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Fruit-Laden Carrot Cake

by Kate on August 28, 2015

anthologymag-blog-food-twiggstudios-carrotcake-1After finishing up a recent feature for the upcoming fall issue, I found myself with some extra fruits and floral props—one of my favorite perks of producing photo shoots. I didn’t know what to do with them, so I decided to track down some recipes that might take advantage of my bounty. When I came across this amazing carrot cake recipe from Twigg Studios, and knew I had found a winner.

Aimee, the founder of Twigg Studios, has an incredible knack for pairing simple baked cakes, cookies and tarts with edible fruits, flowers, and herbs to whip up visually stunning desserts. Made with summer stone fruits, berries, parsnips, and pecans, this carrot cake feels like a lovely way to precede the change of seasons. You can find the full recipe, and more of Aimee’s beautiful culinary (and botanical) creations here.

anthologymag-blog-food-twiggstudios-carrotcake-2anthologymag-blog-food-twiggstudios-carrotcake-3anthologymag-blog-food-twiggstudios-carrotcake-4{ All images and full recipe via Twigg Studios }

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Recipe Roundup: Kiwifruit Treats

by Kate on August 20, 2015

anthologymag-blog-food-kiwi-recipes-1There are few fruits as visually delightful as the kiwifruit. When I was young, I had an aversion to the little brown fuzzy orbs, but I’ve since wised up and realized that kiwifruits are not only beautiful, but super nutritious and subtly sweet. It’s also one of those quintessential summer flavors, so it seemed only right to round up some of the best online recipes for kiwi treats now, as the unofficial end of summer (Labor Day) is just a couple of weeks away.

What’s abundantly clear from all kiwi recipes is that the beauty of this fruit can’t help but shine through. Slices, purees, sorbets—in all forms, this fruit transforms a dessert into something tropical and lush. I don’t know about you, but I plan to start with the cheesecake recipe above and work my way down.

{Image above: Raw Kiwifruit & Ginger ‘Cheesecake’ recipe from My Darling Lemon Thyme}

anthologymag-blog-food-kiwi-recipes-2{Kiwi Orange Creamsicles from Desserts for Breakfast}

anthologymag-blog-food-kiwi-recipes-3 {Kiwi Chia Seed Pudding with Coconut Milk via Detoxdiy}

anthologymag-blog-food-kiwi-recipes-4{Kiwi Ricotta Tart with Lemon Almond Crust, from Cooking Melangery}

anthologymag-blog-food-kiwi-recipes-5{Kiwi and Pineapple Slushy from Wayfair}

anthologymag-blog-food-kiwi-recipes-6 {Kiwi Passionfruit Pavlova recipe from Taste}

anthologymag-blog-food-kiwi-recipes-7{Key Lime Sorbet recipe from Broma Bakery}

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The Perfect Summer Ice Cream

by Kate on August 14, 2015

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August is the last month of peak watermelon season, and I’m trying to take advantage of every minute of it. Cubed, juiced, frozen, souped, spiked—in my mind, there is no wrong way to enjoy summer’s most thirst-quenching and delectable fruit. Luckily, I just discovered this recipe for no-churn, dairy-free watermelon-strawberry-coconut ice cream through one of my favorite new food and design blogs: the Artful Desperado.

The blog’s creator, Gabriel, has an incredible knack for unusual food pairings, and his photography is so luscious and beautiful that I find myself salivating over every single recipe. You can find the the full recipe for this ice cream, as well as some fun facts about watermelon (did you know that it’s technically a berry??), over on Luvo’s The Fresh Blog. And be sure to check out the Artful Desperado as well for culinary inspiration.

As you enjoy this tropical sweet treat, you may find yourself dreaming of palm trees and warm beaches … Happy summer!

anthologymag-blog-food-watermelon-icecream-1anthologymag-blog-food-watermelon-icecream-4anthologymag-blog-food-watermelon-icecream-3{ All images and full recipe from Luvo’s The Fresh Blog }

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Ice Cream Sandwiches Galore

by Kate on August 3, 2015

anthologymag-blog-food-icecream-sandwiches-5Yesterday was National Ice Cream Sandwich Day, and finding out that such an annual celebration exists inspired me to seek out new recipes. I am a bit embarrassed to admit that I’ve never made an ice cream sandwich with anything aside from cookies … What have I been doing all these years? Cookies are delicious, to be sure, but clearly I’ve been missing out on some amazing flavor/texture combinations.

Fortunately, Brittni Mehlhoff, the founder of Paper & Stitch, has set me straight. She has dozens of incredible recipes on her blog for ice cream sandwiches—s’mores variations, donut delights, and more. (Dutch stroopwaffle ice cream sandwiches are pictured above.) I am more than happy to take advice from an expert on these matters, and will be making some of her recipes as soon as possible, while the summer heat is still in full swing. I’m starting with the marshmallow ice cream sandwich below. How about you?  

anthologymag-blog-food-icecream-sandwiches-2{ s’mores ice cream sandwiches }

anthologymag-blog-food-icecream-sandwiches-3{ chocolate eclair ice cream sandwiches }

anthologymag-blog-food-icecream-sandwiches-4{ rainbow sugar cookie ice cream sandwiches }

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I love projects that combine the making of food and art; it’s an exciting creative realm that’s still relatively underrepresented and has many more avenues to explore. When I come across a really lovely combination of the two, I have to share. One of my favorite online boutiques for vintage and handmade goods is Everything Golden. Mariah, its founder and author, lives in Bozeman Montana and works with a range of makers to create beautiful goods, project tutorials, recipes and more.

For these beautiful wildflower cookies featured on Sugar and Charm, Mariah teamed up with Jasmine of Whipped to create a simple fondant recipe that created the blank culinary canvas for Mariah’s painting skills.  These are *almost* too pretty to eat, but I’m sure I could manage, as they also look delicious. The process of making these seems every bit as enjoyable as consuming them, and they would make such a lovely gift too. To check out the full tutorial including the fondant recipe, you can visit Sugar and Charm.

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{Images via Everything Golden. Full recipe and tutorial featured on Sugar and Charm}

 

 

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