Foodie Fave: Avocado Chocolate Mousse

I recently bought a TUB of coconut oil. Completely by mistake, mind you. That’s what happens when you late-night shop on Amazon. Anyway, I’ve managed to use it for a couple of things – chapstick, moisturizer, hair mask. However, I’ve been a bit nervous about trying it out in food. I don’t necessarily want my eggs to taste like coconut by using it as an oil.

I’ve tried mixing it with peanut butter like this recipe calls for. But let’s just agree that you don’t want to see the blob it actually came out as. #nailedit

Luckily, I came across Anna Eastick’s blog Heart+Bowl. She has super healthy bowl recipes like this drool worthy chocolate mousse recipe, with coconut oil!  I’ve been seeing avocado mixed with chocolate for a while now, so it’s about time we give you a damn delish recipe for it.

  • 1 large ripe avocado (or 2 small)
  • 1 tbsp raw, unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk (or any nut milk of your choice)
  • 2 tbsp honey or maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
To serve
  • 1 chunk of bittersweet dark chocolate, grated
  • 2 tsp cocoa nibs (optional)

In a food processor, purée the avocado until smooth. In a jug, combine the cocoa powder and milk until a smooth paste forms. Add the cocoa and milk mixture to the avocado, along with the remaining ingredients. Blend everything together until smooth and well combined. Transfer the mixture into individual bowls and chill in the fridge until ready to serve. Top with grated bittersweet dark chocolate and sprinkle over cocoa nibs.

Avocado Chocolate Mousse

Happy Eating, XO.

Maple & Beer Glazed Bacon

I know we grabbed your attention just about right away because, well BACON and BEER. And I promise, you won’t be disappointed. It’s hard to imagine making bacon any better, but this recipe legit does just that. The bacon is coated in a sweet and slightly savory glaze that makes it melt in your mouth. Mix that with the saltiness of the bacon. #canteven

  • 1 package of thick cut bacon
  • 1 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 cup honey
  • 2 tbsp Grey Poupon mustard
  • 1 bottle Sam Adams lager

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Place the bacon on a baking sheet/jelly roll pan and cook for 20 – 25 minutes until slightly crispy but not fully cooked. While that’s making your house smell amazing, in a small saucepan bring the maple syrup, honey, and mustard to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and add the beer. Simmer the mixture for 5 minutes. When the bacon is done, pour the maple mixture on top creating an even layer on each strip. Cook the bacon for 5-10 more minutes depending on how crispy you prefer it.

Maple beer glazed bacon_damndelish

Happy Eating, XO.

3S Cauliflower: Sweet Smokey & Spicy

All of you can stop whining about how I am this evil person for making you buy pure maple syrup for a previous chicken recipe and how I haven’t given you more recipes to cook with it. I am here to save your expensive maple bottle and put it to good, nay great use! As you know I am a huge fan of the sweet and spicy combo, that was the flavor profile of the sassy fish recipe as well. So this recipe is near and dear to my taste buds. Also! It is my ALL TIME favorite way of cooking vegetables. Roasting is THE freaking BEST! I legit roast everything: Brussels sprouts, asparagus, zucchini, butternut squash, eggplant -sike I hate eggplant, but you could def roast it to make it suck less. Anywho, I love the charred flavor of the high heat and the simplicity of cooking so that it lets the actual veggie shine! See below for a 10 minute (And mind you 4 ingredient) side dish that will fancy up any meal you serve it with…

  • 1 head of cauliflower, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sriracha
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • Salt and pepper to taste.

Preheat oven to 425°(F). Cut the cauliflower into bite-sized pieces; transfer to a large bowl; set aside. In a small bowl combine olive oil, sriracha, maple syrup, salt, and pepper. Pour the sriracha mixture over the cauliflower and mix well, making sure the cauliflower is well coated in the sauce. Spread the cauliflower onto a large baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes, stirring once at the half way point. Increase the oven temperature to 475 and bake for another 12 minutes, or until golden brown.

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Happy Eating, XO.

An Ode to Pittsburgh

Being that Jess and I were both home over the holidays, the Burgh has been on my mind…

I wanted to make a Yinzer classic and so I got to thinking what was the quickest way I can get a yummy, easy Pittsburgh-ese meal on the table. The inspiration came from my 12 hr. pub crawl on the Southside the day after Christmas! And despite how many beers, shots, wine, etc I drank, I remembered the amazing food I had. It truly was a taste of home in your mouth. Good ole’ kielbasa and pierogies…

Crock Pot Bourbon Glazed Kielbasa 

  • 1 pound Kielbasa, sliced
  • 1 cup apricot preserves (orange marmalade would work too, but this is way better)
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp. of bourbon (or apple juice, being cognizant of my knocked up friends)

Combine everything in the crock pot. Cover and cook on low for 4 hours. While that is getting delish, I boiled a box of the frozen Mrs. T’s potato and onion pierogies. Now don’t hate that I didn’t make those from scratch, after all I live in Philly now and I will leave the scratch making to the Polish (just kidding, stay tuned for a quick- at home way, to make your own). In a bind though, it all tastes the same when you are washing it down with an ice cold Iron City.

Happy Eating, XO.

Curried Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Ok so as much as I adore my freaking garlic and chive mashed potatoes and I mean freaking LOVE. How many years in a row can I make them for Thanksgiving without seeming played out? Well this year my aunt made some mashed tators that will blow your mind. Kids, these things were BANGIN. I just HAD to recreate them and figure out how she got those flavors in my belly. So because I’m such a giver, see below. You will be thanking me at your next holiday meal.

  • 6 Sweet potatoes or about 4 lbs.
  • 1 tsp. coarse sea salt
  • 3/4 cup Coconut milk (before you freak the eff out, yes I said coconut milk…this will take place of the half and half or heavy cream or buttermilk all y’all use in your basic bitch mashed potatoes, so hear me out and let go of the panic button)
  • 3 tsp. Red Thai Curry paste (didn’t I say pipe down and trust the food blogger)
  • 3 tbsp. Maple Syrup
  • Lil buttah (that’s Butter for those of you that don’t speak New Yawk & by lil I mean eye ball it but Id say no more than 1-2 tbsp.)

Bake the potatoes at 375 degrees for 1 hr. Peel once cool (the skin will literally just melt off with a light tug, no peeler needed) and mash with the curry paste, coconut milk, salt, & 1 tbsp. of syrup (which I mixed and heated in a saucepan while peeling potatoes). Then place in a baking dish while topping with butter and remaining syrup. Broil in oven for 3-5 min.

Ok so still not convinced? A) make it before you hate and B) I have logic: the sugars from the coconut milk and sweet potatoes need to counteracted and balanced with some bold spice & flavor.
Plusssss, these things are amazeballs 2014 with a dollop of cranberry relish/sauce/chutney.

Happy Eating, XO.