Well, this series has come to an end. After many days and many delicious recipes, today will be our last day talking about Dancing Deer products. For now. Even before I blogged them, I was a fan. Nothing has changed that!
As you probably know, Dancing Deer CEO Trish Karter rode more than 1,500 miles to promote awareness for Family Homelessness. She has done a great thing. She talked with people, shared with them, and fed them. I only wish my blogging efforts could compare.
To celebrate the final day of blogging about Dancing Deer products, I want to end with the first idea I ever had about what to do with Dancing Deer brownies:
Dancing Deer Brownies Wrapped in Phyllo Dough
We used to go to a restaurant called Coyote Grill here in Kansas City where my wife always ordered the brownie wrapped in phyllo dough. I couldn’t not let this series end without sharing it with all of you.
Okay, so you’ll see from the calendar that I totally missed May 2nd during Dancing Deer CEO Trish Karter’s ride to raise awareness of family homelessness. I feel really bad since Ms. Karter can ride 1,500 in two weeks and I can’t blog every day she’s gone. Yep, I’m awesome.
So, the first order of business is to write what would have been the post for that day. Then on Monday I’ll do a make up post as way of, hopefully, making things up to the truly awesome folks at Dancing Deer. Anyway, today I’ll be making
Brownie Stuffed and White Chocolate Stuffed Pie Crusts
Like so many of the dishes we’ve been discussing and devouring over Ms. Karter’s ride, this one turns out to be pretty simple. Dancing Deer does all the hard work turning raw ingredients into delicious brownies, cakes, and cookies. All we need to do add a few more ingredients and we have an entirely new dessert experience.
So according to Dancing Deer CEO Trish Karter’s blog, she is finally home after her 1,500 mile bike ride. Congrats for making it home!!
However, we’re still making delicious desserts with all of Dancing Deer’s mind blowing baked goods.
Before we get to the recipe, I want to do a little housekeeping. First, today is the last day of Ms. Karter’s ride so we’ll definitely be doing a Dancing Deer recipe. Then tomorrow, we’re going to take a quick break so I can do a little review of a product I am very excited about, then we’ll come back and I’ll do my make up for the day I missed and my extra special bonus recipe.
Now, with that being said, on to today’s recipe:
Dancing Deer Cookie Coated Truffles!
Who doesn’t love a truffle? So rich and chocolately and surprisingly easy to make. Now, add in some crumbled up Dancing Deer cookies and you have a recipe no one will be able to resist.
So I know we’ve been concentrating on desserts and junk food and candy and all that, so I thought today, the second to last day of Dancing Deer CEO Trish Karter’s ride to raise awareness of family homelessness, I would give you a recipe for something that is healthy.
Actually, that part about this dish being healthy was an absolute and total fabrication. I mean, there are bananas in this dish. But I’m pretty darn sure the white chocolate and the cookies pretty much outweigh the bananas’ nutrients. Then again, you gotta have a little fun, right? Or maybe 15 days’ worth!!
So with a load of Dancing Deer brownies, cookies, and cake, it’s easy to think about only doing desserts. I mean, that’s what brownies, cookies, and cake is good for, right? However, there’s no reason we can’t make them into a snack, albeit a sugary one. That’s why we’re making:
White Chocolate Cookie Candy
So there is good news and bad news with candy making. The good news is that it is de-licious. The bad news is that, sometimes, it takes a few steps. And it almost always takes time. Time you could be eating candy. The good news is you won’t need the entire bag of Dancing Deer cookies so you can always munch on some of them while you wait for the candy to set.
How many other candy recipes can you say that about?
My wife is the dessert genius and this one is all her. It was completely her idea to take brownies and turn them into:
Brownie Bit Ice Cream
To make this recipe, you are going to need an ice cream maker. I am sure there’s some fancy-schmancy way of making the ice cream without an ice cream maker, but I am equally sure it’s probably got a ton of steps and it’s going to be hard. That’s why we stuck with the ice cream maker. All you do is freeze, mix, and activate.
Then there’s ice cream.
Okay, so I admit it. I missed a day. I messed up. I was at a convention and I just missed a post. So in order to make up for it, I will write the post I missed yesterday and do another post on Dancing Deer baked goods. Hopefully that will make things right.
With that being said, I wanted to talk about:
If you know me at all, you know I have issues with the term “comfort food”. In my mind, it’s too close to “stress eating” or “eating when unhappy”. That’s bad, mmm kay?
However, with that being said, there is something about eating the certain foods that can get you through a rough spot or an illness or just take you back to happier times. I know when I get sick, all I want is hot and sour soup and wontons. When I visit my grandma, I want her chicken and noodles.
Dancing Deer CEO Trish Karter’s ride to raise awareness for family homelessness got me thinking about comfort foods. As she talks with women across the country struggling with homelessness, she is going to ask them about the foods they miss. I never thought about it before, but if I am homeless, the chances of getting my favorite comfort foods are pretty much out the door.
I mean does the Chinese delivery guy go the shelter? Would there be a communal stove to make chicken and noodles or tuna fish patties and noodles for my wife? I’m guessing not.
It’s adding insult to injury that people who are homeless, even if they can find food, probably have little to no chance of having their comfort food. In the grand scheme of things, not being able to have their favorite meal may seem like the least of their worries. Still, think about the last time you struggled with the bills (let alone getting tossed out on the street)…wouldn’t your favorite treat have given you a moment’s respite against the worries of the day?
All I can hope is that for the few women that Ms. Karter talks to (few in the grand scheme of the larger problem), she can provide some comfort. Carrying around a load of brownies on her bike might not be feasible, but it is my sincere hope that those she talks to might get their own bag of brownies in the mail like the ones Dancing Deer sent me.
Sometimes a little comfort can go along way.
Welcome back! Itâ€™s Day 9 of Dancing Deerâ€™s CEO Trish Karterâ€™s 1,500 mile bicycle trek from Atlanta to Boston, which she is doing to raise awareness for family homelessness. Hopefully youâ€™re following her progress on Dancing Deerâ€™s website and hopefully you’re also following these recipes because I’ll keep giving you a new one every day!
Today’s recipe is the second to use Dancing Deer cookies:
Monster Cookies in Puff Pastry
I love puff pastry. I love absolutely everything about it: the richness, the butteriness, the calories. Well, maybe not the calories, but whatever! If you haven’t had a monster cookie, the Dancing Deer monster cookies are amazing treats stuffed with nuts and raisins. They were really good.
They were better in a puff pastry covered in caramel.
So I can honestly say that my wife is loving all the Dancing Deer baked goods we got! This recipe came from her!
Lavender Cookie Crusted Lemon Cheesecake
My wife pointed out that lavender and lemon make a great combination, which was the inspiration for this recipe. I have made a number of Oreo and graham cracker crusts, but never lavender cookies. Then the cheesecake makes the perfect complement.
Okay, so I said I would blog one day for everyday Dancing Deer CEO Trish Karter rode her bike. That includes as I sit in the terminal and type this on my iPhone. (KC internet appears to have a cost associated with it. )
The good news? I have a recipe!
Ganache Dipped Shortbread Cookies
Okay, so this is hardly the most inventive recipe, but I want to save the good stuff for when I have two hands to type.