March 31, 2011

Hard Rock Cafe Inspired Molasses BBQ Chicken

Today after running errands my hubby and I made a pit stop at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tampa.
We've stayed there once before and truth be told the only gambling I splurge on occasionally is the Sex in the City slot just so I can watch the clips from the show! Anyway, the casino just opened a Hard Rock Cafe and I just had to try it! I've dined at Hard Rock Cafe's all over- including Memphis, Atlanta, and Hollywood to name a few. Even back home we have a Hark Rock Cafe in Destin that I celebrated a birthday or two at.
But this Hard Rock Cafe was the most impressive out of them all!

They serve simple southern food~ Burgers & BBQ. It couldn't be more perfect for us. So today I'm sharing with you my favorite Molasses BBQ Chicken Sandwich Recipe below.


Our table had perfect view of the stage!

 2 huge screens played music videos. It was a nice throwback since
MTV never plays music videos anymore!

 Memorabilia decorated the entire restaurant.

 Speaker lights and microphone host stand
 They have the BEST drinks~ My favorite is Pickled Tink: Raspberry Vodka,
Pina Colada, and Strawberries! The perfect girlie drink.

 Ahh the BBQ~ Simply the best! I had Hickory Smoked BBQ Pork.
 The bar had a screen on the ceiling playing music videos.

 Time for a Hard Rock inspired recipe~
Molasses BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

Ingredients:

Makes 4 servings

  • 6  tablespoons ketchup
  • 2  tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2  tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1  teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4  teaspoon ground ginger
  • 16-20 ounces skinless, boneless chicken thighs {about 6}
  • 4  sandwich rolls/buns, cut in half horizontally and toasted

Directions: 

  1. Heat a large, deep skillet over med-low and place chicken in the pan.
  2.  Mix together all the remaining ingredients in a bowl (except buns, of course).
  3.  Pour on top of chicken, covering each thigh.
  4.  Cover pan with a lid and cook on med-low. 
  5. The chicken is done when it is cooked through and fork tender, about 25 minutes.
  6.  Shred the chicken with a fork.
  7. Serve warm, piled high on toasted buns. 
*You can also prepare this in a Crock-Pot by adding a 14oz can of chicken broth to the chicken thighs and 3/4 of the BBQ sauce. Then cook on high for 4 hours (low for 6), shred and add to buns and drizzle on remaining sauce. 
Heat a large, deep skillet over med-low and place chicken in the pan.
 Mix together all the remaining ingredients in a bowl (except buns, of course).
This is my go to sweet and tangy BBQ!
 You will have a wonderful smelling, thick BBQ sauce!
 Pour on top of chicken, covering each thigh.
 Cover pan with a lid and cook on med-low. 
The chicken is done when it is
cooked through and fork tender, about 25 minutes.
 Shred the chicken with a fork.
You can also prepare this in a Crock-Pot by adding a 14oz can of chicken broth to the chicken thighs and 3/4 of the BBQ sauce. Then cook on high for 4 hours (low for 6), shred and add to buns and drizzle on remaining sauce. 
 Serve on warm toasted buns with coleslaw and baked beans!
Messy but finger lickin' good!
Happy Cooking!
~Nicole

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March 29, 2011

Vegan Sunflower Butter Cookies

I was introduced to Sunflower Butter
 at work and now I must admit friends, I'm hooked.
My boss, Nancy is allergic to nuts and eggs, poor thing, and one day at work I spied her eating a spoonful of what I thought was peanut butter. It looked and smelled similar but nope it was SunButter!
It's her favorite indulgence and after baking these moist and delicious cookies I have to say it's a favorite of mine now too!
Nancy celebrated her bday today so I decided to make her
Vegan Sunflower Butter Cookies as a gift.
Can't find Sunflower Butter or just prefer good ol' peanut butter? No prob- just substitute creamy PB and these cookies will taste just as fantastic!
Vegan Sunflower Butter Cookies
Ingredients:
• 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
• 1 teaspoon baking powder
• 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
• 2 tablespoons sugar
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 1/2 cup sunflower seed butter
• 1/2 cup maple syrup
• 1 teaspoon molasses
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 2 tablespoons canola oil
• 2 tablespoons water

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350°F
2. Sift together the ingredients from flour through salt.
3. In a separate bowl, combine the sunflower butter and all other ingredients and whisk well. Add to the dry ingredients and mix.
4. Spoon the batter with a small ice cream scoop onto a baking pan lined with parchment paper or a Silpat.
5. Bake for 12 minutes, until golden on the bottom.
6. After they rest on the sheet for a couple minutes, remove to a cooling rack.

Sifting dry ingredients

Adding Maple Syrup, Molasses, Vanilla, Sunflower Butter, oil,
 and water in separate bowl.

Creamy Sunflower Butter!

Delicious egg free batter!

Mix wet batter into dry ingredients.

Scoop onto a lined baking sheet.

 Perfect sized cookies!

 Warm, gooey, and delicious!

You HAVE to try these!

Happy Birthday Nancy!
 
Happy Cooking!
~Nicole
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March 27, 2011

Play with your Food & Giveaway Winner!

I was scoping out new foodie books at the library recently
and came across this hilarious hardback:

 The author has written numerous Play Food books and even though no recipes are included it's a fun read just to check out his clever food photography ideas. Kids would LOVE this!
Check out my link at the end of this post to order on Amazon staring at $2!
 




Inspired by "Play with your Food", I decided to see what I could create out of food items in my kitchen.

Mushroom Face

Artichoke Warthog
Squash Duck

Sweet Potato Seal

Banana Duck
Lemon Pig

Brussel Sprout Elephant

Green Pepper Rabbit




Now for the winner of the
Gourmoo Cookoff Giftcard Giveaway.

By random draw Merry Graham you are the winner
 of an $25 Amazon Giftcard and 3 Free Lactaid Product Coupons!
 I will email you today. Congrats and thanks to everyone who participated!


Happy Cooking!
 ~Nicole
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