Blackberry Pine Nut Bread-14933

Blackberry Pine Nut Bread

The moment we hit mid-August, I jump the gun and start my fall baking prep. I am an Autumn girl through and through, and live for the day a cool breeze rolls through the trees. It not only signifies the end of sweltering heat, it means it is the official beginning of baking season. So to help get your own cold-weather baking on, I have put together a delicious sweet bread recipe to get the season kicking. Blackberry Pine Nut Bread, my friends! Oh yes, I went a bit crazy in the test kitchen at the simple thought of Autumn …

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 …

Waffle-Iron Hashbrown Sandwiches-13425

Waffle-Iron Hashbrown Sandwiches

I have a secret to admit that I am ashamed of. I am in a dinner rut. That’s right, in my family we have four dinner dishes that are constantly on repeat. Now before you get all my-cooking-is-holier-than-thou on me, don’t pretend that you’re not doing the exact same thing. I can see your downcast eyes and slightly flushed cheeks! But, hey it is an easy trap to fall into… you rush to the market without an ingredient list so you just buy the stuff you need for the three to five different meals you already have memorized. And so the …

Coffee & Donuts DIY Party-13200

Coffee & Donuts DIY Party

Let me tell you a little bit about the designer of today’s feature. Her name is Carolyn and she is awesome! To surprise her husband, Justin, on his 30th birthday, she threw the (dare I say) most badass party ever in the history of badassery. That’s right, she threw her husband a Coffee & Donuts party.  Alright, Carolyn is officially the best wife around. When I saw these photos, my first thought was “How do I become friends with Carolyn?!”, my second thought was “I need to recreate this!”. So, if you plan on jumping on this fabulous bandwagon and want …

Spring Fruit Galette with Bob’s Red Mill-12692

Spring Fruit Galette with Bob’s Red Mill

There is one tradition that is a must in my household come Easter and its name, my friends, is baking.  From sweet hotcakes to a rustic bundt, it’s a requirement for the holiday.  Not only is it wonderful to get spoiled with a bit of sugary decadence, it’s a wonderful bonding activity that has been passed down from generation to generation in my family.  My mom learned the art from her grandmother and made it an integral part of Easter celebrations during my childhood.  Plus I always got to lick the bowl… obviously, the best memories I have as a …

Bella + Chef Jason Roberts-11076

Bella + Chef Jason Roberts

Autumn is right around the corner and with it comes a season of new and improved products.  Fashion houses aren’t the only ones holding Fall previews, appliance companies are as well… and we couldn’t be more thrilled.  Personally, I prefer the sexiness of a streamlined toaster over the sultry strut of a supermodel any day!  That’s why we jumped at the opportunity to visit Bella Housewares’ headquarters in New York last week to see their new line of appliances and attend a cooking demo with celebrity chef Jason Roberts.   Upon entering the Bella headquarters, we were treated to cocktails and the …