With so many apples and oranges in peak season right now, making sweet sangria with these fruits and winter-inspired spices is perfect for the holidays.
I make lots of salads but I would never think to combine a citrus flavor such as orange with blue cheese – it wouldn’t be a combination that would occur to me. When I think of bleu cheese I tend to use the likes of apples and pears. Surprisingly though the combination of orange and bleu cheese along with pomegranate seeds and the peppery bite of arugula tastes really good together in a salad.
This apple spice cake from all recipes.com has to be the moistest cake I have ever made. I shouldn’t be surprised given that the recipe requires 4 cups of chopped apples which makes a large apple spice cake, perfect to take to a party or for a large gathering at home. Give this recipe a try if you are craving a super moist cake chock full of walnuts and fresh apples. Apple Walnut Spice Cake Continue reading Apple Walnut Spice Cake
Sweet Wine & Dried Fruit Poundcake
makes 2 poundcakes
- 2 cups of all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1/2 cup softened butter (1 stick), plus about 1 tsp softened butter for pan
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tsp Vanilla
- 1 cup fresh grated apple
- 2 tbsp orange zest
- 1/4 cup sweet dessert wine
- 1/2 cup dried fruits such as raisins, dried cherries, dried cranberries, dried figs, and dried apricots. Soak overnight in 1/4 cup sweet wine.
The term fruitcake usually conjures up images of a heavy dense cake that is cloyingly sweet with bad quality dried fruits and fake syrupy candied fruits, all soaked in alcohol. This has always been my impression of fruitcake because over the years I have tried them all, and they have all – I hate to put it this way – but they all taste grossly teeth tingling sweet 😝. So when my friend Basanthi told me she had an amazing fruitcake recipe that she makes every year over the holidays with our mutual friend Lakshmi, I was needless to say very skeptical.
Then last year at Basanthi’s Christmas party she served the Christmas fruitcake she had been raving about. I have to say it was the best fruitcake I have ever tasted! In fact, the cake just disappeared before our eyes, as everyone at the party couldn’t get enough of it! Continue reading All-Natural Christmas Fruitcake
Sometime’s it’s just easier to eat a piece of cake not knowing exactly what’s in it 🤔, because then we can blissfully enjoy our cake clueless as to how much fat and sugar are in each piece 🍰😋😊. That is my love/hate/love affair with poundcake 💛💔💛.
I love pound cake 🍰😋😋! That dense, yet soft and moist buttery cake is so delicious I could eat at least two pieces. It’s the butter that makes pound cake taste so good 😋.
This ginger vanilla pound cake was my attempt to make a soft, buttery, moist pound cake with half of the butter required, while still keep that unique pound cake characteristics. It’s the Greek yogurt, fresh grated ginger, and orange juice that give my pound cake that wonderful dense, buttery moist texture and outstanding flavor. Try it! Here is the recipe. Continue reading Ginger Vanilla Pound Cake with Golden Raisins
I’ve been wanting to make something fun and exciting with fresh figs for a while now. I usually make a salad with fresh figs, or a fig tart, or serve figs with cheese and walnuts; or better yet, just eat them fresh and delicious.
This year I wanted to try something new, like a fig sweet treat that looks really pretty and that looks like it came from a specialty confectioner, and the idea for stuffed figs enrobed in dark chocolate is what came to my mind. Continue reading Dark Chocolate Stuffed Figs with Edible Petals
One of my favorite fall-inspired salads to make especially when fresh figs are in season is a big spinach salad with fresh figs, Gorgonzola cheese, and walnuts; all tossed together with a sweet fig dressing.
When I want a change from my usual vinaigrette, I like to make a Fig Jam Vinaigrette, which is sweeter, thicker, and has a wonderful Mediterranean fig flavor along with little bits of mashed figs. Used to be I could only find fig jam at specialty grocery stores, but nowadays fig jam can be found at most grocery stores in their deli section.
For a thicker salad dressing packed with sweet fruit flavor, a Fig Jam Vinaigrette is the one. Continue reading Fig Jam Vinaigrette Dressing
I had this awesome kale salad when I went over to my friend Devi’s for lunch to celebrate her birthday a while back. Our friend Rose joined us too and we had a delicious and healthy fall-inspired lunch. Rose brought this wonderful kale salad with fennel and apples. Continue reading Kale, Fennel & Apple Salad with Dubliner Cheese and Honey Mustard Dressing