How to Survive Baking with your Toddler

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My toddler and I have now had our share of baking sessions. She loves it. I love seeing how much she loves it. And we both enjoy spending that time together. But it's not always peachy. Several desserts later, I've experienced the fun and not so fun parts of being in the kitchen with a little person. In an effort to save you from unnecessary mishaps, here is my list of Do's and Don'ts when junior is in the vicinity of an open flame or a hot oven. Practice sanitation: No, your hands Read more [...]

Juno Cookies (Chewy White Chocolate Chip)

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I love snow days. They're a forced stay-cation that you're actually able to enjoy, because unlike weekends, you have nothing to do but hunker down. No errands to run. No zoos to visit. No cramming quality time with your kids into a 48 hour countdown that results in panic attacks as you near the t-minus 8 hour mark. It's just hours of pure nothingness - you can do as much or as little as you want. We welcomed our first snow day of 2015 today. A blizzard by the name of Juno. Thanks to Read more [...]

Olive Oil Zucchini Bread

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Grandma decided to give my little girl an olive oil hair mask today. I figured objecting wouldn't do much to help my daughter's cause, so I watched as she got 'pampered' by Grandma's ancient beauty traditions. My little one seemed to love it, which makes me worry about the spa bills she'll be racking up when she's old enough. Since the olive oil was out and about, I decided to make good use of it in the kitchen by concocting something new...and green. Enter my newest treat - olive oil zucchini Read more [...]

Dulce de Leche Cheesecake

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A friend of mine was celebrating his birthday yesterday and asked that I make a Dulce de Leche Cheesecake for his party. Cheesecake?! Ugh. I had been dreading making this since he asked for it earlier in the week. Cheesecake is one of my least favorite sweets to bake. Getting it just right is a hassle and there's a meticulous science that goes into the baking. The tiniest diversion to the required steps can be disastrous. I'm all about EASY recipes. But it was a special occasion, so I couldn't say Read more [...]

Blueberry Ricotta Scones

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Since I'm slightly obsessed with scones these days, I decided to bake a sweet version of these flaky delights. Different from the rich and dense Prosciutto Blue Cheese scones I made earlier this week, the Blueberry Ricotta scones are light and fluffy. They're sweet, but not too sweet, and the ricotta gives them a great weightless feel. The lemon zest adds a wonderful citrusy twist and the blueberries make them just a tad bit sweet(er). For those of you who don't like pieces of fruit Read more [...]

Cheddar Dill Biscuits

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Normally, my husband takes over the kitchen for his ceremonial weekend cooking and I have no say whatsoever on what he whips up. This weekend, however, I proposed we join forces to make something different. He agreed and we began planning our menu. My recommendation was...wait for it...a chicken biscuit. Random I know. But I was craving a particular chicken biscuit they sell at a tiny eatery in Brooklyn called Pies 'n Thighs. It consists of a fried cutlet on a biscuit with hot sauce and honey Read more [...]