Dessert Recipes

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    November 17, 2014

    Dish of the Week: Classic Bread Pudding

    From classic comfort foods to regional standouts and desserts, we'll be sharing a new recipe with you each week. See the complete list of recipes at the end of this post. This week, we're indulging in a classic comfort food: Bread Pudding. Bread pudding is a dessert consisting of stale bread that ... More >>

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    November 4, 2014

    Recipe: Kit Kat Cake or How To Get Rid of Extra Halloween Candy

    If you've been saddled with the unconscionable burden of having leftover Halloween candy, this recipe is for you. If you can't imagine how anyone celebrates Halloween without consuming all available candy, this recipe is also for you, though you'll have to go to the grocery store to stock up on so ... More >>

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    September 8, 2014

    Dish of the Week: Beer-Battered Apple Fritters

    From classic comfort foods to regional standouts and desserts, we'll be sharing a new recipe with you each week. See the complete list of recipes at the end of this post. This week, we're sharing a recipe perfect for fall: apple fritters. The word fritter is derived from the Latin word frictura, m ... More >>

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    September 3, 2014

    This Week In Food Blogs: Fried Foods to Try at the State Fair of Texas

    City of Ate: Our sister paper's food blog, Dallas Observer's City of Ate, has the scoop on which food competitors walked away victorious during the 10th Big Tex Choice Awards at the State Fair of Texas. We shared info about the finalists a couple weeks ago, and out of those entries, the Fried Gulf S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2014

    Summer Dessert Recipe: Mandarin Orange & Pineapple Cake

    When someone thinks of a "summer dessert," most likely cake does not come to their mind. Usually, sweet treats in the scorching hot summer months include ice cream, Popsicles, sno cones and the occasional milkshake. Cakes are covered in frosting, be it chocolate, strawberry, vanilla or cream cheese, ... More >>

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    June 25, 2014

    Celebrate Watermelon Season With These Local Watermelon Dishes

    Spending any time outside in the summer heat of Houston sounds like a chore, but even the most sweaty, sticky afternoon can be turned around with a cool, refreshing slice of watermelon. The Texas-grown fruit is at its peak right now, and individuals and restaurants alike are scooping up melons and ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 19, 2014

    Farm-to-Table-Light: Embrace Dish Society For What it is, Not What it Could Be

    Dish Society touts its farm-to-table mentality and offers good food, albeit with a few detours.

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    May 20, 2014

    10 Best Summer Drinks to Keep You Cool

    During the summer, we all want to get outside and enjoy the sunshine, but living in Texas, more specifically Houston, that length of time outside tends to shorten as we get closer to three digit temperatures. Sure, water can help you stay hydrated and cool off your body, but so do other tastier cold ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2014

    10 of the Most Difficult Recipes to Make at Home

    I'm always up for a challenge when it comes to cooking a dish with many, many steps. But, sometimes my confidence gets the best of me and I end up miserably failing at cooking whatever it is I decided to make. For years, I had my eye on this layered Bon Appetit magazine cover recipe, Devil's Food c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2014

    How To: Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

    Two of my favorite desserts are ice cream on a cone and cupcakes. Both are my own personal treats, one having the perfect ratio of frosting to cake, and the other providing a balance of creaminess and crunchiness. I'm type of person who is always looking for a new and interesting recipe to bake at h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2014

    Recipe: Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies

    I am not of the camp that believes bacon makes everything better. A fried egg, maybe. Avocado, usually. Cheese, most definitely. But bacon? I find its addition usually unpleasantly doubles a food's salt factor. When the food in question, however, is predominantly sugary, then some contrasting flav ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2014

    Taste Testing Black Bean Brownies; Yes, We Said Black Bean

    You guys, I made flourless brownies. And you'll never guess what has replaced the flour. Okay well, it's clearly in the title so you'll probably guess, but can you believe it? BLACK BEANS! How gross, I mean good, does that sound? I'll admit, I was supremely skeptical when I first saw these recipes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2014

    10 Best Things to Buy at Mercantile in Houston

    Take one step inside Mercantile in Rice Village, or in the new location in Montrose, and you realize it's more than just a coffee shop. Mercantile, as defined by Merriam-Webster Dictionary is an adjective describing something that is "of or relating to the business of buying and selling products to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2014

    3-D Printed Food Is A Thing...But Do You Want to Eat It?

    It's called Foodini. Rhymes with Houdini. As if it might, at some point, perform some feat of escape artistry. It's just a box, though, sort of like a microwave with a computer screen on the front. Capsules containing blended food are loaded into the machine, and it's programmed to squirt out the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2014

    The United States of Desserts: The Black and White Cookie

    In this series, we examine the history and origins of famous sweets, confections and desserts associated with American states. Found at nearly every bakery, convenience store, and confectioner in the five boroughs, the black and white cookie is probably the baked good most synonymous with New York ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2014

    Top 5 Baked Good Recipes To Try For Easter

    In terms of food, Easter is traditionally all about eggs, ham, and candy. This Sunday vary your spread of sweets with some cookies, bars, cakes, pies, etc. Food bloggers near and far have designed some incredible Easter-themed baked goods, and I've picked my five favorites. 5. Peanut Butter Gooey ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2014

    Make A Classic Southern Dessert: Hummingbird Cake

    If you're from the American South, then there's a 99 percent chance you have heard of Hummingbird Cake. To me, Hummingbird Cake is like a cross between Pineapple Upside Down Cake and banana bread. When you add the sliced bananas and pineapple chunks to the batter, its texture is much thicker than an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2014

    Top 5 Banana Breads in Houston: Just Like Mom Makes

    Good banana bread is moist; it's full of bananas; it's sweet, but doesn't make your teeth rot; it's comforting; and it's just what you need at the end of a hard day (or any day, for that matter). While your grandmother or mom (or you) probably makes the best banana bread you've ever had, there are ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2014

    How To: Pavlova for Easter

    Each Easter, I always search for a beautiful spring dessert that is light, fruity and, most importantly, beautiful just like the season and holiday. While clicking through various dessert slideshows on Food Network, Bon Appetit and Southern Living's websites, there's one thing they all had in common ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2014

    Baking with Bacon Grease

    So you're up on the locavore movement and appreciate organics, but what are your thoughts about nose-to-tail eating? You don't have to enjoy sweetbreads to get the most out of the meat you make on a weekly basis. To avoid creating waste, try putting side products to use. Bacon is a favorite in my fa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2014

    The United States of Desserts: Mississippi Mud Brownies

    In this series, we examine the history and origins of famous sweets, confections, and desserts associated with certain American states. Mississippi was the first state whose name I learned how to spell (the first, naturally, being my home state of Pennsylvania). If you uttered the letters in a cer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2014

    Celebrate Mardi Gras: Five Alternatives to the Classic King Cake

    This year, Mardi Gras falls on Tuesday, March 4. Also known as "Fat Tuesday," it's the last night to indulge in rich, fatty foods before Ash Wednesday, when the ritual fasting of the Lent begins. But for us, it's really just an excuse to party and eat King Cake. The most popular Mardi Gras treat, K ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2014

    Recipe of the Week: Flourless Chocolate Cake

    From classic comfort foods to regional standouts and desserts, we'll be sharing a new recipe with you each week. See the complete list of recipes at the end of this post This week (just in time for Valentine's Day), we're bringing you the king of all chocolate desserts, the flourless chocolate cake ... More >>

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    January 31, 2014

    Five Ways to Eat Chocolate for Breakfast

    In honor of February, Valentine's Day, and what is basically (for us at least) a month of unashamedly consuming chocolate, we're bringing you five delicious chocolate recipes that are completely acceptable as your first meal of the day. From chewy oatmeal bars to cocoa-punched pancakes, here are Fi ... More >>

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    January 22, 2014

    Hershey's Debuts New Chocolate Spreads; Should Nutella Be Worried?

    Always ready to help you incorporate more chocolate into your life, Hershey's has introduced a new line of spreads in the flavors of Chocolate, Chocolate with Hazelnut, and Chocolate with Almond. Advertisements seem to suggest putting the spreads on toast and fruit slices is the proper thing to do, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2014

    Recipe: Make Your Own Adults-Only Hot Cocoa

    Baby, it's cold outside. Just because we were not victims of the polar vortex doesn't mean we don't deserve a wintery liquid treat to help us cope with the sub-sixty degree temperatures. Hot chocolate or cocoa is the classic choice and there are certainly plenty of good options in Houston. (And th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2014

    Celebrate the Return of Downton Abbey With These 5 Foods and Drinks

    While Downton Abbey isn't ostensibly a 'foodie' show, I still can't watch it without getting a bit peckish. All that blather about inheritance and estate upkeep that goes on during these dinner scenes can't distract me from mooning over the exquisite china and decadent meals. Season 4 is in full swi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2013

    This Week In Food Blogs: Eggnog Pound Cake & The History of The Chocolate Chip Cookie

    The New Yorker: Can you believe the chocolate chip cookie has been around for 75 years? In honor of its 75th anniversary, The New Yorker, explained the history of the chocolate chip cookie. Many of us know that Ruth Wakefield created the chocolate chip cookie by accident, but do you know the story a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2013

    Five Easy Christmas Desserts

    Planning a Christmas Eve and/or Day dinner can be stressful. But it doesn't have to be. Or at least the dessert part doesn't have to be. After you have prepared and cooked a delicious meal for your family, the last thing you want to do is stress over the dessert. Here are five easy last-minute Chri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2013

    2013 Holiday Gift List: Top 10 Homemade Food Presents

    Now that you have mailed everything to friends and family afar (or at least, you should have if you want it to arrive by Christmas), it's time to spread some holiday cheer to your local friends and family. Each year, my mom and I make food gifts to give to our neighbors and bring to work. To us, it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2013

    How To: Make Cookie Butter at Home

    Looking for the perfect foodie gift for friends and family this year? Spread holiday cheer with cookie butter. (No, I'm not talking about buying the Speculoos Cookie Butter from Trader Joe's -- don't bank on the store having a full stock; there could be a shortage, or employees could limit the amoun ... More >>

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    November 28, 2013

    10 Ways to Make Your House Smell Great With Food

    The holidays are here and floods of family and friends will be showing up at your door -- announced or unannounced. While you could purchase a variety of air fresheners and sprays to make the house smell wonderful, nothing beats the odors that come from the kitchen. Before your guests arrive, use on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2013

    This Week In Food Blogs: 20 Cupcakes From One Batter & What Hangry Looks Like

    The Pioneer Woman: I love pretty much every recipe from The Pioneer Woman. Even before she made it big on the Food Network, I frequently followed her blog posts, and though many of her recipes are not the healthiest things to eat, this week she has a recipe for roasted spaghetti squash and kale -- t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2013

    Top 10 Pumpkin Seed Recipes: Don't Waste Any Part of Your Jack-O-Lantern!

    Millions of people carve pumpkins every year as Halloween nears. While it is loads of fun to create an image, design or simple Jack-O-Lantern face on the front of a pumpkin, the best part is often discarded and forgotten about; I'm talking about the seeds. I always thought the stringy flesh of a pu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2013

    Now Bring Us Some Fig Pie Cocktails, and Bring Some Out Here!

    Good tidings we bring for you and your kin We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. (And a Happy Halloween.) Now bring us some figgy pudding Now bring us some figgy pudding Now bring us some figgy pudding and bring some out here. Winter, sixteenth-century England. Revelers really liked ... More >>

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    September 25, 2013

    Pumpkin Spice M&M's Debut, So Let's Get Cooking

    Earlier this month, M&M'S debuted its newest flavor, Pumpkin Spice. So obviously we bought some, because we're not crazy, people. While the new flavor isn't bad, the artificial pumpkin-cinnamon essence doesn't do it for us like a good PSL does (that's what the kids call Pumpkin Spice Lattes these d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2013

    Uchi and Triniti Chefs To Represent Houston at International Pastry Competition

    Two Houston-based pastry chefs will compete in the 4th Annual International Pastry Competition in New York. Sharon Gofreed, of Uchi, and Samantha Mendoza, who works at Triniti, will join 18 other pastry chefs to show off their dessert skills. The competition begins on September 29, wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2013

    Sweet Meets Savory: Chocolate Peanut Butter Oreo Popcorn

    About two weeks ago, HEB ran a special on Oreos, offering $3 off if you bought three packages ($2.99 each). Of course, in my mind, six bucks for three different types of Oreos seemed like an incredible deal. And it was, sort of, because it enabled me to make Oreo fudge, Oreo cupcakes, and multiple O ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2013

    The Southern Tailgating Cookbook Helps Satisfy All Your Culinary Tailgate Needs

    Food photographer Taylor Mathis has spent the last three football seasons right in the thick of all the rivalry and school spirit, but he's only been to one game. Instead of watching college athletes toss around the pigskin, Mathis joins tailgaters in eating pig skin. And gumbo. And ribs. And just a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2013

    Ten Easy and Healthy Before-School Meals

    The first meal of the day for kids is the most important meal of the day, but it is hard to whip together a nutritious breakfast for your kids when they are running out the door to catch the bus or drive to school. So, you resort to just cereal, a granola bar, something from the drive-thru or nothin ... More >>

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    August 29, 2013
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    August 27, 2013

    Cake Decorating 101: Caramel Upside Down Pear Cake

    If you've been following our series on cake decorating over the last two months,then you're probably looking for a little breather. That's why, this week, we're letting the oven do the work and introducing you to upside down cake with pears. If you're going to tackle this it better be soon because ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2013

    Chef Chat, Part 3: Philippe Verpiand of Etoile and His Classic French Cuisine

    This is the third part of a three-part Chef Chat series. If you missed our previous posts, you can read Part 1 here and Part 2 here. This week, we sat down for a lively chat with chef Philippe Verpiand of Etoile, a French chef who, from an early age, was immersed into this culture of good food. Gra ... More >>

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    August 19, 2013

    It's National Cupcake Day: Ten Cupcake Bakeries That Will Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

    I don't care what anyone else says, cupcakes are awesome. I have said it before and I will say it again, why wouldn't you want a cupcake? It's a personal dessert all to yourself, and there is a perfect proportion of frosting to cake; cupcakes will always make me a very happy girl. Today is the day ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2013

    Houston Restaurant Weeks: L'Olivier

    What they're up to for Restaurant Weeks: L'Olivier Restaurant & Bar offers three menus for Houston Restaurant Weeks: two lunch menus, a two-course meal for $20 and a three-course meal for $30, and a three-course dinner for $35. Each menu comes with an optional wine pairing; $5 per course for the lun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2013

    TCBY Serves Chocolate Almond Frozen Yogurt Made With Silk Almond Milk

    Frozen yogurt is known for being a lighter and healthier option in comparison to ice cream and custard, but TCBY has made one of its yogurt offerings much healthier by substituting Silk Almond Milk for regular milk. TCBY has created Chocolate Almond frozen yogurt that uses the Silk brand of almond ... More >>

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    August 6, 2013

    Recipes With Cereal: Fiber One Original Cereal Chocolate-Peanut Butter Haystacks

    Cereal is awesome. Period. End of story. Not only is it the perfect meal for breakfast (or dinner), but it is a great ingredient to use for snacks, desserts and some savory dishes. Anytime I have cereal, I always like to read the back of the box, looking for recipes or interesting ways to use the c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2013

    The Non-Pressure Test: Make Chocolate Éclairs Like a MasterChef

    Masterchef is back (and with another Houstonian in the mix -- Team James)! We've been loving the season so far, especially the pressure tests. But with a pissed-off Ramsay, daunting time restraints and cameras right in the contestants' faces waiting for them to break down in an ugly cry in front of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2013

    Top 5 Uses For Leftover Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

    Maybe you got a little too excited about Kroger's sale on refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough. Maybe the neighbor's cute kid suckered you into buying two tubs of dough for her school's fundraiser. Or maybe doubling that recipe for chocolate chip cookies seemed like a good idea at 7 p.m. when yo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2013

    How To: French Macarons - Bring Paris To Your Kitchen W/ Vine

    The first time I had a French macaron was in Paris at Ladurée and what a magical experience it was. I wasn't too sure what I was eating, but all I knew was that it was sweet (uberly sweet, in fact), sticky and simply perfect. Ever since that first taste of a French macaron, I have been hesitant to ... More >>

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