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Quick Pan Fried Barbecue Pork Chops

Less than 30-minute, easy to prepare, finger-licking Pan Fried Barbecue Pork Chops. A ‘one-pan’ dish that is perfect for any time of the year!

Valentine’s Day will be celebrated a few days from now in the United States… and I will be serving one of my husband’s favorite dishes: these super flavorful Pan Fried Barbecue Pork Chops. Yep, it works well as a “guy dish” — on account of the meat (although I am also a huge fan — and my daughters as well!)

These quick Pan Fried Pork Chops are easily prepared by seasoning both sides of the chops with salt and pepper. Then, the pork chops are place into a hot pan with oil and browned for about 2-3 minutes per side. Next, a mixture of barbecue sauce, ketchup, spices, vinegar, brown sugar, and mustard  is pour over the chops, brought to a boil, and left to simmer together for about 5 minutes.

There you have it, my friend!  A dish fit for a king, ready to be devoured down to the very last bite.

Simple, right? Oh… and quick, too, because the entire dish takes less than 30 minutes to prepare.  A real present for both the cook and eater!!! 😉

Serve our Barbecue Pork Chops with a side of steamed, baked or roasted baby potatoes or sweet potatoes, and a fresh salad or steamed vegetables… and just wait and see how your honey will look at you.

Our Barbecue Pork Chops also work great as a ‘one-pan’, no-fussy weeknight meal.

I kept the recipe easy and delish, hearty, and desirable to a man’s eyes. 😉  After all, my honey deserves this type of TLC and way more.

But that’s not all! We are serving a Nutella Tart for dessert… Yaasss!!!!!  Pure indulgence is the order of the day here.

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Well, Happy V-Day to my hubby as well as to each one of you. Enjoy your day!!!

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Quick Pan Fried Barbecue Pork Chops
Less than 30-minute, easy to prepare, darn delicious Pan Fried Barbecue Pork Chops. A 'one-pan' dish that is perfect for any time of the year! 
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  1. Season both sides of each pork chop with enough salt and pepper. Then, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add 2 Tablespoons of oil. Place 4 chops at a time into the hot pan and let brown without disturbing for about 2-3 minutes per side. Remove the 4 chops and place onto a plate. Pour in the remaining oil and brown the other 4 chops.
  2. Meanwhile, combine the spices, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, mustard, vinegar, sugar, barbecue sauce, and ketchup in a medium bowl, whisking well until homogeneous and free of lumps. Return all 8 chops to the pan, pour on the sauce mixture, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and let simmer for about 5 minutes. Serve immediately with chopped green onions on top. Enjoy!
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Suggested sides: steamed, baked, or roasted baby potatoes or sweet potatoes, and a fresh salad (or cooked vegetables such as corn or green beans).

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Champion Mojito Shrimp Street Tacos

Quick and easy Mojito Shrimp Street Tacos filled with mojito-seasoned shrimp, salad mix, crumbled cheese, and a mango avocado salsa. A true GF champion for the palate and eyes!

The Super Bowl will be held this Sunday, February the 4th.  Amid all the excitement,  it is great to have something scrumptious and quick to prepare that can really thrill a crowd. This year, we will be celebrating this event with these quick and easy, gluten-free Mojito Shrimp Street Tacos — a true champion for the palate and eyes!

As you probably know, mojitos are traditional Cuban summer cocktail drinks made with fresh lime juice, mint, sugar, club soda, white rum, and ice.  But this time, you are combining the main ingredients (lime juice, white rum, and mint) into a marinade to flavor shrimp.

That’s right! 🙂 The very shrimp that will make our street tacos sizzle with a bold, super delish flavor.

But that’s not all!  Besides the shrimp flavored with a mojito mixture and cooked to perfection, these gluten-free small white corn tacos are bedecked with a small bed of half and half mix (baby spinach, baby lettuce blend, baby greens, radicchio, and red kale), plus crumbled cheese and a mango avocado salsa.

The mango avocado salsa is a flavorful and sensuous attraction all on its own– mango, avocado, red onion, cilantro/parsley, jalapeno, lemon juice, and salt make this salsa the perfect element to heap onto the shrimp. Both have kind of a Caribbean vibe! 😉  A kaleidoscope of colors and flavors.

Mouth watering already?

Definitely something to bring the heat to the game and fill your belly with joy.  It just screams FIESTA!

It is such a big event in the U.S. that it feels like a real party, right?

As a final touch, you could drizzle these Mojito Shrimp Street Tacos with sour cream and pair with a drink: a mojito itself, a super-chilled beer, soda, or any other drink of your choice. Cheers!

For other Super Bowl appetizers, please check out our Palm Heart Bacon Bites and Avocado Cranberry Hummus Dip.

I hope you have a very exciting, fun, and yummy Super Bowl!!!

P.S.: Which team will you be cheering for? 

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Quick and easy Mojito Shrimp Street Tacos filled with mojito-seasoned shrimp, salad mix, crumbled cheese, and a mango avocado salsa. A true GF champion for the palate and eyes!
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  1. In a medium bowl, combine the mango, avocado, red onion, jalapeno, lemon juice, salt, and cilantro/parsley. Cover and refrigerate.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare the mojito shrimp. Season the shrimp with salt, pepper, cumin, and chili powder, mixing well. Then, heat a large no stick skillet over medium-high heat and add the oil and the seasoned shrimp. Cook shrimp for about 3 minutes. Turn it over, add the garlic, and cook for about 1 minute, stirring occasionally. Do not let brown! Add the rum and let cook until slightly evaporated. Add the mint, remove from heat, and squeeze the lime juice all over the shrimp. Toss the cilantro/parsley and arrange the tacos.
  3. To arrange the mojito shrimp street tacos, place double tortillas (one on top of the other) on a flat surface. Fill tortilla with a bit of the leaf mix, spoon a bit of the mango avocado salsa on top, then the cooked shrimp, crumbled cheese, and a drizzle of sour cream. Repeat the process so that you end up with 8 street tacos. Enjoy!
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The double tortilla helps to prevent breaking, and spilling of the filling.

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Light and Refreshing Tomato Basil Caipirinha

Tomato Basil Caipirinha is a light and refreshing Brazilian cocktail drink made from lime, basil, sugar, tomato juice, cachaça (rum/vodka), and ice. It’s quicker to prepare than a Bloody Mary or Michelada!

It’s Carnival time in Brazil! And this year we are celebrating with this light and refreshing Tomato Basil Caipirinha (Caipirinha de Tomate e Manjericão). Because, honey, if you think caipirinhas are made only from lime, sugar, cachaça, and ice… then you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. It’s the Brazilian version of the famous Bloody Mary and the Mexican Michelada. If you are a fan of these, you will love our flavorful caipirinha.

But let me tell ya, caipirinhas come in all kind of flavors: passion fruit, cashew fruit, kiwi, strawberry, and so on. They are quite popular in the hot climate Brazil — not only during Carnival but all year long. Pretty much most bars and restaurants serve them in a variety of flavors.

Well, since I won’t be in Brazil celebrating Carnival this year (or any time soon), I will sip my Tomato Basil Caipirinha while listening to my favorite Carnival rhythms: frevo, axé, and samba!

I know, I know… when you think Carnival, Rio may come to mind. But actually, one of the best places to celebrate Carnival is right in my own hometown, Recife.  Galo da Madrugada is simply named in the ‘The Guinness Book of World Records’ as the biggest Carnival parade in the world (yes!!!). It joins together more than 2.5 million participants — dressed in typical costumes and dancing frevo and other rhythms in the streets of downtown Recife, where gigantic dolls are displayed.  

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Carnival in Recife (by permission of Diário de Pernambuco).

During these festivities many beverages are consumed, including Brazilian limeade and caipirinhas of many flavors, such as Tomato Basil Caipirinha.

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This Tomato Basil Caipirinha requires less ingredients and is quicker to prepare than a Bloody Mary or Michelada. That’s right! All we have to do is place limes wedges, fresh basil leaves, and sugar into a 8-oz glass. Macerate well with a muddler in order to extract the lime juice. Stir in tomato juice and cachaça (or white rum or vodka), and then fill the glass with ice.

As a final touch, you can serve it with a skewer of tomato and basil… and if desired, with a small fresh mozzarella cheese ball. Simple and quite DE-LI-CIOUS. It’s an eat-and-drink cocktail!

So there’s no excuse for you not to experience a true Brazilian party… in your mouth! 🙂

Cheers to happiness!!!!

P.S.: A special thanks to Diário de Pernambuco for permitting me to use their gorgeous Carnival photo montage! (Obrigado, Diário de Pernambuco, por nos permitir usar a sua linda foto montagem neste artigo!)

 

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Tomato Basil Caipirinha is a light and refreshing Brazilian cocktail drink made from lime, basil, sugar, tomato juice, cachaça (rum/vodka), and ice. It's quicker to prepare than Bloody Mary or Michelada!
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  1. Place limes wedges, fresh basil leaves, and sugar into a 8-oz glass. Macerate well with a muddler in order to extract the lime juice. Stir in tomato juice and cachaça (white rum or vodka), and then fill the glass with ice.
  2. As a final touch, you can serve it with a skewer of tomato and basil... and if desired, with a small fresh mozzarella cheese ball. A true eat-and-drink cocktail!
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For a virgin version you can substitute sparkling water for the alcoholic beverage in the recipe above.

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5-Ingredient No Bake Nutella Tart

5-Ingredient No Bake Nutella Tart made with simple ingredients in less than 30 minutes. It is the “it” treat for Valentine’s Day or just because!

Who is going to be your Valentine this year?  Mine devoured this 5-Ingredient No Bake Nutella Tart in the blink of an eye. Think about richness and love in an edible form! A great way to say ‘I love you’ even without pronouncing the 3 words 😉 — something that can also be served all year long just because.

This Nutella tart is one of those impressive treats that are still quick and easy to make. That’s right! All you need are 5 ingredients: Nutella or hazelnut spread, bittersweet chocolate chips, heavy whipping cream, unsalted butter, and Oreo cookies. That means, almost universal ingredients, easily available in most countries in the world.

Crumb and combine Oreo cookies with melted unsalted butter and press the cookie “dough” into a tart pan. Then, freeze for at least 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, whisk together chocolate chips, Nutella, and warm heavy cream in a medium bowl until obtaining a homogeneous mixture. Pour into the frozen cookie crust and freeze for 15 minutes or until set. See? Easy peasy!

If desired, garnish the top of the Nutella tart with assorted berries, mint, and/or dried rose petals.  And there you have a treat fit for the queen or king of your heart. Its luscious flavor is a real declaration of love.

 

A warning though: this thing is ADDICTIVE! You can also surprise your honey and BFF with these other savory and sweet treats too.

But of course, our no bake Nutella tart is more than just perfect for Valentine’s Day. It makes a great dessert for Mother’s Day, a Nutella /Oreo/chocolate fan’s birthday party, and other occasions.  I plan on making it just because… especially for those days when you just need some happiness in your mouth.

Wishing you and your Valentine a very…

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY

 

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5-Ingredient No Bake Nutella Tart made with simple ingredients in less than 30 minutes. It is the "it" treat for Valentine's Day or just because!  
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  1. Prepare the crust: Process Oreo cookies in a food processor until finely ground up. Place crumbs into a bowl and mix well with the melted butter. Press into a 14-inch rectangular tart pan (removable bottom) with your hands or with the back of a spoon until evenly spread. Make sure to make edges a bit thicker so it won't crumble once un-molded. Freeze for at least 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare the filling. Combine Nutella and chocolate chips in a medium bowl. Pour warm heavy cream over chocolate mixture and whisk until chocolate is completely melted and mixture is homogeneous. Then, pour onto the frozen cookie crust. Place in the freezer for 15 minutes or until set. Before serving, garnish top with berries, mint, and/or dried rose petals if desired. Enjoy! Place into the freezer for 15 minutes or into the fridge for 2 hours.
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  • This No Bake Nutella Tart can be made up to 3 days ahead of time. You can either refrigerate it or freeze it and then defrost it 1 hour before serving.
  • If you don't have a rectangular tart pan, you can easily use a round tart pan with removable bottom.
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3-Ingredient Not Baked Alaska Panettone (Sorvete de Panetone)

Not Baked Alaska Panettone (Sorvete de Panettone or Sorvetone) is a 15-minute Brazilian-inspired frozen dessert made with 3 ingredients: store-bought panettone filled with ice cream and covered with whipped cream. Great for the Holidays or any other time of the year!

Are you a fan of panettone — the famous Milanese dome-shaped sweet bread loaf? Well, panettone is a family tradition at my Christmas table!  Brazil, the country with the largest number of Italian immigrants in the world, adopted the tradition as its own.  Because of this, there are many desserts made from panettone, including our over-the-top Sorvete de Panetone or Sorvetone (translated by me as Not Baked Alaska Panettone). 😉

And yes, our Not-Baked Alaska Panettone is made out of just 3 ingredients: store-bought Panettone, ice cream, and whipped cream. How cool that is, right?

This means you can put together a gorgeous Christmassy dessert in no time flat, yet highly impress your family and guests. It’s so easy to make that anyone (I mean ANYONE) with no cooking skills can make this not baked Alaska panettone.

The reason why the recipe has been given this particular title in English is because Baked Alaska is the closest related treat to our panettone ice cream. Both have a dome shape and a cake/sweet bread outer layer. Each is filled with ice cream and covered with a white fluffy “frosting” — that is, either meringue (traditional baked Alaska) or whipped cream (our panettone ice cream).

Get it?

To prepare our quick treat, all we have to do is to horizontally cut off the top lid of the panettone with a serrated knife and reserve. Then, using the same serrated knife, cut out the center of the loaf to form a round cavity or hollow, leaving an outer rim of bread about one inch wide.  Also make sure that the cavity does not extend all the way down to the bottom of the loaf, but instead leave intact a one inch thickness of bread at the very bottom of the panettone.

In a small bowl, stir 1/3 cup of water with 3 tablespoons of sugar and make sure to drizzle this all over the inside of the panettone and also the inner surface of the lid that you cut off.  Although this is not required, it will help prevent the panettone itself from freezing and hardening once placed in the freezer. Sugar (like alcohol) is an anti-freeze of sorts. If you will be not serving children, you can drizzle your panettone with bourbon, champagne, white wine, or other spirits (or a mixture of a spirit and water).

Basically, the ice cream will freeze without hardening the panettone.  I am letting you in on a chef’s tip that you will not easily find anywhere else.

Finally, fill the panettone cavity with your favorite ice cream or sorbet. Place the lid of the panettone back on, wrap well with plastic film, and freeze for at least 8 hours on the highest shelf of the freezer.

Right before serving, unwrap and spread thawed whipped cream on top and all around the panettone, like one does with a baked Alaska. The difference here is, our Not Baked Alaska Panettone will not be placed in the oven because we are not using meringue but whipped cream.

The most delicious treat is ready to be served. If you like, you can garnish with mint leaves, fresh berries, shaved chocolate, etc. It all depends on the flavor of the ice cream that you used to fill the panettone.

As a huge fan of this sweet Italian bread, I have made panettone shortcake and upside down French toast. I have eaten it plain, toasted with butter, and dizzled with melted chocolate. Recently, my bi-cultural family has enjoyed it in the form of this Not Baked Alaska Panettone.

I am always looking for different ways to use panettone. What else could we make with it?   

Bom Apetite! 

 

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Not Baked Alaska Panettone (Sorvete de Panettone or Sorvetone) is a 15-minute Brazilian-inspired frozen dessert made with 3 ingredients: store-bought panettone filled with ice cream and covered with whipped cream.
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  1. Horizontally cut the lid of the panettone off with a serrate knife and reserve. Then, using the same serrated knife, cut out the center of the loaf to form a round cavity or hollow, leaving an outer rim of bread about one inch wide.  Make sure that the cavity does not extend all the way down to the bottom of the loaf, but instead leave intact a one inch thickness of bread between the bottom of the cavity and the very bottom of the panettone loaf.
  2. (Optional) In a small bowl, stir 1/3 cup of water with 3 tablespoons of sugar and make sure to drizzle this all over the inside of the panettone and also the inner surface of the reserved top lid that you sliced off. Although this step is not required, it will prevent the panettone itself from freezing and hardening once placed in the freezer. Sugar (like alcohol) is an anti-freeze of sorts. If you will be not serving children, you can drizzle your panettone with bourbon, champagne, white wine, or some other spirit (or a mixture of a spirit and water).  Basically, the ice cream will freeze without hardened the panettone. This is a secret chef's tip that you will not find easily anywhere else!!!
  3. Finally, fill the panettone cavity with your favorite ice cream or sorbet. Place the lid of the panettone back on top, wrap the whole loaf well with plastic film, and freeze for at least 8 hours on the highest shelf of the freezer.  Right before serving, unwrap and spread thawed whipped cream on top and all around the panettone just like one does with a baked Alaska (the difference here is that our Not Baked Alaska Panettone will not be placed in the oven because we are not using meringue but whipped cream). You can garnish with mint leaves, fresh berries, shaved chocolate, etc. It all depends on the flavor of the ice cream that you used to fill the panettone. Enjoy!
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I ground store-bought freeze-dried strawberries to sprinkle over the whipped cream to make prettier. Either cookie crumbs or chocolate shaving would add a nice touch too. replacing the ground dried strawberries.

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Quick and Easy Avocado Cranberry Hummus Dip

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Avocado Cranberry Hummus Dip is a no cooking, quick and easy appetizer made with a few simple ingredients, and served with olive breadsticks.  It’s perfect for the Holidays!

The holiday season is on!  Yay!!! And along with it comes food, of course… and the best eats are handy and tasty, right?! They don’t have to be heavy in order to be delicious. This quick and easy Avocado Cranberry Hummus Dip will blow your mind — it’s festive, requires no cooking, and is a real crowd-pleaser. Excited?

Now, please raise your hand if you are crazy for hummus.  Both of mine are raised and waving!!! Yep, yep!  How about avocado and dried cranberries?  Yes… my mouth is watering!

Our hummus follows the same concept as the classic gluten-free Levantine dip or spread prepared with garbanzo beans.  It is made with tahini (sesame seed) paste, lemon juice, seasonings, garlic, and olive oil. The addition of avocado is the twist!  And that’s not all. Our appetizer is topped with dried cranberries, which gives the dip a Christmasy touch, while adding a sweet-sour flavor that contrasts so well with the savory taste of the hummus.

It is served with Italian Mulino Bianco breadsticks — available in two delicious and savory flavors,  Sfilati Tomato and Sfilati Olives. We served our hummus with the latter!  These breadsticks add a wonderful crunch that contrasts with the creaminess of the dip.

Since 1877,  Mulino Bianco has been perfecting its recipe for each product, always maintaining the same standards of high quality for all of them. Because as you may know, when it comes to food, Italians are particularly demanding about products, ingredients, and flavors– no matter whether it is dinner, a simple snack or an appetizer. Every meal is equally  important!

Another bit of good news is that we don’t have to travel to Italy to find these breadsticks. They are conveniently available at an HEB near you, as well as all of the other ingredients used in our Avocado Cranberry Hummus Dip.

To prepare our dip, all we have to do is blend canned chickpeas or garbanzo beans, avocado, tahini paste (optional), garlic, salt, ground pepper and cumin, lemon juice, olive oil, and parsley in a blender until creamy and smooth.

Then, place mixture into a serving bowl and serve with the Mulino Bianco Sfilati Olive breasticks. Voila! Could any appetizer be easier than that?

For more yummy holiday recipes like ours, visit the Mulino Bianco website. There you can also obtain more info about their other products as well, and locate them at a local store near you. You can even access and print a coupon to save on your Mulino Bianco breadsticks purchase. How exciting!!!

Well, continue to enjoy the best time of the year, along with our tasty and festive Avocado Cranberry Hummus Dip.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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Avocado Cranberry Hummus Dip is a no cooking, quick and easy appetizer made with a few simple ingredients, and served with olive breadsticks.  It’s perfect for the Holidays!
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  1. Place all ingredients (except cranberries and breadsticks) into a blender, including the reserved liquid from the canned chickpeas. Blend all until creamy and smooth. Spoon hummus into a serving bowl. Drizzle a bit of olive oil on top. Then, garnish with dried cranberries on the side and parsley leaves. Serve Avocado Cranberry Hummus with the breadsticks and enjoy!
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Storage: Hummus must be stored in a clean airtight container in the refrigerator.

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Bacon Cream Cheese Breakfast Ring

This post is written by me on behalf of Tyson Foods, Inc.. All opinions are entirely my own.

This Bacon Cream Cheese Breakfast Ring is an easy and delicious eye-popping dish made from bacon, onion and chive cream cheese, and crescent dough. It is perfect for the holidays and other occasions!

It’s that wonderful time of the year again, folks! As you know, food plays a huge role in it all! With that in mind, we made this SUPER easy and delish Bacon Cream Cheese Breakfast Ring –a party for the mouth… and for the eyes too!

This screams celebration-made-easy! This Bacon Cream Cheese Breakfast Ring is made from staple ingredients such as crescent dough, cream cheese combined with onions and chives, and Wright® Brand Hickory Bacon –which is hand-trimmed, hand-selected, and naturally smoked.

All the ingredients, including Wright® Brand Hickory Bacon, are conveniently available at HEB , requiring just one trip to your nearest HEB store!

It’s a bacon and cheese recipe, and while it runs away from the trivial, it’s still easy to prepare. All we have to do is to unroll a refrigerated crescent dough sheet, spread a mixture of cream cheese, onions, chives and chopped cooked bacon, roll up the dough, and then cut into slices. Next, arrange them like a ring and bake. See? Easy peasy!

The kids can still get in on the fun. They can decorate the Baked Bacon Cream Cheese Breakfast Ring with ranch dressing, chopped cooked bacon, and chives. It is reminiscent of a holiday wreath… but even better, this one is edible! Do you think they will forget those moments any time soon?

That is exactly what we can do with Tyson® products, which as you can see are perfect for all cooking occasions, all holiday season long. They are the key ingredient to recipes that can be enjoyed any time of day during the busy holiday season and beyond.

Our easy and flavorful recipe includes their Wright® Brand Hickory Bacon, a versatile ingredient that goes well in a huge range of dishes. It shines in many meals, in multiple ways, and always brings joy. I call it the all-time crowd-pleaser, the real deal! I think y’all know it!

Of course, it had to be part of the first meal of the joyful season… and many more!

Although I like making this breakfast ring for my Christmas breakfast and serving right before we open the presents, I have also served it on other occasions. It is also perfect for brunch and even as an appetizer for sports games! I use the same ingredients, follow the same recipe but decorate the ring according to the occasion.

It is already on that must-make list of dishes! Try it and I am sure it will be added to yours too. I would also be thrilled to hear about your favorite holiday and year-round bacon dishes. What are they?

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Bacon Cream Cheese Breakfast Ring is an easy and delicious eye-popping dish made from bacon, onion and chive cream cheese, and crescent dough. It is perfect for holidays and other occasions!
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  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or spray with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In medium bowl of an electric mixer, mix cream cheese, cooked and chopped bacon (reserve a bit to garnish on top of the ring), lemon juice, chopped onion and chives, salt, and pepper on medium speed until well blended.
  3. Unroll crescent dough sheet and then spread the cream cheese mixture on rectangle to within 1/2 inch of edges. Starting with one long side of rectangle, roll up and pinch edge to seal. Using a serrated knife, cut into 12 slices. Arrange slices on baking sheet in a circle, overlapping slightly.
  4. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven, transfer carefully to a serving dish, and drizzle ranch dressing on top. Garnish with chopped bacon, tomatoes, and thyme sprigs. Serve while still hot. Enjoy!
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Star Wars Chocolate Banana Pancake Spaceship and a Party Tutorial

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An easy, super quick, and fun Star Wars Chocolate Banana Pancake Spaceship made from pancakes, bananas, and chocolate, which makes an awesome snack… and a creative outer space party tutorial.

Are Star Wars fan? I have great news for you! We are sharing an easy, super quick, and fun Star Wars Chocolate Banana Pancake Spaceship recipe inspired by Eggo Star Wars pancakes, as well as a creative party tutorial.  Well, get on board and follow along!

Our Star Wars Chocolate Banana Pancake Spaceship drew inspiration from one of the the Star Wars Den of Geek and is ridiculously easy to put together.

Basically all we have to do is to toast and stack 3 Kellogg’s® Eggo® Star Wars Galaxy Adventure Buttermilk Pancakes, cut a banana into rounds and arrange them in between each pancake except the top one. Then, drizzle with either melted chocolate chips or a chocolate syrup of your choice, decorate with a bit of colorful sprinkles on top, and arrange pieces of chocolate bar to complete the spaceship.

Something easy enough for even a kid to make. I bet your kids would love to assemble this with you — I can already picture the smiles on your faces!

And you know what? All the ingredients are conveniently available at a Walmart near you!

Plus, here’s some delicious news! Eggo waffles and pancakes now have no artificial flavors, and get their colors from natural sources. Click on the badge below to get a discount on the purchase of your Kellogg’s® Eggo® Star Wars Galaxy Adventure Buttermilk Pancakes.

My kids were thrilled to help me prepare a winter break party and quick food dishes… all while spending time together during the holiday break.

We had lots of fun making simple yet delicious dishes, creating a space-themed party.

You can do that too! How?

Come and see!

The full recipe for the Star Wars Chocolate Banana Pancake Spaceship is at the bottom of this post. As for the party tutorial, we picked stars and planets as well as a black, white, and silver color theme to create a space-themed backdrop. Here is what we have for you:

FOR THE PARTY DECOR

  1. Table: We covered a table with a disposable black tablecloth and taped white star cutouts on it. Colorful star confetti and silver star cutouts were arranged on top of the table (and a couple on the wall) to make things more festive. Cheap colorful glow sticks were placed on the table to simulate light sabers.
  2. Wall: A jumbo grey paper lantern, left flat to resemble a planet, was hung with silver ribbon on the wall.
  3. Last, black, golden, and silver balloons with stars were hung up on the wall, decorating the sides of the table. Easy peasy!

FOR THE FOOD

  1. We served mostly no-cook dishes as follows: Fruit Kabobs (wood kabob skewers with grapes, strawberries, and blackberries), Guacamole & Chips (mashed avocados mixed with fresh lime juice, salt, pepper, and chopped onions, tomato and cilantro, served with store-bought chips), Ham and Cheese Pinwheels (large tortillas filled with a smear of light mayo, lettuce, deli ham and cheese, wrapped like a burrito and sliced), Pancake Pops ( Kellogg’s® Eggo® Star Wars Galaxy Adventure Buttermilk Pancakes toasted and inserted on a wood kabob skewer, traced with black cookie icing and decorated with black trim), Cheese Detonators (store-bought puffy cheese balls), Flavored Water (store-bought sparkling flavored water with mint leaves and orange slices), and Blackberry Lemonade (lemonade blended with frozen blackberries).
  2. . And of course, our Star Wars Chocolate Banana Pancake Spaceship!!!

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All party decor and food dishes were affordable and quite simple to put together. These make great ideas for birthday parties, Star Wars fan get-togethers, kids’ winter break celebrations, and other festive events!

There is always an occasion to celebrate and have fun, right?

You can find more inspiration and delicious ideas like ours at Eggo®website .

I would also love to hear your own ideas for your next outer space-themed party.  Have fun!

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An easy, quick, and fun Star Wars Chocolate Banana Pancake Spaceship made from pancakes, banana, and chocolate, which makes an awesome snack... and a creative outer space party tutorial.
Instructions
  1. Start by toasting 3 Kellogg's® Eggo® Star Wars Galaxy Adventure Buttermilk Pancakes and stacking one on the top of other. Then, arrange the banana rounds in between them all, except the top one. Drizzle with either chocolate syrup or melted chocolate chips, sprinkle a bit of the colorful sprinkles on top, and garnish center with the white chocolate melt if desired.
  2. Last, insert a single square of chocolate bar in the middle on one side of the stack of pancakes (as seen in the picture). Then, shape 2 double squares of chocolate bar with your knife (see picture) and insert one on each side of the single square. These are to resemble a spaceship. Enjoy!
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Quick and Easy Hot Chocolate Trifle (Pavê de Chocolate Quente)

Hot Chocolate Trifle (Pavê de Chocolate Quente) is a quick and easy dessert that requires no cooking and is made with layers of chocolate cookies, chocolate custard, and marshmallow cream.

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It’s time to celebrate the Jolly season again… Yay!  It is certainly a wonderful time, although it can get a bit overwhelming.  With this in mind, I made a treat that is both budget-friendly and stress-free to prepare, Hot Chocolate Trifle. Need I say more?

This recipe is a twist on a popular and rich Brazilian dessert called Pavê de Chocolate (or simply chocolate trifle), which is traditionally made from layers of cookies, chocolate custard, and sweetened whipped cream.   It is something that can be put together in the blink of an eye, saving us time to spend with our loved ones.

As a Latina living in the United States for the last 15 years and having a bicultural family, it’s important for me to bring together our traditions.  Hot chocolate, which is of course very well-cherished here during this wonderful time of the year, was thrown into the mix, giving birth to our Hot Chocolate Trifle– but with a Brazilian composition. 😉  That is, the traditional layer of cake that you would find in the English version was replaced with cookies. You won’t find any fruit in it because it’s a ‘hot’ chocolate trifle. The custard used in both versions can be made in a jiffy and requires no cooking. The whipped cream was mixed with marshmallow creme so that we could have the marshmallow topping that usually graces the top of a hot chocolate drink.  I think you get the picture, right?

And the result?  A scrumptious, mouthwatering dessert that is quick and easy to prepare… featuring ingredients that are conveniently available and can be picked up in a single trip to your closest Walmart!

Yes, it’s true! This Hot Chocolate Trifle is a tri-layer dessert that requires no cooking: first layer, chocolate cookies of your choice; second layer, a mixture made with chocolate instant pudding mix, milk, cream cheese, a touch of NESCAFÉ® CLÁSICO™, and  NESTLÉ® LA LECHERA® sweetened condensed milk; third layer, a mixture of whipped cream and marshmallow creme.

To finish off, it is garnished on top with chocolate shavings and chocolate syrup, resembling a rich hot chocolate drink, although it’s served chilled.  It is the magic of creativity in action… a real party for the mouth and eyes!

I grew up enjoying these and many other Nestlé products, and continue to do so because they provide me with smart, simple, delicious solutions to make the holidays survivable and way more joyful.

Quick and easy dishes are one of the secrets that I use to survive the holidays while saving time to spend with my family and get all the shopping done.  How about yours? I would love to hear how you manage this busy season.

For now, enjoy our Hot Chocolate Trifle and have a very merry season!

 

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Hot Chocolate Trifle (Pavê de Chocolate Quente) is a quick and easy dessert that requires no cooking and is made with layers of chocolate cookies, chocolate custard, and marshmallow cream. 
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  1. In a small bowl, whisk 1/2 cup of milk with 1/2 teaspoon instant coffee until coffee dissolves. Soak each one of the cookies quickly, one at a time, and shake to remove excess liquid. Stack them in a trifle bowl or in a rectangular baking dish. If the container is deep (e.g. trifle bowl), reserve half for a second layer so you can alternate with the chocolate pudding mixture. In this case, it would be half of the soaked cookies in the first layer, chocolate pudding mix in the second, the remaining soaked cookies in the third, the other half of the pudding mix in the fourth layer, and the marshmallow cream on the final layer. But if you have a large rectangular and not so deep baking dish, place all soaked cookies in one single layer, top with the chocolate pudding and then with the marshmallow cream.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, mix the instant pudding mix with 1 1/2 cups of milk and 1 teaspoon of instant coffee. until smooth. In a separate bowl, whisk the softened cream cheese with the condensed milk until smooth (no lumps found). Add to the pudding mixture, whisking well until combined. Fold in 16 oz of whipped cream until mixture is homogeneous. Pour over the cookies.
  3. In another bowl, beat the marshmallow creme with 8 oz of whipped cream until combined. Spread gently over the chocolate pudding mixture. Refrigerate until chilled or ready to serve. Right before serving, if desired garnish top with large marshmallows, chocolate shavings, and a good drizzle of chocolate syrup. Serve and enjoy our Hot Chocolate Trifle!
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One Bowl Microwave Mac and Cheese

Microwave Mac and Cheese is a mess-free, quick and easy dish prepared in one bowl with staple ingredients. It is comfort food that can be enjoyed all year round!

We are just a few weeks away from Thanksgiving… and one of the most requested side dishes for my holiday table is Mac & Cheese. With a turkey to roast and many other course dishes to prepare, I decided to put my traditional recipe to a test. Yes, I made a One Bowl Microwave Mac and Cheese. And you know what? This thing is darn good and only takes about 15 minutes to prep and cook. It’s magic in the kitchen!

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Forget about boxed mac and cheese! Prepare our quick and super delish Microwave Mac and Cheese — which by the way is a comfort food that can be enjoyed all year round. Yep, it makes a no-fuss, mess-free, quick weeknight meal with the power to please a crowd.

All we have to do is to combine macaroni pasta, water, and salt in a microwave safe bowl and cook for about 8 minutes in 2-minute intervals until the pasta is cooked. Then stir in unsalted butter, heavy cream or half-and-half, cream cheese, shredded cheddar cheese, and ground black pepper. Microwave again for about 1 minute or until cheese melts. Stir and enjoy right away!

You can garnish with a touch of red pepper flakes and fresh herbs such as basil or oregano… and serve either by itself or as an accompaniment for turkey or any other meat.

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See? Easy peasy!

In fact, it is so simple to prepare that even a child can make it. Mixing and microwaving are the only “skills” required here.

As you can see, this is way easier and less messier than the stove-top and oven-baked versions made from scratch.  But if you would like to explore either of these two baked versions– Mac and Cheese Carbonara or Brazilian Mac and Cheese — go for it, too!

Mac and cheese, also known as macaroni and cheese in America and Canada, macaroni cheese in the UK, and macaroni pie in Caribbean English, is traditionally made from macaroni pasta and cheese sauce (Mornay sauce) and baked in the oven. But our Microwave Mac and Cheese abbreviates the process, requiring no roux (a mixture of butter and flour) to prepare the dish, yet achieving the desired creaminess so characteristic of the classic version.

Got it?

So enjoy– not only for the holidays, but why not the whole year round?!

 

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Microwave Mac and Cheese is a mess-free, quick and easy dish prepared in one bowl with staple ingredients. It is comfort food that can be enjoyed all year round! 
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  1. In a large microwave safe bowl, combine the pasta, water, and salt together. Microwave on high power for about 8 minutes in 2-minute intervals until the pasta is al dente or cooked. Stir mixture between intervals. Note: Cooking time can vary according to the potency of your microwave. If water is absorbed before pasta is cooked, add a bit more water.
  2. Once pasta is cooked, stir in the butter, heavy cream, cream cheese, cheddar, and pepper. Return bowl to the microwave and let cook for about 1 additional minute or until cheese melts. Stir and enjoy immediately! If desired, you can garnish the top with red pepper flakes and fresh herbs such as basil or oregano.
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