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Rustic Peanut Butter “Cups”

April 18, 2011

I’d like to think I keep my promises.

(Even if they are slightly slow on the uptake.)

I made a promise to my good friend Dave, Berklee grad and musical genius (check out his band

Biscuits and Gravy)   to mail him some baked goods.

This was about three years ago?

Hey, hey. Better late then never, come on now.

Rustic Peanut Butter Cups

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Split Pea Soup

April 12, 2011

So most recently, a big life change has occurred for me.  For the next two years I will be living in Albuquerque, New Mexico for a big girl job!  It was an amazing opportunity that I could not pass up.

Needless to say, moving into my own little apartment has been awesome.  I have every kitchen appliance imaginable/that my dad could find on sale…so the first chance I could, I took advantage of it!

Meet my new obsession…the slow cooker.  I had recently been craving split pea soup, which brings back memories from my childhood when my tummy would hurt…this turned out so much better!

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Guinness Cake with Whipped Bailey’s Ganache Frosting

March 18, 2011

Well said, postcard!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone! Nothing like squeezing in a festive recipe in the final wee hours of party time.

I had actually planned to make this cake for my Dad’s birthday last week, Guinness being his favorite beer etc etc, but as it happens my Grandma was in town and… let’s just say Baking Queen > Cute idea. G’ma’s coconut cream pie for the win.

But I have to say, it might be wholly more appropriate that my thoughtful idea was postponed until now, because what can be better for St. Patrick’s day that a doubly boozy chocolate dream?

Beats me.

Guinness Cake with Whipped Bailey’s Ganache Frosting

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White Bean and Quinoa Salad

March 2, 2011

Sooo my obsession with quinoa continues.  I also may or may not have seen this on tastespotting and made it that very same day…I guess you could say I was inspired.

I also make it my personal mission to keep the bacon content up on this blog since Laura does not eat pork (for religious purposes).  So when I saw that this recipe had both, I knew I had to recreate it ASAP.  It also has some veggies in there so you can feel a little better about eating it.  Take a look!

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Speculaas

February 27, 2011

In a freak circumstance, San Diego was actually cold and rainy and stormy last night.

So instead of venturing out to the pub like most others on a Saturday night, we decided to curl up with an episode of Parks and Rec, a cup of tea and a stack of these babies.

 

Speculaas

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Raspberry Seafoam Cookies aka Raspberry Meringues

February 16, 2011

Hello World!

Sorry it’s been a while.  The only feeble excuse I can offer is that I have been traveling to NorCal to visit my brother (shoutout to Evan) and to Florida to visit my grandparents.  Since graduation I have been living in the lap of luxury.  It is so nice to have breakfast made for you every morning and someone else to do your laundry, the only negative is that I have become complacent and have not been cooking nearly enough!

So yesterday my Mom and I decided to combine forces and whip up something sweet for my daddy on Valentine’s Day.  My mom came up with the cutest recipe.  It was handwritten by her little 12 year-old self.  She told me that her neighbor used to make these “seafoam cookies” all of the time for the kids on her block and she loved it so much that she copied it down herself.  These little, pink, fluffy clouds were perfect for V-Day.

Take a look!

This was a special little one I made 🙂

Easiest recipe ever!  So delicious and sweet, you can’t go wrong.

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Chocolate Cupcakes with Espresso Buttercream

February 5, 2011

Last weekend I took a little baby trip north to San Francisco to visit some long lost friends.

One of them, Jacob, happens to be an avid baker and cupcake obsessionist, much like yours truly.

What happens when you out two baking/cupcake obsessors together?

Instead of going out sight seeing like you planned…

You stay inside and make these.

 

Chocolate Cupcakes with Espresso Buttercream Frosting


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Mississippi Mud Pie

January 27, 2011

Oh dear lord in heaven.

I think I have found my ultimate dessert.

And I knew it. I knew it the moment I set my doe-eyed sights on it when I was leafing through this genius-ness:

I didn’t care if I didn’t make a single other recipe in the entire book. I just knew I had to have it.

It being Mississippi Mud Pie.

Oh, yes. Yes please.

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Raspberry Cream Pie

January 21, 2011

I have been on a major pie kick lately. I think they are the prettiest. And the yummiest. For Christmas I asked for the entire Baked: Explorations cookbook soley for the Mississippi Mud Pie recipe I spotted when leaving through one time in Barnes and Noble.

 

It’s wintertime. So when it comes to pie one would think cinnamony apple, pecan, sweet potato, or any other Thanksgiving carry over flavor that’s associated with warm comfort.

That’s normal.

The odd thing about living in Southern California during January is that the average temperature for the past week has been quite literally the definition of perfect:75 degrees and sunny.

Not so normal.

So what does one pie craver/baker do when there are no snow days that demand any of those toasty, spicy classics?

You go to a BBQ and bring a frozen, fruity pie.

Raspberry Cream Pie

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Cracklin’ Cake

January 18, 2011

I love love love to bake.

Especially for pretty friends.

Especially for pretty friends’ birthdays.

One of my bestest and dearest friends, Sam, my first roommate and friend in college, celebrated her 22nd birthday this past December. Back in Boston, there is a magical frozen yogurt place where you can mix in anything you could ever imagine to make the most perfect softservy goodness. Sam’s favorite mix-in is Cracklin’ Oat Bran. For her birthday, I wanted to channel her cereal love into cake love.

And thus…

Cracklin’ Cake

(aka, Chocolate Cinnamon Loaf Cake)

 

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