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Last week  I headed to New York for a long weekend with my college girlfriends Shelly and Leslie. Let me not forget our children were included too .  Upon our arrival Thrusday, Leslie and I had the luxury of having a babysitter, a.k.a the oldest cousin Alexis, manning our children while she and I met our friend Ann  at “Your Mother’s House” http://www.eatatmothers.com/   in Garden City Park, New York.  Please know our reason for leaving the children at home had nothing to do with the fact that we have four middle school aged children and one child freshly entering high school. You know that means they are a true pleasure :).  Our reason was to merely enjoy some adult time watching the final game between the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs. Truth be told,  sitting around watching sports  is what  “Mommy Time” means to most of my friends. When we are all together,  there are no movies,  spas, shopping, or discussion about the most recent book we’ve read. Quality time  (QT) for us is watching sports, cooking, eating a lot, and have a few refreshing drinks. As a side note, if we had a personal shopper, we might make an exception to the shopping trip.  Throughout the course of the weekend we watched a hockey game, a few baseball games, and the US World Track Championships. There were even some early morning workouts. As the weekend was coming to an end, plans were in development for our trip to the Penn State/Syracuse game being played at the Met Life Stadium this August as well as a possible weekend we could all do a baseball game together. Our relationship has sustained for twenty plus years because we love each other dearly, but our relationship has been so amazing because we all share common interests and as a result we never have a dull moment. So this is a toast to my dear friends that we continue to have this fabulous life and prosper through all of the laughter that keeps us going and the good times we share.

Today’s recipes are all about my new friend Ann. I met Ann through Leslie as they have been workout friends for several years. Ann is smart, funny, and driven. After this year’s Urbanathlon hosted in New York, I created my PB&J Bites to honor Ann’s wish to have a peanut butter and jelly sandwich during the race. Ummmmm…. now that won’t happen, but for a post race treat amazing!! Here’s the best part to this tasty recipe I created for Ann…..I just won but another recipe contest with these yummy little nibbles 🙂 Thanks Ann for the inspiration.

PB&J Bites

As a child,  I wasn’t really a big fan of Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches..however this little bite I created is outstanding!!!

Ingredients

– 2 rolls of seamless crescent sheets ( Pillsbury)

– block (8 oz)  of softened cream cheese.

– 1 cup strawberry jelly (divided 1/2)

– 1/2 cup peanut butter

-1 cup confectioners sugar

– 1/4 cup milk (possibly more to get necessary texture for peanut butter glaze)

Directions

1. Pre-heat oven 350 degrees

2. In medium sized mixing bowl, cream together softened cream cheese and 1/2 cup strawberry jelly.

3. Unroll crescent dough, using rolling pin spread dough to uniform rectangle.

4. Spread cream cheese mixture on dough leaving a 1/2 inch boarder on the dough. If not the mixture will come out went rolling.

5. On the long side of the dough, begin rolling into a log.

6. Once rolled, pat to tighten the log.

7. Repeat and make a second log.

8. Place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.

9. Put into the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes.

10. Remove and cut into medallions. Each log should produce 12.

11. Bake at 350 degrees for 11-12 minutes.

12. Peanut butter glaze. Mix peanut butter, confections sugar, and mix. This mixture should be smooth and not thick.

13. Once the rounds are cooled, dip into glaze. Swirl and let excess run off.  Top with some of the remaining cream cheese mixture and add a small dollop of jelly.

Artichoke Dip with Fried Pizza Bites

These are also dedicated to Ann as she made the suggestion we try the Artichoke Dip at “Your Mother’s House”…and here is my version

Ingredients

– 1 16oz can of  artichokes (not marinated)

– 8 oz of cream cheese (softened)

– 1/2 cup mayonnaise

– 1 cup Parmesan cheese

– 2 tsp old bay seasoning

– vegetable oil for frying

– 2 cans of store-bought pizza dough(thin crust)

– mixture of  equal parts dried basil, parsley, oregano, and garlic salt (about 2 tbsp of each)

Directions

1. Drain can of artichoke and chop the pieces.  After chopping the artichoke, mix with cream cheese, mayonnaise, old bay, Parmesan Cheese.  Place in baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

2. While baking dip, roll out pizza dough on a floured surface. Using a pizza cutter, cut into bit size pieces. Fry in vegetable oil over medium heat or 350 degrees, until golden brown. Sprinkle with herb/garlic mixture.

3. Serve with dip.

 

Remember…Who Do You Want In Your Kitchen On Game Day???

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