Irish Pinwheels

7
Mar

Irish Pinwheels ~ The Plaid & Paisley Kitchen ~  www.pandpkitchen.com

Is everyone getting all geared up for next weekend?  If you are asking what is next weekend well then you probably need to spend more time here at The P & P Kitchen.  It’s going to be St. Patrick’s Day soon and next Saturday is Snake Saturday!!!

I am just a little crazy about this Holiday.  Nevermind that I am a horrible Catholic, I just love this feel good have a party and go a little wild Holiday.  Oh and I am part Irish to boot!!!!

I have made a fun and tasty appetizer for you.  I say appetizer, but these guys are pretty big and would be easily made into a meal. Continue reading →

Grasshopper Martini Brownies

6
Mar

Grasshopper Martini Brownies ~ The Plaid & Paisley Kitchen ~ www.pandpkitchen.com

Grasshopper Martini Brownies…. You are asking.  What kind of tasty creative morsel is this? Only the best way to eat a brownie EVER!

I am on a Creme de Menthe kick this St. Patrick’s Day baking season.  These brownies are just the second of decadent minty creations this year.  I bet I can make a few others for you.

Let’s just focus on these brownies for now.  Dark, fudgy, minty, sweet, amazing brownies! They just melt in your mouth.  There really is not a lot of chewing going on, just an amazing burst of flavor on your taste buds. Continue reading →

Copy Cat Bucca di Beppo Meatballs

4
Mar

Copy Cat Bucca di beppo Meatballs ~ The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen ~ www.pandpkitchen.com

I love spaghetti and meatballs! Like crazy Love it! Sometimes I could eat it everyday.  One of our favorite places to go is Bucca di Beppo’s.  If you haven’t been there let me tell you all about it.  It is the tackiest Long Island Italian living room you could possibly imagine.  {I actually saw some that were tackier when we lived there}  Think Goodfella’s  meet the Vatican.  It’s all done in fun and exciting ways as you weave your way from over decorated room to room.  Then you are seated and are faced with a menu that has more items than you could ever imagine.  Each serving is designed to feed 6-8 people!  Want something smaller, well too bad.  Small still feeds 3-4. Continue reading →

Show Me Your Plaid Monday’s

2
Mar

Hello all my bloggy friends!!  Welcome to Show Me Your Plaid Monday’s.  A linky party that is sure to deliver on fun and great features.  All links will be pinned and the features will get shares on my facebook page!  So link up your recipes and crafts and have fun meeting new bloggers!

I am sure that you have all noticed the big change on the blog today.  I am over the moon happy about the new look!  It’s so sleek and professional.  I feel like a grown up!  I am sure that you have all seen Cami at Titi Crafty’s link ups here each week.  Well she is also a graphic design artist and she has just opened shop!!!  I was so lucky to get to work with her.  She is so caring and professional and she works so hard to give you the blog of your dreams!!  Which is what I have now!  If you are thinking of upgrading your design please check her out!

Now here are this weeks features!

Craft-Rooms-of-our-Dreams-Round-UpTitiCrafty’s 13 Craft Rooms of Our Dreams  I would love my craft room to look like one of these!

Cherry-Cheesecake-BarsLife With the Crust Cut Off’s Cherry Cheesecake Bars  I am wishing  I had one of these right now!

IMG_5398Button Mad Chocolate Chip Cupcakes  So yummy and cute!

IMG_3947Belle of the Kitchen Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars  One of my favorite desserts in a bar!

Bananas-Foster-Cookie-Pizza-from-SimplyGloria.com-dessertpizza-cookiesSimply Gloria’s Banana Fosters Pie  A Southern favorite and I grew up in the South

gf choc cupcakes pb frosting 8Kellys Moonllight’s Gluten Free Chocolate Cupcakes  Perfect for those with a wheat allergy

Everyone Featured Please Grab a button!  They are now on this page!!! Thanks to Cami!!

rules23Now Let’s Party and make sure to visit a few other links and then they will visit you!


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Triple Chocolate Drunken Cookies

28
Feb

IMG_0105You won’t want to miss these Triple Chocolate Drunken Cookies!

Bursting with Chocolate and baked with Creme de Menthe! Perfect for that most fun of days,  St. Patrick’s Day. Continue reading →

St. Patrick’s Day Float {Luck of the Irish Week}

26
Feb

{This Post was originally written in 2012.  It was so good that I wanted to bring it back for you}

Everyday that passes brings us one day closer to the Big Party! I am getting so excited. I have Shamrocks and green plaid all over the house right now! As I am sure you are all aware by now St. Patrick’s Day is a favorite here at the P & P Kitchen!

I bring you a really fun and really wonderful Ice Cream Treat for Adults Only!

This is by far the best way to drink Beer ever! All Beer should come with a scoop of Ice Cream!

This is rich, thick, chocolatey with a bite at the finish goodness! The recipe has it’s own chocolate sauce to make but you could easily just use Hershey’s Syrup. Not only is there thick rich Guinness Stout but you have a shot of Baileys in the bottom of the glass! The crowning achievement to this is the perfect dollop of homemade whipped cream!

Remember when you were a kid and you would go into a soda shop or ice cream parlor and how good a root beer or coke float was on a hot summer day? Well this float will take you back to those good old lazy summer days, but it will make you so happy that you are an adult now that you can have booze and chocolate ice cream all in the same glass!

Oh yeah Baby!

Not a beer drinker? That’s ok because neither am I.  Nevermind that we have 25 gallons of beer fermenting at any given time in my basement from my Hubby.  You don’t have to like beer at all for this.  All of the additions of Baileys and ice cream and chocolate syrup and whipped cream take the bitterness out of the beer and just makes this so very very delightful!

This is a perfect addition to your St. Patrick’s Day festivities!

Oh and serving it up in a stolen pint glass from your favorite Pub a total plus!

Guinness Stout Ice Cream Float

6 servings

1 pint

Guinness Stout Ice Cream Float

This recipe was adapted from Alice Medrich

Ingredients

  • 6 bottles of Guinness Stout
  • 6 tbs of Bailey's Cream
  • 6 scoops of chocolate ice cream
  • for the homemade chocolate sauce:
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup dutch process cocoa powder
  • 2/3 cup boiling water
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Or use Hershey's Chocolate Syrup
  • for the whipped cream:
  • 1 cup chilled heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tbs sugar
  • or use Redi Whip

Instructions

  • To make the Chocolate Sauce
  • in a sauce pan mix the cocoa sugar and boiling water
  • whisk and bring to a simmer over low heat and simmer for 11 min
  • remove from heat and add vanilla
  • let cool to room temp
  • Sauce will keep up to 3 weeks in an air tight container in the fridge
  • For the Whipped cream:
  • using a chilled bowl and chilled beater whip the cream and sugar until stiff peaks form
  • In 6 pint glasses
  • pour 1 tbs of Bailey's
  • 1 tbs of chocolate sauce
  • 1 scoop of chocolate ice cream
  • slowly pour 1 bottle of Guinness Stout into the glass by holding the glass at a 45 degree angle. This will help keep the head {foam} under control. You may have to stop and wait for the head to go down before fitting all the beer in the glass.
  • Place a dollop of whipped cream on top of the head and drizzle in more chocolate sauce
  • Enjoy!
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It’s Still Luck of the Irish Week!!! You have to visit my talented friends and check out their goodies!!!

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 The Bitter Side of Sweet Lucky Sugar Cookies

Clarks Condensed Shamrock Chicken Pesto Pizza

Organized Island Luck of the Irish 

From Gate to Plate Shepherd’s Pie

One Creative Mommy Lime Cheesecake

 

 

Corned Beef Hash

24
Feb

Corned Beef Hash ~ The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen ~ www.pandpkitchen.com

Today I bring you a meal that can be served for breakfast, lunch or dinner.  It’s the Best way to use up your leftover Corned Beef and Cabbage.

St. Patrick’s Day is less than a month away now and I know that everyone is gearing up for lots of green beer and fun treats!  St. Patrick’s Day is by far one of my favorite Holiday’s.  I go all out every year! We hit the Parade’s go to the Pub’s and I work for two weeks straight making all sorts of yummy treats and authentic meals.

The only downside to St. Patrick’s Day is sometimes the 18th.  Just sometimes the 18th is a little too bright, a little too loud and it always comes way too early……

Corned Beef Hash ~ The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen ~ www.pandpkitchen.com

That is when you break out your Corned Beef and Cabbage leftovers and make this amazingly cure all meal.  Not only good for what ales you, this is a filling hearty and flavor filled dish.

Growing up this was a favorite for many cold winter night dinners.  We also loved ordering it at Diners.  Being that we are from the Chicagoland area St. Patrick’s Day is kinda a big deal.  But that we loved Corned Beef Hash so much we would eat it anytime of the year.

Corned Beef Hash ~ The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen ~ www.pandpkitchen.com

Full of corned beef, cabbage, and hash browns and to top it all off,  a fried egg!

I guarantee that when you make this for your family they will leave the table full, satisfied and happy!  And you just polished off any leftovers to make room in your fridge for more fun meals!

Corned Beef Hash

Corned Beef Hash

This is a Plaid and Paisley Original Recipe. Please feel free to make and share. All content and Photo's are Copyrighted.

Ingredients

  • Your amounts will vary based on how much left over you have. Or you can make it straight from the crockpot with a whole corned beef roast.
  • Corned Beef Cut into cubes about 1/2"
  • 1/2 a cooked cabbage diced
  • 1 package Frozen Southern Style Hash browns {Plain}
  • 1-2 tbs olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • as many eggs as people you are serving

Instructions

  • If you are not using leftovers place your raw corned beef roast and a cabbage cut into quarters in a crock pot, pour in an Irish style beer {12 oz} and 1 cup water cover and cook on high 3 hours or low 6 hours.
  • In a large skillet heat the olive oil on high
  • place frozen hash browns in a single layer
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • let brown and then stir to let the other side brown
  • turn heat down to medium
  • add in cubed corned beef and diced cabbage
  • cook and stir often till all is heated through
  • in a separate skillet fry the eggs in the manner you like to eat them
  • dish out the hash into bowls or plates
  • slide an egg on each
  • Enjoy!
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It’s Luck of the Irish Week!!!

Come See all the wonderful things these great bloggers have made for you!  Come back and check throughout the week and see what other fun things we have planned for you!

The Bitter Side of Sweet Cranberry Almond Soda Bread

Clarks Condensed Kiss Me I’m Irish Printable

Organized Island Shamrock Cupcakes

A Pinch of Glitter Leprechaun Lime Rice Krispy Treats

Say Not Sweet Anne Lucky Bingo Printable

From Gate to Plate Bailey’s Irish Peanut Butter Blossoms

One Creative Mommy St Patrick’s Day Hair for Girls

Show Me Your Plaid Monday’s #56

23
Feb

Hello! Welcome to another week here at the P & P Kitchen!!  I am trying really hard to embrace this shortened version of my blog name.  It looks silly to me but I do tire of typing all 25 letters out.  Do any of you initials sometimes to refer to your blog?

You can tell that we are all getting closer to St. Patrick’s Day.  More and more green green posts are showing up! I love all things St. Paddy’s Day!  I am really excited to see what great things everyone makes!

I just want to remind you all to come over to the Facebook Group Connections for Blog Growth Page and request to join if you already haven’t!!!  We have 3 different ways to share each day, there are great conversations going on and we keep adding features and events all the time!

So Let’s see all the features now!!!

Beyond Frostings Samoa Stuffed Brownies Holy Girl Scout Cookies Batman!!!

This Silly Girl’s Life’s Cinnamon Roll Morning Buns  Rise and Shine! I am going to have this for breakfast!!

A Proverbs 31′s Mexican Roll-ups I am a huge fan of Mexican Dishes!!

Love Bakes Good Cakes’ Small batch fudge  Fudge and Sprinkles?! Yum-o!!!

here are some other great posts

Belle of the Kitchen’s Berry+Spinach Smoothie It’s so fresh and pretty!!

The Well Floured Kitchen’s Whole Wheat Orange Scones  Healthy and Yummy!

Everyone Featured grab a button on my Home Page!

Just a reminder about your photo’s:    I pin every link up to my Show Me Your Plaid Monday’s Pinterest board.  I want you all to get the best exposure available.  When you upload your photos to your post it is very important to name them and give the same name to the ALT text also.  Pinterest will pull from that ALT text.  So you want everyone to know that you made “The Best Brownie Ever” not “IMG7346″  I like to put the name of the recipe or craft and then my blog name and then the web address.  ”Fajita Baked Potato ~ The Plaid & Paisley Kitchen ~ www.pandpkitchen.com” It does take a little bit longer to do this, but trust me you will get more pins and repins this way!

Let’s Party and make sure you stay and play.  Visit a few others and share the LOVE!


 

Turtle Banana Bread

21
Feb

Turtle Banana Bread ~ The Plaid & Paisley Kitchen ~ www.pandpkitchen.com

Are you drooling yet?

Here is one of the greatest creations I have ever made for you! Turtle, as in Chocolate, Caramel, and Pecans, Banana Bread……..

I bet you are drooling now.

You will have to guard this bread from your family if you don’t want it to disappear.  It’s so amazing that on the first attempt we actually ate it right out of the loaf pan with a fork!  The second go around {pictured here} was a triumph in baking!  With the Olympics going on right now I think this bread certainly deserves a place on the Podium.  I’ll let you decide Gold, Silver or Bronze.

Turtle Banana Bread ~ The Plaid & Paisley Kitchen ~ www.pandpkitchen.com

There is so much going on inside this bread that your taste buds won’t know what to tase first.  Is it the Soft Sweet Bread?  Or the Chocolate and Caramel bits nestled in?  Maybe it’s the Gooey Sweet Caramel Sauce and Pecans that crown the bread?

Your family will go crazy with each slice.  I can bet that they will fight to lick the bread clean before you even slice into it.  I mean who wouldn’t?

Turtle Banana Bread ~ The Plaid & Paisley Kitchen ~ www.pandpkitchen.com

Right now I am really sad that I sent this loaf with my Husband to work.  I figured after we devoured the first loaf like starving Armenians that I shouldn’t ingest this many calories 2 days in a row.

Developing this recipe was really fun.  Never mind that the first loaf caved in the middle making it the ugliest yet tastiest loaf of Banana Bread I have ever made.  I am just so happy that I worked out the baking soda/ powder ratio and that I now have this beautiful specimen to show you.  What do you think? Don’t you just love it?

Turtle Banana Bread ~ The Plaid & Paisley Kitchen ~ www.pandpkitchen.com

You can whip this up in less than 90 minutes.  I bet that you have everything you need in your pantry right now.  I used the most amazing product ever for these.  Kraft makes morsel sized caramel bit for baking or easier melting.  I have fallen in love with these guys and I will always have a bag on hand!!!!

The sauce on top is as difficult as opening a jar of Caramel Ice Cream Topping and drizzling on with a spoon!!!  The longest part waiting the 55 min for the bread to bake!!!!

Turtle Banana Bread

Turtle Banana Bread

This is a Plaid and Paisley Original Recipe. Please feel free to make and share. All Photo's and Content are Copyrighted.

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups AP Flour divided
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp baking POWDER
  • 1/2 tsp baking SODA
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • 2 overripe bananas mushed
  • 5 tbs softened butter
  • 2 tbs milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup Kraft easy melt caramel bits
  • 1/2 cup caramel ice cream topping
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans

Instructions

  • pre heat oven to 350
  • grease a loaf pan with butter not non stick spray
  • in a mixing bowl mix together
  • 1 cup of the flour, the baking soda, powder, sugar and salt
  • add the mushed bananas, butter and milk mix on low
  • then add the eggs one at a time mixing on high
  • on low again add the remaining 3/4 cup flour
  • don't over beat or your bread will not come out all nice and fluffy
  • fold in the chocolate chips and caramel morsels
  • bake for 50-55 min
  • set pan on wire rack and cool completely
  • once cool turn bread out gently
  • drizzle the caramel sauce and sprinkle the pecans
  • slice and Enjoy!
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Here are a few other Banana Breads you may enjoy:

Reese’s Pieces Chocolate Banana Bread

Banana Bread Blondies

Double Chocolate Banana Bread with Sea Salt Caramel Glaze

 

 

Homemade Energy Bars

20
Feb

Homemade Energy Bars ~ The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen ~ www.pandpkitchen.com

Good Morning everyone!!! It’s time to rise and shine and meet the day with a smile!

Yeah right….. that is not me until I have had something to increase my level of pep.  I can’t drink Coffee without getting sick and I just kicked a nasty Energy Drink Addiction {well at least it’s under control now} so I need a good jolt of energy from some natural sources.

Enter Energy bars.  Almonds, Oats, sunflower seeds, figs and some yummy sweet maple syrup.

Homemade Energy Bars ~ The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen ~ www.pandpkitchen.com

Can’t just see all those incredible ingredients in these?  Don’t like or have any figs? No problem you can use dates, prunes, or the easiest and tastiest substitute Raisins. I love figs and you can order them online at Nuts.com

These are better and healthier than store bought granola or energy bars and they can be made for pennies.  That’s always a bonus in my mind.

Don’t fret that these are hard or timely to make.  If you can stir and press down you have all the skills that you will need.

Homemade Energy Bars ~ The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen ~ www.pandpkitchen.com

These bars are packed with great flavor and have just the right ingredients to give you a sustained energy all morning long.  Not that you just have to eat them in morning.  These are great anytime you need that little extra pep to help get you going and stave off hunger.

Homemade Energy Bars

Homemade Energy Bars

This recipe was adapted from Bon Appetit recipe. Please feel free to make and share. All Photos and content are Copyrighted.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup chopped figs or raisins
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tbs butter
  • 2 cups oats
  • 1/2 cup raw almonds
  • 1/2 cup sesame seeds
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Instructions

  • preheat oven to 350
  • coat a loaf pan with non stick spray and line with parchment along the bottom and spray
  • on the stove in a medium sauce pan
  • add the figs and syrup over medium high heat
  • bring the syrup to a boil
  • stir often and cook for 8-10 min until syrup is reduced slightly
  • remove from the heat and add the butter
  • stir until melted
  • set aside to let cool slightly
  • in a large mixing bowl add the oats, almonds and sesame seeds
  • pour the syrup over and mix til combined {you may want to spray your spoon}
  • pour half the mixture into the prepared loaf pan
  • press down VERY FIRMLY pack it in as tight as you can get it. This keeps it together when you go to cut it
  • pour the rest of the mixture on top and really pack in tight.
  • Press down VERY FIRMLY
  • bake for 40-45 min
  • let cool completely Overnight is best
  • turn out the whole loaf and using a serrated knife cut into 1" slices
  • Enjoy!
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Here are some other breakfast treats you may like:

Granola Cereal

 

 

 

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