You know the scene: Everyone’s relaxing together in the same room. The kids are enjoying each other; chatting happily about tomorrow’s plans and the prospects of excellent souvenirs. And you’re watching, remembering that life is good indeed.
Make this moment last a little longer by cooking. Unburdened by the coming and going of after-school sports, 5 o’clock news and the everyday happenings that keep us from gathering around the kitchen at dinnertime, you and your family can rediscover that home is where the hearth is.
Try these simple recipes on your next stay at a Bluegreen Vacations resort and serve up an evening of around-the-dinner-table discussion as well as rainy day or warm-me-up treats.
These family-focused recipes are brought to you by Two Peas and Their Pod, a food, recipe and lifestyle blog that features simple, fresh and healthy cooking ideas, as well as recipes for some of the best cookies in the world. Maria and Josh, the culinary creatives behind the blog, share their love of cooking, baking and entertaining with a dedicated online audience and now offer their recipes to you, the vacationer.
Parmesan Crusted Pesto Grilled Cheese Sandwich
This twist on the traditional will keep the conversation going as everyone guesses when you became the Master Grilled Cheese Maker.
- Sliced ciabbata or French bread
- Soft butter, for brushing the bread
- Mozzarella cheese
- Basil pesto
- Finely shredded Parmesan cheese
- Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat.
- Butter the outside of each slice of bread. Spread basil pesto on the inside of each slice of bread. Place the mozzarella cheese slices on top of one piece of bread. Top with the other slice of bread. Sprinkle half of the Parmesan cheese on the outside of one side of the sandwich.
- Place the sandwich, cheese side down, on the hot pan. Grill for 2 minutes or until Parmesan cheese is crusted and golden brown. Sprinkle the rest of the Parmesan cheese on the outside of the other side of the sandwich. Cook until golden brown and the cheese has melted, about 2 more minutes. Serve immediately.
Mini S’mores Cookies
Mini means you can eat many. At least in our book, it does. These cookies should be cooked after a day of skiing, afternoon of shopping, evening at the resort restaurant, rainy day, morning bike ride….
- 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
- 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup mini chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup Jet-Puffed Vanilla Mallow Bits
- 2 regular size (1.55 oz) Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Candy Bars
- Extra graham cracker pieces and mallow bits (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a large bowl, whisk together graham cracker crumbs, flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
- Beat the butter and sugars together until creamy and smooth, about 3 minutes. Add in the egg and vanilla extract and mix until combined. Slowly add the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
- Stir in the Mallow Bits and mini chocolate chips. Roll a teaspoon of cookie dough into a ball. Press half of a Hershey’s chocolate square on top of the cookie and gently press down.
- Place the cookies on the prepared baking sheet, about 1-inch apart. Bake for 6-8 minutes, or until cookies are set. Cool on the baking sheet for 2 minutes and transfer to a wire cooling rack.
Coconut Crusted French Toast
If you’re a breakfast fan, or a brunch lover, or enjoy French toast whenever, this recipe’s for you. Whether you decide to share it with others or you choose to keep it to yourself and be the almighty French toast maker, we’ll understand.
While we provide the ingredients, it’s your turn to go online and visit Two Peas and Their Pod to find out how it’s made!
- 3 large eggs
- ¾ cup light coconut milk
- ½ teaspoon coconut extract
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup shredded sweetened coconut
- 6 slices of French bread, but into ½-inch slices
- Butter, syrup and whatever toppings you love
For full directions, go to http://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com/coconut-crusted-french-toast/.