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Red Vine Licorice Cupcakes

4 Dec

If you’re from the East Coast, it’s very possible you have no idea what a Red Vine is (if you do, I’m sorry for making the assumption about you). I’ll give you a chance to guess before I change your taste buds forever…did you guess yet?…no?…okay, I’ll tell you! A Red Vine is the ultimate chewy red licorice! Sure, you might now be saying to yourself “I eat Twizzlers and they are delicious,” but I’m here to tell you that Twizzlers have nothing on Red Vines! Here are my favorite things about Red Vines: they are chewy and not waxy like Twizzlers, they can be an instant yummy straw when you bite off the ends and they taste so good when they get really hard and stale! If you think I’m the only one obsessed with Red Vines, I once read a great quote from a fellow Red Vine lover: “No comparison, red vines rule. Twizzlers taste like wax. If you want flavor, Red Vines are the way to go. If you want a mouth full of wax, chew on a birthday candle and save your money.”

So it was a no-brainer to use Red Vines when my I decided to alter a recipe that my sister sent me for Chocolate Cherry Cola Cupcakes with Red Licorice Filling from a 2010 episode of Cupcake Wars on the Food Network. Please please please do not use Twizzlers in place of Red Vines! Just check out the “WHERE TO FIND RED VINES” tab on Red Vines official website and pick up a bag (or two). Continue reading


Chocolate Galore!

23 Nov

I’m your basic chocolate lover! I love to eat and bake sweet chocolate desserts like chocolate chip cookies, brownies and ganache and sometimes, I even experiment with savory chocolate dishes like chili and pasta. So when I saw that Breezy’s, my favorite baking supply store, offered a class where I could learn how to take my chocolate obsession to the next level, I was in! After a long day with my son home sick from school, it was such a pleasure to go to Breezy’s for the Chocolate Galore class with instructor Robin Muchnick. When I got there, I was pleasantly surprised to find an organized set up of silicone molds, transfer sheets, bowls of colored sugar and sparkle, and other exciting treats that I would soon be filling and covering with chocolate. Just remember that the chocolate tips I’m going to share with you don’t even cover half of what you can learn when you actually take the class, but they will give you a taste (no pun intended).  Continue reading

Vegetarian “Frito” Pie

6 Nov

My sister, Francine, is visiting from Seattle and I wanted to make something special for dinner that would really impress her. Not too long ago, she mentioned a recipe she had seen on TV but was “too lazy to make” called Frito Pie. Sounds good, right? Unfortunately, Fritos are under questionable Kosher supervision so we improvised by buying every available bag of kosher corn chip on the market. I chose to make a vegetarian chili so I could enjoy some real cheese verses making a meat chili with fake cheese. What a waste that would have been! The rest really speaks for itself so check it out. Continue reading

Feature Friday is Here!

31 Aug

Who’s ready for Feature Friday? Submit your favorite unique and interesting recipes for the chance to be featured on Kitchen Tested!

Every Friday, a new recipe will be posted on Kitchen Tested but it won’t be one of my adventurous concoctions. It’ll be YOURS! All you have to do is send me an email with your own kitchen tested recipe, along with some pictures of your cooking process, and submit it to Each week, I will choose a new submission to be featured and it could be yours! Don’t worry if your recipe doesn’t make the cut right away because you could be next in line.

The first guest recipe will be posted on Friday, September 16th.

Basic information you will need to submit a recipe:

1. A recipe that is uniquely yours

2. A story behind the recipe

3. Measurements and clear directions

4. A picture of the finished product and possibly some step-by-step pictures along the way

5. Bio of the author and picture, if available

6. Link to your website, Twitter, and/or Facebook page, if available

I can’t wait to receive your submissions and start reading all of your individual and exciting recipes! Good luck.

S’mores in the Kitchen

30 Aug

Check out my latest guest blog post, S’mores in the Kitchen, on Cook Kosher!

Roasted Poblano and Heirloom Tomato Salsa

14 Aug

For years, I’ve been watching Bobby Flay on the Food Network as he cooks poblano peppers every way he knows how. He chars the skin over an open fire, stuffs them with cheese, mixes them in chili’s and dips, and all the while, I watch in awe! I go the local grocery store but I never find fresh poblano peppers so I just move on and skip the bookmarked recipes I’ve been itching to make and forget all about them…Then one day, I walked in to a fruit and vegetable market that I had never entered before and there they were, piled one on top of another in rich green glory. They cried out to me saying “buy me, buy me!” so I knew that fate had brought us together and I bought a huge bag filled with talking poblano peppers. I brought the peppers home and I immediately searched around my vegetable drawer for accompaniments so I could get cooking right away. Luckily, I had just received the most beautiful CSA-style package of fresh vegetables and herbs from Gilt Taste and my fridge was packed with healthy green goodies. It didn’t take long for me to get started.   Continue reading

Finger Lime Cupcakes

25 Jul

No, finger limes are not made from real fingers (thanks for Facebook comment, Mayer).  This rare and tiny lime, nicknamed the “caviar lime,” is a very special citrus fruit unlike anything you’ve had before. Not only is a finger lime only 3-inches in size but inside you will find round pearls of citrus that pop on your tongue like caviar. In short, they are so cool!

Here you are looking at a finger lime next to a standard lime. Amazing, isn’t it?!? If you are wondering where you can buy finger limes, check out the Gilt Taste produce section. The funniest part was that I didn’t realize how small they were when I ordered them and when the box came, I received 60 teeny-tiny limes in a small box.  Continue reading