peach pie smoothie and a giveaway

Peach Pie Smoothie

I like milk. I like its creamy, buttery taste and, to me, it’s best ice cold with a chocolate chip cookie or two. On the other hand, I’ve never liked soy milk. Years ago, I tried it and I didn’t care for its watery flavor and chalky texture. Recently, however, I was convinced by some fellow bloggers to try it again and surprisingly, I found that it actually tasted good and not gritty. While it doesn’t compare to the flavor and texture of milk, I have had a change of heart. I still prefer to drink regular milk, but I have started to use soy milk, specifically in smoothies. My first attempt at making a soy milk smoothie, Chocolate, Peanut Butter, and Banana Smoothie, was such a success that I am using soy milk again for this one. Continue reading

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Bob’s Red Mill Polenta and Hazelnut Flour Giveaway Winners!

Thanks so much to all of you who entered my second giveaway and for talking about your favorite polenta and hazelnut recipes in the comments section! You’ve given me inspiration for some new dishes to add to my repertoire.  I love soft polenta with an over easy egg on top for breakfast, but I never would have thought of having it with fresh fruit like Sharyn from The Kale Chronicles does. Emily’s grilled polenta with black bean and corn salsa sounds like a wonderfully light and colorful appetizer.  CakebyKat’s molten cake with hazelnut filling sounds divine as does macarons made with hazelnut instead of almond flour.  Tt, polenta as crust for a quiche?  Yes, please! Continue reading

hazelnut frangipane and nutella-dark chocolate ganache tart and another giveaway

Hazelnut Frangipane and Nutella Chocolate Ganache Tart

I can’t believe that it’s been over three months since I’ve baked anything with chocolate.  How could I have let that happen? To remedy this dire situation, I adapted my Fig, Almond Frangipane, and Orange Tart to make this nutty tart. I recently received a complimentary bag of hazelnut flour from Bob’s Red Mill to try out, so I took this opportunity to use it in both the crust and the frangipane.  Continue reading

Bob’s Red Mill Giveaway Winners!

Thanks so much to all of you who entered my very first giveaway!  The three winners listed above will each receive a bag of Fine Ground Cornmeal from Bob’s Red Mill.

I will be notifying the winners via email this morning, so please check your inbox!  I need to collect your contact information, including your phone number to forward to Bob’s Red Mill. Continue reading

blueberry corn muffins with blueberry-flavored mascarpone and my first giveaway

Corn is one of my favorite vegetables, and I enjoy eating it in many forms – grilled corn on the cob, cornbread with honey butter, and, yes, canned creamed corn. Actually, when I was younger, I used to eat creamed corn with evaporated milk and sugar. I loved it!  Even as a kid, I had an insatiable sweet tooth. Continue reading