each slice.  Do this with scissors, a knife or just tear it apart with your hands.



You'll love this baked extra cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Cauliflower Casserole recipe.This is step 1 of the casserole, your cauliflower/butter mixture/pepperoni are all mixed up. 



You'll love this baked extra cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Cauliflower Casserole recipe.Step 2: Add your pizza sauce.



You'll love this baked extra cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Cauliflower Casserole recipe.Step 3: Add your cheese!  Be brave, cover this sucker.



You'll love this baked extra cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Cauliflower Casserole recipe.Step 4:  Pepperoni time.  Feel free to eat a few slices too, I won’t tell anyone.

Then into the oven it goes…



You'll love this baked extra cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Cauliflower Casserole recipe.And out of the oven it comes! Mamma-Mia!



You'll love this baked extra cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Cauliflower Casserole recipe.The cheese is melted, a little bubbly, a little brown. I have pure joy right now.



You'll love this baked extra cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Cauliflower Casserole recipe.Then take a few whole basil leave and put it on top.  I love pizza with fresh basil. 

You'll love this baked extra cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Cauliflower Casserole recipe.

Cauliflower Pepperoni Pizza Casserole, it’s like having your own garden pizzeria!  Major winner here – enjoy!

Cauliflower Pepperoni Pizza Casserole

Ingredients

  • 1 large cauliflower head - cut up into small bite size pieces
  • 4 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon butter - melted
  • 2 cloves garlic - minced
  • 15 slices of pepperoni - quartered
  • 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

For on top of the casserole

  • 3/4 cup pizza sauce
  • 12 slices pepperoni
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • fresh basil to garnish

Instructions

  1. Chop your clean cauliflower into small bite size pieces. Steam for 2 minutes, drain. Put into casserole dish.
  2. In a bowl mix your butter, heavy cream and garlic.
  3. Pour butter mixture over cauliflower.
  4. Add quartered pepperoni slices, 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella on top of your cauliflower.
  5. Mix everything up so cauliflower is coated.
  6. Spread your pizza sauce evenly on top of your cauliflower.
  7. Pour your 1 cup shredded mozzarella evenly on top.
  8. Put your sliced pepperoni on top.
  9. Cook at 375 degrees for 15 minutes.
  10. Garnish with basil when it comes out of the oven.
  11. Enjoy!

 You'll love this baked extra cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Cauliflower Casserole recipe.

 

Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

I have a few rules for lunch.

-It has to be yummy.
-It has to be easy.
-It can’t use the oven.  

Every single day when I eat lunch I sit in front of my computer, usually catching up on email or going through my blog reader to see what all my great recipe/garden friends are up to.   You know lunch is exceptional when you plan to do this, but the only thing you can do is turn your monitor on before you devour your entire lunch without touching the keyboard or mouse once.    This lunch time experience was just me and the stuffed pepper and it was a good one.

These stuffed peppers are:
-Yummy.  Very.
-Quick and easy.  The thing that takes the most time is making the quinoa.
-It doesn’t use the oven.  It uses the stove top and the microwave.  
-Fresh!  Garden pepper and spinach, yum!

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Here’s all your beautiful ingredients.  Such a pretty lunch we’ll be having!

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Hello Mr. Pepper!  You are huge, beautiful and delicious. I love you dearly.

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Here’s your quinoa with chopped up spinach and garlic.   The way I make my quinoa is 1/4 cup dry  quinoa with 1/2 cup water.  Bring to boil, then simmer and cover for 15 minutes.  

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After I melt the cheese, I put the pepper top back on.  More pepper to eat makes me a happy girl!

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If you have any quinoa that can’t fit in your pepper, I just put it on the side.  Also, I always put extra tomato sauce on top. I love tomato sauce. When it’s time to start picking tomatoes from the garden this will all be fresh. I can’t wait!

Lunch Time Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

Servings 1

Ingredients

  • 1 green pepper - seeds removed and top cut off but keep the top!
  • 1/4 cup dry quinoa
  • 4 spinach leaves - chopped
  • 1 clove garlic - minced
  • 2 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese
  • tomato sauce - amount depends on your preference

Instructions

  1. Cook your quinoa as instructed on box.
  2. Cook green pepper in boiling water for 2 minutes. Drain, set aside.
  3. When quinoa is done, add spinach and garlic and mix around.
  4. Fill pepper with quinoa mixture. Add a spoonful of sauce on top, then cover with your mozzarella cheese.
  5. Microwave for 20-30 seconds until your cheese is melted.
  6. Add another spoonful of tomato sauce on top.
  7. Put your green pepper top on.
  8. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

You can add additional tomato sauce all over the pepper as desired.
This recipe is for one 1 pepper, if you want 2 peppers, duplicate it and so on.

Baked Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese

We’ve harvested alot of broccoli this season.  Every single plant produced a beautiful big head of broccoli.  You guys know I love broccoli already,  but do you know I love macaroni and cheese too?  Macaroni and cheese is a comfort food and it holds dear memories of my father making me dinner every single day he was home from work during high school.  He knew I loved that mac and cheese so he made it once a week, I was a very happy girl.  Thanks Dad!

 So what happens when you mix comfort food with happy harvest?  You get one of  my favorite broccoli dishes: Baked Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese. I love macaroni and cheese of all sorts.  I’m fine with the box, I’m super fine with homemade.  I’m fine with it made with cheese that comes in a foil package (Where my Velveeta fans at?), I’m super fine with a baked version.    This recipe is a in between, yes it’s baked, but the inside of the dish is still soft and cheesy and gooey.   It’s just perfect, the best of both worlds.

So if you like mac and cheese and you like broccoli, this dish is for you!

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Baked Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup elbow macaroni
  • 4 cups broccoli florets
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard powder
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups milk
  • 8 ounces Velveeta cheese
  • 8 ounces Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Boil water and cook macaroni as instructed on box. When there is 3 minutes left, add your broccoli to the boiling pot. Drain and set aside.
  3. In a saucepan melt your butter over medium heat. Slowly add flour, dry mustard and pepper until it's smooth.
  4. Add your milk slowly and keep stirring until it's smooth.
  5. Add in your cheese and continue to stir until it's smooth.
  6. Take off burner.
  7. Add your macaroni to cheese mixture saucepan and stir until all noodles are coated.
  8. Transfer your mixture to a baking dish. Sprinkle bread crumbs on top.
  9. Cover and bake for 20-25 minutes, until the cheese is bubbly.
  10. Enjoy!

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We have a big bag right now full of broccoli.  Every time I open it I just smile and breathe in the scent of broccoli.  

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For this recipe, you need 4 cups of florets.  I leave mine pretty big.

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For this, we’re going to cook our macaroni, then when there’s 3 minutes left we’re going to throw our broccoli in too.  This means only one pot to clean.  High 5.

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Drain and set aside for a few minutes.

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Hello cheese. I love you so much. I like to use 2 different versions of cheese for this recipe so I use good ol Velveeta and Monterey Jack. 

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Shred it however you want.  I was lazy so I put it in my food processor.

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Now we want to start to make the cheese sauce so get your butter melted.

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Then add in your flour, dry mustard and pepper.  You’ll want to mix quickly until it’s smooth.

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Then add your water and keep stirring.

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Then your beautiful cheese.  This take a few minutes for it to melt, but  keep stirring.

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Great job, some yummy cheese sauce  there.

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Take your macaroni and broccoli and add to the cheese sauce.

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Perfect! 

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Transfer to a baking dish.

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You can see here it’s still pretty soupy, but this cheese is going to melt beautifully and hold it all together.

Add your bread crumbs and into the oven it goes…

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And out pops out this beautiful dinner after 20 minutes!

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The bread crumbs are just slightly golden brown, just how I like them.

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And see how the cheese all melted together and it’s no longer too wet, instead it’s gooey and cheesy and oh my!

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Serve some up.  You can add some bread on the side if you’d like too.   Who doesn’t like bread on the side? 

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And enjoy this broccoli macaroni and cheese!

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