Individual Fruit and Brownie Trifles

Individual Fruit and Brownie Trifles #recipe

Say it with me now: brownie croutons, brownie croutons, brownie croutons.

Chewy, crispy, fudgy cubes of bite-sized chocolate perfection. Toss them into fruit salad, skewer them on a stick, sprinkle them atop a cake or, perhaps my favorite use of all, layer them with whipped cream and fresh fruit in these Individual Fruit and Brownie Trifles.

Individual Fruit and Brownie Trifles #recipe

While brownie croutons have stolen my heart, the real emphasis here is the individual aspect of this easy, yet impressive dessert. I’m none too shy to express my enthusiasm for no-sharing-required desserts. (See: Salted Caramel Apple Hand Pies.) So when it comes to the trio of dark chocolate, homemade whipped cream and fresh fruit, you better believe your spoon isn’t coming near my glass.

Feel free to mix and match your serving dishes for added visual flair, be it a variety of wine glasses, cocktail glasses or even mason jars for sealable sweets to eat on the go. 

Individual Fruit and Brownie Trifles #recipe

Individual Fruit and Brownie Trifles #recipe

Artichoke Flatbread

Artichoke Flatbread #recipe

By the time the weekend rolls around, my fridge is usually packed with random leftover odds and ends from a week’s worth of recipe development and testing. What survives past Friday almost always goes into Saturday’s salad. But now I can find one more way to indulge my pizza passion with my latest feature over on the Better Homes and Gardens Delish Dish blog: Artichoke Flatbread.

If you’re ready for a clean-out-the-fridge feast, then Artichoke Flatbread is going to help you make the most of that extra asparagus spear, spare slice of tomato, single slice of soppressata and whatever else is looking lonely and in need of a flatbread friend. So preheat your oven and head on over to the Delish Dish for this quick-fix Artichoke Flatbread recipe, then keep the cheese-topped carb train rolling with a few of my favorite pizza recipes below!

Pepperoni Pizza Pull-Apart Bread

Pepperoni Pizza Pull-Apart Bread #recipe

Garlicky Kale and Bacon Pizza

Garlicky Kale and Bacon Pizza from justataste.com #recipe

30-Minute Barbecue Chicken Pizza

30-Minute Barbecue Chicken Pizza #recipe

Caramelized Balsamic Onion and Gruyere Pizza

Caramelized Balsamic Onion and Gruyere Pizza #recipe

Asparagus and Ricotta Pizza

Shaved Asparagus and Ricotta Pizza #recipe
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Marinated Goat Cheese with Fresh Herbs

Marinated Goat Cheese with Fresh Herbs #recipe

Cheese, herbs, olive oil. What more could you need to get your next party started? This three-ingredient stroke of appetizer genius was another key takeaway from the cooking program I recently attended in Paris.

Marinated Goat Cheese with Fresh Herbs gives simple flavors the chance to shine, which means the better quality ingredients you use, the better this easy appetizer will taste. So feel free to splurge on your favorite fresh goat cheese, and go ahead and reach a tad higher for that top-shelf EVOO.

Read on for the recipe, plus a few snapshots of some of my favorite Parisian sights and snacks… 

Honey Balsamic Baked Chicken Thighs

Honey Balsamic Baked Chicken Thighs #recipe

Ah, chicken thighs. One of the most underrated ingredients, if you ask me. They’re cost effective, full of flavor and pretty darn hard to mess up when it comes to achieving a fall-off-the-bone feast. Add a marinade-turned-glaze to the mix and this recipe for Honey Balsamic Baked Chicken Thighs is the newest addition to my weeknight recipe repertoire.

Sweet meets tangy in this flavor-packed entrée, which begins with an overnight marinade starring fresh ginger, garlic, soy sauce, honey, balsamic vinegar and sliced scallions. After a long soak, the chicken thighs head into the oven for the secret one-two punch when it comes to perfectly cooking poultry: You bake, and then you broil. Finish it all off with a sticky glaze, and all this easy make-ahead meal is missing is a fork and your favorite side dish

Honey Balsamic Baked Chicken Thighs #recipe

Honey Balsamic Baked Chicken Thighs #recipe

Pineapple Carrot Cake with
Cream Cheese Frosting

Pineapple Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting #recipe

You can now enjoy both your fruits and your veggies all in one serving … of cake. Call me crazy, but I’m pretty sure that information falls under the win-win category. And that is exactly where this easy recipe for Pineapple Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting should be filed.

If you hate really moist cakes, then we should probably part ways at this point. Because this cake has mastered a moist crumb with a dense texture and the full flavor of pineapple and carrots. And did I mention there’s no butter involved? That is, until we get to the tangy bowl-licking-worthy cream cheese frosting. But I couldn’t stop there. Someone cue the kitchen twine, candy melts, piping bags and pastry tips!

Pineapple Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting #recipe

As it turns out, cutting a 9-by-13-inch cake into carrot-shaped pieces requires a strong understanding of geometry. Either that, or Tetris. So rather than start slicing away until you reach that “oh crud” moment, I’ve devised a nifty trick: Use kitchen twine to outline and adjust your cuts prior to slicing.

You can follow the pattern I’ve outlined above to get 10 carrot-shaped slices with a few scraps left over for your favorite taste tester. What’s that? Your favorite taste tester is you? Hey! We’re twins! Now go preheat your oven and get ready to flex those mental muscles for Pineapple Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting. It’s a workout for the mind and the body. 

Pineapple Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting #recipe

Pineapple Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting #recipe