There’s Always Paris and Profiteroles

The brisk morning air sent a memorable chill through me as I walked the dog on our morning jaunt. The sunshine dappled through the almost changing leaves and there was that sense of seasonal change in the breeze. Nostalgia grabbed a hold of me and my thoughts turned to Paris. I visited once in early October and today reminded me of that trip. My mind flooded with all the things I cherished in that city, but between you and me, I wanted to dislike it, because everyone loves Paris, but once there, how could I object to something so wonderful!?
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From Glühwein to Weiner Schnitzel: 18 of the World’s Best Christmas Markets

A Christmas market is the place to revel in the festivities of the holiday season. Whether you’re looking for a romantic date on the town or just want to chow down with friends, the colorful, open-air market stalls offer singing, dancing and twinkling lights, plus an over-abundance of roasted chestnuts, glühwein, schnitzel, crepes and more. Need to cross some presents off your gift list? Go shopping and surprise your friends and family with unique gifts like authentic wood carvings, toys, knitted goods, nutcrackers, pottery or local crafts. No matter where you are in the world, we’ve found a Christmas market for you. Keep Reading!

Forget the PSL, Celebrate National Coffee Day With These 7 Recipes

I don’t know about you, but for me everyday is coffee day, however, today just so happens to be National Coffee Day so, why not celebrate?! I really don’t know which motivates me to avoid my snooze button for the fifth time… Coffee or Shakeology? Instead of making complicated decisions so early in the morning I say, why not combine the two! Keep Reading!

Chocolate Tofu Pudding

Trying new things. Being different. It’s not for everyone but for those who dabble in the unexpected, magical things can happen.  Tonight, in my kitchen, I did something out of the ordinary and discovered the wondrousness of a simple, chocolate pudding. Afresh to the exploration with tofu, I chanced upon a recipe that piqued my curiosity.
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Smash-tastic!

I give full credit to a blog I stumbled upon, Pepper Lynn for these delightfully, smash-tastic and decadent “smashies”.  Thanks to a 5th generation-old tradition, from the Ellis Family, in Ohio you can now take pleasure in a smashie all to yourself!  For those familiar with whoopie pies (and you know how good those are) well, eat your heart out because to me, a smashie is a delicate and glorified whoopie pie!
I served these up to my family after a night out on the town and reviews came in with smashing success!  Save this one for when you don’t want a mess but want to impress or simply want to treat your taste buds.
I broke tradition a bit and used Orange Blossom Water to sweeten the cream….ENJOY

Smashie with Orange-Scented Whipped Cream and Homemade Chocolate Sauce

Smash-tastic Smashies
adapted from www.pepperlynn.com

makes about 15 servings

16 ounces heavy whipping cream
3-4 tablespoons powdered sugar
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1 tablespoon orange blossom water
orange zest, to taste
a few packages of Anna’s Swedish Cookies (I used Orange, Almond and Chocolate)
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 cup cold water
1 1-ounce square unsweetened baking chocolate

Anna’s Swedish Cookies and Orange Blossom Water

In a cold bowl, whip the heavy cream, powdered sugar, vanilla extract and orange blossom water with a mixer until stiff peaks form.  Using a rubber spatula fold in the orange zest.
Next, it is time to assemble the smashies so grab a cookie sheet, wax paper and spoon.  Take a generous portion of orange-scented whipped cream and dollop it atop the cookie.  Gently smash another cookie atop the whipped cream then add another dollop of whipped cream, followed by another cookie and smash down again.  Continue layering until you have a stack of 4 cookies tall.  Cover the smashies and refrigerated overnight (you may get away with a few hours but overnight is best!)

For the chocolate sauce, whisk together the sugar, cornstarch and cold water in a small saucepan until the cornstarch is dissolved.  Add the chocolate, then heat the mixture just to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally; reduce the heat and let it simmer for a few minutes, stirring often, until the sauce is slightly thickened (fyi the sauce will be fairly thin at this point and will thicken slightly as it cools). Remove the sauce from the heat and stir in 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.  Once the chocolate has cooled to room temperature transfer it to serving container and allow it to chill in the refrigerator until smashie time!

To serve, dollop a finishing touch of orange-scented whipped cream atop each smashie, then pour cold chocolate sauce over each and garnish with additional orange zest.

Viola.

Smashie with Orange-Scented Whipped Cream and Homemade Chocolate Sauce