As Pretty As a Peach Bars

Slice a peach cleanly in half and gently pull the pit from the center, revealing blushed craggy walls. This textured core gives way to juicy ochre flesh surrounded by skin that echoes the simultaneous soft and rough quality of a cat’s tongue. The sweet tang of a perfectly ripe peach is irresistible and can’t be…

Cake by the Pound

When Beyonce stated, “Every girl in here got to look me up and down All on Instagram, cake by the pound” I am certain this recipe is what she was directly referring to. Currently, I am in possession of only one loaf pan, a baking transgression I will hopefully rectify sooner rather than later. Fortunately,…

Nuttin’ But a Tree Thang

One, two, three and to the four Add whatever nuts you want, mix it up galore!  Technically only three of the delights featured in this salty crunchy snack are nuts that come from trees. Nonetheless, I still feel comfortable in perpetuating the misnomer “mixed nuts” in reference to this snack entity as a whole. While…

A Toast to Roast…ing!

Roasting remains my go-to method of preparation for fresh vegetables in all their forms. Emerging from the oven highlighted with a golden bloom, vegetables – broccoli, Brussel sprouts, zucchini, the list goes on – remain healthy while adopting a previously elusive level of comfort and satisfaction. I find it difficult to resist the addition of…

Without a Stout

Green. A symbol of envy as well as inexperience. Both apply when assessing my cupcake skills, so it makes sense that a raucous holiday rich with clover colored elements would act as a Merrily Baked cupcake moment. A bottle of Thomas Creek Banana Split Chocolate Stout has been floating around the back of the fridge…

Breakfast Pizza

Starting as early as elementary school, I requested eggs in a basket as my breakfast of choice on standardized test taking days. My dedicated mom used a glass to remove a perfect circle from the middle of white bread, cracked a gorgeous egg in the center, and served up this dish seasoned simply with salt…

Vindaloo-se Yourself in the Moment

This dish is far from mom’s spaghetti and it proves to be incredibly satisfying. A bed of roasted spaghetti squash is blanketed by rich vindaloo curry sauce that is peppered by… peppers (go figure) and fresh Florida shrimp. The crowd eating this – whether two people or twelve – will go so loud when they…

Cocoatmeal Cookies

When oatmeal is present in a cookie or other sweet treat, do not mistake its presence as a means to force health onto unsuspecting confection ingesting participants who simply want to satisfy a sweet tooth. While, yes it might stand as a comforting mental trick to quell feelings of guilt that might accompany the consumption…

Roux the Day

Much in the vein of the cliché that prompts us to turn lemons into lemonade, I say that when a day feels ruined, just make roux. But don’t stop there! The process is much simpler than a word with a silent ‘x’ would indicate. Plus, once this process is mastered it opens the door to…

Pajama Soup

Imagine sitting on the couch in your favorite pajamas and fuzzy socks with a mermaid pattern (or what have you). Now drape a cozy blanket around your shoulders. That, in an analogous nutshell, is this soup. Chickpeas and spinach are ensconced in silken pajamas of creamy roux and a fresh loaf of honey beer bread…

Presenting, The Almond Butters

Friends, I was born a blondie fan. Tryin’ to bake some blondies, and doin’ the best I can. And when it’s time for eatin’, I hope you’ll understand, that I was born a blondie fan. Forgive the musical parody. Just swirl up these Almond Butter Blondies. It is worth it! 1 Stick Unsalted Butter, Room…

Oat Couture

Take advantage of one truly great aspect of cookies by tailor making them based on preference or curiosity. A great base for oatmeal cookies can be transformed by the addition of raisins, white chocolate chips, apricots (Ooo that would be good!), a swirl of peanut butter, or any possible combination that is limited only by…