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28
2013
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This a bit of a diversion from the type of articles I have been bringing you lately, my sweet friends, but a tasty one nonetheless! And when done right, a fairly healthy option for a sweet treat! But let me back up a tad before I dive right in... 

See how I did that... he will never even know! 

Now, back to my point... You see Mr. TDC is Costa Rican, in case you were wondering from his ethnically ambiguous look in the pictures above, and his mom was born and raised there. I think that is the bees knees my friends, and so this recipe I am sharing with you today is one I was given the pleasure of experiencing in great part through that family tie to Central American delights...

For any of you who have ever visited a place in the Central Americas, you may have had just such a treat in some variety or another and I bet you liked it!

So let's dive on in shall we? Here is what you will need for this. Be warned... it's very simple!

Ingredients:

  • Plantains (these look like oversized bananas)
  • Oil (I used Grape Seed Oil for this, since it's a healthy alternative)
  • Sour Cream

 

Heat a few tablespoons of your oil in a skillet. You want it at a medium heat so that you can cook your plantains all the way through and not burn the outside.

Peel and then slice your plantains in half lengthwise and then cut into thirds.

Place them in your warmed oil, face down and brown.

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Flip them over once you see browning begin to seep up the bottom edges.

Brown on the top until the entire plantain is golden brown and looks carmelized just a tad.

Allow them to cool and serve with fresh and chilled sour cream. It's amazing and I think you will agree... the sweet of the plantains and slightly sour of the sour cream is the most amazing combo... LOVE!

Now, if you can imagine the largest farmer's market ever and then add a bit more to it with lot's of antiques and thrifted home decor, that is what Denio's is... it's my favorite place on earth, kinda seriously. If you are local, you need to go, it's probably been too long since you were last there! 

This post sponsored by Denio's, all opinions, ramblings, and craziness are my own...

Feb
27
2012
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Perhaps it's the abundance of green, or maybe my Irish roots, but there is something about this fun-filled holiday that I absolutely adore... I feel like it brings out my inner kiddo, with pot of gold wishes and rainbow dreams...

These incredible edible treats don't disapoint as they perfectly stimulate my senses and also happen to be a perfect example of how fabulous and amazing a combination of greens can be (just to throw a little designer thought into the mix). 

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Feb
02
2012
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If sweet treats are a big part of your Valentine's Day plan, then I have a fabulous round up of fun for you! From candy coated sweets to breakfast treats, there is a little something here for everyone. 

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Jan
16
2012
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A fun and simple way to seduce your sweetheart through his or her tastebuds... The flirtini will surely set the mood for a romantic and flirty Valentine's Night Celebration...

The Recipe:

  • Equal Parts Champagne or Sparkling Wine and Pink Lemonade
  • A Splash of Chambord (to taste)
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Dec
13
2011
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As seen on Sacramento & Company's Holiday Decorating and Entertaining segment, as part of my Holiday Candy Buffet (article coming soon...)!

This was such a fun project for all of us to do, and my first foray into the world of candy making!

This would make a yummy treat for the family or a fun guest gift for your next holiday party. It's really simple to make and very inexpensive to produce in bulk.

Recipe:(Makes One Tray)

Ingredients:

2 cups water
1 cup white corn syrup
3 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
1/4 tsp of vanilla extract
1/4 tsp of peppermint extract
4-5 drops of green food coloring

Add all contents to a sauce pan and boil the mixture. Continue stirring while it heats, until until it reaches 300 Degrees F; use a candy thermometer to measure the temperature (if you don't have a candy thermometer, it's possible to use a meat thermometer with a long stem - this is actually what I used).

Once it reaches 300 Degrees, pour it into a cool tray or cookie sheet (with a lip) and allow it to cool and harden.
This will take about an hour or so.

Once it's completely cooled and hardened you can smash it to pieces and break it apart. This is certainly the fun part!

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Nov
17
2011
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I don't know about you...but I like my chocolate... chocolaty...VERY chocolaty. Semi-Sweet has it's place, but it's not in my mug of hot chocolate!

This fun project is one the whole family can get in on. Setting up an assembly line to crank these out is just pure fun for the little ones especially. The lucky people you give this to will adore the presentation of this simple gift that has been made just for them!

Recipe for this Chocolaty Goodness:

I have mixed and mingled several recipes over the years, to come up with my own variation of mouth watering chocolaty chocolate! The ingredients below seem to yield just the right flavor, and just the right amount for gifting to approximately4- 6 people (Using 4 or 6 Large Mason Jars).

Makes 8 cups of MIX and 24 cups of Hot Chocolate (mmmm)...reduce by half to create 3 Hot Chocolaty Chocolate Jars!

This is the total amount of each item you will need for making this quantity of mix, so do not blend ingredients unless you are going to drink and store for your own use. Below that you will find the breakdown per mason jar for 2 different sizes of jar.

**For a less chocolaty experience you can use 1/2 the amount of pudding mix (1 package).

3 cups chocolate chips
3 cups of mini marshmallows
6 1/2 cups powdered milk
2 packages non-instant chocolate pudding mix (package typically 5 oz.)
1 cup powdered chocolate milk drink mix (Nesquik,or something of the sort)
1/2 cup powdered non-dairy creamer
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup of mini marshmallows
This can be stored for the season if you are making for your own use. Just be sure to seal in an airtight container.

If your Mason Jar will hold enough MIX for 4 cups of hot chocolate:

1/2 cup of chocolate chips
1/2 cup of mini marshmallows
1 cup and 1 tablespoon powdered milk
1 1/2 oz. of non-instant chocolate pudding mix
2 tablespoons and 2 teaspoons powdered chocolate drink mix
1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon powdered non-dairy creamer
1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon powdered sugar
1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
If your Mason Jars are sized for the amount of MIX needed for 8 cups of hot chocolate:

1 cup of chocolate chips
1 cup mini marshmallows
2 cups and 3 tablespoons powdered milk
3 oz. of non-instant chocolate pudding mix
1/3 cup powdered chocolate drink mix
2 tablespoons and 2 teaspoons powdered non-dairy creamer
2 tablespoons and 2 teaspoons powdered sugar
2 tablespoons and 2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
Optional: add cinnamon and nutmeg for more of a Mexican Hot Chocolate flavor. Add a touch of Almond Extract while boiling...fantastic... Throw a Vanilla Bean into the mix and watch your taste buds electrify. There are so many variations on hot chocolate, but each and every recipe should have one thing in common...sweet, chocolatly, rich flavor!

Add layers of each ingredient to your jar in any order you prefer:

Creating your layered mason jar container is most easily maintainable if you put the solid ingredients on the bottom (chocolate chips, marshmallows, etc). In my experience, if they are placed at the top, they will shimmy and shake their way down your container, mixing your beautifully defined layers for you as you go! Not preferable for the striping effect.

Keep your ingredients separated and add to the jar individually, layering for color variation as you go. If you want the marshmallows to be given as a topper, consider placing only those at the top of the jar or placing them in a separate cello bag along with your instructions!

Create a personalized gift tag with instructions for use:

{Pour contents into mixing bowl and wisk ingredients together. Be sure to blend well so each cup has an equal flavoring of chocolaty goodness. To drink: Add 1/4 - 1/3 cup of blended mix to 8 oz. of boiling water. Stir until disolved and serve.

If you prefer, you can also add 1/4-1/3 cup of blended mix to 8 oz water and bring to a boil, stirring frequently (chocolate can burn fairly easily if you aren't careful). Reduce heat and serve.

To make multiple servings of hot chocolaty chocolate at the same time, boil the appropriate amount of water necessary for the total number of servings you will be making (8 oz of water per serving). Stir in 1/4-1/3 cup of blended mix until dissolved, reduce heat and serve.

Enjoy....}

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