Blissful Foods: Dessert of the Week

 It is mid winter season, despite the unusual weather here in NYC, and I have been looking forward to baking a few new recipes. Primarily, in hopes to turn my weekend into a joyful, work free time with my family. It is easy to daydream of a weekend with just the TV, a batch of something fresh, chocolate covered (of course), and delicious. I usually turn to Tollhouse, for their timeless chocolate chip cookies, but not this time. This week, I have been captivated by the smooth, creamy and divine taste of a slice of Tres leches cake.

Cake of all kinds are worthwhile, but with a few bites of a tres leches cake, I know that you will find that time has stopped and all of your daily worries will be melting away. 

Check out a this great recipe here: http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2009/09/tres-leches-cake/

Until Next time, make sure to give cake recipes a try this week, you won’t regret it! For a plate of dessert can make a girl’s day shine a whole lot brighter. Honestly, it is my absolute instant cheer-up method, for any day of the week!

Always,

Ashley

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2012 Food Trends & Desserts

Every Year, I am beyond excited to hear about what food trends will surface. It’s officially 2012, and I know there is bound to be something fantastic to try, including a few great restaurants to visit. I have been looking forward to trying some of the local shops and food spots in Brooklyn. It’s still early, so I am going to take a tip from the expert, James Oseland, who is the editor-in-chief of Saveur magazine, America’s most critically acclaimed food magazine!

I truly like his insight and understanding of which items to indulge in and which desserts to put at the top of the list. For your enjoyment, here is the video clip of NBC’s feature of the upcoming food trends of 2012. http://bites.today.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/12/29/9796260-cakes-pickles-and-the-next-great-grub-city-top-food-trends-for-2012

Until next time, have a wonderful day!

Always,

Ashley

Dessert Quest: Lemon Central

                                        Lemon Bars are one of my favorite treats!  

Many would say that lemon – flavored bars or squares are simple and light desserts. Lately, I have been on the look-out for bakeries with lemon bars featured on the menu. I have not found a bakery that can win first prize for having the best, lemon bar ever, but I will keep trying to find one. Ladies and Gentlemen, lemon bars are magnificent and truly deserves to be treasured!!!

Until then, I have settled in with a few apple desserts that come equipped with taste and flavor. Honestly, when you make anything with apple, butter and brown sugar, it will turn out to be out of this world and jaw-dropping delicious!! Here are three great bakery treats prepared with apples, in NYC!  Enjoy!

Always,
Ashley

Food Quote of the Week! The Remarkable Julia Childs

Julia Childs is legendary for her passion for food and the full, inspiring life she lived. What I loved about her is that she always expressed her bright spirit, love for cooking, drive to succeed, enthusiasm for conquering baking recipes, willingness to try new things, ambition to teach other aspiring women to cookboldness to say what’s on her mind and confidence to forget about fear and use more of her heart in every adventure she went onThank You Julia! Here are a few of my favorite Julia Child Quotes below:

                                                                    

This week, I present a challenge to myself, to visit a bookstore and discover new French -inspired recipes. Starting with dessert dishes like Chocolate eclairs and truffles.

Fresh Fruit Fixings: Weekday Snacks

Fruit is an essential item that is provided at local green markets and produce section of the supermarket. Often, when were craving salt-based junk foods, it would be a better option to try a great, healthy and tasty fruit-inspired snack.

Finally, here are two excellent snacks perfect for Breakfast or eating in the Mid-afternoon.

1) The Blueberry Pomegranate Smoothie  and   2) Sliced Gala Apples with honey, peanut-butter dip.

Fruit can get tired and over-used, but it never hurts to try a new smoothie recipe!

Always,

                                                                                             Ashley

3 Dazzling Dessert Recipes!

Here is a new weekly segment on the blog that will be featured on Wednesdays! Truly, if I had things my way, I would have dessert for dinner everyday of the week. However, I usually stick to the regular late night dinner routine – Left-overs or Progreso Chicken Noodle Soup. I have finally realized that its time to change-up my routine and enjoy a simple, yet filling dessert once or twice every month.

For this reason, I always look for outstanding, fun dessert recipes that would be great to try. During the week, I will be posting three fun, memorable dessert recipes. Luckily, I found these recipes during my daily blogging world visit.

Today, I have one recipe to start off the first of many recipe-inspired posts. Overall, it will be easy to prepare and simple to create at the end of the day. 

1) Fried Peaches with Cinnamon Ice Cream : A unique recipe produced by Chef Nicholas Farina, who quickly added this fried peaches “doughnuts” recipe on the James Beard House menu.
Always,

Ashley

My Dream Dinner: Pizza and Cookies all the way

Hey everyone, this week were discussing dream dinners. Dream Dinners are designed for those who enjoy eating comfort food and would eat dessert first every night of the week. For Instance, if you were stuck on a deserted island and were experiencing a unique, Twilight Zone moment, my last thought would be – Oh My Goodness, I can’t believe I didn’t have a spectacular, final, dream-worthy meal before I got stuck our here in the middle of nowhere!

So to spark my imagination, I started to consider the primary dinner menu that would feature all of my favorite foods. Without further delay, here is my over the top yet brilliant dream dinner menu for my final meal.

A Girl’s Dream Menu 

Appetizers: Crab cakes followed by a basket of hush-puppies, and a plate of buttermilk biscuits topped with honey butter!!

Beverage: Hot Apple Cider or a cup of Orange Soda! 

Main Dishes: to start, a large, delicious Pepperoni Pizza made with fresh tomato sauce and super sweet dough crust. Next, a slice of Pot Roast and two slices of my Mom’s famous Honey – BBQ Meatloaf with a side of candied red cabbage, sweet peas and sweet potato fries!!

Dessert: A plate of warm, ooey-gooey chocolate chip-pecan cookies. Followed by a bowl of the ultimate salted -caramel brownie sundae topped with hot fudge sauce, whipped cream, vanilla gelato, toasted marshmallows and a cherry on top!!

Silly as it may seem, this menu is the real deal for me folks! It might me too grand for many but it’s the right kind for me. Why go big, crazy, luxurious, and have an extravagant final meal? For one reason only – To indulge and have fun, with no diet rules in sight!

Until Next Time, Think about how you would plan your final menu and decide which of your favorite foods will make the list. In my case, every last one of mine got front -row center placement on my menu. Try it out this week; it’s a ton of fun!

Always,

Ashley