Friday, March 27, 2015

Coffee and Chocolate Chip Biscotti

These Coffee and Chocolate Biscotti are brought to you in part by Collective Bias® and its advertiser to help you enjoy a little more "me time" with McCafé! As always, the recipe and opinions in this post are my own. #McCafeMyWay #CollectiveBias

Coffee and Chocolate Chip Biscotti | Tortillas and Honey


What do you do for a little more "me time"? As our lives get more and more busy, we forget to take some time to ourselves and savor those little moments. For many people, their morning coffee is their favorite part of the day. Whether it's taking a couple minutes while getting ready for work, on your way to work, or even awhile you're at work! McCafé now is bringing you a little more "me time" with some of your favorite McCafé products to incorporate in your morning coffee ritual

I found this new McCafé at Walmart, and it comes in a variety of flavors! They are made with 100% arabica beans and the same premium quality that you expect from McCafé. 


I decided to focus on a recipe that enhances your "me time" experience with your morning coffee ritual. Many people love biscotti, but not very people make it themselves. It one of those things that seems harder to make than it actually is.

These biscotti that I'm sharing with you today are super easy to make, and make a decent batch that you can either save for yourself (you can freeze these in a freezer bag!) or you can share these with others. I used the McCafé coffee in this biscotti so you can really taste the coffee flavor, which is perfect as you're dunking it in your own personal cup of coffee too!

You can definitely play with the ingredients with this one-- if you think the coffee flavor isn't prominent enough, gradually add more coffee grounds... if you don't like chocolate, add some dried fruit... don't like almonds, add walnuts, pecans, pistachios, etc.! This is a great basic recipe that you can adapt to your own tastes. The base is slightly sweet and not as dry as some other biscotti.

Savoring these babies along with your morning coffee make your ritual or "me time" just a little extra special!



Coffee and Chocolate Chip Biscotti | Tortillas and Honey

Coffee and Chocolate Chip Biscotti | Tortillas and Honey

Coffee and Chocolate Chip Biscotti | Tortillas and Honey

Coffee and Chocolate Chip Biscotti | Tortillas and Honey

Coffee and Chocolate Chip Biscotti | Tortillas and Honey

Coffee and Chocolate Chip Biscotti | Tortillas and Honey



Coffee and Chocolate Chip Biscotti
slightly adapted from Crumb

2 c. flour
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. brown sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 Tbs. coffee grounds
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 c. cold butter, cut into small cubes
1 c. milk chocolate chips
1 c. whole almonds
3 eggs, lightly beaten
2 Tbs. coffee liqueur (optional)
Egg wash (1 egg, lightly beaten with 2 Tbs milk)


Preheat oven to 350F. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, coffee grounds, cinnamon and salt. Using a pastry cutter or 2 knives, cut in the butter until the mixture is fine and crumbly. Alternatively, you can place these ingredients in a food processor and pulse until the mixture is fine and crumbly.

Stir in chocolate chips, almonds, eggs and coffee liqueur (if using) until the dough is just barely moistened. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead lightly until the dough is soft and slightly sticky, about 8-10 times.

Using floured hands, divide the dough into quarters. Shape each quarter into a 9" long roll. Place two rolls 4 inches apart on each of the prepared cookie sheets, gently flattening each one into a 2" wide slab. Brush the top and sides of each log with egg wash.

Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until the top of the slabs feels firm and dry. Remove from the oven, but do not turn off the heat. Set the slabs on a wire rack to cool for 10 minutes.

Once the slabs are cool enough to handle, cut crosswise into into 1/2-inch thick slices. Place slices upright, 1/4-inch apart, on cookie sheets.

Place the slices on the baking sheet, cut sides down, and return to the oven to bake for 10 minutes. Turn cookies over, and continue baking for another 10 minutes (the cookies should be just a bit soft in the center – don’t worry, they’ll harden up once they cool).

Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely, then store in airtight containers.

Makes about 3 dozen biscotti

Monday, March 23, 2015

Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs with Green Chile and Avocado

These Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs with Avocado and Green Chile are brought to you in part by Farmland® and Latina Bloggers Connect. These hot dogs are a fun twist on a classic recipe that you can make for your family or for hosting a party! While this post was compensated, the recipe and opinions in the post are entirely my own. 

Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs with Avocado and Green Chile | Tortillas and Honey


I am so excited to share this recipe with you today! It's one that I've been wanting to share for awhile and it's based of one of my favorite meals at one of our local restaurants. Because it's the peak of basketball season, I thought this would be a perfect recipe to share with you because there's a little background to my favorite hot dog!

I've mentioned previously that we love our college basketball team and that we also have season tickets; we don't have a professional basketball team here, so college basketball is a huge thing in Albuquerque. One of my favorite things about going to the games is not eating at the game, but eating after the game! Going to The Cube BBQ is one of the places that we typically go after the evening games, and I almost always get their 505 Dog which is a bacon wrapped hot dog with avocado and green chile. This hot dog is so good, I've turned many of my family members into fans of it as well. It's hard for me not to go there and NOT get my favorite hot dog!

Today I'm sharing with you my version of this recipe! I made my version gluten-free, using gluten free buns. You can easily make these gluten-free, which I did here. Use gluten-free hot dog buns and make sure that your hot dogs are gluten-free. Farmland® Classic Cut Bacon is gluten free, so it's a great gluten-free and top-quality option to use in this recipe.

Farmland® Bacon is one of my favorite brands of bacon that I use. The bacon is slowly smoked over real hardwoods, and Farmland® takes great pride in their curing and smoking techniques. You can taste the difference in this bacon, and it's definitely not your average bacon! They not only offer quality bacon, but also gluten-free breakfast sausages (with a variety of flavors like maple and bacon sausage) to also start your day! Please visit Farmland® to learn more about their products and where you can purchase them in your local grocery store. 

These hot dogs are perfect to share at your own viewing party for family and friends! You can serve them up in the original size or you can make them smaller sized for some hearty appetizers. To do this, just cut the hot dogs in half and serve in mini hot dog buns or you can just prepare them with the normal sized buns and then cut them in half! These are a great treat to serve and share!

This hot dog is an updated version of the classic hot dog, not only with a contemporary twist, but with also a little New Mexican flair with the addition of chopped green chile. New Mexicans wouldn't do it any other way!

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This is a compensated collaboration with Farmland® and Latina Bloggers Connect. However, all opinions expressed are my own.



Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs with Avocado and Green Chile | Tortillas and Honey

Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs with Avocado and Green Chile | Tortillas and Honey

Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs with Avocado and Green Chile | Tortillas and Honey

Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs with Avocado and Green Chile | Tortillas and Honey

Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs with Avocado and Green Chile | Tortillas and Honey

Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs with Avocado and Green Chile | Tortillas and Honey

Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs with Avocado and Green Chile | Tortillas and Honey


Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs with Avocado and Green Chile
inspired The Cube BBQ

Hot Dogs (preferably bun-length)
Bacon Strips
Hot Dog Buns (you can use gluten free hot dog buns)
Avocado, sliced or cubed
Green chile, fire roasted, peeled, deseeded, chopped
Other condiments, as desired

Note: Adjust the amounts to however many hot dogs you're preparing!

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, then place a wire rack on top.

Wrap hot dogs with bacon (the ratio is one slice of bacon per hot dog), then place on the wire rack seam side down.

Bake the hot dogs in the oven 15-25 minutes, until the bacon is browned and crispy. (This time will vary depending on your oven temperature and the type of bacon that you use.)

Remove the hot dogs from the oven and let cool for a couple minutes while you prepare the buns and the toppings.

Slice the buns in half, but stopping right before the end of the bun, if your buns haven't already been pre-sliced. Add one of the hot dogs inside the bun, then top with sliced avocado and the chopped green chile.

Add other toppings or condiments, depending on your own personal preference.

For feeding a crowd, you can split cut these in half for little mini appetizers or you can buy mini-buns and cut the bacon and hot dogs in half while you're preparing!


Monday, March 16, 2015

Macaroni and Cheese with Cheez-It Topping


This Macaroni and Cheese with Cheez-It Topping is brought to you in part by Collective Bias® and its advertiser to help you enjoy creative snacks and meals that are perfect for game time! As always, the recipe and opinions in this post are my own. #BigGameSnacks #CollectiveBias

Macaroni and Cheese with Cheez-It Topping | Tortillas and Honey


Is your household big on basketball? Believe it or not, mine actually is! Even though we're a small family (the two of us and our little doggies), we love our college team. We don't have professional sports here in New Mexico, so we love to root for our college team; this is also a collective "we" because New Mexico loves our college basketball! We have season tickets and have also been traveling to Las Vegas to watch the conference tournament and root for our school!

Another thing that I love to do is find new snacks for myself or to share! While perusing Walmart, I found two Cheez-It products that I couldn't wait to try: Cheez-It Crunch'd in the chips aisle and Cheez-It Grooves in the cracker aisle. Cheez-Its are some of my favorite crackers, so I was pretty excited to try these different products! Cheez-Its only use 100% real cheese and is dedicated to the quality of their products. These products are perfect to include in your entertaining, either in recipes or on their own.


Cheez-It Crunch'd

Cheez-It Grooves


Inspired by these products, I decided to try out Macaroni and Cheese with Cheez-It Topping. I've seen recipes using the original crackers in macaroni recipes, so I thought this would be a perfect recipe to go along with snacking on Cheez-It Crunch'd and Cheez-It Grooves. And, in order to stick with the theme of entertaining, I decided to make my macaroni and cheese in individual portions rather than serving it family style. It makes it a little more personal and special to your guests and/or loved ones. Serve this macaroni side by side bowls of Cheez-It Crunch'd and Cheez-It Grooves for a cheesy and festive table spread!

I do have some other fun things to share with you! There is the Most Valuable Cheese Contest that is taking place from Feb – April 2015. Vote on your favorite flavors/varieties from six popular Cheez-It flavors and play games for a chance to win $10,000. Visit the link above to find out more information and to enter! Also, you can visit the Snackable Moments Site to find more recipes and inspiration for your basketball watching and entertaining!

    What do you do to celebrate your basketball teams? Please reply and share in the comments below!


    Cheez-It Crunch'd and Cheez-It Grooves

    Macaroni and Cheese with Cheez-It Topping | Tortillas and Honey

    Macaroni and Cheese with Cheez-It Topping | Tortillas and Honey

    Macaroni and Cheese with Cheez-It Topping | Tortillas and Honey

    Macaroni and Cheese with Cheez-It Topping | Tortillas and Honey




    Macaroni and Cheese with Cheez-It Topping
    adapted from The Science of Good Cooking

    For the topping:
    1 c. Cheez-It crackers (original)
    1/2 Tbs. unsalted butter, melted

    For the macaroni and cheese:
    1 lb. elbow macaroni
    table salt
    5 Tbs. unsalted butter
    6 Tbs. unbleached all-purpose flour
    1 tsp. dry mustard
    1⁄4 tsp. cayenne pepper
    4 c. milk
    1 c. evaporated milk
    8 oz. monterey jack cheese, shredded
    8 oz. sharp cheddar cheese, shredded


    For the topping:
    In a plastic freezer bag, add a couple handfuls of Cheez-It crackers. Seal the bag, and crush the crackers with a rolling pin until they are coarse crumbs. Add to a small bowl, mix in melted butter, and set aside.

    For the macaroni and cheese:
    Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and heat broiler.

    Bring 4 quarts water to boil in Dutch oven over high heat. Add macaroni and 1 tablespoon salt. Cook until pasta is tender. Drain pasta and set aside in colander.

    Using the same (now empty) Dutch oven, heat butter over medium-high heat until foaming. Add flour, mustard, and cayenne and whisk well to combine. Continue whisking until mixture becomes fragrant and deepens in color, about 1 minute.

    Gradually whisk in milk and evaporated milk and bring mixture to a boil, whisking constantly (mixture must reach full boil to fully thicken). Reduce heat to medium and simmer, whisking occasionally, until thickened to consistency of heavy cream, about 5 minutes.

    Off heat, whisk in cheeses and 1 teaspoon salt until cheeses are fully melted.

    Add pasta and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is steaming and heated through, about 6 minutes.

    Transfer mixture to broiler-safe 13x9 inch baking dish and sprinkle evenly with Cheez-It crumb mixture. (Alternatively, you can do this in smaller broiler-proof ramekins to make individual sized portions, like pictured above!) Broil until crumbs are deep golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes, rotating pan if necessary for even browning.

    Cool about 5 minutes, then serve.


    Makes about 8 servings


    Monday, March 9, 2015

    Dulce de Leche Rice Krispy Treats with M&M's® Crispy


    These Dulce de Leche Rice Krispies with M&M's® Crispy are brought to you in part by Collective Bias® and its advertiser to help you incorporate new and fun ways to enjoy M&M's® Crispy! As always, the recipe and opinions in this post are my own. #CrispyComeback #CollectiveBias

    Dulce de Leche Rice Krispies with M&M's® Crispy | Tortillas and Honey


    They're back!!! Do you remember the days of M&M's® Crispy? If not, just imagine your classic M&M's® with a crispy rice center! They are colorful and oh so fun to eat! Or have you seen this commercial announcing that they're so good, they're back? These babies actually were so popular that they decided to bring them back due to customer request.

    To help celebrate, I picked up a couple packages at my local CVS store to share a special recipe that incorporates these delightful and fun candies! You can find individual sized packages that you can eat while on the run (hey, a pack only contains 180 calories!) or you can buy a larger package to make some fun treats!



    I decided to make a a twist on a classic dessert recipe to help mimic the crispy center of the M&M's®  but decided to do so with a Latin flair! I thought, how good would these be not only with M&M's® Crispy, but also with dulce de leche? 

    For those of you who may ask, dulce de leche is like a Mexican caramel, but is made with sweetened condensed milk. You can usually find this in the baking aisle or the Hispanic foods section. It's now widely available and you can usually find it in your local grocery store. 

    Anyway, these bars came out fantastic! They are gooey with a caramel and marshamallow flavor with fun bites of chocolate! The crispy rice cereal complements the crispy rice center of the candies perfectly. The candies retain their crunch, so they make an extra fun and colorful bite as your eating.

    As a special treat to you, you can download a coupon to save $1 a purchase of these candies! 



    Dulce de Leche Rice Krispies with M&M's® Crispy | Tortillas and Honey

    Dulce de Leche Rice Krispies with M&M's® Crispy | Tortillas and Honey

    Dulce de Leche Rice Krispies with M&M's® Crispy | Tortillas and Honey

    Dulce de Leche Rice Krispies with M&M's® Crispy | Tortillas and Honey

    Dulce de Leche Rice Krispies with M&M's® Crispy | Tortillas and Honey


    Dulce de Leche Rice Krispies with M&M's® Crispy
    slightly adapted from Mallow and Co.

    6 c. crispy rice cereal
    1 1/2 c. M&M's® Crispy
    4 Tbs. unsalted butter
    10 oz. package mini marshmallows
    3/4 c. dulce de leche
    1 tsp. vanilla extract

    Line a 9x9 pan with aluminum foil. Grease and set aside.

    Pour the cereal and M&M's in a large mixing bowl and set aside.

    Melt the butter and dulce de leche in a saucepan over low heat. Once melted add in the marshmallows, and stir until melted. Add vanilla and stir to combine.

    Take the saucepan off heat and let sit for a minute or two.

    Pour mixture over the cereal and candy mixture. Stir lightly to combine (careful not to break the candies), then spread into prepared pan. Allow to cool 5 minutes, then press into pan with greased hands to make an even layer. Set in fridge to cool for 1-5 hours. Remove from pan, cut into squares.



    Wednesday, March 4, 2015

    Blueberry Frozen Yogurt with Chocolate Covered Blueberries



    This sweet and tangy Blueberry Frozen Yogurt with Chocolate Covered Blueberries is brought to you in part by Collective Bias® and its advertiser to help you incorporate "good for you" snacking into your every day routines. As always, the recipe and opinions in this post are my own. 
    #LoveDoveFruits #CollectiveBias

    Blueberry Frozen Yogurt with Chocolate Covered Blueberries | Tortillas and Honey


    Many of us are looking to improve our snacking habits. Well now, DOVE® Fruit has three wonderful dark chocolate covered REAL and WHOLE fruits (cranberries, cherries, and blueberries) that you can incorporate into your every day snacking-- in moderation of course! 

    I found these babies in the chocolate candy aisle at Walmart and instead of buying a carton of ice cream, I decided to pick up some ingredients to make frozen yogurt instead which I am sharing with you today. 



    This frozen yogurt is made with fresh or frozen blueberries, plain yogurt,  and with honey instead of using sugar. Then for a little more indulgence, I mixed in some chopped chocolate covered blueberries! So instead of buying a carton of ice cream that is loaded with sugar and heavy cream or going to your local frozen yogurt parlor where you load your frozen yogurt with a crazy amount of toppings, this is a homemade version where you control what actually goes into the recipe as well as portion control!

    This frozen yogurt is sweet and tangy, and you get just a hint of honey flavor. It's also a really fun color for adults and children!

    I haven't experimented with this recipe using Greek yogurt, but I might try it next time. I think you can also use this frozen yogurt as a base for other berries, like strawberries and raspberries.

    Please visit DOVE® Fruit for more recipe ideas that you can use these chocolate covered fruit! And lastly, I have one extra little gift for you! I have a printable coupon for you so that you can go out an purchase these delightful little snacks! Please click here to download the coupon!

    What improvements have you make to your snacking habits to make a "better for you" indulgence?



    Blueberry Frozen Yogurt with Chocolate Covered Blueberries | Tortillas and Honey

    Blueberry Frozen Yogurt with Chocolate Covered Blueberries | Tortillas and Honey

    Blueberry Frozen Yogurt with Chocolate Covered Blueberries | Tortillas and Honey

    Blueberry Frozen Yogurt with Chocolate Covered Blueberries | Tortillas and Honey


    Blueberry Frozen Yogurt with Chocolate Covered Blueberries
    slightly adapted from Cookie + Kate


    2.5  c. blueberries, fresh or frozen (I used frozen)
    2/3 c. honey
    1 small lemon, zested and juiced
    1/4 tsp. salt
    2 c. full fat yogurt, chilled
    1 c. DOVE® Fruit chocolate covered blueberries, chopped (see note), plus additional for topping


    A night or two before you make the frozen yogurt, place the base of the ice cream maker in the freezer.

    Pick through your blueberries and discard any bad berries, stems or debris.

    Over medium heat, combine the blueberries, honey, lemon zest, juice of half a lemon, and salt in a medium saucepan. Just before the mixture comes to a boil, reduce the heat to a gentle simmer, then cook, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes. As the blueberries become soft, smash them against the size of the saucepan with a spoon or fork to remove the juice.

    After 15 minutes, strain the juice through a fine mesh colander into a bowl and then discard the blueberries. Cover the mixture and set in the fridge until chilled. (You can totally do this set the night before. You don't want this mixture to be warm because it will warm up the ice cream maker and the frozen yogurt won't set.)

    Mix together your chilled blueberry mixture and chilled yogurt.

    Add the mixture to the base of your ice cream maker and make the frozen yogurt according to your manufacturer's instructions. About five minutes before the frozen yogurt it done, add in the chopped chocolate covered blueberries.

    Serve immediately for a soft serve texture, or transfer the frozen yogurt to a freezer-safe container and freeze for several hours for a scoopable consistency.

    When serving, scoop into bowls and top with extra chocolate covered blueberries.


    Note: The chocolate covered blueberries are chopped so that they don't become too hard in the frozen yogurt. And you don't get the feeling like you're eating a big rock. When serving, you can top the frozen yogurt with whole chocolate covered blueberries and they will be fine.



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