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Stirring Up Ideas In The Kitchen


Hello BHG! My name is Jonathan Melendez from The Candid Appetite blog. My blog is a recipe site photographed step-by-step that focuses on making cooking and baking easier for those who love to cook but need a helping hand in the kitchen. I graduated with a degree in photography, so my site is very much photo based. I find that cooking and baking is a very visual learning experience, so I like to make sure people have images to guide them through a recipe. I’m so excited to make these marshmallow treats!

When I was a kid my favorite ice cream flavor was always Neapolitan. It was the best of all three worlds. I didn’t have to choose between vanilla, chocolate and strawberry ice cream because I’d get all three in one ice cream flavor. Talk about a kid’s dream come true! While browsing through the Better Homes and Gardens site, I came across these Neapolitan Marshmallow Treats and I was instantly hooked. I’ve since made them several times and have they’ve always been a hit. I’ve made a few changes here and there each time I’ve made them, and I think they just keep getting better and better (which I didn’t think was at all possible!)

These bars start just like regular rice cereal marshmallow treats, so you want to melt the butter, and mini marshmallows with some vanilla and marshmallow fluff. That just makes them even better. Mix together with the plain rice cereal until evenly combined and then transfer to a rectangular 9 by 13-inch that has been lined with parchment or foil and greased with cooking spray. This will ensure that the treats come out from the pan without sticking. Press out into an evenly layer and then set off to the side. Then in the same pot, melt more butter, more mini marshmallows and even more marshmallow fluff.

Mix in the chocolate rice cereal and, this is where I changed the recipe a bit from the original, add in about a cup or a cup and a half of dark chocolate chips. Any chocolate chips you have on hand will do though. Once mixed, pour over the vanilla layer and press down with wet hands into an even layer.

Then you’re going to do the same process, just one more time, but this round we’re going to melt butter, strawberry marshmallows, strawberry jam and marshmallow fluff. To get that bright pink color, I added a few drops of red food coloring, but if you’re not a fan of food coloring, you can definitely just leave it out. To change the recipe a little further, I added dried cherries, but if you can find dried strawberries, those would be even better!

Press the strawberry layer onto the chocolate and then place a piece of wax paper and a baking sheet on top and weigh it down with a few cans or cast iron skillet. This will ensure that the layers stay together. Allow to set for at least 1 hour. Remove the bars from the baking pan and then cut into squares.

I’ve found that these are a definite crowd pleaser and they always get people talking because of the three flavors included in one treat! You’ll for sure want to keep some for yourself hidden away, so that people don’t eat them all!

The changes I made to the original recipe Neapolitan Marshmallow Treats are:

  • Add an additional teaspoon of vanilla extract to the vanilla layer.
  • Add 1 to 1 1/2 cups dark chocolate chips, roughly chopped, to the chocolate layer.
  • Add 3/4 dried cherries or dried strawberries to the strawberry layer.

Happy (almost) St. Patrick’s Day! If you’re stuck on what to make for this Thursday’s festivities, then don’t fret because I’ve put together my top six recipes to celebrate this important Irish holiday. Whether you are cooking for two or preparing for several, you are certain to find a recipe that suits your needs.


How yummy does Cooking and Beer‘s Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage with Dijon Stout Gravy look? I’ll take two helpings please.

If you are having the gang over this St. Patrick’s Day, then check out The Cooking Jar’s Mini Shepherd’s Pot Pies recipe. These bit-sized treats are the perfect party go-to.


I can’t think of anything better to commemorate St. Patrick’s Day with than with Gimme Some Oven‘s Irish Coffee.


A shamrock shake isn’t easy to pass up, especially when it’s a McDonald’s copy cat recipe. Check out Baking Beauty for recipe details.


Satisfy your sweet tooth with a four-leaf clover inspired dessert! The Buttercream Blondie‘s Bailey’s Irish Cream Cookies are so good that you can’t have just one.

Take a peek at this festive dessert! The Sweet Escape‘s No Churn Pistachio Ice Cream gives Ben & Jerry’s a run for their money.


Best wishes to you on your St. Patrick’s Day!


Since a certain groundhog didn’t see his shadow last week, we can look forward to an early spring! Celebrate the end of winter with this almond honey cake.

Inspired by the colorful citrus available at the moment, I adapted this pistachio honey cake with berries and cream, into something more suitable for winter. I substituted almond flour for ground pistachios. Instead of fresh berries, I used a combination of grapefruit, orange, and blood orange segments.
Almond Honey Cake with citrus

The bright colors and warm flavors of this cake is sure to evoke memories of outdoor picnics, barbecues, and beach days. You know that saying, “summer bodies are made in the winter”? Luckily, this almond honey cake recipes uses no sugar! All the sweetness comes from honey.

Almond Honey Cake with citrus

This cake is very easy to put together. While the cake can be baked in advance, do not assemble the cake until you are ready to serve. Overtime the citrus segments will expel their juices, causing the cream topping to separate.

Almond Honey Cake with citrus

Using a toothpick or the tines of a fork, dock holes all over the cake. Use a pastry brush to distribute the orange honey syrup over the cake. This will not only enhance the flavors of the cake, it will also keep it tender and moist.

Almond Honey Cake with citrus

Once all the syrup has been absorbed, spread the creamy topping over the cake. Arrange the citrus segments on top. Drizzle additional honey over the citrus. Finally, garnish the finished cake with crushed almonds and a sprinkling of lemon thyme, if desired.

Almond Honey Cake with citrus

Here are my changes to the original Pistachio Honey Cake with Berries and Cream:

  1. Instead of 1/4 cup ground almonds: use 1/4 cup ground almonds (almond flour)
  2. Instead of 1 pint strawberries: segments from 1 grapefruit, 1 orange, and 1 blood orange
  3. Instead of sprinkling chopped pistachios to garnish: sprinkle chopped almonds to garnish
  4. For added flavor, sprinkle fresh lemon thyme over citrus segments.


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citrus zingers lime zingers variation
Believe or not, some people don’t like chocolate. Or maybe you’ve already overloaded on chocolates from the holidays. What treats are you supposed to enjoy on Valentine’s Day? Cookies, of course! These super cute heart shared citrus zingers sugar cookies are the perfect little treats.

Inspired by the bounty of winter citrus available, I adapted these lime zingers to include a combination of lemon, lime, and orange. The resulting zingers are bright, fun, and unexpected. They’re not your typical Valentine’s Day cookies, but they’re just as special. The burst of citrus flavors is sure to evoke some smiles and bring you happy thoughts of the upcoming spring weather.

BHG citrus zingers lime zingers sugar cookie variation

Asides from the bright citrus notes, this dough is made with almond flour. It gives it just the right amount of nuttiness to this soft vanilla sugar cookie. Luckily, this dough is very easy to work with. It doesn’t require any chill time after mixing. Simply dump the dough onto a clean surface and roll it out to an even 1/4-inch thickness. Use a small cutter to punch out your desired shapes. I used this little heart for Valentine’s Day, but any shape will do. (You can even use a knife to simply cut out squares.) Gather scrapes and roll out dough as needed to punch out as many cookies as possible.

BHG citrus zingers lime zingers sugar cookie variation

No need to space these cookies out in the oven during bake. They don’t spread. These zingers are super forgiving and perfect for timid bakers.

After the cookies are done baking you’ll be able to clearly see the speckles of almond flour as well as the bright citrus peels mixed in. They taste amazing as it, but since we’re celebrating love, let’s add a little color.

BHG citrus zingers lime zingers sugar cookie variation

The original lime zingers recipe calls for green frosting. I lightly tinted the frosting pink using a tiny amount of red gel food coloring. You can spread the frosting using a mini offset spatula, or the back of a spoon. Or if you want to get fancy, you can pipe or drizzle on the frosting as well. And because I love confetti sprinkles, there’s no harm in adding a handful of rainbows here and there.

I hope this inspires you to bake outside of chocolate this Valentine’s Day!

BHG citrus zingers lime zingers sugar cookie variation

Here are my changes to the original Lime Zingers recipe:

1. Instead of 2 teaspoons finely shredded lime peel: 1 teaspoon of each orange, lemon, and lime peel

2. Instead of 1/4 cup lime juice: 4 teaspoons of each orange, lemon, and lime juice

3. Instead of 3/4 cup finely chopped hazelnuts: 3/4 cup almond flour (ground almonds)

4. For the frosting, instead of 1 tablespoon lime juice: 1 teaspoon of each orange, lemon, and lime juice

5. For the frosting, instead of green food coloring: red food coloring

Hooray! Saturday (aka December 26) is National Candy Cane Day. I’m celebrating this special occasion the best way I know how to–by eating. Join me and give your post-Christmas peeps a peppermint twist. The even BETTER part about this is that the work has already been done for you. I’ve put together 10 outstanding recipes to help you commemorate this remarkable day!

How adorable is Evermine OccasionsChocolate Gingerbread Men with Candy Canes recipe? This gingerbread man is (almost) too cute to eat…almost!


Kick start the night with A Night Owl‘s Candy Cane Shooters recipe. It’s festive AND delicious.



Shine the spotlight on dessert with The Food Charlatan‘s Candy Cane Brownie Trifle tutorial.


Take a look at this decadent Candy Cane Snowball Cookies recipe. Thank you My Baking Addiction!


Nothing says “National Candy Cane Day” quite like Sweet and Crunchy‘s Peppermint Bark Candy Cane Hearts recipe.



If cheesecake is your thing, then take a peek at Lulu The Baker‘s Frozen Peppermint Cheesecake recipe. It’s tasty to eat and beautiful to admire.



Searching for the perfect December birthday cake? Look no further because we’ve discovered The Tough Cookie‘s RAD Chocolate Cupcakes with Candy Cane Buttercream recipe.



Enjoy your next Netflix binge with a festive cinema treat! Cooking Classy‘s Peppermint Bark Popcorn recipe is a cinch to make and easy to eat!


Go ALL OUT with these festive DIY Peppermint Candy Spoons (courtesy of Princess Pinky Girl).


Merry Christmas!



Happy (almost) Valentine’s Day, Delish Dish! The part I love best about Valentine’s Day is that it isn’t just a holiday for you and your honey. You can celebrate Valentine’s Day with all the loved ones in your life! And what better way to celebrate than with gorgeous love-themed recipes which I am more than happy to share!

I’m totally in love with the pattern in Cooking Classy‘s White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake. It is the perfect dish to take to a party!

Um. Hello, Red Velvet Donut Fries with Cream Cheese Dip. I really can’t even begin to explain how much I want this in my life! Thanks, Jo and Sue!

Are you looking for a treat to share with your co-workers or kids’ classmates? Look no further! Gimme Some Oven‘s perfectly adorable Valentine’s Popcorn!

Love from the Oven made these Pink Cinnamon Rolls for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but they would be incredible for a Valentine’s Day brunch!

Momdot makes the perfect drink for your evening in! This Cran-Raspberry Spritzer is non-alcoholic, but substitute champagne for the 7-Up for a delightfully grown up version!

Hope you found some V-Day inspiration to share with your special someone(s)!

With love,


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