This is a picture taken in May at my parents' house in Charleston. This is the French String Beans recipe from the Barefoot Contessa's Barefoot in Paris cookbook. I love this cookbook! We only had a yellow pepper on hand, so I just used one whole yellow pepper instead of 1/2 a red pepper. I've made it with the red bell pepper and either way, it's still a great, light dish perfect for a summer dinner after a day on the beach!
|Before mixing the ingredients to make the dough|
|Letting them dry under the fan|
I also made a Mexican Chocolate Snack Cake for a little party for Chris and his twin, Brad. We decided on a Mexican Fiesta theme, so for dinner Chris' sister-in-law made tacos and we all sipped on margaritas and Victoria beer. By the way, if you have not tried Victoria, it is my new favorite. Definitely worth checking out. This cake is rich, decadent, and spicy. I didn't have Mexican chocolate, so I added an extra 2 oz of baking chocolate and wound up doubling the cayenne pepper (1/2 tsp. instead of 1/4). I also melted a stick of SmartBalance 50/50 Buttery Spread and used this instead of vegetable oil. I like my cake to have a nice buttery flavor! Since one of Chris' brothers doesn't like nuts, only sprinkled them on top of half of the cake, then mixed up the rest of the ingredients for the streusel and poured them on top to bake.
This past Saturday morning I woke up and decided to make some banana muffins since I had a bunch of bananas that were about to go bad and wanted to enjoy them! Banana Nut Bread has always been a favorite of mine, so this was something I made and tasted along the way. I also added 1/2 cup of walnuts in mine and some extra spices. These are only 4 Weight Watchers PointsPlus a piece, and they are a great start to the day!