Cherries? Check. Chocolate? Check. Booze? Check. Pastry Chef Brittani Szczecina of the Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa shares this can’t fail recipe for a perfect summertime ice cream.
I just returned from a trip to the Philippines, which has gotta have one of the most oddball food cultures in this whole entire world. I like to think of it as Asian tastes with American sensibilities — they’ve got all the fishy, funky flava you’ll find in Japanese or Korean cooking, but then they go and do things like deep-fry a whole dish or put cheese and ice cream on top. In other words, it’s pretty amazing.
But the most far-out dish of all I had there is known as halo halo — the ubiquitous Filipino dessert. It consists of a fruit cocktail melange topped by shaved ice and a scoop of ice cream (in this case, ube — purple yam — ice cream), with a cup of evaporated milk poured over the whole thing for a gooey, melty mess. But the kicker lies back in that melange of fruit cocktail, which basically seems to contain whatever the chef had in the fridge or lying on the counter that day. This version included bananas, syrupy peaches, coconut, sweet potato, regular potato, something that may or may not have been tapioca balls, lima beans, black beans, an old boot…you get the point: just surprise after mushy, delicious surprise.
Oh, and there’s Cheerios sprinkled on top of the whole thing, because why not?
There is more to South Jersey than the Real Housewives: there is food. We were recently visiting to celebrate my future sister-in-law”s birthday and went to the Pop Shop in Collingswood, NJ. The name “pop shop” insinuates great ice cream floats, milk shakes, and fountain soda. However, I noticed that every waiter was wearing shirts touting their love for cheese. The shop was featured on Food Network”s Throwdown with Bobby Flay for their grilled cheese. The menu features the sandwiches from the show so some of us got that, while future sister-in-law ordered the trophy of dessert breakfasts – s”mores french toast. Then of course, we all gorged ourselves with desserts. Enough chit chat – on to the food.
S”mores French Toast:
Under the heading of “Fantastic French Toast Dreams,” you will find cinnamon bun french toast, banana”s foster, and even ham and cheese. But then you see the s”mores french toast on the menu and by chance see a waiter flaunting a pile of french toast, graham crackers, chocolate, and marshmallow on what has to be a silver platter. Clearly someone at the table is ordering the s”mores french toast. Sister-in-law ordered it with a small amount of persuasion from the table and offers to give up half of their sandwich for a bite of the gooey french toast. Well I got my bite in a trade for some bacon and cheese fries. The bite included savory fresh french toast soaked with chocolate sauce. Then the marshmallow sauce that glues the stack of french toast together hits you. Your bite must include a piece of the top of the stack, since that is where the crunch of the graham cracker comes from. While I would never be able to finish an entire dish of it, I would suggest someone at my table order it again.Read More›
Last week, one of my co-workers brought in a box of gingersnaps. Of course, I grabbed a couple throughout the day. As you know, I enjoy fall and all the flavors that come with it. However, as I bit down into the rock hard cookie, I nearly broke a tooth. In considering what to feature next on our top ten lists, I thought of some ways that would highlight the tasty flavors of gingersnaps without the risk of breaking your teeth. Therefore, we found the top ten gingersnap recipes! Links will bring you straight to the recipes. Let us know what your favorites are!
10. Pumpkin Cupcakes with Rolos, Gingersnap Crust, and Apple Cider Buttercream
Pumpkin cake, caramel, apple cider frosting, and a sweet and crispy crust? I’ll take two.
9. Gingersnap Pumpkin Pudding
I’ve always had problems with pudding – a texture issue. But this may be something I’d at least try. A whole different take on gingersnaps…with PUMPKIN.
8. Gingersnap Bread Pudding with Bourbon Butter
Stop drooling. You’re making a fool of yourself.
7. Chocolate Covered Gingersnap Pancakes
Screw chocolate chip and blueberry pancakes…lets get fancy up in here with sugar, spice and everything nice.
6. Pumpkin Cheesecake with Gingersnap Crust
Now this is an excuse to get you through an entire box of gingersnaps…without the mere threat of breaking a tooth.
5. Gingernsap and Cranberry Pork Tenderloin
Some of us enjoy savory of sweet. Here, we have a combination of the two. With some sweet potatoes, it may even start to feel like Thanksgiving.
4. Gingersnap Beef Stew
I love me a hot stew on a Sunday afternoon during a football game. I never thought to add something sweet and spicy like gingersnaps to the mix.
3. Fifteen Spatulas – Pumpkin Chip Gingersnap Ice Cream
If you truly have a sweet tooth, then you know ice cream never goes out of style. The flavors just change by season.
2. Pumpkin Gingersnap Crunch Cake
A pumpkin-spice take on an apple cobbler(ish) recipe sounds like a fall-flavored challenge.
1. Gingersnap Pumpkin Icebox Cake
Eff the summer and its icebox cakes. This is where it’s at. Gingersnap cookies with pumpkin filling.
Don’t see your favorite? Tell us what it is!