Krispy Kreme Doughnuts to Deliver

 

Screen Shot 2020-02-24 at 12.13.56 PMThe doughnut chain has announced a new delivery service for the entire U.S., but there’s one catch.

Customers ordering delivery must be within 10 miles of one of Krispy Kreme’s 350 locations.

Orders can be placed on the Krispy Kreme app or website. There is a $5 fee for delivery.  READ MORE

Bananas Foster, A New Orleans Original Dessert Recipe

 

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Bananas Foster is an American dessert that originated in New Orleans made with cooked bananas served in a butter, brown sugar and rum sauce.

In 1951, with ever an eye for publicity and the promotion of his city, Owen Brennan challenged his chef Paul Blangé to create a dish featuring the fruit.  The dramatic, flambéed result is now the most-ordered item on Brennan’s menu; it is not unusual for guests who have dined elsewhere to arrive just for a dessert of Bananas Foster.

The dish was named for Richard Foster, a friend of Owen Brennan and the chairman of the New Orleans Crime Commission, on which Brennan served.  See the Original Recipe from Brennans.

The New Orleans dessert of bananas Foster inspired this riff on a classic banana cream pie. It features a layer of rum-spiked sautéed bananas under the traditional pudding filling, plus a brown sugar-mascarpone cream topping.  See Recipe

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 A staple at the French Quarter’s legendary Brennan’s restaurant since 1951, bananas Foster is New Orleans in dessert form: bananas, butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla ice cream, and rum, set afire for both taste and spectacle.

Bananas Foster at Stanley’s Restaurant, New Orleans.   Bananas Foster is a popular dessert for tourist to try and a number of restaurants offer it.

 

Valentine Cookie Ideas

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I’ve been in love with the traditions of Valentine’s Day since childhood.  My dad used to buy a box of chocolates in the heart shaped box for my sister and I every year.  Thus, I reflect on the holiday with with love remembering simpler and loving times.

Spread a little love with a box of chocolate or a little of your soul into it by baking.   Check out these clever cookie ideas.  Click on a selection:

Valentine Heart Shaped Cookies

Valentine Sugar Cookie With Sprinkles

Chocolate Shortbread Heart Cookies

 

South Jersey Shop Features Chicken Fried Doughnuts

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Over-the-top doughnuts are en vogue and all over New Jersey.They’re piled high with crazy toppings like bacon, cereal, candies and cookies, stuffed with Nutella, creams and fillings.

Many of them are fried. But how many of them are chickenfried?  Find out the where and how they prepare them.  Click to   READ MORE

 

Christmas Mocktails Recipes

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For years my sister and other people I know have looked with desire at the fun cocktails I prepare often asking for a non-alcoholic version.   Well, there is no time where thoughtful comes to mind better than the holiday season.

People really are looking for festive alcohol free drink options this holiday season. We have FIVE festive drinks below for you to choose from. Check out these ideas from thevivacioulife.com from Candycane Martini’s to Cranberry White Russian Mocktails. 

 

 

Decadent Delights of Sidecar Doughnuts and Coffee

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While on a mini-vacay in San Diego, doughnuts caught my attention like a doggie in a window.  My pupils enlarged, tongue salivated and mind wondered, How much did those marvelous delights cost?  No ordinary 67078448_10156922507176865_4852540822245081088_ndoughnuts, these read gourmet creations.  On average the stunning creations cost $5 a pop and five dollars well spent.   I thought about the doughnut  I devoured all day.  As any woman, I also thought about the calories.   Again, like the cost I thought, these donuts are worth it.

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My mouth watered at the sight of the Blueberry corncake doughnuts, glazed old fashioned doughnut, the maple frosted bacon topped doughnut and the whimsical marshmallow topped S’mores doughnut.   Kindly, the bakery staff offered cut two doughnuts for me to take a bite into,  the amazing blueberry corncake reminiscent of cornbread and the incredible old fashioned donut, dense cake-style and balanced in sweetness.

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Sidecar hosts location in Costa Mesa, Santa Monica, Torrance,  and Del Mar Highland Town Center.

Open daily at 6:30am
Sunday – Thursday ’till 6:00pm
Friday & Saturday ’till 9:00pm

Visit their Website: https://www.sidecardoughnuts.com/

Light and Freshing, Cucumber Cheesecake Recipe

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Many years ago, I would have turned my nose to the thought of cucumber cheesecake.  But with signature spas adding cucumber to water, experiencing more latin cuisine which introduce the cucumber with lime or just with a splash of Tajin, now it’s easy to imagine the infinite possibilities of cucumber.

Recipe at Meltingtaste.com 

 

How Marvin Gaye and Helen Reddy Helped Famous Amos Cookie Company Get Started

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To a knew generation it is quite possible they don’t know the face behind the Famous Cookie brand or what’s quite worse, not know the brand at all.   Once upon time, Famous Amos and his cookie brand were truly famous.  Let’s begin with the back story of Mr. Amos.  Wally Amos was the first black talent agent of the famous Willam Morris Agency, now called Willam Morris Endeavor.   In 1967, Amos left William Morris, and moved to Los Angeles, where he struggled to set up his own personal img_1359management company.  Burdened with the debt of his failing business, Amos began to take comfort in baking chocolate chip cookies.

 

The business man in him saw an opportunity.  After all, he had connections, confidence and modified modified version of his Aunt Della’s recipe.   With those ingredients he planned to open the first freestanding cookie store.  Now LA is known for donuts but cookies?

A few friends such as singer Helen Reddy (I am Woman) and Marvin Gaye financially backed him with $25,000,   add an innovative marketing initiative, which included an extensive advertising campaign and a gala grand opening.  The first Famous Amos cookie store opened on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles in 1975. Within months, Amos had opened two more West Coast franchises, and the New York-based Bloomingdale’s department store had begun selling the gourmet cookies.

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Jay-Z Invests In Black-owned Vegan Company, Partake Foods

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Hip-hop’s first billionaire, Jay-Z, is putting his fortune to good use with a recent $1 million investment in a Black-owned vegan company called Partake Foods, reports Black Enterprise.

ormer Coca-Cola sales director, Denise Woodard, started the company in 2016 after her daughter was diagnosed with a variety of food allergies. She states on the company’s websitethat after leaving several grocery stores frustrated and mystified because there were no allergy-friendly snacks on the shelves, she decided to do something about it and create her own.   READ MORE