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Mango Avocado Salad

Clean Cleanse: Mango Avocado Salad Recipe

Just a quick note to say hey! I’m still alive! and no, I haven’t broken the cleanse. Also to post this recipe which was oh so popular on our instagram this week. If you aren’t following us, get on it! Noshandtell is the username of course. This mango avocado salad is fool proof and requires NO cooking! Mary Helen…I’m looking at you. (she’s starting the cleanse this week and is slightly challenged in the kitchen). It’s refreshing and absolutely delicious. I crave it now! Do yourself a favor and make this light salad for lunch next week. Print Mango Avocado Salad Author: Whitney Prep time:  10 mins Total time:  10 mins   Ingredients 2 ripe mangoes, peeled and chopped 1 large avocado, peeled, pitted, and chopped 1 tablespoon lime juice 2 teaspoons olive oil 1 tablespoon cilantro leaves [ I omitted these bc I didn’t have on hand and salad was still delicious] 1 tablespoon black sesame seeds [I used white bc I didn’t have these] Salt and pepper to taste Instructions After you have the …

POM Wonderful Brownies

A few weeks ago the people at POM Wonderful asked if they could send us some bottles of POM juice to experiment with in recipes. Who are we to turn down free stuff? It’s a recession y’all! Rest assured we would never spend the time blogging about something that  we didn’t feel the need to share with our readers, but the POM recipe was, well, wonderful! First up, Double Chocolate Pom Brownies. I’ve been wanting to make brownies for while now and due to a time crunch yesterday I needed to make something quick and easy. Bars and brownies are the perfect quick baking fix because they don’t require shaping dough or frosting (normally). You just whip up the batter and pour it in a pan–for this reason, I am bar obsessed. I also love bars because I feel like you can throw as much chocolate, sugar, and candy in them and they’ll always turn out scrumdiddly-yum-cious. I am for sure on my way to getting diabetes. Regardless, the POM brownies were a perfect solution. …

Lookie at my Cookies: Pink Lemonade Cupcakes

  So Welcome Week is officially over and school has started. Meaning we are now trying to piece together our schedules and figure out where to fit in time for friends as well. So far it’s going pretty well, except for the whole class thing. I think this is the least prepared I have been for school–normally I spend hours in Staples picking out school supplies like an excited middle schooler. This year…not so much. I had to call friends for an SOS to look at my schedule for me and figure out what room/time I had class. Oops! Oh well, it’s kind of liberating actually.   So far classes are looking pretty good. I’m taking a few Food Studies classes that I’m really excited about and then a few others that I’m…eh…less excited about. Gotta take the bad with the good I guess. Anyway, in an effort to start off my year the right way I’m getting ahead and writing this blog post early! (Okay so it’s really only the night before I would’ve …

Lookie at my Cookies: Raspberry Walnut Muffins and LOST cake

I recently realized that I have not made muffins for the blog. In 4 months and 87 posts I haven’t made any muffins! Nor any other breakfast pastry for that matter. Hm I just remembered I completely forgot about August’s DB Challenge, wonder what it is! Any who, times are a changin’, the recession might be over, I might get over the sinus yuck cold I’ve had all summer, Ariel and I are being kicked out of our beautiful room that we’ve had for the summer to a less than desirable room in Chinatown, and most importantly, I made muffins! Raspberry Walnut Muffins to be exact. I saw these muffins on Baked Perfection like the day she posted them and have had them bookmarked since. Last night seemed the perfect time to make them. I don’t have much to say about the muffins, not because they weren’t good! Because they were. But if you check out the recipe you’ll see that they are healthier because they’re made with Greek yogurt, a mix of whole wheat …

Lookie at my Cookies: Perfect Party Cake

There are a times during the year that I lovingly like to call “birthday season”. During these weeks I am usually poorer due to buying presents and dinners out, busy juggling plans, confused because I am trying to keep everyone’s birthday’s straight, and full off cake. I am also infinitely happy because I absolutely love birthdays! Especially my own, but I really like to help others celebrate too, everyone deserves an extravaganza. These few middle weeks in July are a birthday season for me. Three of my great friends celebrate their birthdays in these few weeks, two of which were on the same day, last Monday! Of course I always make cakes for my friends to make the occasion special, so last week was cake week for me. It was probably a good thing my computer was broken so I could stop procrastinating by sitting on Facebook and Tastespotting and get these cakes done! Both Danny and Mary Helen requested the same thing for their birthday cakes, actually Danny didn’t know he was getting one …

June’s Daring Baker’s Challenge: Bakewell Tart

The June Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Jasmine of Confessions of a Cardamom Addict and Annemarie of Ambrosia and Nectar. They chose a Traditional (UK) Bakewell Tart… er… pudding that was inspired by a rich baking history dating back to the 1800’s in England. The mandatory elements of this month’s challenge were making our own pastry dough for the tart and the egg/custard like topping: frangipane. I had never even heard of frangipane before this and since I am partial to chocolate desserts, I was skeptical. I chose to make my own Strawberry Peach Jam and I am infinitely glad I did. It was the reason that I kept craving this tart after I first tried it. The jam was nothing short of amazing, I wish I had made enough to have left over but I didn’t anticipate it being so good! The strawberry peach jam went perfect with the almond frangipane topping. It was a great dessert! And not too difficult either! I think next time I make this I would probably use …

Lookie at my Cookies: Neapolitan Ice Cream Pie

I scream you scream we all scream for ICE CREAM! As I have mentioned, I LOVE ice cream. Particularly frozen yogurt (you can find my comprehensive guide to popular froyo places here) which is why I was intrigued and salivating when my sister Liz sent me a recipe from Self Magazine for Neapolitan Ice Cream Pie. Ice Cream cake might be sent straight from heaven, at least I’m sure that Baskin Robbin’s Roll Cakes are. This frozen yogurt/ice cream pie was no exception, it was amazing! I made it for dinner for my parents and aunt and uncle the other night and we all agreed it was delicious, blog worthy for sure.The Neapolitan Ice Cream Pie won’t leave you feeling guilty for indulging either because it is made with mostly frozen yogurt, a perfect ice cool treat for the summer! My friend Katie helped (or she just watched) while I made this and we agreed, it’s way easy to make, you just have to wait for each layer to harden up before you put the next one on but I don’t …

May’s Daring Bakers Challenge: Apple Cream Cheese Strudel

The May Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Linda of make life sweeter! and Courtney of Coco Cooks. They chose Apple Strudel from the recipe book Kaffeehaus: Exquisite Desserts from the Classic Cafés of Vienna, Budapest and Prague by Rick Rodgers. It’s that time again! Time for this month’s Daring Bakers Challenge. This month Linda of Make life sweeter! and Courtney of Coco Cooks chose a recipe for Apple Strudel. We were given creative rights for the filling of the strudel we just needed to make the strudel dough from the recipe provided. I had such a great time with this challenge! I put it off until I got home so I had a big enough surface to stretch out my dough on and because I was also a little nervous about it. I have never stretched pastry dough before and considering I am prone to accidents, I was expecting the worst. Shockingly, the strudel went off without a hitch! Stretching the dough was a lot easier than I thought and I had fun doing it. …

Lookie at my Cookies: Berry Loaf

Since I have been home from college things have been a little different–basically I mean living with parents again. I love my parents, but it’s hard going from living independently to living with people who forget that for 8 months out of the year you are a fully functioning independent person. No offense Mom and Dad! Specifically, my parents have been griping about me baking all the time. I guess they didn’t believe that I actually bake 4-5 times a week–or they probably just don’t have time to read the blog very often, ha I guess we’ll find out! All that aside, my Dad requested something with less sugar and suggested I bake a bread. Well I have a sweet tooth so I compromised and baked a Berry Loaf. I wanted to use up berries that I had left over from my Fruit Pizza and take advantage of having my Mom’s loaf pans so baking a Berry Loaf seemed like the perfect solution. It’s kind of a cross between a bread and a cake…it is denser than cake and a …

Lookie at my Cookies: Fruit Pizza

I’m finally posting something fruity and healthy-er! I am a big chocolate lover if you hadn’t guessed, but something not previously represented in my baking for this blog is my love for fruit. This Fruit Pizza is sure to have you and all who indulge in it satisfied without feeling sick or guilty for eating something with a million grams of fat. I mean it has fruit on top so it’s healthy right? Just kidding! But it really isn’t too bad for you…I made mine with low fat cream cheese and cut out half the sugar in the icing, if you wanted to make it even healthier you could use low fat yogurt or non-fat cream cheese.This Fruit Pizza is delicious, refreshing, SO EASY, and really fun to make! Definitely a kid friendly recipe. I actually made these with my Brownie Troupe when I was little, I’m pretty sure we started a food fight though. I had a great time figuring out how to design my fruit on top…I wanna take all the fruit pieces off and do it …