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{Ginger Mint} Lemonade

19 May

Mmmm Lemonade the perfect summer treat!

You’ll need:

Directions:

  1. Cut peels off lemons and halve each lemon:
  2. Add cut lemons, water, sugar, and ice cubes into a blender.
  3. Blend thoroughly and pour over a sieve and into a large bowl to catch the lemonade.
  4. Pour into glasses and add Ginger-Mint Simple Syrup and serve!

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Ginger-Mint Simple Syrup

15 May

THE SAUCE:

You’ll need:

  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 bunch of mint leaves, minced
  • 1 inch of ginger, minced

Directions:

  1. First, take your mint and lay it out to mince.
  2. Then place in a heavy pot with minced ginger
  3. Then, add water and sugar and simmer. Remove from heat once sugar is completely dissolved.
  4. Then, carefully pour mixture over a sieve into a bowl.
  5. Press down on the mint leaves to removed all the simple syrup
  6. Pour your syrup right into a bottle. I used a old happy bear honey jar.

  7. Now you’ll have all the yummy ginger-mint simple syrup you need! Toss it in your fruit salads, add it to a vinaigrette, sweeten your tea with it or use it to make delicious lemonade!

Chocolate Stout Cupcakes

27 Apr

I made these for my lovely friend Brett’s Birthday. They were a hit.

The recipe it only for about 6 cupcakes. It was more of a lack of ingredients at the time, but it worked out. We didn’t stuff our faces silly as a result.

You’ll Need:

For the Cupcakes:

  • 3/4 cup of flour
  • 3 T butter
  • 2 T cocoa powder
  • 6 T sugar
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • 1/2 t baking powder
  • 1 t salt
  • 1/3 cup of stout beer

THE {Chocolate Stout Ginache} SAUCE :

  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 3-4 T stout beer
  • 1 T brown Sugar

For the  Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 4T butter, softened
  • 6 T cup cream cheese
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350* F
  2. In a bowl, mix the cupcake batter. Soften butter by throwing it in the microwave for a bit, add beer, sugar, vanilla and salt. Mix well.
  3. Add dry ingredients, mix well.
  4. Finally, divvy up batter into 6 cupcake liners.
  5. Bake for about 20-30 minutes. As they are baking, make your ganache that will go inside the cupcake.
  6. This part is complicated… put the incredients for the ganache in a small bowl and microwave for about 30 seconds, and then mix them:
  7. When the cupcakes are ready, remove from over and poke holes in them, like such:
  8. With a funnel or a very steady hand, pour the ganache into the wholes of the cupcakes.
  9. Then, whip up the ingredients for the cream cheese frosting in a hand mixer. After the cupcakes have cooled, remove them from the baking pan. I put my frosting in a plastic bag, cut a tip from one end, and dressed the cupcakes with a twist. Followed by a small sprinkling of cocoa powder. Enjoy!

Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies!

27 Mar

I love bananas. My dad loves bananas too. He used to sing this song to me about loving bananas when I was a kid that’s called “I love bananas because they have no bones”. Whenever I’ve sang the song to others, they’ve responded that they’ve never heard the song. It turns out, its an older one… from the 1930’s. If you’re feeling jazzy, you should give it a listen! You can hear the song here – forgive the long intro for the song, but its an awesome song.

Bananas are going extinct. The genus of banana that we eat today is actually dying out due to a fungus, scientists estimate, will wipe out this type of bananas we eat. You can find out more about this unfortunate fate by listening to an informative podcast from NPR.  I feel like I’m giving a PSA to my blog readers, but you ought to cherish your bananas while they’re around! Make some Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies, why not!?

Now… about these cookies… they’re a beautiful dichotomy between a muffin and a cookie. Seriously. Right in the middle. They’re fluffy, sweet, and fun. Hope you enjoy!

You’ll Need: Cookies

  • 2 bananas
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 a lemon- juiced
  • 1 egg
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • 1 t baking powder
  • Dash of salt
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 2T honey

For THE {Nutella Cream} SAUCE:

(Optional)

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 4T Nutella
  • 4 T Confectionar’s Sugar
  • 2T Vanilla

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325*F
  2. Mix the bananas, sugar, brown sugar, lemon, vanilla and egg in a bowl. Once the bananas are mixed well, sift the dry ingredients into the mix.
  3. Finally, add the chocolate chips and mix, and finally the honey.
  4. The result is something between a batter and a dough. Divide the batter on trays and bake for 15 minutes
  5. When they are finished, they will be fluffy and light:
  6. If you feel so compelled, you can make a cream for the cookies, and make sadnwiches out of the cookies!
    • Mix 4 tablespoons of the cream with the Nutella, vanilla and confectioner’s sugar in a blender or food processor and make mix until it forms a thick sauce.
    • Whip remaining cream in a separate bowl, until the cream forms soft peaks. Gently fold the Nutella sauce in with the whipped cream until it is evenly combined.
    • Put it in between your cookies, mmmm so delicious. I took a bite from one and too a photo, its so fluffy and nice!

Crème Brûlée the Quick Way

20 Mar

In many  crème brûlée recipes, they A. don’t put in fun accents and B. follow a long and unnecessary series of steps in which they simmer the cream and egg yolks, strain them through a sieve, accidenty cook the eggs while trying to make a custard, it gets messy.

So I decided that I’d skip that part. As far as I’m can tell, my crème brûlée tastes just as great as other types I’ve tried in restaurants. Why spend the time, clean the pot, and sieve? Try this recipe. It’s easier.

I felt like Amalie by the end, and got to crack the top and feel happy by simple pleasures. P.S. if you’ve never seen the movie Amalie, watch it.

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Guinness St. Pat’s Pancakes

20 Mar

We had some leftover Guinness from making Guinness Brownies last night, so I decided it’d be fun to throw in my pancake batter! Leaves the pancakes with a slightly malty taste and pairs wonderfully with maple syrup.

You’ll Need:

  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1/2 cup Guinness
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 3T sugar
  • 1t baking soda
  • 1t baking powder
  • 1t salt
  • 2 T melted butter
  • Add a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg, if you please.
  • Maple Syrup, of course!

Directions:

  1. Mix Guinness, milk, egg, and butter in a large mixing bowl
  2. Whisk in remaining ingredients
  3. Heat up a griddle or frying pan and spray non-stick spray
  4. Pour the pancake batter to make 5″ pancakes, flip, and serve!
  5. Yields 8-10 pancakes, delicious!

Zucchini, Banana, and Cranberry Muffins

20 Feb

I made these bad boys while cleaning out the refrigerator. We had a few things that would go bad, in addition to an overripe banana. Never waste! Get creative, they made some great muffins.

You’ll need:

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4 sugar
  • 1/4 brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup yogurt
  • 1 browned banana
  • 1/3 dried cranberries
  • ~ 1/3 of a small zucchini-shredded
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • dash of salt
  • optional: shredded coconut for on top

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Mix sugar, brown sugar, egg, and banana in a bowl until well blended.
  3. Add yogurt to the mix.
  4. Gradually add flour and stir until combined.
  5. Add remaining ingredients (feel free to add any nuts, chocolate chips, etc. during this step if you like)
  6. Divy up your batter into tray. I found for this recipe it will make 12 muffins or 8 larger muffins (the kind that have a muffin top, as seen in the picture.) I added shredded coconut on top.
  7. Bake for around 20-25 minutes, or until browned.

Enjoy!

Sweet-Honey-Cinnamon Popcorn

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You never knew your popcorn could get so jazzy… until now.

You’ll Need:

  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
  • Splash of Olive Oil/Canola Oil
  • 2tsp salt

For THE SAUCE:

  • 4 Tbs butter/margarine
  • 3 Tbs honey
  • 2 Tbs Cinnamon Sugar (or… 4 tsp sugar, 2 tsp cinnamon)

Let’s Begin:

  • Put your kernels in a pot (non-stick is best) with a splash of oil
  • Heat it up to Medium-High
  • After the pop-interval falls to 3 seconds, take the popcorn off the stove
  • Take your butter and honey and microwave it for about 30 seconds, so that the butter is melted
  • Stir the two nicely
  • Pour it all over the popcorn, and toss it a bit
  • Dash your cinnamon sugar all over the popcorn, and toss it some more
  • Add that salt and toss it one more time.
  • Put it in your mouth. Share it if you want to make friends. Put it in front of the TV if you want to get a movie started.

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