The Ultimate Chocolate Martini

The Ultimate Chocolate Martini | The Suburban Soapbox

Rich, creamy and chocolatey....this dairy based martini is the best you'll ever have. June is Dairy Month which means it’s time to celebrate #AllThingsDairy! Fresh nutritious dairy foods like milk, cheese and yogurt don't just taste delicious; they're good for your body! Dairy foods are the #1 source of calcium in most individual’s daily diet and offer 9 essential nutrients.  Milk and dairy products are fresh 365 days a year, making Dairy Month a great time to think about exciting, … [Read more...]

Ad Hoc’s Brownies

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This is the brownie recipe you've been searching for your entire life.  Rich, moist, chocolate brownies from Thomas Keller's Ad Hoc restaurant.  You will want to eat them for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert.  Serve them with a scoop of Vanilla Bean Ice Cream and make new friends! Everyone has a go-to brownie recipe.  Some of you go-to a box....some of you have a family recipe....I always used a recipe given to me by a high school friend.  It was fool proof...sometimes...when I didn't … [Read more...]

Banana Bread with Chocolate Glaze

Banana Bread with Chocolate Glaze

I'm a magazine junkie.  Let me be more specific...I'm a cooking magazine junkie.  I hoard them.  My husband has been known to call me "piles" because I used to have 6-7 piles of magazines placed strategically (hidden) around the house.  I couldn't go to the store without picking up a new magazine and I couldn't ever throw them away.  Ever.  I thought I might want to reference them later.  I don't....ever.  Well, I used to but with the internet I don't need to sift through piles and pages when I … [Read more...]

Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

Chia Seed Pudding

I've been reading a lot about chia seeds lately, you know, those black, tiny seeds used to grow hair on Obama's head, fur on Garfield's body and other crazy terra cotta creations known as Chia Pets. Apparently, they are little powerhouses that should be eaten and not necessarily used to grow tchotkes for around the house. No matter how fun that can be. Chia seeds are high in protein, calcium, fiber, antioxidants and Omega-3 fatty acids. They are extremely easy to add to your diet...you can … [Read more...]

The Twelve Days of Cookies – Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

I saved the best (and easiest!) for last.  These are, by far, my favorite cookie out of the twelve I've made.  This was the first cookie I made when I lived on my own.  This cookie recipe and I....we have memories. I remember my mother making these when I was little.  And I remember not remembering what kind of cookie they were and hunted down the recipe for weeks when I was on my own.  I knew they were rich, chocolately and sinfully delicious.  I knew they were something I would make for … [Read more...]

The Twelve Days of Cookies – Saltine Cracker Toffee

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This is definitely an old favorite of mine.  It takes all the will power I have not to eat the entire pan.  In fact, as I sit here typing and staring at the crumbled up paper towel from the two I've already eaten I'm struggling not to run up to the kitchen and eat the rest.  I'm so glad I only made one batch but at the same time, these are incredibly easy to make.  They come together so quickly and clean up is a three-minute ordeal....at best.  This is, however, if you choose to use the … [Read more...]

The Twelve Days of Cookies – Chocolate Shortbread Bites

Chocolate Shortbread Bites

Two years ago, or maybe it was three, I organized a cookie swap at the office.  It turned out pretty well given that I originally started with five people and I think we ended up with about 10!  Ten different cookie recipes and plenty to take home.  It was a lot of fun....plus, it gave us all about an hour away from our cubicles.  There were so many different cookies that I had never tried before.  It really opened up my cookie world. :-) I hope to do that for all of you this year.  Since I … [Read more...]

Tuesday’s Tip: Do More with Your S’mores!

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Think outside the (graham cracker) box when building your s'mores.  There are no rules when it comes to creating these delicious fireside treats, nor do they have to only be eaten during the summertime while inhaling the sweet smell of bug spray. You can use any type of cookie and candy bar to build your sweet creation and the more adventurous you become, the better they will be! I used Double Chocolate Chip Cookies with a dark chocolate truffle filled square for a "Death by Chocolate" … [Read more...]

Ghirardelli Squares – Milk & Truffle

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I love chocolate. I don't understand people that say they don't like chocolate. How can you not like it?!?!? One taste of a quality chocolate can turn a frown upside down! I'm going to assume these people have not had a really good chocolate, they should try one of the Ghirardelli Squares - Milk & Truffle. This could change their minds. If not, they're weird. I received these to try recently and I will admit I was disappointed to see they were milk chocolate. I had the bag for a few weeks … [Read more...]

CraveBox – It’s Like Christmas Every Month

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In December, I subscribed to a service called CraveBox.  For only $10 a month, I get a box full of goodies delivered straight to my mailbox and it is jam packed with fun things to sample. I will admit, I'm a little slow at posting about my personal treasure chest because I'm now waiting for my third CraveBox and I still haven't even told everyone what was in the first!  My apologies. The December CraveBox was filled with the following items: Mereadesso Body Balm Two packs fo Bic For Her … [Read more...]