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Good news for people who love Hot Chocolate! Spicy Hot Chocolate and Hot Chocolate Cupcakes

Written by Natalie

Spicy Hot Chocolate Recipe

Now that winter is ramping up, all I want to do is get super cozy and indulge in my favorite comfort beverage – hot chocolate. I present to you my new favorite recipe, Spicy Hot Chocolate. The Abuelita Chocolate gives it a rich chocolate flavor with a touch of cinnamon which is so near and dear to Latinos around the holidays. We spiced it up with cayenne pepper and then gave it an aromatic touch with ground cloves. I love this drink. I might try it over ice in the summer just to get my fix.

Hot Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe

And sometimes, the hot chocolate isn’t enough to satisfy my chocolate obsession, so we created these Hot Chocolate Cupcakes. Everything hot chocolate! These are TRIPLE chocolate cupcakes, combining Rich Milk Chocolate Flavor NESTLÉ Hot Cocoa Mix, NESTLÉ NESQUIK Chocolate Flavor Powder AND NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels. The flavor is deliciously decadent and also incredibly moist. We decided to have fun and decorate them for the holidays as Santas and Snowmen. Kids would absolutely love decorating these cupcakes with WONKA NERDS Candies. Have fun!

Spicy Hot Chocolate

Ingredients for 2 servings:

Directions:

HEAT milk in medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add Abuelita Chocolate; cook, stirring frequently with a whisk, for 5 to 7 minutes or until chocolate is dissolved. Stir in cayenne and cloves; let stand for 1 minute. Using a whisk or hand blender, whisk mixture until frothy. Serve hot.

Cook’s Tip: Sprinkle with cayenne pepper, if desired.

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Related Recipes:

Fresh Mint-Infused Hot Cocoa Recipe Spicy Hot Malted Chocolate Recipe
Fresh Mint-Infused
Hot Cocoa
Spicy Hot
Malted Chocolate

Happy National Watermelon Day!

Written by Liz -

Watermelon Ice Cream Bombe recipe

Tomorrow, National Watermelon day is one of the best days of the year! And there are so many ways to enjoy watermelon, whether you just dig in to this juicy, sweet summertime treat or use it in sorbet, drinks or even salsa. Or maybe you just want an ice cream treat that looks like watermelon…

Read on for recipes using watermelon in an ice cream treat, salsa, sorbet and agua fresca. Get even more watermelon recipes from the official watermelon site! And enjoy summertime.

Watermelon Ice Cream Bombe

Ingredients for 16 servings:

Directions:

LINE 2-quart bowl with plastic wrap, making sure wrap hangs over side of the bowl by at least 4 inches.

SPOON sherbet into large mixer bowl; beat with mixer or stir with spoon until smooth. Spoon sherbet into prepared bowl, pressing into the bottom and up the side with the back of a spoon to form a smooth layer. Freeze for 30 minutes. Remove vanilla ice cream from freezer and allow to soften for 10 minutes; spoon into large mixer bowl and beat with mixer or stir with spoon until smooth. Add to bowl with sherbet, smoothing it over the sherbet in a thin layer. Freeze for 30 minutes.

REMOVE sorbet from the freezer and allow to soften for 10 minutes. Spoon sorbet into large mixer bowl and beat with mixer or stir with spoon until smooth; stir in morsels. Spoon sorbet mixture over ice cream so it fills the remaining space and fills the bowl. Smooth down top; cover with plastic overhang, then add another sheet of plastic wrap. Freeze for at least 6 hours or up to 1 week.

TO UNMOLD, remove plastic wrap from top of bowl. Gently tug at the plastic overhang to loosen the bombe from the bowl. (If the bombe is difficult to remove from the bowl, set it in a large bowl filled with warm water for 8 to 10 seconds.) Place a serving platter over the bowl, invert and shake to release bombe. Peel away plastic wrap, then cut bombe into wedges. Serve immediately.

Watermelon Salsa recipe

Watermelon Salsa, shown above

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups diced watermelon
  • 2 jalapeño peppers, seeded and minced
  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • ½ cup minced red onion
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon cumin

Directions:

Combine all ingredients and stir. Adjust spices as needed. Serve at room temperature with tacos, fish, meats or vegetables.

Links:

More watermelon recipes:

How to Make Watermelon Sorbet
How to Make Watermelon Sorbet
Agua Fresca de Melon recipe
Agua Fresca de Melon

A Bachelor’s Guide to the Perfect Picnic

Written by Nick – 

Grilled Chicken Sandwiches with Pesto Mayo Recipe

Summer is finally here and the 4th of July is right around the corner. Whether you’re packing a sandwich to watch the fireworks or making the most of the summertime sun, it’s the perfect time to have a picnic. So pack up your cooler or basket, grab a blanket and head outside.

If you’re going to be venturing outdoors there are a few things you’ll need to remember:

  • don’t forget a blanket to sit on and a blanket to lie under in case it’s cold
  • if you’re planning to use a picnic table consider a tablecloth – the birds can do some damage to a shaded picnic table
  • you’ll want to pick the right meal – anything can get messy when you’re eating on a blanket in a park
  • don’t forget the napkins – as I mentioned it can get messy if you’re not prepared.

This Summer Solstice I was lucky enough to make the most of the long daylight and have an evening picnic which turned out to be quite the romantic date.

I made these Grilled Chicken Sandwiches with Pesto Mayo as wraps. The Buitoni pesto has a ton of flavor and creates a delicious sandwich or wrap. For picnic purposes, I decided to make these sandwiches as wraps (pictured below) and I used sun-dried tomatoes instead of juicy ripe ones. Don’t forget drinks and a side! This Limoncello Basil Cooler recipe is a refreshing cocktail for the summertime and the Apple-Infused Coleslaw in a Jar is a perfectly packable salad.

If you’re looking for more picnic tips be sure to check out the articles on meals.com for specific beach picnic essentials and day trip/hiking picnic tips.

 Grilled Chicken Sandwiches with Pesto Mayo Wraps

Grilled Chicken Sandwiches with Pesto Mayo

Ingredients for 8 Servings:

  • 1 container (7 ounces) BUITONI Refrigerated All Natural Pesto with Basil, divided
  • 8 (about 2 1/2 pounds total) boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
  • 1 cup light mayonnaise
  • 8 ciabatta bread or French rolls, split horizontally
  • 8 thin slices provolone or other Italian cheese

Directions:

PREHEAT grill or broiler.

SPREAD 3 tablespoons pesto over chicken breasts. Place remaining pesto and mayonnaise in blender; cover. Blend until smooth. Spoon into squeeze bottle or covered container and keep chilled until ready for use.

GRILL or broil chicken for 5 minutes over medium heat; turn over. Grill or broil for an additional 3 to 5 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink in center.

SPREAD pesto mayo over bread; top with chicken and cheese. Add lettuce, sliced tomato and sliced red onion, if desired.

Links:

Related Recipes:

Apple-Infused Coleslaw in a Jar Recipe
Apple-Infused Coleslaw in a Jar
Limoncello Basil Cooler Recipe
Limoncello Basil Cooler

Cooking Light Recipe Makeover: Lower Fat Piña Colada

Written by Liz -

Cooking Light's Piña Coladas

The June issue of Cooking Light features a recipe makeover for that refreshing summertime treat: Piña Coladas, shown above (photos by Randy Mayor, recipe and content by Cooking Light). They use Carnation evaporated milk to help lower fat but keep the creamy flavor:

“You’ll like our way of losing almost all the sat fat while keeping the delicious coconutty goodness. Freezing the pineapple adds a velvety texture and keeps the cocktail frozen longer. The riper the pineapple, the more concentrated the flavor will be.”

Sounds good to us! Excerpt below is from June 2012 issue of Cooking Light.

Lighter Piña Coladas recipe by Cooking Light

Lighter Piña Coladas

Nothing says “escape” like a creamy, ice-cold piña colada: cocktail in hand, feet in the sand, music in the background (hopefully not that dreadful piña colada song, the last #1 hit of the 1970s, unless it’s a guilty pleasure). Unfortunately, nothing says “better head to the gym” like a piña colada, too: 425 calories, 8 grams of saturated fat, most of which comes from the mysterious goo known as cream of coconut. We’ll show you how we kept the vacation-worthy flavor while slashing fat and calories. At just 158 calories, it’s all pleasure, no guilt.

Tip #1: Homemade Coconut Milk

Lighter Piña Coladas recipe by Cooking Light

We make our own infused coconut milk to replace heavy, sugary cream of coconut. This cuts 176 calories and 8 grams of sat fat per drink. Save day-of prep time by doing this step (step 1) the night before.

Tip #2: Fresh Pineapple

Pineapple peaks in summer; it’s sweet, slightly tart, and juicy. Sub fresh fruit for some of the canned juice and save 44 calories per drink. A splash of juice adds more acidity.

Tip #3: Gold Rum

We opted for the darker variety, with its hints of caramel and molasses, which better complement the creamy coconut and tart pineapple.

Piña Colada Recipe for Success

Lighter Piña Coladas recipe by Cooking Light

Freezing the pineapple adds a velvety texture and keeps the cocktail frozen longer. The riper the pineapple, the more concentrated the flavor will be. Get the recipe here.

Links:

Related better-for-you frozen cocktail recipes:

Green Jalapeño Margarita recipe
Green Jalapeño Margarita
strawberry margarita recipe
Frosty Strawberry Margaritas

May is for Strawberries: A Berry Good Month!

Written by Jenny -

Strawberries and Cream Sherbert Recipe

May is National Strawberry Month and it couldn’t happen at a better time of year! Reason being is my grandparents would come and visit us for Memorial Day weekend, when we would attend a parade in the area (my grandfather was a World War II veteran) and later, have a barbeque. Once the dishes were cleared away, my grandmother, mom or I would start to hull strawberries for my grandfather’s favorite dessert Strawberry Shortcakes. The strawberries were most always bought from the local farmer’s stand. I can still taste those berries from the stand of long ago when I go strawberry picking with my daughter. Like back then, many of the berries never make their way into the bowl!

For some great tips on strawberries, see Chris’ April 2011 post with more strawberry recipes.

There are many recipes to celebrate the bounty of strawberries this month brings. Here are two new strawberry recipes from our kitchens.

Strawberries & Cream Sherbet is the perfect treat for the hotter months approaching or already here for some of you. I love the simplicity of this recipe and the evaporated milk brings the creaminess without all the fat and calories. Plus, no ice cream maker required!

Strawberries & Cream Sherbet (shown above)

Ingredients for 10 servings, 1/2 cup each:

Directions:

PLACE frozen strawberries, evaporated milk, sugar and lemon juice in food processor; process until smooth.

POUR into 8-inch-square baking pan. Place in freezer for about 20 minutes, until ice crystals begin to form around edge of dish. Using fork, stir icy portions into middle of pan. Repeat, stirring edges into center every 20 minutes or until frozen (about 1 hour). Cover tightly. Freeze for up to 2 months. To serve, scoop into small paper cups, paper cones or martini glasses.

TIP: 3 cups fresh, whole strawberries can be substituted for frozen. Freeze berries before using.

Strawberry Wheat Germ Smoothie Recipe

Continuing on the smoothie kick, Strawberry Wheat Germ Smoothie made with nonfat dry milk will have you licking your lips and spoon. It’s loaded with good-for-you nutrients like Vitamin E and C, folic acid and calcium and is “berry good” to boot!

Strawberry Wheat Germ Smoothie

Ingredients for 2 servings, 1 cup each:

Directions:

PLACE frozen strawberries, orange juice, dry milk, ice and wheat germ in blender; cover. Blend until smooth. Serve immediately.

Links:

More strawberry recipes:

Strawberry Shortcakes Recipe
Strawberry Shortcakes
 Strawberry Cheesecake Pie Recipe
Strawberry Cheesecake Pie

Creamy Smoothies Perfect for Summer

Written by Liz -

Super Fruit Bliss Green Smoothie recipe

We love smoothies here at Nestlé Kitchens. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I’ve been obsessed with mixing up green concoctions for fruit smoothies (or margaritas), and my colleague Chris has been using Natural Bliss to create creamy smoothies as well. They are my favorite thing to drink on a warm summer morning, and also just after a run. It’s a good treat when you want to cut down on ice cream, and using Natural Bliss gives smoothies that creaminess you crave.

Our friend Susan of She’s Becoming Doughmesstic created a bunch of delicious, interesting new smoothies using Natural Bliss, and I just can’t get enough!

Here are a few of them for you to try. You can find the rest on Meals.com.

Super Fruit Bliss Green Smoothie (shown above)

Ingredients for 2 servings:

Directions:

PLACE acai juice, blueberries, pomegranate juice, spinach, Coffee-mate, sugar and ice in blender; cover. Blend until smooth.

Frozen Avocado Mocha Bliss recipe

Frozen Avocado Mocha Bliss

Ingredients for 2 servings:

Directions:

PLACE cooled coffee, Coffee-mate, avocado, cocoa, sugar and ice in blender; cover. Blend until smooth.
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