Frozen Milk Cubes?

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I’ll start by apologizing for falling off my schedule for posting new recipes and blogs.. I’ve been catching up after Ramadan and Eid and Hussein and I took a long weekend trip down to San Diego! San Diego was amazing! It rained the first three days we were there but that didn’t bother us. We met with our friends Claudia and Nick from Masterchef! We ate delicious food.. food pics here! And really enjoyed the beautiful beaches!

It was a great trip and I can’t wait to get back down to San Diego and maybe even cross the border to Mexico for some real Mexican food ๐Ÿ˜€


 

During Ramadan, I read an article by Delish.com about people putting icecubes in their cereal to keep the milk extra cold throughout their cereal eating experience.

Okay, I’ll admit it, never really thought warm milk was a problem because I usually finish my bowl of cereal fairly quickly.

I shared the article on my Facebook page and was quite surprised by all the responses! I mean people have been adding ice cubes to their cereal for years!! While others heat their milk up and then add it to their bowl.

All this talk about cereal and milk had me thinking… why not freeze some milk into cubes, so that when they melt I don’t have watery milk!

I poured the 2% milk I had on hand into a plastic ice cube tray. The next day, I pulled them out and was really surprised at what I saw! The milk had turned a pale shade of yellow! Once they were out of the freezer for a few minutes they became a milky color again-weird!

That wasn’t enough to stop me from adding them to my cereal bowl tho! I added in three cubes and my cereal was ice cold! It was wonderful and I really enjoyed it and there was a noticeable difference in the temperature. (I will leave it to the Chef Steps guys to find the difference in temperature tho! Aint nobody expect them got time for that!)

Did I enjoy it enough to keep a tray of frozen milk in my freezer? Not really. To me, cereal is a super quick breakfast that I don’t have often enough to have a frozen tray of yellow ice cubes in my freezer, but it was a fun little trial!

 

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Eid Mubarak and a Giveaway!

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I want to wish you all a Eid Mubarak! After a month of fasting, it is time to celebrate! May Allah (swt) accept our fasts and prayers! I hope you all have a blessed holiday with your family and friends!


 

I was contacted by the wonderful owners ofย Salaam Designs to use their Holiday cookie cutters! I was so excited! As an avid baker, I was on the look out for some Eid cookie cutters. I received their Holiday Cookie Cutter Set and decided to make a lemon flavored cut out cookie (recipe here:ย ย Lemon Roll Out Cookies)

I also stacked three baked cookies (cutting out a circle in the middle piece prior to baking) and added sprinkles to the center! When you bite in its a fun surprise ๐Ÿ™‚

Eid Suprise CookieThe set includes four cookie cutters: a mosque, crescent moon, star, and lantern! They are tin and washed well in the dish washer!

Holiday Cookie Cutters

On to the contest…

These are the rules for entry.

Please follow all of them or you will be disqualified. This contest is open internationally. Three winners will be randomly selected to win a Holiday Cookie Cutter set from Salaam Designs!

  • Repost contest photo on Instagram using hashtag #EidGiveaway2015 (if you are private make public on last day of contest July 23rd)
  • Follow Amanda’s Plate and Salaam Designs on Instagram
  • Like Amanda’s Plateย  and Salaam Designs on Facebook
  • ONE entry per person
  • All entries must be received by July 23rd
  • Three winners will be selected and announced on July 25th

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to comment here, instragram, Facebook or tweet me Amanda’s Plate Twitter!

 

*Disclosure: this is a sponsored post and I was given the cookie cutters.

 

Best of luck and Eid Mubarak!

-Amanda

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No Bake Desserts

I don’t know what the weather is like where you live but here in Washington state it is HOT! Like unusually hot and the last thing I want to do is turn my oven on.

I’m still the designated dessert maker for all the BBQ’s and celebrations so I had to come up with some no bake desserts.

I was really inspired by these beautiful chocolate peanut butter bars my friend, Ola made and asked if she would be willing share her recipe!

Luckily for all of us she was and I was able to remake them and share the recipe here:

No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

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No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

Thank you, Ola! Be sure to check out her instagram at Haji 3alula

 

I also made a festive chocolate bark to celebrate the Forth of July! A sweet, slightly salty and totally festive treat! Recipe here: 4th of July Chocolate Barkย 

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No Bake 4th of July Chocolate Bark

Cheesecakes are always a favorite during the summer as they are a great way to showcase summer berries!

Here in Washington, U-Pick farms are commonplace and we love to pick our own berries, especially blueberries.

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Blueberry picking ๐Ÿ™‚

For these no bake cheesecakes I used 8 ounce jars! I love the layering of the different components.

Here is the recipe:

No Bake Cheesecake

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Delicious, easy, no bake cheesecakes!

What are your favorite no bake recipes?

Have a Happy 4th of July! ๐Ÿ™‚

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MasterChef Birthday Cake

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I love to bake cakes.

I’ve made countless cakes for all sorts of celebrations; birthdays, graduations, baby showers, retirement parties, and everything in between.

I learned to make cakes at a young age. I received an easy bake oven for my fifth birthday and I made cakes until I blew the fuse in our kitchen! And then I made some more.

For my 16th birthday, I received my first Kitchen Aid stand mixer, because every serious cake baker needs one!

Cake should be fun, bright, exciting and delicious! As Julia Child said “A party without cake is just a meeting”. I couldn’t agree more.

When I learned that the pressure test would be baking a birthday cake, I felt very confident. I’ve baked thousands of cakes in my lifetime and thought this challenge would be a piece of cake. Ha!

Little did I know the pressure of the MasterChef kitchen would get to me.

It was my birthday.

And on my birthday, I had to bake a birthday cake in the MasterChef kitchen. Do you see the irony of this?

Unfortunately, my cake was raw, uneven and poorly decorated. I was not proud of this and it was the FIRST time in the competition that I felt worried!

I had to leave the MasterChef kitchen. It really was not the way I imagined spending my 26th birthday!!

But we all have bad days, we make mistakes, make raw cakes (maybe that’s just me lol) but after all we are only human.

I came home and baked myself a proper birthday cake and enjoyed it with my best friend, my husband, Hussein.

And then I baked a few more.

I called some local food banks and learned that birthday cakes are a highly requested item. It made me realize just how much I have taken birthday cakes for granted. In my opinion, cakes are an important part of celebrations and some of neighbors do not have access to them.

For this episode, I baked five birthday cakes, each different and unique and took them to the West Seattle Food Bank. It was my way of celebrating MasterChef’s 100 Birthday and of putting this all behind me (It’s been hard keeping this to myself!!).

Amanda Saab Cakes

I want to thank you all for your love and support! I have been so overwhelmed with all the love and encouragement I have received from you all. Each message is read and appreciated! THANK YOU!!!

I may be done with MasterChef, but my food journey is not over! I hope you continue to walk beside me as I bake and create!

The best is yet to come ๐Ÿ™‚ <3

Xoxo,

Amanda

 

 

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