C is for Coffee Hot Fudge Sauce

Yes, I know that Christmas Day is over, but I thought I would share one last “C is for Coffee” recipe that you can use for homemade Christmas presents next year. You could make a single recipe for just your family, make a double batch to share with your neighbors, or make a lot of batches to use as favors for a party.

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I made a single recipe (an espresso batch). Then I made THREE more doubled recipes (only one batch with espresso). I ended up with 16 (16 oz) jars total. By not filling the jars up quite all the way I was able to fill two extra jars from all my batches! WORTH IT! ๐Ÿ™‚

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C is for Coffee Brownies

I think this was my favorite of all the desserts. The chocolate mousse was a close second… but this took the cake! (or… it ‘took the brownie’ I guess) ๐Ÿ™‚

You start with your favorite brownie boxed mix (I used Duncan Hines) so that simplifies these A LOT! Then you just add in some special ingredients to make them feel more homemade and nothing like something you could make from a box. I think the glaze you put on top has a lot to do with this!

Let’s jump right in! Here’s a photo to get you excited:

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C is for Coffee-Chocolate Mousse

This is another SUPER simple dessert that you can make ahead! It can be made casual or elegant. Just use the appropriate style of cups or glasses to go with your occasion. The mousse will taste just as good in a paper cup but it will look even more inviting if you dress it up a bit. I think I might even top mine with chocolate shavings or curls next time I serve them! Again, not necessary, but pleasing to the eyes.

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C is for Coffee in the Afternoon

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When I drink coffee I usually like it black.

Adding in milk and sugar is delicious, but I really like the flavor of the coffee itself without any extras. When I add them in I can’t taste the coffee itself. However, there does come the occasional afternoon when I’m craving something sweet and I need some caffeine to recharge my day. This is one of those HAVE to do laundry, mop the floor, do the dishes afternoons and I need a little kick (coffee + sugar) to get me going.

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C is for Carrots? Corn? Cocoa? Cranberries?… Christmas!?

I had a hard time picking out a “C” ingredient but I have finally come to a decision. We LOVE this ingredient… my husband and I… even my 2 year old daughter seems to like it. She likes it plain too… no sugar or anything else needed. She likes it black.

Do you know what it is now? ๐Ÿ™‚ ย C is for Coffee!

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Both my husband and I worked at Starbucks in college. When we started there I’m pretty sure neither of us had really had anything coffee-like from there besides a Caramel Frappuccino. In Chicago I would make myself “steamers” (just hot milk and syrup) to stay warm. If you don’t like coffee you should try it. My favorite flavor to add to the steamed milk was hazelnut. Soon after starting work there I “graduated” to white chocolate mochas… pretty much the sweetest, least coffee-like espresso drink on the menu. My husband was the same: white mochas. Now he drinks black coffee or espresso shots over ice and my “poison” of choice is a Grande Americano (black). I like to order a cappuccino from time to time, but it’s hard to find a barista who steams the foam the correct way. I think it’s the hardest drink to make but one of the yummiest if it’s done right. It’s hard to mess up an Americano (just espresso shots and water). I’m officially addicted.

So, Coffee? Does this mean all desserts? Nope! I have short ribs and bone-in pork chops in the line-up and probably one other main course recipe to come! We’ve already tried out the short ribs and I’m SUPER excited to post them. It’s a crock pot recipe so you have work on the front end but then you can just relax! Woohoo!

Don’t worry… there will be desserts too! I have been drooling over them for days now. The Espresso Chocolate Mousse… it’s to die for. AND… it’s SO easy.

If you’re a coffee-lover I bet you’re excited! If not, we’ll convert you ๐Ÿ™‚

Just to get you started: click here to learn how to brew the PERFECT cup of coffee in your own home! There’s something surprising you add to the coffee grounds to help take away any bitterness! WHO KNEW?!

Now, I want to know what your drink of choice is at Starbucks (or at whatever coffee shop you enjoy!) Whether or not it has coffee in it… leave a comment and let me know!

Happy Eating!

B is for Blue Cheese-Stuffed Chicken with Bacon & Pecans

This recipe is not one I would call quick or simple, but it makes you feel like a real chef and challenges your abilities in the kitchen. Or at least it challenged mine!

Here’s a small shot of the final result:

SO worth the time and work!

You can click hereย to see how to make the green beans I served along with the chicken. It’s another blue cheese recipe!

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B is for Blue Cheese Green Beans with Pecans

We served these green beans with Blue Cheese Bacon-wrapped Chicken. They required similar ingredients and they paired well together. I was worried it would ย be too much bacon and blue cheese on the plate at first… but then I realized… the more the merrier, right? Well, I hoped so and it turned out to be a delicious pairing!

The green beans are super simple and super delicious (my favorite combo). Even if you don’t use them as a side for the chicken, you MUST try them!

 

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B is for Blue Cheese Dressing

We all need a good blue cheese dressing in our lives. I haven’t tried many recipes for making this yet, but this one was wonderful so I’m adding it to my favorites. Let me know if you have a version of blue cheese dressing that you love!

When I made this I made one mistake… I didn’t mash the blue cheese at the beginning. It was much harder to mash after I had added all the other ingredients. It was messy, to say the least. I wouldn’t recommend it.

You need 4 oz blue cheese (the recipe calls for Gorgonzola), 1/3 cup sour cream, 1/3 cup buttermilk, 1/4 cup mayo, 1 TBSP white wine vinegar, 1/4 tsp Worcestershire sauce, and 1/4 tsp black pepper.

Mash the cheese well with a fork FIRST. Add in all the other ingredients. Whisk to combine. DONE! It makes a little over a cup of dressing so if you don’t need it all store it in an airtight container for up to a week. YUM!

Here’s the pictures:

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Click here for the official recipe from Alton Brown.

Use this dressing to top my Blue Cheese Burgers with Bacon! Click here for that post.

HAPPY EATING!

B is for Blue Cheese Burgers with Bacon

Another recipe of my own!! Two in one week!

I found several recipes for blue cheese burgers. There were aspects of many of them that I liked but also some that I didn’t like. In the end, since I decidedly wanted to have a burger be part of the ‘Blue Cheese’ saga, I ventured to make a blue cheese burger recipe to call my own.

Click here:ย Blue Cheese Burgers with Baconย for my recipe. ๐Ÿ™‚ …it’s so fun to say that. I love writing recipes. A much more difficult and involved process than I imagined, but I love it all the same.

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B is for Blue Cheese Quesadillas

It seems that the recipes of my own that turn out best are the ones that come from a need to make dinner without making a trip to the grocery store.

I wanted to do a ‘Blue Cheese’ quesadilla recipe, but all the ones I found had a LOT of ingredients and that’s just not in the budget for this month (or most months!) I decided to go for making my own ‘recipe’ again and added blue cheese to the mix. I got some ideas from chefs online: triple decker style instead of just two tortillas and grilling the quesadilla instead of cooking it in the pan. Both of these things are new favorites, and I think we’ll use them in ALL future quesadillas… especially the grilling them part!… SO delicious!

I really LOVE recipes that include a small amount of ingredients andย BIG flavor! This recipe does just that. Here is everything you will need:

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Really… that’s it!… That is ALL you need!

The blue cheese is the most expensive item, but if you can find it on sale (I did!)… it’s worth trying.

Here’s my recipe:ย Blue Cheese Quesadillas

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