Recently I’ve been looking for more ways to get my four year old into the kitchen cooking with me. He loves to help mix up cookies and chop veggies but as he’s gotten a little older, I wanted to find a cooking project he could do largely on his own. As I sat staring into my pantry yesterday, I spied a box of Rice Krispies and a bag of marshmallows and I realized, what could be easier than classic Rice Krispies Treats? Aside from the melting of the butter and marshmallow, those perfect little pillows of marshallow-y goodness really don’t require much in the way of kitchen skill. So there I was, all set to make a batch with my kiddo when he got home from preschool when I noticed the bag of bittersweet chocolate chips staring at me from the shelf below the marshmallows. And that’s when my plans took a quick turn. While I do intend to get my little guy in the kitchen to make some classic Rice Krispies treats soon, I decided in that moment that my chocolate craving was winning and needed to be addressed ASAP. Thus was born my new favorite indulgence: Chocolate Dipped Rice Krispies Bites with Dulce de Leche. …
Spring has sprung. Have I mentioned how much I love spring? The birds are singing, the tulips have bloomed and I can finally send my kids to school without a jacket! Just last week, Holly and I attended our first Wildtree party to put together freezer meals that our husbands could grill while we were at work. We had a great time drinking wine and hanging out with friends (that we hadn’t seen in far too long!) while putting together a wide array of freezer meals. Total win. But despite the beautiful weather and the crazy chaotic activity schedule, we are never too busy to bring you another edition of Good Food Reads. Let’s get started shall we? …
Another Friday has come and that means a new edition of Good Food Reads. With Easter only a few days away, we have a few holiday themed recipes (of course) but we also have some recipes for the post-holiday hangover. I don’t know about you, but after all the busy prep for big holiday meals, I find myself avoiding the kitchen for a few days. As a result, I love to have some easy, prep ’em and leave ’em type recipes in my pocket to get my family fed and keep my sanity intact. Here’s hoping you enjoy our picks for Good Food Reads as much as we have enjoyed finding them!
Healthy Easter Brunch Recipes, if you’re still looking for that perfect dish for this weekend’s festivities.
One Pot Chicken and Coconut Curry Noodles. Another recipe for my one pot meal list!
I have a long love affair with Indian food. I don’t love all the hours over the stove, however. Enter: Slow Cooker Indian Butter Chicken from Dinner: A Love Story.
Salad for breakfast. Yup, for those days when you want to feel super virtuous. Or just eat a really yummy breakfast! And after you eat that salad, feel free to indulge in Blueberry Pistachio Coffee Cake.
After two vacations in the last two months, I’m feeling the need to focus a little more on whole foods and less carbs (gulp). I’m thinking these Vietnamese Beef Lettuce Wraps will make a satisfying meal that doesn’t feel like diet food! I’m also looking forward to trying the Spring Detox Cauliflower Salad from Pinch of Yum.
Everything Greek Pork Pitas. Another slow cooker gem, but with a lighter twist for warmer weather.
Friends, that’s it for this week’s Good Food Reads. I’m off to enjoy the holiday weekend with family. For those who celebrate, Happy Easter. And for those who just enjoy an abundance of Peeps and Cadbury eggs, happy eating.
Hey friends. Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Are you celebrating today? Will you wear green? I will fully admit that I’m feeling a little blogger guilt about not having a totally Irish or green themed post for you today (#bloggerfail!) but we’re going to march forward with a bunch of Good Food Reads anyway, ok? Ok. I promise we do have some last minute St. Patrick’s Day themed recipe links for you, but for those who are not super into the holiday (that would be me, too!), we also have some great non-holiday foodie finds. You know, in case you don’t want to live on corned beef and green beer for the next week! …
What the world needs now is…Seven Layer Bars. Seven Layer Bars? Yep, these are bars what is going to bridge the country’s divide. So simple really, I can’t believe we haven’t thought of it before! Let me tell you why……
A staple treat of my 90s childhood, recently vilified by both my pregnancy (raw eggs!) and the FDA (salmonella in raw flour!). Thankfully, to fulfill my craving for a sweet/salty, studded with chocolate treat, there are these Healthy Cookie Dough Balls, slightly modified from a genius recipe by Angela from Oh She Glows. Thrown together in under 10 minutes in a food processor or high speed blender, these little balls of goodness are the perfect substitute for traditional cookie dough and are safe for everyone having no raw eggs or traditional flour. If you buy gluten free oats and use carob chips instead of chocolate chips, they are also vegan and gluten free, if you’re into that sort of thing….
Despite my frequently dessert heavy focus on the blog, I actually don’t have much of a sweet tooth. Give me a plate of hot, salty fries or crunchy chips any day over a donut or pastry. That being said, one sweet treat that I usually can’t pass up is a good Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie. I am, however, very particular about the cookies: they need to be chewy, slightly salty, and with a good dose of chocolate. I absolutely adore the mini oatmeal chocolate chip cookies found at Potbelly and recently set out to create a similar cookie at home. You know, so I don’t have to drive anywhere to get them when the craving really strikes!…
Hey friends, just popping in here for a late Friday night post. We had a little technical glitch with the blog this morning – so very sorry if you stopped by earlier! The issue seems to be resolved, at least for now, and we’ll be back next week with our regular posting schedule. In the mean time, I wanted to share this fantastic Chocolate Peanut Butter Torte. It’s only slightly modified from the original genius recipe by blogger couple Kevin and Amanda (I added a little french sea salt for finishing) and so rather than post the recipe, I’m just going to direct you over to their wonderful blog here.
I made this torte – which they call a pie – twice last week and both times it was gobbled up. The best part of the recipe is that it really is no bake! You’ll need a microwave to melt some butter, the stovetop (or, if you’re brave, the microwave again) to heat some cream, and a food processor for grinding up all those oreos, but no oven. I do recommend a torte pan with a removable bottom for ease of slicing and all around presentation but you most definitely could make this chocolate wonder in a traditional pie pan.
Now, it’s important to note that all the fantastic chocolate and peanut butter make it suuuuuuuper rich, so a very small slice goes a long way. In other words, it may not seem like it, but this dessert will most definitely feed a crowd. Plan to make it a little ahead of time as it is definitely best served chilled. It is also wonderful served with a light dollop of whipped cream, which ironically seems to counter the heaviness of all that great chocolate and butter. Do yourself a favor this holiday weekend and make one to share with your friends and family. You won’t regret it.
I think we all have those recipes, tucked into the back of a recipe box or a binder, that gets pulled out once a year for a specific occasion. This Chocolate Espresso Layer Cake, from the genius Ina Garten, is exactly that recipe for me. Each April, I lovingly make this cake for my husband’s birthday and then – for no good reason – it tends to be tucked back into my trusty recipe binder until the next spring. I can’t quite figure out why I don’t make it more often. It is really the best cake ever: layers of rich, dark chocolate with a hint of coffee to cut the sweetness and buttermilk to keep it moist. When the recipe was published in Food and Wine years ago, Ina declared it “the most fabulous chocolate cake I’ve ever made.” I agree wholeheartedly….
One of the very first books I got when I first started cooking was Nigella Lawson’s How To Be A Domestic Goddess. At the time, Nigella wasn’t yet a household name here in the U.S. I used to watch her first show, Nigella Bites, on Style Network (does that even exist anymore?!?). I loved the glimpses into London life and her quirky British sensibilities. She was unabashedly in love with food and it made me want to cook everything she did! One of my favorite recipes from those early days – one that I still make today – is for Molten Chocolate Babycakes. In the book, she refers to them as “the acceptable face of culinary cute” and I couldn’t agree more. They are however, also absolutely delicious….