Vanilla Bean Biscotti

by alexandra

Vanilla Bean Biscotti - a light, subtly sweet biscotti that's perfect for dunking.  | www.brighteyedbaker.com

You guyyyyys… It has literally been ages since I posted a biscotti recipe. And when I say ages, I mean that it was back in the time of recipes that I hardly ever link to because my photography skills were seriously dismal. Today I realized that I definitely need to bring biscotti back into my life again ASAP […]

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Classic Mojito

by alexandra

Classic Mojito - a light and refreshing cocktail with a bright lime flavor and cool mint undertones.| www.brighteyedbaker.com #cocktail

I was trying to decide what recipe to share today and then I just figured, Friday = TGIF = cocktails, obviously. You with me? I’m sure there are about a million and one ways to make a mojito, just like there are a million and one ways to make a margarita (<—- my favorite!), but the fun thing […]

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Healthy Chocolate, Banana, and Coconut Parfait

September 10, 2014
Healthy Chocolate, Banana, and Coconut Parfait | an easy-to-make snack (or dessert!) that's creamy, chocolate-y, and basically guilt-free! | www.brighteyedbaker.com

You know those times when you just need a mid-day chocolate fix? So maybe you don’t know those times because you’re not a chocolate addict like some people I know (ahem – me), but if you do, you’ll know where I’m coming from here. Sometimes it’s hard to combine healthy + snack + chocolate all in one […]

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Food & Travels: New York

September 8, 2014
Food & Travels: New York | The Flatiron Building | www.brighteyedbaker.com

Hey! Today I’m taking you on a little virtual trip to NYC.  Before I get started, I’ll embarrassingly admit that these photos have been sitting on my computer waiting to be shared for more than a year now, and that if I were on top of things I’d already be telling you about the trip I took […]

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Let’s Get Cookin’: Healthy Southwestern Quinoa

September 5, 2014
Healthy Southwestern Quinoa - a quick and easy dish packed with veggies that's anything but boring!| www.brighteyedbaker.com

I’m just now realizing that it evidently looks like all the savory foods I eat involve corn, black beans, jalapeño peppers, and/or anything remotely Mexican-inspired. It’s obviously something I gravitate towards when I cook, mostly because when you’re not cooking with meat (which I don’t do often), you need to make things interesting in a different […]

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Strawberry Apple Crumble

September 3, 2014
Strawberry Apple Crumble - a wam, nutty crumble that combines juicy summer berries with crisp fall apples in the best way possible.  | www.brighteyedbaker.com

You guys? Summer is soooo not over. Everybody seems to think it is though, and I keeping seeing pumpkin recipes popping up around the web, fall treats appearing at coffee shops, and all this other goodbye-summer hello-fall craziness. I’m all for the temperature dropping a little below three digits and I love everything pumpkin as much as the next person, […]

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Funfetti Cake with Ombré Frosting

August 28, 2014
Confetti Cake with Ombré Frosting - a vanilla cake studded with colorful sprinkles that's wayyy better than any boxed mix, plus the how-to for a gorgeous ombré frosting technique. | brighteyedbaker.com #cake #funfetti #ombrecake

I have this theory that everyone has a few questions they get asked all the time – the kind of questions that you almost memorize answers for because you’re so used to saying the same thing. It’s like the whole “What’s your major?” for a college student, one of those things that people just automatically […]

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No-Bake Chocolate Cheesecake Parfaits

August 18, 2014
No-Bake Chocolate Cheesecake Parfaits  - rich and creamy, but lighter than your average cheesecake| www.brighteyedbaker.com

Is chocolate a good cure for the Monday blues? And if it is, can I just overdose every Monday? Okaygood. Weekends are fun because relaxing is acceptable and not guilt-inducing, because you can make margaritas and lounge around the pool when it’s too hot to do anything else, and because you can have late nights that […]

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DIY Chocolate Curls

August 16, 2014
DIY Chocolate Curls - use two staple ingredients to make these gorgeous chocolate curls for garnishing desserts.  | www.brighteyedbaker.com

Sometimes I surprise myself with the things I decide to DIY. I never expected that I’d be making homemade versions of things like maraschino cherries and cinnamon chips, and I definitely didn’t see myself as the kind of person who  would decide to make my own chocolate curls all for the sake of a dessert garnish. I’m sure there are […]

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Whole Wheat Mixed Berry Loaf Cake

August 13, 2014
Whole Wheat Mixed Berry Loaf Cake - a light, tender, vanilla-flecked and berry-studded loaf.| www.brighteyedbaker.com

I said I was obsessed with whole wheat pastry flour, and I wasn’t kidding. I’m also obsessed with coconut oil, roasted berries, and all things vanilla that I can possibly add to a recipe. This bread – loaf cake – whatever you want to call it, makes all those obsessions completely logical. Favorite quick bread […]

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