Mint Milano Log

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I feel like this dessert needs no explanation. Just read the title. Mint.Milano.Log. Yep, I want that.

Who has seen the Jim Gaffigan comedy sketch where he talks about undressing a mint milano cookie? “Hey there cookie, let me help you with that mint milano pack….let me help you get out of that wrapper and into something a little more comfortable.” He cracks me up….

ANYWAY. This recipe is so easy I almost don’t need to write it out. Just look at the photos! But seriously, this is easy, delicious and just fun. Its a version of a peppermint whipped cream log my Mom often makes at Christmas. Her recipe has chocolate wafers, whipped cream and crushed candy canes. So the difference here is that I substituted mint milano cookies for the chocolate wafers and andes mints for the peppermint. Voila! When I was growing up, mint milano cookies were my parents little treat many nights while they watched Nick at Nite. I remember trying to make sure I could snag a cookie as they went fast due to my Dad’s cookie monster like techniques. And my sister Sarah and I were major Andes mints fans. When we were kids we’d walk to the drug store and buy them all the time. Its not really a kid type of candy but what can I say? We had mature taste. 😉 If  we were in a mischievous mood we’d fold up an empty Andes Mint wrapper to look like it had something in it and give it to each other as a trick. We had a BFF/Frenemy type relationship as kids…! 😉 This nostalgic hodge podge makes for a great dessert though. Enjoy!

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Whipping cream in a mixer is soooo easy… 😉

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My beloved Andes mints 😉

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Layers of whipped cream in between the cookies

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Making the “log”

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Sprinkle the top with crushed Andes Mints.

Recipe:

2 packages mint milano cookies

16 oz whipping cream

1 teaspoon mint flavoring

1 package andes mints

Directions:

Whip up the whipping cream using 2 tablespoons of sugar. Add mint flavoring. Taste and add more mint if you like.

To make the log, take four cookies and spread a dollop of whipped cream in between them sandwiching them together. When done with one row, start on the next. You should have four cookies wide and four row long approximately. It also depends on the size of your platter. After your done, spread a thick coating of whipped cream around the entire log. Sprinkle with the crushed Andes Mints. Refrigerate overnight. Serve and enjoy!

Wedding Drool-Fest

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So, as most of you know, I am a event & wedding photographer by day and a food blogger by night. Actually, reverse that. I shoot almost all my events in the evening and blog during the day!  I’m inclined to feature some of my wedding work since it is chock full of table decoration ideas and FOOD! This weddings was at the unimaginably beautiful Ojai Valley Inn & Spa and my couple was beyond delightful to work with. No bridezilla’s here! The event was designed and planned by Claudia Hoste and can I just say that I’m in LOVE with what she did. With shades of blush, pink and cream, this weddings design was romantic, dreamy and delightful. When I saw the set up I had to literally pick my jaw up from the ground because it was so breathtakinly beautiful. And to top it off, the purple wisteria that only blooms for literally a WEEK a year was in full force. I loved this wedding and hope you do to. Have napkin on hand because you may need to mop up some drool after viewing…

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The view from on high

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Fancy shmancy silver wedding shoes 😉

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To die for champagne wedding dress!

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The wedding ceremony took place in the gorgeous Hacienda Courtyard at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa. I love the oak tree!

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Wedding ceremony aisle flowers. I love how romantic and drapey they are….

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Congrats to the Bride & Groom!

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Purple wisteria in full bloom over the reception

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Crystal chandelier hanging over the wedding tables

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The Bride & Groom’s special chair covers. Love!

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I’m obsessed with this birdcage centerpiece.

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This cake was not only beautiful but delicious! It had this super interesting tangelo filling and was oh so scrumptious…

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Gotta love the menu of course….

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Old books tied with twine were used to create levels on the tables and add a nostalgic element.

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Hanging wisteria. Ah…so romantic…sigh

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Wild arugula salad with beets and shaved parmesan

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Cast iron chicken with citrus sauce

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Market vegetables

Cheers to the happy couple and thanks for having me be apart of your spectacular day. 😉

How to Chop or Dice an Onion (Video)

I can’t even tell you how long I chopped onions incorrectly. Over the years I figured out a few things little by little but it wasn’t until I saw Gail Simmons live at the USC bookfaire last year that I realized I STILL wasn’t doing it exactly right. Here is a video tutorial on how to correctly chop an onion.

Sorry the video is from so far away. I’m just getting use to this whole thing. I’ll be more close up in my next attempt….