Coffee ain’t just for drinking friends. Nope, it’s also for doing all kinds of other stuff with, like turning it into a beautiful blissed out buttercream. If you like COFFEE as much as I do you’re going to love this hopped up espresso buttercream. It’s going to give your dessert a little kick in the caffeinated pants. I mean that’s if you can manage to not eat all of it before it’s time to slather it onto a cake, or cupcakes, or between two cookies. Whatever you’ve got handy, a spoon. We won’t judge.
It’s APRIL tomorrow people. I just can’t believe it. Where has the first quarter of this year gone? It’s passed me by in a cold white flash I guess. Not that I’m not looking forward to spring. Real spring that is. The one with flowers popping up, much much warm weather, my hands in the garden, cute wedges on my feet and lots of wind therapy and tangled hair from the open road. Not this current bi-polar spring that is going on. I’ve got whip lash trying to keep up. Heater on. Heater off. Shorts sleeves. Long sleeves. Gah. I’m going to drown myself in a few cups of this panna cotta and all will be well until the weather makes up it’s mind.
If you’ve known me for any length of time you KNOW that Spaghetti alla Carbonara is my hands down all time favorite meal. It’s the meal I would eat ALL. DAY. EVERY. DAY. That’s if I had a super ramped up metabolism and/or didn’t gain any weight no matter what I shoveled into my mouth. I of course am not blessed with that metabolism. Nope, and if you are one of those VERY lucky people, please don’t tell me. That wouldn’t make me like you very much and I really want to like you.
You might have heard these bars called by a few different names: Millionaire Bars, Millionaire’s Shortbread, Copycat Twix Bars. Whatever you call them (I’m leaning towards sticky fingers chocolate bars myself), you won’t be able to stop after one. They’re the perfect mix of sweet and salty and will satisfy your sweet tooth craving in a big way. Instead of making our own shortbread for this recipe, we’ve taken a shortcut and used our favorite shortbread rounds by Walkers. You know the ones. They have a distinctive taste and simply melt in your mouth . In a word they are butteriffic.
Why yes it’s snowing outside (in our neck of the woods and probably in a lot of yours) and we’re making homemade ice cream. It makes perfect sense yeah? At least in our heads. In all honesty we eat ice cream year round. No matter if I have to sit in front of the fire place to warm up or jump in a hot bath afterwards. I’m nothing if not dedicated. I’m also dedicated to good chocolate and COFFEE so this ice cream pairing was bound to happen. I can’t believe I didn’t make it happen before now. What was I thinking? I’m glad I went ahead and rectified that.
I haven’t met too many people who don’t adore flan. It’s creamy dreamy and you might be surprised to know that it’s super simple to make. Now there is quite a bit of time involved but the majority of that time your oven and fridge are doing the heavy work for you. Now that you know, there’s no reason not to try and make this at home. If you can stir, blend and pour you’ve got this. Trust me.
Have an occasion that calls for creating special dessert? Maybe you’re celebrating a birthday, graduation, anniversary? Maybe it’s even Valentine’s Day (we don’t dare to not have dessert on heart day gasp)? Or heck maybe it’s because you just WANT chocolate. Whatever the occasion we’ve got a chocolate recipe for you to choose from. Our list includes: TARTS, MOUSSE, PUDDINGS, CAKES, CUPCAKES, COCKTAILS, BARS and even RAVIOLI. All have a little bit or a whole lot of one of our favorite ingredients: CHOCOLATE! I’m going to go ahead and tell you it’s probably not going to be easy decision if you’ve got a sweet tooth like mine that is. I would tell you I’m sorry but misery loves company you know.
If you’re gluten free you’re probably familiar with flour-less cakes and can sing their praises with the dessert choir. If you’re not familiar with gluten free desserts this might be new to you. You may even have your eyebrow raised and be thinking how can you make a cake without flour? You can, you really really can. Once you have a bite of one you’ll be singing the praises along with the rest of the choir. Flour-less is fantastic. Not convinced? How about if I told you the cake portion only takes 4 ingredients? 4 ingredients that are staples in most kitchens. You probably have everything you need.
Gluten free is looking good. Real good. If you’re looking for an easy peasy dessert you’ve found it. Chocolate mousse is quick and easy and honestly you can eat it by itself if you don’t want to take the extra step and make the crust. I’m not going to lie and say I haven’t. I kinda look forward to keeping the bowl, beaters and spatula to myself. What can I say, you know I have a wicked sweet tooth. I could tell you it’s quality control. Yeah, on second thought let’s go with that.
I believe in moderation. So since I’ve been a VERY good girl this week and put in the time with my workouts I’m rewarding myself with a tart. A raspberry Nutella frangipane topped with powdered sugar and pistachios (insert smile and sigh). I’m not going to eat the entire thing (although I could, I really could). If I did that, that would require me to be on the treadmill even more hours of the day than I already am and I’m so not willing to do that, which means one (okay maybe two) slices for me. You know for being so good and all.
Have I mentioned lately that one of my new favorite vegetables is cauliflower? ‘Tis true. I might have a problem considering I buy a head of it every time I’m at the market. Every. Single. Time. I kid you not. I guess there are worse things to be enamored with. 9/10 I roast it up with just a simple drizzle of olive oil and sprinkle of salt, pepper and chili pepper flakes. Because spice is nice. I’ve also heard that spicy foods help to speed up your metabolism. I can use all the help I can get so woot. Winner winner roasted curried cauliflower soup dinner. Okay so maybe that doesn’t exactly rhyme but you know what I mean.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Well almost. We know with over 1000 recipes here on our site searching can be cumbersome. Heck, even I sometimes forget a recipe until I run across it. To help make things easier (because cooking for a crowd is stressful enough), we’ve compiled all of our favorite Thanksgiving recipes in one easy to find post. We’ve included everything from starters to sides, the starring attraction and of course sweets! Because we’re never one to do the minimum, we’ve even thrown in a DIY table scape project (easy enough for even novice crafters) and a few recipes to use with your leftovers for good measure!
Holy cow, next week is THANKSGIVING! Yes, gobble gobble until we can’t wobble. I will be enjoying my Mom’s cooking this year. Happy. Happy. Dance. I don’t care how ehem old I get, there’s nothing like your Mamma’s cooking is there? What I’m most looking forward to is talking her into making Turkey and Dumplings with the leftover 10 pounds of turkey that I KNOW we’ll have. My Mom has ALWAYS over cooked. I’m guessing it stems from the years of always having extra guests at our table. My Dad was forever bringing home Air Force boys with no family in town. It made for a rowdy meal (with the mandatory embarrassing stories) but we wouldn’t have had it any other way. Go Blue ; )
I’ve never been able to resist a cupcake. Especially a chocolate cupcake. It’s just not going to happen. No matter how tight my pants are. Sigh. I’ll just spend a little more time on the treadmill. Reading my kindle and perhaps eating another chocolate cupcake while I’m there. What, haven’t you ever eaten while on the treadmill? If not, don’t tell me. Apparently I’m not very good at this whole exercise thing. Back to something I am good at, cupcakes. Swoonworthy Salted Caramel Chocolate Cupcakes.
If I could put a fall dessert in a jar this would be it. It’s like pumpkin pie but better. Way better. There’s no crust bogging you down, which also makes this little gem in a jar gluten free. Bonus. It’s pumpkin perfection and if this doesn’t make you want to jump on the pumpkin train that’s currently making it’s way across the food blogging virtual highway I’m not sure what will. Go ahead and pick up a few cans of pumpkin puree (or make your own whatever floats your culinary boat) because these won’t last long.
If you’ve been around my little corner of the web or have known me for more than 5 minutes you know my absolute two hands down favorite things to eat are Spaghetti alla Carbonara and Tiramisu. Hands down. No need for me to even think about it. Those will always be my answers. Always. I get glossy eyes and glaze over just at the thought of them. At this very moment I’m contemplating making Carbonara for lunch. ^&**(!)%). If I didn’t have to get into this little black dress this weekend I would be all over that. Sigh. I’ve been trying to be better about portions, which isn’t my strong suit. These little jars of individual Tiramisu are the perfect pick me up dessert and help me keep my sweet tooth in a proportionate check. Well mostly.
Tarts sound so fancy but in actuality they’re super simple to make. Especially if you start out with a prepared pie crust. It’s not that I don’t know how to make my own, because I do, but sometimes a girl needs a shortcut. Well unless you’re Wonder Woman and then you probably don’t need any. I however do, thank you. I found gorgeous black plums at the market and knew I wanted to turn them into a deliciously decadent dessert. If you can’t get your hands on plums, peaches would be loverly as well.
I think from now on I might actually put candied bacon on everything. It’s so good it’s should probably be illegal. So good I’m pretty much willing to put up with the inevitable sticky fingers that come with. A word to the wise, you’ll want to wait until your newly candied bacon is cooled before you go diving into a slice. Let’s just say I learned the hard way and I may or may not be speaking with a lisp today because my tongue is burned. Silver lining the cool panna cotta helped.
I seem to be on a sweet tooth tare these days. No Bake Nutella Cheesecake. Espresso Ice Cream, Sweet Corn Ice and Blackberry Ice Cream and the like. Which is probably why I’m having to get reacquainted with my treadmill. It’s amazing how much reading and catching up on my shows I can do via my Kindle while I’m logging the miles. I’m a multi tasker what can I say. It’s also where I can dream about all those desserts I want to whip up. I make myself feel a whole better about inhaling eating them when they’re in individual portions. Totally rational right.
I love a good cheesecake as much as the next person. Let’s be honest though, sometimes I just don’t have time to bake one, wait for it to cool and then chill it down. That’s exhausting just to think about. Not that it’s not worth it, it is, but sometimes a girl needs a break. A no bake break that is. Can I get an amen? I’ve been feeling a little disappointed in myself that I haven’t shared a Nutella recipe with y’all since I don’t know when (I know, I know, for shame). I’m rectifying that today. Grab your forks friends, I think you’re going to love this one as much as we did.