Sprinkles elevate an everyday dessert like this simple chocolate mousse into something special. Glittery red cinnamon sugar and vanilla mini marshmallow bits add a kick of flavor, while the subtle color of these pretty blue jimmies comes from natural dyes. So sprinkle without abandon and make even everyday celebrations sparkle like it’s the 4th of July.
Store bought pound-cake was a weeknight dessert staple when I was growing up, and it’s still got a strong presence in the grocery store’s freezer section. What I like best about it is that it’s sturdy, but not too sweet, making it a good base for creative elaboration. I came up with 10 ways to fancy-up store bought pound cake for my latest FoodNetwork.com article. I ate a couple of slices plain along the way, for old time’s sake.
Frozen Yogurt Donut Popsicles
Are you standing in the middle of a convent store in the middle of the night, or are you perhaps gazing at the leftover remnants of a box of Krispy Creams from your latest work-related breakfast meeting and wondering to yourself, “What else can I do with these donuts other than just stuff them into my gaping pie-hole?” Well, I came up with three super easy ideas for you. Take those donuts home and get cooking. Get the recipes At Refinery29.
Boozy Doughnuts & Coffee Chocolate Bread Pudding
It’s breakfast for dessert — or maybe it’s booze for breakfast. You decide.
Donut Custard Cream Pie
“The most creative and inventive snacks are the result of mastering the art of improv” – me quoting me! Read the article I wrote for The Kitchn. The improv snack pictured is a bagel sundae topped with hot fudge, caramel sauce, popcorn, Raisinettes, whipped cream, cherries and of course sprinkles. There are also links to two original recipes I developed for The Kitchn’s Snack Week.
12 Unexpected Ways To Top Hot Dogs | By Jackie Alpers for Food Network.com
Summer party spreads like picnics and pot lucks are an excellent opportunity to put your creative snacking skills to use and experiment with inventing new and exciting hot dog combinations, or host a summer soirée with a pre-loaded DIY hot dog bar to get your guests’ juices flowing.
It’s time to “get hot doggin’ it” and accelerate your imagination with the fun and creative combo ideas I came up with (and photographed of course) for the FoodNetwork.com.
Pimento Cheese Dog on a Pretzel Roll
Chip & Dip Dog
Mexican Street Corn Hot Dog
I am thrilled to be a part of First Lady Michelle Obama‘s #GimmeFive challenge to explore healthy living and lifestyle choices. Refinery29 asked me to create 5 easy avocado recipes with 5 ingredients each. Here they are: http://www.refinery29.com/easy-avocado-recipes
Celebrate Spring with one of my creative pizza ideas, or use them as inspiration for your own unique pie. Read more at the FoodNetwork.com. The pizza above is a chocolate and blueberry breakfast or dessert pizza with lemon mascarpone, sage and edible flowers.
Below is a slice of seafood pizza with fresh peas and basil:
This one is goat cheese, roasted corn, heirloom cherry tomatoes, parsley and chives.
How to make candy strawberries out of Red Hots, and 10 other treats to make with the cinnamon candy for Valentine’s Day, or any time you’re in the mood to spice things up a bit. My latest article and food photography for the Food Network.