Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Sweet Potato Chips

 Review of Food Should Taste Good's Sweet Potato Chips:



As I type..I sit here and gorge on these delicious chips/crackers.They are so yummy, and they actually do have a slight sweet potato flavor. Believe it or not they're  healthy too (well to me anyways!). According to the packaging they are glueten-free, an excellent source of whole grains, has no trans fat, and has no MSG. That sounds pretty good compared to other chips on the market. Although, for some reason the company says  the chip is also a cracker. However, when I eat these I don't think of a cracker; I just think of a tortilla chip. Which is basically what it is...with sweet potato and other ingredients added. Overall I think this is a healthy snack and it tastes great too! I visited their website, and come to find out,they have a variety of flavors including lime, olive, and even CHOCOLATE! I really need to try out that chocolate flavor, but I don't know if it's available where I live. But anyways, I really enjoy Food Should Taste Good's Sweet Potato Chips and I'd recommend them to anyone!

Wow...i'm impressed!

As I sit back and look at all the different food blogs there are...i'm utterly impressed. I mean I never knew so many people were this passionate about food. For example , Michelle or Tracey , their blogs are absolutely amazing. They have hundreds of followers, and I see why; The food they make looks delectable, and their pages are appealing. I dream that over the years, as I enter into college and even after I leave college that my blog can grow to that stature. So whoever's reading this I hope you'll follow my blog and even share my posts with your friends. :)

Chewy Caramel Candies

Care-uh-mel” orCar-mul” It doesn’t matter how you say it. Caramel is absolutely delicious with its sweet taste and smooth texture.  I like to think of caramel as a “fall flavor”.  Whenever I hear the word caramel I picture caramel apples which immediately makes me think of fall. Since it’s that time of year I ventured into the kitchen and decided to make some Chewy Caramel Candies.
This was my first candy making experience, and I have to say it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. At first I was a little skeptical about it burning or sticking, but none of those things happened. The end product was so yummy. I did, however, make some variations to the recipe. Instead of using corn syrup I used honey. I can’t really say if the honey gave it a different flavor because I’ve never made it with light corn syrup. Overall I think the final product came out good. J
I lined my baking dish with aluminum foil, but it might be preferable to use Parchment Paper. If you do decide to use aluminum foil make sure you brush the surface with softened butter.



Monitor temperature carefully! Mmmm....bubbly sugar :)




Let the mixture cool for at least 24 hours... or until it's set.


Chewy Caramel Candies

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup corn syrup ( I used honey in place of corn syrup)
  • 1/4 cup butter (1/2 stick) cut into 1 tbsp. pieces
  • 1/8 tsp. table salt
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla

Directions:
  1. Prepare an 5.25×9 glass dish with aluminum foil, ensuring to cover up the sides of all 4 sides. (Parchment Paper can be used but since I didn’t have any I used foil.)
  2. Combine the first 7 ingredients  in a medium pot ( make sure the pot is large enough, because the candy mixture will bubble up.)
  3. Insert candy thermometer into mixture ( make sure the thermometer is calibrated properly.) Turn heat to medium high and bring to a boil, stirring frequently to ensure sugar crystals dissolve completely.
  4. Once mixture reaches a boil, turn heat down to medium and continue to cook but do not stir. Cook mixture until it reaches 245 degrees F, about 20-30 min. Monitor your temperature closely, especially towards the end of cooking.
  5. Once the mixture reaches 245 degrees F, remove the pot from heat, gently stir in the vanilla and then pour mixture into your prepared baking dish.
  6. Cool at room temperature for 24 hours or until set.
  7. Cut into small equal pieces.
  8. Wrap candies in small pieces of wax paper.
  9. Enjoy! :)


Monday, May 30, 2011

New Blog

So...I started my blog today. I love baking, cooking, and eating and i'm a die hard foodie :) Currently i'm a student in high-school, and i'm taking culinary courses at the career academy in my town. I'm always researching food and watching FoodNetwork so i'd say I'm pretty knowledgable about food. However, there is still much more I want to learn. My hope for this blog is to share information and ideas with my readers, and to learn from them aswell. I'm very passionate about food and I want to capture that passion through this blog. Comment, Follow, and Enjoy!