Lately I've been pretty bored without a whole lot of soccer and no more roomie (seriously, what do you all who live alone do with your time?!?!), I've been spending a lot of time going through my 'recipes to try' pile. Last week I made some delicious summer pasta. It was suuuper delicious and lasted forever (love leftovers!). Here is a pic of the delicious dinner I enjoyed all last week:
I also finally tried the recipe I had for, quite possible, my favorite dessert from a restaurant: the Applebee's blondie. Now, I'm not really a fan of Applebee's food, but the blondie they serve sizzling on a cast-iron skillet has been quite possibly the best dessert I've ever eaten in a restaurant. Here is a naked blondie:
And here is the blondie with the delicious sauce and Blue Bell's Homemade Vanilla ice cream:
Sooooo delicious, it was exactly as I remember it, such a great recipe find!
4 medium ripe tomatoes
1/4c thinly diced red onion
1T balsamic vinegar
6T extra virgin olive oil
1/4c chopped fresh basil
s&p freshly ground
1 lb curly pasta (I used girelle)
1pkg mozzarella pearls (or chopped ball of fresh mozzarella)
Chop tomatoes, red onion, and basil. Throw into a large bowl with the balsamic vinegar, olive oil and s&p. allow to marinate at room temperature for about an hour.
Add the mozzarella to the bowl. Cook the pasta according to the package. Drain pasta fully and add to bowl. Toss pasta until it is entirely covered. Serve!
Applebee's Blondie Dessert
1/2 t baking powder
1/8 t baking soda
1/8 t salt
1/2c chopped walnuts
1c packed light brown sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 T vanilla
1/2c white chocolate chips
3/8c maple syrup
3/8c brown sugar
1 (8oz) pkg cream cheese, softened
1/2 t vanilla
Preheat to 325F
In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add chopped nuts, mix well.
Melt butter, add brown sugar and mix well in a large bowl. Add egg and vanilla, mix until completely incorporated. Add flour mixture, a little at a time, mixing well. Stir in white chocolate chips. Spread into an 8" square pan. Bake for about 25 minutes.
Combine syrup and butter, cook over low heat until butter is melted. Stir in brown sugar until dissolved. Remove from heat and beat in the cream cheese and vanilla until smooth. Heat until desired consistency is achieved.
Serve blondies with sauce and ice cream. Enjoy!