Thursday, October 31, 2013

Halloween Puppy Chow

Halloween Puppy Chow

          Raise your virtual hand if you ever ate Puppy Chow as a kid! If you didn't and you've never heard of Puppy Chow, let me reassure you that I have not started blogging about dogs LOL! Puppy Chow is a delicious snack that always conjures up memories of elementary school Halloween, Christmas and Valentines Day parties when at least one of my classmates would bring Puppy Chow for snack. I grew up in a 'Cupcake household" so my mom and dad always baked the most delicious cupcakes for us to bring to school for these class parties. However, there is just something about crispy rice cereal, sweet chocolate and powdered sugar that satisfies my sweet tooth every single time I enjoy it :-)

          This past weekend a couple of my friends and I took a trip to a Pumpkin Patch and decorated pumpkins while my friend Juanita, blogger behind The bRUNcher Blog, and I cooked up some Halloween/Autumn Recipes. 

Below is a look at our adventure along with the recipe for my Halloween Puppy Chow!!!!

Picking out the perfect little pumpkin :-)

Thanks to my friend Latasha for hosting our cooking party at her gorgeous home!! She went above and beyond by laying out a great spread of food to compliment our recipes along with providing these cute masks we decorated for our trip to the pumpkin patch!

The Real Working Women of Nashville.......TV show coming soon to BRAVO! LOL!

Yummy Halloween Punch!

Operation "Make Puppy Chow" begins.........

I start with basic Rice Square cereal such as Chex Cereal

Measuring out my brownie mix

A Sampling of all my ingredients

Measuring out the Chocolate chip pieces

After I've mixed everything together (See below for the Ingredient list and instructions), I added the Candy Corns followed by the Reese's Pieces for accent......


Yield: 8 Cups
Total Time: 30 Minutes

8 Cups Rice Cereal Squares (Chex Cereal)
1.5 Cups Chocolate Chip melts
3/4 Cup Powdered Sugar
3/4 Cup brownie Mix
2.5 Cup Reese's Pieces
2.5 Cup Candy Corn
2 - 1 Gallon size plastic bags

■ Place Chex Cereal in a large mixing bowl.
■ Pour brownie mix into 1 large gallon bag. Pour Powdered sugar into the other 1 Gallon Bag.
■ Pour Chocolate Chips into a saucepan or pot over medium heat and begin to stir in slowly until all chocolate is completely melted.
■ Pour melted chocolate over Chex mix and stir until all Chex mix is coated with chocolate.
■ Pour 1/2 of the Chocolate Coated Chex into the bag containing the brownie mix and the other 1/2 into the bad containing the Powdered sugar. Seal each bag and shake until the mix is covered with the respective coating.
■ Empty the mixes onto a cooking sheet to cool for approximately 15-20 minutes then place in a bowl, adding Candy Corns and Reese's Pieces throughout for garnish/accent

 And here is the finished product - Halloween Puppy Chow!

 The colors are just gorgeous and SCREAM Halloween!

Arranging the candy corns on my Puppy Chow while Nita, The bRUNcher is making her Pumpkin Soup in the background

 I'm very picky about my presentation LOL!

 All smiles because I got it the way I want it :-) :-)

While Juanita and I were cooking, the rest of the ladies were carving these fun Pumpkins! 

Juanita actually made the Pumpkin Soup and seeds from these very Pumpkins! Look at those gorgeous fall colors!

 Nita preparing the fresh pumpkin seeds for roasting.....

Nita, The bRUNcher, with her completed dish

Presenting our Autumn-Inspired Recipes :-)

I decided to paint my Pumpkin instead of carving it :-) Shout out to my Mississippi State University Bulldogs...Go DAWGS!!!!

And yes, our host for the evening, LaTasha, is an Alabama "Roll Tide" Alumni LOL!

Do you have memories of eating Puppy Chow or visiting Pumpkin patches as a kid? If so, leave a comment....I'd love to hear about it!

--Dr. April

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Halloween Rice Krispie Treats

Halloween Rice Krispie Treats

What candy is more synonymous with Halloween than Candy Corns??? I've realized that there are 2 types of people in the world - those who love Candy Corns and those that hate them! If you catch on fairly quickly, you have probably figured out that I am in the "Candy Corn Lover" category. How can a little yellow, orange and white triangle make people so happy?!?

Other treats that people love as much as Candy Corns are Rice Krispie Treats! So I decided to merge them together for the perfect Halloween Sweet Treat! You can make these to take to this year's Halloween party or sit around and eat 4 of them in a row like I did....Don't judge me.......

My ingredients: (Scroll down for full list of ingredients and Recipe)

Yield: 24 Treats
Total time: 35 - 40 Minutes

4 Tablespoons Butter
12 ounces miniature marshmallows
6 Cups Rice Krispies Cereal
1.5 Cup Candy Corn
1 Cup Reese's Pieces


■ Butter a 9 x 13 Baking Dish. (You may also want to spray your spatula and hands with cooking spray to reduce some of the stickiness while working).

■ Heat the Butter in Large Pot over medium heat. Slowly add Marshmallows and stir consistently until evenly melted and blended. Remove from heat and slowly stir in Rice Krispie cereal until coated. Add the candy corns and Reese's Pieces and stir.

■ Pour the entire mixture into the prepared dish and pat down until evenly distributed.

■ Allow the treats to sit for 30 minutes before cutting them into individual squares.

Viola........ Beautiful crispy, crunch Halloween Rice Krispie Treats!

Aren't those Candy Corns and Reese's gorgeous?!?

Once you've tried this super easy recipe, come back and tell me how you like it :-)

--Dr. April

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Soy Vay Sauce & Chicken Launch

Soy Vay Sauce & Chicken Launch

          Soy Vay®, a premium line of preservative-free, kosher marinades, confirmed on Saturday Oct 12, 2013 that it has boldly cooked chicken where no teriyaki had gone before: the stratosphere. History was made at 12:07 pm CDT when chicken marinated in the sauce was confirmed to have successfully returned to Earth after it was launched to 104,572 feet and slow-cooked in space.

          The mission’s success was made possible with the help of a team of physicists and (real) rocket scientists who partnered with Soy Vay to design the A Pollo ’13 capsule and hone its space cooker technology. Made of polystyrene foam and sculpted to resemble a bottle of Soy Vay, the A Pollo ’13 capsule was developed to insulate the cooking process from the sub-zero temperatures of the upper atmosphere. Inside, one pound of organic, free range chicken breast marinated in Soy Vay Veri Veri® Teriyaki sauce was vacuum-sealed in plastic and suspended in a water bath. A chemical reaction initiated just prior to the 10:08 am CDT launch heated the water surrounding the chicken, which slowly cooked the meat to 155 degrees F over the course of the 1 hour, 59 minute space voyage.

          “The sweet and savory flavors in Soy Vay marinades make it easy for cooks of any level of experience to deliver awesome, out-of-this-world dishes, here on Earth,” said Soy Vay marketing manager Tad Kittredge. “We realized that the only reasonable way to take teriyaki to the next level would be to cook it outside the kitchen, far beyond the grill, and among the stars – so we found a way to do it!”

          To avoid disturbing the gentle cooking process with the intense vibrations of a rocket launch, the A Pollo ’13 capsule was tenderly carried into the stratosphere, by a weather balloon. When the balloon burst, due to the lowered atmospheric pressure, a parachute opened, slowing the space-cooked chicken’s fall to Earth. Upon landing, it was located by a team of Soy Vay chicken chasers, promptly sampled and declared to be undeniably delicious. 

          Space chicken enthusiasts near and far convened at Cumberland Park in Nashville to witness the A Pollo ’13 launch. They enjoyed less adventurously prepared, but similarly delicious, bites of Soy Vay marinated chicken, served hot off the grill.

          For more information and videos about the A Pollo ‘13 Mission or to find out what epic feat of food Soy Vay might attempt next, visit

I was an official Food Blogger on site for this Awesome, one of a kind event and have some pics and a video to show ya!! Enjoy!!!

I just love these cut-out boards...LOL!

This is the Veri Veri Teriyaki Sauce that the chicken launched into the stratosphere was marinated in

One of my Favorite Nashville Food Trucks, Jonbalaya Food Truck, was in partnership with Soy Vay for this event and launch! Jon was cooking up some great fare crafted with the Veri Veri Teriyaki Sauce

The A Pollo 13 Chicken - Soy Vay Veri Veri Teriyaki grilled chicken with mixed grilled vegetables in a Rice Bowl

The chicken is really tender and the meshing of the Teriyaki sauce and veggies is Fab!

I came away with this Hilarious apron too :-)

There was love music on hand to entertain the crowd of people present to witness this awesome event!

Meanwhile, in a field in Columbia, TN, the Soy Vay team was preparing to launch the capsule into space!

This looks like something out of a sci-fi movie, but it is actually the Soy Vay Capsule in space!!!!

And guess where it landed as it descended from space?!?!? In a tree...LOL! There was a GPS tracking device on the capsule so the chicken chasers were able to easily find it. Note - I don't really know how easy it was for them to pull it out of that tree though lol!

The capsule was transported from the landing point to Cumberland Park in downtown Nashville.........

.....which is where it was removed from the Soy Vay capsule and cut into pieces, fully cooked and marinated.......

.........So that I could be one of the VERY 1st people to taste it...Yay!

Here is a cool video that shows a bit more about the process of launching the capsule into space and its decent......


The Legend of Soy Vay

          Founded in 1982, Soy Vay got its start when an Asian girl and a Jewish boy came together over their love of food, Asian flavors and secret family recipes with the idea to bottle the best tasting sauces possible, using only the finest ingredients around— no preservatives and no additives.

          Today, Soy Vay makes five different marinades, all kosher and preservative-free, featuring quality ingredients like expeller-pressed soybean oil and whole toasted sesame seeds— remaining true to the spirit of the original Soy Vay® Veri Veri® Teriyaki.

          All Soy Vay products are available in the Asian foods aisle at fine retailers nationwide, with a suggested retail price of approximately $4.99 for 13- to 22-ounce bottles and $37.89 for gallon-size containers of select products. To purchase online, visit

-- Dr. April