Foodie Find – Brooklyn Creamery Single and Double Cream and In-Store Event #BKCreamery

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

Brooklyn Creamery | Cooking In Stilettos

When I first started on my culinary journey so many eons ago, I remember scouring the local supermarket in OTown looking for “Double Cream” because one of my favorite cookbooks, Nigella Bites, often used it in the recipes. I’d get the “huh” “whah?” blank stares from the clerks as if I was batty and I knew I wasn’t reading the recipe wrong. Google taught me that while I may love my Brit cookbooks and foodie mags, double cream wasn’t always easily available over here – nor was “single cream.”  I could substitute the American equivalent “heavy cream” or “light cream” but from what my friends who were overseas told me “it’s NOT the same.”

While grocery shopping at the local Giant this week, I happened to come across these lovelies…

Brooklyn Creamery | Cooking In Stilettos

BROOKLYN CREAMERY EXTRA THICK DOUBLE CREAM and

Brooklyn Creamery | Cooking In Stilettos

BROOKLYN CREAMERY EXTRA THICK SINGLE CREAM… 

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Celebrating Summer’s Arrival With Turkey Hill Gelato And An Easy Gelato Sundae Bar #TurkeyHillGelato

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Turkey Hill Dairy. All opinions are my own.

Easy Gelato Bar with Easy Blueberry Sauce and Mexican Chocolate Sauce | Cooking In Stilettos

There are two factions in my inner circle of friends and family – those that are #TeamChocolate and those are #TeamVanilla. So – let’s say if we were having a party and I had something sweet and chilly to serve, I need to plan accordingly. For the record, I’m neutral – there are days I adore all things chocolate and there are days when only vanilla will do.

Recently, I came across this new All Natural Gelato from Turkey Hill Dairy. I have to tell you – while I adore their ice cream, their All Natural Gelato – oh my heavens – we are talking luscious, creamy and some seriously chic flavors! Turkey Hill All Natural Gelato is made with fresh simple ingredients like milk, cream, sugar and vanilla and, from what I hear, they are the first major ice cream brand to offer an all natural gelato.  Gelato has less air than most ice cream so it has a richer denser texture and I knew my friends and family would love it. I picked up a few flavors for everyone to try including the classic, Purely Vanilla, as well as Sea Salted Caramel and Mint Chocolate Chip. I also was torn between the Peach Mango, Coffee Chip, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chocolate Chip and Hazelnut flavors but thought the three I picked should keep everyone sated and I’d whip up some homemade toppings to go with.

Easy Gelato Bar with Easy Blueberry Sauce and Mexican Chocolate Sauce - Turkey Hill Gelato | Cooking In Stilettos

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Gardening In Stilettos With OXO And An Easy Lemon Chicken Recipe #OXOSpringGardening

Lemon Chicken | Cooking In Stilettos

Gardening and I have not always seen eye to eye. One of my friends is a brilliant gardener and everything she plants flourishes. Sadly – I could make a rosemary plant wither and have done so for the past couple of summers. I have always wanted to grow my own culinary herbs and fruit trees such as blueberry bushes and Meyer lemon trees but the patience and attention tend to make me a bit standoffish after many a plant’s demise.

Where I live has a lovely balcony that overlooks woods in Manayunk and it’s really quite calming. Not a lot of city bustle, far from the normal hustle and bustle of Philadelphia. I have been known to occasionally take the laptop and a cocktail out there to enjoy the warm spring evenings.  However, when doing so guarantees glares from the Jr. SousPug  from his safe spot on his couch as he is afraid of decks and the Evil Minx has surgically attached herself to the screen door due to her running screaming leap and foiled attempted escape.  Daggone screens!… 

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Lemon Blackberry Baked Oatmeal #BrunchWeek

Welcome to the third annual #BrunchWeek hosted by Terri from Love and Confections and Shaina from Take A Bite Out Of Boca. We are so excited to have you join us this year! Celebrate Brunch with us this week as we prepare for Mother’s Day. 30 Bloggers from around the country will showcase their best brunch dishes, from cocktails to casseroles, breakfast breads, sandwiches and salads – there is something for everyone!

Lemon Blackberry Baked Oatmeal | Cooking In Stilettos

This is our last day of #BrunchWeek and I hope you found some amazing dishes to enjoy for Mother’s Day and on your next weekend brunch.  First – many many thanks to our fearless leaders, Terri and Shaina, for all of their hard work.  Also – many many thanks to our fabulous sponsors who supplied us with ingredients to play with and some outrageous prizes that YOU can win.  Which reminds me – did you enter to win yet?  If not – hurry up and enter the giveaway!

Oatmeal and I haven’t always had a lovely relationship.  Sure – I love a good oatmeal cookie now and then and love using it in granola and recipes but oatmeal on its own – notsomuch.  Perhaps it was one of those lovely micro packets back when I was a kid that had the flavor what one might think of as cardboard with chewy “fruit” flavor.  Perhaps I nuked the heck out of it.  Any way I looked at it – if you told me I was having oatmeal for breakfast, I probably would tell you not in this lifetime.  As I’ve gotten older, I do keep some “instant” oatmeal at the 9to9 and, if I do decide oatmeal is the way to start the day, I’ll jazz it up with my own spin.  My friends have talked about overnight oats and baked oatmeal as the way to make oatmeal nowadays, so I thought I’d give my own attempt a try. The key would be to make a recipe that was so good I’d crave it again.  Well folks, we have an oatmeal convert here – this Lemon Blackberry Baked Oatmeal is a tried and true dish that will be made time and time again.  … 

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Breakfast Enchiladas With Homemade Enchilada Sauce #BrunchWeek

Welcome to the third annual #BrunchWeek hosted by Terri from Love and Confections and Shaina from Take A Bite Out Of Boca. We are so excited to have you join us this year! Celebrate Brunch with us this week as we prepare for Mother’s Day. 30 Bloggers from around the country will showcase their best brunch dishes, from cocktails to casseroles, breakfast breads, sandwiches and salads – there is something for everyone!

Breakfast Enchiladas with Homemade Enchilada Sauce | Cooking In Stilettos

We’re nearing the end of #BrunchWeek but there are still some amazing recipes in the hopper to help you with your weekend brunch plans.  Plus – don’t forget – there’s a fabulous giveway – have you entered yet?  A number of us will be chatting about all things brunch tonight on twitter starting at 8pm so I hope you can join us.  Bring a cocktail and join us for some fab convo.

Today’s brunch recipe is one that I absolutely love.  When I have tortillas around, sometimes I’ll whip up breakfast enchiladas on the weekend or for those nights when I want breakfast for dinner.  Now – when I first started cooking, I would use enchilada sauce in a can but a couple years ago, I made some turkey and cheese enchiladas with a homemade enchilada sauce that changed my outlook forever.  More than likely, everything you need is in your pantry already.  The secret ingredient – a little bit of unsweetened cocoa powder simmered in the sauce which adds a whole new dimension of flavor taking this dish from ordinary to extraordinary.  After making the sauce, you can brown some of your favorite sausage (I use mild Italian sausage), add some softly scrambled eggs and a combo of Monterey Jack and Cheddar cheeses and you have a breakfast dish that will have everyone singing your praises.

These Breakfast Enchiladas are perfect for brunch this weekend.  The homemade enchilada sauce – that needs to be in your repertoire permanently for whenever you have an enchilada craving…. 

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Chile Relleno Quiche #BrunchWeek

Welcome to the third annual #BrunchWeek hosted by Terri from Love and Confections and Shaina from Take A Bite Out Of Boca. We are so excited to have you join us this year! Celebrate Brunch with us this week as we prepare for Mother’s Day. 30 Bloggers from around the country will showcase their best brunch dishes, from cocktails to casseroles, breakfast breads, sandwiches and salads – there is something for everyone!

Chile Relleno Quiche | Cooking In Stilettos

I need to share a story with y’all about this recipe.  Last August, my family and I flew to sunny California to see my cousin Emily marry her Prince Charming, David.  I had not been to Cali to see my family out there in years so a visit was long overdue.  It was a fabulous time – the wedding was gorgeous (love these pics), the venue in San Clemente was perfect and it was right next to the beach.  The day after the wedding, we took a trip to nearby Laguna.  While the little ones played on the beach, some of the fam stayed up on the cliffs by the hotel patio and took in this view.

View from Laguna Cliffs | Cooking In Stilettos

Ahhh – how calming is that view?  As usual, I digress.  Back to the inspiration for today’s dish…. 

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Macadamia Nut Crusted French Toast With Spiced Pineapple Syrup #BrunchWeek

Welcome to the third annual #BrunchWeek hosted by Terri from Love and Confections and Shaina from Take A Bite Out Of Boca. We are so excited to have you join us this year!  Celebrate Brunch with us this week as we prepare for Mother’s Day. 30 Bloggers from around the country will showcase their best brunch dishes, from cocktails to casseroles, breakfast breads, sandwiches and salads – there is something for everyone!

Macadamia Nut Crusted French Toast with Spiced Pineapple Syrup | Cooking In Stilettos #BrunchWeek

I am so excited to be participating in #BrunchWeek this year.  These are a fabulous group of bloggers that have brought their best brunch dishes to the virtual table.  I have some delicious dishes to share with you this week and this Macadamia Nut Crusted French Toast with Spiced Pineapple Syrup will have you thinking of warm breezes, palm trees and calming blue seas with every bite.

I adore macadamia nuts.  Yes, they are a bit indulgent but if you use them wisely, like in this french toast recipe, the flavor payoff is amazing.  Toasty, buttery and rich – only a small amount is needed.  I’m also a huge fan of making a syrup to go with.  Sure, maple syrup is divine with this but this spiced pineapple syrup really took things over the top…. 

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