The Difference Between Buckles, Cobblers, Crisps, Grunts, and Slumps, and More!

Finally, summer fruits are here! The beginning of the warm weather season, signaling a good time to inventory and restock your pantry with fresh spices and your favorite extracts to complement fresh fruit at peak flavor. After locked down for the past year, we all need a little bit of the outdoors. I love toContinue reading “The Difference Between Buckles, Cobblers, Crisps, Grunts, and Slumps, and More!”

Homemade Chocolate Cake with Candy Cap Mushroom Frosting

Candy Cap mushroom, also known as Curry Milk Cap mushroom, is a peculiar mushroom variant often used as a natural sweetener and flavor enhancer in various desserts. Yes, you’ve read that right, desserts. Highly obvious by their scent, which has been compared to maple syrup or butterscotch. It’s signature sweet scent may be quite faintContinue reading “Homemade Chocolate Cake with Candy Cap Mushroom Frosting”

Homemade Holiday Marshmallows! 

Try this homemade marshmallow recipe as a base formula. You can make  additions of essential oils or flavored extracts along with organic food colors to create a variety of fun flavors. So easy, you won’t believe it. You will never want eat a store bought marshmallow again!  You’ll Need: 3 packages unflavored gelatin 1 1/2Continue reading “Homemade Holiday Marshmallows! “

30 Minute Individual Chocolate Lava Cakes

Molten chocolate lava cakes were developed by one of the worlds most famous chefs- Jean-Georges Vongerichten! He says more than a thousand of these cakes are made in his restaurants everyday. The ingredient list is simple –butter, chocolate, eggs, sugar and flour which makes this recipe easy for busy people! Below is my adapted recipe.Continue reading “30 Minute Individual Chocolate Lava Cakes”

Holiday Worthy Brioche Bread Pudding with Bourbon Butterscotch Sauce !

Ahhhh, bourbon and brioche. Two of my favorite things!  You’ll Need: 1/4 cup bourbon  1/2 cup currants   1-1/2 pound loaf of Brioche, torn into 1-2 inch chunks, or cut into cubes – allowed to stale overnight   1 1/2 cups whole milk or substitute  1/2 cup heavy cream or substitute 4 large eggs orContinue reading “Holiday Worthy Brioche Bread Pudding with Bourbon Butterscotch Sauce !”

Chef Gigi’s Holiday Cutout Cookie Dough

This is my families holiday cut-out-cookie-dough. Easy to make, easy to bake! Holds its shape every time! You’ll Need: 6 cups, all purpose flour 3 teaspoons fresh baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 1 pound cold unsalted butter, cut into 1-2 inch chunks 2 cups white granulated sugar 2 large eggs 2 teaspoons good quality MadagascarContinue reading “Chef Gigi’s Holiday Cutout Cookie Dough”

Chef Gigi’s Kabocha Spiced Rum Cake ! 

Looking for that perfect dessert this Winter? Kobocha is the Japanese word for squash. This  squash has a nutty, earthy flavor with a touch of sweetness. So delicious and versatile ! Kobocha squash can be used in sweet and savory applications. This Spiced Rum Cake will be the perfect addition to your holiday!  Kabocha SpicedContinue reading “Chef Gigi’s Kabocha Spiced Rum Cake ! “

10 Minutes to Creamy! Chocolate Avocado Mousse! 

Chocolate Mousse has never been healthier or faster! When choosing Avocados, use Haas variety- they tend to have a rich, smooth finish. Make sure to avoid any granulated sweeteners for a creamy mouthfeel.   You’ll Need:  4-5 ripe avocados 3 tablespoons honey, maple syrup, or optional liquid sweetener. ( do not use granulated sweeteners)  3/4 cupContinue reading “10 Minutes to Creamy! Chocolate Avocado Mousse! “

No Artificial Color- Empress Red Sugar Beet Cupcakes ! 

Ingredients: 1 cup puréed fresh red sugar-beets, (fresh cooked not canned) 1/3 cup coconut oil, slightly heated to pourable state 1 1/4 cup granulated organic sugar 2 teaspoons Madagascar vanilla extract 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 Tablespoons natural cocoa powder ( do not use Dutch processed cocoa for this batter) Continue reading “No Artificial Color- Empress Red Sugar Beet Cupcakes ! “

Chocolate Cake Day! No Flour? No Problem!

Oooooh La Lahhhhh! It’s National Chocolate Cake Day here in America, why not celebrate with … well,…. A CHOCOLATE CAKE! I’m craving a chocolate flourless cake so here it is! Chocolate Flourless Cake with Chocolate Ganache You’ll Need 1 cup semisweet or bittersweet good quality chocolate chips such as Guittard 1/2 cup, ( 4 ounces orContinue reading “Chocolate Cake Day! No Flour? No Problem!”