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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By Debra Liu

It’s hard to be a food truck in the winter! We’re here to help make sure food trucks survive the winter so they can feed you throughout the rest of the year.

Support the small restaurants and food trucks who are hit hard by the cold winter months by ordering through FoodtoEat. You can still stay warm and get delicious food truck food despite the cold by preordering online and picking up to #SkipTheLine.

12 Days of Food TrucksFoodtoEat’s 12 Days of Food Trucks holiday countdown will highlight some of our amazing Food Truck partners. And the best part is, we get to hear from you! How well do YOU know your food truck food?

We’ll post a food photo from one of our food trucks every weekday from December 6, 2013 through December 23, 2013 via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (don’t forget to follow us @FoodtoEat!). You then respond with the name of the food truck you think the food is from, and if you guess correctly, we’ll send you a promo code ranging from 10-25% off your next food order. Best part is, you can play every day for 12 days!

At the end of each day, we’ll update this post to include the Food Truck of the Day. By the twelfth day, all 12 food trucks will be featured in this blog post!

December 6, 2013, Day 1: Uncle Gussy’s

Combo Platter from Uncle Gussy's
Combo Platter from Uncle Gussy’s

Uncle Gussy’s Food Truck serves fresh, authentic, delicious Greek platters and combos. Be sure to check them out on 51st street and Park avenue! If you want to order from Uncle Gussy’s for delivery or so you can #SkiptheLine, click here: Order Now

December 9, 2013, Day 2: Neapolitan Express

di PARMA D.O.P. Neapolitan Express
di PARMA D.O.P. pizza from Neapolitan Express

The Neapolitan Express pizza food truck not only serves delicious Neapolitan-style pizza made famous by legendary chef Raffaele Esposito, but this mobile pizzeria is also solely run on Compressed Natural Gas and Solar Power, which makes it the food truck with the lowest carbon footprint in the nation. Check out their menu and feel environmentally good about pre-ordering your mouthwatering pizza today: Order Now

December 10, 2013, Day 3: Sweet Chili Food Truck

Bean Sprout Salad from Sweet Chili Food Truck
Bean Sprout Salad from Sweet Chili Food Truck

The Sweet Chili Food Truck is the brain child of Chef Lisa Fernandes, a Top Chef finalist in season 4, Chicago. The truck creates delicious Thai-Vietnamese fusion food. With offerings like Miso Glazed Silken Tofu and Honey Chili Pork, you can’t help but get addicted to the food. Their truck, named Betty White, is set to retire soon so Sweet Chili has started a kickstarter campaign to fund her replacement – make a pledge today. They also do catering – contact us at info@foodtoeat.com if you would like to have them cater your next office meeting or party. And don’t forget, you can pre0rder from Sweet Chili to #SkiptheLine!

December 11, 2013, Day 4: Milk Truck

Grilled Cheese from Milk Truck NYC
Grilled Cheese from Milk Truck NYC

The Milk Truck got its start in 2010 at the indoor Brooklyn Flea and since then has been serving mouthwatering grilled cheese sandwiches, soups, salads, mac & cheese and even milkshakes to hungry New Yorkers all over the city. If you haven’t tried the Milk Truck Classic grilled cheese made with Aged Wisconsin Gruyere and caramelized onions and sauteed mushrooms as optional add-ons, you haven’t tried a real grilled cheese yet. They make every sandwich by order, from hand. Remember, you can always preorder your grilled cheese from Milk Truck on foodtoeat.com!

December 12, 2013, Day 5: Nuchas

Empanada from Nuchas
Empanada from Nuchas

Nuchas is much more than just empanadas; this food truck goes beyond the traditional meat and cheese filled empanadas by combining unique and innovative flavors. They offer empanadas in assorted dough varieties including rosemary, parmesan and spinach. A food truck that will satisfy everyone’s desires, Nuchas has delicious food for veggie-lovers and meat-lovers alike. They have 4 meat empanadas including short rib, which is a slow braised meat empanada with onions, peppers & fresh herbs on a rosemary dough. For vegetarians, they have 3 flavors including a shiitake curry empanada. And let’s not forget the sweet empanada – perfect for dessert on-the-go – which is filled with granny smith apples, cranberries, pear, nutella and chocolate in a white almond dough. Doesn’t this all sound amazing? Preorder here: Order Now

December 13, 2013, Day 6: Valducci’s Food Truck

Pizza from Valducci's Mobile Pizzeria
Pizza from Valducci’s Mobile Pizzeria

An offshoot of a Staten Island pizza place, Valducci’s Original Food Truck serves delicious pizza. Specialty pies include vodka pie, meatball & ricotta pie, Sicilian oreganata and a white pie. They also offer a meatball sandwich made on homemade semolina bread and a parm sandwich. You can preorder with FoodtoEat for a quick pick-up: Preorder Now

December 16, 2013, Day 7: Palenque Food Truck

Costena Arepa from Palenque Food Truck
Costena Arepa from Palenque Food Truck

The Palenque Food Truck, founded by two Colombian women, offers gourmet homemade Colombian food made using the finest and freshest ingredients. They serve arepas, which are a bread patty made from corn and water. But they also have non-traditional arepas made from quinoa and arepas made from brown rice. You can choose your toppings: beef, chicken, shrimp, portobella mushrooms, organic vegan Italian chorizo and many others. If you haven’t had a chance to try their arepas, you must do so!

December 17, 2013, Day 8: Big D’s Grub Truck

Spicy Chicken Grinder from Big D's Grub
Spicy Chicken Grinder from Big D’s Grub

Did you know Big D’s name is Dennis? Growing up in Queens, New York, Big D was highly influenced by the diversity of food and flavors around him. Big D’s Grub Truck offers a fusion of food with bold flavors for breakfast and lunch. The breakfast menu includes Spanish Omelettes and Jalapeno corn cakes. For lunch, there’s tacos, grinders and platters, with your choice of bulgogi spicy pork, ginger chicken, or spicy chicken. And the sides are delicious too: pork and chive dumplings, crispy delicious yuca fries, and old bay or sazon flavored fries. Get some Big D’s Grub today: Preorder now!

December 18, 2013, Day 9: Mexico Blvd

Torta Pastor_Mexico Blvd
Torta Pastor from Mexico Blvd Food Truck

Mexico Blvd Food Truck’s motto is “Eat, Enjoy, Come Back” and that’s truly what everyone does after they’ve tried their scrumptious food. They have tacos and tortas and you get to choose your own meat: adobo (a slow roasted pork loin), pastor (marinated pork tenderloin), tinga (organic white meat chicken in chipotle and tomato sauce), and bistec (top round steak in drunken beer and chile sauce). For the vegetarians out there, they offer an avocado torta, crispy quesadillas and potato & black bean flautas.

December 19, 2013, Day 10: Bian Dang

Pork Chop over Rice with Tea Egg from Bian Dang Truck
Pork Chop over Rice with Tea Egg from Bian Dang Truck

The recipes for Bian Dang’s delicious offerings are a family recipe, passed down from the founders, Diana and Thomas Yang’s grandmother. The most popular items are the Fried Pork Chop over Jasmine Rice and the Fried Chicken over Rice with pickled mustard greens and their famous minced pork sauce. They also sell Tea Eggs, hard boiled eggs infused with black tea leaves, spices and soy sauce. They’re usually parked on 53rd Street between Park and Lexington Avenue, Monday through Friday from 11:30am – 2:30 pm. If you’re in the area and craving some pork chop, you can always preorder on FoodtoEat.com to #SkipTheLine!

December 20, 2013, Day 11: Fun Buns

Beef Shank Bun from Fun Buns
Beef Shank Bun from Fun Buns

Fun Buns is a cart that serves Taiwanese-style buns filled with meat and veggies. The braised pork belly bun is slow-cooked with Taiwanese spices and topped with picked mustard greens, crushed peanuts and cilantro. The spicy beef shank bun is similar but the meat is stewed with star anise, cinnamon and cloves. The chicken curried bun is made with a light curry. You can get each bun for $3. They also offer combo deals; for $9, you can get 2 buns with chips and a drink. To #SkiptheLine, preorder here: Order Now!

December 23, 2013, Day 12: Wing’n It

Wings and Mac & Cheese from Wing'n It Food Truck
Wings and Mac & Cheese from Wing’n It Food Truck

Wing’n It is NYC’s first and only chicken wing food truck. They have grilled, baked, fried and steamed chicken wings with 6 different types of sauces listed (one sauce is called Apricot Maple Whiskey!). They have a few sides including Mac & Cheese, Wing’n Tots and Fried Rice – and even some breakfast items! Next time you have a wing craving, check out the Wing’n It truck for your chicken wings fix!

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


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


The Sweet and Savory Side of Social Justice: Snow Day Food Truck is Paving the Way

snow day food truck

By Debra Liu

Savory pancakes poppers, maple grilled cheese, maple bacon Brussels sprouts, and sugar on snow. Those are just a few of the drool-worthy items that will be offered on the Snow Day Food Truck, which will be pounding NYC pavement for the first time this winter. Perfect timing because the heavenly dynamic duo of maple and bacon is exactly what makes our hungry stomachs warm and happy come winter time.

Wheatberry Salad
Wheatberry Salad

We’re super excited, because not only is the delicious food locally sourced and uniquely inspired by New York State Maple Syrup, but Snow Day is the first food truck built and operated by Drive Change, a social justice organization with an incredible mission:

“Drive Change broadens opportunities for young people coming out of jail and prison to help lead them to crime-free lives and bright futures.”

Pulled Pork Sliders
Pulled Pork Sliders

Drive Change builds, designs and operates food trucks to employ previously incarcerated youth offenders, providing them with training and skills in the food industry. The program is an eight month program split into three phases; training, practicum working on food trucks, and continuing job development. Participants enrolled in the program will be paid an hourly wage.

Jordyn Lexton (left) and colleague
Jordyn Lexton (left) and Ajani Brown

Jordyn Lexton founded Drive Change with Annie Bickerton, after being inspired by her experience teaching at East River Academy, a public school located on Rikers Island, where she saw that the rate of youth offenders returning to prison within a year of release was unfortunately, much too high. According to Lexton, “the time of re-entry is a fragile time”, and Lexton and Bickerton hope that by providing youth offenders with stable jobs, they will break the vicious cycle and lower the recidivism rate.

Savory Pancake Poppers
Savory Pancake Poppers

Lexton and Bickerton plan to add a new food truck each year and serve 150 youth by 2018. All sales from their food trucks will go directly back into the organization to help with re-entry program costs.

An amazing social mission in combination with a delicious food truck – it doesn’t get any better than this. We can’t wait for Snow Day to launch in a few weeks!

We’ll keep you updated – simply follow us on Twitter @FoodtoEat to stay up-to-date on food truck happenings and more importantly, so you know exactly where and when to hit it up Snow Day on opening day.


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