Santa’s Shortbread Cookies

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It's my favorite time of year! The smell of pine intoxicating the house, Mariah Carey's "All I want for Christmas" playing on repeat, and the fireplace crackling away, as I dip my nose into some hot chocolate (or spiked coffee =). Even the dogs get into the holiday spirit with their festive stick-on antlers. Simply put, December is awesome. This year is even more special than most. Our toddler understands the concept of Santa, and so, my husband and I are essentially reliving our childhood. Read more [...]

Marbled Pound Cake

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Every time I saw slices of this gorgeous cake at a cafe or pastry shop, it reminded me of how much I wanted to make it but how terrified I was to even try. Would mine ever look as pretty? More importantly, would it taste as good as it looked? I finally decided to take the plunge and give it a try. I combed the Internet and several cookbooks for a list of ingredients that sounded appealing and finally narrowed it down to two different recipes. I then took what I liked from both to make the recipe Read more [...]

Sweet Potato Muffins With Pecans

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If you cringe at the thought of zucchini bread or gag at the sound of carrot muffins, Stop. Reading. Now. This recipe is for the very few of us who still celebrate veggies...in desserts. A dying breed. I've been wanting to make something sweet with yams for years. Every Thanksgiving I think "why are sweet potatoes topped with marshmallows then served as a side and not a dessert?" And every year I say to myself, "I'm making a dessert out of this one day". Then I began pureeing sweet 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 [...]

Prosciutto and Blue Cheese Scones

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Few things are better than a blue cheese - prosciutto combo. Slap those two ingredients on practically anything and they will automatically transform any dull dish into a flavorful meal. Salty, sharp, and just a tad bit creamy - it's the perfect balance of flavors and smells. When I first heard of a prosciutto and blue cheese scone, I nearly peed my pants with excitement. A friend of mine casually mentioned she'd been making these for a while during one of our many baking conversations, and 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 [...]