Sunday, February 24, 2013

Chocolate Party

 Have you ever been to a chocolate party? Where everything on the tables is made from chocolate? We had one on Friday afternoon at school put on by the 5th grade teachers. It was a hoot.

 Wouldn't you like a taste of this DECADENT Chocolate Peanut Butter cupcake? Oh heavenly yum, was it GOOD! I think it was a favorite. I took a picture after I'd gobbled half of it up.
Here it is before I bit into's a lot prettier here.....Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes....The icing is made from butter,
powdered sugar and peanut butter. And of course a peanut butter cup. Yum. Each one felt like it weighed a pound in your hand!

I must admit that I was a piggy and ate 2 of these bad boys....The cupcake itself has a peanut butter cup in the center too! 
I found THIS RECIPE online at All It's my favorite recipe website. I'm trying these for sure! 
She melted some chocolate and swirled it on top of the cupcakes but I'd probably be too lazy for that. A candy peanut butter cup on top is plenty of lovin for anybody. 

Peanut Butter Frosting (recipe from All
1/2 cup butter
1 cup peanut butter
4 cups confectioner's sugar
1/3rd cup cream 
Mix the butter and peanut butter, add in half the sugar and half the milk and mix. Then add the rest and mix again. Frost cooled chocolate cupcakes and top with a peanut butter cup cut in half. Enjoy!

 Then of course you just HAVE to have a Texas sheet cake made with fudgy chocolate icing!
 Chocolate chip peanut butter cookie bars were also one of my favorites....I love these things!
 Brownies cut into a heart cute! There was row after row of chocolate madness!
Chocolate eclairs and plain bon bon bites.
 Then the real fun began. We were to take 1 piece of each kind of chocolate on the tables.
And there were at least 10 different kinds of chocolate candies to judge on a scale of 1 to 5 on a rubric. 
I think Bliss Chocolate was one of the winners and also the Lindt chocolate was good too. 
Here was our voting tables....with our ballots. We had fun categories do judge like "when broken does it have bubbles"  and "smooth and creamy on your tongue". It was fun discussing the merits of chocolate. I was just happy eating it all! 

And here is our judging ballot for the chocolate party. It was fun. And I think we were happy campers all afternoon in a chocolate coma!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Paradise Bakery Copycat Chicken Walnut Salad

Walnut Chicken Salad with Fresh Parmesan Cheese...just like Paradise Bakery...only with a little bit added....

Have you ever had the Chicken Walnut Salad at Paradise Bakery and Cafe?  I love that place. They give you a cookie with each order. I like a little sweet with my salad or soup, ya know?
The Snickerdoodles are my favorite cookie at Paradise Bakery....
Yummy place for salads and a quick lunch...
I've actually gone there twice in one week once, just to eat their soups and salads.  My favorite is the Chicken Walnut. And I can't pick a favorite soup. They are all really good there.
The Asian Salad is pretty good at Paradise Bakery too....but....the Chicken Walnut is the best.

 The only thing is....they DON'T put enough walnuts in the salad. No way. I always go up and ask, "Did you forget my walnuts?" And they ALWAYS tell me "NO".  I just like a lot of crunch in a salad.

Their sandwiches are pretty good too...

Chicken Walnut  - One of my favorite salads there!  Here is what they say is in the salad......
Our famous Chicken Walnut salad  on top of romaine lettuce tossed with Caesar dressing, garlic croutons & parmesan cheese. 
My favorite seasoning salts; Johnny's Garlic Salt and Johnny's Seasoning Salt. 
Use up lots of your fresh veggies....I added some purple onion to my hubs...he's an onion lover!
I just got some fresh shredded Parmesan cheese from the deli... 
I like sweet, red peppers in mine.  We both love cucumbers too...and the Walnuts of course...
And you gotta love some Texas Toast garlic croutons. Or make your own out of  buttered and toasted bread. Just  drizzle butter and garlic salt on top. My favorite brand is the Johnny's Garlic Season Salt.  These are my 2 favorite seasoning salts. I use them in almost every dish. 

So here are the INGREDIENTS  for 2 salads
Romaine lettuce cut into bits 

1 tomato cut into wedges and then halved
1/2 cucumber cut into spears and then chunked
2 Tablespoons Parmesan cheese (or more to your taste)
Seasoned croutons
1 grilled chicken breast cooled and cut into chunks
ground pepper
1 Tablespoon for each salad of Caesar dressing. 
1/4 cup walnuts (or more if you like)

Add some black pepper to it right after tossing....
Directions for Chicken Walnut Salad
Cut up all the veggies and lettuce and place into 2 salad bowls. Add the fresh Parmesan, the chicken and the walnuts. Add Caesar dressing and  croutons and shake on some black pepper.  Enjoy!  

Yum...this is sooooo tasty and yummy!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Buffalo Chicken Tenders with Wingers Copycat Sauce

Buffalo Chicken Tenders...with Copycat Wingers Glaze and Buttermilk Ranch Dipping Sauce....
 I LOVE Buffalo Chicken. But I like the sauce to be a bit hot and a bit sweet. After some trial and error, I think I have the perfect, delicious Super Bowl Party food!  These Buffalo Chicken Tenders are soooo yummy! They will really be a crowd pleaser...and they are not hard at all. You probably have all of the ingredients at home right now, except maybe for Franks Hot Sauce and Buttermilk.
Yummy Buffalo Chicken Tenders....Perfect for  A SUPER BOWL PARTY FOOD! wOO hOO!

Well My class voted on who would win the SUPER BOWL this Sunday, and it looks like 49ers have it. Losers have to
do 12 push ups. I hope I don't lose again, like last year. Those push ups get harder to do every year! Anyway....Hope you have fun on Super Bowl Sunday watching the game. 
1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon paprika

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 egg
1/2 cup buttermilk 

2 chicken breast fillets cut into 1/2 inch strips OR 8 to 10 chicken tenders


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