Rich chocolate cake filled with layers of homemade nougat, caramel and peanuts and then covered in a chocolate ganache make this Snickers cake a decadent treat for any occasion!
About twelve-ish years ago, I baked the first birthday cake of what would be many birthday treats for the Godfather. We just started dating a few months prior, and he told me that because his birthday falls so soon after the Christmas and New Year festivities, he sometimes didn’t have a celebration or a cake. The first because everyone was already partied out, and the second because all the Cuban bakeries in Hialeah would close between Christmas Day and Three Kings Day. I thought this was so sad, and I decided to make him a cake. It was the ugliest cake anyone had ever seen, I’m sure… (more…)
Brolos (aka Rolo brownies) are one of the many reasons I run. For years now I’ve been what I call a “pretend runner” – I’m out when the weather is reasonably nice (i.e. – I sprint for the treadmill in the winter). I never joined any groups or ran with anyone regularly, but I was desperate for friends when we moved to Virginia and found the local chapter of Moms RUN This Town via the community Facebook page. Thanks to that group, I’ve been more regular about my runs. Even though I don’t make it to nearly as many group runs as I’d like, the ones I do attend always include great conversations with people like Karri, who inspired this recipe when we were talking about food around Thanksgiving. She told me if I posted I needed to talk about her. So I am. Hi Karri!!! (more…)
Before the Godfather, I was that girl at the coffee shop who ordered the too-sweet latte with more milk and sugar than coffee because I had no idea how to drink coffee because I didn’t know how to make it! A salted caramel mocha latte would have been right up my alley, only much *much* lighter than what you see in the photos. But since one of the Godfather’s major food groups is coffee, I learned how to make it properly and enjoy it much more, even when I order the “girly” drinks. We even make it a point to travel to local roasters and sample different blends and varieties, purchasing some to enjoy at home later if we love it. (more…)
Making caramel corn (successfully) is something I only mastered this year. It’s not difficult, but it sat on my “to work on later” list until the idea for a chai tea caramel corn occurred to me and then I stopped working on everything else and spent two days testing recipes, and now I’m on a roll! The inspiration for this s’mores caramel corn struck while the Godfather and I were on our road trip to see family a few weeks ago. We were chatting about Christmas recipe plans for the blog, and I was quietly staring out the window feeling a little unsure about posting 3 weeks of cookies while thoughts wandered in this order… (more…)
Sit down my darlings and let me tell you a story of how these caramel hot chocolate brownies came to be. Circumstances fell into place starting in September when we had a cool evening… by cool I mean under 70 F. Cool evenings make me think of hot chocolate with my favorite people, and so on three *separate* occasions I ended up picking up a box of hot cocoa mix at the store “just in case” we had an evening where I wanted hot chocolate, but didn’t have the chocolate on hand to make hot chocolate from scratch. This is a rational precaution in this house, until I realized I had three unopened containers of hot chocolate in the pantry and we maybe go through one in a year at most.
What was I going to do? (more…)