Sweet and Salty Oatmeal Cherry Chocolate Chunk Cookies

These Sweet and Salty Oatmeal Cherry Chocolate Chunk Cookies are a cookie lover's dream - sweet cherries & dark chocolate chunks woven into sweet and salty oatmeal cookies with a sprinkle of vanilla salt | Cooking In Stilettos

When it comes to chocolate chip cookies in my repertoire, normally it’s all about the Rum Soaked Chocolate Chip Cookies or these Oatmeal Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies.  However, I think these Sweet and Salty Oatmeal Cherry Chocolate Chunk Cookies might steal their their tried and true title and run all the way to the finish line because they are THAT good.  The flavor of an oatmeal cookie studded with dried cherries, rich dark chocolate chunks (no chips here) and sprinkled with a touch of vanilla salt to finish.  Don’t you want to bake up a batch just from reading that?… 

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Tried and True: Watermelon Salad with Ricotta Salata

This Watermelon Salad with Ricotta Salata will be a summer favorite - fresh sweet summer watermelon tossed with peppery arugula, sharp red onion, a touch of lime and shavings of fresh salty ricotta salata. | Cooking In Stilettos

There’s a reason why I cannot watch Giada de Laurentiis’ travel show on the Food Network – namely because it puts ideas in my head of different flavor combinations and then I turn into the kitchen chemist with a theory of “little bit of this” and “let’s put in some more of that” and I don’t measure.  Ugh!

Anywhoo – Giada happened to be visiting the Hamptons on this particular episode and she had a watermelon salad with some ricotta salata, red onion and arugula.  Wait – did she say my favorite green – arugula?  My ears perked up, I rewound the DVR and paid attention, notebook in hand.  What a great idea!  I am not too fond of feta and, since ricotta salata was mentioned as being similar, I figured, why the heck not.  I keep most of the ingredients in my fridge anyway – all I needed to pick up was the cheese and the mint for the 4th of July soiree…. 

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Tried and True: Blueberries and Cream Quick Bread

This Blueberries and Cream Quick Bread is packed with fresh summer blueberries with hints of lemon and vanilla and drizzled with a sweet creamy glaze. | Cooking In Stilettos

I absolutely love whipping up a quick bread for brunch – it’s easy to make and no need for me to face my irrational fear of all things yeast breads and the “OMG will it rise” conundrum.  One day I’ll face that baking bread from scratch fear – just not now.  I love that a quick bread comes together somewhat fast and for something that inspires me to turn on the oven in this summer heatwave, you know it has to be a recipe that is so worth me braving the heat (and the AC bills).

With the abundance of fresh sweet blueberries everywhere, I figured I would play on a variation of my favorite Strawberries and Cream Bread and go with more of a blueberries and citrus feel.  This Blueberries and Cream Quick Bread trumped my adoration of all things blueberry toasties as a child.  This quick bread toasted was beyond scrumptious for a quick bite to start the day, fabulous with some iced coffee in the afternoon and amazing for dessert with a bit of whipped cream and, if you are feeling so inclined, a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream…. 

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Sweeten Up Summer Brunch With A Skinny Cinnamon Horchata #DontHesitaste

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

This Skinny Cinnamon Horchata is perfect for your next summer brunch.  Sweet and creamy with a hint of spice, this Horchata will have your guests begging for the recipe | Cooking In Stilettos #DontHesitaste

 

I’ve been in brunch mode lately – there’s something so relaxing about a leisurely weekend brunch – enjoying the company of friends and family and afterwards, everyone goes about their day.  No worries as to staying too late, people getting too tipsy and whipping up brunch bites is something I absolutely love.  You can serve a signature cocktail, fresh juices and, of course, coffee and tea but what about something light and refreshing for summer?

This Skinny Cinnamon Horchata reminds me of delcious horchatas I have had while traveling – rich, creamy and spiked with cinnamon flavor.  If your friends want, they can add a dash of spiced rum to the mix and it would be the perfect brunch cocktail.  I love serving this creamy goodness with sticks of cinnamon and for those that want it a bit lighter in calories, I whisked in some Sweet’N Low® sweetener, perfect for those watching their waistlines and, of course, it’s diabetic friendly…. 

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The Return of Fab Friday

Happy Friday everyone!

It’s been ages since I have had a little Fab Friday fun with y’all and after much thinking, I thought the Fab Friday should return along with some changes.   In addition to my spotlighting various things I am obsessed with, sale finds, etc., I’m also going to highlight blog links I’ve perused all week and recipes that are on my “must make” list. .

I joked with a friend today that this month is one of my favorite months of the year because, starting today, is the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. I have to confess, I have not had a seriously good shopping haul in a while.  I fell into a shopping funk for a few months but recently, I have gotten my shopping mojo back up so no better way to do a little shopping damage then to visit this year’s sale, right?

First, I had a few things I had to cross off my to-do list before I would allow myself to shop the sale and while I was worried that I might have missed the window with the pre-sale, I found some amazing finds for winter, including some neutral wedge boots perfect for icy winters, a fab Twill Cape, the perfect nude lipstick kit and a couple other things I found.

Let’s get to browsing shall we?

The Return of Fab Friday

 

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