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Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Lush

Peanut butter, chocolate, cream cheese, Oreos, peanut butter cups - need I say more? This is a decadent dessert to make for special occasions. I made this for my book club luncheon today and doubled the recipe. I made it in a 15x10 glass pan. It was HUGE. I think you could make the normal single recipe listed below in a 13 x 9 pan instead of the 9 inch square, and it would be fine. It would also allow you to cut it into smaller pieces since the calorie count on this recipe is ridiculous.

20 Reduced Fat Oreo cookies, divided
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 package (8 oz.) reduced fat cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup peanut butter
1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar, divided
1 carton (16 ounces) fat free frozen whipped topping, thawed, divided
15-20 miniature peanut butter cups, chopped
1 cup cold skim milk
1 package (3.9 ounces) sugar free instant chocolate pudding mix

Crush 16 cookies; mix with the butter. Press into an ungreased 9-inch square dish for a thicker …

What's for Dinner Menu Plan - I'm Back!

Wow! I've missed two weeks in a row of blogging! I'm not sure that's ever happened! I kind of feel like a blog slacker. But, it was for good reasons. As I stated in my last post, we went on vacation to the Caribbean the second week of June (which was fabulous, by the way). The day after we returned from vacation, I had oral surgery to get yet another gum graft (hopefully the last one). So last week, we just ate a bunch of mushy stuff that you probably wouldn't be interested in anyway. ;) I'm thinking June is oral surgery month for my family. I had my procedure last week, Eric had to get a crown today, and Corey gets his wisdom teeth removed tomorrow. The dentist must love our family! Since Corey will be eating soup the rest of the week, I'm taking advantage and making fish a couple of times this week. :) I do have some new menu items this week, so as soon as I make them, I will add the photos for you.

Here's this week's menu. Enjoy and have a great wee…

Spicy Blue Cheese and Tomato Soup

This is a very tasty tomato soup. If you want it spicier, add more Sriracha sauce (the original called for 2 T - too hot for me!)

Ingredients: 1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium red onion, finely chopped
pinch of Kosher salt
4 cloves garlic, minced
28 oz can crushed tomatoes (no added salt)
1 1/2 cups low-sodium vegetable or chicken broth  1 cup whole milk (I substitute fat free evaporated milk)
1 t sriracha sauce
1 Tbsp fresh oregano leaves, chopped
1/2 cup (2 oz) blue cheese 
Directions: Heat the olive oil in a 4-quart pot over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the onion and salt and sweat for 2 minutes. Add the garlic and continue to sweat for 2 more minutes. Add the tomato and stock and bring to a simmer. Add the milk, sriracha sauce, and oregano and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. Add the blue cheese and blend soup in a blender or by using an immersion blender (you can also omit this step for a slightly chunky soup). Serve with additional sriracha and blue cheese, if desired.

Lemon and Crab Linguini with Feta

Light and fresh tasting, you can go wrong with this easy pasta dish.

6 oz linguini pasta (can also use spaghetti, angel hair, etc. - I use Ronzoni Smart Taste Spaghetti)
3 T Extra Virgin Olive Oil
3 medium tomatoes, chopped
1 1/2 t dried Italian seasoning
12 oz flaked imitation crab meat
Juice from 1 lemon
1/4 t salt
1/4 t pepper
4 oz crumbled reduced fat feta
2 T fresh basil or parsley, chopped

Cook pasta according to package instructions, drain.

In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add the tomato and Italian seasoning and cook for about 5 minutes, until tomatoes are soft. Stir in crab, lemon juice, salt and pepper and heat about 1 minutes, until just heated through.

Toss pasta with crab mixture and serve sprinkled with basil and feta. 
Makes 4 1 1/2 cup servings
Recipe adapted from Cooking Club

Grilled Cabbage Wedges

Well, this is a recipe that was definitely a "fail" for my family. The cabbage was just too crunchy for my style. If I were to make it again, I would chop up the cabbage instead of leaving it as a wedge, and then cook it in the foil pack. But, maybe others will like it as is.

1 tsp olive oil
2 tbsp real bacon bits
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1 Medium Head of Cabbage

Preheat the grill or oven to 425 degrees.
Mix the olive oil, bacon bits, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper to make the marinade.

Prepare the cabbage. Rinse it under water and remove any yucky loose leaves. Cut the head in half on the core.Then cut the halves in half again to make quarters.

Lay each wedge on a sheet of aluminum foil large enough to wrap it up in. Spoon about 2 tbsp of the marinade on top making sure to get it in all the nooks and crannies.Wrap each wedge and bake for 20-30 minutes.

Tip …

What's for Dinner Menu Plan - Sorry I'm Late!

I apologize for the lateness of my post. I'm finally out of school, and I've simply been enjoying my first week at home. :) We are preparing to go on vacation next week, and I have been busy packing and getting the house ready for our house sitter. :) We are going on a cruise to the Virgin Islands with our whole family, and we are very excited! As an added bonus, Eric and I will celebrate our 20th anniversary on the cruise!

We have done some fun things this week. The hubby and I went out for a sushi date while the boy was at national math contest. Look at this stuff - it's a work of art! Love the chef at Nagoya!

The best thing was that after sushi, we went to Andy's and it happened to be the first day of fresh blackberry concretes! That is my favorite summer treat, and they only have them for a limited time during blackberry season. Yum!

As as special treat for myself in honor of our trip, I got my first real manicure, and I'm getting a pedicure today. Being libra…

Quick and Easy Hamburger Buns

These are really tasty hamburger buns, and they are fast and easy to make. The recipe calls for dividing the dough into 12 portions, which makes pretty small buns. I think I will divide it into 8 next time. I will also brush them with an egg wash next time to give them a golden color.

2 tablespoons active dry yeast
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons warm water (110° to 115°) 
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon salt
3 to 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour 

In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add oil and sugar; let stand for 5 minutes. Add the egg, salt and enough flour to form a soft dough. 

Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 3-5 minutes. Do not let rise. Divide into 12 pieces; shape each into a ball. Place 3 in. apart on greased baking sheets. 

Cover and let rest for 10 minutes. Bake at 425° for 8-12 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool. Yield: 1 dozen. 

Recipe Source - Taste of Home

Italian Sloppy Joes

A different twist on the traditional sloppy joe sandwich.

1 pound Italian turkey sausage
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 cup spaghetti sauce
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp garlic powder
4 slices provolone or mozzarella cheese
4 hamburger buns (or other roll of your choice)


Remove sausage from casings and break up in large skillet. Brown sausage with onion over medium heat until cooked through. Drain. Add the spaghetti sauce and spices. Heat through. Serve on toasted hamburger buns (even better if you toast them with a little butter and garlic powder so they taste like garlic bread) and top with a slice of cheese.