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Brown Butter Crispy Treats

Brown Butter Crispy Treats? There are dishes you don’t mess around with, the originals are just perfect. After decades and thousands of people preparing the recipe, why on earth would you change it? A dessert made from Rice Krispies cereal bound together with a mixture of melted butter, melted marshmallows and vanilla. A classic! The marshmallows are melted with the butter, you add the vanilla, then the rice cereal. The mixture is stirred well to combine all and is then turned into a buttered pan, usually square, then let sit. When firm, they are cut into squares. The treats, were first called Marshmallow Squares, and were created by two Kellogg’s employees, Malitta Jensen and Mildred Day in 1939. Some literature suggests that these treats were developed to promote the cereal at a fundraising treat for a Campfire girls group (whom had the most famous marshmallows brand back in the day).

Now, after I prepared Deb’s Brown Butter & Hazelnut Cake, I was hooked on Brown Butter. Then.. it hit me. I either read something on Twitter or Instagram about Brown Butter and Crispy Treats. So simple, yet with so much potential. I searched online and found this recipe from Deb as well (Smitten Kitchen is awesome). So, I went to get my ingredients. Fresh butter definitely makes better recipes. Now, I took pictures for all the stages of the brown butter so you can see the color changes: yellow, to bubbles, to foam and then… the magic happens: a nutty smell with golden brown color. Make sure you stay watching the pot. The golden brown color can easily burn. Now, an additional tip. Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve known that mini marshmallows are much better when preparing treats, since they melt much faster and better. So make sure you use mini marshmallows if you have them available.

These crispy treats lasted less than the usual tray, so you know they are really good. The nutty flavor from the browned butter makes them over the top delicious! So now, take those extra 5 minutes (tops) to brown the butter and enjoy!

Kitty

Brown Butter Rice Crispies Treats

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Foodies Freebie: April 2014 Wallpaper Collection

With summer, we are constantly trying to keep hydrated, and Susan from Andie.M Design Shop shared a unique drink she loves: raspberries, mint, lemon and water. Lately we are loving everything that’s fresh, from the smoothies we’re posting so frequently, the Hibiscus infused Vinegar for our salads up to our desserts.

We went to the Saúl Farmers’ Market this last weekend and we saw plenty of new and fresh ideas for cool drinks and recipes for summer. How about a pineapple, orange and celery smoothie? Or maybe a pineapple and dragon fruit one? We will share more of our smoothies this month, as well as some new recipes we’ve been testing!

You can download our Wallpaper Collection for your desktop or laptop with the calendar in spanish, english or without calendar, as well as for the iPad and iPhone. Bellow each picture you’ll find a button that will take you to a new tab with the picture that it points to. We hope you enjoy them!

Kitty & Helga

Foodies Freebie: April 2014 Wallpaper Collection

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Rhubarb Berry Crumble

We know you know. You know we know. We have been slacking on the posts, but fear not our readers, we are definitely picking things up around here. Take this gorgeous Rhubarb Berry Crumble. Summer is definitely here. This is the time when you make Cold Brewed Coffee by batches and drink lemonade by the pitcher.  During summer days, we want more fruit in our desserts. This, because, fruit as a dessert is so much refreshing than a chocolate cake.

I had little rhubarb left in the freezer, and just enough strawberries and blueberries to make a medley so rich that you will get seconds. Use a fruit combination you love, for me it was time for the blueberries and strawberries to meet rhubarb in a dessert. I even thought of adding mango, but that will be for a future post.

Now, I modified the original recipe, mixing up the fruit (and increasing its amount as well), adding a bit more sugar as the rhubarb is not as sweet as the rest of them, replaced the butter with coconut oil (absolutely loved the result) and last but not least, added some almonds for a crunch. Later when it was in the oven, I thought about poppy seeds. Mental note taken, as I will try it the next time.

I served this dessert after taking it out of the oven, but if you make it ahead, you can reheat it for a few minutes in your oven so its warm and toasty. Also, make sure to serve it with vanilla ice cream. You will be the star of the party.

Kitty

Rhubarb Berry Crumble

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Nectarine Pineapple Smoothie

You know how some smoothies are all you need for breakfast? This Nectarine Pineapple Smoothie makes a great one to start-up your day, but make sure to carry around a snack for mid-morning. However, I found it perfect to have it after working out. This smoothie is packed with Vitamin C and definitely hydrates me back after an hour session of yoga.

This smoothie is easy to prepare as the rest of the ones we publish, and definitely gets its sweetness from the fruit, so make sure that the fruit you use is ripe enough. If you don’t find a very tasteful pineapple, you can add ½ tablespoon of honey. That should give it a sweet taste and an energy kick!

Kitty

Nectarine Pineapple Smoothie

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