Banana Bacon Cupcakes with a Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting

I think Elvis was nothing short of a Genius! Famously known, his favorite sandwich was a grilled Peanut Butter Banana and Bacon (with sometimes honey added.) I, like Elvis, LOVE LOVE LOVE Peanut Butter! Seriously obsessed… I eat it every day either slathered on toast, added to a smoothie, as a cookie or now a cupcake! And this amazing little cupcake would not be complete without all of the special ingredients 🙂

Cupcake Ingredients

1 Cup Organic Flour (I used Whole Wheat but I suggest using All Purpose)

1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder

1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda

1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt

1/2 Cup Canola Oil

1/2 Cup Vanilla Bean Sugar

1/4 Cup Organic Sour Cream

2 Organic Eggs

2-3 Bananas, well ripened and mashed

6 pieces good quality Bacon, cooked crisp and chopped

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 12 cupcake pan with paper cupcake liners.

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

 In a large bowl, add the oil and the sugar. Beat with a hand-held mixer until combined. Add the sour cream and the vanilla extract. Slowly beat in the eggs, 1 at a time. Incorporate the dry mixture and wet mixtures together until thoroughly combined. Add the mashed bananas and chopped bacon, being careful not to over mix. Using an ice cream scoop, fill each cupcake liner 3/4 way full. Bake in the preheated oven until the tops turn golden-brown and when a toothpick, inserted in the middle of the cupcake, comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Remove the cupcakes from the oven to a wire rack and let cool before frosting.

Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting

1 1/2 Cup Organic Powdered Sugar

1 Cup Organic Cream Cheese

3/4 Cup Organic Peanut Butter

Directions

In a bowl, combine the cream cheese and peanut butter. Mix well with a hand mixer. Slowly add the powdered sugar a little at a time. When the cupcakes are cooled top them off with this delicious frosting and garnish with sliced banana and bacon pieces.

(I only used half of the frosting recipe because I don’t like a lot of frosting..)

Sweet Onion Marmalade

This gorgeous marmalade is so simple to make.. It’s sweet its savory its perfect!

Ingredients

1 medium sweet or yellow onion

2 Tablespoons sugar

2 Tablespoons organic butter

1 teaspoon molasses

1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Directions

1. Dice the onion and set aside.

2. In a skillet, on medium heat, add the butter and sugar and cook for 1 minute. Then add the balsamic, molasses and sea salt. Stir and cook for another minute. Then place the diced onion into the mixture, set on medium low heat, cover and cook for 20-25 minutes until the onions are tender.

Bacon and Strawberries covered with Dark Chocolate

I finally did it! Dark Chocolate Covered BACON! I have been wanting to taste this amazing flavor sensation for so long. However, I did not want to pay $7 for the incredible “Vosges Mo’s Bacon Bar,” So I decided if I wanted to try this unique treat I had to make it myself…

Ingredients

3.5 oz 73% Organic Dark Chocolate

4-6 Slices of Bacon (Sulfite Free)

4-6 Organic Strawberries

Directions

Cook the bacon in a pan until nice and crispy, then place on a paper towel to rid some excess grease. Then melt the chocolate stove top. Dip the strawberries and bacon in the chocolate and place on parchment paper and allow to set in the refrigerator.Chocolate Covered Bacon..

Once you taste this lovely treat, you will agree with me that this a Gorgeous match!


Lemon Thyme Chicken

This Lemon Thyme Chicken is perfect for a simple and elegant meal. With only a few ingredients and some time in the oven, your meal will be ready in no time!

Ingredients

2 Organic Chicken Breasts (I used the wings as well)

1 whole lemon cut into thick slices

4-6 Springs of fresh Thyme

2 Tablespoons Organic Olive Oil

Sea Salt and Pepper

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Simply place the chicken into a baking dish and coat with the olive oil, thyme, lemon slices and season well with sea salt and pepper. Place the baking dish into the oven for 35-45 minutes until the chicken is baked through. *No need to cover the chicken with foil, it hold enough moisture from the lemon and olive oil.

This dish pairs beautifully with Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Fried Chestnuts and Thyme or Arugula Salad with Roasted Beets Goat Cheese and Pistachio

Organic Chicken and Red Beet Pot Pie

Whenever I think about Chicken Pot Pie I remember the first time my mom made it for dinner, I was probably about 5 or 6 years old and I tried it and I wanted nothing to do with it! Lets just say after my dad attempted to spoon feed me, and I refusing the chicken pot pie, I got sent to my bed room. So, after a long and dramatic few hours, I got to come out and go back to the kitchen and try again.. and before my eyes was a perfectly made Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich,  waiting for me on a white paper plate with the words”I Love You” written on it… I love my mama 🙂

As a child Chicken Pot Pie was obviously not a food favorite of mine, but now as a women with matured taste buds, it is way up there on my list of favorites! With this recipe, I wanted to combined a taste of traditional with something a little bit different and more simple.

So here is goes for my Organic Chicken and Red Beet Pot Pie

Ingredients

4 oz Organic Unsalted Butter, Cold and Cubed

5 Tablespoons Ice Cold Water

1/2 Cup Whole Wheat Flour

3/4 Cup All Purpose Flour

1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt

1 Organic Chicken Breasts, Seasoned, Cooked and Cubed

1/2 Cup Onions, Chopped

1 Cup Organic Red Beets, Peeled and Cubed

1/2 Cup Organic Chicken Stock

1 Tablespoon Fresh Chives, Chopped

1 1/2 Tablespoon Fresh Parsley, Chopped

2 teaspoons Fresh Thyme, Chopped

2 Tablespoons Organic Unsalted Butter

Sea Salt and Pepper

Directions

In a bowl combine the flour, butter and salt. Begin to work the dough with your hands and slowly add the water until it resembles a sand like texture then form it into a ball, cover with plastic wrap and set in the fridge to chill for about 20 minutes.

Meanwhile…

In skillet over medium heat combine the butter, beets and onion. Cook until the beets are tender and the onions are browned. Then you may add in the cubed chicken, herbs, stock and a pinch of sea salt and pepper. Turn heat down to low and allow to simmer for about 10-15 minutes. Set aside to slightly cool.

When you are ready to assemble your pot pies, retrieve the dough from the fridge and roll out to the width of a pie crust. Cut to fit the ramekins and place one piece on the bottom, then layer in some of the pot pie filling then top with another piece of the dough and press together with your fingers. When I made my pies I got so excited to make them that I hurried and pilled in the filling before realizing I forgot to put a piece of dough in the bottom of the ramekin.. So mine only has a “Top.” But it still turned out fantastic!

When you are ready to bake, preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and bake for 35-45 minutes until the dough is browned and flaky.

Enjoy this semi-traditional delicious Organic Chicken and Red Beet Pot Pie