Nutella Hamantaschen

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Nutella Hamantaschen from growingupgabel.com @thegabels #recipe

Nutella Hamantaschen are a delicious addition to your Purim festivities! Purim, the Jewish holiday commemorating  Queen Esther's saving the Jews from Haman's evil plots to destroy them.  Hamantaschen are little triangular cookies  made with a shortbread type of cookie dough and filled with all sorts of delicious fillings.  They are traditionally filled with fruit jams, prunes or poppy seeds, but I wanted to use Nutella because it sounded good and was easy. The first recipe I tried used butter and cinnamon.  The cookies were delicious, but boy did they spread! I wanted cute little triangles, not flat triangles. I went back to a trusted website, The Shiksa in the Kitchen, and found this recipe.  It worked beautifully.   I folded both cookie recipes the same, shown below, but what a difference in the results.     I did really like the cinnamon paired with the Nutella so you may want to add 1-2 teaspoons to the dough in place of the orange zest. My husband ... [read more]

Iron Chef Mom: Strawberry Battle

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Iron Chef Mom: Strawberry

Welcome to Iron Chef Mom! This week's secret ingredient is ... STRAWBERRIES!  Summer is so close and with summer comes strawberries - yea! So give us your best strawberry recipes as dream of warmer weather.   Last week's sour cream battle was intense! The winners are: I Thee Cook's Chili Cheese Fries   Sour Cream Crumb Banana Bread from Who Needs a Cape? Sour Cream Blueberry Refrigerator Oatmeal from Architecture of a Mom Congratulation, ladies! Be sure to grab the button to display on your blogs! Now on to this week’s party… I have one hard and fast rule: Link up only recipes that include STRAWBERRIES! Any strawberry recipes you have - past or present! Strawberries do not have to be the main ingredient. Weekly Linkup Guidelines: 1. Follow the weekly host Growing Up Gabel on way you’d like – on Facebook, Twitter , Google + or Pinterest. 2. Vote! The link up will end Saturday morning and voting will run from Saturday-Sunday ... [read more]

Iron Chef Mom: Coconut Battle

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Iron Chef Mom Link Party

It's time for this week's Iron Chef Mom battle! Thank you so much to everyone who linked up to last week's Iron Chef Mom, Cream Cheese battle. Head over to this week's host, Semi-Homemade Mom, to find out the winners. This week's secret ingredient is COCONUT!  I don't cook much with coconut because my kids refuse to eat it, but I do use a lot of coconut oil and coconut milk. One my favorite ice cream toppings ever - hard chocolate sauce -   is made with coconut oil. I have several curry recipes that require coconut milk, like this chicken curry kebab recipe. Butterscotch No Bake Bar Cookies use coconut oil as well - and they are pretty yummy. Now it's your turn - head on over to Semi-Homemade Mom for this week's party!   ... [read more]

Iron Chef Mom: Cream Cheese Battle

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Iron Chef Mom Link Party

Welcome to this week's Iron Chef Mom! This week's ingredient is... CREAM CHEESE! My husband's birthday is this week and the man adores cream cheese - mostly on bagels and in a cheesecake. So I chose cream cheese in honor of his birthday. I can't wait to see what awesome cream cheese recipes you have to share. We had such a great turn out for last week's White Chocolate Battle at Lemos for Lulu! The Iron Chef Mom White Chocolate winners are: Love Bug Cake Pops by KC Bakes Red Velvet Cheesecake Cookies by Flavors by Four White Chocolate S'mores Barsby My Own Blog Review Congratulation, ladies! Be sure to grab the button to display on your blogs! Now on to this week's party... Weekly Linkup Guidelines: 1. Follow the weekly host Growing Up Gabel on way you'd like - on Facebook, Twitter , Google + or Pinterest. 2. Link up only recipes that include CREAM CHEESE! Any cream cheese recipes you have; past or present! Cream cheese does not have to be the main ... [read more]

White Chocolate Recipes: Iron Chef Mom

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Welcome to Iron Chef Mom! This week's Secret Ingredient is White Chocolate and our host is Lemons for Lulu. I don't use white chocolate that often, in fact, I think I have exactly one recipe using white chocolate, Valentine Chex Mix!   Now it's your turn! Head over to Lemons for Lulu and link up YOUR white chocolate recipes!   ... [read more]