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Impress guests this holiday season with flavorful, easy-to-make Bourbon Balls. These sweet and chewy, no-bake confection will have dessert lovers (and especially bourbon fans) swooning. Get creative with tasty toppings—colored sprinkles, granulated sugar, chopped nuts, melting chocolate—for a box of bourbon-flavored beauties that’s perfect for gift giving. Now, grab a bottle of your favorite Kentucky whiskey and get rollin’!
Holiday Bourbon Balls (makes about 4 dozen bourbon balls)
Recipe adapted from the Los Angeles Times Holiday Cookies E-Book
A new crop of sweets-obsessed addicts, “Popaholics,” are taking NYC by storm, one stick at a time.
Down on the corner of Carmine Street and 6th Avenue lives popbar, a vibrant little dessert haven that offers all-natural gelato, sorbetto and frozen yogurt on a stick. With their small-batch artisanal approach, popbar has been breathing new life into the crowded West Village gelato scene since opening in May 2010—and people can’t seem to get enough.
Popbars are handmade fresh daily from the highest quality ingredients (many imported directly from Italy), resulting in a healthy and authentic product that packs a serious flavor punch. In mouthwatering varieties, such as chocolate, coffee, banana, coconut, hazelnut, pistachio, blood orange and mango, all popbars are preservative and gluten free, kosher certified and contain no artificial coloring or sweeteners.
From a girl who definitely knows how authentic Italian gelato should taste, trust me, these pops are delizioso! And the most fun part about popbar? Customizing your very own myPop. You can select any popGelato, popSorbetto or YogurtPop flavor to be dipped in an assortment of chocolates and coated with tasty “poppings,” such as crushed nuts, coconut flakes, coffee grains, biscotti crumbles or brownie chunks—how sweet is that!?
The folks at NearSay.com asked me to meet with and interview popbar owners, Reuben and Daniel, to get a behind-the-scenes taste of what makes popbar so deliciously unique. Well, you certainly don’t have to twist my arm to visit a gelato shop. Check out the video of my fun-filled day with the popbar gang and find out how you can get a free coffee popGelato bar (from now until March 13th)!
Be sure to visit popbar at 5 Carmine Street (@ 6th Avenue), New York NY 10014
Thank you to Reuben, Daniel and Elaine for a very sweet afternoon!
Get ready for some tail-wagging! Your canine companions can get in on all the dairy-filled goodness of National Cheese Lovers Day too. Using the hunk of cheese leftover after making the Vermont Cheddar & Broccoli Soup, I treated my completely spoiled pooch to a batch of drool-worthy Cheddar & Bacon Biscuits.
Cheddar & Bacon Dog Biscuits Recipe (makes about 30 biscuits)
As you get into the holiday spirit this season, don’t forget about man’s best friend! You can let pups get in on all the delicious action without having to eat unhealthy table scraps. This tasty, easy-to-make pumpkin pie biscuit recipe is a perfect treat for Thanksgiving celebrations or any other occasion when you want to spoil your precious pooches.
Pumpkin Pie Dog Biscuits Recipe (makes 2-3 dozen biscuits, depending on cookie cutter size)
Baked sweet potato fries are one of my favorite, easy-to-make fall side dishes. Topped with cinnamon and spice, this sweet and savory accompaniment is a perfect counterpart to many cold-weather entrées. Bursting with high levels of Vitamin A and anti-oxidant Beta-carotene, sweet spuds pack a nutrient-powered punch for dogs too and are known to aid in eyesight health.
This simple recipe is for a delicious dog-friendly version of my baked sweet potato fries (obviously sans the sprinkles of sea salt, black pepper and cayenne that I typically douse my taters with). These flavorful homemade treats are filled with natural goodness and Cooper didn’t hesitate in gobbling them right up.
Sweet Potato Pup Fries Recipe (makes about 1 cup)