Strawberry Mousse with Coconut Whipped Cream and Sweet Strawberry Sauce

Happy Monday everyone! I am in a super extra happy mood today for 3 fabulous reasons! 1. I started drinking caffeine again. This is maybe the only reason I am happy at 6:00 am. 2. I leave for New York City in 6 days! 6 DAYS! I can almost taste the bagels...hear Daniel Radcliffe prancing around Broadway... And the main reason.... 3. I am guest posting over on Carol's fabulous blog, Ditch the Wheat! If you haven't checked her out already... DO IT. She is the queen of low carb and gluten-free. … [Read more...]

Blueberry Sugar Shortcakes with Mango Compote

So I am SO excited for this weekend! Foodbuzz (if you haven't heard of it, check it out here, its a food blogging website) picked my proposal for an Earth-friendly, Green Dinner Party that I will be hosting this Saturday! It's going to be featured on their website for the next couple weeks along with a few other deliciously talented food blogger's parties. The party's theme is inspired by this month's Earth Day, so everything I will be cooking and using will all be eco-friendly, local, … [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...]

Double Chocolate Bundt Cake

Dear Chocolate- Please please please forgive me for completely ignoring you in my last post. Those Very Vanilla Vegan Cupcakes meant nothing to me... I swear. It was just a one night thing, I was confused...I thought I wanted vanilla...those little flag cupcake toppers were just too cute...it won't happen again, I promise.  You can have the password to my myrecipes.com account, check my saved my recipes! I swear!   Don't get me wrong - I love a good simple vanilla cupcake, or a … [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...]

Berry-Papaya Power Parfaits with Maple-Cinnamon Granola

  Happy Easter everyone! How was your weekends?? We went to an (AMAZING) Easter brunch today. It was like carb loading for a marathon. Unlimited waffles. French toast. Pancakes. And not like cafeteria style food, like really yummy restaurant food! Ok... now I'm not proud of the next thing I'm about to tell you....I may or may not have swiped a few easter eggs from the kids table. I mean, it was right next to the grown-up buffet so totally honest mistake, right?? I have a serious … [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...]

Dulce de Leche Caramel Swirl Cupcakes

Happy Friday everyone! This is an even happier Friday than most Fridays....do you want to know why?? Actually there's three reasons. #1... I'm leaving to Mexico tomorrow for Spring Break! In 24 hours I am going to be sipping pina coladas, eating guacamole, and applying more sun tan lotion than most mom's smother their toddler's in. #2... I made some kick butt Dulce De Leche Caramel Swirl Cupcakes in honor of my little vacation! #2... Kayle from The Cooking Actress nominated me for The … [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...]

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...]

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...]

No Pudge Double Fudge Brownies with Creamy Chocolate Frosting

Happy almost- TGIF everyone! I don't know about you all but I'm sooo ready for the weekend! I'm ready to relax...read a good book...sip a few cocktails...eat some guacamole....lay by the beach...Ok ok so I really just want Spring Break... I'm over this whole winter thing. This may have been a mild winter but I still can't strut in my flip flops down Michigan Avenue (Or trip my way down..can anyone really walk gracefully in those??) But now I'm rambling! I have a more important story to tell … [Read more...]