Pesto and Cheese Monkey Bread

I’m not sure why monkey bread is called monkey bread, but it sure is fun to eat, pulling apart sections of bread. Usually monkey bread is sweet, with a sticky topping. But we’re going to the savory side with this one. Pesto in the dough and on the top and bottom of the bread, and a liberal sprinkling of cheese in the layers makes this a bit of comfort baking heaven. I apologize in advance if your grocery foraging situation is still wonky. As long as I don’t want beans or rice, I can usually find what I need now, although I have to go to the more expensive grocery stores for flour.

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Toasted Sesame Vinaigrette

If you subscribe to the blog, then you know that we are bringing you several healthy recipes in January to start the New Year off on a nutritious foot.  The slicer/shredder attachment is my most used attachment when it comes to vegetable prep.  I put it to good use with Brussels sprouts and got through 2 pounds of vegetables in no time.  After being roasted off they get tossed with a nutty, tangy, garlicky vinaigrette which make them hard to resist.  Because vegetables should taste good if you are wanting to eat more of them.

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Meringue Toffee Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

 

I get my love of cookies from my sweet mother but my love of ice cream sandwiches comes straight from my dad.  My dad is pretty basic when it comes to his love of ice cream.  Simple vanilla with a few salted peanuts or cashews and maybe a drizzle of caramel sauce.  No chocolate for him!  I remember when I was younger, a special outing for us was a trip to the local ice cream shop for a blended ice cream treat.  Overwhelmed by all of the flavor choices my first visit, I took my dad’s advice and went with the toffee candy bar.  I was hooked and it has been my ice cream flavor weakness ever since!

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