November 2011

This Recipe for Maraschino Cherry Mini Muffins Is Yummy

I'm not a strawberry girl.  Never have been, never will be.  Don't get me wrong - I'll eat strawberry stuff.  I like strawberry cake and strawberry bread and strawberry candy, I really do.  It's just not my favorite.

So what is?  Anything with cherries.  I love cherries.  I don't drink beer, but hand me a tropical girly drink at the bar with plenty of cherries, and I'm in heaven.  I'm not a huge soda fan, but I can never say no to cherry limeade.  Oh, and a vanilla milkshake just isn't complete without plenty of whipped cream and a bright red cherry on top.  Perfection.

Peppermint Buttercream Frosting

Put a Little Jolly in Your Cake!

Nothing says Merry Christmas more than the taste and smell of peppermint. This flavor is frequently added to beverages and treats during the holiday season. It is very simple to whip up a luscious peppermint buttercream frosting to make your favorite chocolate or white cake recipe even more festive. Just one dollop will add some holiday spirit at the dessert table.

Smores: The Perfect Dessert

Smores for dessert? Absolutely. They are not just for campfires and girl scouts anymore. Smores went upscale when you weren’t looking. The concept of roasting marshmallows over an open flame has morphed into little sterno-powered flames for two. Yes, smores have become the ultimate “couples” dessert. Swanky restaurants now serve little trays of graham crackers, marshmallows and Hershey bars complete with miniature sticks for roasting. You can enjoy a posh dessert and pleasant conversation. Slow, sweet and sticky – the perfect combination.

Simple Low-Fat Baking Substitutions

Eat the Pie Without Gaining a Thigh

My favorite thing to do on the weekends is bake. I am always ready to try out a new recipe, and I love sharing my sweet treats with family and friends. The only thing that I do not enjoy about baking is the high fat content that each yummy recipe seems to have. Dessert should leave you feeling good, not make you walk away with a guilty conscious.

Over the years, I have found many baking substitutions that drastically lower the fat content of my favorite treats. They do not take away from the flavor, and no one is ever the wiser that my sinful dessert is actually somewhat healthy.

The Four Most Expensive Desserts in the World

If you are like me, you often spend more on desserts than you or your budget would like. I go out for a quick, cheap meal at a restaurant, but end up driving up the bill with one of the most expensive desserts on the menu. But the pictures just look so good! Thankfully, none of the restaurants that I frequent have any of the following desserts on their menus or I would be bankrupt. Here are the four most expensive desserts in the world:

4. The Fortress Stilt Fisherman Indulgence. Priced at a whopping $14,500, this small dessert is available at the Wine Fisherman Stilt restaurant in Sri Lanka. This dessert serves only one person and is made up of ingredients such as chocolate, Irish cream and fruit. It is garnished with a compote made of mango and pomegranate. A chocolate carving of a fisherman is also included in this expensive dessert. The fisherman stands on an 80-carat aquamarine, which the lucky diner gets to keep.

The new trends in ice creams

Vegetable flavors and desserts in a carton.

Ice cream used to be a pretty cut-and-dried affair. You could get vanilla, chocolate or vanilla. And ice cream never ventured out of the sweet variety. Innovation was limited to adding nuts or caramel swirls, chocolate chip cookie dough or fruit flavors.

That’s all changing. In ice cream these days, there seems to be a trend to either replicate real foods in the ice cream or create interesting flavors made from vegetables. Sometimes the results are better than your old-fashioned Ben and Jerry’s. But sometimes these flavors should be left to the root vegetables.

Here are some of the best and worst ice cream flavors I’ve had that are indicative of this new trend:

Pumpkin, Pumpkin, Pumpkin!

What is my favorite part of fall? Is it the cool, crisp air? The beautiful leaves changing color? Nope. It is the delicious, seasonal pumpkin desserts only available this time of year. There is something about the taste of pumpkin that is comforting and brings back childhood memories. Maybe it reminds me of family Thanksgiving gatherings that always finished with a delicious pumpkin pie with a generous dollop of whipped cream.

Whatever the root of my pumpkin fixation is, I got to have it this time of year.  Some of my favorite pumpkin desserts include pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin rolls, pumpkin drop cookies,  pumpkin lattes (not technically a dessert, but they taste like one!) and pumpkin pudding. But -- what is the absolute best pumpkin dessert of all time?