Meet and Greet Recipe Exchange: Pumpkin

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Hello Fellow Bloggers and Bakers!

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We’re hosting another Meet and Greet Recipe Exchange! 

You may be asking yourself, what’s the point of participating in a Meet and Greet?

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Well, it’s an opportunity to…

  • Connect with other bloggers.
  • Gain exposure for your blog.
  • Increase your followers.
  • Discover new blogs.
  • And of course collect delicious recipes!


Each Recipe Exchange features a different baking confection or flavor.  

Now it may not officially be Autumn, but¬†September has arrived…which means¬†Pumpkin Spice is in the air!

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So, no surprise, the theme of this Recipe Exchange is Pumpkin.

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Ordinarily, chocolate is the star of all¬†of the desserts on this blog. But, just this once, chocolate doesn’t have to be the main ingredient. However, we do ask that chocolate is in the recipe…we don’t want to get too crazy here, and lose focus of our priorities. Besides, pumpkin and chocolate- pure decadence!

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The Rules:

Your recipe must feature pumpkin, and include at least one chocolate element. The chocolate can be in any form, or in any amount:

  • White, Milk, or Dark Chocolate¬†
  • A sprinkle of chocolate chips
  • A powder of cocoa
  • A white chocolate glaze
  • A dash of chocolate sprinkles

 

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Examples include, (but are not limited to):

  • Muffins
  • Cakes & Cupcakes
  • Cheesecakes
  • Pies & Tarts
  • Cookies¬†
  • Cookie Bars


If you have a Pumpkin recipe on your blog, we’d love to showcase it here! Simply, post the name of the recipe and your blog link in the comment section below.

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Don’t have a recipe, but love great food? We’d love to connect with you, as well!

To gain the most exposure, be sure to add your recipes and blog link to past and future Recipe Exchanges. We’ll keep a running lists of posts.


Previous Recipe Exchanges:

Chocolate & Berries 

Brownies

S’mores

Looking forward to your Pumpkin recipes!¬†‚̧ԳŹ

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Chocolate and Cheese Pairings

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How does a chocoholic celebrate Cheese Day? It may seem like an odd couple, but cheese can actually be a delicious accompaniment to chocolate.

 

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Way. If you find yourself feeling hungry and adventurous, give it a try!

The basics of a Chocolate and Cheese Tasting:

  • Smell the cheese chunk and chocolate before sampling.
  • When tasting a pair, eat the cheese followed by the chocolate.
  • Eat small pieces of each, the cheese being double the size of the chocolate.
  • Take time to allow flavors to melt in your mouth.
  • Dark chocolate, being less sweet, tends to pair with aged, nutty, or pungent cheeses. I find the dark chocolate to be most versatile.
  • Typically, more complex chocolates pair best with more dimensional cheeses.
  • Milk chocolate tends to go better with milk based, buttery, or soft cheeses.
  • Experiment with chocolates with texture and multiple flavors. (Nuts, caramel, coffee beans, fruit, spices, toffee, etc.)

 

Of course, all of these thoughts are just suggestions. The combinations aren’t an absolute science, however you’ll find that some flavors naturally blend well together. At the end of the day, it’s all about your palate.¬†

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Some recommendations:

Dark Chocolate– pair with Blue Cheese, Goat Cheese, wine or beer washed cheese, Aged Parmesan, Aged Cheddar, Aged Gouda, Mascarpone

Milk Chocolate – goes with Riccotta, Brie, Robiola, and goat/cow milk cheeses.

White Chocolate – try with mild cheeses, like Colby or Goat Cheese.

Chocolate with Nuts or Dried Fruit– pairs well with aged cheeses, semi-soft cheeses (like Brie), Aged Jack Cheese, Gruyere

Spicy & Chili Chocolate– pairs nicely with Aged Sharp Cheeses

Chocolate Caramels– their sweetness will round off with a salty cheese, such as Romano.

Have you ever tried chocolate and cheese together? ¬†I’d love to hear about your pairing experience- good or bad!

 

Smile and Say Cheese-Cake!

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Girl Scout cookie season has come and gone. So what’s a girl to do when she has an insatiable craving for the Samoa cookie? ¬†

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What’s a¬†Samoa,¬†you ask?¬†


It’s the cookie with-

Sweet toasted Coconut,

 

Rich, decadent Chocolate,

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And, chewy golden Caramel.

 

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And when you combine all three flavors and textures, it’s nothing short of irresistible.

 

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Now imagine all of that goodness…on top of a cheesecake.

 

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No-Bake Samoa Cheesecake 

Original Recipe by Life, Love and Sugar

 

Ingredients

Crust
2 cups Oreo crumbs (from about 20 Oreos, leave filling in the Oreos))
1/4 cup butter, melted
 
Filling and Topping
1 cup coconut flakes, divided
24 oz cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp coconut extract
1 cup vanilla wafers, broken into pieces
1/2 cup caramel sauce, divided (I use this one)
8 oz cool whip (or homemade whipped cream)
1/4 cup mini chic chips for topping
additional caramel sauce for topping
chocolate sauce for topping (I use this one)

Instructions

1. Spread coconut onto a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Bake at 325 degrees for 5-10 minutes, or until lightly toasted. Set aside to cool.
2. Combine Oreo crumbs and melted butter and press into the bottom of a greased 9 inch springform pan.
3. Combine cream cheese, sugars and extracts in a large bowl and mix until smooth.
4. Fold in 3/4 cup of coconut flakes, vanilla wafer pieces and 1/4 cup caramel sauce into cream cheese mixture.
5. Add Cool Whip to cream cheese mixture and stir until combined.
6. Add batter to crust in 3 parts, adding a little more of the caramel sauce each time until you’ve used all of the caramel. Use a knife to swirl caramel around. Be careful to not put the knife through the crust.
7. Smooth out the top of the cheesecake.
8. Top cheesecake with remaining 1/4 cup coconut flakes, mini chocolate chips, chocolate sauce and caramel sauce.
9. Refrigerate until firm, 4-5 hours.