Good Eats and Sweet Treats from My Small Boston Kitchen

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…)

Pumpkin Tassies with Salted Dark Chocolate

I’m not sure about you, but I very rarely succeed in making the recipes I pin on Pinterest. I can waste exorbitant amounts of time scrolling through recipes and pretty pictures, day dreaming and scheming, but the actual number of recipes that become a reality is pretty small. These little beauties, however, were something I pinned last fall, rediscovered this year, and finally made a couple weeks ago! (more…)

Cream Cheese Swirl Pumpkin Bread

Fall is the best season. I’m pretty sure that’s an undisputed fact if you live in New England. But for some reason this year, I had a really hard time letting summer go. Maybe because it was one of the better summer’s I’ve ever had? Or because I’m just not ready to contemplate braving another winter like we had last year? Whatever the reason, I think I’ve finally turned a corner. Fall is here, and I am so excited! (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…)

Pumpkin Cinnamon Buns with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

Prior to Thanksgiving weekend, it had been many, many months since I made something yeasted. Fortunately yeast doesn’t intimidate me as much as it used to, but I still don’t make a regular practice of utilizing it in my recipes. I think that’s the impatient side of me coming out — why wait hours for bread to rise when I can wait only one hour and have a tasty quick bread ready for immediate consumption?


Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownies and a Giveaway [Closed]

As a kid, I thought Halloween was an epically awesome holiday. I mean, how can you not love a day that revolves solely around candy? Especially for someone like me, who has an insatiable sweet tooth. I can remember many a Halloween-eve, putting the finishing touches on that year’s costume at my Grandparents’ house, before we would venture out for trick-or-treating. After we’d filled our candy bags to the brim, and our parents had tired of walking the streets in the bitter cold, we’d retreat to my Grandparents’ living room and sort our candy — piles of chocolate and non-chocolate first, and then specific types of each candy if there was enough of it. Bartering ensued before we dove in to actually eat it, and I always liked this part the most – apparently I was already starting to become a type A negotiator as a little tyke! (more…)

Pumpkin Apple Streusel Bread

The first pumpkin recipe of the season is always a big one for me. Embracing pumpkin means embracing fall wholeheartedly, bringing cold-weather clothes out of storage, wearing slippers around the house, and contemplating a switch back to hot coffee in the mornings (don’t worry, that one still hasn’t happened yet… Dunkin iced all the way!). But honestly, this pumpkin recipe made the transition a breeze — this is easily one of the best quick bread recipes I have ever made. I realize that as a baking blogger, I rarely post a recipe that I don’t really enjoy, but this bread just takes things to a whole new level. It’s truly fall magic. (more…)

Pumpkin Sangria and Two-Pound Tacos at Margaritas

If I could only eat one type of ethnic cuisine for the rest of my life, it would very likely be Mexican. I’m a sucker for really good Italian food, a novice (but very curious) Indian food eater, I enjoy Japanese cuisine and the occasional unhealthy dish of Chinese food, and I love what the Greek have going on, but there is just something about Mexican dishes that has totally won my heart. I think it stems from many childhood visits to see my Aunt in the heart of Mexico, where I was treated to the most authentic Mexican dishes, and the most authentic Mexican people. Something about the people and the place always made me feel warm and fuzzy inside, and as a (very novice) Spanish speaker, I always got a kick out of trying to fit in there, make conversation with the locals, and find our way through the city. (more…)

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Fall is a season full of good things. Apples and pumpkin and sweaters and spices, bright leaves and blue skies and chilled cheeks and sunshine. It’s a wonderful time of year. Just over a month ago now, one of my good friends flew out to visit from California, and knowing that the traditional autumnal activities just aren’t the same in Southern California, we went on an apple picking excursion. I came home with a full bag (and belly!), brimming with peaches and apples, and one perfectly round sugar pumpkin. My bounty sat on the counter for a week or two while I contemplated what to do with it, but inspiration wasn’t striking. The peaches started to rot, the apple stash dwindled as it become a part of my daily lunches, and I was sad that these sweet treats weren’t being baked into oblivion. Then, an evening full of baking with a friend introduced me to this pumpkin cookie recipe, and my world was changed. (more…)

Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal

I took the month of September off from the Secret Recipe Club, so this is my first post in a couple of months and it feels good to be back! For October, I was assigned Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom, a blog written by Jamie. Jamie has a great blog full not only of recipes, but lots of sewing and crafting tutorials – something I’m trying to get into lately! I had a lot of fun looking through her site and getting inspired. (more…)

Pumpkin Bread Pudding

More pumpkin – as promised! I think this is the last recipe though, so soon we’ll be onto more seasonal things. I actually made this for Thanksgiving, as a pumpkin pie alternative, and it was so incredibly outstanding. I really love bread pudding, it’s one of my favorite desserts, but I ironically don’t have it often so when I do I want it to be amazing. This recipe is definitely what I would call amazing. (more…)

Cinnamon Swirl Pumpkin Raisin Bread

I was recently told by someone that “pumpkin is acceptable [only] until December 1st” – which means I’m in trouble because December 1st has come and gone, and I still have some pumpkin recipes to share with you! The problem with getting so backed up with this blog is that I have an arsenal of recipes to share, but they are fast becoming irrelevant! I know the official pumpkin season has mostly passed, but I am still dying to share these last couple of recipes with you – so bear with me, please?! I promise, it’ll be worth it. Plus – who of us doesn’t still have a can or two of pumpkin laying around? (more…)

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