Black and White Cookies

I love black and white cookies.  I mean, I really love them.  But I don’t need a fancy one from a bakery.  My favorite are the ones you buy at a bodega.  I’m pretty sure I was addicted to them when I lived in New York.  I’m surprised that I haven’t tried to make them…

Apple Bread Pudding

Ah, the beauty of having friends that go apple picking is the left overs that come my way!   I was all set to make an apple pie when I saw this recipe from Food and Wine for apple bread pudding.  It sounded really interesting to me and I wanted to try it. Surprisingly finding brioche…

Friday Things

  Happy Halloween!! I know it’s Friday, but today it feels like “throw back Thursday”. I came across pics of halloween cupcakes I made when I lived in Chicago. A friend of mine helped me make batches of halloween cupcakes for my son’s school halloween party. The pics aren’t that great, but the cupcakes were…

Black & White Cake

One of my favorite things to do when I go to my parents house in Detroit (other than eating coney island hot dogs) is going to my favorite used bookstore, John K King Used & Rare Books. When you walk in the door, you can smell nothing but old musty books. I love it! It’s…

Chocolate Chip Cookies

I can’t remember if I mentioned this before, but I actually have my own cookie business.  I’m in a bit of denial about having one even though it’s been in existence since 2007.  It all started by accident.  While I was taking classes at culinary school, my good friend’s sister and her husband decided to…

Chocolate Chip Muffins

Chocolate chip muffins are pretty popular at my house. I usually make a couple of dozen, individually wrap them, and keep them in the freezer. It’s a great way for my son to feed himself in the morning before school. Just take one (or three) out of the freezer the night before to thaw and…

Peanut Butter Honeycomb Pie

I was on the web (as always) the other day googling something about peanuts (or peanut brittle, or french burnt peanuts), when this recipe title caught my eye. One click and I immediately started checking to see if I had the ingredients in my cupboard. I eagerly started with the Honeycomb. Preparing honeycomb is very…

Buttermilk Pancakes

I first made these pancakes a few years ago for my son’s birthday breakfast.  The recipe was on the packaging for Star Wars pancake molds. I don’t usually try recipes found on product labels, but I made them and they were delicious.  They are the perfect balance of hearty and light.  I fry them in…

Vanilla Whoopie Pie

Lately, I’ve seen recipes using rhubarb.  They all looked so pretty and springy, that I was getting the itch to bake with something colorful.   I found an awesome recipe for a rhubarb-ginger crumble and was getting excited. I popped into the market to get the ingredients, but I couldn’t find the rhubarb. I asked an employee,…

Zebra Cake

I knew I wanted to make this cake as soon as I saw it.  I was feeling rather cocky and thought I could do it – no problem. I was too lazy to research or create my own recipe for the chocolate/vanilla cake, so I used one that went with the picture I found on…

Zebra Cake: a lesson in the consequences of cocky baking

I knew I wanted to make this cake as soon as I saw it.  I was feeling rather cocky and thought I could do it – no problem. I was too lazy to research or create my own recipe for the chocolate/vanilla cake, so I used one that went with the picture I found on…

Funfetti Cake

I’ve finally realized and accepted that I’m not a very creative person when it comes to baking. I’ll never come up with a clever flavor combo, or super cool design for a cake. This fact has been proven after seeing many very creative posts on other blogs and pinterest (I love and hate pinterest). Never…