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Pasta with Brown Butter Mizithra

You can serve this garnished with chopped fresh parsley like they do at The Old Spaghetti Factory but I really don't think it needs it, it's more for looks. I would also say no salt is needed because the Mizithra brings enough salt to the dish. You could add in more fillers like roasted garlic, sauteed bread crumbs, fresh lemon juice/zest or fresh basil but really this meal is perfect with it's three simple ingredients. You can find Mizithra cheese in the specialty cheese section of most grocery stores (which is usually near the produce section) or at Greek specialty stores. This is comfort food at it's simplest and best. Some days you just need some delicious carbs. Enjoy!

Bisquits and Gravy Dip

This dip, I have been thinking about and was finally able to bring it to life.  You see, I love biscuits and gravy, but not always as a main course. I love serving fancy pancakes for brunch, but also want something savory in the mix. This kind of lets you have it both ways. You get to serve your awesome pancakes for the main course and this can be out when guests arrive! You can thank me later.

Coffee and Donuts Milkshake

I made my donuts… just some easy baked ones based on one of my favorite recipes ever from Ashley (who also inspired these photos… duh), but you can just as easily purchase them… most likely at a drive-thru. Who invented donut drive-thrus? Like I seriously need to be LAZIER when I want to buy a donut. Please, let me sit in my car and wait for ten minutes instead of get five minutes of exercise and walk to get my donut. Good grief. How asinine.

It’s Friday. Eat a donut. Or better yet… drink it.

Two Ingredient Ice Cream

So, I sorta outdid myself here.
Yes, I’m patting myself on the back.
No, I don’t think that’s odd.
I made ice cream. From two ingredients. Without an ice cream machine.
I’ve seen Shelly mention that you can make ice cream from a pint of cream and a can of condensed milk, but when I went to my pantry I was out of condensed milk. Sad face!
What I did have, however, was a can of  dulce de leche.
Um, dulce de leche is just cooked sweetened condensed milk, right?
Let the experimenting begin!

Buffalo Blue Cheese Fries

PARTY. IN. YOUR. MOUTH.

Tell me this doesn’t just SCREAM “GAME DAY!!!!” I mean everyone serves some sort of buffalo dish for game day: buffalo wings, buffalo chicken dip, buffalo chicken pizza, buffalo chicken quesadillas… and now THESE little bites of goodness.

You’re man-friends will love you. Hubs couldn’t even speak, he was shoveling these in his face so fast!

Blondie Ice Cream Sandwiches

So anyway, eating ice cream sandwiches in the fall is sort of the equivalent to wearing Uggs with shorts.  Except it works.
Trust me on this.
Ice cream is always in season.

Plus this ice cream is sandwiched between two buttery blondie bars and filled with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.
It’s a wonderful world.

Roasted Butternut Squash Panzanella

Panzanella (Italian bread salad) is traditionally a summertime dish made with ripe tomatoes, but the premise of stale bread tossed with dressing and seasonal vegetables can be translated to any time of year. Here, roasted squash, toasted bread cubes, walnuts, and dried cranberries are coated with a roasted-garlic-and-shallot balsamic dressing for a wintry spin. Serve this hearty bread salad underneath a whole roasted chicken to sop up all the juices from the bird.

Ultra Creamy Spinach and Mushroom Lasagne

Mushrooms can be chopped with a knife. Alternatively, break them with your fingertips, or pulse them in a food processor. They should be chopped until no pieces larger than 1/4-inch remain.

Red Velvet Cheesecake

The red velvet is sweet, with that slight tang from the buttermilk.  It’s so hard to describe that flavor.  But it was rich, and moist!  The crumb was absolutely perfect; spongy and tight.  It was really fluffy too.  And the cheesecake…  Cheesecakes always seemed daunting and scary.  This one didn’t even crack or bubble!  It set perfectly.  The flavor was rich, and decadent, just as cheesecake should be.  Oh, it was so good!  And the frosting, was perfect as well.  It wasn’t overly sweet, but it was smooth, and delicious.  This truly was a match made in heaven!

Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars

No way are you sick of cookie bars.
They’re totally delicious, totally easy and completely versatile.

Like, would a cake let you put chocolate chip cookies and pretzel nuggets in it?
Hmmm, don’t answer that.  Idea logged.

Anyway, cookie bars are pretty chill.
Ooh, yuck.  I can’t believe I just said that.
What I MEAN is, they are all easy-breezy-I-don’t-care-what-you-add-to-me-because-I-will-work-and-be-delicious-no-matter-what.
Phew.

So yeah.  I make a lot of bar desserts.
They make me happy.
And since you ARE my peeps, I’m thinking they make you happy too.

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