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With Easter just a month away, I've been busy brainstorming dessert ideas. Since winter is lingering here in Michigan, I've been wanting to create a dish that's fresh, fruity, and reminds me of spring. You can image my excitement when Busch's Fresh Food Market invited me to their grand opening in Canton, Michigan! Busch's Market has everything you could want, and them some, when it comes to fresh tasting, local grocery food items. I was so impressed with the wide selection of product, gourmet cheeses, wines, coffees, and baked goods. I was especially pleased with their display of organic and locally grown fresh fruits. And good news! Busch's is giving shoppers the opportunity to sign up for a Busch's MYWay perks card. This gives shoppers exclusive benefits, such as coupons, special in-store deals, curb side pick-up, and the opportunity to win FREE groceries! Click here for more details.
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It's Girl Scout cookie season! My favorite time of the year for cookies! I bought a box of Thin Mints (and maybe a few more) from my niece this year. Although Thin Mints are so tasty they can easily be enjoyed on their own, I decided to incorporate them into this Thin Mint Brownie Trifle. Oh yes, that's right-I folded Thin Mints into the brownie batter to give them an extra minty flavor. Then I scooped some mint chocolate chip ice cream on top, drizzled chocolate sundae topping over the ice cream, and garnish the dessert with (what else?!) a Thin Mint cookie. I placed my brownies into mini trifle dishes, but a 4 inch deep bowl works just as well. These brownies are very "cake like" so they will rise quite a bit. But don't be alarmed by their size. Once they melt with the ice cream and chocolate sundae topping, they turn softer and more "fudge like."
These Thin Mint Trifles are not only putting me in the cookie mood, they're getting me pumped for St. Patty's day, too. Anything green and minty and chocolatey is right up my ally! I might need to hit my niece up for a few more boxes before March is over!
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I love to eat a hearty breakfast, but unfortunately I don't have a lot of time to cook most mornings. It's much easier to pour myself a bowl of cereal before heading out the door than pull out the frying pan. I love making this Five Cheese Italian Frittata because it's a quick one pot dish. No need to load the dishwasher or pull out heavy baking equipment.
Now, you may be wondering, what exactly IS a frittata? For years, I've made egg dishes, but I didn't discover this amazing dish until recently. A frittata resembles an omelette, but there's no need to fuss with the flipping. It has the flavor of a quiche, but there's no need to roll out a pie crust.
Now, technically speaking, Frittata means "fried" in Italian. So an authentic frittata is generally fried in a frying pan until the edges are just set. Then it is either flipped or transferred to the oven to finish cooking. My frying pans are rather large, so it would probably take for entire carton of eggs for me to fill my frittata pan. So I opted to bake mine in a cute little pie pan I picked up recently (which is another reason I decided to skip the stovetop!) Plus, I've been on a "one pot cooking" kick lately, attempting to eliminate dished piling up in my sink. So, while this dish may be slightly lacking in technique, it makes up for it in the taste department!
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Breakfast is my family's favorite meal of the day. Dinners and lunches they could take or leave, but pancakes and bacon are always a hit with the kids! In fact, they like breakfast so much, I often serve breakfast for dinner. I'll make French toast or pancakes, served with a cup of yogurt and a slice of bacon on the side. I decided to combine some of my kids' favorite breakfast foods with these Maple Syrup Cupcakes. I added maple syrup to the cupcakes batter, and Greek yogurt with the cream cheese (although I discovered recently you can buy cream cheese with Greek Yogurt already incorporated-who knew?!) Of course, I garnished the cupcakes with bacon-because that seems to make any food more palatable in my family! Now, the hard part is waiting until after dinner ("breakfast") to enjoy these cupcakes!
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Hi, I'm Jennifer-the creator of What's Baking, Babycakes? Here you'll find easy to make desserts, frozen treats, healthy salads, and hearty casseroles. I love baking, and spending time with my family and two Papillions! Find out more in the "about section." Happy baking!