• Gooey Great Stuff Pie

    Gooey Great Stuff Pie

    July 2nd, 2016

    It’s so freaking hot out, so this weather calls for an easy dessert that delivers a powerful insulin spike with ridiculously limited effort.  (You’d think I’d have made a no-bake dessert, or frozen concoction of some sort- but no, I’m not that planful.  I’ll make sundaes soon, I promise.  They’re in the queue.) I’m on […]

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  • Green Tea Shortbread with Lemon Curd and Pistachio Brittle

    Green Tea Shortbread with Lemon Curd and Pistachio Brittle

    May 14th, 2016

    I made this dessert last year when I was trying to (unsuccessfully) impress the people from The Food Network.  I wanted (breathlessly) to be on their Spring Baking Challenge and in the process of pretending I was The Baking Shizit, I made a crapload of spring desserts that I’m now ready to share with you- because […]

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  • Mint Chocolate Pudding Pots

    Mint Chocolate Pudding Pots

    May 7th, 2016

    These almost look too cute to eat. But when you think about what they’re made of (mint chocolate pudding covered with crumbles of The World’s Greatest Fudge Brownie- yes, meant to look like dirt), you rip out the mint sprig garnish and go to town on the little pots of cuteness.  You can even eat […]

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  • Raspberry Creme Brûlée

    Raspberry Creme Brûlée

    December 26th, 2015

      Please don’t be disappointed with me because I didn’t caramelize a crispy layer of sugar on top of this creme brûlée.  I know it’s blasphemous to even call it creme brûlée if the aforementioned layer of sugared shellac isn’t present, so let’s just resolve this issue and I’ll rename the dessert if you can […]

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  • Chocolate Candy Ganache Cookie

    Baby Ruth Ganache Cookie

    November 7th, 2015

    Who knew that Baby Ruth chocolate bars were so good?  Did you get the memo? I had my first one ever last month and now I’m worried about my clothes fitting me because let’s just say I’ve had more than one since last month. (I’m maybe worried about my above-average cholesterol too, but let’s be […]

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  • Coconut Cream Pie with Oatmeal Coconut Crust

    Coconut Cream Pie with Oatmeal Coconut Crust

    September 19th, 2015

    Yeah, yeah, I know- you’ve seen me make this one before. But this one is different- and dare I say, superior to the other Banana Coconut Cream Pie that I baked for you a couple of years ago. Why, you ask? Oats.  In the crust. And cooler-looking coconut, toasted and sprinkled on top of the pie.  (When […]

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  • Chocolate Cookie Gooey Brownie Crumble

    Gooey Chocolate Cookie with Brownie Crumbs

    July 4th, 2015

    At some point does the layering of chocolate on chocolate on chocolate become ridiculous? BLASPHEMY! I regret that I even asked that question.  How silly of me.  I’m sorry, loyal reader/baker/chocoholic, for my momentary lapse in judgement.  I guess I was looking at the picture above and was wondering if I took it too far, […]

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  • Chocolate Coconut Pudding

    Chocolate Coconut Pudding

    April 1st, 2015

    Easy!  Amazing!  And not that bad for you!  Are you sold? From the time I told The Husband “I feel like baking” (which garnered no response, because there’s really never a four-hour interval when I’m not saying that) to the time I poured this chocolate coconut pudding into four little serving dishes, I think I […]

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  • Creme Brûlée Meringue Cake

    Creme Brulee Meringue Cake

    March 11th, 2015

    For those of you who also wish that you could take a relaxing bath in a tub full of creme brûlée, this recipe is for you. I have extolled the virtues of creme brûlée before.  So you know I’m a bit head over heels for it (see the maple version, the pistachio version, and the […]

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  • Greek Yogurt with Pomegranate Syrup

    Pomegranate Syrup with Yogurt & Honey

    February 25th, 2015

    Flashback to 2006, Rhodes, Greece. Imagine being served a cool bowl of Greek yogurt- drizzled in honey with walnuts sprinkled on top- on a scorching hot morning as a mere part of a massive breakfast that your impossibly generous innkeeper host will serve to you each day.  (If you ever go to Rhodes, which I […]

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  • Strawberry Raspberry Mousse

    Strawberry Raspberry Mousse

    February 14th, 2015

    Who doesn’t love a fluffy, fruity mousse in the middle of the winter? Fresh off the “5th Worst Blizzard in Chicago History” (whatever), we needed something reminiscent of a warm summer night with crickets chirping romantically in the background.  (I know that the crickets themselves aren’t romantic- although I’m not familiar with their mating patterns so […]

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  • Golden Graham Pie

    Golden Graham Pie

    January 31st, 2015

    What’s that, you say?  Could this really be a pie made with Golden Grahams, the cereal known and loved by sugar-crazed kids across the North American continent? I’ve got one word for you, and it’s the right one: Yes. I bought a box of the cereal last summer (for the express purpose of baking them into […]

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  • Maple Creme Brûlée

    Maple Creme Brulee

    January 7th, 2015

    So I was making my usual egg white pizza lunch (don’t ask) and had a thought: “Wait a minute.” (This deep and insightful thought came to me because I remembered I had whipping cream in the fridge, which I usually don’t.) “I could seriously make creme brûlée right now if I saved these yolks.” Seriously. […]

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  • Cranberry Sauce

    Cranberry Sauce

    December 20th, 2014

    Okay, holiday turkey-eaters.  This recipe isn’t exactly the most creative, but it’s way better than cracking open a can of cranberry sauce this holiday season and letting it kerplunk into a bowl, full of who knows how many additives and preservatives and other things you can’t pronounce.  (And if you use the jellied cranberry stuff, […]

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  • Apple Cinnamon Rum Cake Trifle

    Apple Cinnamon Rum Cake Trifle

    July 12th, 2014

    There’s a lot going on here, and it’s all for a good cause. Trust me. For most people, all you need to do is hear the word ‘trifle’, and it’s pretty much game over… because really- anything layered in between fresh whipped cream is a winner, and we all know it. But what if said […]

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  • Irish Cream Creme Brulee

    Bailey’s Irish Cream Creme Brulee

    March 13th, 2014

    How did it get to be almost St. Patrick’s day again?  (Wasn’t it just Valentine’s Day?) As a baker you’re expected to come up with desserts geared around a theme, and I usually give into the hype.  (Oh, you want examples?  Try these heart- shaped cookies meant for VD, or these nest egg cookie things […]

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  • Cream Cheese Stuffed Blueberry Muffins

    Cream Cheese Stuffed Blueberry Muffins

    February 19th, 2014

    There is something about blueberries and lemon zest and cream cheese… it’s kind of like chocolate and caramel and nuts- they just go together, and you don’t fight it.  (But really- check out these Caramel Chocolate Pecan Cubes after you’re done making these muffins.) I have married cream cheese with blueberries before (flash back to the […]

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  • Homemade Maple Syrup

    Homemade Maple Syrup

    January 18th, 2014

    I know, I know.  You’re thinking “why would anyone ever make their own maple syrup?”, and I’m right there with you.  It’s kind of like making your own paper- some people do it, but you question whether you should be friends with them.  There are better things to do in life, right?  Like clicking “Add […]

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