Friday, June 12, 2009

sweet n' salty pb fudge

I discovered this recipe for fudge off of The picture literally called to me, "Pattttttti, bake meeeee." And so I did. It just looked so SO good with the chocolate, pretzels, and Oreos layered oh-so-deliciously. The recipe did have a layer of white chocolate on top on the chocolate-pretzel layer, but I decided to replace that with a peanut butter layer. Peanut butter trumps white chocolate any day.

Also, this picture looks sooo OCD to me because the pretzels are lined up so straight. Well, kinda straight. Which reminds me of Mike and his slight OCDness...the guy really likes everything to be in its place, haha. We fondly call it "CDO", though. The letters are all in the right order that way. :)

Mmmm, chopped Oreos go into the peanut butter layer. SUCH DELICIOUS NOM-AGE.

Oreos and peanut butter. Together at last. Up close and personal.

And then smushed all together and placed into the fridge. I'm gonna give some of these to my guinea pig tomorrow....aka Mike. I'm sure he'll like these since he's a big fan of chocolate and peanut butter. No wonder we get along so well. :)

Sweet N' Salty PB Fudge
Altered from Dynamite Cookes and Pretzel Fudge

6 oz. dark chocolate
8 oz. peanut butter chips + 2 generous spoonfuls of peanut butter
1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
Oreos, quartered (about 20)
Skinny pretzels

Microwave th dark chocolate with 1/2 the can of condensed milk for 2-3 minutes, or until chocolate is nearly all melted, stirring thoroughly after each minute.

Line an 8x8-inch pan with waxed paper. Spray waxed paper with nonstick cooking spray. Spread the chocolate mixture into pan. Top with pretzels sticks, pressing them slightly into the fudge.

Repeat melting the peanut butter chips + peanut butter with the remaining condensed milk.

Stir chopped Oreos into peanut butter mixture. Spread that on top of the dark chocolate and pretzels.

Refrigerate until firm, about 2 hours.

Devour. WARNING: These are not for the faint of heart! Super chocolatey and sweet!

cinnamon ice cream sundaes

So I guess I've been in a sundae kind of mood lately. First the Overload Cookie Sundaes and now these monstrosities. There's just something amazing about buying a boring ice cream flavor and then layering it with delicious random things.

This time the layering deliciousness including a homemade cinnamon sauce and chopped walnuts. OH SO GOOD. The original plan was to mix in the cinnamon sauce with melted peanut butter, but the sauce ended up tasting lemon-y, and that wouldn't have tasted too well with PB.

So I decided to nix the peanut butter and just did some layering with cinnamon and walnuts. And WHOA, did it come out good or what. After scooping all of that out, it got mounded atop an oatmeal cookie in muffin-form. Yeah, I'm a lazy baker. Like a really lazy baker. I dumped the batter into mini-muffin tins. My guinea pigs affectionately called them "mookies". You know, muffin + cookie. :)

Anyway, the mookies with cinnamon ice cream was delish. Many more ice cream layering creations are to come.

well, hello, my little fattoush

So I heart fattoush. And there was this place, LaShish, that made the MOST AMAZING FATTOUSH EVER. But then the restaurant got closed down reasons.

Anyway, though, one of the best parts of fattoush is the ah-mazing pita chips that are sprinkled throughout the salad. They are oh-so-good. And that's what those pita breads are doin' up there...about to be baked up into delicious chips.

Ahhh, there was an olive oil EXPLOSION during fattoush-concoction. Shhh, don't tell the madre. She gets annoyed when I mess up the kitchen. ;)

Ohhh, olive oil-drenched pita bread sprinkled with salt. Doesn't get much better than that, huh?

And they came out B-E-A-YOUTIFUL. And crunchy. And delicious. And....addicting.

So this fattoush came from the cookbook How To Cook Everything, by Mark Bittman, God of Cooking. My housemate, Leah, swears by him, and for the entire year, I've seen her bright yellow cookbook of his lying around. Finally, I have realized the amazingness that is this yellow cookbook. Seriously, people, nearly everything you need to cook is in here. There's even alterations you can make for each recipe, too, which makes life exciting.

Oh, and this cookbook has a mean brownie recipe. And when I say mean, I mean furious.

But anyways, the fattoush came out reallllly good! Not quite like LaShish's, but pretty darn close.

So I am lazy. Here is the recipe I found on a website somewhere. This recipe is great to alter as you please. I went ahead and went parsley-crazy and used alllll parsley for the herb-goodness (no basil or mint). Also, I didn't use the "basic vinaigrette" Mr. Mark suggested to use but my own concoction of olive oil + juice of one lemon + a little salt + a little pepper. Go ahead! Be creative, people! :)

Monday, June 8, 2009

overload cookie sundaes

I know my says you + me = us. Yes, and I did just say calCLUEless. Because that's how I feel most of the time about this wretched subject. :P It would help if I had more than ZERO motivation to study. Seriously, people, I just gradumacated. Studying is the last thing I want to be doing right now. I should be sitting in the sunshine, running, relaxing. NOT STUDYING CALCLUELESS. Siiiigh, Eight classes left. Thank God.

So my neighbor in Ann Arbor, Yvan, came back from a fishing trip about a week ago, and he came back with lots of walleye. So he offered to make dinner for Leah and I. Yummmm. Yvan loves pan-frying fish....and he does a really delicious jub of it. Naturally for the meal, I offered to make dessert. And then I realized that this would be a wonderful escape from studying for my derivative test that was the next day. BRILLANT!

I decided on using up some of the leftover schtuff in my of which was a box of cinnamon oatmeal. And then I decided to make oatmeal cookies out of the packets in muffin tins. And THEN I decided that they'd be even better with chocolate chips on top.


So what other lonely food products were to be found in my kitchen? Chocolate ice cream! Lindor truffles! Peanut butter!

Peanut butter, however, is not considered a lonely food product in any kitchen that I can call mine. This is because there is always a surplus of peanut butter to be found. For instance, as of this very moment, there are three jars of peanut butter in my cupboard: a Jiff 40 oz-er, a Jiff 18 oz-er, and a jar of Smart Balance PB with added Omega-3s - a dietitian's peanut butter dream.

So the truffles got chopped, the peanut butter got melted, and those delcious things got layered along with the chocolate ice cream

One word: wow. Three words: epically good ice cream. Like whoaaaa. This layered deliciousness all got frozen over night and then was scooped over the cinnamon oatmeal cookies and Saunder's chocolate sauce drizzled all over it.

Definately an overload cookie sundae. :)