Bars

St. Patrick’s Day Treats

A bar made out of lucky charms and bailey's marshmallows on a round white plate

When I lived in Louisville, the St. Patrick’s Day parade was one of my favorite days of the year.  Since moving to Boston, though, I have avoided the parade.  I hear it gets a bit rowdy in Southie! But the chaos of the celebrations doesn’t keep me from making a delicious themed dessert every year! And you know I love a good theme!  Two years ago I made this to-die-for Irish Coffee Cake with Irish whiskey, and last year I made these super fun Pots O’ Gold with Guinness.  I decided to change it up again this year to make these insanely easy St. Patrick’s Day treats! They’re like a Rice Krispie treat, but instead of Rice Krispies, they use Lucky Charms, and instead of marshmallows, you make a homemade Bailey’s fluff! Continue Reading

Breads

Cafe au Lait Bread Pudding

Cafe au Lait Bread Pudding in a white bowl with an orange rim next to a small white bowl of cafe au lait sauce, all surrounded by mardi gras beads, with a Cafe du Monde coffee can in the background

Fat Tuesday is this week and I’ve never been to Mardis Gras, but I absolutely love New Orleans.  The city is so fun and so beautiful and the food is unreal. Of course, my initial thought for a Mardis Gras recipe was a King cake, but I wanted to give it my own little twist. I also considered a beignet because it’s basically my favorite food in New Orleans. But I also want to keep my recipes as easy as possible.  When I look at a recipe, even though I love baking, if it looks difficult or time-consuming I procrastinate on making it and then end up buying a box at the last minute.  Some of it is probably that I love sweets way too much and just want the final product to be ready! But a lot of it is because I live in a tiny apartment with a teeny tiny kitchen and a complicated recipe is stressful.  Especially when I know I can make something just as good with a lot less stress! Continue Reading

Brownies

Chocolate Cherry Brownies

Chocolate Cherry Brownies

When I have a great idea for a recipe and it fails in testing, I despise throwing away the failure.  I hate to waste all those ingredients!  But these chocolate cherry brownies came about from two failed recipes with almost nothing going to waste and that makes me extra proud of these!

Chocolate Cherry Brownies
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Cakes

Red Wine Chocolate Bombs

Red Wine Chocolate Bomb on a white square plate with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top

I know a lot of people hate Valentine’s Day or think it’s a made-up holiday, but it’s one of my absolute favorites.  I find myself defending it year after year as one of the best holidays. Aside from the delicious candy, what’s better than an added excuse to tell people how much you love them? Growing up, Valentine’s Day was the holiday where my mom would hide cards and gifts all over the house and all throughout our stuff so we would find cards and candy all day long.  It was the best.  It’s a tradition I’ve tried to carry on (as best as it can be in our tiny downtown apartment).

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Pies

Bourbon Molasses Chocolate Pecan Pie

A slice of Bourbon Molasses Chocolate Pecan Pie on a white square plate

Boston is one of the most historical cities in the U.S. and as you walk through the city it is so apparent.  There are so many historical sites.  So many, in fact, that there is a walking trail you can follow through the city to hit some of the biggest historical spots.  There’s the Boston Tea Party, and Paul Revere, and the Boston Massacre. There’s the Bunker Hill Monument, the U.S.S. Constitution, and the Boston Common.  There’s Harvard University and Fenway Park. Every single thing in Boston has quite a history.  But there is a much lesser known story in Boston’s history.  More specifically, in the North End of Boston (also known as Boston’s Little Italy). Continue Reading