ArchivesPosts Tagged ‘chocolate’

03Jun


Roasted Asparagus

Sometimes you just want something simple. And pretty. And I love roasting vegetables. Toss with olive oil, salt and pepper and maybe some garlic and stick it all in the oven. Voila! You have dinner. (Okay – not really dinner in this case but a very fine side dish!)

This doesn’t exactly qualify as a recipe. I have just never roasted asparagus before and I wanted to share it with you. I loved the way it turned out. I probably won’t be doing this when it actually gets hot out (yup we’re still waiting on that people….) but in the mean time this is my new method of choice for cooking asparagus. Yum.


Coconut Drops

My mom used to make these for us all the time when we were kids. I still have the recipe that I copied from one of her ancient cookbooks somewhere around here. So when I saw this one from The 10 Cent Designer a few weeks ago it got me mildly obsessing thinking about all that delicious chocolate coconut-y goodness. I finally got around to making them this week. I think the version my mom used to make had more coconut (or just different coconut? I used organic because that is what was in the cupboard). But no matter. These just can’t help but be pretty darned amazing. I stuck most of them in the freezer in an effort to hide them from myself because they that tempting. Between this and last week’s Chocolate Crunch Cake, I think it’s safe to say that I won’t be making any more desserts for a long looooong time.

And once again – no baking required! It seems that I have been really into bake-free desserts lately.


Food Links

A sampling of the yummy things from across the web that caught my eye this week:

The Savory

Mediterranean quinoa salad at Eat Live Run

Protein power goddess salad at Oh She Glows

Walnut, fig and flax crackers at Pinecone Camp

Steak house twice baked potatoes at Crepes of Wrath

Taco pizza at The Pioneer Woman

The Sweet

Cookie stuffed blondies at Doughmesstic

Peanut butter cup s’mores at Not Martha

Rhubarb fool at Shelterrific

Rhubarb crumble at The Luxury Spot

No bake strawberry icebox cake at The Kitchn


Bon appetit!


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27May


Pasta Primavera

Sometimes you just need a little comfort food, especially when you are still in the midst of a winter that will never seems to end. (What’s all this about summer? I’m still waiting on spring!) I am dreaming of wearing shorts and tees outside, swimming and ice cream. So while I wait for the weather to catch up to the month, I am trying to eat like it’s already here. All I want are berries, asparagus, corn and all the other delicious things that taste like sunny days. But salads can only go so far, especially during this wet West Coast drizzle.

So you could say my simultaneous need of comfort and craving of vegetables lead me to peruse the internet in search of The Perfect Meal. And what I came up with was this, a classic recipe by The Pioneer Woman for Pasta Primavera that sounded both so decadent and spring-like that I had to give it a whirl.

This one is pretty easy to make. It only looks a little complicated because you cook all the veggies separately. But that just means everything is cooked to perfection in the end. The most time consuming part is prepping the veggies – it’s really all downhill from there!

I am not even going think about calories with this meal, oh no.

While this was great, I let my hunger take over my brain cells and I made the full ranch-sized amount (ie. way waaaaay too much for just two people). Next time, if it’s just the two of us, I will definitely halve it. But if you have a large family or group to feed this is pretty darned perfect. Dinner party ahoy!


Chocolate Crunch Cake

A few weeks ago, while I was mildly obsessing over all things Royal Wedding, I became totally intrigued by the constant mentioning of the wedding cake. It was famously Prince William’s favourite: chocolate crunch cake. What exactly was this cake and why had I never heard of it before? And, more importantly, where could I get some?

While my calls to the Prince when unanswered, Daily Candy answered my cake-related prayers and posted this recipe (and video!) laying out all the delicious Royal details. And what do you know – this is exactly my type of “cake”. It’s essentially a glam Rice Crispie square, but with masses of chocolate and tea biscuits subbed in. And it’s glorious. And you kitchen scaredy-cats take note: there’s no baking involved! The most difficult thing about this recipe is waiting for it to chill in the fridge.

I do admit I had a little chocolate making accident when making the glaze. I got impatient and over heated the chocolate, which creates a weird looking chocolate icing in the end. But it all still tastes great. Next time I will try not to let the beautiful scent of melting chocolate dull my senses and I will keep a better eye on that temperature. But that only means I’ll have to make this again, which is a problem that I am not unwilling to have.


Food Links

A sampling of the yummy things from across the web that caught my eye this week:

The Savory

Potato pancakes at Atlantis Home

A delicous Thai meal at The 10 Cent Designer

Kimichi style coleslaw at Diners Journal

Roasted asparagus at DesignSponge

Edamame and cauliflower pasta salad with feta at The Kitchn

The Sweet

Lemon meringue cupcakes at SOS

Nigella’s fruit salad at LA Woman

Homemade Snickers at The Luxury Spot

Vanilla roasted berries at Poppytalk

Lemon ice box pie at Angry Chicken


Bon appetit!


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08Apr


The Polka Dot Chocolate Cake

This is actually a recipe I’ve made dozens of times. I even have it printed it by hand on an old school recipe card, back from the days before I’d relied so heavily on the internet for recipes. So I can’t tell where it originally came from, but I can tell you that this one is classic and easy – just as easy as a mix I promise!

Easy Chocolate Cake

1 1/2 cup flour
1/3 cocoa
1 sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 cup cold water
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp vinegar
In seperate bowls combine dry and wet ingredients (except vinegar).
Combine wet with with dry ingredients. Add vinegar last and mix thoroughly.
Pour mixture into cake pan. Bake at 375 for 25-30 minutes.

The polka dots were a last minute addition: I added a handful of chocolate chips and white chocolate buttons on top – sort of as a lazy person’s icing. But you definitely don’t need to do this. The cake is pretty amazing all on it’s own.


The Pizza Report

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve made pizza so I was totally itching to get back to it. This pizza has springtime on it’s mind. It’s topped with asparagus, goat cheese and a few red onions. It was fantastic! I’ve never had asparagus on a pizza before but it’s definitely an inspired topping idea. I blanched mine for a few minutes before adding it to the top but I almost think that wouldn’t be necessary at all. I will be repeating this idea again soon – it is the just the beginning of asparagus season after all!


Food Links

A sampling of the yummy things from across the web that caught my eye this week:

The Savory:

Homemade black bean burgers at Angry Chicken

Braised cabbage with apples at

Mediterranean quinoa salad at Eat Live Run

Tortilla quiche at Meals and Miles

Nepenthes chopped salad with roquefort vinaigrette at Shelterrific

The Sweet:

Double banana chocolate chip breakfast bars at Eat Live Run

Caramel macchiato at The Luxury Spot

Red velvet sheet cake at The Pioneer Woman

Gluten free peach crisps at The Kitchen

Heidi Swanson’s roasted strawberries at DesignSponge


Bon appetit!


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