Monday, April 22, 2013

cadbury egg blonde brownies

Yummy note: Eeny meeny miny moe... How to choose this month's Secret Recipe Club recipe was about like that. I've never been so torn on what to feature! Julie's blog, Julie's Eats and Treats was awesome. So many easy and delicious-looking dishes to pick from, and what I loved even more about it was her stories. I found that Julie's fear of using yeast in many bread recipes was similar to mine over here, as it is soo finicky that I often mess something up with it as well! So, I have this recipe for homemade English muffin bread saved for later, as I really want to make this. We had just gone to Chili's over the weekend, so I had this vividly in my mind and thought about maybe making this salsa. However, I didn't have jalapenos on hand, and I was stuck at home without a trip to the grocery store any time soon, as it felt like the plague, aka stomach flu, had hit us all, so homebound we were...  Comfort food, dessert, yeah.. that's what the doctor ordered here, blonde brownies. This recipe came from Julie's grandmother, how fitting, as it always seems that it is those old recipes that I tend to get drawn to when feeling a little under the weather. I had some leftover Easter candy here, and I'm not a big fan of white chocolate by itself, so I added it into the brownies, like Julie suggested in this Cadbury Egg brownie version! Julie's Eats and Treats tag line is soo true-- Simple, easy but delicious food! 

Cadbury Egg Blonde Brownies


1 cup of butter, softened - *I used a soy margarine here so it would be dairy-free to accommodate allergies
3 cups of brown sugar
4 eggs
3 cups of flour
2 tsp. of vanilla
1 tsp. of baking powder
1 tsp. of salt
1 bag of Cadbury Mini Eggs - *I used a half bag of Hershey's white chocolate coated candy eggs and a 1/2 bag of dairy-free mini chocolate chips here instead 


In a big bowl, mix all of ingredients together, except for the chocolates. Mix well until they are all creamed together. Then spread into a 10x15 jelly roll pan. I wasn't sure on if it was a prepared greased pan, so I took precautionary measures and used some parchment paper on the bottom. *Note, it worked great. Then sprinkle the chocolates on top of the batter. They will sink into the dough as they bake, so if you want to reserve some of the chocolate for the end, you could so it makes a nice topping! *Great tip from Julie here! Bake brownie bars for about 25-30 minutes at 350 degrees until golden brown and done. Wait until they are cool and cut to enjoy!

I made mine with half white chocolate Easter candy eggs and dairy-free chocolate chips to make it allergen-friendly for our whole family.

What a yummy and easy treat! These blonde brownies remind me of soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies! Thanks Julie and your grandmother for such a wonderful recipe! 

Look at all of the amazing recipes for the April SRC post!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Old-Fashioned Chicken Legs

Yummy note: So I can't believe I haven't posted this before.. I double checked and was like what?! Seriously, no chicken leg recipes here... Interesting, that is not cool, as this meal is a staple for us and my kids LOVE it. Chicken legs are really so easy and it is a good starter for many other meals too. Think about how many times do you have a recipe calling for shredded or cooked diced chicken... chicken tacos, soup, pasta, etc.. So making extra chicken legs when you make this meal, is a perfect way to start those make-ahead leftover meals. These old-fashioned chicken legs, I call them this, as they are very basic, yet flavorful. I grew up with my family making them and having a wonderful gravy made from the drippings as well, served up with mashed potatoes, yum...  You can either make this chicken in the oven or even in a slow cooker if you'd like. When you make the chicken in the slow cooker it produces moist, fall off the bone tender chicken. However, be warned, the chicken will just fall right off the bone, sometimes making it hard to eat without getting too messy, so leave the slow cooker method for the chicken you want for shredding or to toss in other dishes. My favorite is to use my dutch oven and start it on the stove top and finish it in the oven. 

Old-Fashioned Chicken Legs

6-8 chicken legs, thawed
1/2 cup of flour
1 - 1 1/2 tsp of herbs & spices – paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, parsley, rosemary, thyme, or poultry seasonings

Coat chicken with herbs and spices. I never measure this, as it is just a sprinkle here, shake of this, and so on. I probably do about a teaspoon or so of the spices combined. Dredge chicken with flour and make sure it is coated. The next step is important as I think it adds to the appearance and makes the chicken less sticky and more held together at the end. In an oven-proof pan, such as a dutch oven pan,  drizzle a little bit of olive oil (over high heat on the stove) and lightly brown/sear the floured chicken pieces.

This should only take a few minutes, just enough to brown the skin a bit, basically just adding some color. Turn off the heat, and add in a few tablespoons of water or chicken broth just to deglaze the pan. Cover and place in a preheated 325 degree oven and bake for about 45 minutes. Depending on the size of the chicken legs, it could take closer to an hour to bake. Make sure they are fully cooked to the proper temperature of 165 degrees before enjoying.

Slow Cooker Variation:
Omit the flour. Place the seasoned chicken pieces and add 1 cup of water or chicken broth in the slow cooker. Cover and turn on low for about 5-6 hours or on high for for 3-4 hours. Check temperature of chicken to be about 165 to insure it is cooked well, as sometimes in the slow cooker, it is harder to tell if the chicken is done as it doesn't brown as much. You might notice the chicken will start to fall apart when fully cooked as well.