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Jello Sugar Cookies

May 13, 2012


Super easy to make – much easier than regular sugar cookies because the dough doesn’t have to chill and you don’t have to roll it out with a rolling pin – and they have the added bonus of a hint of flavor AND color! This is for sure a keeper recipe. I used lemon, lime, orange, and raspberry jello flavorings because those were the colors of my Cinco de Mayo Fiesta, but wouldn’t blue ones be cute for a smurf party?! Or watermelon for a paler pink cookie for a princess party?? The possibilities are endless. And I was SO pleased that the cookies came out soft and chewy and stayed that way even after 24 hours. Really, really great recipe. Thanks “Just Helen” via Pinterest! Read more…

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Oy Oyamel

May 11, 2012

I was recently in Washington DC and had one unexpectedly  free evening to try a new restaurant. Not having done my research beforehand I texted my good friend Mrs. Saturday Night Foodies to see if she had any suggestions. Of course she did because she always does! She told me about a great chef, Jose Andres, who has a few restaurants and a food truck in the DC area. Luckily it was late on a Tuesday night so we had no trouble getting a table for 2 at the much acclaimed “Oyamel“. Oy, oy, oy was it delicious! I’ll let the pictures and menu descriptions do most of the talking…

Guacamole

To bear the wait: guacamole made right before your eyes, with green tomatillo, serrano chile, crumbled queso fresco and a basket of fresh tortilla chips. Read more…

Chocolaty Creamy Goodness – Cookie Dough Brownies

May 9, 2012
I was lucky enough to visit my friend Alecia and her family recently and she made the MOST divine desert that just HAS to be shared! I asked if she would write a “guest post” for The Picky Nibbler and she readily agreed. Thanks Friend for the all the yummies, the recipe, and the fun memories!
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by Alecia Darrow
One of my favorite things to do with Michelle is eat.  Nobody enjoys good food like Michelle and it makes it so fun to enjoy it with her.  In honor of her coming to visit, I asked my husband, Josh, if there was any special dessert he wanted me to make.  He said, “I can taste it.  It is chocolaty creamy goodness.”  I had no idea what he was talking about Read more…

85 Degrees is 100% Delicious

March 20, 2012

I have a new addiction. If you don’t want a new addiction then I advise you to stop reading now. Yes, I know you’ve already seen the picture, but the picture doesn’t convey the tastes and flavors that my words are about to… You’re still reading. It’s your own fault now. You were properly warned.

Butter. The purest, most heavenly substance in the world, is the main ingredient in all of the pastries baked at 85 degrees Bakery Cafe. How do I know? Because you can taste it in every moist, delicious, buttery bite. There is no rocket science going on here – just beautiful golden mounds of buttery brioche… And taro, and red bean, and all sorts of other “exotic to American tastebuds” ingredients.

85 Degrees Bakery Cafe is a chain bakery started in Taiwan with currently 325 locations across Asia.  They employ only 5 star pastry chefs and serve thousands of people in each location each day. And for some blessed reason they decided to open one in the USA… in Irvine… just minutes from where I work. Coincidence? Read more…

Day 14: See’s Candie’s Heart-shaped Strawberry Truffle

February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I hope you’ve had a chance to bring some hearts into your life these past two weeks, but if you just haven’t had any time to make a homemade valentine treat for yourself or someone you love I have a last-minute suggestion for you… How about a hand-picked box of heart-shaped strawberry truffles from See’s Candies? You just can’t go wrong with an old-fashioned heart shaped box filled with enticing concoctions of sugar and cocoa and butter. I especially love the strawberry truffle because a) it’s heart-shaped!, b) the filling is pink, and c) it’s melt-in-your-mouth-delicious.

So however you celebrate I hope your day is filled with love and kindness and sweetness.

xoxo

Day 13: Heart-shaped Peanut Butter cookies (gluten-free)

February 13, 2012

These simple to make cookies require only 3 ingredients and therefore are are a quick treat to whip up on this Valentine’s Eve.

1 jar of smooth peanut butter (I prefer Jif. Skippy is good second choice. I don’t recommend Laura Scudders or any other ‘natural’ peanut butter for these cookies. I love that kind of PB on toast, but they are too greasy for these cookies)

1 cup of sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp. vanilla (optional)

sugar for rolling (optional)

That’s it! Stir together and then form into hearts. Read more…

Day 12: Heart-shaped Brownies with Raspberry Buttercream

February 12, 2012

Are you as in love with Pinterest as I am? If you don’t know what Pinterest is yet, be sure to google it immediately! It’s like an online scrapbook with the whole internet as your content. Super duper fun! I found this recipe on pinterest and made it solely becuase it looked so beautiful. (The fact that I love brownies and raspberry had very little to do with my decision…) The brownies from scratch are out of this world – probably the best brownie recipe I’ve ever had. And the fresh raspberry buttercream is like nothing you’ve ever tasted before. Most raspberry baked goods are made with raspberry flavoring which make them taste a little preservative-y, but this is made from all natural, fresh raspberries reduced down to a really concentrated syrup that is then mixed with butter and powdered sugar. AMAZING! Both to look at and to eat. :)

I followed this recipe from the one posted on A Farm Girls Dabbles Read more…