Spaghetti with Pancetta and Brussels Sprouts

Sometimes, you just have to use up what’s in the fridge. Call it guilt, not wanting to let perfectly good produce go to waste, or call it thrift, since we paid for that food,...

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles

Oh. My. God. If you could take perfection, roll it in a ball, and dip it chocolate, this would be it. I’m not joking here folks. I’d strongly advise you to put down the...

Quick Vietnamese Chicken Pho

Taylor has an unhealthy obsession with Pho (or rather, it is actually fairly healthy by comparison to his other cravings). If given the option, he could eat Pho for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And...

Pear, Prosciutto, and Goat Cheese Pizza

Pizza toppings and panini fillings are virtually interchangeable. Anything that is good on a panini will be just as delicious on top of a pizza. Case in point, this panini, which we made a...

A Look Back – The Best of 2009

2009 was filled with delicious things, and many of those things were cupcakes. Literally hundreds of cupcakes. As I look back on everything we’ve eaten this year, so many wonderful memories come along with...

Mexican Chocolate Tart with Cinnamon-Spiced Pecans

It’s no secret that I enjoy the sweet and spicy combination of chocolate and chili. I’ve made cupcakes, hoarded chocolate, and loved every second of my sweet and spicy adventures. To me, the addition...

Lamb Chops with Sun-Dried Tomato Butter

Christmas dinner. We always like to splurge just a little bit, since it is a special occasion, it’s nice to cook something we don’t normally get to eat. Last year we made ribs, same...

Vanilla Cake with Tiramisu Buttercream and Ganache Filling

Already getting a good start tackling my baking resolutions (and it’s not even the new year)… I’ve moved from macarons to fondant. I stumbled upon a fondant cake decorating class in our area, and...

Adventures in Macarons (and my 2010 baking resolutions)

There are a few things I am determined to conquer this coming year. Call them by 2010 baking resolutions, if you will. Pie crust (I WILL make a successful pie crust even if it...

Chicken Panini with Fig Jam, Arugula, and Blue Cheese

Another delicious panini (have we been making a lot lately? Or is it just me? I’m counting on the fact that you all love paninis as much as we do and aren’t yet getting...

Homemade Chicken Stock: Step by Step

Homemade chicken stock. Would you believe we haven’t bought canned chicken broth in over a year? Seriously. We make a batch every few weeks or so, and it is surprisingly simple to do. Once...

Cherry-Filled Almond Cupcakes

Close your eyes. Picture a cupcake. The cutest cupcake you can think of. What does it look like? Slightly domed on top, with a huge swirl of buttercream frosting. And a cherry on top....