Thursday, October 16, 2014

Eat Me Glazed Donuts

I have been eyeing this place everyday for the past week on my way to work. On yesterday I told my co-workers about the donut shop. They were like"Are you going to go?" I'm thinking I hate waking up earlier than I have to. I like to sleep to the last possible minute. Which means I'm always running late. It's not a good look, but I get to work on time! 
 
I thought really hard about stopping at Glazed. Once I pulled up Yelp and looked at the reviews and donut pictures. I loved how creative they are with their flavors.They post the flavors they have for the day on Facebook Glazed Donut Works. They stay open very late. Which I love!!! Here are the names of the donuts I had 1. Vegan Raspberry 2. Pumpkin Cream Cheese 3. Chocolate Macadamia Nut 4. Pineapple Fritter. 1 & 2 where my FAVS! I didn't think a vegan donut could taste so good! The pumpkin was full of spices... Oh Lord it was good! The coconut I was good (I'm not too fond of coconut but still wanted to try) and the fritter was okay. One of my co-workers said her favorite was the coconut and the other the vegan. So to each is own....
1. Vegan Raspberry $3.50 2. Pumpkin Cream Cheese $2.50 3. Chocolate Coconut Macadamia $3.50 4. Pineapple Fritter $3.50 
I put this is order from my favorites to least favorite. The Vegan and Pumpkin donut was Oh My Gosh Delicious! I guess, I wasn't expecting the Vegan to taste so good. More on my blog later today! #PhotoGrid #glazed #realtalkrealfood #tasty
Look at the flavors!!! 


DONUT GRILLED CHEESE w/BACON
MAPLE BACON LONG JOHN
CHOCOLATE CHOCOLATE
S'MORES
SAIGON CINNAMON SUGAR
PUMPKIN OLD FASHIONED

PEANUT BUTTER OLD FASHIONED
COCONUT ALMOND (vegan)...
RASPBERRY (vegan)
little BANANA PUDDING
PEACH SCHNAPPS FRITTER
mini BLUEBERRY MASCARPONE
DONUT FRENCH TOAST
DONUT ICE CREAM SANDWICH
 
 
 For my first visit and taste of the donuts *drum roll please* I give them a
Isn't the box just SO cute!

I didn't try this one... It looked interesting.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Tasting Starfruit At Work

This past weekend I went to the Asian Market in Plano. It's called Ranch 99 and it is full of different tasty foods. I had gone before and I saw the starfruit, but I was scared to try it. I came into work and asked my co-worker would she try it with me. She said "Of course"! Asking her to try it with me gave me the POWER!!!! *starts rapping and dancing to Snap I Got The Power*
 Ok, I'm done with my 3:50 for dancing! Back to the starfruit. Once I brought it to work I realized... Do I even know how to eat this fruit? Do I have to peel it? I got on YouTube and searched How to eat a starfruit. I found this lady who showed me how to peel and eat the fruit. Something about her reminds me of Mr. Furly from Three's Company. Anyway, watch it till the end. LOL, she starts dancing. LOVE IT!
I noticed that startfuit comes in many colors. The reddish orange are the ripe ones. I wish I had waited till mine changed color. I was just so excited and didn't have knowledge about it. Now I DO!!!




Below is the starfruit I purchased. Yes, this is my work desk. Yes, my desk has been sanitized. First you will wash your hands and then your fruit.
Then you cut off the edges. I'm not sure what to call them. Look at the picture and the video and you will figure it out.
Cut off the tail pieces. As soon as you do, you will see that beautiful star shape. It smells fresh and crisp!
See all that juice!!! Fruit smoothies coming up next!

Let's talk taste and then I'll leave you be! It was just like a gala/green apple without the sourness. It has a fresh after taste kind of like a cucumber. If you are in to fruit, different cultures, or just new tasty foods. This is a MUST TRY! And it is beautiful!










Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Sweet Potato Teacakes

I came across this recipe because I had a can of sweet potatoes and I wanted to make some cookies. So I did a search for sweet potato cookies and came to this website Sprinkle Some Sunshine. I'm so happy I found this site! As you can see in the original recipe it calls for pumpkin. Well, I didn't have pumpkin! To me pumpkin and sweet potato are interchangeable.

Sweet Potato Teacakes

1 cup softened butter
3 cups granulated sugar
2 eggs
2 cups Sweet Potato (I used canned sweet potatoes)
2 teaspoons vanilla
A lot of cinnamon
A lot of nutmeg
5 cups CAKE flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda


Preheat oven to 375 degrees (original recipe preheats at 350)

Beat butter and sugar together for about 2 minutes or until smooth. Add eggs, pumpkin, vanilla and spices. Continue beating for about 2 additional minutes. Add rest of ingredients to bowl and mix just until flour disappears and all ingredients are combined.
Using a large cookie (or ice cream) scoop, place dough onto parchment lined baking sheets.
Bake at 375 degrees for about 10-12 minutes. Let cool completely on baking sheet before transferring to plate.

Using cake flour in place of all purpose makes the cookies more like cakes. That's why I changed the name to sweet potato teacakes. My grandma used to make teacakes all the time and this recipe reminds me of her delicious teacakes!

 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

56 Small Peach Cobblers

A close friend  of mine is relocating to Taiwan. Her family had a going away party for her this past Saturday. I signed up for dessert. I've know about this party for months. I knew what I was going to make and I was happy about it. Cause I had a PLAN!

How about I waited till the last possible minute (the night before) and made the peach filling. Anyone who bakes, knows how bad your feet get to hurting. My dogs were KILLING me! It was like I was walking on hot stones. When I sat down my feet begged my brain not to walk on them again. I was so over making that stuff! I wanted to tell my friend I couldn't come, lol. I was dog tired but it was my own fault. I had to suck it up and keep going.

Saturday at 1 am, I finished 56 mini peach cobblers and 0 batches of cookies. At 9:36am I made the sweet potato teacake dough, and chocolate chip cookies. Went back to sleep after I made the dough. Woke up three hours before the party started and I had to go by my house to get dressed. By the way all this action took place at my sister's house. Anyway, I woke up and baked as many cookies as I could and brought the rest of the batter with me. It was an oven at the location.

On to the recipes... This is by far the BEST peach cobbler /crust recipe I've made!

Crust:
I bought it from Wal-Mart! 4 Wal-Mart brand rolled pie sheets. Each patch has 2 pie sheets rolled in plastic. 9 cartons/boxes of (8) tarts shells.

Filling:
8 -10 cups fresh peaches (Sam's slice peach 106oz can)
Juice of fresh lemon
cinnamon (I don't measure)

nutmeg (I don't measure, cause you can't go wrong with adding too much!)
2 cups sugar
¼ cup cornstarch
1 ½ cup cold water

Sugar
1 stick melted butter


Filling:
Place sliced peaches in large bowl and toss with lemon juice and 1 ½ cups of sugar.

Whisk cornstarch with cold water and remaining ½ cup sugar. Cook over high heat until thickened and transparent. Mix with peaches and pour peach mixture in large rectangular baking dish. Drizzle peach mixture with one half of melted butter.

Brush pastry top with all the melted butter or use egg wash. It will flow between cracks into filling. Then sprinkle top of pastry with plenty of sugar. Bake at 350° for about 45 minutes – 1 hour or until bubbly and crust is browned. You can do the final browning of crust under the broiler.
 
I used a coffee cup to cut the pie sheets. The perfect size! I brushed the tops of the pies with egg wash and put small piece of butter in the middle. I used a fork to mash the pie tops to the bottom. This sealed them together.
 





 I use cupcake pans to bake the mini pies in. This was great for transporting to the part also.


Doesn't this look beautiful!!! Here are more pictures from the party.





















The recipes for the teacakes, and cookies...I will save for another day.
 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

State Fair Of Texas Must Try

Last night I went to the Texas State Fair with a fabulous food critic Dallas Foodie. Even though I've lived in Dallas my entire life and gone to the fair each year. She showed me everything I didn't know about my state fair. That is a shame, ain't it!

Our selfie after we created a plan of foods we both wanted to eat.

Lets talk food... first stop Lone Star Blvd for a cup of REFILLABLE sweet tea and Fried Grilled Cheese with Tomato sauce. I don't ever have to get the grilled cheese sandwich. It was tasty in the tomato sauce but not that great without it to me.


The Sweet Tea is 4 tickets and the refill is 2 tickets. You have to keep your cup to get the 2 ticket refills.

Next stop... Grand Ave for last years winner (I think) the Cuban Roll and this years winner the Texas Bluebonnet. Both a must try!





 

 
 
 
The Bluebonnet and the Cuban Roll were so delicious! The roll would be great for selling in the freezer department in any store. The bluebonnet makes you want the recipe to make at home.














We took a break and watched the parade.







 
 Then headed for Peach N Creme! My all time favorite! I must have it every year.

 Look at the whipped cream with the raspberry sauce, and the little cup of cinnamon milk. It is SO freaking delicious!!!!

Right after throwing that down our throats. We hurried over to see the light/water show at 8pm. It was awesome! My first time ever catching it. Dallas Foodie was very helpful and full of fair knowledge!! Check out my clips of the show!











 
 Tell me what is your favorite State Fair Food be low!