Did you know that the United States has more than 175 days to celebrate the awareness of food or drink? And, per Wiki’s List of Food Days, 14 of them, including today, are dedicated to the awareness of CHOCOLATE? Here’s the line-up for Chocolate Days:
So, go ahead and celebrate today. Change it up this morning. Think Chocolate. Instead of your cup-a-joe, grab 1 or 3 or 5 pieces of my favorite chocolate combos: Coffee & Roasted Almonds Chocolate Bark (above) made by Foodhearts.com.
Thank you Lorne
Lori shared this link with me yesterday from Kitchentreaty.com.
Next to more pasta, that’s all I’ve been able to think about for the last 24 hours.
It’s Sea Salt & Honey Ice Cream.
Wait. There’s more.
THERE’S NO ICE CREAM MACHINE NEEDED.
A hearty thank you to my blogger friends for baiting the circus monkey.
For recipe and more amazing pictures, hit this link at Kitchentreaty.com.
Thank you Carol @ Radiating Blossom
Imagine a Key Lime Pie light as a cloud, tart one moment, sweet the next. Imagine it has done away with the distraction of a crust. What you have is this Key lime mousse. Now, I love a pie, crust and all, but when a mousse is this good, it refuses to serve as mere filling. “Filling” implies that it is not complete in itself, and this dessert certainly is. Unmoored from the classic Graham cracker crust, it is something altogether more delicate—a soft, chilled summer sweet that is richer than sorbet, breezier than ice cream.
~ Aleksandra Crapanzano, Key Lime Pie Without the Crust (Recipe below)
Poached Pears in Vanilla Sage Wine Sauce. Recipe and more amazing photos @ Today’s Nest.
Maranatha Dark Chocolate Almond Butter
Homemade Maple Sea Salt Pistachio Butter
Check out the recipe and more photographs here.
Source: Fit Foodie Finds
It’s Saturday, late afternoon.
Dinner out? Or eat in?
I take inventory of the fridge. Eyes pan from the top shelf to bottom. Not feeling it here.
I take inventory: Sweat pants. Shower-less. Shave-less. Matted hair.
I grab a pencil to scribble out my wish list. I’m about to hand it off.
No chance. You’re coming.
I’m not listening to you complain that I didn’t get you what you wanted.
Oh, come on.
The K’s are in the car.
You could have put a hat on.
I could have stayed home.
Thank you Carol.
Ben & Jerry’s releases four ice cream flavors with gooey ‘Core’. The four new flavors are:
Source: NY Daily News
* DK favorite. Thank you Rachel. Exactly what I needed.
I tripped into this recipe catching up on the week’s papers. My eyes locked in on Marmalade. And I HAD to have it. The NY Times piece by Melissa Clark was titled: Sweetness is Found In a Slice. The recipe was for British Marmalade Cake. (Who knew the Brits could bake?)
“This beautiful, tender, citrus-scented loaf cake filled with bits of candied orange peel is everything you want with your afternoon tea. The key is finding the right marmalade; it needs to be the thick-cut (also known as coarse-cut) marmalade made with bitter oranges, which will be laden with big pieces of peel. Look for the British brands in the international section of your supermarket if the jam aisle lets you down. (And not give up and use the neon orange marmalade that’s more like jelly.) Your reward is a fine-grained, not-too-sweet cake that will last for days well-wrapped and stored at room temperature (if you can manage not to eat it up all at once).”
Bottom Line: Skip the tea. (Sacrilegious for you Brits, I know). Grab a fork, a glass of cold milk and belly up. THIS IS BLOODY GOOD.
See Recipe below: [Read more…]
Chocolate + Caramel + Nuts = “10”
“Chocolate Caramel Brownies“
Chocolate Cake. Chocolate Chips. Caramels. Chopped Nuts.
These are irresistible.
250 calories per pop.
5 servings for me since lunch time = 1250 calories (and the day isn’t over).
Find full recipe @ Bake or Break
I tap open the weather app.
I glance out the window.
The morning is the hardest time. It is hard enough anywhere for a man to begin the day’s work in darkness…One may be a long time realizing it, but cold and darkness deplete the body gradually; the mind turns sluggish; and the nervous system slows up in its responses…But I must not dwell on it. Otherwise I am undone.
~ Richard Byrd
I stare at the ceiling.
Go later. There will be light. It will be warmer.
I pull the comforter tighter.
Zeke sighs and nuzzles closer.
Who are you kidding? Get up and out.
I climb out of bed.
Needing the pull of inspiration, I take a new route.
The master said:
You must write what you see.
But what I see does not move me.
The master answered:
Change what you see.
– Louise Glück, in Vita Nova
“Mix 1/4 cup of pumpkin puree, 1/2 cup of nonfat plain Greek Yogurt, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract and stevia to taste. It’s delicious, just 100 calories and full of fiber.”
For recipe, go to Simple Daily Recipes
Low calorie too! Source: Find additional photos and recipe @ How to Make JELL-O Oranges by Amber Atizado.
July 1, 2013. First day of 2nd half of the year.
Add 200 pounds to that little puppy up there and that would be me. Head bowed in shame. Or perhaps he’s trying to find his belly button. In which case, I’m in huge trouble.
I hit a new low. Or a new high depending on your perspective. 30 pounds over collegiate playing weight.
Suit pants are now snug. Feeling “things” growing over my belt loop. This discomfort plus increasing levels of humidity = a radiator that’s steamin’ and going to blow.
More in. Than out. More in. Than out. More in. Than Out. [Read more…]
Macadamia Key Lime Pie.
Two new twists on an old summer time favorite – shortbread cookie crust and the addition of chopped Macadamia Nuts.
Smooth. Sweet. Tangy (but not overly so).
Calorie count? If you need to ask, move on.
Source: Taste of Home
“Our sea salt caramel gelato blends ribbons of sea salt caramel into creamy caramel gelato” and glides smoothly into my belly. This product should not be sold over the counter. Dangerous. No need to look at calorie count. It is also versatile. Straight up with no chaser for dinner last night. Two scoops on two slices of warm Zucchini Walnut Bread for brunch. Equally delectable.
Inspiration: To Lori @ Donna & Diablo for her comment on my Mario Biondi post. “Mmmmm, that voice is like hot caramel….warm, sweet, enveloping….” I’d been on the hunt for caramel since the post on Friday night. And voila. Look what I found. Darn woman is solely responsible for soaring calorie counts.
Small bites of Cheesecake filled Strawberries. Fruit for Breakfast. So, tell me. Can it get better than this?
Image Credit: Thank you Mme Scherzo
My post this morning listed 14 SuperFoods to extend your life – – what heroic intentions. And now, we’ve reverted to this. 90 seconds of awesomeness. Now we’re talkin’…
DK Foodie Rating: 4.5 out of 5. (Discount for inability to taste and smell)
What do you get when you cross chocolate chips, pistachios, brown sugar and sea salt? Hit this link. It about captures the scene 30 minutes ago.
Lori @ Donna & Diablo shared the recipe with me for “Dark Chocolate, Pistachio & Hickory Sea Salt Cookies.”
Lori’s email: “Sounds like you had a tough week Dave. These will help…but be forewarned, you’ll find it difficult to stop at one.”
Really Lori. Ya think? My hands were trembling after I cleared one plate of cookies. I had to pull up and walk away.
Recipe below. (Warning: No substitutions, replacements or alterations to ingredients and baking instructions. Perfection is not to be messed with.)
Kick off pre-game with Stuffed Cheesy Bread:
Hot apple cider served in scooped up apple mugs with cinnamon stick…
No Almonds. No Butterfingers. No Caramel. No Cookie pieces. No Chocolate chips. No Chocolate sauce. No Heath Bar crunch. No Gummy Bears. No Hot Fudge. No marshmallow. No fudge. No Reese’s Peanut Butter pieces. No walnuts. No strawberry. NEED. IT. RIGHT. NOW. No chasers. Straight up….
Every morning. Same ritual. Groan in preparation for the morning weigh-in. I take off every stitch of clothing thinking that my underwear somehow will tip the scales. (Am I a child?) I take a deep breath. My food intake from the prior day flashes by. Hoping for a miracle here – thinking maybe, just maybe, my super metabolism worked harder overnight – – given that I slept well and all. (Are you serious? This is going to be bad.) Then, I then step on the scale. Damn it. No miracle. And this is even after grinding out my work-out three days in a row.
Here’s the score card:
(*Who am I kidding adding decimals)
So, I just finished my run. And decided to tally up the tonnage from yesterday’s feeding frenzy – – and humiliate myself in front of all of my closest friends. GOING PUBLIC. LETTING IT ALL HANG OUT THERE. Here we go: