Good Eats and Sweet Treats from My Small Boston Kitchen

Salted Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie Bars

Happy New Year, friends! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season full of family, friends, and food. As evidenced by my apparent disappearance from this blog, I was a busy bee for much of December, and it’s only now that I’m back to work and falling back into a routine that it seems like there is time to get back to the business of “normal” life. At the present moment, I’ve got eight blog posts waiting to be written and published — a backlog unlike I’ve ever had — but I haven’t felt compelled to put fingers to keypad lately. It’s just one of those blogger life seasons, I guess, where the words don’t come as easily, and life seems to speed by with other priorities taking the lead. (more…)

Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie

It’s been almost a week since I posted… sorry for the absence! My blog went down for a day last week, and since I know absolutely nothing about the back-end of a website it took me quite some time to figure out what was wrong, and then to fix it. Fortunately, the problem seems to have been solved, and I’m back with a GREAT pecan pie recipe for you! This pie was a long time in the making. I really enjoy making pies, but typically only make them for occasions where I know there’ll be a lot of people around the enjoy them. They’re trouble to have just lying around, with all that buttery pie crust and sweet, sweet filling. (more…)

Chocolate-Dipped Pecan Pie Bars

This post was intended to be written at least two weeks ago, but as has become par for the course with this blog, it got put on the back burner for way too long, and I won’t stand for it anymore! I’ve been trying to settle into my new apartment and falling back into city life, as well as maintaining my long work hours, so blogging gets little time! I still think I’ll get back to it for real someday, but in the meantime I have a couple of fabulous recipes to share that will hopefully convince you to keep coming back and reading in the future! (more…)

On Gratitude, and a Caramel Apple Streusel Pie

I made this pie weeks ago, and wrote the accompanying post then, too, but I’ve been holding off on posting it. I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but I can be a bit of an over-sharer, and sometimes I wonder if that’s not the right thing? When you open yourself up on the internet, you’re allowing the whole world to come to know who you are, and while I am well aware that not everybody in the world is reading this blog, it’s URL does live in the signature of my personal email, and in my professional portfolio, and on my resume, and in many other public places. (more…)

Salted Caramel Apple Cheesecake Pie

Graham Cracker Crust. Cheesecake. Pecan Pie. Spiced Apples. Whipped Cream. Salted Caramel. All in one dessert! The shortened name is merely an attempt to give a title to this outrageous dessert – Graham Cracker Cheesecake Pecan Pie Spiced Apple Whipped Cream Salted Caramel Cake just seems a bit long….

This dessert is not for the faint of heart – it’s sweet and rich and intense and has loads of flavor. There’s so much going on, yet each component is distinct and complements the others so nicely. It was the perfect Thanksgiving treat!


Flour Bakery Sticky Buns

Flour Bakery Sticky Buns. You’ve probably heard of these, or had them at least once. And if you’ve had them once, you’ve probably had them many times, because they are just that good. Joanne Chang is a veritable culinary genius, cranking out some of the best pastries in this city – or really, some of the best I’ve had. I’ve cooked from her Flour Bakery Cookbook many, many times in the past, but have always been a bit daunted by these beauties.


Pumpkin Cheesecake with Gingersnap Crust

Even though Thanksgiving is long gone by now, I’m still dreaming about this dessert I made for it. Better late than never, and this recipe is too good to pass up! When I was in high school, I was part of a culinary arts program, and I can still remember to this day a particular pumpkin cheesecake that we made, which I enjoyed with my mom and her best friend in the car en route to a couple of college visits I had lined up. I’d just made it that afternoon in class, and when I got in the car we were all a bit hungry, so forks dove into the cheesecake as soon as we hit the road and it was just SO GOOD. I came across that same hand-written recipe from class earlier this year amongst a stack of my mom’s recipes, and it reminded me of that day and of that cheesecake, and made me crave it in a serious way.


Pear Cranberry Crostata

This year for Thanksgiving, we had the biggest crowd that we’ve ever hosted. I have a very small immediate and extended family, and most of my extended family lives in other parts of the country (and world), so holidays are usually just my mom and dad, brother, one uncle, and one set of grandparents. What little family I have is great, and I always love spending time with them on the holidays and otherwise, but it was really fun to have such a big group this year. (more…)

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Buttercream

These cupcakes were never really meant to be, but I’m so glad that they came into being! When I was home a couple weekends ago, I was helping my mom test some recipes she had lined up for a visit with family friends in December. We love food, our family friends love food, and so my mom wanted to be sure she had a few great meal ideas ready for their visit. One of those ideas was this phenomenal flourless chocolate cake that we’ve had at a local restaurant on numerous occasions. I got my hands on the recipe and we wanted to recreate it for them, but when I got home Friday there was no chocolate in the house. (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…)

First Foodie Pen Pals

When I first heard of Foodie Pen pals just one short month ago, I thought it was such a cool idea! I loved having penpals in elementary school; somehow sharing letters with a stranger as if you were friends was such a novel idea to me, and it allowed me to feel connected in places besides my immediate surroundings. Now being a grown up, I still revel at the idea, especially when food is involved! I don’t know anyone who doesn’t enjoy receiving packages in the mail, especially when they’re filled with thoughtful treats from another foodie like me. (more…)

Cranberry Maple Breakfast Cake

Two weekends ago, a couple of friends I hadn’t seen since our college graduation came over to my new apartment for a visit. We’d all three originally met on the equestrian team, and spent many early mornings and late evenings together throughout our collegiate riding careers, but went on do to different things in different places after college. Fortunately though, two weekends ago we all happened to be in the same place at the same time, and finally got to catch up! (more…)

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