The 3-2-1 Margarita

by alexandra

The 3-2-1 Margarita - a super simple and spot-on take on the classic summer cocktail. | www.brighteyedbaker.com

This is one of those recipes that I never really intended on posting, but then I realized that holymoly these margaritas are good and – hey! – the recipe is wayyyy easy. There are times for fancy schmancy drinks with a little more going on, and then there are times for I’d-like-a-drink-I-can-make-in-my-sleep drinks, and this […]

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Restaurant-Style Salsa - a classic spicy salsa perfect for dipping or serving alongside a Mexican-inspired meal.  | www.brighteyedbaker.com

First things first: today’s recipe involves no cooking what-so-ever. That is to say, “Let’s Get Cookin’” doesn’t make total sense here and should really be something like, “Let’s Get the Blender Out and Pretend we’re Cooking”, but you get the point. We’re taking a break from the baking and going the savory route, if for […]

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Skillet Peach Pie Crumble

July 21, 2014
Skillet Peach Pie Crumble - an incredibly easy and comforting summer dessert loaded with sweet yellow peaches.| brighteyedbaker.com

Confession: I may have something of a mild obsession with fruit crumbles. They’re incredibly easy to make and – hello?! – they’re 50% nutty, sweet, crunchy, crumble topping. It’s like eating a coffee cake with a mile-high crumble topping, but replacing the cake part with a juicy layer of cooked fruit. Heaven? Yesssirrreee. This, in […]

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Sourdough English Muffins

July 18, 2014
Sourdough English Muffins - soft and puffy English Muffins made at home with a simple fry pan. | www.brighteyedbaker.com

It’s becoming ridiculous when I realize how many recipes I have in the lineup to share, considering the fact that many of them date from last summer, if not earlier. If that happens once, like with these gorgeously perfect strawberry muffins, then okay, I can deal with that. But when there are so many that […]

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Ultimate Double Chocolate Muffins

July 16, 2014
Ultimate Double Chocolate Muffins - The Chocolate Muffins to end all muffins - moist, tender, and full of deep chocolate flavor.| www.brighteyedbaker.com

I’m just gonna put this out there to begin with: these are the kind of double chocolate muffins you make when you mean business. They’re chocolate on chocolate to the max and you can’t be sorry about it. You know those jumbo, bakery-style double chocolate muffins you see at the store? Those are the ones […]

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Healthy No-Bake Chocolate, Almond, and Coconut Bars {GF, Vegan}

July 14, 2014
Healthy No-Bake Chocolate, Almond, & Coconut Bars - a satisfying breakfast or snack that puts Almond Joys to shame. {GF, Vegan} | www.brighteyedbaker.com

Welcome to another round of let’s-eat-chocolate-for-breakfast-and-call-it-healthy-too. Mondays of all days call for chocolate… unless of course you’re like me and every hour of every day seems to call for chocolate. Life is tough. ;) Remember these healthy dark chocolate no-bake bars and this double-chocolate, almond, and coconut granola? If not, here’s what you need to know: they’re chocolatey. […]

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Strawberry Cream Cheese Muffins

July 11, 2014
Strawberry Cream Cheese Muffins - fluffy strawberry-studded muffins stuffed with a sweet cream cheese filling and topped with a light crumble topping. | brighteyedbaker.com

Kid you not, these strawberry cream cheese muffins are one year in the making. When it comes to food and recipes, I’m constantly on a million different mental tracks, which means that it can occasionally take months for a recipe to go from conceptualized to in-progress to finalized. After making these muffins again this week, […]

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Mint Oreo Ice Cream

July 9, 2014
Mint Oreo Ice Cream - a creamy and refreshing frozen treat. | brighteyedbaker.com #IceCreamforOXO @OXO

When OXO asked me to jump in on their latest kitchen campaign – Ice Cream for OXO – I was literally wayyy to excited; it never fails to amaze me how ridiculously good homemade ice cream can be. Like, seriously?? It makes bearing 1,ooo degree summer temps totally worth it. If I were to put […]

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Sally Lunn Bread

July 7, 2014
Sally Lunn Bread - a simple, no-knead recipe for an incredibly light, fluffy, and airy bread. | brighteyedbaker.com

There’s something about a holiday weekend that makes Mondays seem extra-dull. Even though I spent the first part of Friday food-prepping (as in making the best burger buns I’ve ever had EVER, plus my favorite corn salsa and cookies), a good chunk of the weekend was all about doing whatever the heck seemed fun. That mostly included: a) […]

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Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade Cooler

July 2, 2014
Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade Cooler - a tart-but-sweet, bubbly, and refreshing summer drink perfect for all ages. | www.brighteyedbaker.com

 I love California so much, but right about now I think I need to be living along the coast, rather than smack-dab in the middle where 100+++°F dry heat is basically the forecast of the day, every day. Stepping outside for more than a few seconds is literally like trying to torture yourself. The only […]

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