December 17, 2018

Hello and Happy Monday! How was your weekend? Full of fun and adventure? Sounds awesome! Oh, me? Thanks for asking. I spent pretty much my entire weekend making linzer tarts. #NoRegrets.

I'm not sure how this all started but I think I saw someone making them on Instagram and thought "Wow, that seems easy. I should try it," which is how most things in my kitchen start. From there it became testing a couple different recipes...

December 3, 2018

I've been making an insane amount of surprise cakes lately. This certainly was not a mission I set out on. I wanted to try one - JUST ONE! - of these surprise cakes for my website's birthday, but I should have figured once I showed the world I knew how to make instagram's favorite cake it would take off. 

Shortly after I posted the first cake, a client of mine requested one for her son's birthday. Despite the havoc it...

November 26, 2018

Well, Thanksgiving has come and gone so this recipe may be a little belated, but what's a girl to do when shes got 1/2 a bag of cranberries and some apples that have been sitting there for...a while? Make a dessert, of course! 

I'd wager that a good 50% of the things that come out of my kitchen are motivated by a race with time. If the lettuce is about to go soggy, it ends up sauteed in my eggs; tomatoes going soft turns i...

November 14, 2018

Thanksgiving is coming and, well, my friends, you can't pick your family. The good news? You can pick your cookie! 

I've always thought Thanksgiving was overrated. Does anyone really like turkey that much? I mean, I don't mind it but if I'm being honest I prefer chicken. And if you're going to pick a protein that symbolizes a holiday - a protein you're supposed to look forward to - why not pick something more exciting...

October 17, 2018

I've never had cookie butter in my life.  I'm giving you a minute to let that sink in. 

Is it a new phenomenon? I wonder. It's possible its not; we weren't really  a house of peanut butter and nutella and the like. "Chazerai," my mother would call it. That's 'junk food' in Yiddish. Chazerai indeed. She isn't wrong. Two slices of this pie and I could practically feel a pimple forming. You know what they say,  beauty is...

September 30, 2018

Now that the holidays have come to an end (for now, anyhow) it’s back to eating somewhat normally. And while these cookies are by no means low calorie, they’re at least void of any kind of oil, butter or margarine, making them a slightly better alternative to the usual chocolate chip cookie. 

If you’re looking to trim the sugar or carbs in these you can use less sugar - 1/2 cup in place of a cup - and 1 cup of whole wheat flour...

September 20, 2018

I don't have children of my own but if the TV ads, magazine articles and Facebook posts are true, it is hard to find an easy, quick and healthy breakfast option for kids to eat before school. Presumably you want something with a good amount of protein, healthy carbs and fats and fiber to keep kids full. But kids are picky, and they don't really want to eat anything healthy. The solution? Trick 'em. 

Pre...

August 29, 2018

Not all desserts are created equal and by that I mean some, like this one, are for those of who enjoy the fuss and the mess of an elaborate dessert. Other desserts are for those who consider themselves much more of a cook, and maybe not even a very good cook. This Apple Cinnamon Bread Pudding falls into the latter category. 

Bread pudding, you might be thinking, sounds intimidating. Well, it isn't. So much so that I imagine if...

July 17, 2018

Growing up, when the stone fruits in my house were past their peak my mother would always turn them into a cake. It was always a surprise because there was never an occasion and my mother, admittedly, hated to bake. But this cake was the thing of my dreams. She'd urge me to wait for the cake to cool but there were more than a few times when I'd take the risk and end up burning my mouth. Totally worth it. Something about those...

July 2, 2018

When it comes to cakes I tend to always make a very ...er, American cake. By that, I mean all the butter, sugar and flour a girl can handle. But after making my website's first birthday cake, I wanted something a bit different and maybe a bit lighter for Fourth of July. Taking a cue from the Italians, I opted for an olive oil based cake. Compared to the cake I would typically make, the flavors in this cake are a lot more subtl...

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