Monday, July 30, 2012

Meatless Mondays! Ricotta Cheese please!

Ricotta cheese is super easy to make and very versatile to use in cooking. There are so many different dishes that it is delicious in. I made ravioli and calzones with it and both of them were awesome. As a bonus (I can't remember the math right now of course) I did do the math and it was significantly less expensive to make my own ricotta cheese than to buy the one in the store. It does take a little time but it also only takes a little effort, and a timer is helpful (because I often get distracted). :)

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Flourless Chocolate Cake Bites

A traditional flourless chocolate cake is rich and dense when you have a bite. An 8" cake has been known to serve 16 people because it is so flavorful. This cake is one of my favorites and so I wanted to find out what would happen when you baked it as mini should find out too, because it's worth it.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Meatless Monday! Easy Stuffed Mushrooms

I feel like mushrooms are a mainstay in a vegetarian diet mostly because they have a "meaty" texture to them in most dishes. I've loved mushrooms for as long as I can remember, even before becoming vegetarian. They can be grilled, baked, broiled, or cut up and sauteed. These are a simple stuffed mushroom that is great for a quick weeknight meal. 

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Lemon Glazed Mini Doughnuts

Tiny doughnuts how I love them. I consider these to be two bite doughnuts but I'm sure some people would just pop them in and call it a day. That would be easy to do with their sweet lemon glaze and fluffy cake-like texture. I may or may not have eaten about six of them within 10 minutes of them coming out of the oven. Warm tiny doughnuts are my downfall...

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Peanut Butter & Banana Breakfast Cookies...a perfect take along treat!

Cookies for breakfast is definitely the way to go! Especially if they are filled with peanut butter, bananas, flax seeds, and oatmeal. No eggs or milk here either. These are tasty little morsels (if I do say so) seeing as how I keep popping them in my mouth and I'm surprised there are any left. My intention was to make them for my son for his breakfast at school and he will have them for one day but I can't guarantee more than that. 

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Deep Dish Coffee & Chocolate Chip Cookies

I've been missing some time on my blog lately but I've been busy at home. This past weekend was my birthday and so I was relaxing while my husband baked me a cake and spending time with family. I hope everyone else had a great weekend, I certainly did! My birthday cake was vanilla-chocolate chip cake layers with Ben & Jerry's Cherry Garcia ice cream then frosted with Cool Whip. It was delicious. :) So did you see my cute little magnifying glass up near the top of my page on the left? I thought it would be adorable since I'm "Searching For Dessert" and it would make it easier to connect with me on various sites.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Easy Lemon Tart

This lemon tart does take some waiting time but it's super easy to put together. The tart dough is pretty awesome and is like a giant sugar cookie under the slightly sweet and tart lemon filling. My favorite part is the caramelized top so it's a little crunchy when you pick up a bite with your fork. I love the crunch. It's one of the reasons people love creme brulee, the sugar on top. 

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Strawberry Cupcakes with Cool Whip Frosting

I've always found strawberry cupcakes to be particularly challenging because it's usually pretty hard to get a good strong strawberry flavor. I've seen a lot of recipes that use strawberry jell-o and that works for some people but I'm not a fan, it's way to artificial for the flavor. I used food coloring in the Cool Whip as I'm sure you realized because I really wanted to add color to the frosting but I typically prefer natural colors (which is why the cupcakes themselves aren't pink). This batch also only makes about 5 cupcakes so it's perfect for a few people getting together who want some dessert.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Creamy Watermelon Pops

I received my Zoku pop maker for my birthday last year and absolutely love it. I have definitely got to start using it more because it's so convenient and my son keeps asking for more popsicles. This thing freezes pops in about 7 minutes I think so it's a quick and easy treat that's made any way you want! Since it's supposed to be 103F here in NC today these are a great dessert at any time of day :).

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Soft Lemon Sugar Cookies

I haven't made cookies in a while and thought it was about time to do so. So, here we are with these cookies which are a little crisp on the edges but soft like a cloud on the inside while being just a little chewy. Chewy cookies are the best (in my opinion of course). These cookies have a little bit of texture for everyone though with a hint of lemon flavor. What I love about cookies is that they are portable, individual, and pretty much everyone loves them. I haven't met anyone who doesn't like cookies (that was willing to tell me) but I'm sure there is someone.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Frozen Berry Custard (no ice cream maker necessary)

Seeing as how it always feels like 109F outside (and sometimes is, what is up with that!) then this is the perfect time for frozen custard. don't have an ice cream machine??? That's okay, me either :). I love ice cream but I adore frozen custard with its smooth, rich texture and flavor. There are several places I been that claim to have frozen custard and it tastes like ice cream to me but then there are places with frozen custard that dreams are made of...

Monday, July 2, 2012

Meatless Monday! Grilled Caesar Salad

I would like to start out by saying that this picture absolutely does not do this dish justice. I loved the Grilled Caesar Salad and to be quite honest with you, I have never liked Caesar salad, ever. My husband loves it but we don't ever have it at home because I've never tried one I liked. I ran across this recipe and figured I like all of the ingredients in it so there's no reason I shouldn't like it. Makes sense, yes? So we gave it a whirl...

Sunday, July 1, 2012

White Chocolate Strawberry Cordials

So, I stepped out of my comfort zone a little here. I don't think I've made cordials in 10 years but they sounded like fun so I went for it. I was aiming for something red, white, and blue for this post but we are rolling with red and white. I actually also made blueberry cordials just like these but it's been 5 days and the fondant is still only half way set up so they just aren't ready. How do I know this? I try one each day. :) Now don't get me wrong, they taste really yummy, but you can still see some of the fondant that hasn't turned to liquid so it's not that pretty. 

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