Basil Ricotta Muffins

I’m hooked on the Great British Baking Show. If you haven’t seen it, there’s something so wonderfully British and quaint about it, but still an amazing show of skill and technique by amateur bakers. It’s almost like an anti-reality show. There is a competitive element – each week someone is dismissed and one baker will…

Macaroon Fudge Bars

Passover is great for chocolate desserts. No leavening means more chocolate! – James Kotecki Keeping Passover isn’t all that bad. Especially, as James said, when it means an increase in your weekly chocolate consumption. Since you can’t use flour or other leavening agents during Passover, desserts can range from sponge cake to macaroons to decadent…

Baking Fail: Passover Pecan Bars

For all the wonderful, well lit food photos and glowing reviews of recipes you see on this blog, and other blogs you’ve bookmarked, there are hundreds and thousands of cooking and baking fails. I’m here to share my story.   I was on a Passover baking kick. I made Mandarin Orange Kugel for the Seder….

Pumpkin Bundt Cake with Orange Glaze

“No snow,” said radio. “No show,” said television. But snowflakes don’t listen to radio, snow flakes don’t watch television. All snowflakes know is snow, snow and snow… circling and swirling, spinning and twirling, dancing, playing, there and there. – ‘Snow’ by Uri Shulevitz This excerpt is from one of Max’s favorite books. It’s also seasonally…

Cranberry Pie

Looking for a last minute holiday dessert? Look no further. This cranberry pie is like a cross between those seemingly healthy fruit oat bars (unless you consider copious amounts of butter and sugar healthy!) and pie. A densely packed, nutty, buttery crumble sits on top of a not-too-tart cranberry filling that is just delicious. Serve…

Fudgy Chocolate Sheet Cake

October is a great month. The weather really starts to turn towards fall. The mornings and evenings are cool, the days perfect and everyone still wants to be outside. There are two added, personal, bonuses in the month of October. The first is James’s birthday! The second is my grandmother’s birthday! James and Grandma Doe…

Thick and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Taking pictures of food can be challenging. The challenges are different than, let’s say, taking a photo of an active baby. You would think food would be easier. Food is an inanimate object. It doesn’t move. It stays still and I have complete control over what they look like. And therein lies the problem. The…

Linzer Torte

I was making this recipe and everything was going great. The shortbread base came out of the oven looking good. I spread the jam evenly and easily. Then came the lattice. I don’t know if I didn’t use enough butter (I cobbled together what I thought made up the full amount) or if I didn’t…

Sour Cream Fudge Layer Cake

A colleague of mine posted a link the other day about “National Chocolate Cake Day,” which included five delicious looking cake recipes. Several of us commented on her link and what started as a facetious “this is happening” type of post, became reality. A few days later, we celebrated this illustrious national holiday at the…

2014 Here I Come!

It seems as though I took an unintentional two-month hiatus. At the end of November we moved and then the holidays hit and we didn’t have an oven (which is getting replaced next week). All that to say, I’m back! The next few months will be equally busy as work kicks back into full gear…

S’more Brownies

Let’s all welcome the beautiful fall weather with these gooey chewy s’more brownies. I don’t really know where to go from here or what else to say. These are delicious; you’ll want to eat them all; Ingredients Source: Bakerella 1 cup unsalted butter 10 oz. bittersweet chocolate, chopped 1 cup sugar 3/4 cup packed light…

Cream Biscuits

After making quiche last week I had half a bottle of cream left over. Combine that with a recent craving for biscuits and I hoped that cream would make a suitable substitute for buttermilk. Little did I know there was a whole category of cream biscuits. From one of my favorite food blogs to Paula…