#RRWhatchaCookin Featured Cook: Norma Sheikh

Every week, we check out YOUR food photos on Instagram and pick a
“Whatcha Cookin’ Wednesday Featured Cook of the Weekto appear on our blog and have a chance to be featured in a future issue of the magazine! Keep calm and cookin’ on!


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Our mouths started watering as soon as we saw this delectable, dual-flavored cake roll from @pansyNsnowdrop. Chocolate and vanilla? Yes, please! Check out this week’s Featured Cook, Norma’s, other Instagram photos for more of her creative and fun cake roll designs including one with an intricate giraffe pattern. Keep up the delicious work Norma, we can’t wait to see what you cook up next!




Wanna make a delicious marble cake of your own? Download our FREE Instant Expert! Mix & Match Cake booklet here.





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A Chocolate Chip Celebration


Chocolate Chip Quote

The chocolate chip cookie has been an American favorite since its serendipitous invention in 1937, when Ruth Graves Wakefield of the Toll House Inn–ring a bell, anyone?–added pieces of a chopped chocolate bar to her cookies. In honor of National Chocolate Chip Day, we present you with some of our favorite recipes inspired by Ruth’s fabulous invention and delicious tiny morsel, the chocolate chip.


Get the recipes: 

Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookies

Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Tiramisu Cheesecake

Chocolate Chip Tiramisu Cheesecake

Chocolate Chip-Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bites

Chocolate Chip-Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bites

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Blondies

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Blondies

Chocolate Chip Angel Food Cake

Chocolate Chip Angel Food Cake

Mint Chip Ice Cream

Mint Chip Ice Cream

Chocolate Chip Martinis

Chocolate Chip Martinis




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A Scoop of Summer

Happy National Peach Ice Cream Day! It’s summer, and there’s no better time to enjoy a nice juicy peach than right now. So stock up! This recipe ensures those peaches won’t go to waste.

Peach and Toasted Almond Ice Cream


5 Tips for Making Homemade Ice Cream:

1. To decrease prep time, store the bowl of your ice cream maker in the freezer, wrapped tightly in a plastic bag.

2. Add mix-ins, such as nuts and chocolate chips, for only the last minute of churning.

3. To ensure proper aeration, only fill the ice cream maker three-quarters of the way.

4. Make sure the ice cream “batter” or custard is cool before putting it into the machine.

5. To prevent ice crystals from forming in the freezer, place a piece of plastic wrap on the top surface and press down.


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Ice Cream Sandwich Recipes

Easy Berry Dessert Recipes

Seasonal Chocolate Dessert Recipes 




Crazy for Cobblers

When I’m looking for an easy summer dessert, I almost always turn to a cobbler and according to Yahoo! Web Trend Expert, Carolyn Clark, I’m not the only one who’s crazy for these tasty desserts. In the past month, searches have been spiking as people hunt for their perfect peach, blueberry or blackberry cobbler recipe. It’s all with good reason though, as peaches and berries are currently in season.


So what exactly is a cobbler? A cobbler is a baked fruit dessert topped with a batter or a biscuit crust. As the topping is often dropped or spooned in small clumps the crust appears “cobbled” (think cobblestone street) instead of smooth, hence the name cobbler. Pretty cool, eh? (I had a bit of a glass-shattering moment when I finally made that connection!) Take advantage of summer’s bountiful produce with these easy cobbler desserts today.


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Grilled Summer Cobbler

Grilled Summer Cobbler

This peaches and berries dessert bakes up right on the grill and is best when paired with vanilla or bourbon ice cream. To make an easy “oven,” simply cover your cast-iron skillet tightly with aluminum foil.

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The proof is in the pudding

Tapioca pudding is a deliciously unique dessert. We love the fun texture, sweet taste and, of course, all the different dishes you can make with those wee little bubbles. So celebrate National Tapioca Pudding Day with our roundup of favorite bubbly recipes—dig in!

This Coconut Tapioca Pudding recipe has coconut, ginger and mango. Perfect for summer!


Tapioca is also used in a bunch of other dishes besides puddings. Our recipe for Halo Halo (a popular dessert from the Philippines that traditionally contains beans, jellies and ice cream, plus flan and evaporated milk) calls for berries and is ultra refreshing.


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Happy Pecan Pie Day!

Pecan pie is a beginner’s dream dessert; the filling doesn’t crack the way custard pies can. Which is why we’re so excited to celebrate it! For the traditional pie, slice it up and top it off with bourbon-infused ice cream. Or try a Pecan Pie-inspired snack or sip, instead!

{Pecan Pie with Bourbon Ice Cream}

Shake up your get-together with this dessert in a glass. The pecan-perfect touch? It’s rimmed with the chopped nut, delish!

{Pecan Pie Martini}

Try to say this five time fast: Pecan Pie Popcorn. Or just give up and munch on this award-worthy snack.

{Pecan Pie Popcorn}

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#RRWhatchaCookin Featured Cook of the Week: Josie

Every week, we check out YOUR food photos on Instagram and pick a
“Whatcha Cookin’ Wednesday Featured Cook of the Weekto appear on our blog and have a chance to be featured in a future issue of the magazine! Keep calm and cookin’ on!

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Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries, we love them all! Not only are these little gems full of antioxidants, they’re also great in any dish from salads to main courses. One of our favorite ways to use these colorful beauties though is in desserts, which is why we chose Josie as this week’s Featured Cook! Her mixed berry cream puffs made us what to take advantage of these seasonal faves and whip up a berry dessert ASAP. Thanks for sharing your photos, Josie, we can’t wait to see what you make next!


Click here for our Berry Dessert Recipes



3 Red, White and Blue Desserts

Past #RRWhatchaCookin Featured Cooks

Star-Spangled Berry Cocktail

Red, White and Blue Desserts

Make your summer desserts equal parts patriotic and delicious with three of our favorite red, white and blue sweet treats ranked from easy-breezy to a little more effort.

Berries & Cream Cones

Berries & Cream Cones

These colorful cones topped with homemade lemon cream and berries and have surprising secret–they’re lined with chocolate! Store them upright in skinny shot glasses or champagne flutes until you’re ready to eat them.

Berry Tiramisu

Berry Tiramisu

This berry delicious treat is the perfect canvas for you to be creative with colored berries. Randomly distribute strawberries, blackberries and blueberries for a colorful abstract topping. Or get creative and arrange the fruit into stripes or an American flag design.


Berries and Cream Cheesecake

Berries and Cream Cheesecake

This cool, no-bake cheese is a show-stopping dessert everyone will love. Save time by making it a day in advance. If you manage to have any leftovers, skewer them up with fruit and grill as a creative grilled dessert kebab.


More Fourth of July Fun:

DIY Foodie Flag Arrangements

Rachael’s Fave Outdoor Patriotic Finds

4th of July Menus and Party Plans


5 Reasons Macarons Cost $3

These sweet, almond-laced French delicacies are having a real U.S. moment. We break down why they’re worth it. –Amy Thomas


1. Aged Eggs
Cracked egg whites (used to make the shell) age up to five days in the fridge before they’re mixed in, so they whip up into airier cookies.


2. Perfect Pulverization
The dry ingredients must be refined several times. The sugar and almond meal are further ground and passed through a sieve to ensure the softest, smoothest shells.


3. Systematic Stirring
Mixing the meringue with the dry ingredients is a balancing act: If you understir, you risk cookies with spikes or peaks; overstirring may make them flat. Chefs say five minutes of folding by hand is ideal.


4. Rounds of Waiting
After aging the eggs, timing the steps and plowing through a piping marathon, many bakers watch the clock before putting the cookie sheets in the oven. A 15- to 30-minute resting time helps achieve the signature “foot” around the inner rim.


5. Precise Piping
Even the slightest slant of the pastry bag could cause the chefs to create inconsistent circles—and two mismatched halves!


Did you know that the weather can sabotage a macaron-making day? “Humidity is the enemy!” one baker declared. Too much moisture in the air can result in flat or cracked shells, instead of shiny, perfect domes.



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Berry Delicious Recipes

Take a bite out of summer with our new collection of easy berry recipes!
Take a peek below at our favorite recipes. We promise they’re all berry delicious!

Get the recipes: Easy Berry Desserts Slideshow




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