culinary exploration

Follow me through the adventures that take place in my kitchen, in restaurants or in other kitchens. Cooking and food are my passions and I want to share my experiences of cooking, baking and eating with you.
I'm a Greek self-taught cook who lives in Chicago. I learned a lot about cooking from both of my grandmothers, my mom and dad, family and friends. Passing on timeless traditions through food is one thing I strive to do in life.

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Posts tagged chocolate

Nov 30
noraleah:

Salted caramel stuffed chocolate crinkle cookies (via gastrogirl)
I’m in the mood for a little holiday baking….

Ummmm… YES!  

noraleah:

Salted caramel stuffed chocolate crinkle cookies (via gastrogirl)

I’m in the mood for a little holiday baking….

Ummmm… YES!  


Jan 26
vneckandacardigan:

Homemade Snickers Bars
I don’t know that a more beautiful photograph has ever existed.

Amazing.

vneckandacardigan:

Homemade Snickers Bars

I don’t know that a more beautiful photograph has ever existed.

Amazing.


Aug 18
(via vneckandacardigan) 
OATMEAL PEANUT BUTTER SQUARES
Must make these ASAP!

(via vneckandacardigan

OATMEAL PEANUT BUTTER SQUARES

Must make these ASAP!


Jan 20

Dec 14
This chocolate gingerbread bars recipe from Martha is super easy… I bet they turn out super tasty too!

This chocolate gingerbread bars recipe from Martha is super easy… I bet they turn out super tasty too!


My coffee and doughnuts dessert from Japonais.
The beignets were filled with chocolate and chesnuts (homemade Nutella in my opinion) and were coated with cinnamon sugar & dusted with powdered sugar.  Too bad I could only manage to almost eat one of them.  They were HUGE! 
I did, however, manage to finish off the green tea semifreddo.  It was like green tea whipped cream y’all and it was heaven in my mouth! 

My coffee and doughnuts dessert from Japonais.

The beignets were filled with chocolate and chesnuts (homemade Nutella in my opinion) and were coated with cinnamon sugar & dusted with powdered sugar.  Too bad I could only manage to almost eat one of them.  They were HUGE! 

I did, however, manage to finish off the green tea semifreddo.  It was like green tea whipped cream y’all and it was heaven in my mouth! 


Oct 7

Ohhhhh my… talk about chocolate peanut butter heaven!

Deemed “Better Than Crack” Brownies - they are dangerously addictive.  I prefer calling them Three Layer Brownies because that’s what they are!  A bottom layer of fudgey, chewy brownies.  A middle layer of a mix of salty chopped nuts and chopped Reese’s peanut butter cups.  And finally, a top layer of chocolate peanut butter krispie treats. 

I saw the recipe on How Sweet It Is and decided this was the perfect treat to make my Tumblr Eat Up buddy.  You know a dessert is going to be good when the recipe post on the food blog you found it on starts with an apology: “I’m sorry for doing this to you…” 

"Better Than Crack" or Three Layer Brownies

1 batch brownies (boxed mix or any recipe for home made brownies will work)
1/2 c. salted peanuts
1 c. chopped Reese’s peanut butter cups
1 1/2 c. milk chocolate chips
1 1/2 c. creamy peanut butter
1/2 T. butter
1 1/2 c. Rice Krispies Cereal

Mix brownies according to directions, and bake for 20-25 minutes in a greased 9x13 baking dish. Remove and top with peanuts and peanut butter cups, and bake for 4-6 minutes more.

While they are finishing baking, melt chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter. Stir in cereal. Remove brownies from oven and evenly pour chocolate mixture over top.

Refrigerate for 2 hours before serving.

The worst part?  The refrigerate for 2 hours part.  It is a MUST because it’s the only way the chocolate peanut butter rice krispie layer will set.  But it is pure TORTURE.  Here you are, your kitchen smelling like fudge and peanut butter… and you have to wait HOURS before indulging!  :) 

You have to try this recipe.  However, proceed with caution.  You can’t say you weren’t warned!!


Sep 16
vneckandacardigan:

edatrix:

peanut butter blondies with chocolate ganache.

What she said.

Ditto. 

vneckandacardigan:

edatrix:

peanut butter blondies with chocolate ganache.

What she said.

Ditto. 


Sep 15
vneckandacardigan:

Chocolate Bacon Cupcakes with Maple Frosting

I know I’ve been reblogging you a lot latetly - but I can’t pass up a chocolate + bacon recipe!  :)  Thanks for sharing this deliciousness! 

vneckandacardigan:

Chocolate Bacon Cupcakes with Maple Frosting

I know I’ve been reblogging you a lot latetly - but I can’t pass up a chocolate + bacon recipe!  :)  Thanks for sharing this deliciousness! 


Aug 18
noraleah:

Salted butter chocolate chip cookies via nadia-muses
Flavor Pairings I Am Fond Of:
Salt + avocado
Salt + tomatoes
Salt + cucumbers
Salt + eggs
Salt + nuts
Salt + caramel
Salt + chocolate
Salt + salt (kidding! just checking to see if you’re paying attention)
Ergo … I shall be making these cookies immediately.

mmmmmmm!!!! 

noraleah:

Salted butter chocolate chip cookies via nadia-muses

Flavor Pairings I Am Fond Of:

  • Salt + avocado
  • Salt + tomatoes
  • Salt + cucumbers
  • Salt + eggs
  • Salt + nuts
  • Salt + caramel
  • Salt + chocolate
  • Salt + salt (kidding! just checking to see if you’re paying attention)

Ergo … I shall be making these cookies immediately.

mmmmmmm!!!! 


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