Cheese danish, pepperidge farm, puff pastry

Blackberry & Orange Blossom Cheese Danish

This post is sponsored by Pepperidge Farm but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. Spring is a time for fresh flowers, blue skies, and fruity cheese Danishes. Well, at least in my world Spring and Danish are synonymous. And yes, I do pair foods with the seasons. Think about it. You’re finally emerging from your wintery cave, breathing in the crisp fresh air, and taking a scrumptious bite of a cheesy pastry. I truly can’t think of a better way to welcome Mother Nature’s bounty. So as we start to get wisps of Spring on the breeze, …

Rosé, Brut Rosé Ricotta Pie, Cheesecake

Brut Rosé Ricotta Pie

February has arrived. And with the first of the month, the countdown begins. How will you declare your undying love to your valentine? Will it be with roses? Will it be with chocolate? Or will it be with something infinitely more original? Say, a Brut Rosé Ricotta Pie? You’ve made the right choice, my friend. Something baked from the heart, for the heart’s desire, with an almost-full bottle of Brut Rosé to spare. It’s such a perfect scenario, that Cupid himself would shoot the hell out of it. But before we get started on the recipe, I have something I need …

mincemeat, pie, bourbon, mincemeat pie

Mincemeat Almond Pie with Bourbon Glaze

Tis the season for pie! And since I am personally obsessed with all things British, I am going to subject you to a traditional English recipe once again. But fear not, for as always I have added a unique twist to the classic recipe. Because who likes messing with a good thing? I do! With the help of MI-DEL Pie Crusts, I have created a scrumptious pie recipe to add to the holiday bake list: Mincemeat Almond Pie with Bourbon Glaze. Who wants a slice? For red-blooded Americans a pie with ‘meat’ in the title might sound a bit unappetizing. …

appetizer, reese specialty foods, recipe

Easy Appetizer: Artichoke Heart Pockets

As I’ve mentioned in the past, my bread and butter isn’t actually this blog. My day job is serving as a food stylist and recipe developer for retail brands. I help create recipes and photo shoots for the brands’ Instagram pages, websites, and advertising campaigns. They even let me eat, I mean, clean up after I am done. It’s a tough job. Recently, I teamed up with Reese Specialty Foods to create a scrumptious recipe using their jarred artichoke hearts for their Instagram page. Well, the results were so delicious that I simply had to share it with you, my …

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Big Apple Cheesecake

Today we’re going to revisit one of our most popular recipe posts from back in September 2015, The Big Apple Cheesecake. Inspired by my former home of Manhattan, this is sure to tantalize your tastebuds. New York City epitomizes everything that is great about America… it’s vibrant, culturally diverse, and rooted in patriotism.  So, I couldn’t think of a better way to represent this great city than with a unique recipe that combines American Apple Pie and New York Style Cheesecake.  Baked in a hollowed-out apple, the ricotta cheesecake filling is unexpectedly enhanced by a sharp Fontinella flavor (reminiscent of the cheddar …

Mascarpone Rainbow Pizza-15381

Mascarpone Rainbow Pizza

If you have been following along with the blog, then you are well aware that October was National Pizza Month. Yes, awesome. I know. And to celebrate that sacred month of observance, I teamed up with Mama Mary’s® to bring you two sponsored recipe posts: the first was the seasonally appropriate Spicy Harvest Pizza and the second is today’s Mascarpone Rainbow Pizza. You heard me right… Rainbow. Pizza. And yes, I know it’s already November but who said we can’t drag this out a bit longer?! As previously admitted, pizza is a weekly dinner staple in my household. It’s easy to whip …

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 …

Curtis Stone & the Ocean Spray Bog-11672

Curtis Stone & the Ocean Spray Bog

The bucket list… most people’s list include things like skydiving and swimming with sharks.  Mine?  Well, mine has more food-centric goals like diving into a tub of jello and eating a full size chocolate sculpture of Marie Antoinette.  So you can imagine my squeals when I received an invite to eat lunch with Curtis Stone in a cranberry bog created by Ocean Spray in Rockafeller Center.  Not only did I get to eat a Thanksgiving themed lunch with Curtis Stone, I got to do it while wading knee deep in a cranberry bog.  This is stuff that foodie dreams are …