Kahlua Mudslide Ice Cream w/Chocolate Cookie Chunks + Mocha Fudge Swirlfeatured

If you’ve been following along, I’ve been shaking up my summer entertaining with Kahlua over the past few months, first with this Kahlua-spiked Vietnamese Iced Coffee followed right up by these finger-lickin Kahlua Coffee Baby Back Ribs. For my final installment, I wanted to go all out decadence because that’s just what August calls for – one last hurrah for summer fun!

I turned to the classic Kahlua Frozen Mudslide for inspiration. Typically, a mudslide is simply 1 part Kahlúa, 1 part vodka, 1/2 part Irish cream liqueur, and 1 part vanilla ice cream, blended up and garnished with chocolate syrup. But why settle for the typical?

Presenting the Kahlua Mudslide Ice Cream — all the grown up indulgence of a frozen mudslide, re-imagined into ice cream form! We start with an ice cream base of Kahlua and Irish cream, fold in crunchy chocolate cookie chunks, then swirl in thick drizzles of rich mocha fudge.

I did say I was going to go all out decadence, no?

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High Five Fridays: Oh Baby I Like It Rawfeatured

Shimmy Shimmy Ya. We’re giving the oven a break this week and going raw, fresh, and healthy. Raw doesn’t have to mean boring, oh no no it doesn’t. Play with texture, add some bright citrus, or unexpected spicing to heat things up.

What are some of your favorite craveable summer salad go tos? Easy, no bake apps for entertaining? Or cool desserts?

Here’s some inspiration to get your creative juices flowing:

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Kahlúa Coffee Baby Back Ribs + Giveawayfeatured

You know what your summer cookout is begging for? Some juicy, tender, sweet and savory, stick-to-your-ribs ribs. There is something so satisfying about sitting on a deck, balancing a paper plate on your lap, and getting elbow deep in a sticky mess of ribs.

Big ribs, little ribs, dry ribs, wet ribs, I love them all! My mom’s Chinese-Style BBQ Spare Ribs hold a special place in my heart, but in the spirit of shaking it up this summer with Kahlua, I wanted to create a new recipe. Now what type of rib to make, that’s the question! Should it be saucy or dry-rubbed? Smoky or spicy? Sweet or vinegary? So many decisions to make.

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Eton Mess: Berries, Whipped Coconut Cream, and Meringue Magicfeatured

A lovely mess of marinated berries, softly whipped cream, and crunchy airy vanilla meringues, Eton Mess is my go-to summer dessert. I’ve been making Eton Mess long before I knew it was called Eton Mess! Apparently this is a traditional English dessert named after Eton College, where the dessert is always served at this big annual cricket game against their rivals. The story goes that the Eton Mess was first created when a meringue dessert was accidentally crushed by a dog while travelling to a picnic at Eton College, and all that could be salvaged was a crushed meringue with strawberries and cream. Big thanks to that dog, because this is one wonderful dessert!

Easy breezy and versatile, this dessert is made for summer living. Sometimes, I’ll make it with blueberries zinged with lemon zest, and pistachios. Today, I wanted to take a dairy-free spin on the recipe – remember that whipped coconut cream I showed you a few weeks ago? That’s getting layered into our strawberries and blueberries for a patriotic red, white, and blue treat this July 4th!

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