Caramel Brownies with Pretzel Crust

I feel like I need to have a t-shirt made saying “I survived the move!”  All 1,400 employees moved into our new building today.  It’s been very exciting and very busy.  I actually worked all weekend troubleshooting building issues with our core team to make sure everything would be as perfect as possible when everyone…

Pumpkin Cake with Bourbon Cream Cheese Frosting

I’ve noticed on more than one occasion I’ve stated that I’m not really fond of pumpkin desserts and yet I keep baking pumpkin desserts. I guess I’ll have to officially change my mind because I really do like pumpkin desserts! I’m definitely more of a fan of pumpkin scones and pumpkin bread, but this pumpkin…

Apple Cider Cake with Bourbon Cider Glaze

If there are two things I love, its fall and boozy desserts.  Ok, there are a million more things I love, but when fall arrives I often think of cider donuts I would buy at the local cider mill, still hot with a little grease staining the bag, a hot cup of cider (spiked), or…

Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

I bought bananas a couple of days ago that were perfect, but with the incredible heat and humidity that settled into the city, they quickly turned brown.  I was a little disappointed because I was actually going to eat them, but I’m always looking for new banana recipes to try, so it wasn’t total loss. …

Strawberry Basil Pie

My goal this year was to make at least one fruit dessert in the month that it’s in season.  This month is strawberry and rhubarb month. I will be honest.  I really only like my strawberries three ways: dipped in chocolate, in jam form on a bagel with cream cheese, or in a pop tart. …

Malted Chocolate Cake

When I read this recipe, I knew I had to make it.  There are so many of my favorite ingredients in one recipe.  Malted milk balls, chocolate, coffee, dark chocolate glaze, yummy! I was so careful putting together my grocery list, making sure I bought everything that I needed, when I forgot one thing. Malted…

Banana Butterscotch Trifle

I have a friend who comes to DC from California for work. She’s usually in town for a week at a time and we eat out every night. One night we went to The Partisan, in Penn Quarter. It’s a meat-centric masterpiece of a restaurant. They start you off by presenting you with a sheet…

Orange Upside Down Cake

I bought a Mini Cooper this weekend!  It’s dark blue with a white roof, white mirrors and white bonnet stripes.  It even has a panoramic sun roof.  I want to get rid of the stripes but Miles likes them so I told him we could keep them for a few weeks.  It’s my very first…

Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Valentine’s Day was coming up and although I don’t have “that someone special” my own age, I do have a 12 yr old that I wanted to do something special for. His favorite dessert is Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting, so I thought I’d make it Friday night and surprise him with it…

Meyer Lemon Bars with Olive Oil

This is my second creation from my great Saturday bake-off last weekend. I actually bought Meyer lemons and oranges weeks ago thinking that I would have time to bake. How wrong I was! While I hope to change that soon, I’m going to savor the day that I spent the day in my happy place…

Bourbon Pecan Pie

I can’t tell you how excited I am to have a requested dessert. Most of the time I bake things as experiments, testing them out on friends and coworkers, but this is different. Every Thanksgiving, my office requests that I make pecan pie for our potluck, friends and family ask me to make one for…

Pancake Cake with Maple Cream Frosting

  My son and I finally had a free morning where we didn’t have to run off to karate or swim class. Well, actually, we decided to play hooky. We were feeling a little lazy, and wanted a morning where we didn’t have to get up and run around. Pancakes were requested for breakfast, and…