Skinny Chocolate Chip Pumpkin-Banana Bread

  The pumpkin plant in my garden is getting SO BIG. Crazy big. The kind of big that ate my thyme plant... my parsley plant...and my green pepper... and I don't think its going to stop until it's finished off my cherry tomatoes.   A good mom would rein in her bullying child, but I'm totally playing favorites and I am way too excited to have my own pumpkins for this fall to do anything about it!   Look at them! I've never even successfully grown a basil … [Read more...]

Buffalo Chicken Mini Meatballs

 So I'm really excited about my garden! Check out my pics below. Everything's planted, everything's green (mostly green), one of my baby tomatoes is starting to ripen, and I feel a totally new and deep connection with nature. I walk around barefoot...wake up with the sun... only eat what I plant myself....   Just kidding. More like ruin my slippers watering my plants at 8 am after I stumble out of bed with coffee dripping down my face and pray that my little red pepper plant can … [Read more...]

Portobello Pesto Sandwich with Roasted Summer Veggies

                          So today is National Start a Garden Day!   ...Just kidding. Its not. Is there already a day for this?? I figured if pancakes and Nutella get their own day so should starting a garden! So on behalf of all of the other procrastinating gardeners out there, I am officially establishing June 4 as "National You Waited Too Long So You Should Really … [Read more...]

Ooey Gooey Peanut Butter S’mores Bars

I"m home! I'm home! I'm home! ....And I'm ready to turn right back around :) NYC was SO much fun! I don't even know where to begin telling you about it! [divider] How about Birthday Cake Truffles at Momofuku Milk Bar?? Tomato Focaccia at Eataly? Chocolate Souffles at The Little Owl?? At least 5lbs of peanut butter M&Ms at that ENORMOUS M&M store in Times Square. Don't judge. [divider] O wait... and what's that Kristina? Who did you see? Is that... is that a blurry Nick … [Read more...]

Very Vanilla Vegan Cupcakes

Okkkk yes yes I have a delicious vegan cupcake recipe that will knock your socks off and make you totally forget about your old bff's butter and buttermilk... but first... Do any of you happen to recognize this little culinary queen in the pic below? If you're a little confused its probably because you're used to seeing her in HD on the Food Network and not pixelated on my iPhone but yes ladies and gents that is Giada!! I went to my first ever book signing at Williams-Sonoma last Monday … [Read more...]

Skinny Blueberry-Lemon Coffee Cake with Almond Streusel

OMY-goodness. We have had amazing weather in Chicago this week! And I don't just mean amazing for Chicago... aka as long as its not snowing/blizzarding/sleeting/etc....am I forgetting anything..?? It was almost 80 yesterday. I came home and immediately jumped into my bathing suit and laid out in the gorgeous sunshine and read a book. And its a very good thing that my backyard is in the woods because I may have blinded a few people with the sun's reflection off my very white body. In the … [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...]

Caramel Swirl Fudge Nut Brownies

Rich. Smooth. Chocolate chip fudge brownie. Layered with crunchy walnuts and swirled in creamy homemade caramel.... O ya, and then topped in another solid layer of gooey delicious caramel... These are serious brownies. For not so serious bakers (these are super simple!). Don't let the homemade caramel scare you off. I've always shied away from making homemade caramel. It's such a touchy little candy. You have to break out the candy thermometer (I found mine all dusty and shoved in the  back … [Read more...]

Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes

  So I know this post is really about these awesome strawberry cheesecake cupcakes  (seriously! Mmm..), but first, have you seen this youtube clip?? Its of these two little British girls on the Ellen Show....rapping. In pink tutus. And tiaras. Click on the link at the top! And they're only  like 6 or 7 (actually I really have no idea, I made that up) and they rap with Nicki Minaj and it is hilarious... and they're good! Seriously good! They're at the age when kids are usually still in … [Read more...]

Chocolate Chip Banana Whoopie Pies with Fudgy Frosting

I am obsessed with Pinterst. Its horrible. Between Facebook, Pinterest, and blogging my butt has been glued to my desk chair for way longer than Michelle Obama's new Healthy Living Campaign would approve of. But I eat my vegetables....? I love daydreaming about my next recipe by scrolling through the hundreds and hundreds of delicious looking goodies people have pinned. You can gain at least 5 lbs just by looking at some of the yummy desserts people have created. First I found the most … [Read more...]

Quick Mini Pizza Appetizers with Arugula, Peppers, and Prosciutto

Happy 2012! Well... almost. Can you believe its already been another year? I keep accidentally typing 2010 for some reason. I'm a little behind. I literally almost sent out a resume yesterday that said December 2010. And the first line under my 'skill' section says "detail oriented..." I'm excited for New Years Eve though! As a kid we'd always work it up and make NYE into a huge deal. We'd all sneak like a half of beer from our parents, buy some cheap party hats... and then realize that … [Read more...]