Daily Archives: April 17, 2013

Fudge Brownie Pie

Fudge Brownie Pie

So you may ask, What is this recipe that I see on the screen? It’s Something Rich! Something Chocolatey! Something Oh So Divine! Yes! It is none other than “The Fudge Brownie Pie.” This is definitely a must if you love Chocolate like we do. So go ahead and get that tall, ice cold glass of milk ready. Cause this recipe is about to put you in a straight sugar shock.

Recipe & Photo Courtesy of The English Kitchen

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup caster/bakers sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 4 ounces butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup chopped toasted pecans
  • 2 handfuls of mini marshmallows

for the frosting:

  • 1/4 butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder, sifted
  • 1/4 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 cup icing sugar, sifted

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350*F. Butter a 9 inch flan pan with a removable bottom. Set aside.
  2. Whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt in a bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl beat together the butter, eggs and vanilla. Add to the dry ingredients and mix until smooth. Stir in the toasted nuts. Pour into the prepared pan. Bake on a middle shelf of the oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Immediately sprinkle the marshmallows on top and return to the oven for a few minutes to melt the marshmallows. Remove from the oven and carefully spread the chocolate frosting over top.
  4. To make the chocolate frosting mix all ingredients together in a bowl, beating with an electric whisk until smooth and thick. Spread on the hot marshmallows.
  5. Let cool completely. Cut into wedges to serve.

Overnight French Toast Bake

Overnight French Toast Bake

Weekends in the Porter House are our days of indulgence. Our weekday mornings are soooo filled to the max with 5K’s, weight lifting, crunches, leg lifts, squats, push ups, laps in the pool, dance class, protein bars and green smoothies. Shew! Just saying all that made me tired. LOL.  There is absolutely no time for a sit down breakfast. So every time the weekend rolls around we always pick a treat to reward  ourselves. It must be quick & easy to make but most importantly it must be GOOD! After all who wants to be slaving in the kitchen all day. Not Me! So on the menu today is a dish you make ahead the night before and just bake in the morning. French Toast to the MAX. It’s like having the best of both worlds. Easy, No Sweat but Down Right Delish! Ummm, What day it is?

Recipe & Photo is courtesy of Our Best Bites

Ingredients

  • 8 eggs
  • 2 cups half and half (one pint)
  • 1 cup milk (whatever kind you have on hand)
  • 6 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt (a little less if using table salt)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 lb loaf of french bread
  • softened butter for greasing baking dish (2-3 tablespoons)

topping

  • 4 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons cold butter

for serving

  • melted butter
  • maple syrup
  • powdered sugar
  • berries
  • whipped cream

Instructions

  1. Crack eggs into large mixing bowl and whisk to combine. Whisk in half and half and milk. Add brown sugar, cinnamon, salt and vanilla. Set aside.
  2. Use softened butter to butter bottom and sides of a 9×13 baking dish. Cut bread into 1 inch chunks and place in dish. Whisk egg mixture one more time and then pour evenly over bread. Use a rubber spatula to very gently toss bread, moving bread on bottom to top, and making sure all of the piece on top get dipped in egg mixture. Spread out evenly, cover dish, and place in fridge overnight.
  3. To make topping, place brown sugar, white sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg in a bowl and stir to combine. Cut cold butter into very small pieces and add to bowl. Use clean hands to break up butter and combine mixture until crumbly. Cover and place in fridge until morning.
  4. When ready to bake preheat oven to 350 degrees. Remove plastic from dish and sprinkle topping evenly over top. Bake for 40-50 minutes or until top is golden brown. You can stick a knife or skewer in the casserole to make sure the egg mixture is set on the bottom. *Note I have left a generous baking time window because it varies on ovens and the size of your bread cubes. I used to cook this closer to 60 minutes at my old house, but in my new convection ovens it’s done closer to 45. Keep an eye on it and let me know how long yours takes to bake!
  5. Let cool for 5-10 minutes before cutting into squares. Drizzle with melted butter and syrup, top with berries, whipped cream and a sprinkle of powdered sugar if desired.

Porter House Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Stuffed Chicken Breast

Let me set the scene. It’s Valentine’s Day 2005 and I am hard at work turning our apartment into a restaurant before my Sweetie comes home from work. From the decor, to the lighting, to the music, the printed menus and made from scratch dinner I thought I had it going on. I was ALL IN & loving every minute of it. The night was magical, memorable and one for the record books. But who knew that the main course “Chicken Parmesan” would become a Porter House Original & Fave. 8 years later we are still in love with the original recipe but when we want to take it to the next level this Stuffed Chicken Breast recipe is our go to. It’s like having Chicken Parm and Stuffed Chicken Breasts all rolled up into one. Try it today! You’ll be so glad that you did.

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast, pounded thin
  • 1/2 cup Italian breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese, divided
  • 2 large eggs, divided and beaten
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 (4 ounce) jar of sliced mushrooms, drained
  • 1 (4 ounce) jar of marinated artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
  • 1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
  • 1 (15 ounce) container ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups shredded fresh mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 (16 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce
  • salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F
  2. In a medium bowl mix the 1/2 cup of breadcrumbs together with 1/3 cup of parmesan cheese, set aside. Beat one egg in a small bowl, set aside.
  3. In another medium bowl, combine the ricotta, spinach, artichokes, garlic, one beaten egg, 1/3 cup of parmesan cheese and 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese. Mix well and set aside.
  4. Season chicken breasts with salt, pepper, onion powder and garlic powder to taste. Lay each chicken breast on a cutting board and spread with 1/4 of the ricotta mixture; Roll each chicken breast up and secure with toothpicks. Now dip the cutlets in the egg and then in the breadcrumb mixture. Place each breast seam side down in a lightly greased 9X13 baking dish. Bake in oven for about 25 minutes.
  5. Remove baking dish from oven and pour the spaghetti sauce over the chicken breasts. Top with the sliced mushrooms and remaining mozzarella and parmesan cheese.
  6. Bake for another 5 minutes or until the cheese is melted. Serve & Enjoy!

Simple Cream Cheese Danish

Cheese Danish

When I was a little girl we would periodically make these trips down home. Down home to Marion, AL to visit my Great-Grandma Annie Lou and Great-Grandpa Bose. Even though these trips were only a 2 1/2 hour drive one way; we would always stop in Historic Selma, AL for breakfast. And without fell I would always order a Ham & Cheese Omelet w/ Hash Browns, Cheese Danish and Orange Juice. It was something so simple but sooooo good. So when I came across this recipe I was like, “WOW! All this time I could have been making this delicacy at home.” It’s so easy peasy you wont even break a sweat. And that’s a Good Thing!

Recipe and Photo is courtesy of Food Lush

Ingredients

  • 2 cans of crescent rolls
  • 1 8oz package of cream cheese, softened 
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp sour cream
  • Optional: pie filling or fruit preserves of your choice

       for icing:

  • 1 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 1 tbsp softened butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Open the crescent rolls carefully to avoid unrolling or tearing the dough. You’ll need to leave it in it’s cylindrical shape. Slice the dough into pieces about 1/4 inch thick (as though you’re slicing cookie dough). Place the slices on a cookie sheet and press the center in to make an indentation for the cream cheese filling.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the cream cheese, white sugar, lemon juice, vanilla and sour cream. Add a dollop of the mixture to the indentation you made in each circle of dough. I find that about a tbsp works well, but you can use as little or as much as you like. If you like fruit with your danish, you can also add it to the rolls before the cream cheese mixture. (I like cherry pie filling or blackberry preserves, personally.) Bake for 15 – 20 minutes.
  4. While the danishes are baking, make the icing to drizzle over the tops. Mix together the confectioner’s sugar, milk and butter in a small bowl. You can use a spoon to drizzle it over the tops of the danish, or you can put it into a small zip-top bag and snip of the corner for an easy “piping bag.”
  5. Take the danishes out of the oven and allow them to cool for 10-15 minutes before icing.

Southern Fried Okra

Fried Okra2

Fried Okra! Oh where, oh where do I begin? This born & breed southern comfort dish dates back well before I was even born. And In My Family We Love Ourselves Some Fried Okra. But who wouldn’t love this Southern delicacy?  Well to be totally honest I don’t to much care for okra unless it’s FRIED! Yep, that’s the only way I’ll eat it. Fried and seasoned to perfection.  I can just taste it now. Yummy, Yummy, Yummy!

Ingredients

  • 6 cups oil, for frying
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 pounds frozen or fresh okra, sliced 1/2-inch thick
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • hot sauce
  • salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder; to taste

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in a large, heavy-bottomed skillet or Dutch oven to 350 degrees F. (You may not need to use this much oil; do not fill the pan more than halfway up the sides with oil.)
  2. In a medium bowl, combine cornmeal, flour and seasonings. Set aside.
  3. In another bowl mix buttermilk and a couple dashes of hot sauce. Set aside.
  4. Dip okra in buttermilk mixture and then dredge in cornmeal-flour mixture to coat well.
  5. Carefully add okra to the hot oil and cook until golden brown. (It may be necessary to fry the okra in batches. They are prone to stick together.)
  6. Remove from oil, drain on paper towels. Lightly season with salt, pepper, garlic powder and garlic powder. Serve immediately.