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Flank Steak with Chimichurri

I’m just going to preface this recipe by saying that I know there are a lot of people out there that do not like cilantro. I am definitely NOT one of those people though, not even a little bit, which is part of the reason I am obsessed with this Chimichurri. If you prefer, you can definitely leave out the cilantro and double up on parsley. Or you can do like me, and add more cilantro and then proceed to put Chimichurri on ev.er.y.thing. I won’t judge.

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When we were doing Whole 30 in January I’m pretty sure we had Flank Steak with Chimichurri every single Sunday. It’s just one of those things that never gets old! Plus the sauce freezes very well, so if you have some in the freezer, this is a super simple recipe! Just make a big batch and freeze any extra in ice cube trays. Once frozen move to airtight baggies until ready to use.

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Flank Steak with Chimichurri Sauce
Adapted from Serious Eats

Flank Steak:
1/2 cup coconut aminos
1/2 cup lime juice from 6 to 8 limes
1/2 cup olive oil
2 ts cumin
2 ts freshly ground black pepper
1 Tb chili powder
3 medium cloves garlic, finely minced (about 1 tb)
2 pounds trimmed skirt steak (about 1 whole steak)

Combine coconut aminos, lime juice, olive oil, cumin, black pepper, chili powder, and garlic in a medium bowl and whisk to combine. Place steaks in a gallon-sized zipper-lock bag and add marinade. Seal bag, squeezing out as much air as possible. Massage bag until meat is fully coated in marinade. Lay flat in the refrigerator, turning every couple of hours for at least 3 hours and up to 10. Make Chimichurri while steak is marinading.

When ready to cook, remove steaks from marinade, wipe off excess, and transfer to a large plate. Grill for approximately 8 minutes on each side, or until it reaches the desired degree of doneness-115 to 120°F for medium-rare or 125 to 130°F for medium. Transfer to a large plate, tent with foil, and allow to rest for 10 minutes before slicing and serving. Be sure to cut against the grain in thin slices for maximum tenderness.

1 ½ cups flat leaf parsley
1 ½ cups cilantro*
8 cloves garlic, minced
3⁄4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1⁄4 cup red wine vinegar
1 lemon wedge (juice of)
1 Tb diced red onion
1 ts dried oregano
1 ts black pepper
1⁄2 ts salt

Pulse parsley and cilantro in a food processor to chop, then add in all remaining ingredients and blend to desired consistency. I like it smooth, but not completely pureed. Serve over flank steak. Freeze any leftovers in ice cube trays and let thaw at room temperature or in the fridge when ready to use.

*If you’re not a fan of cilantro, just double up on the parsley.

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Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Can you believe October is halfway over?! The “pumpkin window” is way too small, I don’t have nearly enough time to make all the pumpkin flavored things! I have two priorities this time of year, that I HAVE to make:
1. Pumpkin Bread (of course!!) and
2. Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

We had a potluck at work and I knew that whoopie pies would be the perfect thing to bring. They’re like a cupcakes, but way easier to take somewhere and maybe even a liiittle bit better! I like to make them on the smaller side, that way you don’t have to feel guilty if you reach for a second! I like to stick them in cupcake wrappers before putting them in containers so they don’t get messy and are easier to serve.

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What’s your favorite pumpkin treat you have to make every year?

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

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Whoopie Pies:
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup dark brown sugar
1 cup canola or vegetable oil
3 cups chilled pumpkin puree
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Cream Cheese Filling:
3 cups powdered sugar
8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
4 ounces (½ cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, mix the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger, and nutmeg.
In a separate bowl, beat the sugars and oil together. Add the pumpkin followed by the eggs and vanilla and beat until thoroughly combined.
Gradually add the flour mixture to the pumpkin mixture and whisk until completely combined.
Use a small cookie scoop to drop the dough 1 inches apart onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean and cookies are firm when touched.
Remove from oven and let cool completely before filling.
To make the filling: beat the butter on medium speed until smooth with no visible lumps. Add cream cheese and beat until smooth and combined. Add the powder sugar a little at a time, then add the vanilla and beat until smooth.

Recipe from Brown Eyed Baker

Strawberry Ice Cream

Given the choice, I don’t think I’ve ever chosen strawberry ice cream over, well, anything.. It always seemed like the lamest of all ice cream flavors, the one I avoided when someone bought Neapolitan Ice Cream. But when it’s made from fresh strawberries, it’s a different flavor all together.

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And it’s even better when you sandwich it between two Flourless Fudge Cookies. Try it – you won’t be disappointed!

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Strawberry Ice Cream

yields: approx 2qts

1 quart strawberries, sliced
1 cup sugar, divided
1 Tb lemon juice
2 cups heavy cream, divided
1 cup whole milk
pinch of salt
6 egg yolks
1 Tb vanilla extract

Puree strawberries, ¼ cup of sugar, and lemon juice in a food processor until at the desired consistency. I preferred mine smooth and creamy, but you can leave chunks if you prefer. Transfer the mixture to a container and refrigerate for an hour.
Meanwhile, warm the milk, 1 cup of the cream, the remaining ¾ cup of sugar, and the salt in a medium saucepan over medium heat. While the mixture is warming up, whisk the egg yolks in a medium bowl. Slowly pour the warm cream mixture into the egg yolks, whisk continuously. Then scrape the mixture back into the saucepan. Stir constantly over medium heat, scraping the bottom as you stir until the mixture thickens and coats the spatula.
Pour the remaining 1 cup of cream into a large bowl with a mesh strainer set on top and mix in the vanilla extract. Pour the custard through the strainer, stirring into the cream, then add in the strawberry mixture. Let mixture cool to room temperature, then refrigerate for at least 8 hours or overnight. Once chilled, stir the mixture before churning according to ice cream maker’s instructions.
*Note: This recipe makes about 2 quarts of ice cream, so if you have a 1.5qt maker be sure to cut down the recipe or churn in more than one batch to avoid overflowing.
Recipe from Brown Eyed Baker.

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Mississippi Mud Brownies

Growing up, my brother asked for a Mississippi Mud Cake almost every year for his birthday. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I had a Mississippi Mud Brownies and WOW are they addicting! I can only make them once in a blue moon, or I will eat them all, so when my coworker requested brownies for her birthday I knew these would be perfect…partly because I knew they’d be a hit, but mostly I really wanted to eat one and then make sure the rest of them were out of my house stat!

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The brownie is fudgy, moist, and dense — a perfect balance to the fluffy marshmallows. Top that off with a very thin, crackly layer of fudge icing and a sprinkling of chopped pecans and you get what just might be the best brownie ever. I think it may also be the only brownie that I prefer nice and cold, but that’s just me.

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Mississippi Mud Brownies

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For the Brownies:
½ cup all-purpose flour
½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
¾ cup sugar
½ cup brown sugar
¼ ts salt
½ cup melted butter
2 eggs
1 ts vanilla extract
½ cup chopped pecans (optional)
2 ½ cups miniature marshmallows

For the Icing:
¼ cup butter
¼ cup milk
¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
½ ts vanilla extract
2 cups powdered sugar
pinch of salt

For the Brownies:
Preheat the oven to 325 °F. Line an 8x8in baking dish with foil or parchment paper and spray with non-stick cooking spray.
In a large bowl. mix the flour, cocoa, sugar, brown sugar, and salt until blended. Mix in the melted butter until combined, following with the eggs and vanilla extract. Stir until no clumps remain. Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish and bake for 35-37 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out with moist crumbs.
Spread the marshmallows evenly over the top, then return to the oven for another 4 minutes, until the marshmallows are slightly puffy. Move from the oven, to a wire rack and allow to rest for 5 minutes, while you prepare the icing.

For the Icing:
Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Once melted, whisk in the milk and cocoa powder, and cook until thickened – about 1-2 minutes. Remove the saucepan from the heat and add in the powdered sugar, vanilla, and salt. Whisk until the frosting is smooth, then immediately pour over the top of the brownies. Smooth out the icing, then top with chopped pecans. Wait until the brownies have cooled completely before removing from pan and cutting.

adapted from Brown Eyed Baker.

Chocolate Moose Tracks Ice Cream

It’s starting to seem like ice cream is all I ever make anymore..but considering how hot this summer has been, I’m more than ok with that! Chocolate Moose Tracks has been one of my favorite ice cream flavors from Publix for years, I have no idea why it took me this long to try making it on my own! It is a chocolate lovers dream, and even better homemade!


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Not only is this chocolate ice cream very rich, but hidden in there are ribbons of chocolate ganache that make it even richer! I used the Reese’s minis, chopped, but if you have smaller peanut butter cups (I love the ones from Trader Joe’s, but didn’t have time to go) I would recommend leaving them whole!

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Chocolate Moose Tracks Ice Cream

For Ice Cream:
2 cups heavy cream
3 tablespoons unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
5 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped
1 cup whole milk
3/4 cup granulated sugar
Pinch of salt
5 large egg yolks
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup mini peanut buttercups

For ganache:
4 oz heavy cream
4 oz semi-sweet chocolate

For Ice Cream:
In a medium saucepan, heat up 1 cup of the cream with the cocoa powder. Whisk thoroughly while the mixture comes to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 30 seconds, whisking constantly. Remove saucepan from the heat and add in the chopped chocolate, stirring until smooth. Then stir in the remaining cup of cream. Pour the mixture into a large bowl, scraping the saucepan as thoroughly as possible, and set a mesh strainer on top of the bowl. Warm the milk, sugar, and salt in the same saucepan.

In a separate medium bowl, whisk the egg yolks. Slowly pour the warm milk into the egg yolks, whisking constantly, then scrape the warmed egg yolks back into the saucepan. Stir the mixture constantly over medium heat with a heatproof spatula, scraping the bottom as you stir, until the mixture thickens and coats the spatula. Pour the custard through the strainer and stir it into the chocolate mixture until smooth, then stir in the vanilla. Stir until cool over an ice bath. Chill at least 8 hours, or overnight.

For Ganache:
Make the ganache an hour or so before churning your ice cream, to give it time to cool off.
Place chocolate in a bowl and set aside. Heat up the heavy cream in a small saucepan over medium heat. Once the chocolate is hot and melted completely (but not boiling), pour it over the chocolate. Let it sit for a minute, then stir until smooth.

Churn the ice cream according to manufacturers instructions. Once done, transfer to your freezer storage, swirling the ganache in in layers and sprinkling with peanut butter cups. Freeze for a few hours or overnight before serving.

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Blueberry Banana Coffee Cake

I’m pretty picky when it comes to bananas. Once they have a single spot on them any chance of me eating them is pretty much gone…they can either go into a smoothie or a baked good. This means a LOT of banana bread, muffins, scones, etc. I usually try to stick with things that are somewhat healthy that I can eat on my way out the door in the morning, but sometimes I want something a little more decadent.

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This coffee cake is probably one of my favorite banana recipes. It’s ridiculously moist and flavorful. It’s got plenty of banana flavor, but not overwhelmingly so. I’ve tried many different combos and never get tired of it.,,if you really want to amp it up, I recommend chocolate chips instead of the blueberries 😉

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Blueberry Banana Coffee Cake
Author: Life, Love, and Cupcakes
Serves: 12
  • For Topping:
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1 Tb cinnamon
  • 1 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen and thawed
  • For Cake:
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 ts baking soda
  • 3/4 ts baking powder
  • 1/4 ts salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 Tb buttermilk
  • 1 ts vanilla extract
  • 1 1/3 cups overripe bananas, mashed (approx 3 bananas)
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter and flour a springform pan or 8×8 metal baking pan.
  2. Combine brown sugar, walnuts, and cinnamon in a small bowl and set aside.
  3. Sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl.
  4. Cream the sugar and butter together, then add the egg and beat until fluffy. Beat in mashed bananas and buttermilk, then add the dry ingredients and blend well.
  5. Spread half the batter in prepared baking pan. Sprinkle with half the blueberries and half the topping. Repeat with remaining batter, followed by remaining blueberries and topping.
  6. Bake about 45 minutes, until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  7. Cool coffee cake in pan on a rack, remove outside of pan if using a springform.

Recipe adapted from Bon Appétit.

Peppermint Stick Ice Cream

Now that the holidays are over the cookies are gone and we are back to our mostly healthy eating habits. But there is one thing we will never give up: ice cream.

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I have a tendency to buy a bunch of candy canes, then not eat a single one, so this was the perfect recipe to put them to good use. The crushed candy mixed into the ice cream give it a nice little crunch and adds extra mint flavor without going over the top. The chocolate is just a given.

What I like best about this ice cream is that I can eat a small bowl and be completely satisfied. Yes, I COULD sit and eat the whole tub…but I’m just as happy with a reasonable amount. And that to me is what ‘diets’ are all about: balance.

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And for those of you that live up north and aren’t really feeling ice cream this time of year….I’m sorry, I’ll eat a bowl for you!


Peppermint Stick Ice Cream
Author: Life, Love, and Cupcakes
  • 2 cups heavy cream, divided
  • 1½ cups half and half
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons mint extract
  • ½ cup crushed peppermint candies
  • ½ cup chopped dark chocolate
  1. Combine 1 cup of the heavy cream, the half and half, sugar, and salt in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring until sugar has dissolved. Bring to a simmer, watching to make sure it does not boil.
  2. Pour the remaining cup of heavy cream into a large bowl and set a mesh sieve on top. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk the egg yolks together. Slowly pour some of the heated cream and sugar mixture into the egg yolks to temper them, whisking constantly, then pour the egg yolk mixture back into the saucepan.
  4. Stir the mixture over medium heat scraping the bottom often with a rubber spatula. Allow to thicken until it coats the back of the spatula (it should be at about 170 degrees).
  5. Pour through the mesh sieve into the remaining cream, then stir in the vanilla and mint extract. Cool down over an ice bath, stirring occasionally.
  6. Refrigerate at least 8 hours or overnight before churning.
  7. Churn according to manufacturer’s instructions. Add in the chocolate and crushed candy 5 minutes before it is done churning. Freeze until firm.
Adapted from ‘The Perfect Scoop’