Mexican Chocolate Ice Cream

Kick up your favorite chocolate ice cream a notch with this silky smooth Mexican Chocolate Ice Cream with cinnamon and a hint of chili powder.

Mexican Chocolate Ice Cream with cinnamon and a hint of chili powder

Here we are, the first week in September and it’s been…hot. Almost in the 90s all week hot. I’m not ready to wear pants yet hot. When I visited the farmer’s market this past weekend, I saw both an abundance of fresh tomatoes, peaches, apples, and pumpkins. Pumpkins! If the farmer’s market has pumpkins, then I guess it’s officially pumpkin season. However, it certainly doesn’t feel like it, so I’m not opening a can just yet. Instead I’m whipping up yet another batch of homemade ice cream – Mexican Chocolate Ice Cream, to be exact. Mexican chocolate means two dominant flavors – chocolate and cinnamon. If you’ve never paired chocolate with cinnamon before, you’re missing out; it’s a match made in heaven. Sometimes chili powder is also added, but before you freak out, it’s more of a hint of spice than eating something spicy like tacos; your mouth won’t be on fire (and if it is, dairy aka ice cream is the best way to cool it down!). It’s your favorite chocolate ice cream kicked up a notch with spice.

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Basil Pesto Dip

Grab the chips because you won’t be able to stop eating this creamy Basil Pesto Dip made with homemade basil pesto and sour cream. Perfect for parties, tailgating, or simply watching tv on the couch.

Creamy Basil Pesto Dip made with homemade basil pesto

This time of year marks the start of tailgating season, which happens to be one of my favorite food seasons because when else is it acceptable to eat dip for dinner? It’s funny that I love to bake, yet my snack craving is bigger than my sweet tooth. Maybe because I almost always have access to desserts, but I purposely don’t buy snacks because I’ll eat them all in one day. I eat normal snacks like chips, nachos, and pretzels; unusual snacks like wasabi pea crisps and pickle popcorn; and just plain weird snacks like nori crackers (aka dried seaweed and yes, I love it). I’m definitely a snacky snack kind of girl. The only thing that can make a bag of chips even better is dip. When I’m at parties and I spy dip (especially buffalo chicken dip), either you better get your dip before me or stand back while I take the whole thing. Since we’re getting ready to transition from summer to fall, I thought this Basil Pesto Dip was in order with its use of fresh herbs. I love basil pesto so much, I made a double batch from this recipe then spread the leftovers on my morning bagel for breakfast. So much better than jam if you ask me. I knew mixing together sour cream and homemade pesto would make an excellent dip.

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Strawberry Wine Spritzer Slush

Strawberry Wine Spritzer Slushies made with only 4 ingredients

Kick back and chill out with Strawberry Wine Spritzer Slush. Just throw 5 ingredients into a blender and serve. Wow. Is it really September tomorrow?! This summer has been quite an unusual one, ranging from weeks of rain in a row in June to a … [Continue reading]

Bacon and Pesto Macaroni and Cheese

Bacon and Pesto Macaroni and Cheese with homemade basil pesto

This creamy stovetop Bacon and Pesto Macaroni and Cheese with grape tomatoes, homemade basil pesto, smoked gouda, and cheddar cheese is an ode to farmer's markets and can be ready for dinner in under an hour. Tuesday night when I went for my … [Continue reading]

Mini Banana Split Cheesecakes

Mini Banana Split Cheesecakes

These mini cheesecakes taste just like banana split but without the mess of melted ice cream. Ideal to serve at parties or to a crowd of hungry cheesecake lovers. Did you watch Food Network Star this summer? I am a sucker for these food … [Continue reading]

Taco Pizza Roll Ups

Taco Pizza Roll Ups with ground beef, salsa, and cheese

Whether you're looking for a fun twist on taco night or new tailgating recipes, these Taco Pizza Roll Ups will be an instant crowd pleaser. All you have to do is roll up pizza dough with ground beef, salsa, and cheese. Football season is … [Continue reading]