Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Peanut Butter Pie with Chocolate Covered Pretzel Crust

Peanut Butter Pie with Chocolate Covered Pretzel Crust

I was in the grocery store last week and planned to pick up a bag of pretzels to snack on. All they had were large bags, more than I needed for a snack for sure, so I thought I might use the rest in a pie crust. And while I'm standing there, deciding, my eyes fell on a bag of chocolate covered pretzels. I'm totally a sweet and salty fan and chocolate covered pretzels are some of my favorite treats but I normally try to avoid them. The reason my eyes lingered is because my brain was thinking along the lines of pie crust and I wondered what would happen if I made a chocolate covered pretzel pie crust. Very, very good things would happen, actually.

Peanut Butter Pie with Chocolate Covered Pretzel Crust
My only concern was that the chocolate might melt off and make the dough wet while I was mixing it. But I had no problems making the crust and definitely got the sweet, salty and chocolate combo I was going for. The next question was what kind of filling to make but that's not really a tough one to answer. When my brain hears chocolate it kind of automatically moves on to peanut butter.

No need to make a baked filling when peanut butter mousse is pretty much perfect as is so I just blind baked the pie shell and let it cool while I mixed up the filling and tried not to shove it all in my mouth. I also had to give up a spoonful to the dog if I wanted to be able to leave the kitchen because she parks herself right at the entrance and demands a peanut butter toll be paid.

This pie definitely fulfilled all my sweet and salty cravings and was totally worthy of face-planting into. Don't worry, I shared it. Enjoy!

Peanut Butter Pie with Chocolate Covered Pretzel Crust

Peanut Butter Pie with Chocolate Covered Pretzel Crust
by Hungry Couple
Prep Time: 25 Minutes
Cook Time: 40 Minutes
Ingredients (8 Servings)
    Crust:
    • 1 Cup chocolate covered pretzels
    • 1 Cup all purpose flour
    • 1/4 Teaspoon salt
    • 2 Tablespoons sugar
    • 1 Stick unsalted butter, chilled and cut into 1" pieces
    • 1/4 Cup ice water
    Filling:
    • 8 oz. Cream cheese
    • 1 Cup creamy peanut butter
    • 1/2 Cup sugar
    • 1/4 Teaspoon salt
    • 4 oz. Whipped cream or prepared whipped topping
    • 1/4 Cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
    Instructions
    Peanut Butter Pie with Chocolate Covered Pretzel Crust
    To make the crust, add the pretzels to a food processor and pulse until the pretzels are crushed. Add the flour, salt, sugar and butter and pulse a few times until the mixture resembles course crumbs. With the machine running, slowly pour the ice water through the feed and mixing running until the mixture forms a dough ball. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least one hour.

    Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees and roll the chilled dough out to a 10" circle. Place the dough into an 8" pie tin, prick the bottom a few times with a fork and bake for approximately 30 - 40 minutes or until the dough is a very light golden brown. Allow to cool thoroughly.

    Make the filling by creaming together the cream cheese, peanut butter, sugar, salt and whipped cream or whipped topping until smooth. Pour into the cooled pie crust.

    Melt the chocolate chips in a microwave for about 60 seconds and swirl through the peanut butter mousse. Refrigerate for about an hour to firm up the filling and make the pie easier to slice. Garnish the top of the pie with a few extra crushed pretzels, if desired.

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    Wednesday, September 7, 2016

    Salisbury Steak Meatballs

    Salisbury Steak Meatballs

    Last week I came home from grocery shopping with a pound of ground beef but no fixed idea how I was going to use it. That's not really all that unusual and I picked it up because I knew I needed dinner ideas, even if I didn't know what they were. One of my go-to ground beef dinners is meatballs and my basic recipe includes an egg and breadcrumbs with the herbs and spices varying. A basic tomato sauce works most of the time but the sauce is a good opportunity to give the dish a new flavor. So, what flavor?

    Wednesday, August 31, 2016

    Late Summer Pasta with Roasted Corn Sauce

    Late Summer Pasta with Roasted Corn Sauce

    I know summer isn't technically over until the third week of September but it never feels that way. The whole vibe of the city changes right after Labor Day weekend. Kids go back to school, summer beach house shares are over and stores start decorating for Halloween. Even the temperature seems to dip abruptly during those first few days. Everything says summer is over.

    Monday, August 29, 2016

    Lychee and Elderflower Gin and Tonic

    Lychee and Elderflower Gin and Tonic

    Back in my youthful clubbing days (no, we're not going to talk about how long ago that was) I was a gin and tonic girl. I can't say I remember exactly loving it but it seemed to be popular with my friends and I rather liked the smell of juniper berries. And then, I didn't. One day I got tired of the juniper and the tonic and moved on to more involved cocktails.

    Monday, August 22, 2016

    Honey Blueberry Bread with Cream Cheese Swirl

    Honey Blueberry Bread with Cream Cheese Swirl

    How is it possible that summer's almost over? Didn't it just begin recently? Ugh, it's always such a whirlwind. And this was a busy summer for me, work-wise, so it definitely flew by. I know that in just a couple of weeks we'll be planning the last official summer cookouts of the season and getting ready to send the kids back to school and us back to full time work schedules.

    Wednesday, August 10, 2016

    Summer Party in the Big City (with Bourbon Peach Fizz Cocktails)

    Summer Party in the Big City (with Bourbon Peach Fizz Cocktails)

    No back yard to hold the summer party? We big city types are not fazed in the least. Sure, we can take our picnics to the park but since New Yorkers spend so much time vertically, we love holding our parties up high.

    Wednesday, August 3, 2016

    Mixed Cherry and Goat Cheese Pie

    Mixed Cherry and Goat Cheese Pie

    Sometimes in life it's worth making a fuss. Now you know that normally I'm not a fussy baker and I like more rustic looking desserts. But I've been seeing some seriously beautiful pies on Instagram lately (are you following me there at hungrycouplenyc ?) and I found myself with a sudden overwhelming desire to cut leaf shapes out of pie dough. I can't explain it so let's just go with it.

    Wednesday, July 27, 2016

    Spinach Salad with Crumbled Feta and Tomato Vinaigrette

    Spinach Salad with Crumbled Feta and Tomato Vinaigrette

    Last week I was talking about my crazy busy summer schedule (which hasn't even remotely slowed down, by the way) and how I've been trying to combine store bought dinner help with an easy fresh side dish. So, let's chat about that again because it seems to be working well to get me through the crazy days without ordering take-out.

    Wednesday, July 20, 2016

    Mango Lemonade Vodka Fizz



    Mango Lemonade Vodka Fizz

    I am definitely a sucker for anything mango flavored and I will find whatever it is on any menu or any grocery store pretty much right away. And I'm most likely buying it because...mango! And yes I do buy a lot of fresh mangoes in season but the thought of juicing those babies is a little tiresome.

    Monday, July 18, 2016

    Roasted Cauliflower with Tomato Greek Yogurt Tahini Sauce

    Roasted Cauliflower with Tomato Greek Yogurt Tahini Sauce

    Can we talk about how people think summer is laid back? Um...where does that come from because there is nothing laid back or slow or even reasonably paced about my summer so far? I thought maybe it was just me but my friends have been talking about crazy kid activity schedules or that frantic rush to get extra work done in advance so you can take a vacation. Nope, not feeling the summer relaxation just yet!

    Monday, July 11, 2016

    Market Salad with Eggs, Asparagus, Corn and Mizuna

    Market Salad with Eggs, Asparagus, Corn and Mizuna

    On Saturday mornings, especially in spring and summer, you can usually find me at my local farmer's market. I'm fortunate to have a sweet little one just a couple of blocks away. It's not the size and scope of the giant Union Square market but a good supply of vendors set up their tents here on Saturdays and it often serves as my cooking inspiration for the weekend.

    Thursday, June 30, 2016

    Grilled Cumin Chicken Tacos with Guacamole and Pickled Red Cabbage

    Grilled Cumin Chicken Tacos with Guacamole and Pickled Red Cabbage

    I know "taco Tuesday" is a thing and today is not Tuesday. But, when faced with a great taco idea, I see absolutely no logic to waiting. My normal market only carries white flour tortillas but I was shopping at a different location and saw the corn ones. Instant inspiration and tacos coming right up!

    Wednesday, June 22, 2016

    Parmesan Panzanella Salad

    Parmesan Panzanella Salad

    And, just like that, it's summer. And it's hot. Like, really hot. It's typical June weather in New York and the time when I start to think twice about any meal that might be too heavy. So I took myself to the farmer's market for salad inspiration.

    Wednesday, June 15, 2016

    Vodka Ginger Fizz

    Vodka Ginger Fizz

    Cocktail inspirations come to me in all kinds of places. Bars, restaurants, farmer's markets and, in this case, the beverage aisle of my supermarket. It was a hot day and a tall bottle of sparkling ginger ale caught my eye. I didn't have any thoughts beyond just pouring it over ice and relaxing but the ginger flavor was so intense that I thought it needed a mixer.

    Wednesday, June 8, 2016

    Loaded Completo Hot Dogs

    Loaded Completo Hot Dogs

    I'm always excited to try new wines and find food pairings for them. And on the food front I'm a little obsessed with trying new spices and understanding which cuisines typically use them. And then I like to mix it all up, naturally. So that's how I came to pair some great Chilean wines with an American cook-out classic and an ethnic spice blend.

    Wednesday, June 1, 2016

    Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Sandwich Cookies

    Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Sandwich Cookies

    Last week I suddenly had an attack of summer nostalgia. The temperature jumped up 20 degrees and patriotic holidays were in the air. My New York apartment is just down the block from the East River and it's a great place to watch the 4th of July fireworks. So my friends and I would always pick up those thick ice cream cookie sandwiches (you know the brand I mean) from the store and head over to the pedestrian walkway by the water to watch. Sweet summer memories.

    Monday, May 23, 2016

    Loaded Tex Mex Burger

    Loaded Tex Mex Burger

    What is it about warm weather that makes me start craving burgers? Sure, there's the whole outdoor grilling thing but I can really make them anytime on a grill pan in my kitchen. Still, the sun is out, the temperatures have warmed up, Memorial Day is a week away and my burger cravings have started. So, I started my summer burger love with an epic version.

    Wednesday, May 18, 2016

    Naked Lemon Cakes

    Naked Lemon Cakes

    Wow, where does the time go? I swear spring just started and then I blinked and now we're just a little over a week away from Memorial Day weekend. Somebody please slow the world down because I can't catch up! Still, the arrival of the first official / unofficial weekend of summer always makes me happy because it means grilling, BBQ and outdoor party season has arrived.

    Friday, May 13, 2016

    Hummus and Salad Appetizer Pizza

    Hummus and Salad Appetizer Pizza

    Did you know that today is National Hummus Day? Actually, if you were to look inside my refrigerator on any random day of the year, you would likely conclude that every day was hummus day. One of my neighbors was over recently and, when I opened my fridge to get a beverage, he remarked on the amount of hummus in there. So, yeah, I celebrate hummus day often.

    Wednesday, May 11, 2016

    Pear, Blue Cheese and Honey Tartine

    Pear, Blue Cheese and Honey Tartine

    There are just certain flavor combinations that are perfect together in any form and one of my favorites is the pairing of fruit, blue cheese and honey. Most of the time, the form they take for me is in a salad but with the weather warming up and grilling season starting, I decided to play around with new forms.

    Wednesday, May 4, 2016

    Creamy Strawberry Banana Daiquiri

    Creamy Strawberry Banana Daiquiri

    Let's talk about warm weather drinks. Um...OK, wait. First let's talk about getting some warm weather. It's coming, right? New York has been doing the April showers brings May flowers thing and it's been a little nippy. But I know from experience that we'll wake up one of these days soon and run to turn on the air conditioners.

    Monday, May 2, 2016

    Strawberries and Cream Stuffed French Toast

    Strawberries and Cream Stuffed French Toast

    I've been pondering Mother's Day brunch menu options and keep hearing people tell me to make French toast. They tell me how much they love French toast. But the thing is, I don't really love it. There's nothing wrong with it, of course, but it just seems kind of boring. Stuffed French toast isn't boring though and although it's not a new idea, it was new to me.

    Wednesday, April 27, 2016

    Parmesan and Spring Vegetable Risotto Tarts


    A few years ago, a friend was cleaning out her old magazine collection and gave me a stack of ones she thought I might like. I'm not a magazine hoarder, actually, so I just quickly flipped through the pages and then got rid of them. All except for the one page I tore out of a Martha Stewart Living issue with a recipe for a baked risotto tart. What?? I needed a baked risotto tart in my life immediately.

    Monday, April 25, 2016

    Frozen Monkey Cocktail

    Frozen Monkey Cocktail

    I've been starting to plan a Mother's Day menu and thinking about beverages. It's going to be brunch so a little something with a kick would be appropriate, not to mention fun. But I also need a low octane version for anybody who wants to keep it non-alcoholic. And I want it cool and refreshing because, spring, so I should probably start with some kind of fruit. Decisions, decisions.

    Monday, April 18, 2016

    Za'atar Roasted Tomatoes and a Hummus Appetizer Bar

    Za'atar Roasted Tomatoes and a Hummus Appetizer Bar

    Why is it that we seem to put in a lot effort to create great appetizers when we're having company but not so much just for ourselves and our families? Personally, when I'm prepping dinner alone I tend to snack on some of the vegetables I'll be serving and I'm likely to grab a tub of hummus from the fridge to dip them in. And when I'm not alone, my kitchen sometimes becomes a free for all as hands grab for various bits of food while I'm prepping. Clearly there needs to be some kind of appetizer situation even during regular dinners.

    Wednesday, April 6, 2016

    Brown Rice Vegetable Pilaf

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    Brown Rice Vegetable Pilaf

    It's time for another installment of OMG it's already 6:00 o'clock and I'm exhausted and starving and I have no idea what we're having for dinner. This happens at my house on a monthly, weekly, daily...oh, let's just say it happens a whole lot.

    Monday, April 4, 2016

    Cobb Salad Grilled Cheese Sandwich

    Cobb Salad Grilled Cheese Sandwich

    Did you know that April is National Grilled Cheese Month? I'm sure I celebrate this holiday way more often than just one month a year but I'm going to roll with it. Because there are very few things more comforting than toasted bread with piles of gooey cheese, right?

    Sunday, April 3, 2016

    Elsewhere in...March 2016

    Hi friends! This is the little monthly recap of my foodie adventures elsewhere on the web. Below is a tasty savory tart, with a Mexican flair, that I created for the folks at Cacique as well as the recipes I made for my About.com Food column. Enjoy!


    Cheese and Chorizo Tart


    Friday, April 1, 2016

    The Month in Review - March 2016

    The Month in Review - March 2016

    I'm on cherry blossom watch these days and it's so close. The tulip leaves are already up and the little flower heads are starting to peak through in some of the flower beds. Since I live in Manhattan these aren't in my own garden but this city has planters basically every few feet on the sidewalks and we're awash in blooms every spring. And from my window I have a view of the block down to the river and it's lined with trees that will soon be picture perfect. My camera is on standby. In the meantime, I'm cooking up a storm with lots of great things planned for April. But first, a quick look back a very delicious March. Enjoy!

    Wednesday, March 30, 2016

    Pulled BBQ Brisket with Honey Cornmeal Biscuits

    Pulled BBQ Brisket with Honey Cornmeal Biscuits

    I'm pretty sure I've mentioned before that there are certain food words that make me happy. Words like dumpling and biscuit, for example, make me stop to look. Cornmeal does that for me, too. I do love traditional cornbread but I'm also intrigued with adding cornmeal into non traditional foods, like cake. Today though, I'm going to combine two of my favorite words into these cornmeal biscuits.

    Monday, March 28, 2016

    Spiralized White and Sweet Potatoes with Za'atar Tahini

    Spiralized White and Sweet Potatoes with Za'atar Tahini

    I held out a good long time. I passed up the spiralizers and continued happily slicing and julienning my vegetables. I told myself I did not really need one and went merrily on my way. But, the thoughts kept creeping back into my head of all the fun things I could do if I had one. And then came the email from my friends at OXO. I've worked with them a long time and love their tools...and they just came out with a spiralizer, they said...and would I like to try it, they said. Down the rabbit hole I fell.

    Wednesday, March 23, 2016

    Cheesy Tomato Quick Bread

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    Cheesy Tomato Quick Bread

    I was having another one of those "what's for dinner" days. I ran through a bunch of options in my head and either they didn't really appeal to me or they required too many ingredients I didn't currently have in the house. Most of the time, when that happens, I end up with a breakfast for dinner kind of plan.

    Monday, March 21, 2016

    Blue Hurricane Cocktail

    Blue Hurricane Cocktail

    The first day of spring arrived, along with cold temperatures and wet snow. Hmm. It was so warm last week. Never mind because this is just the last bit of winter's protest at leaving. The tulips are coming up and the temperatures will rise next week. Let's celebrate.

    Wednesday, March 16, 2016

    Toasted Flax, Asparagus and Carrot Ribbon Salad

    Toasted Flax, Asparagus and Carrot Ribbon Salad

    I know spring is right around the corner because the market is full of lovely asparagus. And now my refrigerator is as well. There's no way I can pass up these green beauties. Of course they're great on the grill and that's a summer pleasure for sure. But I actually like them crisp and raw.

    Monday, March 14, 2016

    Jerusalem Artichoke Soup with Smoked Cheddar and Thyme Croutons

    Jerusalem Artichoke Soup with Smoked Cheddar and Thyme Croutons

    We're kind of in that in-between period, weather wise, right now. Warmer days but chilly nights. The tulip buds are starting to pop out of the ground and spring is trying to make an appearance. Every day I scan the trees for signs of cherry blossoms but they're not ready yet. Must be the chilly evenings. And so I felt like making a warming soup but not one that would be overly heavy. And 'almost spring' kind of soup.

    Wednesday, March 9, 2016

    Ginger Bourbon Fizz

    Ginger Bourbon Fizz

    What lovely, lovely weather! Winter appears to have cleared out of here in a big hurry and suddenly we have sunshine and 65 degrees with the possibility of 70 degrees later in the week. Oh, the dog and I enjoyed a good long walk yesterday and I was craving a sparkly, lemony drink to celebrate.

    Monday, March 7, 2016

    Cheesy Cabbage Gratin

    Cheesy Cabbage Gratin

    I seem to have an odd relationship with cabbage. Whenever I cook with it, I remember how much I like it and it conjures up happy childhood memories of my mother's amazing stuffed cabbage rolls and her favorite sweet and sour red cabbage. But when it's not specifically on my shopping list I walk right past it at the market. Oh, I do often pick up it's cousin, the Brussels sprout, but the large heads of cabbage don't go into my cart.

    Saturday, March 5, 2016

    Elsewhere in...February 2016

    Hi friends! This is the little monthly recap of my foodie adventures elsewhere on the web. Below is a delectable brunch cake I created for the folks at Cacique as well as the recipes I made for my About.com Food column. Enjoy!

    Friday, March 4, 2016

    The Month in Review - February 2016

    The Month in Review - February 2016

    February is a fun month in that it contains both Valentine's Day and National Drink Wine Day. It also contains snow and freezing temperatures but that just meant we spent more time indoors eating the Valentine's desserts and drinking the wine. We should probably start thinking about eating some salad, huh? But first let's take a look back at the deliciousness of February. Enjoy!

    Wednesday, March 2, 2016

    Bubble and Squeak Fritters


    Years ago, I was in England with my family. We stayed in London but spent a few days driving around the gorgeous countryside and eating in the quaintest, most adorable inns you can imagine. It was my first exposure to traditional English foods and to some of the best names of dishes ever! How can you even resist ordering a dish called bubble and squeak? Fortunately it was totally delicious.

    Monday, February 29, 2016

    Beef and Stilton Pie

    Beef and Stilton Pie

    For years I would watch British cooking shows and hear about beef and Stilton pies but the concept didn't resonate with me. Oh, the part about putting beef inside pastry sounded just fine because that's basically a pot pie. But I was stuck on the cheese. Sharp cheddar, sure, but Stilton seemed more like something I should serve with crackers and wine? I kept it in the back of my mind, though.

    Wednesday, February 24, 2016

    Cheesy Skillet Irish Soda Breads

    Cheesy Skillet Soda Breads

    March is almost here and that means St. Patrick's Day is almost here and that means it's my annual excuse to make Irish soda bread. So what if I'm not Irish, I LOVE soda bread! Yes, I could make it year round, of course, but...um...maybe I love it a little too much to do that.

    Monday, February 22, 2016

    Sweet Potato and Thyme Gratins

    Sweet Potato and Thyme Gratins

    Did you know that February is American Heart Month? Sure, we've indulged a bit with some Valentine's desserts but I actually look for ways to incorporate more heart healthy options most of the time. The big New Year's resolutions are fine and there is something empowering about new beginnings. But in the long run, I've always found that small changes along the way make the biggest impact.

    Thursday, February 18, 2016

    Cherry Lemon Drop Prosecco Fizz

    Cherry Lemon Drop Prosecco Fizz

    Happy National Drink Wine Day. Yes, of course that's a holiday and one that's well worth celebrating. Admittedly, some of us celebrate it quite a bit more than once a year. I like wine, all sorts, but I especially like bubbly wine. A number of years ago I was dining at a restaurant owned by a chef friend and he sent over some complimentary Prosecco. Until then I'd only ever had champagne but I was instantly in love and Prosecco became my go-to bubbly wine beverage. And since I'm just as big a fan of cocktails, I often mix the two. It's a double celebration!

    Monday, February 15, 2016

    Caprese Macaroni and Cheese

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    Caprese Macaroni and Cheese

    So, the weekly gatherings of football fans and/or fans of the food at gatherings (that would be me) is over now that whichever team you were rooting for either won or lost the Superbowl. And, no, I have no opinion on this because I was watching the Puppy Bowl in the other room. But, seriously, the gatherings have certainly not ended because it's award show season. So much more fun to watch with a group.