Chocolate Espresso Dacquoise

  For this week’s technical challenge (a little GBBO reference for all you fans out there), I decided to commit to trying something I’ve never made before. A dacquoise. Not unlike many of the technical challenges I’ve seen, I’ve had experience with particular elements of the dacquoise, but I’ve never put them all together. To […]

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Key Lime Bars

We are all stuck in our homes…some of us in warm and tropical locations…but for others (myself included) we are (im)patiently waiting for spring, temperatures over 60 degrees and some vitamin D! Instead, we get late spring snow showers and chilly weather. To infuse some spring spirit into my household, I decided to make something […]

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Chocolate Olive Oil Cake

For an Easter dessert, I wanted to create a yummy, sweet treat to serve after supper. I have made olive oil cakes before, but never a chocolate version. I’ve had a subscription to Bake From Scratch magazine for awhile now and I had come across a chocolate olive oil recipe that I had set aside […]

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New York Style Bagels

Grocery store bagels are sad, I’m sorry. I said it. They lack that crispy outer layer, that beautiful glossy top that cracks and gives way to the pillowy center. It’s just sad. And since I can’t get a real bagel fix in my neighborhood, I just had to figure out how to make them on […]

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Best Banana Bread

I had heard tell of Chrissy Teigen’s Banana Bread recipe thanks to her antics on Twitter a couple years back (I wish I lived in the LA area so that I could be trading ripe bananas for John Legend’s underwear, LOL).  Then, more recently, I had seen her trade some of her famous banana bread […]

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Cookies Make Everything Better

Wow, guys. I can’t say I ever expected to be in a situation or circumstance like this in my lifetime. It feels like the plot line of a summer blockbuster disaster film…but this is real life. And it’s scary! When I’m scared, or anxious, or feeling overwhelmed, I often turn to baking. Baking is methodical, […]

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Braided Lemon Cream Cheese Bread

Of course, as any good baker does, I follow King Arthur on all my social media platforms. And, much like one of my favorite Food Network hosts, Valerie Bertinelli, I love all things lemon. When I saw a recipe for braided lemon bread on the King Arthur Instagram page,  you best believe I was going […]

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Baby Shower Cupcakes

Recently, we celebrated a happy occasion – the upcoming birth of a baby boy! – for one of my co-workers. I actually scoured local Michael’s, Targets, and Wal-Marts for baby themed cupcake toppers (didn’t have time to order anything online) and when I couldn’t find anything in stores (I mean nothing…not even a rattle mold, […]

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Malted Berry Swirl Gelato Pie

Boston’s recent heat wave made me crave something refreshing to cool off with and I found a recipe I wanted to attempt to recreate in Southern Living Magazine. Credit goes to Marian Cooper Cairns for her submission of the Berry Swirl Gelato Cake and the recipe below is what I followed (though I decided to […]

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Ombre Rosette Cake

I’m so late to the posting party on this one – as I made it over a year ago for one of my best friend’s baby shower! Ok, so this friend…she’s one of a kind and she’s been a rock for me over the last couple of years. I’ve been through a lot and she […]

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German Chocolate Bombs

I had wanted to try my hand at a recipe I had seen floating around the ‘net and with all these baking shows I so voraciously watch (Best Baker in America, Great British Baking Show, Cupcake Wars, Zumbo’s Desserts, etc.) – it was about time I tried baking in molds because it seems like something […]

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Hershey Bar German Chocolate Cake

My Grammie is on Facebook and one of my favorite things is to watch and see what recipes she likes or reposts to her wall. I remember many of her desserts from growing up fondly and often times, when I see something she thinks looks yummy, I just want to test it out! I usually […]

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Deep Dish Apple Pie

Happy (Belated) Thanksgiving, ya’ll! I went pie crazy this year as my Mom took care of the bulk of our Thanksgiving feast and I, unsurprisingly, was tasked with desserts. I wanted to try a new recipe for apple pie that I had seen in Bon Appétit. My Dad always leaves very strict instructions for apple pies: […]

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Banana Split Cake

I love throwback recipes and anything nostalgic and when Better Homes & Gardens magazine took old recipes and re-tried them in their kitchens to see if they stood the test of time…I knew I had to give it a go as well. The flavors of a banana split are simple, but there is a depth […]

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Take-Home Chocolate Cake

I was in Barnes & Noble the other day (I know, how quaint, right? I actually like to buy books IN the bookstore…RIP bookstores) and I saw this beautiful cookbook called Sweet. I knew I had to have it based on the cover alone (yep, I judged it by its cover…and I’m glad I did). […]

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