Category Archives: Sweet

black and spotty

Banana Bread

Isn’t it interesting that some things in life are better off absolutely fresh:  a perfectly plump red strawberry in a pint at a Saturday farmer’s market in June;  a french baguette that is still just a little warm to the touch; pan roasted brussels sprouts topped with some shaved parm; a mug of french press made with Intelligentsia beans that were roasted just the day before.  But bananas?  Give them to me black and spotted and just this side of being truly rotted. Continue reading

pretty and pink

Chocolate Cupcakes w/ Raspberry Buttercream

I think Valentine’s Day falls into the “holidays that are way better as a child” category. In elementary school, I used to love to go the store to buy the box of Valentines for the class gift exchange. I will admit that I was a little boy crazy from the womb. I had 3 “boyfriends” alone in 1st grade. I would dig through the box of assorted Valentines and choose the “best” one for whatever boy I had a crush on at the time. Continue reading

winter citrus

Cherry Orange Honey Scones

In case you haven’t heard, its been a pretty crazy winter for the Northeast (and a little bit for Texas too).  I will admit that I am a little jealous hearing about feet of snow and multiple snow days when Chicago has only got a little 4-6 inch bursts in the city (the suburbs could be an entirely different story).  But the one thing we all have in common is winter citrus. Continue reading

millionaire’s shortbread

Ok…so I was back a day later than promised.  What can I say…I gotta little sucked into what Wiggs referred to as a vortex called wedding blogs.  Its quite overwhelming to say the least.  But what I am really here to talk about is this….

Millionaire’s Shortbread
Hello Lover [said in a Carrie Bradshaw voice]. Yes, this is another recipe from The Baked Cookbook. Yes, I am sad that I have had to return the book to the library. Yes, it is the first thing I am throwing in my shopping cart the next time I need to make an Amazon purchase. Continue reading

all the hype

the BAKED brownie

Have you noticed that often times, things don’t live up to the hype?

A White Christmas. Sure it is beautiful, and I got to experience one this year with the leftover snow from the Northeast Blizzard of last week, but it also creates travel headaches and causes many people to not make it to home to their families. Continue reading