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Love is in the Air!

It’s almost February, the month of love and couples and good sweets and heart shaped things and pink and red! For some, Febuary 14th is an exciting day for love and for others it’s a great excuse to indulge in foil wrapped Dove chocolates and cocktails. Either way some type of food or other Valentine’s Day themed things are somehow coordinated into the day.   Whether you’re attending a Valentine’s Day party, preparing a romantic dinner for a date or drowning in sweets and drinks here’s a little LOVEly inspiration for your February 14th wherever it may be.   Brownies and cheesecake are divine sweets but mixing the two together is simply genius. All you have to do for these Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies is make the brownie layer and add the cheesecake layer on top and that’s it! But if you want a little bit more detailed recipe keep scrolling.   – Here’s what you’ll need – For the brownie layer:                                                                     ½ cup unsalted butter, softened ½ cup granulated sugar ½ cup brown sugar, lightly packed 2 large eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 cup all-purpose flour ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder ¼ teaspoon salt For the raspberry cheesecake layer: 8 ounces cream cheese, softened ¾ cup plain Greek yogurt 2 large eggs ¼ cup granulated sugar 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons vanilla 1 cup raspberries, lightly mashed Cream together butter, sugar and brown sugar with electric mixer until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla and mix again until combined. Add flour, cocoa powder and salt and mix until combined. Spread brownie batter in 8×8 inch baking pan lined with parchment paper and set aside. Make the cheesecake layer. With electric mixer, whip the cream cheese, Greek yogurt and eggs. Add sugar, flour and vanilla and mix until combined. Fold in the raspberries. Spread cheesecake mixture on top of the brownie batter. Bake for 50-60 minutes at 350 degrees. Cool for an hour and chill for 2-3 hours before cutting the bars into squares. After those amazing cheesecake brownies you’ll probably need something to wash them down. Next up, raspberry pink champagne floats. This recipe only makes one so if you plan on sharing (or drinking a few yourself) you’ll have to double or triple the recipe!                                                   – Here’s what you’ll need –                                                   2-3 scoops raspberry sorbet 1 cup pink champagne Fresh raspberries or other berries for garnish – Place scoops of sorbet in large wine glass – Pour champagne over sorbet – Top with berries – Eat with a spoon or sip with a straw!           If you’re planning to host a party this Valentine’s Day you probably already...

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It’s Super Bowl Season!

It’s that time again, time to get together with family and friends to root on your favorite team. The 51st Super Bowl is less than two weeks away and if you need some snack-spiration you’ve come to the right place! We have some great team themed recipes to spice up your Super Bowl party and delight your Patriots fans and Falcons fans. Super Bowl parties are notorious for the amount of fun snack food and football themed appetizers. We have just a couple of our favorite h’ors d’oeurves, desserts, and drinks that we’re sure your guests will adore. Dips are a crowd favorite, but it seems that every tailgate or Super Bowl party has the same boring dips, here’s an idea if you want to “beef” up a traditional queso. Here’s what you’ll need: 8oz of ground beef 2 tbsp of fresh Cilantro 1/4 cup of canned green chilies 1/2 cup of canned tomatoes 1/4 cup of salsa verde 1/2 tsp of chili powder 1 tsp Emerils essence creole seasoning 1 tsp kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 tbsp of olive oil 1/2 tsp of cumin 1/2 cup of Monterey jack cheese 8oz of Velveeta Cook the beef first, set aside, melt the cheese, and add everything together and your queso will be done in 15 minutes! Your guests won’t be able to resist this decadent dip that you can scoop with any chip. If your guests are looking for something a bit lighter try making lobster rolls. This is a great alternative to the usual hamburgers and hot dogs that you see at every large event. These lobster rolls are also a healthy option when you’re surrounded by the usual unhealthy Super Bowl food. Here’s what you’ll need: Lobster meat Greek yogurt Mayonnaise Finely chopped celery Sea salt Boston lettuce Tomatoes Uncured bacon Depending on the size of your party you may need more or less of the yogurt/ mayonnaise base. Use half Greek yogurt and half mayonnaise. Chop the lobster meat into small easy to eat pieces along with the celery with a pinch of sea salt. You can either wrap this delectable lobster roll with lettuce or warm Texas toast, tomato and bacon are optional. Garnish with lemon or garlic salt. This is a dish New England fans are sure to love! We know that preparing for any party, let alone a Super Bowl party can be stressful for the host. We have found the perfect football themed dessert that is delicious and easy to make! These Chocolate Peanut butter Footballs can be made a couple days prior to the party, which makes it an even more desirable dessert. Go ahead, do your touchdown...

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