What to Bring to a Holiday Party: Halfway Homemade Desserts

Ready for the next installment of What to Bring to a Holiday Party? I already shared my favorite store bought chocolates, and today I have two holiday dessert recipes that use brownie mixes to reduce the preparation time. The thing about using a mix is that no one will know, unless you tell them! I am […]

Pumpkin Pie Muffins and a Giveaway

I have a very special treat for you today! I am sharing a recipe from Debbie Adler’s fabulous new cookbook “Sweet Debbie’s Organic Treats: Allergy-free & Vegan Recipes from the Famous Los Angeles Bakery”.  All of the recipes in the cookbook are vegan and gluten-free, meaning that they don’t have dairy, eggs, tree nuts, peanuts, soy, wheat, […]

Chocolate Banana Cupcakes with Whiskey Caramel Frosting

These Chocolate Banana Cupcakes with Whiskey Caramel Frosting sound like lots of different flavors, but they just work. The cupcakes are made with boxed cupcake mix with the additional of smashed banana. Then the cupcakes are topped with a whiskey caramel frosting. It is a simple recipe, and one that has received rave reviews from […]

Vanilla Peach Cupcakes

I get inspiration from everyone around me. The other day I felt like baking cupcakes (instead of packing for our move on Saturday), but didn’t want to make basic chocolate or vanilla. So I asked my building’s friendly security guard, and regular taste-tester, Jesus. He said that he had never tried a peach cupcake before. […]

Easy Sprite Zero Cupcakes

Recipes that save time and cut calories are the best recipes. When I first saw Sprite Zero being used to bake cupcakes on Pinterest, I was very skeptical. It doesn’t seem logical that you can replace the egg and vegetable oil in a cake with a can of diet soda. But I assure you, you can. […]

Paleo Strawberry Scones

I love a good scone, they are my favorite food item to order at Starbucks. My Dad however, thinks scones are dry and boring. My Dad also thinks that Martha Stewart makes scones on every episode of her show. That is an entirely different issue though. I was inspired by my recent purchase of almond […]

Pumpkin Gingerbread Trifle

Pumpkin Gingerbread Trifle is a decadent Thanksgiving-meets-Christmas dessert, and it was a big hit at the Christmas Eve party. I was a little skeptical about this dish, which my mother made, because I am not a huge fan of gingerbread or pumpkin. I thought that the Pumpkin Gingerbread Trifle was a pleasant surprise. The pumpkin […]

Pecan Squares

Pecan Squares are one of the many sweets that my family serves at our annual Christmas Eve party. These pecan squares were the inspiration behind my pecan pie recipe, and have been a Christmas Eve tradition for as long as I can remember. We serve lots of sweets at the Christmas Eve party, which is […]

Greetings from Maine

My puppy nephew is sleeping on my lap as I type. It has been a very busy weekend. Most of Saturday was spent traveling to my hometown, Kennebunk, Maine. The past 24 hours have been spent hanging out with Milo and preparing for the Christmas Eve party my parents host every year. This is what […]

Boxed Brownies 3 Ways

Everyone loves brownies. I think it is a scientific fact. Over the weekend I had a few parties to attend so I decided to experiment with different types of brownies. I bought Duncan Hines Fudge Brownie Mix, and then added ingredients to the middle of the brownies to make Andes Candies Brownies, Milk Chocolate Marshmallow, and […]

Pumpkin Pie Dip

This is a great last minute Thanksgiving dessert. The best part? It is no-bake, and the preparation time is only 15 minutes. My friend Gretchen brought this dessert to Friendsgiving, and she served it with sliced apples and gingerbread cookies. I love that this desserts lends itself well to just having a taste of dessert […]

Vanilla Sponge Cake with Vanilla Whipped Cream Frosting

Today is my friend Andrea’s birthday! (Happy Birthday!). Our group of friends celebrated at our weekly Sunday Night Dinner, and I made a birthday cake. I used to make birthday cupcakes, but I decided that an actual cake has a more celebratory feel. I also think a cake is easier to frost and transport than […]

Whiskey Chocolate Caramel Cake

This is probably the best cake I have ever made. Everyone at the party was raving about it, and I don’t think that they were doing it just to be nice. One guy even admitted to eating 3 pieces. I made this cake for my friend Adrian’s birthday because he loves whiskey. Although I am […]

500th Post! A look back at my favorite posts

I just can’t believe that this is post 500. I thought it would be fun to take a look back at my favorite posts: My favorite breakfast: Chilaquiles Benedict with Crispy Potatoes. I love a breakfast with a little kick of spice. This is my take on chilaquiles which are a traditional Mexican breakfast that […]

Crispy Roasted Potatoes

I have to admit that I never really liked roasted potatoes. They were never crispy enough, and it is hard to brown them evenly when they are cut in wedges. They just never tasted as good as I wanted them to be. When I made Baked Potato Grilled Cheese I roasted slices of potatoes and […]

Easter Menu

Here is a collection of recipes to help you with your Easter menu planning. Appetizers Stuffed Mushrooms Bacon Wrapped Dates filled with Goat Cheese Spinach Dip Salads Caprese Salad with Roasted Peppers Green Bean Salad Pear, Shallot, Pecan and Goat Cheese Salad Entrees Chicken Piccata Ricotta and Spinach Stuffed Chicken Breasts Beef Tenderloin with a […]

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