Monthly Archives: February 2013

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Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

Peanut butter and chocolate is just a perfect combination. It brings together sweet, salty and chocolatey so what’s not to like? My boyfriend recently made homemade peanut butter so he wanted to try making a dessert out of it. He made these fantastic peanut butter cups based on Reese’s candy only with dark chocolate. The only complication was melting the chocolate chips smoothly, but he was able to figure out a way to mimic a double boiler by using a flat bowl and a sauce pot. It melted the chocolate smoothly without risking burning the chocolate or creating a lumpy consistency. The peanut butter cups were ridiculously good. The chocolate was just a basic semi-sweet chocolate chip and the hero was the homemade peanut butter. If you have a food processor, it’s one of the best things to try making at home. You can use store bought peanut butter for this recipe, but if you have time to make your own for it I would highly recommend it!

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Red Velvet Cupcakes with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

It seems like in general the people who spend time in the kitchen are either cooks or bakers. I tend to fall into the first category but my boyfriend is slowly turning into the latter. Lately he’s been experimenting with different desserts so he decided to try making red velvet cupcakes for Valentine’s Day! The cupcakes turned out so well! The cream cheese frosting went perfectly with the chocolatey cupcake. The inside was a rich, red color that was fluffy and light. The original recipe yielded 30 cupcakes but we decided to make 1 dozen instead. Surprisingly, the odd measurements didn’t cause any problems in the baking process. It was a wonderful treat for Valentine’s Day!

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Lemon and Thyme Rolls

A delicious bowl of soup is not complete without warm bread to dip in the broth! These rolls were a perfect accompaniment to the Italian Pasta Bean soup I had the other night. The savory thyme and lemon zest make this recipe stand out and it is worth the extra time to prepare. I also really liked the amount of black pepper added to the dough. The insides are soft and fluffy, especially when they’re still warm from the oven! Since this recipe is yeast based it takes about an hour and 45 minutes for the dough to complete 2 rises.

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