So it’s been established that I have a little bit of a sweet tooth. I really do have a passion for all things food (especially dessert) – and it doesn’t help that I am about to marry a chef. I am known as the “lunch-dessert” queen and find that I instill this deeply rooted craving onto my friends, family and colleagues. Whether its cookies in my desk, ice cream after dinner or a stop for some chocolate after my lunch break, not a day goes by that I don’t indulge in something sugary. And, surprise! Never had a cavity!
To kick off my first post and honor my passion for dessert, I have decided to list my favorite eight desserts of all time (and by all time, I mean my life). They range from the widely available to geographically undesirable – but they all have one thing in common. Deliciousness. I imagine picking my absolute favorite would be like choosing a favorite child – so these are in no particular order.
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Growing up, it was Thrifty’s – but the change to Rite Aid hasn’t changed the fantastic creaminess and crunch of Thrifty’s Chocolate Malted Crunch at Rite Aid. Yes, it’s ice cream from a drug store, but you would never know it from the taste. When I was little, my dad would always take me for a scoop and it cost about $.39. Even though it’s over a dollar now, it’s still the best deal around. Now that they sell it by the gallon, my freezer is never without it.
I may live in the city now, but I am a San Fernando Valley girl at heart (whether I like to admit it or not). Unfortunately the valley has only recently tried to tap into the world of good food and good fun for adults. The Rack in Los Angeles opened up a few years ago and finally valley-ites had a place to eat, drink and be merry. The #1 reason I go: Cinnamon Apple & Walnut Bread Pudding. Pour a little of the maple bourbon cream over the top and you will be sure to believe there is heaven on earth. Like totally, for sure.
I like to think that watching the Food Network all these years makes me a bonafide chef. Ok, so I may not be an expert cook, but I must credit one of the best I have made to the lovely Giada De Laurentiis. Her Blueberry and Mascarpone Turnovers are pretty simple to make and are the perfect blend of fruity and rich. You can make a batch to impress your friends – or you can save them all for yourself.
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I used to always ask my mom make butterscotch pudding from the box. I would have listed that as one of my favorites, but I was blessed with a recent experience at Pizzeria Mozza in L.A. that changed everything. The Butterscotch Budino is sinfully delectable. Served with two rosemary cookies, a dollop of fresh whipped cream and sprinkled with sea salt, the creamy and sweet pudding is perfectly balanced by the salty topping. Mario Batali – you are my hero.
While I love chocolate, when it comes to cookies I am a sugar cookie girl. Luckily, there is a Corner Bakery near the office so I can indulge in their soft and chewy Sugar Cookies on almost a weekly basis. The habit has gotten so bad that my colleagues grab me one when they are nearby because they know how happy it makes me. The Surgeon General should consider putting a warning label on them – they are highly addictive.
I didn’t attend UCSB (I was a Trojan – Fight On!), but my cousin did. One time before we went out for a night of trouble making she ordered regular pizza and dessert pizza from this little place called WoodStock. O. M. G. CinnaBread, how you haunt my dreams! It’s wonderful pizza bread covered in cinnamon & butter gooiness with a light sugar frosting that melted from each piece. From then on, whenever I went to Santa Barbara, I forced my cousin to take me there. It’s been a while since I have had it, but I will never forget it.
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When Sex and the City made Magnolia Bakery cupcakes in N.Y.C. famous, I was determined to try it (and clearly I wasn’t the only one). The cupcakes were pretty darn good – BUT nothing compared to their Banana Pudding. Their layers of banana, wafers and pudding don’t seem groundbreaking when I explain it, but I licked the container clean – it was THAT good. Thank goodness they have opened up more locations since SATC!
While I do love all desserts, ice cream (and all variations of) is my absolute favorite. If I am craving a malt (that’s a malt, not a milkshake!) I go to Baskin Robbins for a Mint Chip Malt. I don’t ever ever EVER want to know the fat and calorie content of their malts – ignorance is truly bliss.