Cinnamon roll muffins

I’m not a big breakfast person, but there are a few breakfast foods that can entice me enough to munch on something in the morning. One of those foods is muffins. (It’s probably because they remind me of cupcakes without the icing). When I found this recipe for cinnamon roll muffins, I knew it was…

Strawberry crumb bars

When I was younger, I used to always eat an English Muffin or toast with strawberry jam on it. I loved how you could feel the tiny, little seeds on your tongue as you ate. Strawberry jam was—and continues to be—my jam. So as I sifted through my many Barefoot Contessa cookbooks to decide what…

Buttermilk pumpkin donuts with brown butter maple glaze

My nieces—Celia, Sophie, and Lindsay—have been asking to bake with me for a while. The problem is, I’m never in PA long enough to be able to devote a full day to it. But with the Thanksgiving holiday approaching, I have a whole week free for plans—and we’ve already marked down our baking date day….

Blueberry almond muffins

I recently found myself with almost five pounds of Maine blueberries. For those of you who have never had a Maine blueberry, they’re something magical. They are super tiny and super sweet (kind of like me!). Anyway, then it came time to decide what to do with all of them. I knew I was going…

Zucchini muffins

My coworker—and good friend—Lauren recently brought me a zucchini she grew in her garden that was the size of a small cat. And so the challenge began: How the heck do I use this entire thing? After making a huge zucchini casserole and sautéed zucchini, I still had almost a half of this bad boy left….

Giant cinnamon roll cake

When I was little, whenever it was one of my siblings’ birthdays, my mom would always buy us doughnuts from Dunkin Donuts. She’d place them all on a plate and put candles in so that we could sing happy birthday to the special person. We all had our usual go-to doughnuts (my sis obviously always…

Tomato tart with blue cheese

I know I’ve been MIA, but I’ve been a busy little bee: Work stuff, vacation, getting engaged. It’s been a busy couple of months! So it’s about time I shared a new recipe. This one is the result of a long few days of traveling and not really wanting to make anything. As I was…

New York-style crumb cake

My friend Jayme and I were recently discussing all of the sweet treats we love from New York (our birthplace). We threw out various types of cookies, real bagels … and then it was mentioned: CRUMB CAKE. If you’ve never had a true crumb cake from New York, you have not lived. I’ll try and…

Cream cheese crumb bars

Looking for something a bit different for dessert? Try this cross between coffee cake and cheese cake. The bottom and top layers are a light and buttery streusel with a silky cream cheese layer in the middle. Simple to make. Delicious to eat. CREAM CHEESE CRUMB BARS Servings: 9-18 pieces Ingredients: ⅓ cup unsalted butter,…

Sausage and apple puff pastry roll

I love trying recipes with unexpected flavors. This puff pastry roll filled with a sausage, apple, and onion stuffing is a little bit salty and a little bit sweet. It’s the perfect dish to serve for brunch, lunch, or a snack any time of the day. SAUSAGE AND APPLE PUFF PASTRY ROLL Servings: Makes 2…

Peach almond muffins

I’m not a big dessert person, but I do love sweet breakfast treats. And muffins are a personal favorite. This recipe for peach almond muffins (originally found on Two Peas & the Pod) are the perfect treat for someone who wants a little fruitiness, a little bit of nuttiness, and a lot of sweetness. Feel…

Corned beef hash

It’s St. Patty’s Day weekend, so that can only mean one thing: Corned beef! And what’s better than sitting down to that traditional boiled meat dinner? Oh yes, the day-after-leftover corned beef hash. I found this Saveur recipe for the classic dish, but tweaked it a bit. It would be perfect served with a poached…