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Cara’s Cucina: Cardamom Spiced Crumb Cake

Today on Cara’s CucinaCara Di Falco teaches us how to make Cardamom Spiced Crumb Cake!

According to Di Falco, cardamom is an under-used spice. Learn how to use it to your advantage with this delicious recipe. Check out the ingredients for this dessert, which serves 15, below.

Cardamom Crumb Cake
makes 1 9×13 cake

Crumb Topping
2 sticks of unsalted butter, melted
plus more for greasing
2 c. pecans
3/4 c. light brown sugar
1/2 c. granulated sugar
1/2 tsp. ground cardamom
1/2 tsp. salt
2 2/3 c. all-purpose flour

Cake
3 c. all-purpose flour
1 1/4 c. granulated sugar
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
2 large eggs
1 c. whole milk
1 1/2 sticks butter, melted
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract

Glaze
1/2 c. confectioners sugar
2 Tbs. unsalted butter, melted
2 tsp. whole milk
1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract

Watch the video above to learn how to make your own, and click here to see the official Cara’s Cucina recipe!

If you make this at home, be sure to post it on Instagram along with the hashtag, #CarasCucina.

Buon Appetito!

Cara’s Cucina: Foods to Put You in The Mood

Today on Cara’s Cucina, Cara Di Falco travels to Edison to visit with Dr. Derrick DeSilva and get his professional opinion on whether or not food can really put you in the mood!

“There is some validity to foods being certain aphrodisiacs. And it all has to do with the properties of the food,” DeSilva says.

What foods make the grade? Dr. DeSilva shared some of the more unusual ones that you may not have thought of, like cayenne pepper.

“When you use something like cayenne pepper, what happens? You start to sweat, your nose starts to run, you may start to get a little warm. The reason for that is that, it’s called a vasodilator, it opens up the blood vessels and improves blood flow. And, of course, we know how important blood flow is as far as an aphrodisiac goes.”

Asparagus, avocados and bananas also made the cut, as well as honey and oysters.

Finally, what’s Valentine’s Day without chocolate? But be sure to get the right kind.

“We’re not talking about milk chocolate. We’re talking about 70-80% cocoa. You have to go for the dark chocolate, not the stuff that you would perhaps get on Valentine’s Day. You have to go for the good 70-80% chocolate.”

Pick up these foods today and have a great Valentine’s Day. To read the complete article, click here.

Super Bowl Snacks

Super Bowl Snacks with Cara’s Cucina

Who’s excited for the Super Bowl this year?! While the two ladies featured in this video may not be as thrilled about the matchup as our friends down in South Jersey are, EVERYONE can find one thing in common to root for– the food!

Cara Di Falco of Cara’s Cucina is here with #HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino to give you some mobile and sociable recipes from her very own Grid Iron Grub menu! 

3rd and Goal Grilled Cheese
A sophisticated spin on a childhood classic, this tangy, hearty appetizer is sure to be a crowd pleaser! Click here to view the full recipe. More…

Punter’s Potato Skins
These grab-and-go snacks may be small, but they are full of flavor! Get creative with these tasty treats by adding any toppings you want! More… 

End Zone Zabaglione
Don’t be fooled by the name, these citrusy little desserts are easy to make and delicious to eat! More…

For more on Cara and her recipes, visit CaraDiFalco.com.