Sunday, February 10, 2019

Valentine's Day Dessert: Chocolat en Croute (Product Review)


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Trader Joe's Chcolat en Croute: What's better than a hot gooey chocolate filled pastry straight from the oven? - Slice of Southern

Today I wanted to share with you a product that I found that would make the most perfect dessert for Valentine's Day!

Trader Joe's  has a wonderful product that I found in the freezer section.  It's a Chocolat en Croute dessert that you can take home and bake in your own oven.   It's filled with the most decadent almond crème and chocolate and is enveloped in a heavenly braid and topped with slice almonds.  A quick bake in the oven produces a decadent dessert.

Trader Joe's Chcolat en Croute: What's better than a hot gooey chocolate filled pastry straight from the oven? - Slice of Southern

Trader Joe's Chcolat en Croute: What's better than a hot gooey chocolate filled pastry straight from the oven? - Slice of Southern

Oh man!  What's better than a hot gooey chocolate filled pastry straight from the oven?  Nothing!  And for Valentine's Day, chocolate is our go to treat and this dessert totally takes this special occasion over the top.  Everyone will be amazed with this dessert, and it is so easy to make!  

Trader Joe's Chcolat en Croute: What's better than a hot gooey chocolate filled pastry straight from the oven? - Slice of Southern

Trader Joe's Chcolat en Croute: What's better than a hot gooey chocolate filled pastry straight from the oven? - Slice of Southern

This is one great product find, and it's at Trader Joes.  The perfect way to impress your loved ones with a hot and fresh from the oven dessert!  Run to Trader Joe's today and get yourself a treat!  It's so worth it.

Enjoy!


Trader Joe's Chcolat en Croute: What's better than a hot gooey chocolate filled pastry straight from the oven? - Slice of Southern
Trader Joe's Chcolat en Croute: What's better than a hot gooey chocolate filled pastry straight from the oven? - Slice of Southern


Saturday, January 26, 2019

Banana Walnut Pancakes


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Banana Walnut Pancakes: Light fluffy steaming hot pancakes laced with bananas and walnuts are doused in warm maple syrup. - Slice of Southern

It's the weekend and time for breakfast!

Let's make pancakes!  I have a craving for a nice homey breakfast and that would include sweet, fluffy pancakes.  But let's not make any old regular pancakes, let's make them special.

Banana Walnut Pancakes: Light fluffy steaming hot pancakes laced with bananas and walnuts are doused in warm maple syrup. - Slice of Southern

With over ripened bananas always hanging around they are a great ingredient that will make any pancake moist and delicious.  I also have some walnuts leftover from a Mediterranean snack board we had last night.  Those go perfectly with bananas and will lend the pancakes a little crunch.

Banana Walnut Pancakes: Light fluffy steaming hot pancakes laced with bananas and walnuts are doused in warm maple syrup. - Slice of Southern

These are easy to throw together.  You have your basic pancake recipe with a few add-ins to make that perfect breakfast dish!  Who doesn't love bananas and walnuts?  With a few pantry items you will have a scrumptious breakfast on the table in no time and one that the whole family will devour.

Banana Walnut Pancakes: Light fluffy steaming hot pancakes laced with bananas and walnuts are doused in warm maple syrup. - Slice of Southern

Light fluffy steaming hot pancakes laced with bananas and walnuts are doused in warm maple syrup.  What breakfast could be better than that.  Oh my these are good!  Make some this weekend and treat yourself and your family to a special breakfast...or dinner!

Enjoy!





Banana Walnut Pancakes

makes 4 pancakes

1/2 cup all-purpose flour 
1/4 cup white whole wheat flour
1 tsp each baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
¾ cup mashed overripe bananas (about 2)
¼ cup milk
¼ cup sugar
4 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
1 egg
½ tsp. vanilla extract
Sliced bananas
1/3 walnuts, toasted and chopped

Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together the mashed bananas, milk, sugar, butter, egg, and vanilla. Add wet mixture to dry mixture; stir just until combined.  Fold in walnuts.

Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-low; coat with nonstick spray or butter. Drop batter by 1/4 cup portions onto skillet and cook until bubbles appear and bottoms are brown, 2-3 minutes. Flip pancakes and cook until brown, 1 minute more. Serve pancakes with warm syrup and sliced bananas.  

Banana Walnut Pancakes: Light fluffy steaming hot pancakes laced with bananas and walnuts are doused in warm maple syrup. - Slice of Southern

Banana Walnut Pancakes: Light fluffy steaming hot pancakes laced with bananas and walnuts are doused in warm maple syrup. - Slice of Southern


Saturday, January 19, 2019

Slow Cooker Adobo Chicken with Bok Choy


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How often do you use your slow cooker?  I tend to use mine once or twice a week.   I find myself using it for weeknight meals, putting the ingredients in the cooker in the morning and then letting that cook all day so dinner is ready when we come home.  That sometimes takes a little pre-preparation the night before so I don't spend all morning chopping the ingredients when I'm rushed to get to work.

I also find that I'm using it more and more on the weekends so that I free up some of my time to run around and not worry about "what to make for dinner"!  Soups such as this one and this one are great for the weekend.  

About a month ago I bought this great cookbook, Stock the Crock, by Phyllis Good.  She is the creator of the Fix-It and Forget-It series, which I'm sure you've heard of.  Well let me tell you, this book is amazing!  I did a quick read through it and marked so many recipes that I have to try it's unreal.   The one that really caught my eye was: 


ADOBO CHICKEN WITH BOK CHOY


Slow Cooker Adobo Chicken with Bok Choy:  Chicken cooked in a tangy sweet sticky sauce low and slow and then shredded and mixed with the flavorful crunch of bok choy. - Slice of Southern

This is not your average slow cooker meal.  You've seen thousands of recipes for typical Mexican dishes, copycat Asian dishes (ala Panda Express) and all the comfort food you can handle, but this Asian dish is different.  Chicken cooked in a tangy sweet sticky sauce low and slow and then shredded and mixed with the flavorful crunch of bok choy.  Deliscious! 

This dish is a flavor bomb for your taste buds!  It's really that good.  The sauce is popular in Filipino cooking and is basically vinegar, soy, sugar, and some aromatics.  You are gonna love this recipe.

Slow Cooker Adobo Chicken with Bok Choy:  Chicken cooked in a tangy sweet sticky sauce low and slow and then shredded and mixed with the flavorful crunch of bok choy. - Slice of Southern

It' soooo good I suggest you go out and make this over the weekend.  It cooks in the slow cooker on low for 4 1/2 to 5 hours.  You don't want to overcook the chicken so I suggest you don't make this during the week unless you are home to start the dish later in the day.  I made this on a Sunday afternoon while we had a little fun at the bookstore, and when we got home, dinner was ready.

Let me know how you liked this dish.  We thought it was a keeper!
Enjoy!






Slow Cooker Adobo Chicken with Bok Choy

source:  Stock the Crock
serves 4

1 red onion, thinly sliced
4 garlic cloves, minced
2/3 c apple cider vinegar
1/3 c low sodium soy sauce
1 Tbls brown sugar
1 bay leaf
1- 1 1/2 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 tsp paprika
2 heads baby bok choy, cut into strips
cooked rice

Spray the inside of your slow cooker with cooking spray.  Places the onions, garlic, vinegar, soy sauce, brown sugar, and bay leaf in the slow cooker.  Place the chicken on top and sprinkle with paprika.

Cover.  Cook on low 4 1/2 to 5 hours.  Shred the chicken in the cooker.  Turn the cooker to high and add the bok choy.  Cover and cook 10 minutes.  Discard the bay leaf.  Serve over rice.


Slow Cooker Adobo Chicken with Bok Choy:  Chicken cooked in a tangy sweet sticky sauce low and slow and then shredded and mixed with the flavorful crunch of bok choy. - Slice of Southern

Slow Cooker Adobo Chicken with Bok Choy:  Chicken cooked in a tangy sweet sticky sauce low and slow and then shredded and mixed with the flavorful crunch of bok choy. - Slice of Southern



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