All posts tagged: chocolate

Coffee House Chocolate Chip Muffins

It’s 34 and raining outside.  If I have to deal with this weather, I’m going to eat my way to happy. This morning, happy came in the form of muffins. Coffee house style chocolate chip muffins, to be specific.   You know the kind… that sit temptingly behind that glass with a crisp, rustic outside, that coarse raw sugar glistening under the soft lighting, a soft chewy inside…Yeah, those kind of muffins. Like all of my baked goods, I started with my personal favorite (self created) flour blend, and sifted all of the dry ingredients together twice.  It takes an extra minute, but it’s worth it.  In another bowl, whisk together your wet ingredients, then slowly incorporate the dry. Baked Goods 101.  The batter will be thick. Add chocolate chips. Obviously. I wanted a ‘meal sized’ muffin, so I dived the batter into four in a large muffin pan.  You could make a lot more than that, but there’s a joy in starting Saturday with a muffin the size of your face. Pop them in to a 425 preheated …

Chocolate Covered Tuxedo Strawberries

If you’re between the ages of 22 and maybe forever (at 29 the trend is going strong) summertime might as well be called Wedding Season. I happen to love weddings, am from a family that is in the industry, and have the fun and exciting project of planning my own celebration to happen at the end of this summer.  Last weekend, part of planning meant heading out west to be part of their annual menu tasting where they invite all the couples that have booked the venue for the summer to try their food offerings and design their event menu.  After hearing of this annual kick off party at the beginning of each summer for the last several years, it was a great treat to get to be a part of it from the ‘bride’ side of the conversation. Of course, you didn’t think I was just there to sit pretty at a table did you? (Ok, maybe I did once the meal started). While there’s an incredibly talented and efficient staff that did the majority …

Sea Salt Chocolate Cookies {gluten free}

Last night was one of those nights where it became clear by about 4PM that we wouldn’t be leaving the house for anything, including food, drink, or entertainment.  With the outside temps reaching highs in the single digits, it was an evening for some couch time, wine (ok, that was just me), and catching up on reality TV.  On last night’s show catch up? Biggest Loser Makeover Week! What is it about watching Biggest Loser that makes us want to eat fatty food? It started at our old house with roommates that made a Tuesday tradition of brownies (ok, brownie sundaes) while watching these people go thru the agony of an in-person Jillian Michaels workout and sustain daily on the same amount of calories in aforementioned dessert.  Needless to say, the minute we hear Alison Sweeney’s voice and Bob’s southern accent, it’s an immediate trigger to want something sweet. I checked the cupboard for what I could make. If you haven’t noticed, I have a major crush on coarse sea salt. I use it in …

Almond Roca

This is my last recipe post of 2013, and most definitely the last recipe of this variety for a while. By “this variety” I mean anything with butter as the main ingredient.  I made this with my mom and sister when I was home for the holidays and couldn’t wait to try it on my own. So when we landed yesterday, I made it again. We were going to someone’s house, so it was a necessity. I promise. Now, as I sit here I am 1) Sad that there is no more candy left, and 2) Thinking about how tight my pants feel after living for a week where almond roca counted as a balanced ‘breakfast’ The holidays are mean. They chew you up and spit you out 10lbs heavier.  This year was just like any other, and just like every New Year’s Eve before it, this one will come with resolutions to move a little more, eat a little less, and choose water over wine just a *little* more often. But it’s only December 30th. You’ve …