Peanut Butter + Cherry Chip Holiday Cookies

TH_7 TH_9 TH_11 TH_1 TH_3 TH_4 TH_6 TH_10Happy Thursday guys! I’ve got a new and exciting recipe post to share with you all today, a classic chocolate chip cookie with a holiday twist! I’m teaming up with Nestle Toll House to share their new line of Holiday DelightFulls, which are basically a more heavenly version of their regular chocolate chips. They’re filled with all sorts of fun stuff like cherry, caramel, peanut butter, mint and more. I really had to exert some strength not to just eat the entire bag while trying to put this recipe together! I chose cherry and caramel for my two options and decided on a peanut butter cookie to really hit it out of the park. Check it out below!

What you’ll Need:
1 Cup Sugar
1 Stick Butter (room temp)
1 Egg
1 Cup Smooth Peanut Butter
1 Teaspoon Vanilla
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1 1/2 Cups Flour
1 Bag Toll House DelightFulls

A cookie recipe like this is pretty straight forward and it’s a great thing to have in your recipe bank for those last minute dessert needs. I’m a huge fan of peanut butter cookies and I thought those cherry chips would really add some great holiday flavor. The recipe is pretty straight forward, take your dry ingredients from the list above (flour, salt, baking soda) and mix that in with the wet (sugar, butter, egg, vanilla, peanut butter) then combine all that in a large mixing bowl. I like to use my hands when mixing recipes like this, I think you can get a better consistency for the dough rather than using a wooden spoon or spatula. After you’ve got your dough all set, mix in a generous amount of the chocolate chips! I say generous, but I’m a total chocolate freak. From there just take spoonfulls of the dough and roll them out into balls and place them on your cookie sheet. Bake 9-11 mins at 375 (depending on your oven) then voila!! I split my dough into two different bowls just so I could try out both types of chocolate chips and although I did love the caramel chips more plain, I liked the cherry chips better in the cookies. Let me know what you guys think and thanks to Nestle Toll House for sponsoring my sweet tooth this weekend!

OH! P.s. I wanted to make them a little more holiday-ish so I threw on some gold and red sprinkles about 6 mins into the baking time. This keeps the sprinkles more in tact rather than mixing them in the dough! Enjoy!

Red Wine Braised Lamb and Veggie Pappardelle with Homemade Pasta

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What you’ll Need:

- Your choice cut of lamb (we used 2 lamb shanks)
– Frozen Peas (frozen or fresh)
– Pearl Onions (frozen or fresh)
– Aurugla
– Fresh Parmesan
– Salt and Pepper
– Eggs
– Flower
– Red Wine
– Olive Oil
– Sage and Rosemary

To start off with the pasta we went with this easy peasy Homemade Pasta Recipe from our favorite pioneer woman, Ree Drummond. It’s literally as simple as folding flour and eggs (2 eggs for every 1 cup of flour) then rolling it through the pasta maker. Being able to make your own pasta is one of the coolest things. It really adds something to your dish and you’ll never want to buy pasta from the store again. For the lamb we braised it in red wine with sage, garlic, rosemary, salt, pepper and some olive oil. You can really go about this part however you like best. For a step by step try out this Red Wine Braised Lamb Shank Recipe from Food & Wine! Once you’ve got your pasta and meat ready, throw it in a cast iron pan with your veggies then top it off with some parmesan. Like most recipe posts here on AM, everything is really up for interpretation, but if you’ve got any questions just leave me a comment and i’ll get back to you asap! I hope you all have a great week and are inspired to make your own pasta someday. I promise, it’s such a cool experience and you won’t regret it!

District One Kitchen & Bar, Las Vegas

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Finding a great local late night spot has been a critical part of every city I’ve lived in.  I’ve got my favorite spots in LA, San Francisco, Miami, NYC and finally tracked down one for Las Vegas. District One Kitchen & Bar is open until 3am every night of the week, which I’ve found to be surprisingly rare! Living on the strip is one thing, but when you live off the strip )and in my case out on the westside) it’s not very easy to find places open past 11 or 12pm. So as you can imagine I was thrilled to stumble across this local gem. Here’s a look at some of my favorite dishes so far –

- Scallops (usually a daily special)
– Crispy Egg Rolls
– Sea Snails
– Pork Buns
– Razor Clams (usually a daily special)
– Beef Carpaccio

Other highlights: Five Spice Roasted Cornish Hen, Fish Tacos and the Coconut Mojito. The is probably some of the best Asian Fusion food I’ve had out here in LV. The service is fast, the food is reasonably priced, and the atmosphere is lively! It’s really just the perfect place for those 2am dinners and any late night food cravings. Make sure to checkout District One next time you’re out and about on the westside, I would highly recommend it!

Havarti & Sausage Breakfast Quiche

Happy December guys! Can you believe we’re in the holiday home stretch? Yikes! One of my favorite things about this time of year is all the guests that show up at your doorstep. You never know who will be next! In order to always accommodate my friends and family, I keep the supplies for a good old quiche handy. It’s the perfect way to start the day and is always a crowd pleaser. So today I’m teaming up with Arla Dofino to share the perfect Havarti and Sausage Breakfast Quiche recipe and a fun #HavartiHolidays Prize Pack with you! Check the details out below –

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What you’ll Need:
3 Eggs
2 Cups Milk
Pie Crust (I make my own using this recipe from Alton Brown)
1-2 Cups Cheese ( I did a mix of Dofino Havarti and Gouda with some VT Sharp Cheddar)
Ground Sausage (bacon is also a great sub here)
Fresh Garlic (peel and saute quickly first)
Salt, Pepper, Cayenne and Nutmeg for spice

Pre-heat oven to 425 and start off with the pie crust if you are going to make it. You’ll want to let it sit in the fridge for at least 20 mins before you’re ready to assemble the quiche. From there start to saute the sausage until it’s nice and golden brown. Mix the eggs, milk, cheese and spices in a large bowl and fold that a few times until its nice and mixed up. Once all these pieces are ready to go, pour the sausage into the egg mix, fold that a bit more then pour that right into the pie crust. Bake in the oven for about 15 mins, then lower the temp to 300 and bake for another 20-25 mins until the top is golden brown. Let it sit for 10-15 mins after you’ve pulled it out then serve hot or cold the next morning if you make it at night. Either way it’s going to taste amazing!

Enter to Win a Happy #HavartiHolidays Breakfast Pack:
– Crate & Barrel Mixing Bowl
– Crate & Barrel Cheese Grater
– Anthropologie Whisk
– A coupon for 1 free Arla Dofino Product
– A set of Arla Dofino Recipe Cards
A $60.00 Value

To Enter this Giveaway you Need to:
1. Visit the Happy Havarti Holidays Breakfast Prize Pack Giveaway Pinterest Landing Page and follow them
2. Go to the Happy Havarti Holidays board and select your favorite breakfast recipe
3. Copy the recipe link and paste it in my comments section below and tell me why you liked it

Lastly… on December 17th, 2014  I’ll pick a random winner from the comments below. Also, while you’re at it make sure to visit ArlaDofino.com this month to grab a $1 off coupon. Thanks so much to Arla Dofino for giving me the inspiration for this post, I hope you all enjoy it!

Thanksgiving Sneak Peek

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xx Mallory