Friday, November 28, 2014
Brownies are probably my ultimate favorite. I could eat a pan of brownies by myself... if I didn't practice self control. There's something about that slightly crispy outer edge and fudgy center that just makes me weak in the knees.
Now we all know that brownies include chocolate, but what about blondes...or brown sugar squares? Well, brown sugar squares are the same concept of brownies but without the chocolate. So if you aren't an avid lover of chocolate or just want a chocolate free dessert this go around, then brown sugar squares should go to the top of your list.
Thursday, November 27, 2014
There's so much thought and preparation that goes into the meal. People plan for months, weeks and days to ensure their family is served an amazing meal. But, what happens after the turkey is carved, the dressing is eaten and the pies are sliced? Lots of leftovers. And a big emphasis on the lots.
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
It's only the best thing ever. Not to mention one of the simplest ways to spice up those leftovers. It's leftover mashed potatoes that are scooped in about 1/4 cup portions and placed in a frying pan. From there the outsides gets golden brown and crispy and the inside stays the consistency of those beautiful buttery mashed potatoes.
I could make a meal out of these alone. They are great without adding any extras, but that's not to say you couldn't add awesomeness to the mix. Say like, bacon, cheese or even some chives. It'd be just like eating a loaded baked potato. Yum!
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
No, not black Friday. Although, technically the day after Thanksgiving is black Friday, that's not where I'm going with this. I want to talk to you about the day after and all that food you have leftover. I know, you can eat that Thanksgiving meal once, maybe twice after that actual big meal is actually consumed but after that it's time to get creative.
So, I want to focus on desserts today. On Friday, you'll be looking at a counter full of half eaten pies, cakes and cookies. What to do, oh what to do.
Monday, November 24, 2014
This was one of those times I really wanted to take that step. Why, you ask? Well, for this month's secret recipe club assignment I was give a blog that will take your taste buds all around the world. Tara's Multicultural Table definitely lives up to the name, it's packed with amazing recipes from all over and they all sound incredible. From her beautifully fluffy Brusselse Wafles, Hortobagy Palacsinta (Hungarian stuffed crepes), caramelle (pasta stuffed with sweet potato) and cioccolata calda (Italian hot chocolate with orange whipped cream)...and that's just a glimpse into what she has to offer. All of her recipes look so good, so be sure to head over there and check them all out!
Friday, November 21, 2014
Also, if you're like me, then you take notice of what new and great creation Oreo has piled on those shelves. Birthday cake, tried it. Mint Oreos, tried it and my little guy devoured the rest. Then there's all those I haven't even gotten a chance to try; root beer, berry creme, cookie dough, Reese's, just to name a few. I mean, Oreo has really expanded their brand.
When the different seasons roll around, it's not just Oreos with those brightly colored cremes that line the shelves, it's also various flavors that join the mix. So, when fall rolled around and I browsed the cookie isle you can guess what caught my eye. Pumpkin Spice Oreos. It didn't take long for those puppies to find a place in my cart.
Monday, November 17, 2014
What is it about the simple apple that makes me weak in the knees? The perfect apple, how would you describe it? Mine would be firm, juicy, crispy, sweet and slightly tart. My favorite apples are the Honeycrisp variety. Have you tried them? If not, you must. And now.
Anyway, I love apples. Aside from sweet and savory recipes, I love apple flavored beverages. Apple cider to be specific. Me and apple cider go way back. I mean, like over 25 years ago. I remember the first time I tasted it. I was first drawn in by the intoxicating smell; apples and cinnamon, to this day still one of my favorite smells. Then I took my first sip and that was it. I was hooked.
Thursday, November 13, 2014
While I'm a fanatic of freshly popped popcorn that's been tossed in melted butter, there's so many more other ways to serve that fluffy, crispy stuff. Just think about it, long before the chef's and home cooks started experimenting with different flavor concoctions there were Cracker Jacks, Crunch N Much, Fiddle Faddle and those infamous tins that come out during the holidays.
Put, the popcorn creations aren't limited to large companies or chefs anymore. Home cooks around the glob are taking those crispy kernels and making some amazing creations. I have to admit, I'm a little behind on the popcorn bandwagon. Not that I haven't found, bookmarked, clipped and pinned several recipes with every intention of making them. The problem is, I'm sometimes over ambitious and have these grand plans, then I get myself overwhelmed and take a brake. Unfortunately for myself, I did this with the popcorn and never got back around to it. Until now!
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
I think it's easy to let ourselves get wrapped up in our own little world of planning and pumpkin ecstasy, all the while forgetting about the simple things in life and the fact that there are some people out there that just don't care that much about pumpkin. So, I decided it was time to take a step back from my dessert planning and pumpkin coma.
I wanted to make something not only for the non-pumpkin fans, but also for those little's that could care less about some show stopping dessert. They would rather have a slice of vanilla cake, a scoop of ice cream or even a rice krispie treat instead.
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
But, now it's November and it's time to bring on the food. Turkey, dressing, cranberry sauce and the desserts. Pies, cakes, and cheesecakes, just to name a few. I think I look forward to the main course as much as I look forward to all the desserts, both classic and new.
I love trying new desserts to present at Thanksgiving, and I'm so grateful my family allows me to practice my passion by leaving my options open to make new desserts to grace the Thanksgiving table. This is an honor I don't take lightly. I spend months reading, researching, pinning and even writing recipes.
Monday, November 10, 2014
But, while I could take one of everything, there is one pastry in particular that I have a weakness for. The simple, yet amazing cream cheese danish. I'm not sure what it is about it, but I'm a sucker for fluffy, flaky pastries that are filled with that tangy cream cheese filling. If I see one of those in the case, it's done. There's no question what I'm walking out with.
During the fall, it's no news to you, I love pumpkin. When the weather starts cooling off I start counting down the days until it's actual okay to break out the pumpkin. Once that time finally rolls around, the pumpkin fest begins.
Thursday, November 6, 2014
What is it about melty, gooey cheese sandwiched between two buttery, slightly crunchy pieces of toast that is so irresistible? Besides being irresistible, it's also addicting. Let's take it one step further and just say it's the epitome of comfort food.
While I love the basic grilled cheese, I can't help but play around with it. I love playing with different cheeses, cheese combinations, as well as adding different ingredients to kind of change things up from time to time.