Today, we have Kim from Cravings of a Lunatic. We had the chance to meet at Food Blog Forum a few years ago and have kept in touch ever since! I participated in Kim’s cancer awareness recipes from the heart, food blog hop last summer sharing my recipe for spicy beef sliders. Today, Kim shares with us her no-bake recipe for Raspberry Fool.

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Hello there Katie’s Cucina readers. I’m pleased as punch to be here today. When Katie asked for guest posters for her maternity leave I was honoured to be included. I adore this gal. There’s just some folks you meet trough blogging that you instantly love. Katie is one of those people. Kind, caring and so incredibly talented.

Since you’re here my guess is you know all that. You know Katie is awesome. She’s also a great planner. I think it’s a cool thing that she invited her friends to guest post while she spends some much-needed time being a mommy. Honestly there is no greater gift in the world than becoming a parent. I know Katie is going to be the most amazing Mom, and I look forward to following along as pregnancy photos make way for baby photos. So excited for Katie and Jon, this will be their best adventure yet.

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I dreamed up a ton of recipe ideas for the post. Obsessive compulsive is my middle name, I tend to get really stressed out for guest posts. I never know whether to be serious so I don’t freak out someone else’s readers, or whether I should just be myself, which involves being a bit of a spaz. Hopefully I find some middle ground today.

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When I can’t sleep I tend to spend huge amounts of time on pinterest. I love Pinterest, more than life itself most days. I enjoy using it for work and personally as well. It’s my down time at the end of the day. So one night I was cruising Pinterest, pinning everything from cute men, to DIY project ideas, to recipes. I happened upon this Raspberry Fool recipe from Martha Stewart. It was not the recipe itself that drew me in, it was the presentation. Her Tangy Raspberry Fool photo that was stunning. I knew I wanted to try the technique to swirl the raspberry mixture.

Raspberry Fool by Cravings of a Lunatic

Fool is something we make quite often. It’s easy and my daughter loves it. She hates cream cheese so when I make no bake cheesecake recipes for my site I tend to make a couple without cream cheese. That way Mini-me is happy and gets her fool, but we still get to have lots of no bake cheesecakes. It’s a total win-win.

Fool is super easy to make, the recipes are all very similar. Essentially it’s cream, confectioners’ sugar and fruit. You can mix up the fruit, you can add nuts or granola to it. For me I like it as plain as possible. Let the fruit stand out as the star.

Raspberry Fool

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 4-6

Raspberry Fool

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces frozen raspberries, thawed
  • 1/2 cup sugar, or vanilla sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, or vanilla salt
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar

Directions

  1. Combine the raspberries, sugar and salt in a blender, or food processor with the chopping blade. Turn on pulse or puree for about 1 to 2 minutes. You want the sugar to dissolve and the raspberries to become as smooth as possible. Now pour the raspberry mixture through a fine sieve, and discard any seeds caught in it. It helps to use the back of a spoon to press the berries into the sieve. It will make the process faster.
  2. In a stand mixer (or large bowl and hand mixer) whip the heavy cream and the confectioners' sugar. Start slow until it thickens slightly, then amp the speed up to high. Whisk on high until stiff peaks form, which will take about 3 to 4 minutes.
  3. Take decorative glasses and alternate adding the whipping cream mixture and the raspberry mixture. Once you fill the glasses take a knife or wooden skewer and swirl and pull so the mixture starts to show patterns. I found pushing the skewer down in a rapid movement worked really well for the fun lines down the sides.
  4. Top with extra whipping cream and raspberries for garnish if desired.
  5. You can serve these immediately or pop them in the fridge for about an hour. If you're going for the dramatic look serve them as close to making them as possible. The longer they sit in the fridge the more the color becomes muted and not as striking.
  6. Serve with a big old raspberry smile!
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I hope you like these. I’m a total fool fanatic. I make it every chance I get. Feel free to experiment and play with flavours. Use what you love and you can never go wrong.

Thanks so much to Katie for having me today. It was a total pleasure spending the day in the Cucina.

Feel free to stop by my blogs to check them out. I blog at Cravings of a Lunatic, and also Kiss My Smoke. I’m a pinterest spaz and have also recently become obsessed with instagram. I have no idea what I’m doing but with 2 kids, 3 cats, a puppy and a horse I never run out of photo material. Occasionally I even toss some food photos up just to keep things interesting.

Toodles and smoochies! xx


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Have you procrastinated on the Christmas shopping this year, like I have? Christmas is next week which is crazy talk to me. Luckily, I’ve gotten most of my shopping done, but I still have a few last minute things I need to pick up. Today, I’m sharing with you a must-have last minute Christmas gift that everyone should go pick up for that family member or friend that is on the go but still wants a hot breakfast. I introduce to you the Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker. I’m gonna tell you now, when I first learned about this sandwich maker at Blogher Food I was skeptical. But then they showed me how it worked, and even made me an egg white breakfast sandwich to try and I was hooked. So hooked, that I brought all my friends over to their booth. Watch the video for yourself and see how easy it is to make custom breakfast sandwiches at home!

The breakfast sandwich maker showed up at our doorstep at the most appropriate time ever… right when I was in my early stages of pregnancy and battling 24-7 morning sickness. Prior to be pregnant I made my husband breakfast almost every morning. That quickly changed once I was pregnant, in need of more sleep, and well too sick to go make him breakfast let alone myself. I taught him how to use it once, and that was it… he was in love instantly knowing that he could still have hot breakfast sandwiches every morning. Of course he had to do a little leg work now to get his breakfast, and even better while he was waiting for his sandwich to cook he would make me a smoothie and bring it to my nigh stand just for me!

So you might be wondering, what is the most common breakfast sandwich my husband loves to make? Ham, Egg and cheese on a corn english muffin! Over the past month I’ve made my fair share of egg white, spinach, and boursin cheese breakfast sandwiches also on a corn english muffin!

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I know, you might be thinking why does someone need yet another kitchen gadget? Well, first off it makes a hot breakfast sandwich in 5 minutes or less. You can use your own ingredients so that means the sky is the limit, and all removable parts are dishwasher safe. It’s small too, so you don’t have to worry about it taking up too much space in the kitchen or cabinets. We have had this breakfast sandwich maker for a few months now. Have easily made a few dozen breakfast sandwiches on it. There is no sign of wear and tear… it looks just as new as the day we got it. The removable parts have kept up fine in the dishwasher. The only thing I wish this breakfast sandwich maker had is a built in timer. But since we own like 5 that’s not a big deal breaker for me. You just have to remember to set a timer or else you’ll be guessing if your sandwich is done or not!

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Last week, after I shared my Tropical Ham Salad Sandwich recipe I promised their would be a cookbook giveaway coming up. The National Pork Board has given me 4 hard copies of the Cooking For Comfort cookbook to giveaway to 4 lucky readers! Wait for the rafflecopter widget to load (or click on the link below) and enter to win! Giveaway open to US residents 18+. Giveaway ends at 11:59pm 12/18/2013.

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This is a sponsored post brought to you by Michael Angelo’s Gourmet Meals.

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Some of you might remember, that last year, my husband and I spent 17 days in Europe. During our 17 days we spent a good week in Italy. I still dream about our days spent their. It was just as magical as everyone says it is. I realize I did a horrible job sharing with my loyal readers. Maybe I will share more of my trip to Italy in 2014!

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Julie, from The Little Kitchen, joined last year’s winners on the amazing trip last month. Head on over to her blog to read all about part 1 of her trip. You might be wondering why a food blogger would be writing about frozen food? Well, let’s get real. There are days and sometimes even weeks that I don’t feel like cooking! Gasp! I know. But on those days, I reach into my freezer and pull out a Michael Angelo’s frozen meal. I simply love them! I love that they taste fresh and full of flavor. I always keep at least one family-size Eggplant Parmesan’s in the freezers as well as an individual Eggplant Parmesan, Chicken Parmesan, and Shrimp Scampi on hand for the days when I don’t have lunch for work.

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Handmade Holidays Bake, Craft & Sew Along

Today, I’m participating in the Handmade Holidays Bake, Craft & Sew Along! It’s a month long festivity full of all things handmade and perfect timing for the holidays! I’m sharing this delectable recipe for Hello Dolly Bars over at a Southern Fairytale. Oh and did I mention I’m also sharing a super simple craft project over at According to Kelly as well?

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I make these bars every year and hand them out to family, friends, and neighbors. Along with a slew of other baked goods. I typically like to spend a weekend int he kitchen baking up a storm and then we begin to pass out the goodies come that Monday before the holidays! So if your looking for a tasty homemade treat to share with family and friends, definitely head on over to A Southern Fairytale to get the recipe for my Hello Dolly Bars!

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Don’t forget to head on over to According to Kelly for 30 fabulous crafty gifts and Skip to my Lou  for sewing inspiration!

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This post is sponsored by The Flavors of Summer. As always all opinions are my own.

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Over the next week, I’ll be sharing recipes for the The Flavors of Summer Virtual Picnic! Today, we are kicking it off with some amazing prizes with some of my favorite bloggers.

Start celebrating the Flavors of Summer and enter below for a chance to win 1 of 7 prize packages.  Each prize package includes a $50 Visa gift card, an “I Love Avocados” t-shirt, the newly released cookbook “Summer Thyme” from blogger Jennifer Dempsey, fresh Vidalia onions, and squeezable herbs from Gourmet Garden.

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Yesterday was the  first day of summer! It also marked my 5th wedding anniversary with my husband!!! Time sure does fly. What better way to celebrate than to do a Bomb Pop giveaway. Seriously, Bomb Pops were a staple of my childhood. Each summer I remember  licking, slurping, biting into a bomb pop! Even as an adult I still very much enjoy this frozen treat.

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Just think about the fun and patriotic party you can throw this Independence Day with all these goodies! Decorations to entertain with, popcorn boxes to make patriotic popcorn, and fun paper straws! The $25 Publix gift card will come in handy to buy the food for your party, and of course, most importantly,  you can’t forget the Bomb Pops!

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Grilled Greek Pork Tenderloin from KatiesCucina.com #grilling #recipe

Can you believe the first day of Summer is this Friday? To kick off summer early I’ve paired up with some of my favorite blogging friends to host another progressive dinner party. This time it’s all about summertime entertaining.  Last virtual progressive dinner party, I brought mini crab cakes w/ cilantro lime sauce that were out of this world amazing! This time around, I’m finally sharing my coveted recipe for Grilled Greek Pork Tenderloin.

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I started grilling my pork tenderloins about two years ago. I can honestly say that I’ve made this dozens of times over the past few years. It’s one of my go-to grilling recipes whenever I’m entertaining. Or if I’m in a pinch and have no clue what to make for dinner… this is what I make! I pair it with my favorite summertime Greek salad (which I’ll share with you tomorrow) and my feta and herb mashed potatoes. Even those who don’t typically like pork–LOVE this recipe. That’s why I think it’s ideal to bring to my summertime progressive dinner party!


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