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Meet Valerie Nin, one of the Chefs of Sugar Rush 2017

Executive Pastry Chef Valerie Nin of Grill 23 & Bar is one of  five of the extraordinary Pastry Chef’s taking part in Sugar Rush 2017 on Monday, July 17 at 6:00 PM at the Rail Stop in Brighton.  Get your ticket on EventBrite and join us as we not only enjoy a 5-course dessert tasting but raise much needed money for breast cancer research.
Valerie NinExecutive Pastry ChefGrill 23 & Bar
Valerie Nin is the Executive Pastry Chef at Grill 23 & Bar, Boston’s premier steakhouse and seafood grill, where she oversees the restaurant’s pastry program. Valerie uses seasonal ingredients to create …

 

Time to Try a New Dessert! Almond, Ricotta, and Blood Orange Cake

We might be busy working on the events to raise money for breast cancer research for Bakes for Breast Cancer including Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer, Rhode Island Bakes for Breast Cancer and Cape & Islands Bakes for Breast Cancer but we still try to find the time to take a break and make something special.
There are so many recipes that we see in our Facebook feed flash bye our eyes and every so often there is that one recipe we say we have to try!
Last Friday, our Director and Director of Sponsorship Susan Guerin was having a dinner party …

 

Black Bean and Walnut Brownies

Black Bean and Walnut Brownies
Ingredients:
1 (15 1/2 oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup olive oil
2 large eggs
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup agave or maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips, divided into two 1/4 cup portions
1/3 cup white whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon canola, coconut, or walnut oil
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease 9″ x 9″ square baking pan with oil.
In a blender, puree black beans in olive oil. Then add eggs, cocoa, agave/maple sugar, and vanilla. Melt half of the chocolate chips and add to the blender. Blend …

 

An Afternoon at Mistral

Walking into Mistral around noon, I almost expected to see some sort of secret, daytime chaos that would explain how the restaurant pulls off its perfectly orchestrated dinners. But the restaurant was pristine and silent, sunlight poured into the room through large windows, and the kitchen hummed quietly in the background. In a few hours, the restaurant would be lit only by the tentacles of chandeliers and filled with the clink of forks on plates and the murmur of wait staff getting to know their guests.
I met with Shane Gray, Mistral’s pastry chef, and Mark D’Alessandro, the general manager, at …

 

Last Minute Thanksgivivng Recipes

In case you are still looking for some recipes for Thanksgiving, our blog has some great recipes for you to check out!  Check out these recipes which we make year in and year out!  We will add more recipes for you soon but in the meantime enjoy these recipes!
Brie en Croute
Mushroom Soup
Cipolline Al Forno
Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Pecan and Marshmallow Streusel
Bourbon Apple Crisp with Ice Cream
Enjoy!

Tags: Bakes for Breast Cancer, nonprofit breast cancer organization, recipes, Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving Recipes

 

A Great Corn Salad for Summer

It is summer and corn is in season across the country. Therefore it is a wonderful time to try corn in a new way! This wonderful corn salad from Ina Garten is my go to recipe for bbq, picnics during the summer and anytime of the year.
It can be made with fresh corn or if in a hurry with frozen corn thawed. I have done it both ways and if using frozen corn, I use two bags.  I also have cooked the corn in the microwave instead of on the stove in boiling water.
Its refreshing flavors make it a perfect …

 

A Tasty Barcelona Dish

Today I leave for the West Coast to visit some of the friends I made while studying abroad in Barcelona! I can’t wait to see them, but thinking about it makes me miss being in Barcelona. I dug up some of the recipes I had from a cooking class I took there so I can make some traditional Barcelona food in my own home. One of the foods I really enjoyed was the Chupito de Sopa de Tomate, a tomato soup shot. The dish is a form of gazpacho, a cold soup dish that is popular all over Spain, especially …

 

Eight Healthy Recipes for Your Summer Cookout

With Memorial Day approaching, we’re all looking forward to getting outside with family and friends to enjoy barbecues. Although hamburgers, hot dogs, and potato salad are staples at these affairs, it’s important to keep an eye on the things you’re eating and make healthy choices when possible.
In general, try to stick to lean meats like poultry or fish, or substitute meat with colorful vegetables. For flavoring, use acid-based marinades like lemon or vinaigrettes instead of thick, sugary sauces.
There are many recipes out there that offer nutrient-dense versions of our favorite summer foods. Dana-Farber nutritionist Stacy Kennedy, MPH, RD, has narrowed down …

 

Fruit Parfait

Ingredients:

1 egg white
1/4 cup honey
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 cups walnut halves
4 cups plain Greek yogurt of your choice
2 cups fresh strawberries, sliced
2 large bananas, sliced
1 cup of cinnamon roasted walnuts, chopped
Canola oil to grease pan

Directions:
Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Dab a paper towel in vegetable oil and wipe a cookie sheet to grease pan.
Beat egg white and honey together. Mix cinnamon, vanilla, and salt together in a small bowl. Combine with egg mixture. Fold walnuts into the mixture to coat and spread out on greased pan.
Bake until coating on nuts is crusty, about 1 hour. …

 

Peanut Butter & Co.

 
As a kid, I put a slight variation on the classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich by eating mine with only the peanut butter. My love of peanut butter is most likely inherited from my dad, who could probably live off peanut butter if he had to. Last year I went grocery shopping with a friend and saw her pick up a brand of peanut butter I had never noticed.  I decided to grab a jar for myself because the flavors sounded amazing, and the packaging was unbelievably cute with a little monkey on the front. From then on, I …