Thursday, March 24, 2011

Semi-Homemade Cookie Tower






Who says you need to spend the day baking to whip up a beautiful dessert? You can create this stunning cookie tower in no time! All you need are various cake stands, some ribbon, a pint of strawberries and some cookies. Here are our recommendations for the most elegant store-bought cookies and treats:

-Entenmann's Ultimate Madeleine's Petite Butter Cakes
-White Chocolate Covered Pretzels
-Pepperidge Farm Milano Cookies
-Chocolate Chip Merengues from the Publix Bakery

In less than five minutes you can arrange a delicious cookie tower without breaking a sweat! You can swap the ribbon depending on the occasion or add seasonal fruits.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Celebrate, Remember and Fight Back: Relay for Life 2011

Celebrate.
Relay for Life is a time to celebrate cancer survivors and life. With every relay event, the American Cancer Society is creating a world with more birthdays. It feels good to be part of that movement. That's where we got the inspiration for our booth decor and that's why we placed candles on each cupcake we sold. A world with more birthdays. That's the way it should be.

Remember.
Although we spent 18 hours celebrating cancer survivors and hearing their stories about how ACS helped them through it, we couldn't help but remember why we were there in the first place. Cancer affects everyone. Whether you have or have had cancer or not, we all know someone who has or has had cancer. Alot of those people lost their battle. Relay for Life is a time to remember them.

Fight Back.
The 18 hours spent at the Curtiss Circle in Miami Springs, Florida for the Miami Springs/Virginia Gardens Relay for Life were bittersweet. It was wonderful to see a community and their elected leaders come together for such a great cause. On the other hand, it is sad that such a horrible diagnosis is what brought everyone there together in the first place. In total, over $80,000 was raised for the ACS at this year's event.
Posing with our team (that's only half of them!)

With our friends Christina Espino, Relay for Life Chair, Dan Espino, Miami Springs Councilman and Katherine Acosta.


We sold about 100 all-natural doggy cupcakes!


Our cupcakes are saving lives!


Children at the event got the chance to decorate their own cupcakes at the Mr. & Mrs. P booth!


Mrs. P's Godson Marc with the cupcake he decorated.


Torches and luminaries were lit in honor of cancer surviors and in memory of those who lost their battle to cancer.


After countless hours of baking and decorating in order to raise funds for the American Cancer Society, we are proud to announce that we met our goal of $2,500. We couldn't have done it without the fundraising efforts of our team members and for our family, friends and fans who donated to our team! Thank you, thank you, thank you for your support! To get involved in next year's event, please email christina.espino@hotmail.com

To view more photos of the event, click here!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

"Green Velvet" St. Patrick's Day Cupcakes





Happy St. Patrick's Day! Look what the leprechaun dropped off at our house! Green velvet cupcakes instead of red velvet! He used the same red velvet recipe but substituted the red food coloring with green. Guess what? You can too! Try this easy tip for your St. Patrick's Day dessert. It's okay to get a little crazy with the green food coloring!


Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Arugula and Ricotta Flatbread Pizza



A healthy twist on pizza, this flatbread pizza dish will become a dinner stable in your home! Peppery arugula and creamy ricotta steal the show and make this easy recipe an instant, sophisticated meal.

Ingredients:
Flatbread (store-bought)
Olive oil
Salt
Pepper
A few cloves of garlic
1 small red onion
1/2 cup of arugula per flatbread
4 teaspoons of ricotta cheese per flatbread
1/4 cup of mozzarella cheese per flatbread

Kitchen Essentials:
Kitchen brush
Garlic press
Knife
Cutting board
Oven
Baking sheet
Spoon
Aluminium foil
Pizza cutter

Prep:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Rinse the arugula and pat dry. Next, chop the arugula, onions and garlic.

Directions:
Remove the flatbread from the package and place on a baking sheet lined with aluminium foil. Drizzle the bread with a little bit of olive oil and brush making sure the entire flatbread is covered. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Next, add the chopped onions and garlic and spread with a spoon. Top with mozzarella cheese and pieces of arugula. With a spoon, place small mountains of ricotta cheese over the flatbread pizza. Drizzle some olive oil over the pizza. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes until the cheese has melted and the edges are golden brown. After the pizza comes out of the oven, top with a few leaves of arugula for garnish.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Fool-Proof Ham and Feta Cheese Frittata








Frittata. It's the Italian man's omelet. Perfect for breakfast, brunch or lunch. Frittatas are healthy, filling and easy to make. Once you learn the technique, you can basically use ingredients you have on hand to make a delicious meal. Leftovers are great for dinner too!
Ingredients:
8 eggs
1/4 cup of milk
1/2 cup of diced cooked ham from the deli
1/4 cup of crumbled feta cheese, plus 1 tablespoon for garnish
1 tablespoon of chopped thyme
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of pepper
1/2 tablespoon of butter
Handful of chopped parsley for garnish
Kitchen Essentials:
Stove
Oven
10'' nonstick pan
Oven mitts
Mixing bowl
Measuring cups and spoons
Cutting board
Knife
Whisk
Butter knife
Spatula or wooden spoon
Serving platter
Prep:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Chop the ham into small 1/2 inch cubes. Chop the herbs.
Directions:
Crack and whisk the eggs in a bowl for 30 seconds to incorporate air, which results in a fluffier frittata. Add the milk, thyme, ham, feta cheese, salt and pepper into the eggs.
Heat the butter in a non-stick pan over medium heat. Swirl the pan around to fully coat with butter. Pour the mixture into the pan. Scrap the mixture out of the bowl with a spatula and evenly distribute the ham and cheese throughout the pan. Allow the frittata to cook for the next 5-7 minutes. Resist the urge to mix, whisk, scramble, or stir. Watch as the edges of the frittata bubble and brown and listen the hissing sound of the air bubbles.
Once you can lift the edge of the frittata with a butter knife, place the pan in the middle rack of the oven. Cook for an additional 15-20 minutes. Don't forget to use your oven mitts to take the pan out of the oven! The handle will be extremely hot!
Garnish you golden beauty with fresh parsley and feta cheese crumbles. Slice and share the wealth of a healthy balanced meal with family and friends.
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