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Key Lime Pie Ice Cream


Ok......so this just happened.


This ice cream is so darn good. 

It's so fresh and tangy and sweet and creamy. I mean, it has it all.

I really enjoy it with chopped dark chocolate but it's just as good without.

Whatever you're in the mood for, and I've found the perfect thing to go with it.

If you follow my blog I'm sure you've heard.....they are my favorite cookie of all time. 

Anytime of year, breakfast, lunch or dinner. (Pretty much.) 


The perfect pairing!



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KEY LIME PIE ICE CREAM with CHOCOLATE

2 cups half and half
2 cups heavy cream
1 cup sugar
2 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup of key lime juice
Zest of 2 limes
4 sheets of honey graham crackers, broken up
3 oz. of dark or semi-sweet chocolate, optional

Mix together half and half, sugar, salt and vanilla. Let sit 10 minutes, whisking occasionally, until sugar has dissolved. Stir in heavy cream. Stir in lime juice right before you add the mixture to your ice cream machine. Freeze according to manufacture's directions.

A couple of minutes before ice cream is done, add lime zest, graham crackers and chocolate (if using) and continue with machine on until mixed through. Transfer ice cream to an airtight container and place in the freezer to harden further....or not. 

Enjoy!

Friday

Sausage Spaghetti (Bumped Up)


I am a huge fan of fast and easy pasta dishes and this one does not disappoint.



The sauce comes together in no time and has a very special ingredient that 
makes it simply awesome.

Anchovies!

I know just hearing the word turns up noses of many people but I can't express enough 
what a good thing it does to this tomato sauce.

It truly doesn't matter if you like them...don't like them...or just tolerate them.
They just melt away into the oil and leave behind this heavenly not too salty bite.
 They are what turns this sauce into a work of art.

Don't worry....you don't have to tell anybody they are in there. They won't even know.
Give it a try. You'll thank me.

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Sausage Spaghetti

1 tbsp olive oil
5-6 Anchovies (apprx. 1/2 tin)
1 onion, chopped
1 red pepper, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
14 oz smoked turkey sausage, cut into 1/2 moons
32 oz crushed tomatoes
15 oz diced tomatoes
2 tsp Italian seasoning
1/8 tsp red pepper flakes
Salt and pepper
1 lb. angel hair pasta
1/3 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese
1 tbsp fresh chopped flat leaf parsley

Heat olive oil and anchovies in a large skillet over medium heat stirring until anchovies disappear into oil. Add onion and red pepper; saute until they start to soften. Stir in garlic; cook 2 minutes. Stir in sausage and cook 3-4 minutes.

Add tomatoes, Italian seasoning and red pepper flakes. Taste for seasoning and add salt and pepper if desired. Reduce heat and simmer partially covered for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Cook spaghetti in salted boiling water until just shy of al dente. Drain and add to pasta, along with parmesan and parsley, tossing to combine. Cook 3-4 minutes.

Serve with additional parmesan if desired.


Tuesday

Bacon Spinach & Tomato Sandwich with Avocado & Creamy Maple Balsamic Spread

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This sandwich....

See this?


Looks pretty simple, doesn't it?

Well....making the sandwich is...but definitely not the taste.

See the sauce dripping down between the avocado?


That's the ticket!

I mean...the peppered bacon, fresh baby spinach, creamy avocado and tomato 
is a fantastic start......but that sauce.

Seriously delicious!!!!

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BACON SPINACH & TOMATO SANDWICH 
with AVOCADO & CREAMY MAPLE BALSAMIC SPREAD

Peppered Bacon 2-3 slices per sandwich
Baby Spinach
Sliced Tomato
Sliced Avocado, if slicing in advance, squirt on some lime juice to prevent browning
Toasted Bread of your choice

Creamy Maple Balsamic Spread

3/4 cup mayonnaise
2 tsp pure maple syrup
2 tsp balsamic
1 tbsp stone ground mustard or dijon
Pinch of salt and pepper

Heat oven to 400*

Bake bacon on a baking sheet 10-15 minutes or until desired doneness. Drain on a pepper towel lined plate.

While bacon is cooking, stir together spread ingredients.

Toast bread of your choice. Spread both sides of bread with prepared spread; layer on bacon, spinach, tomato and avocado. Enjoy!