Tuesday, February 24, 2015
A friend recently gifted me with this handy coffee making tool. Do you call it a filter? I am not even sure what it is called, but I LOVE it! It is perfect for making just one cup (well OK maybe I have been known to run more water through that used filter for a second cup on occasion, kinda like reusing a tea bag right?). What I really love about my new coffee tool is that without fail, every single cup of coffee I enjoy made with it, is even better because it always brings my friend to mind. Thank you Lisa!
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Spread. I may have had to do some quality control sampling along the way, I mean who can refuse roasted hazelnuts blended with Penzy's Dutch Cocoa Powder, ooohhhhhh YUM. I got so carried away with the making I totally spaced the photographing, so here are just a couple pics from the beginning and the end. I really hope anyone who enjoys Nutella will give this a try, it takes the spread to a whole new level.
Friday, February 6, 2015
orange vanilla curd recipe from my trusty advisor to all things jarred and it is now my absolute favorite. It has a bit of a softer flavor than lemon and the addition of vanilla beans takes it to a whole new level of delicious! It is well worth the time to make a batch or two for yourself, we love it on pancakes but I also like to mix it into yogurt with nuts or granola and fruit. I imagine smeared on a nice thick slice of your favorite toasted bread it would be heavenly. Though my recipe sites a fairly quick cooking time, it has never worked that way for me, generally I need to give a solid hour of time standing and string at the stove, but really please don't let that stop you from trying this out. I promise you it will be well worth your time.
Monday, February 2, 2015
This winter has found me feeling a bit blah in the cooking department for some reason. But I'm trying to shake it off and today I found myself itching to bake a cake. It helped that there was a special someone celebrating a birthday today, and I really wanted to make something homemade for this celebration. After a quick look through the pantry, a little help from Google and knowing that chocolate would be a choice ingredient for this Birthday Celebrant I landed on this gluten free chocolate cake made with almond flour. I also had a bit of marshmallow fluff on hand from holiday fudge baking so I did some searching for a marshmallow frosting. And well, I think I have hit on a new birthday favorite! If you really wanted to get fancy you could top the cake with some graham cracker crumbs and call it a s'more cake. The cake was a crowd pleaser and came together fairly simply and with ingredients (minus the marshmallow fluff) that we always have on hand. I love it when things come together so simply and deliciously. I'd love to hear what other folks do to get out of the winter slump when it comes to cooking, do you just let your self roll with it -- sure that it will pass or do you try to jumpstart things in some way to get back on track? I feel I've been "rolling with it" a bit too long and am hopeful that this cake will serve as a bit of a jump start. I don't know what tomorrow has in store but I am hoping to find myself back in the kitchen letting some creative juices flow.