Limoncello Cupcakes with Ghirardelli Chocolate Dusted Whipped Cream

ImageI finally made the time to make a different version of my Limoncello cake…into cupcakes!

Decided to not frost them, so I made a whipped cream, incorporating 3 tablespoons of Limoncello with half a cup of powdered sugar, and then dusting it with Ghirardelli powdered chocolate….can I say yum, yum, severely yummy dessert?

Let me share with you how I made these cupcakes:

2 cups all purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 stick of unsalted butter

3 eggs

1 cup of sugar

3 lemons, juiced and grated

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

1/4 cup Limoncello

1/2 cup carbonated water

Sift the flour with the baking soda and powder in one bowl for the dry ingredients.

In another bowl, place the eggs, sugar, melted butter, Limoncello, freshly grated lemon peel and juice, and carbonated water and beat until well incorporated.  In batches, place the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and beat it.  If it is too dry, use a little bit more of the carbonated water so that all the ingredients blend well together.

 

Place in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes and enjoy!!! I have a cream cheese frosting that I make the same way that I made the whipped cream…..8 oz. of Neufchatel cheese, at room temperature, beaten with one cup and a half of powdered sugar, 3 tablespoons of Limoncello and one heaping tablespoon of grated lemon peel.

Need a natural pick-me-up? Try my New Carrot-n-Sweet Potato Soup!

Way too soon to be encountering a second cold in 2013, I opted to stay home on Sunday….and came up with this new simple but delicious soup that put a smile on my face!Image three chopped carrots

the juice of half a lemon

one very large sweet potato

2 cups low sodium chicken broth

The chopped carrots went into 2 cups of low sodium chicken broth, which was brought to a boil, adding in the fresh lemon juice.  As soon as the sweet potato was done in the microwave, I carefully peeled it, chopped it and in the pot it went, to cook for a good 5 to 10 minutes. 

This mixture went into a blender, where it was blended till everything was well combined…..and then the taste test….simple but deliciously good!

 

Early Saturday Breakfast: Strawberry & Muenster Cheese Mini Sandwiches!

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Remember that yesterday I shared with you how my Tomato Soup Biscuits came about? Biscuit left-overs provoke me to think out of the box…..yesterday not only did I purchase those lovely vegetables to make the absolutely-aromatic-fill-your-tummy-with-goodness-tomato soup, I also found that they had the most extraordinary bright red, juicy strawberries!

Knowing that I had Muenster cheese waiting for me in the fridge, out came the strawberries, left-over tomato-soup biscuits, awesome cheese…..what better combination for a mini-sandwich breakfast, accompanied with freshly grated lemon-ginger-honeyed hot tea???

I like to keep a lemon and fresh ginger in the freezer as it makes it so easy to grate….so one lemon was grated as well as one healthy heaping spoonful of freshly grated ginger went into 2 cups of boiling water, with the fresh lemon juice of the grated lemon, and a friendly drop of honey made this beyond delish….a wonderful accompaniment to the light strawberry-Muenster cheese mini sandwiches for Breakfast!

Have a Fantastic Weekend!!

Best comfort food for a chilly day in Miami? Why, Tomato Soup, of course!

ImageWoke up to 56 degrees……but in Miami, that feels like it’s a lot colder than it really is! I bundled up to go to work, in Boots, Sweater, Scarf and Coat.  Yes, it was That Cold to me.

On my way home, I passed an open field where they were selling fresh fruits and vegetables….so I stopped and walked right up to the stand where they had some gorgeous colorful vegetables. My grumbling stomach said…it’s time to make Tomato Soup!

I purchased some large tomatoes, a poblano and vidalia onions.  Couldn’t wait to get home in order to start creating a new style of tomato soup.

As soon as I walked into my kitchen, out came a large cookie sheet, where I spread out the tomatoes, poblano pepper and vidalia onions to broil them first. Into a stovetop pot went garlic, tomato paste, tomato sauce, dash of kosher salt, pepper, smoked paprika, and the juice of one lemon, as well as two cups of low sodium chicken broth.  As soon as I could smell the lovely aroma of the broiled tomatoes and the vidalia onions,  the tomatoes were peeled, and then were chopped up with the vidalia onions and the poblano pepper, and all went for a swim with the rest of the ingredients in the stovetop pot. After a good 20 minutes, small batches of the soup went into a blender, where it liquified the vegetables together….such an amazing aroma came from this light and superbly flavorful soup.

But there was something missing…..I always keep my biscuit mix nearby, so in went one cup of the tomato soup, as well as half a cup of parmesan cheese and 1/3 cup of chopped bacon.  In just 12 minutes at 400 degrees, the tomato soup biscuits were done!

Yum……now where did I put my soup spoon????

 

My citrus torrid love affair continues…..with lemons!

My grandmother had the loveliest lemon tree in the backyard.  From the first lemon that I plucked from that tree as a little girl, I’ve loved the lemoniness loveliness of fresh lemons!

So tonight after my Insanity workout (yes, I am now 3 weeks into the insanity of the Insanity workout) I sought good fuel after an awesome workout.  The challenge: create a healthy meal from my cupboards, so off I went in search thereof.

Found chicken thighs……tomato paste…..minced garlic…asparagus…a large and juicy lemon and an orange.  Simple, right?  And soooooo delicious!

I took about half a teaspoon of unsalted butter and allowed that to melt into two tablespoons of tomato paste and 2 tablespoons of minced garlic with a third of a cup of water and allowed those ingredients to marry before placing the chicken thighs right on top, with slices of lemon perched on each one, after having been juiced into the bubbling sauce.   After approximately 15 minutes, the chicken was turned over to its other side for another 10 minutes. I chopped the asparagus and dropped it right into the pan and allowed it to cook right with the chicken in that delectable sauce, juicing the orange right on top of the asparagus and leaving the orange in the pan. 

 

Not five minutes later, the aroma coming from the kitchen beckoned me for a taste test and oh my! How delicious.  I fixed myself a plate and enjoyed each bite!! 

 Talk about wonderful flavor…..it was just amazing how good lemons are with anything! I found that I couldn’t help myself from eating the lemon itself!!!

What a wonderful meal….and the best part – I’ve got my lunch and dinner for tomorrow from making this meal tonite! It’s easy, fast and so wonderfully tasty. 

I didn’t use any salt nor pepper nor any other spice……the lemon and orange did the work in creating such an awesome sauce with the minced garlic and tomato paste, so it’s an option for those that have to restrict their sodium intake.

Try it yourself and let me know what you think!!!

Have a blessed evening.

Gabi

Oh, what a day! And I mean last Saturday, March 24th at Tart & Berry

I had such a Great Time!  Talk about intense baking…..last Friday I ran home from work and made quite a few goodies:

  • Nespresso/Chocolate Mini-cupcakes
  • Strawberry Mini-cupcakes with fresh Strawberry/Neufchatel Cheese Frosting
  • Lemon/Key Lime Mini-Cupcakes with fresh juice
  • Chocolate & Peanut Butter Mini-cupcakes, with a hint of orange
  • Banana and Dulce de Leche Mini-cupcakes

And on the savory side

  • Parmesan, olive and sundried tomato mini-mini biscuits, and last but not least
  • Corn and black bean mini-muffins!

I had a grand time baking and what fun it was to meet so many people!  We had quite a few hundred that stopped by to taste mini-baked goodies made by yours truly, as well as try the numerous yummy yogurts and awesome paninis and salads that Tart & Berry sells!

Make sure to stop by Tart & Berry and try out their Tiramisu yogurt…..talk about severe yum factor!!!!