Look at this thing-y. I say thing-y, because what do you call something like this? It’s like a deconstructed cake turned all inside out and cut into mouth-popping squares. Go ahead come in closer—see how it’s stuffed with chunks of pound cake and laced with the best walnuts from Diamond California® Nuts (I know, shameless plug), then topped with some raspberries—it’s seriously begging for a face stuffing.
I’m on a roll this week with sweet treats.Yay to that, because all this baking means the pregnancy is finally finding some steady ground. And yes, this is my second pregnancy, but it’s nothing like the first one. Forget food cravings, this one has been pixelated with an abundance of food aversions on par with a vegan-combo-gluten-free eater.
This is it, right–high baking season? Yes, it is! And yay for that–of course you might call me biased, but okay, I’m fine with that especially if it involves cookie exchanges, baking days with friends and families. And of course now in this virtual world, I’ve partnered up with Gold Medal Flour for a virtual bake day.
A perfect pairing for me since their unbleached all purpose flour is a standard in my kitchen. So if you ever see flour in my recipes, know that I mean Gold Medal’s unbleached all purpose flour–anything else will be designated as such.
It’s Christmas time and as many of you regular readers know, I’m a huge peppermint fan. So per my pattern of obsessive behavior, here’s another: Chocolate Peppermint Bundt Cake.
I tend to think everyone needs a few easy and elegant dessert options, especially now in the thick of holiday crazy. And no, I’m not complaining. I love all the holiday madness. It comes once a year and I look forward to it starting in September.
I know you may be looking at macarons and thinking, “What? Crazy-hard to make.” But as I’ve mentioned before, they really aren’t. You’ll see my recipe doesn’t require aging eggs over the course of a few days or drying out almond flour. Nope, this is a simple version.
I had to share this chocolate and blackberry macaron because (1) they are truly one of my favorite macarons I’ve made, and (2) this recipe is a perfect pairing with Driscoll’s blackberries—warning: you may find yourself eating the filling by by the spoonful!
I know I’m not the only last minute planner, or sometimes procrastinator. So to help each of us like-minded people along, here are a few dessert ideas. And guess what? While you are cruising this, I’ll be looking for fast turkey brining recipes. Yep, I only found out yesterday–I’ll be doing Thanksgiving, three-quarters of it a least. Which usually isn’t bad, but I’m doing the turkey. I’m not sure how Matt volunteered me for that since I don’t do turkey, but this no-turkey doer is doing turkey – GULP!
I’m getting crazy with this one. And why not, we did a brownie pie here, so why not a chocolate chip cookie pie, right? Right.
So here you go, let’s get over indulgent—it is the holidays after all, so New Year’s resolutions are just around the corner. We can let our resolve to shed the holiday poundage wait until we are boxing up the last of the holiday decorations.
Time to get cozy with some peppermint hot chocolate. I know this is really a simple recipe, but it’s still a solid one and a good one. Besides that, the first good rain of the season has finally come and I’m feeling all warm and nest-y (I know, way articulate).
Okay, let’s commiserate about holiday hectic-ness. Seriously, it’s madness around here lately, between work, the blog and trying to get Christmas decorations up–but for every sigh I let out–I’m so thankful for my beautiful family around me that they don’t get upset when I forget to pack their lunch, shrink their favorite no-dryer shirt and fall asleep five minutes into a movie.
Today, I’m going take you on a bit of a detour. Don’t worry it’s still about food—a lot of it, about 21,000 recipes worth of food. Do I have your curiosity peaked? Mine certainly was when I found about Bing’s Food & Drink App.
If you are like me and already have about 3-5 apps for food alone—what can this offer? Or if you don’t have one, why should this be one you do have? Let’s chat.