Doesn’t this sound awesome! Grace Street Tea in K-Town

Doesn’t this sound awesome! Grace Street Tea in K-Town

Peanut Butter & Jelly Cupcakes! — made by me. #Cupcake #dessert #pbj #halloween

Peanut Butter & Jelly Cupcakes! — made by me. #Cupcake #dessert #pbj #halloween

Tray of #sweet #Mexican #breads don’t they look #yummy #nyc #queens #corona

Tray of #sweet #Mexican #breads don’t they look #yummy #nyc #queens #corona

#brownie #bite with a  #marshmallow center covered in #fudge — made by me #nycc #newyorkcookiecrumbs #happyeaster #chocolate #decadent #awesomeness #sweettreats #dessertsofinstagram #cookies

#brownie #bite with a #marshmallow center covered in #fudge — made by me #nycc #newyorkcookiecrumbs #happyeaster #chocolate #decadent #awesomeness #sweettreats #dessertsofinstagram #cookies

Peppermint Hot Chocolate with a Shot

With this Polar Vortex in full swing, I thought I’d post a little something to warm up. During a regular, run of the mill winter any hot chocolate will do, but for a Polar Vortex Winter your hot chocolate will need to be kicked up a notch.

My Mima (grandma) always said that the first step to making the perfect cup of hot chocolate was unwrapping Hershey’s Kisses. A Hershey’s Kiss hot chocolate by itself is so creamy, smooth and perfectly sweetened; there is no need to add sugar or condensed milk.  You can make it as dark or as light as you like and it’s just as quick to make as the instant powder stuff that leave a funny after taste.

Now introduce a some mint in the form of alcohol and you have a heavenly chocolate-peppermint drink that can drive the chill out of your bones. 

Buen Provecho! And stay warm!

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Serving Size 1
 
4-5 Hershey’s Classic Milk Chocolate Kisses
½ cup of whole milk
1 oz Rumple Minze (or other peppermint schnapps)
Whip Cream (optional but so tasty!)

  1. Unwrap Hershey’s Classic Milk Chocolate Kisses.
  2. In your favorite microwave-safe mug heat up about 1/2 cup of whole milk in the microwave. You want the milk warm enough to melt the chocolate. Skim the top to remove the film.
  3. Drop the Kisses into the milk carefully and beware of splatters of hot milk. Stir until Kisses melt completely.
  4. Once the Kisses are melted, drop in your shot of Schnappps and stire softly.
  5. Top with whip cream then use a grater to shave some chocolate Kiss over the top for a fancy touch!

2013 Brooklyn Cookie Takedown

In November my friend reminded me that the Brooklyn Cookie Takedown was just around the corner. This year rather than just purchasing a ticket to go and eat, I decided to enter into the competition. I spent about a week concepting a cookie, and 2 weeks trying to perfect it. With all this baking my oven decided that it was throwing in the towel.

The Saturday before the competition, I baked 250 cookies with a broken oven. I could only keep it up to temperature (350) for an hour at a time before I had to turn it off, let it cool completely, then turn back on again.

Even in the face of adversity my Smashed & Spiked Cookies: smashed sweet potato pecan cookies with spiked bourbon maple frosting won me 3rd place for judges choice!

Read Takedown article here: http://thetakedowns.com/brooklyn-eyes-and-stomachs-exploded-read-on-if-you-can-stomach-it/

Smoked Dulce Deleche doughnuts from Tres Carnes on 20th and 6th Ave in Manhattan.
These guys are … Awesome!

Chocolate moose cheesecake and lobster tail from Mama’s Backyard Bakery in Corona, Queens. 

The Cheesecake was definitely the way to go! It was light and creamy, I could taste the ricotta and the moose was delicious!! Worth every calorie. 

The lobster tail was mediocre, the custard filling didn’t taste like much and was too thick. But the crust was nice and flaky, so that redeemed it a bit.

Chocolate moose cheesecake and lobster tail from Mama’s Backyard Bakery in Corona, Queens.

The Cheesecake was definitely the way to go! It was light and creamy, I could taste the ricotta and the moose was delicious!! Worth every calorie.

The lobster tail was mediocre, the custard filling didn’t taste like much and was too thick. But the crust was nice and flaky, so that redeemed it a bit.

Ben & Jerry’s - Sundae Research

For the wedding, I have contracted a Ben & Jerry’s ice cream sundae bar. This was one wedding expense I was not willing to budge on.  I was prepared to go to the mattresses for this one! Luckily for all, no one fought me on it.

For the sundae bar we get to pick 4 ice cream flavors and 4 toppings, Ben & Jerry’s will supply them plus the whipped cream, caramel, and fudge. They also supply a server who will dish out as many sundaes as our guests can eat for 2 hours!

Friday, G. and I are on our way to the Ben & Jerry’s in Harold Square to sample ALL their available flavors. The menu that we were sent from the Kansas City location has 25 ice cream flavors and 3 sorbet flavors! How are we to only select 4? It almost seems criminal to have to discriminate against the other 24 flavors that we can’t pick!

— an hour later—

We made it to the Ben & Jerry’s! This location has a total of 30 flavors and we tried them ALL. I have the spoons to prove it.

There was a mix between ice creams, sorbets, and their new frozen Greek yogurt. The guy behind the counter, Cabeanie, was a dream! He was so nice and really knew his product. With each tasting spoon he handed us he told us a little something about each flavor and what made it unique.

For instance, did you know that AmeriCone Dream was just a test batch that wasn’t expected to succeed. It became such a success that it is now a staple provided in each B&Js. 

All the flavors were amazing! Seriously, no joke, awesome! Milk & Cookies tasted just like cookie soup. Chocolate Therapy, which is made with chocolate pudding, had the consistency of cold pudding that had been mixed with a scope of chocolate ice cream and had chunks of brownie tossed in - which is pretty much exactly what it is.

The big surprises for me were Chunkie Monkey, Pina Colada, and Vanilla Chocolate chip. I have to admit I’ve never tried Chunky Monkey because I’m not a fan of fake banana flavor, but this was made with real bananas!  The Pina Colada flavor reminded me of sitting by the pool in Puerto Rico. It was so refreshing and not too sweet with coconut shavings in it.  The Vanilla Chocolate Chip was actually made with Splenda and was surprisingly very tasty.

The sorbets were all pretty good. The most note worthy was the Lemonade, which reminded me of my childhood when we’d suck a lemon that had sugar on it.  Unfortunately you can’t really make an ice cream sundae out of sorbet so these were all ruled out. We also ruled out all of the Greek yogurts.

But alas, in the end we could only choose 4. So we had to consider what would make the very best ice cream sundaes. Our final picks were (insert drum roll):

1) Stephen Colbert’s AmeriCone Dream: Vanilla ice cream with fudge covered waffle cone pieces and a caramel swirl.

2) Chocolate Fudge Brownie: Chocolate ice cream with fudge brownies.

3) Mint Chocolate Chunk: Mint ice cream and fudge chunks.

4) Chunky Monkey: Banana ice cream with fudge chunks and walnuts.

After all the samples we were all hopped up on sugar and ready to take on the mad house of Macy’s. But it is all worth it, since I’m sure that this is going to be my favorite part of the wedding celebrations.

buen provecho!

Heaven can be found inside a Chocolate Almond Croissant from La Boulangerie in FoHi! I walked in just to see if there was anything coming out fresh from the oven and oh boy was there! 

My favorite kind of  Croissant! It is almost cakey and perfectly chewy with toasted almonds on top. Not only are the pastries tasty here, they are beautiful too!   

Now time to eat! 

Buen provecho!

Heaven can be found inside a Chocolate Almond Croissant from La Boulangerie in FoHi! I walked in just to see if there was anything coming out fresh from the oven and oh boy was there!

My favorite kind of Croissant! It is almost cakey and perfectly chewy with toasted almonds on top. Not only are the pastries tasty here, they are beautiful too!

Now time to eat!

Buen provecho!