Crispy Salmon BLT

Our wedding is only a month away! I cannot believe how quickly everything has come together. We have been working on the finishing touches and the weather has not cooperated with my projects. It has been non stop rain. I’m hoping this means it will be nice and dry by the time the wedding day is here.

These Salmon BLTs are perfect for adding a little freshness during this dreary weather. Lemon aioli, spicy pepper bacon, juicy tomato, and fresh cut lettuce all do their part to liven up my favorite salmon.

You can use Texas toast or a lettuce wrap for these. We like the Publix onion rolls. They soak up all the aioli in the best way.

Ingredients

Green leafy lettuce

Tomato

Thick cut bacon (we like pepper crusted bacon)

1/4 cup of mayonnaise

Juice from 1 lettuce

Tsp black pepper

1 small white onion sliced

Bread

Fresh salmon filets

2 tbsp of coconut oil or olive oil

Steak seasoning or a blend of garlic powder, smoked paprika, salt, pepper

1/2 tsp dill

Directions

Rub the filets with oil and season liberally

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Fry each side in a cast iron skillet

Bake for 10 minutes or until cooked through

Fry a few pieces of bacon and use the excess fat to sauté the sliced onion

Mix mayo, lemon and pepper

Slather on both pieces of bread

Add tomato slices and lettuce

Add the salmon

Top with the onions and bacon

Now there is nothing left, but to enjoy multiple times a week!

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Banana Pudding Cupcakes

This post is in collaboration with Rodelle. All opinions are my own. Thank you for letting me support my favorite brands!

Happy Valentines Day! Every year I usually do some kind of extra chocolate recipe. This year I branched out and experimented with Patrick’s favorite flavor profile- banana pudding.

These cupcakes are super easy to throw together. They are perfect for those last minute party desserts! We don’t like artificial banana flavors so everything starts with a rich vanilla custard. Then I added fresh chopped banana.

You guys know I love Rodelle. Their line of extracts are some of the best I’ve ever baked with to date. For the filling I used the bakers extract which is a super rich vanilla with a creamy caramel/chocolate undertone and I also used the vanilla paste. The combination leaves you with such an amazing custard base that pairs perfectly with banana.

The frosting is my go to vanilla buttercream. Not too sweet, but very airy and creamy.

The chocolate hearts are optional, but super easy. You just melt your favorite baking chocolate and pour into a ziplock bag. Snip the bottom corner and draw your hearts! I put them in the freezer for 15 minutes for the best texture.

Ingredients

For the cake use your favorite recipe or box mix. I used a classic vanilla recipe.

For the filling

1 ripe banana chopped

1 egg yolk

2 1/2 cups of whole milk

1 tbsp of Rodelle bakers extract

2 tbsp of Rodelle vanilla paste

3 tsp of corn starch

1/2 cup of sugar

1 tbsp of salted butter

For the frosting

1 stick of salted butter

1 tbsp of vanilla extract or the bakers extract

3 cups of powdered sugar

1 tsp of cream or milk

For the top

Sliced banana, sprinkles, and chocolate hearts

Directions

For the filling

Heat the milk, vanilla paste, bakers extract, sugar, cornstarch, butter, and egg yolk over low heat.

Whisk until throughly mixed and turn heat to medium.

Whisk until mixture slightly bubbles and starts to thicken.

Remove from heat.

Add chopped banana and let cool in the fridge.

Add plastic wrap pushing to the top of the mix to avoid skin.

Scoop the middles out of the cupcakes and fill with the pudding once cooled.

For the frosting

Whip the butter and extracts.

Start adding the powdered sugar slowly.

Use the cream/milk if you need to thin the consistency.

Whip until you are happy with the texture.

Top your cupcakes and decorate!

I hope you all have an amazing holiday!!!

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Keto Buffalo Chicken Bites

One of my all time favorite snacks is a crispy fried chicken bite with hot sauce. Hot sauce is basically my favorite food. I just try to find things to put it on since it is not social acceptable to drink it from the bottle.

Chicken thighs are big on the keto diet because they are fatter. I just think they have more flavor and can hold a marinade better. I took a pound of chicken thighs and sliced them up. Coated them with a little olive oil, salt, pepper, and some hot sauce. Wrapped them in uncured bacon and baked them until crispy.

An extra drizzle of buttery hot sauce and they are ready to dip!

These are right on par with a traditional chicken bite with less calories believe it or not! If you use a low sodium uncured bacon they are even better.

Ingredients

One pound of chicken thighs

1 pound of uncured bacon

1/2 cup of hot sauce

2 tbsp of olive oil

2 tbsp of butter

Salt and pepper

Directions

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.

Slice chicken thighs into bite size pieces. You can get about 3 pieces per thigh.

Marinate chicken with salt, pepper, olive oil, and a drizzle of hot sauce. (15 minutes or so)

Wrap each piece of chicken in one piece of bacon.

Bake until crispy. About 20 minutes.

Melt butter with remaining hot sauce.

Brush onto the chicken bites.

Enjoy !!!!

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Keto Peanut Butter Cookies

Have you ever tried to go low sugar before? Your taste buds completely change. Things are way saltier to me now. I played around with this recipe until I found a texture that matched my favorite peanut butter cookie recipe the closest.

The key here is to use room temperature butter and really whip it to get as much air as possible in the batter. Typically I am super against airy batter, but in this case it just works. If you don’t whip your batter the cookies will be pretty dry and crumbly.

You can add peanut chunks or pecans too! I think that would make an awesome topper.

Ingredients

1 cup natural peanut butter ( mine only had the ingredient peanuts)

5 drops liquid stevia

2 eggs

1 cup soft butter

1 1/2 cups of almond flour

1 tbsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp baking powder

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Whip butter until light and airy about 4 minutes

Add 2 eggs and continue until nice and fluffy

Add vanilla, cinnamon, and stevia

Incorporate almond flour and baking powder

Scoop batter onto a parchment paper lined pan

Bake 10 minutes or until golden brown

Enjoy!

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Low Carb Pizza

My wedding is only 3 months away!!!! I am in extreme wedding boot camp mode. I’ve been reading through so many keto articles lately trying to jump start this last push to lose weight. We were pretty relaxed with our diet during the holidays. Plus Patrick did a special order of my all time favorite candy and filled our fruit bowl with oh henry bars. Have you ever had an oh henry? They are very similar to a baby ruth, but also has a layer of caramel. We still have a fruit bowl filled, but I refuse to eat any more until after the wedding!

This low carb pizza is perfect for anytime of the day. You can swap the pepperoni for bacon and eggs to make a delicious breakfast pizza.

I used low sugar marinara, thin sliced deli pepperoni, jalapeños, and mozzarella. The whole process took around 30 minutes which is shorter than the time to make real pizza dough.

I was really impressed by the structure of this pizza. It held up really well and the bottom had a nice crust.

Ingredients

6 oz of chicken breast

1/2 tsp of garlic

Egg 1

1 tsp of herbs oregano, basil

Salt and pepper

1/2 cup of mozzarella

Low sugar marinara

Toppings of your choice

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees

Roast the chicken with the herbs for 15 minutes or until cooked

Cool for a few minutes and toss into a food processor with the garlic, salt, pepper, and 1/4 cup of mozzarella

Add the egg

Pat onto parchment paper lined pan

Bake until golden brown about 5 minutes

Add the rest of the cheese and your toppings

Bake until cheese melts

Enjoy!!

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Fast Hardening Royal Icing

Merry Christmas!!! I couldn’t think of a better time of year to share my go to royal icing recipe. This is so kid friendly. The best part is the icing will harden in 2-5 minutes. Sometimes it’s just way too hard for me to wait around all day while waiting for icing to harden especially if we are doing a lot of different decorations.

I decorated these with the kids in about an hour. Since we didn’t use cream of tartar these actually tasted really good too!

My favorite design was the mittens. They were so easy!!!! Just a dip into red. Some piped white then sprinkles!

Royal Icing Recipe

2 tbsps of pasteurized egg whites

2 tbsps of vanilla

3 cups of powdered sugar plus more for thickening

Directions

In a large bowl mix the eggs and vanilla. Add in the sugar and whisk until smooth. You can add more vanilla or water if you need a thinner consistency. I like to start thick and slowly thin out. Add your food coloring and decorate! Let dry in between colors. Use sprinkles when the icing is still slightly wet.

Enjoy!!!!

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Quick Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

How in the world is it only two weeks to Christmas already!!!! This is my all time favorite time of year. I have been preparing for weeks and now it is flying by so fast! We are having a Christmas party at the end of the month and I have been experimenting with lots of recipes to find the best to serve at the party. These cookies definitely made it!

I have been combing through recipes on Pinterest trying to find the ultimate chocolate chip cookie that doesn’t take me all day. These cookies come together in about 15 minutes and are so perfect for my cookie style. They are soft and chewy with slightly crisp edges. All the chocolate chips are melty and gooey. 

Here are a few tips for your cookie making magic. Freeze some of your chocolate chips. I like to do an assortment of chocolates with room temp chunks and frozen chips. This helps them hold their shape while the chunks gets super melty. Bring your butter and egg to room temp before making your batter. Use parchment paper for these. If you use any tip make sure it is this one. This paper keeps the cookies from over browning and no mess. 

Ingredients:

2 cups of assorted chocolate chips/chunks

1 egg room temp

1 stick of salted butter room temp

3/4 cups of dark brown sugar

1/2 cup of granulated sugar

2 tbsp. corn starch

1 tsp baking soda

1 1/2 cup of AP flour

2 tbsp. of vanilla extract

holiday sprinkles of your choosing!

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line your baking pan with parchment paper. 

In a mixer add your butter and sugar. Whip until light and fluffy (around 3 minutes). Add in the vanilla and the egg. Start adding in your dry ingredients. Slowly mix until combined. Do not over mix. Add in the chocolate and sprinkles. Put in the fridge for about 5 minutes. Drop in even sized balls of dough on the parchment  paper. Bake until the edges and tops are barely golden brown. About 7-10 minutes. I bang my pan after I pull them out of the oven to get rid of any extra air. Let rest about 3 minutes before moving to a cooling rack. Makes about 12 large cookies.

I hope you enjoy! PS. I am using a new blog layout and I haven’t figured out the recipe portion yet. I will soon! 

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Soft Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies and Giveaway Time!

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This post is in collaboration with Rodelle Vanilla! All opinions are my own. I am so excited to be part of their cookie campaign again this year. Stop by their website to check out all the other ambassador’s cookie recipes!

It is finally that time of year! Let the Christmas cookie chaos  begin! I have been practicing with dough recipes for weeks now. Last weekend we picked up a fresh cut tree and once the house started to smell like that sweet pine I was more inspired than ever.

soft chocolate gingerbread

Do you change your Christmas décor theme every year? Or do you keep it the same? We change ours, but filter in all of our favorite pieces. This is our first year in the new house so we wanted everything to be extra cozy with the big fireplace and the hard wood floors. Everything is red and black buffalo check with faux fur and mixed textures.

soft chocolate gingerbread

I am very excited to announce the first giveaway on Kelliericecakes in collaboration with Rodelle Vanilla! Entry is so simple. Just make sure you are following Kelliericecakes on Instagram and RodelleVanilla on Instagram, leave me a comment on my giveaway Instagram post letting me know what you are most excited about baking this holiday season, and that is it! The giveaway will last 12-2-2018 through 12-9-2018. Comment as many times as you would like! Rodelle will send the winner some of my favorite products to use during the holidays- 8oz cocoa, 2ct vanilla bean, 4oz vanilla paste, and 4oz vanilla extract.

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Ok ok ok back to these soft chocolate gingerbread cookies. My favorite thing about this recipe is how they hold their shape while still being able to handle all the extra decorations. I like to dip mine in chocolate. For these I alternated with peppermint white chocolate and dark chocolate.

soft chocolate gingerbread

These cookies taste great alone, with buttercream, or royal icing. I tweaked the recipe my mom has always used to get this thick chewy texture with a hint of chocolate.

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Soft Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies and Giveaway Time!
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Recipe type: Holiday Baking
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Serves: 12
 
Soft chewy chocolate gingerbread perfect for your favorite holiday cut out.
Ingredients
  • 1 large egg at room temp
  • ¾ cup of molasses
  • 1 tsp of Rodelle vanilla extract
  • ½ cup of sugar
  • ¼ cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 stick of room temp salted butter
  • 2 tbsp of Rodelle cocoa powder
  • 2¼ cups of flour plus more for the cut outs
  • 1½ tsp of baking powder
  • ½ tsp of baking soda
  • 1 tbsp of cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp of ground ginger
  • ½ tbsp of ground nutmeg
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a mixture whip the butter and sugars for 3-5 minutes until pale and airy
  3. Add in the vanilla, egg, and molasses
  4. Mix in the cocoa powder
  5. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and spices
  6. Add in slowly until fully incorporated
  7. If using a standing mixture make sure to scrap the bottom in between mixing
  8. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 15 minutes
  9. Lightly flour your working space and roll out the dough to ½ inch
  10. Cut out the shapes you choose and place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet
  11. Bake for 6-8 minutes until set and very lightly browned
  12. Cool on the baking sheet before moving
  13. Decorate once fully cooled
  14. If you want them dipped in chocolate just melt down your favorite chocolate without anything added
  15. Dip and let dry chocolate side up
  16. Flip and decorate

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If you try out this recipe make sure you tag me @kelliericecakes so I can see all your work! Don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

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Sweet Potato Dinner Rolls

sweet potato rolls

Thanks Giving is only weeks away! Every year I scramble to get everything ready in time. This year I am planning early and having a stress free holiday. What kind of holiday person are you? Christmas decorations before or after Thanks Giving?

sweet potato rolls

Usually we wait until the weekend after Thanks Giving, but this year we were planning out our decorations and ended up putting half of them up already. We are currently half red buffalo plaid an half white pumpkins. It takes us so long to put up the decorations I just want to make sure we have a full month to enjoy them!

sweet potato rolls

Now back to these sweet potato rolls. Patrick hates all things sweet potato and these are his favorite dinner rolls I have ever made. I have yet to tell him what they are made with … oops!

They always turn out so perfectly sweet and fluffy. This time I made a cinnamon honey butter that paired so well with them. Usually I make this dough in my bread machine, but this time I used the dough hook on my kitchen aid. The dough came together in minutes!

sweet potato rolls

Sweet Potato Dinner Rolls
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Recipe type: Bread
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Light and airy sweet potato dinner rolls.
Ingredients
  • 2 medium roasted sweet potatoes
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 4 tbsp of melted butter cooled
  • 1 packet of dry active yeast
  • ½ cup of very warm water
  • 2 eggs room temp
  • 4 tbsp of sugar
  • 1 tsp of honey
  • 3½ cups of flour sifted
  • oil for proofing
Instructions
  1. Roast two sweet potatoes and let them cool
  2. In a mixing bowl add the dry yeast, the sugar, and the water
  3. Let sit for 5 minutes until the yeast bubbles
  4. Add in the honey and the eggs
  5. Pour over the cooled butter and scoop out the inside of the sweet potatoes
  6. Mix on low with the dough hook
  7. Sprinkle in the salt and start adding the flour ½ cup at a time
  8. Once the flour is all added in roll into a ball
  9. Pour a little oil over the time of the dough and cover with plastic wrap
  10. Let rest for 30 minutes
  11. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
  12. I like to use a brownie pan to cook the rolls in so they are touching
  13. Roll the dough into uniform size balls and place in a greased pan
  14. Cover and let rise another 30 minutes
  15. Bake until the tops are golden brown

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If you want to try the butter just mix a tsp of cinnamon and a tsp of honey into 1/4 cup of soft butter. Spread onto a warm roll and enjoy!

 

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Sausage Pappardelle Zucchini

This past weekend I went to the most beautiful wedding! Patrick’s sister was married on this adorable rustic farm. She did an awesome job pulling everything together. One of my favorite parts was the smell throughout the venue. It was a blend of wood and fresh flowers. It made me think of Christmas. I had the honor of making her cake! She wanted a strawberry cake which is one of my favorites to make! I made a cream cheese buttercream and the filling was made with strawberry preserves from a local farmers market. 

Sausage Pappardelle Zucchini
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Low carb zucchini pappardelle with spicy sausage and marinara
Ingredients
  • small white onion chopped
  • handful of fresh herbs chopped (parsley, basil, and oregano)
  • 2 cloves of chopped garlic
  • 4 links of spicy sausage
  • 1 tsp of crushed red pepper
  • ¼ cup of olive oil
  • 1 can of whole peeled tomatoes
  • 1 cup of mushrooms
  • 2 tsp of tomato paste
  • 1 tsp of sugar
  • 3 zucchinis spiraled
  • grated cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a pan drizzle the sausage with olive oil
  3. Add half of the chopped onion and the mushrooms
  4. Bake for 20 minutes until the sausage is golden brown
  5. Let cool
  6. In a sautee pan heat up a little olive oil, the onions, garlic, and crushed red pepper
  7. Add the zucchini for sautee for 5 minutes
  8. Remove the zucchini and set to the side
  9. Add a little more olive oil in the pan, the whole tomatoes (break up with a fork), tomato paste, and sugar
  10. Cook down for about 15 minutes
  11. Slice the sausage and add to the sauce with the roasted mushrooms and onions
  12. Season with salt and pepper
  13. Add in the fresh herbs
  14. Pour sauce over the zucchini and grate the cheese on top

 

Zucchini noodles are the closest I can get to the real thing. These thick spirals of zucchini are sautéed with fresh garlic and olive oil. I made Patrick’s portion with a blend of zucchini pappardelle and egg noodles. If you aren’t concerned with the carbs that is a super delicious way to ease yourself into the zucchini noodle world.

We picked up these spicy Italian sausages from Whole Foods. I roasted them with olive oil, mushrooms, and onion. They are perfect with this marinara sauce!

This sauce is  a blend of fresh garlic, herbs, crushed whole tomatoes, olive oil, tomato paste, and crushed red pepper. You can just toss the zucchini lightly in the sauce, but I love extra sauce for the zucchini to soak up.

We love fresh grated cheese on our pasta. When you are using such simple ingredients it is important to pair with a really good quality cheese. I really like pecorino or parmesan. Something with really good texture and salt.

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I hope you try this recipe! Enjoy!

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