Marshmallow Ice Cream & How Social Media Saved my Ass

Marshmallows are not just for campfires in the summer. Oh no! They can also be mixed in with your coolest estival treat to become Marshmallow Ice Cream.

Here is a new unusual ice cream to add to my long list of exotic frozen treats. Marshmallow ice cream reminds us of camping, summer, lakes and all that good stuff. Marshmallow ice cream also evoke scary story telling around the campfire.

Therefor I am taking this post hostage to recite my scary spooky urban tale (the story is scary, not were I live as people have misunderstood) where two friends answered my bat signal for help in the middle of the night. Also we could not have have come out victorious without all of today’s modern technology. And so the tale begin….

Marshmallow Ice Cream

Campfire worthy Marshmallow ice cream

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2014 The Best Cheap Ethnic Eatz

It is almost time to ring in the New Year! 2015 is just around the corner and it is filled with wonderful opportunities and changes compared to 2014. Do you have a resolution this year?

The beginning of a new year is also a great time to reflect on what you have accomplished in the year that just passed. My personal list is filled with lots of good new things overall. This positive list includes the many recipes I have had the privilege to share with you. Here are the top 10 most viewed recipes of 2014:

Bahraini Chicken Machboos 2014

Bahraini Chicken Machboos

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Halloween: Poison Toffee Apples and preparing your victims

For a frightful twist with these Poison Toffee Apples just add a few drops of black food coloring to the caramel toffee recipe to create a look of danger and poison!

Time for one of my favorite holidays out of the whole year. Halloween is just around the corner and I just love preparing a batch of goolish goodies. Just so happens the Creative Cooking Crew wanted us to fix up a scary dish for all the kiddies and ghosts. Please, do not be shy, take one of my Poison Toffee Apples. I promise they will bring you no harm!

Poison Toffee Apples

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Homemade Condiments Cookbook Giveaway, Creamy Chicken Stuffed Shells, and Caramel Mock Apple Bites

Today is my group’s reveal day for the Secret Recipe Club. What is the SRC? Basically you are assigned a fellow participant’s blog by the organizer and then you pick a recipe of your choice from that blog and make your version of it. But it is a secret, you cannot reveal whom you picked and what you made until the established posting date and time. This month I made 2 secret recipes: Creamy Chicken Stuffed Shells and Caramel Mock Apple Bites.

And here is a third secret: I have a fabulous giveaway for you all today. I receive a complimentary copy of the Homemade Condiments cookbook and I was given an extra copy for a giveaway. That is right, one lucky reader will receive their very own copy of this essential book for your cookbook collection. Info at the bottom of the post.

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Media Outings: Je t’aime en Chococlat & Wafu on Dragon’s Den

One fun perk about running a food blog is getting the occasional media event invite. After a while they sort of all blend together. Well this time I got 2 really original invitations I could not pass up: one by Je t’aime en Chocolat, the 3rd annual chocolate fair the weekend before St-Valentines Day, and Wafu, a Montreal company that specializes in Japanese dressings and mayonnaise, which recently appeared on Dragon’s Den.

The Je t’aime en Chococlat event is brimming with artisan chocolates from all over the Province of Quebec. I was spoiled with so many sample and the 5 friends that came with me enjoyed the wonderful treats each kiosk gave away. Ganache and flavored caramels seemed to be quite in fashion. Some of the artisans present were:

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Salted Dulce de Leche Pretzel Thumbprints

I have been baking a lot less in the last few years and I am trying to get back to my kitchen roots slowly. A great  motivator is a group called The Behind the Curtain Dessert Challenge which is all about baking sweets. Every month we are given tow required ingredients to work with. This month it is pretzels and caramel. What a salty sweet combo!

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I choose a cookie, basically a buttery shortbread, with crushed pretzels and dulche de leche.

IIP Cracking for Nostalgia: Cracker Jack Popcorn

Nostalgia! Talk about a theme that made me panic at first for this month International Incident party brought to us by the FAB  Jeroxie. This is what I love about this challenge, you have to rack your brains before hitting the kitchen.

I remember reading it, panicking and purposefully forgetting about it for a while. Food that makes me nostalgic! You would think it could be easy but I got a blank page in my memory file.  The day came where I had to face my demons and pick a dish. So I thought what marked me food wise. I figured I would go with the very first thing that came to mind. And then it hit me like a bolt of lightning. I knew what I had to make. Cracker Jack Caramel Popcorn!

No it is not a recipe from my mother that came to me or a first special exotic meal, it was Cracker Jack. Why? It reminds me of a person I wish I had gotten to know much better in my life: my maternal grandfather. His name was Charlie and I did get to know him a bit but he passed away when I was about 7 or 8 years old. I remember him as a good nature happy but pretty quiet person. I can’t remember what he had but by the time I was born he was somewhat sick, and then he had a stroke. He spent if my memory is correct about 18months in the hospital paralized on the right side and unable to speak before passing away. So my memories of him are limited.

But once he did pass and I was older I always reveled in the stories my mother and grandmother would tell me about him. He was, before being sick the first time, a real ‘bon vivant’ as we say in French, someone who really enjoyed life, laughed, smiled…and he was a MAJOR trickster. You would not believe some of the stories I heard. Still in the brief time I had him in my life I have developed 2 very precise memories of him and both are from what is now my parent’s cottage.

Cracker Jacks Popcorn glass

My first memory is swimming. I love water and I cannot get enough of swimming. He had a habit of taking a quick dip in the lake every morning upon waking up before doing anything else in the summer. Of course I usually went swimming with him. The second memory is the food related one. Back then we had a small convenience store maybe 5-10 min by foot and when ever he had to go buy something, usually his newspaper, he would take me and he always bought me a candy. I almost always picked a box of Cracker Jack. Every time I see Cracker Jack I think of my grandfather. So this is my little piece of nostalgia I wanted to share with you. And here is  my version of this nostalgic treat…..a prize included as well!

Cracker Jack Popcorn

Ingredients:
1 bag microwave popcorn
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup peanuts

Directions:

1. Prepare popcorn as per package instructions in microwave. You should get about 4 cups of popcorn. Put popcorn on a baking sheet and add peanuts on top.

2. In heavy saucepan mix sugar, butter and corn syrup. Stir over medium heat until boiling and continue boiling for 5 minutes at medium heat without stirring. Remove from heat and add vanilla and baking soda.

3. Pour over popcorn and peanuts and stir to coat quickly.

4. Bake in preheated 250F oven for 1 hour stirring several times. Cool, break apart and store in tightly covered container. Makes 5 cups

Cracker Jacks Popcorn

A truly dangerous recipe to have lying around the house. I would only make it again for like a part where I know there would be no left overs because now I have to snack on some everytime I pass near the kitchen…not good for the waist line!

International Incident Nostalgia Party