Just incase you didn’t know, the holidays are definitely not the right time to try to get in shape for the beach… But it was worth every bite. It was so great to see my brother, who lives in NYC now, and my cousins who I haven’t seen in years. We had a brunch with my dad’s side of the family on Christmas Eve and dinner with my mom’s side of the family on Christmas Day. Lucky for me, my mom is a great cook so I got to sit back and relax for most of it, except I couldn’t stop myself from making these amazing cupcakes for dessert. Sorry for posting two cupcake recipes in a row, but I had to share these before your New Years healthy eating kicked in! =)
Cooking fancy breakfasts for friends is always a ton of fun for me, but I don’t get to do it often. Usually, when a large group of friends end up spending the night at the same place, breakfast doesn’t get made for everybody for one of three reasons; 1- they wake up with the thought “Man I need to go home”, 2- nobody is in the mood to cook, or 3- you don’t have the ingredients or kitchen to use. If you are not a twenty-something year old you probably hardly ever wake up in a random friend’s house. This means planning a breakfast party if you ever want to have a big breakfast with friends, which for some reason just doesn’t happen as often in our busy lives. I am happy that I was able to cook these delicious crepes for a group, rather than just myself! These are also the perfect idea for a Father’s Day surprise!
This is also my entry for the Highbush Blueberry Council’s recipe contest!
Since I began blogging, less than a year ago, I have been following a blog called EFC Cooking on Tumblr. It is a great blog for East, Fast and Cheap recipes for any occasion. This past fall I stumbled across this recipe on the EFC blog.
These muffins are so simple, but so addicting. They are really just plain muffins dipped in butter and cinnamon sugar, but what could be better than butter and cinnamon sugar?! These are a quick way to become everybody’s new best friend at a party or hang out.
I am really excited about this Thursday, not because of the throwback recipe, but instead for my new piece of cooking equipment- a Kitchen Aid mixer! Anybody who loves to cook feels the excitement that I have been experiencing. I keep telling my friends and they don’t quite seem to get it, but they will taste it once I go off on my baking spree… Good news for my readers, possibly bad news for me-lots of delicious desserts. With the excitement of desserts I decided to post my first creme brulee recipe. Even though it doesn’t use a Kitchen Aid mixer, it is still a delicious dessert.
Before I made it, I always thought of creme brulee as a fancy and difficult dessert to make. Turns out, it really isn’t that hard to make. It is a delicious and rich dessert that I think everybody should try at some point. I also think it would be really good with fruit topping, if anybody is up to it let me know how it tastes!
This week’s Throwback Thursday recipe is probably my favorite pie recipe that I have made to this day. The plums have the perfect amount of tartness that makes this pie so amazing. Also, if you ever have the opportunity to pick your own plums, take advantage of it, you’d be surprised how many plums you can get from even just one tree! =)
I have finally made my first sugar-free, gluten-free dessert! Well, except for the vanilla frozen yogurt that I ate with it…I have to say it was amazing! This recipe shows how easy it is to cut out white sugar and gluten from your desserts without sacrificing any flavor. Of course, you can always make the dessert the old fashioned way if you want.
I was given two bins of blueberries this week by my mom, so of course dessert was on the menu. Conveniently, I saw multiple blueberry dessert recipe posts the day I came home, including one for blueberry cobbler. Cobbler is a great dessert for a small kitchen, because it doesn’t require the rolling of any dough. It is a great dessert for the winter because of the warm gooey fruit. Even in winter, adding vanilla ice cream is definitely recommended.
For Christmas this year, my Mom hadn’t planned on having a dessert. Since I am giving up excess processed sugars for my New Year’s resolution (no more sugary drinks or desserts… yikes!), I insisted that we have dessert on Christmas. We decided to go with a recipe that my Mom makes all of the time, the classic apple tart. This tart is easy to make and so delicious, definitely one to try!
Tiramisu is the perfect easy “fancy” dessert. It doesn’t take long to put together, but will impress your guests. Be careful not to add too much rum, or else you will have a really boozy tasting dessert. Also, remember that this has espresso in it, which means lots of caffeine.