Michael Wurm, Jr.

Hot Cocoa Brownie Cake with Pumpkin Marshmallow Frosting + The Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book Giveaway

Today is an exciting day. BHG is about to launch The Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book, 16th Edition. Being a blogger here on Delish Dish, I got a sneak peak at its pages. After looking through it (Almost all of the 1,200 recipes have pictures.) and bookmarking countless recipes, it has quickly become one of my favorite recipe collections. One thing I really love about this new cook book, is that it gives you a basic recipe such as cinnamon rolls, and then it provides options and ideas to make the recipe your own. Basically, it’s like recipes built into recipes. Endless inspiration.

BHG is giving away five copies of this wonderful new cook book. I will explain the details of the giveaway, but first I want to share a recipe with you.

Today, I’m showing you how to make this Hot Cocoa Brownie Cake with Marshmallow Frosting. However, I’m giving it a fall twist by adding a bit of pumpkin flavor to the frosting. Yum! I love chocolate and pumpkin together, and this cake combines the flavors beautifully.

The basis of the cake is a box of your favorite brownie mix. You can use a regular cake pan, although I’m using this tart pan because of the built-in groove at the top. You’ll see why this is important below.

Once the brownie cake is baked, chocolate ganache is spread on top. You really can’t have enough chocolate, right? The ganache adds a creamy layer of decadence.

The cake is finished off with marshmallow frosting. To give mine a seasonal touch, I decided to add some pumpkin flavor. I started with the original recipe for the frosting, and after it had formed stiff peaks, I added the following along with the vanilla:

4 tablespoons pumpkin puree
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

These additions will make your marshmallow frosting perfectly pumpkiny!

And that’s it. Continue following the original recipe until your cake is complete.

As the days get shorter and the nights get cooler, this is a delicious after-dinner treat to snuggle up with on the couch. Enjoy!

Now, as I mentioned above, BHG and I are giving away five copies of The Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book! To enter to win one of the five copies, tell us below: “What is your favorite thing to cook?” The winners will be randomly selected from the entries received. You can see the official contest rules here.

Good luck and happy cooking!

Note: This contest has ended.

BHG Guest Blogger

Guest Blogger: I Wash You Dry // Chili-Pasta Skillet

Hey guys! I’m Shawn from I Wash You Dry, where I blog about simple recipes with easy clean up. With school back in session, I’m all about no fuss dinners and the least amount of dishes as possible.

Who wants to spend more time than we need to in the kitchen?

Not this gal!

That’s why I love making one-skillet dinners like this cheesy One Skillet Baked Ziti and these mouthwatering Macho Nachos. When Better Homes and Gardens asked me to find a recipe on their site and recreate it, it was a no-brainer. This Chili-Pasta Skillet practically jumped right out at me and begged me to recreate it.

Chili-Pasta Skillet

There wasn’t much that I altered from the recipe’s original state, just a couple things here and there to give it my own personal flare.

The recipe calls for a can of diced tomatoes, but I pumped up the flavor by using a can of fire roasted tomatoes, which added a little more depth to this saucy dish. I also used my family’s favorite – black beans, instead of the pinto beans.

Known fact – my three year old daughter could put away a whole can of black beans if I let her. Which I won’t, but still, that girl loves her beans!

Chili-Pasta Skillet

The original recipe calls for elbow macaroni, but I used these fun swirly and twisted macaroni instead. Our family also loves the flavor of a good marbled cheddar over our chili, so instead of the monterey jack cheese it called for in the recipe, we used the marbled cheddar.

We also topped it off with some diced green onions and other chili toppings like diced tomato, avocado and of course, some sour cream!

Chili Pasta Skillet

My favorite part about this hearty, complete dinner?

One pan!

Oh yes, ladies and gents, even the pasta gets cooked in the same pan! Which makes for one happy Mama. And when Mama is happy, the whole family is happy. Make sure you check out the full recipe HERE, and don’t be afraid to make it your own!

Be sure to stop by my BLOG and say hi! See you there!

Sarah Martens

Our Favorites and The Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book Giveaway

With the upcoming release of The Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book 16th edition just a few weeks away, I’ve decided to share some of our favorite recipes from the book. With over 1,200 recipes to choose from, narrowing it down was not an easy task but here are our five favorites.

Shrimp Spring Rolls with Chimichurri Sauce
With layer upon layer of flavor, these spring rolls are a snap to make. My favorite part of the dish? The tangy chimichurri sauce. Its fragrant blend of parsley, rice vinegar, and garlic really makes these spring rolls special.

Watermelon Agua Fresca
I’m always looking for ways to use summer’s best fruit – watermelon. This sweet and refreshing drink is a thirst-quenching blend of watermelon, lime, and honey.

Fresh Tomato Soup
Forget the canned stuff – this soup is perfection. Juicy, ripe tomatoes get blended with sweet peppers and basil for a summer soup that you’ll make again and again.

Fish Tortas with Mexican Cocktail Sauce
Kick up regular cocktail sauce with jalapeno, cilantro, and lime for a Mexican-inspired sauce that’s the perfect topping for crispy baked fish. Plus, I love the combination of dill pickles and creamy avocado.

Best Strawberry Shortcake
It’s my favorite dessert of all time and this is the best version of it. I love slicing and sharing it with family and friends.

We are giving away five copies of the cook book this week.  To enter, simply tell us in the comments below, “What Is Your Favorite Thing To Cook?”  We will conduct a random drawing from the received entries to select the winners.  You can see the official contest rules HERE.

Note: This contest has ended.

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Jocelyn Delk Adams

Steak Nachos and The Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book Giveaway

I am so excited to share this amazing nachos recipe from The Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book 16th edition, which is quickly becoming my new favorite book.  And I am even more excited to share a giveaway of this favorite book with one of our readers!  With well over 1,200 delicious recipes to choose from (along with almost as many gorgeous images to stare at all day like I sometimes do), each and every recipe is a must try.  I can’t wait to try my hand at the decadent Four-Cheese Macaroni and Cheese, Pumpkin Bars, and amazing brining techniques for Thanksgiving in the Holiday Favorites chapter, but I seriously had to dive right into the appetizer section and tackle these Nachos.

steak nachos

Fall is officially here and so is football season.  Tailgating, parties and tempting recipes to go with them are cropping up everywhere, and I had to provide you with something that would be absolutely perfect for your next sports get-together.  Since my husband has officially taken up Fantasy Football, (again),  I know that soon I will be searching for ideas to plan some fun football parties.  Nachos are just the perfect appetizer to start any sports party with.

steak nachos

When I saw this Nachos recipe in the new Better Homes and Gardens Cook Book, I got so excited and knew this would be perfect to make now!  All of the ingredients come together perfectly in the most delicious way possible.  The layering of flavors and textures from crispy corn tortilla chips, seasoned meat, chunky salsa, hearty beans and melted gooey cheese should not be taken lightly.  It is plain addictive and simply unreal.

steak nachos

I only made one change to this recipe.  I decided to use chopped steak instead of ground beef to add a level of sophistication, something you hardly see when nachos are involved.  In this book you will find great ways to make each recipe unique to your liking with the new concept “Make It Mine”, which gives home cooks, like you, the awesome opportunity to alter recipes based on what your preferences are and what you may have at home.  After I made my switch to steak, I added traditional toppings to this dish, like cilantro and green onions, and gobbled up at least half by myself (don’t tell anyone).

steak nachos

As I mentioned before, you can win one of five copies being given away this week.  To enter, simply tell us in the comments below, “What Is Your Favorite Thing To Cook?”  We will conduct a random drawing from the received entries to select the winners.  You can see the official contest rules HERE.

It is safe to say that these nachos will be making appearance after appearance in my house during football season.  And I simply can’t wait to try even more recipes from the Cook Book that will be a huge hit!

Note: This contest has ended.

BHG Guest Blogger

Heather Christo// Stylemaker Behind the Scenes!

Hi! It’s Heather from HeatherChristo.com, my blog, where delicious, seasonal and allergen free food comes to life. As a trained chef with food allergies and allergic children, I am dedicated to changing the way the world sees—and eats—the allergen-free. With imaginative ideas and a passion for food, I tackle every culinary challenge with curiosity, love, and excitement. When we create beautiful dishes that are free of allergens, we’re able to truly enjoy food, together, with our families and friends. Instead of feeling limited, our spirits and our stomachs are free to enjoy life to its fullest. After all, the world is rich with light, love, and happiness— and our food should be too.

(My whipped Lemon and Chive Goat Cheese Spread)

(Fresh Figs on the table)

I am so excited to be here and to share in my incredible experience as a BHG stylemaker. I grew up reading my mother and grandmothers copies of Better Homes and Gardens and so it feels like I have really come full circle as I read through issues with my own little girls. I am so honored to be a part of such a wonderful women’s tradition and BEYOND out-of-my-mind excited to have been named a stylemaker for 2014!

(Photographer Con Poulos and Editor Nancy Hopkins)

(the six of us instagraming!)

Earlier this Summer, myself and 5 of my darling girlfriends gathered at a beautiful house outside of LA to shoot this joy filled spread. It was one of those magical kinds of weekends where I ate until I was sooooo full and laughed until my sides hurt. Aren’t those the best kind of weekends? The playfulness through the spread is heart felt and truly reflects the fun that the 6 of us have when the cameras aren’t on (if you could have only heard the commentary!!) The recipes are amazing and truly mouth watering, and they are all so fresh and vibrant. I had the exciting job of providing the appetizers, and those shrimp cakes are fantastic. FYI, I consumed too many, I mean, several of my friend Tracy’s Apple Cider Bourbon Punches- delicious!

(Behind the scenes fun fact! I brought those fig branches all the way from my back yard tree in Seattle!)

I am just so excited for you all to get a peek into the passions and the love that we all have for our food and our friends- please enjoy!

(Behind the scenes fun fact! These were my great grandmothers salt cellars- but they made the perfect little bowl for marcona almonds too!)

(The incredible stylists putting the final touches on my appetizer spread!)

To check out all of the delicious recipes featured in this spread, simply click below (The Shrimp Fritters, Arugula Pesto and Whipped Goat Cheese are mine!)

Apple Cider Bourbon Punch

 Blackberry Gin Lemonade

Shrimp and Corn Fritters with Red Pepper Sauce

Lemon Whipped Goat Cheese

Blueberry Beet and Basil Summer Salad

Baby Back Ribs with Plum BBQ Sauce

Chimmichuri Tossed Mushrooms with Hazelnuts

Chocolaty Zucchini Loaf Cake


See Joy The Baker’s behind the scenes post!

See Shutterbean’s behind the scenes post!

See What’s Gaby Cooking’s behind the scenes post!



Grace Wenzel

Friday Finds 9.5

Happy Friday, Delish Dish! So I wore a sweater to work this morning, which, in my mind, means fall is here! One of my favorite annual traditions is going to the apple orchard each year and drinking incredible apple cider. So I thought I’d search around and find some new ways to enjoy apple cider, the great fall drink!

If you’re looking for a “grown-up” way to enjoy apple cider, you’ll love this Pumpkin Apple Cider cocktail. The Blond Cook combines pumpkin pie vodka, apple cider, and club soda for an easy-to-make fall drink.

Cupcakes are really the best way to satisfy your cravings. (They’re small so they have less calories, right?) Lady Behind the Curtain brings the best fall flavors in these Apple Cider Maple Spice Cupcakes. Yum-o!

If you’re a regular reader of my Friday Finds, you know how much I love breakfast foods. Add A Pinch combines everything that is good and holy in fall flavors and breakfast trends in these Apple Cider Waffles.

I’m all about trying new margarita recipes and when the weather decides to heat back up again, (because it always does) Fabtastic EatsApple Cider Margaritas will be the perfect way to cool off!

What kind of apple cider post would this be if I didn’t include a fantastic Baked Apple Cider Doughnuts recipe? Thanks, Eat.Drink.Love. for the great ideas!

Happy (almost) fall, y’all! Enjoy these yummy recipes and let me know what other fall flavors you’re craving!