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Nespresso Chocolate Espresso Cake

A Rich, Full-Bodied Dessert to Serve on Valentine's Day
February 11, 2016

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I knew this year I wanted to celebrate Valentine’s Day in style with the type of fancy, refined dessert that transports you instantly to a chic street-side cafe with each bite.  It only seems fitting as the Mr. and I dream of plans to visit Paris for our upcoming anniversary, no? 

As you know, coffee, espressos, cappuccinos, macchiatos—all of the above—fuel the Rye household, and we’ve owned probably every Nespresso machine there ever was.  I’ve savored caramel iced coffee in the summertime, and I’ve turned to after-dinner coffee time and time again when entertaining during the holidays. So naturally, with our newest addition,  I recently set out to try my hand at Nespresso‘s classic chocolate espresso cake recipe (with a few touches of my own).  

I’ve enjoyed many versions of chocolate espresso cake over the years, but I had yet to perfect this divine dessert at home. I’ve always known the marriage of rich, dark chocolate and full-bodied espresso is one of the most perfect pairings, but I had no idea how beautifully these flavors in particular would blend with this recipe, creating a smooth, velvety texture that’s not too dry.  

I’ve found that dark chocolate and espresso notes can be somewhat bitter even to my palette, so by sprinkling a simple dash of ground cinnamon and nutmeg (and cayenne would be wonderful as well), I added the warmth I so enjoy in a great chocolate cake. Finally, I topped the cakes with a heavy ganache frosting (you may remember my love affair with ganache began here) and Nespresso‘s Milk Chocolate Salted Caramel Squares. The result?  A classic, elevated take on a perhaps my new favorite chocolate espresso cake.  Truly, MKR

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Classic Chicken Wings

A Classic Gameday Recipe Made With No Oil And Our New Favorite Gadget, The Air Fryer
February 7, 2016

Classic Chicken Wings

What will I be making to watch the big game today?  Well that’s a no-brainer: classic chicken wings. And this was what got me to finally got me to pull out and use my air fryer. And Loves, I. Am. OBSESSED.

To get all sciencey on you, the air fryer “uses patented heat circulation technology to fry your favorite foods to crispy, golden brown perfection – using little or no oil.”  Can you believe it?  Because I almost couldn’t either…I mean no oil!  Since our household is committed to watching our daily calorie intake with hopes of not giving up the food we really love, it was a serious “ahhhh!” moment when we discovered the power of the air fryer.  

Whenever I’m making classic chicken wings, I simply season them with my favorite mixed bag of algean sea salt spices and pepper.  Because everyone has a personal preference on how they like their wings (hot, sweet, sweet and spicy, plain, etc.), I like to serve the seasoned wings along with various dipping sauces.  This way everyone can enjoy wings their way! 

I definitely won’t be stopping with just wings, either.  I’m thinking onion rings, potato chips, tortilla chips, fish, chicken…and doughnuts!!!  I’ve gone ahead and ordered The Air Fryer cookbook to help me with a few more ideas, which I’ll hopefully be sharing with you all once they’re taste tested and approved.  Has anyone else gone crazy over their air fryer at home? Truly, MKR

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Photography, Rustic White

How to Build the Ultimate Cheese Platter

The Perfect Cheese Platter Proves There Really Are No Rules, But Here's Great Inspiration For Creating Your Own
February 5, 2016

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This has to be one of my favorite shoots from the archives…an abundant cheese platter with all of the cheeses, fruits, vegetables, meats, spreads, breads and nuts one could EVER want, am I right? As a major grazer, I could opt for a cheese platter over some of the most appetizing entrees almost every chance I get, so this cheese platter inspiration has a special place in my heart.

As shared in the original post, MKR spells out what makes up the ultimate cheese platter, but she explains that there really are no rules. Creating a cheese platter is a great opportunity to try new flavors, mix old favorites and expand your knowledge in the tapas department. While there are no rules, it can also be a bit intimidating standing in front of the deli window, so MKR shares her tips for selecting a good variety of cheese and charcuterie (like include a variety of cheese textures: soft, firm, hard and blue…but always one “safe option”!), as well as a few favorite picks of her own (roasted tomatoes and grilled asparagus are always a hit).  

Will you be serving a cheese platter at your Super Bowl party? What are your go-to’s on your board?  Cheers, Kat

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