Welcome to the 100th post on Just a Taste! It’s been nine months since I launched the site, and what began as a way to record my family’s century-old recipes has turned into an undying passion for the creativity involved in making, photographing and describing food. To me, there is no simpler pleasure.
So here’s to hoping for a successful next round of 100! In honor of this milestone I’ve listed below The Top 10 most popular recipes on the site. Thank you for joining me on just a taste of my culinary adventure and stay tuned for what’s coming up next!
Toasted bran. Pureed dates. Whole wheat flour. Probably tastes like cardboard, right? Think again! This recipe has actually accomplished the often sought after yet rarely achieved combination of healthy and delicious.
My mom, Noni, adapted this recipe from a pastry served at La Brea Bakery, using pureed dates in place of raisins. But don’t let the healthy ingredients fool you, these muffins pack a ton of flavor and are incredibly moist thanks to the fruit puree. Best of all, you can toast the bran and re-hydrate the dates the night before you bake them, which makes these deliciously figure-friendly muffins the perfect breakfast on the go.
Just a Taste’s Lava Cakes with Red Raspberry Sauce recipe is today’s featured image of the day on Food Porn Daily. The site showcases drool-worthy (and safe for work) images of every food imaginable, so check it out for some of the tastiest photography around!
Chocolate craving kick in yet? Bake up a batch of my quick-fix Lava Cakes with Red Raspberry Sauce
Welcome to my first ever fish fry! This recipe represents a big milestone in my slowly growing culinary repertoire, as it’s the first time I’ve ever attempted to cook fish. And I’m proud to report that with Sandra Lee’s help, it turned out to be a great success.
I stuck to the basics with this recipe because it seemed to be both easy on my culinary skill set and on my wallet. Sandra Lee, host of Food Network’s Money Saving Meals, serves up her Pan Fried Tilapia with sauteed edamame, but I decided to take her side dish a step further and toss in yellow corn for a simple succotash. I made four generous servings of fish and a seasonal side with a grocery bill of just $22.97 … in New York City. Sayonara Filet-O-Fish.
Move over Magnolia, there’s a new cupcake in town. And you don’t even have to be in New York to sink your teeth into one of Saint Cupcake’s heaven-sent sweets. I had the chance to sample three different flavors after Just a Taste was selected by the Foodie Blogroll to receive a Saint Cupcake Kit. These all-in-one boxes ($21 per kit) ship straight to your front door and come stuffed with your choice of 8 different cupcakes, 4 types of icing and a whole host of colorful candy toppings.
I mixed up my favorite flavors to create the following (pictured above, left to right): Vanilla Toffee Cupcake with Hot Chocolate Icing, Chocolate Cupcake with Buttercream Icing and Vanilla Chocolate Chip Cupcake with Vegan Chocolate Icing.
See more pics after the jump and find out if this shipment of sugar is really worth the splurge …