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Food Trends of 2017, so far

We are already in the middle of 2017 and have had so many food trends left and right. My Facebook feed and Instagram is full of different things going on. I guess you can say a rainbow of different colored foods, one moment your eating a rainbow then you are eating black.

When I was looking for food or drink trends I saw a lot of different toast and healthy milk drinks or really sugary milk drinks.

Here are some trends that has been popular in the last 6 months of 2017.
1.) Unicorn/Mermaid- I have notice that trends has somewhat died down but for a couple months its seems like in the Spring time I would see tons of pictures of Unicorn or Mermaid everything.Its a pastel rainbow.
2.) Rainbow- This trend continued on from last year. I saw a lot of hair or drinks going rainbows but now grilled cheese and even bagels. Its more vivid than the Unicorn/Mermaid.
3.) Activated Charcoal- .Activated Charcoal has been around for years and you can take it to help with stomach discomfort, poisoning…
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Black Magic Sauce

When you hear the name Black Magic you might think of something wicked like a witch or Halloween but its not wicked like that but it is wicked good.   I saw a recipe for a cake called Black Magic Cake and it called for Black Cocoa Powder, I didn't know that it  exists until I looked on Amazon and it was real.
The Black Cocoa Powder gets it color from Dutching, they add an alkalizing agent to natural cocoa powder helping with the color.  It also gives the cocoa powder a neutral pH, lower acidity, smoother in flavor and increase solubility.
When I made the sauce I thought it would be bitter no matter how much sugar I added to it because dark chocolate or a semi-sweet chocolate but I was really surprised. The cocoa powder itself is a really dark brown but once you mix with a liquid it turns black.
This sauce taste like a gooey fudgy brownie in a liquid form. Use this on ice cream, pancakes, waffle or mix it in some milk even your coffee.

Tools you'll need
Large Sauce Pan

Whole Wheat Pizza Crust

Like I said in a previous post, I love pizza. I can eat pizza for every meal of the day.  Well I used to be able to eat every meal and have no problem but since I've gotten older I can't eat tomato sauce for two meals back to back and not have acid reflux :(
 I needed a pizza crust that was a little healthier so I decided to use whole wheat flour and it just as delicious as regular crust.  You really can't tell the difference. I had my neice and nephews over and they ate it all up.
I used this crust to make a Sicilian Style pizza that is stretch out on a cookie sheet and cut into a square or a rectangle.  I believe you get some pizza out of this style.

Tools you'll need:
Plastic Wrap
2 Cookie Sheets
Large Plastic Container
Large Bowl
Pastry Brush

Yields: 2 Sicilian Style Pizza

4 cups of Whole Wheat Flour, I used King Arthur's Flour
2 cups of Unbleached Bread Flour,I used King Arthur's Flour
2 1/4 cups of Warm Water
1 Tablespoon of Dry Active Yeast
2 Ta…

Cajun Chicken and Dumplings

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Growing up in the south there are several restaurants with hardly any various. It roasted or boil chicken with vegetables or none in a cream of chicken or chicken broth soup and flat dumplings. I get it most of the time if they have it and it is good but I like my food spicy.
In high school, I think it was my Sophomore or Junior year, I was in a Home Ec. class and we had a homework assignment to come up with a dish. I forgot to do it the assignment and when my teacher came to me on the spot it popped in my head, Cajun Chicken and Dumplings, I never made it before that time in my life and winged how to make it.  I told the teacher that you boil the chicken breast or thighs in what we call down here Crab Boil and there you go.

So when I got home I had to try it out, I cooked it up for my family and haven't gone back making plain Chicken and Dumplings.  I used to make it with cream of chicken soup but once I went organic I gave that up now I just use chi…

Eggless Oreo Cheescake Cookie Dough

Who likes to eat raw cookie dough? This girl does.
 Every time I bake brownies or cookies I am guilty (not guilty) of licking the bowl of the rest of the batter, why waste it?  I licked the bowl clean about two weeks ago when I made Jumbo 'Oreo' Cheesecake Cookies, I had a little cookie dough left and I ate it then came to me.
The next time I make these yummy cookies I am going to make it eggless because I don't want wait for the cookies to bake then have to wait for them to cool.

These are a great combination of sweet, creamy and tangy.  The sweetness comes from the chocolate cookies, vanilla beans and leaving the cream with the cookies also giving it a marshmallow flavor to quote my mom.  The tangy comes from the cream cheese which makes everything taste better.

25 Organic Chocolate Crème Sandwich Cookies, can use regular Oreos
2 1/3 cups of Unbleached All Purpose Flour
2 cups of Sugar
7 ounces of Unsalted Butter, softened equals to 1 stick + 7 tablespoons (I used…