Well since today is St. Patrick’s Day, I thought we might as well fast forward to Easter because that’s how it goes with blogging–it’s like retail. We bloggers are always ahead, so you can plan ahead.. With that, here’s an easy no-bake Strawberry Cheesecake Tartlet–and it comes together in just 20 minutes. How do you like that?
Easter is a big deal in our family, and there are alot of things going on that day besides just the food–things like Easter egg hunts. If you were here last year, then you’ll remember me mentioning my son was not amused with my joke Easter eggs that were filled with silly stuff like lint, candy wrappers and such. I was actually surprised by that, considering his usual good sense of humor. Apparently egg hunting is serious business, especially when they are filled with money and lottery tickets.
This Chocolate Mint Brownie Trifle is an easy-to-make St. Patrick’s Day dessert that’s ready to serve in just 15 minutes.
I don’t know how or when mint became almost synonymous with St. Patrick’s Day, but somehow it has, maybe because it’s green. But if it’s green minty dessert vs. green beer, I’ll take the former any day. Although, I occasionally like a good beer, I’d rather have a gin and tonic. But let’s get off the subject of alcohol because the stuff is banned from my reach for another 10-12 weeks until I birth the little guy in me.
Got spotty bananas? I’ve got you covered with this 30 minute Banana Bars recipe. It only takes 10 minutes to throw together and not much longer to eat the whole pan.
Seriously, I could have polished this whole thing off in one sitting—no lie. I’m definitely going through the golden eating phase of pregnancy. So much so, that I’ve been eating ice cream by the pint, cookies by the bag and cakes by the pan. Only problem . . .
Gluten-free coffee cake? Yes, make that a gluten free blueberry coffee cake—and guess what? It’s really good, soft and moist, the streusel is crumbly but not dry and you will never know it’s gluten free. I think the days of sandy or super gummy gluten-free desserts are gone.
There are so many easy to find gluten-free flours you can work with beyond just gluten-free all purpose flour that you can mix and match to yield a tender crumb. For this recipe I used a combination of gluten-free flour, almond flour and coconut flour — all flours that are relatively easy to find in the health food section of most grocery stores. The only thing that may be a bit harder to find is the xanthum gum for the binding. You don’t need much xanthum gum, but you do need it, so if you buy it, I recommend Hodgson Mill’s brand. Since you only need about 1/4 teaspoon at a time, the 1 tablespoon packets are super handy.
You may have seen something very similar to this last week, but I pulled the post so that you actually go buy the magazine (I’ll update you when it hits the newsstands) for the arugula and thyme pesto recipe. Trust me, it’s well worth it and the magazine is great, so you’ll get that recipe along with a load of other recipes— all with nutritional values to boot.
Until then, let’s talk about this pistachio pesto. To. die. for. I’m loving this to the point of eating it by the spoonful and dipping my apples in it. Yes, mounds of it on apple slices— it’s damntastic!
You know that saying about insanity being the definition of doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results? Guilty. Every year in February, I whine and cry about how I’ve fallen behind on my birthday duties. This year was no exception.
Wah. See what I mean? No mercy. No pity. Just sheer exhaustion from overloading my schedule. But if we talk about the baby steps towards fixing this character flaw it’s just likely to further substantiate the whole opening sentence to this post, so let’s talk about food. My happy place.
It’s Friday, whose ready for a cocktail? Yeah, me too, especially this one. It’s got a slight kick of heat from the ancho chile—and you guys know how much I love heat in my cocktails. But I’m prego, so have an extra one for me or else I’m gonna have to force Matt to have another in the absence of you doing so.
And that’s not ideal, because he’s not a drinker and it just puts him to bed early—which sucks for me because I’m a late owl.