Flan {Cinco de Mayo}

Cinco de Mayo is in just a few days! Let's celebrate!All throughout my schooling, I took Spanish. Every year all of us kids would look forward to Cinco de Mayo parties. There would be loads of tacos, burritos, virgin margaritas, fried ice cream, and of course, flan!Never before in my life did I like flan. I tried it once back when I was little and decided I didn't like it...never trying it again.I'm so glad, despite my preconceived notion that flan was gross, that I tried this recipe. I love the creamy texture and sweetness!If you've never had it before, or think that you don't like it like I did, give it a try. It's a good blend between a cheesecake and pudding. Smooth and delicious!Plus, it helps that this recipe is a little 'lighter' in fat and calories. … [Read more...]

3 Amazing Benefits of Cooking with Kids!

Yes, it’s true! Sometimes cooking with our kids can require time, patience, and some extra clean up effort. But experts agree that the extra effort is well worth it. The benefits are countless.Recently I was reminded how fun cooking can be when my kids and I attended a photo shoot for Cuisinart. The shoot was focused on the amazing Griddler! After the shoot, we were fortunate enough to keep the Panini maker and had so much fun coming up with creative delicious panini recipes. One more memorable than the other – the kids even got a little competitive.  As we sat around the table that night, we came up with a list of amazing benefits derived from a day in the kitchen as a family.Family Bonding OpportunityAll children love attention and cooking together requires a little … [Read more...]

Bird’s Nest Cake for Easter

Easter is right around the corner! It's time to start thinking about what decadent and precious dessert you'll be whipping up for your friends and family.If you ask me, you should make this lovely little cake. It's the kind of super chocolatey that screams for a scoop of vanilla frozen yogurt.In addition to being absolutely delicious, it's also too cute! You'll have all of the women oo-ing and ah-ing over it! Trust me. I did!Plus, they'll be in for a surprise when you cut the cake to reveal a vanilla chocolate chip frosting inside!Happy Easter and Happy Baking!Bird's Nest Cake adapted from Martha Stewart Ingredientscanola oil spray 1/2 cup Hershey's Special Dark cocoa powder + some for dusting 2 sticks unsalted butter 1 tablespoon instant espresso … [Read more...]

Eggcellent Dyed Deviled Eggs for Easter!

Hoppy Easter, ya'll! I am so excited for this time of year to be here already. I love all the beautiful spring colors all around, the lovely flowers in bloom and not to mention lots and lots of candy to be eaten! When I am not dreaming of chocolate, I am doing my best to consider other food groups that can be delicious, as well for a fun time with family and friends. One of my favorite party dishes is deviled eggs. Not only are the pretty quick to whip up, they are also usually guaranteed to please any crowd. I am positive that all your guests will absolutely love this fun finger food and keep coming back for more!For this dyed deviled egg recipe, I want to put a spin on your traditional ingredients as well as make the Easter bunny proud with some fun colors. They are all the fun of … [Read more...]

10 Amazing Things You Can Do With Lemons

When life hands you lemons...get creative!Lemons aren't just for lemonade. You can cook, bake, decorate, and even craft with lemons. Of course, lemonade is still a thirst-quenching option. Today you will get a sampling of each of these ideas. There's something here for everyone to try!/1/ Chai-Spiced Triple Citrus Tea is sure to quench your thirst on a hot summers day./2/ Hosting a summer barbecue? A slice of Meyer Lemon Cheesecake will be the perfect finish to dinner on the back patio./3/ You just may have the ingredients needed to create this invigorating Lemon Rosemary Bath Salt scrub in your kitchen pantry./4/ Did somebody say pound cake? {Nom.} This Meyer Lemon Pound Cake is both beautiful and tasty./5/ Too hot in your neck of the woods to turn on the … [Read more...]

Light and Healthy Spring Salad Recipes

Spring is in full swing, the weather is warmer, and we are all excited to get out of the hot kitchen and have a much cooler, lighter fare. Spring salads are the perfect solution to your seasonal dilemma. Here you'll find a bunch of recipes that are quick, easy and will leave you lots of time in your day to lounge by the pool or do a little spring cleaning!/1/ Fennel and Citrus Salad - This salad is filled with a yummy combo of both sweet and spicy. If you're someone who eats a Paleo diet, this recipe is perfect for you!/2/ Sweet Orange and Pineapple Salad - This salad would be beautiful on a plate with Simple Skillet Cooked Salmon or a roasted chicken dish./3/ Greek Green Bean Salad - Need a light and tasty dish to take to your next potluck? Voila! This green bean salad will be … [Read more...]