Every good meal ends with dessert. Many believe that making a dessert is a challenging engagement in the kitchen, but It does not have to be that way. Any dessert novice can step into the spotlight and have conquered them the first time round. It's a liberating experience. Any dessert will be a piece of cake (pardon the pun) So here are a couple of recipes to lose that fear of dessert preparation and to become acquainted with your sweet tooth.
To start off with, how about making some cupcakes, a great combination is lemon and raspberries and here is an easy recipe for you.
With all the hype about love and romance in the air, it can be pretty hard being single on Valentine's Day. You might even want to stay in, turn on something crappy on TV, and drown your sorrows in a gallon or three of ice cream. Well, while we're totally telling you to cheer up and not to be down on yourself, we will also post this helpful guide to five of the newest Ben & Jerry's flavors...you know, just in case. And, for good measure, we'll be pairing them with some quotes from fellow romance cynics.
Chocolate Peppermint Crunch
Chocolate ice cream with peppermint and fudge swirls and mint chocolate cookies.
With the days and nights as cold as they are, winter has settled in. The season gives you the advantage of savoring a comforting meal which is flavorsome and accessible. Comfort foods have become synonymous with stews and soups but let’s change that a bit, how about a selection of pies to keep that comfort up? Pies are a great vehicle to carry flavor and texture. The pastry should be crisp and the filling inside should be steaming and melt in your mouth. I adore a good pot or English style pie even a sausage roll goes a long way.
The Black Sheep Traditional Irish fare is found at the Black Sheep Pub. A great selection of beers is on tap and the food will not disappoint. And what might you ask goes great with a good beer a pie of course and that is what you will find at this pub. Stop by some time.
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Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and settling for less-than-spectacular in terms of gift giving is unacceptable! Luckily, Epicerie Boulud, located at 1900 Broadway at 64th Street, has turned its production up a notch to provide you with the perfect tasty treat for you to give to your special someone.
Ever heard of Graeter's ice cream from Cincinnati, Ohio? Well, Oprah says it's her absolute favorite and Bill Clinton gets it shipped to his house on dry ice, so it's probably batshit amazing. And now Bostonians can sample what is possibly the best ice cream in the world because Whole Foods markets in the area are now carrying the coveted brand.
Graeter's is hand-packed and painstakingly made in small, two-gallon batches using an old fashioned "french pot" process that commericial manufacturers have long since abandoned. Because of their careful technique and high quality ingredients, the frozen result is unique: a dense, creamy, and fresh-tasting dessert. The Boston Whole Foods will carry a limited number of flavors including Graeter's signature Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip.
If you're interested in the company's process and why it makes their ice cream taste better than anyone else's, check out this video below:
Valentine's Day is a day for love and romance, but more importantly, it is a day where you can stuff your face with chocolates, baked goods, and wine without judgement. So we're rounding up some of the most delightful, sexy, and lush sweets and other treats just in time for your V Day celebrations!
Chef Francois Payard is making it easier to send a kiss this Valentines Day with his Dark Chocolate Raspberry Lips. Each box of 18-count chocolate lips, packaged in a chic red clutch, comes with an edible white chocolate raspberry lipstick. Boxes are priced at $55 and can be found here.
Located in Downtown Flushing, Rose House celebrates the marriage of tea and art in its spacious setting, furnished with red leather couches and oil paintings. The atmosphere embodied elegance at its simplest: yellow lamps lent a gentle ambiance while the fresh assortment of pink and white roses made it a lovely haven for delicious English teas. Classical music hummed beneath the layer of quiet chatter that resonated around the spacious teahouse. Everything here was so delicate and the air was thick with the sweet scent of teas brewing in rose-embellished china teapots that perched prettily upon ceramic potholders.
What happens when you start longing for a satisfying dessert? Nothing can beat the taste of a doughnut and the Doughnut Plant, in the Lower East Side has the answer. New York is sprinkled with doughnut stores however, only the Doughnut Plant can fulfill the craving of a mouthwatering doughnut. There is distinct correlation between the smells in the store to the products on offer; it’s a sensory overload from warm vanilla to the richness of chocolate. Finding the perfect morsel becomes extremely hard as any choice will be surely be amazing, satisfying even the pickiest of dessert lovers.
It's that time again: a chill in the air, snow on the ground, Christmas shopping (nearly) completed...and, of course, this can mean only one thing. That's right, kids: it's nog o'clock! Eggnog is one of those things that it'd admittedly be kinda weird to drink during pretty much any other time of the year, so we want you to make the most of your small nog-window and go all out. That's why we put together a collection of our favorite eggnog recipes to make at home. Don't get lazy and go store-bought! Treat yo' self!
Alton Brown's Classic Eggnog
The Food Network star's signature classic eggnog recipe will bring home the good old nog flavor every time.
Hard candy may seem a bit old fashioned to you- like the stuff your grandma carries around in her purse. But they're making a comeback and candy stores across the country featuring old school hard candies in their shops and even trying their hand at making their own custom ones. We've found some places that make the coolest hard candies- from original flavors like guava and cola to organically made ones for a healthier treat. Take a bite into these tasty morsels- just don't bite too hard!