Whiskey Pear Trifles

“THE LIGHT MUSIC OF WHISKEY FALLING INTO GLASSES MADE AN AGREEABLE INTERLUDE.”  James Joyce

Whiskey Pear Trifles | From My Sweet Heart

There was a time when I would have told you that I don’t care very much for whiskey.  But then, I decided to make some Home Made Irish Cream.  You know, that wonderful creamy liqueur that has you believing you are drinking an adult milkshake?  That stuff contains a whole bottle of whiskey!  And now Jameson’s Irish Whiskey is among my favorites.  I’ve used it for this recipe, too!

This recipe makes the top 3 of my favorite recipes on this blog!  So simple to make, yet the combination of flavors and textures is so sublimeCinnamon raisin bread, vanilla bean custard, pralines, pears, whipped cream, and the most delicious maple whiskey sauce imaginable!  A little something different in every spoonful! [Read more...]

Honey Almond Panna Cotta with Lemon Thyme Peaches

SHALL I PART MY HAIR BEHIND?  DO I DARE TO EAT A PEACH?”  T.S. Eliot

Honey Almond Panna Cotta with Lemon Thyme Peaches | From My Sweet Heart

Shall I put herbs in my dessert?

I must!  Because Kristen of The Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker, and leader of The Improv Cooking Challenge has compelled us to create something using peaches and herbs!  And before you know it, she’ll have us all ‘shaking our groove thing’, too!  Thanks Kristen, I’ll have disco in my head for weeks now!  But each month Kristen gives us 2 ingredients to incorporate into a recipe of our choice. This month I am pairing peaches with thyme!

This dessert is so unique.  And I have fallen in love with the soft, creaminess of panna cotta.  I hope you will love it, too! [Read more...]

Triple Chocolate Terrine

“UNLESS YOUR NAME ENDS IN BASKIN OR ROBBINS, I REALLY CAN’T FIT YOU INTO MY SCHEDULE RIGHT NOW.”  Uniek Swain

Triple Chocolate Terrine | From My Sweet Heart

 If you are in the mood for a cool, creamy treat; you will not have to run to Baskin-Robbins to get it!  Nor will this fast and easy dessert take any time out of your schedule! This is as creamy as a mousse with the chill of an ice cream.  And if you can whip cream and melt chocolate,  then you have the makings for this elegant and special dessert. . . . . [Read more...]

Raspberry White Chocolate Mousse

A BLUSH IS MODESTY’S FIRST IMPULSE AND SOPHISTICATION’S AFTER THOUGHT.”  Anonymous

Raspberry White Chocolate Mousse | From My Sweet Heart

There are many variations on chocolate mousse.  But I think none are more elegant than those made with white chocolate.

This white chocolate mousse recipe is a lightly sweet canvas for any variety of fruit, flavors and garnishes.  Here, I’ve topped mine with some simple berries and grated white chocolate and white chocolate shavings.  What gives it it’s pretty blush?. . . . .

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Key Lime Pie Martini

Key Lime Pie Martini | From My Sweet Heart

  • 2 ounces of vanilla vodka
  • 1 ounce of coconut rum
  • 1 ounce of key lime juice
  • 1 ounce of heavy cream

Fill your cocktail shaker 2/3 way with ice cubes.  Add all ingredients and shake well.  Pour into a martini glass.  Garnish with a lime twist or wedge and finely crushed graham crackers ( or rim the glass with crushed grahams mixed with sugar).  

Today I was rescued!  So I’d like to make a toast to my son, Jeff, who came to my aid.  But also to the really kind gentleman from AAA who replaced my car battery in the middle of an unshaded parking lot at high noon in 103° heat!!!

Cheers everyone and TGIF!!!  Enjoy this lovely cocktail while listening to a favorite song of mine by TRAIN.  It just seemed appropriate for my day!

 

Sophisticated S’Mores

“I THINK EVERY WOMAN SHOULD HAVE A BLOWTORCH.”  Julia Child

Sophisticated S'Mores | From My Sweet Heart

HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY!!!

This is an exciting day for 2 reasons.  The first is that my son, Jeff, left this morning as part of a group of meteorologists, who will be storm chasing in the midwest.  I am not sure where he will be over the next couple of weeks yet, but I pray that he will stay safe while having the experience of a lifetime.  The second is that I got to use my new kitchen blowtorch!  Very cool.  And much easier than trying to put something under the broiler while watching it carefully!

THESE S’MORES ARE YUMMLY!!!  You really do get all your favorite, familiar flavors from a S’more…the buttery graham cracker crust, a very decadent, creamy, chocolate center, and a light, sweet, marshmallowy top.  It’s just a little more sophisticated.   Oh, and let me tell you about the booze…… [Read more...]

Chocolate Risotto

“PUT ‘EAT MORE CHOCOLATE’ AT THE TOP OF YOUR LIST OF THINGS TO DO TODAY.  THAT WAY, AT LEAST YOU’LL GET ONE THING DONE.”  Author Unknown

Chocolate Risotto | From My Sweet Heart

Today, I awoke, literally with this recipe on my mind! I have never attempted risotto before because I have always imagined it to be a complicated process.  But I first saw this chocolate risotto recipe made on one of the cooking shows featuring David Rocco.  And he actually had 2 young kids helping him make it.  So I thought, how difficult could this be?  Let me tell you…..it was a cinch!  Tender rice covered with sweet, rich chocolate and topped with toasted walnuts.  I’ve been wanting to share it with everyone for some time.  And so today, it just seemed like  ‘it’s now or never’! [Read more...]

Sweet Cream Ice Cream

“ICE CREAM IS EXQUISITE.  WHAT A PITY IT ISN’T ILLEGAL.”  Voltaire

Sweet Cream Ice Cream | From My Sweet Heart

 

I know what you are thinking.  Vanilla ice cream?  Really?  How exciting can that be???  But sometimes you just have to start with the basics.  And this sweet cream ice cream is the perfect canvas for so many creations.  There is basically nothing much else in this ice cream but cream and sugar.  In the picture, I’ve topped it with some Himalayan Pink Salt.  (Yes….call me crazy, but I LOVE salt on my ice cream!!!)  And since temperatures reached the low 80′s here in Washington, D.C. today, it seemed like a good way to end my day.  I promise that soon, this sweet cream ice cream will make another NOT SO INNOCENT appearance!!!  Be on the lookout and read on for the recipe, and to see how I jazzed it up today. [Read more...]