It’s my favorite time of the year. Those who know me, know that I Fall is my season bar none. Though Fall officially started a couple of weeks ago, I noticed that I’ve yet to post any Fall-related recipes. Well, that changes today. I’m sharing my version of a beloved fall staple. Cinnamon rolls! Now, there are tons of recipes out there for cinnamon rolls. But, I’m a bit of a perfectionist. If I’m going to make a cinnamon roll, it’s going to have to hit all the marks. So, what makes a great cinnamon roll? In my opinion, it should be soft, tall, fluffy, golden, full of flavor and topped with a delicious glaze. I didn’t want to share a cinnamon roll recipe until I feel like I nailed all those points. After much research and testing, I believe I’ve arrived at the pinnacle of cinnamon roll goodness. I’m happy to share it with you!
A few weeks ago, I shared a raspberry mousse recipe with you guys. Well, little did you know what was going on behind the scenes. That mousse went a long way. Not only did I use them for my raspberry mousse cups, which you can find the recipe for here, but I also was able to use the mousse for this lovely chocolate-raspberry mousse cake. For as good as this cake looks and tastes, it’s incredibly easy to make. I used a homemade chocolate cake, but you can use the boxed mix or grocery cake layers. From there, all I did was make some ganache, which is child’s play and used the leftover raspberry mousse I had on hand. It was that easy.
I’m just going to say it for everybody. “Casserole” doesn’t sound appetizing. The word just has a bad connotation attached to it in the food world. You can blame things like Tuna casserole and other crazy concussions for that. However, I’m here to break that stigma. There are plenty of delicious casserole dishes out there. Lasanaga, baked ziti, and baked macaroni and cheese are great examples of amazing “casserole” dishes. Well, let me introduce one more to add to that list…French Toast Casserole. Yes, you read that right. French Toast Casserole. I love this dish so much! There’s no need to soak the bread overnight. There’s no need to stand over an oven and slave away flipping the bread at precisely the right moment. Nope, this dish allows you to put everything in one casserole dish, bake it off and you can enjoy the fruits of your labor. This version of french toast casserole is called “berries and cream french toast casserole.” For good reason too. We have berries and cream cheese in the casserole. Then, we top it off with more berries and some whipped cream. Once you take a bite of your warm french toast, you’ll think you died and went to heaven. It will take you to another dimension. I’m tellin’ you.
It’s Summer and it’s hot out. I really don’t do well in this weather. I’m more an Autumn girl. However, since I can’t press a fast forward button to the Fall, I’m going to have to tough this heat and humidity out. During the Summer, I want something cool and refreshing daily. These mousse cups check all the boxes. They look impressive. They are easy and quick to make. And man oh man are they good. I’m pretty much a sucker for any raspberry and chocolate combination. Lastly, the best thing is the differing textures. We have the cool creamy mousse, with the dense fudgy chocolate cake and cookie crumbs sprinkled throughout. It really doesn’t get much better.
Anyone that knows me knows that I love peanut butter. Peanut butter candy, peanut butter sweets, and just plain peanut butter and jelly. It’s just such a distinctly wonderful flavor. Let me tell you, these cookies will sure fill your peanut butter needs. They’re full of peanut butter flavor, dense, soft and chewy. The only downside is you’re going to need a big glass of milk to wash them down with because they’re that rich. They’re so good, but you most likely won’t be able to eat more than three at a time. But don’t mind me, try it if you dare!
This is my mom’s version of oven-baked chicken. It’s done the Lebanese way, which is made with tons of garlic and lemon.
To start this dish, you’ll want to make my mom’s chicken stock. This dish is typically the entree that accompanies my mom’s Lebanese vegetable soup that I shared with you last week. You don’t absolutely have to serve this with the veggie soup, although I highly recommend it. What’s not optional is the use of chicken stock in this recipe. Using the stock recipe I offered to you last week, is the epitome of why this dish is so good. That stock is part of the reason why this chicken is so tender, juicy and flavorful. If you’re a garlic lover, this recipe is most definitely the one for you. Also, just a FYI, this recipe is not accompanied by a video tutorial. I just didn’t have enough video footage to make a video from it. Regardless, the vegetable soup tutorial is up and that’s where you can see how to make this stock. Once you make the stock, the rest is super easy.
I have a cheat that I can teach you. It’s called “healthy” desserts. See, my brothers always give me a hard time about having to eat certain desserts that I make for my posts all by myself. How do I mitigate their teasing? Well, I put fruit on my dessert. That dessert then technically becomes a “healthy” dessert at that point. So, they can’t say much and I feel less guilty. One of my favorites “healthy” desserts to eat is a tart. Some people are daunted at the thought of making tarts, but that’s something I’ve never understood. Tarts are very easy to make and man are they delectable. Normally, tarts are filled with pastry cream. However, I chose to fill this version with lemon curd filling and top it with blueberries and strawberries. Like I said….healthy! Lemon and berries just works. It’s a match made in heaven. And man oh man do the angels sing when I take a bite of this healthy dessert.
What says “I love you”, better than chocolate? Not much that I know of. Come to think about it…nothing. Nothing says “I love you”, better than chocolate. So, when I want to really treat myself AND satisfy my chocolate addiction, then this recipe is my go-to. It’s really easy to make…it takes less than twenty minutes for the entire process. There are very few ingredients that are required…actually less than ten. Lastly, it’s so freakin’ good. Chocolate to the tenth degree. A baked cake on the outside and molten fudgy chocolate in the middle. God, I’m salivating just thinking about it. It doesn’t get much better than that. So, whether you’re treating yourself with a girl’s night in or you’re treating your loved one, this is definitely something you’re going to want to try.
The sun is staying up longer, birds are chirping and we can be outside without a huge winter coat. That only means one thing. Spring is right around the corner! What represents spring better than raspberry and lemon? Not much. That’s why when I wanted to celebrate surviving another long winter, I decided to make these easy no-bake lemon raspberry cheesecake bars.