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Celebration Is In Order

We can’t believe just two years ago to the day we signed up on WordPress and started Duodishes.com. We were just two college friends who moved to California independently of one another, coming together with one strong common passion: to experience amazing food by our own hands. We genuinely began this site as a means to share our favorite recipes with friends and family. We could dish at the dining room table on all the best dishes that came across our forks with our own style and flair, motivating the people around us to tie on an apron and start playing in the kitchen. Never did we expect to amass any sort of following in the foodie community, nor make new friends, continuously renew cooking inspirations, or retain our own voice in the ever-growing virtual exchange of food opinions, ideas and thoughts. But we did. And it’s been a beautiful experience from day one until now.

We sure have come a long way since our first blog post. We believe in full disclosure, so feel free to check out that pumpkin pie. We admit it does cause a cringe or two of horror. But, two years and many accomplishments later we find several reasons to celebrate. And what better way than with a sugary, fall delight? Amir hosted a night of frights and bites in honor of this past All Hallow’s Eve. There, we served up these Pumpkin Spiced Marshmallows to be sandwiched between two graham crackers and a chunk of chocolate, adding a nice spin on the popular treat. These guys took s’mores to a whole new level of awesome—perfect for ringing in any celebration.

To help celebrate, our friends at CSN Stores have graciously offered us the opportunity to host a giveaway for two years of hard work. And it’s your lucky day because one of our awesome readers will be the winner. Just tell us one thing you’d like to see more of or what improvements you’d suggest for Duodishes.com. Of all the suggestions, we’ll choose a random number, and that person will win a $75 e-gift certificate to CSN Stores.  Perhaps you’ll use it to pick up a candy thermometer to make marshmallows yourself. There are just a couple of rules. You must live in the U.S. or Canada in order to be eligible, and you have until Sunday, November 7th at 11:59 pm pst to enter. We’ll announce the winner on Monday, November 8th right after returning from the 2nd Annual Foodbuzz Food Blogger Festival.

So, friends, what is one thing you’d like to see the Duo tackle or improve over the next year?

Pumpkin Spice Marshmallows (adapted from 17 And Baking) – Approximately 40 marshmallows
3 envelopes unsweetened and unflavored gelatin, about 3 tablespoons
3/4 cup cold water, divided
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
Pinch of ground allspice
Pinch of ground nutmeg
2 cups granulated sugar
2/3 cup light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Powdered sugar, for dusting

1. Using a light cooking oil like vegetable or canola, grease a 9″ x 13″ glass baking dish and liberally dust with sifted powdered sugar. Set aside.

2. In a mixing bowl, whisk together pumpkin puree and spices until well incorporated. Set aside.

3. In a separate large mixing bowl, or the bowl of your stand mixer, add 1/2 cup of cold water. Pour gelatin powder over water and let sit for 10 minutes. Meanwhile in a medium saucepan, mix sugar, corn syrup, and the additional 1/4 cup of water. Heat over medium-high heat until mixture comes to a boil and a candy thermometer reads 250 degrees. (This is the “hardball” stage, where balls form and keep their shape when water is dropped into the boiling sugar. Be careful not to overheat the mixture.)

4. Immediately turn on mixer and beat gelatin on low speed, adding in the hot sugar combination slowly. Once combined, add salt and increase mixer speed to medium, being very careful not to beat so fast that the hot contents fly about. Beat until the mixture increases in volume and begins to fluff, about 10 additional minutes. Once a thick puff forms, beat in vanilla and set aside.

5. Gently fold in pumpkin into the marshmallow mixture and transfer to the greased pan. Let it sit at room temperature overnight, uncovered or loosely topped with paper towels.

6. When ready to cut, invert pan on a well-dusted powdered sugar surface. Let rest upside-down for about a minute, then gently pull pan to let the large marshmallow block fall. Using a butcher’s knife, cut into desired pieces. Dust with additional powdered sugar to keep marshmallows from sticking.

Click HERE for the printable recipe.

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38 thoughts on “Celebration Is In Order

  1. Congratulations on celebrating two years in the blogosphere, and great to finally meet you both in person at the Foodbuzz Fest. I hope you enjoyed the rest of your NorCal weekend.

  2. Pumpkin spice marshmallows?! I am SO going to need to make these now! It was absolutely awesome seeing you guys this weekend!! Congrats on your 2 year anniversary 🙂 When we first started our blog, I was using a camera phone- how awful is that?!?! Thank goodness we’ve all come a long way 🙂 🙂

  3. Love your take on s’mores. Happy anniversary! Can’t wait for many more years of reading DD. These days I get this tingly, exciting feeling when I click over to this blog thinking, “What ethnic cuisine will they take on next?”

    Not quite sure what I could say about improving on a good thing. I did think of something you could do here that might be fun. Since there are two of you working on this blog together, did you ever consider some friendly competition? Take one basic idea like pizza or tacos or chocolate cake or apple pie and each one of you comes up with your own spin on it. Then have some unbiased judges decide which is better – sort of like Bobby Flay’s throwdown without the ambush?

  4. Fancy. You guys know how I feel about you so I won’t go into it here, but I would love to see: a redo of that pumpkin pie, like do a twist on it, amaze me! but in all seriousness, you guys are awesome so i’m pretty sure whatever direction you take will be just fine 🙂

  5. Your blog is beautiful and has so many great ideas and wonderful tastes. I’d love to see recipes that are slimmed down healthy versions of classics – but without losing any of the original flavors that made the dish famous. Thanks in advance for taking an interest, and, I appreciate having an opportunity to win the gift certificate.

  6. Can’t believe you two have only been doing this for 2 years – many many congratulations. I am so happy to have finally met you in person at the Foodbuzz – I love the connections I’ve made through food and writing, and meeting the two of you was a highlight. I am excited to see what you have in store for us for the next year.

  7. Congrats!!! I discovered you a few months ago and look forward to many more of your wonderful and delicious posts. And don’t change a thing – I love you just the way you are 🙂

  8. Congratulations on 2 years in blogging!! Yeah to you two!! Your recipes never fail me & they are absolutely fab!!

    You two can do any cuisine with a personal twist! I also learn a lot about American traditions & recipes!

    Kisses from Brussels to you!!!

  9. Congrats on your two year anniversary! That’s very exciting. It’s been fun following along, seeing you and about and being published together! Can’t think of any suggestions. Just keep doing what you’re doing!

  10. Homemade marshmallows are the best, and a pumpkin version sounds fantastic!

    Congratulations on two great years! My suggestion is to keep the ethnic explorations coming.

  11. I just passed my own 2 year mark and it sometimes just blows my mind what a journey its been! As for you two, I’m proud to say I’ve been hanging around your virtual kitchen for most of that time and you just keep dishing the goods. Makes me want to hang around for several years more 🙂 Bummed (again) that I won’t get to meet you at the Foodbuzz festival – gotta plan a US trip next year for sure.

  12. Wow 2 years…already?! Crazy how time flies. Congrats!!! I’ve been tempted lately to try and make marshmallows. I blame it on the little kid who dressed up as a s’more for halloween. hahaha…

  13. Congratulations and I am so glad to have met you! It has been fun! And pumpkin marshmallows? Gee whiz I need to learn how to make marshmallows! these are perfect for the season!

  14. You know; I am very proud of you consistently updating your website thus creating visually (and I’m sure by taste as well) delightful dishes. You two are definitely distinguishing from a crowd by featuring different elements on this website.
    At the moment I honestly can’t think of what else I’d like to see featured here; but I definitely know that I LOVE international food posts.
    So more of that please. Especially ones that don’t have difficult region specific ingredients to buy. It’s definitely a turn off; seeing something very yummy and discovering I have no way to make it myself! 🙂

    Again; congrats and keep going!

    *** At the moment I do not reside in the US…but soon I’ll be in the US waters working for Norwegian Cruise Lines haha. Does that count?
    … I’m totally kidding. If I come up as a winner, please pick the person 5 comments below me! 0:-)

  15. Happy second, congratulations 🙂
    What a nice fall treat to celebrate with…
    I hope you have a great time at the festival!
    Love everything you do…and especially your cultural ventures 🙂
    LA is such a great place to explore all food ventures, as we are in OC it is a bit limited, but not too far from LA 🙂

  16. Two years, huh?
    Well, congratulations! Glad to see that you’re still going strong. LOVE love the idea of those pumpkin marshmallows. So seasonal & fun!

    How about just giving us more of the same great stuff you’ve been doing so well for the past two years?? That would make ME happy.

  17. Improvements? Please. New things to tackle, sure, there are always new cuisines to look at. What about something from a country you visited and wanted to move to?

  18. oh congrats to you two. you guys have the best posts: always fun to read and never boring. plus you are both so very creative. i hope we get to hook up someday.

  19. Congratulations on 2 years! I just hit the mark last month! 🙂 These marshmallows sound so delicious, perfect for chilly fall nights! I’ve never made marshmallows before, it seems so scary!

    I can’t think of any improvements for you guys! I love your site and the way you explore food and present it!

  20. Happy two years guys! That is such an incredible accomplishment. These pumpkin spice marshmallows seem like the perfect way to celebrate! I wonder how they would taste roasted over a campfire…

  21. Congrats, guys! I’m so proud of you!! I think I’ve made this suggestion before, but I think the next ethnicity you should tackle for food is Armenian food!! You live in LA! It’s all around you 🙂 There are so many markets in Hollywood, North Hollywood, Glendale and beyond… good luck!

  22. Congrats guys, you sure have accomplished a lot. As for improvements, I think you are on the right path already and to just keep doing what you’re doing. PS..I have only been brave enough to make marshmallows once, but have never tried the flavored versions, I do have some plain gelatin and a whole lot of time on my hands, so who knows!

  23. Congratulations! I love your blog – especially the ethnic explorations. I can’t say there’s anything you are missing or need to change. My diet is restricted (I can’t eat dairy or wheat) so it’s always nice to run across recipes on mainstream food blogs (not from special gluten-free blogs) that fit my needs 🙂 – but I also love looking at the pictures and adapting recipes to suit my restrictions, so keep up the good work!

  24. Congrats to two of the best chefs on the web! I’m so happy that I discovered your site a year ago and have been a follower every since. I would like to see you devote a day each seek to a healthy trimmed-down dish (e.g., thinny thin Tuesday). I love your recipes and usually try to trim them down myself because I do watch my fat and calorie intake. So, if you can find it in your hearts to help us help our hearts then I will be estatic! Much success in the coming years!

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