Monday, February 8, 2016

Bourbon Vanilla Marzipan Shake for Two

Bourbon Vanilla Marzipan Shake for Two

Marzipan has always held a special place in my heart. When I was a little girl, my German born father would take me to a part of the city that had many German stores, including an incredible shop called The Elk Candy Company. Their specialty was little marzipan figurines or bonbons made with cake, chocolate and marzipan and I always chose the cutest one. And sometimes, even when we didn't go there, my father would come home from work and there would be a little marzipan candy in his pocket for me as a surprise.

Bourbon Vanilla Marzipan Shake for Two
Sadly, the candy shop is gone and most of the German stores have been replaced by electronics retailers or coffee chains. But I have my sweet memories.

A few weeks ago, however, I was browsing through the collection of syrups from Amoretti and they had marzipan. I had to try it! I was almost afraid to be disappointed that the flavor might not be correct but it's dead on. Marzipan candy in liquid form.

Naturally it's very sweet and needs to be mixed in with something. Since Valentine's Day is coming up, I've been thinking about ice cream shakes made for two, like the frozen hot chocolate at Serendipity. So why not a marzipan ice cream shake for two? I added some bourbon to cut the sweetness and up the fun and two straws to make it romantic. Although, to be honest, I'd really have to care about you to share this because I kind of want it all to myself. Enjoy!

Bourbon Vanilla Marzipan Shake for Two

Bourbon Vanilla Marzipan Shake for Two
by Hungry Couple
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Ingredients (2 Servings)
  • 1 1/2 oz. Bourbon
  • 1 oz. Amoretti Marzipan syrup
  • 12 oz. Vanilla ice cream
  • 1/2 Cup milk
  • 4 Ice cubes
  • Whipped cream for topping
  • Sliced almonds for topping
Instructions
Bourbon Vanilla Marzipan Shake for Two
Add the bourbon, marzipan syrup, ice cream, milk and ice cubes to a blender and puree until smooth. 

Pour into a large fountain glass and top with whipped cream and sliced almonds, if desired.

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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Elsewhere in...January 2016

Hi friends! This is the little monthly recap of my foodie adventures elsewhere on the web. Below are the recipes I created for my About.com food column. I hope you'll come visit me there. Enjoy!

Friday, February 5, 2016

The Month in Review - January 2016

The Month in Review - January 2016

Is it just me or did January disappear so quickly? Seriously, I feel like I blinked and it was gone. All that shiny new year stuff got lost in the post holiday, back to the daily grind business. That's not to say that any of my plans for this year aren't still being worked on. Just that the newness of it has worn off. And it's back to being a typical winter in New York with cold and snow. I don't love that part but it gives me a chance to concentrate on work and on creating some amazing recipes. Whatever else January was, it was delicious. So let's take a quick look back before we dive into a chocolate-fest for Valentine's Day. Enjoy!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Black Forest Brownie Dip

Black Forest Brownie Dip

Let's talk about couple dining situations. Are you the type that doesn't mind eating off each other's plates and even forks? Or are you the type that, if your partner comes near your food, will stab him or her with the fork? It's these types of intimate situations that need to be made clear right up front if you have any hope of making it as a couple and not ending up in the emergency room with a fork stuck in your hand.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream Sandwiches

Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream Sandwiches

Sure, Valentine's Day is associated with chocolate and I'm fine with that. But sometimes I wonder if I should make a non chocolate dessert and save the chocolates for my favorite box of decadent truffles. But if I'm replacing chocolate, there probably needs to be peanut butter. And if I'm not pairing the PB with chocolate then my choice is my other favorite flavor, banana. Peanut butter and banana is awesome.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Hazelnut Chocolate Cream Tart

Hazelnut Chocolate Cream Tart

I feel strongly about crust. Maybe not as strongly as about political and social issues but crust is definitely important and way more fun. Crust should be more than a delivery vehicle for filling. It should be worth eating on it's own, too. OK, that's my crust manifesto. Now let's talk about ways to make that sort of crust happen and also include a seriously kick ass filling because Valentine's Day is coming and it needs to be delicious.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Onion and Smoked Gouda Bisque with Puff Pastry

Onion and Smoked Gouda Bisque with Puff Pastry

More than two feet. That's how much snow we got in New York over the weekend. It's not our worst storm but it's up there in the record books although it's a bit late in the season for us. At least it hit on a weekend so that the grounding of flights and suspension or ground traffic wasn't as bad. And we did know it was coming so most of us stocked up for a comfy couple of days of cooking, eating, movie watching and puppy snuggling. Eh, let it snow.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Blood Orange Mint Julep

Blood Orange Mint Julep

Excuse me but, whoever turned winter on, can you please dial it back a little? Single digit temperatures are a bit extreme when I'm trying to walk the dog. Or walk anywhere. Or breathe. At least there's plenty of cooking and recipe testing going on these days because it's nice and warm in my kitchen.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Warm Roasted Root Vegetable and Farro Salad




Warm Roasted Root Vegetable and Farro Salad

I know I've been going on about healthy new year cooking lately but the fact is that grains are a large part of my diet all year long. I have an entire shelf filled with canisters containing a wide variety of them and I love experimenting with new ways to use them. Farro is a favorite and, therefore, in frequent rotation.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Crispy Potato and Hummus Balls

Crispy Potato and Hummus Balls

What's that sound? Oh, it's the sound of friends and family calling, emailing and texting, wanting to know when to show up to eat snacks and watch the big game. Now, they do know what time the game is on so they really just want to make sure you'll be providing a sufficient amount of snacks. Uh huh.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Spaghetti Squash with Chicken Meatballs

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Spaghetti Squash with Chicken Meatballs

It's cold and dark and all I really want to do is curl up in bed, snuggle with my dog, watch movies and eat comfort food. But it's January and I'm trying to undo some of the comfort food eating from over the holidays. So, what's a woman to do? Actually, this is a pretty easy one for me because lighter comfort food is my specialty. I got this.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Yogurt with Banana and Honey Almond Crumble

Yogurt with Banana and Honey Almond Crumble

You all know I'm the crumb cake queen, right? I love crumb topping so much that I also just bake it separately sometimes and toss it into parfaits and puddings...and my mouth. After all, it's the best part! But it might not exactly be on the list of New Year's resolution, OMG even my stretchy pants are tight, approved foods. So depressing. Too depressing, actually, so I did something about it.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Curried Potato and Broccoli Soup

Curried Potato and Broccoli Soup

Happy New Year! Did you start whatever resolutions you made right on January 1st? Or did you admit that there was little chance of anything changing on a weekend and wait until this morning like I did? Very sensible. Because on Friday there was still leftover champagne in my fridge...and cookies...and a serious mac and cheese craving...and a Downton Abbey marathon all weekend long. So unless my resolutions included lying on the sofa, eating cookies and watching TV, it just wasn't going to happen. But now it's Monday and my unofficial official start to the new year.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Elsewhere in...December 2015

Hi friends! This is the little monthly recap of my foodie adventures elsewhere on the web. Below are the recipes I created for my About.com food column. I hope you'll come visit me there. Enjoy!


No Bake Ginger Labneh Cheesecake Shooters


Wednesday, December 30, 2015

The Year in Review - 2015

The Year in Review - 2015
And so another year ends. For me, 2015 was mixed. It saw my hard work start to pay off professionally, gave me the ability to work with some amazing people and it's been enormously rewarding. But it was also marred by enough world tragedies, hate and intolerance to last a lifetime. And I lost a friend this year, a fact I still can't quite reconcile myself to.

Joan Hayes, whose ultra popular blog Chocolate, Chocolate and More, was very dear to me. We chatted almost daily, we got each other through some very difficult personal times, were each other's business sounding boards and we gabbed about the things that girlfriends gab about. She passed away suddenly and unexpectedly at the end of October, at the age of 49, and there's an empty space in my heart and in my days now. I miss you, my friend. You made my life sweeter.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Winter Citrus Champagne Cocktail

Winter Citrus Champagne Cocktail

It's getting to be almost that time again when we break out the champagne. I actually quite like using it in cocktails although any sparkling wine works the same way. When a drink calls for fizz, why settle for flavorless soda when this adds so much more. So even though it's traditional to drink champagne straight on New Year's Eve, I like creating a special cocktail.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Christmas Candy Cane Bourbon Nog

Christmas Candy Cane Bourbon Nog

With all the holiday baking going on around here lately I've been neglecting my holiday cocktail brainstorming. But now that all my cakes and cookies and gingerbread creations are done I set my mind to creating something special for holiday guests.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Peanut Butter Pretzel M&M Crumb Bars

Peanut Butter Pretzel M&M Crumb Bars

The holiday baking has been in full swing around here for what seems like weeks now. And it's been mostly gingerbread and other ginger and cinnamon spiced delights. I love those holiday flavors but, um, after the umpteenth spiced cake and gingerbread men cookies were baked and packed up for gifts, I was kind of a little over it. Time to switch it up and use some of those fun holiday candies in something.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Savory Coeur La Creme with Cranberry and Apple Chutney

Savory Coeur La Creme with Cranberry and Apple Chutney

I have a couple of things I wanted to talk to you about today. One is this fancy looking appetizer with the fancy sounding name which is actually so simple to make. The other is the importance of milk.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Elsewhere in...November 2015

Hi friends! This is the little monthly recap of my foodie adventures elsewhere. Here you'll find the recipes I created for my column on About.com Food as well as some great cocktail and gingerbread round-ups from my other writings around the web. Enjoy!

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Cranberry Collins and a DIY Cranberry Cocktail Party

Cranberry Collins and a DIY Cranberry Cocktail Party

So, did I ever mention my slight obsession with housewares? Part of it is being a food photographer, of course, but I like them even apart from that. Some women browse in the shoe department but I'm over in the kitchen department eyeing a new casserole dish. Add to that my fondness not just for cocktails but for barware and it can get to be an expensive habit. I've found a decent number of "treasures" in dusty old thrift shops and flea markets but those are hit or miss. The fact is that when I know what I need, I shop at the restaurant supply stores.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Tomato and Onion Appetizer Pastries

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Tomato and Onion Appetizer Pastries

I love having guests and throwing parties but it can get to be hectic and a bit overwhelming around the holidays. For as much as I try to plan ahead and enjoy putting together menus, sometimes I find myself panicking a little because time got away from me and I didn't get to do my shopping. So my survival guide for holiday entertaining is to keep some basic staples in the house at all time.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Friday Flashback: Oven Baked Potato Pancakes (Latkes)

Oven Baked Potato Pancakes (Latkes)

My mother's annual Chanukah latke party was the highlight of my year when I was growing up. Friends and neighbors would come over, help her hand grate mountains of potatoes and then wait while the intoxicating aroma of golden fried latkes filled the house. We ate till we dropped. These oven baked, muffin tin latkes are not meant to be a substitute, just a lighter alternative to be eaten more frequently. Their aroma is still heavenly and they're completely delicious. Enjoy!


Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Herbed Roasted Potatoes with Sour Cream Dip

Herbed Roasted Potatoes with Sour Cream Dip

I'm deep in December entertaining menu planning mode these days. But I always get stuck on the appetizers. The meals themselves and desserts are easy as are the fun cocktails. But what to serve with those fun cocktails. Yes, the cheeses, the nuts the chips...I wanted something different but not overly fussy to make and it occurred to me to look in my vegetable bin for an idea.

Monday, November 30, 2015

The Month in Review - November 2015

The Month in Review - November 2015

November is always such a beautiful month. Chilly but not too cold, stunning foliage and my favorite holiday of the whole year. There were apple treats and pumpkin cakes, drinks and snacks and lots of good cheer. I'm sorry to see it go. But December is pretty fun, too. The tree vendors have set up all around the city, the carols are playing and the lights are stunning. Lots to look forward to but first, a quick look back at all the deliciousness of the past month. Ah, November, I'm looking forward to seeing you again next year. Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Holiday Cocktail Round-Up

Holiday Cocktail Round-Up

Happy day before Thanksgiving - otherwise known as hours of holiday meal prep day. But it's a labor of love, right? You've got your bird delivered, your pies baked, your side dishes prepped, the house cleaned, the table linens ironed....whoa, I'm exhausted just from typing all that. It's probably best not to think too much about it and just do it.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Caramelized Onion and Gruyere Mashed Potatoes

Caramelized Onion and Gruyere Mashed Potatoes

Two items on my Thanksgiving table never change. There must be stuffing because it's totally the best part of the holiday. And there must be mashed potatoes because...gravy! But while I'm not willing to conceive of the holiday without the mashed taters, I'm willing to entertain a slight variation to them.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Individual Italian Style Meatloaves

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Are you deep in Thanksgiving planning and list making mode? Guest lists, shopping lists, meal plans. It's not just me, right? The thing is, there are all these food ideas and plans swirling around but no actual food yet. The big day is still a week away but we should probably eat something between now and then.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Peanut Apple Tarts with Peanut Butter Glaze

Peanut Apple Tarts with Peanut Butter Glaze

If you know me at all then you know that I'm obsessed with peanut butter. And yes, it does go perfectly with chocolate but it pairs just as well with apples. And since apples are healthy and peanuts are healthy I'm just going to assume that these tarts are healthy. Please don't shatter my illusions about that. In any event, these tarts are completely delicious, which is what matters, and a fun spin on the classic apple pie.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Cinnamon Honey Buns

Cinnamon Honey Buns

I go through a lot of honey in my house because it adds both sweetness and flavor. The majority of it probably gets used as a drizzle over my daily Greek yogurt addiction but I love baking with it as well. As you know, I also write the Middle Eastern cuisine column for About.com Food and honey is a common ingredient in Middle Eastern cooking. So, I guess I'm saying I should probably just buy it by the case.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Chorizo and Cheddar Snack Stacks

Chorizo and Cheddar Snack Stacks

I think I've told you all that I have trouble resisting holiday flavors. And so, no sooner did I get through obsessing over the Food Should Taste Good Harvest Pumpkin Tortilla Chips, when I tasted their Sweet Potato. My first thought was YUM and the second was that the shape was so cute and perfectly oval, like slices of sweet potato. They were just asking to be sandwiched together with a tasting filling in the middle.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Chocolate Pumpkin Layer Cake with Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting

Chocolate Pumpkin Layer Cake with Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting

So, I'm a sucker for products with seasonal flavors. Syrups and liqueurs that are pumpkin, gingerbread or eggnog flavored and likely to end up in my shopping cart. Oh, I may pass them by a few times but, ultimately, I'll give in. I can't help myself. So, creamy pumpkin pie syrup from Amoretti? Yup, it's here.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Elsewhere in...October 2015

Elsewhere in...October 2015

As you know, I also write the Middle Eastern cuisine column for About.com Food. So this is my monthly recap of the recipes you can find there from this past month. I hope you'll head over and try some of them. Enjoy!

Friday, November 6, 2015

Blueberry Cream Wine Slush

Blueberry Cream Wine Slush

Blueberries were all over my cooking, baking and drink making this summer. Sweet and packed with fiber and vitamin C, they're one of my favorite treats. And now that summer is over...I see no reason to stop. Frozen blueberries get me through the other three seasons just fine. They're picked fresh and frozen to preserve their color, flavor and nutrition. So the blueberry recipes continue to flow.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Cinnamon Meatballs

Cinnamon Meatballs

Greek food is definitely one of my favorite cuisines and I'm always up for going to a Greek restaurant. But even though I love many things on the menu, I tend to wander back to my favorite option which is pastitsio. Layers of spiced beef, pasta and cheesy bechamel sauce all baked together. What is there not to love? And yes, I've tackled making it myself at home. Still, when I think of easy weeknight dinners, I don't think of homemade pastitsio. I do, however, think of meatballs. So, pastitsio meatballs? Coming right up!

Monday, November 2, 2015

The Month in Review - October 2015

The Month in Review - October 2015

So, I'm sitting here wondering why it's so dark (oh, yeah, the clock thing), staring at a dish of leftover Halloween candy and a basket of different kinds of squash from my farmer's market haul this weekend. Happy November! It's been so warm that the leaves were late changing color but we're in full Autumn mode now. The ghosts and goblins have been subdued with chocolate and I'm going into serious Thanksgiving idea mode. It's going to get delicious in here. But, actually it was pretty delicious in October so let's take a quick look back.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Tomato Rice Chili in a Squash Bowl

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Tomato Rice Chili in a Squash Bowl

It's that time of year again when people come over and gather. No, not for thanksgiving. To watch sports! Every weekend there are playoffs and tip offs, football and baseball and foosball. What? No foosball? OK, you got me. I don't know much about sports. But I know a whole lot about feeding the people that come over to watch the games.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Crumb Topped Cheesy Butternut Squash Gratin

Crumb Topped Cheesy Butternut Squash Gratin

If you've been reading my blog for a while then you already know I'm basically obsessed with crumb toppings. There isn't a cake, pie or trifle that couldn't benefit from a few (or a lot) of sweet, thick crumbs. But a savory crumb? I've seen a few recipes around but they always contain a little sugar, despite the savory filling, and that just didn't make sense to me. A savory crumb should be savory but it would need a flavor of some kind.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Apple Pie Shortcakes

Apple Pie Shortcakes

One of the first desserts I ever learned to make was individual strawberry shortcakes. You know the kind, with the biscuits sliced in half and the whipped cream? I still have a soft spot for it and make it when strawberries are in season. But now apples are in season so why not do the same with them? The answer is that it's a great idea and I don't know why it took me so long to think of it. So many missed apple shortcakes!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Dinner for Two with My Furry Girl

Dinner for Two with My Furry Girl

You've met my Hadley before, right? Adorably cute? Check. Sweetest disposition ever? You bet. Fussy eater? That's my girl.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Individual Pear and Thyme Crumbles

Individual Pear and Thyme Crumbles

I'm still a Saturday morning regular at the farmer's market. The summer berries are gone but the autumn squash is in full swing along with some late tomatoes and, of course, a bounty of apples. But this time it was the gorgeous little bosc pears that caught my eye. Sure everybody is making apple pies, and I will too, but we mustn't neglect the sweet, juicy pears.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Sparkling Cider Pumpkin-tini

This recipe was sponsored by Sweet 'N Low and Social Stars. Thank you for supporting the products I love and use in my kitchen.

Sparkling Cider Pumpkin-tini

Have you been stocking up on Halloween candy for the kids? What about something for the adults? OK, I know we eat the candy, too. Personally, I'm going to steal anything with peanut butter right out of the candy bowl and probably hoard it, but that's another story. Let's talk about when the adults gather and want an adult beverage.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Cheesy Pumpkin Fondue

Cheesy Pumpkin Fondue

Somewhere before my time, fondue was a popular dish and fondue sets were popular wedding gifts. Then they fell out of favor and the fondue pots could be found in thrift shops for just a few dollars. But I'm pretty sure they're a thing again. I mean, why would a pot of melted cheesy goodness ever not be a thing?

Friday, October 9, 2015

Cheesy Onion and Bread Gratin

Cheesy Onion and Bread Gratin

This is the time of year when I start to think about guests and new entertaining ideas. Maybe a new kind of side dish or an interesting take on an appetizer. Something hot and bubbly and comforting. And cheesy. It should definitely be cheesy. And where there's cheese there should be bread as far as I'm concerned.