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Chocolate Chip and Toffee Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars

Chocolate Chip and Toffee Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars So guess what? I'm surviving graduate school so far. I've gotten two A's on two of my papers. I just turned in my third paper for the semester yesterday. I have a midterm due next week and two more papers due two weeks after that. So ask me in a couple weeks if I still feel the same way! My excitement for the fall has been depleted slightly. Every year I forget about the dark mornings. Every morning seems a little darker and I do NOT like waking up before sunrise. It just doesn't seem natural! Also, a cold front is coming through New Mexico so it's cold right now (not the crisp mornings and warm afternoons). And I won't go into trying on last year's fall/winter clothes. But I like scarves! Anyway, I love it when people send me recipes or ideas. My brother's girlfriend sent me this recipe that she had found online. It's cheesecake and cookie dough together in one. Sounds heavenly right?

Chinese No Clay-Pot with Chicken and Shrimp

Chinese No Clay-Pot with Chicken and Shrimp When I was living at my old place, one of my favorite restaurants was right down the street. We'd go there almost every other weekend. It is a little Vietnamese restaurant called Viet Q Vietnamese Grill. They make some of the best Vietnamese sandwiches (banh mi) or these dishes called hot rice claypot, which to me seems either like a fancy fried rice or a better version of teriyaki chicken. When I moved in with Joe, I asked him if we could still go there for dinner even if it was all the way across town. Now that he can't eat gluten, I'm afraid our Viet Q days are over. :-( I've been searching for dishes that are similar to the claypot at Viet Q, but have had a difficult time finding recipes that look even similar to the ones that we had at the restaurant. I came across this recipe a couple weeks ago at The Kitchn and was very excited because it looks similar to the one at Viet Q, even though this dish says it's

Apple Streusel Cheesecake

Apple Streusel Cheesecake Happy Monday! I have another wonderful fall recipe for you today and a great recipe if you have some apples waiting to be used. This recipe I've been making for years and found it on back when it was Recipezaar. Do you remember it back in those days? I've been hoarding recipes for so long! What I'm sharing with you today an Apple Streusal Cheesecake. The cheesecake is very mild and doesn't have a strong cheesecake flavor so the apples are the star. The lemon really helps to bring out the flavor of the apples, especially if you're using tart apples. This is a very simple recipe that doesn't take too much time to put together, just remember that chilling time is several hours. I hope you enjoy this recipe, it's one of my favorites! Also, the Balloon Fiesta ended yesterday so I'm going to share a photo that I snapped on the way to work last week. Being stuck in morning traffic didn't seem as frustrating w

Creamy Green Chile Chicken Soup

Creamy Green Chile Chicken Soup It's now Balloon Fiesta here in New Mexico. We don't go to the Balloon Fiesta very often, but it's something I look forward to every year. The skies are beautiful and, for me, is the official start of fall. It's kind of funny how the weather turns as soon as the Balloon Fiesta comes around each year. Right on schedule, the mornings have gotten a lot more crisp and the evenings are getting darker earlier. As soon as it does, I want to pull out my scarves and eat chile and stew and all those wonderful fall comfort foods. It's my favorite time of year! Green chile chicken soup is one of my favorite things to eat. It's a year-around thing for me. And our hospital cafeteria actually makes some killer green chile chicken soup, though it's very simple and nothing fancy. It's served every Tuesday and for awhile I was walking over and getting a bowl every week. I'm on the search for the recipe like the one at work. Onc

Peach Cobbler

Peach Cobbler Peach season is now officially over and I forgot to post this recipe before apple and pumpkin season started! So here's your last tribute to summer eating with Paula Deen's wonderful peach cobbler! One of my old co-workers brought this dish in to work several years ago that she had made with peaches from her peach tree. It had such a wonderful sugary and buttery crust that I begged her for the recipe. Lo and behold it was a Paula Deen recipe! Since acquiring this recipe, it's become one of my beloved recipes that I make every year when peaches are in season. This year my boss brought in peaches that she ordered from Denver and I saved them for this recipe. I've changed the recipe a little bit from the original version-- converted self-rising flour to regular flour and adding in cinnamon and vanilla into the filling. There is another peach cobbler recipe of Paula Deen's that is similar to this recipe, but it looks like it's breadier with