We’ve all done it. We’ve all allowed our eyes to be larger than our stomachs and Thanksgiving is the prime culprit!
So what do you do with all that leftover turkey? Here are 7 great turkey recipes to salivate over!
“7 Leftover Turkey Recipes”
20 minutes of prep. 50 minutes of cook time. 4 servings of delicious.
There’s just something about a homemade pot pie that speaks to us. (more…)
Halloween is traditionally known as a candy holiday, but since we already overindulged for National Chocolate Day and National Dessert Day this month, we thought we’d take it a little old school and share some ways to turn this holiday’s most noticeable mascot into a delicious treat!
So sit back with a toasty beverage and get into the Halloween spirit! (more…)
HAPPY NATIONAL CHOCOLATE DAY!
A wise person once said, “Chocolate is the answer. Who cares what the question is?”
October 28th: Is it our birthday? No. Christmas? No. But it might as well be the best day of the year considering it’s NATIONAL CHOCOLATE DAY. This is real, people. A gift to chocolate-lovers everywhere.
Next to National Dessert Day (#TBT), this day is one of our favorites – 24 hours of chocolate indulgence. We know you’re serious about chocolate, so we’ve taken great care to cover all the bases – recipes to satisfy every CRAVE-ing on the chocolate rainbow: dark, milk, AND white chocolate bliss!
So sit back, relax, and prepare your taste buds for a chocolate celebration of epic proportions.
“9 Recipes for Every Chocolate Lover”
“These babies are SERIOUSLY fudgey which is exactly what I was looking for,and with no butter, no flour, and dark chocolate, I can almost trick myself into thinking that these are a good for you treat.” It ALMOST seems to good to be true, but you better believe it. Coconut oil, almond flour, and cocoa are your tools for this divine chocolate creation. You’ll never go back to the box mix after sinking your teeth into these brownies.
Break out the milk, you’re gonna need it. It’s no secret that the key to dark chocolate splendor is less flour, more cocoa…and these cookies follow that mantra. With a blissful, fudge-brownie-like texture and no shortage of rich, gooey chocolate goodness, these cookies will have you thinking you’ve died and gone to chocolate heaven.
This cake has a major reputation, and for good reason. The infamous Brooklyn blackout cake is the king of chocolate cakes. Soft, moist, rich, gooey, and oh-so-sinfully chocolatey. The proof is in the pudding.
“Instead of frosting each layer of cake with frosting, we are going to use homemade chocolate pudding. It’s silky, creamy and perfect. I mean, pudding and cake? Together? YES. – Those layers? That pudding? That’s what’s going to make everyone happy.”
Make note that this heavenly dessert comes with a labor of love: 2 hours of prep and 2 more of chill time…but so worth it.
“I’m not talking about just any chocolate mousse, either. I’m talking about a creamy, fluffy, melt-in-your-mouth, dairy-free chocolate mousse that packs a nutrient-punch.”
It’s true! Just look at that texture. If you’re feeling adventurous and willing to take your mousse game to the next level, look no further. You will be generously rewarded. The secret ingredient? Avocado. Trust us here.
Why waste your time on cupcakes and brownies when you can get right to the good stuff? Pure, rich, mouth-watering goodness to quell all of your chocolate cravings. The best part? Lightening strikes twice with this dish, hitting another homerun in the sweet-and-salty department – a beautiful tribute to the chocolate-covered pretzel.
‘Tis that time of year, that glorious time when it’s just chilly enough outside to start sipping on this perfect, creamy drink to warm your soul. If you’re as much of a s’mores lover as we are, this is your go-to beverage this season.
“The hot chocolate was perfectly creamy and sweet. The graham cracker crumbs met my lips with a sweet surprise at every sip. And the toasty marshmallows absolutely MADE it.”
“Not much makes me happier than a freshly baked, warm from the oven cookie that is so soft, thick and chewy that it practically melts in your mouth!! If you like those kind of cookies, then these are the ones for you.”
You didn’t seriously think we’d forget a classic, did you? White chocolate and macadamia nuts have been together longer than Barbie and Ken (don’t quote us on that). Your favorite Mrs. Field’s treat is now available in your kitchen! This fluffy, nutty, perfectly-sweet creation is a staple for white chocolate aficionados everywhere.
This is the ultimate dessert party.
“They’re sort of like a cake and sort of like a blondie. Smack dab in the middle of those two heavenly dessert categories. The edges are chewy and the centers are soft. The white chocolate chips are aplenty and the sticky cinnamon-sugar swirl will make you weak at the knees.”
For all of those already in the holiday spirit…but let’s be real, there’s no better time than the present to enjoy this joyous treat.
“This White Chocolate Christmas Peppermint Bark is cheery, tasty, slightly salty and sweet – an easy, no-fuss, and laid back candy!”
Want more ways to get your chocolate fix? Check out this article!
HuffPost Taste – 75 All-Time Best Chocolate Recipes
From Double Chocolate Hawaiian Tiramisu to Chocolate Creme Brulee, you’re sure to find something new and deliciously inspiring to try!
HAPPY NATIONAL DESSERT DAY!
On this glorious day, we decided to celebrate the best way we know how…seasonal, delectable, and always memorable. Minnesota, CRAVE’s home state, is no stranger to Autumn. We’ve chosen the finest recipes recipes boasting the best flavors of Fall: apples, pumpkins, and spice galore. And not an apple nor pumpkin pie in sight! (We’ll save that for Thanksgiving).
So rejoice, all you “pumpkin-spice-lovin’, apple-pickin’, sweater-wearin” Autumn Aficionados…We’ve united National Dessert Day and October’s finest flavors in 10 recipes you can cozy up with this fall!
Not only do we have an awesome team lead by Executive Chef Brian Adair, but CRAVE is honored to be hosting the judges while they decide which ramen is the king (or queen) of them all!
In the spirit of National Waffle Day tomorrow, our goal was to give you the “perfect” basic waffle recipe, the one everyone dreams about: fluffy inside, crispy outside, buttery and just a little sweet…when all you need is a pat of butter and a slathering of maple syrup to send you into breakfast euphoria.
We were going to do that…until we found all these other sinfully-delicious recipes! They are just too beautiful to pass up. We won’t even sugar-coat these sugar-coated recipes: in a world where “wonuts” (waffle-donuts) reign supreme, these recipes are going to cost you…calories. But it’s Waffle Day, so indulge a little – these wonderful waffles are beyond worth it!
Admittedly, we did also include an amazing recipe for whole-wheat waffles…but you’ll just have to scroll through the rest in all their sugary splendor to get there! *cue evil laugh*
10+ mouth-watering waffles (and one Frittaffle!) you need to try NOW!
If you’ve never been to Belgium, you’re missing out. Luckily for you, this recipe gets pretty darn close to the real thing. Classic Belgian waffles made with actual Belgian sugar pearls used in their traditional preparation. If there’s any waffle you truly need to try at least once, this is it.
“The dough is what set these apart. It was no ordinary waffle dough. The dough is a literal bread dough, kneaded and made with love. Lots and Lots of love and worth every effort it takes to make them.”
“Crispy sweet waffles loaded with juicy blueberries and coated in a sweet sugar glaze. It tastes just like a blueberry cake donut, but in waffle form. The best of both worlds and truly out of this world!”
This waffle is truly eye-candy. A caky, sugary waffle jam-packed with a cohort of blueberries. Out-of-this-world, indeed.
“These dark chocolate waffles are serious…not see-me-after-class serious, but are-you-really-trying to-have-this-for-breakfast serious. The answer is ‘yes’.”
When you just need to start your day with chocolate, but don’t want your breakfast pastry overly sweet.
Wonuts: the best pastry mash-up since cronuts (croissant-donuts). “I covered my waffles in rainbow sprinkles. Sweetness overload! Eat while the waffles are hot/warm for the best flavor and texture! I just had a waffle with a scoop of ice cream. It was like a scoop of heaven.”
BONUS: this recipe also comes with your choice of homemade vanilla or chocolate glaze!
We know. It’s not technically a waffle. But we had to include it for these reasons: it’s a perfect on-the-go breakfast, almost no mess to eat, you can make it ahead of time, and it’s versatile – you can mix-and-match the fix-ins! Plus, who doesn’t love having yet another reason to break out the waffle iron! Everything tastes better in waffle form!
As the creator says: Get busy frittaffling!
Because Fall is just around the corner, and you’re going to need another pumpkin recipe in your arsenal.
“These waffles are one of my favorite fall breakfasts especially when topped with this incredibly delicious Apple Cider Syrup and a little sweetened whipped cream. The flavor combination of the two is simply irresistible and it couldn’t be more fall inspired.”
Just when the thought of french toast waffles couldn’t get any better, the genius behind Heather’s French Press came out swinging with a 3-punch combo of Nutella, peanut butter, and banana stuffed inside. Knock. Out.
A blissful union of three of our favorite decadent breakfast treats, all wrapped into one. This recipe is throwing us into full autumn mode, and we love it.
“Starting off with apple fritter batter— filled with diced tart apples and plenty of cinnamon— takes it way over the top, and makes it a perfect fall splurge.”
Did you really think we wouldn’t include a chicken-and-waffles recipe?
From Bon Appetit: ““Oh cute,” you might say, “someone has taken the dish ‘chicken and waffles’ and turned it into a sandwich. Fried chicken, waffle for buns–what a nice idea.” But you would be wrong. This recipe, from Jonathan Melendez’s Candid Appetite, is more than cute. It is KOOKERY. And the secret to these Fried Chicken and Waffle Sandwiches‘ genius is all in the “bread”: they’re bacon, cheddar, and green onion waffles, with all three ingredients mixed into the batter.”
We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.
The food-blogger with a renowned churro waffle recipe strikes again, this time with “an American classic with a Mexican twist”!
“Roll them in cinnamon-sugar, dip them in the beloved melted butter, but this time stuff them with plump, tangy apples. Wow, The result was perfect marriage! …and a new breakfast tradition is born!”
We told you we’d include these. If you’re looking for the perfect combination of healthier options AND indulgence, this is your waffle! Made with whole-wheat flour and all the warm, fluffy goodness of your favorite homestyle waffle! “Light and fluffy and Delicious! Oh and they also freeze really well! Perfect for making ahead and pulling out later for breakfast.”
HAPPY NATIONAL WAFFLE DAY!
Get your waffle fix at CRAVE!
CRAVE serves breakfast and brunch at select locations! Choose from:
Chicken & Waffles – our take on a southern classic, mini waffles & crispy chicken strips smothered in smoked paprika caramel, bacon, and green onions
S’mores (pictured) – chocolate waffles layered with house-made marshmallow cream & graham cracker cookies, topped with toasted marshmallow ice cream & chocolate sauce
Seasonal Berry – waffle stack, fresh berries, fresh whipped cream
Check out craveamerica.com/locations to find a CRAVE breakfast/brunch near you!
With a name like that, you know they mean business. And with pictures like those, we’re sold.
Featured here: Brie & Blueberry Waffle Grilled Cheese, Monte Cristo Waffle Sandwich, Bacon S’mores Waffle Breakfast Sandwich.
From pretzels to french toast, even cheeseburgers (pictured), there is more to do with a waffle iron than you ever imagined!
These cupcakes take the best flavors from Summer and Fall!
Did you know August 17th is National Cupcake Day? For such a special day, don’t settle for the same old chocolate or vanilla. These beauties take the best flavors from our favorite seasonal treats, and we’re obsessed. From tangy red wine sangria cupcakes, to a french toast-inspired cupcake we can only describe as “autumn awesomeness”, you can indulge in these decadent delights all year round!
With the season of holidays just around the corner, these pecan pie cupcakes will make the ending of summer a little easier for you. Ooey-gooey sweet pecan pie filling nestled inside a rich chocolate and bourbon cupcake bursting with flavor, and topped with butter pecan frosting with bourbon-glazed roasted pecans. Do yourself a favor, don’t wait until Thanksgiving to enjoy these cupcakes.
That light, sweet tropical flavor reminiscent of your favorite beach vacation…Coconut always reminds us of summer. This is a heavenly, lightly-sweetened, airy cupcake for all those coconut lovers out there! Coconut cake, coconut mousse, and a cream cheese whipped cream the creator describes as “100% lighter and fluffier” than your favorite cream cheese frosting.
Cupcakes = love. Sangria = love. Cupcakes + Sangria = Obsessed. A little sweet, a little tart, AND they’re made with fresh fruit and red wine…so that makes them better for you, right? Vanilla cake with bursts of strawberries, blueberries and orange zest, topped with a healthy dose of fluffy, red wine infused buttercream frosting. Summer berries and tangy citrus are great ways to celebrate the last weeks of the season!
Lime-infused cupcakes with infamous key lime filling, topped with a thick, “luscious” key lime pie frosting garnished with little sprinkles of honey graham crackers. Enjoy these in the winter to imagine you’re laying on the beach in the Keys.
“Sweet, tart and bursting with key lime flavor, these fruity cupcakes will transport you right to the Florida Keys without ever leaving the house! I love the fresh lime flavor and the filling is such a zingy, perfect surprise to the sweetness of the frosting and lime cake.”
The All Day I Dream About Food blog should be called “All Day I Dream About THESE CUPCAKES”! Bring these to your holiday gatherings, and be everyone’s new favorite chef! Made with Hershey’s Special Dark cocoa powder, these dark chocolate cupcakes mean business. The best part? They’re low-carb, sugar-free, and nut-free…of course you CAN add a little sugar to suit your taste! Chocolate-lovers, rejoice. You don’t have to give up these sweet treats during holiday season!
We know what you’re thinking: Snooze. Lemon-blueberry is so Summer 2014. But these are the best lemon blueberry cupcakes. And it’s still summer, so we had to include them – to quote the creator, “these cupcakes just scream warm weather and outdoor parties” These summery delights are “bursting with vanilla, fresh blueberries and a hint of lemon. Piled high with a delicious lemon buttercream frosting and of course, it wouldn’t be a cupcake with out SPRINKLES!” YUM.
These cupcakes make us want to snuggle up beside a fire on a crisp Fall morning. They’re everything your cinnamon-sugar, maple-syrupy dreams are made of. Not too sweet, not too spicy. Just the right amount of cinnamon and nutmeg in the cake to complement the crunchy streusel and smooth maple buttercream. We won’t even judge if you eat these for breakfast!
HAPPY NATIONAL S’MORES DAY!
There’s something about a food holiday that makes a Monday more exciting.
Summer isn’t over until you’ve had at least one s’more, that’s the rule. We couldn’t make this one up. If there were any day to celebrate the season, this is it: National S’mores Day.
And we don’t mean “sprinkle graham cracker crumbs and chocolate chips over your ice cream and call it a day” (although that WOULD be delicious). We’re talking about bonafide, campfire-cookin’, “ooey-gooey chocolatey goodness” s’mores. But if you can’t make it to a bonfire today, or if you haven’t quite yet mastered marshmallow roasting without charring it to a crisp, you can still celebrate this lovable holiday properly with these recipes.
Satisfy all your s’mores cravings without the hassel…or the fire hazard.
The Simple & Genius
From add-ons to substitutions, these recipes pay homage to the s’more in its classic form…with a new and delicious twist!
If two of your favorite chocolate treats had a child, this would be the heavenly creation. We’re still wondering why never thought of this before! Oreos, chocolate-chip, double chocolate…the possibilities are endless!
More ideas we love!
- Replace the Hershey’s Chocolate with Nutella spread *jaw-drops*
- Add peanut butter!
- Replace the graham crackers with pretzels (and/or chocolate-covered pretzels!)
- Add strawberries (or any berry!)
Click HERE for more delicious inspiration!
Thinking Outside the Cracker
If you’re looking for new & surprising ways to indulge in s’mores – check out these mouth-watering recipes to get inspired!
If there’s any way to describe this dish, it’s “a masterpiece”:
“The pavlova is chocolate-y by way of sifted cocoa powder and folded in bits of dark chocolate. The 7-minute frosting acts like a marshmallow and gets all toasty when a flame kisses it. – The crushed graham cracker is sprinkled on every. single. layer.”
One user commented, “s’mores are my jam, but pavlova is my symphony.” Same.
Sure, as scrumptious as it looks, you might be thinking “I can not make a homemade s’mores pie”. We politely respond: YOU’RE WRONG. Three ingredients for the graham cracker crust, three for the chocolate ganache, and only four for the marshmallow. So worth it. Not convinced yet?
“These s’mores tartlets […] are phenomenal. No, way better than that. Downright heavenly. The toasted marshmallow topping is enough to send you into dessert oblivion. Bye.”
If you’ve never tasted, nor made an icebox cake (especially THIS icebox cake) – stop what you’re doing, and try it now. You’ll thank us later.
If you’re unfamiliar, “an icebox cake is one that requires a fridge, not an oven, to work its magic. Layers of a creamy filling and cookies chill overnight together, which sets the filling and transforms the cookies in soft cake-like layers. Icebox cakes are easy to assemble, and the hardest part is waiting for them to set up in the fridge.”
Creamy, fluffy, gooey goodness – “the last s’mores inspired dessert you’ll ever need.” And that’s saying something.
Self-described as “bite-sized heaven”, this recipe is so easy you’ll be using it time and again. As the creator describes, this basic truffle recipe has been “s’mores-ified” but you can swap out different toppings and flavors to create the velvety-smooth truffle of your dreams! The gift that keeps on giving…
“To make this recipe, you’ll need just a few simple ingredients and an insatiable craving for fast s’mores.” Just five ingredients: egg roll wrappers, graham cracker crumbs, marshmallows, chocolate frosting and chocolate sauce. They made sure to make this recipe easy, because you need these spring rolls in your life…NOW.
Perfect for Parties
You just can’t have a summer party without something s’mores-inspired! These dishes will be the life of the party – no campfire needed!
Who doesn’t love something on-a-stick. Whether you’re at a carnival, a backyard party, or the State Fair, you just can’t resist. These easy-to-make and even easier-to-eat pop-able treats are sure to be a hit at your party!
“This is one of those recipes that’s so brainless, I hardly feel justified calling it a recipe. Simply toss some chocolate chips in a skillet or oven-safe dish. Top with jumbo marshmallow halves. Toast for 5 or so minutes, pull out the graham crackers, and voilà!” As the author describes, this is the perfect party-friendly way to effortlessly enjoy s’mores year-round!
Seriously, how good do these look. This divine creation unites a buttery graham cracker crust with a moist chocolate cupcake, and a pillow of light and fluffy marshmallow icing. SOLD.
“Pudding shots couldn’t be easier and they can be dressed up as seen in the photographs, or simply piped into mini plastic cups for a casual backyard barbeque. Chocolate pudding mix combines with milk, Fluffed Marshmallow Vodka and Cool Whip to create a fun, simple and boozy sweet treat that’s sure to be the hit at any party.” Enough said.
The waffle cone craze is all the rage right now: your favorite s’mores flavors come to you in an even more transportable package! All you need are waffle cones, marshmallows, and any of these tasty extras: chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, banana slices, berries, chocolate candies (Reese’s, Rolos, etc.).
Simple. Homemade. Cute. Inexpensive. Everything we love in a party favor! Whatever the occasion (birthday, wedding, shower, etc.), these DIY s’mores jars are perfect for any summer occasion! Keep the good times going by attaching one of the recipes here for your guests to try at home!
The Simply Outrageous
You’re a s’mores connoisseur and those amateur recipes just don’t cut it. We’re confident these s’mores will leave you wide-eyed and wanting more.
If you want to raise the bar for s’mores more than a few notches, this is the s’more for you. This recipe is sure to raise eyebrows: Wisconsin brie cheese, a ripe peach, and 70% dark chocolate culminate into a flavor explosion you’ll HAVE to experience for yourself.
With a name like “The Vulgar Chef”, you know the creator of this s’more would make sure it’s nowhere near boring. PB & J, bacon (yes, bacon), and all your favorite s’more accoutrements wrapped in a snuggly tortilla blanket of goodness. If anything, we applaud the creativity.
Chocolate marshmallows, chocolate graham crackers, and semi/bittersweet chocolate. The recipe even calls for homemade chocolate marshmallows. Oh my.
(We couldn’t resist.)
The perfect way for any s’mores lover to start their day: fluffy chocolate waffles layered with house made marshmallow cream & graham cracker cookies, topped with toasted marshmallow ice cream & chocolate sauce.
See if your CRAVE location offers brunch & indulge in this divine dish!
An original. A tantalizingly-moist chocolate fudge brownie with a crumbly graham cracker crust, topped by a fire-kissed pillow of our special marshmallow cream. Featuring scrumptious marshmallow ice cream and smoked sea salt.
Recently a recipe for our famous marshmallow cream was featured on Bring Me the News. When it comes to s’mores, we know how to do ‘mallows. Sweet, sticky, and oh-so fluffy – we think we’ve got the recipe to beat.
What do you think? Try ’em out, and tell us who you think is winner!
Things are heating up for Miami Spice!
With the big kick-off last Saturday, Miami’s premier restaurant showcase is now up-and-running for the entire month of August through September 30th. This mouth-watering promotion features the very best of Miami cuisine at even more enticing prices! Restaurant guests can design their own 3-course meal, choosing signature dishes from specially-prepared lunch and dinner menus crafted by world-renowned chefs.
From Mainland North, over to the Beaches, and down to CRAVE Coral Gable’s home in Mainland South, a dazzling array of Miami restaurants are offering delicious deals of their own. Check out the complete list of participating restaurants here.
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Lunch Menu – $23
- butter lettuce, sesame soy chicken, fresh veggies
- sriracha soy glaze
- field greens, candied walnuts, goat cheese, balsamic vinaigrette
- pulled pork, bbq sauce, crispy onions
- stir fried vegetables, asian spices
- israeli couscous, quinoa, pomegranate, pickled grapes, wilted spinach
- lemon meringue, french silk, berry cobbler, tiramisu, key lime, blueberry cheesecake
Dinner Menu – $39
- crispy cornmeal crust, jalapeno aioli
- oven roasted tomatoes, mozzarella, avocado, arugula
- pesto & goat cheese infused hummus, fresh vegetable bruschetta with crostini & rainbow cauliflower
- mustard crusted, beurre blanc, potato puree, heirloom carrots
- tamarind bbq sauce, house steak fries, rosemary aioli slaw
- coconut jazmine rice, stir fried vegetables
- crispy parmesan crusted chicken breast, angel hair, fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, sauce rosa
- lemon meringue, french silk, berry cobbler, tiramisu, key lime, blueberry cheesecake
- smoked sea salt, marshmallow ice cream