Saturday, February 13, 2016

Have your Cake and Eat it, too! Dark Chocolate Soufflé + 13 More of the Best Chocolate Cake Recipes!

Lighter chocolate cake recipes chock full of delicious and decadent flavor so you can indulge your sweet tooth—guilt free. My favorite one listed below. Click the link at the bottom to see all 14 recipes.

Dark Chocolate Soufflé Cake


Cooking spray 
1/2 cup granulated sugar 
1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar 
3/4 cup water 
1 tablespoon instant espresso or 2 tablespoons instant coffee granules 
2/3 cup Dutch process or unsweetened cocoa 
1/4 teaspoon salt 
2 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped 
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped 
2 tablespoons Kahlúa (coffee-flavored liqueur) 
large egg yolks 
1/3 cup sifted cake flour (such as Swan's Down) 
large egg whites (at room temperature) 
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar 
1/3 cup granulated sugar 
1 tablespoon powdered sugar 
1/4 cup raspberries (optional) 
Chocolate curls (optional) 


Preheat oven to 300°.
Coat bottom of a 9-inch springform pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
Combine 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar, water, and espresso in a large saucepan; stir well and bring to a boil. Remove from heat; add cocoa, salt, and chocolates, stirring with a whisk until chocolate melts. Stir in Kahlúa and egg yolks. Stir in flour; cool to room temperature. Set aside.
Beat egg whites and cream of tartar at high speed of a mixer until foamy. Add 1/3 cup granulated sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating until stiff peaks form. Gently fold one-fourth of egg white mixture into chocolate mixture; repeat procedure with remaining egg white mixture, one-fourth at a time. Spoon into prepared pan. Bake at 300° for 1 hour or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out almost clean. Cool completely on wire rack. Remove sides from pan; sift powdered sugar over cake. Garnish with raspberries and chocolate curls, if desired.
Note: A substitution of 1/4 cup all-purpose flour may be used in place of 1/3 cup cake flour.

SEE ALL 14 Chocolate Recipes from COOKING LIGHT at:

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Linda Kruse & KRUSING AMERICA TASTE Awards Finalist!


KRUSING AMERICA has been named a Nominee Finalist of the TASTE AWARDS.

Viewers voted online last December for the Viewers Choice Award Winner. WINNERS will be announced tonight at the seventh annual TASTE AWARDS in San Francisco. 

The TASTE AWARDS are the premier awards show celebrating the year's best in Food, Fashion, Travel and Lifestyle programs on Television, Film, Online, Apps, and Radio.

The Annual Awards include appearances by stars, celebrities, producers and executives from networks and platforms including  the Food Network, Bravo, the Cooking Channel, TLC, Discovery, Lifetime, E! Entertainment Television, PBS, NBC, ABC, the CW, HGTV, the Travel Channel, HD Net, Hulu, YouTube, Sony Pictures, Esquire Network, Spike TV, Vimeo, iHeart Radio, Vice, Bio / FYI Channel, Dreamworks and more.    

Twitter: @TasteAwards #tasteawards7

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

SHE SHEDS – Womens answer to a Man Cave!

It’s been said that sheds are the answer to men’s ailments. But why should men have all the sheds?  very woman deserves a shed of her own — somewhere to retreat for some solitude, to create or grow, to write or paint, or just to enjoy the view.

By now, you’ve undoubtedly seen the Shedquarters (for work) and the Pub Shed (for play)…

… but this tops them both, and it goes by the name “She Shed’.
#1 Ahh, serenity. Oh how I’ve missed you. You can almost hear the birds chirping, no?

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

TRAVEL TUESDAY: Cheapest Cities in Europe to Fly into...

As the creator of KRUSING AMERICA - I have traveled all over America producing and directing that family travel series but my earlier years as an Army Brat was spent stationed with my family in different parts of Germany, summers in my hometown of Aorivola, Italy and college in England so I grew up on trains traveling through Europe. However, today most families can only travel if they can find discounted rates therefore I try to devote my #TravelTuesday blog posts to helping people find the easiest and cheapest way to see the world.

There’s no denying that a trip to Europe is a right of passage for any and all travellers. But there’s also no denying that a trip to Europe is expensive, especially when you try to ‘see it all’ in one trip. But it can be done. Whether you’re coming from nearby America where the price of a return ticket is cheaper than a one-way flight for Australians, or whether you’re venturing to the other side of the world from down and under and eager to learn how to save a tonne of cash – here are…

The Cheapest Cities in Europe to Fly Into (top 14)

List provided by World of Wanderlust.

Monday, February 8, 2016

LINDA KRUSE Nominated for BEST DIRECTOR plus more categories at Filmmakers World Festival (FWF) 2016!


Your documentary has made it to the final round of Filmmakers World Festival (FWF) 2016.

You have been selected in 5 additional categories:

  1. International Documentary
  2. Best Director
  3. Best Story
  4. Best Editing
  5. Best Cinematography


Filmmakers World Festival is the sister festival of World Film Awards, an established festival which has successfully held several international festivals. We are looking for excellent produced films and documentary with distinctive voices. We accept shorts, feature documentaries and films of all genres. We encourage independent filmmakers, travelers, adventurers, and anyone with passion for film-making to join us in making your film get the recognition it deserves.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016


Congratulations KRUSING AMERICA on your selection to the American Film Award Honorable Mention list of filmmakers.

While your show did not win the specific category our judges found your work to stand out amongst the other submissions and felt obligated to recognize it.

The American Film Award is greatly honored that you shared your work with us and look forward to seeing what else you have in store. 

Best of luck with the film and feel free to keep us in the loop with the continued success of the film!

Thank you very much,
The American Film Award

For complete list of Winners and Honorable Mentions: 
The American Film Award

The American Film Awards, an international Screenwriting and Film competition by filmmakers for filmmakers. Film is an international medium that has its roots in the American inventors and entrepreneurs. This spirit is felt in every script, frame, and pixel of film produced around the world.

The American Film Awards are a recognition of what it means to have that motivating force pushing through the screen. It is much more than a trophy, it is a message that the spirit of film is alive.

Follow or mention on Twitter: @AmFilmAward

Sunday, January 31, 2016

2015: Multi-Award Winning Year for Director Linda Kruse & KRUSING AMERICA (40+ Awards in 6 months!)

2015 has been a remarkable year for my Documentary KRUSING AMERICA. Although the year started off slowly once I found FilmFreeway and started submitting to Festivals ALL over the world, it has not been the same. This year has literally changed my life. The re-edit of the original idea and the Pilot episode created as a short documentary - has had an amazing run on the festival circuit – winning nearly every festival it has been selected to participate in 2015. I could not be more surprised and proud of the little project we created. And more importantly I could not have done it without the help of so many amazing and talented people in my life. 

In the next few posts - I will highlight some of the amazing people and festivals that have made this Docu-Series what is it today. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone that participated and continue to support us!
Linda Kruse 
Creator / Director / Producer/ Writer

– The Multi-Award Winning Family Docu-Series 

Awards Include:
²BEST Inspiration TV Series
²BEST Family Series
²BEST Travel Series
²BEST Family Program
²BEST International Short Documentary
²BEST of Festival 
²Highest DOVE Approval (5*)

Lt. Colonel Victor Krus and his sister, Director Linda Kruse accepting the Award for BEST DOCUMENTARY at IFFF for KRUSING AMERICA

American Hero’s Search for an American Hometown


After spending most of his life living outside the United States defending his country, where does a decorated 20-year Army soldier, back from the War, go home to if he’s never really had a hometown?

In Season One of this family travel docu-series, we follow Lt. Colonel Victor Krus and his family as they crisscross the country on a quest to find their home, sweet home.

What Critics are saying about KRUSING AMERICA…

“Entertaining and Uplifting!”

“Travel with this family and relive their journey.”

“You will enjoy this series.”

“A heartfelt Inspirational Adventure.”
"Happy to award this terrific documentary 5-stars, Dove's Highest Rating!"

"As a syndicated critic of television and film I have seen tens of thousands of hours of programming in my career. Linda Kruse has raised the bar with her series KRUSING AMERICA.

Her story telling and eye for just the right shot to further this family oriented series is without question 
one of the best I've had the privilege to watch. In my opinion Linda Kruse is the whole package when it comes to a Producer/Director.”
– Howard Benjamin / Interview Factory

“Focusing on small, psychologically charged moments, Linda Kruse creates an exquisitely nuanced film which mixes dramatic and documentary techniques. From the first time we watched KRUSING AMERICA we thought of Werner Herzog’s provoking cinema. We are please to present Linda Kruse as one of this years Top International Directors.” 
– CinéWomen Magazine Europe