Hope Everyone is Having/Had a Happy Valentine’s Day!

Toasted Garlic Bread and Arugula Salad

First off, I have to say thanks to Deborah from Taste and Tell. I won her drawing for a free magazine subscription, how cool is that! I picked Cooking Light, I can’t wait to fix up some of the recipes! Thanks again Deborah!

What a fun Valentine’s Day it’s been so far. I got to help out in my son’s Kindergarten class this morning for his “big” party he’s been looking forward to for weeks. It was so fun to watch all the kids have fun passing out their Valentines, eating their goodies and socializing with each other.

After I got home, I decided to treat myself to a few yummy recipes I had been wanting to try. First up was this yummy garlic bread salad I kind of created as I was going along. It is so incredibly easy and even more tasty! I love the combo of the arugula, tomatoes and basil in this salad. Really delicious!


Toasted Garlic Bread and Arugula Salad

1 garlic ciabatta roll (about 6 inches) or regular ciabatta roll pressed with garlic clove, cut in half horizontally, and toasted under broiler until crisp (click on link to see the rolls I use from Walmart)
1 roma tomato, diced
2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 Tablespoon good balsamic vinegar
1 1/2 Cups fresh arugula
4 fresh basil leaves, cut into chiffonade
pinch of salt, pepper

1. Cut toasted ciabatta into cubes. Whisk olive oil and balsamic vinegar in a small bowl. Place all ingredients into a bowl and toss to combine. Serve and enjoy!

Serves 2

Chocolate Macaroon Rice Pudding….Yummy!

Next up, was a super chocolaty rice pudding that I knew I wanted to make from the first time I laid eyes on it! If you love chocolate covered macaroons, you’ll love this recipe. I thought it was perfect for the chocolate lover. A fellow cooking contester, Christine R., won with this recipe, she also just won $50,000 in the National Beef Cook-off last year…this girl knows her stuff!

Hope you all are spending time with your loved ones today. I’m looking forward to a date night with my hubby tonight! Thanks for watching the boys Reed! Happy Valentine’s Day!!

Chocolate Macaroon Rice Pudding

(Recipe from Rice USA recipe contest winner Christine R.)

3 Cups cooked medium grain rice
14 oz can unsweetened coconut milk
1 Cup sweetened condensed milk
1 Cup milk
8 oz semi sweet chocolate chips
2 Cups shredded coconut
toasted Coconut for garnish

1. Place rice, coconut milk, condensed milk and milk into a large saucepan over medium heat. Cook for about 20 minutes, until thick and bubbly. Stir in chocolate chips and coconut until chocolate is melted. Sprinkle each serving with toasted coconut if desired.

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15 Responses
  1. Sara

    Hi there-
    Both recipies look great. I have made a version of the bread salad with some fresh mozzerella in addition to your other ingrediants. Not as light, but like a modified caprese salad. Thanks much, keep up the good work!

  2. Jules

    Yum. I am totally going to try this tonight. I love that it has ingredients that I have on hand.

  3. Maxfield Family

    I seriously need to get tips from you on how to photograph my dishes! I mean, they taste good, but yours LOOK good too! Drop me a line at heidisrecipes@hotmail.com I would love to pick your brain so I can improve Tasty Sensations (heidisrecipes.blogspot.com)!

  4. CamillaCooks


    LOVE your blog! I am catchin up on all of your back posts. Thanks for the pictures of the chocolate macaroon rice pudding, in particular–I remember when that won and thought is sounded so good, but they didn;t post a photo. Now I can’t wait to try it!

  5. MrsPresley

    wow, my hubby would love that rice pudding! i can’t wait to try it! 🙂

    hope you had a wonderful v-day 🙂

  6. Doris

    Hi Jenny,

    I recently discovered your blog and just love visiting and getting inspired by your beautiful photos and delicious recipes. My daughter was looking over my shoulder as I was browsing recipes and discoverd the Oreo Truffles post – just in time to make them for her boyfriend for V-day – they were quite the hit:)

  7. Jenny

    Hi Bonnie,
    Thanks for posting, your daughter will love the rice pudding, my 2 year old loved it and kept asking for more “chocolate milk!”

    Thanks again Deborah,
    I am excited to make some yummy light recipes. I love that magazine!

  8. Deborah

    I hope you had a great Valentine’s Day!! I’m looking forward to seeing what you make from CL, as I subscribe as well.

  9. Bonnie

    Once again, you posted 2 great recipes. Can’t wait to try the salad – great lite lunch! And my daughter will love the chocolate rice pudding. Two yummy things in one – rice pudding and chocolate! Sorry I don’t have a blog or I would invite you peek. Just love checking out your recipes. Thanks!

  10. Jenny

    Hi Cynthia,
    Thanks for reading and visiting my blog. I’ll go and check out yours soon.

    Hi Angela,
    Thanks for both of your nice posts! Great to have you! Hope you can find some recipes you’ll enjoy. I highly recommend the garlic bread salad. It’s my new favorite recipe!

    Thanks Barbara!
    I’m looking forward to trying some “lighter” recipes. Heaven knows I need to start doing that!

  11. Angela

    Okay, I just took the time and spent forever looking through all your recipes. I have to say, I am completely impressed and am now one of your fans! Congrats on all the contest wins, close-to wins, and just being in the contests all together! You are amazing… I love all the great photos of your food. Makes me hungry! Great job, and thanks for sharing your talents with all of us!!

  12. Barbara Bakes

    Congratulations on winning the Cooking Light magazine. I really enjoy that one as well. I’ll look forward to your posts!

  13. Angela

    Oh my goodness! Jenny- I love this blog! I’m adding you to my faves. This is my first time visiting… My friend told me about it. All these recipes look absolutely fab! Can’t wait to try some of these!! Thanks for sharing all you do with us. I love recipes! -Angela

  14. Cynthia Matzat

    I just want you to know that I enjoy reading your blog very much. Your food photos are great!

    I left something for you on my blog.

    Check it out when you get a chance.

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