best ever peanut butter blondies

I have no idea what’s gong on! The last two times I attempted to make Brownies have ended in utter disaster, and by that I mean undercooked or otherwise inedible brownies. That’s just bad. But I think there is a way to redeem myself. Maybe if I reverse direction and make the best ever Blondies,…

christmas bonus: bourbon pecan fruitcake bites

Like many folks, I have never been a fan of the traditional fruitcake.  Ridiculed for its brick-like appearance and studded with unnatural glossy green and red “fruits,” it never really tasted any better than it looked. Why does fruitcake have such a bum rap? Generally speaking, fruitcake is just a mixture of brandied fruits and nuts…

not your grandmother’s rice pudding

You either love rice pudding or you hate it. I L-O-V-E it, and my grandmother’s recipe was actually pretty darn good. It’s so simple to make, and really may be my most favorite food. I loved when my Gram would make it for me when I was a little girl, it was her favorite too…

cranberries: New England’s superfood

It’s no wonder why cranberries are a staple of holiday cooking and eating, since they are freshest and in season September through December. There is no food more quintessentially New England than the cranberry, documentation from Ocean Spray even suggests that the first commercial cranberry harvest took place in Dennis, Massachusetts in 1816. Not only are…

apple cider donuts

Despite what the thermometer reads today, it is Fall in New England and that means it’s apple cider season! The onset of Autumn weather instantly fills me with a sense of nostalgia, I suddenly crave sweaters, bonfires, and apple cider. Of course apple cider is especially delightful served hot, but in my opinion the best…

I dream of donuts

Here are somethings you need to know about me: I love donuts, and recently I fulfilled two dreams in one shot… For twenty years (eep!) I had dreams of visiting Seattle and I’ve been dreaming of the donut shop mecca Top Pot Donuts since I first saw it on a TV travel show. In February, I lived my dream and…

mexican hot chocolate mug cake

It’s Cinco de Mayo! Let’s celebrate with a little chocolate cake made in a mug! Mexican hot chocolate is a slightly spicier version of regular old cocoa, thanks to the addition of cinnamon. For this recipe, you’ll need a store-bought Mexican hot chocolate such as Abuelita (look at that sweet little grannie). You’ll be using…

caramel coconut cookie bars

Aka, Girl Scout Samoas copycats. If you’re like me, you’ve already eaten through your stash of Girl Scout cookies… and you need a fix! It’s pretty easy to clone the tasty confections from our fine little friends in green vests– especially in bar form– you’ll be eating these up in no time. Just a few…