Good Eats and Sweet Treats from My Small Boston Kitchen
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Pumpkin Oreo Cheesecake Bars

Fact: there is not nearly enough cheesecake in my life. For some reason, cheesecake is a largely overlooked dessert when I’m considering what recipe to make next. Pinterest pictures of cheesecake are always super enticing, but the actual act of making them somehow seems like too much work, even though I’ve made plenty of them before. In bar form, however, they seem much more approachable, and as often happens, when I came across this recipe the photos totally roped me in, and these Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars came to be. (more…)

Apple Crumble Cake

Apple picking is my single favorite fall activity, and I look forward to it all year long. There is something so magical about strolling through an orchard, plucking ripe fruit from the trees, and eating altogether too many apples in a short span of time. If I get to choose, I prefer to go when the sun is shining, the air is chilly, and I can comfortably wear a sweater for the excursion. Seems like the perfect embodiment of fall in New England. (more…)

Strawberry-Almond Cornmeal Cake

Hey there friends… long time no see! It’s been a bit — I’ve missed you! I also really missed writing, and being in the kitchen whipping up goodies. The good news is that I survived knee surgery, and even better, the surgeon said it went really well. It only took him 39 minutes to cut me open, harvest my hamstring, drill through some bones, and give me a new ACL. It still totally blows my mind that the procedure is so “simple.” The less great news is that recovery is pretty tough, and it’s going to take a lot more than 39 minutes to get better. But I’m making small strides every day, so that’s really all I can ask for. (more…)

Ricotta Pound Cake

So can I tell you all a (not so secret) secret? I haven’t been baking much lately. It’s probably been pretty obvious with the lack of new recipes, but I’m still sad to own up to it. The kitchen is my happy place, and I haven’t been making enough time for it lately. Instead, I’ve been trying to stuff myself with healthy foods (fresh fruit and veggies don’t exactly require a lot of prep work…), as much activity as my bum knee will allow, and as much fun as I can handle before surgery takes me down for a while. (more…)

Chocolate Cake with Fluffy Peanut Butter Frosting

I have this theory that all men love peanut butter and chocolate together. It’s not an exclusive observation — there are many women that do, too (and I’m one of them!), but I swear the vast majority of the male population, at least that I’ve encountered in my life, goes crazy for this combo. Because I like to bake for the special people in my life, and because I, too, love those two flavors together, I feel like I am constantly thinking about or making creations that marry chocolate and peanut butter. (more…)

Grapefruit Olive Oil Cake

Last weekend was one of those times when nothing was going my way. I had a really fun couple of days planned and was super psyched come Friday evening, but by midday Sunday I found myself moping in bed with a great pout going. By no fault of mine, or anyone else’s really, all of my carefully laid plans dissolved, and I ended up spending hours curled up in bed with my kitties and a new book. In many instances that’d have been a great use of a day, but last weekend it just felt like a waste. (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…)

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