3 Deliciously Warm Desserts That You Must Bake (and Devour) This Winter

By Debra Liu

Besides ordering food for delivery so you can avoid being outside in the cold as much as possible, the second best way to stay cozy this winter is to make (and eat, of course) warm and comforting desserts. Here are some great recipes to get you started:

(1) Warm Fudgy Chocolate Black Bean Brownies

Black Bean Brownies
Black Bean Brownies (Photo Credit: http://www.happyherbivore.com)

These brownies are not only absolutely delicious, and taste like decadent “real” brownies, but they are also really healthy for you. Made with only black beans, they are gluten-free and abundant in fiber, protein and vitamins.

Ingredients: 1 can (15oz) black beans – rinsed and drained, 1 cup chocolate chips, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/3 cup sugar or honey, 1/4 cup coconut or vegetable oil, 2 tsp vanilla extract, 1 large egg, 1/2 tsp baking powder, more chocolate chips to sprinkle on top, 1/4 cup walnut pieces (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Combine all ingredients except for 1/2 cup of the chocolate chips in a food processor. Blend well.
  3. Fold in the other 1/2 cup of chocolate chips.
  4. Pour into 8×8 greased baking pan.
  5. Optional: sprinkle extra chocolate chips and walnut pieces over top.
  6. Bake for 15-18 minutes. Cool at least 10 minutes.
  7. Serve warm!

(2) Warm Sweet Potato Souffle

Sweet Potato Souffle (Photo Credit: www.sheknows.com)
Sweet Potato Souffle (Photo Credit: http://www.sheknows.com)

Ingredients: 1.5 sticks butter (room temperature), 5 medium sweet potatoes, 2 larges eggs, 3/4 cup sugar, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1/2 cup milk, dash of salt, 1 cup finely chopped pecans, 3/4 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup flour


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease a 2.5 quart baking dish.
  2. For the souffle: Bake the sweet potatoes until soft (~1 hr). Peel the potatoes and mash. Add eggs, sugar, 1 stick butter, vanilla, milk and salt. Blend well and pour into greased baking dish.
  3. For the topping: Stir together pecans, brown sugar, flour and 1/2 stick butter until uniformly combined. Spoon even layer over the sweet potato mixture. Bake for 40 minutes are until lightly browned. Let sit 3-4 minutes before serving.
  4. Serve warm!

(3) Warm Almond Cherry Cake

Almond Cherry Cake (Photo Credit: bakeorbreak.com)
Almond Cherry Cake (Photo Credit: http://www.bakeorbreak.com)

Ingredients: 1 cup flour, 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 stick unsalted butter (softened), 1/2 cup sugar, 3 large eggs, 1/2 tsp almond extract, 2 cups cherries (pitted, rinsed), 1/2 cup sliced almonds


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease 9-inch round pan.
  2. Mix flour, baking powder and salt together.
  3. In another bowl, mix butter and sugar until creamy. Add eggs and mix. Add almond extract.
  4. Add flour mixture slowly into butter mixture until combined.
  5. Pour batter into greased pan. Sprinkle cherries and almonds over the batter.
  6. Bake for 45 minutes or until golden on top.
  7. Serve warm!


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3 Easy, Awesome, and Lazy Ways to Stay Warm this Winter

By Debra Liu

It’s December, which means a few things are inevitable: snow (maybe even a blizzard), the holidays (yes, gifts!), New Year’s (oh the resolutions) and freezing our butts off (not so fun). Unfortunately, the first three things are completely out of our control, but thankfully, we CAN help you prevent frostbite. Here are some of FoodtoEat’s tricks for staying warm and cozy this winter:

(1) Order in food from your favorite restaurants 

Pasta from Radicchio Pasta & Risotto

The great thing about ordering food delivered to your door is that you don’t have to go outside. The less time you spend outside, the warmer you’ll be. We’re GENIUSES. Also, it’s COLD outside and it might be snowing, which makes it dangerous to travel. When you order your food, you’ll stay warm, save travel time and save money (no 20% tip)!

(2) Eat hot foods and drink hot beverages. 

vegetable pho
Vegetable Pho

Seriously, any food that has been heated…like noodle soup. Yogurt doesn’t count. Neither does cold pizza. Now, if you ordered a piping hot pizza with ooey gooey melted cheese, that would do the trick! Trust me, noodle soup like pho usually hits the spot. Hot foods will warm you right up and also, make your stomach super happy.

(3) Skip food truck lines by pre-ordering online first with FoodtoEat 

Uncle Gussy
Uncle Gussy’s Food Truck (uhhh yeah you definitely want to avoid that line in the winter)

The saddest, more depressing thing about winter is having to wait in line for food at your favorite food truck, all the while, feeling your limbs go numb from the cold. Well, lucky you, if you order online first through FoodtoEat, you can skip the line and pick up your food when you want it. No hassle, no waiting, and most importantly, no freezing. #SkipTheLine

If you stick to these three super easy ways to stay warm, you’ll definitely avoid the ice, ice, baby.

DailyFoodtoEat is the official blog of FoodtoEat, a sustainable online food ordering and concierge catering service featuring your favorite restaurants, food trucks and caterers. Check out the deliciousness here: www.foodtoeat.com


Radicchio Pasta & Risotto: Warm, Cozy, Italian


By: Debra Liu 


Looking for a warm and cozy place to enjoy fresh pasta and risotto? Look no further. Radicchio Pasta & Risotto, located in Midtown East, is the perfect place for a delicious lunch time meal (definitely way better than the sandwich you slapped together last minute, I promise) or a romantic Italian dinner for two (your date will be impressed by how cute and quaint this place is).

Radicchio Pasta and Risotto opened its doors almost two decades ago in New Jersey and was introduced to New York City by Sati Sharma, the owner of the Brick Lane Restaurant Group, who bought the NJ-based restaurant a few years ago. Sharma is a passionate foodie, a chef as well, and wanted to bring the high-quality, homemade pasta goodness of Radicchio to NYC. Chef Daniel Felix Montoya, who has been with Radicchio since its inception 18 years ago, is still the chef who personally prepares all the pastas and risottos. When I visited the restaurant last week, Chef Montoya was out looking for the freshest ingredients in preparation for that evening’s dinner service.


As for the menu offerings, let’s start with dessert. Radicchio’s Chocolate Lava Cake is to-die-for. According to Harish Naik, the Manager of Radicchio, the delectable cake takes a while to make but people love it so much, they are willing to wait. When it comes to the more savory items, among the most popular are the Black Linguini Seafood which comes with mussels, clams, shrimp, scallops and squid, the New Zealand Lamb Chops made with a rosemary balsamic reduction, and the Pan Seared Calamari. Their lunch specials are super affordable too; you can get a Grilled Chicken Fettuccini Alfredo with a salad or soup for only $11. As such, Radicchio has a lot of loyal customers who come regularly for lunch. And to sweetly top it off, when you order lunch for delivery, they even give you fresh baked biscotti on-the-house!

The restaurant is special, not only because of the homemade pasta, but for its low-key, and romantic ambience.  When you walk into Radicchio, you immediately realize how warm and cozy the restaurant is. The small space, the music, the single tables, lends itself to be the perfect romantic dining experience for couples. “It’s a great date spot and couples love this place,” says Naik.

So, the next time you are craving pasta for lunch, don’t just boil some boxed pasta and pour some store-bought marinara sauce and call it a day, order from Radicchio’s because their fresh, homemade pastas will leave you feeling blissfully happy and satisfied.

DailyFoodtoEat is the official blog of FoodtoEat, a sustainable online food ordering and concierge catering service featuring your favorite restaurants, food trucks and caterers. Check out the deliciousness here: www.foodtoeat.com