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

Creamy Edamame and Pea Hummus

Creamy Edamame and Pea Hummus #recipe

Quick site update! In my constant quest to better serve your cooking and entertaining needs,  I’ll now be posting on Mondays and Thursdays, rather than Wednesdays and Fridays. It’s my hope that sharing content earlier in the week will give you added time to plan for the week and weekend ahead. And now that the boring stuff is out of the way, we can move on to that creamy, healthy, hearty bowl of deliciousness above…

I’m a big fan of a edamame when they’re served hot and topped with a sprinkle of salt and a squeeze of fresh citrus, which got me thinking, “Why not turn those flavors into a dippable, dunkable, spreadable snack?” And thus Creamy Edamame and Pea Hummus was born.

Edamame and peas join forces with fresh garlic and a pinch of cumin, while a drizzle of tahini lends a smooth finish to this quick and creamy snack. Serve the hummus alongside your choice of fresh veggies or crispy crackers, or spread it on a sandwich for a hearty, healthy condiment with a kick.

Creamy Edamame and Pea Hummus #recipe

Creamy Edamame and Pea Hummus #recipe

Thai Chicken Pasta Salad

Thai Chicken Pasta Salad #recipe

Ramen noodles? Check. Homemade peanut sauce? Check. Fresh veggies and diced chicken? Double check. Thai Chicken Pasta Salad gets my vote for a dish that does double duty by delivering maximum flavor on minimum budget.

If you’re ready to take ramen noodles beyond the soup bowl, head on over to the Better Homes and Gardens Delish Dish blog, where I’m serving up this quick and easy recipe for Thai Chicken Pasta Salad with a few flavor-packed twists (hello, crushed red pepper flakes!). And if you’re ready to keep cruising on the Thai food train, don’t miss my recipe for Easy Pad Thai with Chicken.

Chocolate Swirl Banana Bread

Chocolate Swirl Banana Bread #recipe

A freezer full of overripe bananas can lead to many a wondrous thing, from Banana Nut Pancakes to Banana Granola Muffins. But perhaps the greatest outcome resulting from the almost-past-its-prime produce is the one, the only, banana bread.

Everyone’s favorite quick bread is getting a sweet makeover with this recipe for the best-ever Chocolate Swirl Banana Bread, which stars a buttermilk banana bread batter swirled with thick ribbons of melted chocolate. Of course we all know the only thing better than a warm slice of banana bread is a warm slice of banana bread that’s joined forces with a bag of chocolate chips. And I’ll leave you with one final thought for consideration…

Leftover bananas → Chocolate Swirl Banana Bread.

Leftover Chocolate Swirl Banana Bread → Banana Bread French Toast. #makeithappen 

Chocolate Swirl Banana Bread #recipe

Chocolate Swirl Banana Bread #recipe

Tips for the Best Homemade Potato Chips

Tips for the Best Homemade Potato Chips

March Madness is in full swing, which means gameday snacking is nearing its seasonal peak. While chicken wings, nachos, pizza and soft pretzels are bound to fire up the crowd, it’s hard to beat the salty crunch of a batch of hot homemade potato chips.

If you’re ready for a snacktime slam-dunk, then head on over to KitchenAid’s blog, The Kitchenthusiast, where I’m serving up my top tips for homemade potato chip success, plus my go-to barbecue potato chip seasoning mix.

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