Good Eats and Sweet Treats from My Small Boston Kitchen

Mary’s Maine Bars: Bake a Difference with OXO and Dorie Greenspan

Welp, we’re most of the way through September and I haven’t touched a can of pumpkin yet this year. But I guess that’s okay? There’s still time, right? To be fair it isn’t even officially fall yet, so I know there’s time, but sometimes it just doesn’t feel like it. Days have been eclipsing at such an alarming rate lately, that sometimes I think I only need to blink and another week is gone. I wonder often if there will be time to do everything. Apple picking, pumpkin lattes, crock pot meals, fall hikes, lazy weekends, leaf-peeping, baking adventures, movie nights, cozy sweaters, the whole lot of it. Fall is home to so many of my favorite things, and yet it already feels like it’s slipping away.


Mini Blueberry Cheesecakes

There are about a million and one reasons why summer is wonderful, but for me, lately, it’s been the plentiful fresh fruits and veggies. I was able to expand my own personal garden this year, so we grew two types of beans, three kinds of tomatoes, three different peppers, rhubarb, eggplant, tomatillos, husk tomatoes, several variety of dahlia, and loads of different herbs. Considering I live in an urban area, and work downtown in a major city, it’s pretty amazing to come home to a yard full of fresh produce. (more…)

Soft and Chewy Lemon Sugar Cookies

Tell me, wise reader, how is it that summer flies by so fast every single year? I’d have thought by now I might’ve discovered the secret to making it slow the heck down, but honestly, I’ve got nada. Zilch, zippo, NOTHIN’. Given the lack of recipes around here, you might ascertain it’s been a lovely summer so far (and you would be right), but definitely crazy busy with too little quiet time. I always find it ironic that we rush to fill our summer weekends with one activity after the next, only to come off of each one craving peace and quiet.


Chocolate Fudge Swirled Lemon Ricotta Tart

Happy Summer, friends! Can you believe we’re already three weeks deep in June? If anyone knows how to slow down the remaining weeks of summer, I will gladly overnight you a giant batch of your favorite cookies in exchange for your secrets. All jokes aside, we’ve been blessed with the most magnificent weather the past couple of weeks, and while my gardens could really use some rain, the sunshine and blue skies do wonders for mood demeanor. (more…)

Chocolate Chip Brownie Swirled Cookies (Brookies!)

Well hello there! Remember me? I’ve been gone a while this time, I know. Still haven’t managed to hit the perfect balance with time management, and as usually happens, blog land quiets down quite a bit when I feel the overwhelm coming on. Throw trying to launch a new business into the usual mix of a busy life, and free time becomes a thing of the past. I attended an awesome conference last week with 1,000 Boston Business Women, and one of the major takeaways for me was you can’t really have it all. Sure, you can have most of it, but trying to have everything only leaves you stressed, overwhelmed, and sleep deprived. (more…)

Margaritas Revisited

My love affair with Mexican food goes way back. I frequent my favorite local standbys often (we have a Tenoch location about a mile from my house, which is both the best and worst thing ever), but also love checking out different spots. I visited the Waltham Margaritas for a fun blogger event last year, and just had a chance to check out the Nashua location a few weeks ago. (more…)

Peanut Butter, Reese’s Cup, and S’Mores Loaded Brownies

As a dessert lover, I don’t discriminate. I love virtually all desserts, but I definitely have my favorites. A crispy-on-the-edges-chewy-on-the-inside chocolate chip cookie is one of them, and fudgy brownies are another. These fudgy brownies get an extra special treatment, because not only is the brownie base delicious and decadent, but it’s loaded with some pretty outrageous fillings, too. (more…)

Boston Burger Company

When I want to really indulge, I often go for a burger and fries. First off, I’ll take any excuse I can get to eat french fries, but really, the combo is just so classic and comforting that it’s hard to go wrong. At restaurants I visit more than once, I often check out the burger offering, because I really think you can judge a restaurant on their overall skill and awesomeness by how the execute their burger. They’re also great because there are so many different styles and variations that it’s impossible to ever get bored with a burger. And at Boston Burger Company, different styles and variations are the name of the game. (more…)

Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

It’s a rare day that I share a non-sweet recipe around here, but as you can probably surmise, I do eat things that don’t include sugar. Cookies nourish the soul, but the rest of me needs far healthier forms of nourishment 🙂 I received a copy of The Perfect Portion Cookbook recently, and when perusing the recipes, decided to give something savory a try. I’m trying to add more bulk to my diet with extra veggies, but if you’re anything like me, eating vegetables in mass quantities is more of a chore than a pleasure. (more…)

Sour Cream Chocolate Bundt Cake with White Chocolate Ganache

If I could only eat one dessert for the rest of my life, this just might be it. Unbelievable right? Or maybe I just sound crazy. But that’s probably because I am… crazy about this darn cake! And probably crazy in other ways, but best not to get into that right now 🙂 It’s like a dark chocolate cake had a baby with a pound of chocolate fudge than jumped into a pool of creamy white chocolate ganache and lived happily ever after. See? I do sound crazy. (more…)

Peanut Butter Cup Heath Bar Brown Butter Cookies

Here’s the deal: these cookies are out of control. I mean really, peanut butter cups AND heath bar AND brown butter? Outrageous. A few weeks ago, my coworker brought in a leftover bag of heath bars, and I told her I’d make her something delicious if she let me have them. A week later, I presented her with these. (more…)

My Foray into Floral Design, and a new Website!

I told you all recently about my new obsession with flowers, and also that I’m making 2016 the year that I follow my dreams. At first I thought I’d incorporate more of these new changes into Sweetly Serendipity, but after some soul-searching, and a deeper consideration of what I want for the future, I decided I’m actually going to start a new venture entirely. It’s been a long time coming, but I think I’m ready to dive in, and the start of that will be a new website, a new blog, and a promise for much bigger things to come down the line. (more…)

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