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Month: October, 2015

RecipeGirl: Candy Bar Pie

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Candy Bar Pie Oct 28th 2015, 10:00, by Lori Lange
Here’s a pie that should put a smile on your face: Candy Bar Pie

Candy Bar Pie

Today’s recipe is dedicated to my sweet friend Joan- creator of the much-loved blog, ChocolateChocolateAndMore. Joan passed away unexpectedly last week at the young age of 49. She went to bed complaining of nausea and never woke up. It turns out that Joan died of a major heart-attack. Nausea is one of 6 heart attack symptoms in women. It’s important to take a peek at these symptoms as they are different for women than they are for men.

Joan HayesJoan Hayes, ChocolateChocolateAndMore.com, Photo Credit: Shanna Schad

Joan was such a lovely person inside and out. Her laugh was contagious, she was generous and kind, and she had a great mind for business. We talked and messaged each other quite often- sharing advice with each other about our blogs. As you can imagine, everyone who knew her is devastated to lose her. She leaves behind three children who she gushed about often.

Candy Bar Pie Recipe

I know that Joan would approve of the recipe I’m sharing today- a chocolate candy bar pie! Of course, Joan loved chocolate. I hope she’s watching over all of the bloggers who are celebrating her today… as she is in our thoughts on National Chocolate Day… Joan’s day.

Candy Bar Pie Recipe - RecipeGirl

This pie has a walnut crust, so it just happens to be gluten-free. There is a rich layer of chocolate cream on the bottom, then whipped cream and chopped chocolate-toffee bars on top.

Candy Bar Pie Recipe - RecipeGirl.com

If I could give Joan a slice as big as the one missing from my pie… I think she’d like that :)

Lunch in Monterey

Here’s a photo from the last day I spent with Joan- back in March. We had spent the weekend together at a beach house in Monterey with some of our favorite food blogging friends – chatting about business and creating tons of memories. I’ll never forget our last lunch together- salad and wine… overlooking the ocean. That’s Joan on the left… always a smile on her face. I’ll miss you Joan. And every time I eat chocolate, I’m going to be thinking of you.

Please visit ChocolateChocolateAndMore for Joan’s delicious dessert recipes. Her family (and other bloggers) will be keeping her blog intact and adding new recipes too. Her kids will benefit from the revenue her blog continues to generate, so traffic to her blog will help with that.

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Yield: One 9-inch pie

Prep Time: 40 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Candy Bar Pie

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Ingredients:

Walnut Crust:

  • 1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) walnuts, coarsely ground
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons granulated white sugar

Pie filling:

  • Six 1 to 1.5 ounce milk chocolate bars, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups tiny marshmallows (or 15 large)
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Topping:

  • 2 cups whipped topping (Cool Whip or homemade whipped cream)
  • 3/4 cup chopped chocolate- toffee candy bars

Directions:

  1. Prepare the crust: Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. In a medium bowl combine the walnuts, butter and sugar. Press onto the bottom and sides of a 9-inch pie plate to form a firm, even crust. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes or until edges are golden. Set aside and let cool.
  2. Prepare the filling: In a medium saucepan, combine the chocolate, marshmallows and milk. Cook and stir over medium heat until the chocolate and marshmallows are melted. Remove from heat. Let cool for 30 minutes.
  3. In a medium bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the whipping cream and vanilla until soft peaks form. Add the cooled chocolate mixture and gently stir until combined. Scrape the filling into the baked pie crust and smooth the top.
  4. Top the filling with whipped topping and sprinkle candy bar pieces on top. Freeze the pie 8 hours or until firm.
  5. When ready to serve, let the pie sit at room temperature for 10 to 15 minutes before slicing.

Tips:

  • If you’re preparing this recipe as gluten-free, just be sure to use brands of candy bars, marshmallows and whipped topping that are known to be GF.

SOURCE: RecipeGirl.com (adapted slightly via Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook: Celebrating the Promise)

Here are a few more pie recipes (from Joan) that you might enjoy:

RecipeGirl: Weekly Menu Plan #19

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Weekly Menu Plan #19 Oct 24th 2015, 10:00, by Lori Lange
Here’s an all-new weekly menu plan to help you with figuring out what to make for dinner next week!

We’ve put together a WEEKLY MEAL PLAN to make your week a bit easier! We’ve got dinner planned so you don’t have to worry!

We are on week NINETEEN of our weekly menu plan! We hope you have been enjoying each week of the recipes specifically designed to help you in your recipe planning. We have gotten together with some of our favorite food bloggers to bring you this custom weekly menu plan. We are sharing some of our favorite recipe ideas for you to use as you are planning out your meals for the week.

Here’s a little about how we plan our week: Mondays are all about soup and salad. Tuesdays we are bringing you delicious Mexican cuisine. Wednesdays are a taste of Italy. Thursdays are designed around yummy sandwiches, burgers, and wraps. Fridays are a no cook day around here. Going out with friends and loved ones is something that we think is important. It’s your night off from cooking- enjoy! Saturdays are an exotic food night, it’s a great night to try something new, from cooking with seafood, to trying Indian or Thai dishes. Sundays are a traditional old fashioned all American family dinner- think meat and potatoes. There will also always be a couple of delectable desserts to use any day you wish.

Just click any of the recipe titles or photos below to get the recipe. A new weekly menu plan will be posted every Saturday morning so be sure to check back each week!

HERE’S THE PLAN FOR WEEK #19:

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RecipeGirl: Dining at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse

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Dining at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse Oct 22nd 2015, 10:00, by Lori Lange
Recently, I had the opportunity of dining at Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Boston. Boston is one of my favorite places in the entire world, and I am always thrilled to experience their restaurant scene. I had been to a Ruth’s Chris once– in San Diego– but fast-forward many years later to check out the Ruth’s Chris Steak House in downtown Boston. It’s in a unique location in their old city hall building- near Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market.

Ruths Chris Boston

It turns out that Ruth’s Chris Steak House is celebrating their 50th year anniversary this year. 50 years in business! History writes that Ruth Fertel bought Chris Steak House in New Orleans in 1965 to help put her teenage sons through college. She had no experience in the restaurant business but learned how to run the business and developed the perfect method for broiling steaks (using an 1,800° broiler!) Ruth’s Chris became the first franchised fine dining establishment in 1976.

Here’s a peek at my dining experience at Ruth’s Chris Steak House- which happened to be on the day that my husband and I were celebrating our 20 year anniversary of being married :) >>

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RecipeGirl: Viking River Cruises: Southern France

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Viking River Cruises: Southern France Oct 12th 2015, 10:00, by Lori Lange
My husband and I recently celebrated our 20 year anniversary by taking the Portraits of Southern France- Viking River Cruise. Viking River Cruises has several itineraries to choose from- through Europe, Russia, Asia and Egypt, but we thought France would be the most romantic… and since we have some relatives who live in Provence 6 months of the year, it was the perfect choice!

Viking Ship 10

Here’s a sneak peek at the riverboat. I have taken ocean cruises before, but this was my first river cruise. The boat is a manageable size for getting around, and it’s generally a quiet, smaller group of people who travel on these cruises. We chose to fly into France a couple of days early- we flew into Paris and then took the train down to Avignon. You can catch the train easily right at the airport. We chose 1st class on the train since we knew we’d be exhausted and wanted to be comfortable. It was a good choice. It’s about a 3 hour ride, and we were able to enjoy the beautiful countryside and snooze a bit too.

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RecipeGirl: Stuff I’ve Gotta Share and You’ve Gotta See

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Stuff I’ve Gotta Share and You’ve Gotta See Oct 7th 2015, 10:00, by Lori Lange
Here’s everyone’s favorite post: Stuff I’ve Gotta Share and You’ve Gotta See:

20-Restaurant-Copycat-Recipes-to-Make-at-Home

Shared on Parade magazine’s blog recently: 20 RESTAURANT COPYCAT RECIPES TO MAKE AT HOME. There are some good ones in this collection- like Krispy Kreme Doughnuts!!

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RecipeGirl: Weekly Menu Plan #16

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Weekly Menu Plan #16 Oct 3rd 2015, 10:00, by Lori Lange
Here’s an all-new weekly menu plan to help you with figuring out what to make for dinner next week!

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We are on week SIXTEEN of our weekly menu plan! We hope you have been enjoying each week of the recipes specifically designed to help you in your recipe planning.
We have gotten together with some of our favorite food bloggers to bring you this custom weekly menu plan. We are sharing some of our favorite recipe ideas for you to use as you are planning out your meals for the week.

Here’s a little about how we plan our week: Mondays are all about soup and salad. Tuesdays we are bringing you delicious Mexican cuisine. Wednesdays are a taste of Italy. Thursdays are designed around yummy sandwiches, burgers, and wraps. Fridays are a no cook day around here. Going out with friends and loved ones is something that we think is important. It’s your night off from cooking- enjoy! Saturdays are an exotic food night, it’s a great night to try something new, from cooking with seafood, to trying Indian or Thai dishes. Sundays are a traditional old fashioned all American family dinner- think meat and potatoes. There will also always be a couple of delectable desserts to use any day you wish. Just click any of the recipe titles or photos below to get the recipe. A new weekly menu plan will be posted every Saturday morning so be sure to check back each week!

HERE’S THE PLAN FOR WEEK #16:

Continue Reading Weekly Menu Plan #16…