Roasted Red Pepper Parmesan & Ricotta Cheese Ball

A cheese ball may not seem like anything to rejoice over, but if you are lactose intolerant this will surely be a treat! These are great for brunches, entertaining, and of course snacking (my favorite past time!) I was half joking there, but there is some truth to that statement. 🙂 Feel free to skip to the ingredients if you are ready to make this amazing Roasted Red Pepper Parmesan & Ricotta Cheese Ball recipe. 

Cookie Crumb Ice Cream Tarts

 

Here is a great idea/recipe for cake and or cookie crumbs. Don’t throw all that hard work away!

cookie crumb ice cream tart

This is pretty straightforward. Although here is a slight disclaimer, my cookies usually end up being more of a cake like consistency to begin with. So perhaps cake scraps will be the best bet for this recipe. Or if you are coming over from my last recipe you will have it covered as far as cookie scraps are concerned. 🙂

What you will need:

  • ice cream
  • tart pans with releasing bottoms (used 4.5” tart pans)
  • cookie and or cake crumbs
  • butter

You can use as much or as little cookie crumbs/cake crumbs as you would like. For my leftovers I ended up using 5 tablespoons melted butter and there was enough crumble to cover 7 mini tarts! I used 2 pints of dairy free ice cream, (which isn’t cheap either.) I realize this is a lot of sweets, so if you end up making one that is OK too. Just get the crumb consistency packable if that makes sense. Just add enough melted butter to where it will hold together once packed into the mini tart pan.

Instructions:

  • Either press crumbs down with fingertips or a flat bottomed glass.
  • After that, simply refrigerate mini tarts till the cookie and or cake crumble has solidified.
  • From there, add ice cream that is of a soft serve consistency.
  • Smooth the ice cream on the top, and make sure there is plenty of ice cream in the fluted portion so it resembles a tart.
  • Place into a freezer and wait 30 minutes.
  • Remove from freezer and with a little force, push the bottom up to get ice cream treat to release.
  • Enjoy!

Chocolate Chip Cookies and Cream

 

Celebrate with this cake like Chocolate Chip Cookies and Cream recipe. What are we celebrating exactly? Anything you want to! As you can see by the shape of these cookies, you can probably guess that it is for Valentines Day. Don’t let the timing stop you though from recreating this recipe anytime of the year.

Sparkling Sumo Tangerine Drink

For a light, refreshing, and semi tart mix of flavors look no further than this Sparkling Sumo Tangerine Drink. Ingredients include fresh squeezed Sumo tangerines-which are a cross between a tangerine and a Navel orange. They are quite magical, and have the cutest shape to them. Almost too cute to eat! More ingredients include: freeze dried strawberries, and a sparkling apple/pear juice. You might be wondering about the freeze dried strawberries. The flavor is very pronounced with the freeze dried fruit. The dried strawberries really make the flavor combination of this drink taste wonderful, and also add a little bit of color too!

Pillow Puff Treats

For a super easy dessert or snack, try these Pillow Puff Treats. Powdered peanut butter is added to give a slight hint of peanut butter goodness. Now to explain the name of these treats read below. 🙂

Peppery Spinach Tomato Soup

As it snows outside, I need not worry as I have this Peppery Spinach Tomato Soup. I wanted to call this recipe, “I Wish it were Summer Soup,” but that really doesn’t describe what is in it, now does it?

Caramel Candied Pecans

Perhaps my timing is all wrong with this Caramel Candied Pecans recipe after the holidays. These would have made great gifts. Then again, maybe the timing is perfect because these candied pecans are not just for homemade food gifts. They are great for entertaining, snacks, trail mixes, cereals, and even fancy salads.

Blueberry Lemon & Coconut Loaf Cake

I wanted to start this new year off with an easy recipe, so here it is. Blueberry Lemon & Coconut Loaf Cake. I myself have found loaf cakes to be very unpretentious and a rather easy baking subject on many many tests I have conducted. 🙂 Eating cakes are tests right? Someone has to be taste tester! You might notice I am a huge fan of lemon extract. I have put this extract to many good uses in other recipes I have made over the last year and half with this food blog. As an added bonus I found an organic version of lemon extract. I tend to get a little too excited when I find something organic that I thought I would never be able to find.

This Blueberry Lemon & Coconut Loaf Cake is great with a cup of coffee in the morning. The loaf cake has a very fruity taste with the help of the lemon extract and the blueberries. It is also slightly crumbly, which is another trait I seek out in cakes. Just a personal preference, I suppose. The cake itself is not overly fluffy nor overly dense. It has a good amount of moistness to it, and requires little effort. That to me is probably the most important part. Little effort. Especially after all of the holiday cooking and gatherings and baking and wrapping, oh my!

This would be a perfect cake to have out for guests earlier in the day if you were planning on having company. It is always nice to have a little something extra on hand to go along with some coffee. Win-win situation! 🙂

As a side note, this loaf cake can easily be adapted to dairy free. Just swap out the butter part of the recipe, and use vegan butter or oil.

This recipe works best with a 9×5 loaf pan.

Enjoy!

Holiday Pizzelle’s with Ground Star Anise

I set out to make some Holiday Pitzelle’s, as I always do around this time of year. I have been doing this for years now, so I get a little excited knowing pizzelle’s are going to be around. I know a lot of people that really don’t care for the strong licorice taste of anise extract. I love it, but thought perhaps I could make a more subtle version. I think this would please even the most fussy eaters. The butter flavor really comes out in these, so just think of a really thin and fancy butter cookie with a muted star anise flavor. If you eat these too fast like I do, you may not even notice the flavor at all. By all means though, sit back with a nice cup of coffee and enjoy these special treats without devouring them like I do. Did I mention these make for the best little holiday treats?

Asian Style Salad

A crunchy, Asian inspired salad to rejuvenate after the holiday feasts. It is also a great salad for meal prepping.