Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Grilled Pineapple Salsa

Pineapple is always and sweet and healthy way to sweeten up any dish, whether breakfast, lunch or dinner....and this salsa could play a part of any one of those three meals.  


 Originally made for my birthday, it was later requested at further family functions because it combines just the right amount of heat and sweet to satisfy the pallet.




Meyer Lemon & Picholine Olive Tapenade

Sometimes some of the simplest constructions can end up making the biggest statement.  This dip was inspired when dreaming up ways to incorporate food items from my part-time job into dishes for serving at our gift registry events.  My first thought is to make sure it tastes good, second that it doesn't actually take too much time to prepare and finally, that it looks amazing in presentation.  In looking through the pictures, I say I achieved one, two and three with this quick dip.
Obviously, you can serve with just the dip in a bowl and crackers as well, but if you wish to impress, this is a great way to go.


Rock & Roll Chocolate Cake

If there ever is a time you are in search of a good Chocolate Cake Recipe, you can stop looking because this is it.  By far, the best chocolate cake/make it from scratch/stay moist for days cake I have ever had.  I think it is the addition of coffee and since you have heard of my love of coffee in the past, this probably does not surprise you.
 
This cake can be made in a 9 x 13 cake pan or 2 - 8 inch or 9 inch rounds and will all turn out awesome!  As I have been informed, it's so good, people will be licking the plate clean when all the cake is gone!  As for the shape, I found a print out online for a guitar and used it as a format for the shape that I wanted.  Easy as pie...I mean cake!
Rock & Roll Chocolate Cake




Saturday, March 10, 2012

Mini Lemon Cheese Cake Bites

 There a some things that upon first bite, you fall in love and you just know that there is a little piece of heaven going on right here on earth in the form of a Mini Lemon Cheese Cake Bite.  Now, if you are watching your waist line or dairy is not your friend, this recipe is probably not for you.  But maybe, just maybe, because this is a bite size piece of heaven, you can throw caution to that wind and let the rest of the world slip away as the creamy, sweet, citrusy cake begins to melt in your mouth.  


Assembled on a whim, this has been one of my favorite creations to date.  Combining the wonderful softness of cream cheese, marscarpone cheese and heavy cream with the crisp freshness of lemon juice & zest and the crunch of the wafer crust, makes me wish I would've made extras, so that I could have left overs right now.  This could be made into a full fledged cheese cake since this is a no-bake for the cheese portion, the crust could be any standard graham cracker or vanilla wafer crushed crust.  I definitely would consider this for one of my summer get togethers.  

Who wants to come over?