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Tastes of summer. Some foods just go together.

tastes of summer

Grilled cheese and tomato soup, creamed butter and sugar, garlic and caramelized onions… for me, I'm addicted to raspberry and lemon. So when I saw these bars last year, I knew I had to make them. A little less than a year later and I finally made the recipe. Tangy, vibrant, subtly sweet with a rich, buttery crust. Raw + Vegan Nanaimo Bars. I woke up yesterday craving Nanaimo bars – a dessert usually reserved for Christmas.

Raw + Vegan Nanaimo Bars

But with the hubby gone to London, a day of absolutely no plans, and a craving for chocolate, I decided to just go for it. As we’ve learned from similar experiences in the past, I love my chocolate treats on the weekend and this was no different. I figure, if you adjust a dense, high sugar Christmas dessert recipe into a light, raw and vegan treat, you’ve transformed the dessert into something that can be enjoyed year round. Cinnamon Twists. Ingredients 2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast 1/2 cup warm water (110 degrees F to 115 degrees F) 2 cups warm buttermilk (110 to 115 degrees F) 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened 6 tablespoons sugar 2 eggs 2 teaspoons salt 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 7 1/2 cups all-purpose flourFILLING: 1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted 1 cup packed brown sugar 1 teaspoon ground cinnamonGLAZE: 1 cup confectioners’ sugar 1 tablespoon butter or margarine, melted 1 tablespoon hot water Directions In a mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water.Add the buttermilk, butter, sugar, eggs, salt and baking soda; mix well.

Cinnamon Twists

White Chocolate Stuffed Orange Sesame Cream Puffs. Today’s pastries were made by our friends, Honey and Rissa from Sugarush, which specializes in handcrafted Fondant cakes.

White Chocolate Stuffed Orange Sesame Cream Puffs

Since both of them are quite shy, it’d be best to gently contact them via their facebook page or email so that you don’t scare them. Let us know if you’d like to collaborate with us! Yield: 8-10 large puffs. Watermelon Mint Cooler & Granita. It is getting hotter by the day, and most days I am wishing to be soaked in the pool the whole day..

Watermelon Mint Cooler & Granita

Ah.. that would be complete bliss.. Well, not having that kind of luxury, I make do with refreshing watermelon mint cooler by the poolside. Strawberry spoon bread. Every spring when the wildflowers bloom, Texans will say thank you to Mrs.

Strawberry spoon bread

Claudia “Lady Bird” Johnson, the former first lady and native Texan who made it her life’s work to protect and preserve native plants in their natural habitat. But besides her commitment to keeping Texas and America beautiful, Mrs. Johnson was also known as a gracious hostess who entertained with taste and ease. Rolo S’mores Skillet Monkey Bread. I fully admit that I have sampled my fair share of desserts of all kinds.

Rolo S’mores Skillet Monkey Bread

It’s one of my favorite parts of being a food blogger. With as many desserts that I have tried, this recipe creation blew my mind! This ooey gooey s’mores style monkey bread will go down in history in our house and I will be making it time and time again. Cake for Any Occasion. I have to confess: I buckled a little under the pressure of coming up with an Easter recipe post.

Cake for Any Occasion

{It seems to happen to me every time a holiday comes around.} I wanted to make something cutesy -- you know, bunnies and eggs and chicks and the like -- but sadly, all my plans of fluffy grandeur crumbled to pieces. {Literally. I was making Easter Oreo pops, but the darn things kept falling apart!} Once those fell through, I figured I could share what I'd be making for the weekend... but my family and I are celebrating Easter Sunday with brunch at a restaurant, so the only cooking I will be responsible for is a cake for Saturday's celebration with my in laws.

Irene's Orange Rolls. I never had the opportunity to meet my Grandmother Irene.

Irene's Orange Rolls

She died before I was born, fighting a cancer that eventually took her life. She was a strong woman, raising my mother and her two sons on a farm in small town America. There are a few anecdotes my mother likes to share with my sister and me, both humorous and sad, so we can hope to know her too, if only in a small way. Though I never had the chance to meet my grandmother, I feel as if I have gotten to know her most through her cooking. Over the years, my mother has shared her recipes with me, whether it was a meal she served on our dining room table, stories about the food she created, or a recipe card handwritten by her mother. Brownie Batter / Chocolate Cookie Dough. Peanut butter banana chocolate chip oatmeal bars – sally's baking addiction. If you’ve been following Sally’s Baking Addiction since the beginning, you may remember my peanut butter banana oatmeal bars.

peanut butter banana chocolate chip oatmeal bars – sally's baking addiction

They are, without a doubt, my FAVORITE healthy snack recipe ever. I played around with the recipe a bit and added some chocolate. Because everything is better with chocolate, no?

Pudding/ trifles/ parfits

Brownies. Cheesecake. Homemade candies. Fruit. Ice cream. Pumpkin. Cookies. Pies. Doughnuts. Cinnamon Roll Pumpkin Vanilla Sheet Cake. I love watching the reaction of my boys sampling my baked goods. I gave them a bite after school a couple days ago of this sheet cake and their expression was priceless. If I left the room, I am afraid the entire plate would have been devoured. This recipe is that good my friends :) In fact, it will be making an appearance for Thanksgiving and probably Christmas for sure! Don’t let the cake mix in the recipe scare you away. I assure you, no one will know this is a jazzed up cake mix recipe.

No-bake Lemon Coconut Slice. Sometimes you want something quick, sweet and easy without firing up the oven. Especially here at the moment, where the temperature is hitting 40 degrees Celsius. Eww. I know Australians are supposed to be excited by that and go frolicking on the beach, but I hate the heat outdoors. Peppermint Bark Rice Krispie Treats. Y’all knew this was coming, right? At least those of you on Facebook. See, I had something completely different planned, and then I spent a Saturday night alone at Walmart (which, I realize sounds super pathetic, but in reality was super awesome. If I didn’t need groceries, I would have wandered Target alone on a Saturday night, which would have been even more super awesome, but hey- I’ll take what I can get) and that’s when I spotted these: And it took about 2.7 seconds for them to make their way from the shelf to my cart. Roasted Pineapple Tamales with Riesling Poached Raisins. Around this time four years ago, my roommate brought home a plastic bag brimming with husk-wrapped tamales prepared earlier that day by his family.

I remember being overly excited because I had never had tamales before. I eagerly unwrapped my first tamal unaware of what I was going to find inside. Nestled inside the corn husk was the most amazing shredded pork encased in tender corn masa. After one bite, I was addicted. Chinese tian tang sweet soup recipe. Recipe: chinese sweet soup (tian tang) Chinese new year is coming up this Monday, January 23 (2012). It will be the year of the Dragon, which makes me chuckle because my dad is a dragon and he likes to tell everyone that he’s a dragon. Sweet Cinnamon Roasted Chickpeas.