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Here’s to Ringing in the New Year- Sparkling Pomegranate Cocktail

31 Dec

I feel like I’ve haven’t posted in so long. We went away for New Year’s so I didn’t have any internet access to update the blog. I was writing a New Year’s post right before we left so here’s a Sparkling Pomegranate Cocktail recipe for you. Happy Belated New Years! (when does the new year get old anyways 🙂:

Well 2010 is ending soon. It was definitely a year of high and lows and now I’m looking forward to 2011. But before then, let’s enjoy what we have left this year. New Year’s Eve is always a day for family get-togethers and fireworks. And who can forget the infamous countdown to midnight. I’ve got the perfect recipe for ringing in the new year: Sparkling Pomegranate Cocktail. I made a non-alcoholic version but you can substitute other drinks for the sparkling grape juice I used.

(By the way, do you like the CD coasters? 🙂

Here’s what you need to make this delicious drink:

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A Sneak Peek

22 Dec

With the holidays coming up, I hardly had a chance to post at all. Well this isn’t a full fledged recipe either. Isn’t a sneak peek better than nothing though? So without further ado…

Yummy huh? Well that’s all I have for now.

Back to holiday baking!! Cookies anyone? (I’m making some lion ones as I type 🙂

Talk to you all soon!

 

Festive Gingerbread Cheesecake Truffles

19 Dec

It’s time for the holidays! And everyone knows what that means…time for holiday baking! Everyone I know does the usual frosted sugar cookies that look too good to eat. This year I wanted to be a bit different so I decided to make some…Festive Gingerbread Cheesecake Truffles! These one-biters are so cute! The filling can be whatever flavor you want . I opted for some Oreos that I had on hand for a quick recipe but if you have some actual gingerbread handy, use those. Hey, you can even use those sugar cookies that you haven‘t gotten around to decorate 😉 These gingerbread men are bite sized and so adorable to make. And best of all, it’s a no bake recipe. Have fun!

PS: I loved these pictures that I took when I was making them, so for this post, there are a lot of pictures.

For these cute cheesecake truffles, you’ll need:

Pumpkin Pie Eclairs

6 Dec

I just realized that I haven’t posted any actual recipes on my blog! Well I better start adding some then. The story behind this recipe is that I wanted to make some that really impresses people. Something that really has the “wow” factor. Something like…Eclairs! More specifically Pumpkin Pie Eclairs.

Éclairs are a great classical and traditional (not to mention delicious) dessert. Since fall is already here (with winter on its tails) , I decided to jazz up the classic éclair with some fun fall flavors before its too late. I got a fantastic pate a choux recipe (the dough for the eclairs) and to put a twist on things, I added some delicious pumpkin pie. Pumpkin Pie Eclairs are the perfect light dessert after your holiday meal.

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Going pro!

25 Nov

No I’m not deciding to become a professional chef but I did decide to read like one. I went to Borders the other day and bought The Professional Chef. It’s the ultimate cookbook and it’s from the Culinary Institute of America! There are so many recipes to try, I can’t wait.

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Ready for Thanksgiving?

20 Nov

Ahhh I feel my refrigerator’s pain! We bought our turkey today at a discounted price (buy a certain dollar amount and get your turkey for less than $.50 a pound). I have to say we got a pretty heavy one. This Thanksgiving is sure to give my kitchen a workout. We’ve haven’t finalized a menu yet but I have some ideas. I mean who doesn’t love pumpkin pie?

Yesterday, I bought some Ghirardelli’s Baking Bars at a wholesale store for a fraction of the regular price. What a bargain! So today I decided to use some at last. The special recipe that used these precious chocolate? Truffles of course. I have to admit since it was my first time trying to make truffles, I did struggle. However, you know what they say- learn from your mistakes. I’ve gathered all the information and tips I learned and made a top ten list for you (remember to say where you got your tips from 😉

Sorry this picture is such bad quality. I will fix it soon.

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