Fruit Smoothies

This year I made the resolution to eat better.

I’m sure many people made similar resolutions, but what exactly does it mean to eat better?

For me it means not snacking mindlessly, eating a breakfast, and incorporating more fruits & veggies into my meals.

So far, it’s been really tough. Not snacking is easy, eating a breakfast is doable (but I usually forget), and eating more fruits and veggies is not easy.

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But I’ve found the best way to both eat a breakfast and add more fruits/veggies is through smoothies.

Smoothies have always been a favorite of mine. They are fast, easy and you can make them very healthy. [Read more...]

Mango Madness: Homemade Mango Ice Cream

The other day something crazy happened. Marnely was tweeting away about mangoes and how delicious they are, and out of nowhere (to me..I was traveling) she mentioned something about a mango madness post day. After having delicious mango after mango in Maui I wanted to join immediately. Ultimately eight of us joined in on the madness and are here today to tell you about it.

Initially I thought, mango candy.

It’s not often I see mango candy around this area and it sounded delicious, so why not?  Once I realized that Friday was quickly approaching and time was running out, I went with something that would be a little less intimidating. And something that I could make a night, and would be ready in the morning.

Ice cream was my first thought and I stuck with it.

So using my slightly under ripe mangoes (tear, tear) I made mango ice cream.

I was a little nervous at how this was going to go. Curd is easy, you slowly raise the temperature to avoid cooking the eggs and having slimy scrambled eggs. But making the custard part for the ice cream was slightly different. You have to cook everything to the proper consistency but if it boils, you are done.

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Unfortunately, when I looked away for a second to get a strainer my first custard boiled. It was done.

I tried again, and the next time it was perfect. No cooked eggs, and no wasted mango! Due to my lack of an ice cream maker I had to do this the more labor intensive way.

After cooking everything to the proper temperature and consistency, I mixed in the mango then let it cool down in the refrigerator. I added the cream and chopped dark chocolate then allowed the mixture some time to freeze in the freezer. A few hours later (and quite a bit of stirring) we had mango ice cream.

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BFB Favorites

Last week I did my first post on my “favorites of the week.” I really enjoyed sharing some of my favorite bloggers and recipes with you, so I decided to make this a weekly thing.

The inspiration for a “favorites” post came from the lovely Chef Pandita. She has a delicious link post on Mondays that I was lucky enough to be mentioned in. I thought it was a great idea, so I am starting a tradition of my own.

From now on, once a week I am going to share with you 5 of my favorite recipes from the past week or so.

And without further ado…

1. Steph’s Bite By Bite – Blueberry Pies in a Jar

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photo courtesy of stephsbitebybite.com

These little personalized pies are so cute! I have been wanting to make my own pie in a jar for a long time. They are the perfect size, and would make a great gift. She also mentions not wanting to share dessert, and I completely understand. Dessert is the best part of the meal…why share?

2. Amy from Fragrant Vanilla Cake – Chocolate Red Wine and Olive Oil Cake

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Amy made this delicious looking chocolate, red wine, and olive oil cake. Can you imagine how luscious, and moist this cake must be?? To top it off, she spread homemade raspberry jam in between the layers, and covered it in vegan chocolate frosting. I think this would be the perfect cake for a date night or anniversary. This cake is beautiful, and elegant.

3. Kate from Diethood – Peanut Butter Cups

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photo courtesy of diethood.com

Kate shares her take on a classic, peanut butter cups. I don’t know many people that can resist the combination of peanut butter and chocolate. I know that I can’t. When I saw her post on how to make your own at home I knew I was doomed. I love the addition of white chocolate and chopped nuts on top, great texture contrast!!

 

4. Kim from Liv Life – Margarita Lime Cheesecake

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Kim made a wonderful margarita inspired cheesecake. I love cheesecake. The silky smooth texture with the crumbly slightly sweet crust…mmm… Kim really took it to the next level with the addition of tequila, fresh lime juice, and Grand Marnier. Her presentation is beautiful as well. She even made little cheesecakes for the perfect single serving size!

5. Megan from Foodalution – Organic Mango Hand Dipped Chocolates

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Megan celebrated her health and 100th blog post with these beautiful hand dipped organic mango chocolates. I don’t know about you, but I have never attempted to make my own chocolates before. Her chocolates are so beautiful, and I am dying to make my own. I can only imagine the mess I would make with a project like that... But, I hope you are as inspired as I was after seeing the picture!

BFB Favorites

I apologize for my absence lately. I’m sure as many of you know/ remember this is finals time…

Time to buckle down and remember what my professors attempted to teach me, and what I (may or may not) have learned.

Instead of sharing one of my recipes, I thought I would share I have noticed around the internet. These are recipes that are just fabulous.

First, Lindsey from Gingerbread Bagels has been on a bit of an ice cream kick. She recently posted a recipe for an amazing looking funfetti birthday cake ice cream. It looks so fun, and I can only imagine how it tastes! Funfetti is one of my favorite cake mixes and makes me think of one of my good friends, Kelly. I know she will swoon over this recipe.

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Second, Marnely from Cooking with Books posted an easy to follow tutorial on how to make your on cheese at home. It sounds so much simpler then I ever thought it would be. The possibilities with cheese making seem endless. This is something I have been interested in learning for a long time, and I want to try my hand at it as soon as possible.

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image credit: Cooking with Books

Third, Lillian from Sweets by Sillianah has been doing a section on yeast doughs and recently posted a recipe for homemade bagels. I saw this and I was amazed! I am definitely a bagel fan, but I don’t eat them often. Her homemade recipe is sure to change my mind as I’m sure it will anyone with a fear of carbs.

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image credit: Sweets by Sillianah

Fourth, Vicki from Wilde in the Kitchen made a fresh and delicious sounding muffin with mango and lime. I don’t know about you but I am a huge tropical fruit fan. My parents taught me when I was younger to squeeze a little fresh lime on papaya and mango before you eat it to cut a little of the sweetness, so when I saw her amazing muffin recipe I knew it was a winner.

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And finally, Maureen at The Orgasmic Chef recently posted a recipe for a candy that is completely new to me, Maine Needhams. Have you guys heard of these little chocolate covered confections? They incorporate potatoes, powdered sugar, and coconut to create a completely different type of candy. I really want to give them a try. I love new recipe ideas!

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image credit: The Orgasmic Chef

I hope you stop by these blogs, leave a comment, and give some of these recipes a try. They all sound wonderful!