Ally's Sweet & Savory Eats: 2019

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Holiday Espresso Brownies with Coffee Buttercream

These holiday brownies will be the hit of your Christmas gathering!
Coffee lovers rejoice, this one is for you.
Plus there is a fun giveaway to boot.

This post is sponsored by Ross Street Roasting Company.

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Remember circa 2013 when I didn't drink coffee?

I do.  I've chatted about this before so bare with me....but I grew up around coffee {both of my parents drink it daily} it just never stuck with me.  Even after having two kids in two years! For whatever reason, it never appealed to me and I just carried on through life.

After my third child in 2014 I started dabbling in cappuccinos {really, I'm sure this was a survival tactic with now three kids under the age of 5} and now I'm drinking it daily.  It was a quick turn around.

Today I often prep my coffee at night before bed and dream about it in my sleep.  Call me the crazy coffee lady.  I'm not sure why I waiting so long in life to enjoy that hot cup of joe.

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A couple years back a little birdie told me my small hometown {population 5,000+} had a new coffee company starting up.  My first thought was....what?  Is that real?

Guess what.  It was real.  

Ross Street Roasting Company was founded in 2015. I started following them on social media, which lead to me trying their coffee, which lead to some partnerships, which then lead to a coffee subscription that is delivered to me every three weeks.  Best subscription I've ever paid for.

Founder and coffee roaster Brian and I have gone back and forth so many times over the past couple years - I love, love, love supporting small businesses.  Especially one that is near and dear to where I grew up.

And this is where this holiday brownie idea came two fold.

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Have you ever made a homemade brownie?

From scratch?

It's super, duper easy.  I mean, don't get me wrong, I am not above a boxed mix.  They are great and have saved my butt many times when I need to whip up a quick dessert.

But brownies from scratch......they are HEAVENLY.

And brownies infused with deep, rich espresso are pretty much better than everything I have every made.  I put espresso {or just a simple, dark strong coffee - don't make this complicated} in the batter and in the buttercream, plus I added Nestle espresso baking chips.

Triple espresso folks.

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These brownies, are fudgy and rich and decadent.  Alone they are brillant.  Add in that homemade buttercream?

Drop dead amazing.

I "holiday-ed" these up a bit too with red and green sprinkles.  I took some extras {there are always extras coming from my house - it's good to be my friend} to a few friends and one exclaimed, "it's like Christmas on a plate!"

She was right.  Receiving a platter of these brownies at the holidays will bring anyone a smile.

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You'll notice in this recipe I divided up the batter into two 8x8 baking dishes.  Yes, you could put the batter in just one 9x13 larger pan, but I love dividing these up.  One to keep for your family, one to share with someone else.

The holidays are about sharing.  If you are not giving something homemade to a special person in your life this holiday season you should be! Heck, drop off a plate of these to the administrative assistants at your kid's school or prehaps your chiro's office staff.

I love seeing people light up when they receive homemade food {especially desserts} this time of year.

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Lastly, let's chat about the espresso in this recipe.


If you simply have a Keurig or an off brand cheap coffee maker at home you can still make these brownies.  Yes, I used special equipment to make the best and strongest coffee I could, but do not fear, it doesn't matter.  Will you get the best quality brownie if you go my route?  Probably so, but if you don't you'll still have a damn good coffee infused brownie.

Ross Street Roasting Company graciously sent me the Baratza Encore Coffee Grinder and the AeroPress Single-Serve Coffee Maker to use in this recipe.  Both products are AWESOME.  Grinding your own coffee beans is ideal {it will allow the natural oils from the beans to release} and making a very strong cup of coffee or espresso using a press is also great....but again don't fret if you can't.

Saying this if you are INTO strong coffee and like to bake with it, they yes, invest in these two products.  They are awesome.

I cannot wait to see you make these brownies!  Put them on a platter and share with all your friends and family this holiday season.

Now, guess what?  We aren't finished yet.

Ross Street Roasting Company has graciously agreed to gift ONE winner an AeroPress Single-Serve Coffee Maker + a bag of their premium coffee beans.  Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway icon below.  U.S. entries only please.  One winner will randomly be chosen on Wednesday, November 27.  Good luck!

A special thanks to Ross Street Roasting Company for sponsoring this post.

Holiday Espresso Brownies with Coffee Buttercream

Holiday Espresso Brownies with Coffee Buttercream
Yield: 18
What a wonderful treat for the holidays! These rich, dark coffee infused brownies need to grace your dessert platter this season. A decadent buttercream tops them off - don't forget the sprinkles!


For the Brownies
  • 8 T butter
  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 3 T espresso or highly strong brewed coffee
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 t salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup espresso chips
For the Coffee Buttercream
  • 1 1/2 cups butter
  • 3-4 T espresso or highly strong brewed coffee
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • holiday sprinkles (optional)


How to bake Holiday Espresso Brownies with Coffee Buttercream

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Line two 8x8 baking pans with parchment paper, leaving extra hanging over the sides of the pan (this will allow for easy removal of the brownies after baking).  Spray the parchment paper with cooking spray.
  2. In a saucepan over low heat melt the butter.  Once melted whisk in the cocoa powder and espresso.
  3. Transfer this mixture to your mixing bowl (or a stand mixer) and allow to cool for 5 minutes.
  4. Gently beat in the eggs, sugars, salt and milk.  Once combined, sift in the flour.  The batter will be thick.
  5. Divide the batter into the two baking pans.  Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.  Allow the brownies to cool completely.
  6. Once the brownies are cool, start making the buttercream.
  7. Add the butter to your mixing bowl and cream together until light and airy.  Gently add in the espresso.  Sift in the powdered sugar and cream together until smooth.
  8. Taste the buttercream and if you want a stronger coffee flavor, add in 1 tablespoon of espresso at a time until you reach your desired flavor.


WAYS TO MAKE ESPRESSO depending on which equipment you have in your home: 1) If you have no special equipment simply brew the strongest cup of coffee you can in your coffeemaker at home. 2) Use a coffee grinder (like this one) to get the most out of your coffee beans. When you grind your own coffee beans the aroma is even more apparent as the natural oils are released from the beans during the grinding process. Plus it smells great! 3) use an AeroPress Coffee Maker to brew a very strong cup of coffee (this is done by forcing a small amount of nearly boiling water under pressure through finely ground coffee beans).

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Thursday, November 14, 2019

30 Side Dishes & Desserts for Thanksgiving

Have you been asked to bring a dish to Thanksgiving dinner?
I've got you covered, here are 30 great ones.

30 sides dishes & desserts for thanksgiving

I adore Thanksgiving.

Really everything about it.  

The early morning anticipation.  Eating my pumpkin cinnamon rolls for breakfast {they are a must}.  Traveling to various relative's houses. Swirling together that combo of turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy and green bean casserole all in one bite. A silver of each pie on my plate. Watching the Dallas Cowboys play in the afternoon {I have no ties to Texas, but have always liked them}.  Thumbing through all the holiday ads. Taking a belly-full nap.  Watching a Christmas movie at night. Making a shopping list if I happen to get out early the next day for Black Friday.

I love it all.

Saying this, there is pressure to bring the best and brightest side dish or dessert to the table.  We wait all year for the meal, so it better be good!

I've hand-picked 15 side dishes and 15 desserts, many of them mine that I've personally made and shared over the years.  I hope this list gives you some easy, great ideas.

Let's start with those savory side dishes.

30 side dishes & desserts for thanksgiving

30 sides dishes & desserts for thanksgiving

30 sides dishes & desserts for thanksgiving

30 sides dishes & desserts for thanksgiving

And now to the stars of the show {in my opinion} the desserts.

30 sides dishes & desserts for thanksgiving

30 sides dishes & desserts for thanksgiving

30 side dishes & desserts for thanksgiving

30 side dishes & desserts for thanksgiving

30 side dishes & desserts for thanksgiving

Golly, I hope this list helps!

Whether you are a savory fan or a sweet fan there is something for everyone.  I'd love to hear which one you've picked off the list.

My two favorites?

The No-Knead Dinner Rolls and the Apple Slab Pie.  I love how both feed a big crowd.  You can't show up with a small dish.  Thanksgiving is all about sharing.  I hope you, your family and your friends have a blessed Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Flour Sack Heirloom Towel on Sale + Famous Banana Bread Recipe

Today I'm sharing my Famous Banana Bread recipe + a brand new product 
that just was placed in my shop. 

You'll want to snag a few for Christmas gifts!

famous banana bread recipe

Today is a special day!

For a multitude of reasons.  First I'm sharing my famous banana bread recipe.  If you are old to the blog, then you may have seen this recipe before in a slightly different version.  Take a peek at that goodie HERE.

But honestly, this is the first time I've shared the original version.  IT IS FABULOUS. Not a soul who has tried this banana bread has not fainted.


But really, throw away all old banana bread recipes you have sitting around and print off this dandy.  It is the only one you'll ever need again.

famous banana bread recipe

Then....enter in this gorgeously designed flour sack heirloom kitchen towel.  My designer and I put this together and I just cannot love it more.  And did you notice?  Yep, that is my handwriting on the towel.

Pretty neat, huh?

I knew I wanted to create a kitchen towel for my shop and when my designer suggested putting an actual recipe on it, I did not think twice on which one.  This banana bread recipe came first to my mind and I did not second guess myself.

There were many reasons why.  First, when I think cute, adorable kitchen towels I think "baking".  Nothing screams coziness and home more than a fabulous baked good.  Second, this recipe is requested a LOT.  When I make it and bring it to whatever {coffee dates, school snacks, etc} everyone wants the recipe.  Just a few weeks back when I was subbing at our church's preschool the teacher told me her college aged daughter was making it now!

famous banana bread recipe

This towel is a dandy.

It is made of American, high-quality flour sack cotton, HUGE in size {28x29}, very absorbant and comes folded and packaged with a cute belly band.

I can already think of about 5 people on my Christmas gift list that would love this.  How much fun would it be to include it with a bottle of wine as a hostess gift?  Or prehaps with a new set of loaf pans for the baker in your life?

Or maybe even for that Mom who loves to bake and stay organized - check out this option to buy my Bread & Butter book AND this towel as a combo gift.

There are so many options.

famous banana bread recipe

It looks pretty cool hanging on a shelf {see above} or traditionally on your stove handle.  There are many ideas!  I even think gifting it to someone with it wrapped around the actual banana bread would be fun. 

So many possibilities.

Maybe your family requests handmade gifts at Christmas?  We've done that before in our family.  I find it much more fulfilling buying from small businesses than big boxed stores {don't get me wrong, I buy my fare share from Amazon, I'm not perfect}.

But these special, unique gifts that you cannot find elsewhere are pretty fun!

famous banana bread recipe

So here you go!


Order my Flour Sack Heirloom Kitchen Towel HERE.

If you are local to my area {and know me} I'm happy to hand deliver a towel to you!  Please use the local link at the bottom of this page HERE to save on shipping.

And how about that book + towel gift combo?  You can purchase that set HERE.

Famous Banana Bread

Famous Banana Bread
Yield: 20 (2 loaves)
prep time: 10 Mcook time: 55 Mtotal time: 65 M
The ONLY banana bread recipe you'll ever need. It's the recipe everyone asks for and they never turn back! Rich, sticky, sweet and full of banana flavor.


  • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 3-4 large, very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1 t salt
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk


How to cook Famous Banana Bread

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Grease two loaf pans with cooking spray.
  2. In a stand mixer cream together the sugar and honey until light and fluffy.
  3. Add in the eggs and vanilla.
  4. Stir in the mashed bananas.
  5. Sift together the flour, salt and baking soda.  Alternately, add in flour and buttermilk, ending with the flour.
  6. Pour the batter into the loaf pans and bake for 50-55 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  7. Allow to cool and remove from the loaf pans.


Optional add-ins include chocolate chips, pecans, toffee bits, etc.
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Thursday, October 31, 2019

Holiday Turkey & Cheese Party Rolls

Get sick of turkey sandwiches after Thanksgiving?
These Holiday Turkey & Cheese Party Rolls are the perfect game watching and shopping grub to make up after the big meal.  It's a nice change up!

This post is sponsored by Family Fare. #OurFamilyCheese

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Can you believe the holidays are right around the corner?

Thanksgiving is next on the horizon and personally it is one of my favorite holidays.  I love getting together with family, taking a look back on the previous year and just being so darn thankful we've made it to November.

Every family has their own traditions - how they dress, what they eat, if they shop or don't shop, whether or not they travel or have a quiet day inside.  That is what makes it special!  Just the perfect day to reflect and be thankful.

And I haven't even mentioned the BIG MEAL.  Which really is what stands out, right?  It's the star of the show.  Some families are all about the side dishes {green bean casserole, anyone?} and some families are all about the desserts {pumpkin pie!}.  But most families do center their meal around turkey.

That big bird gets a lot of attention!  But guess what....leftovers are a definite.  There is always some to eat the next day, which is great, but those turkey sandwiches can get boring.  

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I love creating new ways to use up leftovers.  I love cheese.  I love any type of fluffy, buttery dough.  And I love any meal that isn't fussy and you can literally grab and bite as you are walking on by.

These Holiday Turkey & Cheese Party Rolls fit into all of those categories.

This recipe not only showcases those brillant holiday leftovers but also CHEESE.  Who doesn't love cheese?  In any and all forms.  I've been blessed to live in the Midwest {where cheese is made and loved} and to have grown up with the Our Family brand of cheese.  I worked in a store in high school that featured this brand and I currently live in a small Iowa town that carries it.  The quality is superior.

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When brainstorming a recipe surrounded {literally} by this cheese I knew I wanted to wrap it around the holidays as well.

This time of year is all about eating....whether our waistbands agree or not, it is what we do!  Surrounded by family and friends sharing food and memories.  I love this time of year.  And cheese is such a great addition to any meal - it amps up any dish - like these party rolls.  

I chose to use muenster cheese as I've always been a fan.  It is a semi-soft cheese that melts well and is smooth and easy-going.  Yes, I just called a cheese "easy-going".  It goes with anything!  Not fussy or overpowering like some other cheeses.

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Just four main ingredients bring this dish together - crescent roll dough, turkey, cheese and cranberry sauce or jelly.  How easy is that?  The turkey and cheese are a bit salty and savory and that hint of sweet cranberry sauce brings it all together with a sweet punch.

The flavors are incredible!

And then, because I couldn't leave it just as that - I melted butter and garlic powder together and brushed these babies on it.  Butter and garlic make everything better!  With a sprinkling of poppyseeds at the end to make them look pretty.

Who wouldn't grab one of these while watching the big game on the Friday after Thanksgiving?  Or prehaps after a long day of Christmas shopping?  They are easy and quick and delicious.

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Now, because I will get asked....

Yes, you are welcome to use regular sliced deli turkey in these.  Or any type of jam/jelly you have on hand.  Make them your own!  But do keep the muenster cheese as a staple.

A bit sweet, a bit salty, a bit melty and gooey.  Oh and how about that crispy crust of the dough?  I will not tell you how many I hand during the taste testing. 

It's embarassing. 

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Please consider shopping at your local Family Fare store to find these tasty and affordable Our Family cheese products.

I'd love to hear how your Holiday Turkey & Cheese Party Rolls turn out!  Will you serve them Thanksgiving weekend?  Save them for a Christmas party?

Either way I'm sure you'll love 'em.

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Holiday Turkey & Cheese Party Rolls

Holiday Turkey & Cheese Party Rolls
Yield: 12
prep time: 10 Mcook time: 25 Mtotal time: 35 M
What a great way to eat up that leftover Thanksgiving turkey and cranberry sauce! Whip these party rolls up the next day for game watching or holiday shopping, an easy way to change up those holiday leftovers.


  • 8 oz can Pillsbury Original Crescent Rolls
  • 1/2 cup leftover cranberry sauce or canned cranberry jelly
  • 8 slices Our Family Foods muenster cheese
  • 10-12 slices leftover turkey
  • 3 T butter, melted
  • 1/2 t garlic powder
  • 1 t poppyseeds


How to cook Holiday Turkey & Cheese Party Rolls

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and lightly grease a 9x13 baking pan with cooking spray.
  2. Lay a piece of parchment paper down on the counter and open the crescent rolls.  Gently roll the tube of dough out onto the parchment paper being carefully to not tear them.  It should be the left in the shape of a rectangle.
  3. Spread the cranberry sauce onto the dough.
  4. Layer on the sliced muenster cheese and turkey.
  5. Using the parchment paper as a guide, gently start to roll up the crescent dough mixture into a tube shape.  Be sure to pinch together any pieces of dough that may stretch apart.
  6. Using a serrated knife, gently cut the tube into 12 slices.  Lay the slices into the greased baking dish.
  7. Mix the melted butter with the garlic powder and brush onto the rolls.  Sprinkle with poppyseeds.
  8. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown.
  9. Eat warm from the oven or at room temperature.


Leftover Thanksgiving turkey and cranberry sauce is great in these rolls! But you can certainly used slice turkey deli meat and any type of jelly as a swap out.
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