Mom’s Day Recipe Round-Up

So the game plan for today's post was supposed to be "Mail Order Mom's Day"... and no. Not like ordering a new mom. I was going to do baked goods that are 'mail-friendly' for those of us too far to visit mom on her big day or those of us doting children who forgot to buy mom a gift. So the point was to give all you procrastinators some easy  recipes to make and send to mom for Mom's day...only today is Friday. I'm just realizing that I totally just defeated the point of my post. Mom will not … [Read more...]

Glazed Cinnamon Sugar-Stuffed Scones

Happy Earth Day everyone!! Flip on some Animal Planet! Recycle your Sunday papers! And...don't flush your toilet every time you go...unless.. you know,  you uh...then please do... Today is all about celebrating our beautiful planet and remembering to love her back as much as she loves us! I was googling around the other day and found this awesome little awareness project. Earthday.org/2012 is asking everyone to pledge an "Act of Green" for today - whether it be helping drive over your … [Read more...]

Challah French Toast with Maple-Apple Compote

Hi guys! So I really over achieved on this one...I don't just have one yummy recipe for you today, I've got 2 Easter recipes for you! Count it...2. For the price of one! Sounds kind of like my all-inclusive buffet line in Mexico... Ok, so Easter is one of my favorite holidays because: #1 its all about chocolate. Chocolate bunnies... chocolate eggs...chocolate candy...chocolate hangover.... #2 You get to eat BRUNCH. I don't know about you guys but the most gourmet I get on a Saturday morning … [Read more...]

Spinach-Parmesan Souffles

How was your all's weekend?? Hope you had a great St. Patty's Day and are rested and recovered for the work week! And if not there's gotta be at least a few drops of Bailey's left in your liquor cabinet for that starbuck's in your hand... or Advil. Or McDonald's. Egg McMuffin anyone? I swear those do the trick. I lived in a sorority house for a year while in college and our house mom would order these 'mock' Egg McMuffins (haha ok yes...in case you didn't think it was possible, you can get … [Read more...]

Vegan & GF Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

It's Monday everyone...uh oh... And it's not just any Monday. Its Daylight Savings Monday. Its when whatever powers at be decided that getting up early wasn't nearly a big enough struggle and that we should now set our clocks an hour back so that we no longer wake up to sunshine and birds chirping, but pitch black and crickets. And the moon. I go to the bed with the moon. I do not wake up with the moon. But I guess now we get dinner's with sunsets and evening commutes with sunshine so I … [Read more...]

15 Minutes Waffle Cookies with Strawberry Raspberry Whipped Cream

Waffle cookies are either the most genius idea ever or the absolute worst idea ever. In a total of about 15 minutes - start to finish- you can have freshly baked warm waffle cookies. Which means that in about 20 minutes you can also consume about 25 waffle cookies. See? Best idea - cookies in seconds... Worst idea - cookies in  mouth in seconds... I'm going with best idea. Definitely best idea. I mean, how cool is it that you can make cookies in a waffle iron?? Besides the fact that these … [Read more...]

Chocolate Chip Coffee Morning Muffins

Monday morning, 7:30 am: Pull into Coffee Shop parking lot. Groggy, rub eyes. Smear mascara. Quickly wipe on lipstick to distract from raccoon eyes. Open door to coffee shop. Me: "Um.... so I'd like a....." Coffee Shop Boy interrupts. Coffee Shop Boy (interruption allowed, kind of cute) : "Small decaf soy latte, extra hot." Hands me drink, already made without me ordering. Me: "... I love you..." but actually comes out as caveman grunt. Don't know how to speak before coffee. Hand cute … [Read more...]

Jelly Filled Doughnut Muffins for Fat Tuesday!

Happy Pączki Day! My grandpa would be so proud of me.... I'm half Polish which means that every year on Fat Tuesday we get to eat jelly doughnuts (I mean technically they're called pączek, but we're kind of pseudo-American-Polish (and Italian! Sorry Mom...) so we get these delicious American (oops) doughnuts from our downtown shop. Pączek are just like jelly doughnuts- they're yummy fried sweet dough filled with preserves or cream and usually sprinkled in powdered sugar. Sound familiar? It's … [Read more...]

Strawberry Thumbprint Cornbread Muffins

Omygoodness. If you love to bake you need to grab a copy of The Sono Baking Company Cookbook. I've blogged a few posts already on their recipes and I swear every time I bake something new it becomes my new obsession. ....Melt-in-your mouth double chocolate cookies, rich fudgy chocolate chunk brownies, smooth chocolate cream pie, decadent caramel bread pudding....yum yum and more yum. I hope you renewed last years gym membership because you're going to need it.... I've made these strawberry … [Read more...]

Chicago Style Deep Dish Pizza

Ooey. Gooey. Melty. Mozzarella Cheese Juicy sausage. Slowly roasted green peppers. Piles of sliced mushrooms and caramelized onions. And did I mention cheese?  Melty, irresistible, smothering cheese.  New York's got nothing on Chicago. Today I'm going to teach you how to make the best Chicago style deep dish pizza. You might want to grab a napkin because you're going to be drooling in a few minutes..... There's nothing like homemade pizza. Yes, it's more time consuming than calling up … [Read more...]

“Light” Monkey Bread

My family is obsessed with monkey bread. Forget birthday cakes, my brothers ask for these yummy warm doughy globs dripping in cinnamon sugar. Every year. Same with Christmas morning breakfast... Father's Day... Valentine's Day.... I'm not kidding, in high school my younger brother wrote a paper on monkey bread. Needless to say, when I told them I was trying a not only 'new' monkey bread recipe, but a 'lighter' monkey bread recipe... there was an uproar in my house. How could you perfect the … [Read more...]

Tomato and Parmesan Focaccia with Caramelized Onions

So I have a new life calling. And its not baking cakes or saving the world. Its getting tickets to the Ellen Degeneres Show. Do you know how to do this? Because I think its actually impossible. The website told me to 'click' on the date I wanted to see the show on. So I did. Simple right? Wrong. You can't click on any day. The little cursor turns into a hand when you wave it over the calendar... taunting you... pretending its on your side...but then refuses to click on a date. But its ok. … [Read more...]