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Tracey’s Culinary Culinary Adventures has always been one of the food blogs I trust and go to for many recipes since my early days of food blogging. Not only are her pictures beautiful, but the corresponding recipes are frequently being added to my neverending must-make list (except when it involves shrimp) and I’ve never not liked a recipe I have made from her blog. She recently posted a red velvet ice cream recipe that I absolutely must make once all the ice cream I made for ice cream week is gone. I also find myself drooling every kebab recipe she ever posts, with the most recent recipe being these Chipotle Chicken Kebabs with Avocado Cream Sauce. Basically, she and I need to live near one another so I can have her cook for me. I’m lucky enough to consider her a friend and excited to have her guest posting today!
One year ago: Root Beer Cake Brownies
Two years ago: Biscoff Cheesecake Ice Cream
Hi everyone! I’m Tracey from Tracey’s Culinary Adventures, and I am thrilled to be guest posting for Erin today. I’m beyond impressed with her dedication to this blog despite the pressures of her PhD program and couldn’t be happier to help her out as she puts the finishing touches on that dissertation and moves toward graduation. Yay Erin!
Labor Day weekend always seems to mark the unofficial start of fall, but I’m still clinging to the last weeks of summer with everything I have. It feels like some of the best summer produce (tomatoes, corn, eggplant, zucchini, etc) is really just starting to flow into the stores here so how I could not take advantage of it? Apples, pumpkin, and all the other fall goodness will still be waiting later this month when I’m ready…
In recent weeks, more than anything else, I’ve been obsessed with the peaches. So juicy and sweet, they are literally like candy! It’s always my first instinct to bake with fruit, but the peaches have been so darn good I couldn’t help but eat my weight in them just as they were. This whole wheat peach-oatmeal bread had been on my to-do list since last summer, and finally I convinced myself to part with a few of the peaches to make it happen. And I’m oh so glad I did!
Not only is this bread super quick and easy to throw together, it’s actually fairly low in fat with only four tablespoons of oil in the whole loaf. Combine that with the high percentage of whole wheat flour in the recipe as well as the oats and fruit, and I think we can all agree it’s practically health food The bread is definitely more hearty than your standard quick bread, but still moist and tender, with the peaches providing added sweetness and texture. You can get away with serving it for breakfast, but it’ll also curb your sweet tooth nicely as a late-night snack. That’s what I call a win-win!
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Every year on the first hot day of the year, I finally cave and turn on my central air only to find out that it does not blow cold air. Every year the apartment maintenance guys have to come out and do something with the freon, and then it works. But meanwhile, every year I somehow decide to bake something and turn my already 80+ degree apartment into an uncomfortable place to be. Sure enough, two days ago my car said it was 87 degrees outside when I was driving home at 5:30pm. And true to form, I thought it was a great idea to bake a cake before checking to see if the central air worked. As a result I am once again reminded how how I am not looking forward to the coming of the Memphis-summer-sauna. It’s early April, I shouldn’t be sweating already! Spring is such a farce here.
Thankfully a storm came through last night to bring the temperatures back down into the 60s for the next few days. But moving on to this cake. I find it very difficult to not make cupcakes instead of full cakes. Cupcakes are just easier to manage with decorating and serving. Plus it always seems like cupcakes get eaten faster than cakes even though it’s the same quantity. But I have two beautiful cake stands that rarely get used for their actual intended purpose, so I decided to practice my cake decorating skills and use my hand painted (by me) cake stand. I was pretty excited by this cake because it’s the first pear recipe to appear on The Spiffy Cookie. The cake is a blend of pear (Chobani’s pear Greek yogurt) and almond flavors (extract and almond meal) topped with a browned butter and brown sugar cinnamon buttercream. And doesn’t it just looks dandy on that cake stand?
Just in time for Easter weekend, I present to you this fun and easy cupcake. You all know how much I love stuffing cookies and cupcakes with various truffles and what not, but this time I went with something more natural – a whole strawberry! It is a basic white cupcake that gets a small part of it cored after baking in order to fit the strawberry inside. Then top it off with some fresh strawberry buttercream and you’ve got one heck of a spring-time cupcake.
After celebrating Passover with my brother’s in-laws this past weekend, I don’t have much planned for Easter this weekend. I am working a regular day in the lab today, and am going to a Circa Survive concert tonight. Not exactly festive, but still fun! I will be attending my friend’s annual Easter brunch on Sunday so maybe I can bust out some bunny ears for that .