Wickled Eggs

The painstaking process of peeling eggs in large quantities is made effortless by my mother’s deft fingers. She leaves behind a mountain of white shell bits piled on top of a paper towel made damp by the repeated tap and roll.  A vintage Pyrex mixing bowl brims with perfectly oblong protein packages awaiting their deviled…

Pineapple Lime Cheesecake

  Flecks of fresh lime zest swirl throughout a creamy cheesecake filling dotted with vibrant pops of pineapple. Each bright bite sings with flavor, bringing comfort and contentment to your day. Make it for the family at home, or bring it to a party to share with friends. This show-stopping slab of sweetness will steal…

Twice Merrily Baked Potatoes

“Po-Ta-Toes! Boil ‘em, mash ‘em, stick ‘em in a stew…” -Samwise Gamgee OR Bake them twice with a bunch of other scrumptious ingredients. Plus cheese! Treat this recipe as less of a list of rules and more as a set of guidelines. The vegetables, seasoning, and cheese used for the filling can all be substituted…

Beer:30 San Marco Tasting

A specific hankering brings one to Beer:30 San Marco and leads to a sensory experience of pure artistic expression manifested in the form of craft beer. Rows of glass bottles and aluminum cans featuring unique designs and logos line the shelves. A collage of stickers covers the top wall above the refrigerated case filled with…

Quinizza aka Pizza-Flavored Quinoa

The embers of an intense passion gently glow deep within the confines of my soul. I willingly fuel this unquenchable craving on a daily basis, nourishing its presence and embracing its necessity. I speak, of course, of garlic. It will be a strange and unhappy day when something I cook does not contain an (abundant)…

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…