Dining in Disneyland: Gourmet Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookie Treats

The Disneyland Resort changes their gourmet treats monthly.  The gourmet treat trio usually includes a Marshmallow Wand, a Caramel Apple, and a Mickey Crispy Treat.  Sometimes there is a bonus item like a packaged chocolate bark!  January’s flavor of the month is Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookie and it’s amazing.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookie Treats

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookie Treats

My take home project included the Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookie Marshmallow Wand, a Mickey Crispy, and the Chocolate Bark.  Let’s start with my very favorite of the three: the Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookie Bark.  This stuff is 100% addicting.  If you are a peanut butter fan, you’ll probably want to keep the entire 7 ounces to yourself and not share one single bite. [Read more…]

Our Favorite Magic Kingdom Restaurants

Magic Kingdom, how we love you. You are, for many of us, the source of our earliest Disney Memories. Heck, some of us remember when you were the ONLY Park. (Am I showing my age here?)

Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom

Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

But even though you’ve been around the longest, we’re no less fond of you. In fact, coming back to ride old favorites or experience new attractions always feels a bit like coming home. [Read more…]

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Recipe: Grilled Lamb Chop with Mint Pesto and Potato Crunchies from the Australia Booth

We’re in “WE CAN’T WAIT” mode when it comes to the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival, and we’re already talking about it and planning for it!

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But since we can’t be there right now, it’s fun to cook up some of our favorite dishes at home! Lamb chops might not be an everyday kind of meal around your house – it certainly isn’t in the regular rotation at our house – but these Grilled Lamb Chops with Mint Pesto and Potato Crunchies make a nice weekend dinner for the family.

Or maybe you’re planning a casual dinner party for friends – these would be the perfect main dish!

These aren’t too fancy or labor-intensive when it comes to grilling lamb chops – which is one of the reasons we love this recipe. It really is quick and easy, and since it’s one of the most beloved dishes at the Food and Wine Festival, we’re pretty sure it’ll be a winner at your house, too.

And the “potato crunchies” – well, that’s just a fancy name for crushed salt and vinegar potato chips! It doesn’t get easier than that!

Ready to expand your entree range in the kitchen and give your kids potato chips for dinner? Read on! ;-D

Grilled Lamb Chop with Mint Pesto and Potato Crunchies

Grilled Lamb Chop with Mint Pesto and Potato Crunchies

Grilled Lamb Chops with Mint Pesto and Potato Crunchies

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Serves 4

Ingredients:

Mint Pesto with Feta Cheese:
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon coarse salt, divided
3/4 cup olive oil, divided
1/4 cup mint leaves, washed and dried
1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese

Lamb Chops:
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
4 Australian lamb chops
1/3 cup crushed salt and vinegar potato chips, for garnish

Instructions:

For mint pesto with feta cheese:
1. Place garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 cup olive oil into a blender or food processor. Blend to a paste.

2. Gradually add mint leaves and pulse until emulsified. Gradually add remaining oil.

3. Adjust seasoning with remaining salt, as needed. Refrigerate until ready to use. Mix in feta just before serving.

For lamb chops:
1. Combine olive oil, pepper, and salt in shallow dish large enough to place the lamb chops in a single layer. Coat both sides of chops with oil.

2. Grill lamb chops, uncovered, over medium heat for 10-15 minutes, turning once, or until desired doneness.

To serve:
1. Spread 1 tablespoon pesto on each lamb chop. Sprinkle crushed potato chips evenly over each grilled lamb chop.

2. Refrigerate remaining pesto in sealed container.

Start Your Planning Today! The DFB Guide to the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival e-Book is now available for Pre-Order!

DFB Guide to the 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival sample pages

 

Want even more great tips? This 240+-page guide to the Festival offers insider tips and advice as well as all of the details you need to know to plan your best Festival visit ever. Order your 2016 edition today and get the 2015 edition for FREE, immediately!

Your purchase includes several bonus items as well — including a full daily schedule of events at the Festival and a printable World Showcase Booth Menu Checklist to carry with you as you Eat around the World!

Use code Chefs at check-out for a $3 discount!

Be sure to check our main Epcot Food and Wine Festival Page frequently for updates, and also check out Epcot Food and Wine Festival 101 for even more information about the festival!

Happy cooking!

Will you be grilling lamb chops for your next family dinner? Leave us a comment and let us know what you think!

The Year in Review: Top Disney Food News Stories of 2015!

2016 is nearly upon us, and so we find ourselves looking back at all that 2015 had to offer. It’s been an exciting time, full of huge announcements about new venues and attractions and lots of progress on previously announced projects. Before we bid goodbye to one year and welcome a new one, let’s review where we’ve been and see a glimpse of what’s to come!

Top Disney Food news Stories of 2015

Star Wars Lands Coming to Both Coasts — And It’s Bringing Lots of Food From a Galaxy Far, Far Away

There was a HUGE disturbance in the Force — the Disney Force, that is — this summer when Disney announced that Star Wars Land would be coming to both Disneyland AND Walt Disney World. The crowds went wild! [Read more…]

Review: Cookes of Dublin in Disney Springs

Join us as we take a trip back to one of our favorite counter service stops — Cookes of Dublin!

Not surprisingly, you’ll find this primarily-take-out spot adjacent to Raglan Road Irish Pub. In fact, it’s part of the same building, tucked in right around the corner from the restaurant’s main entrance.

We routinely enjoy the house specialty here — freshly-prepard Fish and Chips. And it’s a rare visit that we don’t also indulge in some Irish Vintage Cheddar and Bacon Cheese Dip.

But on a recent visit, with the family in tow, I decided to try a few of the other menu items. Come with us as we take a closer look.

Atmosphere

If you’re looking for Cookes of Dublin, head for Raglan Road, and then hang a right. Go around past the gift shop and the Hole in the Wall Bar, and you’ve arrived!

Cooke's -- Outside

Cooke’s — Outside

When you first step into the restaurant, you get a sense of just how small it is. That’s been done on purpose, actually. The owners envisioned this spot mostly as a takeaway. There are a few seats inside, however. [Read more…]

Dining in Disneyland: The Candy Cane Marshmallow Wand

Lately I’ve been a big fan of Disney Marshmallow Wands.  Fresh marshmallows dipped in gooey caramel, covered with chocolate then topped with various items: YUM!

In the past we’ve seen lots of fun marshmallow wands.  Everything from traditional sprinkles, to Reese’s Pieces, s’mores, character themed, and more.  The Candy Cane Marshmallow Wand is currently here for the season, and it’s wonderful!  I recently picked one up to enjoy at home and boy, am I glad I did.

Candy Cane Marshmallow Wand

Candy Cane Marshmallow Wand

The marshmallow is dipped in caramel then dark chocolate….

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Dining in Disneyland Review: Candy Cane Beignets at the Mint Julep Bar

Looking for a fun snack with some holiday cheer?  Head on over to the Mint Julep Bar in New Orleans Square for some Candy Cane Beignets!

Holiday Specials at The Mint Julep Bar

Holiday Specials at The Mint Julep Bar

Beignets are always a good decision, and Candy Cane flavored ones are an excellent decision.

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First Look AND Review: Thirsty River Bar and Trek Snacks in Disney’s Animal Kingdom

2016 is gearing up to be a positively HUGE year for Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

The headlining news revolves around the highly anticipated Rivers of Light spectacular, which — along with evening journeys at Kilimajaro Safaris also beginning sometime in the spring — will transform Animal Kingdom into a park with nighttime activities for the first time.

Naturally, this transition into a full day park will affect dining options, since expanded operating hours will result in a larger need for more dining opportunities. In fact, it’s already been announced that Animal Kingdom will also be getting its first Signature Restaurant in 2016, Tiffins.

But it’s not just huge shows and signature eateries coming to Animal Kingdom. Some additions are more subtle, but certainly still worth noting. For instance… SURPRISE!! As of this past Saturday, there is a brand new bar and snack stand you can now enjoy in Animal Kingdom’s Asia.

Thirsty River Bar and Trek Snacks

Thirsty River Bar and Trek Snacks

Welcome to Thirsty River Bar and Trek Snacks! Let’s have a look! [Read more…]

Review: New Seasonal Candy Cane Kah-lada at Anaheim Produce in Hollywood Studios

We’ve spotted yet another holiday seasonal item in Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

Now, we’ve long-hailed Min and Bill’s Dockside Diner as a great place to find themed drinks thanks to their rotating assortment of Seasonal Shakes (currently you’ll find a Blue Milk Shake, in honor of all the new Star Wars eats and activities that have recently come to the Studios). But that’s not the only place with a few seasonal sips up its sleeve…

Today’s selection is coming at you from Anaheim Produce. Did you know about the Seasonal Coladas you can find here??

You know we at the DFB love a good colada… So hold on to your Santa hats, folks, because it’s time to try the Candy Cane Kah-lada at Anaheim Produce!

You’ll find Anaheim Produce on Sunset Boulevard in the Sunset Ranch Market.

Anaheim Produce

Anaheim Produce

The stand itself is really pretty simple — basically a quick-service grab and go deal. But it’s part of the larger Sunset Ranch Market area (which also includes spots like Hollywood Scoops and the recently re-opened from refurbishment Rosie’s All-American Cafe and Catalina Eddie’s), offering plenty of outdoor, nicely shaded seating. [Read more…]

Review: Clarabelle’s Hand-Scooped Ice Cream in Disney California Adventure

Let’s head back to one of our favorite ice cream spots in Disney California Adventure: Clarabelle’s Hand-Scooped Ice Cream!

Clarabelle's

Clarabelle’s

Named after Clarabelle Cow (you can learn a little more on the backstory of her name — and subsequently the shop’s name — here), this cute little spot is located on Buena Vista Street in DCA. [Read more…]