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Chonky Boys: The Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches that Scream Summer!

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Featuring my thick and nuggy Chonky Boy Chocolate Chip Cookies, these ice cream sandwiches are the stuff that summer dreams are made of.  If you've ever had the Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich at Disneyland , you are going to LOVE these! 

These big and bold chocolate chip cookies are based on a recipe from my culinary school studies at Auguste Escoffier, but with a few modifications to give them that Jennuine touch.  They make the perfectas book for a fat slice of real vanilla bean ice cream.  And those mini chips?  You just gotta have that extra cronch!

Thank goodness this recipe only makes 8 sandwiches, otherwise I would be eating them for breakfast lunch and dinner.  This way, my big family can help save me from my inner child diet-saboteur.  
PrintWith ImageWithout Image Chonky Boy Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream SandwichesYield: 8Author: Jenn Erickson Loaded with chocolate chips and buttery, brown-sugary vanilla flavor, these mall-sized cookies form a perfect partnership with a fat wedg…

Recipe: Kawasaki Chicken Lettuce Wraps #GlutenFree #Sriracha

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Light, healthy,and absolutely delicious -- our Kawasaki Chicken Lettuce wraps were inspired by a sushi specialty at one of our favorite (now defunct) Japanese restaurants in Carmel, CA.  The Kawasaki roll featured a tempura fried prawn with sushi rice, fresh avocado and spicy mayo, wrapped in a butter lettuce leaf.  
Our version features a crispy, oven baked chicken strip with an almond meal crust -- lots of protein, no gluten.  It's become a family favorite that we've enjoyed weekly over the summer.  We serve it up taco-bar style:  all the components plated separately so everyone can build their own to their liking.

Kawasaki Chicken Lettuce Wraps
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast cut into 1/2" strips (approx. 16)1/4 cup mayonnaise1/2 Tablespoon sriracha1  1/4 cups almond meal2 teaspoons kosher salt1 teaspoon garlic powdera few cranks of freshly ground pepper3 Tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese2 Tablespoons olive oil 2 ripe avocados, peeled and sliced2 green onions (…

How to Host a Family Camp-In {Making Memories with #DarkForDinner} #ad

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Dixie for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.
#DarkForDinner
Lights off
Phones exiled
No TV
You, me,
Family
Talk, listen, Be

Camp Out
(Inside)
Camp In?

Fire Crackling
Candles Flicker
Faces light up
Smiles
Laughter

Time moves slowly
Unplugged
Unencumbered
No expense
High Yield Investment
Family Time

#DarkForDinner
This past Sunday, July 5, my family fulfilled their promise to go #DarkForDinner with Dixie. We didn't spend a dime. Our labors amounted to moving the coffee table off to the side of our living room and firing up the BBQ. Sounds simple, right? Yet this Sunday dinner turned out to be a really big deal. A new summer family tradition was born -- The Camp-In.

As I anticipated, there were moans and groans when I presented four kids, ages 10-18 with the idea of turning off the lights and all electronics for dinner. But something sort of magical happened once we powered off -- The tuned-out suddenly became tuned-in. Without pa…

Family Camp-In Recipe: S'more Kisses For the Dixie
#DarkForDinner Movement #ad

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Dixie for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.


Last weekend, my youngest daughter and I spent some one-on-one time in the kitchen coming up with a new cookie recipe inspired by the classic summer camping treat -- S'mores.

There is nothing in this world more important to me than family time.

How about you?

It's summertime, and we hear a lot about grand summer road trips, traveling by air or by sea to explore other lands and cultures, and lazy days on a river or lake followed by nights under the stars in inside a tent. These summer family getaways are no doubt memorable, but not always within our grasp. Fortunately, it doesn't take a lot of money, a week off of work, or even a tank of gas to make special family memories with those you love most. All it takes is a little imagination, and that's why on Sunday, July 6, we're going #DarkForDinner with an indoor camp-out -- a Camp-In.

On Sunday, June 14, Dixie launched a w…