Learning About #TheOriginalSuperfood And A Chocolate Cherry Almond Bowl Recipe #thesuperfoodgenerator #FriendshipDairies

This post is sponsored by Friendship Dairies. My opinion, as always, is my own.

Chocolate Cherry Almond Bowl | Cooking In Stilettos

Growing up, my mother always used to keep cottage cheese in the fridge. Most of the time, it was mixed with pineapple or chive and, when she had no idea, I would sneak some myself. I loved the flavor and on a cracker – cheesy heaven. Whether or not she knew it was me making the container go faster than she thought it would, we’ll never know.

I now use cottage cheese, not only by itself (with crackers, of course), but also I find myself incorporating it into recipes, including my absolute favorite brunch cheesecakelets. Recently, I collaborated with Friendship Dairies, a brand I use often in my kitchen, to incorporate a bit of cottage cheese love into some new recipes.

Did you know that cottage cheese is the original superfood? Also, did you know that cottage cheese packs a serious protein punch? I use their 1% cottage cheese often, which has 15 grams of protein per serving. Talk about some protein power, right? They also have different styles of cottage cheese whether it’s whipped or small curd, California style or pot style, 1%, non-fat or even 4%. There is something for everyone…. 

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Celebrate the Red White And Blue With Hebrew National #GreaterGrilling

This post is sponsored by Hebrew National.

Blueberry Basil Salsa | Cooking In Stilettos

The 4th of July is just around the corner – have you planned your menu yet? With my friends, it is all about the potluck so this year I thought I would go a bit patriotic and add a little red, white and blue to the table.

Living here in Philly, we have a bit of a unique view when it comes to celebrating the 4th. After all, we are one of the birthplaces of our country’s independence. However, with all the chaos of Olde City, especially during July 4th, my friends and I tend to shy away from Center City and get together to celebrate. Being that some of my close friends are DJs, our music choice is always eclectic. We have friends that adore house music, some like hip-hop, others are all about top 40 so finding something that will have everyone on the same page is always interesting. When we get together, often the tunes have a retro feel, which often result in impromptu dance parties and friends going “remember when so and so.” It’s always a good time with this crew…. 

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Celebrate Summer With Hebrew National And A Lightened Up Pasta Salad Recipe #GreaterGrilling

This post is sponsored by Hebrew National.

Lightened Up Pasta Salad | Cooking In Stilettos

It is officially summer and there is no better way to celebrate than by firing up the grill! I am collaborating with Hebrew National this summer to show you how to bring creative spins on classic dishes and bring a little summer fun to your table.

As the first official day of summer arrived, I invited a few friends over to enjoy a casual summer evening in my lovely area of Philly. As I live in the Manayunk section of the city, city living here takes on a different meaning. Manayunk has more of a small town vibe than big city living and my complex is nestled in a corner of the city that is surrounded by hills and woods. Enjoying the views from my balcony of the lush woods behind the complex, the tall trees muffle the sounds of the busy city. We were able to enjoy some cocktails and conversation while I got my grill game on…. 

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Celebrating the 4th With A Sparkling Skinny Blueberry Mojito #donthesitaste

This refreshing libation was created using Sweet ‘N Low® as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars. #donthesitaste

Skinny Blueberry Mojito | Cooking In Stilettos

The summer heat is turned up here in Philly so the need for a fabulous cocktail is dire!  For the 4th of July, I am all about the cocktails, the grill and the menu so what will be on my menu as my signature cocktail – this Skinny Blueberry Mojito.

I can’t tell you how much I adore mojitos – more than likely it’s from my Florida days.  In my opinion, there is nothing like a freshly muddled mojito with fresh lime, mint and a touch of sweetness.  Every time I visit Florida, it is my cocktail of choice but since I moved to Philly, I don’t make them as often as I should.  I clearly need to rectify that…. 

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Tried and True: Caramel Croissant Bread Pudding #BKCreamery

This is a sponsored post written on behalf of Brooklyn Creamery. All opinions are my own.

Caramel Croissant Bread Pudding | Cooking In Stilettos

Remember that foodie find I told you about – Brooklyn Creamery and their luscious Single and Double Creams?  My heavens it’s been recipe magic around my house as I’ve been playing with Brooklyn Creamery’s products – swirling dollups of the single cream into my favorite soups, whisking double cream into salted caramel and this today I have a recipe to share with you that is going to make you swoon with every spoonful.  It’s so rich it’s utterly sinful but you know what – it’s Monday – you deserve a sweet treat!

Inspired by a croissant pudding I saw once on Nigella Lawson’s cooking show, I decided to make my own version but with a bit of a stiletto spin.  I adore bourbon but felt that this bread pudding needed a little rum action.  The Brooklyn Creamery Double Cream made the caramel rich and luscious – utterly decadent.  I added a touch of nutmeg and vanilla to the mix and this Caramel Croissant Bread Pudding was the perfect way to end the day.

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