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…)
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…)
It seems things on this blog/in my life have gotten a bit backed up as of late… it’s that time of year, I guess? I started a new job in July working in marketing (social media) for a couple of retail stores, and when they told me the holidays were busy – well that was an understatement. I’ve also been writing a food and entertaining blog for work, so my own blog has been a bit neglected. It’s so sad to me, because I miss it so much, but I know I’ll get back into the swing of things… it just might not be util the new year. (more…)
When I was approached recently to sample some cookies from a local company in Vermont, I was thrilled. I can honestly never turn down a cookie – must be the baker in me! – but cookies hailing from Vermont sounded even more intriguing. I have a deep-rooted love for/obsession with Vermont, and dream of moving there someday, so pretty much anything that creates an association with the state or reminds me of my fond memories of visiting it, I love.
I’m back! It took me longer to get this post written and posted than I had hope, but here it is! I’ve spent countless hours this past week searching for a wedding venue, so baking and blogging has taken a back seat. Hopefully as wedding planning progresses, I can balance priorities better! At any rate, today’s post is not one of my best – in fact, it’s kind of a disaster! Read on (more…)
I have to say, I am loving the fall so far this year. Fall is my favorite season, so I guess I love fall every year, but this year especially I’m trying to soak it all in. I’m worried it’s going to slip right through my fingers and head on towards winter before I’ve had my fill, so to combat that I’ve been doing a LOT of fall-themed baking. While I’ve yet to break into a can of pumpkin (hopefully that will changevery soon), I’ve had my fill of apples and then some. (more…)
I promised I’d be back with a better recipe for you, and lo and behold, here I am! That’s not to say I’ve relaxed much since I last posted, but at least I’m feeling a bit more control, and for me, control is essential. I’ve still got a 160 person wedding cake to construct this weekend, but I was practicing like a mad woman all of last weekend, baking test cakes, trying new versions of my favorite buttercream, and piping for hours… and all signs point to it being okay. Keep your fingers crossed for me, would you?! I’ll be sure to report back on how it goes. (more…)
Welcome to bread post #2 today! In an attempt to get
all most of my holiday posts up before the New Year, I’m doubling up on posts today, and the both happen to be on my favorite subject: carbs. I love them in every way – for breakfast, for lunch, for dinner, as a snack; savory or sweet, and anywhere in between. I like muffins and cookies and cakes and breads and biscuits and EVERYTHING else your mind could imagine. These biscuits are a more healthful carb option, because they use some wheat flour and pureed pumpkin, plus fresh cranberries for some extra flavor. They are moist, moist, moist, and a great accompaniment to any meal. (more…)
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.
I’ve noticed lately that I am a serious repeat offender… the muffin/brownie/cookie/bar type. Oh, and cupcakes. I make a lot of cupcakes. It seems I really need to expand my horizons, but when the weather gets cold and I crave comfort foods, I go straight for that big fluffy muffin, or crumbly coffee cake, or classic cookies for a dessert. I just can’t help it, hence yet another muffin post. I wish I could apologize, but these are too good to apologize for. Plus they help you transition between seasons perfectly – fall (pumpkin) and winter (gingerbread) create a happy little bridge from cool to cold, short days to long nights. (more…)
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…)
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…)