Have you ever tried to locate a bag of cinnamon baking chips in September in the Greater Boston Area? If not, don’t bother — been there, tried that, failed miserably. I even had my coworker go on a hunt of her own for me, to no avail. Who knew it would be so hard to track down one single ingredient? I even checked Amazon, but at over $4 for a tiny bag, I just couldn’t justify the purchase. So I made my own rendition of these blondies instead.
Like many people out there, I’ve racked up a pretty long list of places I’d like to see in my lifetime. Many are international, but plenty are domestic too, and Portland, Oregon had been on my list for as long as I can remember. I’d always heard such great things about the people, the place, the culture, and the food, and as someone who places a lot of value in each of those things, I figured it would be right up my alley. In mid-September, my Mom and I jetted off for a quick week on the other coast, where I quickly discovered Portland was even more than I’d hoped. (more…)
Somehow I’ve managed to make it through nearly 27 years of living without realizing that late (second) harvest strawberries exist. Perhaps I knew once and forgot? Or just never gave it much thought to begin with? At any rate, on a weekend home a few weeks back, my Mom presented me with a quart of super flavorful late harvest berries, and let me have at it! After tasting a few on their own, I decided to find a recipe that would do them justice.
The first pumpkin recipe of the season is always a big one for me. Embracing pumpkin means embracing fall wholeheartedly, bringing cold-weather clothes out of storage, wearing slippers around the house, and contemplating a switch back to hot coffee in the mornings (don’t worry, that one still hasn’t happened yet… Dunkin iced all the way!). But honestly, this pumpkin recipe made the transition a breeze — this is easily one of the best quick bread recipes I have ever made. I realize that as a baking blogger, I rarely post a recipe that I don’t really enjoy, but this bread just takes things to a whole new level. It’s truly fall magic. (more…)
If I could only eat one type of ethnic cuisine for the rest of my life, it would very likely be Mexican. I’m a sucker for really good Italian food, a novice (but very curious) Indian food eater, I enjoy Japanese cuisine and the occasional unhealthy dish of Chinese food, and I love what the Greek have going on, but there is just something about Mexican dishes that has totally won my heart. I think it stems from many childhood visits to see my Aunt in the heart of Mexico, where I was treated to the most authentic Mexican dishes, and the most authentic Mexican people. Something about the people and the place always made me feel warm and fuzzy inside, and as a (very novice) Spanish speaker, I always got a kick out of trying to fit in there, make conversation with the locals, and find our way through the city. (more…)
It feels like it has been forever since I did any baking with chocolate. The first part of my year was pretty lean on the baking in general, and then when I finally got back into the swing of things, the focus was on fruit and citrus and summery flavors all the way. Now that the seasons are changing, and the weather along with it, I can’t ignore that it’s time to change up my recipes, too. This year, I definitely didn’t feel like I got enough of the fruity, citrusy, summery stuff done, but fortunately, I love apples and pumpkins and warm spices, and of course I love chocolate the most. So I guess it’s time to get back to it now, and these adorable little cakes weren’t a bad place to start. (more…)
I thought my days of baking with peaches were over for this year, but then I got my hands on some more beautiful fruit, and this cake was born. In my typical fashion, I went on an epic blog search for the perfect peach recipe, and had many contenders for the job. I wanted to make a breakfast recipe, to follow an evening that ended with rich chocolate poke cakes for dessert (recipe coming soon!). It seemed like a “lighter” recipe for the morning would be just the thing, which is a bit of a joke when you consider I decided to make pound cake, but bear with me for a few minutes and I think you’ll be convinced too. (more…)