SWEET & SOUR TOMATOES

This is one of the simplest and most flavorful ways to use end of the season garden tomatoes!

SWEET & SOUR TOMATOES
2 cups chopped tomatoes
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar (or other flavor of your choice)
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
1-2 tablespoons sugar

  • Sprinkle tomatoes with sugar and toss.
  • Sprinkle again with FRESH ground salt and pepper and toss to mix.
  • Pour vinegar over and toss to mix.
  • Chill.

COOKIES & CREAM ICE CREAM – CHOCOLATE FUDGE & LEMON TOO

COOKIES & CREAM ICE CREAM – CHOCOLATE FUDGE & LEMON TOO
Has it been hot where you are? It certainly hasn’t been here but, I can’t think of a better way to celebrate ANYTHING than to make some homemade ice cream!

The best part about this recipe is that it’s a no churn, soft serve recipe with delectable appealing flavors. I use my Klee to make it, but it’s not even necessary. It can be made in simple kitchen ware. It’s so good, it disappears pretty quickly around here, so I usually make a double batch. It is also great to change up in flavor by using golden or lemon flavored Oreos!  Honestly you could use ANY cookie for your favorite flavors!

2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 tablespoon PURE vanilla extract
HALF of a 3 ounce package of cheesecake flavor pudding mix
1/2 normal package of Oreos – crushed.

Instructions using Metal loaf pan:

  • In a bowl, pour 2 cups of heavy whipping cream and whip until stiff peaks begin to form.
  • In a separate bowl, pour in 1 can sweetened condensed milk.  Add the vanilla and the vanilla pudding.  Mix well.
  • Add in half of the crushed Oreo cookies and mix.  Pour this mix into the whipped cream, and fold it in gently.
  • In a metal loaf pan, pour about half of the mixture.
  • Add a layer of crushed Oreos, and then top with the remaining ice cream mixture.
  • Sprinkle the top with the remaining crushed Oreos.
  • Cover with press and seal or plastic wrap and freeze for 24 hours.

CHICKEN CORDON BLEU MEATBALL PASTA BAKE

CHICKEN CORDON BLEU MEATBALL PASTA BAKE serves 6-8 adapted from Twisted Food

1 pound ground chicken
1 egg beaten
½ cup FRESH breadcrumbs
½ cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons FRESH chopped parsley
2 green onions, FINELY minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon avocado oil
FRESH ground Salt and pepper
Cubed Tavern ham
Cubed swiss cheese

  • In a large bowl, mix together chicken, egg, breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, parsley, onions, garlic, salt and pepper.
  • Form into golf ball sized balls.
  • Flatten each ball on your palm and place one piece of ham and a cube of Swiss cheese.
  • Wrap and roll into a ball. Continue with rest of mix.
  • Heat oil in a nonstick pan over medium heat.
  • Pan fry meatballs until golden brown all around.
  • Remove and wipe out the pan.

2 tablespoons avocado oil
3 tablespoons butter
3 cloves garlic, minced
5 tablespoons WONDRA flour
2 cups chicken stock
1 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon dijon mustard
12 ounces penne pasta, prepared
1 cup grated Cheddar cheese, divided
1 cup grated Swiss cheese, divided
1 cup grated Mozzarella, divided
Salt and pepper to taste
¼ cup pasta water
Chopped parsley

  • Preheat an oven to 350º.
  • Add the butter and let it melt, add garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
  • Sprinkle in the flour and cook for 1 minute.
  • Gradually whisk in the chicken stock until combined and smooth then pour in the cream.
  • Bring to a simmer and stir through the mustard.
  • Cover with a lid and let thicken slightly.
  • Season the sauce with salt and pepper.
  • Add the pasta, half of each cheese and the meatballs. Stir to coat.
  • Pour the pasta mix into a large casserole dish.
  • Bake for 10 minutes and then grill for 5 minutes.
  • Sprinkle with parsley and serve.

INSTA POT TUSCAN CHICKEN LASAGNA

INSTA POT TUSCAN CHICKEN LASAGNA (use leftovers from TUSCAN CHICKEN RECIPE) adapted from AMY & JACKY

8 oven-ready lasagna noodles
2 1/2 – 3 cups Tuscan chicken, shredded
2 cups shredded Mozzarella cheese
4 green onions, sliced thin
8 ounces thinly sliced mushrooms
¼ cup FRESHLY & FINELY grated Parmesan cheese

RICOTTA CHEESE MIXTURE
¾ cup Ricotta cheese
1 large egg
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper

  • Shred leftover Tuscan Chicken with two forks.
  • Mix the shredded chicken back into the leftover Tuscan Sauce.
  • In a mixing bowl, beat one large egg, then add in Ricotta cheese.
  • Season with Italian seasoning, salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Spray 7-inch springform pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Break the uncooked oven-ready lasagna noodles into smaller pieces, then layer them at bottom of the pan in a single layer.
  • Layer ⅓ portion of the Tuscan Chicken on the lasagna noodles.
  • Layer ⅓ of the Ricotta cheese mixture onto the chicken layer.
  • Layer ⅓ of the sliced onions and mushrooms on top of the ricotta cheese layer and top with ⅓ of the shredded mozzarella cheese on top. Repeat this layering cycle twice.
  • Add ¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese on the very top.
  • Wrap the springform pan tightly with aluminum foil.
  • Pour 1 cup cold water, then place a trivet in Instant Pot.
  • Create a foil sling and place the springform pan in Instant Pot.
  • Close lid, then pressure cook at High Pressure for 26 minutes + 10 minutes Natural Release. After 10 minutes natural release, turn Venting Knob to Venting position to release the remaining pressure.

OPTIONAL NOTE:
If you want to brown the Parmesan cheese on top:

  • To brown the Parmesan cheese on top, preheat the oven to 425° while the Instant Pot is natural releasing.
  • Place the cooked Tuscan Chicken Lasagna in a 425° oven for 6-7 minutesuntil the cheese is browned on top.
  • For an easier release, use a paring knife to gently release the Lasagna from the springform pan. If you are using a pan with a removable bottom, you can place a mason jar at the bottom of the pan, then slide down the pan to take out the Lasagna.
  • Slice and serve immediately!

CHICKEN NORMANDY aka ESCALOPE DE POULET ALA NORMANDE

CHICKEN NORMANDY aka ESCALOPE DE POULET ALA NORMANDE

You are going to LOVE this wonderful classic, though updated, French chicken dish from France. Apples are quite prominent in the Normandy region of France and are quite good in both sweet and savory as you’ll see from this recipe.

2 pounds (4) boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon avocado oil
1 LARGE shallot, diced
8 ounces BEECH mushrooms
1 LARGE garlic clove, minced
¼ cup WONDRA flour
½ cup chicken stock (I prefer homemade)
1 cup apple cider
Juice of 1 LARGE lemon
¼ cup brandy
1 LARGE Granny Smith apple, washed, cored and chopped
¼ teaspoon FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
¼ cup heavy cream

  • In a small bowl combine lemon juice and just enough water to submerge the apple pieces.
  • In a large skillet heat avocado oil over medium high heat.
  • Generously season chicken breasts with FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper.
  • Sear over medium high heat until lightly golden on all sides. Remove the chicken from the pan and set aside, keeping warm.
Add butter to the pan and reduce the heat to medium.
  • Add shallots and sauté for 4-5 minutes, until golden.
Add the mushrooms and garlic. Sauté for 2-3 minutes, until the mushrooms are golden.
With a slotted spoon, remove onions and mushrooms from the pan.
  • Add the flour. Mix well until the flour is moistened. Return the pan back to the heat.
Add the stock to de-glaze the skillet, scraping up any stuck bits.  
Add the apple cider and brandy, blending well.
  • Add the cream and blend well, turning the chicken to coat.
  • Drain the apples.
  • Return the chicken to the pan, nestling them among the onions and mushrooms.
  • Nestle apple pieces into pan also.
  • Adjust the salt and pepper to taste.
  • Simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes over medium low heat until the sauce has thickened to your liking and chicken is completely cooked through.

MENU PLAN MONDAY week 39 of 2019

MENU PLANS FOR THE WEEK
MONDAY – BACON WRAPPED GRILLED CHICKEN WINGS & BBQ BEANS
TUESDAY – TAMALE PIE & SALAD
WEDNESDAY – OVEN FRIED CHICKEN & BISCUITS with SALAD
THURSDAY – COUNTRY CHICKEN & GRAVY with GREEN BEANS
FRIDAY – CHICKEN & BROCCOLI COBBLER with HONEY ROASTED CARROTS
SATURDAY – HONEY GARLIC MEATBALLS with PARMESAN MASHED POTATOES & SALAD
SUNDAY – C.O.R.N

SUCCESSFUL RECIPE LINKS FROM LAST WEEK

FEATURED PARTY LINKS FOR THIS WEEK

SUCCESSFUL RECIPES THAT WILL POST THIS WEEK:

  • CHICKEN NORMANDY
  • COOKIES AND CREAM ICE CREAM
  • INSTA-POT TUSCAN CHICKEN LASAGNA
  • CHICKEN CORDON BLEU MEATBALL PASTA BAKE
  • SWEET & SOUR TOMATOES
  • CHEDDAR BISCUITS

HAPPY HOMEMAKER week 39 of 2019

Be sure to join us and link up with
Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom for Happy Homemaker Monday

GOOD MORNING I hope everyone had a wonderful week!  We had a VERY productive week despite the rain.  After my illness and massive weight loss I’d been putting off dealing with my wardrobe until I finally realized I was never going to gain any weight back and it was time to get rid of things.  I LITERALLY had to try on every piece of clothing I own and FINALLY sort it all out.  It was one of those projects that literally took days, but in the end I had to part with MOST of my favorites including coats, jackets and shoes!  Who would have thought you could lose shoe sizes?  It took several trips, but in the end I was able to donate over 200 gallons of clothing and shoes.  I did itemize it all, but in the end I categorized it by bag size and how many bags I used 😀

I also sorted through ALL the Christmas ornaments and decorations and put together 4 large totes of items to sell on ebay, ETSY  as well as several for the local memory care home of items they could use like tablecloths and such.

We had so much wet rainy weather that these turned into the perfect projects last week. Now on to this week. Yesterday was wet and rainy too so we got caught up on the DVR so it would be empty for the fall season and some football of course 😀

THE WEATHER OUTSIDE & WHAT I’M WEARING Right now it’s cool and overcast but, we are supposed to have a couple warmer, milder days before the temperatures will be dropping again with some rain chances. Yesterday was supposed to be 78 and never got above 66 so I have my doubts on any real warmth this week.  It’s that time of year where the mornings start with cloud cover and the sun breaks out around lunchtime so the height of the day temperature wise only last a couple hours anyway 😀

Have I mentioned how much I LOVE Fall and the crisp cooler temperatures? I had to go to town yesterday and took the back way home through the country and was thrilled to see so many leaves beginning to fall.

I’m wearing Levi’s and a favorite purple pullover.  I’ve even broken out the POPS tennies to replace the flip flops 😀

ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE Hot water, peach yogurt and a banana

AS I LOOK AROUND THE HOUSE, WEEKLY TO DO LIST, HOUSE & CRAFT PROJECTS, APPOINTMENTS

  • LAUNDRY, LIVING AREAS & KITCHEN… Did a deep clean last Friday, so all is still good.
  • YARD… Hubby has been cutting back the garden from all the Opossum damage and it’s just that time as the temps are dropping and the plants are not producing much more.  The zucchinis have been HUGE though , literally doubling over night.
  • APPOINTMENTS & TO DO… eye doctor, dentist, VA…
  • BLOG… I guess this is where I’ll be doing the countdown 😀 Can you believe it only 94 days until Christmas?  I’m working on the BLOGMAS 2019 schedule looking for ideas to make it interesting – Any suggestions?
  • CRAFTS/PROJECTS… I’m working on some Christmas bulbs to match the new garland.

WHAT IS ON THE DVR, I LIKE OR ON THE LIST TO WATCH/SOMETHING INTERESTING I WATCHED The new season starts this week so I’m looking forward to some old favorites that are coming back and a few of the new shows look interesting.

I’M READING I’m still reading:

Ava Miles’ Merriams #3 Valley of the Stars

FAVORITE PHOTO FROM THE CAMERA We’ve had a pesky Opossum feasting on the garden tomatoes!  Every day he leaves just a small sliver.

INSPIRATION & A FUNNY

HEALTH & BEAUTY TIPS

HOMEMAKING/COOKING TIP Halloween is coming up and here’s a little something I wish I’d known years ago!

After you scoop out and carve your pumpkin, dip it in a large container of bleach and water (use a 1 tsp:1 gal mix). The bleach will kill bacteria and help your pumpkin stay fresh longer. Once completely dry, (drain upside down), add 2 tablespoon of vinegar and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice to a quart of water. Brush this solution onto your pumpkin to keep it looking fresh for weeks.”

MENU PLANS FOR THE WEEK
MONDAY – BACON WRAPPED GRILLED CHICKEN WINGS & BBQ BEANS
TUESDAY – TAMALE PIE & SALAD
WEDNESDAY – OVEN FRIED CHICKEN & BISCUITS with SALAD
THURSDAY – COUNTRY CHICKEN & GRAVY with GREEN BEANS
FRIDAY – CHICKEN & BROCCOLI COBBLER with HONEY ROASTED CARROTS
SATURDAY – HONEY GARLIC MEATBALLS with PARMESAN MASHED POTATOES & SALAD
SUNDAY – C.O.R.N

The food portion of my Monday posts has gotten so big I’m now doing a separate post so this one is NOT photo heavy. 😀

BAKED PINEAPPLE SALMON

BAKED PINEAPPLE SALMON adapted from DELISH

Non-stick cooking spray, for pan
1 FRESH pineapple cut into rings
6 salmon fillets, 6-8 ounces each
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper, to taste
3 tablespoons melted butter
3 tablespoons sweet chili sauce
2 tablespoons FRESH chopped cilantro
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
2-3 green onions, thinly sliced for garnish
Lemon wedges, for serving

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Lay 2 pineapple slices per fillet.
  • Season both sides of fillets with salt and pepper and place on top of pineapple slices.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together butter, chili sauce, cilantro, garlic, sesame oil, and red pepper flakes.
  • Brush fillets with the sauce.
  • Bake until the salmon is cooked through, about 25 minutes.
  • Switch the oven to broil, and broil for 2-3 minutes, or until fish is slightly golden.
    Garnish with green onions and lemon wedges.

NOTE: Give the salmon a quick 2-3 minute broil at the end of cooking to allow the top to caramelize.  DO NOT overcook though, it will burn quickly.

FUSION BREAKFAST ENCHILADAS MEXICAN-ITALIAN

FUSION BREAKFAST ENCHILADAS MEXICAN-ITALIAN adapted from NORMAL COOKING
These are wonderfully flavorful – Italian on the inside and Mexican on the outside – fusion at its best!

1 pound sweet Italian sausage
3 green onions, halved and sliced thin
2 ounces sun dried tomatoes
1 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
8 (8 inch) flour tortillas
LARGE eggs
1 tablespoon WONDRA flour
2 cups half-and-half
FRESH ground sea salt and pepper
4 slices bacon, diced and cooked crisp
Salsa, for serving
Sour cream, for serving

  • Spray 9×13 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  • In a skillet over medium high heat, brown sausage and then drain fat.
  • In a large bowl, stir together browned sausage, green onions, sun-dried tomatoes, Mozzarella cheese and half of the bacon pieces.
  • Place 1/8 of the mixture down the center of a tortilla.
  • Roll up and place seem side down in baking dish. Repeat until all tortillas are filled.
  • In another large bowl beat eggs, flour and salt.
  • Mix in half-and-half.
  • Pour over the tortillas in the pan. You can cover the dish overnight and place in the fridge OR bake immediately.
  • When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350°.
  • Uncover dish and sprinkle remaining cheese over tortillas.
  • Sprinkle the rest of the bacon bits over cheese.
  • Cover with foil and bake for 35 minutes.
  • Uncover dish and bake 10 minutes longer or until set and cheese is melted.

PINA COLADA CHEESECAKE

Awhile back I found a recipe in a magazine for the BEST EVER PINA COLADA CHEESECAKE and as is my nature cut it out and set aside to make. When I went to make it, I realized I had somehow cut off some of the directions so searched the web for the recipe in hopes of finding the missing directions. I DID NOT find the exact one I was looking for, but I did find 2 others that sounded similar and quite intriguing. So, each to these recipes were be made to order and then I made a 4th picking out the best features of each for a recipe of my own.

BEST-EVER PINA COLADA CHEESECAKE version 4, my version, a compilation of ALL the best parts of the first three versions 😀 I eliminated the whipped cream all together because I felt the pineapple curd was smooth enough and a sufficiently smooth topping.

CRUST from version one added a FRESH taste to the normally pedestrian graham cracker crust.  I added the ginger for an added boost. French gallette cookies with sea salt work well also.
8 shortbread cookies, crushed
8 gingersnaps, crushed
1 cup toasted coconut
3 tablespoons butter, melted

  • Preheat oven to 325°.
  • Wrap the outside bottom of a 9-10 inch springform pan with foil.
  • Spray insides with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Combine crushed cookies, toasted coconut and melted butter into a coarse crumb crumble.
  • Press evenly into the bottom of the pan.
  • Bake 8-10 minutes until set.
  • Set aside to cool.

FILLING also from version #1, but with alterations for flavor.
(3) 8 ounce cream cheese packages, softened at room temperature
1/4 cup superfine sugar
3 LARGE eggs
1/2 cup cream of coconut
1/4 cup sour cream

1/4 cup MALIBU pineapple rum
2 teaspoons FRESH finely grated lemon peel
(1) 8 ounce can crushed pineapple, DRAINED EXCEPTIONALLY WELL

  • In a large mixing bowl beat cream cheese with sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition JUST until combined.
  • Add cream of coconut, rum and orange peel, mixing JUST until combined.
  • FOLD in pineapple.
  • Pour over cooled crust.
  • Bake 1 hour 15 minutes until set and center ONLY slightly jiggles.
  • Run a knife around outside edge.
  • Turn off oven, leave cheesecake in oven, but open door about 4 inches and let set 30 minutues.
  • Remove from oven and cool 30 more minutes and then refrigerate AT LEAST 6 hours or preferably overnight.

The PINEAPPLE CURD from version #3 is a MUST!
1 cup granulated sugar
9 large egg yolks
1 cup canned pineapple juice
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
10 tablespoons butter, cut into 1/2″ pieces

  • In a medium saucepan, whisk together sugar and egg yolks, then whisk in pineapple juice and salt.
  • Add butter and place over medium heat.
  • Cook pineapple mixture, stirring constantly and scraping the bottom and sides of the pans, until the butter melts and mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 9 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a medium heatproof bowl.
  • Refrigerate until very cold, at least 1 hour.

GLAZE – next time I will be adding a kiwi and a couple raspberries to the glaze for color
8 ounce can crushed pineapple, DRAINED juice reserved
1/4 cup superfine sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon FRESH lemon juice

  • In a medium saucepan whisk together pineapplejuice, sugar and lemon juice.
  • Add cornstarch, whisking until smooth.
  • Stir in pineapple.
  • Bring to a SLOW boil over medium heat, stirring CONSTANTLY. Boil just 1 minute until slightly thickened, still CONSTANTLY stirring.
  • Cool 20 minutes at room temperature.

ASSEMBLY
Pineapple slices, cherries or raspberries for garnish
Toasted coconut, for garnish

  • Spoon curd over cheesecake.
  • Top with glaze.
  • Top with cherries or raspberries and coconut garnish.
  • Cut into pieces and serve.

BEST-EVER PINA COLADA CHEESECAKE #1 – unknown source
A rum spiked coconut filling on a toasted coconut crust topped with pineapple creates a decadent dessert reminiscent of the classic tropical drink.

CRUST
15 shortbread cookies, crushed
1 cup toasted coconut
3 tablespoons butter, melted

  • Preheat oven to 325°.
  • Wrap the outside bottom of a 9-10 inch springform pan with foil.
  • Spray insides with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Combine crushed cookies, toasted coconut and melted butter into a coarse crumb crumble.
  • Press evenly into the bottom of the pan.
  • Bake 8-10 minutes until set.
  • Set aside to cool.

FILLING
(3) 8 ounce cream cheese packages, softened at room temperature
1/4 cup superfine sugar
3 eggs
3/4 cup cream of coconut
1/4 cup light rum
2 teaspoons finely shredded orange peel
(1) 8 ounce can crushed pineapple, DRAINED WELL

  • In a large mixing bowl beat cream cheese with sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition JUST until combined.
  • Add cream of coconut, rum and orange peel, mixing JUST until combined.
  • FOLD in pineapple.
  • Pour over cooled crust.
  • Bake 1 hour 15 minutes until set and center ONLY slightly jiggles.
  • Run a knife around outside edge.
  • Turn off oven, leave cheesecake in oven, but open door about 4 inches and let set 30 minutues.
  • Remove from oven and cool 30 more minutes and then refrigerate AT LEAST 6 hours or preferably overnight.

GLAZE
8 ounce can crushed pineapple, DRAINED, juice reserved
1/4 cup superfine sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon FRESH lemon juice

  • In a medium saucepan whisk together pineapple juice, sugar and lemon juice.
  • Add cornstarch, whisking until smooth.
  • Stir in pineapple.
  • Bring to a SLOW boil over medium heat, stirring CONSTANTLY. Boil just 1 minute until slightly thickened, still CONSTANTLY stirring.
  • Cool 20 minutes at room temperature.

ASSEMBLY
Cherries or raspberries for garnish
Toasted coconut, for garnish

  • Spoon glaze over cheesecake.
  • Top with cherries or raspberries and coconut garnish.
  • Cut into pieces and serve.

Pina Colada Cheesecake #2 which I adapted from COOK FOR SMILES  is a smooth and creamy cheesecake that tastes JUST like a piña colada, except that you cannot drink it, but have to eat its layers of pineapple chunks and coconut topped with coconut flavored cheesecake that has been baked to a smooth perfection.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Rest and chill time 8 hours
Servings 8

CRUST
1 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs
½ cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
5 Tbsp melted unsalted butter
4 pineapple rings canned
2/3 cup sweetened coconut flakes

  • In a small bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, vanilla extract and brown sugar, mixing very well.
  • Spread crumb mixture in the bottom of the spring form pan evenly, pressing it over the bottom and half way up the sides.
  • Spread chopped pineapple slices evenly over the bottom and then coconut flakes all over the pineapple chunks. Set aside.

CHEESECAKE
24 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons sour cream
2 eggs
2/3 cup Cream of Coconut Goya*
2 tablespoons heavy cream
2/3 cup white granulated sugar
2 tablespoons corn starch
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • In a bowl of an electric mixer, beat cream cheese on medium-high speed until smooth and fluffy.
  • Scrape sides and bottom of the bowl and beat for another minute.
  • Add corn starch and sugar and mix until combined.
  • Beat in eggs one at a time, until incorporated.
  • Add sour cream, vanilla extract, heavy cream and Cream of Coconut and beat until all mixed well.
  • Transfer batter into the springform and spread it evenly.
  • Pour the batter all over the pineapples and coconut and not just in the center. (If you are not sure about your springform holding up in water, you can wrap the springform in heavy duty aluminum foil from bottom up to the sides.)
  • Place roasting pan into the oven and place springform with cheesecake inside the roasting pan.
  • Carefully add water to the roasting pan, about half way up the side of the springform.
  • Bake for 70-75 minutes.
  • Turn off the oven and open the oven door half way.
  • Let cheesecake rest for about 10 minutes and take it out of the oven.
  • Let it rest on the counter for 10 minutes and then gently run a butter knife between sides of the cheesecake and the springform, to carefully separate it. (You don’t actually have to take the cheesecake out of the pan until ready to serve.)
  • Cool cheesecake for an hour to get it to room temperature and then cool it for about 2 hours in the refrigerator so it is cold when adding whipped topping.

WHIPPED TOPPING
1 cup heavy whipping cream cold
1/2 cup Cream of Coconut
2 tablespoons white granulated sugar

  • Add the cold heavy whipping cream into the cold mixing bowl. Use whisk attachment. Starting at low speed, start whisking, gradually raise to speed to high.
  • Slowly pour in the Cream of Coconut and then sugar. Beat until stiff peaks appear (don’t walk away far or you might overmix).
  • Spread whipped topping over the cooled cheesecake, evenly. (Keep the cheesecake in the springform.)


TOPPING
3/4 cup sweetened coconut flakes
4 pineapple rings canned
Maraschino cherries

  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees and grease a 9 inch springform pan. You will need a large roasting pan that’s bigger and longer than the springform pan. (I use the aluminum foil disposable ones). 
If you are not sure about your springform holding up in water, you can wrap the outside of the springform pan in heavy duty aluminum foil from bottom up to the sides. (I recommend wrapping the outside of the springform in foil before adding the crust and cheesecake batter.)
    Spread coconut flakes gently over the whipped topping. Decorate with pineapple slices and maraschino cherries.
    Cover the cheesecake and springform with saran wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.

Piña Colada Cheesecake Bars #3 was adapted from DELISHThe pineapple curd on these bars is what makes them SO SO good. Your very first bite will transport you right onto the beach with a piña colada in hand. 

Yields: 16 servings
Prep Time: 0 hours 20 mins
Total Time: 4 hours 30 mins

CRUST
12 graham crackers – 1 1/2 cup finely ground crumbs
1/4 cup granulated sugar 6 tablespoons butter, melted
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Preheat oven to 325°.
Line a 9″ square baking pan with parchment paper, leaving an overhang on two sides. I like to use my square springform pan.
In a medium bowl, combine graham crackers with sugar, melted butter, and salt.
Transfer to prepared pan, and gently press in to make an even crust.
Bake until lightly golden, about 12 minutes.
Let cool on a wire rack while making the filling.

FILLING
2 (8-oz.) blocks cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 cup coconut Thai Kitchen coconut milk
3 LARGE eggs
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
3/4 cup sweetened coconut flakes

  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese with sugar until light and fluffy, 2 minutes.
  • Beat in coconut milk, eggs, and salt until smooth.
  • Stir in coconut flakes.
  • Pour mixture over crust and bake until just set, about 45 minutes.
  • Cool completely in pan.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until well chilled, at least 2 hours. 

PINEAPPLE CURD
1 cup granulated sugar
9 large egg yolks
1 cup canned pineapple juice
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
10 tablespoons butter, cut into 1/2″ pieces

  • In a medium saucepan, whisk together sugar and egg yolks, then whisk in pineapple juice and salt.
  • Add butter and place over medium heat. 
  • Cook pineapple mixture, stirring constantly and scraping the bottom and sides of the pans, until the butter melts and mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 9 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a medium heatproof bowl.
  • Refrigerate until very cold, at least 1 hour.

ASSEMBLY
2 cups whipped cream topping
3/4 cup toasted sweetened coconut flakes
16 maraschino cherries with stems

  • Spread cooled pineapple mixture evenly over cooled bars and spread whipped cream on top.
  • Sprinkle with toasted coconut and keep chilled until ready to serve.
  • Use parchment paper overhang to lift cheesecake out of pan or remove ring if using springform pan.
  • Cut into 16 squares.
  • Top each square with a maraschino cherry before serving.

CHICKEN FLAUTA RING

CHICKEN FLAUTA RING
2 cups chicken, cooked, shredded **
1 small red onion, chopped small
1 large ripe tomato, chopped
2 cups shredded Monterey jack cheese, divided
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
Juice of 2 limes
2 tablespoons taco seasoning
18 flour tortillas fresh cilantro, chopped, for garnish
guacamole and avocado slices, for garnish
sour cream, for garnish
salsa, for garnish

  • In a large bowl, combine the chicken pieces, onion, tomato, 1/2 cup Monterey Jack cheese, 1/2 cup  cheddar cheese, the lime juice, and taco seasoning, mixing thoroughly.
  • Preheat the oven to 400˚.
  • Spray baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Place one of the tortillas on a cutting board.
  • Scoop 2 tablespoons of the chicken mixture onto the bottom edge of the tortilla.
  • Roll up the tortilla tightly and cut in half crosswise.
  • Repeat with the rest of the tortillas and filling.
  • Arrange the flautas in a circle on the baking sheet.
  • Sprinkle with half of the remaining cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese.
  • Place a second layer of flautas on top of the first so they are overlapping.
  • Sprinkle with the rest of the cheese.
  • Place the rest of the flautas on top for a third layer.
  • Bake for 20-30 minutes until golden brown and crisp.
  • Place a spoonful of guacamole and sour cream in the center.  Top with tomatoes and sprinkle with green onions and salsa.
  • Serve immediately and Enjoy!

NOTES:

  • **ROTISSERIE chicken works great!
  • I use my pizza pan wrapped in foil to get them really crisp!

TUSCAN CHICKEN – INSTA POT

TUSCAN CHICKEN adapted from AMY & JACK
Make this Italian inspired Creamy Instant Pot Tuscan Chicken or you will regret it!  Make sure you make enough to have leftovers to make their Tuscan Chicken Lasagna too!

The tender chicken immersed in a simple, yet richly balanced creamy garlic sauce with caramelized mushrooms and sweet sun-dried tomatoes. It’s crazy satisfying and a super easy weeknight meal too!

4 – 6 skinless chicken breasts or skinless chicken thighs
2 tablespoons unsalted butter or avocado oil
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
2 teaspoons Italian seasonings
8 ounces Beech mushrooms, sliced
1 tablespoon Bragg’s Liquid Aminos
¾ cup unsalted chicken stock
4-6 garlic cloves, minced
1 small shallot halved and sliced
4 ounces sun-dried tomatoes
1 cup torn spinach
½ cup heavy cream
¼ – ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

THICKENER
3 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
¼ cup cold water

  •  Heat up Instant Pot using Sauté More function. Wait until it says HOT. This prevents chicken from sticking to the pot. Brown Chicken Thighs or Chicken Breasts:
  • Pat dry chicken and generously season with sea salt and black pepper.
  • Add in 2 tablespoons unsalted butter or avocado oil.
  • Add chicken to brown. Brown for 3 1/2 minutes. Flip and brown the other side for 2 minutes. Set the chicken aside.
  • Add minced garlic, then saute for 30 seconds until fragrant.
  • Add mushrooms, season with salt and black pepper, sauteing for a minute.
  • Add 2 teaspoons Italian seasonings and saute another minute.
  • Whisk together the Bragg’s liquid aminos and chicken stock to deglaze Instant Pot.  Be sure and scrape up all the bits from the bottom.
  • Add the browned chicken and any meat juice that accumulated. Pressure cook chicken at Thighs for 5 minutes at high pressure + Natural Release of 10 minutes or Breasts for 4 minutes at high pressure + Natural Release 10 minutes.  

After 10 minutes, release remaining pressure.  Set aside chicken.
  • Bring the liquid mixture back to a boil using the Saute button.
  • Add in torn spinach leaves and sun-dried tomatoes, then cook for 30 seconds. Give them a quick stir.
  • Mix in 1/2 cup heavy cream and 1/4 – 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
    Thicken Tuscan Chicken Sauce & Seasoning:
  • Whisk together 3 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch and ¼ cup cold water together in a small mixing bowl.
  • Add the cornstarch mixture one third at a time to thicken sauce until desired thickness.
  • Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.
    Add chicken back in and give it a quick mix before serving. Delicious over creamy mashed potatoes, prepared pasta or risotto.
  • Garnish with Parmesan and parsley.