Food & Party Snacks  &  Desserts

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    Did you hear about the one about the woman who got upset when a man refused to buy her an ice cream? It wasn't so much upset as infernally furious. A fight broke out between a Florida couple when the man refused to buy his woman a McFlurry dessert. Apparently that dessert meant a whole lot to her. She poured gasoline all over his car and set it on fire ... over a shake.

    Okay, I've been accused of taking food way too seriously. But this? This is insane. Oh the crazy things people will do to get their hands on their favorite fast food.

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    As cool a First Lady as she seems, if you were a pastry chef with a flair for French baking -- think lots of cream and butter and tasty "bad stuff" -- creating magical desserts for uber health-conscious Michelle Obama might not be the ideal job for you. After serving as executive White House pastry chef since he was hired by Laura Bush in 2007, Bill Yosses is stepping down from his position, and everyone -- including Bill -- blames Michelle for his career change.

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    Mmm, mmm, mmm. If you really want to impress the crowd at your next dinner party without putting a lot of time and effort into dessert, then you should definitely give this Dark Chocolate Mousse recipe from Bobby Flay for Food Network a shot.

    Because you can prepare it ahead of time and serve when your guests are ready, it allows you more time to enjoy lively conversation with your friends.

    But when you bring this delectable treat out of the kitchen -- everyone will assume you slaved all day to make this restaurant-worthy goblet of goodness.

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    With spring just a few days away, it seems like we should be breaking out the barbecue and abandoning our favorite winter comfort foods. But not so fast! There's still a chill in the air, which is a good thing, because it means we have the perfect excuse to try this amazing, sumptuous recipe for Slow Cooker Coconut Hot Chocolate.

    Yes, you heard that right. Your Crock-Pot truly is the magical cooking tool that keeps giving. You probably already know how to whip up a mean beef stew in your slow cooker, but the rich flavors in hot, tasty beverages like this one are only intensified when you let them sit on low for a few hours. Mmmm ... kinda makes you yearn for a longer winter, doesn't it?

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    You can have your corned beef and cabbage for St. Patrick's Day. For me the holiday means one thing: What foods can I dye green? I'm not talking already-green foods like broccoli and kale -- those are our everyday foods! (Wink!) I mean, whipping out ye lucky old green food coloring to give everything a bit o' the emerald.

    Not every food lends itself well to green food coloring. So here's a few foods you can get away with tinting without (hopefully) ruining your kids' appetites. Or your own.

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    Toffee is one of my favorite guilty pleasures. When I spot a Heath Bar or a Skor Bar while I'm in line at the grocery store, or at the drug store, or in my dreams, I have a hard time NOT buying it and immediately consuming it as fast as humanly possible. Thankfully for me and my expanding-waistline (#foodbaby), toffee is also one of those things that's pretty difficult to make at home.

    It's not impossible, and if you're willing to invest in a candy thermometer, and you have a lot of patience, you can whip up a batch of the sweet crunchy stuff whenever you want in the comfort of your own home. But that's just way too much work for me. That's why when I'm at home without my beloved Heath or Skor to provide me with comfort, I'm partial to the 3-Ingredient Toffee Cookie Bars.

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    Today officially marks our 4th birthday and we're celebrating with some much-needed treats! For our last birthday giveaway, four lucky winners will receive $100 gift cards: $50 to Dunkin' Donuts and $50 to Baskin-Robbins.

    So go ahead, order that ice cream cake, some donuts, and come cool refreshments and let's toast to our anniversary! Better yet, both Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins have birthday clubs (how perfect, right?), so you can get a free medium beverage and a free scoop of ice cream on your own birthday.

    Now that sounds like a perfect party to us!

    To enter for a chance to win one of the four $100 gift card bundles from Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, simply tell me:

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    Who here loves chocolate milk? I do! If you love the stuff, you probably have a strong opinion about what it should taste like, how thick it should be, how chocolatey, and how sweet. We gathered together 10 different chocolate milks, including skim, sugar-free, organic, artisan, and that stuff with a bunny on it for a CafeMom staff taste test. Which was the favorite? Which one came in dead last? The answers sure surprised me. 

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    I just want you all to know, I made a point of writing this post after lunchtime. And if you happen to be eating right now, I would strongly encourage you to put your fork down, swallow what's in your mouth, and grip the edge of your desk. Because: A woman found a lizard in her kale salad. But she didn't just find a lizard, as in a live lizard zipping in and out of the kale leaves. No, it's much worse than that. Robin Sandusky found just the head and an arm of the lizard.

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    When I say St. Patrick's Day, some people think beer. Me? I think shamrock shakes. You know, those minty green milkshakes made famous by a certain fast food restaurant? Well, if it's been a while since you've indulged, you're in for a treat. I think mint and ice cream make a scrumptious combination. These shakes are ridiculously simple to whip up at home. Just four ingredients to refreshing St. Patrick's Day perfection. Here's how to make them!

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