Mexican ChocoPOP

I love popcorn. It’s easy snacking; it’s light (except when it’s not); it’s a high-fiber dinner – no shame.

Mexican chocolate popcorn

I was the kid at the movie theater who made a B-line to the popcorn butter pump. I went all-in. My thought? More is more. It’s just so salty and, well, ultra-buttery. Y’all know that it’s really butter that makes the world go ‘round, right? When it comes to popcorn, it’s all about that lightweight crunch under the POP of flavor.

I really didn’t think I had that much to say about popcorn when I sat down to write this post, but now I’m analyzing how my popcorn love has gone through a few stages throughout my life. It started with the movie theater popcorn (which I still love, don’t get me wrong, but it feels like a special occasion these days). Then in college, I discovered the simplicity of popping popcorn kernels in a paper bag with just some salt. And now, I’ve discovered the beauty of stovetop popping with lots of fun flavors.

I really got into it initially with a nice drizzle of truffle oil and a healthy dash of salt, garlic powder, and paprika. I dabbled in some delicious kettle corn for the first time last year, and I just decided to try out other fun sweet combos.

Spicy Chocolate kettle corn

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Chocolate Banana Froyo

Banana nut froyo

I’m feelin good. 2014 so far has thrown me some curve balls, but it has been a great restart. I believe you should restart anytime throughout the year in a “New Year’s Resolution” kind of way whenever you need it. I did a surprisingly good job on my resolutions last year but didn’t seriously sit down to make new ones for 2014 – they just sort of happened to me.

frozen bananas

I’m starting my new year – Le Petit Artichaut just turned two and I’m about to embark on another year myself. I’m fully focusing on me and the amazing people I have in my life. I’m at a new restaurant as a pastry cook! That means I work more, but I’m so so happy with it. I’m totally taking a break from Continue reading

Bourbon Ginger Brioche Bread Pudding with Caramelized Pears and Sour Cherries

Bourbon Bread Pudding

Is everyone aware of Rusty the red panda? He’s the adorably cheeky redheaded escape artist at the National Zoo – and I’m in love. It all started with the tremendously amusing media coverage he got during his escape, “He left no note, no tracks and no clues. But Smithsonian National Zoo officials believe Rusty the red panda, who decided Monday was a good day to get out and take in the sights, may have used overlapping, rain-heavy tree limbs and tall bamboo as a bridge to the outside world.” (Don’t worry; said limbs have since been cut back.)

Though this online quiz tells me that my spirit animal is a hummingbird (which actually makes sense – apparently the hummingbird generally symbolizes enjoyment of life and playfulness, as well as adaptability), I’ve decided that the red panda is my spirit animal.

Aside from the fact that I take no stock in this sort of thing, it’s fun to have one. Shockingly, You’re wondering how this will relate to bread pudding. Keep reading…

Pancakes, Chocolate Cake, and Biscuits, oh my!

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Coming to you live from a humid back porch in Florida, I have a few of my favorite old blog recipes for you! Since I’m always making one new recipe a week, I rarely remake recipes, so this week provided the perfect opportunity for me to revisit some for my family’s sake….They always look at my blog from afar, so it’s not often that they get to sample my cooking these days. Like these guys – Gpa and mi hermano :)
Gpa and hermano

I did manage to make two new recipes this week: Butter Pecan Cookies and Joy the Baker’s Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies. They were a welcome addition to my Christmas cookie line-up for both my family and for Santa – particularly because they come with an ice-cold glass of homemade eggnog (made with four different liquors ;)
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I made my famous Buttermilk Pancakes for our annual Christmas Eve pancake decorating contest. We used to use a boxed mix for the pancakes and we also used to go with basic designs that took maybe ten minutes to put together, tops. Needless to say, we’ve upped our game significantly…
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I also revisited the divine Double Coffee Chocolate Cake recipe for a Christmas dessert show-stopper! This cake is incredibly, seriously, insanely moist and the frosting makes it extra decadent. Hey, why not? It’s Christmas.
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And last, but certainly not least, I whipped up these wonderfully flakey and delicate biscuits for a big family breakfast this mornin! Because guess what!…I got biscuit cutters for Christmas. Woohoo! :D
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Enjoy these quality blog throw-backs! We sure did.

French phrase for fun:
J’ai fait du kayak avec les lamantins cette semaine!
I went kayaking with manatees this week!

P.S.- this is a real Christmas decoration in Florida. ‘Merica!

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Cherry Cocoa Truffles

Cocoa Date Truffles

Let’s impress your friends and family this Christmas season! I think it’s really nice this time of year to bring homemade treats to a friend and have them sittin’ pretty in a bowl in your office or at home. I magically just happen to have a fantastic recipe for just such an occasion ;)

Vegan truffles

This time of year is tricky to please everyone you know – especially now that it seems every other person you know is gluten-free or vegan, and of course there’s the “watching-my-holiday-waistline” ones who shy away from my decadent desserts…come on! Why not?! It’s CHRISTMAS! (Don’ worry, those recipes are still to come, like these perfect Christmas cookies :) But… …Don’t stop now! Keep reading.