We All Scream for Ice Cream

Ben & Jerry's vs Häagen Dazs Not only is today the Chinese New Year; the year of the goat (my sign!), but it's also National Chocolate Mint Day, and what better way to ring in the new year than with my favorite ice cream flavor: Mint Chocolate Chunk. There isn't many flavors I don't like … Continue reading We All Scream for Ice Cream

An Apple a Day …With Caramel and Ice Cream

Autumn has officially arrived and what better way to embrace this colorful equinox than snuggling up with a warm piece of apple crisp. I'm not a big fan of the cold, but this is my favorite time of year to eat and cook. I'm sure the eating comes from an ancient physiological response to pack … Continue reading An Apple a Day …With Caramel and Ice Cream

Cracker Jack Clone

Caramel Corn & Peanuts It's always nice to surprise people with delicious foods they've never had before. This weekend was a first for my wife and her parents. They had never tasted caramel popcorn and peanuts. Here in Norway, there's no shortage of caramel covered foods, i.e. candy-coated almonds are my favorite. However, caramel popcorn … Continue reading Cracker Jack Clone

National Cherry Pie Day

Cherry Pie If my memory serves me correctly, the year was 1988 and a twelve year old girl requested her favorite dessert for her birthday. That beloved dessert was cherry pie. And that young girl was my big sister. Not only did she wish for that pie over a traditional birthday cake, she wished that … Continue reading National Cherry Pie Day

Ménage à Trois for Dessert

Coffee & Cognac Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Meringue Buttercream Frosting Who doesn't love a good chocolate cake? I suppose "good", being the operative word here, depends on many factors. How sweet, how rich, how moist or dry, how much frosting in proportion to cake, and the list goes on. Let me rephrase the question -- … Continue reading Ménage à Trois for Dessert

Time to Make the Donuts

Boston Cream Donuts & Apple Fritters At the age of eighteen, I took a year off of studying to work. That post-high school moratorium of "I don't know what to do with my life!" So I decided to work in a bakery for Canada's number one coffee and doughnut chain. For one full year I … Continue reading Time to Make the Donuts

Killing Me Softly

Brownies with Toasted Coconut Caramel Frosting Let's talk about brownies for a moment. This part cake, part cookie, part fudge and fully and completely sinful dessert originated in the U.S. by the end of the 19th century. Though it's claimed that brownies were the result of a carefully crafted and intentional dessert, I don't buy … Continue reading Killing Me Softly

Mint Oreo Ice Cream Sandwiches

My ultimate comfort summer treat is the ingenious ice cream sandwich. Whether the simple vanilla ice cream wedged between two chocolate wafers, or something with a little more razzle-dazzle, it’s all yummy to me. Today I wanted share my recipe for mint Oreo ice cream sandwiched between two soft chocolate cakes/cookies. Individually, both components are … Continue reading Mint Oreo Ice Cream Sandwiches

National Lemon Chiffon Cake Day

Lemon Chiffon Cake Just so we're clear, lemon chiffon cake has no significance for me in terms of comfort food. But because it is cake, I'll find any excuse to whip one up. And seeing as how it is National Lemon Chiffon Cake Day, then what better reason for making a cake and to really … Continue reading National Lemon Chiffon Cake Day

Happy National Waffle Day

Belgian Waffles à la Strawberry Shortcake This past weekend I celebrated my birthday and received a Belgian Waffle Iron from my wife and son. I couldn't think of a better way to commemorate national waffle day than with Belgian waffles in the manner of  strawberry shortcake. Perhaps acknowledging spring so early is a little too optimistic, … Continue reading Happy National Waffle Day