Recipe ReDux: A {Healthier} Peanut Butter Cup

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Happy Birthday Recipe ReDux.  You are one year old today, and what a healthy and delicious year you have had, thanks to your fabulous founders Regan and Serena and Deanna! To celebrate this month's theme, "Small Bites", I'm pairing two of my {almost daily} favorites, dark chocolate and peanut butter, with just a few other ingredients, to make a peanut butter cup, that is no less delicious than the original, but a "tad bit" on the healthier side. In this case "healthier" meaning, higher in protein, fiber, healthy fats {monounsaturates and … [Read more...]

Recipe ReDux: Triple XXX Chocolate Biscotti

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I'm really so very, very sorry, but I had to do it. I was forced by my fellow Recipe ReDuxers to post yet ANOTHER chocolate recipe this month. I'm sure after my #chocolatelove Molten Lava Cake with Raspberries, and last weeks Cinnamon Almond Mocha, you're all quite done with chocolate for the month. No? Whew. I hope not, because I have a REALLY good one for you today. Welcome to February's Theme: “Chocolate Love Is In The Air” It’s no secret that indulgent chocolate recipes are in high demand in February. Obviously the … [Read more...]

Sippity Sip: Cinnamon Almond Mocha and a Fun Giveaway!

Celebrate Heart Health Month with a delicious Cinnamon Almond Mocha

Can you think of any better way to sip this yummy cinnamon almond mocha on a windy, rainy day, then with  one of these fabulous paper straws? Update: The Giveaway is closed. I can't. And, in honor of National Almond Day {February 16}, I think it's befitting we make our mochas with almond milk, and a dash of almond extract. Not only does this drink warm you up on the inside, but in a nod to American Heart Month, it also soothes your ticker with a dose of heart healthy nutrients from coffee, cocoa, and almonds. Psst... It tastes … [Read more...]

Food Bloggers Virtual New Year’s Eve and My 12 Favorite Recipes from 2011!

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Happy New Year's Eve my friends! {Or, for those of you reading this in 2012, Happy New Years!!!} What better way to celebrate the new year, than with a party??? {A huge thank you to Lora from Cake Duchess, and Sanjeeta from LiteBite for hosting this virtual party...to Junia from Mis Pensamientos for coordinating the partiers...and to Heather from Farmgirl Gourmet for her lovely and festive logo design!} So what will we be serving at this party you may be asking??? Why a bit of champagne the bubbly, of course, and for those of you … [Read more...]

Kids in the Kitchen: Homemade Chocolate Lollipops Just Like Ina’s!

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Can I tell you about my latest Saturday morning? I promise you I'll be quick since I know the main reason you're here is for the homemade chocolate lollipops! Anyways, this past Saturday I had a lovely morning... With the tree decorated, the house clean, the kids on vacation (no homework!), AND, no kids sporting events to attend, I managed to spend the morning relaxing in front of a warm fire, coffee in hand, watching Ina on the Food Network Channel. You all know who Ina is, right? No worries if you don't.  After all, my … [Read more...]

Bailey’s Irish Cream Cheesecake {Original and Gluten-Free} for #NellysBigDay

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I'm so excited to be celebrating a special occasion with you all today, and I hope you will join myself and all the other fun and fabulous bloggers in celebrating #NellysBigDay today with a virtual Bridal Shower for my lovely blogging and Twitter friend,  Marnely Rodriguez of Cooking With Books. Here's how it all started... “And …I said YESSSSS!” It happened one November midnight, in Twitterverse, we saw this tweet from our dear Nelly @nella22. Without missing a beat, we all knew Nelly had “said YES” to her beloved “M”,as she sweetly … [Read more...]

Dark Chocolate ChickPz Giveaway!

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I knew I was in trouble when the box arrived... I debated back-and-forth in my mind about whether to open it or not... You see, it was in the afternoon, right around "that time of the day." You know that time, right??? SNACK TIME! I figured if I opened the package, I might not be able to eat just a few....{Read more on this at the end of the post!} But, against my better judgement, I opened it anyways, and found this lovely little pouch... Seriously...how fun is this??? But the packaging wasn't the biggest thing on my … [Read more...]

Terra’s Chocolate Mousse, and The Curious Case of The Missing Tofu

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Like chocolate? How about sinfully rich {yet super healthy} chocolate mousse??? Yes??? Then I have just the recipe for you. But first a little story about the case of the missing tofu... Once upon a time {1 week ago}, I took a trip to my neighborhood Trader Joes to pick up some tofu for Terra's Chocolate Mousse. I came home and deposited it in the fridge in my garage, only to forget about it until yesterday when it was time to make the mousse... So, I went to the fridge and looked all around for the tofu. It couldn't be … [Read more...]

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Camels and Camels Milk…But Were Too Afraid to Ask!

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OK. So maybe you haven't been lying awake sleeplessly at night, wondering about camel's milk and camels... BUT, camels, as I have recently discovered, can be really sweet, fun animals, and the nutritional makeup of their milk is really quite intriguing as well! If you're wondering where all this camel talk is coming from, let me tell you about the adventure my 4th grade Girl Scout troop just had at a camel farm. This past week, we took a trip to the Oasis Camel Dairy in Ramona, California.  Once we entered the gate, we were greeted … [Read more...]