Dates.

Proscuitto Wrapped Dates. So easy to make and so delicious! Recipe below.

proscuitto

ingredients:

pack of proscuitto

dates

almonds (or other nut if you prefer)

1. Remove the pits from the dates and replace with an almond, close up neatly.

2. Cut proscuitto into thin date – width slices.

3. Wrap proscuitto around each date

4. Bake at 350 for 10-15 minutes, until proscuitto is crispy

Don’t eat them all in one sitting! ūüôā

Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding

One of my favorite restaurants in LA, Chaya has the BEST Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding. I found a recipe here and it turned out pretty delicious!! It’s ridiculously easy to make. It’s even better the next day if you put it in the microwave for 30 seconds.

croissant

Ingredients
  • Unsalted butter for the baking dish
  • 6¬† large egg yolks
  • 2¬† cups¬† whole milk
  • 1¬† cup¬† heavy cream
  • 1¬† cup¬† granulated sugar
  • 1¬† teaspoon¬† pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2¬† teaspoon¬† kosher salt
  • 1/2¬† teaspoon¬† ground nutmeg
  • 6¬† croissants, cut into 1-inch pieces (about 1 pound)
  • 4¬† ounces¬† bittersweet chocolate, cut into chunks

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 375¬į F. Butter an 8-inch square or other shallow 2-quart baking dish.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, milk, cream, sugar, vanilla, salt, and nutmeg. Add the croissants and chocolate and mix to combine.
  3. Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking dish and bake until set and a knife inserted in the center comes out clean, 30 to 40 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.

recipe source

Gifts for the person that has everything.

I find it difficult and slightly impossible to shop for some people in my family. What do you buy for someone that has everything?! Especially for the ones that aren’t materialistic?

I found some cute stuff online (pinterest, fab.com, williams-sonoma, uncommongoods.com)

Cooking is always a great gift, especially during the holidays when there’s soooo much more food allowed than normal. I love to bake and these reindeer cookies are just adorable.

The herb wreath from Williams-Sonoma is both beautiful and useful. It’s made from bay leaf, sage, rosemary and oregano! The pet pillows from fab.com (they have cats too!) for pet lovers. I loved the f-bomb paperweight- something that most people would LOVE but don’t have!

What do you buy for your impossible-to-shop-for friends and family?

holiday

A Summer Treat.

I was in the mood for a lemony summer treat, so I made lemon bars. I love anything lemon during the summer- lemonade, lemon bars, lemon in every kind of food I make… I still remember the first time I had lemon bars. I was in high school and someone brought them during our P.E. (yeah I know…) potluck. It was love at first bite.

This makes enough for 15 people depending on their appetite, so I packed them up and brought them to friends. I probably could’ve eaten them all but I didn’t want to go into sugar shock. Recipe from here, but I added lemon zest to give it some extra lemon flavor. So easy and so delicious!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 lemons, juiced

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. In a medium bowl, blend together softened butter, 2 cups flour and 1/2 cup sugar. Press into the bottom of an ungreased 9×13 inch pan.
  3. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until firm and golden. In another bowl, whisk together the remaining 1 1/2 cups sugar and 1/4 cup flour. Whisk in the eggs and lemon juice. Pour over the baked crust.
  4. Bake for an additional 20 minutes in the preheated oven. The bars will firm up as they cool.

 

 

Next up, another new favorite European city! ‚̧