Dill and Garlic Crusted Rib Eye Roast - a hearty dish served with buttery sautéed mushrooms that goes perfectly with a glass of Rioja red wine. | www.brighteyedbaker.com

Thanksgiving is literally DAYS away, which can only mean one super-exciting thing —the holiday season is in full swing!! If you’re anything like me you’re probably already daydreaming about glorious platters of food coming out of your kitchen for some major feasting. And when you have all your friends and family gathered together, there’s one […]

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Classic Chocolate Cupcakes -  moist chocolate cupcakes topped with a rich chocolate buttercream and tons of rainbow sprinkles. | www.brighteyedbaker.com

It’s about time we had a staple chocolate cupcake recipe around here, don’t you think? Fancy versions with whipped ganache are cool and all, but sometimes a classic is exactly what you need. And this here ➝ chocolate cupcake, chocolate buttercream, + sprinkles ➝ is most definitely a classic. When you write a food blog it’s hard not to feel […]


Happy Hour with Crios Wines: Red Wine Vodka Spritzer

October 21, 2015
Happy Hour with @criosbysbw: Red Wine Vodka Spritzer - A cocktail that's perfect for red wine lovers, full of its rich, juicy flavors plus a little bit of sweetness and spritz. #CRIOSinspires | www.brighteyedbaker.com

You know what’s weird? Being on your own for the first time ever. Going to the store and realizing you have to stock a fridge that’s totally empty. Coming home and confronting the fact that – hey! – you don’t have any leftovers ready to eat and you actually have to cook dinner after you’ve been […]

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Bacon Cheddar Scones

September 23, 2015
Bacon Cheddar Scones -Flaky, buttery scones flecked with bits of tangy cheddar and crisp bacon. | www.brighteyedbaker.com

If these scones are here for one purpose, it’s to make you question why we don’t make savory scones more often – that, and to engulf you in flaky, buttery, cheese-and-bacon-loaded pastry heaven. ← UGH, SO GOOD. In all seriousness though, why aren’t savory scones more of a thing? The base is simple – flour, salt, butter, […]

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Ultra-Rich Vegan Dark Chocolate-Mint Mousse {GF}

September 17, 2015
Ultra-Rich Vegan Dark Chocolate-Mint Mousse - extra-thick and silky dark chocolate mousse with a touch of fresh mint flavor - made with healthier ingredients for all the indulgence with less guilt! {gluten-free}| www.brighteyedbaker.com

THIS MOUSSE. Actually, I’m not really sure what you’d call it – it’s somewhere between a mousse and a pudding and yet neither of those things exactly –  but ohmygoodnesssss is it decadent. Thick, rich, and super dark chocolatey, with a hint of fresh mint flavor to round it all out ➝ that’s the kind of luxuriousness we’re […]

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Peach Financiers {GF}

September 15, 2015
Peach Financiers - classic French brown butter teacakes with slightly crisp edges and a perfectly soft and moist crumb, filled with a nutty sweet flavor and juicy fresh peaches. | www.brighteyedbaker.com

I think it’s pretty much a given fact that anything involving brown butter is going to taste fantastic. Throw juicy fresh peaches into the mix – peaches tossed in butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon at that – and you’ve gotta know you’re in for something P.D.G. Prior to making these, my favorite peach recipe on the blog […]

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Pineapple Moscow Mule + Giveaway! {Giveaway Closed}

September 10, 2015
e - a fruity twist on a classic cocktail, with a blend of fresh pineapple and pineapple vodka for a fun tropical vibe.  | www.brighteyedbaker.com

Third drink post in a row – I knowwww. I also know that things have been a little silent around here lately; it’s been one of those times when life throws you for a big fat loop and all you can really manage to do is stay afloat. That being said, I haven’t forgotten about […]

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Malted Peanut Butter & Banana Smoothie {Dairy-Free}

September 3, 2015
Malted Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie - An easy-to-blend-up smoothie that makes the perfect post-workout snack or healthy sweet treat, with a bold and creamy, milkshake-like peanut butter-banana flavor.  | www.brighteyedbaker.com

I’ve always tried to be a generally healthy eater, but – let’s be real – when your job involves developing recipes for baked goods day after day, you’re bound to run into a few brick walls. It wasn’t that long ago that I craved chocolate every. single. day. and felt depressed about breakfast choices that […]

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Soaking up Summer: Spritzer Season!

August 31, 2015
Soaking Up Summer: Spritzer Season! - Savor the rest of summer in the outdoors with Barefoot Refresh spritzers.

A big thank you to Barefoot Refresh for sponsoring this post and giving us all a reminder to soak up summer! It always surprises me how summer seems to stretch itself out into the late days of September — fall might seem right around the corner but it’s definitely not quite time to say goodbye […]

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Let’s Get Cookin’: Pesto & Arugula Sweet Potato Noodles {GF, Vegan}

August 21, 2015
Pesto & Arugula Sweet Potato Noodles {Gluten-Free} - A simple, healthy, and flavor-packed recipe. Add a fried egg and make it a one-dish meal! | www.brighteyedbaker.com

I know the spiralizer trend has been hitting the food world hard for a while now, but apparently I decided to be late to the party because this is the first time I’ve actually attempted any sort of veggie-turned-noodle dish myself. WHY I waited so long, I can’t really explain… any way to make noodles […]

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