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Pumpkin Butter Bars

November 17, 2014

Tis the season for all things PUMPKIN! I absolutely love all the sweet and savory pumpkin inspired baked goodies that begin popping up this time of year. The only problem is I’m not much for baking. I lack the patience and scientific precision it takes to pull off the perfect cakes, pies, or pastries. I’m definitely no Bakerella– I’m a Hot Potato–  So when I stumbled upon this recipe that called for box cake mix and my favorite addition of the season- pumpkin butter– I was intrigued. Inspired from a Williams-Sonoma recipe I played with a few years ago, these delicious pumpkin bars are now a staple on our Thanksgiving table.   Pumpkin Butter Bars 1 (18 ounce) box yellow cake mix 1/2 cup butter, melted 13 ounces pumpkin butter (specifically 1 13-oz. jar of pumpkin pecan butter) 3 eggs 1 tablespoon flour 1/4 cup sugar 1/4 cup butter, softened 3 tablespoons milk 1 teaspoon cinnamon Preheat oven to 350. Reserve 1 cup […]

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Healthy Almond Joys

May 29, 2013

As a child, I hated coconut. I also wasn’t fond of bathing, large dogs and my little sister. Luckily, I’ve grown to love a few of these items over the past thirty years, and coconut is definitely one of them. I’ve been trying to clean up my diet a bit a lately, but I still can’t give up a sweet treat at the end of the day. After eating healthy all day long, I feel like I deserve a little something to reward myself. It’s backwards thinking, but I’m okay with it. I saw this recipe on Huffington Post (via Food 52), and I made them immediately. They’re moderately healthy, gluten free, no-bake, no-fuss, and you can seriously have them in your mouth within thirty minutes. Win win. Healthy Almond Joys (recipe from Food 52) 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut, lightly packed 3 tablespoons coconut oil 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup (or honey, but I used maple syrup) 1 teaspoon […]

Lemon Cake

Lemon Cake

September 10, 2012

So it’s mid-September, but technically still summer. And this summer-loving potato is hanging on to sunshine and watermelon and pool days for as long as possible. That means summer desserts as well. In the summer, it always seems like the desserts I create easily become breakfast the next day. And this bright and tangy lemon cake is no exception. It’s from the one of my favorite cake makers, Smitten Kitchen, who adapted it from the mother of all cake makers, Barefoot Contessa, who never fails to impress me with her fail-proof cake recipes. I ate this cake two different ways – warm, straight out of the oven and then the next day, warmed and topped with vanilla bean ice cream and fresh blueberry sauce. Both ways were a home run, but this girl definitely prefers to top everything with ice cream.   Lemon Cake From Smitten Kitchen who adapted from ‘Barefoot Contessa Parties!’ Yield: One bundt cake 2 sticks unsalted […]

Giant Cookie Cake with Nutella & Peanut Butter Icing

Giant Cookie Cake with Nutella & Peanut Butter Icing

May 22, 2012

I know, I know, all I do is talk about cookies. All the time. But this cake wasn’t my fault. It was by request for my future brother-in-law’s 30th birthday. Because what 30-year-old doesn’t want a cookie cake for his birthday? I’ve honestly never made a cookie cake, and I’m not sure I’ll ever make one again, but if I’m going to make one cookie cake in my lifetime I’m obviously going to a use a recipe from Miss Martha Stewart. Because if anyone knows anything about baking cookie cakes it would be her. In the end, mine didn’t look too much like hers outside of the fact that they were both round, tallish cookie cakes with icing in between. Mine was a bit more round-ish and leaned a little bit, but it still tasted crazy good. Basically the cake is made up of four giant chocolate chip cookies (Martha made five smaller ones, but I got tired of baking […]

Top Five Easy Holiday Dishes

Top Five Easy Holiday Dishes

December 22, 2011

I am officially engulfed in the holiday spirit. I have a sadly decorated tree. I am permanently listening to the Holly station on XM. I have cheerfully gone to the mall. Multiple times. I bought a bag full of clothes and gifts for little Pedro and Maria, my Salvation Army Angels. I have officially wrapped all my presents. I’ve been regularly watching Love Actually. And I’ve even admired the Kardashian 3D Christmas card. But the one thing I haven’t started thinking about is cooking. I always get so wrapped up in the rest of the holiday season that cooking usually becomes an afterthought. I’m not sure why – the holiday season is a season for eating. A lot. But, if you’re like me, and you’re rushing to the grocery store on Christmas Eve, make sure to check out the dishes below and arm yourself with their ingredients. They’re simple, easy to make, and definite crowd pleasers.   Chai Gingerbread Bars […]

No-Bake Christmas Cookies

No-Bake Christmas Cookies

December 14, 2011

So I got this text from my Mom yesterday and my stomach immediately started grumbling:   Every family has their own nostalgic holiday recipes and this one was always one of my favorites. It’s so quick and easy to make- just crunchy cornflakes and butterscotch chips. I think it was one of my favorites growing up because it was always the first one my brother and I would devour as we began our Christmas cookie baking. Mom would whip these up really quickly to appease our impatient little hands, and give us a little sugar rush before we began the crafty fun of baking and decorating sugar cookies and gingerbread houses. While the smell of gingerbread and sugar cookie dough always remind me of Christmas, the flavor of butterscotch and crunch of corn flakes is always what I crave. No-Bake Butterscotch Cookies 2 Bags of Butterscotch Chips 1 Box of Cornflakes (make sure they’re the original, no sugar added kind) […]

Pink Shower & Rice Krispies Treats

Pink Shower & Rice Krispies Treats

October 26, 2011

Over the weekend, I helped throw a pink-themed baby shower for my dear friend Casey. We’re all really excited for her first little girl, so weren’t scared to go a little pink-crazy. Must-haves for your all pink baby shower: Pink candy bar with pink favor bags Pink dessert bar (pink frosted sugar cookies, strawberry cupcakes, pink frosted rice krispies treats) Pink champagne (Gruet Rose is one of my faves) Pink raspberry lemonade with fresca and fresh berries Pink baby clothes on clothesline for decoration Assortment of pink flowers And since I posted a healthy recipe earlier this week, I think it’s time for another dessert recipe. I know you think you know rice krispy treats, but you don’t really know what you’re missing until you’ve tried these. They’re hands down the best rice krispy treats I’ve ever eaten. And this is a subject I take extremely seriously. Salted brown butter rice krispies treats (adapted from Smitten Kitchen) Makes 16 2-inch […]

Jacques Torres Chocolate Chip Cookies

Jacques Torres Chocolate Chip Cookies

October 12, 2011

So I occasionally make a batch of chocolate chip cookies. And by occasionally, I mean twice a week. It’s my favorite late-night snack, and since I have this recipe from David Lebovitz memorized it’s usually my go-to recipe. Plus, the dough tastes just as good as the cookies. But I’ve been seeing this New York Times recipe from Jacques Torres floating around on Pinterest lately, and I decided to take a chance. What if I was missing out on the best chocolate chip cookie EVER? How could I possibly move on with my life knowing there might be a better cookie out there that I haven’t tasted? These are things that keep me up at night. So I decided to attempt it…sort of. This recipe calls for chilling the dough for two days in the fridge. Seriously? I’m not the type of person who plans my cookie cravings two days in advance. And I know everyone swears that chilling the dough […]

No Fuss Figs Dessert

No Fuss Figs Dessert

September 15, 2011

I was so excited to see a fresh bounty of figs in Whole Foods the other day. They had three different varieties, and while I had to restrain myself from sampling all three, I went with the figs I was familiar with – the large, velvety purple black mission figs. I usualy prefer to enjoy a fig’s unique floral sweetnes and texture in it’s fresh natural state. Bought fresh from the market I’ve been know to just pop off the stem and eat them like large grapes. This sweet recipe isn’t much more difficult than that. You just take a scoop of your favorite vanilla ice cream – of course I prefer Blue Bell, then halve some fresh washed figs and place on top. Then just drizzle the bowl with your choice of savory sweetness. I purchased this heavenly Violet Balsamic Vinaigrette when I was in Santa Fe earlier this summer (for $20 you can get your own and many other […]

Chai Gingerbread Bars

Chai Gingerbread Bars

September 1, 2011

I have a slight obsession with chai tea lattes. They’re the perfect cold weather comfort drink, and they remind me of blistery winter days in New York. If I was having a rough morning, or extra cold, I’d pick one up for myself as a treat on my 20 degree weather walk into work. Dallas doesn’t have as many of these cold, frigid days, but I allow myself to embrace a chai tea latte on any day that’s below 70 degrees. Because I’m pretty much always cold anyway. So I was obviously intrigued when I saw these chai gingerbread bars on Tasty Kitchen. They definitely feel more like a fall/winter weather treat, but I’m not scared to enjoy something out of season. They’re perfectly delectable on their own, but they would also be great served warm with cinnamon ice cream or fresh whipped cream on top. Chai Gingerbread Bars 2 cups Whole Wheat Flour 1 teaspoon Cinnamon 1 teaspoon Allspice 1 teaspoon Chai Tea Leaves […]

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