This Weeks Recipe: Apple Hot Toddy | Courtesy of Tyler Florence

Tyler Florence Cookbook Chatbooks

(Tyler Florence Cookbook Vol 1, $16)

Chatbooks is a complete 4-book set of cookbooks by chef Tyler Florence. Today I am featuring the first Volume 1- Winter of 2016, and features the 25 original recipes you need this season. From everyday meals to entertaining, Tyler has the perfect recipe! The Apple Hot Toddy recipe is perfect for a chilly day and soothes a sore throat. It will soon become a regular favorite!

Apple Hot Toddy

Cook: 15 Minutes | 6-8 Servings
Ingredients
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/2 tsp allspice berries
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 6 tbsp honey
  • 24 oz apple cider
  • 24 oz bourbon
  • 1 fuji apple, cored and sliced into 8 wedges

Combine all ingredients into a pot and gently warm. Remove the apple slices and skewer each with a cocktail fork.

To serve; ladle into a heat resistant glass and garnish with the apple slices.

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Sugar Fix: Valentine’s Day Doughnut Recipe

Valentine's Day Donuts Recipe

In need of a sugar fix ASAP? With Valentine’s Day vastly approaching these delicious baked doughnut’s are a perfect treat for you and your significant other or just keep them all for yourself, it will be our little secret!

Valentine’s Day Cake Doughnuts Recipe

Don’t be afraid to sprinkle cake flour as needed when you’re rolling out the dough.  Other than that, you’re good to go. Yields: 13 Doughnuts

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
  • 3/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbsp shortening
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large yolk
  • 2/3 cup 2% milk
  • vegetable oil, for frying

Pink Icing

  • 4 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar (powdered sugar)
  • 2 tsp light corn syrup
  • 1/4 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • a couple drops of pink food gel coloring
  • 1/3 cup hot water

Toppings

  • Red, Yellow Jimmies
  • Or Red, Yellow Sprinkles

Directions

  1. Whisk together cake flour, all-purpose flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, mix together sugar and shortening on low speed. Mix until mixture resembles coarse sand. Add whole egg and yolk. Mix until creamy. Scrape down bowl as needed to ensure thorough mixing.
  3. Add 1/3 of dry mixture into mixing bowl. Mix on low speed until almost combined. Following with 1/2 of milk. Add another 1/3 of dry mixture, followed with remaining milk. Mix and end with dry mixture.
  4. The dough will be quite sticky. Once combined, transfer dough to a clean bowl. Cover directly with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for one hour.
  5. Filled a large pot with 3 inches of oil. Using a candy thermometer, bring oil to 370 degrees F over medium heat.
  6. Remove dough from fridge and transfer to generously floured surface. Dough will be very sticky. Sprinkle cake flour over dough as needed to ensure dough doesn’t stick to surface. Pat dough into an even layer about 1/2-inch thick.
  7. Dip 2 1/2-inch round cutter in flour each time before cutting dough. Cut smaller doughnut hole in center. Fold and press dough scrapes together to cut out more doughnuts.
  8. Brush off any excess flour off the doughnuts before adding them to the oil hot. Depending on the size of your pot, add 4-5 doughnuts to the pot at a time. Be sure not to crowd the doughnuts. Set a timer for 1 minute and 30 seconds. By this time, the doughnuts should have floated to the top. Turn over doughnut and cook for another 90 seconds. Once golden brown all over, remove from oil and let drain on paper towels or over wire rack.
  9. Allow doughnuts to cool before dipping in pink icing.

Pink Icing:

  1. In a medium bowl add confectioners’ sugar, corn syrup, salt, vanilla extract, pink gel coloring, and hot water. Use a whisk or a hand mixer to blend ingredients together until smooth. If icing is too thick, add hot water about 1 teaspoon at a time.

Assembly:

  1. Once doughnuts have cooled, dip one side into pink icing. Place dipped doughnut on wire rack, iced side up. Sprinkle desired toppings over icing. Let icing set until firm, about 10-15 minutes.
adapted from Top Pot Hand-Forged Doughnuts

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Hump Day Treats; Peanut Butter & Grape Nuts Cookies | Latest Installment

Continuing with the latest installment of Hump Day Treats, today we are making Peanut Butter & Grape Nuts Cookies. Almost everyone loves peanut butter cookies, it’s the one cookie that never fails to satisfy with the gratification of rich, pea-nutty flavor and pleasingly chewy texture thanks to brown sugar, and a welcome surprise courtesy of Grape Nuts cereal. It has an irresistible crunch and barley flavor that blends perfectly here.

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Hump Day Treats | A New Addition

Snickerdoodle Cupcakes

Every Wednesday we are rolling out a new addition to the blog entitled, Hump Day Treats. We will be baking up and bringing you the best, delicious tasting dessert recipes we can find. This week’s recipe comes from the popular cupcake shop Sprinkles, founded by Candace Nelson. Who doesn’t love Snickerdoodle Cupcakes? We altered it a bit by adding applesauce and more cinnamon, if you love snickerdoodle cookies you will definitely enjoy these cupcakes. Your favorite cinnamon sugar cookie in cake form, what more could you want?

Snickerdoodle Cupcakes

Ingredients (makes 12 cupcakes)

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt

2/3 cup buttermilk, shaken

4 tablespoons applesauce

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, slightly softened

1/3 cup sugar

1 1/2 tablespoons lightly packed light brown sugar

2 large eggs

Step One: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 12-cup cupcake pan with paper liners.

Step Two: In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, and salt. In a small bowl, stir together the buttermilk, applesauce, and vanilla.

Step Three: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter and both sugars on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Reduce the speed to medium-low, add the eggs one at a time, and beat until creamy, 1 to 2 minutes. Slowly add half the flour mixture, then the buttermilk mixture, then the remaining flour mixture, beating until just blended after each addition.

Divide the batter evenly among the liners and bake until the tops are just dry to the touch and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 21 to 23 minutes. Transfer to the pan to a wire rack and cool completely. Begin making cinnamon sugar topping immediately.

Cinnamon Sugar Topping

1/4 cup sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted

In a shallow bowl, combine the sugar, cinnamon, and melted butter. Let set for 1 to 2 minutes until it cools some. Using a knife spread the topping over cupcakes. You can also dust powdered sugar on top for decoration.

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Kick bad breath to the curb this season with Pur!

Pur Flatlay ; Photo taken by Alyssa of Le Petit Mondea

(Pur Spearmint 9pc Gum, $1.69 | Pur Spearmint 20pc Mints, $2.49 | Pur Tangerine Mango 20pc Mints, $2.49)

What began with just a single pack of aspartame-free gum in 2010 has grown into a variety of delicious flavors and expanding product lines at a global scale. The Pur Company is following the same mission since day one: to make simple substitutions in everyday favorites without compromising quality to promote a healthier lifestyle.

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MONQ Therapeutic Air, a holistic aromatherapy device used for mood

Monq Therapeutic Air

(Zen Monq, $20 | Sleepy Monq, $20)

If you haven’t heard of MONQ yet, you will soon. It is the newest, most innovative, and coolest aromatherapy device out there. Using a small portable device, you can experience aromatherapy variety of effects anywhere. When you use it, it lights up, letting you know that it is active. And you simply breathe in Therapeutic Air that your MONQ diffuses. It comes in 7 blends, so you can swap off depending upon your mood, with blends such as Happy, Zen and Sleepy!

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MONQ is an organic, natural, tobacco free, nicotine free, way to experience the benefits of Aromatherapy. Simply open a MONQ and breathe in the Therapeutic Air that your MONQ diffuses. In their seven blends, each of which provides an amazing effect, like relaxation, or an energy boost.

They’ve given Le Petit Mondea a special code “LEPETITMONDEA10” that allows you to get 10% off any order at www.MONQ.com.

Give it a try and let me know how much you like them!

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Product of the Week: The Memobottle

Memobottle A6
(A6 Memobottle, $22)

The Memobottle Story 

The memobottle™ was born from two main frustrations that the creators (Jesse Leeworthy & Jonathan Byrt) saw in society whist growing up together in a small coastal town south of Melbourne, Australia.  As youngsters they were constantly spending time at the beach/outdoors and noticed an increasing number of plastic water bottles being washed ashore at local beaches and waterways.  The two decided to look into the environmental issue a little further. Initially they had no idea how large this problem was. They couldn’t comprehend how in a country that provides such clean and accessible drinking water; people would still buy single-use water bottles – paying over 1400 times more than perfectly drinkable tap water.
 
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[Photo by: Memobottle]
Resembling the shape of a piece of paper, the memobottle™ fits where other bottles don’t. The memobottle™ takes on the dimensions of the A5 and A6 international paper sizes, allowing it to conveniently slide into your carry bag alongside your laptop, books and other belongings.
The memobottle™ is not only a beautifully designed product, but it also holds the ability to become a vehicle that changes society’s mentality around how water can be transported and consumed. It is the balance between improved life convenience and environmental responsibility.
It’s a common belief that plastic is The Devil. However, due to the monstrous embodied energy in Aluminium and Stainless Steel products, (considering raw material to product) reusable plastic bottles are actually 80% more environmentally friendly than their counterparts.
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Beauty Bites: Adding Sparkling Water To Your Routine

Aqua Carpatica

(Aqua Carpatica Sparkling Water, 0.5 liter)

These days, it seems like everywhere you turn, there is a new product or technology for enhancing your beauty routine. Instead of investing in something new, take a look at your fridge and turn to sparkling mineral water for the latest in DIY skincare. Washing your face with sparkling water has been a hot trend for beauty aficionados in Japan and Korea for quite some time, and now it is picking up in the west.

AQUA Carpatica, the world’s only nitrate-free naturally sparkling mineral water. Because of the location of AQUA Carpatica’s protected springs, the water is completely nitrate free and loaded with natural minerals. Nitrates are contaminates from the runoff from fertilizer use, leakage from septic tanks and erosion of natural deposits. You can imagine how bad that is for your body! In addition to being free of nitrates, AQUA Carpatica’s naturally sparkling mineral water offers skincare benefits from:

  • Calcium – which helps the body generate new skin cells and shed old cells
  • Magnesium – which has anti-aging, anti-inflammatory and allergy-reducing properties
  • A nearly neutral pH of 6.5 – the closest pH level to pure water compared to other sparkling waters on the market
  • Natural carbonation – which aids in exfoliation and oxygenation of the skin

AQUA Carpatica recently announced the U.S. launch of its naturally sparkling mineral and still spring varieties at Sprouts Farmers Market Stores, with a national launch set for May 1.

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About AQUA Carpatica

AQUA Carpatica comes from springs deep within the Carpathian Mountains – an ancient land where time seems to stand still, leaving only the pristine beauty of nature and history. It’s the last wild forest in Europe, and with no agriculture or industrial activity in the surrounding areas, it’s like going back to a time before chemicals, fertilizers, CFCs and other contaminants even existed.

With AQUA Carpatica, purity and taste go hand in hand. Millions of years of volcanic activity have filtered impurities at the source, and endowed our water with its unrivaled flavor. Natural minerals carbonate AQUA Carpatica’s sparkling water – the only nitrate-free, naturally sparkling water on Earth.

The springs that provide the foundation for AQUA Carpatica have been preserved from the beginning of time and they’ll be protected for thousands of years more. Taste AQUA Carpatica, a taste bestowed by nature, a spring safeguarded by nature.

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