Tag Archives: real simple

Mud Pie

One of..

Mud Pie

Mud Pie

my favorite desserts as a kid, and probably still today.  Coffee ice, chocolate pie crust, fudge, nuts.. it’s pretty hard to not love a good Mud Pie!  Thanks to Real Simple for reminding me of this delightful treat, and of course, for a recipe that keeps it simple!

Photo: Real Simple

-twentyeight

Tomatillo and Avocado Dip

Gotta..

Tomatillo and Avocado Dip

Tomatillo and Avocado Dip

love Real Simple. I recently came across their 10 Party Dips gallery, and once again, they didn’t disappoint.  All of recipes claim to be easy and use fresh ingredients that aren’t hard to come by. With my ongoing obsession with Mexican food, the Tomatillo and Avocado Dip is the first on my list to try. But all are worth giving a whirl.

Photo: Real Simple

-twentyeight

 

Espresso Truffles

Anyone..

Espresso Truffles

Espresso Truffles

up for espresso truffles? Earlier today, I was flipping through Real Simple and, no surprise, but they have some holiday desserts that look totally delicious. These truffles are one of the many that caught my eye.  They look much easier than I had ever imagined and such a treat. Yet to try them, but next snowy day, could be a good activity!

Ingredients:
1 cup heavy cream
1 tsp instant espresso powder
1/2 pound semisweet chocolate, chopped
1/2 pound bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1 tbsp coffee liqueur (optional)
1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

Directions:
1. In a large saucepan, heat the cream and instant espresso powder over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the mixture bubbles around the edges, 2 to 3 minutes.
2. Remove from heat, add the semisweet and bittersweet chocolate, and stir until melted. Add the liqueur (if using) and vanilla and stir to combine. Transfer to a shallow bowl, cover loosely, and refrigerate until firm, at least 4 hours and up to 1 week.
3. Using a small spring-loaded scoop, a melon baller, or a teaspoon, drop 1-inch balls of the chocolate mixture onto a wax-paper-lined baking sheet. Refrigerate until firm, about 15 minutes.
4. Place the cocoa powder in a shallow bowl. Roll the chocolate balls in the cocoa, then transfer to a wax paper-lined baking sheet and refrigerate. Bring to room temperature before serving.

Photo: Real Simple

-twentyeight

Parmesan Pasta With Chicken and Rosemary

Quick..

Parmesan Pasta With Chicken and Rosemary

Parmesan Pasta With Chicken and Rosemary

easy and looks pretty hard to mess up. This recipe from Real Simple for Parmesan Pasta With Chicken and Rosemary consists of 5 ingredients and claims to be ready in 15 minutes flat.  Perfect to whip up midweek.

Ingredients:
12 ounces orecchiette (about 3 cups)
2- 2 1/2-pound rotisserie chicken
2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
3/4 cup grated Parmesan (3 ounces)
kosher salt and black pepper

Directions:
1. Shred chicken and set aside.
2. Cook the pasta according to the directions.
3. Reserve 1 ¼ cups of the cooking water.
4. Return drained pasta to the pot.
5. Add chicken, rosemary, reserved pasta water, ½ cup of the Parmesan, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper to the pasta and toss.
6. Cook, stirring over medium-low heat until sauce has thickened slightly (2 to 3 minutes).
7. Sprinkle with the remainder of Parmesan and serve.

Photo: Real Simple

-twentyeight

Kale-Apple Smoothie

Okay..

Kale-Apple Smoothie

Kale-Apple Smoothie

so maybe smoothie season has come and gone and hot cider is sounding more delicious by the day, but recently I’ve been thinking about new ways to incorporate more fresh fruits and veggies into my diet. These recipes from Real Simple for Kale-Apple, Banana-Cashew, Carrot-Pineapple smoothies could be the answer. Nothing complicated, whole foods from everyday ingredients. Real Simple and really delicious.

Photo: Real Simple

-twentyeight