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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Cinnamon Lovers Rice Krispie Treats




Copyright 2016 Rekaya Gibson

Copyright 2016 Rekaya Gibson

Copyright 2016 Rekaya Gibson

I made another Valentine's Day treat: Cinnamon Lovers Rice Krispie Treats. I've been using this recipe for over a decade. However this time, I decided to use Gimbal's Fine Candies Cinnamon Lovers, made with real cinnamon oil. I purchased the candy from Target. I love the combination of sweet heat; it excites the palate. I also appreciate the soft and chewy texture so I won't hurt my teeth. If you don't like hot candy, simply remove the red hearts and continue eating. Matter of fact, some may fall on the floor while eating anyway. After so many years, I still rank Cinnamon Rice Krispie Treats as one of my favorite Valentine's desserts. Enjoy!

What are your plans for Valentine's Day? Leave your comment below. Thank you.

Cinnamon Lovers Rice Krispie Treats

Ingredients
3 tbsp. unsalted butter
10 oz. bag marshmallows
6 c. rice krispies
1 c. or more Gimbal's Fine Candies Cinnamon Lovers

Instructions
1. Lightly spray cooking oil in a 9 x 13 pan and set aside.
2. In large pot, melt butter over low heat.
3. Add marshmallows. Stir continuously until melted.
4. Remove pot from heat and add rice krispies. Stir until coated.
5. Pour contents into the pan. Spread gently with spatula. 
6. Add Cinnamon Lovers and press them down hard into the krispies with the spatula or using your hands.
7. Chill in refrigerator for about 15 minutes and place a knife in the freezer. If you prefer, eat the treats warm.
9. Remove krispie treats from refrigerator, place pan on the counter, and cut with chilled knife.





Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Friday, January 29, 2016

Heart-shaped Sugar Cookies



Copyright 2016 Rekaya Gibson

Copyright 2016 Rekaya Gibson

Copyright 2016 Rekaya Gibson

Valentine's Day will be here before you know it. Make these Heart-shaped Sugar Cookies for your sweetie. I started with a Classic Sugar Cookie recipe from Whole Foods. I followed the recipe as written except I omitted the salt and used almond extract instead of vanilla. I added red sprinkles to give it a Valentine's Day feel. I loved the crispy edges and the soft middles. I could taste the hint of brown sugar which provided a light sweetness unlike cookies with granulated sugar. I highly recommend Heart-shaped Sugar Cookies for the entire family. Enjoy!

What's your favorite Valentine's Day treat? Leave comment below. 

Heart-shaped Sugar Cookies | Adapted from Classic Sugar Cookies by Whole Foods

Ingredients 
2 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 c. unsalted butter, softened
3/4 c. packed light brown sugar
1 tsp. almond extract
1 large egg

Instructions
1. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour and baking powder; set aside. 
2. In a large bowl, beat butter, sugar and vanilla with an electric mixer at medium speed until light and fluffy. 
3. Beat in egg until well blended. 
4. Add flour mixture and beat on low speed until combined. 
5. Wrap dough in waxed paper and chill at least 1 hour or overnight. 
6. Preheat oven to 350°F. 
7. Roll out dough on a floured surface and cut out cookies with floured cookie cutters. 
8. Place cookies on parchment paper-lined baking sheets.
9. Add the sprinkles.
10. Bake 10 to 12 minutes. 
11. Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool and then decorate as desired. 





Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Monday, January 25, 2016

No Woman Jerk-Flavored Cheese Pizza #MeatlessMonday




Copyright 2016 Rekaya Gibson

Copyright 2016 Rekaya Gibson

The other day, I found myself staring at all the specialty cheeses in Kroger. I had a lengthy conversation with the cheese expert and I finally settled on Beecher's Homemade Cheese No Woman. It consists of Jamaican Jerk spices with a nutty, spicy flavor. The smoky cheese boasts a touch of brown sugar and cloves. I could see the contents in the yellowish block; I shredded it for the recipe. I love the creamy texture with the hint of spice that reminds me of jerk chicken - my favorite. It tastes great as a quick and easy pizza, perfect for Meatless Monday. Enjoy!

What's on your Meatless Monday menu? Leave comment below.

No Woman Cheese Pizza

Ingredients
1 (4 ounce) pizza crust
1/4 c. sun-dried tomato pesto
1/2 c. Beecher's Homemade Cheese No Woman (shredded)
Extra virgin olive oil

Instructions
1. Heat oven to 425 degrees.
2. Spread pesto on top of crust and sprinkle with cheese.
3. Brush crust edges with olive oil.
4. Place pizza in oven directly on rack and bake for 10 minutes.




Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Friday, January 22, 2016

Filet Mignon Pizza with White Truffle Glaze




Copyright 2016 Rekaya Gibson

Copyright 2016 Rekaya Gibson


Copyright 2016 Rekaya Gibson
I teamed up with Vegas.com to create a pizza inspired by Las Vegas hotels. I selected the Wynn Las Vegas to create my Filet Mignon Pizza with White Truffle Glaze masterpiece. The square pizza crust resembled the shape of its buildings and the sun-dried tomato pesto represented the sunny climate. Of course, the filet mignon represented luxurious amenties that this hotel has to offer. The pearl onions reminded me of golf balls; so while visiting the Wynn, partake in its 18-hole golf course. I topped the pizza off with a bonus: White Glaze Truffle with balsamic vinegar of Modena. The combination of flavors scored triple diamonds in taste. I loved it and you will too. I highly recommend making Filet Mignon Pizza with White Truffle Glaze for your mate - no kids allowed. Enjoy!


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Filet Mignon Pizza with White Truffle Glaze

Ingredients
2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
12 oz pearl onions (frozen, thawed, drained, and dried)
3 garlic cloves (chopped)
1/2 lb. filet mignon (fresh)
Sea salt
l (6.25 oz) fire roasted thin crust pizza
1/2 c. sun-dried tomato pesto (jar)
1 c. mozzarella cheese (shredded)
White Truffle Glaze

Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
2. Pour oil, onions, and garlic in cast iron skillet over medium heat. Cook until brown or caramelized. Pour into bowl and set aside.
3. Spread pesto on top of pizza crust.
4. Sprinkle with cheese.
5. Bake in oven for 10 minutes.
6. While pizza cooks, heat lightly oiled cast iron skillet over high heat until smoking. Season filet mignon with salt and add it to the pan. Cook on each side for about three minutes. 
7. Cut meat into bite size pieces.
8. Remove pizza from oven and top with filet mignon.
9. Drizzle with glaze.

Update: I wrapped leftover pizza in aluminum foil and placed it in the refrigerator overnight. The next day, I reheated the pizza in a 400 degree oven for five minutes - absolutely delicious. The meat remained tender and juicy, and it looked medium well.



Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Buffalo Tuna Pinwheels



Copyright 2016 Rekaya Gibson

Copyright 2016 Rekaya Gibson
Copyright 2016 Rekaya Gibson
 

I love eating pinwheel sandwiches, so today I made Buffalo Tuna Pinwheels. I used Starkist Tuna Creations Hot Buffalo Style to create my wheels. Starkist nailed this flavor perfectly. It provides the right amount of heat without being overpowering. I added cream cheese as a filler; it complemented it nicely. I promise you won't miss the ranch dressing. I plated  two tortillas for lunch which were filling, see pictures above. I recommend Buffalo Tuna Pinwheels for a quick and easy meal. Hopefully, your wheels will turn out rounder than mine. Enjoy!

What's your favorite tuna? Leave comment below. 


Buffalo Tuna Pinwheels

Ingredients
8 oz cream cheese (softened)
1 tbsp. Garlic powder
2 tsp. Onion powder
Pepper, to taste
1/4 c. green onions (chopped)
6 flour tortillas (8-inch)
3 pouches StarKist Tuna Creations Hot Buffalo Style

Instructions
1. Put cheese cream in a medium bowl and sprinkle with seasonings. Stir until combined.
2. Add onions and stir until combined.
3. Spread two tablespoons of cream cheese on top of each tortilla. Leave room around the edges.
4. Add tuna on top using a half a pouch per tortilla. Use fork to flake tuna and spread it around the tortilla.
5. Roll tortilla up. Seal flap with dab of water.
6. Place on a plate and chill for about one hour. 
7. Cut ends off the tortilla, about an inch.
8. Cut into pinwheel chunks. Sizes can vary. 
9. Place pinwheels on a plate and enjoy!



Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”