All Things Foodie

Avocado Toast

Avocado toast has been popping up at every restaurant around town. It is so vibrant in color, fresh and filling. I decided to test out a recipe and found it to be absolutely delicious and a snap to make. Please try the recipe below and let me know how you put your spin on it.

I heated up my panini press, but you could just use a toaster. I pressed one slice of seven grain bread in my panini press to get those great grill marks on the bread and a lovely crunch. I sliced one ripe avocado and placed that in a small bowl. I squeezed half a lime’s juice over the avocado, added two dashes of black pepper, one dash of sea salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of garlic paste. I mashed all the ingredients together with a fork and spread it over the toast. I cut the topped toast on a diagonal for a prettier presentation and took a bite. The crisp, crunch of the toast paired with the soft, fresh avocado mixture was very satisfying. It is a healthy bite that can be served for breakfast, lunch, snack, or cut smaller for an appetizer. You can add a fried egg, prosciutto, or tomatoes on top for even more flavor. The possibilities are endless and are sure to please all.

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Homemade Almond Milk

Ok so I decided to finally make my own almond milk and see what all the hype was about. I envisioned it tasting so creamy and amazing just like the one at Pressed Juicery. My high expectations may have been my problem.

I bought raw almonds, measured out one cup and soaked them in plenty of water for 6-8 hours. I even went through the tedious task on removing the skins off the plumped up nuts because I read somewhere that the skin causes wrinkles! Gasp! I then tossed the peeled, soaked nuts into a Ninja blender and added three cups of water and blended away. The liquid turned into a creamy white color and I poured it through a fine mesh sieve. Ok, so maybe I need to invest in a nut bag because the milk did get pretty smooth but not smooth enough. There were still bits of pulp in the milk. I did save the pulp to possibly use in a cookie recipe, waffles, granola, or whatever else I can think of.

I added a bit of vanilla and a sprinkle of sea salt to the milk and whisked until blended. I took the first sip and was very underwhelmed. It tasted exactly like the almond milk I buy at the store and was more expensive to make and time consuming. I know some recipes call for dates to be blended into the milk as well, so maybe that makes it more creamy. Don’t get me wrong, the milk is good and I love that I made it and that it is so pure in form. I just wanted it to blow my mind with how incredibly creamy it was due to all the articles I have read by people exclaiming how much better homemade almond milk is versus store bought in regard to thickness and taste. I am determined to crack the code and get the almond milk I desire. I am going to invest in a nut bag and add some dates and report back.

For now, blend at your risk or stick to the convenient store bought variety.

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The Cordial Cherry- Omaha, NE

I was just back home in Omaha attending my best friend Elisa’s wedding, and was maid of honor. There are so many places I enjoy going to back home and many yummy treats. One of my favorite shops is The Cordial Cherry. It is an Omaha staple and even a favorite of Oprah! 

The Cordial Cherry specializes in “wonderfully whimsical chocolate covered cherry cordials like nothing you’ve seen before. Each chocolate covered cherry cordial is made from scratch and hand-decorated, resulting in one-of-a-kind pieces of chocolate art. The combination of a sweet liquid cordial center with a dark, milk or white chocolate coating is truly divine. You’re sure to enjoy eating our unique chocolate cordial cherries as much as you enjoy looking at them. All of the decorations are edible and made of candies, chocolate, and/or sculpted fondant.”

The cherries are so cute and come in little animal shapes, flowers, etc to match the themes of the season. They also have these amazing Sea Salt Caramels that are the best I have ever tasted. The caramels are super soft, chewy and sprinkles with sea salt on the tops. They are wrapped like little presents in waxed paper.

I have often received and sent these delicious little bites as gifts. Who doesn’t love getting a pop of sugar in the mail and the fact that these are so adorable place them at the top of my list.  

The designer cordial cherries retail for $29.95 9 pieces

The sea salt caramels retail for $14.95 for 8 pieces 

All items can be shipped in the US and ordered at http://www.thecordialcherry.com

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