January 2012

Archer Farms New York Style Cheesecake

So much better than I expected!
As you may have heard, some Target stores have opened grocery sections, in a bid to compete with Walmart. I'm not sure why anyone would want to go head-to-head against Walmart. Particularly since Target has always carved out its niche of having fun fresh designs (which is the reason I found myself there in the first place - I wanted a new set of bedsheets, and none of the designs at Walmart were anything but boring and bland and fusty).
 
The nearest Target converted to a partial grocery store about six months ago, but I guess they're still working out some of the details. They had to carve out an entire quadrant of the store, which caused a huge rearranging. And what with the laws of space time being what they are, it meant squashing the rest of the store by 25%. 

Three Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

So easy and quick to make

My husband loves peanut butter cookies. He doesn’t eat a lot of sweets anymore, but if there are peanut butter cookies anywhere in the vicinity, he’ll have a handful, or two. He especially loves the peanut butter blossoms, with the Hershey’s kiss on top of the cookie.

I love to bake, and it used to be that when I baked, I made everything from scratch. Nowadays, I generally use a mix, unless I’m baking for the holidays. I still make everything from scratch for my holiday baking, but if it’s general, every day baking, I use a mix because it’s faster. However, once I heard about these easy, three-ingredient peanut butter cookies, it’s just as fast to make these cookies from scratch as it is to use a mix. They are better, too.

Healthy "Ice Cream" Recipe

Now that January is almost gone, I'm noticing that the extra pounds I put on over the holidays are sticking with me. Like most of the world, I resolved to lose some weight this year, but I have not yet started my diet. I hate that word - diet. Look at it carefully: DIEt. Yep, diets are too close to death for me. Instead of being on a diet, I'm going to make smarter choices in my eating habits. Being a dessert lover, however, I've been searching for healthier options.

While venturing through the grocery store, I picked up a bag of fresh fruits. After all, they are supposed to be a natural dessert, but I cannot seem to tame my sweet tooth with a peach. That's when it hit me - I can turn my fruits into a healthy "ice cream" by putting them in the blender. I've seen other people do this online. Here's my recipe:

Hostess Sno Balls

A squidgy American dessert classic
As with my recent dip into Twinkies, I had not eaten a Hostess Sno Ball in decades. But the news that Hostess has declared bankruptcy convinced me to try one.
 
Would it be the last Sno Ball I would ever eat? Unlikely; I am convinced that the Hostess name is a valuable enough property that some other company will snap it up and keep churning out the delicious treats. But hey, you never know, right? And if Zombieland taught us anything, it's that you should cherish your desserts while they are easily accessible.

The Candy Buffet

Have you attended a wedding in the last few years?  Chances are, if you have, you have seen one of the newest and hottest trends in weddings.  Candy buffets!    Another variation is a cookie buffet.  But if you have not seen one, no fear, you will find out what this phenomenon is all about!

Essentially, a candy buffet is a table full of candies for your guests to help yourselves to.  This could be in place of favours or it may be in addition to depending on your budget and your location.   

To do a candy buffet, cookie buffet or any other type of goodie buffet, there are a few different things you need to get.

Variety of products – Get a good variety of items.  Just three items is not a buffet.  You likely want at least a dozen different types of candy or other food items.

Bake Pop Pan Review

I'm always a little leery of things that I see advertised on the television, but I have to admit that the Bake Pop Pan really caught my eye. I love baking cakes, and I really wanted to try this thing out. My husband was kind enough to buy me one for Christmas, and I just recently had the chance to bake some cake pops. After a few trials and errors, I finally think I mastered the art of making cake pops with this pan.

Sweet-Looking Tools for your Sweet-Making

Bake your favorites in style with this cute gear

 

I'm usually not one for novelty tools, but I can appreciate the sentiment behind a stylistically unified kitchen. Hey, if you're in the market for a new set of baking gear anyway, why not bypass the traditional, boring stainless steel and glass getups and go right for the cute stuff? It'll make you smile as you measure, stir, ladle, knead, and fire up your latest delectables. And it's especially hard to say no to goodies baked with extra love and color.

Dessert for One: Mug Cake Recipes


Sometimes I want to make a quick dessert at home, but do not want to make a huge cake or a large pan of brownies because I know that I will just end up eating half the pan. I live with my boyfriend, but he does not have a sweet tooth as I do, and will leave much of the dessert left for me to drool over until I cave in and eat it all. It is then unhealthy if I eat too much of the dessert and wasteful if I throw it out. A good solution to this problem is making a little mug cake for one to enjoy. I found a basic recipe online, and change it up for myself depending on my mood. You simply stir a few basic ingredients into a mug or bowl and pop it in the microwave. It is that easy.

Sweet and Salty Chocolate Chip Cookies

Add salted peanuts to traditional chocolate chip cookie for a sweet n salty treat

Do you love the combination of sweet and salty as much as I do? The combination of sweet and salty sensations is a common mixture in many of the foods we eat. Adding a pinch of salt to sweet foods, or a dash of sugar to salty foods can help brings flavors to the forefront and make the foods tastier.

In general, people have five different taste sensations - sweet, salty, sour, bitter and savory. Taste is a sensory function of the central nervous system, and the buds that determine how we perceive food to taste are located primarily on the tongue, but are also found on the epiglottis and soft palate, or roof of the mouth. The taste buds that sense sweet and salty are located at the front of the tongue.

A salty taste is created with the presence of sodium ions or other alkaline such as potassium. For a food to taste sweet, there must be a presence of sugars, such as fructose, glucose or sucrose.

Taste buds change as people age, so some tastes enjoyed as a child may not be pleasant to adults. Illness, medications and smoking can also alter the sense of taste. Some people prefer salty snacks while other people have a strong sweet tooth. Still others find the combination of sweet and salty makes a tasty treat. Some examples of sweet and salty snacks are kettle corn, trail mix, and chocolate-covered pretzels or nuts.

5 Desserts to Make With Ice Cream

Sure, it’s winter. Sure, it’s cold out. Ice cream desserts are great any time of year, though. You do not have to neglect your favorites just because the temperature dips below 30 degrees. That, plus I am craving ice cream this week. Magic Shell rules in my house, just like it did in the 80’s. For a more sophisticated approach, here are a few of my favorite ways to throw together an ice cream dessert.

1.    Loaf of Yum: Line a loaf pan with plastic wrap while softening ice cream on your kitchen counter. Fill loaf pan approximately ¼ full with ice cream and re-freeze. Repeat with 3 more flavors, re-freezing after each. When you are ready to serve, simply turn out onto a platter and remove the wrap. 

Anti-Boycott: Buy Girl Scout Cookies Because They Welcome Transgender Kids!

Support the Scouts for being inclusive
Nothing makes me want to buy Girl Scout cookies like reading that a fourteen year old Girl Scout is demanding a national boycott against them, because the Girl Scouts allow transgender children to join the Scouts. In other words, if I may sum this up in a nutshell, "You should stop buying cookies because I am hateful and ignorant." 
 
 
So much wrong with that statement:
  1. There's nothing "radical" about allowing girls into the Girl Scouts, regardless of their birth gender.
  2. "Transgender" is not the same thing as "homosexual." 
  3. The idea that the Girl Scouts are selling cookies in order to finance "a radical homosexual agenda" is a preposterous, overheated, homophobic conspiracy theory.
  4. Transgender scouts are not a threat to the safety of cisgender Scouts.

Hostess Declares Bankruptcy

Boomers drove Hostess to the peak of the market, and now that the boomers are getting old and being shocked by their cholesterol numbers, they are tur
If you want to taste one last Twinkie, Zombieland-style, then you had better get crackin'. Hostess, the maker of delicious Twinkies, Ho Hos, Snowballs, and more has just declared bankruptcy.
 
Where is the bailout, I ask you? Where are the TARP funds? I have a feeling that if Clinton was still in office, he would never let this happen. Bill Clinton was a man who loved his Twinkies, I bet.

6 Low Cal Dessert Ideas

 

We all have our New Year’s resolutions. Maybe you wrote down that you wanted to lose a few pounds. Maybe you just want to eat healthier. This, of course, does not mean that you need to give up desserts. Who would do such a thing? Personally, I live for dessert. You just need to make smarter choices in order to be able to still fit them into your new lifestyle.

1.   Dark chocolate, in a dessert or alone, is always a great choice and is a powerful antioxidant to boot. You do not need to tell me that twice.