Best Summer {Sweet} Treats

June 28th, 2013 § 2 comments § permalink

So…. I live in a basement studio apartment in Hell’s Kitchen. There’s a gay bar across the street and a frozen yogurt shop around the corner, so I’ll go ahead and be the first to admit that I’m not making many cute cocktails or whipping up lots of cool, sweet treats this summer.  {Instead I’m sipping on $4 frozen cosmos while watching Beyonce music videos and eating the occasional pistachio froyo with coconut flakes.  Yes – my life is super hard.}  While my first summer in New York City is nothing short of wonderful, I can’t help but feel nostalgic for the days when I used my kitchen for storing something other than Raisin Bran and chilled water.

So for all of you with a little more space in your homes, here’s a roundup of my favorite sweet treat recipes from last summer – from homemade strawberry sorbet to rose petal cocktails to frozen banana pops!  All of these are perfect for sharing with family and friends during the upcoming holiday week {or just enjoying on your very own}!

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A Summer Favorite

July 18th, 2012 § 3 comments § permalink

The Danish summer is nothing to write home about these days. It’s just plain lousy.

But the lovely thing is: no one is especially disheartened. At the first sign of sunlight, everyone rushes outdoors to soak in every minute of it – and the joy is nearly tangible.

One of my favorite things about the Danish seasons is the coming and going of traditional favorite meals on the dining table. I’ll introduce you to all my favorites over the next year – but I’ll start with the summer treat ‘koldskål’.

A simple mix of tart buttermilk, fresh eggs and aromatic vanilla and lemon, this dish is served cold on hot summer evenings when cooking is the last thing on your mind. It’s traditionally accompanied with small cookies called ‘kammerjunker’ and is, in a word, incredible.

You can find it pre-made in every Danish grocery store, but Sunday night I put together a small batch at home. It was so fresh and wonderful – I can’t imagine ever returning to the store brand. (**Actually, they now sell it in single serving cups, so I’ll be sure to indulge in those from time to time).  I used this koldskål recipe with pasteurized eggs and all fresh ingredients, and I cannot recommend it enough.

Bring a little Danish into your home this summer by trying this recipe – and please let me know what you think! I hope you’ll love it as I do.

xxx loves

PS – this is totally Dukan Diet friendly if you skip the kammerjunker and use sweetener instead of sugar. Bombdotcom for sure!

{Dukan} Brownie Pancakes

May 29th, 2012 § 23 comments § permalink

I think the photos above speak for themselves – don’t you? I think they’re saying, “Eat me!!”

{Dukan} Brownie Pancakes

Recipe inspired by Chocolate Covered Katie

Makes 3 Dukan Diet Servings*

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{Vegan} Chocolate Cream Pie

April 30th, 2012 § 11 comments § permalink

Here at my house, the desserts keep coming. I’ve been losing weight pretty steadily lately {thanks to lots of hill climb walks and I assume, the great deal of stress I’m under}, yet I’ve been making – and eating! – something new, sweet and delicious almost every day.

This weekend, I made pie. I already knew I loved the combination of silken tofu, dark cocoa powder, a dash of vanilla and a little sweetener – truly one of the most delicious/easiest puddings out there – but I wanted more. I wanted a whole pie of pudding.

I made a simple crust with crushed chocolate wafers and a little coconut oil, and pressed it into the pan. Then I whipped up my chocolate cream filling and poured it on top. A sprinkling of coconut flakes and a few sugar-free chocolate chips later, and I was done. Into the freezer it went.

I wish I could invite you over to have some. Invite you take decadent bites of chocolate and coconut, one at a time, enjoying each morsel. To hear you exclaim, “I can’t believe this has tofu!!”, and laugh a little at the silliness of it all. I wish I could do all that.. but I can’t.

Because there’s none left.

{Vegan} Chocolate Cream Pie
Makes one 9 inch pie

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Yogurt Drop Treats

April 19th, 2012 § 11 comments § permalink

Sometimes, the perfect treats are simple, fast and delicious. And if they are Dukan Diet friendly, and sugar and fat free, well who can complain!?

For the perfect frozen treat, simply take non-fat greek yogurt, and mix with sweetener and the flavoring of your choice. I used vanilla this time, but plan to try lemon, orange and almond in the future!

Use a pastry or plastic bag to pipe the yogurt mixture onto a parchment lined pan, and pop in the freezer until the yogurt dots are frozen all the way through, about 30 minutes.  Just for fun, I also topped them with red sprinkles.

Once they are frozen, remove from the parchment and store in a freezer safe container so they are ready to grab when your sweet tooth calls!

Voila! I think we’ll all be ready for bathing suit season this year… don’t you?

Bon appetite loves!

xxx

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