What I'm craving...

I just wanted to show you all some things I am dying to make...

I wish I had all the time in the world and could just eat and eat and never get full, so I could make all of these TODAY!
Add 'browsing food blogs' to my list of things I shouldn't do while hungry...

Happy Friday!


Fried Mozza Sticks

{fried cheese. totally american}
I was craving mozzarella sticks one night, but of course, all my favorite frozen food isle American delicacies are hard to find here. Instead of restaurant inspired appetizers they have a million different flavors of perogies. So naturally I figured it couldn't be that difficult to make my own. And guess what. It wasn't hard at all!
These were were so amazing! They only took a few minutes to make. They were warm and crispy on the outside and ooey gooey cheesy on the inside. Paired with some marinara dipping sauce and they are unstoppable!

1 cup Italian Bread Crumbs (Panko is great, too just add a little Italian seasoning)
1 cup all purpose flour
1 egg
2 tablespoons water
8 string cheeses, cut in half

In a large deep skillet, heat up enough vegetable oil to nearly submerge the cheese sticks. About 1 to 1 1/2 inches. Heat over medium to medium high heat- be careful not to burn down your house. Get three seperate bowls ready, and fill one with your flour, one with your egg and water mixture, and one with your bread crumbs. Get out a plate for when your friend mozza sticks are finish frying.

Take one cheese stick and roll it in the flour. Enough to coat. Then coat it in the egg mixture, and finally, roll it in the bread crumbs. Make sure to fully coat the cheese otherwise it will melt out between the crust. You can double crust them if you feel so inclined. Repeat with remaining mozza sticks. Once your oil is hot, fry for about 1 to 2 minutes or until golden brown. Remove with a spatula and place on plate until all your fried mozza sticks are done. Serve with marinara sauce if desired.
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Banana Berry Brownie Pizza

{there is fruit on it so it's healthy, right?}
If you didn't already know this, you do now. Sugar cookies and I have issues. I've only made them successfully once in my life and luckily for me, I blogged about it. I've come to terms with it, and so should you. I saw all these super yummy fruit pizza recipes amidst my daily recipe browsing, but my better judgment told me to not even try to attempt a sugar cookie crust again.
So then I decided I should make the crust out of something much easier, and something I knew I could make no problemo. Brownies! What's better than chocolate? Nothing. Nothing is better than chocolate. I'm not really into citrus fruits mixed with the chocolate taste so then I had to come up with super yummy fruits that go really well with chocolate.
Bananas. Strawberries. Raspberries.
I'm sure there are others but that right there had me drooling. So off I went to the kitchen to make this delish of a brownie pizza! Go me!

For the brownie crust:
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2/3 cup all purpose flour

4 oz cream cheese, softened (about half a brick)
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

Strawberries, sliced
Bananas, sliced
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted (for drizzling)

Preheat oven to 325F. Spray a pizza pan with cooking spray, set aside.
In a medium sauce pan, bring to a boil: sugar, water and butter. Remove from heat and add chocolate chips, stir until smooth. Add eggs and vanilla and stir until completely blended together. Then add flour and baking soda, mix well. Spread brownie batter on to pizza pan, making it as smooth and even as possible. Bake for about 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean, and the edges are slightly crisp. Let cool.
Using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese until smooth, add in powdered sugar and vanilla and beat again until combined and smooth. Spread over cooled brownie crust.
Next, cup your strawberries and bananas. You can arrange them however you want. Don't be afraid to get creative. Hey, you can even just dump them on it and it will still look amazing! Drizzle with melted chocolate, if desired. 

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The Best Key Lime Pie [and bars] Ever

{when life gives you... key limes}
Oh my heavens, friends. This pie is hands down, the MOST amazing Key Lime Pie. I can't over hype it enough! I got asked to bring a key lime pie to my friend John's, birthday party. I was really excited because I actually have never made my own Key Lime Pie before. Almost all the recipes I researched all included a million eggs- which I grimace at the thought of. I'm not a lover of eggs. We can thank some kind of custard for that. 
Anyways, this recipe has only three ingredients. Three! I love that this pie is so light and creamy. Perfect for summer! It doesn't take long to bake, making it even more summer friendly. You can alter the amount of lime juice you use to your own tastes, you can even add a little zest if want to really pump up the lime flavor. You can't go wrong, kids. This pie will change your life!
  (ya like the vintage look? I do. I thought it was fun for a fun summer recipe)

Pie filling:
3/4 cup key lime juice
3 cups sweetened condensed milk (about 2 cans)
1/2 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon lime zest, optional

Graham Cracker Crust:
1 1/2 cups crushed Graham Crackers
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup melted butter

Juice limes. This can be quite tedious, but so worth it. You'll need about 20 key limes (those are the little limes, not the big ones). What does 20 limes look like? This...
Watch out for all the seeds. Set lime juice aside.
Preheat oven to 350F. Spray 9 inch round pie plate with cooking spray, set aside. In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients for the crust, and stir together with a fork until moistened and crumbly. Lightly press the graham crumbs against the bottom and sides of pie plate. Bake for about 10 minutes, set aside. 

In a large bowl, add all ingredients for the pie filling. Mix with a whisk until creamy and smooth. Go ahead and give it a taste... feel free to add more juice and/or zest if you feel so inclined. Pour into crust, and bake for 5-10 minutes. You should start to see tiny pinhole bubbles form on the surface and burst. Do not brown.
Take the pie out of the oven, and set it aside. Once it's cooled, place in the refrigerator for a couple hours. 
Garnish with whipped cream (homemade of course) and sliced limes, if desired. 
I got a little carried away with taking pictures... my bad!
You can also make a great bar rendition, which is great for larger crowds and sure to please everyone! Just follow the recipe the same as above, only using a 13x9 inch square pan instead.

Thanks for reading! Please remember to leave a comment and let me know what you think!
Source: allrecipes 

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