How To Make Incredible Lobster Bisque. 

Can we just snuggle up and eat lobster bisque for the rest of the year?

This lobster bisque recipe is delicious, easy and always a crowd pleaser! It's so simple to make at home and it's a rich, decadent treat to serve your family. I also show you how to make a lobster cappuccino, which is lobster bisque with foamed cream! I howsweeteats.com #lobster #bisque

My life is forever changed now that I can make lobster bisque at home. This is AMAZING.

This lobster bisque recipe is delicious, easy and always a crowd pleaser! It's so simple to make at home and it's a rich, decadent treat to serve your family. I also show you how to make a lobster cappuccino, which is lobster bisque with foamed cream! I howsweeteats.com #lobster #bisque

I’m not a total lobster bisque newbie. Remember when I made those lobster bisque pot pies? Those things are darn good. And I used the base of that recipe for this soup. Lobster bisque perfection – that’s exactly what it is. I actually love this version more than lobster bisque that I’ve ordered in fancy restaurants!

Who knew?

This lobster bisque recipe is delicious, easy and always a crowd pleaser! It's so simple to make at home and it's a rich, decadent treat to serve your family. I also show you how to make a lobster cappuccino, which is lobster bisque with foamed cream! I howsweeteats.com #lobster #bisque

So here’s the thing. Earlier this fall, I judged the savor Pittsburgh competition. I am lucky enough to do so every year, but this year, the food was fantastic. And the best dish was something called the “lobster cappuccino.”

Yes. Lobster cappuccino.

It was from Lidia’s (and I believe it’s on the menu?) and it either intrigued people or freaked them the heck out. But once you had a taste? You just about died. IT WAS DELICIOUS.

This lobster bisque recipe is delicious, easy and always a crowd pleaser! It's so simple to make at home and it's a rich, decadent treat to serve your family. I also show you how to make a lobster cappuccino, which is lobster bisque with foamed cream! I howsweeteats.com #lobster #bisque

It’s called a lobster cappuccino because the bisque is served in a glass with a topping of foamed cream. Or at least, that’s what it seemed like, so that’s how I did it! You froth up some cream and layer it right on top. When you dip your spoon in, you get a little bit of the cream with the spoonful of the soup.

Oh my word. Insanely fantastic.

This lobster bisque recipe is delicious, easy and always a crowd pleaser! It's so simple to make at home and it's a rich, decadent treat to serve your family. I also show you how to make a lobster cappuccino, which is lobster bisque with foamed cream! I howsweeteats.com #lobster #bisque

But! Since the name “lobster cappuccino” can freak people out and for a few other reasons – you might not have a milk frother, you might not want to serve it this way, etc – I also showed you how to serve the soup… regularly.

That’s a frequently used word in this house.

Like, can’t we just have something REGULAR for dinner? (um, no. we can’t!)

This lobster bisque recipe is delicious, easy and always a crowd pleaser! It's so simple to make at home and it's a rich, decadent treat to serve your family. I also show you how to make a lobster cappuccino, which is lobster bisque with foamed cream! I howsweeteats.com #lobster #bisque

Here we have a lobster cappuccino version and a big old bowl of the lobster bisque (with a buttery claw for good measure). The lobster cappuccino would be SUCH a cute idea for New Year’s Eve (tuned to this playlist!), and is something that you could actually portion out in plastic (or glass!) shot glasses or small cups. The frothed cream on top adds some insulation to keep the soup warm for a bit longer than you’d expect.

However, it does start to “melt,” so you can’t make them too far in advance. It’s a cute way to serve this to friends though! And it’s really NOT that difficult. It looks super impressive too.

This lobster bisque recipe is delicious, easy and always a crowd pleaser! It's so simple to make at home and it's a rich, decadent treat to serve your family. I also show you how to make a lobster cappuccino, which is lobster bisque with foamed cream! I howsweeteats.com #lobster #bisque

I mean, look at this spoon sinking in. Just want to swim in that lobster bisque!

This lobster bisque recipe is delicious, easy and always a crowd pleaser! It's so simple to make at home and it's a rich, decadent treat to serve your family. I also show you how to make a lobster cappuccino, which is lobster bisque with foamed cream! I howsweeteats.com #lobster #bisque

How to Make Lobster Bisque

Lobster Bisque

This lobster bisque recipe is delicious, easy and always a crowd pleaser! It’s so simple to make at home and it’s a rich, decadent treat to serve your family. I also show you how to make a lobster cappuccino, which is lobster bisque with foamed cream!

  • 4 lobster tails, (shells removed)
  • 4 to 6 lobster claws, (shells removed)
  • 1 cup chopped yukon gold potatoes
  • 1/2 cup sliced carrots
  • 3 cups seafood stock
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 sweet onion, (diced)
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 3/4 cup dry sherry
  • 1 cup cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 handful fresh dill, (chopped)

for the lobster cappuccino

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 pinch smoked paprika, (for sprinkling)
  1. Add the potatoes, carrots and stock to a saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, just until the vegetables are tender. Strain the stock into a bowl and place the vegetables in a separate bowl.

  2. Heat a large stock pot over medium heat and add the butter and olive oil. Add the lobster tails and claws and cook for only 2 to 3 minutes, just until slightly opaque and red. (If desired, you can add the shells in too to get more flavor, just make sure to remove all the pieces.) Remove the lobster and place it on a plate. Chop the meat from the tails. Leave the claws intact (if you wish!) to serve on top of the soup. You might have to cut a few in half to have enough enough for topping.

  3. Add the onions and thyme to the butter and olive oil and stir well to coat. Throw in a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook the onions until they are soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir the flour into the onions to create a roux. Cook the roux for 3 to 4 minute until it’s golden and fragrant. Add the tomato paste and stir well, cooking for another minute or so.

  4. Pour in the sherry and cook until it’s reduced by half. Add in the reserved stock slowly, stirring while doing so. Add in the potatoes and carrots. Bring the mixture to simmer so it thickens slightly. Add the chopped lobster tails back into the mixture.

  5. Turn off the heat. Very carefully pour the mixture into a blender. Cover the blender and hold a towel over top. Blend the soup on low speed until it is pureed. If you wish, you can also use an immersion blender to do this step! Pour the mixture back into the pot. 

  6. Stir in the cream. Taste and add the salt and pepper, adding more if needed. Serve the soup in bowls and top with the lobster claw meat and fresh dill.

  7. To make the lobster cappuccino, use a milk frother to froth about 1/4 cup portions of the cream. Spoon the lobster bisque into a bowl, mug or cup. You can add the claw meat at this point. Spoon the frothed cream on top. Sprinkle fresh dill and smoked paprika on top. Serve immediately! 

This lobster bisque recipe is delicious, easy and always a crowd pleaser! It's so simple to make at home and it's a rich, decadent treat to serve your family. I also show you how to make a lobster cappuccino, which is lobster bisque with foamed cream! I howsweeteats.com #lobster #bisque

Isn’t that the coziest!

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Eggnog White Russian. 

Okay I’ve done it! The eggnog white russian is my newest obsession. It sure it.

The eggnog white russian cocktail is perfect for the holiday season! Coffee liqueur mixed with vanilla vodka and eggnog and topped with freshly grated nutmeg is the perfect treat and oh-so festive! I howsweeteats.com #eggnog #whiterussian

And it’s all your fault!

When it comes to my Thursday cocktail posts, I plan them out waaaay ahead of time. Like months. Back in the summer, when I was jotting down ideas for holiday cocktails, an eggnog white Russian was on the list for this week.

Apparently I couldn’t wrap my brain around it, because as the week got closer and closer, it didn’t sound as appealing to me. Even though I am OBSESSED with eggnog lattes. For some reason, I was thinking that the eggnog white Russian would have to include eggnog, kahlua AND cream. It just seemed WAY too creamy for my liking.

But then!

Last week a few of you mentioned that I had to try an eggnog white Russian. That if I loved eggnog lattes so much, replacing the cream with eggnog in a white Russian was brilliance! That I would absolutely love it.

Um, why hadn’t I thought of it THAT way? You guys save my life.

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And you were totally right.

This is a pretty good obsession to have, considering it can only last through December. It’s more limited than, say, pumpkin spice, which hangs around for four months. Eggnog is here for, like, sixish weeks which means we can live.it.up.

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So last weekend, I made my first! It was amazing.

And I’ll say it again – I don’t enjoy drinking eggnog. No plain eggnog please. I mean, having a sip or two of regular eggnog (and I do mean a sip) is nostalgic for me. My parents would always bring it out when we were putting up the Christmas tree. But drinking a glass seems nearly impossible.

UNLESS.

Unless it’s mixed with hot or cold coffee. Then I am alllll over it!

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It’s not like I even have to say it, but this is one of those heavier cocktails. It’s not one I would drink before dinner, but if you’re having a fun cocktail party for the holiday season (p.s. go get my playlist here!), it would be perfect. I love it as an after dinner dessert or treat too.

The eggnog is super thick and creamy so you only need a small glass. And serving it over crushed ice is just delicious. It’s almost like a milkshake of sorts.

A very boozy, festive milkshake. For grown ups! BRB. Making one right now.

The eggnog white russian cocktail is perfect for the holiday season! Coffee liqueur mixed with vanilla vodka and eggnog and topped with freshly grated nutmeg is the perfect treat and oh-so festive! I howsweeteats.com #eggnog #whiterussian

Eggnog White Russian

Eggnog White Russian

The eggnog white russian cocktail is perfect for the holiday season! Coffee liqueur mixed with vanilla vodka and eggnog and topped with freshly grated nutmeg is the perfect treat and oh-so festive!

  • 2 ounces coffee liqueur, (like Kahlua)
  • 1 ounce vanilla vodka
  • 2 ounces eggnog
  • 1 pinch freshly grated nutmeg, (for topping)
  1. Fill a glass with crushed ice. 

  2. In a cocktail shaker, shake the vodka and coffee liqueur together for 20 seconds. pour it over the crushed ice. Pour the eggnog over top and stir. Top with a pinch of freshly grated nutmeg and serve!

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Definitely dessert in a glass.

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Holiday Stuffed Pork Tenderloin. 

I’ve got your holiday pork tenderloin right here!

This holiday stuffed pork tenderloin is filled with caramelized onion, fresh cranberry sauce, goat cheese and fresh spinach. It's a show stopped and super delicious, along with being fairly simple to make! I howsweeteats.com #stuffed #porktenderloin

I actually have TWO fantastic holiday meal ideas coming your way. Exciting!! 

First, we have this holiday pork tenderloin (hello!) that is stuffed with so much goodness.

And soon, I’m actually going to share HAM with you. Ham. This is huge. I don’t even care for ham. But I made one that may make me a convert, so there is that. I made it for you!

‘Tis the season!

This holiday stuffed pork tenderloin is filled with caramelized onion, fresh cranberry sauce, goat cheese and fresh spinach. It's a show stopped and super delicious, along with being fairly simple to make! I howsweeteats.com #stuffed #porktenderloin

I’m always shocked at how much you guys LOVE pork tenderloin recipes. It is underutilized in my opinion – especially for weeknight dinners because it’s actually not that difficult to prepare. I’ve made a butternut stuffed pork tenderloin and a bacon, gorgonzola and fig version (which, yes, OMG, is insane) and both are such hits. So I wanted to make a more holiday focused on that really took into account winter flavors and one that would be impressive on your table.

Success!

p.s. pork tenderloin is a nightmare to photograph. I basically took the same photos that I did for this recipe!

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Last year, I made a beef tenderloin and shared that recipe with you. It’s the beef that my grandma would always make on Christmas day and man, it is fabulous. But I know that isn’t everyone’s preference, and it definitely takes longer to prepare. Not to mention… it is a lot more expensive too!

So pork tenderloin it is, for your weeknight or your holiday dinner or heck, even your brunch.

You can get it done and it will look impressive. And taste like heaven!

This holiday stuffed pork tenderloin is filled with caramelized onion, fresh cranberry sauce, goat cheese and fresh spinach. It's a show stopped and super delicious, along with being fairly simple to make! I howsweeteats.com #stuffed #porktenderloin

Here’s the rundown of the goodness that is stuffed inside…

Caramelized onions. SO MUCH FLAVOR here. I mean, they add a depth of flavor that is fantastic.

Homemade cranberry sauce. I just used this recipe for my sauce, and used a bit that was leftover. This makes it an awesome recipe to use up holiday leftovers too!

Fresh spinach and goat cheese round out the stuffing. Ooooh my gosh.

This holiday stuffed pork tenderloin is filled with caramelized onion, fresh cranberry sauce, goat cheese and fresh spinach. It's a show stopped and super delicious, along with being fairly simple to make! I howsweeteats.com #stuffed #porktenderloin

I mean, this is SO so good.

You can also make gravy with it.

Or you can eat it cold straight from the fridge!

Eddie loves to eat it on a sandwich. In fact, he sandwiched it on these parker house rolls for dinner one night. Ha.

This holiday stuffed pork tenderloin is filled with caramelized onion, fresh cranberry sauce, goat cheese and fresh spinach. It's a show stopped and super delicious, along with being fairly simple to make! I howsweeteats.com #stuffed #porktenderloin

Oh! And doesn’t it just look super festive too?! It’s basically perfect.

This holiday stuffed pork tenderloin is filled with caramelized onion, fresh cranberry sauce, goat cheese and fresh spinach. It's a show stopped and super delicious, along with being fairly simple to make! I howsweeteats.com #stuffed #porktenderloin

Holiday Pork Tenderloin

Holiday Stuffed Pork Tenderloin

This holiday stuffed pork tenderloin is filled with caramelized onion, fresh cranberry sauce, goat cheese and fresh spinach. It’s a show stopped and super delicious, along with being fairly simple to make!

  • 1 boneless pork tenderloin (,about 1 to 2 pounds)
  • 1 sweet onion (,thinly sliced)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons fresh sage, (chopped)
  • 3 cups fresh spinach
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1/2 cup cranberry sauce
  • 6 ounces goat cheese (crumbled)
  • salt and pepper
  1. Heat a large pot over medium-low heat and add 1 tablespoon of butter. Add the onions with a pinch of salt and stir. Cook, stirring often, until the onions begin to caramelize, about 30 to 40 minutes. Keep an eye on them so they don’t burn! Stir in the sage.

  2. Transfer the onions to a bowl. Add the remaining butter and heat over medium heat. Stir in the spinach and cook, stirring occasionally, until it wilts. Stir in the garlic and cook for 30 seconds.

  3. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Line a roasting pan or baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray it with nonstick spray. 

  4. Place the pork on a cutting board and get a sharp knife. This is a great tutorial.  I like to slice it twice to open it up so I have a lot of space to work with. I start at the bottom of the pork (about 1/4 inch from the bottom) and slice it lengthwise, then continue to cut again and open up the pork. You want to have a flat surface to work on. Season the inside with salt and pepper. 

  5. Spread the cranberry sauce on top of the pork, leaving an inch or two around the edges so you can roll it up. Add the spinach, followed by the caramelized onions. Crumble the goat cheese on top. 

  6. Tightly roll up the tenderloin and tie it together with kitchen twine. Season the entire outside with the salt and pepper.

  7. Place the pork on the roasting pan or baking sheet and roast for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the inside is cooked and reads about 140 to 145 degrees F. Let the pork rest for 20 minutes before slicing. Slice and serve with extra cranberry sauce, gravy or your choice of side!

 

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Even if it’s so ugly that it’s pretty.

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Lemon Crinkle Cookies. 

[This lemon crinkle cookies post is sponsored by Barnes & Noble! I’m so excited to partner with them to share My Cookie Story!]

Today we are finally talking lemon crinkle cookies!!

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You guys. It has been a YEAR since I first shared on Instagram that I was making lemon crinkle cookies. An entire year! I had just had Emilia, was doing some holiday baking and knew that a lemony cookie had to make the cut for our cookie trays. You guys freaked and I sent the recipe to many of you through DMs, but at that point, already had my content done through February and couldn’t add it to the list since Emilia was a newborn.

I considered posting it in January since it was peak citrus season, but cookies in January? I couldn’t get into it.

So here I am. Posting it a year later for you, finally!

I promise it is worth the wait. I mean – lemon crinkle cookies!

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First, can we talk about how I am SO SO SO excited to be partnering with Barnes & Noble for this post?! As a huge book lover, my heart is overwhelmed. You’ve probably heard me talk over the years about how I am THAT person when I walk into a bookstore: the smell of books, the sight of books, the feeling I get when I walk into a bookstore is dreamy. Like I could stay there forever.

One of the other reasons I always get lost in Barnes & Noble is because of the adorable gifts, stationary and JOURNALS and… the toys! The pen and paper freak that I am just tends to go crazy. I usually get something for my mom every year and get my dad a B&N gift card – like clockwork.

But the toys? The toy section is fantastic. I find the most unique yet classic toys for the kids – things I can’t find other places.

It’s always a stop for my holiday shopping because you can get everything!

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We’re chatting about cookies for a super fun reason. It’s so true that every cookie has a story  – and Barnes & Noble is (literally!) full of stories. This year, Barnes & Noble is asking you to share your favorite cookie recipe and the story behind it. You can enter the My Cookie Story Contest until December 17th and win $5000, along with having a version of your cookie (!!!) sold at Barnes & Noble in the 2019 holiday season! How fun, right?! You can enter here.

Can we talk about how there is always a place for chocolate AND lemon? I need both in my life during the holiday season.

I need both in my life during the holiday season.

When I would do my big baking days with Mother Lovett, we actually didn’t make any lemon desserts, but we did make orange cookies. She was famous for her orange cookies and those were such a staple of her cookie boxes that I don’t think there was room for any other citrus.

And back then, it wasn’t like I wanted to eat citrus. Remember what a baby I was up until, oh, eight years ago? I didn’t have much interest in lemon desserts, but as I’ve gotten older, they are all I crave. They are super refreshing.

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What Mother Lovett DID make was a killer lemon meringue pie – it was like she infused her love of lemon desserts in places other than cookies. But cookie baking was my THING with her. It was OUR thing. I wanted to take some of that lemon love and infuse it in my own lemon crinkle cookies!

These lemon crinkle cookies are perfect if you love lemon desserts! They take after chocolate crinkle cookies, but are a delightful refreshing lemon flavor sprinkle with powdered sugar. These are always a huge hit! I howsweeteats.com #lemoncrinkle #cookies

As a kid, it wasn’t difficult for me to get over to her house for our baking day. My mom would drop me off and I’d help her the entire day. In high school, I’d go over after school or even on a Saturday to help. And after college, even when I worked, I would often take a half day or head over later after work (Mother Lovett was the original night owl) and we’d bake for hours. I loved that day, but didn’t realize how much I loved it until after she was gone, you know?

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Most of you know that I took Mother Lovett’s chocolate crinkle recipe and used it for the Chocolate Sprinkle Cookies in The Pretty Dish. While those will always be in my cookie boxes every holiday season, these now will be too. I love that both cookies have a little piece of her story built in. They add the memory and fantastic flavor to the cookie tray.

Something different, unexpected, light and refreshing. Oh and DELICIOUS.

These lemon crinkle cookies are perfect if you love lemon desserts! They take after chocolate crinkle cookies, but are a delightful refreshing lemon flavor sprinkle with powdered sugar. These are always a huge hit! I howsweeteats.com #lemoncrinkle #cookies

Here’s how it went down! I used my chewy lemon cookie as the base. While I’ve used Mother Lovett’s chocolate crinkle recipe for years, it’s not like chocolate can easily be transformed to lemon! You know? So I took matters into my own hands and used this classic that you guys have flipped over for years. The end result is SO good.

I highly suggest using the combo of lemon zest, extract and fresh juice if you can. It gives the perfect amount of lemon flavor. And when that lemon is paired with sugar, it is a TREAT. Oh my gosh yes it is. These have consistently been one of the biggest hits of the cookie box the last few years, and I’m so excited to share!

So remember! You can enter the contest here and they also have forms in store. Go go, get it, get it!

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Lemon Crinkle Cookies

Lemon Crinkle Cookies

These lemon crinkle cookies are perfect if you love lemon desserts! They take after chocolate crinkle cookies, but are a delightful refreshing lemon flavor sprinkle with powdered sugar. These are always a huge hit!

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (melted and cooled)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 3 teaspoons freshly grated lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • powdered sugar (for coating)
  1. Mix together the flour, baking soda and salt and set aside.

  2. In a large bowl, add the melted butter and whisk in the sugar until smooth. Add in the egg and egg yolk, mixing to combine, then whisk in vanilla and lemon extracts, lemon juice and lemon zest. Stir in dry ingredients, mixing until a dough forms. If needed, use your hands to bring together the dough. Refrigerate for 2 to 4 hours.

  3. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Fill a bowl with powdered sugar.

  4. Roll the dough into 1-inch balls and roll it in the powdered sugar, coating completely. Place the balls on the baking sheet 2 inches apart. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the edges are just set and the center isn’t jiggling. Let cool completely for serving!

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Lemon crinkle loves.

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Tuesday Things. 

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1. How incredible adorable are these soft sugar cookies?!

2. I’ve had a few questions asking what planner I’m using for 2019, and my answer is The Passion Planner again! I used it all this year and really loved it. It has everything I want (and need) but still feels minimalistic in a way. I love that soft bound book that I can transport around if necessary. This has also been the year that I’ve adopted using google calendar.

3. Eddie has fully embraced Elf on the Shelf this year. The elf has gone zip lining in the kitchen and today, is making a snow angel out of sprinkles in honor of Max’s birthday.

4. YES today is Max’s birthday and I can’t believe it. He is FOUR. What? How? When? Life is flying by in a blur and it’s scary. He made the cookies up above and I can’t even take how he decorated the gingerbread cookie. I want to frame it.

5. Definitely laughing out loud at this delivery of an amazon christmas tree.

6. TV things! How about that ending of A Million Little Things? Eeeeep! We also watched The Escape at Dannemora and it’s so interesting. Annnd I’m still binging all the Christmas movies. This is THE YEAR that I got into Hallmark movies. Every night. Me, my computer and Hallmark channel.

7. What are your plans for New Year’s Eve? I am obsessed with staying home (it’s my fave!) but I really want to start some sort of new tradition, whether it’s a game or a snack. You know?

8. I’m very into the whole weighted blanket thing. I don’t have one, but I want one. If you have one, give me the deets please.

9. Speaking of, do we like New Year’s resolutions posts? Or no.

10. I have two Christmas playlists so far this year (and one more coming!) but I can’t forget what is probably my favorite Christmas album of the last few years: Dave Barnes! It’s so good.

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The Best Broccoli Cheddar Quiche. 

This is how you get everyone to fall in love with you over broccoli cheese quiche.

This broccoli cheese quiche is absolutely perfect for brunch, lunch or even dinner! It's delicious served warm or cold, perfect paired with a greens salad and is a recipe that can be made ahead of time! I howsweeteats.com #broccolicheese #quiche

I’m serious! This broccoli cheese quiche is what brunch dreams are made of. It can turn a broccoli hated into a broccoli… tolerat-er? Really, quiche is what first got me interested in broccoli after a lifetime of loathing.

This broccoli cheese quiche is absolutely perfect for brunch, lunch or even dinner! It's delicious served warm or cold, perfect paired with a greens salad and is a recipe that can be made ahead of time! I howsweeteats.com #broccolicheese #quiche

One of the most popular recipes here on the blog is this bacon and broccollini quiche. It was the first quiche I ever shared and the quiche that made me fall in love with quiche! It is seriously SO delish.

It’s also the dish that made me realize I could actually do broccoli. Like maybe there was a way that I could serve it and eat it and actually enjoy it. While my preferred method of consumption these days is roasting it with parmesan and pine nuts, that recipe really turned me on to it.

The truth is that I could always do broccoli if it was blanketed in cheese sauce.

Of course.

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I went a little quiche crazy after that initial quiche. I’ve shared this burst tomato and goat cheese quiche (it has a real spring time feel) and this spiralized sweet potato and kale quiche which is super satisfying and hearty.

And now here we have a broccoli cheese quiche that is an ode to broccoli cheddar love – a way that everyone can really enjoy it.

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The broccoli cheddar combo is just so good. Right? Another piece of my inspiration was this roasted broccoli and swiss soup which practically tastes like you’re eating fondue. I first shared a version of that in Seriously Delish. And here, I added a bit of gruyere here for the same fondue vibe. It is to die for!

Of course, you can add in some bacon or ham or leftover meat if you have it. You can actually add in whatever you’d like! I kept it simple so the broccoli cheddar would shine bright.

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There is nothing as great as something you can make ahead for the holidays! It’s fantastic and easy and allows you to enjoy the day or the party or the festivities, whatever they may be, with your family and friends instead of being STUCK in the kitchen.

I love the kitchen but I don’t want to live in there during a party.

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And perhaps my favorite part of quiche? You can serve it hot or cold! I love it both ways, though I’m a bit partial to warm. The crust is flakey and butter and the filling practically tastes like a soufflé.

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Now tell me about your Christmas morning! Do you make something special? I have another delish make-ahead dish coming up for you that will be perfect, so stay tuned!

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Broccoli Cheese Quiche

Broccoli Cheddar Quiche

This broccoli cheese quiche is absolutely perfect for brunch, lunch or even dinner! It’s delicious served warm or cold, perfect paired with a greens salad and is a recipe that can be made ahead of time! 

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (sifted)
  • 1/2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg (lightly beated)
  • 1/2 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water (ice cold)
  • 3/4 cup cold unsalted butter (cut into pieces)
  • 1 large egg + 1 teaspoon water (for brushing)

filling

  • 6 large eggs
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup white cheddar cheese (freshly grated)
  • 1/4 cup gruyere cheese (freshly grated)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 1/4 cups broccoli florets (chopped)
  1. Add the flour, sugar and salt to a food processor and pulse just until combined. 

  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg, vinegar and water.

  3. Add the cold butter pieces into the food processor and pulse until small coarse crumbs remain.

  4. Sprinkle the water/egg mixture over the flour and pulse again until the dough comes together.

  5. Remove the dough with your hands and wrap it in plastic wrap. Refrigerate the dough for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, roll the dough out and place it in a 9-inch tart pan or (deep dish) pie plate.

filling

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. Whisk together the eggs, garlic, cream, cheese, salt and peppers. Fold in the broccoli florets. 

  3. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes, or until golden on top and set in the center. Let cool slightly before serving. This is so good served warm or cold!

I also love to serve this with a greens salad! If you want to do that, I suggest 2 cups of greens per person!

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Extra cheeeeesy.

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How Sweet Eats Favorites + DeLallo Foods Collection. 

You guys! This is so exciting.

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I’ve curated a box of my all-time favorites from DeLallo Foods!

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It’s no secret what a DeLallo fan I am, and since I’ve been shopping there my entire life, I knew exactly what to add in to this box to make is MAGICAL. These are so, so good! You’ll find some of the staples that we use weekly, like balsamic glaze, sun dried red peppers, whole wheat penne, golden balsamic vinegar and margherita pizza sauce.

And even better news! You can get 30% off this gift collection with the code HOWSWEETEATS through December 31, 2018. Woohoo!

I know that I’ve rambled about these products for years, but here are a few ways that I love to use them:

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To-Die-For Bruschetta Chicken

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Truffled Mushroom Pepperoni Pizza

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Make a killer Bruschetta Board

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Spinach and Bacon Wrapped Egg Bites

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Winter Chopped Salad

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Hot Honey and Goat Cheese Pizza

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Banana Bread with Espresso Glaze

I hope you guys try out this box and fall in love with everything like I have! xoxo

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Currently Crushing On. 

Happy weekend!

Super exciting: The Pretty Dish digital version is available right now for $1.99! This only lasts for a few more days, so hurry and grab it.

We have such a fun weekend plan including a brunch with santa and I’m totally going to get baking. Don’t forget! I have a ton of gift guides for you: women’s, men’s, kid’s, kitchen, cookbooks/foodie gifts, beauty and stocking stuffers under $25! So much good stuff.

What are you guys up to? I hope you’re having a joyful holiday season! xo

Favorites of the week.

Caesar salad gnocchi. What!

On a season of magic. This is so good.

Chocolate croissant bread pudding. It’s a thing.

Dying for this one pot vodka pasta.

A gingerbread house tea party. I’m dying.

Craving this perfect spice cake.

Chocolate pecan shortbread cookies! Yum.

The prettiest pomegranate and pear green salad.

How delish are these stuffed dark chocolate dipped pretzels?

Def trying this chinese beef pepper stir fry.

This mulled wine poached pear tart is so pretty.

I’m in need of a new peanut butter fudge recipe!

Cute chocolate peppermint shortbread cookies.

Very interested in this turmeric mushroom pickle!

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Pink Peppermint Cake. 

Can you tell that I’m having a moment with pink peppermint?

Pink peppermint cocktails, pink peppermint cake – I want to cover my entire life in pink peppermint.

I’m also really kicking myself for not considering the “pink peppermint” theme when I decorated our house this year for Christmas! I mean, I’ve always said that I wish I could live in a life-sized gingerbread house.

Ever since I made my White Christmas sparkle cake last year, I’ve been dreaming of ideas to do a pink peppermint cake. Seriously, I’ve been excited about making this since, probably… June? It’s hard to believe that we’re here now.

I mentioned it yesterday in my pink peppermint cocktail post, but just the IDEA of pink peppermint is dreamy to me. It’s like fluffy fat vanilla marshmallows with creamy swirls of peppermint clouds – that’s how I envision pink peppermint.

And you guys LOVED that white christmas cake. Some of you even made it this past summer with a different twist and you guys are all making it again now. It is a really delicious cake! And just so pretty!

I might be boring, but I used the EXACT same cake recipe as last year. Why change something if it works, right?

That’s the thing. It just works. And I wanted something that was light – as much of a chocolate freak that I am, I didn’t want chocolate cake here. SO I went with a vanilla cake and a peppermint cream cheese frosting. SO GOOD. It basically tastes like peppermint vanilla cheesecake!

P.S. If you’re not a fan of using food dye (I’d rather not, especially when my kids are eating it), these color by nature powders are great. I first used them last year in my rainbow cupcakes and was shocked at how gorgeous the shades were!

I also very much wanted to call this the Grinch cake! Doesn’t it look like it belongs in Whoville? It might be missing the green shade for the Grinch, but it could 100% reside in a Whoville bakery case. Since that’s a real place and all.

Speaking of, we took Max to see the new Grinch this week and it was so cute. I still love the other Grinch movies but this was so fun and colorful and really had us laughing. I basically want to live in Whoville forever. I’m already dreading the day when we take down all of the twinkly lights.

I mean, look at these peppermint meringue mounds. Aren’t they just too cute?!

I made some peppermint swirl meringues the day before assembly which added a super fun twist. Going in, I had no idea how I would add them to the cake so I just started to stick them to the frosting.

I knew I wanted to do something semi-whimsical to the pink peppermint cake but it took me days to figure out what exactly that was. I didn’t want to go the candy cane route (though a few crushed candy canes look so pretty here!) and love that these are an added little bonus to your cake or even your cookie box.

I also went the (almost) naked-cake route again too. I frosted this one a little more than last year’s cake, but I love the rustic look of barely frosted cakes.

Well, I sort of love the rustic look of barely frosted cakes.

The truth is that I can’t frost a cake to save my life. I have the patience of a three year old (trust me, I have one, and this statement is accurate) and frosting cakes is not where my abilities lie. Rustic is also not my style… but this is one place where I LOVE the rustic feel.

And it keeps me sane.

Just like last year, I added in the sparkling sugar too. It’s so pretty and really makes an impact in person!

And also just like last year, you can totally use a box cake mix here. I’d say you guys are pretty 50/50 split. Half of you use a mix and the other half of you make it from scratch. My grandma who baked from scratch every day, also used mixes often, so I have no qualms about it! In fact, I’ve been known to make some killer cupcakes… from a mix.

In all seriousness here though, the cake is delicious either way. It’s how you put your own fun, whimsy spin on it that will take it over the top. And make it Christmas-cute!

Pink Peppermint Cake

Pink Peppermint Cake

This pink peppermint cake is festive and delicious for the holidays! Layers of vanilla cake frosting with peppermint cream cheese frosting, covered in sparkly sugar and peppermint meringues. Couldn’t be cuter!

  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups unsalted butter (softened)
  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  • 5 large eggs (at room temperature)
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract

peppermint cream cheese frosting

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (softened)
  • 2 8-ounce blocks cream cheese (softened)
  • 4 to 5 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1 to 2 drops red food coloring or your favorite alternative
  • 3 tablespoons white sanding sugar (for dusting)
  • crushed candy canes (for garnish)

peppermint meringues

  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 drop red food coloring
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 3 9-inch round cake pans with non-stick baking spray liberally. In a bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder and salt.

  2. In the bowl of your electric mixer, beat the butter until creamy. Add in the sugar and beat on medium speed, scraping down the sides when needed, for 3 to 4 minutes, until light and fluffy. Add each egg one at a time and beat after each addition, beating just until combined. Beat in the extracts. Gradually beat in half of the dry ingredients, then add in the milk. Add the remaining dry ingredients. Be sure to scrape the bottom of the bowl and make sure all of the ingredients are combined.

  3. Evenly pour the cake batter into the pans (I like to do this using a measuring cup!). Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until the center is set and a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let cool for 5 to 10 minutes in the pan and then gently remove onto a cooling rack to cool completely.

  4. To frost these successfully, once they are cool, I wrap each cake in plastic wrap and place is in the freezer overnight. I remove and frost the cake while frozen, just because it’s easier for me. To make the “naked” frosting look, I layered the frosting in the centers of the layers, then spread some on the sides but used a large spatula to scrape most of it off. 

  5. As soon as I frost the cakes, I throw white sparkle sprinkles on the frosting. I then stick on the peppermint meringues! 

peppermint cream cheese frosting

  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer, mix the butter and cream cheese on medium speed until smooth.

  2. Gradually add in the powdered sugar with the mixer on low speed, increasing the speed once all of the sugar is added. Add in the vanilla extract, peppermint extract then beat on medium to medium-high speed for a good 2 to 3 minutes until creamy, scraping down the sides if needed. If you find the frosting it a bit too thick, add in some milk 1 teaspoon at a time until desired consistency is reached. I love how this frosting works on cakes once they are refrigerated! It’s delicious.

  3. To add some pink to the cake, I remove about 1 cup of frosting and add a drop of food coloring to it and mix until my desired shade it reached. Once the cake is mostly frosted, I add this on and use a spatula or bench scraped to make it appear swirled with the white frosting.

peppermint meringues

  1. Preheat the oven to 225 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. In the bowl of your electric mixer, beat the egg whites, cream of tartar and salt until soft peaks form. Gradually add the sugar and beat until stiff peaks form.

  3. Fit a pastry bag with your favorite tip (I like the plain old round one). Add a drop of food coloring down the side of the bag. Fill the bag with the meringue mixture. 

  4. Pipe out dollops of meringue on the baking sheet, about 1 inch apart.

  5. Bake for 1 1/2 to 2 hours. The meringues should be totally dry on the inside (you can break one open to check) but shouldn’t brown. Turn off the oven, leave the door ajar and let them in the oven until it cools completely. Remove them from the parchment with a metal spatula. 

NOTE: YOU CAN TOTALLY USE WHITE CAKE MIX HERE TO MAKE THIS EASIER! I’VE DONE IT TWICE ALREADY. IT’S FINE! USE 2 BOXES OF YOUR FAVORITE WHITE CAKE MIX FOR 3 OR 4 LAYERS OF CAKE. I would still suggest adding the vanilla extract and almond extract to the white cake mix. Or just use this recipe listed.

 

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The Pink Peppermint Cocktail. 

This is theeeee pink peppermint cocktail that you need this holiday season!

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While I love peppermint, there is something about PINK peppermint that makes it extra special. Right?

It can’t be only me.

Pink peppermint sounds like a pepperminty marshmallow dream or something. And that’s exactly what this is!

Also: EXCELLENT NEWS! I have your perfect holiday cocktail party playlist below. Follow it here!

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Let me break it down for you.

We have candy cane vodka. Homemade vanilla simple syrup. Peppermint schnapps. A very tiny drop of cream.

A candy cane for garnish!

I have talked about Tracy’s candy cane vodka for yeeeears. Lacy and I first made this back in 2012 right after she shared it. It is so fun to gift because it’s a gorgeous shade and super easy to make. It doesn’t even have to sit for 24 hours. In fact, DON’T let it sit for 24 hours. Give it 30 minutes and boom, you’re done. So easy and fun.

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I knew that to make a pink peppermint cocktail, this vodka had to be the base. I wanted something creamy, but not a full-blown cream-based drink (I have such a tough time getting behind a white russian) – and I didn’t want it to be a shake or ice cream or anything.

And I really wanted it to be served over (crushed, obvs) ice and go down smooth. YEP.

This is what I call pink peppermint cocktail success.

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Oh and p.s. I’m sure you could also use a drop of coconut or almond creamer in here too and it would work! It may separate a bit, but shake the heck out of it and the first presentation will be super pretty.

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So… weekend plans:

Hit shuffle on your playlist. Use frosted glasses. Rim with sugar sprinkles or even crushed candy cane. Throw a crushed candy cane on top and give it to all your friends! Now you’re the pink peppermint queeeeen.

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Pink Peppermint Cocktail

Pink Peppermint Cocktail

This pink peppermint cocktail is full of holiday cheer! Candy cane vodka, creme de cacao, vanilla and a drop of cream come together to create the perfect iced holiday drink that tastes like a treat!

  • 2 ounces candy cane vodka
  • 2 ounce creme de cacao (white)
  • 1 ounce vanilla simple syrup
  • 1/2 ounce cream or half and half
  • 1 candy canes for garnish
  • sparkling sugar for the glass
  1. Prepare the candy cane vodka 30 minutes before.

  2. Rim a glass with a drop of water and dip it in either sparkling sugar or crushed candy canes. 

  3. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the vodka, creme de cacao, syrup and half and half. Shake well for at least 30 seconds. Pour in the glass and garnish with a candy cane!

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You have got to come back tomorrow for more pink peppermint heaven.

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