Saturday, January 7, 2012

Cupcakes-Brownies and Cookies equal one cute burger treat

What do you get when you creatively put together cupcakes, brownies, cookies for a man's party (in this case, Father's Day)? These cute little sweet treats from Bakerella, that is what. Head over there to see how she puts these together and get a template for the box holding it all together.

Brownie Burger Cupcakes & Cookie Fries
Photo credit; Bakerella

Friday, January 6, 2012

Grasshopper Bars

Fudgy and rich with a hint of that minty freshness and beautiful to boot--that is what these Grasshopper Bars are. Joanne from Eats Well with Others, takes us through this recipe from Baked Explorations.
Photo Credit Eats Well With Others

Monday, January 2, 2012

New Years Eve Cupcakes

Betsy from java cupcake, made these champagne cupcakes with raspberry filling topped with champagne buttercream--they are beautiful! She  melted white chocolate to created the cutest toppers.

photo credit: javacupcake

Chinese Char Siu Bao or barbecue pork buns

Jennifer Yu from Use Real Butter, has the clearest step- by-step instructions for delicious and beautiful Barbecue Pork Buns. She offers up two versions of dough, one with yeast and one with out. I prefer the one with yeast, but you have both options.
A bao  also known as bāozi, bau, humbow, nunu, bausak, pow or pau is a type of steamed, filled bun or bread-like (usually made with yeast) morsel typical to various Chinese cuisines. There can be much variation as to the fillings and the preparations. It can be filled with meats and vegetarian fillings.

Chinese Pork Buns- Photo Credit, Jennifer Yu

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Birds and Nests- a child's lunch

What is better than encouraging your child's imagination and creativity while providing food? Melissa from another lunch does just that using muffin tins. I really like this one theme around birds and nests. She puts it all together using a sliced boiled egg, bird-shaped cheddar cheese (sprinkles were used for the eyes), sliced bell pepper and a little pond to dip them in. You could use an easy and healthy yogurt dip or get inventive and add avocado to the dip like Monica did on the Yummy Life.

The bottom row has birdie shaped crackers, a duck shaped sandwich (cream cheese and blueberry preserves, beak is cheddar cheese and eye is a sprinkle), and a sweet clementine orange with a little penguin pick in the middle! If you are inspired to join in bloggers for muffin tin lunches, head over to Muffin Tin Mom and join their fun.

photo credit: another lunch

Broken Glass Jello

She calls her creation broken glass jello, but it reminds me of the beautiful Tiffany's leaded stained glass windows. Maybe because I live near by one of Tiffany's most comprehensive museums, or maybe because I am fond of childhood memories of old cathedrals with the light streaming in through the colored glass, either way, what Mary, aka the Food Librarian, does with Jello amazes me and inspires me. Her broken glass is the simplest recipe she has in her food library. The secret to the white  gelatin that holds it all together? Sweetened condensed milk. Yum. This is the grow-up version of Jello. It is beautiful to behold.

photo credit: the food librarian