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Classic Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Red Velvet Cupcake

It’s Valentines Day and that calls for sweets… sweets.. sweets!

This past week I was able to stop by one of my most favorite boutique stores in Lakeview, called Foursided. It’s filled gorgeous posters, creative themed cards, a hilarious knick knacks! In my last trip I came across these adorable neon Valentine themed cupcake liners and I just had to whip out my red velvet cupcakes for the holiday!  Read more

Watercolor Sugar Cookies

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This recipe may not leave a clean kitchen… but it definitely creates a batch of cookies to talk about! These sugar cookies are a fun way to let your artsy side out. The saying “food is art” takes almost a literal meaning with this watercolor technique!

I also recently discovered Marshmallow Fondant! Instead of the several steps of normal fondant, the marshmallow fondant takes 3 steps and takes no more than 5 minutes to make! I was honestly amazed by the power of a microwave, marshmallows, and powered sugar!

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Dark Chocolate Balsamic Cookies

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Recently, I have been using balsamic vinegar, especially balsamic glaze in and on almost everything lately. It’s a fantastic way to bring a fresh acidity or sweet flavor to a savory dish.

With how busy I have been with work, I haven’t taken the time to experiment with baking. One of my favorite things with sweets is to play with tying in as many savory flavors as possible!  Balsamic vinegar being my new ingredient!

Surprisingly I learned, that vinegar actually pops up in a lot of baked goods as a quick and easy way to add an acid to a recipe. This allows a leavening agent like baking soda to get a little extra lift when added to the batter.

The balsamic vinegar in this recipe actually also gives the chocolate cookies almost a “chocolate covered cherry” taste!   Read more

Heirloom Tomato Quiche

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Last night I decided to head back to the suburbs for a quiet night away from the sirens and taxi horns and I’m so glad I did!  I feel like since starting my new job and moving downtown I just haven’t taken a second to just relax and actually truly cook.

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Savory Beet & Goat Cheese Galette

Savory Beet & Goat Cheese Galette

Recently, in the world of Food Blogging, a new trend is experimenting with a pastry called a Galette. In my research, I have seen everything from sweet to savory when it comes to flavors. Me being a more savory girl myself, I’ve decided to create a savory Galette with beets, potatoes, and goat cheese. Overall, beets and goat cheese are one of the best combinations in my opinion and have become very popular in many restaurants! The earthiness of the root vegetable is a fabulous pairing with the bright and creamy flavors of the goat cheese.

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Vegan Carrot Cake Cookies

Carrot Cake Cookies

My favorite cake being Carrot Cake, I decided to whip up a variation on the recipe for all my vegan followers! I had help from one of my very talented vegan friends, Kaylee. Even though there were a few bumps in the road when it came to recipe testing, the end result was well worth it!

When it comes to vegan baking, ingredient substitutions are very important to understand. In this recipe, we decided to use canned pumpkin as a substitute for eggs. Low in both calories and fat, canned pumpkin is a healthy substitute for oil and eggs in a variety of baked goods. Even though it gives off a little pumpkin flavor, the other ingredients definitely over power the taste of pumpkin. I find that the pumpkin brings a lot of wonderful moisture to the dough as well! Read more

Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread

Spotted dog is what the Irish Americans call “Irish Soda Bread.”  Irish Soda Bread is a traditional product of a poor country. This was because it was made with only the most basic of ingredients, which included flour, baking soda, soured milk to moisten and activate the soda, and salt. One of my favorite facts is that a cross was traditionally cut on the top with a knife to ward off the devil and protect the household. From the earliest of times in Ireland,  bread-making was an integral part of daily life in almost every home.

Made in just about 2 or 3 minutes and baked in only 30-40 minutes, this Irish Soda Bread might just be the easiest bread you will ever make . By the end of culinary school in Ireland, I probably could have made this bread with my eyes closed! This bread is also terrific canvas for experimenting with different variations and uses. Some of my favorite variations are with olives, sun dried tomatoes or caramelized onions. Read more

Orange Cinnamon Rolls with Greek Yogurt Icing

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These cinnamon rolls are my no yeast quick version! Still pretty heavenly if I do say so myself. I understand that sometimes waiting for dough to rise can be a burden, so give these a shot!

These cinnamon rolls are definitely not made with bikini season in mind, but even with these deliciously sweet rolls it’s nice to substitute out the fat where you can! The Greek yogurt icing cuts out a good amount of fat and calories, but still keeps the same savory creaminess as a cream cheese icing would have.

I feel like most people have a comforting memory with cinnamon rolls. Whether made from scratch or out of popped out of the Pillsbury tube, there’s something that always reminds me of home when I smell the sweet cinnamon bread in the air.

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