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Caramel Haze Martini

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Sadly, summer is over, and it’s time to pack away the flip flops and margaritas. The end of summer is usually a period of mourning in my house, until I realize just how much I love my favorite, broken-in jeans and Uggs. Pair those with a blazing fire and a nice, belly warming cocktail, and I’m a happy girl again.

While I am absolutely in love with summer, I secretly have a crush on fall. Seriously, the weather is perfect, the wardrobe is comforting, and the great foods are bountiful. It is as if fall is a flavor in itself, and if I had to pick a liqueur that was the perfect embodiment of the taste of fall, I would choose Rum Chata. If you haven’t had it, you are missing out. Plus, it’s really fun to say. It’s a creamy bath of sweet, spicy, exotic rum, the perfect pair for fall flavors. Now, imagine this exotic goodness, paired with hazelnut and salted caramel. Are you imagining this? Your next drink, needs to be this martini!

Caramel Haze Martini

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Ingredients:

3 oz. Rum Chata

1 oz. Smirnoff Caramel Vodka

1 oz. Frangelico Hazelnut Liqueur

Caramel syrup

A pinch of sea salt

 

Preparation:

Pour ingredients into a shaker, and shake until blended.

Prepare a martini glass by drizzling caramel syrup in a spiral inside the glass. Sprinkle lightly with sea salt.

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Carefully pour the martini into the glass, and serve immediately.

Toast to fall and all things cozy, then enjoy!

 

BUT THATS NOT ALL!!

My foodie friend Colleen, from Souffle Bombay gathered a group of us together for a fun post about the flavors of Fall PLUS hold on to your hats!! We are giving away a GORGEOUS Kitchen Aid 5QT Professional Stand Mixer! Who’s feelin’ lucky?

Get ready for some serious deliciousness coming your way! Things like DIY Maple & Apple Breakfast Sausage, a colorful Layered Potato Gratin, hearty Black Bean & Pumpkin Soup, delicious Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese, super-fun & seasonal Apple Cider Jello Shots , Mini Cheesecakes with Mini Caramel Apple Pops and so much more!

If you are looking for more awesome fall flavors, check out these awesome recipes here:

Breakfast

Maple & Apple Pork Breakfast Sausage Patties from Courtney’s Sweets

Roasted Pumpkin, Gruyère and Spinach Quiche from Afropolitan Mom

 

Soups

Black Bean & Pumpkin Soup from Giggles Gobbles & Gulps

Farm Fresh Broccoli & Cheese Soup from How Does Your Garden Grow

Roasted Carrot Ginger Soup from O’ Boy Organic

Squash Soup in Pumpkin Bowls from A Day In Our Shoes

Roasted Root Vegetable & Apple Soup from Momma Lew

 

Entrees

Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese from The Good Mama

Vegan Portobello Pizzas from Busy Bee Kate

 

Sides

Layered Potato Gratin from Girl Gone Mom

Shredded Brussels Sprouts with Roasted Vegetables & Bacon from The Vintage Mom

 

Desserts

Cinnamon Swirl Cake from A Grande Life

Mini Cheesecakes with Mini Caramel Apple Pops from Souffle Bombay

Gluten Free Sweet Potato Pie from Mom Blog

 

Cocktails

Caramel Haze Martini from The Fabulous Fairy

Apple Cider Gelatin Shots from Can’t Google Everything

Salted Caramel Appletini from How I Pinch A Penny

Join us for #Food4Fall and who knows YOU may be the proud new owner of an apple-red Kitchen Aid! Good Luck!

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Extra Creamy Pumpkin Dip with Chai Whipped Cream

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This recipe is an old favorite with a new twist. I have made this simple pumpkin dip for many fall occasions, but this is the first year I have topped it with the chai whipped cream. This marriage of flavors makes a simple recipe into something sophisticated that is sure to catch the attention of your fellow party goers.

Extra Creamy Pumpkin Dip with Chai Whipped Cream

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Preparation:
I recommend making the whipped cream first. While you can used a pre-made whipped topping, it’s really not the same as homemade.

Chai Whipped Cream

1 pint of heavy whipping cream
2/3 cup of confectioner’s sugar
3 tbsp. of powdered chai drink mix ( I prefer Tastefully Simple)

1. Place an empty metal mixing bowl in the freezer for about 5 minutes.
2. Remove the chilled bowl and add the cream.
3. Using an electric mixer, whisk on high-speed until it starts to stiffen.
4. Add sugar & chai slowly until fully blended.
5. Set aside in a clean bowl.
6. ** Be sure not to over-whip it so that it is stiff and firm. It should be soft & fluffy.

Extra Creamy Pumpkin Dip

2 blocks of cream cheese, softened
1 can (14.5 oz) of pumpkin puree
2 cups of confectioner’s sugar
2 tsp of ground cinnamon
1 tsp of ground ginger

1. Place the softened cream cheese into the same bowl that you just used to make the whipped cream. (I don’t even wash it.)
2. Using the whisk, whip the cream cheese on medium until it is fluffy and free from any lumps.
3. Spoon in the pumpkin puree, 1 dollop at a time, until it is completely incorporated.
4. Add the sugar and spices until creamy & smooth. Be sure to scrape the sides of the bowl!

The Final Presentation

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Pour the pumpkin dip into a shallow dish. Then gently spread the whipped cream on top. Garnish with a few sprinkles of cinnamon. Keep refrigerated until you are ready to serve it.
I have served this dip with apple or pear slices, ginger snaps, Nilla Wafers, or graham crackers, but be creative and see what else you can pair with this simple favorite.

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Note: The chai whipped cream is great on pumpkin bread or gingerbread. It is also heavenly on top of pecan pie 🙂