Recipes Galore & More, Aug 6 – Aug 19, 2021

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Kitchen Talk – It was only a matter of time before I succumbed to the lure of the Oreo cake balls that were in Alexa’s Room in our 06.25.21’s Salon. They are so, so, easy to make and that might be the bad news because, mercy, they are rich and even luxurious. They were new to me, and a little tour on google revealed they’re generally formed from cream cheese or frosting and cake or cookie crumbs, dipped or rolled in other goodies. All no-bake. And they’re fun, the round shape ready to become sports balls, funny heads, bling, and in fact star pastry chef Buddy Valastro turned them into pretty eyeballs. And – no surprise – Amazon has whole books of them.      And now how about a shortcut? If you aren’t planning anything fancy with the balls, just pat the mixture into a pan and use the chocolate chips to make a ganache frosting, as seen here.  Like the richest ever brownie.      I don’t think I’m alone in appreciating the nutritional benefits of oatmeal without necessarily being a fan of its delivery method {eating it}, and accordingly the Salon has offered various add-in suggestions. My new favorite has a German chocolate cake vibe – after cooked, stir in coconut, pecans, chocolate chips, and brown sugar or maple syrup.

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Shopping Finds – In our 06.25.21 Salon we featured Joanne Fluke’s foodie mystery novels, in turn the basis for a Hallmark series that we linked to in an earlier Salon. Now, what a nice find – her cookbook that reveals some of those recipes that teased us in the stories. Here it is on Amazon,  Joanne Fluke’s Lake Eden Cookbook.”        Well how fun is this. Could be for a get-together. Could be just so you’re always cooking in a partied-up kitchen. Food-themed balloons! Some are fun, some pretty, some downright appetizing. Note that you can find a specific food design – hamburger, pizza, ice cream, etc. – by entering it after “balloons” in the search window on the Amazon page. Many multi-packs too of food groupings, like the one shown here.     

This week’s featured CS-designed, Zazzle-crafted item  We hear more and more that shelters are are so overcrowded as a result of the pandemic. Is there room in your home and heart for a shelter dog{or cat}? If so, spread the word to others.  Shelter dog mug  Shelter dog tee

   On the Table  

Featured Recipes – 

Chicago Deep Dish Pizza Dip

A full 5 stars for this fun and festive mix of of thick spaghetti sauce mix, pepperoni, ricotta, mozzarella, and Parm, ready to be paired with the suggested garlic bread or baguettes. Or how about a baked pizza crust cut in strips. Now while I am pretty sure with its rating this is mega-tasty, and some seasonings would check in from the sauce, still not sure it lives up to the Chicago adjective. I can tell you what would would do that trick is some garlic, oregano and red pepper flakes, maybe a bit of basil and fennel too. From AllRecipes.

Shoyu Chicken

All the classic Asian flavors come together to beautifully bronzed chicken thighs that taste as good as they look. While the demo shows that the skin was left on, I did remove the skin and would say no harm done. From Food Network.

Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter S’Mores

How much does that title telegraph a decadent promise? And it looks like it will definitely live up to it. Especially since there’s even more. Because Nutella and white almond bark also come to the party. More? Suggested toppings reach into pistachios, pretzels and sprinkles. From Food Network.

Stuffed Queso Meatloaf

Even non-meatloaf lovers may want to grab a fork. Crumbed corn tortillas, tomatoes, chili powder and cumin join the usual suspects in the meat mix. Then, soft cheese and jalapenos are channeled in, and a tomato/ketchup glaze goes on. Bake, wait, slice, yum. From Food Network.

31 No-Bake Desserts

Any “no-bakes” that look good I’ll be sending your way right here, so as little as possible see the oven {even as we may feel like we are}. These are from FoodFeed, and the sneaky petes draw you in right from the git-go with chocolate peanut butter bugle bars. 🎵

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Have a cuppa in Alexa’s room – recipes & more

You don’t have to have an Amazon Echo Show to tap into the particular tidbits we’ve linked below, drawn from its vast culinary bounty.

Just pour a cup and let’s talk food with Alexa. Below are recipes recently displayed on the screen. Echo owners, also note that in many cases she guides you step by step through the prep . . .

Banana Bread Ice Cream Cake  What is it about bananas that they just excel at adding flavor, texture and moisture in so many ways to so many goodies. Here they’re mashed into a fairly classic banana bread, but after it’s baked the magic begins. Sliced into three the long way, it’s layered first with vanilla ice cream, then with chocolate, then frozen. The thing is, looking at the demo it seems it doesn’t come out like a brick but rather supple slices, spoon-ready. From Tasty.

Country Style Pork Ribs with Bourbon & Cola BBQ Sauce  In the slow cooker! In addition to the title ingredients, the sauce gains even more flavor from ketchup, tomato paste, garlic, brown sugar, Wooster, chili powder, cayenne, vinegar and syrup. From Epicurious.

Berry Smoothie Bowl  Take a sip of summer. Strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and bananas whirl into yogurt, almond milk and peanut butter. The recipe serves two so can go into a couple of glasses or maybe be the destination for two straws. Or, apply a multiplier and voila . . . summer punch. From Tasty.

Would you like your own Echo Show?

Boundless information, music, movies, tv shows, videos, health tips & news, entertainment news, national news, local news, sports news & recaps, weather, timer, alarm, reminders, shopping lists, Amazon delivery notifications, alerts, security camera connection . . .  and food, food, food, all on an interactive screen. Some connect to Amazon Prime.

You can browse all the Echo styles here on this Amazon page

   Cocktail Hour Buzz   

Sundowner snacks, drinks, talk – whether for a crew, or for two, or just for you

  The gins of summer  After sacrificing on our behalf and taste-testing 65 gins, writer Ray Isle offers these nine selections for cocktails on the patio. He never quite says quite why he chose this lineup, but we do get clues from his descriptions, which speak of lemon, lime, orange, florals, mint, even seaweed. From Food & Wine.

   Fresh Summer Appetizers  This lineup is a happy matchup for warm weather snacking, pretty much utensil-free and seasonally inspired. Think mini savory pancakes, little pizzas, stuffed veggies, quesadillas, nachos, dips and lots more. Shown, the mini corn cakes with smoked salmon and dill creme fraiche {shortcuts & subs – store-bought cornbread or muffins, sour cream, dried dill}.  From MyRecipes.

   Bloody Mary Bar  One of my absolute favorite brunch places featured a bloody mary bar that looked a mile long. Such fun! On a nice site I found and will visit again is a great diy array of tasty stuff to mix in, dip in, or prop atop the marys. In addition to the bar checklist, you’ll also find “The Best Bloody Mary Recipe.” The site is FoodieCrush.

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