Oh my gosh guys....you are in for a real treat!
My guy and I were at a fabulous dinner party a week ago, where table conversation quickly turned to brisket - and the various methods for making it. Our host had made brisket the day before for 28, and then reheated it the day of the party. It was TO DIE FOR!
I'm typically racing to get my brisket onto the table as soon as it comes out of the oven, so this was a totally new technique for me, and one that I wanted to try as soon as possible.
Who says that granola can't be decadent? I'm pretty sure you won't want to nosh on this for breakfast or brunch, but it is a perfect snack for a party or get together!
My teenage son has absolutely been crazy about these homemade Chewy & Fudgy Brownies - he made a batch on Sunday, and another yesterday to share with friends. I promised him that I would get the recipe posted right away - but the brownies have DISAPPEARED long before I could even snap a few pictures - so ENJOY!
I'll take photos the next time - if they last long enough! These are so good that you can enjoy them plain and simple, fresh and warm from the oven - or top with a silky smooth Milk Chocolate Frosting.
½1/2 cup butter
8 ounces chopped semi-sweet chocolate (we use Ghiradelli Dark bars)
¾3/4 cup granulated sugar
¼1/4 cup light brown sugar (packed)
3 large eggs (room temperature)
1 teaspoon vanilla
½1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons cocoa powder (unsweetened)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
MILK CHOCOLATE FROSTING:
1-3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar (powdered sugar)
¼1/4 cup cocoa powder (unsweetened)
½1/2 cup unsalted butter (room temperature)
2 tablespoons heavy cream or half & half
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼1/4 teaspoon salt
HOW WE MAKE THESE:
During our many annual wintertime visits to Northern Minnesota, one of our favorite things to do is to glide through the winter wonderland on a horse drawn sleigh, being pulled by huge Belgian horses, snuggled under a pile of warm quilts. Sounds like something out of the "Little House" books, but it is one of our favorite family activities!
It is only a short distance from our favorite place in the world - Gunflint Lodge - to the Patten Family Homestead. It always feels like coming home!
At the rustic barn, we greet the massive horses and everyone climbs aboard the huge wooden sleigh, and with a creak of the runners and jingling of the sleigh bells, we are off flying past the perfectly flocked pines and firs, gently illuminated by more than a hundred lanterns - it is like a journey through Narnia!
Oh what fun it is to spend a winter evening sleighride deep into the towering woods and along Bow Lake, enjoying both a pristine quiet that can't be described, or singing Christmas songs at the top of our lungs - even when it isn't Christmas time - there is just something so perfect and timeless!
This is pure northern Minnesota, with an unspoiled wilderness - a glorious adventure, pink noses and cheeks, and laughter that warms the heart. Every trip always includes a stop at "The Kissing Tree", a perfect spot to to share a kiss...
Are you as nuts about Nutella as my kids are? I think we go thru about a jar of this chocolate hazelnut treat every week!
How about taking that creamy goodness to a new level? Decadent and rich, dark chocolate brownies, thick and moist - covered with a rich and creamy layer of Nutella Fudge - these just scream "Eat me now!" (At least that's what they told me when I walked into the kitchen and discovered a good portion of the pan missing!
When I first heard about baking homemade cinnamon rolls in a slow cooker, I was not a believer...especially homemade cinnamon rolls from scratch! But then the logic started to make some sense - you want the delicate dough to rise in a warm location - and what a controlled location this might be!
So I was up before dawn today warming milk and proofing my yeast....and within a couple of hours, we had the scent of wonderful cinnamon and maple rolls wafting throughout the house. Everyone came running, and couldn't believe their luck so early in the morning - or this new cooking method!