Sunday, July 10, 2011


The next time you're at Neiman Marcus stop in their cafe/resturant and try this delicious, cool Chocolate Espresso Martini.


1.5 oz. Absolut Vanilla
1 oz. White Godiva
1 oz. Dark Chocolate Godiva
1 oz. Illy Caffe espresso shot
Shake with ice and strain into martini glass. 
Rim the glass with cocoa powder.

Picture and recipe courtesy of NM Daily

Thursday, July 7, 2011


These days when attending a wedding, bridal shower or a birthday party, cakes have taken a back seat when it comes to serving dessert. Cake balls have become the new trend at most events these day, but Gabby Loubiere of Brew Ha Ha can give you the best of both worlds. Check out these beautiful pictures of this Cake Ball Cake. Pictures courtesy of 

Sunday, July 3, 2011

4th of July Recipe Ideas

Delicious 4th of July Patriotic Recipe Ideas

Red White and Blueberry Pound Cake

1 package (10-3/4 ounces) frozen pound cake
Raspberry-Orange Sauce (recipe follows)
1 container (8-ounces) whipped cream cheese
3 Tbs powdered sugar
2 Tbs orange juice
1-1/2 cups fresh blueberries, divided
1 cup sliced fresh strawberries
Raspberry-Orange Sauce
Stir together until smooth 3/4 cup seedless raspberry jam and 6 tablespoons orange juice.
Makes about 1 cup
Slice frozen pound cake lengthwise in three layers; arrange in a single layer on a cookie sheet with top layer cut side up. Pierce layers with fork tines. Spread each with 2 tablespoons of the Raspberry-Orange Sauce; let stand 10 to 15 minutes so that the cake absorbs the sauce. Meanwhile, in a bowl stir together cream cheese, sugar and orange juice until well blended. To assemble cake: Place bottom layer on a serving plate; spread evenly with a third of the cream cheese mixture. Arrange a third of the blueberries evenly over cream cheese. Drizzle about 1 tablespoon Raspberry-Orange Sauce over blueberries. Repeat with center slice of cake. Place top layer cut side down; spread with remaining cream cheese mixture. Decorate cake to resemble an American flag using remaining blueberries and the strawberries. Serve with remaining Raspberry-Orange Sauce.

Colorful 4th of July Cocktail

1 1/2 ounce vodka
1/2 ounce triple sec
1/2 ounce sweet & sour
1/2 ounce blue curacao
1 dash grenadine
Mix all ingredients, except grenadine, in a shaker and chill. Serve in a martini glass. Add grenadine.

Paula Deen's Cream Cheese Pound Cake

1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) butter, at room temperature
1 (8 ounce) package low fat cream cheese, at room temperature
3 cups granulated white sugar
6 large eggs
3 cups cake flour, sifted twice after measuring
pinch of salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease and flour a 10-inch bundt pan (I like to use the nonstick spray that is especially for baking... with the flour mixed into it).

In a large bowl, cream together butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer until well combined. Add in sugar and continue to mix for about 6 minutes, until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition, until well blended. Gradually add the flour, beating and scraping down the sides until it is all incorporated. Mix in salt and extracts.

Pour into prepared pan. Hit the pan gently on the counter about 5 times to help settle the batter and remove any air pockets. Bake for about 1 1/2 hours. The cake is done when it pulls away from the sides of the pan and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Remove from the oven and let cool in the pan for about 15 minutes. Invert the cake onto a wire rack and let cool completely before serving.