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Five simple steps to a perfect S’more

July 16th, 2009

 A perfect s’more in six steps

We’ve been backpacking and camping a lot lately.  It is amazing how much better food can taste when you are camping, or after a long hard days worth of backpacking.  I always look forward to breakfast while camping, and dinner while backpacking but my favorite meal is dessert!  What else do you have while camping for dessert but S’mores!

When I was younger my family and I went (…read more and get the recipe)

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Grilled Dessert Pizza

September 9th, 2008

Grilled Dessert Pizza

Rachel and I needed a treat tonight.  I started searching the web for some homemade pizza ideas and stumbled upon this treat.  I knew I had to make it so, not only did we have homemade (and DELICIOUS) pizza (I’ll blog it later), but we also had grilled dessert pizza!  You can probably tell from the picture, but this was a treat that we won’t soon forget.  I hope you take a chance to try it.  Let me know what you think of it when you do in the comments!  Here’s how to do it: (…read more and get the recipe)

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Strawberry Cupcakes with Fluffy Chocolate Frosting

June 24th, 2008

 Strawberry Cupcakes with Fluffy Chocolate Frosting

“These are the best cupcakes I’ve ever had!”  Those were the words of my beautiful wife after devouring one of these cupcakes I just whipped up.  That says a lot.  I really value her opinion when I cook but I have to say these little delights are SO GOOD! (…read more and get the recipe)

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Steamed Homemade Hot Chocolate with Real Whipped Cream

June 20th, 2008

Steamed Homemade Hot Chocolate with fresh whipped cream - MakingBananaPancakes.com

Heavenly!  Pretty much sums up this delicious cup up of rich, chocolatey goodness.  I have to admit, I am a coffee snob.  I like my coffee so I go to a lot of good coffee shops.  When I first saw someone order a hot chocolate at my favorite coffee shop downtown I was amazed to see them steam the milk and use REAL chocolate sauce.  To top it all off they put fresh whipped cream on top — something we didn’t have very often growing up.  I suppose it’s this attention to quality and freshness that makes Red Horse my favorite to begin with.  The point is, their hot chocolate amazed me!  I started noticing other coffee shops made it like that too and they were delicious!  Some still use the powder and water method which usually tastes either too watered down, not rich enough or slightly like tin. (…read more and get the recipe)

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Decadent Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

May 18th, 2008

Decadent Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

The other night my wife declared “I need some chocolate decadence!”  That was when I knew I had to get to work.  We had both been craving chocolate chip cookies lately so I got out the recipe.  These chocolate chip cookies come from an article we cut out of the Oregonian a year or so ago because my wife was trying to figure out how to make chewy, melt-in-your-mouth, decadent chocolate chip cookies.  At long last, this recipe is the end-all of this famous morsel.  I baked them for about nine minutes which was probably about one minute too short.  Due to this, the centers were soft, but I thought I had reached heaven every time I bit into one.

I think the brown sugar (more moist than white sugar) and cold butter and eggs make the difference when compared to other recipes.  When you beat the butter and it is cold, try chopping it into smaller pieces in order to blend it easier.   Needless to say, my wife loved them!  I even snuck in some whole-wheat flour so it didn’t feel all bad eating these!

I REALLY hope you enjoy them as much as I did.  I’d quickly like to announce that I am joining the FoodBuzz Featured Publisher Program.  I’m excited to have some new readers enjoying what I cook, so, welcome!  Here’s what I did:

Whip it up!

Ingredients:

  • 1 and 1/2 cups of brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup of cold unsalted butter
  • 3 cold eggs
  • 2 cups of regular flour
  • 1/2 cup of whole-wheat flour
  • 3 cups of quality chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch (up to 1 teaspoon) of fine sea salt

Mix it all inWhole wheat goodness

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees fahrenheit
  2. Beat the butter and brown sugar together until it is fluffy
  3. Beat in the cold eggs until well combined
  4. Mix in the vanilla
  5. Then mix in each of the flours, baking soda and the salt but only just until combined.
  6. Gently stir in (with a wooden spoon) the chocolate chips
  7. Spoon out by the tablespoon full (larger or smaller according to your taste) onto a greased cookie sheet with at least two inches between each cookie
  8. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes
  9. Remove from tray immediately and cool on a cooling rack then serve with a big glass of milk and go to heaven!

I hope you enjoy them!

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