Foodie Friday: Cranberry Cream Cheese Bars

Happy Friday everyone! For today’s Foodie Friday, I wanted to share a sweet dessert with you! These delicious Cranberry Cream Cheese bars will be the perfect treat after a long week.  This recipe is courtesy of Allrecipes.com

Picture1Here’s what you’ll need:

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 3/4 cups brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 (16 ounce) can whole berry cranberry sauce
Directions
Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, oats and 3/4 cup of brown sugar. Cut in the butter until the mixture is crumbly. Reserve 1 1/2 cups of this mixture and press the remaining mixture into the bottom of a 9×13 inch pan.
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Bake for 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, beat cream cheese with sweetened condensed milk until light and fluffy. Stir in the lemon juice and spread the mixture evenly over the prepared crust. Empty the can of cranberry sauce into a small bowl and stir in the cornstarch and brown sugar. Spoon over the cream cheese layer.
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Sprinkle the top with the reserved crust mixture.
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Bake for 35 to 40 minutes in the preheated oven, until top is golden. Let cool completely before cutting into bars. Store covered in the refrigerator.
Enjoy!
Happy Cooking 🙂
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Foodie Friday: Shrimp and Avocado Salad

This is one of my favorite seafood salads— it’s easy to prepare, visually appealing, and full of flavor! Perfect for a mid day snack or a light lunch, you’ll find this dish to be the perfect addition to your spring menu.. (It’s also gluten free!) This recipe is courtesy of skinnytaste.com,

 

Shrimp and avocodo salad

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb cooked jumbo shrimp
  • 1 avocado- diced
  • 1 jalapeno- diced
  • 1 tsp chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 medium tomato- diced
  • 2 limes- juiced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp olive oil

Directions:

Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl and chill. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve. *Try eating with crispy tortillas for extra crunch

 

Happy Cooking!

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Foodie Friday: Roasted Chicken with Vegetables

Roasted Chicken has become one of my cooking staples. One of the reasons I didn’t try it sooner was because I often found roasted chicken to be dry and lacking  flavor. But last Christmas, I decided to put my new roasting pan to use and perused the internet in search of the perfect chicken recipe. Well I’ve found it and want to share it with you. It’s  AMAZING! The chicken is soooo juicy and flavorful, but I think the real reason I love this dish is because of the caramelized vegetables in the bottom of the pan.  I could eat a plate of them alone!  

Roasting Perfect Chicken

Don’t let roasting a chicken intimidate you. Just remember these 4 basic Tips:

1.     Play with your veggies. Not only do you have an automatic side dish, but the juice from the chicken runs right into your vegetables resulting in outstanding flavors. Plus, your house will smell incredible!

2. Season generously. Go heavy on the salt and pepper- freshly cracked works best. This brings out the natural flavor of the bird. Also, don’t be afraid to play with other spices and herbs.

3. Add fat. Butter that bird up! You want that baby to look like it spent way too much time on an exotic beach when you’re done.Plus you want that skin nice and crispy. Olive oil also works here too.

4. Layer the flavor.  Don’t forget to stuff the cavity with lemon halves, onion, garlic and a big bunch of thyme. The flavors will reach every piece of meat and have your family asking for more!

With these tips in mind, you’re ready to tackle the best chicken recipe EVER! This recipe comes from Foodnetwork.com. Here’s what you’ll need:

Ingredients

  • 1 (5 to 6 pound) roasting chicken
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large bunch fresh thyme, plus 20 sprigs
  • 1 lemon, halved
  • 1 head garlic, cut in half crosswise
  • 2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) butter, melted
  • 1 large yellow onion, thickly sliced
  • 4 carrots cut into 2-inch chunks
  • 1 bulb of fennel, tops removed, and cut into wedges
  • Olive oil

Directions

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Remove the chicken giblets. Rinse the chicken inside and out. Remove any excess fat and leftover pin feathers and pat the outside dry. Liberally salt and pepper the inside of the chicken. Stuff the cavity with the bunch of thyme, both halves of lemon, and all the garlic. Brush the outside of the chicken with the butter and sprinkle again with salt and pepper. Tie the legs together with kitchen string and tuck the wing tips under the body of the chicken.

raw chicken

Place the onions, carrots, and fennel in a roasting pan. Toss with salt, pepper, 20 sprigs of thyme, and olive oil. Spread around the bottom of the roasting pan and place the chicken on top. *Tanisha’s Tip: Cook the chicken breast side down so that all the juices run down into the white meat which can tend to be dry.

vegetables

Roast the chicken for 1 1/2 hours, or until the juices run clear when you cut between a leg and thigh. Remove the chicken and vegetables to a platter and cover with aluminum foil for about 20 minutes. Slice the chicken onto a platter and serve it with the vegetables.

Happy Cooking!

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