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One of my favorite things in the world is caramel. Caramel candies, caramel ice cream, caramel chocolates, caramel iced lattes, caramel sauce… please give me alllll the caramel, thank you. Apparently, there are a lot of you out there who feel the same (we’re kindred souls) because the DIY caramel sauce recipe I shared two-years back is STILL […]

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Vanilla Bean Biscotti

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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

September 12, 2014
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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