Pear Vanilla Green Smoothie

Contrary to how it may appear on my blog and Instagram, I do occasionally eat things that are healthy. However, I have a big aversion to eating something just because it’s healthy – it has to taste good, otherwise I’m not on board. So you can trust me when I tell you … Read more ››

Salty Sweet Peanut Butter Cookies

I’ve never been a big fan of peanut butter cookies, but when I saw this recipe in the New York Times I decided to give it a try anyway. They turned out well! These had a good crumbly but soft texture and a mildly, not overly sweet flavor. To me, … Read more ››

Vanilla Bean Eggnog Cookies

When my blog friend Monica of Cakes and Lilies emailed me about potentially doing a holiday cookie link-up, my answer was a resounding yes – and I immediately started brainstorming ideas for what to make. I don’t have a tradition holiday cookie that I make every year, so I set off in … Read more ››

Healthy Apple Muffins

What better way to welcome autumn than with a recipe that makes your apartment smell like apple pie? These Apple Crumb Muffins are easy to pull together, relatively healthy (as far as baked goods go), and absolutely delicious. The best things about this particular recipe are the little juicy chunks of real apple … Read more ››

Olive Oil Zucchini Bread

Melissa Clark strikes again! Another great recipe in the New York Times Dining section by my favorite chef – the minute I saw this Olive Oil Zucchini Bread, I put it on my weekend agenda. I don’t know what’s better about it: how incredibly good it tasted or how extremely easy … Read more ››

Blueberry Lemonade Squares

A few weeks ago I decided to make something sweet (it had been a while since I baked!), so I set my sights on Smitten Kitchen’s Pink Lemonade Bars. Such a cute concept and so pretty. Unfortunately, when I got to the farmer’s market at Union Square it turned out … Read more ››

Ricotta Tart with Summer Fruit

I made this ricotta tart using a Melissa Clark recipe over Memorial Day weekend for my family, to much fanfare. My brother said it was one of the “better desserts” he’s ever had in his life, which I was very happy to hear! It was rather easy to make and once … Read more ››

Apple Tart with Salted Caramel

There’s not much I like more than an apple tart on puff pastry with some kind of delicious honey or caramel topping. I’d been wanting to try Smitten Kitchen’s version for a while, and when I finally made it for my sister and brother, they loved it. It’s relatively easy – I used an … Read more ››

Irish Soda Bread

Irish soda bread is something that I’ve always shied away from because I thought I hated it (bad experience in elementary school). However, the other day (actually like a month ago), I was looking for something different to bake, and came upon it in one of my favorite cookbooks. I … Read more ››

Chocolate Hazelnut Linzer Cookies

A few weeks ago I made these chocolate hazelnut linzer cookies from Smitten Kitchen, which I’d been wanting to try for a while, and they were delicious. The cookies themselves have a lovely texture and flavor from the crushed hazelnuts, then the middle is filled with Nutella…and really, when is … Read more ››