Holly and I were recently tasked with providing the dessert course of a girls’ night dinner hosted by a good friend. As you can imagine, we agonized over what to make. Should we do individual desserts? Ice cream? (I just got an ice cream maker-stay tuned) Cookies? So many fabulous choices! Ultimately we decided on tarts. Holly did an amazing chocolate peanut butter tart that I hope she will share with us here soon. To balance things, I decided to do fruit tarts. I guess it was a good call, because I’ve had several requests for the Blueberry Lemon Cream Cheese Tart recipe…so here’s to you gals!…
You know those friends who have your back? Those friends who, when you hint that you might be able to use some of the extra rhubarb from their garden, give you not only rhubarb, but also a split of their rhubarb plant to plant in your own garden? Well, Amy and Peter are those friends. Amy recently gave me a whole arm load of rhubarb, not to mention a rhubarb plant that then got planted in my backyard! The only thing Amy asked in return was to see what I made with the rhubarb. Well, that sure was easy, I made this Cherry Rhubarb Crisp! So now my WHOLE family thanks you, Amy and Peter!…
Some recipes really are the simplest ones. Lane and I spent last weekend at her cabin with a dear friend (Hi Em!) soaking up the summer weather and doing a little blog work. In addition to some R&R, we had spent some time in the kitchen developing and testing recipes that we will be sharing with ya’ll soon! One of the easiest and most versatile creations to come out of that weekend is this Bourbon Vanilla Whipped Cream….
For the most part, I tend to be a big believer in everything in moderation. I will never shy away from a gorgeous steak, a big beautiful glass of malbec, or a cup of the most delicious duck fat fries. That being said, I try to balance those meals with lots of vegetables and a healthy dose of exercise. Now, before you think me too virtuous, I have a confession: all moderation goes out the window when it comes to ice cream. Especially this Oreo Sweet Cream Ice Cream. …
Cinnamon churro cupcakes? Did I say “churro” cupcakes? Like those sinfully delicious pieces of sugary fried pastry you can get (for a dollar!!!!) at Costco? Yep, just like that, but I dare say a little healthier (well, at least not deep fried). I’ve been seriously craving sugar lately (which is a little different from my usual salt cravings, and also different from my crunch cravings, and maybe even different from my ice cream cravings…never mind, my cravings may be too numerous to categorize). These cupcakes really hit the spot!…
Celebration indeed! This Lemon Blueberry Bundt Cake will make everyone want to celebrate!
Ahhhh, vacation. Yep, that is right, vacation. Much needed, well-deserved, greatly enjoyed. Don’t we all love going on vacation? Well, my in-laws have decided to “winter” in Arizona 5 months of the year, truly living the ultimate vacation. Unfortunately that means that they aren’t always available to celebrate my youngest child’s birthday on his actual birthday date (in February). No problem, he’s now old enough to understand that not having grandma and grandpa here on his birthday just means presents in the mail (so awesome) and another celebration at a later date (even more awesome). Who doesn’t love another celebration?…
Are you looking for a decadent dessert? Maybe for a dinner party, or maybe for Easter? Search no more. I have come to bring you what you are looking for. I was headed to a dinner at our friends’ house not too long ago, and my task was dessert. I am not much of a baker and I often struggle with desserts (although I sure do love to eat them!). My daughter, the baker in the house, was gone for the day, so no help there. I couldn’t decide what to make, but actually had a whole day to create, so I decided to make two desserts (it is just in my nature). I chose this Key Lime Cheesecake from Crazy for Crust as well as Churro Cupcakes (don’t worry- that will be a post for another day…)….
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….
If you’re ever in need of a crazy easy dessert, this Pomegranate Lime Sorbet is most certainly a contender. The recipe was adapted from the November 2015 issue of Bon Appétit. In the magazine, they used the sorbet to make parfaits with labneh (a Lebanese strained yogurt – similar to greek style), pistachios and a drizzle of honey. As we were using the sorbet as a palate cleanser of sort for our recent dinner party, we chose to serve it simply in Meyer lemon halves, sprinkled with a dusting of lime zest….
All good dinner parties need treat bags, right? We hadn’t really considered it when first planning our menu. But it is a funny story, how these particular treat bags came to be. My 13-year-old daughter has been learning her own way around the kitchen and has discovered that baking is her forte. For her last birthday I bought her a copy of Joy the Baker’s Homemade Decadence, because really, it is never too early to start your cookbook library-even if you are only turning 13. (P.S.-If you don’t have this one, it is a must have!) My daughter has been slightly obsessed with a recipe in this cookbook for Dark Chocolate Truffle Cookies. I must admit, they didn’t look like much, so when she chose them for her weekend project several months ago, I wasn’t super excited. I’m not usually too moved by anything dusted with powdered sugar. However, when I tasted these gooey little bombs, I quickly changed my mind. Pure heaven. My daughter has now made the recipe many, many times and they definitely rise to the occasion. Every time.
When my daughter found out Holly and I were hosting a dinner party, she offered to make a batch of these Dark Chocolate Truffle Cookies for us. We already had plans for our dessert course (coming soon!), but what would be a better take home remembrance of a really fun night than a bag of cookies? We took her up on her offer. She set to work, crafting the cookies, and I set to work crafting some bags for the cookies to be packaged in. I’m pretty pleased with what we came up with, and I think our dinner guests were too!
So now that our dinner is over, I can only hope that all of our guests are happily treating themselves to some Dark Chocolate Truffle Cookies. Preferably with a nice glass of wine. I recommend you all try them too. Your friends will thank you.
And a special thanks to Joy the Baker (Joy Wilson).
Dark Chocolate Truffle Cookies
- 1/2 cup all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup unsweetened Dutch-processed cocoa powder this can be been somewhat hard to find, you can substitute Hershey's Special Dark cocoa powder which is a blend of natural and Dutch processed cocoas-this has worked fine for us
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter room temperature
- 1/3 cup 3 ounces chopped dark chocolate (we have used both 70% and 72% cacao chocolate bars-both have worked well)
- 1 large egg
- 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup confectioners' sugar you can likely get away with less of this as this is just to roll the cookies in
Preheat the oven to 375ºF.
In a medium bowl ,combine flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt.
Chop the room temperature butter into small pieces and rub into the dry ingredients until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
Mix in the chopped dark chocolate.
In a small bowl, mix together the egg and vanilla.
Pour the egg mixture into the chocolate mixture and mix until moistened.
Press the dough into a ball (you'll have to get your hands dirty here if you haven't already).
Wrap the ball of dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Put the confectioners' sugar in a shallow bowl.
Using a tablespoon, form balls of the refrigerated chocolate mixture.
Roll the ball in the confectioners' sugar.
Place the sugar covered ball on a parchment lined baking sheet.
Repeat with the remaining chocolate mixture, rolling in confectioners' sugar before placing on baking sheet.
Bake about 10 minutes leaving the cookies just a bit undercooked on the insides.
Cool on the pan for a few minutes before finishing cooling on a cooling rack.
These are fabulous served warm, and almost just as good eaten over the next 4 days (store in an airtight container).