Hit me. Both Barrels.

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Source: Ctydweller

 

Today. July 8th. A LARGE day…

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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:

  • Jan 03: National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day
  • Jan 27: National Chocolate Cake Day
  • Jun 16: National (Chocolate) Fudge Day
  • Jun 26: National Chocolate Pudding Day
  • Jul 03: National Chocolate Wafer Day
  • Jul 08: National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day
  • Jul 25: National Hot (Chocolate) Fudge Sundae Day
  • Jul 28: National Milk Chocolate Day
  • Oct 28: National Chocolate Day
  • Nov 07: National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day
  • Nov 29: National Chocolates Day
  • Nov 30: National (Chocolate) Mousse Day
  • Dec 04: National (Chocolate Chip) Cookie Day
  • Dec 08: Naitonal (Chocolate) Brownie Day

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

No.

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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.


 

Hit me

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Thank you Carol @ Radiating Blossom

Key Lime Pie (without the crust)

Key Lime Pie


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)

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Truth

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Poach This

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Poached Pears in Vanilla Sage Wine Sauce. Recipe and more amazing photos @ Today’s Nest.

 


Source: HungarianSoul


Banana Sushi

Banana Sushi


Maranatha Dark Chocolate Almond Butter
Homemade Maple Sea Salt Pistachio Butter
Pistachio Nuts
Dried coconut

Check out the recipe and more photographs here.


Source: Fit Foodie Finds


Just One. Or Five.

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Find Sea Salt Caramel recipe and Image (Karen Herzog) @ isoline.com.


Thank you The Sensual Starfish

My Zen. Is My Zen.

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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.
Eat in.
I grab a pencil to scribble out my wish list.  I’m about to hand it off.

No chance. You’re coming.
Why?
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.
(Silence)
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Spoon Please. No Sharing. Step back.

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Thank you Carol.


Tested. Conclusion: Evil.

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Ben & Jerry’s releases four ice cream flavors with gooey ‘Core’. The four new flavors are:

  • Hazed & Confused: chocolate and hazelnut ice creams with fudge chips and a hazelnut fudge core
  • *That’s My Jam: raspberry and chocolate ice creams with fudge chips and a raspberry core
  • Peanut Butter Fudge: chocolate and peanut butter ice creams with mini peanut butter cups and a peanut butter fudge core
  • Salted Caramel: sweet cream ice cream with blonde brownies and a salty caramel core

Source: NY Daily News


* DK favorite. Thank you Rachel. Exactly what I needed.

MMMmmmm Marmalade

Orange-Marmalade-Cake

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.

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1 + 1 + 1 = 10

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Chocolate + Caramel + Nuts = “10″

Chocolate Caramel Brownies
Chocolate Cake. Chocolate Chips. Caramels. Chopped Nuts.
Sweet Jesus!
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


Credit:

  • Thank you Lori for the recipe and for CRUSHING my Resolution on Day 2 of 2014.
  • Thank you Susan (Baker) and Susan & Rachel (photographers).

Running. With Lust.

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5:14 am.
I tap open the weather app.
23° F. 
I glance out the window.
Dark. DARK.

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

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No GPS required. I’ve got these directions down.

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Source: twiceshy.bitedaily.com

New Research Confirms…

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Large spoon please. And then step back.

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“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

I want this

Jell-o Orange 1

Jell-o orange 2


Low calorie too!  Source: Find additional photos and recipe @ How to Make JELL-O Oranges by Amber Atizado.

If all else fails. Resort to shame.

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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.

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Pie. Period.

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).

And, crunchy.

Calorie count?  If you need to ask, move on.

HIGHLY recommended.

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Macadamia Key Lime Pie


Source: Taste of Home

da Vinci: Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. YES!

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Rollin’ in it

Haagen-Dazs Gelato Sea Salt Caramel

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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.

Source: Haagen-Dazs.

Related Posts: On Second Scoop - Product Review. Junk Food Guy – Product Review.

Breakfast: Fruit is good for you

Strawberries filled with Cheese Cake


Small bites of Cheesecake filled Strawberries. Fruit for Breakfast.  So, tell me.  Can it get better than this?


Image Credit: Thank you Mme Scherzo

Reversion to the mean…

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’…

Rouge By Carte Noire – Michael & Philippe – QUAD from QUAD on Vimeo.


DK Foodie Rating: 4.5 out of 5. (Discount for inability to taste and smell)

Experiencing euphoria. Slopping around like a gopher in soft dirt.

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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.

Scorecard:

  • Estimated Calorie consumption in 8 minutes: 640 cal. consumed.
  • This morning’s 50 minute Elliptical work-out: 540 cal. burn. (It’s a bloody losing battle!)
  • Cookie Rank: Top 3 lifetime.  (And this is coming from a professional cookie inhaler.)
  • Overall experience: Priceless.

Recipe below. (Warning: No substitutions, replacements or alterations to ingredients and baking instructions.  Perfection is not to be messed with.)

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Yep. On point.

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Love ya. All Seasons. All Forms. All meals.

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The Pre-Game Show

Kick off pre-game with Stuffed Cheesy Bread:

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AND

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The countdown is on…

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Instant saliva manufacturing gif.  I can taste this…


Source: Thank you food gifs

Sunday afternoons are for…

Hot apple cider served in scooped up apple mugs with cinnamon stick…


Source: Better Homes & Gardens via conflictingheart

I’ll take it straight up. No chasers.

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….


Image Source: andrewbreitel via marcdesa

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Should I have a cookie?

This is SO me.


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  5. Oh, what terrible choices…
  6. Cheetos and the cycle of self improvement…

Running Hard To Stay In Place…

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:

Day Activity Distance Calories Burned Weight*
Friday Elliptical 5.3 miles 525 205.6
Saturday Run 4.7 miles 470 205.0
Sunday Run 5.0 miles 500 205.2

(*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:

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