Yogurt Granola Fruit Tart

by Alice Currah on February 27, 2014

 

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Take a really good look at that photo above.  Don’t you wish you could bite into it?  What if I told you it was healthy and good for you?  What if I told you it wasn’t dessert, but it was breakfast dressed to look like dessert with all the health benefits of a complete meal including healthy complex and simple carbohydrates, a substantial amount of protein, and healthy fats?  What if I told you these yogurt granola fruit tarts were super easy to make, would you make one?
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How to Pipe Frosting Flowers on Cupcakes

by Alice Currah on February 6, 2014

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For anyone who appreciates a cupcake that is as beautiful as it is delicious, you will appreciate my latest PBS Parents episode on how to pipe these gorgeous flowers on top of a cupcake using homemade buttercream.  Using a #104 tip and a piping bag, you can easily pipe a dozen of these cupcakes in about 10 minutes once you get the hang of it.  Piping a frosting petal is as simple as making an upside down “U” with the piping tip over and over again while rotating the cupcake.

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Chicken Pad Thai Recipe

by Alice Currah on January 15, 2014

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“Where do you want to eat?” Rob says.

“I don’t know. I don’t care.  Just pick a place.” I say.

“How about XYZ (restaurant).” He says.

“No. I don’t want to eat there.” I say.

He continues to offer up suggestions as I shoot each and every one of them down.  He suggests about five places knowing I’ll say no to all of them.  I am an awful person to have to go out to eat with because unless I really want to eat a particular dish, I become indecisive and difficult.

However, I always have a back up plan.  Cooking dinner at home comes easy for me. Now, I realize for many people it doesn’t come as easy and this is why I’m excited to show you how to make one of the most popular Thai dishes people order when eating out at home. [click to continue…]

     

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Bananas Foster Cheesecake

by Alice Currah on December 19, 2013

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I was asked by someone today at lunch whether I had baked any pies lately.  Without hesitation I said, “Actually, I’ve been baking cheesecakes throughout the holidays.”  It’s true.  I’ve baked a Classic Black Tie Cheesecake, a Cinnamon Pecan variation, and I even managed to bake mini citrus cheesecakes topped off with jam.  I also baked a pumpkin cheesecake with a ginger molasses crust at a Thanksgiving party we hosted.  When I set the pumpkin cheesecake out it literally disappeared in five minutes, and there were many people kicking themselves for not grabbing a slice right away.  At Thanksgiving with our family I served mini sweet potato cheesecakes topped with homemade caramel and a pecan instead of the traditional pumpkin or sweet potato pie.

This Christmas I will be making this Bananas Foster Cheesecake.  It is a vanilla cheesecake with a gingersnap crust as its base, and is one of my all-time favorite desserts to serve friends and family because of the wonderful brown sugar sauce.  The sauce is infused with cinnamon and rum and poured generously over the top along with sliced ripe bananas.  These distinct unique flavors and textures harmoniously collide for a memorable bite that is savored slowly and enjoyed thoroughly. [click to continue…]

     

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Cheesecake Cheer Party Today!

by Alice Currah on December 10, 2013

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Am I the only one still recovering from Thanksgiving?  Seriously, it was less than two weeks ago we were roasting two turkeys with all the fix-ins.  I also made two homemade cheesecakes that vanished within minutes, then I was up at 4:00 AM for Black Friday.  Now my mind is struggling to switch gears to Christmas, which is 15 days away.  Hello!?  Fifteen days.  All I can say is, thank goodness for online shopping and next day shipping!  With all this said, I know many of you are busy too and may be looking for easy holiday tips and inspiration to help you celebrate the holidays without compromising your traditions. [click to continue…]

     

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