Friday, May 2, 2014

Teacher Appreciation Day

Today I am sharing with you the treats that I sent in to school with my sons for Teacher Appreciation Day! Lots of sweet goodies, including adorable teacher -themed chocolate covered Oreos. The molds can be found at www.spinningleaf.com ! I will be back with more recipes soon! Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Light It Up Blue For Autism

I have been on an oreo kick lately, so in honor of Autism Awareness here are some Chocolate covered Oreos!I will be back this week with some more delicious recipes! Have a great day!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Easter Oreos

I am way behind...truly way behind, but I am back! Here is a quick post to let you see what I have been up to as of late. I hope to be posting more frequently, especially now that we are finally at the beginning of the planting season!! Easter/Spring chocolate covered oreos have been my latest hobby. All you need are some oreo cookie molds, along with melting chocolate,in a variety of colors, and of course oreos!! Easy to make, and a fun project for the kids. Thank goodness it is spring!!
Enjoy the warmer weather!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween

Wishing you all a very Happy Halloween!! Here is a picture of the cookies I made for my son's class...just wanted to share with you!! Have fun trick or treating!

Monday, October 28, 2013

NYC Walking Chocolate Tour

 
In honor of National Chocolate Day, I wanted to share pictures from my recent visit to NYC for  a chocolate tour of the city. We had a wonderful, funny tour guide named Alex, and he was quite knowledgeable about not only chocolate, but about the city and architecture as well. We visited multiple bakeries, and chocolate shops, sampling their treats along the way.Enjoy the pictures!

Our tour guide Alex, had a great sense of humor and did a great job of showing us around the city.

 


Our group gathered at the Chelsea Market, where Food Network lives. We then walked to a little chocolate shop called the Chocolate Bar. It was a quaint little shop where we each sampled a small piece of chocolate. It was good, but I was  honestly thinking to myself that I hoped we would be sampling more than a one inch square piece of chocolate! From there, we walked to one of the oldest chocolatiers in NYC, Lilac Chocolates. www.li-lacchocolates.com . At this stop, we sampled a small piece of dark chocolate, along with a delicious piece of  butter crunch toffee....which truly was divine.
   As we walked along, out guide Alex gave us lots of information about the city, and different types of buildings, street signs etc...in his French accent, which made the tour that much more fun!
 
Our next stop was Magnolia Bakery ,www.magnoliabakery.com  ,which is infamous for its cupcakes. We were each treated to a chocolate cupcake with a creamy chocolate frosting. Unfortunately, I ate mine before I remembered to take a picture of it...sorry about that.
 
We continued our walk until we came upon Milk & Cookies,www.milk&cookiesbakery.com  ,where we were each given a large chocolate chocolate chip cookie. At this point, some people were a bit full, but as a chocolate lover, I was happy to sample mine.It was delicious!
 
We then moved on to a place called Xocolatti's www.xocolatti.com  ,in SOHO. Here, as you can see, the walls were stacked with candy boxes, making it a very attractive place to shop.My only disappointment came when they told us we would be sampling a piece of white chocolate, with mango and topped with....are you ready? PAPRIKA!   Now, I love white chocolate , but I was less than enthusiastic. However, I tried it , and I must say that I was pleasantly surprised. I loved it.....chocolate, with hints of mango, and then the paprika hits you at the end. Normally, I would never have tried something like that...but I am glad I did because it was really good......and $25 per pound!
 



Next, we went to the place I would have to call my favorite of all....a specialty shop called Bisous Ciao.www.bisousciao.com . They make French macaron cookies in a wide array of flavors. Of course, we sampled chocolate since we were on a chocolate tour. These were magnificent....decadent and absolutely delicious. I have added this store to my list of possible online gifts for the holidays. Definitely my new favorite treat!
 









Our next stop was Pasticceria Bruno www.pasticceriabruno.com ,on Bleecker Street. We passed Murray's cheese shop, and although the huge wheels of Parmeggiano  Reggiano were calling my name, we walked on. At Bruno, we sampled cannoli, which we were told beat Bobby Flay's in a throw down....but hey, he is Irish,so was to be expected! I did a little shopping at this stop and bought some cannoli and cookies to bring home to my hubby and boys. It was a beautiful bakery, but quite expensive.
   Our final stop was at Vosges,www.vosges.com  where we sampled chocolate with chipotles in it. It was good, and spicy! Again, not my typical choice, but a nice treat .
   All in all, we walked over 40   city blocks, which I would have to say took care of our calorie intake for the day! It was a fun evening, and something I would suggest if you are in NYC and love chocolate! Find more information at www.sweetwalks.com .  Now, I have to start planning for the cupcake tour!!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Fresh Corn Salsa

 
When corn is in season, we eat it like crazy! This recipe literally takes 5 minutes to prepare,and involves no cooking whatsoever! Serve it as a light side with fish or chicken,as a topping for a taco, or as I am here ,with some plain old tortilla chips! When the ingredients are fresh, you really don't need to do much to them! Enjoy!

Ingredients:
2 ears of fresh corn, kernels removed
1 large clove of garlic,minced
1/2 of a small red onion ,minced
1 large plum tomato,seeded and chopped
1-1/2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
1-1/2 Tbsp. canola oil
1/2 tsp.salt
1/2 tsp pepper
fresh parsley,chopped
   Mix the corn  kernels along with all of the other ingredients. Mix well and let sit for a few minutes so the flavors develop. That is it!!! Easy!
 
Serve with tortilla chips if desired.

*** For a little heat, add some minced jalapeno pepper.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

My New Etsy Shop

 
Exciting news!! I have been hard at work creating a new Parnell's Pantry Shop on Etsy! It is not yet "officially" open, but will be in a few days. As of now, the shop will be featuring a variety of seasonal wreaths, including fall,Halloween,Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Each week,there will be a variety of different items available for purchase. I hope that you enjoy the variety of items that will be available to you. It is my intention to add a number of different things as we head into the busy holiday season. All of the items will be made by yours truly, and I hope that you love them as much as I do!! Whether you are shopping for yourself,, looking for a unique,handmade gift,or just browsing, I hope you will stop in often and see what is new and exciting!
 

You can find the link to my shop at the top of the blog's main page,or at www.etsy.com/shop/parnellspantry . I am posting a few sample wreaths for you to see, and there will be many,many more to come! Enjoy!!