Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Fresh Pasta for Dinner Tonight!

 I just finished making this pasta. The recipe is the Eggless Pasta on AllRecipes.com This recipe requires semolina flour which I ran out to buy this morning. The recipe as written was quite dry so I had to add 4 Tablespoons of olive oil and 1 Tablespoon of water to get the correct consistency.

I also added 4 teaspoons of chopped basil to the dough as it was kneading. Trader Joes makes cubes of frozen basil and other herbs that are ready to add to your recipes. I never used them before, but picked them up recently and they worked perfectly with the pasta.


Sunday, September 25, 2011

Brown Sugar - Caramel Latte

I found this Brown Sugar - Caramel Latte recipe on AllRecipes a few days ago. I am always up for trying new homemade lattes so I gave this a try and it was delicious. I actually love that it has more coffee than milk for a change. I used three shots of espresso in place of regular coffee.....maybe that is why I loved it so much! With no flavoring syrup in this recipe, the caramel and brown sugar makes up for it perfectly.

Adapted from AllRecipes.com

Brown Sugar - Caramel Latte

  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar

  • 1/4 cup whole milk

  • 1 tablespoon caramel ice cream topping

  • 3 shots of espresso (3/4 cup)

  • Stir brown sugar into milk until dissolved. Whip with a milk frother or small whisk. Pour coffee into a mug, and stir in caramel sauce until dissolved. Pour frothed milk into espresso and serve.


    Monday, September 19, 2011

    Pumpkin Pie Shake

    I found this recipe while browsing milkshake recipes on AllRecipes.com
    This poor recipe lacked a photo. I love giving recipes a face so I saved this recipe in my box.
    As I was cleaning out my fridge, I found a can of opened pumpkin and evaporated milk. I also knew I had about two scoops of homemade vanilla ice cream in the freezer. Perfect. Pumpkin Pie Shake it is!

    This "shake" was a tad on the liquidy side so I am not so sure it qualifies as a shake, but it was fairly tasty to me. I added some extra cinnamon, allspice, and cardamom into the blender. I served this to myself with a dollop of whipped cream on top. This recipe isn't for everyone, you must like pumpkin.

    Speaking of ice cream, I found this gorgeous aqua blue Kitchen Aid Ice Cream Scoop at Target! Anyone who knows me knows about my love of aqua blue in the kitchen. I got this on sale for $7.85. I came home and got on eBay to see if there were other aqua blue Kitchen Aid utensils that I didn't know about. They also have a potato masher, whisk, and spatula in aqua blue according to what is listed on eBay. Now I am on the lookout at my local Target stores to find the others. 


    Saturday, September 17, 2011

    Rocky Road

    Using this recipe from AllRecipes.com, I made some Rocky Road this morning. I decided to cut the recipe in half....I just needed a taste of this, not a large pan of it to eat. I made a few minor changes such as using milk chocolate. I also had to chop up my jumbo marshmallows into a mini marshmallow size.

    Rocky Road

    1 Cup Milk Chocolate Chips
    1/2 Cup Creamy Peanut Butter
    1 1/2 Cups Mini Marshmallows
    Halloween Sprinkles

    Spray a small pan (I used a glass pie pan) with a baking non-stick spray and set aside. In a saucepan on low heat, mix together milk chocolate chips and peanut butter until melted. Remove from heat and fold in marshmallows. Pour into greased pan and refrigerate until set and ready to serve. (Optional: Add some sprinkles to the top!)


    Tuesday, September 13, 2011

    Delicious Candy Apple Salad

    This is a video I made of myself making my Delicious Candy Apple Salad. The dessert consists of homemade whipped cream, green apples, Milky Way candy bars, and caramel sauce. Here is the recipe.

    Friday, September 9, 2011

    Pumpkin Love

    I finally tasted my first Pumpkin Spice Latte of the season from Starbucks this morning. It was just as tasty as I remembered it to be. Actually, it was my second... The first one I had didn't qualify in my opinion. I stopped at Peet's Coffee and Tea last week when I was early for my daughter's school orientation and got a Pumpkin Spice Latte there. It tasted more like a Vanilla Latte and a mild one at that. I detected no pumpkin flavor at all, therefore, it doesn't qualify as a real Pumpkin Spice Latte.

    Anyone else a Pumpkin Spice Latte fan? Have you had a Pumpkin Spice Latte yet? Do you prefer Starbucks or one from another place?


    Monday, September 5, 2011

    Caramel Apples 2.0

    I got more caramel apples for you. I am on a mission this year to be more creative and try out different caramel apple toppings.

    I did make another caramel apple with white chocolate and cinnamon. It is an interesting flavor combination....kinda tastes like an oatmeal cookie. Weird, huh?

     Then I decided to break out my Snickers Bars. I allowed the caramel to set in the refrigerator first. The caramel is still soft and tacky enough that I was able to press the chopped Snickers into the caramel. I drizzled with milk chocolate.

    *Tip: Try using a small zip-loc bag such as the sandwich or snack size to pipe your chocolate onto the apple. It makes for an easier clean-up when you are done. *


    Saturday, September 3, 2011

    Caramel Apple Season

    Besides Starbuck's seasonal Pumpkin Spice and Gingerbread Lattes I also look forward to fall for the Caramel Apples. Thus far I have made a total of 3 Caramel Apples this season and it is only September 4th.
    My favorite kind to make is Caramel dipped completely into Milk Chocolate and drizzled with White Chocolate/Peanut butter, but I am trying new combinations this year.

    ~Caramel with White Chocolate and Cinnamon
    ~Caramel with Candy Coated Chocolate Chips
    ~Caramel with Chocolate, Marshmallows, and Milk Chocolate Chips

    Previous years I also used Kraft or Brach's Caramels but I always hoped to find a good homemade recipe that I could use instead. I searched but most people would complain the homemade caramel recipes were too thin and it wouldn't properly cover the apple. I came across this Toffee Sauce recipe the other day and decided to whip it up and use it as an ice cream topping. I found that the consistency of the recipe was like a soft caramel. If I had poured into into a buttered pan instead of a bowl that is exactly what I would have had! That is when I decided this is the perfect recipe for dipping apples. Simply re-heat the sauce in the mircowave and dip your apples!

    Tip #1: Make sure you allow the caramel to cool or set up a bit before adding heavy toppings as you can see from the photo above. I added a layer of white chocolate that was far too heavy for the warm caramel to handle.

    Tip #2: Line a baking sheet with wax paper and do not forget to spray or butter your wax paper. If you fail to do this, the caramel will adhere to the wax paper and create a sticky mess.


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