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

Food Quote of the Week!

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Insightful & Inspiring:

“When I walk into a market I may see a different cut of meat or an unusual vegetable and think, ‘I wonder how it would be if I took the recipe for that sauce I had in Provence and put the two together?’ So I go home and try it out. Sometimes my idea is a success and sometimes it is a flop, but that is how recipes are born. There really are not recipes, only millions of variations sparked by someone’s imagination and desire to be a little creative and different. American cooking is built, after all, on variations of old recipes from around the world.”

— James Beard (Epicurean Delight)

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

Food Quote of the Week!

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Insightful & Inspiring:

“You can have a wonderful, much better quality of life than you think. You really do think you lead a rich life if you do something as simple as making dinner for yourself. You don’t have to be left out of anything. Maybe you can’t stay in the five-star suite, maybe you can just sit in the cocktail lounge and look at the beautiful view, but you can still go there.”
 
 
— Rachel Ray ,( 30 Minute Meals)

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