Pumpkin Bread with Maple Glaze

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I'm not a fan of pumpkin pie. In fact, I avoid it like the plague on Thanksgiving. When someone asks that I be responsible for pumpkin pie, I flat out refuse. Or, on the rare occasion I feel like being polite, I simply reply “Sure!” and then bring pecan pie instead. “Oh you said pumpkin pie? I could’ve sworn I heard pecan pie. Sorry!” Then there’s pumpkin spice (not to be confused with pumpkin PIE) and all the creative concoctions inspired by this holiday flavor. Lattes, breads, teas, Read more [...]

Chocolate Chip Bacon Banana Nut Muffins

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Yes. Bacon. Because why not. Whoever invented bacon deserves a lifetime achievement award. Or a Nobel Peace Prize. Because if everyone ate bacon, there would be nothing but happiness and peace in this world. I love bacon. The smell, the taste, the crunch. It makes everything taste...the way it should. And so naturally, why not bacon in chocolate chip banana nut muffins? Sweet and salty. Yum. This outstanding revelation came to me this morning as I was eating bacon and eggs. I thought Read more [...]

Bella Cupcakes (Choco Chip with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting)

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Wondered where I've been for the past two weeks? As it turns out, our little bundle of joy decided to make her grand entrance into this world one week early, so I've been getting acquainted with my little princess and practicing my new role as a mommy! Needless to say though, between feedings, burpings and diaper changes, baking has taken a back seat. But fear not, my friends. Thanks to [a lot] of help from daddy and grandma, I managed to set aside a bit of time to bake this new treat in honor Read more [...]

Mocha Chocolate Chip Brownie Cake w/ Chocolate Ganache

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Have any of you tried Julia Child's Mocha Brownie Cake? Well, neither have I, but I came across the recipe in my 'Baking with Julia' manual and I decided to give it a go for my hubby's birthday yesterday. He's a self-reported chocoholic, so I wanted to make something that was luxurious and indulgent and ultra chocolatey. I was also looking for something with a simple decoration that would look great with candles and this particular dessert fit the bill. The one major change I made to the recipe Read more [...]

Chocolate Chip Toffee Walnut Brownies

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Here we go again. Another chocolate recipe from the non-chocolate lover herself. Don't worry, I have the best taste tester at home in my chocoholic husband, so when I say these are tried and tested, I mean it. I don't know what it is that has me baking with chocolate so often these days, but I would venture to say it's my pregnancy. I think our little one has inherited her father's obsession with chocolate! These brownies were actually a bit of an experiment. I took a Chocolate Walnut brownie Read more [...]

Chewy Chocolate Chunk Salted Caramel Cookies

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I'm guessing this was a busy weekend for many of you. From Easter egg hunts to Seder dinners, I bet a good chunk of you (no pun intended) were running around trying to get a nice meal on the table and entertaining guests. I thought about posting this recipe on Friday as an option for your holiday entertaining, but then I figured it would add to your food overload, so I held off. Until today. My plan instead was to share this with you as a post-holiday 'you deserve it' dessert. Think of it Read more [...]