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    Easy, Old Fashioned Buttermilk Waffles (Like Roscoe’s)

    July 21st, 2015

    Move on over Waffle House, Roscoes Chicken & Waffles, Ihop, Eggo and everybody else! Here comes MY MAMA’S WAFFLES!!!

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    They are…how can I say this….the BEST!! I might be a tad bit biased here but…ok nope I’m not! They really are the best! : ) They freeze and reheat well too!

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    My mommy always made the best waffles and I’ve tweaked her recipe very slightly to make these buttermilk waffles even better, if that’s even possible!

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    Actually they remind me so much of Roscoe’s waffles. Every time we visit California the first place we stop to eat is at Roscoe’s Chicken & Waffles!

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    I always order a sunrise drink, waffles, chicken wings, collard greens and macaroni and cheese, YES GAWD!!!!! Just thinking about it makes me so  happy! I made spicy fried chicken and waffles for dinner last night (for the first time ever) and it was UH-MAY-ZING! Why is this combination so good?

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    I think one of the reasons why I love Roscoe’s waffles so much is because they remind me of those old school waffles I grew up eating.  Not those belgium waffles. One taste of these babies and it’s like I’m back in mom’s kitchen on a  Saturday morning! She’d be blasting gospel music, usually that “I don’t want no peanut butter and jelly” song.

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    At the same time she’d be dancing and cooking those old fashioned, homemade buttermilk waffles  in that old, heavy waffle maker that occasionally left little traces of black specs from the waffle iron. They were thin, golden and slightly crisp on the outside yet soft and fluffy on the inside.

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    I could eat them plain or even sprinkle with a bit of powdered sugar (helloo breakfast funnel cakes!). We’d  load them with whipped cinnamon butter and then pile on the syrup!

    THESE.ARE.THOSE.WAFFLES.

    I usually only make this homemade buttermilk waffle recipe whenever we have company because they are a tad bit more involved than my normal weekday waffle recipe. But every time I make them I vow to never make my old recipe again. They are SO WORTH the few extra steps.

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    Seriously, make these buttermilk waffles! Your family will love them and you might just love me too after eating them.

    Watch me make these homemade buttermilk waffles from start to finish!

     

    Easy Buttermilk Waffles
     
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    Ingredients
    • 1¾ cups all purpose flour, sifted
    • 2 Tablespoons sugar
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • 1 tablespoon baking powder
    • 1 cup milk
    • ½ cup buttermilk
    • 2 egg yolks
    • 4 Tablespoons butter, melted
    • ¼ cup canola oil
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 2 egg whites, stiffly beat
    Instructions
    1. In a large bowl whisk together flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder. (sift for best results)
    2. Make a well in the center of the bowl.
    3. Add the milk, buttermilk, egg yolks, butter, oil and vanilla extract to the center of the well.
    4. Gently fold the flour mixture into the wet mixture until flour is combined. Do not over stir.
    5. Fold in stiffened egg whites and stir very gently until egg whites are mixed in.
    6. Let batter rest while the waffle iron is heating up.
    7. When waffle iron is ready add a cup of batter (may need more or less depending on your waffle iron) to the hot griddle. Spread batter out a little if desired.
    8. Cook waffles until golden.
    9. Place waffles on a cookie sheet or tray and brush with butter. Do not stack waffles on top of each other if you want the outsides to stay crisp.
    10. Top waffles with creamed butter and drizzle with hot syrup.
    11. Serve immediately.

     

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    5 Steps To An Awesome Ice Cream Buffet

    July 13th, 2015
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    I have a confession.

    This may come as a shock to you being that I have a cooking blog and love to cook but…

    Right now, I hate cooking.


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    It’s true. Something about hot weather makes me lose cooking motivation and despise being in the kitchen. It just feels…foreign. And so I try to avoid it as much as possible. Is that weird?

    Well just in case you are also giving your kitchen the side eye these days, let me share with you what has been my no-cook dessert savior and the talk of my summer entertaining.

    Three words for you my friend. Ice. Cream.Buffet.

     

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    Pool parties, baby showers, bridal showers, cookouts, birthday parties, family dinners,  you name it and I bet you an ice cream buffet would be the perfect ending, the cherry on top (get it?) to any event. I mean, it’s ice cream for heavens sake!! Folks supposedly scream for this stuff, right?

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    I’ve been using ice cream buffets for all of my summer entertaining this year and people go nuts over them. Like seriously. Something about seeing a table full of colorful topping options and ice cream just automatically evoke smiles from kids and adults.

    This is a huge win in my book because it only takes a few minutes to throw together, can satisfy a crowd and requires no cooking.

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    I can’t even tell you how many “oh my gosh!”, “this is so cool,” and “Monique, you’re an ice cream Goddess” comments I’ve heard.

    Ok so that last one was a lie but being that ice cream buffets are so quick and easy to create, I totally feel like I’m cheating and getting more credit than I deserve.

    And well… I kinda like it! So let’s cheat together.  Yesterday I set up a really simple ice cream buffet on the porch after dinner and of course the boys loved it!

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    Thankfully, JCPenney was my one-stop-shop for pretty much everything I needed to create this ice cream buffet. Take advantage of their hot summer sales going on right now! I’ve linked directly to the products I used in this post to make it easier for you.

    You ready?

    5 Steps to Creating An Awesome Ice Cream Buffet

    1. ) Get a table-  Any table will do. I used a quick folding table and covered it with a pure white “to the floor” length table cloth designed specifically for folding tables. I love how elegant this tablecloth made my raggedy old pale grey table look. I hide all of my topping refills under the table.

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    If you’re going with a theme, the tablecloth is a great way to add some personality to your ice cream buffet. For example, a brightly colored tablecloth with a raffia table skirt would look great for a backyard luau.

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    2.) Grab some ice cream- Keep it simple or serve up multiple flavors! I usually keep it simple and go with a homemade vanilla bean ice cream since it pairs well with various toppings!

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    I used the vanilla ice cream recipe that came with my ice cream maker and added fresh vanilla beans.

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    I’d suggest bringing the ice cream out only when you are ready to serve it or placing the cartons of ice cream in a bucket of ice to keep it frozen.

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    3.) Gather up lots of toppings: This is the fun part and what makes ice cream buffets so cool!! The options are limitless. Be as wild or tamed as you like, bacon anyone?

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    I used my families favorite; crushed Oreos, crushed chocolate chip cookies, nuts, sprinkles, chocolate syrup, strawberries, and bananas.

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    Clear, glass bowls paired with clear spoons are perfect for showcasing all of the toppings.  I placed the bowls on this gorgeous crystal tiered server to display them better.

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    4.) Choose cones, bowls, cups, etc: You’ll need a way to serve the ice cream. I opted for sugar cones, sundae glasses, and porcelain ice cream bowls. You can jazz up store-bought cones by brushing the rims with chocolate and adding sprinkles.

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    If you’re really feeling creative or want to have colorful waffle cones to match your theme try using a waffle cone maker to create your own homemade waffle cones!  

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    5.) Add the finishing touches-  Now that we have everything in place, we just need to add some finishing touches to give it some “wow”.  If you going with a theme now is a great time to add themed items.  Create an ice cream buffet banner, throw on some colorful table confetti or create custom topping name cards.

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    Be creative and think outside the box, chances are you probably already have things in your house that can be used for your ice cream buffet. I used mason jars to hold the waffle cones and a colorful, upside down storage box to display my white porcelain bowls.

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    That’s it! Easy right?

    Head to your nearest JCPenney or jcpenney.com to gather items to create your own ice cream buffet!  Just be prepared for lots of “oohs” and “aaaah’s” from your guests.

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    Classic No-Bake Oreo Cheesecake

    July 8th, 2015

    Summers belong to the easy, classic no-bake cheesecake! Or at least around here they do. They are so simple, easy, and the fact that no oven is required makes it the perfect hot weather dessert.

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    I threw together this no-bake cake batter cheesecake last year using golden oreos and almost forgot how divine it was. This demanded that I post a no-bake oreo cheesecake to add to the club. I mean, it’s only fair right?

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    Out of all the no-bake cheesecakes I’ve make, I’m gonna have to say Oreo is my fav!!! You just can’t beat this combination of cookies and cream baby!  And it’s always a crowd pleaser.

    I got this recipe off the back of a box of crushed Oreos (do they still sell those?) and it’s a keeper for  sure! No tweaks and twerks needed.

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    It’s creamy, fluffy, sweet, and full of that true cookies and cream flavor. If you ever get stumped on what kind of dessert to make for a cookout, this is it! I can pretty much count on not having leftovers which is a good thing because I’d eat this whole cheesecake if I’m left alone with it long enough (and I don’t need long).

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    Now if you’re not a fan of the ingredients in Oreo cookies then you can always opt for another brand of chocolate sandwich cookies like Newman O’s or Back to Nature. The cool whip can be replaced with homemade whipping cream or TruWhip.

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    There are also organic brands of cream cheese and even a really great non-dairy cream cheese called “Better Than Cream Cheese” which is amazing! So there, now you have no reason not to make this sinfully delicious no-bake Oreo cheesecake!!  Yayy we can both have matching muffin tops by the end of summer! Aren’t I a good foodie friend? You’re welcome. Love you.

     

    Watch me make this Oreo No-bake Cheesecake from start to finish!

     

    No-Bake Cookies & Cream Pie
     
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    Ingredients
    • PIE CRUST
    • 26 double stuffed oreos
    • 5 tablespoons butter, melted

    • FILLING
    • 2 (8 0z) blocks cream cheese, room temperature
    • 8 oz cool whip
    • ⅔ cup powdered sugar
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 14 double stuffed Oreos, roughly chopped
    • Garnish with extra Oreos, cool whip, and hot fudge
    Instructions
    1. To make the crust, add 26 Oreos to a food processor.
    2. Process until fine crumbs.
    3. Place crushed Oreos in a bowl and add melted butter.
    4. Stir until butter in combined.
    5. Press mixture evenly into a lightly greased deep dish pie plate.
    6. Freeze until set. About 30 minutes.
    7. Meanwhile, make the filling by creaming the cream cheese with a mixer until fluffy.
    8. Mix in cool whip.
    9. Mix in powdered sugar and vanilla extract.
    10. Pour mixture into prepared pie crust.
    11. Freeze for 3 hours.
    12. When ready to serve decorate the top of the pie with Oreos and cool whip if desired.
    13. Drizzle serving plates with hot fudge and place a slice of cheesecake on top.
    14. Serve immediately.
    15. Store in the fridge for a soft set pie or the freezer for a hard set pie. (I prefer freezer)
    Notes
    I used 1 pack of the family-size double stuff Oreos.
    For a soft set pie, store in the fridge. For a hard-set pie with the texture of ice cream store in the freezer and let soften a little at room tempt. when ready to serve.

     

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    The BEST Summer Recipes!

    July 3rd, 2015

    It’s here!!! Summerrrrr! Cookouts, fresh foods, warm sun, the beach, vacations! Although summer isn’t my favorite season, I’m trying to learn to enjoy it for what it is and soak up some of this beautiful sunlight!

    Here are a few of my favorite hot weathered food recipes on Divas Can Cook!! (Browse around my site if you’re looking for a specific recipe, these are just a few of my many favorites) This list will be forever changing I’m sure!! Enjoy!

    Monique : )

     

    Refreshing Drinks

    homemade old fashioned lemonade recipefresh peach lemonade recipesouthern sweet ice tea recipemelon ball punch recipe white sangria virgin

    strawberry margarita punh recipepeach moscato wine slushies recipes homemadehomemade frappuccino recipe iced coffeereal fruit watermelon slushie recipe

     

     

     

     

     

    Satisfying Side Dishes

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    easy grilled corn on the cob recipe in husk

    creamy coleslaw recipe easy homemade

    southern deviled recipe

    black bean corn salad recipe

     

     

     

     

    Delicious Desserts

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    peanut butter oatmeal no bake cookies recipecookies and cream oreo blondies recipe

    fresh strawberry cobbler recipe strawberry shortcake bars recipe

     

     

     

     

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    Frozen Reese's Pie Recipe No-bake dessert pie

    chocolate caramel brownies recipenutella popsicles recipe

    simply lemonade with blueberry kiwi popsicles

    fruit salsa cinnamon chips recipe

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    Company's coming for dinner? Need a quick decadent dessert? No Bake Cheesecake to the rescue!!

     

    Amazing Main Dishes

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    grilled honey teriyaki bbq chicken recipe

    honey glazed salmon recipe 7 chili salmon recipe pineapple mango salsa recipe

     

     

     

     

    Spicy , Crispy Southern Fried Chicken Recipe

    sweet smokey pulled BBQ chicken sandwiches chicken salad sandwich

    salmon tacos recipe (fish tacos) citrus brown butter

     

     

     

     

    baked parmesan tilapia recipe bruschetta tilapia fish recipe

    easy hot dog chili recipe homemade

    Skinny girl pasta recipe

    Simple Snacks

    Homemade Cheese Crackers Recipe Cheez-Its Easy

    No-Bake Energy Bites! Healthy Peanut Butter Chocolate Granola Snacks

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    Vanilla Memories

    June 26th, 2015

    If I had to pick one flavor to sum up my childhood it would be vanilla, hands down!

    From the scent of mom’s vanilla candles she’d burn every Saturday morning while cleaning to the taste of my grandmothers highly requested vanilla pound cakes, vanilla simply ruled!

    However there’s one vanilla memory that “takes the cake”! It’s embedded into my childhood more than those metal skates and 1 cent candy. That memory is classic vanilla birthday cake with colorful sprinkles!!

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    One of the many perks of growing up on a street full of kids is the countless birthday parties! Vanilla sheet cake with fluffy vanilla frosting and sprinkles was the “It Cake” amongst us kids.  We HAD to have it!

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    You’d think as an adult I’d be tired of vanilla cake as much as I ate it as a child but nope, I love it even more! It’s my happy, familiar, comforting place. Just the sight of a vanilla birthday cake with sprinkles instantly bring back those fun, carefree days of my youth.

     

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    Thanks to Coffee-mate’s nostalgic flavored creamers I can start my mornings with a little dose of those happy childhood memories by using their Coffee-Mate Classic Vanilla flavored creamer.

    The Coffee-Mate Classic Vanilla flavored creamer has been on repeat at my house. It smells divine and reminds me of a big ol’ slice of vanilla birthday cake.

     

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    I’ve also tried Coffee-mate’s other delicious throwback flavored creamers like the Toll House® Chocolate Chip Cookie and the Caramel Macchiato but my heart belongs to the Classic Vanilla. It just feels right.
    On really stressful days I treat myself to a steaming cup of vanilla coffee with enough Coffee-Mate Classic Vanilla flavored creamer to make it sweet and creamy and a slice of homemade vanilla birthday coffee cake.

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    Just one taste of that hot, creamy coffee and fluffy vanilla birthday coffee cake and all is well with the world!

    5.0 from 1 reviews
    Vanilla Birthday Coffee Cake
     
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    Ingredients
    • 1 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • pinch of salt
    • 1 egg
    • ½ cup Coffee-mate Classic Vanilla creamer
    • ⅓ cup vanilla greek yogurt
    • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
    • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
    • GLAZE
    • 1½ cups confectioners sugar
    • 3 tablespoons Coffee-mate Classic vanilla creamer (may need more to thin out)
    • Sprinkles
    Instructions
    1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a 8 x 8 pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
    2. In a large bowl whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
    3. In a small bowl combine egg, creamer, yogurt, oil and vanilla extract until smooth.
    4. Add wet ingredients in dry ingredients and mix just until combined.
    5. Pour batter into prepared pan.
    6. Bake for 25-30 minutes.
    7. Let cool and then drizzle with glaze and add sprinkles.
    8. To make the glaze add confectioners sugar and creamer to a bowl.
    9. Stir until smooth and silky, adding a little more creamer if needed.
    10. Serve with coffee.

    This is one of my favorite vanilla coffee cakes. It’s easy, quick, fluffy, moist and it makes people smile! It’s made with Coffee-Mate Classic Vanilla flavored creamer, vanilla extract, vanilla yogurt and finished off with a drizzle of vanilla creamer glaze! Yep, see I wasn’t kidding when I said it was a vanilla coffee cake! It’s heavenly good!

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    Brew up a cup of coffee, whip up this vanilla birthday coffee cake and create some happy memories of your own!

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    Which nostalgic Coffee-Mate flavored creamer are you excited to try? Classic Vanilla, Toll House® Chocolate Chip Cookie or Caramel Macchiato?

    Disclosure: This is a sponsored post by NESTLE Coffee-mate.  All reviews/opinions expressed in this post are my own.

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