Swiss Meringue Cake with Huckleberry Drizzle-12637

Swiss Meringue Cake with Huckleberry Drizzle

Ever considered planning a whole event around a dessert?  If you answered yes, then you are clearly a very wise person (and I know that we will get along just fine!).  Today’s gorgeously styled event was fashioned after this stunningly beautiful cake.  With a Swiss Meringue Buttercream filled layer cake topped with Huckleberry Drizzle as its centerpiece, the rest of this rustic woodland affair just fell into place.  So revel with us in the loveliness of this styled event and take a try at creating our own inspired version of this scrumptious cake. SWISS MERINGUE CAKE WITH HUCKLEBERRY DRIZZLE INGREDIENTS SWISS …

Rice Krispie Cake-12232

Rice Krispie Cake

For most people, a Sweet 16 celebration is about coming of age and (largely) learning to drive!  But for beautiful Brittany, this birthday celebration holds a much deeper meaning… it marks 7 years being cancer free.  This lovely young lady has lived through some unimaginably trying times and has come out the other end.  To mark this extraordinary day, she was treated to an ethereal day in the woods. Photographer Courtney Lovestrom introduces us to this remarkable young woman: Brittany isn’t you ordinary 16 year old. She was diagnosed with non Hodgkin’s lymphoma at the age of 7. She faced …

Sweet Curry Cake-14795

Sweet Curry Cake

As a professional recipe developer and food stylist I face a major obstacle once a year. It always occurs at the same time, on the same day every single time… my husband’s birthday cake. You may be thinking to yourself, ‘wait this should not be a problem at all for you’. But being married to a person like me comes with some issues. The key issue being that you get spoiled. Oh yeah, my lovely husband no longer wants a regular old birthday cake. No, he wants a fancy pants, knock-my-socks-off one of a kind masterpiece every year. So that means …

French Toast Bundt Cake-14780

French Toast Bundt Cake

French toast is a must-have staple of any brunch. The sweet, egg-soaked bread, topped with loads of syrup and butter! Truly, if I do not get a slice (or four!) of the delectable breakfast treat at a Sunday brunch, then I feel cheated. But if you have ever attempted to make the dish on your own, then you know that it can be a bit time consuming. It is even more of a chore when you are hosting a large brunch party at your home.  Seriously, who wants to spend the whole day slaving over individual slices of French toast? …

Almond Maple Oat Bites-14697

Almond Maple Oat Bites

If there is one thing I struggle with, it is eating a balanced breakfast. My morning routine is filled with manic diaper changes, a quick shower, semi-conscious bottle feeding, and frantic gulping of coffee whenever I have a free hand. By the time I get around to eating something, I literally just grab the first thing available… which could be anything from a handful of goldfish crackers to a half-eaten slice of pizza. Honestly, by that point in the morning (or early afternoon), I just need some sustenance and I will take what I can get. I know, considering this …

The Importance of Being Anise-14624

The Importance of Being Anise

Growing up in a Middle Eastern family means that I have a very special relationship with the anise seed. From refreshing drinks to kebab seasoning to dessert adornments, it’s one of the defining flavors of my childhood. But once I started coming out of the fog of childhood, I realized that most of my American friends had never heard of the seed. If you find yourself in this category, then I have one thing to say to you – you’re wrong! You actually are very well acquainted with the flavor… licorice. The pure, unadulterated anise seed taste is a pungent licorice …

Florida Blueberry Pancakes-14569

Florida Blueberry Pancakes

This post was sponsored by Fresh From Florida as part of Influencer Activation for Influence Central.   Earlier this month, I introduced you to the food educational campaign by the Florida Department of Agriculture called “Fresh From Florida”.  The program is aimed at promoting locally grown Florida produce and fresh seafood, while educating the public about the seasonal produce that comes out of the state. I was excited to team up with the group since I actually rarely know where my own food comes from… a sad, but common reality amongst many home cooks.  The wonderful thing about buying Florida produce …

Spiked Funfetti Cupcake-13963

Spiked Funfetti Cupcake

If you have ever had a birthday, which it is probably safe to assume, then you are likely acquainted with Funfetti. You know, that boldly speckled vanilla cake that is a staple for celebrating the day of your birth. What you probably do not know is that Funfetti dates back to the Medieval era. Legend has it that a rural baker in Wales accidentally poured a batch of sugared berries into the bread dough he was mixing. Not wanting to waste the precious food, he baked up the batter and served the Frankenstein bread at supper, which also happened to be …