Chocolate-Glazed Almond Horns #FourDaysofEid

Happy 1st of October everyone! I know I say this every month, but wow, September seriously flew right by us! I'm glad it did though, because I've been looking forward to this month and especially this week in particular. This week I'm celebrating #FourDaysofEid!

As a Muslim, I observe two major holidays each year. They're both generally referred to as Eid, but the first one is Eid-ul-Fitr which is celebrated after Ramadan and the second one is Eid-ul-Adha, which is celebrated in conclusion of the Islamic pilgrimage season. That's the one going down this Saturday and it's a four day holiday, hence the hashtag! I am sort of celebrating in reverse though, no big deal.

Today, and for the next two days that follow, I'll be sharing some delish Eid recipe ideas, all of which will be featuring products from my favorite partyware shop, ModernEid.

ModernEid has been creating stylish and contemporary party goods since 2011, and they've been doing a darn good job at it, with each line they release being better than the last. Their motto promises nothing tacky, and if you take a quick look at their products, you can see that they certainly live up to that.

Although ModernEid was founded because of the lack of Eid products available to Muslims in the U.S., their products are not limited to this holiday. In fact, they offer a variety of designs and decorations that can be used all year round for many types of celebrations. All their designs do however share one common theme, and that is, they are modern and up to date with market trends.

I took a page from their book and baked up a modern almond cookie to share with you all today. I've mentioned this before and I'll say it again, almonds are extremely prevalent in the Algerian culture. Almost every cookie is made with them,  and because of this, Algerians have to get really creative and make each cookie look different than the last.

I ain't got time for that! So, I brought a basic chocolate-glazed almond horn cookie to our dessert table this year. I believe these are an Italian cookie, though there is some controversy about that according to Google. The point is, somewhere along the line, someone discovered that you could use almond paste to make delicious cookies, and shortly after that, everyone was making their own version!


Spiced Mini Skillet Apple Crisp

Does the order of words in the title sound about right? I really couldnt figure out what to call this dessert for the life of me. You would think something so small and simple would be easy to name!? Nope. I felt like I needed to include that it's made in a skillet and that it's spiced. But, skillet spiced apple crisp made it sound like I used a skillet to spice it and mini spiced skillet made it sound like the skillet was spiced and not the apples. Sigh. These are real life #foodbloggerproblems.

Anyway, this is the first apple crisp I've ever made! I've always wanted to make one but my family doesn't like trying new things. Apple pie is sort of their thing and always will be. But it hit me the other day, that if I want to try something new, I should just try it as a mini version first. That way, if they like it, they like it, and if they don't, they don't. And it won't go to waste! I'm so brilliant sometimes.

So, I made this in a mini skillet, and used ginger and cardamom to spice it, as per our Mystery Dish ingredients for this month. And I topped it with a vanilla bean ice cream, and it was marvelous! My brother's response was "That's all you made?" Ermmm, yes mister I only like my apples in apple pie.


Strawberry White Chocolate Macarons

You guyyyyys! I became an aunt again over the weekend! And I'm so excited I can hardly contain myself! I love babies and right now, it's baby season! Literally, three of my friends had babies this past week. And there's more to come! Melissa, from a Teaspoon of Happiness, is expecting a baby girl in a few weeks and today we're throwing her a virtual baby shower!

Isn't blogging fun? You get to throw parties for all your virtual friends. And that rule about not eating what you bring to a party because it's rude? Well, you can throw that right on out the window. You're basically required to eat what you bring to a virtual party. And enjoy it in all the guests' honor, of course :)

I definitely enjoyed these macarons. They were inspired by my strawberry white chocolate cupcakes, which by the way, I happened to make for my friend who had a baby! I guess I'm just keeping the trend going.

Although these macarons are pink, there is no flavoring in the shell. The strawberry and white chocolate flavor comes entirely from the filling: a white chocolate ganache + a dollop of strawberry jam. THE.BEST.


Bucatini with Pesto Trapanese + a Giveaway!

Who's ready for a break from all the pumpkin? Well, even if you're not, you're still getting one! And you're not just getting a break from pumpkin; today we're also taking a break from desserts! Because today is all about my favorite food group: pasta.

Actually, I lied. Today is all about almonds. You see, my friend and fellow food blogger Cate has an aunt who published a cookbook dedicated entirely to them! And I, along with Cate and the rest of our blogging buddies will be sharing a recipe from said book today as well as giving away 3 copies! Make sure you scroll down and enter via the giveaway widget below.

But first...pasta!


Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes

Similar to the white chocolate pumpkin pie cups I posted a few days ago, I have been waiting to make these cupcakes for a whole year! And you know what? They were so worth the wait!

So much so that I've decided that pumpkin spice latte cupcakes should be a year-round thing. Fresh pumpkins might not be available all the time but canned pumpkin always is, so what's stopping everyone? #PSLCupcakesAllDayEveryDay. Let's get it trending people.

On a serious note, these cupcakes are quite good, even better than the drink version of them which I found to be mediocre. For what I paid for it, you'd think they'd include real pumpkin! No worries though, you'll find real pumpkin in these cupcakes, as well as spices that don't overwhelm and a lovely espresso flavor. And that's not all.  On top of this tender and fluffy deliciousness, you'll find a swirl of lightly sweetened whipped cream + a dusting of cinnamon + a drizzle of caramel sauce.