CHOCOLATE WHISKEY CAKE

CHOCOLATE WHISKEY CAKEAre y’all ready for the most delicious thing your Monday has ever seen? It’s boozy, chocolatey, & perfect for literally every occasion. It’s our new favorite dessert, the Chocolate Whiskey Cake! One bite of this & your life will be changed forever! xoxo, LK


Hello there! Constance here. Confession: I definitely ate more than half of that cake pictured above. I’m not sure how it happened, but just beware, it’s sort of dangerous! Perfect for a birthday, celebration, “hooray we made it through Monday” party, or just because – no matter the occasion, this cake is perfect for a crowd and will please even the most dessert averse friends. Trust me when I say this, you are about to become everyone’s favorite baker. Bring this to your next dinner party & you could start a fan club. Not such a terrible thing to be known for fantastic whiskey cake, you know?

CHOCOLATE WHISKEY CAKEINGREDIENTS FOR CAKE:

-1.5 cups of dark chocolate chips
-1 cup water
-1/2 cup instant espresso
-1/2 cup cocoa powder
-4 cups flour
-1/2 tsp sea salt
-2 tsp baking powder
-2 cups of unsalted butter (4 sticks)
-6 large eggs
-3 cups sugar
-1.5 tbsp vanilla extract
-2 cups whiskey (we used Knob Creek)

INGREDIENTS FOR ICING:

-1/2 cup egg whites
-1 cup granulated sugar
-1 1/2 cups butter (cubed, room temperature)
-1 tsp vanilla
-3 oz dark chocolate (melted and cooled)
-Ground cinnamon for dusting
-1/2 cup of dark sweet cherries

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INSTRUCTIONS FOR CAKE:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat 4 8-inch cake pans with coconut oil spray & in a medium sized saucepan, slowly melt the dark chocolate and set aside to cool.
2. Bring the water to a boil, add the espresso and cocoa powder and set aside to cool. Add the chocolate to the espresso/cocoa mixture, and whisk until evenly combined.
3. In a medium sized bowl, sift together the flour, salt and baking powder and set aside. In a large mixing bowl, whip the butter until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, sugar and vanilla and beat until combined.
4. Add the whiskey to the coffee/cocoa mix and then combine that mix with the batter. Slowly add the flour mixture to the batter. Beat until evenly combined. Divide batter evenly amongst pans and bake for 40 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
5. Let cool for 10 minutes before transferring to cooling rack.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR ICING:

1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk the egg whites and sugar until until the mixture becomes a meringue (approx. 10 minutes.) Slowly add the cubed butter and mix until smooth. Add the vanilla, melted chocolate and whip until smooth.
2. Frost cake and top with a light dusting of cinnamon and the sweet dark cherries.

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ROASTED HEIRLOOM TOMATO FLATBREAD

14Hello lovelies! Elizabeth here! As we’re slowly inching into spring / summer I am so excited to change up my flavor palette! I live for those warm summer nights playing cards and never-ending dinner parties! I was inspired by the recipe because I recently re-tried roasted tomatoes and fell in love with the flavor again (I’m not a big raw tomato fan!) This appetizer is basically like healthy pizza. There are few people (if any!) that I know that don’t LOVE pizza. So you’ve basically got a win-win appetizer on your hands my friends! Enjoy! xoxo

19INGREDIENTS:

1 Rectangle flat bread (10×5 inches)

1 – 1 1/2 Pints of heirloom tomatoes

¼ Cup of slow roasted garlic cloves

5 Tablespoons of avocado or olive oil

2 Tablespoons of fresh rosemary

2 Tablespoons of fresh basil

Salt + Pepper

*Cheese optional

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Toss tomatoes with 3 Tablespoons of avocado or olive oil, 2 tablespoons of minced rosemary and generously salt and pepper. Spread evenly on baking sheet and bake for 20-30 minutes until tomatoes have bursted. Brush flatbread with remaining oil and arrange tomatoes evenly. Bake for an additional 5-10 minutes. Top with chopped basil and cut into triangles.

*Note you can find roasted garlic cloves in your local grocery’s olive bar or roast whole garlic cloves drizzled with olive oil for 40 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

*Note for flatbread I used The Kitchn’s recipe

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CINNAMON SPICE SWEET POTATO FRIES - french fry week -

4What do y’all think of French Fry week? Between Elizabeth’s Pad Thai fries & Laurel’s Parmesan & Rosemary oven fries we’ve been happy gals in the LK Test Kitchen. But have no fear, sweet potato fans! We wouldn’t leave you out. Get ready for the most delicious, eat to make, & even easier to eat Cinnamon Spice Sweet Potato fries. I am typically not a sweet potato fry gal, but this has changed my ways! xoxo, LK


Howdy friends, Elizabeth here! There is something that is so decadent in mixing sweet and savory together. It is like the tom-boy of the french fry world. Salty and spicy on the outside and warm and sweet on the inside. These sweet potato fries are seriously going to give your taste buds a run for their money. They are the perfect date to a turkey burger and are great dipped in marshmallow fluff for a little dessert decadence. While fries are mostly thought of as salty and savory here is the sweetie. Be sure to bake them not to close together and give them plenty of room to breathe while cooking to ensure optimum crispiness!

2INGREDIENTS:

2 Large sweet potatoes cut into thin slices

3 Tablespoons of olive oil

1 Tablespoon of honey or pure maple syrup

1 Teaspoon of kosher salt

1/4 Teaspoon of cinnamon

1/4 Teaspoon of paprika

1/4 Teaspoon of black pepper

2 Pinches of red pepper flake

+ Cinnamon Ketchup

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees fahrenheit. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper

2. In a large bowl combine and toss all of your ingredients very well making sure all of the spices are evenly distributed

3. Arrange fries on two baking sheets so there is space in between each piece, allowing them not to touch. This will allow them to cook more evenly.

4. Place in the middle rack of an oven and bake 20-25 minutes.

5. Serve with cinnamon flavored ketchup – 1/4 cup ketchup + 1 teaspoon of cinnamon

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EASTER DOUGHNUTS for every bunny

IMG_9372Happy pre-Friday, friends! Hopefully you’ve got something fun planned this weekend. Spring has decided to get off to a bit of a lazy start, so we are planning to curl up and be a little lazy – hey, you got to take it where you can, you know 😉

Easter is this weekend and we thought it could be fun to whip up a pre-brunch breakfast recipe. We’ve made doughnuts (remember these lemon ones with grapefruit glaze?) & we’ve even tried our hand at gluten-free guys (tell me you haven’t forgotten about these chocolate beauties with espresso glaze?!) but we’ve never tried our hand at festive holiday doughnuts….and by that I, of course, mean playing around with pastel icing.

This recipe is fantastically simple, fool-proof, and really fun – plus, it leaves your house smelling like a delicious bakery & no one can be upset about that. Give it a try & tell us what you think. Want to use a light blue icing instead of pink, do it! Play around & have fun – that’s the best part.

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FOR THE DONUTS:

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup sugar

1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 cup Silk Unsweetened Almond Milk

1/2 teaspoon white vinegar

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 egg

4 tablespoons butter

1/4 teaspoon salt

Coconut flakes, sprinkles, edible flowers – whatever you want to decorate with!

 

FOR THE ICING:

Food coloring

2 tablespoons Silk Unsweetened Almond Milk

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

2 cups powdered sugar

donuts_1INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, mix your flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon until thoroughly mixed.

2. Grab a small saucepan & combine unsweetened almond milk, white vinegar, vanilla extract, egg, and butter over medium heat. Whisk gently until everything is combined into a sauce & pour into dry mixture and stir until smooth.

3. Pour the mixture into a doughnut pan & bake until 10-14 minutes. Remove & place on wire rack to cool.

4. While your donuts are cooling, it’s time to whip up the icing! In a medium mixing bowl, add your powdered sugar, unsweetened almond milk, and vanilla extract, mix well until nice & smooth. If you want two different color icings, evenly separate into two batches & add in food coloring. To get this pink color, use one drop of red – for purple, use one red & one purple. Mix well until color is thoroughly blended.

5. Place a paper towel under your wire rack, put the donuts on the wire rack, and glaze away!

IMG_9371Now comes the fun part! Grab some coconut flakes, sprinkles, edible flowers from the grocery story, or heck even some extra Easter egg candy & get to decorating.

Having friends over? Save the decorating for when they arrive & have a fun little donut decorating party. Easter eggs are great and all, but I’ll take a donut decorating party any day!

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POT OF GOLD COCKTAIL

IMG_7330Maybe you haven’t gotten enough of the St. Patrick’s Day festivities or maybe you are just tired of Bailey or Guinness cocktails, either way, this happy little cocktail is sure to kick your celebrations off with a lucky start! Hosting a fun get-together this St. Patrick’s Day? Make sure you stock up on the ingredients below! We used Gin (because I love it so), but feel free to swap it out for your favorite Vodka!

IMG_7403INGREDIENTS:

– Favorite gin or vodka

– Elderflower Lemonade (Belvoir makes a great one)

– Tonic

– Ice

– Lemon

– Sugar & yellow food coloring for sugared rim

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INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Pack your cocktail shaker full of ice and pour in two jiggers of your favorite gin or vodka & 2 jiggers full of the Elderflower lemonade.

2. If you want to rim your glasses, cut a wedge of lemon and rum around the rim of glass. In a food processor or small bowl, pour in some sugar & a few drops of yellow food coloring. Mix or blend until throughly blended. Pour into a shallow dish & flip your glass upside down in dish to rim. Slowly twist the glass back and forth to ensure the rim is evenly coated.

3. Stir the cocktail in the cocktail shaker a few times & slowly strain into each glass. Top off with  bit of tonic & garnish if you wish.

4. Sip, serve, repeat!

* Makes 2 cocktails*

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BITCHIN’ BASIL LEMON DROP

IMG_6877Happy Friday, friends! Have anything fun planned for the weekend? If you’ve got people over, or if you just want to treat yourself to something other than your customary glass of wine, we’ve got the perfect little cocktail for you! Meet your new pre-spring favorite, the bitchin’ Basil Lemon Drop.

This little gem is made with Crop Organic Vodka & if you feel like you’ve heard us talk about it before, it’s because we are in love. I didn’t really know the difference between organic and non-organic alcoholic beverages, but now that I’ve tried Crop, I can’t go back. Give it a try & I promise you’ll taste the difference.

Either way, it’s Friday & we think you should celebrate! Give the Basil Lemon Drop a try & let us know what you think! IMG_6843

INGREDIENTS:

– 4 fresh basil leaves (a few extra for garnish)

– 3 cups of Crop Organic Vodka

– 1.5 cups of fresh squeezed lemon juice

– 1.5 cups of simple syrup

– ice cubes

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Muddle basil leaves at the bottom of your cocktail shaker. Pour in vodka, lemon juice, simple syrup, and a handful of ice.

2. Stir until nicely blended & pour. Garnish with extra basil leaves

3. Serve, sip, repeat!

* Simple Syrup: In a small saucepan combine 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar. Cook and stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Chill until ready to use.

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TURKEY BACON AVOCADO BREAKFAST SANDWICH because breakfast sandwiches are the best

BREAKFAST SANDWICH

Hello friends! Constance here. Hope you’re all having a wonderful week! Guys-it’s almost March. Can you believe it? I’m not quite sure how that happened. I feel like I’m just now ready for Christmas. We’re getting ready for a crazy influx of house guests over the next month. Spring training starts soon here in Phoenix, and while I like to pretend everyone’s coming in town for some good quality hang time, let’s be real….it’s all about baseball.

Regardless, I’ve been working on coming up with some foolproof recipes that don’t have me slaving away in the kitchen all hours of the day. I definitely want our guests to have a hot meal, but I also want to keep a small ounce of sanity while doing it. My solution? Recipes that you can make in bulk and freeze for later. We’ve got more of these coming your way, but to start–biscuits. My plan is to make at least a few dozen of these before our guests begin to arrive so we can all eat our weight in breakfast sandwiches. Truly, they’re just the best. You can customize to fit any and all diets, and it’s as easy as frying a few eggs and some bacon and voila!

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INGREDIENTS:

-2 slices thick cut bacon

-2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

-1 large brown egg

-1 buttermilk biscuit

-sriracha

-1-2 oz. roasted turkey

-1/2 avocado, thinly sliced

-Sriracha

INSTRUCTIONS:

-In a medium sized pan, cook bacon over medium heat until crispy.

-Remove bacon from pan and add olive oil. Continue to heat on medium until olive oil is hot.

-Crack egg slowly over pan, and immediately reduce heat to low.

-Cook slowly until whites are set and yolks begin to thicken but are not hard.

-Remove egg from heat, top with fresh cracked black pepper, and set aside.

-Cut biscuit in half, and spread a light layer of Sriracha on the bottom half.

-Top with turkey, bacon, avocado, egg and the other half of the biscuit.

-Cut sandwich in half and serve immediately.

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SMOKED SALMON OMELETTE perfect for breakfast in bed

5Have you ever woken up on a Saturday morning and thought to yourself, “I really want to most delicious omelette in the world?” Well, lucky for you (and me!) Food Contributor Elizabeth is sharing her breakfast magic and showing us how to dominate the perfect lazy Saturday morning omelette. 

This smoked salmon makes it fancy without breaking a sweat & the dill cream sauce is borderline addicting. Whip this puppy up for brunch, for a sweet breakfast in bed, or dinner – hey, no judgement! No matter when you eat it, you’ll be in love. Can’t wait to hear what you think! xo, -LK
4Elizabeth here, friends! I am so excited to bring to you a breakfast recipe! A nice breakfast at home is one of my favorite ways to start the day. I love throwing on my favorite robe and just being lazy on a Sunday morning. Life moves so quickly sometimes and it is so important to just pause and enjoy the little things. I usually start the morning with a nice cup of coffee from my french press and take a tour through my fridge and see what I can whip up. I’ll throw on my favorite music and just turn off my brain for a few hours, it’s great and I highly recommend it after a stressful week.23This time of year is a little funky when it comes to finding produce so I love bringing out some secret weapons that still leave you with a trip to flavor town. Smoked salmon is a secret weapon that I keep in my fridge for just this occasion. Now, I know a smoked salmon omelette may not be your typical ‘bacon and cheddar cheese’ but it’s delish and totally worth a try! The combo of smoked salmon and creamy dill sauce is a melt-in-your-mouth bite. Now pour yourself a wine sized glass mimosa and just enjoy the morning. 13

INGREDIENTS:

Smoked Salmon Omelette

2 Whole eggs + 1 Egg white

1 Tablespoon of half&half or milk

1 Teaspoon of salt + 1/2 Teaspoon of pepper

2 Ounces of smoked salmon

Thinly sliced red onions

Dill Cream Sauce

3 Tablespoons of unsalted butter

2 Heaping tablespoons of cream cheese

1 Tablespoon of fresh dill chopped

1 Tablespoon of milk

1 Tablespoon of chopped chives

1/2 Teaspoon of salt + 1/2 Teaspoon of pepper

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INSTRUCTIONS:

1. In a small bowl whisk together whole eggs, egg whites, milk, salt & pepper until light and fluffy. Spray or grease a non stick pan with butter or non stick spray.

2. On low-medium heat pour in your egg mixture. As your omelette begins to cook pick up your pan and swirl in a counter clockwise direction to cook the runny part of your omelette that rests in the center. The heat from the sides of the pan will cook your omelette evenly without burning.

3. Add in a thin layer of dill cream sauce and top with smoked salmon, red onions, and fresh dill. Flip omelette and service with more sauce + avocado (optional).

Dill Cream Sauce: In a small sauce pan melt butter on low heat until fragrant and liquid. Add in cream cheese and whisk together until melted and the butter and cream cheese have married together. Add in herbs and serve. *If sauce is too thick add in milk a tablespoon at a time to thin.

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BLOOD ORANGE CAKE the perfect cake for a party

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Looking for that perfect cake to bring to a get-together, brunch, or shower? Well ladies, step aside, because Elizabeth is flexing her cake decorating skills and showing us how to master the most delicious cake known to mankind – the blood orange cake with honey mascarpone frosting. I mean, it’s pure perfection! 

It’s stunning, delicious, and a total showstopper! Get the skinny from Elizabeth below. Love what you see, tell us your thoughts below! – xoxo, LK

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INGREDIENTS:

2 1/2 Cups of cake flour

1 1/2 Cups of granulated sugar

1 Teaspoon of course salt

1 Tablespoon of baking powder

5 Large eggs, separated

1/2 Cup of blood orange juice or your favorite citrus juice

1 Tablespoon of blood orange zest

1/2 Cup of vegetable oil 

+ extra flour & non stick baking spray for cake tins

 

HONEY MASCARPONE FROSTING

1 Stick of unsalted butter at room temp

8 Oz of mascarpone cheese or cream cheese

1 1/2 Teaspoons of pure vanilla extract

1 Teaspoon of salt

3-4 Tablespoons of honey

4 Cups of powdered sugar

   *milk on an as needed base

2INSTRUCTIONS:

*For this recipe I used three 6-inch cake tins, two 8-inch will work as well. Spray cake tins with non stick spray and spread flour thinly on sides and bottom of tins, set aside. Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. In a large mixing bowl sift cake flour and add in salt and baking powder and set aside.

1. In a large bowl separate egg yolks and whites into 2 large bowls, reserve the yolks. With a stand or hand mixer fitted with a wire whip, whip egg whites until light and fluffy, about three minutes. Set aside. 

2. With a stand or hand mixer combine sugar and egg yolks. Slowly pour in vegetable oil and blood orange juice and zest, mix. Add flour mixture to wet mixture in three separate segments mixing until just combined after each one. Remove from mixer and gently fold in egg whites until incorporated.

*Whisking your egg whites separately and gently folding them in will ensure a light and airy cake batter. Pour evenly into cake tins and bake for 20-25 mins. Cakes are done when a tooth pick comes out clean. Cool for 30 mins. Take a knife and make a ring around the tin sides, if any of the cake has stuck this will help release it. With a serrated knife edge cut any dome tops off your cakes. 

3. In a large mixing bowl with a stand or hand mixer beat butter, mascarpone cheese, vanilla extract, salt and honey until light and fluffy, about 3 mins. Add in 1 cup of powdered sugar at a time, checking for texture after each addition. Add in one tablespoon of milk as needed to thin frosting.

*Note dryer climates may need more milk for thinning, moister climates may need less. 

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HIS & HERS VALENTINE’S COCKTAILS

IMG_1932There are always a lot of His & Her’s round ups, gift guides, and the like around Valentine’s Day, and while those never really grab my attention, this pairing is something I can absolutely get behind – His & Her’s Valentine’s Day cocktails!

Something sweet and romantic for the lady & something a bit more bold for the mister. It’s a match made in heaven! So before your VDay plans are complete, make sure you add these lovely libations to the list. Can’t wait to see what you think. xoxo, LK

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INGREDIENTS:

1 cup fresh squeeze grapefruit juice (trust me, it’s better fresh!)

1 cup sparkling water

4 tablespoons vodka

3 tablespoons St. Germain

Honey or a natural sweetener

Ice

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Add a handful of ice to your cocktail shaker & add in ingredients (wait until you’ve tried your cocktail until adding in the honey or sweetener).

2. Shake until shaker is cold & pour into a fabulous glass!

3. Garnish with a thin slice of grapefruit or another citrus (we used a blood orange from the recipe below!)

4. Serve, sip, repeat!

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INGREDIENTS:

1 ½ ounces dry gin (we love Farmer’s!)
3 ounces blood orange juice (save the peel)
1 tablespoon thyme simple syrup
4 ounces tonic water
Thyme (for garnish)

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. For simple syrup, bring sugar and water to a boil in a saucepan over medium heat. Remove from heat and add thyme sprigs, stir in gently. Allow to cool for 20-25 minutes and remove sprigs before serving.

2. In a low glass, fill it with a few cubes of ice, gin, blood orange juice, and thyme syrup. Top off with tonic & stir gingerly.

2. Cut off a peel from one of your used blood oranges, twist, and add in for garnish. Top cocktail off with a sprig of thyme & serve, sip, repeat!

IMG_1930So what do you say, lovebirds? Are these going to make it on your Valentine’s Day menu?! Since whipping these puppies up, I have to admit, they have been on repeat in our house. The are just so delicious! Anything with blood oranges has me weak at the knees already, but the two as a pair are out of this world.

Can’t wait to hear about your weekend & if you mix these up, let me know! 
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