Blue Velvet Cake

You may already know that I am a huge fan of red velvet.  The combination of a light chocolate with a cream cheese frosting is what I crave.  I am not a giant chocoholic like my sister.  So, I prefer the more subtle flavors of red velvet.  Yet, I haven’t made much in the way […]

3 Baking Secrets for Big Bakery Style Muffins

Muffins that elusive cousin of the cupcake that doesn’t ever turn out as pretty and perfect.  Luckily, I have mastered the secrets to perfect muffins.  Are you ready to be a muffin master? If you follow along with our kitchen adventures on social media, earlier this week you saw a perfect bakery style blueberry muffins […]

Chive Flower and Cheddar Biscuits

Chive flowers are in bloom!!!  They’re gorgeous and purple and mine grow like weeds during late spring.  Chive flowers taste just like chives and are edible too.  I’ve read that you can make chive flower vinegar, chive flower olive oil, fried chive flowers, adding them  to salads or to breads and biscuits.  I don’t use a lot […]

Festive Fernet-Branca Brownies

I received product and a gift card to facilitate this post.  All opinions are my own. Today is National Brownie Day.  Yes the intense urge you feel to celebrate may be overwhelming but allow me to aide you!  Take a deep breath.  Don’t forget to breath out.  Clear your mind of everything but chocolate.  Then […]

Oreos That Beg To Be Swapped #HousefulOfCookies

We’re not talking the store bought brand.  However, these cookies are closely resembling the famous cookie.  They are of course completely homemade and from scratch.  I wish I could take credit for the recipe, but I myself received them in a past cookie swap from With Lovely.  If you ever thought that those black and […]

Harissa Roasted Walnuts #JustAddWalnuts

This post is compensated and sponsored by California Walnuts. For us there are a lot of must have dishes at Thanksgiving. However, not always being the head chef, which is silly because I am great at everything food, means that I have to think of foods to contribute to a partly planned meal. Depending on […]

Discover Granola

I don’t know why I waited so long to try my hand at granola. I guess I always thought it was pretty complicated and at times I’m not as patient as I should be in the kitchen, hence why I tend to burn bacon. So it’s weird that my kitchen patience isn’t tested by breadmaking […]

Templeton Rye Whiskey Truffles

I was asked a while ago if I might be interested in creating a chocolate truffle recipe using Templeton Rye Whiskey and two mystery Frontier spices.  While I was a little apprehensive about the mystery ingredients, I was still game to give it a try as everything goes with chocolate!  My mystery ingredients weren’t too […]

Oatmeal Sugar Cookies – #fbcookieswap

It’s time for me to share our annual entry into the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap of 2014!!  This is my second year participating and let me say getting 3 dozen cookies in the mail at the beginning of december is something I’m starting to look forward to.  You might be wondering what the Great […]

Ginger Pear Bundt Cake Featuring Olive Oils of Spain

This is a sponsored post.  All opinions are my own. Fall is a season which brings a peculiar light to our house.  No, not the kind of natural light but one of the artificial variety as finally the weather is chilled enough to allow for 24/7 oven access.  The light goes on and off depending […]

Peach French Buttercream Frosting

Southern Peaches  Yeah I’m still fascinated with southern peaches over here.  I’ve been eating a couple a day and thought wouldn’t fresh peach French buttercream frosting be amazing on a cake?  Who am I kidding?  I love cake just as much as frosting.  You never have to twist my arm to have either.  But there’s […]

Fresh Peach Focaccia

Peach Season It’s finally peach season!  I adore peaches, lets not lie I adore most fresh fruit.  But there’s just something about a ripe juicy peach that screams baking to me.  Hence the foray into peach focaccia, I’ve been waiting and waiting for good southern peaches to make their way up here to Chicago so […]