Sunday, September 28, 2014

My Brazilian Feast

photo by Katie Kay
My family moved to Brazil when I was 11.  I'll never forget the year, because it's about the only thing I still remember how to say in Portuguese.  1992: mil novecentos noventa e dois.  I may be spelling it wrong, but I know I'm close.  That's about the extent of what I remember of Portuguese, especially because Spanish is so much more common here, and now I get the 2 confused.  

Being 11-12 years old in a foreign country is tough on a shy girl with no social skills, so I have this weird mental block about so much of the year we spent there.  It's amazing the things my toddler sister retained, and I think my parents still speak the language fairly well!  Impressive.  I think the only thing that wasn't repressed in my mind was the food.  Oh my...the food.  My entire family looks back with fondness so recently I invited my parents over for a Brazilian feast.  I did my best to replicate some of my most memorable Brazilian dishes.  I think most were wildly successful with the exception of 1.  

Sadly. this entire day was filled with so much work that picture-taking was almost out of the question.  Besides, when you've slaved in the kitchen for 10 hours and you're serving a 5-course meal, you worry more about the timing of the food being ready than stopping everything to snap a photo while trying to find good lighting.  So I only have photos of 2 recipes, although I'll share them all with you today.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Raspberry Lemonade Cupcakes with Lemon Glaze

photo by Katie Kay

Goodbye, summer!  September is almost over and we're officially into fall, which means skinny jeans, knee-boots, and cute sweaters with trendy scarves, right?  Not so much.  We've had a couple of random 75 degree days, but for the most part it's still warm and sticky.  The mosquitoes are in paradise.

So these summery Raspberry Lemonade Cupcakes still seem perfectly weather-appropriate, and they are perfect for a pool party, BBQ, or any outdoor, backyard soiree.  This idea of putting a glaze on the cupcake before frosting them came from a website I love (credit below) and I've started using this with fabulous success.


Friday, May 30, 2014

"Better Than Sex" Chex Mix

Photo by Katie Kay

Better than sex?  Someone's getting a little carried away if you ask me.  But hey, I didn't invent the name.  I just copied it!  And if it grabbed your attention and made you even a little bit Herbal Essences curious about this snack, then it worked!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Peanut Butter-Filled Chocolate Cupcakes

Photo by Katie Kay

My favorite desserts are made of peanut butter and chocolate.  Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies, Chocolate Peanut Butter Layer Cake, and Peanut Butter Fudge Brownie Trifle are only a few of my favorite classics.  Another way I like to add a few calories to my ice cream is to scoop chocolate ice cream into a bowl, then microwave a tablespoon or 2 of creamy peanut butter, then drizzle the melted peanut butter over my cold ice cream.  YUMMAAY!  This is a flavor combination that kills every time!  Of course I feel like Chris Farley in Tommy Boy (I can hear myself getting fatter) but it's totally worth the calories.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes with Vanilla Bean Buttercream

Photo by Katie Kay

I've been craving Lemon Blueberry for a month.  There's something about it that screams BRING IT ON, SPRING!  We've had an unseasonably long winter and I'm more than ready for toasty heat, short shorts, and flip flops.  What better way to prepare my body for those short shorts than to whip up 30 cupcakes 2 weeks in a row?  Exactly.