Chocolate can be so finicky in the summer with the heat but lucky for us these are best out of the refrigerator for a cool and minty treat that's great on a hot day. It is supposed to be 104F here today and 105F degrees tomorrow so anything cool is better, yes? I will be staying inside but I will probably be trying to come up with cold desserts to avoid using the oven.
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Monday, June 25, 2012
I am always looking for new and refreshing side dishes to go with dinner in the summer. Having a recipe that is easy to put together makes me much more likely to prepare it. I also love the fact that this recipe can be made ahead and it is served chilled. I used Chioggia beets for this salad which have a really pretty presentation. They have the best presentation when they are raw because of the rings inside them but as you can see they are still really pretty, even after cooking.
Friday, June 22, 2012
I had some extra egg yolks and nothing to do with them. So sad, I know. So, I decided to make creme anglaise. Then of course I had to decide what to put the creme anglaise on, another problem, I know. What sounds better than blueberry cinnamon rolls? I don't know because these are pretty awesome. Maybe overnight blueberry cinnamon rolls? Fresh blueberries give these a burst of flavor with a hint of cinnamon and lemon. The creme anglaise adds a light vanilla flavor to these that my husband likens to melted vanilla ice cream. I feel like that's a good thing because vanilla ice cream is awesome. Especially when it has the vanilla beans in it like this does :).
Thursday, June 21, 2012
I am a huge fan of individual desserts, there's no cutting, and everyone gets one! Sounds perfect to me. This dessert is being posted as part of the Improv Challenge this month (more on that below). Cherries are starting to be on sale at the grocery stores around here which is exciting to me. Cherry is one of my favorite flavors, although of course the artificial cherry flavor is nothing compared to the sweet and juicy actual cherries. For this dessert I used a blend of red cherries and Rainier cherries and I think it worked out really well. I also thought it would be fun to use almond angel food cake instead of plain angel food cake.
Friday, June 15, 2012
Fluffy and delicious. Those are two words that come to mind when thinking about these rolls. If you have an excess of potatoes in your house (on sale anyone?) or you don't, these are a nice change of pace. They have a very light flavor and are wonderful when they are warm. I'm pretty sure you all know that I love bread, love. bread. One of my favorite past times is when my husband and I just make some sort of bread on a random weeknight then sit and eat it hot out of the oven. Of course, it's not really a past time because we do it probably every other week. :) You should try it too!
Thursday, June 14, 2012
These little brownie bites are so cute and suspiciously reminiscent of Black Forest Cake. I didn't plan it that way but that's how they turned out. I made these with Coke to put a twist on a Coke Cake with Coke brownies as my goal. I think the cherry in the center looks pretty and really adds to the cherry flavor of the bites. The star shaped frosting also makes adorable flowers if you wanted to go that direction. I put white centers in a few of them (I didn't take pictures though) and they were really cute.
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Cookie Monster is one of my favorite Sesame Street characters and always has been. I have a collection of Cookie Monster products that I started when I was younger that I love to this day. I used to have it on display but for now it is packed. When one of my friends decided to have a Sesame Street themed birthday party for her two year old I was all over it asking to help. The official theme was Elmo (because her daughter loves Elmo) but she was nice enough to let me make Cookie Monster cookies for the occasion. I did also help her make Elmo cupcakes though :)
Monday, June 11, 2012
I am so excited about this recipe that you guys almost got Tofu Tuesdays last week. I found this recipe in the Penzey's catalog. If you've never seen it and you love spices you should check it out. It's sort of addicting. They have so many awesome spices, herbs, and extracts. I will say I was a little unsure of how this recipe would turn out even though I'm a fan of tofu and it's amazing if I do say so. My husband even chopped up some of the leftover cooked tofu pieces and put them on a salad. He likes two meats when possible so if he likes it (and said we should make it often because it's pretty easy) then it has to be good!
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Delicious strawberries are starting to come into season now and this is the perfect time for a strawberry filled dessert that is frosted with cool and fresh whipped cream. This cake is made with a basic genoise cake which is light and fluffy. The best thing is that this cake can be put together on a busy day the the active time isn't much. We used to live a few minutes from a strawberry picking patch but we never went and that would be so much fun. We also lived near several apple orchards and we did go apple picking. Since I'm already off topic I will say fresh apple butter from an orchard is the best! So. good.
Monday, June 4, 2012
This salad is pretty quick to make and great for a hot summer day. I know it's meatless Monday and this has shrimp in it but I eat shrimp and lots of people love shrimp :). This is easy to customize with whatever you like such as bell peppers or you could get crazy and throw in some daikon radishes. We originally served this hot right after cooking but as a cold pasta salad that is made ahead it is also delicious!
Friday, June 1, 2012
Happy National Doughnut Day! You didn't think I would miss it did you? I made delicious pumpkin doughnuts with cinnamon glaze just for you all (or y'all, whichever you prefer :) ). These doughnuts may seem out of season but it's always nice to have a taste of pumpkin no matter what time of year it is. The cinnamon glaze is really what makes these though, it's so smooth and offers a touch of cinnamon flavor. These cuties are baked and not fried which automatically makes them better for you! and they have pumpkin which is healthy, yes? Yes. So, these are a healthy treat (or at least that's what I'm telling myself).