Anyone who knows me knows that I have a crazy addiction to watermelon. A watermelon a day keeps the doctor away? Well… I wish that was true!
So it’s absolutely not weird that I would be the person to put watermelon on the grill! This recipe below is the perfect dessert or side dish to any grilled meat and BBQ. It’s refreshing, yet caramelized flavor, pairs perfectly with the fattiness and juiciness of any meat.
I am not going to lie, the macarons pictured are definitely my 2nd attempt! This French dessert is incredibly easy to prep, but very tricky when it comes to the baking process! The first batch I had made with my roommate, the batter looked beautiful, but cracked in the oven at 325 degrees.
My 2nd try I lowered the heat to 300 degrees while rotating the pan and they came out great, so I will spare you the head ache and two eggs!
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
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!
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
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
When it comes to my sweets I can honestly say healthy isn’t really in my vocabulary. Even though I will admit there are several amazing vegan and gluten free bakers floating around the internet, I like to keep my sweets traditional.
I was inspired to make this Lemon Blueberry bundt cake because of a bundt cake pan I recently received from my grandma, that looks like its been baked in for about one hundred years. I wanted to do something with light and refreshing flavors, so what better than lemon and blueberry. Read more