May 4, 2016

Four Star Knives + Knife Set Giveaway

Henckels Knife Giveaway

I am here with a fun giveaway today. As you know, I adore Zwilling J.A. Henckels knives and swear by them in the kitchen. This year it is the 40th Anniversary of one of their knife sets. How fun is that?! That means these carbon knives have been slicing their way through kitchens for longer than I’ve been alive.

Henckels Knife Giveaway

Today my friends at Zwillings J.A. Henckels are excited to give a set of these beautiful knives to one lucky home cook. Here is how to enter to win!

  1. Leave a comment sharing your favorite summer food to chop up with knives!
  2. Visit the Zwilling J.A. Henckels Facebook page and follow.
  3. Contest runs from May 4th through May 11th. Winner will be announced in the May 13th newsletter. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours a new winner will be chosen. Good luck!

 

May 2, 2016

Yellow Cake with Chocolate Frosting for a Party

Yellow Cake with Chocolate Frosting | The Naptime Chef

Anyone who has been reading this blog for any length of time will know that I am one for birthday cakes. I firmly believe dessert is always on the agenda when it is your special day! Just look back at my birthday celebrations each year and you’ll see I am not fibbing about this. Last week was my husband’s birthday so I, naturally, made a cake. His favorite cake of all time is yellow cake with chocolate frosting and I saw no reason to change his mind by presenting anything new.

April 28, 2016

Little Debbie Swiss Rolls Icebox Cake

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When I think about my life as a cook it all starts with my childhood. When I was growing up in Cooperstown there weren’t many restaurants so we cooked at home a lot. Both of my parents are excellent cooks with their own specialties and they taught me recipes and techniques they’d learned from their own parents. The food they made was not overly complicated, but it was delicious. And happy. Everything from salad to dessert was easy going and fun. And of those dishes one of my favorites was the chocolate icebox cake.

April 26, 2016

10 Faves: Birthday Cakes

10 Faves: Birthday Cakes | The Naptime Chef

 

10 Faves: Birthday Cakes | The Naptime Chef

Momofuku Milk Bar Cake as seen on Bon Appetit

10 Faves: Birthday Cakes | The Naptime Chef

Feed-a-Crowd Chocolate Cake by Simple Bites

10 Faves: Birthday Cakes | The Naptime Chef

Garden Cake by Mimi Thorisson

10 Faves: Birthday Cakes | The Naptime Chef

Mocha Hazelnut Cheesecake by What Katie Ate

10 Faves: Birthday Cakes | The Naptime Chef

Rhubarb Yogurt Cake by Megan Gordon

10 Faves: Birthday Cakes | The Naptime Chef

Chocolate Dump It Cake by Amanda Hesser

10 Faves: Birthday Cakes | The Naptime Chef

Mexican Chocolate Cake with Mascarpone Frosting by Baked Bree

10 Faves: Birthday Cakes | The Naptime Chef

Lemon Marshmallow Cake from The Kitchn

10 Faves: Birthday Cakes | The Naptime Chef

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake by Kelsey Nixon

10 Faves: Birthday Cakes | The Naptime Chef

White Cake with Vanilla Buttercream from Add a Pinch

April 21, 2016

10 Faves: Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2016

10 Faves: Mother's Day Gift Guide 2016 | The Naptime Chef

10 Faves: Mother's Day Gift Guide 2016 | The Naptime Chef

Her very own olive tree so she can enjoy amazing olive oil year-round, (Food52, $160 and up)

10 Faves: Mother's Day Gift Guide 2016 | The Naptime Chef

A gorgeous box of Meyer lemons, always. (White Flower Farm, $35)

10 Faves: Mother's Day Gift Guide 2016 | The Naptime Chef

Beautiful perfume for spring that smells like wild strawberries with a hint of parsley. (Jo Malone, $70)

10 Faves: Mother's Day Gift Guide 2016 | The Naptime Chef

The new bestseller she won’t be able to put down. (Amazon, $14.28)

10 Faves: Mother's Day Gift Guide 2016 | The Naptime Chef

The coziest chic merino fleece she can wear straight from cardio class to the grocery store. (Outdoor Voices, $110)

10 Faves: Mother's Day Gift Guide 2016 | The Naptime Chef

A relaxing candle for the bath. (The Laundress, $42)

10 Faves: Mother's Day Gift Guide 2016 | The Naptime Chef

A chic waterbottle for carrying her homemade ice tea wherever she goes. (SwellBottle, $25)

10 Faves: Mother's Day Gift Guide 2016 | The Naptime Chef

Her very own candy bento box (!) (Sugarfina, $65)

10 Faves: Mother's Day Gift Guide 2016 | The Naptime Chef

Gorgeous Rosemary & Citrus Body Oil to moisturize and add a smooth glow. (BeautyCounter, $73)

10 Faves: Mother's Day Gift Guide 2016 | The Naptime Chef

Chic totes for carrying her knitting supplies all around town. (Fringe Supply Co., $65 and up)

April 19, 2016

Tea Time for Mom

Tea Time for Mom | The Naptime Chef

Mother’s Day is coming up and I’m busy compiling a gift guide for you all to reference. At the top of my list is this fantastic electric tea kettle. I’ve written about my love of electric tea kettles before, but this one bears repeating. An electric tea kettle is probably my most favorite kitchen appliance. I use it daily to make several cups of tea and the bi-weekly giant of pitcher of iced tea when the weather is warm. The electric kettle boils water so quickly there is barely a wait. It is easily twice as fast as a kettle on a stovetop.

For many years I used a regular kettle that was a wedding present, but last month it bit the dust. To replace I was given this gorgeous ceramic kettle from Bella Housewares. I never placed much emphasis on the look of my tea kettle, but this new one is so pretty I wonder why I didn’t think to buy it for myself earlier. It works like a charm and is attractive enough to go from the countertop to a fancy tea setting. It would make a fantastic gift for mom (or for you – I won’t tell!)

Here are a few things that would make tea tea time extra delicious!

Tea Time for Mom | The Naptime Chef

Coconut Chai

Tea Time for Mom | The Naptime Chef

Cinnamon Chip Scones

Tea Time for Mom | The Naptime Chef

Meyer Lemon Coconut Loaf

 

(Thanks to Bella Housewares for the generous gift. This is not a sponsored post; I genuinely love this product.)

April 14, 2016

Meyer Lemon Coconut Loaf

Meyer Lemon Coconut Loaf | The Naptime Chef

This is a good one from my mother. She wrapped it up and sent it back to Connecticut with me that last time I was in Cooperstown. So many of my good recipes come from her! This isn’t a long post but I absolutely have to share this with you. It the best kind of loaf cake: soft and crumbly with a strong Meyer lemon flavor and a slightly crunchy, slightly sweet coconut topping. It is perfect with a cup of tea, sent to school in the lunchbox, or topped with whipped cream and eaten as dessert!