I had an internal struggle deciding if these were cookies or tarts. What category should they be in!? Ultimately, I think either one would work, but I ended up on tart. These are tarts for a chocolate chip cookie lovers. It’s a chocolate chip cookie tart shell, filled with a silky chocolate ganache. Kinda dreamy right? I think these were inspired by A.) my love of hybrid foods. And B.) we just went to the Orange County Fair. It got my creative juices flowing. I mean, when someone thinks to deep fry Kool-Aid, I felt like I needed to step up my game & think outside the box a little.Continue Reading
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See, I eat vegetables, or in this case, drink them. Actually, the truth is, we eat pretty boring & healthy during the week. It’s a lot of broccoli & chicken breast. But sometimes I just don’t feeeeel like eating vegetables. Usually my guilty conscience wins over though. But that’s one of the main reasons I love a spinach smoothie; you can basically consume a giant spinach salad in the quick convenience of a drink. Plus, with a little fruit, it tastes sweet & refreshing. I’ve made a ton of variations, but this is my absolute favorite. I love it for breakfast, it’s the perfect fast lunch if you’re in a rush, a great pre/post workout snack… it can be anything. In addition to loading it with spinach, I also like to incorporate a bunch of add-ins. These can be anything you like or need, but my favorites are flax meal, protein powder & chia seeds. This is the perfect opportunity to get those additional nutrients. This is the spinach smoothie for people who think they don’t like spinach smoothies.Continue Reading
Since I had that short little break from blogging, I didn’t get a chance to how you guys what I made for the 4th of July. So as they say, better late than never! Staying within the theme of patriotic holidays, I wanted to make something that was red, white &/or blue. I went with a blue velvet, instead of the traditional red velvet. Of course you can make these anytime of the year, but Labor Day is fast approaching, just sayin. I’ve made a ton of cupcakes in my day, but I’ve never used cake flour for some reason. Let me tell you, it makes your cupcakes SO FLUFFY! I need to do some experimentation with it as far as substituting it in other recipes, but I am sold. The texture of these cupcakes is to die. Then of course topped with Marshmallow Frosting, it’s like a little blue velvet sugar cloud. (and if you don’t have cake flour available, you can make it. Joy the Baker can show you how).
Ok guys, I promise that I have some savory recipes coming up! For some reason I’ve just had a lot of sweet stuff happening lately, but I promise it’s not all that I eat. But I’m not going to not share pies with you! How rude would that be? You might never visit again.
Look, I like mini foods. Bite-sized foods, individual servings, mini versions of normal food, things made in small ramekins – you name it (I even made a mini food board on Pinterest). How could you possibly turn down a mini version of chicken & waffles? Not only is it just plain cute, it has quite a lot of benefits also. It’s not that easy to just pass out pie pieces to several different people, unless you’re at a party with plates. But it is super easy to transport jars that have lids on them. Everyone gets their own, it’s the perfect sized serving & they’re travel-friendly. Each one is bursting with sweet lemony-blueberries & a flakey, buttery crust.
Baked French Toast is something that definitely has to be made in advance. The more time it has to soak up the egg mixture, the better it is. These are perfect to make the night before, or at least a few hours ahead of time. Which can be good or bad, depending on how prepared or impatient you are. Plus, when you make little individual ramekins, everybody gets that nice crusty top, paired with the soft, pillowy center (and small things are cute). Side note, I also enjoyed one of these the day after I baked them. I just popped it in the microwave & it was just as delicious as the day before. I can also tell you that it helped out my Monday morning tremendously.Continue Reading