Baking Up a Storm

Cooped up in a warm and cozy brick home, the wind blowing 35 mph sending sheets of sideways rain, we wait out the storm. A weekend family visit turns listless as cabin fever sets in and UNO games fail to entertain. The cure to boredom? Enlist the stirring skills of a 9-year-old to whip up…

Up Late for a Cupcake

In case you were wondering… Butter + Milk ≠ Buttermilk The word buttermilk is formed by fusing together the words butter and milk, but the THING buttermilk cannot be obtained by the same equation. This understanding leads to further thoughts on the matter which results in the illuminating realization that nothing is ever as it…

Smarter Than The Average Bun

Start with something soft and simple. Plunge into a boiling ocean. Send to vehement depths. Allow to emerge victorious with the self-assertive crust that every hero needs to succeed. This is the journey that pretzels are made of. Overcomplicate the path to grilled fish sandwich heaven by opting to make these homemade pretzel buns. Totally…

Penne from the Block

Every once in a while, we all want to hit the reset button and treat our bodies to a light, cleansing meal that will detoxify our insides and leave us feeling nourished, good, healthy … and probably still hungry. That time is not now. Now is the time for pasta. Now is the time for…

Nut Your Average Brownie

Elevate a standard fudgy brownie to a level of class and elegance beyond imagination. What flavor elements might I speak of that enrich these brownies with bourgeois sophistication and raise them to the epitome of luxury? Edible gold dust? Truffle butter? Russian caviar? Saffron? Nothing so pitiful. I speak of a sumptuous combination far more…

I Like Big Bundts

A bright white plate speckled with yellow crumbs houses an unassuming slice of breakfast originating from a ring of swirled decadence. I am not sure who decided to put the word ‘coffee’ in front of the word ‘cake’, but this kind soul revolutionized acceptable breakfast foods and helped rid the world of unnecessary judgment. Hats…

Pearfect Pie

Every once in a millennium (hyperbole) the sprawling pear tree that lives in the backyard of the people responsible for my presence in this world likes to blossom and bear fruit. The arbitrary – or should I say arbor-trary – nature of this woody perennial to emit fruit made every summer of childhood either incredibly…

“Tea, Earl Grey, Hot”

Sometimes, I like my muffins the way Captain Picard likes his tea. This unique muffin gives off the aroma of bananas paired with rich black tea that has been traditionally flavored with bergamot oil and lavender. A combo of whole wheat flour and AP flour adds a slight earthiness while keeping the muffin light. This muffin is…

Will Blueberry Me?

Even if walking down the aisle is not part of your future plans, you will fall in love with these blueberry confections and enter a blissful world of muffintrimony. The secret? Juicy blueberries picked at the peak of ripeness, carefully washed and packed in the freezer, used along with that seemingly fancy concoction known as…

As American As Apple Butter

Desserts that manage to mimic an American Flag are super impressive.  I enjoy admiring these creations, while setting up an innocuously subtle plate of these cookies right next door. Inspired by one of the most quintessential American desserts, Apple Pie, the concentrated flavor of apple butter infuses rich apple flavor into these cookies. Studded with…