Copycat Chicken Salad Chick Grape Salad

To be perfectly honest, I have never heard of or tried grape salad until recently. I thought perhaps it might be a Southern recipe but as I was doing my research, come to find out it originated in Minnesota. When it comes to copycat recipes, my recipe may not be the exact recipe or ingredients but the taste is the same. I first tried this grape salad at a new restaurant near me, Chicken Salad Chick. The restaurant is not new, just the location near me is new. So far the chains are only located in the South. I love this grape salad. I am hooked. Now you can make this salad at home even if you do not have a Chicken Salad Chick near you.

Ingredients:

8 oz softened cream cheese, room temperature

1 cup sour cream

⅓ cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

4 pounds (10 cups) seedless grapes (red and green all sizes are fine, I used both red and green like the restaurant)

1/2 cup finely chopped pecans, or more if desired

Lightly cover top with brown sugar

Whip the cream cheese until fluffy. Add sour cream, brown sugar and vanilla combine together. In a large bowl place 10 cups of red and green grapes. Stir in cream cheese mixture. Cover and refrigerate. Just before serving, add the toppings. The chick tops with brown sugar only if you need to be nut free. Keep refrigerated. Enjoy!

Other options:

Fat free or reduced fat sour cream and cream cheese can be used. I personally would use full fat but that’s me.

I did use Splenda Brown Sugar instead of regular brown sugar. I could not tell the difference.

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Quiche Me Baby One More Time

When you have an extremely cute quiche pan, you name your recipe after your pan. I love all quiche, especially Quiche Loraine. This quiche is crustless, making it a delicious low carb recipe. Perfect for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner. I made this many times for my Mom and my friend Ana. Family and friend approved.

Ingredients:

6 eggs, I used extra large

1 1/2 cup Heavy Cream

1 teaspoon Salt

1 teaspoon Pepper

1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg

1/4- 1/2 cup Onion, I did 1/2 cup

6 strips of Bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled

4-6 ounces Swiss Cheese*, grated

1- 1 1/2 cups Ham, cut into bite size pieces

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray quiche pan with Pam.

In a blender, add eggs, heavy cream, salt, pepper, nutmeg and onion. I put the blender on purify and let it blend and chop the onions until they were incorporated into the smooth liquid. Set aside.

Place 6 strips of broken cooked crisp bacon on the bottom of the quiche pan. Top with Swiss Cheese. Place ham on top of cheese and carefully pour egg mixture in blender over the top of the ham. I placed my quiche pan on top of a cookie sheet just in case. Bake for 45-55 minutes or until custard is set. I covered the top of my quiche midway through the cooking time to prevent excess browning. Let quiche cool for a few minutes before slicing and serving.

*I prefer gruyere cheese in this recipe but I had Swiss in my fridge and used that. Both make excellent flavored quiche.

Diet Donuts

I know the words Diet Donuts sound too good to be true. An oxymoron. But it’s true. I watched Joy Bauer on The Today Show several months ago and that is where I got the idea for Diet Donuts. The glaze recipes are mine. Remember, the more toppings you put on your donuts, the more calories you will consume. According to Joy, one plain donut is less than 50 calories. With glazes or toppings 70 calories or more. Donuts are fat free without a topping or depending on what you choose. This is a great way to satisfy a craving without blowing your diet.

Ingredients:

1 box of Duncan Hines Angel Food Cake Mix

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Prepare cake mix according to the directions on the box. Spray donut cavities with a nonstick flour spray. Fill donut pan almost full and bake for 7 minutes. Cool in pan and remove. Eat plain or with glazes and toppings. The choices are unlimited. Yields about 36 donuts. Enjoy!

Vanilla Glazed Donut 70 calories

Glaze Recipes

Basic Vanilla Glaze:

1 cup powdered sugar

2 Tablespoons Milk or Cream

1/2 teaspoon Vanilla extract

In a small bowl, stir sugar, milk and vanilla until smooth. Use immediately to glaze donuts.

Chocolate Glazed Donut, 70 calories

Chocolate Glaze:

1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

2 Tablespoons of Butter

2 Tablespoons of corn syrup

1-2 teaspoons of hot coffee

In a medium bowl, melt chocolate chips, butter and corn syrup in the microwave on 50% power for a minute, stirring constantly until it’s completely melted. Stir in 1 teaspoon coffee until glaze is thick and smooth. Add additional coffee if needed.

Coconut Donuts:

Dip donuts in vanilla glaze and immediately put glazed donuts into coconut. Coconut extract can be substituted for vanilla in coconut donuts.

Any extract can be used to make your glaze. Fruit juices and zest of fruit can be use to make a flavor glaze. The possibilities are endless.

Plain Donut, 50 calories

Orange Creamsicle Cookies

I love and adore Orange Creamsicle anything. My Dad loves it too. I purchased a bag of Orange Vanilla Cream M&M’s* and knew I could turn this magical bag of candy into a great recipe(s). Listed below is my recipe for Orange Creamsicle Cookies and Orange Creamsicle Ice Cream Sandwiches. Both recipes will knock your socks off.

Ingredients:

2 1/4 cups all purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup of shortening, the white kind like Crisco

3/4 cup granulated sugar

3/4 cup brown sugar (I used light brown)

2 teaspoons vanilla

2 eggs

1 bag of Orange Vanilla Cream M&M’s (8 ounce bag only available at Dollar General)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine dry ingredients in a bowl. Whisk together and set aside.

Add vanilla and eggs and blend well. Slowly combine flour mixture a little at a time. Stir in M&M’s. Drop by tablespoons (I used a medium scoop) onto an un-greased cookie sheet. Bake for 9 minutes or until done according to your cookie size. Larger cookies for ice cream sandwiches will take a couple of minutes longer. Leave on cookie sheet for 1 minute, remove and remain cooling on a cooling rack. Store in an airtight container. Enjoy!

Bonus Recipe

Orange Creamsicle Ice Cream Sandwiches

Ingredients:

Large cookies

Breyers Orange Creamsicle Ice Cream

Make large cookies from the recipe above. Place one softened scoop of ice cream on one cookie and top with another. Place in freezer, Best if frozen overnight. The perfect summertime treat.

This photo was taken before freezing overnight.

*Orange Cream Vanilla M&M’s are a Dollar General Store exclusive.

Cool Chicken Taco Pizza

I love pizza. I love tacos. Today I created a cool chicken taco pizza. Everything you love on a taco but made on a pizza crust served room temperature. Make the crust ahead or buy a premise crust and assemble in less than 10 minutes.

Ingredients:

Pizza dough or use a pre-made crust

I purchased pizza dough at my grocery store bakery. I rolled it out on a lightly floured surface. I sprayed Pam on the pizza dough (or brush with oil) and baked it in a 400 degree oven on a stone for 15 minutes.

Cool completely. Make it the day or evening before.

Pizza Toppings:

1 8 ounce container of whipped cream cheese

2 Tablespoons of sour cream

1 Tablespoon of taco seasoning

Mix together and spread on cool pizza crust.

Shredded iceberg lettuce

Rotisserie chicken, shredded or cut in bite size pieces

Mexican cheese, grated

Pico de Gallo, I avoided adding the liquid

Chipotle Ranch Salad Dressing

Assemble pizza in layers, beginning with the shredded lettuce. Press down after adding each layer. Add chicken and Mexican grated cheese. I used fresh Pico de Gallo scattered on top of the cheese. I also added a drizzle of Chipotle Ranch Salad Dressing. This dressing some might consider spicy, you can substitute sour cream or guacamole or not use a topping on top of the Pico de Gallo. Enjoy!

Cinco de Mayo Burger #Burger Month

This post is part of a kick-butt burger grill giveaway hosted by GirlCarnivore but the Cinco de Mayo burger epicness is all my own.

I have always loved Mexican food and cheese hamburgers. For National Burger Month, I combined my two favorite foods, cheeseburger and Mexican food.

Ingredients and Preparation:

Season meat with cumin, garlic salt and pepper and grill to your liking.

Sauté onion slices in a pan with a pat of butter and a teaspoon of sugar to caramelize them. The caramelized onions add a sweet taste. Keep warm.

Grill poblano pepper until charred. Place pepper in a plastic bag to steam skin. Remove most of charred outside. I like to leave some char on the pepper. Cut open and remove seeds and cut into pieces to fit on your burger. This grilled pepper adds a delicious smoky taste.

Add your pepper jack cheese and watch it melt. Assemble your burger with the toppings.

Add a dollup of your favorite refried beans. I can’t enjoy Mexican without them. Yum!

Put a generous spoonful of fresh pico de gallo. This replaces all of your condiments.

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Burger Month Week One

Spicy Keto Burger by A Southern Fairytale
Baja Seafood Burger OR Mexicali by Everyday Southwest
Spicy Lamb Burger by The Suburban Soapbox
Catalina Taco Salad Burger by Sweet ReciPEAs
Kentucky Derby Lamb Burger by Butcher Betties
Cinco de Mayo Burger by Tampa Cake Girl
Kurobuta Pork Burgers by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Beef Cordon Bleu Bacon Apple Fritter Burgers by Wildflour’s Cottage Kitchen
Jalapeno Yum Yum Burger by Adventures of Frugal Mom
Pierogie Burger by Seduction In The Kitchen
Mexican Burger by A Day in the Life on the Farm

A Day in the Life on the Farm
A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
A Southern Fairytale
Adventures of Frugal Mom
An Affair from the Heart
Bread Booze Bacon
Brocavore
Butcher Betties
Cluttercafe
Comfortably Domestic
Cookie Named Desire
Courtney’s Sweets
Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Eating Richly
Everyday Southwest
Family Around the Table
Family Food on the Table
Fearless Dining
Food Above Gold
Gimme Some Grilling
Girl Abroad
Grilling Montana
Grumpy’s Honeybunch
Hall Nesting
HORNS BBQ
Jolene’s Recipe Journal
Kecia’s Flavor Breakthrough
Kudos Kitchen by Renee
Life of a Ginger
Love and Confections
Mildly Meandering
Miss in the Kitchen
Moore or Less Cooking
My World Simplified
Palatable Pastime
Pastry Chef Online
Pook’s Pantry
RDelicious Kitchen
Sailrockland
Sarah’s Cucina Bella
Seduction In The Kitchen
Sumptuous Spoonfuls
Sweet ReciPEAs
Tampa Cake Girl
The Beard and The Baker
The Complete Savorist
The Crumby Kitchen
The Farmstand Market
The Farmstand Market
The Redhead Baker
The Schmidty Wife
The Spiffy Cookie
The Suburban Soapbox
Thyme for Cocktails
Wildflour’s Cottage Kitchen
Wok & Skillet

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Out of the Blue Blueberry Cake

Right out of the blue, I knew I needed to make a blueberry cake. Why?! I had 4 quarts of organic blueberries in my freezer begging to be eaten! Now I have a little less. This blueberry cake is fresh and delicious. Not too sweet. This cake will include directions on how to make this recipe a layer cake or a one pan 13 x 9” sheet pan cake. No matter what you choose, you cake will be delicious.

Ingredients:

1 stick of unsalted butter, room temperature

2 cups of sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla

4 eggs, room temperature

2 1/2 cups flour

1 tablespoons of salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 1/2 cups of buttermilk

2 cups of blueberries, fresh or frozen, more for decorations, optional

1 Tablespoon corn starch

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare pan 13 x 9 or 2 8” cake pans. Liberally butter your 13 x 9 pan or if using cake pans, spray with a flour non stick spray, line inside with parchment paper and spray again on top on parchment paper.

Mix butter and sugar together. Add eggs one at a time and blend until incorporated. Scrape sides of mixing bowl down. Add vanilla. In a separate bowl, whisk flour, salt, soda and powder. Alternate adding flour and buttermilk to the sugar/butter mixture, ending with flour. Coat blueberries with cornstarch and stir into cake batter. Pour batter into pan(s) and bake 30 – 40 minutes or until cake tester comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting. Sit back and enjoy your berry good cake!

Whip Cream Frosting

Ingredients:

1 quart heavy whipping cream*

1 8 ounce block of cream cheese*

1 cup of powdered sugar or more, taste it before adding more*

2 teaspoons of vanilla*

Place mixing bowl and attachment(s) in refrigerator for a minimum of 30 minutes or longer. Best cream cheese until smooth. Add powdered sugar and vanilla. Slowly add heavy cream and stir mixer at slow and increase speed until whip cream is very stiff. Frost on cooled cake (cake layers).

*If you make a 13 x 9 cake, cut frosting ingredients in half.

Whip Cream Rose Cake was decorated with a 1M Wilton tip.