Wow, what a week! From Disney in Orlando for Food Blog Forum to Sandestin Resort (pictured above and below) in South Walton, my kids and I have had quite the treat. I guess this is the true definition of an “awesome” spring break. Here are some inspirations from last week from my travels as well as across the blogosphere. Let me know what fun things you are doing this weekend. Have a great one, Alison
Beach Inspiration: Beaches at the amazing Sandestin
Travel Inspiration: Gelato from Sangelato Cafe in Sandestin
Children Inspiration: We had so much fun in Disney. Especially, Leigh.
Passover Inspiration: Flourless Chocoalte Cupcakes with Marshmallow Meringue Frosting via Urban Baker
Food Inspiration: Baked Whole Wheat Banana and Chocolate Donuts from Top with Cinnamon
Easter Craft Inspiration: Glittered Easter Eggs via Martha Stewart
Fashion and Home Inspiration: Lavender “Apartment 34” and Whitney of “The Curtis Casa”
Workout Inspiration via “Plus One Fitness”
Since I have been working with so many brownie recipe variations for one of my food clients, I realized I needed to create the Best Passover Brownie. This ingredient combination worked like a charm. When I took them out of the oven, I took a picture and put them on Facebook (I was so excited how they turned out). I had a lot of people wanting the recipe ASAP so here it is. It is so easy and fabulous. My friend said, “These are the best Passover Brownies I have ever tasted.” I hope that you like them too, and that they sweeten up your holiday.
My sister, Julie, and her friend, Toby, bake great Passover desserts every year. This year, they tried a new recipe for Strawberry Bars which I just love. These awesome Passover bars remind me of a breakfast bar, but they are wonderful for dessert or an afternoon snack. You could also use apricot preserves as a variation if you like. This easy Passover recipe makes a lot, so it’s perfect to serve (and even give away) for the Passover holiday. Enjoy and happy holiday!
I am a huge fan of Greek yogurt (Fage 0% is my favorite) as you may have noticed throught my blog. Greek yogurt has 20 grams of protein per 8-ounces, 0 grams of fat and only 9 carbohydrates.
I have had lots of requests for spring recipe ideas, Gluten-Free, Passover and Easter recipes, and I thought Greek Yogurt Berry Parfaits fit in perfectly. These are so easy and only 6 ingredients. You can make them at the last minute or ahead of time. Feel free to substitute strawberries or blackberries.
Mandel Bread, or mandelbrot, is a crisp cookie that is similar in texture to biscotti. Since flour cannot be used during Passover, this recipe is made with matzo cake meal and potato starch (both can be found with the Passover section in your grocery). Mandel Bread with Chocolate Chips is really easy to prepare and always a family favorite on Passover. It’s great as a light dessert or even breakfast, dipped in coffee.
Sometimes figuring out what appetizer to serve is the most difficult part of entertaining, especially during holidays or when you’re having special guests over. I appreciate all the sweet notes from newly married couples as well as college students that are trying my recipes and have asked for appetizer suggestions. I try to serve appetizers that are healthy, but of course, flavorful. These stuffed mushrooms fit that description well. The combination of feta cheese, green onions and parsley create a fresh combination. This recipe is only five ingredients (not counting salt and pepper), so it’s also very economical and extremely simple, perfect for new cooks. Enjoy these Feta-Stuffed Mushrooms when you’re entertaining or anytime of the year.