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Flourless & Sugarless Chocolate Torte

Say hello to chocolate heaven!!! Do I need to say anything else? I think not.
What makes this dessert so amazing? Could it be the combination of different types of chocolate as well as fats that really hits this one out of the ballpark?

INGREDIENTS
12 oz unsweetened baking chocolate, cut or shaved
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 sticks butter or 2/3 cup of coconut oil
1 1/3 cup equivalence of stevia or sweetener
6 large eggs
1 tablespoon coconut flour
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
2 tablespoons chocolate whey protein
1 cup ground pecans or any nut of your choosing (I also have used macadamia nuts and it has been amazing)

DIRECTIONS
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Grease a spring-form 8 inch pan with butter and add parchment paper to the inside and grease again with butter.

Brown the butter on the stove, be careful that it does not burn, once the color begins to change, decrease the temperature to low. Add the chocolate in small bits and stir constantly until everything is melted beautifully.

Add the sweetener of your choice and allow the temperature to cool down until you can touch the side of the pan without it being hot.

Add the eggs in and stir, add the remaining ingredients.

Transfer to the pan and bake for 30 minutes covered.

Serve with fruit compote and whipped cream.

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Easter Basket Ideas

Are you ready for Easter?? If not, I have some easy ideas that will help you throw together your kids baskets in a matter of minutes. Here are some ideas to please just about anyone. Easter Basket Ideas

Here are a few basket ideas for your kids:
movie passes
amusement park passes
chocolate (of course)
iTunes gift cards
restaurant or fast food gift cards (I prefer the healthier places to keep them on track)
ear buds
phone covers
books
Amazon gift card
eReader credit
hair barrettes for girls
sun screen, bathing suits, sunglasses and beach towels
makeup for the girls
cologne or perfume
Extra cellphone battery
Extra cellphone battery charger
summer watches (can be found at the dollar store)
card games
bath soap
DVDs
sandals
PJs
card games
game credits
video games
jewelry
reusable water bottles
magazine subscriptions
markers
crayons
coloring books

Now that you have the gifts ready, is the table set? If not, ready my post titled, “Easter Table Centerpieces.”

Do you know what you are serving for dinner? If not, here is my Honey Glazed Easter Ham Recipe.

Need other ideas like what to serve for dessert and sides? Look no further, all of my recipes and Easter ideas can be found on my Pinterest page.

Cooking 101: The Perfect Boiled Egg

I love keeping hard boiled eggs around they house as a quick breakfast or a snack when I am on the run. I know it is one of the most basic recipes but coking it properly really makes a world of difference.Perfectly Boiled Eggs

Directions
Eggs should be added to a heavy-bottomed pot and filled with cold water, there should be at least an extra inch of water above the top of the eggs. Do not crowd the pot with eggs or they will be pushed against one another when the water begins to boil and the ending result will be broken shells and yucky boiled eggs that resemble egg drop sou

Turn the stove on to medium-high heat until the water comes to a boil then turn the stove off and cover the pot.

Allow the eggs to stand in the water for 12-15 minutes with the cover still on, this traps the heat and allows you to better control the temperature inside of the pot.

Remove the eggs and place in cold water, doing this will make the eggs so much easier to peel.

Experiment because each stove is different as well as the changes in elevation makes a difference in humidity and boiling time.

Tips:
Never overcrowd the pan.
Have a tight fitting lid ready.
Eggs can be left in the fridge for up to a week after being boiled. I make 6-8 for a week and grab them for a quick snack or breakfast.

Easter Table Centerpieces

I love creating an amazing atmosphere for holiday dining tables. I love to go all out but never spend more than $10. Use everything you have in your house. My philosophy is that I rather spend more money on the meal and serving dishes that wow than have a pretty table. Who eats napkins or who will remember that, the ham and desserts are what people will be talking about for a very long time!!Easter Centerpiece Ideas In case you missed my last post, here is my recipe for Honey Baked Easter Ham.

Here are some fun ideas that will brighten up your table while leaving your pocketbook quite full!
1.) Fill beautiful vases with colorful foil covered candy. After dinner has been served, they can attack the candy and take it home.

2.) Fill with the empty plastic eggs and green basket filler

3.) I love to dip fresh fruit in chocolate and place them on a stick. Then glue the green basket grass to a Styrofoam block and place the lollipoped fruit on the Styrofoam block.

4.) Take a colorful, old bedsheets and scrunch it together and place as a table-runner with crevices. In those crevices add Easter eggs, candy, candles and anything else you have around the house.

5.) Fill a beautiful basket with flowers, this is super easy but perfect for the occasion.

6.) Fill a vase with carrots that still have their greens or leaves. This is a very natural look but it is a gorgeous splash of color.

7.) Paint long branches with white paint (or leave them the way there) and hang Easter eggs like ornaments, this adds a bit of height to your table.

No matter what your table looks like, the most important part is that you are surrounded by people you love and who love you in return. Enjoy this amazing holiday, Happy Easter!!

Honey Glazed Easter Ham

Honey Glazed Easter Ham This has to be my favorite thing in the whole wide world. A huge ham with hints of spice and tons of sweetness is the perfect meal to welcome family and friends to your home. I like to pair this dish with some vegetables that have a bit of a kick, you don’t want everything to be sweet and mild, you want the palette to be excited with different flavors and textures.

I am Hindu but I love celebrating all holidays and see the beauty and meaning in them. I have to say that Easter is one of my favorites, with the bright colors and family-oriented traditions.

Ingredients
Fully cooked bone-in ham (they run from 15-20 lbs)
1 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup finely ground spicy mustard
1 cup pineapple juice
1/4 cup honey
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

Directions
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

Score the ham in a diamond pattern by cutting into the flesh diagonally one way (only about 1/2-inch deep) then diagonally, the other way. A beautiful diamond pattern will emerge.

Place ham on a rack in a shallow roasting pan fitted with a rack and tent the top with foil. The foil will keep the ham from drying out or getting burned.

Bake the ham according to the directions on the package, it will require about 2 hours of baking.

Heat the ingredients in a saucepan on medium heat until all of the ingredients have been combined.

Brush the glaze on the ham in 15 minute intervals until it has fully cooked according the package directions. Do not put the foil back on, you want the glaze to harden and create an amazing crust.

Once the ham has finished cooking, allow it to cool for 20 minutes before cutting. You want the juices to be reabsorbed back into the meat so it maintains its juiciness.

Low-Carb South Indian Lamb Curry

With Easter right around the corner, why not try a new lamb recipe?

A little history: My parents are pure vegetarians; many people have theories as to how and why I am such a meat lover. I love the fact that my parents have always supported me on the choices I have South Indian Lamb Curry, Indian Carrot Saladmade. Well, they could have supported me a bit more by letting me eat my meat in the house, my mom forced me to eat it in the garage. No lie!

I remember when I first started cooking meat, it freaked me out. Anything that resembled meat scared me so I usually opted to pay more for the pre-cut meat. Years have passed since then and I have advanced to buying what is sold in the supermarket and dicing it myself. I have to say out of all meats, lamb is my favorite. That distinctive taste screams for spices. If you have had an aversion to lamb or just haven’t known how to cook it, this is the easiest recipe ever and will make you look like the most talented culinary artist to grace the meat aisle, promise!

Many people are fearful of making Indian food, with the complex spice profile, they are intimated and think that it requires complicated procedures. Nothing can be simpler than this recipe. You chop everything up and throw it into one pot.

You are probably wondering what South Indian style means. As far as you are concerned, India is one country and they use tons of spices regardless of where you are from. True and not true, all at once.

I was born in South India (Southside!!), where the weather is very very hot and the monsoon season hits. We prefer spicy foods, coconut in everything and creamy foods. South India is filled with vegetarians and thanks to that, I was brought up loving vegetables. I couldn’t have asked for a better culinary childhood. Northerners also eat flavorful foods but it is not as spicy. Each region of India is known for different things. There is even a region that adds sugar to everything, even savory recipes. That will be saved for another day, back to my delicious recipe from my motherland.

TIP: It is an Indian tradition to cook your spices first to release their full potential. We usually cook the spices in ghee (clarified butter) and the spices are added at the beginning of cooking to infuse every ingredient with flavor. Give it a try, you won’t be disappointed.

Ingredients
2 tablespoons ghee or clarified butter (feel free to use regular butter)
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 large onions in ¼ inch wedges
2.5 lbs of lamb meat, cubed into 1 inch portions
2 tablespoons coriander seeds or powder
2 tablespoons cumin seeds or powder
2 teaspoons fennel seeds or powder
6 cardamom pods or 1 teaspoon cardamom powder
1 cinnamon stick or 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
2 teaspoons garam masala powder
2 bay leaves

6 whole dried red chili peppers
8 curry leaves
2 teaspoons turmeric powder
5 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons garlic powder or fresh garlic paste
1 tablespoon salt
1 can of coconut milk (make sure there are no additional additives or sugars)
½ cup coconut flurries, unsweetened

Directions
In a large dutch oven, add the ghee and sauté onions until they are translucent and transfer to a plate.

Add the vegetable oil to the dutch over and place the diced lamb meat in the pot. Allow the sides of the meat to brown. Add the spices (everything but the last two ingredients) and cook for an additional minute.

Add the coconut milk, coconut flurries and clean out the can of coconut milk with water. The can of water should be added to the pot. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer for an hour.

Remove the cinnamon stick, cardamom pods and bay leaves before serving. Serve over jasmine rice or with naan. Yeah, it really is that easy!