Archive for the ‘Sweet Tooth’ Category
Every child grows up with a love for pop tarts. Well, maybe that isn’t true, but a lot of kids most definitely do. There is something about a gooey, sugary, chemically induced treat that gets all kids going in the morning. Once you reach a certain age you come to realize that these tasty treats aren’t so good for you after all. While I was looking at one of my favorite cooking blogs, Smitten Kitchen, I found the most amazing recipe for homemade pop tarts, what could be better?! After work I raced home so I could start baking these delicious treats. Now I am going to be honest with all of you: these did not come out how I planned. They were more like a scone- like pastry rather than a pop tart. I just keep reminding myself that this was my first time trying these, and I need a few practice rounds until I get my perfect batch. I did want you guys to check out the recipe, because even though they didn’t come out like a pop tart, I never said they weren’t tasty! Check out Smitten Kitchen, to get the full scoop on how to make these babies!
Inspiration of the day: “I adore wearing gems, but not because they are mine. You can’t possess radiance, you can only admire it.”- Elizabeth Taylor
Yesterday my boyfriend and I decided to take a drive over to the Mission district to try a fabulous ice cream place, Humphrey Slocombe. I found out about it after watching the Food Network, and I knew I had to try it instantly. Now, this isn’t your typical ice cream shop. They have crazy flavors that you wouldn’t find at lets say, a Baskin Robins. If you are a Prosciutto fan, don’t worry, they have a Prosciutto ice cream. If you like Sour Cream, you’re covered. If you don’t want to be too adventurous, they still have some basic flavors like Maple Walnut and Chocolate. The list of choices is endless, but they only have 10 flavors a day, so if you are thinking of heading out over there, make sure they have some flavors that suit you!
Inspiration of the day: ” Fashion is never in crisis because clothes are always necessary.” – Achille Maramotti
I came across some delicious looking treats today. Now that I think of it, it doesn’t take much for me to think that something is delicious. These however, were beauties I have never seen before: they looked like a ho-ho type of goody, with gold icing around them. Gold and chocolate… what could be better? Two of my favorite things, and I am sure many of you are with me on that! These treats look way classy, and seem like the perfect thing to cheer anyone up on a bad day. If you are dying to know how to make these, pick up Sarah Magid’s cookbook for only $19.
Inspiration of the day: “Fashion is the science of appearances, and it inspires one with the desire to seem rather than to be.”- Edwin Hubbel
I found a fabulous recipe on Williams-Sonoma’s website that I just couldn’t resist. I followed the recipe pretty much exactly like they had it, except when it came to the chocolate dipping sauce, I became the boss! These cookies turned out delicious, and over 30 of them are sitting on my kitchen counter waiting to be devoured… I am so excited! This recipe took a few batches before I got the hang of rolling these babies. Yes, I burned my fingers about a dozen times, but it is so worth it. I am warning you in advance, this takes a lot of patience, so don’t give up!
What You Will Need
3/4 Stick Unsalted Butter (keep at room temperature)
1 Cup Powdered Sugar
4 Egg Whites (also at room temperature)
2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
2/3 Cups All Purpose Flour
1/8 Teaspoon Salt
3 Bars Hershey Milk Chocolate
3/4 Cup ground Walnuts (optional)
A Dash of Milk
1. First you want to pre-heat the oven to 425 degrees.
2. In a mixer add the butter and mix until it is nice and fluffy.
3. Once you have fluffed butter, add the powdered sugar and keep mixing until it has blended nicely together.
4. Add the egg whites in four additions, and make sure to mix thoroughly between each.
5. Add the vanilla extract, and mix together.
6. In another bowl mix the flour and salt, and slowly add it to the other bowl of goods.
7. Once the batter looks smooth as can be, butter a baking pan up.
8. Make Tablespoons of the batter and drop it onto the baking pan, making thin little ovals.
9. Seriously only make 3 at a time, because you need enough time to fold the cookies before they cool.
10. Bake each set of 3 for approximately 3 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown.
11. Quickly take the cookies off the pan with a spatula, and roll each cookie onto the end of a wooden spoon. You want to make a nice hollow tube.
12. Repeat steps 8-11 until your batter is sadly gone.
13. Let your cookies dry for a while, and in the meantime clean up your kitchen and get the ingredients ready for the chocolate sauce.
14. In a small pot place 2 broken up Hershey chocolate bars, and add a dash of milk. Keep the stove on a very low heat because you don’t want the chocolate to burn.
15. Keep adding more chocolate and milk as needed.
16. Start taking each cookie and dipping the tips of each one into the melted chocolate. Quickly roll the tips of the cookies in the ground up walnuts. This part is optional… I did some with nuts and some without.
17. Place on aluminum foil to let dry.
18. Enjoy, you deserve it!
Inspiration of the day: ” The biggest mistake a woman can make is not to be herself in public or private.”- Diane Von Furstenberg
What could be better than sitting at home, clicking a button, and than having a dozen cupcakes at your door a few days later? I would say… nothing! Well, maybe if they would arrive 15 minutes later… just kidding. This is absolutely amazing. You may think I am crazy for being a fan of this, and lazy, but really I am not. Who has time to go pick up a dozen cupcakes after a long day of work and school? Okay, okay, I do have time to, I just would much rather have them delivered to me! More cupcakes from Chicago, have just put up an e-commerce website. Yes, you can shop for cupcakes online! This bakery is known for making delicious, moist, dense cupcakes, that resemble Hostess cakes. I said resemble, of course these cupcakes are much more upscale! I am very eager to try a dozen of these, and I may just have to think of an excuse to order some. If you are interested in ordering yourself some, click here.
Last night I was craving orange scones. Don’t ask me why, I just was. Yes, I do have a highly developed sense of taste, thanks to my mom, who is an extraordinary cook.I was always blessed with feasts almost every night, that were prepared with the freshest ingredients. As I was trying to calm my craving down, I started looking for a recipe but nothing seemed to shout out to me. So, I decided to use parts of ladycraddock’s recipe, but alter it to my liking. Let me just tell you, they came out delicious! I am a firm believer in going with your instinct when it comes to cooking. Be a little daring, you don’t have to follow a recipe 100%.
What You Will Need
1 Stick of cold Butter
2/3 Cups of Oats
1 1/2 Cups of Flour
2 Teaspoons of Baking Powder
1 Pinch of Salt
2 Tablespoons of Sugar
Zest from 1 medium sized Orange (the whole thing)
2/3 Cup Whipping Cream
1/4 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
2 Pinches of Cinnamon
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
2. Place Oats into a blender until it is ground into a very fine flour like substance.
3. Add the Flour, Sugar, Baking Powder, Salt, Cinnamon, and Zest to the Oats. Mix until everything is thoroughly combined together.
4. Add the cold butter (cut it into 4 pieces to make it easier to blend).
5. Add the Vanilla Extract, Whipping Cream, and Egg to the dry ingredients and mix until everything is combined together.
6. Place Saran Wrap on the counter with some flour over it, and place the dough on top, and flatten it out. Cut the dough into triangle like pieces and place onto baking pan.
7. Bake for 25-30 minutes.
8. Once you take the little pieces of heaven out of the oven, brush some Whipping Cream on the tops of each one, and sprinkle some Sugar and Cinnamon on top.
9. Let them cool, but only for a little, because they are extra delicious to eat when they are warm (especially with some milk)!
Inspiration of the day: ” I have always believed that you don’t have to be rich to have style.”- Diane Von Furstenberg