Gluten Free Chocolate Cake with Kefir Probiotics

 

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Gluten Free Chocolate Cake with Kefir Probiotics

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Sometimes I just want to eat cake and I want it to be good for me.  I’ve tried justifying that cocoa beans are beans, which are vegetables, which technically makes it a veggie cake.  I know, it’s a pretty weak argument.  I have recently found another reason cake is good for me.  That reason is Lifeway Kefir Probiotics.  #KefirCreations

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It has seven to ten BILLION strains of bacteria (you know, the good kind) plus it has something called ProBoost.  It helps balance your body’s and ecosystem and it also supports digestive health and immunity. I also discovered that it’s an excellent source of calcium, protein and it’s 99% lactose free!  It gave me a great idea.  I was going to make a “veggie cake” with probiotics!

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First, I preheated the oven to 350 degrees and started making the cake.  I mixed 2 cups of gluten free flour, 3/4 cup of cocoa, 1 1/2 tsp baking soda, and 1/2 tsp salt.

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After mixing it up really well, I set it aside.

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Next I combined 1 2/3 cups Kefir and 2 tsp vanilla in a separate bowl.  I mixed it completely and set it aside.

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I then mixed up 1 3/4 cup granulated sugar and 1/2 c butter softened.  Once that was mixed, I added 3 eggs.  (You could also use 3/4 c egg substitute if preferred). I used a hand blender on medium speed until it was blended smooth.

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Now, you’re going to want to add in the other ingredients.  I alternated them.  I added some of the cocoa mixture and mixed, then added some of the Kefir mixture and mixed.  I kept alternating.  I made sure to start and end with the cocoa mixture.

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Pour your batter into a greased pan and bake for about 38 minutes.

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Let your cake cool.  While it’s cooling you can make the frosting.

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I mixed 1/2 cup softened tub-style cream cheese with 3 tbsp of almond milk until blended.  While I was mixing it I was also melting 3 ounces of semisweet chocolate.

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I added the melted chocolate into the cream cheese mixture and blended.

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In a separate bowl I had mixed 1/4 cup cocoa with 3 c powder sugar.  I gradually added in the mixture to my frosting base and kept mixing.

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Frost your cake and enjoy!

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Okay so maybe calling it a veggie cake is stretching it.  It is a great way to get probiotics.  It’s also very tasty.   The cake was rich and moist.

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I thought it was delicious!! You could even enjoy it with a glass of Kefir! (double the probiotic goodness!)  Did you know that Kefir has been called the “Champagne of Dairy”?!  It’s because it really enhances feelings of well being.  It’s a smooth, tart, refreshing beverage. I think it’s similar in taste to yogurt. Lifeway Kefir contains 12 live and active Probiotic cultures that support the immune system and balance digestive health. It is naturally Gluten Free, 99% Lactose Free and contains No Artificial Sweeteners and is rich in Calcium. Lifeway also only uses milk that comes from cows that are not treated with pesticides, antibiotics, or synthetic growth hormones. The cows are grass fed and GMO free.

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I have found that Kefir works well in any recipe calling for buttermilk. You can do an even exchange.  What are you going to try it in?

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Gluten Free Chocolate Cake with Kefir Probiotics
 
Ingredients
  • 2 c flour
  • ¾ c unsweetened cocoa
  • 1½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1⅔ c kefir
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1¾ c granulated sugar
  • ½ c butter, softened
  • 3 eggs (or ¾ c egg substitute)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Mix flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  3. Mix Kefir and vanilla, set aside.
  4. Blend butter and sugar, add eggs and beat until blended. Add cocoa mixture and kefir mixture, alternating. Start and end with the cocoa.
  5. Pour into greased pan and cook for 38 minutes.
  6. Enjoy!

 

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Zucchini Boats

 

Zucchini Boats Recipe

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I really love eating clean and how I feel when I eat that way. I will confess though that I still crave things like buffalo wings and pizza.  Thankfully I have been finding healthy alternatives like Buffalo Cauliflower Bites and now Zucchini Boats!  This has become one of my favorite dinners.  I have been having it at least twice a week and they’re very easy to make!

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Ingredients:

  • 2 zucchinis
  • tomato sauce
  • pizza toppings

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1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

2. Cut the Zucchini lengthwise and scoop out the center so they’re like boats.

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3. Fill in the boat with tomato sauce.

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4. Start piling on the toppings. Some of my favorites are black olives, onions, and mushrooms.

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I also like Oregano and Nutritional Yeast .   If you’re not vegan or dairy free you could add cheese. That is why I use the Nutritional Yeast.  It gives it a cheesy taste.

5. Cook for 20 to 25 minutes at 400 degrees.

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Enjoy!

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Zucchini Boats
 
Ingredients
  • 2 zucchinis
  • tomato sauce
  • nutritional yeast
  • oregano
  • pizza toppings (onions, black olives, mushrooms)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Cut Zucchini lengthwise and scoop out the center.
  3. Fill boats with tomato sauce.
  4. Sprinkle with oregano and nutritional yeast.
  5. Top with pizza toppings.
  6. Cook for 20 to 25 minutes at 400 degrees.
  7. Enjoy!

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Banana Pear Smoothie

 

Banana Pear Smoothie

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I drink a “green smoothie” every morning and this is one of my favorites! It is so easy to make and keeps you satisfied through the morning.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 handfuls of spinach
  • 1 pear
  • 1 banana
  • 1/3 cup almond butter

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1. Mix the water and spinach first. I recommend always doing this when you make a green smoothie. It’s easier to blend in the other ingredients after. I use a Nutri Bullet System.

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*Optional* I add in 1 tablespoon of Ground Flax Seeds in all my smoothies. I usually add half a scoop of protein powder, but omit it in this one because of the almond butter.

2. Add in the other ingredients and blend. If you want a thicker consistency I would use a frozen banana.

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3. Enjoy!

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  • Spinach is a power food. It’s loaded with vitamins, a good source of omega 3 fatty acids, and has anti cancer antioxidants.
  • Bananas are a great source of potassium and vitamin C.
  • Pears have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory flavonoids, and potentially anti-cancer phytonutrients like cinnamic acids. The skin of the pear has also been show to contain about half of the pear’s total dietary fiber.
  • Almonds reduce heart attack risk and lower “bad” cholesterol.

Banana Pear Smoothie
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 handfuls spinach
  • 1 banana
  • 1 pear
  • ⅓ cup almond butter
  • Optional 1 tbsp ground flax seed
Instructions
  1. Blend spinach and water together.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and blend.
  3. Enjoy!

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Roasted Chickpeas

 

Roasted Chickpeas Recipe

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I have found my new favorite snack food and it could not be easier!  It also costs less than $1 to make which is an added bonus.  You can pick up a can of chickpeas (also called garbanzo beans) for about $0.79 at the market.

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2. Rinse beans and drain them. Then spread them on a baking pan and bake for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.

3. Enjoy!

I enjoy them plain and seasoned. My favorite seasoning is a buffalo flavored one, I sprinkle the following on the chickpeas before baking:

  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 3 tbsp hot sauce (I used Frank’s)
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • pinch of salt

You can add all sorts of seasonings.  These little guys are so delicious!

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Garlic Roasted Eggplant Dip

 

Garlic Roasted Eggplant Dip Recipe

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Garlic Roasted Eggplant Dip

I’ve been craving a really good dip but so many were full of dairy or had glutens.  I spent several hours some time Pinterest and took bits and pieces of recipes and came up with this!  It is a keeper for sure!

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What you’ll need:

  • half an eggplant
  • olive oil
  • sea salt
  • 1.5 cups almond milk
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder

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1. Slice eggplant into rounds approximately 1/4 to 1/2 inch slice. Sprinkle salt on both sides and arrange in a colander for about 10 to 15 minutes .

2. Rinse with cool water then pat dry.

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3. Turn on the broiler.  Arrange the eggplant on a cookie sheet with tin foil.  Spray with oil and lightly salt.

4. Broil 5 minutes on each side until they are golden brown.

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5. Cover with tin foil and let the eggplant steam for about 5 more minutes.  Peel the skin off the rounds.

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6. Mix eggplant, almond milk, nutritional yeast, garlic, cumin, and chili powder in food processor or blender.

7. Season with salt and pepper.

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8. Pour into bowl.

9. Enjoy!

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It was a little chunkier than I would have liked, but tasted amazing! My kitchen smelled delicious too! I combined it with salsa on Nut Thins and it was so good!  I’ve put it on just about everything. It is good hot or cold but I prefer it warmed up.

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I think I’ll also double the recipe next time because it only lasted me a few days :)

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Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

 

Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

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I’ve been successfully eating clean for 2 weeks now. I will tell you that I have had quite a bit more energy and overall I’ve been feeling much better.  I don’t really crave sweets much anymore. I have been crazing buffalo wings though! Just thinking about the smell of the sauce makes me hungry for them. I knew I had to come up with something else.

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My secret weapon to healthy buffalo wings is cauliflower! Yes, you read that right. Trust me these tasted just like buffalo chicken nuggets. I don’t know how but the cauliflower has super powers like that.

First, heat your oven to 450 degrees.

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Next fill two bowls; one with almond milk and the other with gluten free flour. I used King Arthur Gluten Free Multipurpose Flour.  Break the cauliflower off into pieces then dunk in the almond milk then flour and place onto a baking sheet.

Bake the cauliflower for about 15 to 20 minutes.

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While it’s baking you can put together the wing sauce.

  • 3 tbs EVOO
  • 1/4 cup hot sauce, I used Frank’s
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp brown sugar
  • 1/8 tsp garlic power
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt

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Mix all the ingredients together. I found it was easy to stir them up in a tupperware container. I even put the lid on and shook it so it all mixed together.

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After the 15 to 20 min, pour the sauce over the cauliflower and return to bake 5 more minutes.

After that flip them over and bake an additional 5 minutes.

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Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

Serve and enjoy!

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Buffalo Cauliflower Bites
 
Ingredients
  • cauliflower
  • almond milk
  • gluten free flour
  • 3 tbs EVOO
  • ¼ cup hot sauce, I used Frank's
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 and ½ tsp brown sugar
  • ⅛ tsp garlic power
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees
  2. Break up cauliflower and dip into milk then flour. Place on greased baking pan.
  3. Cook for 15 to 20 minutes.
  4. Mix remaining ingredients together for the sauce.
  5. After the cauliflower is done baking, pour sauce over florets and bake another 5 minutes.
  6. Flip florets and bake an addition 5 minutes.
  7. Serve and enjoy!

 

Gratin dauphinois Recipe

 

Gratin dauphinois Recipe

Gratin dauphinois

 

Yum! How delicious does this look?! These potatoes look fantastic. In honor of DreamWorks Pictures’ charming new movie THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY starring Helen Mirren, here is our latest #FoodieFriday recipe to help get you excited for the film!

THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY arrives in theaters everywhere on August 8th!

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THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY

DREAMWORKS PICTURES and PARTICIPANT MEDIA

 

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Genre:                          Comedy/Drama

Rating:                          TBD

U.S. Release date:        August 8, 2014

Running time:                TBD

 

Cast:                            Helen Mirren, Manish Dayal, Om Puri, Charoltte Le Bon

Director:                       Lasse Hallström           

Producer:                      Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey, Juliet Blake               

Executive Producer:      Caroline Hewitt, Carla Gardini

Co-Producer:                Raphael Benoliel

Screenplay by:              Steven Knight

Based on:                     The novel “The Hundred-Foot Journey” by Richard C. Morais

                       

In “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal) is a culinary ingénue with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch. Displaced from their native India, the Kadam family, led by Papa (Om Puri), settles in the quaint village of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val in the south of France. Filled with charm, it is both picturesque and elegant – the ideal place to settle down and open an Indian restaurant, the Maison Mumbai. That is, until the chilly chef proprietress of Le Saule Pleureur, a Michelin starred, classical French restaurant run by Madame Mallory (Academy Award®-winner Helen Mirren), gets wind of it. Her icy protests against the new Indian restaurant a hundred feet from her own, escalate to all out war between the two establishments – until Hassan’s passion for French haute cuisine and for Mme. Mallory’s enchanting sous chef, Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon), combine with his mysteriously delicious talent to weave magic between their two cultures and imbue Saint-Antonin with the flavors of life that even Mme. Mallory cannot ignore. At first Mme. Mallory’s culinary rival, she eventually recognizes Hassan’s gift as a chef and takes him under her wing.

 

“The Hundred-Foot Journey” abounds with flavors that burst across the tongue. A stimulating triumph over exile, blossoming with passion and heart, with marjoram and madras, it is a portrayal of two worlds colliding and one boy’s drive to find the comfort of home, in every pot, wherever he may be.

 

 

In DreamWorks Pictures’ “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” the opening of a new Indian restaurant in the south of France, next to a famous Michelin starred eatery, is nearly cause for an all-out war between the two establishments until Le Saule Pleureur’s icy proprietress Madame Mallory recognizes her rival’s undeniable brilliance for preparing masterful meals.

 

 

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In “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal) is a culinary ingénue with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch. Displaced from their native India, the Kadam family, led by Papa (Om Puri), settles in the quaint village of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val in the south of France. Filled with charm, it is both picturesque and elegant – the ideal place to settle down and open an Indian restaurant, the Maison Mumbai. That is, until the chilly chef proprietress of Le Saule Pleureur, a Michelin starred, classical French restaurant run by Madame Mallory (Academy Award®-winner Helen Mirren), gets wind of it. Her icy protests against the new Indian restaurant a hundred feet from her own escalate to all out war between the two establishments – until Hassan’s passion for French haute cuisine and for Mme. Mallory’s enchanting sous chef, Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon), combine with his mysteriously delicious talent to weave magic between their two cultures and imbue Saint-Antonin with the flavors of life that even Mme. Mallory cannot ignore. At first Mme. Mallory’s culinary rival, she eventually recognizes Hassan’s gift as a chef and takes him under her wing.

 

“The Hundred-Foot Journey” abounds with flavors that burst across the tongue. A stimulating triumph over exile, blossoming with passion and heart, with marjoram and madras, it is a portrayal of two worlds colliding and one boy’s drive to find the comfort of home, in every pot, wherever he may be.

 

Directed by Lasse Hallström, and starring Academy Award-winner Helen Mirren, “The Hundred-Foot Journey” is produced by Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey and Juliet Blake. The executive producers are Caroline Hewitt and Carla Gardini. The screenplay is written by Steven Knight, based on the novel “The Hundred-Foot Journey” by Richard C. Morais.

“The Hundred-Foot Journey will be released in theaters on August 8, 2014.

 

National Eat All Your Veggies Day

 

National Eat All Your Veggies Day

National Eat Your Veggies Day

June 17th is National Eat All Your Veggies Day! Here are eight yummy recipes to celebrate!

1. I found the Lentil Salad over at Ezra Pound Cake.  This looks perfect for a summer day picnic!

2. The Rainbow Veggie Skewers were found over at Gimme Some Oven.  These are so colorful and fun.

3. The Loaded Veggie Grilled Cheese was over at the Dreaming Foodie.  I think this is the best grilled cheese sandwich I’ve ever seen!

4. Bev Cooks had this awesome recipe for Grilled Veggie Naan Pizzas.  Now this is my kind of pizza!

5.  I found the Caprese Tortellini Pasta Salad, Tortellini Kebabs, and Pesto Veggie Dip over at Peas and Crayons. Yes, THREE different recipes and they all look delish!

6. The Oven Roasted Veggie Sticks were over at The Fitchen. How much fun do these look?!

7. I found the Full Spectrum Veggie Salad over at The Healthy Foodie. This looks so beautiful and it even has a homemade vinaigrette.

8. I found the Skinny Chopped Salad at The Wicked Noodle. This looks so refreshing.

Happy Eat all your Veggies Day!
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National Fudge Day

 

National Fudge Day

National Fudge Day

June 16th is National Fudge Day! Here are eight delicious recipes to celebrate!

1. I found a great Old Fashion Fudge Recipe over at Kitch Me. We had to have a staple fudge recipe for this celebration!

2. I found the Cookies N Cream Fudge over at Shugary Sweets. Oreos and marshmallow in a fudge? Genius!

3. Sally’s Baking Addition had this great recipe for Andes Mint Chocolate Chip Fudge.  I love Andes Mints. I bet this is so amazing!

4. I found the Fluffernutter Fudge over at Shugary Sweets. Peanut Butter + Marshmallow = YUM!

5. The Easy Salted Caramel Fudge was found over at Something Swanky.

6. I found the Winter White Red Velvet Fudge over at The Cafe Sucre Farine. Oh my gosh, yes please!

7. I found the Peanut Butter Fudge over at Gimme Some Oven. Chocolate and peanut butter are always a fabulous combination!

8. The Banana Cream Fudge was found over at Inside BruCrew Life. I can only imagine this tastes like a banana split!

Happy National Fudge Day!

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National Lobster Day

 

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National Lobster Day

June 15th is National Lobster Day.  Here are eight yummy recipes to celebrate.

1. I figured if we’re celebrating Lobster we should know How to Cook Lobster. I got this great tutorial over at The 36th Avenue.

2. I found the Maine Lobster Dip over at From Away.  This looks so delicious in that bread bowl!

3. Heather Christo had this great recipe for this Lobster Grilled Cheese Sandwich.  What a decadent sandwich!

4. The Lobster Pasta with Herbed Cream Sauce was over at bon appetit. This looks like it would be great meal for dinner.

5. I found the Brown Butter Lobster and Spinach Pizza with Bacon and Fontina over at Half Baked Harvest.  I’ve never had pizza like this, but I’d love to try it!

6. The Lobster and Corn Chowder was found over at Williams Sonoma. Not only do they have a great chowder recipe, but they can sell you the bowl to serve it in ;)

7. I found the Panko Fried Lobster Bites with Lime on Taylor Made Market. This reminds me of when I lived in Key West.

8. I found the Brown Butter Lobster Ravioli with Tomato Cream Sauce over at Half Baked Harvest. Wow does that look awesome!

Happy National Lobster Day!

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National Strawberry Shortcake Day

 

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National Strawberry Shortcake Day

June 14th is National Strawberry Shortcake Day! Here are 8 delicious recipes to help celebrate!

1. I found the White Chocolate Strawberry Shortcake over at BHG. This just screams summer! I want a bite right now!

2. Glorious Treats brings us the Strawberry Shortcake Cookies complete with Strawberry buttercream frosting!

3. I found the Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes over at Delish. These look incredible!

4. I found the Strawberry Shortcake Bars over at Six Sisters Stuff. Don’t they look awesome?

5. I found the Strawberry Shortcake Cookie Cups over at Raining Hot Coupons. These are so simple to make; only 3 ingredients!

6. The Domestic Rebel had these Strawberry Shortcake Egg Rolls. They look perfect for dessert, breakfast, snack, well anytime!

7. I found the Strawberry Shortcake Skewers over at Karen in the Kitchen. Dessert on a stick? Yes please!

8. These Strawberry Shortcake Cookies are over at Sweet as a Cookie. These look amazing!

Happy National Strawberry Shortcake Day!

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National Peanut Butter Cookie Day

 

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National Peanut Butter Cookie Day

June 12th is National Peanut Butter Cookie Day. Here are 8 recipes to celebrate!

1. These Peanut Butter Cookies were over at Little Life of Mine. We had to start out with a great peanut butter cookie recipe.

2. I found the Chocolate Fudge Peanut Butter Cookie Stuffed Cookies over at Picky Palate. How amazing do these look?! Chocolate fudge stuffed with peanut butter! Yes please.

4. The Nutella Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies were over at This Gal Cooks.  These look delicious and I love Nutella!

5. Sally’s Baking Addiction had a recipe for these great S’more Peanut Butter Cookies. Peanut butter is a great addition to s’mores.

6. I found the Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Cupcakes over at Crazy Little Projects. This is genius!

7. I found the Reese’s Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies over at Sally’s Baking Addiction.  How yummy do they sound?!

8. Fluffy Peanut Butter Cookies were found on Pinch of Yum. These look so yummy!

Happy National Peanut Butter Cookie Day!

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National German Chocolate Cake Day

 

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National German Chocolate Cake Day

June 11th is National German Chocolate Cake Day! Here are 8 recipes to help you celebrate!

1. I found the German Chocolate Cake recipe over at Delish. We had to start the celebration with a good German Choclate Cake recipe.

2. Barefeet in the Kitchen had these German Chocolate Cake Truffles. Cake truffles?! Yum!!

3. The Knock you Naked Brownies are from So How’s It Taste. These are the most decadent brownies I’ve ever seen.

4. I found the Mini German Chocolate Cakes over at Madeleines and Marathons.  These look so delicious.

5. A Dash of Sanity brings us these German Chocolate Cake Cookies.  I can not wait to try these.

6. I found the German Chocolate Cake Bars over at Six Sisters Stuff. Cake in a bar form? Oh yes!

7. How to Be Healthy brings us a delicious recipe for Millionaire’s Pie. It’s basically German Cake in Pie form.

8. Jello Mold Mistress had this recipe for German Chocolate Cake Shots complete with chocolate and butterscotch pudding.

Happy National German Chocolate Cake Day!

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Build a Better Burger with Kraft, Blippar, and Brad Paisley

 

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I love to eat, maybe more than most people but so often I have had a long day and don’t know what to make for dinner. Sometimes I’ll swing by Walmart for inspiration. I hear you snickering, but you know you do it too.  I walk up and down the aisles looking for ideas. I also rely on apps on my iPhone. I have several apps for recipes. I just found a new one that I’ve had fun with too. It’s called Blippar. Blippar basically turns products into an interactive experience.

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I purchased three different Kraft products (we like cheese here).

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When I scanned the Kraft Singles with my phone using the Blippar app it gave me all sorts of options.

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I was looking for dinner inspiration so first I checked out the recipes.

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It gives you all sorts of recipes including all you need to make it.  Of course another one of the options that got my eye was the “Take a Pic with Brad” and #SayCheeseburger.  You can even get more Brad goodies with Paisley Points!

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I wanted to take a pic with Brad but it wouldn’t  let me turn the camera around. So I grabbed the closest framed pic to me which just happened to be my hubby and I driving on a scooter in the rain. (We have lots of fun together).

The app is very easy to use as long as you have a compatible product. One of my items was not “blippar ready” and it didn’t recognize it. You will know, because when I scanned the cheese slices it popped up immediately.  It’s a very cool idea and I love that you can be in a store and find out more about the product as well as get recipe inspiration.

So, I had picked up a few other ingredients and decided to make stuffed bacon cheeseburgers!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp garlic flakes
  • 1 tsp onion flakes
  • cheese (for stuffing and topping)
  • green pepper
  • bacon (for topping)
  • buns and any other burger toppings you like

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1. Mix ground meat, worcestershire sauce, garlic flakes, onion flakes, and salt & pepper to taste.

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2. Flatten out patties (remember this is just the bottom of the burger).  Add your cheese. I like using sharp cheddar or pepper jack.

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3. Place flat slices of green pepper (jalapeño peppers work well too) on top of the cheese.

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4. Top with another ground beef patty and pinch sides to seal in the stuffing.

5. Cook. I heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat.  I add cheese on it at the end while still in the pan so it melts over the patty.

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6. Add your favorite toppings. I added mustard and bacon to mine.

7. Enjoy!

When you build a better burger, it’s good to the last bite!

What toppings do you enjoy on your burger?

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Stuffed Bacon Cheeseburger
 
Ingredients
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp garlic flakes
  • 1 tsp onion flakes
  • cheese (for stuffing and topping)
  • green pepper
  • bacon (for topping)
  • buns and any other burger toppings you like
Instructions
  1. Mix ground meat, worcestershire sauce, garlic flakes, onion flakes, and salt & pepper to taste.
  2. Flatten out patties (remember this is just the bottom of the burger). Add your cheese. I like using sharp cheddar or pepper jack.
  3. Place flat slices of green pepper (jalapeño peppers work well too) on top of the cheese.
  4. Top with another ground beef patty and pinch sides to seal in the stuffing.
  5. Cook. I heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Then I add cheese on it at the end while still in the pan so it melts over the patty.
  6. Add your favorite toppings. I love adding mustard and bacon.
  7. Enjoy!

 

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Chocolate Mini Bundts with Chocolate Ganache and Caramel Buttercream Frosting

 

Chocolate Mini Bundts with Chocolate Ganache and Caramel Buttercream Frosting

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Chocolate Mini Bundts with Homemade Chocolate Ganache and Buttercream Frosting

 

The greatest gift of life is friendship, and I have received it. – Hubert H. Humphrey

I have been very fortunate to have some amazing friends in my life and I’m extremely  fortunate to have the close girl friends I have now. They’re the best friends ever and I’m not just saying that, they really are. These are the type of friends that will not only be there for you to cheer you on and encourage you (they are very good at that) but they’re the ones that will cry with you and be there for you when you need it. Another wonderful attribute is they love they same silly stuff I do.

We love baking and we love bundt cakes. It may be silly but it’s our thing.  In fact we just had our second annual Mega Bundt. What is a Mega Bundt? It’s pure awesomeness.  Basically  it’s a huge potluck and everything you make has to be made in a bundt pan or served in a bundt pan. Last year we had t-shirts made and this year we made aprons.

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#MegaBundt14 (from top to bottom, left to right) Eileen, Ashley, Theresa, Molly, Michelle, Emily, Kim, Me, and Danielle

 

Okay, so it may be a “nerdy cool” but I love that we are not afraid to be ourselves with each other and we always have tons of fun.

This year I decided to make a mini bundt dessert. I found some inspiration over at Love from the Oven.  I decided to make Chocolate Mini Bundts with homemade chocolate ganache and caramel buttercream frosting.

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I started with gluten free chocolate cake mix. You can use your favorite chocolate cake mix. I use the King Arthur Flour GF Chocolate Cake Mix.  I baked them in a Mini Bundt Cupcake Pan.

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Once the mini bundts were cooled I filled the inside with caramel. Then I made the chocolate ganache.

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Ingredients for Chocolate Ganache

  • 8 oz of semisweet or bittersweet chocolate
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

Heat the cream and butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. You can also do this in a microwave. Bring just to a boil. Immediately pour the boiling cream over the chocolate. Allow it to stand for a few minutes with out stirring.

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Stir gently with a spoon or whisk.  It’s important not to get air in the ganache while stirring. Stir until smooth.

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I then covered each of the mini bundts with the ganache and sprinkled them with chocolate sprinkles.

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After that comes the caramel buttercream frosting.

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I mixed caramel syrup into Betty Crocker Whipped Butter Cream Frosting.

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Then I dolloped the frosting on each mini bundt and topped them with mini chocolate chips.

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Chocolate Mini Bundts with Homemade Chocolate Ganache with Buttercream Frosting

 

I made three dozen of them and there were none left.  This is one I’ll make again and again.

Enjoy!

 

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