Cuisine - Desserts, Recipes

Safe-to-Eat No Egg Cookie Dough

File this under the recipes you’ll hate me for again (like the easy peanut butter cups and the vanilla cupcakes for two). We all know that eating regular cookie dough (containing eggs) is a no-no because of salmonella. But here’s a great replacement that you easily can make to get that cookie dough taste.

Because this is so simple to make, even I felt guilty. So how did I eat it? While sitting on my balance ball. It totally negated any of the bad carbs that I ingested (ha!) My husband said it tasted just like the cookie dough in Ben & Jerry’s ice cream so that must be a good thing, right?

Egg free cookie dough

What You Need

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup packed, light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 4 tablespoons milk (I substituted almond milk in place of regular milk and it worked just fine)
  • Mix-ins of your choice (I used about two cups of mini semisweet chocolate chip morsels but you could add nuts, white chocolate chips, just about anything…)

What You Do

Stir everything together. Eat.

Now, you could put these in other baking items – like stuffed cupcakes, crumble over ice cream, make a parfait or any other creation. But, I was perfectly fine with it on its own.

This was just another recipe that I found thanks to Pinterest. (Follow my boards on Pinterest here.) This one originally came from the Cupcake Project so head over there to see some more great ideas!

Food - General, Photo Peek

Best Places for Food Porn

OK, stop laughing. We all look at porn. Food porn. We love those gratuitous images of savory meats slathered in fresh herbs and a wine demiglace, or the innocent sexiness of a sugary, sweet cupcake draped in billowy buttercream frosting.

Don’t lie. You love looking at food photos just as much as I do. You watch Food Network at the gym while you’re running miles on the treadmill but deep inside you hope the people behind you on the ellipticals aren’t judging you for your channel selection.

I wanted to share some of my favorite places to find those guilty-pleasure, tongue tingling images of culinary greatness in cyberspace:

Pinterest screenshotPinterest. Yes, it has great, great images of food. But really, it’s just a gateway to other blogs and websites that are really the masters of food porn. You can follow me here.

foodgawker screenshotfoodgawker. This is probably my favorite, favorite guilty pleasure. Whenever I’m hankering for something tasty, I log on and am bombarded with huge images of gastronomic bliss.

Other contenders:

I admit, a few of my photos (if not a good majority of them) could probably make it on that website since most are taken with an iPhone 4S. But to avoid having your stroganoff look like a creature from the Black Lagoon, here are some tips on how to take better food snapshots.

Video – How to take great photos using your iPhone

What’s your favorite website to look at food? Let me know in the comments below!


Recipe: German Pancake in a Mug

German pancake in a mugBy now, you all know how much I adore German pancakes, also called Dutch Babies, from these posts here and here. These huge concoctions of egg, milk, butter and a little bit of flour are oven-baked to a golden marvel.

Today, I wanted just a smackerel (I think that might be a Pooh Bear word) of that Dutch Baby taste so I recalled a pin on Pinterest that I found a few weeks ago for a German Pancake baked in a mug. The recipe is an adaptation of one originally done on Bittersweet: Sugar and Sarcasm blog. I ended up tweaking my version a bit by using two full eggs.

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Cuisine - Desserts, Recipes

Crazy Simple Cupcakes for Two

OK, you’re either going to love me or hate me that I’m sharing this recipe with you.

You’ll love me because it’s SO simple to make that you could easily do this every night of the week – even those nights where you come home too tired to cook.

You’ll hate me because it’s SO simple to make that you could easily do this every night of the week – and you’re trying to be good since it’s the new year and you made that resolution to try to lose weight.

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Recipe: Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

Pumpkin Cream Cheese BarsWe interrupt these Disney-related posts to bring you a completely different food recipe today.

In case you’ve been living under a rock the past few weeks, one of the biggest sites to hit the internet recently is called Pinterest. Once you sign up for a free account, you begin to “pin” photos of things that you like to “boards” – it can be anything food, clothes, motivational sayings, ideas for around the house and more. If you’re on the site, you can follow me here.

I must blame Stacey from Boston Sweetie for my addiction to this website. I have several food-related boards including “Recipes to Try” and “Awesome Cake Designs.” Through the site, my eyes have broadened to new bloggers and ideas to try in the kitchen like this recipe for pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting.

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