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even i didn’t jump first Caramel Apple Cheesecake Parfait our first holiday recipe was these cranberry orange mini cheesecakes. today we are showing you how to make caramel apple cheesecake parfaits, and they are my personal favorite of the three. these make great little gifts or the perfect dessert for your dinner party. caramel apple cheesecake parfaitingredients • 1 pkg. (8 oz.) how to make the cheesecake… MIX cream cheese and 2 Tbsp. sugar until blended; stir in yogurt. MELT butter in large skillet on medium heat. MICROWAVE caramel sauce in microwaveable bowl on HIGH 30 sec. or until warmed; stir in salt. LAYER half each of the graham crumbs, cream cheese mixture, apples and caramel topping in 4 parfait glasses. *you can always substitute peach slices for the apple slices. a collaboration with: philadelphia cream cheeserecipe + photos by: leslie grow for designlovefestwant more food posts?

Grilled Chocolate Sandwiches | I bake he shoots I gotta give it up to Alice Medrich. Why? Because Grilled Chocolate Sandwiches…for real. Why wasn’t it me who came up with melted chocolate on buttered, toasted bread? Why? As usual, they ignored me, but I’ll be alright. Usually, when it’s snack time, I reach for a big ole box of Cheez-its. I’m not gonna lie to you. Pay attention, now because this is simple: chocolate + buttered bread + grill = your next culinary adventure. Grilled Chocolate Sandwiches Recipe Grilled Chocolate Sandwiches Recipe barely adapted from Food52 Grilled Chocolate Sandwiches Unsalted butter or olive oil 4 slices sweet or sourdough French bread or firm white sandwich bread About 2 ounces broken or chopped semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, or ⅓ cup chocolate chips Coarse sea salt (optional) 1 tablespoon sugar mixed with ⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional) Butter one side of each slice of bread generously or pour 2 T olive oil in skillet and swirl to coat. About The Author Mondo

Ice Cream Sandwiches Recipe Directions 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. 2. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, salt, and baking powder. 3. 4. 5. Cook's Note: The bottoms of some ice cream containers have a little lip to them, so take that into consideration when you are cutting the ice cream to make sure you get disks of even size. ** Banana Bread Recipe Photography Credit: Elise Bauer This banana bread has been the most popular recipe on Simply Recipes for over 10 years. Thousands of people make it every day. Because it really is the best banana bread recipe, period. The beauty of this banana bread recipe is you don’t need a fancy mixer! You can toss in a cup of chopped nuts, raisins, or chocolate chips if you want, or put the batter into muffin tins and make banana nut muffins instead. I was given this banana bread recipe years ago from my friend Heidi H, who, many years before, had begged the recipe from a ski buddy’s mother—Mrs. Here’s a quick little video I put together on how to make this banana bread, please check it out! Banana Bread Recipe Print No need for a mixer for this recipe! The best bananas to use for banana bread are those that are over-ripe. Ingredients Method 1 Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C), and butter a 4x8-inch loaf pan. 2 In a mixing bowl, mash the ripe bananas with a fork until completely smooth. Hello!

We Need More Mary Sues On the subway last night, I saw a woman giving her son a new Avengers cup. It was pretty awesome. All the important Avengers were on it. In fact, the only characters missing were Hawkeye and Black Widow. The problem is that Hawkeye is one of five male Avengers, but Black Widow is the only female Avenger. She is, in short, not enough of a Mary Sue. “Mary Sue” has been an insult for “unrealistic” female characters for quite a while, but “Mary Sue” is the absolute definition of a superhero. And this is a serious problem, because we need insanely unrealistic wish-fulfilment female characters, just as we need male ones. Yet there’s almost nothing to offer. And although I’ve been talking about the Avengers, this isn’t exclusively a superhero problem. I’ve spent a lot of time writing about the need for a wide variety of realistic female characters, but staring at that cup yesterday, I also realized how much we need unrealistic female characters. We need more Mary Sues.

Caramelized White Chocolate Cookies I’m enamored with caramelized white chocolate. Sure, it adds a whole extra step to the baking process, but it’s worth it! The rich, creamy, caramel flavour is just out of this world on its own, but add it to a cookie or cake and you have stepped up to a whole new level of delicious. Crunchy exterior, chewy interior, absolutely loaded with caramelized white chocolate flavour! Makes about 3 dozen Ingredients 250g (8 3/4 oz) good quality white chocolate 190g (1 1/2 cups) all-purpose (plain) flour 1 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp salt 2 large eggs, room temperature 1 tsp vanilla extract 115g (1/2 cup) caster sugar Directions Preheat oven to 120°C (250°F). Break up the chocolate and spread it evenly in a small baking dish. Cook the chocolate in the oven for an hour or so, stirring with a spatula every ten minutes, until it’s a deep, caramel colour. Preheat oven to 175°C (350°F). In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Fold in flour mixture until fully combined. Like this: Related

Hot Fudge Sundae Oreo Brownies – Food Recipes Are you sick of all my Oreo recipes yet? No? Good, me either!! ;) I’m telling you, there isn’t a dessert out there that couldn’t be improved with Oreos! But I had an unopened package of Oreos staring at me and a serious craving for brownies, so I decided to just throw some in! These were a big hit last weekend on our annual weekend ski trip to Sugar Bowl, so I thought I’d share! 1 box Brownie Mixeggs & oil (as called for by the brownie mix)1 heaping half cup (6 oz) Cookies & Cream ice cream1/4 Cup hot fudge topping (chilled or room temp)*(optional) 1/4 cup of water – (I used this to thin out the mix, as it was super thick, & it still made for great results.)Preheat oven & grease baking dish (size, as called for on brownie mix box) Combine brownie mix, eggs, and oil as directed on the back of the box.Add ice cream and hot fudge to the brownie batter and stir to combine. NOTES: I used a Family Size Brownie Mix, which called for a 13″x19″ baking dish.

Chefn’ Sweet Spot Ice Cream Slab Homemade ice cream is a wonderful treat, however you really need to have an ice cream maker in your kitchen arsenal in order to get the best results when you make it. There are some outstanding no-churn ice cream recipes out there, but as good as those recipes are, your ice cream options are much more limited when you don’t have an ice cream maker. There are many affordable ice cream machines out there, and there are also a number of ice cream machine alternatives that you can choose from if those traditional models don’t fit in your kitchen. One example of a non-traditional ice cream maker is the Chefn’ Sweet Spot. The slab is a very large, shallow bowl that allows you to make up to six servings of ice cream very quickly and easily, and in a very unusual manner. The Sweet Spot slab needs to be frozen before use, just like the canisters used in many home ice cream machines.

California Club with Chipotle Mayo Today’s sandwich is the “California Club with Chipotle Mayo.” It combines turkey, Swiss cheese, bacon, spinach, tomato, avocado, a fried egg, and chipotle mayonnaise on three slices of toasted white bread. Notes: About ten years ago, one of my closest friends and I started parting ways professionally. Though we had started working for the same Internet company in similar roles, after the post-bubble collapse of that company, he began to focus much more on overall strategy and operations, while I chose to focus more on doing as little as possible. A decade later, while we remain very close, the relative wisdom of our life decisions is clear. Though we live hundreds of miles apart, we still get together to talk shop as often as we can. The last time we got together, this friend of mine made a remark that’s stuck with me ever since. The club sandwich occupies both of these mental spaces simultaneously. California Club with Chipotle MayoOne sandwich is often plenty for two people. Method:

An Open Door: Love At First Sight in Disney’s Frozen Last Wednesday, I wrote about Disney’s Frozen and how problematic it is to hold it up as a “feminist” Disney princess movie in contrast to all that has come before, and I stand by that post 100%. But Frozen is Disney’s 53rd animated movie since 1937, and it’s natural that, over those almost 80 years, these movies would change in sentiment and (hopefully) become more in line with modern ideals. So while the older movies from the 30s, 50s and even 80s and early 90s have played many fairy tale tropes straight, it’s definitely time to explore those (often sexist) tropes in a more critical manner. Most recent Disney movies have abandoned the “love at first sight” trope altogether by building the romantic relationship throughout the movie, and even having it develop from something more antagonistic or perfunctory (as in Tangled). And it’s not just a case of “he’s handsome and nice to me.” Hans goes out of his way to manipulate her.

Key Lime Pie I’ve always been intrigued by the American Key Lime Pie and thought it was high time I tried it. Of course, here in New Zealand we don’t have access to key limes, so I had to substitute good old New Zealand limes. I’ve kept the original recipe name though, as calling it New Zealand Lime Pie just wouldn’t have quite the same ring to it! I searched through a bunch of online recipes and came across this one from Food and, which was based on a recipe from the 1940s. What I quite liked about this particular recipe was that it whipped up the unused egg whites and folded them back into the mixture, giving it a lighter, more mousse-like quality. KEY LIME PIE (Serves 8-10) Ingredients: 200g Gingernut biscuits (or any ginger style biscuits) 70-85g unsalted butter, melted 2 tablespoons brown sugar Method: Preheat the oven to 175°C (350°F). In a large bowl, beat the 3 egg yolks with the whole egg until thickened (about 3 minutes). Like this: Like Loading...