Mocha Peanut Butter S'mores Milkshake |

Even though it’s almost October (how did this happen?!) the weather still feels pretty summer-like in California and, let’s be honest, the ice cream vibes are still strong. Of course like the really good food blogger I am I’ve posted a total of *zero* ice cream recipes this summer, but I’m attempting to semi make […]


Double-Buckwheat Double-Chocolate Cookies |

I’m struggling to comprehend how fast time seems to be going by lately. You don’t always realize it until some once-a-year event happens that makes you think back to that same time last year, which truly only feels like a couple months ago in my mind. Every year I team up with OXO for their […]


Let’s Get Cookin’: Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon & Walnuts

September 6, 2016
Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon & Walnuts |

I can’t even explain how much I love roasted brussels sprouts. Every time I meet someone who hates brussels sprouts it becomes my mission to change their mind, and the first thing I always tell people is to try them roasted. Any which way it’s done – with the classic balsamic glaze, straight-up and simple […]

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Let’s Get Cookin’: Sausage & Goat Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms with JaM Cabernet

August 21, 2016
Sausage and Goat Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms - a super-simple & tasty appetizer! |

 It’s come to my attention that summer is (sadly) on its way out the door, and since I’m not quite ready to say goodbye, I say that instead we pull out the red wine and throw a few more last-minute summer get-togethers. It’ll be easy because I gotcha covered with the basics: a couple bottles of […]

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Chocolate-Topped Chewy Caramel Blondies

August 16, 2016
Chocolate-Topped Chewy Caramel Blondies |

Wowza. Not even sure where to start with these blondies except to say that they are RICH – rich with dense buttery-brown sugar goodness, chewy caramel in every bite, and a thick layer of chocolate ganache on top. Did I cut them into giant squares for the photos you see here? Yep. Did I eat an entire giant […]

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Tropical Rum Punch

August 10, 2016
Tropical Rum Punch - An extra-tropical take on a fruity summer sipper. |

Be honest with me here – is “Tropical” Rum Punch kinda a dumb name? Are you sitting there thinking, “DUH Alex, all rum punch is tropical”? Because the truth is, in my mind, this is just “that-tropical-drink-I-had-at-a-Kenney-Chesney-concert-and-then-recreated”.  It has no real name and I’m not even 100% sure rum punch is an appropriate one, but […]

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Mini Cinnamon-Maple Baked Doughnuts {GF}

July 20, 2016
Mini Cinnamon-Maple Baked Doughnuts {GF} |

SO. This is another one of those old recipes I’m finally posting (all part of the get-back-into-blogging-groove), but these I totally remember. I remember them because I made multiple batches and couldn’t really figure out what wasn’t quite right about them until I finally realized there are some gluten-free flours I can handle and others […]

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One-Bowl Glazed Chocolate Chip Muffins

July 11, 2016
One-Bowl Glazed Chocolate Chip Muffins - a super-simple recipe for classic chocolate chip muffins with a sweet vanilla glaze. |

I may be 23 years old, but I still can’t seem to get over the hitch that I (almost) always crave something sweet over savory for breakfast. I wish I was one of those people who could truthfully claim that my morning meals consist of avocado toast and eggs or something like that, but instead I’m […]

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Nutella-Filled Coconut Thumbprint Cookies

July 5, 2016
Nutella-Filled Coconut Thumbprint Cookies -  Like a shortbread cookie-turned-macaroon, with sweet, toasted coconut on the outside and a dollop of Nutella in the middle for a nutty chocolate twist. | www.

To all the OG readers out there who’ve been around since day one: remember when I used to do confessions with every blog post? Because I confess that I have no memory of what these cookies taste like. Zero, zilch, NADA. The funny thing is (and I swear, it’s a total coincidence), I made them exactly […]

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Raspberry Hazelnut Financiers {GF} + A Giveaway!

June 21, 2016
Raspberry Hazelnut Financiers - Super-soft French hazelnut teacakes studded with juicy raspberries, plus a creamy chocolate-hazelnut center. |

There’s something to say about a recipe you can tweak so many times in just a few little ways and end up with a post-worthy finished product every time. Of c0urse in saying that, I’m admitting to the fact that I sometimes cheat and re-purpose my own recipes over and over, but does it really matter if […]

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