13 results for tag: chocolate


My Fabulous Cooking Show: Dark Chocolate Fruit and Nut Bon Bons

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19re9mBE8yU Dark Chocolate Fruit and Nut Bon BonsWhat a healthy way to do dessert! These mendiants are made with anti-oxidant rich dark chocolate filled with fruits and nuts. Coarse sea salt makes them even more delicious.16 ounces good quality dark chocolate¼ cup chopped pecans¼ cup chopped walnuts½ cup total – dried cranberries, pineapple, mango, cherries, apricots and/or goji berries, diced3 tablespoons toasted pumpkin seeds (pepitas)2 tablespoons candied ginger, dicedCoarse sea saltToast the nuts in a preheated 350 degree oven for 5 minutes; set aside. Chop the dried fruit and candied ginger into small ...

My Fabulous Cooking Show: Lunch Lady Peanut Butter Bars

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbAqtxX1U98 Lunch Lady Peanut Butter BarsFor the peanut butter bars:1 cup butter, softened1 cup sugar1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed1 teaspoon vanilla extract2 large eggs1 cup peanut butter2 cups oats2 cups all-purpose flour1 teaspoon baking soda1 teaspoon saltFor the peanut butter layer:1½ cups peanut butterFor the frosting:½ cup butter, softened¼ cup milk2 teaspoons vanilla¼ cup cocoa powder3 cups confectioner's sugarPreheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet (1/2-sized sheet pan or jelly roll pan) with aluminum foil and spray with baking spray. In a large bowl, cream together butter, sugar and brown ...

My Pretend Cooking Show: Italian Love Cake

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zysh6ra7JjI&t=19s Italian Love CakeI used a dark chocolate cake mix and Godiva dark chocolate pudding.1 (15.25-ounce) box chocolate cake1 (32-ounce) container ricotta cheese¾ cup sugar4 eggs1 teaspoon vanilla extract1 (3.6-ounce) package instant chocolate pudding1 cup whole milk1 (8-ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed in refrigeratorPreheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a deep 9x13-inch baking pan with cooking spray. In a large bowl, prepare cake mix according to package directions. Pour the cake batter into the prepared pan, using a spatula to spread evenly. In the same bowl, with an electric ...

Pretend Cooking Show: Chocolate Tiramisu Cake

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Jnlp87vlHg&t=110s Chocolate Tiramisu CakeFresh coffee, at room temperature1 (15.25-ounce) chocolate cake mix, plus eggs and oil2 cups heavy whipping cream½ cup sugar1 (8-ounce) container mascarpone cheese, at room temperature2 tablespoons marsala wineUnsweetened cocoa powderMake a pot of strong coffee; set aside until completely cool. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour two 8” or 9” round cake pans. Prepare cake mix according to package directions, substituting cold coffee for water. Bake in preheated oven according to package directions. Remove cake from pans and cool completely on wire baking ...

Pretend Cooking Show: Bûche de Noël  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIN2D6Fy0K8&t=5s Bûche de Noël  Bûche de Noël or Yule Log is a chocolate roulade that is traditionally served at Christmastime. As the name indicates, the cake is prepared, presented and garnished so as to look like a log ready for the fire. The traditional bûche is made from a genoise or other sponge cake, baked in a Swiss roll pan, frosted, rolled to form a cylinder and then frosted again on the outside. This recipe is from my French III class from high school. It's a good one!      For the filling:1 cup heavy whipping cream¼ cup powdered sugar1 teaspoon vanilla extract¼ cup chopped pecans   ...

Happy Endings

What a fun time of year to be in the kitchen! I love preparing all of the savory goodies and sweet treats that I grew up with at Christmastime. This is the time of year for sausage balls, cheese straws, baby fruitcakes and yule logs. I've been feeling inspired to try some new sweets recipes. With a holiday party at our house on Saturday night, this week was the perfect time to experiment. All of the goodies in this issue are yummy and very easy to whip up. They'd be fun and simple to make with children who like to play in the kitchen. While I'll be serving them as cocktail party desserts, they would also be excellent gifts for friends, neighbors and ...

On the Menu This Week

I wish I had a really good tale to share in this issue, but I don't. A combination of busyness and laziness has kept me at home for most of the week. I have, however, been trying some new recipes that I thought Vince and I would enjoy. So, they're my column for this week. Lucky for all of us, the recipes are easy and delicious. Each one boasts a brightness of fresh citrus. Great for dinner on hot nights, the Vietnamese Pork Salad and Beef Satay Noodles only need a chilled glass of wine to make a complete meal. Trust me, you'll love the icing on the cake. Excellent summer supper food!Vietnamese Pork Salad1 pound ground pork9 tablespoons fresh lime ...

Celebrate La Dolce Vita! A Taste of Italy (Part Two)

Have you ever dreamed of exploring Italy, visiting the cities and countryside, and eating as the Italians do? Join me on a culinary tour. Just choose a recipe and start cooking. By cooking and sharing regional dishes, we can experience some of the colors, flavors and traditions of Italy.Pork Chops with Fennel and Caper SauceAromatic fennel adds a delicate anise flavor as it cooks. Lemon zest adds brightness.¼ cup olive oil4 (2-inch thick) boneless pork chopsSalt and freshly ground black pepper2 fennel bulbs, thinly sliced (reserve and chop some of the fronds)2 large shallots, thinly sliced2/3 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley, divided½ cup white ...

Run, Forrest! Run!

It's hard to believe that twenty years have passed since the award-winning Forrest Gump was filmed here in our little coastal town of Beaufort, South Carolina. We're celebrating! To commemorate this great film I've channeled my inner Forrest Gump and created some yummy Gump-inspired recipes. (Photography by Susan DeLoach) Dr. Pepper Presidential Pork“The best thing about visiting the President is the food! Now, since it was all free, and I wasn't hungry but thirsty, I must've drank me fifteen Dr. Peppers.” - Forrest Gump1 large sweet onion1 Boston butt (pork shoulder) – 5 to 7 poundsSalt and freshly ground black pepper1 (11-ounce) can chipotle ...

“They Say It’s Your Birthday” ♪♫•*¨*•♪♫

One of the advantages of having a lot of friends, is celebrating a lot of birthdays! The past couple of months have been a whirlwind of birthday soirees. As is custom with the best of friendships, someone unfailingly volunteers to bring a home-baked birthday cake. The sweet confections are not always beautiful, but they're always delicious. That's one of the serendipities of desserts baked with love. So far this season, we've been fortunate to sample assorted chocolate cakes and several strawberry cakes made with fresh berries from Dempsey's Farm. I've even baked a couple of cakes for the festivities. This week's recipes are some of my offerings. I'm ...