Mini Pumpkin Spiced Donuts

I'm pretty sure the words "Mini", "Pumpkin", and "Donut" speak for themselves, but in case they don't I always have something to say: Make these.

I saw this recipe on Blue Eyed Bakers and instantly decided I needed a mini donut pan.  Totally worth it.  Not to mention, I can now make donut (doughnut?) shaped meatloaf, which is hypothetically one of the grossest things I've ever thought of.  I'll let you know when it actually happens.  Anyhow, onto something far more appetizing...

How to Fry an Egg

Don't you hate when you jack up something so seemingly simple as frying an egg?  Yet somehow, flipping the stubborn thing proves substantially more complicated than such a mundane task should be.  If you actually manage to get the spatula under the egg without breaking the white, you then manage to flip with too much enthusiasm and splat the yolk upon impact.  Life is tough.

So... maybe this trick common knowledge, but it was earth-shatteringly life-changing when I discovered it.  You don't have to flip you eggs.  You heard me! All that devastating drama: futile!!

Raspberry Chocolate Ganache Sandwich Cookies

Girl Scout cookies have a dear place in my heart.  No commercial cookie even comes close to competing with the sheer deliciousness of a Tag-a-long, Samoa, or Thin Mint.  Seriously though.  Maybe it's the exclusivity that make them taste so divine, or the dynamic crunchy/chewy/sweet combination that enables them to supersede every other cookie in existence.  Either way, they are basically the greatest cookies ever.***

Pepperidge Farms' Mint Milano cookies do however follow as a close second in the commercial cookie championship. (I like alliteration.)  These super simple cookie sandwiches are loosely inspired by Milanos, only better, because I made them.  No, I'm kidding.  They're better because the group of business students I fed them to said they were better.  And folks, that measure right there is as good as science.


Roasted Asparagus

There are no sexy words related to asparagus.  Usually I attempt to come up with some suave, provocative description to get your mouth salivating or alternatively I at least try to pen a witty description... but asparagus?  How does one make asparagus alluring? "The green, knobby stalks drizzled with luscious olive oil dance with the freshly ground pepper and salt.  The dazzling show of vegetable..."  No.  Let's face it... asparagus is not a sexy food, however it does taste wonderful.  Particularly, roasting asparagus brings out its natural flavor flawlessly, without resulting in the sinewy or limp asparagus often achieved through other cooking methods.

And in case this description wasn't fulfilling enough, here's your trivia for the day: Did you know that asparagus is a cousin to onion and garlic?  I certainly didn't.  Thank you, Wikipedia.

Roasted Red Pepper Vinaigrette

  • 1 roasted red bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch ground black pepper
Place all the ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth.  VOILA: salad dressing.

(So I played the viola for like 10 years... and have to type the word voila like nine times before I am certain it's right... at least I have mastered "its" and "it's"...)

Yields 12 servings.


Raspberry Truffles in White Chocolate

These rich, decadent, melt-in-your mouth truffles are a delightful fix when the usual animal crackers dipped in Nutella simply aren't cutting it.  The luscious dark chocolate mingles perfectly with the subtle tartness of raspberry, all mellowed flawlessly by the creamy, sweet white chocolate.  The combination of flavors is refined, and irresistible.  (and one of these days I am going to get a real camera and stop using my iPhone...)


3/4 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup raspberry preserves (seedless recommended)
1/3 cup butter
16 oz dark chocolate*, chopped

To Coat:

8 oz white chocolate

Place whipping cream, butter and raspberry jam in 2-quart saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until butter and jam are melted (3 to 5 minutes). Continue cooking until mixture begins to bubble around edges (1 to 2 minutes).  Add chopped chocolate and stir until incorporated.

Cover and refrigerate until firm, about 5-6 hours.

In a double boiler melt the white chocolate.  Using a melon baller scoop small balls and coat in white chocolate.  Alternatively you may roll them in cocoa powder- but I like the sweet white chocolate to offset the bitterness and tang of the dark chocolate and raspberry.

  • The higher quality ingredients the better result- I recommend using nice chocolate.
  • I actually use chocolate molds.  I create a chocolate shell, fill with warm ganache, and finish with more white chocolate.  They set up very quickly in the fridge, and I find the appearance more appealing than when I try to roll my truffles by hand (which always ends up super messy and melty)

Yields 30 truffles.

Dark Chocolate Mousse with Raspberry Coulis

Alas, I have neglected my dear blog!  I have been cooking, but mostly sad variations of unphotogenic curries.  This semester has proved incredibly busy, but it's funny what a little Valentine's Day romance can motivate me to do :)

This dessert is shockingly simple- all of 5 ingredients for the mousse AND coulis.   I promise I would have made something more labor-intensive if Valentine's day didn't fall on a Tuesday, but seriously this looks pretty impressive considering!

Chocolate Mousse:
  • 4 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 4 eggs, seperated
  1. Melt the chocolate slowly in a double boiler, over simmering water.
  2. Remove from heat and beat egg yolks into chocolate with electric mixer.
  3. In a separate large bowl, beat egg whites to a stiff peak.
  4. Stir a large spoonful of egg whites into chocolate mixture to loosen.
  5. Then gently fold remaining egg whites into chocolate.
  6. Pour into serving glasses and chill in refrigerator until set, 4 to 5 hours.
  7. Will keep up to four days in refrigerator.**


  • This recipe is super simple to scale, simply use 1 egg and 1 oz of chocolate for each serving.
  • I recommend using pasteurized eggs, if unavailable, do not serve to young children, pregnant women, or those with weak immune systems due to the eggs.
  • **If you are not serving it the same day, I would recommend adding ~1/2 tsp cream of tartar to the egg whites in order to keep them from separating, which can occur if not eaten soon.
  • To ensure success achieving stiff peaks I would recommend using a clean, glass bowl, room temperature egg whites, and ensure that NO egg yolk sneaks in!

Yields 4 servings.

Raspberry Coulis
  • 1 pint Raspberries
  • 1 1/2 Tbs sugar
  • 1/2 Tbs lemon juice

Combine raspberries, sugar, and lemon juice in a small saucepan.  Cook on medium until raspberries are broken down and sugar has dissolved, about 10 minutes.  Remove from heat, blend, and strain through chinois or a mesh sieve to eliminate seeds.  Chill then serve.

  • Frozen raspberries can be used.

Yields 1 cup

If you really wanna get fancy add homemade whipped cream and shaved chocolate :)  Enjoy!

The heart on the plate I painted on with left over raspberry chocolate ganache- simply cut a shape in wax paper, and place on the plate.  Using a new, high-quality paintbrush use the melted ganache as paint and fill in the stencil!


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