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The Puff Pastry Trio

You know there is a set of recipes buried in your Pinterest boards that you’ve wanted to do for a long long time? Well, this Puff Pastry treat definitely falls into that category. I took the recipe by Teri and Jenny from Spoon Fork Bacon and gave it a twist. I went on vacation back in early September, and one of the things I brought back from the states were cooking goodies: I got some spice mills from Whole Foods Market, including one that I’m using here that has Sugar, Cocoa and Chili flakes, and as suggested there it goes on top of baked goodies. I also got some Biscoff spread. I wanted to know what the fuss was all about and man, was the fussing all true. It is like a spreadable cookie… it’s just *so* good. Glad I used them up both together in this recipe. Also, I got to use a local Jelly made out of Coffee Cherries that I just tried a couple of weeks ago at Dieseldorff Kaffee. All around, an amazing set of ingredients that were a huge hit!

Since I had one pound of puff pastry, I used half for a set of puff pastry strips, and the other half I divided it in two and paired it with the Nutella and the Biscoff Spread thinking those were not going to be so popular. You know how popular where they? I baked them Saturday morning, and by sunday night they were gone! Dad says that these are definitely Dad-approved. I might have to bake some again. Sooner than later.

The beauty of this recipe, is that it’s so quick to prepare, you can prepare it in case you’re having unexpected guests one afternoon. You can get the puff pastry from a pastry shop and not have to about preparing it yourself. And, if you don’t have Coffee Cherry Jelly, Nutella or Biscoff, you can replace them with any Jelly or Jam you have at hand!

Kitty

The Puff Pastry Trio

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

This is my first recipe this year using pumpkin puree.  It’s basically a standard chocolate chip cookie, flavored with pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice.  This spice mixture is not really available in Guatemala, but it can be made by mixing cinnamon, ginger, cloves, allspice and nutmeg.  Go with 3 tablespoons of cinnamon, 2 teaspoons of powdered ginger, 2 teaspoons of cloves and 1 ½ teaspoons each of ground allspice and ground nutmeg.  I got the recipe for the spice mix from My Baking Addiction.

My family really enjoyed this recipe, and my daughter is excited about us beginning to make “Halloween stuff”, but I have to warn you that because of the added pumpkin, the texture of the cookie is soft rather than crunchy. However, you will not be disappointed with the flavor.   So, let’s kick off the holiday season then!

Helga

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Chicken, Blueberry & Mozzarella Salad

I absolutely love Mondays after the Sunday’s Farmers Market. On the second and last Sunday of every month, Saúl Farmers Market opens its doors. The second Sunday, at Miraflores, and the last Sunday at Paseo Cayalá. This is a great event, where merchants from all over gather to offer the best: from handmade goods to produce… you have it all. It just so happens, that with Helga we decided to make a fun day out of it. We got together for breakfast, along with Kiki, Helga’s mom and sister, and then we went to the Farmers Market to get some goodies and paid a visit to my mom, who had a stand there.

We were excited, mostly because we were going to get some fresh blueberries. There’s plenty of production here, but most of them are for exporting to the U.S., and at the Farmers Market, there’s a family that sells great produce: blueberries, raspberries, zucchini and mushrooms. Both Helga and myself got some blueberries, and I also picked up some coconut oil and fresh mozzarella. The next day, when the time to grab some lunch came around, I got the idea for a fresh blueberry salad, so here is a Foodies’ Original – with tons of flavor!

Hope you like it as much as I did!

Kitty

Chicken, Blueberry & Mozzarella Salad

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Foodies Freebie: October 2013 Wallpaper Collection

Fall is here! Fall is here! Well, for us in Guate it means that the rains will decrease and the air will get crisp… And for our readers in the north, the colors start to change: the greens turn to orange, red and brown to prepare for the winter snow.

logo_websiteFall means that we can officially can start planning for all the end-of-year celebrations. It’s no secret that we love pumpkin, and this year we are planning to give you a few more recipes. We have a gorgeous set of pumpkins featured as on our wallpaper collection, and this gorgeous picture was taken by Susan Ochaeta, from Andie.M Design Shop. Not only she’s a great designer, she’s also an amazing photographer. She sent us many amazing pictures to choose from, but this one was the one we both fell in love with.

All of our desktops are iOS7 and Retina display friendly. Feel free to download them all and spread the word about Susan’s great work!

Kitty & Helga

October 2013 Wallpaper Collection

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