Here we are again. I’m really going to try and be on time this coming week!
The description for this cake on TasteSpotting was, “Have you ever seen a cake like this?” Answer….well, no. In the process of highlighting this Triangular Cake from Palachinka I’ve discovered this awesome food blog event called FBI, or Food Blog Inspection. They pick a blog each month to “investigate” and everyone is required to make something from the blog under investigation and write down your observations. Sounds super cool and I’m definitely going to have to give that a try one of these….months. I’m so busy and the last thing I need is another food event to do, but still, sounds like fun!
For those of you like a kick to your chocolate check out these Hot and Spicy Chocolate Chip Cookies from [No Recipes]. I know that there is a whole sect of foodies that worship at the altar of lighting your mouth on fire, and I might be inclined to join if the fire ended right there. Unfortunately while my mouth can take the heat, my stomach on the other hand cannot.
I don’t think I’ve told anyone yet, but I’m coming out about my latest passion…hazelnuts. So of course I had to include these cookies from Cookworm for Hazelnut and Chocolate Sandwich Cookies. They look decidedly reminiscent of a macaron which doesn’t hurt.
Holy mole! Check out these Espresso Mole Shortbread cookies from Choosy Beggars. I looooove shortbread, and this combination of chocolate, espresso, and spices sounds de-lish. The only thing I would have to omit is the cayenne due to my stomach’s sensitivity to heat.
Pies, tarts, and the like:
These Gingersnap Toaster-Oven Tarts with Peach Filling from Cooking Books really get my imagination rolling. I’m not the biggest fan of ginger, but I can see doing something like this with other flavors. How about chocolate and raspberry, or, if you want to posthumously celebrate World Nutella Day, chocolate and Nutella.
Spoon! Desserts and Fruit:
I was doing my usual jaunt through TasteSpotting’s latest submissions this week and saw what looked like a petite half-egg made out of chocolate with the caption, “How to make your own beautiful edible chocolate bowls,” and thought, “Who wouldn’t want that information!” Low and behold, not only was I introduced to a great idea for serving one of my kitchen concoctions, but there was a bonus recipe for White Chocolate Mousse Drizzle and White Chocolate and Almond Cream. All this is thanks to Stephanie’s Kitchen.
You’re going to have to use your friend Babelfish to check out these mini pavlovas made with maple cranberry sugar, whipped cream and raspberry coulis from Jasmine Cuisine. While you’re there check out her contribution to World Nutella Day, the jaw-dropping Nutella crumble pie.
I’m always on the lookout for the perfect frosting recipe. While I’ve encountered both success and failure in the realm that is buttercream frosting, I still haven’t discovered the holy grail of butter cream that seems to only exist in my mind’s mouth. Having said that, I came across this recipe for Strawberry Jam Buttercream from Real Mom Kitchen. It sounds a little different than the other recipes I’ve come across so we’ll have to give this one a try. What I like is that it’s open to interpretation considering the inclusion of a jam. If you’re not keen on strawberry, what about raspberry or grape even? With the explosion of jam flavors that are out there, you have plenty of room to be creative.
One thing to let you know, I just can’t resist a good Polish recipe, especially one for Pierogi. I wish I had my Grandmother’s recipe, but unfortunately I didn’t develop my passion for the kitchen until after she passed away. This recipe for Pittsburgh Pierogi from The Barefoot Kitchen will have to stand in. It’s funny because although I grew up in New York and my Grandmother lived most of her life there, she was in fact from a little town in Pennsylvania called Ford City. One of her eight siblings (that’s right, nine kids…good Polish catholic stock!) was a big fan of the Steelers and sadly he’s gone as well. All were from what Tom Brokaw referred to as the “The Greatest Generation“. I’d have to agree.
Wash it all down:
Given the fact that homemade baked goods are waaay better than store bought (at least when successful they are), I’d prefer to use a homemade Oreo for this beverage but until I come across a perfect recipe the Nabisco treat will have to do for this Oreo & Irish-Cream Milkshake from The Hungry Mouse.