Cooking with Giada de Laurentiis Pt. 1

We’ve been so busy these last few weeks and now I finally have time to share with you all of our experiences. So strap on your seat belts and enjoy the ride.

If you’re a real foodie, you would have followed all of the excitement around the New York Wine & Food Festival during the 2nd week of October.

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Last year, we tried to attend as many events as could without spending a bunch of money. Some of the events can get a bit pricey, but definitely worth the experience. While attending the Target’s Fun & Fit event last year, we watch Sunny Anderson and Giada de Laurentiis cook some amazing meals.

Watching these wonderful women on the stage, lit a spark within us and was our inspiration for really pursuing our love for food. Little did LaurenAsh know, that I was making a promise to myself that I’d be cooking with one of these ladies, during the same time a year from then.

This is living proof that, when you set a goal and believe in it, anything is possible.

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Yes, here I am, with the famous Giada de Laurentiis, after a long day of dinner service for her guests during her “Italian Paradise Dinner” sponsored by the New York Wine & Food Festival.

Marinate on that for a bit and I share with you my journey of how I ended up here.

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Stuffed Saturday

I hope everyone had a great week and looking forward to a relaxing weekend! We’ve had a very busy and productive week, so the weekend couldn’t come sooner. Unfortunately, our weekends are just as busy.

When I was catching you up this week, did I mention we are now both Coffee Connoisseurs?! Ohh yeaaa… LaurenAsh has joined the cool scenes of the coffee world. Imagine that! Two corporate professionals now working at boutique coffee shops, some days I can’t believe it either. But when I take in all the stress I know longer have, it’s all worth it.

So I decided to share this delicious concoction from last weekend, when we were free to relax.

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I can taste these beauties as I type. When I make this dish, I say to people “and you thought eating gluten and dairy free was hard?”
My new favorite type of bread to cook with is “Food For Life”, which can be found in your local health food store or Shoprite.

French Toast a la apple ๐Ÿ™‚
4 slices of Food For Life brown rice bread
1 tbsp of cinnamon
1 egg
1/2 c. of coconut or rice milk

(Glaze)
1/3 c coconut milk
1 tbsp of confectioners sugar

After mixing all of the ingredients together and soaking the toast, I butter the pan with Melt (butter spread) and pan fried the toast. In a separate pan, simmered pink lady apple slices, butter and cinnamon.

Just plate, drizzle and enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

What’s New Our Way?!

Happy Hump Day Everyone!

You won’t believe the great things happening our way!!! *drumroll please…….* ๐Ÿ™‚

World meet…

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Enchanted Sweets is an all-natural baked goods company free from common allergens such as wheat, gluten, dairy and soy. We have just given birth to our first baby and it couldn’t smell sweeter.

Believe me it took sometime to perfect the mixtures and play around with the sweeteners and spices! But our bellies were filled with lots of love and hope for what was being born.

Every new thing needs a fairy godparent, so Ganache Cafe in Hoboken was the chosen one. Being the Supervisor, I am constantly watching customers walk away with sad faces because we do not have allergy free goodies, telling them “chin, up they’re coming” only made me stay in the kitchen longer to make these beauties.

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From left to right:

Cram My Gramckersย 

Cinnamon and Honey flavored mini cupcake (*Ganache’s signature coffee flavor is Graham Cracker)

Ganache CocoMoco

Espresso chocolate cupcake with Ganache topping

Nana’s Puddin

Soft banana cupcake

Are you as excited as I am? Wait! There’s more!

So… the theory behind Enchanted Sweets, is to develop what your imagination creates. So the mixture of these flavors could possibly be found somewhere is, but not likely. ๐Ÿ™‚ To spark a little something extra, we developed “Mythical Adventures”… dessert replicas of favorite foods… the first one to complete?! Hamburger and Fries.

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That’s right, I said it! Mini hamburger sliders and steak fries… don’t believe me?! See the wizard’s secret potion below:

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Whew! I’ve think I’ve sent you into a state of shock or even tickled your sweet tooth! My apologies! But just for kicks, here is the final display at Ganache.

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