Monday, May 10, 2010

Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies

Living in DK, I have to import Brownie mix, JIF, and chocolate chips, but this recipe is SO yummy, I am willing to use my precious imports to make it! :-) Trust me!

1 boxed brownie mix, prepared according to box directions
1 cup creamy peanut butter--I use JIF!
1/3 cup sugar
4 tablespoons butter, melted
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 large egg
1 cup of chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350-degrees F. Grease a 13x9 pan.
Mix Brownies according to package directions.
Prepare peanut butter swirl: Beat peanut butter, sugar, butter, flour, and egg until well blended.
Spread two-thirds of the prepared chocolate brownie batter into the bottom of the pan. Top with dollops of peanut butter mixture until it is all gone! Sprinkle the chocolate chips on top of the swirl mixture. Top with remaining 1/3 of brownie batter. With tip of knife, cut and twist through mixtures to create swirled effect.

Bake brownies 30 to 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out almost clean. Serve warm! YUM! (Don't leave out the chips...they add a special surprise when you bite into them!)

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Crawfish Monica

First of all, I have no clue why this is named Monica! I only have one friend named Monica and from what I know about those who have that name, they are AWESOME so maybe that means this is an AWESOME DISH??!! Which by the way..... it is!

There are many versions of this recipe that you can find out there on the web, but here is how I made it last week and today the Viking is asking for it again!

1 pound of fresh fettuccine (SO much better than the hard stuff in the bag!)
1 bunch of green onions
2 pounds of crawfish tails (1 is actually plenty, but 2 give you lots of LEFTOVERS!)
1 stick of butter
1 pint of half & half
3 cloves of garlic, minced (I actually grate mine on the cheese grater's finest setting and it works great!)
Slap Ya Mama (or your favorite Cajun seasoning)
(someday, SYM is gonna owe me royalties ... I am sure of it!)
grated FRESH parmesan

Chop green onions (tops and all) and saute with the garlic in the butter. Add several shakes of Slap Ya Mama. Do not overcook! 3-5 min is sufficient!
Add the crawfish and saute 3-5 min more until they are pink.
Add the half & half and simmer for 10 min so the sauce can thicken.
Taste the sauce after 5 min and see if it has enough KICK for you.
If not, a couple more shakes will do it!

While doing all of the above, cook the fresh pasta so they are ready at the same time.
Add the fettuccine to the sauce and let it all simmer on LOW for about 5 more minutes.
This gives you time to grate the fresh parmesan.

After serving up a bowl for everyone, sprinkle each serving with a small handful of parmesan.