Pull Apart Herb Rolls with S.A.L.T. Sisters

 

As October comes to an end, thoughts turn to November which automatically makes me think of all that I am thankful for.  I am beginning to plan the items I will make for our family’s Thanksgiving feast and of course I’ve already begun my Christmas shopping.  As I think on these upcoming events, I am reminded of how blessed I am.  How I have so many loving people in my life.  I am reminded how important it is to reach out and show love to someone in need.  Maybe its a coworker, the next door neighbor, or your child’s teacher or coach.  Maybe you’ve wanted to reach out but didn’t know how.  My thought is that food is a wonderful key to open the door to a persons heart and that is why we have a special recipe for you along with a special announcement.

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Banana Cheesecake with Gooey Peanut Crust

 

If I had to pick one food to represent my childhood summer experience, it would have to be Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwiches.  I remember one summer spent riding my bicycle to a friend’s house, playing in his creek and eating peanut butter sandwiches just about every single day!  If we found ourselves at my Grandmother’s house, another ingredient would be added to this simple fare…..mayonnaise.  Please tell me I am not the only one who has consumed a peanut butter, banana and mayonnaise sandwich?!  My Grandma would say that the mayo helped to prevent the peanut butter from sticking to the roof of your mouth though I didn’t mind the stickiness and would have preferred to go without the mayo. Ugh!  Don’t worry, there is no mayonnaise in today’s recipe.  With that said, I set out this summer to recreate the flavors of my childhood by creating a cool, creamy, simple cheesecake recipe.

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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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