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

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.   Print With Image Without Image Chonky Boy Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches Yield: 8 Author: Jenn Erickson Loaded with chocolate chips and buttery, brown-sugary vanilla flavor, these mall-sized cookies form a perfect partnership with a

Recipe: Kawasaki Chicken Lettuce Wraps #GlutenFree #Sriracha

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 mayonnaise 1/2 Tablespoon sriracha 1  1/4 cups almond meal 2 teaspoons kosher salt 1 teaspoon garlic powder a few cranks of freshly ground pepper 3 Tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese 2 Tablespoons olive oil 2 ripe av

Happy Star Wars Day: The Making of Darth Chocolate

  A long time ago In a galaxy far, far away... ...Before Star Wars candy and ice cube molds could be found at geek emporiums throughout the universe... ...Fans had to rely on their own creativity, and channeled the force to bring their Star Wars dreams to life... Back in 2010, I posted this tutorial for how to make your own chocolate molds using silicone plastique. Using a vintage Han in Carbonite action figure, I created this chocolate mold, from which delicious Solo Bars could be made. When I saw these Star Wars themed Easter treat containers at Target this year, I didn't know immediately what I would do with them, but I had to have them.  I cleared the shelf and stashed away my collection of mini Darth Vader helmets; as happy as a Wookie with a cookie. I'm not the only Star Wars fan in the family -- My husband and I have made sure to raise our kids right.  So, as Star Wars Day (May 4 -- "May the Fourth Be With You") ap

Future Heirlooms: Family Silhouette Pendant Tutorial

These silhouette pendants are inexpensive to make and don't require fancy software.  With a few basic steps, you can create silhouettes of your loved ones -- be they the two-legged or four-legged kind.   Silhouettes, also known as "profiles" or "shades", have been popular since the 18th century.  They can be made from painted ivory or glass, plaster, or paper.  My first experience with silhouette art came in elementary school when my teacher projected our shadows on the wall and traced our profiles on a piece of black construction paper.  It remains one of my favorite childhood art projects to this day.     I've admired the many silhouette projects I've seen online and have felt inspired to do my own.  The stars aligned when I connected with Lilly of Lilly D's DIY Craft Supplies after purchasing some pendant bezels and glass cabochons from her Etsy shop for my Lucky Clover Pendant project in March.  Recently, Lilly

4th of July DIY: Star Spangled Beverage/Party Tub

    Here's a nice little 4th of July project I came up with for The Home Depot for a summer campaign a few years back.   Inspiration struck when I found a 16 3/4 gal. Galvanized Utility Tub at Home Depot for around $20. I knew it would be the perfect vessel from which to ice and serve a selection of Sonoma County microbrews, Napa Valley wines, and retro soda pops on the 4th of July! Moreover, it can pull double-duty as a patriotic pedestal for a dessert table, or to hold bags of popcorn, party favors, water balloons, etc.   Star Spangled Beverage/Party Tub DIY   Materials List (All of my supplies were purchased at The Home Depot) Galvanized Tub White spray primer Red spray paint Blue spray paint Painters tape Contact paper (shelf paper) or a star stencil Masking paper Step 1:  Remove any stickers or labels from the tub.  I used Goo Gone to remove the left-over adhesive.  Wipe any dust or dirt