Red Wine Brownies

Everyone loves a gooey brownie and add in some red wine and you have an even more amazing dessert! They’re perfect to wrap up #Choctoberfest! These brownies have a crunchy top but are super moist and rich. I had a bottle of leftover wine from dinner the other night and decided to add a little to these brownies … omg! This Italian red wine from my wine club was amazing – it has packed full of berry flavor with hints of clove and cinnamon. It went great with pizza and brought a whole new flavor to brownies.

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Chocolate Babka

Babka has always been one of those recipes that I want to try, but it looked so difficult. I got over my “fear” of making homemade breads a couple of years ago, so I decided it was time to make babka for #choctoberfest! This Eastern European yeast-risen cake has lots of steps and takes all day to make – but it’s so worth it! There’s a rich chocolate filling that is swirled in brioche-like cake. This version has a little orange zest in the cake and topped with an orange syrup for a little bit of freshness and adds a touch of sweetness.

Imperial Sugar helped make this recipe possible with their generous donation of sugar as a sponsor of #Choctoberfest. You should have seen my face when 88 lbs of sugar arrived at my house. I’ll be set for all my baking this holiday season with my kids! Thanks Imperial Sugar!

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Chocolate & Vanilla Swirl Shortbread Cookies

I’m excited to kick off my #Choctoberfest recipes with this scrumptious recipe for shortbread cookies! Shortbread cookies are one of my favorite cookies – they’re simple, but oh so good! I love the combination of the vanilla and chocolate and they weren’t too sweet.

These cookies feature baking cocoa from one of our sponsors, Rodelle. I’m always on the hunt for premium ingredients and this cocoa did not disappoint! It’s much darker in color than other cocoa I’ve used in the past and has a richer flavor. In addition to a great flavor, Rodelle’s Gourmet Baking Cocoa has health benefits, including antioxidants, dietary fiber, calcium, and vitamins. It’s also kosher, gluten-free and non-GMO.

Rodelle has been around since 1936 and offers a complete line of superior baking ingredients, baking extracts, and gourmet spice blends that will take your culinary adventures from good to grand. I can’t wait to try more of their products in the future!

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#Choctoberfest 2017

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Today is one of my favorite days of the year, because it is the official start of #Choctoberfest. This is the third annual food blogger celebration of all things chocolate, made possible thanks to our gold sponsor Imperial Sugar and the other sponsors listed below.

Over 70 bloggers are participating in #Choctoberfest 2017 and will be posting 200+ chocolate recipes over the next week. Keep your eyes peeled, visit any of the blogs listed below, or use the #Choctoberfest hashtag on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook to follow along. You can also check out our #Choctoberfest Pinterest board, where we post chocolate recipes all year long.

You can also enter to win our #Choctoberfest prize pack. Thank to our amazing sponsors who are contributing the following items for the prize:

  • $100 gift card to Williams Sonoma or Sur La Table from our gold sponsor Imperial Sugar
  • 1 case of granulated white sugar (40 pounds), 1 case of light brown sugar (24 pounds), 1 case of dark brown sugar (24 pounds), and 1 case of powdered sugar (24 pounds) from our gold sponsor Imperial Sugar
  • 16 oz Barlean’s Butter-Flavored Coconut Oil, 9.52 oz canister of Chocolate Silk Greens, and 8oz bottle of Essential Women Omega-Swirl Chocolate Mint from our silver sponsor Barlean’s
  • 300-piece Lindt LINDOR Truffles gift bag (you choose the flavors!) from blog sponsors The PinterTest Kitchen

This prize pack is valued at over $450! To enter, simply follow participating sponsors and bloggers using the below giveaway widget.

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Stay tuned to see the delicious recipes bloggers have cooked up using Imperial Sugar and Barlean’s products. Thank you also to Davis Chocolate and Rodelle for being #Choctoberfest shoutout sponsors! Watch Instagram and Facebook to find out more about about their chocolate products.

Here is a complete list of all the bloggers participating in #Choctoberfest 2017, so you can see the recipes they are posting throughout the week:

The PinterTest KitchenFix Me a Little LunchSavory MomentsCrumbs in my MustachioHouse of Nash EatsBake It With LoveThat RecipeHardly A GoddessCooking With CarleeA Kitchen Hoor’s AdventuresBody RebootedCindy’s Recipes and WritingsThe Redhead BakerFaith, Hope, Love, & Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered AccompliceSweet CoraliceSeduction in The KitchenCooks&Books&RecipesEveryday EileenUnder My Apple TreeFamily Around The TableBottom Left of the MittenThe Spiffy CookieFairyburgerJoin Us, Pull up a ChairJonesin’ For TasteJane’s Adventures in DinnerTake Two TapasJennifer BakesThe Unlikely BakerHostess At HeartKaren’s Kitchen StoriesKate’s Recipe BoxKelly Lynns Sweets and TreatsWildflour’s Cottage KitchenChocolate SlopesLittle House Big AlaskaMakes, Bakes and Decor2 Cookin MamasThat Skinny Chick Can BakeBooks n’ CooksMildly MeanderingLiving IdeasRestless ChipotleGet the Good Stuff!The Weekday GourmetAn Affair from the HeartWest Via MidwestCookie Dough and Oven MittThe Bitter Side of SweetCookaholic WifeDaily Dish RecipesFor the Love of FoodThe Saucy SouthernerCook’s HideoutBy the PoundsTramplingrose: Cooking, Baking & Ranting in Small-Town South DakotaSarah Cooks the BooksChef Sarah ElizabethFantastical Sharing of RecipesSarah’s Bake StudioThe Pajama ChefFrankly EntertainingLong Distance BakingPalatable PastimeThe Freshman CookThe Food Hunter’s Guide to CuisineA Day in the Life on the FarmWendy PolisiTampa Cake GirlMy Southern Sweet ToothCanning and Cooking at HomeFull Belly SistersSuperSizeGuy.comOur Good LifeThe Life Jolie

Pumpkin Apple Dog Treats

When it’s your pup’s birthday, it’s time to make a special batch of birthday treats! Piper LOVES treats….including counter-surfing to steal steak, pork chops, chicken breast – really anything she can get her mouth or paws on. One of her favorite things to eat is apples, but they need to be tiny pieces. For being a 60 pound pitbull mix, she’s a delicate eater and doesn’t like big pieces of food….unless it’s meat. Ha! I knew she would love these treats. They have parsley in them too so it helps with her stinky breath and hopefully that will keep her from stealing pieces of parsley from my plant. She’s a sneaky one!

These treats come together really quickly and are easy to make. I decided to go with a heart cookie cutter since they’re the perfect size for her. I need to find a bone shaped one so we don’t get confused these are kid snacks….which has happened before.

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Salisbury Steak with Mushroom Gravy

Salisbury steak is one of the those foods that I associate with frozen dinners. I don’t think I ever ate one, but this recipe is nothing like a TV dinner. The steak patty is moist and packed full of flavor. Then add on the mushroom and onion gravy and you have a delicious dinner. I served it with green beans and buttered noodles for my kids. It was so filling and kept me from snacking at night. Even better this recipe is low-carb for anyone that’s watching their carbs.
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Pumpkin Peanut Butter Oat Squares – #FilltheCookieJar

It’s time to Fill the Cookie Jar with all things pumpkin! I knew I couldn’t miss this month because I love pumpkin and it’s been awhile since I baked something delicious. These oat squares are packed full of pumpkin, peanut butter and chocolate chips. My husband loved them and I’ll need to hide the rest of the batch, so my kids can enjoy them too.

They have the perfect amount of sweetness and are a little chewy – something for everyone! The best part is that take less than 30 minutes to make, including baking; which is perfect for us busy moms who are doing 3 things at once.

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Butternut and Cauliflower Soup

The weather has finally turned to fall this past week and I’ve been in the mood to make soup. I had a half a head of cauliflower left from last week and went searching on pinterest to find a soup recipe that included cauliflower and found this recipe. It was perfect because squash was on sale and I had everything else in my kitchen to make it.

I threw it all in my Instant Pot and in less than 30 minutes, we had dinner on the table. The soup is so creamy and hearty. Neither one of my kids liked it, but that’s ok ….it leaves me with leftovers for the week! I topped it with shredded Monterey jack cheese and chopped parsley, but you could top it with croutons, green onions, or sour cream.

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Turkey Black Bean Enchiladas

No one can resist saucy, cheese enchiladas that are packed full of ground turkey and black beans … except my son. Ha! He’s getting more vocal about what he wants to eat and the other night when I made these easy enchiladas, he wanted nothing to do with them. I decided it was a night I was going to pick my battles and not argue with them. The rest of us loved them and they made enough for us to have for dinner later in the week. I’m sure my son won’t want to eat them again.

As I mentioned, they were easy to make and I like that you use low-carb tortillas especially since I’m back to watching what I’m eating. We drizzled roasted shishito pepper sauce over them to add a little heat and they were so good!

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2 tsp olive oil
1 large yellow onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 lb extra lean ground turkey
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp dried oregano
2 Tbsp tomato paste
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
juice from a lime
12 6-inch low carb flour tortillas
1/2 cup shredded sharp cheese
1/2 cup shredded Monterey jack cheese
1 1/2 cups red enchilada sauce
toppings: thinly sliced green onions, sour cream, lime wedges

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly spray a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray and set aside. Pour 1/2 cup of the enchilada sauce into the dish.

In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Saute the onions for 2 minutes until they start to soften. Add in the garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add the ground turkey and spices. Brown the turkey until it is cooked through. Mix in the tomato paste until combined. Stir in the beans and lime juice. If needed, add 1/2 cup chicken stock. I didn’t need it as my mixture was wet enough. Allow to cook for a couple of minutes more and then remove from heat.

To make your enchiladas, place a tortilla down on a flat surface. Place 3 tablespoons of the turkey mixture on the one side of the tortilla. Tightly roll the tortilla and place seam side down in the prepared baking dish. Continue until all tortillas are used. Pour the remaining sauce over the enchiladas and top with both cheese. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until the sauce is hot and the cheese has melted. Remove from the oven and allow to stand for a couple of minutes before serving. Top with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of green onions.

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Upside Down Apple Honey Cake

It’s finally apple season here in PA and I couldn’t wait to start baking and enjoy fresh, crisp apples from our local orchard. I picked up a basket this past weekend to get us through until we can get to pick our own…plus it’s still warm here and the bees will be out in full force. We’re going to wait until it’s feeling a little more like fall before we go picking. In the meantime, I threw together this delicious and sweet upside down apple honey cake for this month’s Fantastical Food Fight. This month’s theme was honey … so many possibilities, but I decided to go with dessert.

The cake is moist and packed with cinnamon-sugar apple pieces and then topped with a honey pecan sauce that brings this cake to a whole new level of deliciousness!

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Honey Sauce:
1/2 cup honey
5 Tbsp coconut oil, room temperature
2 Tbsp maple syrup
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
pinch of salt
1 1/2 cups chopped pecans

Cake:
1 cup plus 6 Tbsp flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
3/4 cup coconut palm sugar
2 Tbsp orange juice
1 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs
3 1/4 cup chopped and peeled apples
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 Tbsp raw sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line the bottom and sides of a round cake pan with parchment paper; set aside. In a medium bowl, combine the sauce ingredients. Warm in the microwave for 30 seconds and then add the chopped pecans. Pour the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan and place in the refrigerator until ready to assemble the rest of the cake.

In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda and salt. In a large bowl, combine the melted coconut oil, sugar, orange juice, vanilla and eggs. In a separate bowl, coat the apple pieces with cinnamon and sugar. Add the dry cake ingredients to the wet mixture and stir until just combined. Remove the pan from the refrigerator and place a thin layer of the batter down. Add a layer of the cinnamon-sugar apples, then add the remaining layer of cake batter and finish with the remaining apple pieces.

Bake for 50 minutes or until the cake is lightly browned. Remove from the oven and place on a cooling rack. Allow to cook for 10 minutes before inverting onto a serving plate. As the cake cools, it will become denser and much easier to cute. Cover and store at room temperature for up to 2 days.

Check out all the other delicious honey recipes in this month’s Fantastical Food Fight in the link below:

Source: Texanerian Baking