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Saturday, February 28, 2015

The Perfect Combo: Chili and Cinnamon Rolls

I've lived in Kansas City for four years. Even though Nebraska and Kansas City are both in the mid-west the differences between the areas pop up when you least expect it.

Runza is a very popular fast food restaurant in Nebraska. Lucky for me there is one Runza in Kansas City. I convinced my co-workers to give Runza a try so we ventured out for lunch. While we were eating, they noticed a promotional sign for a chili and cinnamon roll meal. They asked why those would be on the same sign.

I was like, umm....chili and cinnamon rolls always go together. They had never heard of such a thing and thought it sounded horrible.

After a heated debate (well, more funny than heated) we got to the office and took to Google for an answer. Come to find out that the chili and cinnamon roll combo is something that only a small section of the mid-west is accustom too.

I was shocked. I thought everyone knew of this magical meal. The sweet. The spicy. It's perfect.

Growing up in Wahoo, Nebraska this was a common meal. Especially for school lunch. Chili and cinnamon roll day was the best! The cinnamon rolls were huge and covered in frosting. And yes, it's okay to dip the cinnamon roll into the chili.

Guess what? There's a way that I can get the whole country on board the chili and cinnamon roll train.

The now-iconic Lay’s “Do Us A Flavor” contest has returned to the U.S. with a $1 million grand prize for the best potato chip flavor idea. I think that Chili and Cinnamon Roll Kettle Chips would be probably the best creation of all time.

And this year, there is a super fun twist on the contest: Lay’s is asking fans to also include the location (city/state) that inspired each potential million-dollar idea.

Later this year, four delicious finalist flavors – representing flavorful cities and towns across the U.S. – will be fully developed, brought to store shelves and voted on by America.

Today through March 30, 2015, visit Lay's "Do Us A Flavor" to submit your idea for the next great potato chip flavor and read the official rules.

What flavor Lay's Potato Chips would you create? I'd love to hear the unique flavors of your area!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Easy Biscuit Waffles

Easy Biscuit Waffles using a tube of biscuits!

I'm a proud new owner of a Double Deep Fryer from Ginny's. Even more exciting, I'll be working with Ginny's and developing a recipe for their upcoming eBook. More on that in the coming weeks. But I'm SUPER excited.

But before I focus on recipe development I had to break in the fryer, naturally. Jacob and I looked at each other and both said: Chicken and Waffles. But not any Chicken and Waffles. It's a recipe a made awhile back with biscuit waffles and a take your breath away maple mayo. Yes, sauce can take your breath away. Trust me.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Monster Cookie Bars

Monster Cookie Bars - so chewy and packed with goodies

This recipe makes me like Monster Cookies more than Chocolate Chip Cookies and I realllly like Chocolate Chip Cookies. But these Monster Cookies....no flour so they are super chewy from all the oats and all of the brown sugar, peanut butter and goodies added in. They never disappoint.

I opted to make my favorite cookies into bars. Mainly because I was lazy and partially because I wanted to see how they turned out. Well, they are tasty. Even chewier. I also used Peanut Butter M&M's.

They are all packed up for my co-workers. Because of the oats I think they count as a breakfast bar.

If you prefer cookies, here's the recipe.

Monster Cookie Bars - so chewy and packed with goodies

Monster Cookie Bars - so chewy and packed with goodies

Monster Cookie Bars - so chewy and packed with goodies

Monster Cookie Bars - so chewy and packed with goodies

Monster Cookies

1/4 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup butter flavored shortening
3 eggs
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon corn syrup
2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
4 1/2 cup oats
1 package M&Ms (choose your fav - plain, peanut, peanut butter)
1/2  cup semi sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup butterscotch chips or white chips

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Line a jelly roll pan with parchment paper or generously butter pan. Set aside.

Mix together all ingredients, EXCEPT for the M&M’s and chocolate chips, until combined.

Stir in the M&M’s and chocolate chips.  (Save a 1/2 cup of the M&M's and press into dough before baking; makes the cookies a little prettier after baking).

Dump dough into prepared pan and press into pan. Press the remaining M&M’s into the dough.

Bake for 12-18 minutes until light brown. Let pan cool before cutting into bars and serving. Store in an airtight container.

Source: Something Swanky

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