Apple Cider Doughnuts

7 Mar


During a trip to the Parkland Farmers’ Market I was introduced to Apple Cider doughnuts. Hesitant at first, I tried a bite and was smitten. They were delicious! The small circular creations were full of flavor and dusted with sugar. Not to overpowering, perfectly moist, and just amazing.

I resisted all urges to march over to the doughnut tent and buy my own cone of goodness, but once home researched all outlets for recipes. My favorite is from Katie Elliot who adapted the recipe from the Washington Post and can be found here.




A Very Vera Wedding

21 Feb

Have you seen the newest line from Vera Wang? The affordably chic dresses were unveiled February 11 and are sold exclusively at David’s Bridal. Prices range from $600-$1400 and give brides on a budget options without sacrificing style.

Although I always said I would never buy a dress from David’s, I might have to reconsider.  Each dress in the collection is gorgeous and the price points are perfect. To see for yourself check out Vera Wang’s White collection here.

Etsy Picks-Wedding Cake Toppers

20 Feb

Top it off: Cake Toppers

Hand Sculpted Cake Topper High Fashion by CountrySquirrelsRUS

Custom Keepsake Wedding Cake Topper with Custom by bthanari

Cute Couple Wedding Cake Topper by annacrafts

Preheat Your Easy Bake Oven

15 Feb

After watching a recent episode of Four Wedding on TLC I had the urge to make “Funfetti” cupcakes.  If you missed the show a Florida bride who preferred fried chicken over Foie Gras served her guest a “Funfetti” wedding cake. Although the cake was not a hit with the three other brides I had to recreate the colorful treat. 

Unfortunately, the boxed mix wasn’t as tasty as I once remember so a homemade recipe was found.  Apparently, the “fun” is just a bunch of sprinkles.  So any white or yellow cake mix will do.  Here’s my favorite recipe from


Out-of-the-box Dining- Food Trucks!

10 Feb

Looking for a dining alternative? Try a food truck. The food truck revolution has hit the streets of South Florida offering gourmet fare at reasonable prices. Whether you’re looking for grilled cheese, hamburgers, cupcakes, or crepes, there is a food truck to satisfy your every craving.

This past Friday I had the opportunity to try Ms. Cheezious, an aqua truck with a mischievous pin-up girl on the side that serves freshly melted grilled cheese sandwiches. Their menu consists of gourmet options as well as familiar favorites and includes The Italian ($7), provolone, red and yellow tomato and cream cheese on country white bread, Grilled Blue & Bacon ($7), crisp bacon with creamy blue cheese and green onion on sourdough bread or you can opt to build your own cheesy creation. I chose to build my own and it was love at first bite! My grilled cheddar with roasted turkey and sweet and savory apples on multi-grain bread was perfectly crafted to create a delicious combination of fresh ingredients.

Ms. Cheezious wasn’t my first food truck find. A few months ago Latin Burger and Taco made it’s way to Ft. Lauderdale and I had the opportunity to try the burger truck co-owned by Food Network’s Ingrid Hoffman. The black and pink truck serves (like the name suggests) hamburgers and tacos with a Latin twist. Menu options include Latin Macho, chorizo, chuck and sirloin burger, Oaxaca cheese, caramelized onions and jalapeno and Chicken Tomatillo, shredded chicken cooked in tomatillo salsa topped with avocado, scallions, and cilantro. The menu is short and sweet and everything is made fresh.

I would suggest the Latin Macho a delicious burger packed with flavor. You can expect to pay less than $15 for a complete meal and you will not be disappointed.

If you are interested in learning more about the food truck craze or just want to avoid the chain restaurants and try something new, check out this website for more details.


Black Bean and Corn Salsa

2 Feb

For the past few weeks I’ve had the opportunity to attend the polo matches held at the Palm Beach Polo Club in Wellington, FL and been lucky enough to sample all the food at the prestigious event.  This past weekend one hors d’oeuvre that  caught my eye was the black bean salsa served in tortilla cups.  The bite-sized snack was topped with sour cream and cilantro and looked super easy to whip up for an upcoming Super Bowl party or get-together.

Here is a similar recipe from Rachel Ray:


1 can, 14 ounces, black beans, rinsed and drained

2 cups frozen or canned corn kernels

1 small red bell pepper, seeded and chopped

1/2 red onion, chopped

1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin, half a palm full

2 teaspoons hot sauce, just eyeball the amount (recommended: Tabasco)

1 lime, juiced

2 tablespoons vegetable or olive oil, eyeball it

Salt and pepper

Top with: Sour cream, cilantro, and black olive slices.

Combine all ingredients in a bowl, toss and serve in Tostito Scoops. Top with sour cream and cilantro.  enjoy.

Easy as 1…2…

2 Feb

A friend called me the other day and told me about a two ingredient cupcake recipe she saw on the new Hungry Girl show.  I thought it was too good to be true but apparently two ingredients is all you need to satisfy your sweet tooth.

1 box Devil’s Food Cake mix
1 can Pumpkin

Mix the devils food cake and pumpkin in a bowl. Scoop well mixed batter into cupcake trays.  Bake for 20-25 minutes.

Since I didn’t have frosting I topped my cupcake with cream cheese…delicious.

Note-the cupcake mixture looks thick but don’t worry, that’s the way it’s supposed to look.