Summer Fruit Sampler & Dip

Summer Fruit Sampler & Strawberry Dip
original recipe by Pampered Chef

I'm thinking about summer again....just dreaming though.... but daylight savings time is just around the corner.  So summer is close behind! There's nothing better than fresh fruit, except fresh fruit with a wonderful strawberry dip. So when that summer fun time begins, this would be a great snack for family and friends for all kinds of gatherings...
This dip is really, really good. Just add your favorite summer fruit and enjoy!

Dip Ingredients:
1 orange
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup light strawberry preserves
1 1/2 cups thawed, frozen light whipped topping

Directions:
Zest orange with Lemon Zester. Finely chop zest to measure 2 tsps.
Combine sour cream, preserves and orange zest. Fold in whipped topping until combined. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
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Always remember..."Life is short, eat dessert first!" Words to live by....

Chicken Piccata - Cuisine At Home

I love working with chicken.  It's lower in calories and better for you than beef.  This recipe is easy, easy, easy.  You can save it for that special occasion, or as a week night treat.  Add the vegetable of your choice, a light salad and either rice pilaf or baby reds and you have a wonderful meal.
  
Chicken Piccata
Ingredients:
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut in half and pounded into cutlets
salt and black pepper
all-purpose flour
nonstick spray
2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1/4 cup dry white cooking wine
1 tsp. minced garlic
1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1 Tbsp. drained capers
2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
fresh lemon slices
chopped fresh parsley

Directions:
  1. Season cutlets with salt and pepper, then dredge in flour.  
  2. Coat a saute pan with nonstick spray, add oil, and heat over medium-high. Saute cutlets 2-3 minutes on one side.  Flip cutlets over and saute the other side, covered, 1-2 minutes.  
  3. Transfer cutlets to a warmed platter; pour off fat from the pan.Deglaze pan with wine and add minced garlic.  
  4. Cook until garlic is slightly brown and liquid is nearly evaporated, about 2 minutes. Add broth, lemon juice, and capers.  
  5. Return cutlets to pan and cook on each side for 1 minute.  
  6. Transfer cutlets to warm plates. 
  7. Finish sauce with butter and lemons.  Once butter melts, pour sauce over cutlets.
  8. Garnish with chopped fresh parsley and serve immediately.
Makes:  2 servings
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Always remember..."Life's short, eat dessert first!"

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Dream Bars-Family Circle

This recipe is just plain "sinful".... LOL!.... but if you have a sweet tooth, this will curb that craving for a good long time.  I found this in an old Family Circle magazine. I told you I cut out everything.  I feel sorry for my kids when I go to that big kitchen in the sky.  They will have enough recipes to last a lifetime. The good thing is I'm a pretty organized lady.  All recipes are categorized in file folders in my desk.  Actually they will probably have a great time going through all of them.  Anyways, back to the recipe.  If you love chocolate and peanut butter and nuts and peanut butter cups and caramel sauce this one is for you.  It's pretty rich, so a little goes a long way. But for that special occasion, this one is a winner!
Chocolate-Peanut Butter Dream Bars

Ingredients:
¾ cup graham cracker crumbs
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 (18 ¼ ounce) boxes brownie mix
¼ cup water
1cup oil
3 eggs
½ cup chopped dry roasted peanuts
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
½ cup creamy peanut butter
½ cup confectioners' sugar
3 tablespoons milk
1 ½ cups heavy cream
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
¾ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
whipped cream, chopped peanuts, chocolate-peanut butter candies and caramel sauce, to garnish
Directions:
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a 9 inch square baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Line pan with foil, allowing sides to overhand; spray foil. In small bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs and granulated sugar. Mix in melted butter. Press crumb mixture into prepared pan. Bake until golden, about 5 to 7 minutes.  Cool in wire rack.
  2. Prepare brownie mix according to package directions. Or for cakelike brownies instead of package instructions change measurements to: 1/4 c. water, 1/3 c. oil and 3 eggs. Fold in chopped nuts. Pour batter into crust-lined pan. Return to 350 degree oven; bake until brownie is just set and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 30 to 35 minutes.  Cool completely in pan on wire rack.
  3. With electric mixer in medium bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Add peanut butter and confectioners' sugar; beat until just blended (it will look lumpy). Add milk; beat lightly to loosen mixture.  In separate bowl, whip 1 cup of the cream and gently fold into peanut butter mixture. Spread mousse evenly over cooled brownie. Refrigerate 1 hour.
  4. Heat remaining 1/2 c. cream in a small saucepan over medium heat until just boiling. Remove from heat; add corn syrup and chocolate chips.  Cover and let stand 5 minutes.  Stir until smooth. Pour glaze over chilled mousse and spread to cover completely. Return to refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
  5. Run a small knife around inside of pan and lift out brownie. Heat knife under hot running water and trim edges. Slice brownie, rinsing knife after each cut, into 5 strips and 1 1/2 inches wide. Cut each strip into 5 pieces about 1 1/2 inches square. Transfer to a serving plate and garnish with whipped cream, nuts, candy and caramel sauce.
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I don't know about you, but I love chocolate. I don't like wasting my time and calories on store bought candy bars. If I'm going to indulge, it has to be good chocolate. I'm not a milk chocolate person. I'm a dark chocolate person. The darker the chocolate the better. However, I do love Hershey bars...right out of the refrigerator. That's the only milk chocolate I like.  Anyways, this post gave everyone lots of chocolate desserts to pick from. I do hope you enjoy one of them soon...
Always remember..."Life's short, eat dessert first!"