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5 Years, and Dulce de Leche Brownies

Today marks 5 years since this little blog came into being. I started writing upon my return home from a semester abroad in Australia, fresh off of the best experience of my life, and craving a way to channel all of my energy and excitement. College graduation loomed just months away, and I had few concerns beyond securing a post-grad job, and packing as much fun into those last months as possible. I had no idea what the future would hold, but I had a lot of big dreams and high expectations, and was excited to see how it’d all play out. (more…)


Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies with Coconut and Cherries

Believe it or not, these cookies are my first original recipe of the new year! How we already made it to late-January, I do not know. Winter is admittedly not my favorite time of year, but I hate it when time flies by so fast. I could really go for a bit of a slow down – and a couple of cozy snow days cuddled up in PJ’s with mugs of steaming tea and a good book. Sounds pretty wonderful right?! Mission this week is to figure out how we arrange that… :)

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Besito Mexican

A few months ago I shared my surprisingly pleasant experience at Margaritas, and then as luck would have it, I got invited to try out another Mexican spot — this time, Besito Mexican. My first introduction was actually over the summer, when their new Burlington location opened, but I wasn’t able to make the trek up to Burlington at the time. Fortunately, I had another opportunity to check it out when their Chestnut Hill location opened up this fall, and jumped at the chance. The restaurant is a hop, skip and a jump from my new office in Burlington, which could definitely prove to be dangerous! (more…)


Making Truffles with Boston Chocolate Tours

The weekend before Christmas, my Mom and I checked out a chocolate making class put on by Boston Chocolate Tours. I’d taken a similar chocolate making class at the same location before (Elephant and Castle), and another one with Lee Napoli from Chocolee and Bread + Butter, but this was my first experience with Boston Chocolate Tours. Mid-day on that Saturday, we joined a group of other chocolate lovers for an afternoon of chocolate education and truffle making. (more…)


Multigrain Pumpkin Clover Rolls

Happy, Happy New Year, friends! Here’s hoping 2015 is a great year — I have a feeling it’s going to be. I had meant to share this yummy recipe with you weeks ago, but… that didn’t happen, now did it? I was busy working (LOVE my new job), gift shopping, Christmas-movie-watching, spending the holidays with my family (and not touching a computer for days), attempting to figure out the secret sauce for online dating (still don’t have a clue), and otherwise enjoying the holiday season. So, now Christmas AND New Years have passed, and pumpkin season is definitely behind us, but I say, so what! Maybe you, like me, have an extra can or two of pumpkin still hanging around that needs using up. (more…)


Peppermint Mocha Oreo Cupcakes

I’ve probably mentioned this before, but I am such a sucker for good marketing. As soon as seasonal and holiday-themed goodies hit store shelves (and barista counters), I am all over it. Think Pumpkin Spiced Iced Coffee from Dunkin, and Peppermint Mocha Lattes from Starbucks. Then, you extend that to goodies in the supermarket, like everything seasonal that Trader Joes has ever made (I love that place) — particularly, their Trader Joe’s Peppermint Joe Joe’s.  There is just too much goodness this time of year, and I find it utterly impossible to resist. (more…)


Cranberry Cheesecake Tart

Every year when the weather gets cold, and I have my first cranberry sighting in the supermarket, I buy a bag. I think it’s their limited availability that makes me utterly obsessed from that first day I see them stocked on store shelves, until I use up my very last bag at the end of the season. I really love cranberries, and use them in a lot of ways. I love cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving — whether it’s the canned jelly kind, fresh cranberry relish, or a cooked version studded with dried fruit or nuts — I add them to my morning oatmeal, I bake them into delicious desserts, I make syrups out of them and craft cranberry cocktails, and I even tried using them fresh in cookies recently! (more…)


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