Good Eats and Sweet Treats from My Small Boston Kitchen

Homemade Grilled Pizzas

This past week, one of my cousins graduated from high school in Arizona, so my Mom and my brother went out to be with our family. That left just my Dad and me at home, left to fend for ourselves! Luckily we’re both fairly competent individuals, so we decided to make he most of it.

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Repeat: Oatmeal Chocolate Almost Candy Bars

Last weekend on a particularly busy Saturday, I was strolling downtown with my parents in a very unique local neighborhood. We’d stopped into a popular cafe for a couple of their super-fresh fruit smoothies, and since we were all a bit worn out and hungry, my Dad suggested we pick up one of their chocolate oatmeal bars to sample. (more…)


Piece Montée: May Daring Bakers Challenge

The May 2010 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Cat of Little Miss Cupcake. Cat challenged everyone to make a piece montée, or croquembouche, based on recipes from Peter Kump’s Baking School in Manhattan and Nick Malgieri. (more…)


Lemon Rhubarb Buttermilk Cake

I’m at a point with this blog where it feels more like a chore than a fun hobby. I hate that! I love it, but I have just been so busy and overwhelmed with my life and how it’s changing, so it’s hard to find the time to sit down and give my posts the effort that they deserve. When I finally do sit down, it’s at night when I’m exhausted, and would rather veg on the couch with our DVR full of great TV shows than write anything. But I will prevail! I think it’s just a phase, and I’ll be back in proper blog-writing form in no time. (more…)


Espresso Banana Bread

My parents have had three rotten bananas in their freezer for ages. My mother refuses to throw them away (and props to her, I hate waste!), but doesn’t often bake with bananas herself, so I figured I’d take matters into my own hands. I typically make the Flour Bakery recipe for banana bread, which is absolutely fantastic, but since I’ve already written about that recipe on this blog, I decided to try something new. So I looked at a few recipes for inspiration, and made me own creation! (more…)


The Things That’ve Kept Me Away

I miss this blog! I’ve baked a bunch since I last wrote, but I simply haven’t had the time to update lately. I’m going through some serious life changes, and so my to-do list is never-ending. I love making lists but I have to say, I’m a bit sick of them at this point.

At any rate, here’s a taste of what’s been keeping me away. And I promise, I’ll be back SOON! (more…)


Upside-Down “Strawbarb” Cake

I am on vacation! But guess what?! It’s RAINING. The three days I get to really enjoy this summer — to celebrate my graduation and to live it up before I begin the real world — have been significantly dampened, literally, by some seriously soggy weather. Yesterday was pretty nice, not super warm but at least partly sunny. I snapped some good pics and AW and I enjoyed roaming around downtown Edgartown and walking the beach. But today was a different story — we woke to cloudy skies, and the rain began shortly after noon. It’s supposed to continue through tomorrow. We booked an earlier ferry home, and will hope for clearer skies the next time. (more…)


Savory Saturday: Goat Cheese and Chicken Orzo

One graduation down, one to go! I’ve officially graduated from the School of Management here, but the all-school commencement is tomorrow. It’s incredible how time flies — I feel like I met all of my wonderful friends just yesterday, but it was four whole years ago. I sure hope the coming years slow down a bit.

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Chocolate Strawberry Cannoli Crepes

Traditionally on Mother’s Day, you let Mom decide everything – where to go, what to eat, what to do. It’s her one big day to do absolutely anything she pleases, and we all go along with it as happy as clams. But this year in my house, my mother opted out of decision-making. She didn’t want to help me pick a recipe for breakfast, or dinner or dessert either. She didn’t want to plan a schedule, and she didn’t want the responsibility of a single decision. So it was up to the rest of us to plan this stellar day, and it was my job to start with the breakfast. (more…)


Copycat Double Chocolate Cookies: Levain Bakery

This past Saturday morning, I woke up with a craving to bake. Surprise surprise. But the lady of the weekend wanted something with protein, and I wanted to make muffins. We went back and forth, before I opted against baking, which was a sad, sad moment. We polished off the rest of the Carrot Coconut Bread, and had some giant vanilla lattes. Not an awful way to start the day.

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What a Weekend

Weekends home never cease to satisfy my soul. This weekend was no different, so full of living and loving, and eating of course! I’ve got an awesome line–up of things to come this week (trust me when I say awesome — like, really awesome) but I’ve also got a ton on my radar for work and post-grad life, and a whole bunch of play time (have to live up whats left of pre-graduation college days!), so it may be a day or two before any of that surfaces. In the meantime, I wanted to share a few more pretty pictures from last weekend’s walk through Boston’s Public Gardens. (more…)


Carrot and Coconut Bread and Mini Muffins

Hello freedom! This is my first post in my post-college days. It’s not “official” until graduation next weekend, but it’s safe to say that the worst is over. Today is also my last day of interning, which is even more awesome. I’ve been in school for the past 18 years of my life, and working or interning for the past 6 — so I think it’s about time for some stress-free living! After today, my responsibilities will be so few: decorate my apartment, find a cat, find a roommate, and prepare for the working world. Doesn’t sound so awful, right? (more…)


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