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.
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…)
Peach season is undoubtedly one of my favorites. There is little as wonderful as biting into a fragrant, juicy peach, and feeling the juice dribble down your chin and arms as you enjoy the true flavor of summer. I hate getting messy when I eat, but I love peaches, so I’ve learned to just let it slide. Last fall I went apple picking, and can remember sneaking into the cordoned off peach part of the orchard, plucking the last of the plump orange fruits from the trees. Those peaches were incredible — so fragile and tender I had to carry them oh-so-gently back to the car, carefully giving them their own space on the car seat for the ride home. But they were worth it — rule breaking and all. (more…)
It probably won’t come as a shock, but I used to be a big fan of the Food Network. I’d watch Ina and Giada and Bobby and Tyler all day long, salivating over their dishes, and wishing I could be just like them. As someone who is completely enamored with food, it seemed pretty obvious that that’s how I would spend my idle time — especially in college, when I would rather have done anything than homework. But as I’ve grown up, I’ve grown out of it somewhat, opting for ridiculous reality TV, network shows, and HGTV. When I was going through the home-buying process, kitchen reno’s and backyard re-dos were so much more my jive, so for a long time that’s all I would watch. (more…)
It’s a rare recipe that I come across that I don’t tamper with before trying it out myself. But Ina knows what’s up (I mean, she makes the best brownies in the history of everything…), and judging by the glowing reviews for this recipe, it promised to be a winner as well. Eager to use up a carton of fresh local strawberries, and a few stalks of rhubarb from my parents backyard (though I’m growing my own this year too — thanks Grandpa!!), I decided this was perfect to bring to the family 4th of July BBQ. (more…)
I’m gonna let you guys in on a little secret today, or maybe a big secret, a sort of giant life lesson I’ve recently learned… and write you an epically long blog post, so if you’re not in the mood, I won’t be offended if you bow out now (or scroll all the way to the very end, because this recipe is seriously ridiculous). Usually this blog is all rainbows and unicorns and happy things, but that’s not real life, at least not all the time. There is a lot beyond what happens in the kitchen, or on a special night out to dinner. The in between moments are real life, and that’s what this secret is all about. Before you go getting excited, it’s not one of those kinds of secrets. It’s the kind that slowly comes over you, that settles into your bones, and sets up shop deep down in your soul. It won’t make you feel warm and fuzzy inside, but once you know it, it definitely changes your perspective on life. Are you ready? (more…)