Tuesday, December 3, 2013

TastyTuesday: Chocolate-Covered Gummi Bears


Going into my first gluten-free holidays, I already anticipate feeling left out of Christmas cookies and treats. I'm attempting to make a few new tasty traditions, like Chocolate-Covered Gummi Bears, a quick, easy, no-bake candy.

1 bag Gummi bears
1 bag Ghirradeli dark-chocolate chips
Parchment paper

Place the chips into a microwave-safe bowl. To temper the chocolate without going to the trouble of a double boiler, heat it in microwave in 30-second increments, stirring between each one until the chocolate is completely smooth and melted.

Using a fork, dip each bear in chocolate and allow excess to drip off. For extra-festive flair, top with holiday sprinkles. Carefully place bear backside down on parchment and allow to harden for about an hour.

Store in single layers on parchment paper.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Red hot at the Golden Globes

Awards season makes for a nice distraction this time of year. My favorites of last night's fashion focused on beautiful blushes and sultry reds.

 Here are my picks for the best:

Winner Jennifer Lawrence sported a fun coral-red Dior gown.

My favorite actress Marion Cotillard, also in Dior, went for a siren orange/red asymmetrical hem.

Naomi Watts kept warm in this simple, classic burgundy dress.

Winner Claire Danes rocked this red hot wrap just months after giving birth.

And Zoe Deschanel sizzled in this taffeta gown that I heard some critics called "wrinkly." I thought it was fabulous.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

SavorTheSeason: Blood Oranges

One of the best parts of living in the Upper Midwest is the opportunity to experience all four seasons, some being longer than others. January and February tend to be long, dark, cold months up here, when looking for the positives is one of the only ways to get through, so I present a new feature "Savor the Season."

This week I bring you blood oranges, my favorite season fruit of late December and early January.

Sicilian Citrus Salad:

Blood Orange Panna Cotta:

Blood Oranges with Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt

 Blood Orange Crostata

Blood Orange Bloody Marys:

Blood Orange Gin Sparkler:

Blood Orange Whiskey Sour:

Blood Orange Soda: